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 2021
  • and more!

 

This post is based on quantitative data!

 

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Let’s get started!

 

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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 August are:

 

  1. One Piece (Vol. 103)
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.20)
  3. Tokyo Revengers (Vol. 29)  
  4. Spy × Family (Vol.1-3 Box Set) 
  5. Shangri-La Frontier (Vol.9) 
  6. SLAM DUNK [New Cover Edition] (Vol.1-20 Complete Set) 
  7. Spy × Family (Vol.1-9 Box Set) 
  8. Kaiju No.8 (Vol.7)  
  9. Dragon Ball Super (Vol.19) 
  10. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Vol.15)  

 

Shangri-La Frontier

 

Shangri-La Frontier (Vol.9)

 

 

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

 

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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. Zatch Bell! II (Vol.5) 
  2. GIANT KILLIN (Vol.61) 
  3. Golden Kamuy (Vol.31) 
  4. Futari Solo Camp (Vol.13) 
  5. Honey Lemon Soda (Vol.20) 
  6. Battle Studies (Vol.32) 
  7. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Vol.21) 
  8. Blue Lock (Vol.20) 
  9. Kimi ni Todoke Bangai-hen: Unmei no Hito (Vol.3) 
  10. Battle Studies (Vol.33) 
Golden Kamuy (Vol.31)

 

Battle Studies (Vol.32)

 

Blue Lock (Vol.20)

 

 

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

 

 

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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. Akuyaku Reijou desu ga, Shiawase ni Natte Misemasu wa! (Vol.7)
  2. Coffee & Vanilla (Vol.20)
  3. Akuyaku Reijou wa Dekiai Route ni Hairimashita!? (Vol.5)
  4. Yakudatazu Seijo to Norowareta Seikishi: Omoidezukuri de Kokuhakushitara Kyuukon & Dekiaisaremashita (Vol.2)
  5. Kishi Danchou wa Moto Megane Shoujo wo Hitorijime Shitai  (Vol.3)

 

Akuyaku Reijou desu ga, Shiawase ni Natte Misemasu wa! (Vol.7)

 

Yakudatazu Seijo to Norowareta Seikishi: Omoidezukuri de Kokuhakushitara Kyuukon & Dekiaisaremashita (Vol.2)

 

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

 

The complete top-ranking list is here.

 

 

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 2021.

 

The lists above cover sales of physical copies surveyed from November 23, 2020, to November 21, 2021.

 

 

Best selling manga by series in Japan (2021):

 

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen (30,917,746)
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (29,511,021)
  3. Tokyo Revengers (24,981,486)
  4. Shingeki No Kyojin (7,332,398) 🔥
  5. My Hero Academia (7,020,361)

 

Attack On Titan Vol.1

 

Source

 

 

Best selling manga by volume in Japan (2021):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  Vol.23 (5,171,440)
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Side Story (2,374,621)
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.14 (2,312,250)
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.15 (2,306,950)
  5. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.16 (2,098,087)
  6. One Piece Vol.98 (2,018,042)
  7. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koto Senmon Gakko (1,930,831)
  8. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fan Book II (1,630,162)
  9. One Piece Vol.99 (1,863,574)
  10. One Piece Vol.100 (1,839,886)

 

Kimetsu No Yaiba Side Story

 

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koto Senmon Gakko

 

 

The complete top-selling list can be seen here.

 

 

Also, don’t forget to check out how much a manga artist makes per year.

 

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

 

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