Thursday, December 2, 2010

One Piece To Rule Them All

In the world of Western comics, there are 3 big franchises; Batman, X-Men and Spiderman. There are so many series on them, these 3 are almost an industry by themselves.

In the world of Japanese manga, the Big 3 used to be One Piece, Naruto and BLEACH. I said “used to be” because this is the figures for the highest-selling manga of 2010:

1 - One Piece 32,343,809
2 - Naruto 7,409,068
3 - Kimi ni Todoke 6,572,813
4 - Fairy Tail 5,739,526
5 - BLEACH 5,204,193

Yes, One Piece sold 4 times more than Naruto in 2010. In fact, it sold more than the rest of the top 5 put together. Wow! That’s all I can say. The pirate adventures of Luffy D. Monkey have slaughtered most of the existing sales records in 2010, and this is a year when overall sales of manga in Japan had actually went down!

Wow. Luffy D. Monkey may or may not be the Pirate King at the end of his adventures but right now, he is most certainly the Sales King in the world of manga.

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