Oricon recently released its rankings for the first half of 2018, and in the comic category of the chart, volume 88 of “One Piece” commands a massive lead at number 1 with 2,283,589 copies sold. Taking second place with nearly 1 million less copies sold is “Attack on Titan” with sales of 1,376,248. What makes these numbers even more impressive is that One Piece 88 only contains 2 months of sales compared to attack on titans 5. “Attack on Titan” Volume 25 rounds out the top 3 with 1.1 million copies sold.
Further, “One Piece” has become the first manga to reach the top of the comic book ranking chart for 10 consecutive years. Despite being in publication for over 20 years, “One Piece” shows no signs of slowing down with weekly sales of new volumes often toping 1 million in their first week alone. Last year, volumes 84 through 87 held the top 4 spots on the year end chart, amassing over 11 million sales.
In it’s 21 year history, the manga has sold over 440 million copies worldwide and is only half way completed! In comparison, the next two best selling manga, “Dragon Ball” sold 240 million copies worldwide in its 11 year run and “Naruto” sold 235 million copies in its 15 years of publication. Detective Conan and Goglo 13 round out the top 5 selling manga of all time with 200 million copies sold each. Both of these series are still in publication and “Detective Conan” ranked in at 14 on the half year ranking. Although the series sold just under 600,000 copies, it’s still nothing in comparison to the 2 million copies of sold by “One Piece”.
Many Japanese fans seemed to be amazed with the achievement, commenting: “Jump is unattackable”
“This record will go on forever”
“They’re strong to come this far”
“They’re still going after 10 years. As the series approaches its end, its sales will probably keep soaring.”
Although, not everyone was convinced by these figures. One netizen commented, “Who is buying this? No one in my family has it and I even have nephews in middle school.”
So manga and anime lovers of Arama, what do you think? Will there ever be a series that’ll become popular enough to compete with “One Piece” or will it remain on top for ever? Or perhaps you think “One Piece” is overrated and other series deserve more love?
Evil Line Records will release a new ‘Sailor Moon’ tribute album on April 4th to commemorate the iconic series’ 25th anniversary. The album is simply titled ‘Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL TRIBUTE’. The album jacket is drawn by the manga author Naoko Takeuchi.
Such artists as LiSA, bish, and Etsuko Yakushimaru have contributed to the making of the album. The compilation album consists of eleven songs in total, including two bonus tracks that are performed by the ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ voice cast. Listen to the preview clips below.
Within the last couple of days, it was revealed that popular rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN will be in charge of the theme songs for the upcoming spring anime “Juushinki Pandora”. This sci-fi series is the latest creative brainchild of mecha designer and Macross creator Shoji Kawamori, who is known for his work on properties as varied as “Eureka Seven” and “AKB0048”.
The show’s opening theme, titled “Sirius”, has been described as an impressive rock tune defined by its edgy guitar melody. The ending, “Spica”, was recently shown off during the final shows of the band’s “PATHFINDER” tour and is described as a warm, mid-tempo number. No release date has been provided for either of these tracks as of yet.
“Juushinki Pandora” will start airing next week on March 29th, but for those that just can’t wait, you can find the latest trailer (which features a preview of “Sirius”) right after the jump.
Math-rockers JYOCHO have announced that they will be releasing their first single, titled “Tagai no Uchuu e.p”, later this month on March 21st. The lead song has already been selected as the ending theme for the currently airing anime “The Junji Ito Collection”, an anthology series which endeavors to adapt a number of the horror author’s shorter works.
In support of this release, the group have now chosen to upload the music video for “Tagai no Uchuu” to their label’s Youtube channel. The video features a combination of the group’s performance of the track with time lapsed images of growing crystals, the latter intended to portray the parallel universe suggested in the song’s title.
You’ll find not only the PV for “Tagai no Uchuu”, but also the single’s cover and track list if you read on below.
Ever since it’s release on January 5th, 2018 DEVILMAN crybaby has been in the spotlight among anime fans.
The Netflix exclusive show is based off of the original Devilman manga series by Go Nagai. In this new adaptation the series perfectly depicts the human vices of greed and lust. It also full of violent battles between Devilman and various demons, a signature trait to the series.
Director Masaaki Yuasa gives the Devilman series a new reality by setting it in present day Japan, and showcases the “true form of the original Devilman” through his unique art and animation style.
MAN HUMAN is by the acclaimed Japanese techno-pop duo DENKI GROOVE. Since its release, the coupling track Konyadake on the single has been #1 on Spotify’s viral chart in Japan, and the single has already hit highly impressive numbers in streaming on Spotify US. Konyadake was used as a special ending theme featured in the 9th episode of DEVILMAN crybaby.
DEVILMAN crybaby is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix in 190 countries with 23 languages for subtitles and 7 dubbed languages. The MAN HUMAN single can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify worldwide!