Top 25 Most Popular Manga Series of 2022 So Far; SPY x FAMILY vs Demon Slayer

Jujutsu Kaisen has now sold more than 8.6 million copies with the release of Volume 19 of the series this month, as it solidifies its position at the top of the Oricon Yearly Charts for manga sales and remains the Most Popular Ongoing Manga Series in Japan.

Jujutsu Kaisen has sold over 5.25 million copies in backlogs this year with the help of the boost in sales the series has gotten ever since the release of the prequel movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, continuing its incredibly consistent run from 2021.

 

Jujutsu Kaisen: Most Popular Manga 2022

The movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, has been a huge success and is already the 9th Highest-Grossing Japanese Movie Ever at the Domestic Box Office making over 13.4 Billion Yen.

The film is now also out in North America, where it has made over $31 million so far after its fourth weekend, making it the fourth highest-grossing anime film ever at the American Box Office. Additionally, the film has made $1.6 million in the UK and $4 million in France since its release last month.

The movie has now crossed over $170 million at the global box office.

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Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 18, which was released in December 2021 is currently the Best Selling Manga Volume for the fiscal year of 2022 with more than 1.909 million copies sold. While Volume 19, which hit the stands on April 4, has already sold 1.441 million copies in just two weeks. The regular edition of the latest volume has sold more than 1.306 million copies, while the limited special edition has also sold more than 145,000 copies so far.

The Second Season of the anime is currently in production at MAPPA and is scheduled to come out in 2023.

Tokyo Revengers, which had been at the top of the Oricon Monthly Charts for six consecutive months prior to January returned to the first spot once again with the release of Volume 26 of the series in February and went on to also top the Monthly Oricon Charts again in March.

Volume 26 of the series has already sold 929,000 copies as of April 10, while Volume 27 debuted this week on Oricon Weekly, selling over 430,434 copies in its first week.

Volume 25 of the series, which was released in December, remains the Best-Selling Volume of the year so far for the manga and has sold over 1.04 million copies as of March 6.

Tokyo Revengers sold 1.411 million copies during February which is on par with the previous month and sold over 848,000 copies in March. The manga is currently in its final arc on Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine.

One Piece sits comfortably at the third spot with the release of Volume 102 of the series this month. The latest volume has sold 1.431 million copies already within the first two weeks of its release. The series has sold over 1.5 million copies in April including backlogs.

The previous volume of One Piece was released in December where it sold more than 1.65 million copies and currently remains the Second Best-Selling Manga Volume for the fiscal year. 

Most Popular Manga Series of 2022: Spy x Family to surpass Demon Slayer by next week.

With the conclusion of the broadcast of the Entertainment District Arc, Demon Slayer has fallen out of the Oricon Weekly Top 10 Manga Series Rankings for the first time in ages. However, the series is still currently in the 4th spot in the yearly charts selling over 2.45 million copies.

SPY x FAMILY: Most Popular Manga 2022

Meanwhile, with the commencement of the broadcast of the anime on April 9 and the release of Volume 9 of the manga series this month as well, SPY x FAMILY has finally broken into the Top 5. The series has sold over 1.3 million copies in the last two weeks adding to the 1 million copies it had already sold prior to April this fiscal year without releasing a single new volume between December and March.

All the previous volumes of SPY x FAMILY have ranked in Oricon Top 50 Weekly Manga Sales Chart since the premiere, with the very first volume now having sold more than 1.77 million copies. The series currently has over 16 million copies in circulation in Japan and is already one of the Most Popular Manga Series in the country right now. With so much hype surrounding the series, it certainly wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the series is well on its way to crossing 10 million copies in sales by the end of this fiscal year.

The latest volume has sold 783,200 copies (+251,000 copies compared to Volume 8) within the first two weeks already as the series is ready to surpass Demon Slayer for this fiscal year by next week.

Mystery to Iu Nakare is now out of the Top 5 following the conclusion of the broadcast of the immensely succesful Television Drama Adaptation which premiered in January on Fuji TV. 

The TV Series starring Masaki Suda scored more than 20 million viewers every week with Live+7 DVR viewing as the manga reached 15 million copies in circulation during the broadcast.

Mystery to Iu Nakare (Do Not Say Mystery) has sold over 2.37 Million Copies in the fiscal year of 2022. The series has also been nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize alongside Young Jump’s Oshi no Ko, JoJolion ( (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 8), and Kaiju No. 8 from Jump+.

My Hero Academia is currently the 7th Most Popular Manga in Japan selling over 2.13 million copies within the first four months of this fiscal year.

The series is coming off from its most successful year yet in 2021 where it even outdid One Piece to become the 5th Best-Selling Manga Series of the year. Volume 33 of My Hero Academia was released on the first Friday of February and has sold over 725,000 copies, not only continuing the momentum but also becoming the Best-Selling Volume of the series in its initial timeframe.

