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Best Selling Manga 2021: Top 10 Series With Most Sales.

Manga is the comics that are released in Japan. Here I have listed the best-selling manga for the year 2021 so far. The data is updated till May 2021.

Updated on November 29, 2021: Yearly Oricon and Rakuten Data

Oricon Manga Sales 2021 – Top 10 Series (November 23, 2020 – November 21, 2021)

RankSeriesCopies SoldAuthor
1Jujutsu Kaisen30,917,746Akutami Gege
2Demon Slayer29,511,021Koyoharu Gotouge
3Tokyo Revengers24,981,486Ken Wakui
4Attack On Titan7,332,398Hajime Isayama
5My Hero Academia7,020,361Kohei Horikoshi
6One Piece7,002,583Eiichiro Oda
7Chainsaw Man5,212,578Tatsuki Fujimoto
8Spy x Family4,973,402Tatsuya Endo
9Kingdom4,672,612Yasuhisa Hara
10Haikyu!!4,345,443Haruichi Furudate

Oricon Yearly Manga Sales By Volume – Top 20 Volumes(November 23, 2020 – November 21, 2021)

RankSeriesVolumeSales
1Demon Slayer235,171,440
2Demon Slayer 242,374,621
3Jujutsu Kaisen142,312,250
4Jujutsu Kaisen152,306,950
5Jujutsu Kaisen162,098,087
6One Piece982,018,042
7Jujutsu Kaisen01,930,831
8One Piece 991,863,574
9One Piece 1001,839,886
10Jujutsu Kaisen131,772,617
11Jujutsu Kaisen91,772,331
12Jujutsu Kaisen81,770,228
13Jujutsu Kaisen11,765,995
14Jujutsu Kaisen121,759,287
15Jujutsu Kaisen101,749,558
16Jujutsu Kaisen111,748,084
17Jujutsu Kaisen21,732,361
18Jujutsu Kaisen71,710,326
19Jujutsu Kaisen41,705,266
20Jujutsu Kaisen31,702,581

Rakuten’s Yearly Digital Sales Info – January 2021 to October 2021

Note that these are just Digital sales in Rakuten Only.

RankSeries Name
1Jujutsu Kaisen
2Tokyo Revengers
3Demon Slayer
4Attack On Titan
5Kingdom
6Mystery to lu Nakare
7One Piece
8My Hero Academia
9That Time I Got Reincarnated
As A Slime
10Chainsaw Man
11Golden Kamuy
12Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
13The Promised Neverland
14World Trigger
15Dr. Stone
16Spy X Family
17Mushoku Tensei:
Jobless Reincarnation
18Haikyuu
19Police In A Pod
20Record of Ragnarok
21Aoashi
22Space Brothers
23Hajime no Ippo
24The Fable
25Blue Period
26My Happy Marriage
27The Apothecary Diaries 〜
Maomao no Koukyuu Nazotoki Techou〜
28Kaiju No. 8
29Yona of the Dawn
30Hunter x Hunter
31Promise Cinderella
32Zatch Bell!
33Kaguya-sama: Love is War
34One Piece Full Color
35Giant Killing
36Sweat and Soap
37Shoujiki Fudousan
38Detective Conan
39Beastars
40Honey Lemon Soda
41The Apothecary Diaries
42Fire Force
43My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and
Became the Strongest Sage in the World
44Jujutsu Kaisen #0
45Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun
46Chi – Chikyuu no Undou ni Tsuite
47Yowamushi Pedal
48Bleach
49That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (Light Novel)
50Black Clover

Oricon released the list for the first half of the year till May 2021.

