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VIZ will be making a huge OP push this January, releasing 5 volumes a month between then and June. If they are not already, the latest chapters will be running in U.S. Shonen Jump. Bleach has lost a lot of ground in the states already, Rosario to Vampire is just as popular now. Naruto could be hard to replace, it's sales really are that much higher then anything else. VIZ will manage, they've diversified enough, have enough popular series that the blow should be lightened a bit. They've done a great job with their Shojo Beat line; Vampire Knight and Ouran are very popular. Otomen is now one of their best selling manga. Black Bird volume 1 made the New York Times graphic novels charts without benefit of scanlations past volume 2. Kimi ni Todoke volume is also doing pretty well. If their push for seinen works, that would be big.
Tokyopop is in much bigger trouble. Their only hit is Fruits Basket, U.S. serialization already ended and it is their only remaining hit.
I believe now that VIZ licensed bakuman it's going to be a huge sealler in america.
Will Psyren be released by Viz? Because I see Bleach selling but with OP I just don't see it being sold Internationally. Internationaly it's all about action and stuff like that, you go anywhere and most people would know about Naruto and Bleach rather then OP. Also in the UK, OP doesn't air on TV only Naruto and Bleach do.
Psyren has not been licensed. Toriko and Bakuman will be the next Shonen Jump titles, out sometime in 2010.
One Piece is more popular here (manga wise) than people thank. The sales have been hurt because of the slow release, but Viz wouldn't make such a push to release them all so fast if there wasn't a demand for them.
Bakuman and Toriko will probably have a good chance of getting pretty popular. Hunter x Hunter and D. Gray-man sell pretty well too I think. And I think there is a lot of interest in Prince of Tennis as well as Slam Dunk tough I could be wrong.
Is Bakuman any good? I've never tried it but i know it's the same author as Death Note and apparently there isn't any supernatural stuff going on in Bakuman, is it?
Hell even Death Note is more popular then Bleach in the UK and I think it's in America as well. But the sales of Bleach,Death Note etc don't compare to the Naruto ones...Naruto airs a lot of Jetix, keep repeating the same episodes and also the dvd boxsets get sold preety easily as well. Same with the manga...
Death Note was more popular then Bleach when the anime was on TV. Since the anime ended Bleach past it.
Bakuman is an extraordinary series. Well written, intelligent, fast paced, a wealth of information about the manga industry and Jump specifically. While not an action series it has all the suspense of Death Note. You will care how popular Ashirogi - sensei's Akamaru Jump one shots were! My avy is from Bakuman. And yes, I think it is much better then Death Note.
Even the Death Note is more popular then the Bleach manga still...
Aw man, it's not action like Death Note. Forget reading it then
i doubt Bakuman will get popular internationally though. western people don't know much about manga serializations to make it into a hit.
The "by the creators of Death Note" sticker they will paste to the front will go a long way. Even Ral Grad has done decently in the states. It has a big online following, should translate into good sales. I wouldn't expect a Naruto, or even Bleach, level hit.
OP is not popular outside Japan?... are you sure about that? lol. I don't know about America or Europe, but surely in Asia OP is well known. The anime is airing on the same week in Taiwan at least (and other Asian countries). Manga volumes and chapters are up to date. Other popular manga include Naruto, Bleach and Reborn
I hope Gintama become more popular at least in Singapore. haiz...
it could all change next year.
it is pretty popular, but half its readers are 12 years old and had no idea that the series was already way ahead and made, they thought they were reading it just as it was coming out. i remember when they did the huge push with naruto it increased popularity greatly the same will happen with op