The checklist of prime promoting manga since 2008 is topped off by the long-running One Piece, but it surely’s these ranked just under it which might be essentially the most telling.
A not too long ago assembled checklist of the best-selling manga from 2008 by way of 2021 has been launched, and One Piece as soon as once more claims the crown. Different distinguished sequence akin to Demon Slayer, Assault on Titan and Kingdom have been additionally among the many highest-selling.
The gross sales information comes from the Japanese firm Oricon, which gathers the knowledge on all the things from music and TV to, after all, manga. Oricon started monitoring manga gross sales in 2008, and information for every year since is offered on its web site, so enterprising Twitter consumer WSJ Oricon translated and added up the info to create an inventory made up of knowledge from every of the 13 years accessible. Whereas the info is taken into account correct, it does solely consider copies offered in Japan, and solely accounts for collected volumes relatively than journal subscriptions.
The utter dominance of One Piece ought to come as no shock, because the long-running shonen sequence topped the annual lists yearly from 2008 to 2018. Promoting an unbelievable 215 million copies over that time-frame, One Piece has moved almost twice as many volumes because the quantity two entry, however One Piece has the benefit of getting been a longtime franchise since lengthy earlier than Oricon’s gross sales information was recorded. The quantity two vendor is, shockingly, relative newcomer Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) at 126 million copies. Whereas One Piece‘s gross sales have been including up since 2008, Demon Slayer solely started operating in 2016 and ended serialization in 2020. In reality, it was Demon Slayer that lastly unseated One Piece from the primary slot in 2019, shifting 12 million copies that yr alone. The true kicker is 2020, when Demon Slayer gross sales soared to over 82 million, boosted closely by the wild success of the Demon Slayer: Mugen Prepare movie, which launched that yr. After all, 2020 was a little bit of an uncommon yr basically because of the pandemic disrupting media manufacturing for almost each medium aside from manga, which has proliferated within the time since.
In third place is Assault on Titan, with 78 million copies to its identify courting again to the sequence’ debut in 2009, with peak reputation between 2013 (when it ranked second for the yr) and 2015 (when it ranked third). Jujutsu Kaizen managed to edge outMy Hero Academia for seventh, with 39 million and 38 million, respectively. Whereas Naruto, Bleach, and Fairy Tail additionally made the checklist, sequence akin to these are at a little bit of a drawback as a consequence of missing information from previous to 2008, which might cowl a few of their hottest years. Some shock entries for Western manga followers additionally make the checklist, such because the long-running historic manga Kingdom coming in fourth, and the shojo romance sequence Kimi Ni Todoke (which interprets as “From Me to You“) that ran from 2005 to 2017 in twelfth with 30 million. Neither matches into the standard “shonen motion sequence” mildew, and Kingdom occurs to be the most well-liked manga sequence to have by no means had an English localization.
The checklist gives an fascinating portrait of the manga fandom’s preferences, and though it does not paint an ideal image, it is nonetheless straightforward to see why the stereotypical shonen system has caught round. Different fashionable sequence that even barely diverge from the system, like One-Punch Man with its satirical tackle the style and Jojo’s BizarreAdventure with its basic weirdness and distinctive model, do not seem on the general checklist, though each sequence do seem on the year-to-year lists. The recognition of sequence like One Piecereveals that, on the subject of manga, a plucky protagonist with indomitable will and unusual powers preventing to save lots of the world from evil, simply occurs to be what the individuals need.
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