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Here are the manga and light novel sales rankings for the first half of the fiscal year of 2021 (November 23, 2020 to May 23, 2021).

Manga Sales by Series
*1. 26,351,483 Kimetsu no Yaiba
*2. 23,797,483 Jujutsu Kaisen
*3. *5,007,825 Tokyo卍Revengers
*4. *4,635,754 Shingeki no Kyojin
*5. *4,181,650 Chainsaw Man

Manga Sales by Volume
*1. 4,982,832 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.23
*2. 2,289,411 Kimetsu no Yaiba Gaiden
*3. 2,055,130 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.14
*4. 2,016,143 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.15
*5. 1,876,047 One Piece Vol.98
*6. 1,640,157 Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Koutou Senmon Gakkou
*7. 1,630,162 Kimetsu no Yaiba Kisatsutai Kenbunroku 2
*8. 1,552,810 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.1
*9. 1,535,199 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.9
10. 1,534,949 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.8

11. 1,531,848 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.13
12. 1,526,064 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.2
13. 1,521,362 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.12
14. 1,517,026 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.10
15. 1,511,238 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.11
16. 1,505,759 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.4
17. 1,505,348 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.7
18. 1,503,754 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.3
19. 1,492,324 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.6
20. 1,488,529 Jujutsu Kaisen Vol.5

21. 1,171,508 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.22
22. 1,094,178 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.33
23. 1,086,102 Spy x Family Vol.6
24. 1,005,455 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.19
25. 1,005,265 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.18


Light Novel Sales by Series
*1. 651,358 Kimetsu no Yaiba Novels
*2. 357,852 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
*3. 350,043 Kusuriya no Hitorigoto
*4. 301,196 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*5. 270,825 Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen Novelization
*6. 235,170 Jujutsu Kaisen: Yuku Natsu to Kaeru Aki
*7. 225,002 Haikyuu!! Shousetsu-ban!!
*8. 206,059 Jujutsu Kaisen: Yoake no Ibara Michi
*9. 185,751 Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy
10. 177,732 Sword Art Online

Light Novel Sales by Volumes
*1. 235,170 Jujutsu Kaisen: Yuku Natsu to Kaeru Aki
*2. 206,059 Jujutsu Kaisen: Yoake no Ibara Michi
*3. 190,945 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kaze no Michishirube
*4. 166,085 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Shiawase no Hana
*5. 162,810 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kataha no Chou
*6. 146,841 Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen Novelization (Mirai Bunko)
*7. 138,775 Sword Art Online Vol.25
*8. 132,813 Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokkan
*9. 126,789 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Vol.18
10. 123,984 Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen Novelization (JUMP j BOOKS)

11. 121,878 Kakushigoto
12. 110,245 Kusuriya no Hitorigoto Vol.10
13. 109,267 Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: 2-nensei-hen Vol.4
14. *95,670 Kamisama no Goyounin
15. *92,751 Sword Art Online: Progressive Vol.7
  
Light Novels Separated by Specific Ranking

Source: Oricon

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Does this mean Demon Slayer sold an additional 26 million after November 2020 ? Damn.
 
 
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kny placing first on 3/4 of them, damn. as expected tho.
jjk dominating the sales by volume too, good for them
 
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Kusuriya no Hitorigoto got the third rank in the light novel ranking. I hope this series will get an anime adaptation soon. It is a great series after all.
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Damn KNY still going strong somebody stop this series. And AoT too, all this backlash about a horrible ending and people burning series and making petitions to make their own endings and shit and it still sells so good.

Man whats wrong with these fans.
 
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I expected kny to have those numbers but damn did Jujutsu Kaisen surprised me. Manga sure is growing pretty fast.
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Tokyo Revengers going strong.
 
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Amazing! Jujutsu is in all tops! Waiting for the prequel movie and season 2 and more seasons to adapt all the manga!!
 
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Looks like there's a lot of interest in flashy modern takes on Japanese folklore. One Piece has been dethroned. Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen manga sales have surpassed One Piece's and MHA consistently beats it in anime viewership. Though, most surprising to me is the popularity of Tokyo Revengers.
 
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No doubt what two series are dominating the charts, lol.

It's really good to see Tokyo Revengers and Shingeki no Kyojin up there too! And Chainsaw Man too although I've no experience with it.

Surprised by no One Piece, definitely hoping to see it come back stronger for the remaining half of the year.
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Fruscio said:
RIP One Piece.

