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Breakout: Viz Signature/Sig Ikki et al.

filed under , 10 August 2010, 23:38 by

Viz has introduced several new brand names recently; there’s the Haikusoru fiction imprint, a new Shonen Sunday jacket dress that shows up to morning roll-call with a massive backlist (Inuyasha, Yakitate, and Case Closed are just for starters) (& definitely see also), the Sig Ikki website that is (I think?) technically just a part of Viz Signature but the publication details are perhaps secondary to the web push.

[and of course Shonen Jump & Shojo Beat, the venerable Ghibli Library, the license-to-print-money VizKids pokemon titles, and an English backlist that goes back to 2001. In some areas, I don’t even know what I’m missing when it comes to Viz, though I do know that someday I will own all of Eagle no matter what it costs.]

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So. No surprise, Viz publishes a lot of comics.

Of interest this week, and by request [thanks, Ed] (you certainly can follow me on twitter as well but I make no guarantees) we’re looking in depth at Sig, Sig Ikki, and a handful of titles — Pluto, 20th Century Boys, Vagabond, and maybe a couple others — mostly because I can.

[You don’t get this from BookScan, ICv2, or the New York Times. just sayin’]

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20th Century Boys

— you’ll note that not every volume ranks each and every week; the ‘new’ volume, #9, has the most consistent rankings over the 8 weeks for which I have comparable data — though preorders (note the rankings for vol 11) start 3 months in advance and are strongest following the first listing of the title on online sales sites.

Someone is reading it, past that I can’t draw more detailed conclusions.

18 Jul 1010. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 2 – Viz Signature, Apr 2009 [1.1] ::
25 Jul 789. ↑221 (1010) : 20th Century Boys 2 – Viz Signature, Apr 2009 [3.2] ::
01 Aug 887. ↓-98 (789) : 20th Century Boys 2 – Viz Signature, Apr 2009 [2.0] ::

25 Jul 903. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 3 – Viz Signature, Jun 2009 [2.0] ::
01 Aug 898. ↑5 (903) : 20th Century Boys 3 – Viz Signature, Jun 2009 [2.0] ::

27 Jun 953. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [1.4] ::
04 Jul 952. ↑1 (953) : 20th Century Boys 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [1.4] ::
25 Jul 920. ↑ (last ranked 4 Jul 10) : 20th Century Boys 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [1.9] ::
25 Jul 953. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [1.4] ::
01 Aug 905. ↑15 (920) : 20th Century Boys 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [1.9] ::

25 Jul 924. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 6 – Viz Signature, Dec 2009 [1.8] ::
01 Aug 913. ↑11 (924) : 20th Century Boys 6 – Viz Signature, Dec 2009 [1.8] ::

27 Jun 908. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 7 – Viz Signature, Feb 2010 [1.8] ::
04 Jul 906. ↑2 (908) : 20th Century Boys 7 – Viz Signature, Feb 2010 [1.8] ::
25 Jul 908. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 7 – Viz Signature, Feb 2010 [1.8] ::

20 Jun 170. ↓-4 (166) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [74.6] ::
27 Jun 215. ↓-45 (170) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [60.5] ::
04 Jul 292. ↓-77 (215) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [42.8] ::
11 Jul 464. ↓-172 (292) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [20.5] ::
18 Jul 1172. ↓-708 (464) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [0.2] ::
25 Jul 215. ↓-45 (170) : 20th Century Boys 8 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [60.5] ::

20 Jun 205. ↓-4 (201) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [61.0] ::
27 Jun 86. ↑119 (205) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [118.3] ::
04 Jul 103. ↓-17 (86) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [107.6] ::
11 Jul 164. ↓-61 (103) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [79.0] ::
18 Jul 261. ↓-97 (164) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [48.1] ::
25 Jul 336. ↓-75 (261) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [26.9] ::
25 Jul 86. ↑119 (205) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [118.3] ::
01 Aug 429. ↓-93 (336) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [17.1] ::
08 Aug 537. ↓-108 (429) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [9.7] ::

08 Aug 832. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 10 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [2.6] ::

04 Jul 842. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 11 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [2.6] ::
11 Jul 835. ↑7 (842) : 20th Century Boys 11 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [2.6] ::
18 Jul 1356. ↓-521 (835) : 20th Century Boys 11 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [0.1] ::

The ‘current’ volume for the time period considered, vol. 9, not only is a Top 500 title but manages an occasional Top 100 appearance; similarly, vol. 8 is also still in demand. Alas, the total lack of [tracked] sales of volume 1 points toward this being a fan-favorite only; not enough new readers were picking up the series in June or July.

