Welcome to my 10 best-selling manga of all time.
Happy July everyone! Half a year has flown by and what better way to commemorate it than revealing the top 10 best-selling manga of all time.
Are you a manga fan who reads according to popular opinion? Are you also a manga fan who looks at the rankings every single year? Then this post will interest you greatly.
I myself do not read manga according to ranking but it is pretty nice to see how the trend follows. I think a lot of beginners and seasoned readers would love a good list of top selling manga as it can give them ideas on what to read next. Note that some of these series are incomplete so if you’re looking for completed manga, you’re in the wrong post lol.
This list of best-selling manga of all time will be according to estimated sales accumulated over the last 20 years since anime and manga became internationally famous and whether the manga has been released officially overseas. With the help of the Dragon Ball anime in the 90s and with publishers like Shueisha and Kodansha, manga sales have jumped to the hundreds of millions.
This list is pretty hard to make because the numbers change every year. I did quite a lot of extensive research and noted down the trends for every year and what I’ve come up with is a consensus of the 10 best-selling manga of all time compiled over the years. It’s like an average per se.
As such, this list is kind of a list of what most people agree with as best-selling manga according to the number of sales accumulated along with international acclaim and popularity. It may be different from other sources but as I said, I take into account the average and how popular the manga is overseas.
As of today, this is my 10 best-selling manga of all time.
So let’s get started, shall we?
Starting off this list is Doraemon a timeless classic that many are familiar with.
Doraemon tells the adorable story of the titular character himself, a time-travelling robot cat sent to help this clumsy kid Nobita Nobi with his everyday problems. However, rather than helping, Doraemon sometimes causes even more problems
This lovely children’s manga ran from 1969 – 1996. Many Japanese people (and Chinese too) grew up watching or reading this series and it stayed in their hearts even as they became adults, introducing their own children to the wonder of Doraemon.
With around 100 million copies sold worldwide, most people agree that Doraemon deserves a special spot in this list of best-selling manga as it is the only children’s manga to make the list.
9. Astro Boy
This might be surprising to you but Astro Boy was actually meant for the shounen demographic, not children. However, most people agree that Astro Boy is meant for young children too.
Astro Boy follows our titular hero as he is created an abandoned by his scientist father due to grief. He is taken in by an elderly man called Ochanomizu who helps Astro Boy settle with a family of his own (albeit with androids).
This manga ran from 1952 – 1968 and sold around 100 million copies worldwide. With its popularity reigning supreme over Doraemon as it more recognised worldwide due quite a lot of anime adaptations and game adaptations, Astro Boy is higher up on this list.
Despite how this series ended at the debate that came afterward, Bleach is still a series that many fans still love to this day.
Kurosaki Ichigo is a substitute shinigami, tasked with guiding souls to the Soul Society and battling Hollows. Follow Ichigo as he tries to keep his friends safe from the troubles that lie ahead of him, aided by his shinigami and human allies.
This manga ran from 2001 – 2016, gaining a huge fanbase and massive popularity, leading to an anime adaptation. This manga sold around 120 million copies worldwide and remains one of the best shounen manga of all time.
Related post: Bleach Manga Review
7. Slam Dunk
We all know Kuroko no Basket but what if I told you there was another basketball manga that along with others (that are not as popular sadly) pioneered the sports manga genre and catapulted it to popularity.
That’s where Slam Dunk comes into the picture.
Hanamichi Sakuragi is a gang leader who joins his school’s basketball team through a series of weird events. There he learns the true meaning of friendships through the matches they have.
This manga was created in 1990 and ran for 6 years, ending in 1996. Although many sports manga came and went throughout the years since, Slam Dunk remains one of the most beloved and popular sports manga of all time, selling around 126 million copies worldwide.
6. Black Jack
The mangaka who created Black Jack is the same mangaka who created Astro Boy so it’s not surprising that this work of his gained international acclaim.
Black Jack follows our titular character aka. Kurou Hazama doing good deeds as a doctor but not getting recognition for it. Each time he helps someone, the aftermath differs each time with the people learning something new or leading to a miserable death.
The manga ran from 1973 – 1983 with critical acclaim in its anime and film adaptations. With around 176 million copies sold worldwide, this series continues to exemplify how unappreciative some people can be once they get what they want.
5. Golgo 13
The only seinen manga on this list, this classic thriller manga continues to entertain old and new readers alike.
Golgo 13 follows assassin Duke Togo as he uses his practiced skill in killing to gain recognition and fear in the criminal underbelly. We, readers, have no clue about his story or his reasons but the story plays out in such a way that we are hooked.
This manga is still running! Starting in 1968, the story just keeps on getting interesting which allows the manga to sell over 200 million copies worldwide. With such popularity, the manga won’t be ending soon.
4. Cased Closed
Love Sherlock Holmes, well here’s a good detective story for you.
Called Detective Conan in Japan, the story follows high schooler Jimmy Kudo (Kudo Shinichi in Japan) as he is turned into an elementary school kid by the Black Organisation. Taking on an alias, Conan, he takes on cases along with his new elementary school friends and makes a name for himself.
The manga is also still running! From 1994 until now, the manga has a huge following in Japan and overseas. It is definitely one of the classic fan favourites of the age, selling over 230 million copies worldwide.
By far one of the most beloved shounen manga of the age, it is no surpise that Naruto is on this list.
Uzumaki Naruto is a clumsy ninja with dreams of becoming Hokage, the village leader. Follow Naruto as he works hard to achieve his dream and gains respect he deserves from his peers and his fellow villagers.
The manga ran from 1997 – 2014 and sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Even though there is a spin-off manga, the original series is still just as popular.
Related post: Naruto Manga Review
2. Dragon Ball
We all know the Dragon Ball anime and how popular it was when it was released internationally in the 90s. Well, that popularity translated to increasing manga sales tenfold.
Son Goku is a fighter and trains hard at this profession. After battling tons of foes from Earth, he learns he is actually a Saiyan warrior from space and now has to fight foes from space too.
This manga ran from 1984 – 1995 and while the anime is just as popular as ever, the manga is just as renowed with over 250 million copies sold worldwide.
1. One Piece
Who is surprised by this? (ﾟ⊿ﾟ)
In recent years, this series has made number one in terms of popularity and sales so it’s pretty obvious it will be here too.
Monkey D. Luffy wants to be Pirate King and has to find the fabled treasure One Piece to achieve it. He creates a crew with others like himself who want adventure and riches just like other pirates. However, he is not the only one who is aiming for One Piece and now Luffy and his crew has to battle contenders to the famous prize.
This manga is still running! Starting from 1997, the manga is becoming more popular as the years go on. The anime was indeed a reason for the jump in fame. With over 450 million copies sold, the manga isn’t losing steam anytime soon.
Like I mentioned in the beginning, this list will be taking into account the average consensus of the public and how internationally renowned the manga is.
That’s why series like KochiKame and Oshinobo are not on this list despite having massive sales rivalling some of the series I listed here. They are not internationally renowned but you are welcomed to try and read these series.
The number change every year and I maybe have to change this post after a couple of years so let’s see how the trends unfold over the years since releasing this post.
As always, if you have anything to discuss regarding this list, feel free to comment down below, I’d love to hear it 🙂