Diamond’s Top 50 Manga Graphic Novels and TPs for February 2012

by Jeff

NOV111125 Diamond's Top 50 Manga Graphic Novels and TPs for February 2012Media Release — The Soul Reapers make a desperate stand against the forces of Aizen in Bleach Volume 38, the latest volume of VIZ Media’s popular series and the best-selling manga sold to comics retailers in February.

In total VIZ Media had five of the top ten manga titles in February, including Yu-Gi-Oh 5DS Volume 2 at #4, Bakuman Volume 9 at #5, Blue Exorcist Volume 6 at #8, and Naoki Urasawa’s 20th-Century Boys Volume 19 at #10.

Also in the top ten were Dark Horse Comics (two titles, led by Gantz Volume 21 at #3), Del Rey Manga (xxxHolic Volume 19 at #9), Kodansha Comics (Negima! Volume 33 at #2), and Yen Press (Soul Eater Volume 8 at #6).

Data for Diamond’s sales charts – which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts – are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics’ monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title – with a value of 100 – because sales of Batman usually remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles’ ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.

QTY RANK RTL RANK INDEX TITLE PUBLISHER
1 1 1.73 BLEACH TP VOL 38 VIZ
2 2 1.32 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) RAN
3 3 1.14 GANTZ TP VOL 21 DAR
4 5 1.12 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02 VIZ
5 9 0.96 BAKUMAN TP VOL 09 VIZ
6 4 0.95 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 HAC
7 10 0.91 GATE 7 TP VOL 02 DAR
8 11 0.90 BLUE EXORCIST GN VOL 06 VIZ
9 6 0.89 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19 RAN
10 7 0.79 NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 19 VIZ
11 16 0.77 POKEMON ADVENTURES PLATINUM GN VOL 04 VIZ
12 13 0.70 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 20 DAR
13 14 0.66 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 17 RAN
14 12 0.64 MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA GN VOL 11 HAC
15 15 0.62 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 RAN
16 19 0.62 BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD TP VOL 10 DAR
17 8 0.55 TENJO TENGE GN VOL 05 (MR) VIZ
18 17 0.51 GTO 14 DAYS IN SHONAN GN VOL 01 RAN
19 24 0.48 DEVIL & HER LOVE SONG GN VOL 01 VIZ
20 18 0.45 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 17 ATONEMENT ARC PT 3 HAC
21 21 0.40 OMAMORI HIMARI GN VOL 06 (MR) HAC
22 22 0.35 ZOMBIE RECOGNITION GUIDE GN ANT
23 30 0.35 SHUGO CHARA CHAN GN VOL 02 RAN
24 43 0.35 OTOMEN GN VOL 12 VIZ
25 44 0.35 TEGAMI BACHI GN VOL 08 VIZ
26 45 0.34 NURA RISE O/T YOKAI CLAN GN VOL 07 VIZ
27 49 0.34 HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER TP VOL 19 VIZ
28 51 0.34 LIBRARY WARS LOVE & WAR VOL 07 VIZ
29 50 0.34 SAKURA HIME LEGEND OF PRINCESS SAKURA GN VOL 06 VIZ
30 36 0.32 SAYONARA ZETSUBOU SENSEI GN VOL 13 RAN
31 25 0.32 GENTLEMENS AGREEMENT RABBIT & WOLF GN (MR) DIG
32 55 0.30 KAMISAMA KISS TP VOL 07 VIZ
33 35 0.30 AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA TP VOL 05 VIZ
34 39 0.30 AT FULL MOON GN VOL 02 RAN
35 40 0.30 GON GN KODANSHA ED VOL 03 RAN
36 32 0.29 MR TIGER AND MR WOLF GN VOL 02 (OF 2) (MR) DIG
37 56 0.29 DAWN OF THE ARCANA TP VOL 02 VIZ
38 38 0.29 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 RAN
39 27 0.29 THE LAST ZOMBIE INFERNO TP ANT
40 28 0.29 CROSS GAME TP VOL 06 VIZ
41 33 0.28 BORDER GN VOL 03 (MR) DIG
42 47 0.28 BLOODY MONDAY GN VOL 04 RAN
43 37 0.27 GREAT PLACE HIGH SCHOOL GN VOL 04 (MR) DIG
44 34 0.27 SOULLESS MANGA GN VOL 01 HAC
45 42 0.27 GTO EARLY YEARS GN VOL 11 (OF 15) (MR) RAN
46 53 0.26 GON GN KODANSHA ED VOL 04 RAN
47 59 0.26 NATSUMES BOOK OF FRIENDS TP VOL 11 VIZ
48 20 0.26 BAD TEACHERS EQUATION GN VOL 03 (OF 5) (MR) DIG
49 62 0.26 AI ORE GN VOL 04 VIZ
50 52 0.25 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 RAN

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