Only a second "Shanks Entrance" could save you from reaching the peak sales you once had.


why One Piece low sales?

 
 
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Jujutsu Kaisen also has 50 million in circulation now

https://twitter.com/jujutsu_pr/status/1399183852753412098?s=21
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I'm kinda surprised to see Tokyo Revengers in top 3.
 
May 31, 2021 8:23 AM

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Japan and their battle shounen obsession.

 
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Rogerhunter said:
Fruscio said:
RIP One Piece.

Only a second "Shanks Entrance" could save you from reaching the peak sales you once had.


why One Piece low sales?


I doesn't really have low sales, it just has a steady release of volumes that each sell well but it simply doesn't have the kind of mass buy phenomena that Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen have become, no doubt because their respective anime adaptations have been so successful.
If you have tons of new fans buying all the volumes it's easily going to surpass a decades old series where the dedicated readers already have all the old ones.
 
 
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I wonder how many of these are kids taking money in secret just to buy some shounen manga smh

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wow love to see KnY JJK and Chainsaw there
but JJK just have 15 valume when KnY is 23(of course KnY did very well till now and it arleady sold alot and its not that new like JJK) but JJK will surpass KnY in sec Half bro:x
and glad to see finaly AOT dissapiring from rankings:)
chainsaw man did well without anime
 
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Nice to see Tokyo Revengers doing well, I'm reading the manga right now and its really good. AoT, JJK, and KnY continues to dominate in manga sales. It's only a matter of time before Chainsaw Man doubles its sales when the anime for that series comes out. I expect Spy x Family to blow up too.

 
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Damn KNY still going strong somebody stop this series. And AoT too, all this backlash about a horrible ending and people burning series and making petitions to make their own endings and shit and it still sells so good.

Man whats wrong with these fans.


except these sales are about the first half of the year and don't include the final volume which hasn't even be published yet
 
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nothing but shonen i see? no surprise here since its really just generic slop these days one piece will be fine so there shouldn't be any worry about low sales.
 
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Don't really understand the sensitive takes in this thread with people complaining battle shonen the genre that has always been super popular is dominating in sales. I mean sure it would be nice if Oricon released more sales numbers instead of just the top 5 but what did you expect lol? Also was honestly surprised that Chain Saw Man and Tokyo Revengers are doing as well as they are.

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Damn KNY still going strong somebody stop this series. And AoT too, all this backlash about a horrible ending and people burning series and making petitions to make their own endings and shit and it still sells so good.

Man whats wrong with these fans.


While over reactions to any media is incredibly stupid there is nothing wrong with being critical. Naruto still sold well towards the end of it's life but plenty fans found it flawed. There isn't anything wrong with that.
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Lol nothing gonna beat kny in next five years
Happy for rezero and slime even with 4 years gap re zero giving consistent ln sales every year I already expected tensura though it's already most popular isekai. manga and light novel has been incredibly popular and also nominated for kodansha manga awards this year
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Lol nothing gonna beat kny in next five years
Happy for rezero and slime even with 4 years gap re zero giving consistent ln sales every year I already expected tensura though it's already most popular isekai. manga and light novel has been incredibly popular and also nominated for kodansha manga awards this year

y but Kny Wil get beaten in sec half for sure
 
 
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AlMiraj said:
Avinash_rtw said:
Lol nothing gonna beat kny in next five years
Happy for rezero and slime even with 4 years gap re zero giving consistent ln sales every year I already expected tensura though it's already most popular isekai. manga and light novel has been incredibly popular and also nominated for kodansha manga awards this year

y but Kny Wil get beaten in sec half for sure
release of second season again gonna boost its sales only series I can think have potential to beat kny is jjk
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Sigh, no one can stop KnY even in light novels. I'm just glad that Kusuriya no Hitorigoto is in the top three LN sales, it's the most interesting series in this list.
 
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Welp, not surprised to see Kimetsu no Yaiba and Jujutsu Kaisen dominating the list. Pleasant surprise to see Tokyo Revengers on the list too, at least.


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Damn KNY still going strong somebody stop this series. And AoT too, all this backlash about a horrible ending and people burning series and making petitions to make their own endings and shit and it still sells so good.

Man whats wrong with these fans.


Those who make the most noise do not represent the majority.

An example of this is the last of us 2, a lot of noise was made with that game but in the end it sold very well and it is GOTY 2020.
 
