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NY Times Manga Bestsellers: Bleach Speeds Up, Dominates Top 10

By June 18, 2012

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Bleach Vol. 41Two new volumes of Bleach and the final volume of Ouran High School Host Club make up the top 3 in this week's New York Times Graphic Books Manga Bestseller List, in a list that is dominated by new arrivals from VIZ and Seven Seas Manga, along with a returning contender from Vertical.

After VIZ launched Shonen Jump Alpha in January 2012, the Bleach storyline made an abrupt 'fast-forward' past the seemingly never-ending Huerco Mundo battles that began way back in Bleach Volume 20 to the latest storyline that began in Bleach Volume 50. This was to catch up with the latest chapters from Japan that are now featured weekly on Shonen Jump Alpha. While it'll take a while for the print releases to fully catch up with Japan (the latest volume of Bleach, Volume 55 came out in Japan this month, but won't be in stores in North America until after January 2013) VIZ is picking up the pace, as they're now releasing two volumes of Bleach per month, every month between now and December 2012. And of course, these volumes are also available in digital format at VIZManga.com.

Besides perennial fan faves Bleach and Ouran High School Host Club, a few new titles made their NYT Manga Top 10 debut this week, including Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins, a side-story of the popular Alice in the Country of Hearts series, Witch Hunter (the sole Korean manhwa title in this batch) and Vampire Cheerleaders (all from Seven Seas Manga). Also new to the top 10: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, the latest entry in the ever-popular series based on the card games.

Meanwhile, on the paperback graphic books list, Dark Horse titles are enjoying a strong showing, as the latest volume of Empowered by Adam Warren debuted at #3, while the first and second volumes of Avatar The Last Airbender: The Promise by Gene Luen Yang and Japanese manga-ka team Gurihiru are at #1 and #2.

Here's the rest of the New York Times Graphic Books Manga Top 10 for June 24, 2012, reflecting sales for the week ending June 9, 2012.

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Title Author/Artist Publisher
1 NEW 1 wk Bleach Volume 41 Tite Kubo Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
2 NEW 1 wk Bleach Volume 40 Tite Kubo Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
3 NEW 1 wk Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 18 Bisco Hattori Shojo Beat / VIZ Media
4 NEW 1 wk Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 1 Kazuki Takahashi, Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi Shonen Jump / VIZ Media
5 NEW 1 wk Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins QuinRose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru Seven Seas Manga
6 NEW 1 wk Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 12 Nozomu Tamaki Seven Seas Manga
7 NEW 1 wk Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Platinum Vol. 5 Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto VIZ Kids / VIZ Media
8 NEW 1 wk GTO: The Early Years Vol. 12 Tohru Fujisawa Vertical
9 NEW 1 wk Vampire Cheerleaders / Paranormal Mystery Squad Monster Mash Collection Adam Arnold, Shiei and Comipa Seven Seas Manga
10 NEW 1 wk Witch Hunter Vol. 1-2 Jung-Man Cho Seven Seas Manga

NOTE: "RET" means that a title has returned to the Top 10 after an absence of a week or more. Weeks on the chart are counted as weeks on the Top 10.

Image credits: BLEACH 2001 by Tite Kubo/SHUEISHA Inc.


June 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm
(1) Myki says:

With Shonan Jump Alpha providing sanctioned translations only a few weeks after the JApanese releases, there’s no good reason to delay. That should be true of all eight titles they have carried. (Bakuman, Barrage, Bleach, Naruto, Nura, One Piece, Roroni Kenshin and Toriko) The fact that some of us are willing so wait the few weeks for SJA shows that there are people who prefer the legal having their own legal copies.
One of the reason fans go to fan-scanlations is the wait. I hate having to wait a year, or more, to have my favorite mangas on my shelf. Vagabond and Real (by Inoue Takahito), release exactly one year after the Japanese release. Somebody has already posted a translation and I have read it several times before I can have it in my hands.
Manhwa is worse. I can see the free original Korean and, if it’s popular, (Noblesse, Tower of God) the translation follows almost immediatly. But, I would love to Own print copies. (even though it changes the reading style and therefore alters the experience) However, they don’t seem to be available. I would subscribe to a Naver English app in a heart beat! Not only would it provide sanctioned translations, but I might be able to read titles that haven’t been adopted by translators yet, (Moonlight Head, for example)

June 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(2) manga says:

From your comment, it seems that you don’t understand that it takes a fair amount of lead time to prepare a book for print (including cleaning up the artwork, translating the sound effects, etc, and prepping the files to send to the printer), to solicit it to booksellers and comic shops, and get it delivered to stores.

it’s not like it can happen instantaneously, like it does online. you do realize that VIZManga.com offers the latest volumes of Bleach (from volume 50 on) online, so you DON”T have to wait to read them? So please. don’t give me the “i HAVE to read the scanlation” bullcrocky. it doesn’t add up.

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