The novel author Fuse: "I will continue to do my best to live up to the expectations of all of you who support the series."
Japanese publisher Micro Magazine announced today on September 10 that a total print run of Fuse's fantasy light novel series Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken / That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and its various manga adaptations had surpassed a monumental 20 million copies. The series reached the 18 million mark in March 2020 when the novel's 16th volume was released, which means it had added 2 million copies in the recent six months.
After the online serialization on the user-generated novel publishing website Shousetsuka ni Narou, the publisher started releasing the novel's print edition with illustrations by Mitz Vah in May 2014. When its TV anime adaptation project was announced in March 2018, its reported circulation was about 4.5 million copies. Thanks to the well-received adaptation, the number skyrocketed to 10 million only in eight months. There is no doubt that the number will jump up even more when the TV anime's second season begins in January 2021.
The authors of the novel and the manga adaptations are bringing their comments as below:
Fuse (the original novel author):
"I'm just confused by the fact that the series has become so big that it doesn't feel real, but I'll continue to do my best to live up to the expectations of all of you who support the series."
Mitz Vah (Novel illustrator/original character designer):
"The TenSura series has now surpassed 20 million copies in total... and I'm happy! Novel, manga, anime, and games... I am forever grateful to everyone who has walked with the series through the diverse world of TenSura in their own way of enjoyment. Keep supporting us!"
Taiki Kawakami ("That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime" manga illustrator):
"Congratulations on the 20 million copies of the TenSura series! The world of TenSura is getting bigger and bigger like Tempest. I'm going to keep trying not to be shaken down from it!"
Shizuku Akechi ("That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime" manga illustrator):
"Congratulations on the total of 20 million copies of the TenSura series! I'm proud to be in charge of a spin-off, and I'm also happy as a fan!"
Sho Okagiri ("That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation" manga illustrator):
"20 million...20 million!? It's already an unimaginable number, but congratulations! I hope that I can continue to be of some assistance in the future, so please keep a warm eye on the future developments!"
Shiba ("The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime" manga illustrator):
"Congratulations on surpassing 20 million copies! As a fan, I would like to congratulate it from the bottom of my heart. Also, with the honor of being a member of the TenSura family, I will continue to make it exciting!"
Tae Tono ("That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime: Trinity in Tempest" manga illustrator):
"Congratulations on surpassing 20 million copies of the TenSura series~! The number is so large that all I can say is, 'It's just amazing.' I'm looking forward to the TenSura in the future, both as a person who is involved in a spin-off and as a fan!"
Chacha ("Tenchura! That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime" manga illustrator):
"Congratulations on reaching 20 million copies in the series! It's an honor to be involved in such a big franchise. I'll continue to do my best!"
The novel's next 17th volume is set to be released in Japan on September 30, 2020.
Novel 1st and 17th volume covers:
Latest PV for the series:
Source: Micro Magazine press release
© Fuse, Mitz Vah/MICROMAGAZINE PUBLISHING Co.