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Pluto

20 Jun 558. ↑7 (565) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [12.1] ::
27 Jun 527. ↑31 (558) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [15.7] ::
04 Jul 475. ↑52 (527) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [20.9] ::
11 Jul 592. ↓-117 (475) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [10.3] ::
18 Jul 1085. ↓-493 (592) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [0.5] ::
25 Jul 1037. ↑48 (1085) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [0.9] ::
01 Aug 1393. ↓-356 (1037) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 1398. ↓-5 (1393) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 672. ↓-3 (669) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 2 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [6.0] ::
27 Jun 695. ↓-23 (672) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 2 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [5.7] ::
04 Jul 1327. ↓-632 (695) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 2 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1091. ↑ (last ranked 4 Jul 10) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 2 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.4] ::
25 Jul 1042. ↑49 (1091) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 2 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.9] ::

20 Jun 728. ↓-7 (721) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 3 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [4.0] ::
27 Jun 925. ↓-197 (728) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 3 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [1.7] ::
18 Jul 1104. ↑ (last ranked 27 Jun 10) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 3 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [0.4] ::
25 Jul 1046. ↑58 (1104) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 3 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [0.9] ::

20 Jun 842. ↓-47 (795) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 4 – Viz Signature, Jul 2009 [2.0] ::
27 Jun 880. ↓-38 (842) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 4 – Viz Signature, Jul 2009 [2.0] ::

20 Jun 824. ↓-50 (774) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 5 – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [2.2] ::
27 Jun 856. ↓-32 (824) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 5 – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [2.2] ::
01 Aug 1025. ↑ (last ranked 27 Jun 10) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 5 – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [1.0] ::
08 Aug 856. ↑169 (1025) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 5 – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [2.4] ::

20 Jun 806. ↓-49 (757) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 6 – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [2.4] ::
27 Jun 839. ↓-33 (806) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 6 – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [2.4] ::
01 Aug 1037. ↑ (last ranked 27 Jun 10) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 6 – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.9] ::
08 Aug 866. ↑171 (1037) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 6 – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [2.4] ::

20 Jun 850. ↑45 (895) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [2.0] ::
27 Jun 621. ↑229 (850) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [9.9] ::
04 Jul 555. ↑66 (621) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [13.9] ::
11 Jul 638. ↓-83 (555) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [7.9] ::
18 Jul 894. ↓-256 (638) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [2.2] ::
25 Jul 1197. ↓-303 (894) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [0.2] ::
01 Aug 1004. ↑193 (1197) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [1.1] ::
08 Aug 855. ↑149 (1004) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [2.4] ::

20 Jun 349. ↑5 (354) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [32.5] ::
27 Jun 521. ↓-172 (349) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [16.0] ::
04 Jul 566. ↓-45 (521) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [13.0] ::
11 Jul 423. ↑143 (566) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [25.0] ::
18 Jul 462. ↓-39 (423) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [21.2] ::
25 Jul 867. ↓-405 (462) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.3] ::
01 Aug 1011. ↓-144 (867) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [1.1] ::
08 Aug 872. ↑139 (1011) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.3] ::

Taking in the larger data set, we can see Pluto doing fairly well, actually. For the 8 weeks presented above, volumes 1, 7, and 8 are all solidly represented, with some decent movement on the backlist.

“Yes,” [you might be thinking to yourself,] “but what does a ranking in the 600s or 800s or 1000s even mean? It’s not a top ten, obviously.”