Oricon Top 10 Best Selling Series Half-yearly:

RankSeriesCopies SoldAuthor
1Kimetsu No Yaiba26,351,483 Koyoharu Gotouge
2Jujutsu Kaisen23,797,483 Akutami Gege
3Tokyo Revengers5,007,825 Ken Wakui
4Attack On Titan4,635,754 Hajime Isayama
5Chainsaw Man4,181,650 Tatsuki Fujimoto
6The Promised Neverland3,191,416 Kaiu Shirai & Posuka Demizu
7My Hero Academia3,045,057 Kohei Horikoshi
8Haikyu!!2,944,002 Haruichi Furudate
9Kingdom2,596,395 Yasuhisa Hara
10One Piece2,573,010Eiichiro Oda

10. One Piece

Sales: 2,573,010

Author: Eiichiro Oda

One Piece tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy who aims to become the Pirate King and his adventures along with friends. One Piece has completed 24 years of serialization and has even surpassed Batman to become the second highest-grossing comic of all time.

One Piece has consistently topped the yearly manga sales for several years only recently displaced by Demon Slayer recently. One Piece sales are really great for a weekly anime series.

The problem with it is that not a lot of new readers start it as it is very long. Also, the backlogs aren’t selling that high compared to the modern series since the fans would have already bought the old volumes. Having said that, its per volume sales are really high. Volume 99 has around 1.8 million and volume 100 had a great opening. Volume 101 is likely to be released in December and it is likely to end up at any position from 6th to 4th.


9. Kingdom

Sales: 2,596,395

Author: Yasuhisa Hara

Kingdom tells the story of Shin, who aims to become a great general, and Ei Sei, who wants the unification of China.

Kingdom doesn’t have great worldwide popularity but it is insanely popular in Japan. Kingdom doesn’t have a great anime adaptation but it continues to be the best-selling Seinen in Japan currently. It even beat One Piece in 2020 which is an incredible achievement.

With a volume released in July (July sales aren’t reflected here) and another one likely down the line in 2021, it is likely to go up few places.


8. Haikyuu

Sales: 2,944,002

Author: Haruichi Furudate

Haikyuu tells the story of Hinata Shoto who wants to play Volleyball even though he is really short and his journey with the Karasuno School Volleyball Team.

Haikyuu ended its serialization in 2020 but the manga sales are still great in 2021. The second part of the fourth season of the anime aired in later 2020, which might have helped in its manga sales. With no anime in the immediate future, the sales will continue to drop going forward in 2021. But for a series that ended almost one year ago, the sales numbers are outstanding.


7. My Hero Academia

Sales: 3,045,057

Author: Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia tells the story of Izuku Midoriya, who aims to become a great hero even though he is born quirkless in this world full of people with quirks. My Hero Academia is one of the most popular series in the world.

The manga sales have been really consistent with no notable gain or loss throughout its journey. The fifth season of the anime hasn’t boosted the sales that much but the next volume release get a boost due to anime. The latest volume in August is one of its best-selling volumes ever and another volume by the year-end will boost its sales even higher.


6. Promised Neverland

Sales: 3,191,416

Author: Kaiu Shirai/ Posuka Demizu

Promised Neverland tells the story about a group of orphans who are raised as food for another demon-like race in an orphanage and the kids’ quest to escape the place to go to a better world.

The manga serialization ended last year but the sales are still really high this year due to the anime airing. The anime was a bad adaptation which hampered the sales to an extent considering how well other series perform during their anime airing. The sales will only go down so this may not be in the top 10 by the year-end.


5. Chainsaw Man

Sales: 4,181,650

Author: Tatsuki Fujimoto

Chainsaw Man tells the story of Denji, who can turn into a Chainsaw devil, and his journey as a devil hunter. The first part of the series ended and the sales are amazing given it doesn’t even have an anime adaptation yet. The anime airing will make the sales skyrocket and this may take the fourth spot in the end and I have a feeling this will be like Jujutsu Kaisen in its sales.

I have never seen a series as hyped as Chainsaw Man even before the anime adaptation. The only thing that was like this Attack On Titan as far as I remember.


