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 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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Nanatsu No Taizai (Vol.41)

 

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.

 

Top-selling shonen manga by volume in June are:

 

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.20)
  2. World Trigger (Vol.22)
  3. Blue Exorcist (Vol.25) – Remastered edition
  4. Jujutsu Kaisen (Vol.11)
  5. Chainsaw Man (Vol.7)
  6. Owari No Seraph (Vol. 21)
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.18)
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.8)
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.19)
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.12)

 

 

World Trigger
World Trigger Vol 22

 

Owari No Seraph (Vol. 21)
Owari No Seraph (Vol. 21)

 

Chainsaw Man (Vol.7)
Chainsaw Man (Vol.7)

 

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

 

 

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.20)
  2. One Piece (Vol.96)
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer (Vol.9 – 19)
  4. Haikyu!! (Vol.43)
  5. Aijin (Vol.16)
  6. Nanatsu No Taizai (Vol.41)
  7. SPY x FAMILY (Vol.4)
  8. Grand Blue (Vol. 3)
  9. Kingdom (Vol.57)
  10. Fire Force (En En no Shobotai)

 

Haikyu!! Vol.43
Haikyu!! Vol.43

 

SPY x FAMILY (Vol.4)
SPY x FAMILY (Vol.4)

 

Grand Blue (Vol. 3)
Grand Blue (Vol. 3)

 

The complete top-selling list 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. The World Is Still Beautiful
  2. Namaiki Zakari
  3. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
  4. Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon
  5. Skip Beat!

 

The World Is Still Beautiful
The World Is Still Beautiful
Namaiki Zakari
Namaiki Zakari

 

Skip Beat!
Skip Beat!

 

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 2020 (first half).

 

The following cover from November 18, 2019 to May 17, 2020.

 

Best selling manga by series in Japan (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (45,297,633)
  2. One Piece (4,885,538)
  3. The Quintessential Quintuplets (4,240,192)
  4. Kingdom (3,512,571)
  5. My Hero Academia (3,339,656)

 

The Quintessential Quintuplets

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

 

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.12 )
  5. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.11 )
  6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.14 )
  7. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.13 )
  8. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.7 )
  9. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.8 )
  10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba  (Vol.9 )

 

 

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

 

Best selling light novel in Japan by Volume (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Kataha no Cho
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana
  3. Overlord 14
  4. Sword Art Online 23 Unital Ring II
  5. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU 14
  6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 16
  7. Classroom of the Elite 2-Nensei-Hen 1
  8. The Irregular at Magic High School 31
  9. Sword Art Online 24 Unital Ring III
  10. Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 17
The Irregular at Magic High School 31

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

 

Best selling light novel in Japan by Series (2020):

 

  1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  2. Sword Art Online
  3. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  4. Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
  5. Overlord
  6. Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
  7. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
  8. Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
  9. Seishun Buta Yaro (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)
  10. Classroom of the Elite

 

Seishun Buta Yaro (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai)

 

 

The complete top-selling list here.

 

 

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