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

by Jeff

DEC111231 Diamond's Top 50 Manga Graphic Novels and TPs for March 2012Media Release — Naruto and his friends come under attack on Turtle Island in VIZ Media’s Naruto Volume 55, the best-selling Manga sold to comics specialty retailers in March 2012. Viz had one other title in the top ten; One Piece Volume 61 ranked #3 for the month.

Other publishers in the top ten include Dark Horse Comics (Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volume 12 ranked #4), Kodansha Comics (two titles, led by Sailor Moon Volume 4 at #2), Vertical (Chi’s Sweet Home ranked #7), and Yen Press (four titles, led by Spice and Wolf Volume 6 at #5).

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 RETAIL RANK DISC TITLE VENDOR
1 1 2.54 NARUTO TP VOL 55 VIZ
2 2 2.09 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 RAN
3 3 1.16 ONE PIECE TP VOL 61 VIZ
4 6 0.79 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 12 (MR) DAR
5 4 0.70 SPICE AND WOLF GN VOL 06 (MR) HAC
6 9 0.61 PANDORA HEARTS GN VOL 09 HAC
7 7 0.57 CHI SWEET HOME GN VOL 08 RAN
8 14 0.52 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 18 RAN
9 10 0.51 MELANCHOLY OF SUZUMIYA HARUHI CHAN GN VOL 05 HAC
10 11 0.51 IS THIS A ZOMBIE VOL 01 (MR) HAC
11 15 0.50 AIR GEAR GN VOL 22 (MR) RAN
12 17 0.49 RIN-NE GN VOL 08 VIZ
13 20 0.48 EARL AND FAIRY VOL 01 VIZ
14 21 0.47 BLACK BIRD GN VOL 13 VIZ
15 8 0.45 BRIDES STORY HC GN BOOK 03 HAC
16 13 0.42 BLEACH OFF CHARACTER BK SC VOL 02 MASKED VIZ
17 19 0.40 NINJA GIRLS GN VOL 09 (MR) RAN
18 32 0.39 PSYREN GN VOL 03 VIZ
19 34 0.39 KIMI NI TODOKE GN VOL 13 FROM ME TO YOU VIZ
20 5 0.37 TEZUKA DORORO COMP TP ED RAN
21 38 0.36 DENGEKI DAISY GN VOL 09 VIZ
22 30 0.35 MONSTER HUNTER ORAGE TP VOL 04 (MR) RAN
23 12 0.34 GUNSLINGER GIRL OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 ST.
24 18 0.34 BUNNY DROP GN VOL 05 HAC
25 23 0.33 BEAST & FEAST GN (MR) DIG
26 35 0.31 CAGE OF EDEN GN VOL 04 RAN
27 27 0.31 AMBIGUOUS RELATIONSHIP GN (MR) DIG
28 29 0.30 DEPRESSION O/T ANTI ROMANTICIST GN (MR) DIG
29 28 0.30 SOULLESS MANGA GN VOL 01 HAC
30 24 0.30 SKIP BEAT 3-IN-1 ED VOL 01 VIZ
31 16 0.29 ONE PIECE COLOR WALK SC (VIZ) VOL 02 VIZ
32 36 0.27 CERTAIN SCIENTIFIC RAILGUN GN VOL 03 ST.
33 37 0.27 BAMBOO BLADE TP VOL 12 HAC
34 46 0.27 STEPPING ON ROSES GN VOL 07 VIZ
35 47 0.27 ARATA THE LEGEND TP VOL 09 VIZ
36 33 0.26 HANA KIMI 3-IN-1 ED VOL 01 VIZ
37 41 0.26 SHUGO CHARA CHAN GN VOL 03 RAN
38 42 0.26 HOUSE OF ODD GN RAN
39 39 0.25 BLUE SHEEP REVERIE GN VOL 05 (MR) DIG
40 22 0.25 PUSH MAN AND OTHER STORIES TP (MR) DRA
41 51 0.25 FLUFFY FLUFFY CINNAMOROLL GN VOL 02 VIZ
42 49 0.25 ORESAMA TEACHER GN VOL 07 VIZ
43 25 0.24 GOOD BYE TP (MR) DRA
44 26 0.24 ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO TP (MR) DRA
45 44 0.23 UGLIES SHAYS STORY GN RAN
46 43 0.22 HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES TP VOL 06 VIZ
47 31 0.21 YOUNG MISS HOLMES COLL TP VOL 01 CASE 1-2 ST.
48 48 0.21 NO LONGER HUMAN GN VOL 03 (MR) RAN
49 50 0.21 LA CORDA DORO TP VOL 15 VIZ
50 40 0.21 TWIN SPICA GN VOL 12 RAN

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