Friday, December 4, 2009

2009's Top-Selling Manga in Japan, by Series

The following chart covers sales from November 17, 2008 to November 22, 2009. No new manga volume of Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys was released in 2009. However over 2.6 million more copies of the suspense manga were still sold on the strength of the ongoing movie trilogy.

Similarly, sales of Riko Miyagi's Mei-chan no Shitsuji manga jumped thanks to the 2009 live-action television drama series. A week after the drama's January premiere, the first seven volumes of the manga entered the weekly top-30 sales chart and almost doubled their sales to date — even though the first volume was released back in November of 2006.

1   One Piece    Eiichiro Oda    14,721,241    Shueisha

2 Naruto Masashi Kishimoto 6,836,494 Shueisha
3 Bleach Kubotite 6,471,021 Shueisha
4 Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa 5,810,522 Square Enix
5 Gintama Hideaki Sorachi 4,733,511 Shueisha
6 Katekyo Hitman Reborn! Akira Amano 3,694,323 Shueisha
7 Mei-chan no Shitsuji Riko Miyagi 3,076,659 Shueisha
8 Fairy Tail Hiro Mashima 2,886,942 Kodansha
9 20th Century Boys Naoki Urasawa 2,655,379 Shogakukan
10 Saint Young Men (Saint O-nii-san) Hikaru Nakamura 2,614,269 Kodansha

Source: Oricon

New Code Geass Project's Launch Revealed

Bandai's mobile phone website is hosting a graphic that reads as follows:

New Code Geass Project Launch Green-Lit!

Wait for more info in 2010!!

The image adds that this project represents a "rebirth" and that Geass will take a new step starting today. The message is signed with the name, "ZERO."

In the January 2009 issue of Gakken's Animedia magazine, the Sunrise anime studio indicated the possibility of more plans for its Code Geass science-fiction franchise. Sunrise created and animated the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series and its R2 sequel. Sunrise did not indicate the format that any hypothetical future plans might take. The Adult Swim television programming block ran Bandai Entertainment's adaptation of the R2 sequel in North America.

SOURCE (animenewsnetwork)