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Japan's Yearly Manga and Light Novel Rankings for 2020

by Snow
Nov 29, 2020 5:00 PM | 96 Comments
Here are the manga and light novel sales rankings for the fiscal year of 2020 (November 18, 2019 to November 22, 2020).

Manga Sales by Series
*1. 82,345,447 Kimetsu no Yaiba
*2. *8,251,058 Kingdom
*3. *7,709,667 One Piece
*4. *7,212,099 Haikyuu
*5. *6,702,736 Jujutsu Kaisen
*6. *6,368,445 Yakusoku no Neverland
*7. *6,145,591 5-toubun no Hanayome
*8. *6,003,589 Boku no Hero Academia
*9. *4,541,589 Spy x Family
10. *4,306,012 Shingeki no Kyojin

Manga Sales by Volume
*1. 4,393,137 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.18
*2. 4,243,312 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.19
*3. 3,703,309 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.1
*4. 3,645,580 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.8
*5. 3,636,822 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.7
*6. 3,622,257 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.9
*7. 3,616,800 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.11
*8. 3,613,001 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.2
*9. 3,609,676 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.10
10. 3,606,418 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.12

11. 3,588,193 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.14
12. 3,584,243 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.3
13. 3,580,286 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.13
14. 3,554,931 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.15
15. 3,551,955 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.4
16. 3,546,800 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.6
17. 3,546,548 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.5
18. 3,510,596 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.16
19. 3,469,660 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.17
20. 3,105,812 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.22

21. 2,759,462 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.20
22. 2,654,558 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.21
23. 2,054,642 One Piece Vol.95
24. 1,898,453 One Piece Vol.96
25. 1,806,133 One Piece Vol.97
26. 1,637,005 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.20 Special Edition
27. 1,629,582 Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol.21 Special Edition
28. 1,063,724 Spy x Family Vol.3
29. 1,021,684 Shingeki no Kyojin Vol.30
30. *,977,058 Spy x Family Vol.4


Light Novel Sales by Series
*1. 2,752,593 Kimetsu no Yaiba Novels
*2. *,732,314 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*3. *,606,700 Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
*4. *,564,235 Sword Art Online
*5. *,527,950 Kusuriya no Hitorigoto

Light Novel Sales by Volumes
*1. 923,139 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Shiawase no Hana
*2. 913,388 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kataha no Chou
*3. 607,347 Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kaze no Michishirube
*4. 228,628 Overlord Vol.14
*5. 197,397 Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen Novelization
**. 191,693 Sword Art Online Vol.23
**. 183,775 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. Vol.14
**. 182,827 Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon Vol.1

Light Novels Separated by Specific Ranking


Source: Oricon

← Japan's Yearly Manga and Light Novel Rankings for 2020 (First Half)

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Holy crap. I know Kimetsu no Yaiba was blowing up, but not this much! It's also wild that Kingdom actually out sold One Piece too.

Jan 6, 11:24 AM by Rogo17

Everyone talking about Demon Slayer's sales figures which are well deserved but so little talk about how Kingdom, which has been sitting under One Piece for years, finally surpassing OP. As a long time Kingdom fan, I'm excited for the next years!

Dec 9, 2020 10:11 AM by Jelsonic

What the actual fuck?

Dec 9, 2020 8:10 AM by grandy_UiD

It was to be expected that Kimetsu no yaiba would lead all this 2020

Dec 6, 2020 2:08 PM by PervertedKnight

grats on the kametsu no Yaiba mangaka.... 83m copy sale is not a big joke... I dont know about the anime since I didnt see so of course I'd not know how good the manga is..... It's just that... I feel like I'll never like the story of series that's I feel like not for me anymore.

ohhh well. I guess I should try and preserve it when I'm about to die?

Dec 4, 2020 3:45 PM by _Ako_

Amazingly, KNY beats everything in manga and light novels (except in anime, because they're many anime who can beat KNY, such as FMAB, gintama, HXH 2011, steins gate, etc and also in top anime who have many fans, such as naruto, FMAB, SAO, NGNL, etc)

Dec 3, 2020 1:41 AM by reny1966nanin

Samt_ said:
Kuma said:
ah yes, people buy manga because animation.

And where did I say that? I was replying to a guy who was talking about missing the anime. Not this whole manga sales argument you're having here.

But I may as well join in now, if the anime didn't have the Ufotable-level animation that made both the anime and manga explode in popularity, those manga sales wouldn't be as high as they are.

