According to reports, Ken Wakui’s hit shonen manga Tokyo Revengers has exceeded over 40 million copies in circulation. The popularity of the anime has made the circulation numbers increase over eight-fold.
The anime adaptation of Tokyo Revengers premiered on April 10, 2021. The circulation numbers skyrocketed from around 10 million copies at the end of March to over 32 million copies in July.
The estimated numbers are as follows;
- 5 million copies in circulation in September 2020
- 8 million copies in circulation in February 2021
- 10 million copies in circulation at the end of March 2021
- 14.5 million copies+ in circulation during May 2021
- 25 million copies+ in circulation during June 2021
- 32 million copies+ in circulation in July 2021
The popularity of Tokyo Revengers anime has not just helped increase the manga circulation, the follower base on Twitter for the franchise too has substantially grown.
Between September 2020 and September 2021, the follower base increased from a mere 56,000 to 664,000, almost 11 times.
The popularity of the franchise also received a boost because of the live-action adaptation which released on July 9 this year. The movie starring Takumi Kitamura, Ryo Yoshizawa and Mio Imada grossed box office revenues of 4.3 billion yen and audience mobilization exceeding 3.23 million.
Ken Wakui’s Tokyo Revengers manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from March 2017. The series has been collected into 17 tankobon volumes, volume 17 releasing on September 24.
Kodansha describes the plot of Tokyo Revengers as follows;
Watching the news, Takemichi Hanagaki learns that his girlfriend from way back in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, has died. The only girlfriend he ever had was just killed by a villainous group known as the Tokyo Manji Gang. He lives in a crappy apartment with thin walls, and his six-years-younger boss treats him like an idiot. Plus, he’s a complete and total virgin … At the height of his rock-bottom life, he suddenly time-leaps twelve years back to his middle school days!! To save Hinata, and change the life he spent running away, hopeless part-timer Takemichi must aim for the top of Kanto’s most sinister delinquent gang!!
Note: Circulation numbers do not indicate the actual sales of the series, but instead relay the number of copies that have been printed. 40 million copies in circulation doesn’t necessarily mean that 40 million copies have been sold.
Source: Mantan Web