Kaiju No. 8 has also continued its remarkable run and is currently in 8th place on the list following the release of its latest volume last month which has already sold over an insane 597,000 copies. The series’ estimated total for this fiscal year is now more than 1.71 million copies as it remains the only manga in the Top 10 without a TV adaptation.

Kaiju No. 8 also won the Next Manga Awards of 2021 for Best Manga (Digital Category).

My Dress-Up Darling has become the Most Popular Romance Manga since Kaguya-sama.

The breakout hit of Winter 2022 Anime Season, My Dress-Up Darling, has now sold over 1.5 million copies with the conclusion of the broadcast of the TV Anime and the release of Volume 9 of the series and is turning out to be one of the biggest rom-com of this generation.

Volume 9 debuted with a whopping 127,089 copies in its first three days even surpassing the latest volume of Kaguya-sama: Love is War, which sold over 85,000 copies in the same time frame.

The latest volume has sold over 237,600 copies in just 17 days, achieving a rare and an incredible feat for a romance manga. 

The only Romance Manga series that has managed to sell over 100,000 copies in just three days over the last couple of years aside from the former two is The Quintessential Quintuplets.

Kingdom concludes the first half of the list following the release of Volume 64 of the series in February. The latest volume of the series has sold over 610,000 copies so far, bringing the yearly total of the manga series to over 1.4 Million Copies.

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is in the 11th spot with the release of Volume 20 of the series last month. The latest volume of the manga has already sold over 437,000 copies bringing the total for the series to just above 1.34 million copies this year. 

Meanwhile, Blue Lock is currently the 12th Most Popular Manga of the fiscal year of 2022 in Japan as it continues to enjoy a solid boost in the sales of its backlogs the series has gotten since the announcement of the anime adaptation by Studio 8bit. The manga has sold over 1.3 million copies already this year.

Blue Lock Volume 18 was also released in Mid-March and has gone on to sell a massive 170,900 copies in just 25 days.

With the series showing this much potential already, it would not be wrong to say that it might just even challenge Kodansha’s blockbuster hit, Tokyo Revengers.

Another notable entry in the bottom half of the list is Dr. Stone, which is in 14th place selling over 1.075 million copies within this fiscal year. Volume 24 of Dr. Stone was released in January where it sold 204,992 copies in its first month while Volume 25 of the series has sold over 215,000 copies within the same timeframe.

The manga came to an end in the Weekly Shonen Jump earlier in March and Volume 26 will be the last tankobon volume for the series.

Most Popular Manga Series of 2022: Haikyuu!! and Attack on Titan continue their consistent run.

Haikyuu!! is also in the Top 15 selling over an estimated 1.025 million copies so far. The series recently announced a bunch of upcoming projects including a new One-Shot that will be released this week on Shonen Jump and will be featuring Tetsuro Kuroo from Nekoma.

The final volume of the series was released in November 2020 while the latest season of the anime concluded in December 2020 and despite that, the series continues to have a very solid and praiseworthy run in Oricon every month. The fifth season of Haikyuu!! has not been announced yet.

Meanwhile, Attack on Titan has sold over 800,000 copies in backlogs thanks to the broadcast of Part 2 of the anime’s fourth and final season. The series is currently in 19th place on the list.

Part 2 of Attack on Titan Season 4 came to an end on April 3 with the 87th episode of the series as the anime is set to wrap up its run with a third and final part next year that will cover the remaining 9 chapters of the manga series.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War is just shy of the Top 20 but with the release of Volume 25 last month and the return of the anime with its third season this month, the manga has sold over an estimated 665,000 copies during this fiscal year. The latest volume of the series has sold over 220,000 copies after its fourth weekend on the shelves. You can see the full list below.

Top 25 Best-Selling Manga Series of 2022 So Far (As of April 17):

  1. Jujutsu Kaisen; 8,667,761
  2. Tokyo Revengers; 6,357,264
  3. One Piece~ 3,795,000
  4. Demon Slayer~ 2,450,000
  5. SPY x FAMILY; 2,371,701
  6. Mystery to Iu Nakare~ 2,370,000
  7. My Hero Academia~ 2,135,000
  8. Kaiju No. 8~ 1,715,000
  9. My Dress-Up Darling~ 1,530,000
  10. Kingdom~ 1,400,000
  11. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime~ 1,340,000
  12. Blue Lock~ 1,300,000
  13. World Trigger~ 1,165,000
  14. Dr. Stone~ 1,075,000
  15. Haikyuu!!~ 1,025,000
  16. Record of Ragnarok~ 1,010,000
  17. Uma Musume Cinderella Gray~ 845,000
  18. The Apothecary Diaries~ 835,000
  19. Attack on Titan~ 800,000
  20. Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End~ 785,000
  21. Kaguya-sama: Love is War~ 665,000
  22. Welcome to Demon-School! Iruma-kun~ 600,000
  23. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun~ 595,000
  24. Takopi’s Original Sin~ 585,000
  25. Komi Can’t Communicate~ 540,000.

Source: Oricon Charts.

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