Demon Slayer is currently the king of the mangaAt least in sales. Koyoharu Gotouge's work breaks one record after another and at the moment, even if few talk about it, It is absolutely not impossible for the manga to go beyond ONE PIECE and its 470 million copies sold, or at least that it comes very close.
Of course, such an exclamation might seem crazy at first, but let's get that straight. Before the anime starts, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba had 5 million copies in circulation, a solid number, but it didn't suggest a similar escalation at all. Immediately after the anime Ufotable aired, work began to grow, registering 20 million copies sold in December 2019, 60 million in May 2020, 80 in June, and 100 last September. It's also good to note that in March last year the publisher revealed have sold (not printed, sold) Around 30 million copies in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
Currently, official data says there were over 100 million copies in circulation in September and realistically a new update will be available by the end of the month. These are mammoth numbers But are they enough to achieve ONE PIECE? If they stop there, they likely won't. However, Oricon confirmed that after the debut of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train, sales of the manga continued to grow. will occupy the entire monthly top 22 of the publisher.
All of this means that every single volume of Demon Slayer except the last (expected to be in December) has sold more than any other work, and that Gotouge's manga was only outdone by itself. In reality, this situation had happened several times in the past, but in this case Demon Slayer sold a total of 11.5 million copies in one month, more than the other 19 Japanese flagship manga combined, including ONE PIECE (300,000 copies), Jujutsu Kaisen, The Promised Neverland, Kingdom and so on. To give you an idea of the size of this character, manga like Kaguya-sama: Love is War, The Quintessential Quintuplets or Wotakoi have only recently reached this threshold after years of serialization.
Japanese sources are currently reporting on it Demon Slayer has become more than just a franchiseand that billboards and references to work can be found virtually everywhere. Aside from the historical records in theaters and the whopping sales of the manga, it also appears that every company that has worked with Demon Slayer is growing its revenue exponentially, regardless of the product sold.
With the movie's arrival in the west and China, and then with the production of a second season of the anime, Demon Slayer will continue to grow its sales, and many analysts are now sure to give the break of the 200 million wall. Only with 23 volumes published against the current 97 by ONE PIECEThe manga has already done the impossible, but it's likely it can do more. However, to find out how far the work can go, we will have to wait a few more years.