Have MHA, Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen become the new “big three” of shonen?

The world of anime is wider and more diverse than ever, and the world of shonen anime in particular is in good shape. Manga sales are strong around the world and anime has become more pervasive than ever, making this the right context for a new “big three” for shonen manga / anime in particular.

In the 2000s, three titles made up the so-called Big Three: Bleach, de Tite Kubo, Naruto , de Masashi Kishimoto, y One Pieceby Eiichiro Oda. Now, a new generation has arrived, and based on the content of these series, their popularity and their wide appeal, it can be said that Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia they have become the big three of today.

What are the sales of MHA, Demon Slayer, and Jujutsu Kaisen?

To determine the unofficial “big three” of modern shonen, several factors must be taken into account, one of which is the volume of sales of the manga. The original big three enjoyed strong sales during their heyday, and One Piece, which is still ongoing, continues to rank first among the sales of all manga series of all time. However, One Piece is the result of an older generation, and now younger series are the center of attention, and can rival One Piece.

The series of sleevesJujutsu Kaisen, which was released on March 5, 2018, recently surpassed the 55 million volume mark, which already puts it in the top echelon of best-selling manga, which speaks volumes (not a pun) of the quality and the broad appeal of the story. In fact, volume 17 alone sold 2.5 million copies in its first run.

DemonSlayer it recently ended with volume 23, and its last volume alone sold just under 5 million copies in the first half of 2021. Ingeneral, the Demon Slayer manga has enjoyed massive sales throughout its life, in part due to the mega-popular anime adaptation, which helped attract many new fans. The series has sold more than 150 million copies since its debut, making it easily classifiable as “big three” material.

My Hero Academia It currently has 32 volumes, and as of April 2021, the series had 50 million total copies in circulation, most of them sold in Japan. It was also the eighth best-selling manga of any genre in 2020. These strong sales, along with winning the Harvey Award for Best Manga in 2019, make My Hero Academia a clear candidate for “big three” status.

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The original great three created a template for what the great three of shonen are “supposed” to be, and the original three series set a simple but high standard for all future titles. Those three were classic action stories with fantasy elements, from gummy pirates to Soul Reapers with magic swords, and these series were clearly designed to turn into long but ever-evolving adventures, with a huge cast of characters and flexible combat systems. .

This allowed all three titles to continually innovate in their formulas and stay fresh, while remaining true to themselves. These series, like classic shonen, also had broad appeal beyond young readers / viewers. These stories appeal to fans of all ages and genders, and that’s a quick way to become “big,” especially with strong, exciting, and slightly vulnerable male and female characters in those stories.

Jujutsu Kaisen, My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer have a lot of competition, since the recently concluded Attack on Titan up to the time-traveling criminal drama of Tokyo Revengers. However, the first titles are the closest to the three great originals in spirit and can be considered direct spiritual successors. Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisenthey are clearly evolutions of Bleach, and the author of Jujutsu Kaisen has confirmed that the series is inspired by the narrative and artistic style of Tite Kubo. In terms of character design, setting, narrative, and combat systems, these three are more similar to Naruto, Bleach and One Piece what to series like Attack on Titan, and that makes them more obvious candidates to become the next big three.

This in no way diminishes the excellent content of Attack on Titan O Tokyo Revengers, but when it comes to broader appeal and living up to the standards and style of the great three originals, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen and My Hero Academia They stand above the rest, and all of them have clearly been inspired by the three originals, while refining and perfecting the formula for a new generation. They learned vital lessons from their ancestors and continued their legacy, all with their own fresh and unique voices. Only a true series of “big three” shonen could do it.