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.
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?