Japanese sales comparator Oricon has released its annual top-selling manga ranking for 2021, revealing that Gege Akutami’s story of wizards and curses has just passed Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer: Koyoharu Gotouge’s Kimetsu No Yaiba. Jujutsu Kaisen has sold over 30 million copies in Japan this year, while Demon Slayer made 29.5 million in its final year of serial release. While Demon Slayer didn’t grab the top spot, its 23rd and final volume was the best-selling manga volume in the region for the year, with over five million copies sold. It should be noted that the Oricon sales ranking only considers physical sales and not the revenue generated from digital manga sales.
Ken Wakui’s time-traveling drama Tokyo Revengers came in third for the year with around 25 million copies sold. Attack on Titan is far behind, with 7.3 million copies sold. Like Demon Slayer, Hajime Isayama’s Death of the Titans thriller also wrapped up this year and released its final volume in Japan last summer. My Hero Academia rounds out the top 5 with just over 7 million copies sold.
Despite a recent decline in circulation, titles from the Weekly Shonen Jump continue to dominate the sales charts. Some are wondering, however, if the king of manga magazines will be able to stay on top, as several of the publication’s most popular titles are coming to an end soon. As previously reported, Demon Slayer wrapped up its series earlier this year, and My Hero Academia announced in March that the superhero series has entered its “final part.” One Piece, which is the best-selling manga of all time and one of Shonen Jump’s most popular titles for 24 years, also appears to be entering its final phase, with Eiichiro Oda repeatedly hinting that this series of long term will end soon.
Either way, Jujutsu Kaisen continues to be a certified success. The manga recently announced that it will surpass 60 million copies in circulation by the end of December, beating the lifetime release numbers of older series such as My Hero Academia, Berserk, Haikyuu !! and Inuyasha. Akutami’s popular manga series only launched in 2018 and shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Sales of the series were boosted this year with the premiere of the well-received animated adaptation of MAPPA. The series will also soon see the premiere of its first theatrical release, the prequel film Jujutsu Kaisen 0. If the franchise manages to maintain that momentum, it is well on its way to becoming only the 19th manga series in history to surpass a print run. 100 million copies, joining classics like One Piece, Golgo 13, Dragon Ball, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Naruto.