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ONE PIECE Manga Sells Over 2 Million in Three Days!

The highest selling manga series in Japan has gone and broken its own previous records once more.

There starts to come a time when a pattern keeps repeating that you stop being surprised or all that shocked. Yet, there's one story that just keeps amazing me. That's what we've been seeing with Eiichiro Oda's One Piece for the past 15 volumes.

One Piece Vol. 64 "100,000 vs. 10" was released on November 4th of this year. The Japanese publisher Shueisha broke its previous record by producing 4 Million copies for the very first printing. Well, that stock isn't going to be lasting them long. Between November 4th and November 6th, Volume 64 sold 2,018,366 units. It wiped the floor with NARUTO Vol. 58 that sold over 700,000 units and was released on the same day. These numbers come from the Japanese Oricon comic ranking charts that track the sales of various media. With every passing volume Shueisha ups the first printing total of One Piece, and they can never seem to print enough. The previous One Piece Vol. 63 sold 2,119,400 in four days. Nothing seems to be slowing these pirates down any time soon.

One Piece Vol. 61 US (Mar 2012)
One Piece Vol. 61 US (Mar 2012)

If you're itching to get the time skip era in the U.S. Only recently, the English publisher, VIZ Media, released Chapter 598 in their US Shonen Jump publication. They've also given a release date for One Piece Volume 61 and the cover image. It's set for release on March 6, 2012, and available now for pre-order. One Piece has been one of their least altered series (not counting the Skypiea arc), and they've been making a strong effort to try and keep the English releases fairly close to the Japanese editions. Volume 61 was published for Japan in February of this year.

Are any of you excited for the new era of the Straw Hats coming to the U.S., and how long do you think Oda can keep these numbers rising?

Source: ANN HERE & Oricon HERE

-Kristoffer Remmell (FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt

jkuc316on Nov. 18, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.

So happy for OP! One of the best IMO!

InfiniteGeasson Nov. 18, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

I really want to like One Piece, I do, but the barrier for catching up is just too damn high. It would take forever to catch up and it's just not all that interesting to me form the first few chapters I read.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 18, 2011 at 3:22 p.m.

@InfiniteGeass:

There are a lot of midpoints you can jump in on. The Water Seven/Enies Lobby Arcs are really good. There is the Sabaody Archipelago Arc. You could even start with this time skip Volume 61. My personal favorite arc has to be the Thriller Bark Arc.

You can also just check the Anime Vice wiki pages to catch up. The One Piece manga section lists all the story arcs and where they begin and end.

InfiniteGeasson Nov. 18, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I'm the type of person who can't really do that though. I have to know everything that the characters go through and what changes in their world.

SiycoBaton Nov. 18, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.

@InfiniteGeass said:

@FoxxFireArt: I'm the type of person who can't really do that though. I have to know everything that the characters go through and what changes in their world.

If you're still interested in taking an extra look at One Piece, you can always just watch several episodes every few days or so you can take the time to digest the story and characters in baby steps. It's not like you have to force yourself to watch 20 episodes a day.

Mrsignerman44on Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.

@InfiniteGeass said:

I really want to like One Piece, I do, but the barrier for catching up is just too damn high. It would take forever to catch up and it's just not all that interesting to me form the first few chapters I read.

I'd say that even though 500+ episodes to watch is very daunting, it's all worth it in the long run. It's a journey, and while it may take awhile for it to start up it slowly grows on you and becomes this incredible experience that you won't soon forget. The best part is that it is still ongoing and will be for at least another decade, I hope that you choose to stick with it and come along for the ride.

Aeternaon Nov. 18, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.

Always glad to hear One Piece is doing well. Though I have to be honest that I didn't know it was doing THAT well.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 18, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.

@Aeterna:

It's even more surprising when you see how well it does when compared to a series such as NARUTO. Two million in three days is just shocking.

ShadowKnight508 moderator on Nov. 18, 2011 at 8:19 p.m.

This is excellent to hear, since ONE PIECE has become a franchise that is followed by millions of excited fans who love the tale of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew as they adventure across the Grand Line and into the New World. I used to not like this series (perhaps after being exposed to the butchered FOXBOX version that 4Kids dubbed in the early 2000's), but I gave the subbed original version a try back in February and since then I have knocked out almost 320 episodes.

