New York Times Manga Best Seller List: April 19-25, 2015

I makes me happy to see Akame ga Kiru doing so well. It has some great characters despite being very dark.

Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of April 19-25, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Akame ga Kill! Volume 2 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
2. Log Horizon Volume 1 by Mamare Touno and Kazuhiro Hara
3. Big Hero 6 Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno
4. Citrus Volume 2 by Saburouta
5. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui
6. Attack on Titan Volume 15 by Hajime Isayama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
8. Akame ga Kill! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
9. Assassination Classroom Volume 3 by Yusei Matsui
10. Assassination Classroom Volume 2 by Yusei Matsui

Source: The New York Times

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18 comments on “New York Times Manga Best Seller List: April 19-25, 2015

  1. David A says:

    A yuri manga is almost at the top 3?

    • That is rather troubling, isn’t it? Well, if you recall the Latin word for the capital sin of lust, luxuria, it only makes sense that such literature would become more popular the more wealthy a society becomes. Riches have ever led away from God, whether one speaks about the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance or the present day.

      Still, it’s unfortunate that a Yuri manga is beating so many other manga which try to tell a genuine story rather than appeal to one’s libido!

      • David A says:

        Looking at the other offerings, these is Assasination Clasroom too, that has “typical” fanservice…. well, that other manga is going to become typical now, lots of series feature yuri as fanservice or plot point.

        Decadent entertainment in rich societies? I think there is more to that.. In some societies, aristocrats maintained public morals too. It has to do with more secularism and worldliness.
        The Reinassance of the Quattrocento saw a revival of superstition and paganism… retreating of the influence of true religion, gives space to these things.

        Also, weare seeing new symptons in this sublunar world… things that weren’t as prominent as before.

      • I suppose wealth isn’t the sole factor, but wealth does give one the ability to pursue comfort and pleasure rather than the will of God and Kingdom of Heaven. And then, wealthy societies are not built upon the aristocracy, which has a code of honor, but upon commercial success. In the past, America possessed pride in its heritage and a more rigorous education system. Both of which make people less self-centered and hence less susceptible to the dangers of wealth.

        Now, however, the goal of education is seen as getting a good job, the humanities are considered worthless, and religion has little importance in the lives of most. This leads to the sort of self-centered culture where the possession of wealth does the most harm.

  2. Cytrus says:

    Whoooooooa! Huge time-out here, please!

    I hope you are aware (well, I kind of know you aren’t, considering the response above) that your average yuri manga is ten times more chaste than a fanservice-filled title like Akame ga Kill. Stuff like K-on and Kiniro Mosaic and selling lust in the same sentence leaves me like o_o??? Or Yuru Yuri, the flagship of Yuri Hime (the magazine where Citrus is published), with characters getting to hold hands (and only because they are scared) after over a hundred chapters? Sounds lusty as hell to me.

    I never really planned to read Citrus, but your comments made me. There is much more physical intimacy there than in the average yuri title… but throughout the first few chapters, the emptiness of a physical relationship as opposed to true love is a major theme, so the title seems to be quite hard on the lust issue.

    I suppose the “yuri = two hot girls going at it” idea comes from people who never read yuri at all. Like, “I don’t get yuri, but I get porn, maybe yuri is kind of like porn!”. Genius.

    By the way, the niche-within-a-niche which concentrates on the physical aspects of yuri relationships and is more likely to portray them in “lust-inducing” ways is called レズ/rezu (from the English “lesbian”, as you might guess).

    • I had no idea that K-on and Kiniro Mosaic were yuri titles. It gives me great pleasure to hear that yuri manga is not as decadent as I thought. You might say that I made the same mistake some people make with their conception of anime.

      Then again, I have a general prejudice against romance stories. To me, the main goal of a story should not be the main character’s love life. If Citrus featured a heterosexual romance, I’d still think that there exists a more worthy manga to hold its place.

      In any event, you make the story of Citrus sound somewhat compelling. If you do read it, enjoy. But, there must be something better!

      • Cytrus says:

        The thing with yuri is that the term spans female relationships from deep and intimate friendship (like a female version of bromance) to clear-cut romance. So what is or isn’t yuri will vary depending on whom you ask.

        Citrus, from what I’ve glimpsed, is mostly a classical shoujo title (in terms of both art and content) with a homosexual twist. The genre’s tropes aren’t my favorite (Me and my best friend are in love with the say guy, uh, girl! Woe is me!), but I guess it must get something right if it’s that popular.

        Still not good enough for what is basically my namesake manga, though :D.

      • I’m one of those who only count clear-cut romance as yuri. I mean, some people say that all intimate same-sex friendships are really homosexual; but, I have a suspicion that people who claim this have no friends–or at least no intimate friends.

        Oh, that is right about your handle! I hadn’t noticed until you mentioned it. Concerning the manga’s popularity, my hope is that Citrus is at least as funny as Nozaki-kun and that it hasn’t snagged the hearts of thousands with a dead serious, angst-ridden romance.

  3. David A says:

    The problem of yuri, even if there isn’t any fanservice, is homosexuality, that’s all.

    Of course, I guess is now an unpopular opinion, but the objectionable things from a Catholic perspective don’t stop at plain lust only.

    • True enough, homosexual acts are wrong, and homosexuality is a bad tendency. Still, literature does have the power to promote understanding of other human beings–especially those who are very different from us. So, perhaps, the certain forms of yuri–especially if one includes merely intimate friendship between two women in that genre–might actually be of benefit in leading one to understand them. If one understands them, one has compassion for them. And if one has compassion for them, one can help them to hope in the Gospel and a better way of life. After all, the G. K. Chesterton’s master thief, Flambeau, only stopped stealing after Father Brown explained to him why he stole and what he really desired.

      But, one need not read yuri in order to understand lesbians. (I myself avoid the genre). Paife in The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye and Yayoi in Psycho-Pass are two of my favorite characters in anime, and neither of them feature in yuri series though they happen to have that orientation.

      • David A says:

        Intimate friendships aren’t yuri.

        From my understanding, is not morally correct to read material that presents sin as something good. Aaand, that is the base of my frequent critiques to various anime and other media.

        As you said, is not necessary to read these things to have compassion for them.

      • Cytrus says:

        The scriptwriter of Kiniro Mosaic openly states she wrote the script as a yuri story. Maybe you see more than intimate friendship in that PG series, though.

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  5. David A says:

    Not sure to whom are you replying, Cytrus, (May 2 comment).

    As I said earlier, I don’t consider intimate friendships to be under the yuri “label”. I think that would apply when romantic feelings are involved.

    • Cytrus says:

      Feel free to ignore that comment of mine. It is grossly inaccurate, and I should move my yuri propaganda from medieval’s place to my own anyway ;).

      • Don’t worry! I’m all for people freely expressing their opinions within the limits of those prescribed by good manners. 🙂 The world would be a boring place if we all thought and acted the same about everything.

      • David A says:

        I mean, the last one, about Kiniro Mosaic.

      • Cytrus says:

        I know, I meant that one, too.

        Ayana’s thoughts on Kiniro Mosaic are much more complex than that and changed over time, since her initial standing on the yuri genre was much more fundamentalist and similar to yours. So I felt I should retract my comment.

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