I’ll state it bluntly: if it shows up in my spreadsheet that means books are being sold online – it’s what I set out to track, it’s what I pull up from source charts weekly. So, yeah, #1011 seems like weak sauce; but out of 10,000 available volumes, even #1011 in a ranking means it outsells 90% of all other manga. And we likely only need to sell 5000 manga total [over it’s in-print life] to ‘break even’ — you can do your own math but at $10 a copy and the publishers’ take of 40% that’s $20K to just about cover printing & localization costs (printing @ let’s-call-it-$3-a-book with that leftover $5k for the translator, editorial, my convention travel costs, bar tabs, and legal expenses to defend against sexual harrasment suits) (that is to say, we’re still losing money)

—and I humbly invite correction, if you have actual publishing costs just laying around and cared to share—

But the midlist or slow-moving-backlist is actually a decent place to be for most publishers.

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Vagabond is the closest Viz Signature has to a “bestseller”

04 Jul 830. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [2.7] ::
11 Jul 802. ↑28 (830) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [3.0] ::
18 Jul 1108. ↓-306 (802) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [0.3] ::
01 Aug 885. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [2.1] ::
08 Aug 899. ↓-14 (885) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [2.1] ::

11 Jul 942. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 3 – Viz Signature, Sep 2002 [1.7] ::
18 Jul 950. ↓-8 (942) : Vagabond 3 – Viz Signature, Sep 2002 [1.7] ::

04 Jul 843. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 5 – Viz Signature, Apr 2003 [2.6] ::
11 Jul 843. ↔0 (843) : Vagabond 5 – Viz Signature, Apr 2003 [2.6] ::

04 Jul 874. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 6 – Viz Signature, Jun 2003 [2.2] ::
11 Jul 886. ↓-12 (874) : Vagabond 6 – Viz Signature, Jun 2003 [2.2] ::

04 Jul 948. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [1.5] ::
11 Jul 956. ↓-8 (948) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [1.5] ::
25 Jul 1089. ↑ (last ranked 11 Jul 10) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [0.6] ::
01 Aug 1082. ↑7 (1089) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [0.6] ::
08 Aug 867. ↑215 (1082) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [2.4] ::

04 Jul 965. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 14 – Viz Signature, Jul 2004 [1.3] ::
11 Jul 972. ↓-7 (965) : Vagabond 14 – Viz Signature, Jul 2004 [1.3] ::

27 Jun 1017. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 20 – Viz Signature, Mar 2005 [0.8] ::
04 Jul 1029. ↓-12 (1017) : Vagabond 20 – Viz Signature, Mar 2005 [0.8] ::
11 Jul 1050. ↓-21 (1029) : Vagabond 20 – Viz Signature, Mar 2005 [0.7] ::
18 Jul 1060. ↓-10 (1050) : Vagabond 20 – Viz Signature, Mar 2005 [0.7] ::

04 Jul 1199. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 22 – Viz Signature, Aug 2006 [0.1] ::
11 Jul 1208. ↓-9 (1199) : Vagabond 22 – Viz Signature, Aug 2006 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 1152. ↓-97 (1055) : Vagabond 23 – Viz Signature, Oct 2006 [0.1] ::
27 Jun 1205. ↓-53 (1152) : Vagabond 23 – Viz Signature, Oct 2006 [0.1] ::
04 Jul 914. ↑291 (1205) : Vagabond 23 – Viz Signature, Oct 2006 [1.8] ::
11 Jul 887. ↑27 (914) : Vagabond 23 – Viz Signature, Oct 2006 [2.2] ::
18 Jul 1088. ↓-201 (887) : Vagabond 23 – Viz Signature, Oct 2006 [0.4] ::

20 Jun 1083. ↓-104 (979) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [0.1] ::
27 Jun 864. ↑219 (1083) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [2.2] ::
04 Jul 743. ↑121 (864) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [4.3] ::
11 Jul 753. ↓-10 (743) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [3.8] ::
18 Jul 932. ↓-179 (753) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [1.8] ::
25 Jul 1057. ↓-125 (932) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [0.8] ::
01 Aug 878. ↑179 (1057) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [2.2] ::
08 Aug 889. ↓-11 (878) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [2.2] ::

