I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

 

“I want to start a great new manga but having thousands of different ones every season, I don’t know which one to read.”

 

Or am I wrong?

 

What you might do is ask a friend, or possibly just head to Google and search “popular manga in Japan” or “best selling manga in Japan.”

 

I noticed that the second method isn’t all that efficient. The results you get from search engines are not entirely accurate.

 

Well, in this post, I will show four rankings that Japanese people use to discover:

 

  • Trending shonen manga in Japan
  • Most popular digital manga in Japan
  • Best selling shoujo manga in Japan
  • Best selling manga in 2020
  • Best selling light novel in 2020
  • and more!

 

This post is based on quantitative data!

 

If you are looking for manga recommendations, you will love this post.

 

Let’s get started!

 

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Kingdom (Vol.59)
Kingdom (Vol.59)

 

Rakuten

 

I think that you’ll have heard of Rakuten, it’s probably the biggest e-commerce company in Japan. It’s often called “Japanese Amazon”.

 

They actually have a manga ranking where you can see the top-selling manga on Rakuten.

 

Top-selling shonen manga by volume in December are:

 

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.1-23)
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.13-14)
  3. Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (VOL.33)
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.1-12)
  5. SPYxFAMILY 6

 

This ranking is being dominated by Kimetsu No Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen.

 

Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.13)
Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.13)

 

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.23)
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.23)

 

 

The complete top-selling list can be seen here (in Japanese).

 

 

Oricon

 

The last ranking that I would like to show is Oricon. You can find there the best selling light novel, manga & books in general for 2020.

 

The following covers from November 18, 2019, to November 22, 2020.

 

 

Best selling manga by series in Japan (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (82,345,447)
  2. Kingdom (8,251,058)
  3. One Piece (7,709,667)
  4. Haikyu!! (7,212,099)
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen (6,702,736)

 

Haikyu!! (Vol.45)
Haikyu!! (Vol.45)

 

Source

 

 

Best selling manga by volume in Japan (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.18 )
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.19 )
  3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.1 )
  4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.8 )
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.7 )
  6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.9 )
  7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.11 )
  8. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.2 )
  9. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.10 )
  10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.12 )

 

 

The complete top-selling list can be seen here.

 

 

Best selling light novel in Japan by Volume (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana (923,139)
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Kataha no Cho (913,388)
  3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaKaze no Michishirube (607,347)
  4. Overlord 14 (228,628)
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train (light novel version) (197,397)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana

 

Source

 

 

Best selling light novel in Japan by Series (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  2. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
  3. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  4. Sword Art Online
  5. Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

 

Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

 

Source

 

 

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Mangazenkan

 

Mangazenkan is a popular site in Japan to buy manga. They also have their own ranking based on their top-sellers.

 

You can filter by digital & physical manga!

 

The most popular digital manga in Japan right now are:

 

  1. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Vol.16)
  2. Land of the Lustrous (Vol.1)
  3. The Apothecary Diaries (Vol.7)
  4. Land of the Lustrous (Vol.2-3)
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.22)
  6. My Dress-Up Darling (Vol.6)
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer

 

Land of the Lustrous
Land of the Lustrous

 

The Apothecary Diaries
The Apothecary Diaries

 

My Dress-Up Darling
My Dress-Up Darling

 

The complete top-selling list can be seen here (in Japanese).

 

 

CMOA

 

Another fantastic manga ranking is CMOA.

 

Compared with the other rankings, CMOA focuses more on teenage girls and adult women.

 

You can filter by Shoujo, Aoi, Josei manga, etc.

 

The highest rated shoujo manga (teenage girls manga) are:

 

  1. Bibliophile Princess
  2. Ookami Ryoushu no Ojou-sama
  3. Suteki na Kareshi
  4. Coffee & Vanilla
  5. Kusuriya no Hitorigoto: Maomao no Koukyuu Nazotoki Techou
  6. Kotei-tsuki Jokan wa Hanayome to Shite Nozomare Naka
  7. Ukkari Heika no Ko wo Ninshin shite shimaimashita: Ouhi Berta no Shouzou
  8. Ryuukishi no Okiniiri
  9. Isekai de “Kuro no Iyashi Te” tte Yobareteimasu
  10. Akuyaku Reijou desu ga, Shiawase ni Natte Misemasu wa!

 

Bibliophile Princess
Bibliophile Princess

 

Suteki na Kareshi
Suteki na Kareshi

 

 

Note: Most of the above haven’t been translated into English.

 

The complete top-ranking list is here.

 

 

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Which Manga are you reading currently? Let me know right now in the comments below!

 

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