Oricon (Japan) Manga Sales 2019 [2018 Nov 19 - 2019 Nov 17] - Demon Slayer #1, One Piece #2

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Oricon (2018 Nov. 19 – 2019 Nov. 19):

Top 10 best-selling manga series:

RANK./LAST YEAR'S RANK. TITLE [WRITER] ( MAGAZINE / PUBLISHER ) {NUMBER OF VOLUMES PUBLISHED} - YEAR-TO-DATE SALES

01./00. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba [Koyoharu Gotōge] (Weekly Shōnen Jump / Shūeisha) {4 volumes} - 12,057,628
02./01. One Piece [Eiichirō Oda] (Weekly Shōnen Jump / Shūeisha) {4 volumes} - 10,134,232
03./06. Kingdom [Yasuhisa Hara] (Weekly Young Jump / Shūeisha) {3 volumes} - 7,661,361
04./08. The Promised Neverland [Kaiu Shirai / Posuka Demizu] (Weekly Shōnen Jump / Shūeisha) {5 volumes} - 7,454,745
05./00. The Quintessential Quintuplets [Negi Haruba] (Weekly Shōnen Magazine / Kōdansha) {6 volumes} - 5,895,000
06./02. My Hero Academia [Kōhei Horikoshi] (Weekly Shōnen Jump / Shūeisha) {4 volumes} - 5,047,574
07./03. Attack on Titan [Hajime Isayame] (Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine / Kōdansha) {3 volumes} - 4,704,234
08./05. Haikyu!! [Haruichi Furudate] (Weekly Shōnen Jump / Shūeisha) {6 volumes} - 4,514,838
09./00. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War [Aka Akasaka] (Weekly Young Jump / Shūeisha) {5 volumes} - 4,096,492
10./09. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime [Fuse / Taiki Kawakami] (Monthly Shōnen Sirius / Kōdansha) {3 volumes} - 3,414,482

Top 50 best-selling manga volumes:

(Part 1/ Part 2)

RANK. TITLE [RELEASE WEEK] - YEAR-TO-DATE SALES

01. One Piece 91 [Week 49, 2018] - 2,388,243
02. One Piece 93 [Week 27, 2019] - 2,200,000
03. One Piece 92 [Week 10, 2019] - 2,112,734
04. One Piece 94 [Week 40, 2019] - 1,880,146
05. Attack on Titan 27 [Week 49, 2019] - 1,344,500
06. Attack on Titan 28 [Week 15, 2019] - 1,172,448
07. Attack on Titan 29 [Week 32, 2019] - 955,124
08. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 17 [Week 40, 2019] - 926,446
09. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 16 [Week 27, 2019] - 877,366
10. Kingdom 53 [Week 03, 2019] - 863,994
11. Kingdom 54 [Week 16, 2019] - 850,606
12. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 15 [Week 14, 2019] - 833,472
13. My Hero Academia 21 [Week 49, 2018] - 831,797
14. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 14 [Week 01, 2019] - 821,222
15. Kingdom 55 [Week 33, 2019] - 809,855
16. The Promised Neverland 12 [Week 01, 2019] - 801,584
17. My Hero Academia 22 [Week 06, 2019] - 775,064
18. The Promised Neverland 14 [Week 23, 2019] - 741,903
19. Haikyu!! 35 [Week 49, 2018] - 698,372
20. One Punch Man 18 [Week 49, 2018] - 695,864
21. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 13 [Week 44, 2017] - 693,931
22. March Comes In Like a lion 14 [Week 51, 2018] - 687,476
23. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 1 [Week 22, 2016] - 680,787
24. My Hero Academia 23 [Week 18, 2019] - 679,813
25. The Promised Neverland 15 [Week 31, 2019] - 673,890
26. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 8 [Week 40, 2017] - 672,657
27. Haikyu!! 36 [Week 6, 2019] - 670,423
28. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 7 [Week 31, 2017] - 667,478
29. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 9 [Week 49, 2017] - 667,413
30. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 2 [Week 31, 2016] - 664,815
31. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 10 [Week 09, 2018] - 659,387
32. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 12 [Week 31, 2018] - 659,221
33. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 11 [Week 23, 2018] - 657,289
34. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 3 [Week 40, 2016] - 650,471
35. The Promised Neverland 13 [Week 10, 2019] - 649,919
36. One Punch Man 19[Week 14, 2019] - 642,461
37. My Hero Academia 24 [Week 31, 2019] - 639,068
38. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 4 [Week 48, 2016] - 638,068
39. Detective Conan 96 [Week 15, 2019] - 637,717
40. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 5 [Week 09, 2017] - 635,642
41. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba 6 [Week 18, 2017] - 634,828
42. Haikyu!! 37 [Week 14, 2019] - 628,313
43. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 10 [Week 49, 2018] - 607,822
44. The Quintessential Quintuplets 8 [Week 07, 2019] - 596,125
45. The Quintessential Quintuplets 7 [Week 51, 2018] - 591,502
46. The Quintessential Quintuplets 9 [Week 16, 2019] - 586,252
47. One Punch Man 20 [Week 27, 2019] - 586,680
48. Haikyu!! 38 [Week 23, 2019] - 582,378
49. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 11 [Week 13, 2019] - 570,702
50. The Quintessential Quintuplets 10 [Week 25, 2019] - 565,672