 
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Mass volumes of the big boosts are killing the lists, fucking awful for the last 2 years.
Can't even see what else sells since they are now pushed down by nearly 40 volumes of 2 series.

Also one piece posters making excuses, it sold 3 million+ several years ago per vol, now it can't even break 1 million in the first week, LMAO
 
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It's good to see Re:Zero on that list, such an amazing series.
 
 
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Wow KnY even dominating LN sales, Japan really loves their Demon Slayers huh

Good to see Chainsaw Man in the top 5.


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Tensura second in LN sales ! Hype
 
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Avinash_rtw said:
AlMiraj said:

y but Kny Wil get beaten in sec half for sure
release of second season again gonna boost its sales only series I can think have potential to beat kny is jjk

thats what im trying to say:p
 
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I honestly had no clue JJK was that strong good lord. GG both JJK and KNY. Wonder what will happen to CSM bruh.
 
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Chainsaw Man will be a heavy hitter versus Jujutsu Kaisen and Kimetsu no Yaiba if MAPPA makes a quality adaptation. It's surprising how far he has managed to get without an anime
 
 
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Demon Slayer continues to slay~

Pleasantly surprised to see Tokyo Revengers so high. I'm loving the anime right now, hopefully I'll get around to the manga sometime soon.
 
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As expected Demon Slayer continues to stay top. I'm grateful to see Jujutsu Kaisen trailing behind and surprised to see Chainsaw Man at #5. I expect to see a huge boost in sales once the Anime is adapted.
 
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23. 1,086,102 Spy x Family Vol.6

Damn!! Has any manga ever reached this kind of per volume sales before its anime adaptation even get announced, let alone aired?
 
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wow love to see KnY JJK and Chainsaw there
but JJK just have 15 valume when KnY is 23(of course KnY did very well till now and it arleady sold alot and its not that new like JJK) but JJK will surpass KnY in sec Half bro:x
and glad to see finaly AOT dissapiring from rankings:)
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aot is there. What are you talking about?
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KnY empire is sure incredible. I don't think jjk will be able to take #1 from KnY for 2021. S2(every shit after S1 is amazing as well) will give the sales a major boost. There are also a very high probability of another 'ep19' plus it is KnY, every thing it has done so far is like a miracle and was unpredictable. Also Jjk's anime boost seems to be fading.

Jjk might take the #1 spot for 2022. This are just my predictions though. I might be wrong in future ofc. TR and chainsaw are also tough competitors.
 
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Demon Slayer is overhyped hot garbage. Who would've thought?
 
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woah... didn' expect that kny still on the top spot. i thought it was jjk but it was pretty close too so maybe it can overtake the top spot on the second half.

anyway im curious about one piece case, how many OP volume that released in a year? also, were the previous volume of OP still getting published/reprinted? i often found some people that getting upset with manga sales chart because OP is lower than some title and complainning that OP only have few number of volume released compared to another title
 
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Peeti said:
AlMiraj said:
wow love to see KnY JJK and Chainsaw there
but JJK just have 15 valume when KnY is 23(of course KnY did very well till now and it arleady sold alot and its not that new like JJK) but JJK will surpass KnY in sec Half bro:x
and glad to see finaly AOT dissapiring from rankings:)
chainsaw man did well without anime
aot is there. What are you talking about?

thats was last time:)
you wont see this trash next year
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KnY empire is sure incredible. I don't think jjk will be able to take #1 from KnY for 2021. S2(every shit after S1 is amazing as well) will give the sales a major boost. There are also a very high probability of another 'ep19' plus it is KnY, every thing it has done so far is like a miracle and was unpredictable. Also Jjk's anime boost seems to be fading.

Jjk might take the #1 spot for 2022. This are just my predictions though. I might be wrong in future ofc. TR and chainsaw are also tough competitors.

y it was miracle but jjk valume sales broke record too like most selling valume in intial print with 1.5 copy:xD
so yeah jjk will definitly get KNY after valume 17 and 18(but both of them are my favorite series)
 
 
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Interesting to see Yakusoku no Neverland in 6th despite its terrible anime adaptation. It's possible the bad anime made more people want to buy the manga and find out how it should have gone, instead of the dumpster fire we got instead.
 
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Lmao. KnY still rocking the sales even after ending a year ago. If it had gone on for a 2-3 more years it even had the potential to catch up to One Piece. JJK is also getting popular but it still needs that "blow-up" that KnY got....
 
