Jujutsu Kaisen was crowned as the most profitable manga franchise in Japan in 2021, surpassing others like Tokyo Revengers, Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer), Shingeki no Kyojin and My Hero Academia. According to the site data Oricon, has sold about 30,917,746 copies in a single year.
The information collected goes from November 23, 2020 to November 21, 2021 and, according to it, Jujutsu Kaisen surpassed Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) for just over 1.4 million copies sold. The popularity of both franchises is undeniable and this sales figure is proof of this.
The total list of sales by manga franchise is as follows:
- Jujutsu Kaisen – 30,917,746
- Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) – 29,511,021
- Tokyo Revengers – 24,981,486
- Shingeki no Kyojin – 7,332,398
- My Hero Academia – 7,020,361
Two of the three best-selling series are still in production and, both Jujutsu Kaisen What Tokyo Revengers, they continue to grow year after year.
On the other hand, of the five franchises on this list, four are already in their final arc or their main story has ended, so we may have a different top in 2022.
Jujutsu Kaisen and Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer), the best-selling manga franchises in Japan in 2021
It should be noted that this number of total copies sold per franchise is quite similar to the number of sales per volume published by each franchise. Although, with a few minor differences.
In this case, the list is headed Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) with the final volume number 23 with 5,171,440, followed by the spin-off of the saga Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) – Stories of Water and Flame with 2,374,621 and in third place is Jujutsu Kaisen number 14 with 2,312,250.
The full list of the best-selling manga volumes is:
- KnY (Kimetsu no Yaiba) #23 – 5,171,440
- KnY – Stories of Water and Flame – 2,374,621
- Jujutsu Kaisen (JJK) # 14 – 2,312,250
- JJK #15 – 2,306,950
- JJK #16 – 2,098,087
- One Piece – 2,018,042
- JJK #0 – 1,930,831
- One Piece #99 – 1,863,574
- One Piece #100 – 1,839,886
- JJK #13 – 1,772,617
It is undeniable that the list was dominated by Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) and Jujutsu Kaisen in sales per volume, occupying 7 of the 10 places. However, one franchise that made it onto this list was One Piece, one of the longest running manga series in history.
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) also tops the light novels
As for light novels, Kimetsu no Yaiba takes the lead again with 776,320 copies sold. The full list is as follows:
- Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer), novelization – 776,320
- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – 597,819
- The Apothecary Diaries – 496,626
- Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- – 424,173
- The Detective Is Already Dead – 367,984
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