Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga series has been breaking records in terms of sales. The One Piece series is the most sold manga in Japan. Not only in the manga community, but One Piece is also the most sold comic worldwide written by one person.
Recently, the manga publisher Shueisha officially announced that One Piece has 500 million copies published worldwide. 417 million of these copies are published in Japan, while 100 million are published in 60 countries outside Japan.
One Piece manga set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” Today the Guinness world record has been updated to include a new number of manga copies published and sold.
In the above image, you can see “The most copies published by the same comic book series by a single author is One Piece created by Eiichiro Oda (Japan) with 415,566,000 copies printed and circulated from Dec 1997 to July 2022”. For some reason, the Guinness world record didn’t include the manga copies sold outside of Japan.
Eiichiro Oda started the One Piece manga series in Dec 1997, and the manga has been collected into 103 volumes so far. One Piece author recently took a 1-month break to prepare for the final saga of the story. The series has also gotten an anime adaptation from the Toei Animation studio which has released more than 1000 episodes so far.
Netflix is developing a live-action adaptation of the One Piece series, and a new anime movie titled “One Piece film Red” is scheduled to air on August 6 in Japan.