The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga continues to slash through records, even as its anime and anime film does the same. Look out, Luffy! Here comes Tanjiro!

2020 Orion sales rankings, showing Demon Slayer on top.
Now that’s a lot of manga volumes.

Oricon‘s yearly sales rankings for 2020 shows Demon Slayer coming in first place, beating popular titles like One Piece and The Promised Neverland. However, that isn’t even the most surprising bit of news. What is surprising (shocking really) is how wide the margin is between first and second place.

2nd place! At least you tried, Kingdom.
In this case, you didn’t try anywhere near hard enough.

In 2020, One Piece sold 7.7 million copies in total, earning the series third in the Oricon rankings. Meanwhile, the epic war manga Kingdom earned second place on the sales chart, with a total of 8.2 million copies sold. In stark contrast, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba sold a grand total of 82.3 million copies. That is a difference of 74.1 million between Demon Slayer and Kingdom. Really, there’s no contest.

Demon Slayer, or Manga Sales Slayer?

Demon Slayer's cast having an adorable huddle.
The new gang sure is adorably stirring up the scene, aren’t they?

It’s not just the 2020 Oricon sales chart that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has slain though. The anime film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is currently slashing through record after record. Currently, Mugen Train is the highest-grossing film in Japan. Heck, it’s the highest grossing animated film of 2020, and is the second highest-grossing anime film of all time. Only Spirited Away currently beats it, and only by a fairly narrow margin. And the best part? Mugen Train has only been released in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Singapore so far. Who knows what may happen when it finally hits the rest of the world?

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie poster.
Aniplex, hurry up and let us see this already.


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba shows us just how much the cast have been practicing their breathing. The manga is the best-selling manga series of 2020, according to Oricon. The fact that there’s such a wide margin between Demon Slayer and the next best-selling manga (Kingdom by Yasuhisa Hara) shows just how great and popular it is. If you haven’t had the chance to watch the anime, you might want to watch it now on Crunchyroll or Funimation. I can personally guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Source: Shonen Jump News