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Aug 8, 2012

Best Selling Novels and Manga of July 2012

If you're looking for more media to use in your immersion environment for learning Japanese, this is the post for you! The titles listed in the media section of the website are highly recommended, but I felt that they failed to present enough options. So in addition to the media introduction posts, I'll now be featuring the top selling Japanese media, so take a look and see what strikes your fancy!


(Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Wide Version Full 7 Volume Set)

If you're a fan of Studio Ghibli movies, then you've probably already seen the movie Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The movie only covers two of the volumes of this manga, which means there are a whole five volumes of story left that you haven't seen! This new wide version bundled release contains over 1100 pages and several posters. This is definitely a good collection to pick up.

Volume 10 of this series (which has recently received an anime version) was a best-seller in July, with volume one also making the top 100 list. The story is about thousands of people who log into a virtual reality MMO video game and discover that the only way to leave the game is to complete it – or die trying. Death in the game means death in the real world. The main character Kirito must clear the 100 floors of the castle Aincrad in order to win the game. Can he manage it?

Volume six of this series was on the top selling list. It's a story about a brother and sister who enter a high school dedicated to the study of magic. The sister is an all-star student while the brother is a failure. How will they get along in their adventures at the school?

Volume seven of this light novel series was in the top 100 for this month. It too has recently received an anime and manga series. The human population has steeply declined, with the most prosperous species on the planet becoming fairies instead. The main character of the series is a UN arbitrator between the two species. In her words, “I thought my job would not be a tough one and visited one of the fairies' habitats to say hello to them but...”

This light novel is about the main character's attempts to turn a boring, uninteresting girl into someone that you can really call the heroine of a story.


This series is about high school student Kodaka, who has no friends. He and other friendless students form a club to try and make new friends, but things never really go as they plan. They are constantly doing activities to try and develop their friend-making skills, but their social shortcomings only shine brighter for all their effort. Volume 8 of the light novel series was on the best-seller list, but there's also a manga and anime adaptation of the series.

This one is similar to the previous “I Don't Have Many Friends,” in that the main character is a social outcast who is suddenly placed in a situation to make friends. The story follows the main character as he tries to adjust to his potential romantic comedy high school life, but he's constantly making mistakes. Volume 5 made the best-seller list.

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