Attack on Titan Manga Has 71 Million Copies in Print
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
A collaboration announcement on the official website of Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare revealed on December 22 that Hajime Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga has more than 71 million copies in print as of December. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's collaboration with the series involves a poster campaign to promote proper cough etiquette. The series had 66 million copies in print as of April.
Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 24th compiled book volume in Japan on December 8. The first of three original anime DVDs adapting Hiroshi Seko's Attack on Titan: Lost Girls spinoff novel bundled with the volume. Kodansha Comics publishes the series in print in English, and it released the 23rd volume on December 19. Crunchyroll also publishes the manga in English digitally as new chapters are published in Japan.
The original manga has inspired a television anime, compilation anime films, numerous spinoff manga, several novel series, a two-part live-action film project, a spinoff live-action television series, and original video anime. Two of the spinoff manga — Attack on Titan: No Regrets and Attack on Titan: Junior High — received anime adaptations of their own. The manga also inspired an anthology graphic novel featuring short stories from western comic artists.
The franchise's new compilation film, subtitled "Kakusei no Hōkō" (The Roar of Awakening), will compile the television anime's second season and open on January 13. The third television anime season will premiere in July.