On 2 June 2021, the Twitter account of Elex Media Komputindo‘s editors of comics has posted a list of the publisher’s ten best-selling comic books in the month of May 2021. The special “Volume 0” of Doraemon takes the top spot of the month’s list. The list also includes one Indonesian comic book, Garuda Eleven, in the fifth place.

Here is the full list of Elex Media’s best-selling comics in May 2021:

  1. Doraemon vol. 0 (released 5 May)
  2. Gokushufudo vol. 3 (released 5 May)
  3. One Piece vol. 96 (released 25 May)
  4. The Quintessential Quintuplets vol. 10 (released 25 May)
  5. Garuda Eleven vol. 1 (released 25 May)
  6. Fly Me to the Moon (Tonikaku Cawaii) vol. 6 (released 12 May)
  7. A Man and His Cat vol. 3 (released 25 May)
  8. 100 Days Left!! vol. 3
  9. Detektif Conan: Toru Amuro Selection – Zero`s Mystery novel (released 12 May)
  10. Mob Psycho 100 vol. 5 (released 25 May)

Doraemon Vol. 0, Gokushufudo, The Quintessential Quintuplets, Garuda Eleven, A Man and His Cat, 100 Days Left!!, and Mob Psycho 100 are printed on book paper and retail for IDR 40,000 (about US$ 2.8), except for 100 Days Left!! which retails for 45,000 (about US$ 3.1) because of colored pages, Doraemon Vol. 0 which retails for IDR 60,000 (about US$ 4.15), and Garuda Eleven which is full color and retail for IDR 70,000 (about US$ 4.8). One Piece and Fly Me to the Moon retail for IDR 28,000 (about US$ 2).

Doreamon Vol. 0 was released by Shogakukan in 2019 to celebrate the manga’s 50th anniversary. The book features six versions of the first chapter of Doraemon that were published in six different magazines tailored to suit the respective magazines’ target audience. Elex Media has published the main Doraemon manga series and various other Doraemon-related books since the 1990s. The Doraemon anime series has also been aired in Indonesia with Indonesian dub by RCTI since the TV station began broadcasting in 1988.

Garuda Eleven tells the struggles of five teenagers of Praja Garuda Kencana football academy as the academy is threatened with closurewhen the sponsors decide to pull out. Created by prominent Indonesian comic artist Sweta Kartika in collaboration with Batavia Pictures, the story is told in a Webtoon series produced by writer-artist duo DS Studio before getting published in print.

Elex Media Komputindo is a comics publisher under the Kompas-Gramedia Group. The publisher releases licensed foreign comics, including manga, and also Indonesian comics. Since 2005, Elex Media also published comics that intended for adult audiences under the new imprint called Level Comics.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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