The anime blowing up is what made a shit ton of people pay attention to the manga, thus the massive boost in sales.


damn, gorochu faster than me. anyway... to add to this in the same season, fire force has better animation than KnY, and made by prolific studio as well (same studio as JOJO ffs). but it didn't explode. in fact the second one to have amazing sales perform are 5 toubun, but nobody talk about how badly animated it is?

people love KnY more than animation, hence why they buy manga. it has shown in the poll and data. but people refuse to acknowledge their favorite series has less mass appeal than KnY thus pointing at sparkle animation baffling me.

KnY is not even my personal most liked series of that year (that title goes to kaguya-sama), but seeing this level of denial just amuse me.

Dec 2, 2020 4:22 PM by Kuma

*4. 228,628 Overlord Vol.14


Kimetsu aside, I am glad Overlord manages to continue to have it's newest volume the top selling on the year.

Dec 2, 2020 1:35 PM by duhu1148

Taste is subjective but damn KnY feels so damn overrated, just me?

Dec 2, 2020 12:47 PM by Kap92

Samt_ said:
Kuma said:
ah yes, people buy manga because animation.

And where did I say that? I was replying to a guy who was talking about missing the anime. Not this whole manga sales argument you're having here.

But I may as well join in now, if the anime didn't have the Ufotable-level animation that made both the anime and manga explode in popularity, those manga sales wouldn't be as high as they are.

The anime blowing up is what made a shit ton of people pay attention to the manga, thus the massive boost in sales.

What you mean by blowing up? Kimetsu no Yaiba anime sales doesn't reach Attack on Titan,Haikyuu anime sales but Kimetsu no Yaiba manga still outperforming Attack on Titan,Haikyuu manga during the first two years of their post anime. Surely it because of the manga and not anime. I feel that too many people has over exaggerated impact of ufotable without checking the statistics to back their claim.
http://www.someanithing.com/series-data-quick-view

Kimetsu no Yaiba anime sales = 20,278
Shingeki no Kyojin anime sales = 52,078
Haikyuu anime sales = 25,470

How is KnY anime blowing up when it sales is lower than AoT and Haikyuu? Do you guys even check fact and statistics before making unproven claim or you just use your anecdotal evidence which is not reliable.

Dec 2, 2020 9:28 AM by Gorochu

It's actually surprising to see how popular Kingdom is in Japan

Dec 2, 2020 9:05 AM by spectrojan

Kuma said:
Samt_ said:

You didn't miss much, just a below-average shounen with good visuals and a few minutes of sakuga.
ah yes, people buy manga because animation.

And where did I say that? I was replying to a guy who was talking about missing the anime. Not this whole manga sales argument you're having here.

But I may as well join in now, if the anime didn't have the Ufotable-level animation that made both the anime and manga explode in popularity, those manga sales wouldn't be as high as they are.

The anime blowing up is what made a shit ton of people pay attention to the manga, thus the massive boost in sales.

Dec 2, 2020 8:07 AM by Samt_

Nice to see Demon Slayer doing so well. I'm not even the biggest fan but it's sweet to see considering all the hate it gets.

Dec 2, 2020 1:21 AM by Geel

Scordolo said:
Gorochu said:
Saying Kimetsu no Yaiba is successful because of ufotable is the same as saying Hunter X Hunter is successful because of Madhouse. Kimetsu no Yaiba is not even ufotable's best selling anime. ufotable only make Kimetsu no Yaiba existence known more to the rest of the mainstream audience but the ability to make fans love and spend much money on it goes down to come from the potential of the manga. We could put other decent studios to animate Kimetsu no Yaiba but it will still receive the same success as it is.

Lmao you're saying Kimetsu no yaiba is not Ufotable's best selling anime?The movie is the 3rd most selling in Japan.Look it up again.
Hunter x Hunter's manga was already successful before it even got an anime while it is not the case with Demon slayer.Demon slayer's manga was unknown but when it's anime was airing the manga blew up.


Kimetsu no Yaiba anime sold at 20278 per volume.
Fate/Zero anime sold at 52285 per volume.
http://www.someanithing.com/series-data-quick-view
Fate Zero outsell Kimetsu no Yaiba.

So yeah, Kimetsu no Yaiba is not ufotable biggest sales. Kimetsu no Yaiba already has more than 1 million sales before the anime came out. Just because Kimetsu no Yaiba is not well known in the west that does not mean it's not well known in Japan before the anime came out. Do you have Hunter X Hunter sales statistics prior the 1999 anime to prove your point that Hunter x Hunter manga was already successful before it even got an anime? Hunter x Hunter manga was almost unknown prior to the 2011 anime.

