New York Times’s Manga Best-sellers list June 27-July 03
How are the books are ranked?
Rankings reflect weekly sales for books sold in both print and electronic formats as reported by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket and discount department stores; and newsstands. E-book rankings reflect sales from leading online vendors of e-books in a variety of popular e-reader formats.
Symbols to Know
The Previous rating will be marked with the #P(revious rating of the week before) symbol and the #W(eeks on list) represent the number of weeks the books has been on the list.
1. NARUTO, VOL. 51, by Masashi Kishimoto. [2W,1P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Political intrigue abounds! What happened between Danzo, the leader of Konoha, and his brother, Itachi? And where does Naruto fit in?
2. VAMPIRE KNIGHT, VOL. 12, by Matsuri Hino. [2W, 2P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Cross Academy has day and evening students, but the latter have a secret: they are vampires.
3. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, VOL. 25, by Hiromu Arakawa. [2W, 4P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Two brothers harmed in a ritual that was half magic/half science seek the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to make things right.
4. OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB, VOL. 16, by Bisco Hatori. [2W, 5P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) In this romantic comedy, Haruhi, a poor girl at a rich school, is forced to work — as a boy — for the school’s all-male club.
5. BLEACH, VOL. 35, by Tite Kubo. [2W,3P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Ichigo Kurosaki sees dead people and must help usher them safely into the afterlife.
6. BLUE EXORCIST, VOL. 2, by Kato Kazue. [2W, 6P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Rin Okumura joins an exorcist academy in order to control his inner demon. Will his classmates find out about his satanic bloodline?
7. MAXIMUM RIDE, VOL. 4, by James Patterson and NaRae Lee. [9W, 8P] (Yen Press, $12.99.) Isn’t being a kid hard enough? For this group, who are also part bird, nothing comes easy. In this volume: has the temporary safe haven dulled their edge? No worries, there are secrets even here.
8. BAKUMAN, VOL. 5, by Tsugumi Ohba. [7W, 2P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) This series is about grade-school boys who want to become professionals in the manga industry. Do they have what it takes?
9. ONE PIECE, VOL. 57, by Eiichiro Oda. [2W, 8P] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Monkey D. Luffy, who has the power to stretch like rubber, searches with a motley crew of would-be pirates for a legendary treasure called “One Piece.”
10. BLACK BIRD, VOL. 8, by Kanoko Sakurakoji. [6W, unchanged rank] (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Misao Harada can see into a magical realm where she is the bride demon of prophecy. How will she survive the pursuit of demons who want the power in her blood?