ORICON: JUJUTSU KAISEN Manga Takes Down Demon Slayer to be the Best-Selling Manga Series of 2021



After Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba absolutely destroyed manga records in 2020, the series has been toppled by its fellow Weekly Shonen Jump sibling series JUJUTSU KAISEN. Oricon today released its yearly sales data from the last year, including the franchise sales numbers as well as the top individual manga volume numbers, showing that even though Demon Slayer released its last volume nearly a year ago, it still holds great power over the rest of the industry.


Note: These rankings are only estimates from Japan's top data collection agency based on physical sales, digital sales are not included. The data is compiled from November 23, 2021, to November 21, 2021. 


Top 5 by series:

1. JUJUTSU KAISEN (30,917,746 copies)

2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (29,511,021 copies)

3. Tokyo Revengers (24,981,486 copies)

4. Attack on Titan (7,332,398 copies)

5. My Hero Academia (7,020,361 copies)


Top 25 by volume sales:

1. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 23 (5,171,440 copies sold)

2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Stories of Water and Flame (2,374,621 copies sold)

3. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 14 (2,312,250 copies sold)

4. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 15 (2,306,950 copies sold)

5. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 16 (2,098,087 copies sold)

6. One Piece volume 98 (2,018,042 copies sold)

7. JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 (1,930,831 copies sold)

8. One Piece volume 99 (1,863,574 copies sold)

9. One Piece volume 100 (1,839,886 copies sold)

10. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 13 (1,772,617 copies sold)

11. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 9 (1,772,331 copies sold)

12. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 8 (1,770,228 copies sold)

13. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 1 (1,765,995 copies sold)

14. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 12 (1,759,287 copies sold)

15. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 10 (1,749,558 copies sold)

16. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 11 (1,748,084 copies sold)

17. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 2 (1,732,361 copies sold)

18. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 7 (1,710,326 copies sold)

19. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 4 (1,705,266 copies sold)

20. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 3 (1,702,581 copies sold)

21. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Fan Book 2 (1,700,316 copies sold)

22. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 6 (1,694,028 copies sold)

23. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 5 (1,688,854 copies sold)

24. JUJUTSU KAISEN volume 17 (1,628,943 copies sold)

25. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 22 (1,340,233 copies sold)

26. Attack on Titan volume 33 (1,256,922 copies sold)

27. SPY x FAMILY volume 6 (1,229,131 copies sold)

28. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 19 (1,158,245 copies sold)

29. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 18 (1,157,633 copies sold)

30. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba volume 20 (1,130,381 copies sold)


While JUJUTSU KAISEN took the top spot for the series, as well as holding most of the spots in the top 30 volumes, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba still held it's own taking the top two volumes sold, as well as breaking yet another record – the highest number of physical volumes sold per year per Oricon's data with over 5 million copies sold. This is the first year since Oricon started collecting data in 2008 that One Piece wasn't in the top 5 at all, making it also the first year any Weekly Shonen Jump series other than Demon Slayer has sold more copies.


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and JUJUTSU KAISEN also topped the book rankings, with Demon Slayer topping the series rankings at 776,320 copies sold, beating out That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime's 597,819 copies over the entire franchise, while JUJUTSU KAISEN's Iku Natsu to Kaeru Aki light novel topping the light novel single volume charts at 259,960 copies sold.


Source: Oricon


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

Source: Crunchyroll


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