4. Attack On Titan

Sales: 4,635,754

Author: Hajime Isayama

Attack On Titan tells the story about a civilization that is inside three walls to protect itself from Titans. Attack On Titan is a global phenomenon that has had a great impact on the anime industry.

The last volume has released in June 2021 with a great opening, though the ending isn’t being universally loved. It will still be expected to get consistent sales throughout the year. With anime scheduled only for 2022, the sales won’t receive any boost from it.

I expect Attack On Titan to drop few places from this list since Kingdom and One Piece will probably surpass it by the end of the year.


3. Tokyo Revengers

Sales: 5,007,825

Author: Ken Wakui

Takemichi Hanagaki, a 26-year-old freeter with no hope in life, learns one day that his middle school ex-girlfriend, Hinata Tachibana, and her younger brother Naoto, are killed by the Tokyo Manji Gang. He teleports exactly 12 years into the past to 2005, when he was pushed in front of a train. He vows to save her girlfriend by changing the future.

Tokyo Revengers is another series that has an unbelievable manga sales boost due to its anime. It started its anime airing in April 2021 and the sales have skyrocketed since then. The sales in July, and August month for Tokyo Revengers are over the roof but it will be tough for Tokyo Revengers to beat Jujutsu Kaisen or Demon Slayer but the third position is locked for it for 2021 manga sales.


2. JuJutsu Kaisen

Sales: 23,797,483

Author: Gege Akutami

Jujutsu Kaisen is a story about Yuji Itadori, a high school student who joins an organization of sorcerers to defeat Ryomen Sukuna, for whom Itadori becomes the host. Anime started airing last year October and the manga sales have skyrocketed since then.

At the time of writing this article, Gege has taken a break for one month which might impact the sales a bit. A movie adapting chapter 0 has been scheduled to release at the end of December so it may not boost the sales for 2021 but the talk of the movie itself usually affects the sales of a series positively.

With one another volume at least to be released this year, Jujutsu Kaisen will definitely end up at the top of the charts by 2021.


1. Demon Slayer

Sales: 26,351,483

Author: Koyoharu Gotoge

Demon Slayer is the story about Tanjiro who sets on a path to turn her sister Nezuko back into a human as she has currently become a demon. He meets Inouske and Zenitsu on his journey and they continue their journey together.

Demon Slayer ended 2020 as the best-selling manga for that year and it doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon. It has become a cultural phenomenon among the Japanese young population and the release of the movie only increased sales. Though the manga has ended in 2020 the sales haven’t stopped and it is just an unbelievable achievement.

With such a revolution, no wonder Gotouge was selected in the TIMES 100. With season 2 scheduled to release in 2021, the sales will probably experience another peak. But Jujutsu Kaisen will probably beat it to the top.


Best Selling Manga Half Year By Volumes

RankSeriesVolume NoAuthor
1Jujutsu Kaisen14Akutami Gege
2Jujutsu Kaisen 15Akutami Gege
3Jujutsu Kaisen 16Akutami Gege
4Jujutsu Kaisen 0Akutami Gege
5Kimetsu no Yaiba
Official Fanbook 
2Koyoharu Gotoge
6Jujutsu Kaisen 8Akutami Gege
7Jujutsu Kaisen 9Akutami Gege
8Jujutsu Kaisen 10Akutami Gege
9One Piece98Eiichiro Oda
10Jujutsu Kaisen 1Akutami Gege
11Jujutsu Kaisen 13Akutami Gege
12Jujutsu Kaisen 11Akutami Gege
13Jujutsu Kaisen 2Akutami Gege
14Jujutsu Kaisen 12Akutami Gege
15Jujutsu Kaisen 7Akutami Gege
16Jujutsu Kaisen 3Akutami Gege
17Jujutsu Kaisen 4Akutami Gege
18Jujutsu Kaisen 6Akutami Gege
19Jujutsu Kaisen 5Akutami Gege
20One Piece 99Eiichiro Oda

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