By Juliet Faure
– Posted on Mar 29, 2022 at 12:25
We no longer present the manga created by Gege Akutami, Jujutsu Kaisen. This new juggernaut of manga, and more specifically dark fantasy manga, is gaining so much popularity that it has sold over 65 million copies, catching up with its competitor My Hero Academia.
On March 16, the long-awaited film was released in our cinemas: Jujutsu Kaisen 0. While adapting volume 0 of the manga of the same name, the feature film, produced by the animation studio MAPPA, was particularly anticipated by the fans. True worldwide success, Jujutsu Kaisen seems on track to overtake the eponymous My Hero Academia.
It is indeed in a tweet published on the account @jujutsu_PR the announcement fell. Jujutsu Kaisena manga with 18 volumes in Japan and 13 in France, reached the 65 million copies sold worldwide. For comparison, Kohei Horikoshi’s manga, My Hero Academiasold as many copies in twice as many volumes. My Hero Academia has 33 volumes in Japan and 31 in France. The saga should also end this year, which recently raised the question of its pace of publication.
— 呪術廻戦【公式】 (@jujutsu_PR) March 28, 2022
Jujutsu Kaisen, the replacement for My Hero Academia?
When Kohei Horikoshi announced that the end of My Hero Academia was scheduled for 2022, it sounded like a thunderclap in the world of manga. Indeed, after the end of The attack of the Titans in 2021, another manga monster was coming to an end. It was without counting on the work of Gege Akutami. Indeed, published since 2018 in the Shōnen Jump, Jujutsu Kaisen quickly became a manga staple.
An animated first season, produced by MAPPA, has already been broadcast and a second season has recently been formalized. And when you see the sales results, there is no doubt that Jujutsu Kaisen should greatly exceed the sales of My Hero Academia. To compare, Attacks on Titan has sold over 100 million copies and One Piece surpassed 500 million prints. Will Jujutsu Kaisen be able to sell as well, or even better?