In a sales performance that stands in stark contrast to the current state of their Western rivals, the latest volumes of Jujutsu Kaisen and One Piece have officially sold over a million copies within a week of release in their home country.
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In Japan, media sales-tracking company Oricon publishes weekly sales charts for a range of industries, including music, video games, and manga.
According to their latest weekly sales list for the week of April 4-13, the four best-selling titles among Japanese readers were Gege Akutami’s Jutjutsu Kaisen, Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece – both of which sold over a million copies – and Tatsuya Endo SPY X FAMILY and The Original Sin of Takopi from Taizan 5.
Taking the top title from last week’s champion, One Piece, Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 19 has taken the top spot on the Oricon chart thanks to its regular and standard editions.
In the first week before pre-orders began, the regular edition of Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 19 sold 1,093,519 copies and the limited edition sold 66,711 copies. Including pre-order copies, the combined total of copies sold for both editions is 1,232,116.
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With the success of not just the core anime series and recent film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 — not to mention the fact that the previous volume sold 667,857 copies in just two days — it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Volume 19 is selling like hotcakes has sold.
Aside from the popularity of Jujutsu Kaisen’s anime offerings, it’s no surprise why this volume has been selling so well. It includes not only the showdown between Itadori and Higuruma, but also part of the insane battle between Megumi and Reggie Star’s squad, which fans have dubbed “Megumi’s Bizarre Adventure”.
The fight between Itadori and Higuruma is particularly powerful as Itadori struggles with the guilt of a mass murder Sukuna committed using his body during a previous fight and faces a former defense attorney who went berserk when the court of public opinion died Courts unfairly pressured his latest client to convict him.
Under the influence of Higuruma’s Judgeman Cursed Technique, the power of which transforms the battlefield into a trial, both sides have only one chance to assert their claims, with the options of silence, denial, or confession. What follows is a battle of wits and arguments with her life and cursed energy technology at stake.
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As for the latter antagonist, his appearance remains memorable thanks to his ability to manifest anything written on a receipt or document.
In one moment, Reggie can be seen using a receipt to a fancy hot spring to recover. He can even summon a house – yes, a literal house – if he has the receipt to do so.
Last week, One Piece Volume 102 was number one in pre-orders alone, beating all individual manga volumes for the week with 211,922 copies.
Despite being dethroned from its place at the top of the charts, One Piece Volume 102 sold a total of 1,050,333 copies in its debut week, placing it in second place and bringing its total sales to 1,262,255 copies.
Why is Japan crazy about this latest volume of One Piece? Aside from being one of the most popular series in Japanese history, the current Wano Arc is pretty hot, and this volume contains a major turning point in the ongoing Onagishima raid.
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It also features a series of epic showdowns, including those between Zoro and King, Sanji and Queen, and Kid and Law’s boss fight against Big Mom.
During these battles, Zoro learns the origins of his three blades and is put to the test by his newly acquired Enma. Sanji discovers his family has turned Queen into an almost literal Decepticon, and must choose to accept or reject his legacy according to his own germa Modifications manifest in the midst of battle, and midway through the volume, Law and Kid are part of an epic reveal in the midst of her fight with Big Mom.
Between those battles and the upcoming adaptation of the collected chapters for anime, it’s easy to see why One Piece Volume 102 is selling the way it is.
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In third place was SPY x Family Volume 9, which added to its meager 2,975 pre-order sales by debut to total 609,256 copies sold, nearly doubling the roughly 350,000 copies moved by the series’ previous top 0fs. the chart placement Volume 8
Before the debut of its new anime, the SPY x FAMILY manga was already relatively popular in Japan, and compared to its previous volume, it’s evident that the hype surrounding the animation is doing wonders for the series’ book-moving ability.
Will this volume of SPY x FAMILY top jujutsu Kaisen or One Piece? Even with an anime behind it, it’s highly unlikely. However, thanks to the aforementioned anime adaptation, the series has a realistic chance of selling a million copies.
In fourth place was the relatively new manga Takopi’s Original Sin with its second and final volume, which opened with 2,414 pre-orders before eventually amassing 200,919 copies sold.
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By far the least known series in the top 4, Takopi’s Original Sin follows the story of the eponymous Takopi, an innocent alien who comes to earth to use his lucky tools to spread happiness. Unfortunately, Takopi sees the ugliest side of humanity when he encounters the bullied and abused Shizuka.
While Takopi’s Original Sin is an all-around great series, it should be noted that the manga is not for the faint of heart. Through Takopi’s journey, the manga discusses a number of serious issues including child abuse, bullying, depression, suicide and murder, such that readers may be forced to confront some of their own childhood traumas (I know I did).
However, it’s these discussions – especially from a perspective as innocent as Takopi’s – that seem to have made the series as popular as it is.
With both volumes of Takopi’s Original Sin selling so well, it’s possible that this series will change the landscape of the stories introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump.
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As mentioned above, while these sales figures are impressive in and of themselves, they also show how well the mainstream Japanese comics publisher is doing compared to its Western equivalents – and it paints a really depressing picture for the current state of the comics industry Things Big Two.
According to US NPD Bookscan Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels data for March (via comicbookrevolution.com), popular Batman stories continue to lead the field, with 1987’s Batman: Year One being number one for the month with 9,870 units sold .
Number two was Batman: The Long Halloween with 4,952 units sold, while Batman: The Court of Owls was fourth with 3,172 total sales and a Batman: Hush remake was fifth with 2,931 units.
The only non-Batman entry in the top five was the third-place Complete Collection of Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood, and Jordie Bellaire’s Run on Moon Knight — no doubt due to the character’s then-upcoming Disney Plus series premiere — which moved 4,222 units for Marvel . Not even a new title or volume in a series, but a collection.
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The best selling graphic novel in the US for March 2022 is a graphic novel older than me and many of you reading this?
This is confusing, especially since manga series like Detective Conan and Hajime no Ippo have been around for as long as I’ve been alive – similar to The Dark Knight – and their more recent volumes are still selling very well in Japan.
It also doesn’t help that the creators of Marvel and DC would rather spend their days attacking the manga medium and disenchanted fans than learning from Japan’s successes, like their simple entry points and events with actual consequences for the larger storyline.
This is really sad and pathetic. DC, hopefully the Discovery overhaul can save you from the guts of Apokolips with new stories and characters that are more than cheap attempts to signal virtue. Marvel, well, there’s little hope for their future under Disney.
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