-EDIT-
1998 Japan's Manga Sales
Series Sales
Sales spectrum: 1 December 1997 - 30 November 1998

*1. 719,850 Meitantei Conan
*2. 647,789 Rurouni Kenshin
*3. 625,322 GTO
*4. 475,542 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo
*5. 366,417 H2
*6. 350,338 Hoshin Engi
*7. 311,345 Initial D
*8. 305,681 Hana yori Dango
*9. 268,484 One Piece
10. 246,258 Rekka no Honoo
11. 204,120 Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo
12. 203,187 I's
13. 198,314 Oishinbo
14. 198,357 Hajime no Ippo
15. 191,843 Monster
16. 190,354 GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!
17. 186,047 Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
18. 184,047 3x3 Eyes
19. 154,016 Jaja Uma Grooming Up!
20. 149,615 Basara


Source: Oricon back issues via Justnet
Modified by Ana, Apr 30, 2015 8:42 AM

https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1373782#msg39315196

1999 Japan's Manga Sales
Series Sales
Sales spectrum: 7 December 1998 - 29 November 1999

*1. 564,058 Meitantei Conan
*2. 416,663 Rurouni Kenshin
*3. 371,950 One Piece
*4. 332,929 H2
*5. 325,627 GTO
*6. 301,027 Hana yori Dango
*7. 287,615 Hoshin Engi
*8. 284,099 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (inclusive of the short stories volume)
*9. 204,641 Oishinbo
10. 204,581 Hajime no Ippo

Source: Oricon back issues

https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1378429#msg39560431

No Hunter X Hunter manga. Hunter X Hunter manga is not successful before the anime came out.

Dec 1, 2020 10:55 PM by Gorochu

Gorochu said:
Saying Kimetsu no Yaiba is successful because of ufotable is the same as saying Hunter X Hunter is successful because of Madhouse. Kimetsu no Yaiba is not even ufotable's best selling anime. ufotable only make Kimetsu no Yaiba existence known more to the rest of the mainstream audience but the ability to make fans love and spend much money on it goes down to come from the potential of the manga. We could put other decent studios to animate Kimetsu no Yaiba but it will still receive the same success as it is.

Lmao you're saying Kimetsu no yaiba is not Ufotable's best selling anime?The movie is the 3rd most selling in Japan.Look it up again.
Hunter x Hunter's manga was already successful before it even got an anime while it is not the case with Demon slayer.Demon slayer's manga was unknown but when it's anime was airing the manga blew up.

Dec 1, 2020 6:29 PM by Scordolo

Spy x Family better get an anime adaptation soon.It'll blow up.

Dec 1, 2020 6:26 PM by Scordolo

Xenocrisi said:
PraiseTheSun123 said:
Except that most of the success of the series is not because of the quality of the series by itself. It was basically ufotable that made KnY this popular.


And so what? It literally did what it was supposed to do— to advertise the manga. What’s your point here? I don’t get what you’re trying to say


This so much. It's crazy how many people forget that the point of adaptations is to advertise the sorce material, and treat the anime doing it's job like it's a bad thing.

Dec 1, 2020 4:39 PM by TsukuyomiREKT

Samt_ said:
MaceChan said:
Oof, I actually thought Demon Slayer‘s sales were a typo for a sec. Talk about being popular. Yet, here I am, never even seen an episode of the show. Completely went over my head. Sometimes I feel so disconnected from the anime fandom

You didn't miss much, just a below-average shounen with good visuals and a few minutes of sakuga.
ah yes, people buy manga because animation.

Hamazura said:
why don't you people keep making monthly manga and BD DVD sales anymore? don't tell me this is just because shitmetsu no trashba is selling like hell.

nah, those information actually simply paywalled. so reporting them without license them was actually act of piracy. which is not on good term with MAL try being "legal". no surprise it started when they starting to promote legal service in 2015. understandable, but still kinda sad. they still reporting things that available for free to public tho, like this one. however, there are actually top 100 if you purchase them.

Dec 1, 2020 3:42 PM by Kuma

why don't you people keep making monthly manga and BD DVD sales anymore? don't tell me this is just because shitmetsu no trashba is selling like hell.

Dec 1, 2020 1:18 PM by Hamazura

Damn, KnY just smashed it! Good for them! Also, lot of good titles on this list. Happy to see Spy x Family on it!

Dec 1, 2020 9:05 AM by WampaStompa