Attack on Titan Prints 28 Million as Latest Book Gets 2.2-Million Printing

posted on by Andre Pappas

The January 2014 issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Monday that Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has 28 million Japanese copies in print. The issue bundles a 16-minute Attack on Titan drama CD.

The fantasy action manga's 12th compiled volume will also ship in Japan on Monday. Limited-edition copies will bundle an original anime DVD.

For the first time since the manga launched in 2009, the upcoming volume will get a first printing of about 2.2 million copies. The latest volume's first print run is 50 times more copies than the initial 40,000-copy printing of the first compiled volume in 2010. The only other manga to have surpassed 2 million copies for a first printing is Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, with recent volumes receiving first print runs of 4 million copies.

Including related publications, Attack on Titan has about 30 million copies in print. The series' first and second volumes had a total of more than 1 million copies in print in Japan by December 2010. The series' first nine volumes had 10 million copies in print by December 2012, and the first 10 volumes had 20 million copies in print by this past June. Attack on Titan sold 15.9 million volumes in Japan from November 2012 to November 2013, ranking second behind One Piece on the list of top-selling manga series in 2013.

Kodansha Comics is pubishing the manga in North America, and the 10th volume will ship on December 10. Kodansha Comics announced at New York Comic Con in October that the manga has 500,000 copies in print in North America.

As listed by several Japanese retailers, limited-edition copies of the manga's 13th volume will bundle a new original anime DVD and ship on April 9, 2014.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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