One Piece has well over 1,000 chapters under its belt, and the manga is far from over. While Eiichiro Oda may be embarking on the final act of the story, Luffy and the Straw Hat Crew have a few more years to travel with fans. And following a recent release, it looks like One Piece has broken one of its impressive sales records to make history once again.
The update comes from Japan as shoseki released its latest list of best-selling manga volumes. In the latest poll, fans learned that more than 60 One Piece volumes have been ranked by the sales tracker following the success of One Piece Film Red. And now that number has skyrocketed once again to 85 volumes.
In fact, there are only 18 One Piece volumes that failed to rank. It looks like 1, 6, 8, 9, 15, 27, 36, 56, 64, 65, 69, 73, 74, 76, 77, 83, 84 and 88 didn’t make it. It is rather surprising to see the first volume on this list of exemptions, but there are some explanations for this. The first is that One Piece Film Red made old-school fans revisit the franchise, so there was no need to check out volume one one more time. And for the second explanation, just look at how popular One Piece is in Japan.
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The franchise is one of anime’s cultural icons, and Japanese fans consume One Piece more than any other country. Luffy is a national treasure, so people of all ages know One Piece. Chances are One Piece is at their school or library to borrow if they need it. And at this point, it’s hard to find people who don’t know about the first chapters of One Piece in Japan.
Clearly, the anime’s latest film put the spotlight on the original manga, and there’s never been a better time to dive in. One Piece has begun its final act, so things are about to get wild on the show. If you want to watch the story unfold in real time, you can catch up on One Piece right now, and American readers can gorge themselves on manga on the Shonen Jump or Manga Plus app.
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