Manga Dominates June 2021 Top 20 Graphic Novel Bookscans

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The NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list was dominated not by any of the usual suspects, but by Japanese manga. ‘My Hero Academia’ takes the number one spot with ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ and ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ taking several slots. This is the third month in a row that manga has taken over.

Clownfish TV reported in June how ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ was outselling comic books from the largest publishers.

“Demon Slayer has reportedly outsold the entire North American comic book industry in 2020, but journalists are trying very hard to disclaim that,” Kneon notes. “No matter how you slice it, manga is seeing a surge in popularity while the American comic book industry is coasting on fumes. The corporate owners of Marvel and DC comics probably have a lot of questions…”

According to the Anime News Network,

#1 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 28
#2 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man volume 5
#3 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 10
#4 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 22
#5 — Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note Black Edition volume 1
#6 — Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan volume 1
#7 — Tatsuya Endō’s SPY x FAMILY volume 5
#8 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 3
#9 — Junji Ito’s Uzumaki Hardcover
#10 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 1
#11 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 8
#12 — Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia volume 27
#13 — Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man volume 3
#14 — Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland volume 1
#15 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 9
#16 — Iro Aida’s Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun volume 1
#17 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 4
#18 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 10
#19 — Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 13
#20 — Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen volume 2

They add that the “BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues. The rankings cover about 85% of the U.S. trade print book market.”


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