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A classic manga returned to North American shores in 2012 as Kodansha Comics brought Sailor Moon back into print, and the publisher's Sailor Moon Volume 3 was the best-selling manga to direct market specialty retailers for the year.

Other publishers in the top ten include Dark Horse Comics and VIZ Media.

TOP 100 MANGA
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in Calendar Year 2012

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 2 3.20 NOV111036 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 03 $10.99 RAN
2 1 3.02 JAN120091 EMPOWERED TP VOL 07 $16.99 DAR
3 4 2.88 DEC111121 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 04 $10.99 RAN
4 11 2.64 DEC111231 NARUTO TP VOL 55 $9.99 VIZ
5 12 2.60 NOV111126 NARUTO TP VOL 54 $9.99 VIZ
6 16 2.51 FEB121183 NARUTO TP VOL 56 $9.99 VIZ
7 5 2.49 FEB121079 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 05 $10.99 RAN
8 18 2.38 APR121262 NARUTO TP VOL 57 $9.99 VIZ
9 7 2.34 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
10 13 2.15 APR121134 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 06 $10.99 RAN
11 28 2.08 AUG121347 NARUTO TP VOL 59 $9.99 VIZ
12 29 2.07 JUN121344 NARUTO TP VOL 58 $9.99 VIZ
13 20 1.90 JUN121186 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 07 $10.99 RAN
14 35 1.76 MAY121323 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 09 (OF 9) $9.99 VIZ
15 27 1.72 AUG121202 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 08 $10.99 RAN
16 23 1.67 NOV111151 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
17 10 1.66 MAR120028 USAGI YOJIMBO TP VOL 26 TRAITORS O/T EARTH $16.99 DAR
18 37 1.66 NOV111125 BLEACH TP VOL 38 $9.99 VIZ
19 19 1.66 MAY120066 BERSERK TP VOL 36 $14.99 DAR
20 38 1.63 JAN121283 BLEACH TP VOL 39 $9.99 VIZ
21 17 1.63 NOV111155 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 05 (MR) $13.99 HAC
22 6 1.60 OCT110056 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $19.99 DAR
23 43 1.52 APR121263 BLEACH TP VOL 42 $9.99 VIZ
24 45 1.51 MAR121239 BLEACH TP VOL 40 $9.99 VIZ
25 31 1.51 FEB121204 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 09 $11.99 HAC
26 8 1.51 MAR120059 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 25 $19.99 DAR
28 47 1.49 APR121264 BLEACH TP VOL 43 $9.99 VIZ
27 48 1.49 MAR121240 BLEACH TP VOL 41 $9.99 VIZ
29 21 1.47 FEB121207 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 06 (MR) $13.99 HAC
30 49 1.46 MAY121325 BLEACH TP VOL 44 $9.99 VIZ
31 34 1.45 SEP111140 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
32 51 1.44 MAY121326 BLEACH TP VOL 45 $9.99 VIZ
33 53 1.42 SEP121242 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
34 58 1.40 AUG121350 BLEACH TP VOL 50 $9.99 VIZ
35 14 1.39 JAN120105 FLCL OMNIBUS GN $19.99 DAR
36 61 1.38 AUG121351 BLEACH TP VOL 51 $9.99 VIZ
37 60 1.38 JUL121266 BLEACH TP VOL 48 $9.99 VIZ
38 62 1.37 JUL121267 BLEACH TP VOL 49 $9.99 VIZ
39 99 1.33 JUL084337 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 01 OCARINA OF TIME PT 1 $7.99 VIZ
40 66 1.33 JUN121346 BLEACH TP VOL 47 $9.99 VIZ
41 67 1.32 JUN121345 BLEACH TP VOL 46 $9.99 VIZ
42 69 1.28 MAR121241 YU GI OH ZEXAL GN VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
43 36 1.28 MAY121352 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 10 $11.99 HAC
44 41 1.27 NOV111034 NEGIMA GN VOL 33 (MR) $10.99 RAN
45 76 1.26 SEP121245 BLEACH TP VOL 52 $9.99 VIZ
46 77 1.25 DEC111232 ONE PIECE TP VOL 61 $9.99 VIZ
47 119 1.24 JUL053236 DEATH NOTE TP VOL 01 $7.99 VIZ
48 81 1.24 SEP121246 BLEACH TP VOL 53 $9.99 VIZ
49 79 1.23 NOV111127 ONE PIECE TP VOL 60 $9.99 VIZ
50 39 1.23 JUL121308 YOTSUBA & ! GN VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
51 33 1.21 MAY121355 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 07 (MR) $13.99 HAC
52 46 1.20 DEC110082 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 41 $12.99 DAR
53 88 1.20 OCT121253 BLEACH TP VOL 54 $9.99 VIZ
54 132 1.19 SEP084329 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 02 OCARINA OF TIME PT 2 $7.99 VIZ
55 87 1.18 OCT111248 YU GI OH GX GN VOL 08 (OF 9) $9.99 VIZ
56 91 1.17 FEB121185 ONE PIECE TP VOL 62 $9.99 VIZ
57 85 1.17 OCT110054 GATE 7 TP VOL 02 $10.99 DAR
58 54 1.16 APR120050 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 42 $12.99 DAR
