News One Piece Manga #75 Gets 4-Million Print Run
posted on 2014-09-04 22:55 EDT
Japanese publisher Shueisha has produced four million copies for the first printing of the 75rd volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga — the 12th consecutive volume to get a print run of four million or higher. The volume shipped in Japan on Thursday, and the series as a whole now has 310 million copies in print in Japan.
The manga is now running its fifth character popularity poll — the first one since 2008. Each wraparound jacket band on the 75th volume has a printed form that lets a fan vote for two characters. (This is the first time that a Weekly Shonen Jump manga has held a character poll through its compiled book volumes, as opposed to holding a poll in the pages of the magazine itself.) Main lead Luffy won the 2008 poll with 7,065 votes out of 42,116 votes cast.
The 73rd, 70th, 69th, and 68th volume also received first printings of four million copies when they shipped in Japan. The 67th volume set a manga record for the most copies in its first printing with 4.05 million copies. The previous two volumes matched but did not beat the former record of 4 million copies set by volume 64 in 2011.
Over 345 million copies of the entire manga series have been printed worldwide and has sold 130 million copies since 2009. One Piece has had the highest number of copies printed of any Shueisha manga series in Japan.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web