04 Jul 1010. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 25 – Viz Signature, Feb 2007 [1.0] ::
11 Jul 1010. ↔0 (1010) : Vagabond 25 – Viz Signature, Feb 2007 [1.0] ::

04 Jul 1262. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 28 – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::
11 Jul 1253. ↑9 (1262) : Vagabond 28 – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::

04 Jul 1176. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 29 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [0.1] ::
11 Jul 1182. ↓-6 (1176) : Vagabond 29 – Viz Signature, May 2009 [0.1] ::

04 Jul 1212. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 31 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::
11 Jul 1215. ↓-3 (1212) : Vagabond 31 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 1218. ↑ (last ranked 11 Jul 10) : Vagabond 31 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::

25 Jul 971. ↑new (0) : Vagabond 32 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [1.4] ::
01 Aug 963. ↑8 (971) : Vagabond 32 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [1.4] ::

08 Aug 1018. ↑ (last ranked 13 Jun 10) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Sumi – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.9] ::
27 Jun 1141. ↑new (0) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.1] ::
04 Jul 1133. ↑8 (1141) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.2] ::
11 Jul 1289. ↓-156 (1133) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.1] ::
01 Aug 832. ↑ (last ranked 11 Jul 10) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [2.6] ::
08 Aug 724. ↑108 (832) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [4.2] ::

20 Jun 1090. ↑39 (1129) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.1] ::
27 Jun 508. ↑582 (1090) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [17.4] ::
04 Jul 405. ↑103 (508) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [27.4] ::
11 Jul 595. ↓-190 (405) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [10.2] ::
18 Jul 1137. ↓-542 (595) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.2] ::
25 Jul 1093. ↑44 (1137) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.6] ::
01 Aug 1188. ↓-95 (1093) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.2] ::
08 Aug 844. ↑344 (1188) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [2.5] ::

11 Jul 693. ↑new (0) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 2 – Viz Signature, Dec 2008 [5.6] ::
18 Jul 689. ↑4 (693) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 2 – Viz Signature, Dec 2008 [5.6] ::
08 Aug 772. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 2 – Viz Signature, Dec 2008 [3.5] ::
11 Jul 1255. ↑new (0) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 3 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1259. ↓-4 (1255) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 3 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 943. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 3 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [1.6] ::

20 Jun 136. ↑4 (140) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 7 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [87.5] ::
27 Jun 288. ↓-152 (136) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 7 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [42.5] ::

27 Jun 291. ↑new (0) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [42.0] ::
04 Jul 151. ↑140 (291) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [82.5] ::
11 Jul 163. ↓-12 (151) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [79.9] ::
18 Jul 127. ↑36 (163) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [98.1] ::
25 Jul 66. ↑61 (127) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [128.7] ::
01 Aug 60. ↑6 (66) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [135.1] ::
08 Aug 75. ↓-15 (60) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [119.6] ::

11 Jul 899. ↑new (0) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [2.1] ::
18 Jul 775. ↑124 (899) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [3.6] ::
25 Jul 895. ↓-120 (775) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [2.1] ::
01 Aug 1071. ↓-176 (895) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [0.7] ::
08 Aug 973. ↑98 (1071) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [1.3] ::

18 Jul 1121. ↑new (0) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 10 – Viz Signature, Jan 2011 [0.3] ::
25 Jul 910. ↑211 (1121) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 10 – Viz Signature, Jan 2011 [1.9] ::
01 Aug 1005. ↓-95 (910) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 10 – Viz Signature, Jan 2011 [1.1] ::

That was a longer block, let me parse it for you:

Note how the VizBig Collections are selling, particularly the ‘new’ one, VizBig vol. 8: it’s a top 100 title right now. Also, preorders for the later collections (VizBig 9, 10) started last month, likely as soon as they were listed on online sales sites.

Folks are buying this one.

