Manga is one of the main markets of the publishing industry in Japan. In 2020 alone, the value of manga almost reached 613 billion Japanese yen. Their etymological origin dates back to the 18th century, but caricatures of people were already being made in the 22nd and 14th centuries. The Choju jinbutsu giga is in fact considered an emaki and early manga. But it was from the 1950s onwards that manga gained more and more market share. In fact, they are not only fashionable in Japan, but have become an important phenomenon on all continents. In today’s article we will look at different aspects of manga. We will answer several questions, including which are the most popular manga of all time. And what is the value of this industry.
Most popular manga
In 2021 the value of comics and mangas sales in Japan was 675.9 billion Japanese yen, which are the most popular manga of all time to date? The most popular manga of all time is One Piece. Since 1997, over 500 million copies of the manga created by Eiichirō Oda have been sold. The total number of volumes of this manga has been 102 and the series is still running today. The enormous popularity of the manga is also due to the TV anime series broadcast in Japan for the first time in October 1999. The series was a huge success and was published in many countries. Already in 2015, One Piece entered the Guinness Book of Records as the series with the most copies published: over 320 million.
If One Piece is a manga that has been published all in all “recently”, in second place among the best-selling manga is Golgo 13. Golgo 13 has been published since 1968. The manga written and illustrated by Takao Saitō has sold a total of over 300 million copies. To date, 203 volumes have been published.
In third place among the best-selling manga in history is Dragon Ball. With over 42 volumes published between 1984 and 1995, the total sales of Dragon Ball are approximately 260 million. While One Piece and Golgo 13 are ongoing series, Dragon Ball was published by its author from 20 November 1984 to 23 May 1995. Like One Piece, Dragon Ball was also a huge success on TV. Draon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT represent today one of the most watched cartoons in the world.
The top 10 most popular manga of all time also include Detective Conan, Naruto and Doraemon, all three of which have sold around 250 million copies. While Naruto and Doraemon ended in 2014 and 1996 respectively, the Detective Conan manga has been in publication since 1994. In fact, Detective Conan has published a total of 101 volumes compared to Naruto’s 72 and Doraemon’s 45. In sixth position we find Black Jack with 176 million copies sold, Slam Dunk with 170 million, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kōen-mae hashutsujo with 157 million and in tenth position Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no yaiba with 150 million. Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no yaiba was published from 2016 to 2020 and sold a total of 150 million copies with 23 volumes.
Most popular manga 2021
If One Piece, Golgo 13 and Dragon Ball are the three best-selling manga in history, what are the most popular manga in 2021?
Jujutsu Kaisen is in 2021 the Manga that has sold the most copies. This manga first published in 2018 and still being published today, has sold a total of over 65 million copies since 2018.
The next best-selling manga in the world were Demon Slayers with 29,511,023, and Tokio Revengers with almost 25 million. One Piece was also among the top ten best-selling manga in 2021, coming in sixth with over 7 million copies.
- Jujutsu Kaisen – 30,917,746
- Demon Slayer – 29,511,021
- Tokyo Revengers – 24,981,486
- Attack on Titan- 7,332,398
- My Hero Academia- 7,020,361
- One Piece – 7,002,583
- Chainsaw Man – 5,212,578
- Spy x Family7- 4,973,402
- Kingdom – 4,672,612
- Haikyuu- 4,345,443
Most popular manga of all time
- One Piece – 500,000,000
- Golgo 13 – 300,000,000
- Dragon Ball – 300,000,000
- Doraemon – 250,000,000
- Naruto – 250,000,000
- Slam Dunk – 170,000,000
- KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops – 156,500,000
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – 150,000,000
- Crayon Shin-chan – 148,000,000
- Oishinbo – 135,000,000
- Bleach – 120,000,000
- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – 120,000,000
- Astro Boy – 100,000,000
- Attack on Titan – 100,000,000
- Fist of the North Star – 100,000,000
- The Kindaichi Case Files – 100,000,000
- Touch -1100,000,000
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