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 either 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’ll 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 a Manga recommendation, you will love this post.

 

Let’s start!

 

Rakuten

 

I think that you 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 May are:

 

  1. Kinnikuman (First Release Limited Case Edition)
  2. The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Vol. 11)
  3. One Punch Man (Vol. 19)
  4. My Hero Academia (Vol. 23)
  5. Yowamushi Pedal (Vol. 61)
  6. My Hero Academia (Vol. 21)
  7. Kinnikuman (Vol. 67)
  8. Act-Age (Vol.6)
  9. Magical Battle (Vol. 5)
  10. Haikyu!! (Vol. 38)

 

My Hero Academia (Vol. 21)
My Hero Academia (Vol. 21)

 

One Punch Man (Vol. 19)
One Punch Man (Vol. 19)

 

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. Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 28)
  2. One Piece (Vol. 92)
  3. Black Clover (Vol. 20)
  4. Haikyu!! (Vol. 37)
  5. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (Vol. 34)
  6. Days (Vol. 32)
  7. The Quintessential Quintuplets (Vol. 9)
  8. Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!? (Vol. 1)
  9. Ace of Diamond (Vol. 16)
  10. Kimetsu No Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol. 15)

 

Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 28)
Shingeki No Kyojin: Attack On Titan (Vol. 28)

 

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 female manga) are:

  1. Dangerous Lover
  2. Come to kiss me at 0:00 am
  3. Yona of the Dawn
  4. Barairo no yakusoku
  5. The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

 

Dangerous Lover

 

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
  2. Sword Art Online
  3. The Irregular at Magic High School
  4. No Game No Life
  5. KonoSuba

 

Sword Art Online: light novel
Sword Art Online: light novel

 

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.

 

And if you’re looking for popular Anime in Japan check out:

 

 

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