BONUS

The following categories are just bonus numbers calculated from available data


Top 10 series based on average sales of newly published volumes only :

RANK./LAST YEAR'S RANK. TITLE <SHARE OF BACKLOG SALES> - AVERAGE SALES OF NEWLY PUBLISHED VOLUMES (YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH OF THAT AVERAGE)

01./01. One Piece <15,33%> - 2,145,281 (-4,2%)
02./02. Attack on Titan <26,19%> - 1,157,357 (-14,72%)
03./00. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba <71,32%> - 864,627 (unknown)
04./04. Kingdom <67,05%> - 841,485 (+7,03%)
05./05. My Hero Academia <42,04%> - 731,436 (-4,93%%)
06./00. March Comes In Like a lion <unknown> - 687,476 (unknown)
07./12. The Promised Neverland <54,15%> - 683,659 (+39,20%)
08./08. One Punch Man <unknown> - 641,668 (-6,03%)
09./09. Detective Conan <unknown> - 637.717 (+1,02%)
10./07. Haikyuu!! <23,21%> - 577,848 (-17,72%)


The 14 years a manga sold over 10 million copies sold since 2008

RANK. TITLE (YEAR) - YEAR-TO-DATE SALES

1. One Piece (2011) - 37,996,373
2. One Piece (2010) - 32,343,809
3. One Piece (2012) - 23,464,866
4. One Piece (2013) - 18,151,599
5. Attack on Titan (2013) - 15,933,801
6. One Piece (2009) - 14,721,241
7. One Piece (2015) - 14,102,521
8. One Piece (2016) - 12,314,326
9. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019) - 12,057,628
10. One Piece (2014) - 11,885,957
11. Attack on Titan (2014) - 11,728,368
12. One Piece (2017) - 11,495,532
13. Seven Deadly Sins (2015) - 10,304,112
14. One Piece (2019) - 10,134,232

Combined sales of the Top 10 Manga series through the years

 
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Didn't Shueisha announced that One Piece was 1st ?
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But didn't Shūeisha say One Piece was number 1 this year?
I'm gonna answer this first, since I know people are gonna ask.

ManganiMY wrote a detailed explanation here.

But TL;DR :
The statement wasn't from Shueisha themselves, it was taken from an interview with the One Piece editor, who likely did not know the up-to-date numbers. The interview was also likely made about a month before the end of the tracking period, month during which Demon Slayer sold millions of copies. Also, it's likely he was talking about the number of copies in circulation, not the actual sell-through data

So basically, just some miscommunication
 

kurahador

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Jeez...is Demon Slayer really that good? So much hype about it. But then again Assassination Classroom also sold really well few years ago I thought it was boring.
 

crimsonlink

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It's been amazing seeing all these one piece "fans" come out of the woodwork to deny this claim. Like both mangas didn't sell a shit ton and do really well and one piece is so holy that it needs to be #1 on every list lol.

Good on Kimitsu no Yaiba. The author out in hard work and it's paying off for her. Op is still gonna be number one but it's nice that something is challenging it head-on.
 

