Otaku USA Magazine
One Piece Manga Nears 500 Million Copies in Circulation

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One Piece debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump on July 19, 1997, and look where it is now! The world’s bestselling manga now has more than 490 million copies in circulation, both physically and digitally. A bit more than 400 million comes from Japan itself, and the rest cover everyplace else that One Piece is sold.

In February, only months ago, Once Piece was at 480 million, meaning it’s jumped about ten million in just six months. Back in spring 2020, it had 470 million copies in circulation.

Creator Eiichiro Oda will release his 100th volume of the manga on September 3, which has a lot of buzz going on around it. Multiple projects are marking this event, such as a Where’s Waldo crossover and a new streaming program on YouTube.

Oda has stated he will continue One Piece for a few more years. How many copies do you suppose will be in circulation by then?

Source: ANN


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.