Originally Posted by Suzuku
As for Index's popularity, it's the third most popular current light novel series (after Haruhi and now Oreimo). I'd say DRRR!!! is very close to it though.
I would have to say DRRR!!! > Index based on lat years sales.
sales ranking for November 23rd 2009 - November 21st 2010.
Light Novel Ranking
*1, 1,211,835 Moshidora
*2, *,328,113 Durarara!! vol.1
*3, *,266,030 Durarara!! vol.2
*4, *,237,196 Durarara!! vol.3
*5, *,221,683 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu vol.7
*6, *,218,081 Durarara!! vol.4
*7, *,215,358 Toaru Majutsu no Index vol.20
*8, *,210,664 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu vol.7.5
*9, *,199,506 Toaru Majutsu no Index vol.21
10, *,197,573 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu vol.8
11, *,194,372 Durarara!! vol.7
Haganai has a chance to go past Durarara once the anime launches, it's obviously the most popular out of all these top ranking series at a pre anime stage.
Also, Railgun is a very popular manga series and can be held up to the standards of some of Jumps' best series with vol 6 selling 325,640 copies since its release in February
Still a fair way off the 2nd tier of Jump ala the 500k+ club in D.Gray Man, Gintama, Reborn and Bakuman. It's around the same level as Nurarihyon no Mago and Toriko, but Toriko will probably join the 500k+ club before the year is over and Mago may get another boost with the second season, which is focusing on it's "Kyoto arc".
Also, NT is not a spin-off, it's a sequel to the original Index novels and a direct continuation of the story. If/when they make an anime of NT it won't be considered a spin-off but a sequel with a different title, like the difference between 'Naruto' and 'Naruto: Shippuuden'.
Yeah but that would only apply if Sasuke took over as the lead lol.. oh wait..
In other news, the effects of AoEx's anime are starting to show, with vols 1-3 all ranking this week. For vol 7 I wouldn't be surprised if it has a 300k opening week.
Massive sales increases, especially considering that Vol 5 couldn't even break 50k for the opening week. FMA all over again though the anime sales have to pick up to really be like that...
15, *39,837 *,349,213 Ao no Exorcist vol. 1
23, *35,399 *,329,033 Ao no Exorcist vol. 2
30, *30,038 *,326,297 Ao no Exorcist vol. 3
40 *25,336 *,297,431 Ao no Exorcist vol. 6
41 *24,707 *,318,442 Ao no Exorcist vol. 5
42 *24,046 *,317,493 Ao no Exorcist vol. 4
I was telling peeps on Mangahelpers that Ao no Exorcist was going to be a bigger breakout hit than Toriko after they received anime shows.. AnE isn't going to be as big as FMA was but it could end up a 500-600k seller... Kinda lessens the blow of Jump knocking back Shingeki no Kyojin... that's like the Haganai of manga atm...