One Piece Tops Circana Bookscan Sales Chart For April 2023
The official website for Circana Bookscan, formerly NPD, reports that One Piece reached first place in terms of sales in the U.S. for April 2023. With its 102nd volume, One Piece manages to come on top of newer manga that are currently on the rise, namely Kaiju No. 8 and Spy x Family.
In One Piece volume 102, the story of the Wano Arc reached its climax with the strongest members of the Straw Hat Pirates fighting against the strongest members of the Thousand Beast pirates. Sanji vs Queen, Zoro vs King, and Luffy vs Kaido. As it happens, this covers the anime episodes that aired this past March and April. That might explain the increase in sales during that period, as the anime viewers decided to buy the original manga in order to find out what happens next in the story.
It is worth mentioning, however, that this data comes solely from Circana Bookscan, so other companies, such as Amazon or Book Walker, might have an entirely different ranking altogether. That being said, Circana collected its sales data from books that are printed and sold in around 85% of the U.S. trade print book market. Furthermore, the data is collected from over 16,000 locations, including mass merchandisers, chains, independent bookstores, and many others. So even though it may not reflect the state of the market as a whole, we can safely conclude that Circana’s data is fairly representative of the U.S. adult graphic novel market.
According to Circana, although the overwhelming majority of the best-selling adult graphic novels in April 2023 come from Japanese manga, there are also some American comic books that manage to break through the ranks. Not only that, compared to the previous month, the titles that manage to get into the best-selling rank in April 2023 are quite diverse, instead of the same titles dominating the entire list, such as what happened with Chainsaw Man back in January.
Here’s the list of the top 10 best-selling adult graphic novels market according to Circana Bookscan:
- One Piece Vol. 102
- Kaiju No. 8 Vol. 6
- Spy X Family Vol. 9
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin HC
- Jujutsu Kaisen Vol. 19
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. 1
- Chainsaw Man Vol. 1
- Spy X Family Vol. 1
- My Dress-Up Darling Vol. 8
- Solo Leveling Vol. 6
One Piece may be the oldest ongoing manga on the list, but even after nearly three decades, the fact that it still manages to rank at the top of the list is a feat that not many manga, or other comic books and graphic novels for that matter, can hope to achieve. This is a testament to how much the fans loved the series and are willing to support it to this day.
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