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Lmao. KnY still rocking the sales even after ending a year ago. If it had gone on for a 2-3 more years it even had the potential to catch up to One Piece.


not even close... it needs to go for like 10 more years or until it reach around 50 volumes selling at least 10 million each to surpass the current overall sales of one piece
 
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Lmao. KnY still rocking the sales even after ending a year ago. If it had gone on for a 2-3 more years it even had the potential to catch up to One Piece.


not even close... it needs to go for like 10 more years or until it reach around 50 volumes selling at least 10 million each to surpass the current overall sales of one piece


Nah, it ran for 4 years and it has already sold over 150 million copies and more than 60% of it sold in 2020 and '21. It is no. 9 most highest selling manga ever and it started in 2016. Not any other recent manga are even close. One piece has managed to sell around 500 million in 25 years. Also, KnY sold record 82 million last year. It has humungous popularity in Japan and that was rising exponentially. At that rate, it could have easily overtaken One Piece in a few years (if not 2-3 years).
 
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I wished I enjoyed JJK half as much as its fans do...
 
 
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not even close... it needs to go for like 10 more years or until it reach around 50 volumes selling at least 10 million each to surpass the current overall sales of one piece


Nah, it ran for 4 years and it has already sold over 150 million copies and more than 60% of it sold in 2020 and '21. It is no. 9 most highest selling manga ever and it started in 2016. Not any other recent manga are even close. One piece has managed to sell around 500 million in 25 years. Also, KnY sold record 82 million last year. It has humungous popularity in Japan and that was rising exponentially. At that rate, it could have easily overtaken One Piece in a few years (if not 2-3 years).



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ok then lets say kny runs for 3 more years and if its releases 4-5 volumes per year thats adding plus 12 to 15 volumes going all the way to 35-38 volumes total... lets say it got a plus 15 volumes and assume all of those will sell at least 6.5 million each (its current average per volume), that is still only 247 million... now lets assume its backlogs sold so much over the years that it climbed to a 10 million per volume average... simple math says its 380 million, that is still 100 million less than one piece currently has in circulation

now in a more realistic scenario... lets say all of kny's 23 volumes has now sold an average 20 million per volume, thats still only 460 million total... still not good enough :) this is also assuming all those 150 million total of kny right now are just from its 23 volumes and not including sales from special editions and all those other crap

tldr basically one piece is just too massive to surpass with its soon to be over 100 volumes
 
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Nah, it ran for 4 years and it has already sold over 150 million copies and more than 60% of it sold in 2020 and '21. It is no. 9 most highest selling manga ever and it started in 2016. Not any other recent manga are even close. One piece has managed to sell around 500 million in 25 years. Also, KnY sold record 82 million last year. It has humungous popularity in Japan and that was rising exponentially. At that rate, it could have easily overtaken One Piece in a few years (if not 2-3 years).



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ok then lets say kny runs for 3 more years and if its releases 4-5 volumes per year thats adding plus 12 to 15 volumes going all the way to 35-38 volumes total... lets say it got a plus 15 volumes and assume all of those will sell at least 6.5 million each (its current average per volume), that is still only 247 million... now lets assume its backlogs sold so much over the years that it climbed to a 10 million per volume average... simple math says its 380 million, that is still 100 million less than one piece currently has in circulation

now in a more realistic scenario... lets say all of kny's 23 volumes has now sold an average 20 million per volume, thats still only 460 million total... still not good enough :) this is also assuming all those 150 million total of kny right now are just from its 23 volumes and not including sales from special editions and all those other crap

tldr basically one piece is just too massive to surpass with its soon to be over 100 volumes


Demon slayer manga had 25 million copies in circulation in Dec 2019 and then had 150 million copies in Feb 2021 ( btw with this new data, the number is gonna go even higher). That's 125 million copies in 14 months. And it's popularity was still rising exponentially in Japan (thanx to the anime adaptation). If we go by only the earlier rate rate, in less than 5 years it would have crossed 500 million mark.... It sold 82 million copies in a year while Kingdom was at number 2 and One piece at number 3 with only 8 million. That's how hugely it blew up.

Bruh, the manga became 9th highest selling manga ever in just 4 years while other super popular mangas like MHA, Haikyuu etc have been going on for way longer time and have barely managed 50 million sales in all this time. Hell, it left behind some of the all time popular - HxH, Rurouni kenshin, Bleach etc. The only shounen manga with more sales than demon slayer is Dragonball, Naruto and One piece, which all ran for 15-25 years.
 
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