Shueisha was happy to reveal that the popular manga Oshi no Ko is set to have more than 12 million copies in circulation by July 19, when the 12th volume is published in Japan. The publisher didn’t say if they included digital copies to reach this number. However, it can be noted that the manga’s circulation has gone up 2.7 times since the anime’s April debut.
Go back just a few months ago, in March, and the manga had 4.5 million copies in circulation. By the end of May, it was up to more than nine million copies.
HIDIVE is currently streaming the first season of the anime, and will also stream the second season simultaneously with the Japanese release. HIDIVE said that the Oshi no Ko anime’s debut was the “#1 series launch in the streamer’s history.” In addition to this, the franchise is breaking records with its opening theme song “Idol” by YOASOBI.
Oshi no Ko has also courted some controversy when the mother of a celebrity complained that the anime had used her daughter’s death as a plot device. Controversy can also sell copies, and Aka Akasaka, the creator of Oshi no Ko, has been up-front about the fact the story is meant to be about the darker side of the entertainment business.
Yen Press is publishing the manga in English and gave this description for the first volume:
Gorou is a gynecologist and idol fan who’s in shock after his favorite star, Ai, announces an impromptu hiatus. Little does Gorou realize that he’s about to forge a bond with her that defies all common sense! Lies are an idol’s greatest weapon in this outrageous manga from Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish).
You can check out Otaku USA’s review on the manga here.
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