No one would be surprised to find out chainsaw man is a manga bestseller, or that Junji Ito remains a perennial favorite among horror fans. Shonen fans know how hard it is to collect mid-series One piece and Naruto volumes, and this is not news Demon Hunter and Jujutsu Kaisen Top sales charts.
In American bookstores, other trends are a bit more surprising. While currently airing anime always see a surge in manga sales, sheer willpower and Booktok’s help make other manga surprisingly reliable sellers. Both new and current fans keep publishers on their toes by buying up reissues of these comeback hits and sending these cult classics flying off bookstore shelves.
10 Some editions of Banana Fish are not available (Banana Fish)
banana fish is not new, but it is certainly popular. The BL-centric action series first debuted as a manga in the late ’80s, but an anime adaptation in 2019 helped introduce the series to a new legion of fans.
Trouble is, publishers have largely dropped the ball on renewed interest in banana fish. Volumes like 16 and 14 are not available anywhere and resell for several hundred dollars when they come out. Until demand mysteriously drops or publishers catch up with the stormy demand, banana fish Fans will experience real heartbreak alongside the heartbreak that makes the story so resonant.
9 Manwha Sales Increase (Solo Leveling)
While most people think of Japan when they hear manga, more and more Korean manwha are taking audiences by storm and are being marketed the same way as their Japanese counterparts. Above all, Solo leveling is a frequent bestseller in both its manwha and light novel forms. Boosted in part by the full-color illustrations and online hype, Solo leveling must be refilled almost constantly.
Other Korean series have also started to spread in bookstores. infernal has a Netflix connection which will surely boost sales, and The Abandoned Empress steadily sells to shojo fans who branch out into broader series.
8th Chinese Light Novels Are Selling Well (Mo Dao Zu Shi)
That’s not surprising Mo Dao Zu Shi is popular. The series was a worldwide hit and its live-action counterpart, the untamed, broke viewership records across China. The author’s follow-up seriesHeavenly Officer’s Blessing, streaming on Netflix. It seems that Danmei (BL) author Mo Xiang Tong Xiu was almost alone in helping Chinese light novels gain a foothold in the West.
The first English novellas by will be published in December 2021 The Blessing of the Heavenly Official (The Grand Master of Demonic Cultivation and Scum-Villain’s self-saving system) took three places in the top ten of the NYT bestseller list in one fell swoop. It was a particularly successful market entry.
7 Inspirational Misconduct (Yarichin B**tch Club)
Many bookstores have started to separate manga by content. Film series that require censorship have their own shelf and are marked with parental advice stickers. These series often contain explicit sexual content that is more offensive to the average American buyer than the violence that manga is known for.
Booksellers who stock shelves in the censored books department will notice an amusing and annoying trend. Yarichin B**ch Cluban explicit BL series, is often plucked from the packaging and abandoned by readers who can’t bring the books home where their family could see them. Yarichin B**ch Club is certainly a popular manga, arguably surpassing better BL series as well as popular mainstream series.
6 A heartbreaking coming-of-age story (Nana)
Nana is no longer available in English these days, more or less out of print, apart from volumes 1 and 21. Anytime Nana back in the camps, it doesn’t stay there long. A whole new generation embraces nanas heartbreaking coming-of-age story.
Hopefully publishers will take the lead to ensure this groundbreaking classic continues to reach the audience it always has.
5 A story that is always in demand (Blue Flag)
Blue flag doesn’t have an anime adaptation yet, which comes as a surprise to booksellers. The slice of life drama series is written with such grace and nuance that it deserves all the hearty critical acclaim it gets. Unfortunately, many volumes fall in and out of print even as they trend online, and Blue flag‘s 8 volumes are not easy to buy all at once.
It’s good to see a series like Blue flag asked. Blue flag features characters of all sexual orientations, all entangled in friendship and love. Blue flag feels real in a way that few manga do.
4 A Popular Title With Tweens (Toilet-Bound Hanako Kun)
Style over substance is often a criticism that anime receives. However, in the case of hanako kun, That didn’t deter fans in the least. Hanako Kun has currently published 12 volumes in English, and the series continues to sell steadily two years after the anime aired. Hanako Kun is particularly popular with younger teens who admire the cartoonish art style and reimagining of urban legends.
There’s no denying that the art is fantastic and the characters beautifully designed, and middle school ghost stories will always be a hit with younger viewers.
3 Nostalgia Keeps Zelda in the Charts (The Legend Of Zelda)
Link is an awesome video game protagonist, but not one that’s particularly well known for his characterization. As a character who fills in for the player, Link’s defining traits include his affection for Zelda, his borderline muteness, and his habit of destroying things that don’t belong to him.
Despite this, Zelda’s manga adaptations are selling with steady persistence. People just can’t get enough of Hyrule, no matter the format.
2 This Manga Is Still Selling Like New (I Hear The Sunspot)
I hear the sunspot is a BL series that has plenty going for it, including the portrayal of deafness, realistic storytelling and characterization, and a steady, slow-burning romance that’s as enjoyable as it is heartwarming. It deserves the awards it has received and has received many.
Few BL series are actually a series, often compiled into just 1 or two volumes. I hear the sunspot belongs to a new generation that is overcoming this limitation and has achieved five excellent volumes before graduating.
1 Readers can’t get enough of Inio Asano (Goodnight Punpun, Girl On The Shore).
Oyasumi Punpun is a series that haunts everyone who reads it and solanine is sometimes read in college courses alongside graphic novel classics as Mouse and Guardian. Mangaka Inio Asano has essentially managed to build a reputation as a mainstream artist, someone who isn’t afraid to delve into the darkest aspects of humanity.
One might think such a bleak worldview would turn readers off, but this is far from the case. girl on the shore, Nijihara hologramand Good night Punpun regularly sold out. Through word of mouth or reputation, Asano’s works captivate readers seeking the invigorating solace of realism.
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