Chainsaw Man finally manages to surpass One Piece

A new king has arisen!

Chainsaw Man surpasses the giant One Piece on the Manga Plus digital reading app, becoming the most widely read manga published by Shueisha. One of the reasons why the work of Tatsuki Fujimoto has had this historical success, may be due to the premiere of the anime, which has managed to become one of the most watched series from the fall season of 2022.

The most revolutionary shonen manga of the new generation, Chainsaw Man, has officially surpassed the mainstay of the genre, One Piece. Tatsuki Fujimoto’s gory and provocative story ranks first in Manga Plus readership, with over 866,000 views (as of October 31, 2022), leaving behind Eiichiro Oda’s best-selling manga in history, with “merely” 788,000. A not insignificant number, but that throws it into the backgroundeven though he is at the start of his final arc.

Manga Plus is the official online manga reading app, created and distributed by Shueisha, the publisher of the world’s most popular manga, including Dragon Ball, Naruto, and of course One Piece and Chainsaw Man. Manga Plus is available at worldwide except for Japan, China and South Korea, which already have their own services, including Shonen Jump+, the original Japanese service. As such, Manga Plus views are a good measure of how popular a series is in the western worldand Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man currently sits proudly at the top.

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Chainsaw man surpasses One Piece in views through Manga Plus. Also, the Sasuke Spin-off comes in third place.

Chainsaw Man’s unprecedented popularity stems from two main factors. First, the manga has recently started its Part 2, an entirely new story that picked up where the series left off in 2020, leading us to meet new demons and main characters filled with their own backstories and personalities. After almost two years of hiatus, which the author took the opportunity to focus on other projects, such as Sayonara’s beautiful one-shot, Eri.

Now, Chainsaw Man came back at the perfect time. The long-awaited anime series based on the manga made its debut in October 2022, sparking more interest in the franchise. The anime is produced by revered studio MAPPA and has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews, meaning more and more people will want to check out the source material, as evidenced by Manga Plus’s “Most Popular” chart.

Chainsaw Man still has a long way to go to truly top One Piece

However, this could hardly be considered a defeat for One Piece. Eiichiro Oda’s masterpiece remains the best-selling manga in history, with more than 500 million volumes in circulation and 25 years of uninterrupted publication, two goals that Chainsaw Man can only dream of achieving. In fact, the manga Eiichiro Oda is now the best-selling work of fiction in history.

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The inclusion of Denji’s new antagonist in the second part of Chainsaw Man has been celebrated by his fans for the impression he left thanks to his power and momentum as War Devil.

These two works of fiction seem very different, but they actually have a lot in common. While One Piece is definitely less bloody and dark than Chainsaw Man, its light-hearted tones often leave room for deeper themes like freedom and oppression, just as Chainsaw Man alternates disturbing moments with a genuinely funny and unique brand of humor. It’s also worth noting that Sasuke’s Story, the new Naruto sequel/spin-off, jumped straight to number three. after a week since its debut.

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Sasuke Retsuden is a spin-off of the Naruto franchise that will be available for free on the Manga Plus by Shueisha platform.

The world of shonen manga is full of tropes and stereotypes, but it is also true that there are always products that show a genuine evolution of the genre. Just as One Piece stood out from its competition and became a landmark, Chainsaw Man proved time and time again to be the most innovative manga of its generation, and the success and recognition you are receiving now is absolutely well deserved.