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

 

“I want to start up 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 you might 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 2018
  • Best selling light novel in 2018
  • 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!

 

Rakuten

 

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

 

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

 

The website is in Japanese, so Google Translate will be your friend here.

 

 

 

 

 

Top-selling shonen manga by volume in September are:

 

  1. One Piece (Vol. 94)
  2. Gintama Koushiki Fan Book
  3. Haikyuu!! (Vol. 39)
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer Fan Book
  5. Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 38)
  6. Shingeki no Kyojin (Vol. 29)
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 5)
  8. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (Vol. 11)
  9. Yowamushi Pedal (Vol. 63)
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 10)

 

Gintama Koushiki Fan Book

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

Mangazenkan

 

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

 

You can filter by digital & physical manga!

 

The most popular digital manga in Japan right now are:

 

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 16)
  2. Kingdom (Vol. 55)
  3. Quintessential Quintuplets (Vol. 10)
  4. Dr. Stone (Vol. 11)
  5. My Hero Academia (Vol. 24)
  6. Promised Neverland (Vol. 15)
  7. Shingeki no Kyojin (Vol. 29)
  8. One Piece (Vol. 93)
  9. Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Vol. 15)
  10. Cells at Work! (Vol. 5)

 

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 16)
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 16)

 

 

If you don’t speak Japanese, don’t forget to right-click and translate the website.

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

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. Seirou Opera (Vol. 11)
  2. Mint Chocolate (Vol. 4)
  3. Share (Vol. 3)
  4. BLACK BIRD (Vol. 18)
  5. Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 30)

 

Seirou Opera (Vol. 11)

 

Note: Most of the above hasn’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 in 2018.

 

Best selling light novel in Japan (2018):

 

  1. Overlord (Vol. 13)
  2. Sword Art Online Progressive (Vol. 5)
  3. Sword Art Online Progressive (Vol. 6)
  4. The Irregular at Magic High School (Vol. 24)
  5. The Irregular at Magic High School (Vol. 25)

 

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Overlord

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

 

Best selling manga by volume in Japan (2018):

 

  1. One Piece (Vol. 88)
  2. One Piece (Vol. 89)
  3. One Piece (Vol. 90)
  4. Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 24)
  5. Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 25)
  6. Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 26)
  7. Hunter x Hunter (Vol. 35)
  8. Hunter x Hunter (Vol. 36)
  9. Kingdom (Vol. 50)
  10. Kingdom (Vol. 49)

 

One Piece (Vol. 88)
One Piece (Vol. 88)

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

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