After One Piece hit the psychological barrier of four-million copies on the first print run of Volume 64, it cruised at that level for Volumes 65 and 66. But now demand must have picked up a bit more because the new first print run for Volume 67 is now 4,050,000 copies. Shueisha noted that it seems the reader base had expanded even more.
Yes, we all know that One Piece is a phenomenon, but before you get too bored with the news, remember that the largest first-run printing in the English language is reported to be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which had an initial print run of 4.8 million copies (3.8 mil in the U.S., and 1 mil in the U.K.). Since the overwhelming majority of the sales of One Piece manga is to customers in Japan, and since Japan has only half the population of the U.S. alone, those are pretty impressive numbers.
Will you be joining four million of your closest friends to read One Piece Vol. 67?