Best-selling manga series of all time 2019

As of September 2019, ‘One Piece’, written and illustrated by Japanese artist Eiichiro Oda, was the bestselling manga series in the world, having sold 454 million copies globally. As a whole, the Japanese animation industry sells billions of dollars worth of animation industry products each year in order to meet the demand of millions of fans from around the world.

What is manga?

The term “Manga” refers to a specifically Japanese style of comic book. Throughout years of tradition most of the books have adopted a similar format, typically using black and white illustrations along with Japanese text to tell stories from a multitude of genres. Many of the most popular fictional characters in all of Japan come from manga series’. Popular manga is often adapted into cartoon shows in the form of “anime”- a parallel Japanese industry which also generates millions of dollars in revenue each year.

Comic books and graphic novels

Although a genre all of its own, manga has many similarities to other styles of comic books and graphic novels. Superhero comics like those produced by Marvel use similarly stylized illustrations and small blocks of text to tell the thrilling stories of their protagonists. Millions of copies are sold each year, and especially recently, the characters play an important role in TV, film, and pop culture.

Best-selling manga series of all time worldwide as of September 2019

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Sources

Release date

September 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

data accessed on September 2, 2019

Supplementary notes

*The source defines the Dragon Ball series as having sold '250-300' copies worldwide.

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