Dragon Ball in the TOP 3 shōnen manga that the Japanese have preferred to read in 2021

The Dragon Ball manga will soon be 40 years old, but even after all these years Akira Toriyama’s work continues to remain at the top of the reading preferences of the Japanese. Indeed, this is what reveals a study carried out by the Japanese portal NetLab, who published the results of a survey of their readers asking them which shonen-style manga they liked most to read in 2021. The survey team conducted a questionnaire on “The most interesting shonen manga I’ve read this year” with the cooperation of the Voice Note quiz site.

On the podium of this TOP 24, it is without too much surprise that we find Demon Slayer in first position – and by far – knowing that the work of Koyoharu Gotouge has chained all records in Japan. Moreover, this month, Koyoharu Gotouge, the author of Demon Slayer has drawn for the Dragon Ball Super Gallery. In second position, we find the excellent One Piece by Eiichiro Oda, still in publication. And in third position, it is Dragon Ball which is encrusted. This is Dragon Ball, not Dragon Ball Super, which is a manga in its own right, in the same way that Naruto and Boruto are two separate manga, although they follow the same story. By the way, neither Naruto nor Boruto appear in this ranking. The survey result also adds that “Currently, the Dragon Ball Super sequel is also serialized in V-Jump”.

Warning: As always, this is a survey that must be put into perspective, on the one hand because the number of participants does not seem enormous, on the other hand because we do not know the population who voted (age, …) , and still others because by definition, it remains a survey on a small sample of the Japanese population. So don’t take this survey as a point of truth. If you’re interested, that same NetLab site has also published a TOP 30 most read manga on Piccoma (a manga subscription service on mobiles and computers).

3ème place : Dragon Ball

Third place goes to Dragon Ball, who collected 26 votes. The start of its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump dates back to 1984. Dragon Ball has been extremely popular around the world. There are many powerful scenes surrounding the great adventure of the main character, Son Goku, and his battles to protect the Earth. Currently, the Dragon Ball Super sequel is also serialized in V-Jump.

2ème place : One Piece

Second place went to One Piece, which collected 28 votes. The manga was published in the Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, and as of December 2021, it has become a popular work with 101 volumes. Luffy, the hero who ate the Gomu-Gomu fruit, navigates gathering as many friends as possible to become the Pirate King, battling various increasingly strong enemies.

1ère place: Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)

The first place goes by far to Demon Slayer, who collected 79 votes. This manga was serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump for approximately 4 years from 2016 to 2020. It is a story in which the main character, Tanjiro Kamado, fights as a member of an organization that exterminates demons. The manga has been adapted into an animated series since 2019, and an animated film was also released in 2020. Its visual beauty and unique characters quickly made it popular.