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Dark Horse Comics' Blade of the Immortal Volume 26: Blizzard was the best-selling manga title to direct market retailers in March. In total, Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten.

Other publishers in the top ten include VIZ Media (with 6 titles, led by One Piece Volume 66 at #2) and Yen Press (one title, Soul Eater Volume 13 at #7).

TOP 50 MANGA
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2013

QTY
RANK
DOLLAR
RANK
INDEX ITEM CODE DESCRIPTION PRICE VENDOR
1 1 1.35 NOV120067 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 26 BLIZZARD (MR) $19.99 DAR
2 4 1.06 DEC121281 ONE PIECE TP VOL 66 $9.99 VIZ
3 2 0.97 NOV120063 TRIGUN MULTIPLE BULLETS TP $13.99 DAR
4 10 0.85 DEC121295 ROSARIO VAMPIRE SEASON II TP VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
5 11 0.82 DEC121299 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 16 $9.99 VIZ
6 6 0.82 NOV120064 BLOOD C GN VOL 01 $12.99 DAR
7 5 0.80 JAN131351 SOUL EATER TP VOL 13 $11.99 HAC
8 13 0.73 DEC121282 BAKUMAN TP VOL 18 $9.99 VIZ
9 8 0.70 OCT121259 NAOKI URASAWA 21ST CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 02 $12.99 VIZ
10 15 0.70 JAN131338 POKEMON ADVENTURES TP VOL 15 $9.99 VIZ
11 3 0.63 NOV120065 TOKYO BABYLON GN VOL 01 $19.99 DAR
12 21 0.56 DEC121280 BARRAGE TP VOL 01 $9.99 VIZ
13 18 0.52 DEC120825 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH MAGIC WITHIN TP VOL 01 $10.99 ARC
14 22 0.52 JAN131339 POKEMON THE MOVIE KYUREM VS SWORD OF JUSTICE GN $9.99 VIZ
15 7 0.49 NOV120066 ANGELIC LAYER TP BOOK 02 $19.99 DAR
16 14 0.47 DEC121221 ALICE I/T COUNTRY CLOVER CHESHIRE CAT WALTZ GN VOL 04 (MR) ( $13.99 ST.
17 16 0.46 JAN131348 DURARARA SAIKA TP VOL 01 $11.99 HAC
18 23 0.45 NOV120068 VAMPIRE HUNTER D NOVEL VOL 19 MERCENARY ROAD (MR) $11.99 DAR
19 9 0.45 DEC121291 NEON GENESIS EVANGELION 3-IN-1 ED TP VOL 02 $19.99 VIZ
20 26 0.40 DEC121284 RIN-NE GN VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
21 29 0.38 DEC121285 VAGABOND TP VOL 34 (MR) $9.95 VIZ
22 19 0.38 DEC121290 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 3-IN-1 ED TP VOL 04 $14.99 VIZ
23 12 0.37 JAN131349 HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY GN VOL 21 MASSACRE ARC PT 3 (NOTE PR $18.99 HAC
24 24 0.32 DEC121222 MAYO CHICKI GN VOL 02 $12.99 ST.
25 33 0.32 DEC121294 PSYREN GN VOL 09 $9.99 VIZ
26 34 0.30 DEC121286 DEMON LOVE SPELL GN VOL 02 $9.99 VIZ
27 35 0.29 DEC121297 FUSHIGI YUGI GENBU KAIDEN TP VOL 11 $9.99 VIZ
28 31 0.28 DEC121302 BTOOOM GN VOL 01 (MR) $11.99 HAC
29 17 0.27 DEC121163 NEGIMA OMNIBUS GN VOL 06 (MR) $19.99 RAN
30 27 0.27 JAN131347 DARK HUNTERS INFINITY TP VOL 01 $12.99 HAC
31 20 0.27 JAN131346 BLOOD LAD OMNIBUS GN VOL 02 $18.99 HAC
32 30 0.26 JAN131352 WITCH & WIZARD MANGA GN VOL 03 $12.99 HAC
33 37 0.26 DEC121289 07 GHOST GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
34 39 0.24 DEC121283 ARATA THE LEGEND TP VOL 13 $9.99 VIZ
35 47 0.23 DEC121292 WINX CLUB GN VOL 06 $6.99 VIZ
36 40 0.22 DEC121287 STROBE EDGE GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
37 42 0.21 DEC121298 ORESAMA TEACHER GN VOL 13 $9.99 VIZ
38 28 0.20 DEC121100 COLORFUL DREAMS GN (A) $17.95 801
39 43 0.20 OCT043092 MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO GN VOL 03 $9.99 VIZ
40 36 0.19 DEC121288 SKIP BEAT 3-IN-1 ED TP VOL 04 $14.99 VIZ
41 38 0.18 JAN131350 JACK FROST TP VOL 07 $11.99 HAC
42 32 0.18 DEC121101 EXTRA JUICY GN (A) $17.95 801
43 25 0.18 JAN131320 PARADISE KISS TP VERTICAL INC ED VOL 03 $19.95 RAN
44 41 0.17 DEC121227 HIS FAVORITE GN VOL 03 $12.99 VIZ
45 44 0.15 DEC121278 HEROMAN GN VOL 03 $10.95 RAN
46 46 0.14 JAN131199 GENSHIKEN SECOND SEASON GN VOL 02 $10.99 RAN
47 50 0.11 JUL111150 SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01 $10.99 RAN
48 45 0.10 JAN131267 DEMONS SERMON ON THE MARTIAL ARTS GN $14.95 RAN
49 68 0.10 JUL084337 LEGEND OF ZELDA GN VOL 01 OCARINA OF TIME PT 1 $7.99 VIZ
50 75 0.09 JUL053236 DEATH NOTE TP VOL 01 $7.99 VIZ

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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.