The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

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The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

The spring holiday known as Golden Week is upon us in Japan, and if you would like to lay claim to the title of manga super fan, you may want to spend your days off reading these canonical series. Without further ado, here are the 20 most popular manga of all time, based on publication numbers!

20/19. Sangokushi (三国志), Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s retelling of Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Nobuhiro Watsuki’s tale of a reformed assassin tie for the last spot on the list with 70 million copies each.

18. BLEACH

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

The chronicles of Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki add up to 74.6 million copies.

17. Hajimi no Ippo (はじめの一歩)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

George Morikawa’s story about a high school boxer rising to fame has been going strong since 1989, with 75,500,000 copies to date.

16. Captain Tsubasa (キャプテン翼)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Another sports-themed series, Captain Tsubasa follows the exploits of a youth soccer team. It’s one of Shonen Jump’s most popular series ever at 80 million copies.

15. Sazae-san (サザエさん)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Lovable housewife Sazae-san first debuted in 1946 and has been around long enough to have gone from a symbol of leftist feminism to a symbol of nostalgia for traditional societyand to rack up 86 million copies.

14. Kindaichi Case Files (金田一少年の事件簿)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

One of the earliest works in the mystery manga genre, this series about a crime-solving high school kid has printed 90 million copies.

13/12/11/10. Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳), Touch (タッチ), Astro Boy (鉄腕アトム), Doraemon (ドラえもん)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

A post-apocalyptic psychic warrior,  baseball playing twins, a gifted robot boy, and a time-traveling robot cat share a slot at 100 million copies each.

9. Slam Dunk

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Takehiko Inoue’s series about a highschool basketball team (Anyone sensing a pattern here?) is credited with the rising popularity of basketball in Japan. No wonder, with 119 million copies out there.

8. Oishinbo (美味しんぼ)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Who would have thought a comic about a guy that likes to eat would rack up 130 million copies?

7. Naruto

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Everybody’s favorite fox-faced ninja has published 135 million copies!

6. Detective Conan/Case Closed (名探偵コナン)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Gosho Aoyama’s series about a detective undeterred by his transformation into a child has published an impressive 140 million copies.

5. Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Despite its way longer than average name, this comedy cop series has garnered fans to the tune of 155.3 million copies published.

4. Dragon Ball (ドラゴンボール)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Even non-manga fans will know this one, unless they’ve been living under a rock for the last 30 years. Goku has 157 million printed copies.

3. Black Jack (ブラック・ジャック)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

Another entry by the great Osamu Tezuka, this series follows the title character’s adventures righting medical wrongs and teaching jerks a lesson. A whopping 176 million copies have been printed.

2. Golgo 13 (ゴルゴ13)

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

This venerable manga series about a professional assassin has been in continuous publication since 1968, racking up 200 million copies.

And finally, blowing the competition out of the water at an astounding 300 million copies, the most popular manga of all time is…

The 20 most popular manga of all time – How many have you read?

1. One Piece

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