Two 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.
|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.