It’s not Naruto or Vampire Knight, but there is some movement on this one, with one type of customer. It’s driven by the value-priced compilations, but that’s better than nothing. [and fans are also still “buying in”, big, with VizBig vol. 1]

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solanin

20 Jun 1224. ↑13 (1237) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::
27 Jun 897. ↑327 (1224) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [1.9] ::
04 Jul 787. ↑110 (897) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [3.3] ::
11 Jul 952. ↓-165 (787) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [1.5] ::
18 Jul 1342. ↓-390 (952) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::
25 Jul 1163. ↑179 (1342) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.2] ::
01 Aug 1154. ↑9 (1163) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.2] ::
08 Aug 1286. ↓-132 (1154) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::

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Rin-Ne

11 Jul 1342. ↑new (0) : Rin-Ne 2 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1364. ↓-22 (1342) : Rin-Ne 2 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 248. ↓-1 (247) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [53.1] ::
27 Jun 430. ↓-182 (248) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [25.0] ::
04 Jul 496. ↓-66 (430) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [19.6] ::
11 Jul 572. ↓-76 (496) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [12.2] ::
18 Jul 1181. ↓-609 (572) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.2] ::
25 Jul 1162. ↑19 (1181) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.2] ::
01 Aug 1227. ↓-65 (1162) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 1322. ↓-95 (1227) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.1] ::

The online-plus-print-edition seems to be working, but (at least for the two months tracked) doesn’t seem to encourage a whole lot of people to jump in by buying vol. 1. At least, this title doesn’t have a backlist yet; we’ll see how long it runs.

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Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix

just because

11 Jul 1038. ↑new (0) : Phoenix 3 – Viz Signature, Nov 2003 [0.9] ::
18 Jul 1040. ↓-2 (1038) : Phoenix 3 – Viz Signature, Nov 2003 [0.9] ::

27 Jun 807. ↑new (0) : Phoenix 4 – Viz Signature, May 2004 [3.0] ::
04 Jul 813. ↓-6 (807) : Phoenix 4 – Viz Signature, May 2004 [3.0] ::
25 Jul 807. ↑new (0) : Phoenix 4 – Viz Signature, May 2004 [3.0] ::

27 Jun 1207. ↑new (0) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::
04 Jul 1257. ↓-50 (1207) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::
11 Jul 1301. ↓-44 (1257) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1307. ↓-6 (1301) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::
25 Jul 1207. ↑new (0) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::
01 Aug 1256. ↑1 (1257) : Phoenix 5 – Viz Signature, Oct 2004 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 1013. ↓-67 (946) : Phoenix 6 – Viz Signature, Mar 2006 [0.3] ::

20 Jun 1095. ↓-106 (989) : Phoenix 7 – Viz Signature, Jun 2006 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 1124. ↓-97 (1027) : Phoenix 8 – Viz Signature, Sep 2006 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 1147. ↓-100 (1047) : Phoenix 9 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 1170. ↓-64 (1106) : Phoenix 10 – Viz Signature, Feb 2007 [0.1] ::
04 Jul 971. ↑ (last ranked 20 Jun 10) : Phoenix 10 – Viz Signature, Feb 2007 [1.3] ::
11 Jul 982. ↓-11 (971) : Phoenix 10 – Viz Signature, Feb 2007 [1.3] ::

20 Jun 830. ↓-50 (780) : Phoenix 12 – Viz Signature, Mar 2008 [2.2] ::

way down on my charts; needs new Deluxe Editions & a major marketing push. Viz? Got that? Kthxbye.

