Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top 50 Manga Releases of 2014 @ RACS

Here it is, our annual top sellers list in the Manga category here at RACS. This list is not sorted by revenue, but simply in order by the total number of units that RACS has shipped to customers between Jan-Dec 2014 and no preference is given to the timing of the release:

#1: ISBN-1626920316 Monster Musume, Vol #3

ISBN-1626920033 Monster Musume, Vol #2
ISBN-1626920460 Monster Musume, Vol #4
ISBN-1626921061 Monster Musume, Vol #5
ISBN-0316369008 Omamori Himari, Vol #11
ISBN-1937867904 Monster Musume, Vol #1
ISBN-1421539065 Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol #23
ISBN-0316376785 Omamori Himari, Vol #12
ISBN-1421569499 Rosario+Vampire Series II, Vol #13
ISBN-0316371230 Sword Art Online, Vol #1: Aincrad

ISBN-0316407366 High School DxD, Vol #1
ISBN-0316250863 High School of the Dead, Color Omnibus Edition #2
ISBN-1937867799 A Certain Scientic Railgun, Vol #9
ISBN-1937867720 Toradora, Vol #6
ISBN-1616554330 Oh My Goddess! Vol #46
ISBN-1616554323 Neon Genesis Evanglion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project , Vol #14
ISBN-1421573861 Claymore, Vol #25
ISBN-0316376822 High School DxD, Vol #2
ISBN-0316322355 Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, Vol #5
ISBN-1421559179 Kimi ni Todoke From Me to You, Vol #18

ISBN-0316294874 Spice and Wolf, Vol #9
ISBN-1421552347 Excel Saga, Vol #27
ISBN-1626920200 Dance in the Vampire Bund : Memories of a Sledge Hammer , Vol #2
ISBN-1626920163 Dragonar Academy, Vol #2
ISBN-1624591167 Dinner at the Shimoedas (Adult)
ISBN-1624590931 Power Play! (Adult)
ISBN-1612626765 Attack on Titan, Vol #10
ISBN-1421565491 Claymore, Vol #24
ISBN-1421560045 Nisekoi: False Love, Vol #2
ISBN-1421557991 Nisekoi: False Love, Vol #1

ISBN-1421539072 Hayate the Combat Butler, Vol #24
ISBN-0316376808 Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol #19
ISBN-0316336468 Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol #20
ISBN-0316322041 No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular , Vol #2
ISBN-0316286787 Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol #18
ISBN-1626920491 Mayo Chiki, Vol #7
ISBN-1626920279 Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows, Vol #2
ISBN-1626920040 Dragonar Academy, Vol #1
ISBN-1612625492 Genshiken : Second Season, Vol #4
ISBN-1421565859 Nisekoi: False Love, Vol #5

ISBN-1421564494 Nisekoi: False Love, Vol #3
ISBN-0316400800 Bunny Drop, Vol #10
ISBN-0316324274 Novel, Spice and Wolf #11
ISBN-1937867997 Love in Hell, Vol #2
ISBN-1626920514 Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales
ISBN-1626920446 Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends, Vol #8
ISBN-1626920354 Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends, Vol #7
ISBN-1626920071 Mayo Chiki!, Vol #6
ISBN-1626920064 Mayo Chiki, Vol #5
ISBN-1624590313 Ring x Mama, Vol #2 (Adult)

No doubt Monster Musume took the crown in 2014 to replace Rosario + Vampire (the 2013 winner) as the most popular Manga series here at RACS. And I have no doubt why - it's awesome! :-)


SFF said...

Thanks for providing this information. It's always interesting.

Attack On Titan #10 only. Random right?

And nothing for the criminally underrated Knights Of Sidonia?

How does that Manga sell?

Thank you again for taking the time. Good stuff.

Robert said...

All the Titan releases of 2014 are in the top 150. Remember that this list represents only around 6% or 7% of the total releases for the year. I'm thinking we got around 850ish new manga volumes last year, but I haven't bothered to get a formal count. RACS fans tend to fall into the more hard core rather than causal fan category, so their interests are always more focused within the genre and not as high with the more 'mainstream' or mass market titles. While Titan and Naruto will post right at the top of a general bookseller list, we will always see titles like SAO, DxD, Rosario, Mayo Chiki, Spice and Wolf, Haruhi, Claymore, and Dragonar do better here. These are the sort of titles that don't have as much crossover interest into other genres outside of core Anime and Manga fans. Titan, as good as it is, is definitely a crossover property.

Knights Of Sidonia Vol #11 and #12 rank in the 40th percentile, they are quite a ways down on the list. A good example of an excellent series that has only seen a very niche readership. We see a lot of that.

SFF said...

Thanks Robert. That's very interesting and insightful as always. Guess I'm showing my age as well as my interest.