February was a very good month for manga. The New York Times’ Graphic Books and Manga list was dominated by manga on its release today. The highest on the list was Koyoharu Gotouge and Ryoji Hirano‘s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba–Stories of Water and Flame, which ranked at #2.
Here are all the manga volumes that appeared on the list in their ranking order:
#4 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, Volume 1
#5 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen 0
#7 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, Volume 2
#8 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen, Volume 1
#9 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 1
#10 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, Volume 4
#11 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, Volume 3
#12 — Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō’s Dragon Ball Super, Volume 15
#14 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Volume 2
The New York Times’ Graphic Books and Manga list is a relatively new one, having its first listing in October 2019, among the newspaper’s new bestseller lists.
Further features in previous New York Times Graphic Books and Manga lists was the eighth volume of Chainsaw Man, which ranked at #8 in January’s list. In addition to this, the 13th volume of Jujutsu Kaisen ranked at #10, and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 ranked at #13. Lastly, the second volume of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ranked at #15 on the list.
Manga is on an upward push in terms of sales worldwide. This is due to a lot of factors. One factor is that manga is becoming more popular in Western countries. Another reason is that many popular anime adaptations of previously unknown manga have driven up interest in manga sales. A notable example of this is My Dress-Up Darling‘s original manga, which has reached a whole new milestone thanks to the success of the anime adaptation. My Dress-Up Darling‘s manga has now reached 4.5 million copies circulating in Japan. Another manga seeing success is My Hero Academia. An update came that the manga has hit 65 million copies in circulation worldwide with 20 million of those copies being sold outside of Japan.
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