59 95 1.15 APR121259 ONE PIECE TP VOL 63 $9.99 VIZ
60 59 1.13 OCT110055 GANTZ TP VOL 21 $12.99 DAR
61 63 1.13 FEB121078 NEGIMA GN VOL 34 (MR) $10.99 RAN
62 44 1.12 NOV108173 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
63 26 1.11 MAY120065 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 $19.99 DAR
64 105 1.10 JUL121265 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
65 107 1.10 OCT111250 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 07 $9.99 VIZ
66 108 1.09 AUG121349 ONE PIECE TP VOL 65 $9.99 VIZ
67 65 1.09 DEC110084 GANTZ TP VOL 22 $12.99 DAR
68 55 1.08 DEC111253 SOUL EATER TP VOL 08 $11.99 HAC
69 56 1.07 AUG121391 BLACK BUTLER TP VOL 11 $11.99 HAC
70 113 1.07 JAN121284 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 08 $9.99 VIZ
71 126 1.06 SEP110044 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 10 $9.99 DAR
72 110 1.06 NOV111134 YU-GI-OH 5DS GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
73 32 1.05 MAR100080 CARDCAPTOR SAKURA DARK HORSE OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
74 70 1.05 FEB120058 GANTZ TP VOL 23 $12.99 DAR
75 74 1.04 APR121133 NEGIMA GN VOL 35 (MR) $10.99 RAN
76 121 1.03 APR121273 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 14 $9.99 VIZ
77 42 0.99 NOV101099 HIGH SCHOOL OF DEAD GN VOL 01 (MR) $13.99 HAC
78 131 0.99 APR121268 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
79 83 0.99 APR120049 GANTZ TP VOL 24 $12.99 DAR
80 135 0.99 JUN121342 ONE PIECE TP VOL 64 $9.99 VIZ
81 122 0.98 MAY120064 OREIMO TP VOL 01 $10.99 DAR
82 136 0.98 NOV111131 BAKUMAN TP VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
83 72 0.97 MAR121276 SOUL EATER TP VOL 09 $11.99 HAC
84 143 0.97 JAN121282 BAKUMAN TP VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
85 187 0.97 NOV084335 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 03 MAJORAS MASK $7.99 VIZ
86 90 0.96 JUN120053 GANTZ TP VOL 25 (MR) $12.99 DAR
87 73 0.94 MAR121275 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA GN VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
88 96 0.92 AUG120087 OH MY GODDESS RTL TP VOL 43 $12.99 DAR
89 102 0.92 JUL121135 NEGIMA GN VOL 36 (MR) $10.99 RAN
90 156 0.92 AUG121352 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 10 $9.99 VIZ
91 169 0.91 FEB120057 NGE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT TP VOL 11 $9.99 DAR
92 148 0.91 FEB120056 GATE 7 TP VOL 03 $10.99 DAR
93 159 0.91 AUG121343 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 15 $9.99 VIZ
94 84 0.90 SEP108189 SOUL EATER TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
95 111 0.90 DEC111043 XXXHOLIC GN VOL 19 $10.99 RAN
96 209 0.90 STAR19164 (USE OCT128164) NARUTO TP VOL 01 $7.95 VIZ
97 168 0.88 JUL128200 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TP VOL 13 $9.99 VIZ
98 141 0.86 NOV110055 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE TP VOL 12 (MR) $11.99 DAR
99 98 0.86 MAY121350 SOUL EATER NOT TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
100 40 0.86 DEC110081 MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH DARK HORSE OMNIBUS ED VOL 02 $19.99 DAR

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Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 accounts, comprised of comic book specialty shops and other merchant stores and buyers. The shops are primarily located in North America, with a percentage of sales also to international stores and buyers located throughout the world. The account base includes not only brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, but also Internet stores, chain stores, and other specialty stores.

Unit and retail dollar sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

About the Diamond Sales Index: The Sales Index of selected monthly Best Seller Charts is presented as a comparative tool for retailers and publishers. It presents Diamond’s monthly sales for individual titles in relation to Diamond’s total sales for the issue of DC Comics' monthly Batman comic book. (Batman is used as the control title — with a value of 100 — because sales of Batman remain relatively stable.) This allows for easy comparison to other titles and helps retailers gauge their orders for all other titles. This formula is only a guide, other factors may impact a titles' ability to sell in certain locations and clientele.