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Ooku: The Inner Chambers

20 Jun 687. ↑33 (720) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [5.4] ::
27 Jun 837. ↓-150 (687) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [2.4] ::
04 Jul 742. ↑95 (837) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [4.3] ::
11 Jul 902. ↓-160 (742) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [2.0] ::
25 Jul 1298. ↑ (last ranked 11 Jul 10) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.1] ::
01 Aug 1175. ↑123 (1298) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.2] ::
08 Aug 1155. ↑20 (1175) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.2] ::

20 Jun 369. ↑15 (384) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [29.8] ::
27 Jun 673. ↓-304 (369) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [6.8] ::
04 Jul 1126. ↓-453 (673) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [0.2] ::
11 Jul 1222. ↓-96 (1126) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1336. ↓-114 (1222) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [0.1] ::
25 Jul 1176. ↑160 (1336) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [0.2] ::
01 Aug 875. ↑301 (1176) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.2] ::
08 Aug 817. ↑58 (875) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.9] ::

01 Aug 1326. ↑new (0) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 448. ↑878 (1326) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [15.5] ::

Not much action on pre-orders, but a decent movement on books once they come out.

And bloggers talking about how good it is likely doesn’t hurt.

##

Oishinbo

News Flash: Oishinbo is selling.

20 Jun 103. ↑10 (113) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [107.5] ::
27 Jun 131. ↓-28 (103) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [91.1] ::
04 Jul 160. ↓-29 (131) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [78.5] ::
11 Jul 184. ↓-24 (160) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [69.4] ::
18 Jul 236. ↓-52 (184) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [55.3] ::
25 Jul 203. ↑33 (236) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [54.1] ::
01 Aug 235. ↓-32 (203) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [45.0] ::
08 Aug 362. ↓-127 (235) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [22.6] ::

20 Jun 313. ↑4 (317) : Oishinbo 2 Sake – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [38.1] ::
27 Jun 360. ↓-47 (313) : Oishinbo 2 Sake – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [31.3] ::
04 Jul 350. ↑10 (360) : Oishinbo 2 Sake – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [33.0] ::
11 Jul 511. ↓-161 (350) : Oishinbo 2 Sake – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [16.3] ::
18 Jul 1264. ↓-753 (511) : Oishinbo 2 Sake – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 142. ↑12 (154) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [85.8] ::
27 Jun 169. ↓-27 (142) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [73.2] ::
04 Jul 218. ↓-49 (169) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [58.6] ::
11 Jul 389. ↓-171 (218) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [29.1] ::
18 Jul 772. ↓-383 (389) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [3.6] ::
25 Jul 737. ↑35 (772) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [3.8] ::
01 Aug 685. ↑52 (737) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [4.9] ::
08 Aug 794. ↓-109 (685) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [3.2] ::

20 Jun 234. ↑12 (246) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [56.0] ::
27 Jun 214. ↑20 (234) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [60.6] ::
04 Jul 189. ↑25 (214) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [66.5] ::
11 Jul 309. ↓-120 (189) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [40.9] ::
18 Jul 488. ↓-179 (309) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [19.0] ::
25 Jul 599. ↓-111 (488) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [7.6] ::
01 Aug 1318. ↓-719 (599) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 1345. ↓-27 (1318) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 418. ↑35 (453) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [25.3] ::
27 Jun 322. ↑96 (418) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [37.0] ::
04 Jul 293. ↑29 (322) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [42.5] ::
11 Jul 453. ↓-160 (293) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [21.8] ::
18 Jul 536. ↓-83 (453) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [15.2] ::
25 Jul 518. ↑18 (536) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [11.6] ::
01 Aug 1028. ↓-510 (518) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [1.0] ::
08 Aug 1362. ↓-334 (1028) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [0.1] ::

20 Jun 300. ↑24 (324) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [40.2] ::
27 Jun 457. ↓-157 (300) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [23.1] ::
04 Jul 1043. ↓-586 (457) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.7] ::
11 Jul 1328. ↓-285 (1043) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.1] ::
18 Jul 1161. ↑167 (1328) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.2] ::
25 Jul 1175. ↓-14 (1161) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.2] ::
01 Aug 1349. ↓-174 (1175) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.1] ::
08 Aug 1164. ↑185 (1349) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.2] ::

20 Jun 274. ↑4 (278) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [46.8] ::
27 Jun 259. ↑15 (274) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [49.2] ::
04 Jul 279. ↓-20 (259) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [45.6] ::
11 Jul 411. ↓-132 (279) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [26.7] ::
18 Jul 483. ↓-72 (411) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [19.4] ::
25 Jul 357. ↑126 (483) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [25.0] ::
01 Aug 432. ↓-75 (357) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [17.1] ::
08 Aug 677. ↓-245 (432) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [5.0] ::

In terms of units sold, maybe Vagabond is the leader here, but Oishinbo has been an [maybe anticipated, but still] unbelievable success for the Signature line. Nothing here is Naruto — but what is, honestly? — Oishinbo is a solid midlist title and numerous fans are literally [given the cooking theme] salivating for more.

