The straw hats increase their lead as the best selling manga of all-time
When the straw hats set sail over 20 years ago, they probably never expected as they reached the grand line that they’d have this much support from around the world. As of the release of One Piece's 95th manga volume in Japan on December 28, the epic has 460 million copies in print worldwide.
Ever since the 57th volume released in March 2010, first-run prints of One Piece in Japan have exceeded 3 million copies, the highest in Japanese publishing history, with the highest print run being 4.6 million copies for the latest volume. The series has kept up the print run for just shy of ten years, making the series the biggest franchise in Japanese literacy history.
As of the release of Volume 95, in Japan, there have been 390 million copies printed with 70 million copies being printed worldwide. To compare with the second highest selling manga series, Dragon Ball, One Piece has printed 90 million more copies in Japan than Dragon Ball has printed worldwide.
One Piece is currently in its Wano Kuni arc in both the manga and anime series, which is currently streaming on Crunchyroll. Volume 95, The Star of Ebisu, will be released in English by Viz Media on April 7.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.