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Kimetsu no Yaiba Just Pulled Off a Surprising Win Against One Piece

One Piece better watch its back, as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is proving a strong contender in terms of sales.

According to Crunchyroll, Oricon claims Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba sold over 12 million volumes, while One Piece sits behind the newer manga at 10.1 million. This makes Kimetsu no Yaiba the best-selling manga of 2019. These numbers differ somewhat from what publisher Shueisha claimed earlier in the month, which had One Piece's sales numbers higher and the book remaining as the top-selling manga.

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One-Piece has topped Oricon's rankings since 2008, making Kimetsu no Yaiba the first to outsell the manga mainstay. Individual volumes of One Piece still maintained their strong grip on the top sales spots when compared in that way.

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Created by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 1997. The manga follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates as they attempt to obtain the titular "One Piece." As of writing, there are over 900 chapters of One Piece. The manga was later adapted into an anime, which is currently in its twentieth season.

Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba started its run in 2016 and has already racked up nearly 200 issues. The manga was adapted into an anime earlier this year. The animated Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's will return with a film in 2020.

Viz Media releases English translations of both manga on Sundays.

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