ICv2’s Top Franchise charts (see "Top Manga Franchises – Fall 2022") rank properties by total dollar sales for a group of titles, but there’s another metric that’s also worth looking at: What’s the dollar yield per title?  This is not an academic question, because shelf space is finite but manga, apparently, is not.

To determine which manga properties deliver the most bang for the space, we looked at the top-selling properties of 2022, based on sales tracked at point-of-sale by the ComicHub system at stores selling American comics around the world.  To rank the properties, we divided dollar sales by number of volumes in the series, then ranked them by dollar sales per volume to get the top ten most efficient manga series.  In some cases, format made a difference: The hardcover deluxe edition of Berserk has a better return per volume than the less expensive paperbacks.  On the other hand, Sailor Moon: Naoko Takeuchi Edition has a lower price than the deluxe Sailor Moon Eternal Edition but higher dollar sales (and fewer volumes) meant the dollar yield per volume was higher.

Three single-volume manga sold well enough to place them on the chart: Shuna’s Journey, by Hayao Miyazaki, from First Second; Kamen Rider: Classic Collection, by Shotaro Ishinomori, from Seven Seas Entertainment; and Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater, from VIZ Media.

ICv2's Most Efficient Comic Store Manga Properties  – 2022





Berserk (Deluxe Edition)

Dark Horse Comics


Shuna's Journey

First Second Books


Junji Ito Horror

VIZ Media, Kodansha Comics


Chainsaw Man

VIZ Media


Akira (hardcovers)

Kodansha Comics


Kamen Rider: Classic Collection

Seven Seas Entertainment


Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Edition

Kodansha Comics


Kaiju No. 8

VIZ Media


Marvel Manga

VIZ Media


Akira Toriyama Manga Theater

VIZ Media

During the period for which these reports were generated, there were over 100 stores using the ComicHub system.  As this is a small, non-random sample of over 3,000 stores selling American comics worldwide, these rankings may not be typical for all stores, but they do represent a variety of locations and store emphases.

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