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Its not miscommunication sheuisha retweeted the news about OP being number 1, and its been reported by different outlets. People are basically saying sheuisha the publisher of both series is lying, and to basically just believe a company that tracks sales, but doesnt have the full picture
 

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Its not miscommunication sheuisha retweeted the news about OP being number 1, and its been reported by different outlets. People are basically saying sheuisha the publisher of both series is lying, and to basically just believe a company that tracks sales, but doesnt have the full picture
Oh this is interesting! If you have more info about this please make a thread and share.
 

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I need the full breakdown of this conspiracy, I feel this is like Vgchartz vs financial reports from game companies but somehow people trust the tracker more than the actual source.
 

Principate

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I'm gonna answer this first, since I know people are gonna ask.

ManganiMY wrote a detailed explanation here.

But TL;DR :
The statement wasn't from Shueisha themselves, it was taken from an interview with the One Piece editor, who likely did not know the up-to-date numbers. The interview was also likely made about a month before the end of the tracking period, month during which Demon Slayer sold millions of copies. Also, it's likely he was talking about the number of copies in circulation, not the actual sell-through data

So basically, just some miscommunication
Didn't Shueisha themselves state One Piece sold 12.7 million and Oricon doesn't actually track all retail stores so Shueisha should know between the two.

I'd personally trust Shueisha on this, but that's just me.
 

Owl

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Yeaaaah, it's weird people take a 3rd party's tracking over the company that owns both series. Does Oricon take into account digital sales or is missing something valuable?
 

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I don’t quite understand the ravenous demand for Demon Slayer. I read the first volume and thought it was pretty good. When I went to my local comic shop to pick up the second volume I was told that it’s almost impossible to get (English) copies of the manga because they sell out almost instantly. Is it because of the anime?
 
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I don’t quite understand the ravenous demand for Demon Slayer. I read the first volume and thought it was pretty good. When I went to my local comic shop to pick up the second volume I was told that it’s almost impossible to get (English) copies of the manga because they sell out almost instantly. Is it because of the anime?
Yeah. A boost this large (not being on the list last year to almost/beating One Piece) usually only comes from an already popular series ending or a very succesful anime and this has both

Take a look at Attack on Titan's sales in 2014 when the anime first came out
 

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Yeah. A boost this large (not being on the list last year to almost/beating One Piece) usually only comes from an already popular series ending or a very succesful anime and this has both

Take a look at Attack on Titan's sales in 2014 when the anime first came out
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the anime so I suppose it makes sense. What’s the popular series that ended recently, by the way?
 

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I don’t quite understand the ravenous demand for Demon Slayer. I read the first volume and thought it was pretty good. When I went to my local comic shop to pick up the second volume I was told that it’s almost impossible to get (English) copies of the manga because they sell out almost instantly. Is it because of the anime?
It had a really good anime adaption that blew up.
 
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I'd take more credence from the official publisher who has every internal data about the manga they publish than with Oricon.
 
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I’ve heard nothing but good things about the anime so I suppose it makes sense. What’s the popular series that ended recently, by the way?
Promised Neverland is ending (supposedly) and so is Demon Slayer (also supposedly I dont read it)

If you look back at when Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist or Death Note were ending they all got boosts. In Demon Slayer's case, the new volumes aren't selling even close to One Piece's new volumes. Whats happening is people buying the back catalog, which can multiply sales by a multitude.

One Piece obviously isn't over, but when what would become the first half of the manga was ending in a massive arc the sales turned out like this -



Thats mostly back catalog.
 

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I need the full breakdown of this conspiracy, I feel this is like Vgchartz vs financial reports from game companies but somehow people trust the tracker more than the actual source.
There's no conspiracy. Sheushia has been trying to find something to overtake One Piece for ages now. This is why they invest so heavily into series that get any sort of inkling of popularity like Toriko or My Hero Academia. It's in their best interest for Yaiba to beat One Piece's sales.
 
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I'd take more credence from the official publisher who has every internal data about the manga they publish than with Oricon.
Even Shueisha themself uses Oricon (how else would they have known that One Piece had beaten Attack on Titan by barely 150k units in 2014? They don't publish AoT, they don't have its data). Moreover, they don't necessarily have their own data for physical sell-through (that's why there exists entire companies that track those sales, such as Oricon, NPD or Media Create), they do know about digital sales and how many units of a manga are in circulation.
The source is not quite Shueisha: It's from an interview with the One Piece editor. The rest, I already explained here
I'm gonna answer this first, since I know people are gonna ask.