##

here’s the most recent [8 Aug] rankings for the non-Beat-Jump-Viz. Not complete, and as logged extensively above these titles move quite a bit from week to week, but here’s a full reckoning:

72. ↓-32 (40) : Inuyasha 50 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jul 2010 [122.7] ::
75. ↓-15 (60) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 8 – Viz Signature, Jul 2010 [119.6] ::
164. ↓-103 (61) : Case Closed 35 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jul 2010 [67.7] ::
236. ↑759 (995) : Inuyasha 51 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Aug 2010 [45.1] ::
243. ↑755 (998) : Biomega 3 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [43.4] ::
278. ↓-64 (214) : Afterschool Charisma 1 – Viz Sig IkkI, Jun 2010 [35.9] ::
348. ↓-98 (250) : Biomega 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2010 [24.0] ::
353. ↑5 (358) : Inuyasha 45 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Feb 2010 [23.5] ::
362. ↓-127 (235) : Oishinbo 1 Japanese Cuisine – Viz Signature, Jan 2009 [22.6] ::
395. ↓-5 (390) : Naoki Urasawa’s Monster 6 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [19.5] ::
447. ↓-104 (343) : Biomega 2 – Viz Signature, May 2010 [15.5] ::
448. ↑878 (1326) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 4 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [15.5] ::
465. ↓-86 (379) : Inuyasha 48 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [14.4] ::
529. ↓-72 (457) : Inuyasha 49 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jun 2010 [10.1] ::
536. ↓-23 (513) : Inuyasha 47 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Apr 2010 [9.7] ::
537. ↓-108 (429) : 20th Century Boys 9 – Viz Signature, Jun 2010 [9.7] ::
555. ↓-45 (510) : Yakitate!! Japan 23 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jul 2010 [9.0] ::
581. ↓-78 (503) : Arata the Legend 2 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jun 2010 [8.0] ::
622. ↑1 (623) : Inuyasha 46 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Mar 2010 [6.6] ::
677. ↓-245 (432) : Oishinbo 7 Izakaya: Pub Food – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [5.0] ::
683. ↓-165 (518) : Hyde & Closer 1 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jul 2010 [4.9] ::
700. ↓-19 (681) : Inuyasha VizBig Edition 4 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Aug 2010 [4.5] ::
704. ↑66 (770) : Uzumaki 3 – Viz Signature, Feb 2008 [4.5] ::
724. ↑108 (832) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Water – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [4.2] ::
733. ↑ (last ranked 25 Jul 10) : Case Closed 25 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Sep 2008 [4.1] ::
759. ↓-218 (541) : Arata the Legend 1 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Mar 2010 [3.7] ::
772. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 2 – Viz Signature, Dec 2008 [3.5] ::
794. ↓-109 (685) : Oishinbo 3 Ramen & Gyoza – Viz Signature, May 2009 [3.2] ::
799. ↑322 (1121) : Uzumaki 1 – Viz Signature, Oct 2007 [3.2] ::
817. ↑58 (875) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 3 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.9] ::
823. ↓-2 (821) : Inuyasha 32 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2008 [2.8] ::
832. ↑new (0) : 20th Century Boys 10 – Viz Signature, Aug 2010 [2.6] ::
844. ↑344 (1188) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [2.5] ::
852. ↓-3 (849) : Inuyasha 20 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Dec 2004 [2.5] ::
855. ↑149 (1004) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 7 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [2.4] ::
