With the manga's twenty-second compilation volume written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge, Kimetsu no Yaiba, released today, the work has officially surpassed 100 million copies in circulation. It is worth mentioning that at the end of September 2019 (at the close of the anime adaptation), the manga exceeded 12 million copies in circulation, so in just one year it achieved an increase of 88 million copies.
The first initial print run of this manga to exceed any self-imposed mark was the twenty-first volume, with three million initial copies. However, the twenty-second volume had an initial print run of 3.7 million copies, making it the largest initial print run of Kimetsu no Yaiba. In fact, few manga have had such an extensive initial print run, being the fifty-seventh compilation volume of the manga written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece, published in March 2010, the first to have a print run greater than 3 million copies. .
The evolution of the accumulated copies of Kimetsu no Yaiba has been quite interesting, with 40 million in February, 60 million in May, 80 million in July, and thus in constant increases of 20 million copies practically every two months. On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that there are few works that have reached 100 million copies in circulation, highlighting Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo, Dragon Ball, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Slam Dunk, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach, this within the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that an immensely popular anime adaptation aired between April and September 2019 and a sequel in a feature film format is scheduled to premiere on October 16 in Japan. The first compiled volume was published in June 2016, and the adaptation announcement was made in June 2018, by which time the manga already had 2.5 million copies in circulation. Most likely due to the phenomenon that its anime adaptation became, sales experienced an exponential increase, which is summarized in the following list:
- April 6, 2019 (beginning of anime adaptation): 3.5 million copies in circulation.
- End of September 2019 (end of anime adaptation): 12 million copies in circulation.
- December 4, 2019: 25 million copies in circulation.
- February 4, 2020: 40 million copies in circulation.
- May 13, 2020: 60 million copies in circulation.
- July 3, 2020: 80 million copies in circulation.
- October 2, 2020: 100 million copies in circulation.
Synopsis of Kimetsu no Yaiba
In the Taisho era in Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kind and intelligent boy who lives with his family in the mountains. Tanjiro has become the head of his family after the death of his father, making constant trips to the village at the foot of the mountain to sell firewood and charcoal, but his life changes when one day, when he returns home later After spending a night out, he discovers that his family has been killed by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the only survivors now, but he has been turned into a demon, although surprisingly he still shows emotions and seems to have a sense of reason. After an encounter with Giyuu Tomioka, a demon hunter; Tanjiro decides to become a demon hunter to hunt down his family's killer and find a way to return Nezuko to normal.
Source: Oricon News
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