Once upon a time, about 3 decades ago, anime tried to crossover to the West. Japanese animation had always been different from the ways of Western cultures in terms of look, scope, style, comedy, combat and what age levels they were for. So it was always going to be interesting to see how they did. At first, they didn’t do well at all, but then came Dragon Ball Z and everything changed. Fast forward to recent times and another anime has come to shatter the barriers and records of anime viewing and buying, and you know it as…Demon Slayer.
You likely already knew that the Demon Slayer movie Mugen Train was the highest-grossing anime movie ever despite it coming out during the pandemic. But what you might not realize is just how much the entire anime/manga has brought in to its developer and the genre as a whole.
According to reports, over the course of 2020, between the anime, the manga, the movie, and more things attached to it, the franchise grossed over 1 TRILLION Yen. Which when translated equals about 9 billion dollars. All for a manga that’s already done, and an anime that’s only now starting its second season.
The previous record-holder was that of One Piece, a manga/anime that is still going on to this day. But given that there’s more to tell on both sides, there’s no doubt going to be a battle for supremacy as things develop.
And when you add in this success to what’s going on with Dragon Ball Super in terms of its upcoming 3D animated movie, My Hero Academia finishing up Season 5 and getting ready for Season 6, Attack On Titan prepping for its final anime episodes, and more, you can see that anime and manga is truly at its highest peak in popularity in some time.