When it comes to mind-blowing plot twists, foreshadowing, and events that we would never have guessed, I guess nothing beats Attack on Titan. It is now even called the greatest manga/anime ever made.
Everything about Attack on Titan is almost close to perfect, and no one could hate it (except the ending for some viewers). The story instantly starts to build up with the very first episode/chapter. If you watch at least four episodes of Attack on Titan, there is no going back.
Attack on Titan is the 11th most-selling Manga and the most-viewed anime of all time. So you might wonder how much the mangaka of Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, made from Attack on Titan. We will also see the total figures of Attack on Titan and compare them with some other mangakas.
Hajime Isayama was born on August 29, 1988 in Oyama, Oita prefecture in Japan. Ever since a young age, Isayama was passionate about becoming a mangaka, so he started participating in manga when he was in high school.
Even worked at an internet cafe since you need to have some money before making a career in the manga industry. In 2006, Isayama submitted his first manga, Attack on Titan, a one-shot version, which also helped him win the award for Fine.
Isayama knew that he could make something big with this. After that, he went to Weekly Shonen Jump with his work, but they suggested that Isayama modify his to their magazine standards.
However, Isayama rejected their offer after telling him to change it. He then went to Weekly Shonen Magazine at Kodansha. In 2009, Isayama’s first serial work, Attack on Titan, started in the monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. And from there, the journey to becoming one of the greatest stories started.
Attack on Titan Sales
Attack on Titan peaked after readers found out about its story. It got even more popular when its anime was released in April 2013, which increased its manga sales.
In April 2014, According to an Oricon report, 30 million volumes of the Attack on Titan were sold. By the end of November 2014, the manga had 45 million copies in print. Fast forward to four years, in November 2018, the manga had over 86 million copies in circulation worldwide.
In December 2019, the number had increased to 100 million, and By September 2022, the manga had over 110 million copies in circulation. And in the last circulation period, November 2023, it had over 140 million copies in circulation.
The series’ twelfth collected volume was given a first printing of 2.2 million copies, which made Attack on Titan the one of only three manga series to ever get an initial print by surpassing 2 million, the other two being One Piece and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Attack on Titan Volume 13 has the highest initial first print of the series by November 2023, with over 2,750,000 copies sold. It is also the first print-run record for Kodansha. Attack on Titan was the second highest-selling manga series of 2013, with over 15,933,801 copies sold in a single year.
In the first half of 2014, the manga was the best-selling manga, ranked 1st. It even ended One Piece’s five-year reign as the highest-selling series in that period. Isayama was surprised and even thanked the readers for it.
This is just for the manga. The anime revenue for 2018 was estimated to be 8.426 billion yen. We don’t have much information on exact figures for the anime, but I think I would be double the manga sales since anime has a larger audience than manga.
Hajime Isayama Net Worth
Even though I mentioned earlier, it’s the 11th most-selling manga of all time by November 2023, making approximately 140 million just from the manga. However, isayama’s net worth is said to be around 45-50 million dollars.
These figures just show how little the mangakas make even after making a hit. And it’s even worse for Naruto’s Magaka, Mashishi Kishimoto, whose Net Worth is even lower than Isayama even after being the 6th best-selling manga of all time.