ManganiMY wrote a detailed explanation here.

But TL;DR :
The statement wasn't from Shueisha themselves, it was taken from an interview with the One Piece editor, who likely did not know the up-to-date numbers. The interview was also likely made about a month before the end of the tracking period, month during which Demon Slayer sold millions of copies. Also, it's likely he was talking about the number of copies in circulation, not the actual sell-through data

So basically, just some miscommunication
Even if we want to believe Shueisha, and say that One Piece stays #1, the comparison still stands with other years tracked by Oricon. And the facts are there: Demon Slayer was the first manga to beat One Piece according to Oricon since Death Note and Nodame Cantabile in 2006.
 

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Promised Neverland is ending (supposedly) and so is Demon Slayer (also supposedly I dont read it)

If you look back at when Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist or Death Note were ending they all got boosts. In Demon Slayer's case, the new volumes aren't selling even close to One Piece's new volumes. Whats happening is people buying the back catalog, which can multiply sales by a multitude.

One Piece obviously isn't over, but when what would become the first half of the manga was ending in a massive arc the sales turned out like this -



Thats mostly back catalog.
Fascinating stuff. It‘s remarkable that One Piece experienced a similar sales boost despite not actually ending (yet.)
 

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Isn't JUMP itself saying One Piece had the higher sales?
 

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You claimed that Shueisha was lying to protect One Piece so...
Never said Shueisha was lying.

My point was this: Shueisha/OP editor/whoever it was releases end of year numbers (circulation/sold/???), which they hardly ever do, right before Oricon releases theirs, knowing Oricon will have Kimetsu above OP.
 
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Isn't JUMP itself saying One Piece had the higher sales?
It's complicated

I'm gonna try and do another TL;DR:
-Jump didn't say this, the One Piece editor did, in an interview
-There is also a translation issue: he was referring to the number of volumes in circulation when Oricon tracks sell-through data.
-He likely did said interview a month before the end of the tracking period, back when One Piece did have more copies in print that Demon Slayer, this quickly changed. Even Shueisha says so with their announcements, here are the Demon Slayer circulation numbers, from Shueisha themselves:
2018/11/26 3 Million
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2019/09/29   12 Million​
2019/10/17   14 Million​
2019/10/23   16 Million​
2019/11/21   20 Million​
2019/11/26   25 Million​

But if you really want to know more, I suggest reading what ManganiMY wrote, it's in the threadmark​
 
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Zanmato

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But didn't Shūeisha say One Piece was number 1 this year?
Oda commented on his Twitter about this.

They're saying One Piece had the highest individual volume sales this year, not the most volume sales this year.

Kimetsu no Yaiba is #1 with overall sales, One Piece is #1 with individual volume sales.

They're using a different metric to determine victory.
 

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Isn't JUMP itself saying One Piece had the higher sales?
Individual volume sales, not overall highest.

Each One Piece volume sold over two million. KnY's individual volume sales are just now hitting one million each.

However, KnY sold more volumes overall, even though the individual volume sales are lower.
 
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Individual volume sales, not overall highest.

Each One Piece volume sold over two million. KnY's individual volume sales are just now hitting one million each.

However, KnY sold more volumes overall, even though the individual volume sales are lower.
Sadly, this explanation doesn't hold up when they announced numbers: 12.7 million for One Piece and 10.8m for Demon Slayer. Those aren't individual volume sales

Here
 

Zanmato

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Sadly, this explanation doesn't hold up when they announced numbers: 12.7 million for One Piece and 10.8m for Demon Slayer. Those aren't individual volume sales


Here
Which is likely due to human error. I'm a mod on MH, so I'm fully aware of this situation and have been talking with analysts about it for over a day now.

Someone was using old sales data in regards to KnY, not up-to-date.
 

Dougieflesh

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Promised Neverland is ending (supposedly) and so is Demon Slayer (also supposedly I dont read it)

If you look back at when Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist or Death Note were ending they all got boosts. In Demon Slayer's case, the new volumes aren't selling even close to One Piece's new volumes. Whats happening is people buying the back catalog, which can multiply sales by a multitude.

One Piece obviously isn't over, but when what would become the first half of the manga was ending in a massive arc the sales turned out like this -



Thats mostly back catalog.
Bleach must have taken quite the tumble to let Fairy Tail get in front of it.