856. ↑169 (1025) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 5 – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [2.4] ::
858. ↓-28 (830) : Naoki Urasawa’s Monster 3 – Viz Signature, Jun 2006 [2.4] ::
866. ↑171 (1037) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 6 – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [2.4] ::
867. ↑215 (1082) : Vagabond 8 – Viz Signature, Jan 2004 [2.4] ::
872. ↑139 (1011) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 8 – Viz Signature, Apr 2010 [2.3] ::
889. ↓-11 (878) : Vagabond 24 – Viz Signature, Dec 2006 [2.2] ::
899. ↓-14 (885) : Vagabond 1 – Viz Signature, May 2002 [2.1] ::
933. ↑8 (941) : Inuyasha 33 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Apr 2008 [1.7] ::
941. ↓-1 (940) : Maoh Juvenile Remix 1 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [1.6] ::
943. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 3 – Viz Signature, Mar 2009 [1.6] ::
971. ↑6 (977) : Inuyasha 44 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2010 [1.3] ::
973. ↑98 (1071) : Vagabond VizBig Edition 9 – Viz Signature, Oct 2010 [1.3] ::
992. ↑7 (999) : Yakitate!! Japan 21 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2010 [1.2] ::
1018. ↑ (last ranked 13 Jun 10) : Vagabond The Art of Vagabond: Sumi – Viz Signature, Sep 2008 [0.9] ::
1044. ↑ (last ranked 4 Jul 10) : Children of the Sea 1 – Viz Sig IkkI, Jul 2009 [0.7] ::
1051. ↑23 (1074) : Yakitate!! Japan 22 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Apr 2010 [0.7] ::
1054. ↑new (0) : Inuyasha 52 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Sep 2010 [0.7] ::
1074. ↑23 (1097) : Inuyasha 14 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2003 [0.5] ::
1092. ↑6 (1098) : Inuyasha VizBig Edition 1 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Nov 2009 [0.4] ::
1097. ↑125 (1222) : Inuyasha 56 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jan 2011 [0.4] ::
1100. ↑ (last ranked 18 Jul 10) : Inuyasha VizBig Edition 5 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Nov 2010 [0.3] ::
1155. ↑20 (1175) : Ooku: The Inner Chambers 1 – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.2] ::
1164. ↑185 (1349) : Oishinbo 6 The Joy of Rice – Viz Signature, Nov 2009 [0.2] ::
1181. ↑148 (1329) : Kekkaishi 1 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2005 [0.2] ::
1211. ↓-3 (1208) : Inuyasha 7 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Dec 2003 [0.1] ::
1218. ↑ (last ranked 11 Jul 10) : Vagabond 31 – Viz Signature, Jan 2010 [0.1] ::
1223. ↑ (last ranked 25 Jul 10) : Inuyasha VizBig Edition 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.1] ::
1234. ↑ (last ranked 25 Jul 10) : Inuyasha VizBig Edition 2 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Feb 2010 [0.1] ::
1252. ↑new (0) : Inuyasha 38 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Jul 2009 [0.1] ::
1277. ↑13 (1290) : Inuyasha 27 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Oct 2006 [0.1] ::
1286. ↓-132 (1154) : solanin – Viz Signature, Oct 2008 [0.1] ::
1322. ↓-95 (1227) : Rin-Ne 3 – Viz Shonen Sunday, May 2010 [0.1] ::
1326. ↓-143 (1183) : Case Closed 10 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Mar 2006 [0.1] ::
1345. ↓-27 (1318) : Oishinbo 4 Fish, Sushi, & Sashimi – Viz Signature, Aug 2009 [0.1] ::
1362. ↓-334 (1028) : Oishinbo 5 Vegetables – Viz Signature, Sep 2009 [0.1] ::
1375. ↑new (0) : Inuyasha 5 – Viz Shonen Sunday, Oct 2003 [0.1] ::
1398. ↓-5 (1393) : Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka 1 – Viz Signature, Feb 2009 [0.1] ::

##

[Ed, ask for clarifications in the comments (or on twitter) and I’ll break it down further for you.]



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