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One Piece #66 Ties Record with 4-Million Print Run

posted on 2012-05-02 04:07 EDT

Japanese publisher Shueisha has produced four million copies of the 66th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga — tying the previous two volumes' record for the book with most copies in its first printing in Japan. The volume is shipping on Wednesday.

The 64th volume set the 4-million-copy record last November. As of the 65th volume, Shueisha has published over 260 million copies of the manga series; One Piece has had the highest number of copies printed of any Shueisha manga series in Japan.

One Piece has been setting records in first printings since volume 56, which held the manga record in December of 2009 for 2.85 million copies. Volume 57 was the first volume to hold the record for all books in Japan, since its 3-million-copy first printing topped Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix's 2.9 million. Since then, every volume, except volume 62 (published two months after the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster) and the most recent two volumes, has set a new record in first printing.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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