Top-Selling Mangas in Japan

It can be said that manga is one of the most famous cultures of Japan. Manga is so popular in this country that you can see characters from the manga in many places, such as convenience store, trains, bus, and so on. If you haven’t read any Japanese manga, you should start with these 5 top-selling mangas in Japan.

1. One piece (360 million units)
One piece is an adventurous manga about Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates. They explore the Grand Line while searching of the world’s treasure known as “One Piece” in order to become the next Pirate King.
This manga is suitable for both boys and girls, both children and adults. It has been serialized since 1997 and collected in 89 volumes. Anime and movie based on this manga are also popular.
2. Detective Conan (200 million units)
Detective Conan is the story of a teenager detective, Shinichi Kudo, who was transformed into a child by a drug which invented by a mysterious organization. He names himself “Conan Edogawa”, and starts to solve many kinds of cases while he identifies the mysterious organization.
Detective Conan is popular with readers of all ages and genders. Every summer, the new movie of Detective Conan is showed and many kids go to the cinema to see it. It is one kind of feature of summer in Japan.
3. Golgo 13 (200 million units)
Golgo 13 is the story of a professional sniper, Duke Togo, who is called Golgo 13. He is not a hero or a villain, but he is doing his mission for his client.
Although this manga started in 1968, it is still in publication now. All of the stories are fiction, however, many of them are based on things that really happened in the world. Therefore, it can be said that you can see the history and global situation in Golgo 13.
4. Dragon balls (157 million units)
Son Goku, the main character of this manga, experiences many adventures, battle, and friendship through his long journey to find the treasure “Dragon Balls”, which can make your dreams come true if you collect enough the seven balls in the world.
Dragon balls is one of the most well-known mangas of Japan in the world. Not only comic books but also animation and video games of Dragon ball are very famous all over the world.
5. Naruto (135 million units)
Naruto, a Ninja, was at the bottom of the class. However, he has tried his best through many difficulties with his friends and teachers to become the best Ninja in the village, Hokage.
The story of Naruto is so exciting and well-conceived that it is very popular not only in Japan but also in overseas. Although he is just an anime character, Naruto was nominated in “100 Japanese people respects”.