The Jujutsu Kaisen manga continues to sell and sell and sell! The nineteenth volume of the series is coming out in Japan on April 4, and its publisher Shueisha said that at that time, there will be 65 million copies of the manga out in circulation.
When they say “in circulation,” they are counting both print and digital copies. It also doesn’t mean 65 million copies sold, but 65 million copies out there on the market.
The Jujutsu Kaisen 0 film, which came out in Japan in December, is really helping sell the manga. By next week, the circulation of the manga will have gone up by five million units compared to where it was before the movie came out.
Shueisha also released the numbers in circulation from the past, showing us the growth of the series. Jujutsu Kaisen debuted in 2018, and by the beginning of October 2020, there were 8.5 million copies in circulation. By late October 2020, it had already jumped to 10 million copies. On December 16, 2020, we get 15 million.
20 million was reached by January 13, 2021, followed by 25 million on January 26, 2021, then 30 million on February 9, 2021, then 35 million on March 4, 2021. By the end of March 2021, it was 40 million. In April it had reached 45 million, and in early June it was up to 50 million. The copies in circulation reached 55 million in September, and 60 million on December 25, 2021.
The anime adaptation began in 2020, and the second season is scheduled to come out in 2023.
VIZ Media publishes the manga series in English, and gave this description of the first volume:
“Although Yuji Itadori looks like your average teenager, his immense physical strength is something to behold! Every sports club wants him to join, but Itadori would rather hang out with the school outcasts in the Occult Research Club. One day, the club manages to get their hands on a sealed cursed object. Little do they know the terror they’ll unleash when they break the seal…”
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