One Piece Manga Has 350 Million Copies in Print in Japan (Updated)
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Update 2: While the May issue of Saikyō Jump did write that the One Piece manga has 350 million copies in print worldwide, a press release for the One Piece Tokyo Tower attraction revealed on April 18 that the manga has 350 million copies in print in Japan only. The press release stated that the manga has 66 million copies in print outside of Japan, for a total of 416 million copies in print worldwide. ANN's original article is below.
This year's May issue of Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine revealed on Saturday that Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has 350 million copies printed worldwide. The announcement notes that the number is about three times the number of Japan's population of 120 million. The 350 million number is current as of the 84th volume's release in Japan.
The manga set a world record in June 2015 for having 320,866,000 copies printed worldwide as of December 2014. The world record is for "The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author."
Oda launched One Piece in 1997, and the manga has been published in more than 30 countries. Shueisha released the manga's 84th volume on February 3, and it sold more than 1.5 million copies in its first three days in Japan.
Viz Media released the manga's 81st volume in English on February 7.
Update: Viz Media reported in November 2013 that the manga had "more than 345 million copies in print worldwide." The Guinness World Record data then stated the manga had "320,866,000 copies printed and circulated from December 1997 to December 2014." The specific wording in the Saikyō Jump announcement stated that 350 million copies of "comic volumes" are in existence worldwide for the series. Thanks, mommid.
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