Happy Listurday! Every Friday I’m going to pull together a list of lists for you—mostly they’ll be sales rankings and the sort, though if I find any awesome top-tens or fun stuff out there, you bet they’ll be here. Without further ado, let’s begin!
- USA Today’s top-selling 150 books list for Thanksgiving week is up, and if you scroll waaaay down past all the Twilight and Obama stuff, you’ll eventually find exactly one manga: Naruto volume 32, at #139. Okay, not a banner week for us.
- But don’t worry; there’s still plenty of manga on the BookScan top-selling graphic novels list for November 2008! Fruits Basket takes the #2 spot, with Naruto at #3 and #7 (for volumes 32 and 31 respectively). Yu-Gi-Oh GX #2 sits at 5 place, with Hellsing #9 (huzzah!) enjoying eighth place. Chibi Vampire #11 is the last manga in the top ten, at ninth place, but Ouran High School Host Club #11 is in eleventh. After that you have Fullmetal Alchemist #17 (13 place), Tsubasa #19 (14), Bleach: Souls Official Character Book (16), D.Gray-Man #11 (18), and Vampire Knight #5 (19). With 12 volumes, that means that manga makes up 60% of November’s top twenty graphic novels. Woot!
- Finally, NPR has five Best Graphic Novels of 2008, the third of which is Goodbye, a collection of dark and unhappy but phenomenal stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi and published by Drawn & Quarterly.
- Amazon.co.jp has posted the top-selling manga, graphic novels, and toys of 2008, among other categories. Nodame Cantabile #20 tops the manga chart, followed by Yotsuba&! #8 (oh, ADV…), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Tolmekia Battle Version (a seven-volume set), Fullmetal Alchemist #19, and Saint Young Men #1—a manga about Jesus and Buddha living together in modern-day Japan as roommates.
- Meanwhile, the top five light novels are Zero no Tsukaima #13, Spice and Wolf, Semaru Nick of Time: Full Metal Panic!, Saiunkoku Monogatari: Reimei ni Kohaku wa Kirameku, and Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita.
- On the toy front, Miku Hatsune’s Figma sold the most units, while Yotubsa&!’s Revoltech Danbo takes second place. Also in the top five: Good Smile Company’s Miku, Mugen Edamame (similar to the virtual bubble wrap, except it’s virtual edamame beans that you pop out of their pod), and Figma’s armored Saber.
- Moving along from Amazon to Oricon for their weekly rankings: only two anime DVDs made the top ten, Strike Witches #3 at fourth place and Kannagi #1 at sixth.
- Oricon also charts the top most-watched anime: Sazae-san took first (as usual), with Chibi Maruko-chan, One Piece, Ge Ge Ge no Kitarou, and Shin-chan rounding out the top five. In fact, all of the top ten are long-running shows, as opposed to the shorter/more recently-started shows. Will have to keep an eye on that!
And finally, Japan’s top-selling comics for the week (as opposed to Amazon’s, which are for the year) are Tsubasa #25, Negima #24, Daiya no A #13, Bloody Monday 8, and Major #69.
- Most of you guys are using the lists feature to collect shows you’ve watched in their entirety or really liked, but Void Wizard liked my idea of a My Waifus list and ran with his own. Remember, if you want to make a list, go to the character, series, franchise, etc. and hit the “Add to List” button (next to the “Edit” button). You can keep adding more stuff to the list there, or you can go back to it later by hitting “Lists” in the user dropdown at the top of the site!