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!

 

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

 

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 July are:

 

  1. One Piece (Vol.99)
  2. Shingeki No Kyojin (Vol.34)
  3. Tokyo Revengers (Vol.23)
  4. Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Roman Tan Hokkaido-hen-
  5. Blue Exorcist (Vol.27)
  6. Tokyo Revengers (Vol.22)
  7. Boku No Hero Academia (Vol.31)
  8. Diamond no Ace Act II (Vol.27)
  9. Tokyo Revengers (Vol.6-7)
  10. Tokyo Revengers (Vol.5)

 

Tokyo Revengers (Vol.23)

 

Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Roman Tan Hokkaido-hen-

 

Blue Exorcist (Vol.27)

 

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

 

 

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.18)
  2. Tokyo Revengers (Vol.1)
  3. Mystery to Iunakare (Vol.8)
  4. DON’T TOY WITH ME, MISS NAGATORO (Vol.3)
  5. Police in a Pod (Vol.1-2)
  6. Devils’ Line (Vol.3)
  7. Yowamushi Pedal (Vol.73)
  8. A Silent Voice (Vol.2)
  9. Interviews with Monster Girls (Vol.2)
  10. Devils’ Line (Vol.3)

 

Mystery to Iunakare (Vol.8)

 

Devils’ Line (Vol.3)

 

Interviews with Monster Girls (Vol.2)

 

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

 

 

What do Re:Zero, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Mushoku Tensei all have in common?

 

Find it out:

 

 

 

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. Mirai no Danna-sama (Vol.7)
  2. The Dragon Knight’s Beloved (Vol.4)
  3. Tonari no Seki no, Igarashi-kun (Vol.23)
  4. My Happy Marriage (Vol.7)
  5. Namete, Kajitte, Tokidoki Medete (12 vol set)
  6. Hakushaku Reijou wa Kenen no Naka no Elite Kishi to Kyousei-teki ni Tsugai ni Saserareru (Vol.4)
  7. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Vol.6)
  8. Isekai de Cafe wo Kaiten Shimashita. (Vol.10)
  9. Honey Lemon Soda (Vol.16)
  10. Akuyaku Reijou wa Oshi ga Touto Sugite Kyou mo Shiawase (Vol.1)

 

Mirai no Danna-sama (Vol.7)

 

The Dragon Knight’s Beloved (Vol.4)

 

Tonari no Seki no, Igarashi-kun (Vol.23)

 

 

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

 

The complete top-ranking list is here.

 

 

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

 

Click on the image to watch the video.

 

 

 

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 following covers from November 23, 2020 to May 23, 2021.

 

 

Best selling manga by series in Japan (2021):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (26,351,483)
  2. Jujutsu Kaisen (23,797,483)
  3. Tokyo Revengers (5,007,825)
  4. Shingeki No Kyojin (4,635,754) ?
  5. Chainsaw Man (4,181,650)

 

 

Tokyo Revengers (Vol.1)

 

 

Source

 

 

Best selling manga by volume in Japan (2021):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  Vol.23 (4,982,832)
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Side Story (2,289,411)
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.14 (2,055,130)
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.15 (2,055,130)
  5. One Piece Vol.98 (1,876,047)
  6. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koto Senmon Gakko (1,640,157)
  7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fan Book II (1,630,162)
  8. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.1 (1,552,810)
  9. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.9 (1,535,199)
  10. Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.8 (1,534,949)

 

Kimetsu No Yaiba Side Story

 

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koto Senmon Gakko

 

 

The complete top-selling list can be seen here.

 

 

 

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