This reminds me...I took a break after completing the Enies Lobby Arc in the anime. I really need to restart my viewing of One Piece so that I will not fall further behind the anime.

zaldaron Nov. 19, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.

The bad taste of people who buy manga will never cease to amaze me.

CaptainInvictuson Nov. 19, 2011 at 6:14 p.m.

@zaldar said:

The bad taste of people who buy manga will never cease to amaze me.

Judging by your profile you are pathetically cynical and will die alone

zaldaron Nov. 19, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.

Ah! Thank you for feeding the troll! I am cynical yes, though I would call it not being Naive. Who are people out for? No one but themselves and their family. I expect to die with my family around me, but more importantly I care about how I live when I am alive. We worry to much about what happens after we die or as we die as a culture.

Anyway, the manga is simple fun, and I can get that from Western media if that is what I want. I go to anime and manga for bigger ideas, for more interesting philosophical discussions. Things I can not get in western media. Sorry if that annoys you. *shrug* Can't say I honestly care.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 20, 2011 at 3:28 a.m.

@CaptainInvictus:

@zaldar:

It's perfectly alright to disagree on the matter, but I will ask that you keep the conversation polite. There is no reason for personal attacks.

I personally see One Piece as a story that is a lot of fun to read, but can be deeply emotional at times.

barashinon Nov. 20, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.

@InfiniteGeass: Are you kidd'n me? Catch'n up is the best part! It'll jus make you actually catch'n up to us that much worth while! Your gonna wish they prduce much faster eps when you do catch up! lolz

Ley_Lineson Nov. 21, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: what did they edit in the skypiea arc? The only thing I can think of off hand is the Kami/god thing. The only edit I can think of that I really hated was the Okama/ oh come my way thing.

Om1kronon Nov. 23, 2011 at 2:09 a.m.

@InfiniteGeass said:

@FoxxFireArt: I'm the type of person who can't really do that though. I have to know everything that the characters go through and what changes in their world.

watch the anime, all episodes are available on viz's site if you can stand the hulu commercials. It took me about 3 months 8 hours every saturday and sunday to become current with the series. I can honestly tell you that I can appreciate and understand why this anime/manga is so popular. The way you build a relationship with each of the characters, although you may not give a flying crap about what goes on towards the beginning. The series always will throw in a good easter egg that is gratifying for those who pay attention to the details.

And you even care about side characters, and how the main ones grow. My girlfriend has never read the comics or watched the anime and when I told her about a particular story arc when they lose a member of the crew I started to tear up because I was sad that an inanimate object could have so much impact as a character without being a character.

Thats' just how intimate this series is to the people who invest the time to get into it.

Hands down I think it is better than any american comic I've ever read loyally in the last 20 years.

FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 23, 2011 at 2:46 a.m.

@Om1kron:

Oh, I know that scene you're talking about. It's even more intense in the anime and you can hear that innocent voice.

These is just something about Luffy's innocence. Seeing just how intense he can get when he stands up for someone. Like fighting Arlong, Fighting Eneru for Aisa, and the Rob Lucci battle.

@Noire:

I as talking about the God/Kami switch. VIZ goes out of their way to remove as much Japanese culture from anime. When they come to this story arc, they suddenly start using Kami and never even explain what that even is. Later, in the Thriller Bark arc, the VIZ version has Zoro how Luffy beat up a "God". That change completely undermined Luffy's initial confrontation with Eneru. When he demands to know what makes him think he's a god.

FUNimation didn't make that change, and the whole premise of why that butchered Detective Conan was that they wanted it to be in line with the FUNimation anime version.

Then you could also get into that edit they did to Naruto. How they painted out the cigarette and lighter from Shikamaru's hand as he was saying goodbye to Asuma.

TheLeamenatoron Nov. 23, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

Well, One Piece IS very good... But Naruto is better.

zaldaron Nov. 23, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.

@FoxxFireArt: I didn't think I got personal for that I apologize. However I would say that saying I am going to die alone was rather personal to begin with. Anyway even among fans of shonen manga (which I really wouldn't call myself) it seems I am not alone in this opninon

http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2011/11/20/top-10-most-overrated-shonen-jump-manga/

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 26, 2011 at 8:33 p.m.

@zaldar:

So where is Dragon Ball in that list? Anyway I don't really care if One Piece is popular or not, I will still like it

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