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.

 

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One Punch Man (Vol.23)

 

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 February are:

 

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.2)
  2. One Piece (Vol.98)
  3. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.15)
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.2) [E-book]
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Gotoge Koyoharu Art Book
  6. World Trigger (Vol.23)
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.1)
  8. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.14)
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 22)
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 11)

 

Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.2)

 

World Trigger (Vol.23)

 

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. World Trigger (Vol.23)
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.2)
  3. One Punch Man (Vol.23)
  4. Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life: Daini no Shokugyo wo Ete, Sekai Saikyou ni Narimashita (Vol.4)
  5. Bimyou ni Yasashii Ijimekko (Vol.1-2)
  6. High-Rise Invasion (Vol.1-3)
  7. Fire Force (Vol.1-3)
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Fanbook: Kisatsutai Kenbunroku (Vol.1)
  9. Mushishi (Vol.2)
  10. Yowamushi Pedal (71)

 

Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life: Daini no Shokugyo wo Ete, Sekai Saikyou ni Narimashita (Vol.4)

 

High-Rise Invasion (Vol.2)

 

Fire Force (Vol.3)

 

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. Ukkari Heika no Ko wo Ninshin shite shimaimashita: Ouhi Berta no Shouzou
  2. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
  3. Uchi no Otouto-domo ga sumimasen
  4. Chocolate Vampire
  5. Skip Beat!
  6. Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru
  7. Horimiya
  8. Promise Cinderella
  9. Honey Lemon Soda
  10. Yoru no Yomeiri

 

Ukkari Heika no Ko wo Ninshin shite shimaimashita: Ouhi Berta no Shouzou

 

Chocolate Vampire

 

Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru

 

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 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.

 

 

If you read light novels, you need to watch this video.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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