Japanese manga continues to captivate readers worldwide, much like its American comic book counterparts. For manga enthusiasts, keeping an eye on the top-selling titles is an exciting way to discover new reads. As we find ourselves halfway through 2023, the Oricon manga sales rankings for the first half of the year have been released, offering a glimpse into the manga landscape. Surprisingly, the sports manga Blue Lock has claimed the coveted top position, outshining juggernauts such as One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen. Let’s delve deeper into the Oricon manga sales rankings for the first half of 2023 to see where your favorite manga stands.
The first half of 2023 seemed to fly by, and Oricon’s manga sales rankings until May 2023 have arrived. It’s worth noting that the manga sales for highly popular anime adaptations like Chainsaw Man, Blue Lock, and Spy x Family have experienced a meteoric rise. However, one manga has emerged as the clear victor.
These manga series are all serialized in Shonen Jump, and here’s a ranked list of the top-selling manga for the first half of 2023:
- Blue Lock – 8,046,032 copies sold
- Chainsaw Man – 4,492,906 copies sold
- Slam Dunk – 4,199,966 copies sold
- Jujutsu Kaisen – 3,757,215 copies sold
- One Piece – 3,550,097 copies sold
- Spy x Family – 2,688,171 copies sold
- Tokyo Revengers – 2,622,078 copies sold
- My Hero Academia – 1,887,507 copies sold
- Oshi no Ko – 1,690,722 copies sold
- Kingdom – 1,569,434 copies sold
The fact that Blue Lock, a sports manga, has confidently surpassed some of the most popular shonen manga series to claim the number one spot is nothing short of astonishing. It’s surprising to see it outperform beloved titles like Jujutsu Kaisen, Chainsaw Man, and even One Piece, securing its position as the best-selling manga in the Oricon Manga sales ranking for 2023.
Several factors may have contributed to Blue Lock’s exceptional sales. The ongoing World Cup and the release of the first season of the Blue Lock anime likely attracted numerous fans to the manga. Blue Lock’s achievement is notable as it stands as the sole sports manga to achieve such record-breaking sales. Chainsaw Man, animated by Mappa Studios, takes the second spot, riding the wave of its successful first season. Meanwhile, Slam Dunk’s surprising resurgence in sales can be attributed to the recent release of the Slam Dunk movie.
As we eagerly await the second season of Jujutsu Kaisen, scheduled to premiere in the near future, its manga sales are expected to soar even higher, particularly after the completion of the highly anticipated Gojo’s Past Arc (cour 1).
For years, One Piece has maintained its stronghold at the top of Oricon’s manga sales rankings, and the ongoing Egghead arc is garnering acclaim as one of the series’ best arcs to date. The remaining ranks are occupied by Spy x Family, Tokyo Revengers, My Hero Academia, and Kingdom, all of which recently concluded their respective anime seasons, contributing to their impressive manga sales. Additionally, Oshi no Ko is gaining momentum, thanks to its promising anime adaptation and the accompanying surge in manga sales.
While these are the current rankings for the first half of 2023, it’s important to note that these standings could shift significantly by the year’s end. With thrilling storylines unfolding, such as the highly anticipated battles in Jujutsu Kaisen, the sales dynamics are likely to witness drastic changes. As manga readers, we can eagerly anticipate how the landscape will evolve in the coming months and which titles will ultimately dominate the sales charts.
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