The hugely popular Japanese manga One Piece, created by acclaimed manga artist Eiichiro Oda, was the top-selling adult graphic novel in the United States in November 2023, according to Circana BookScan’s monthly sales rankings.
One Piece volume 104 claimed the number one spot for units sold across both print and digital formats over that time period, showing the continued enthusiasm and demand among American readers for Oda’s long-running pirate adventure tale.
First published in 1997 in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, One Piece has grown into one of the best-selling manga globally, praised for its imaginative world-building, colorful cast of characters, humorous tone, and engaging storyline.
Its ranking at number one for US graphic novel sales demonstrates its cross-cultural appeal and ability to attract passionate fans well beyond its original Japanese audience.
The achievement reflects both Oda’s storytelling gifts, as well as the expanding popularity of adult-oriented manga in America over recent decades.
One Piece Secures the Top Spot on U.S. Monthly Bookscan November List
In November 2023, the manga series One Piece Volume 104 by famed Japanese cartoonist Eiichiro Oda placed first among adult graphic novels sold in the United States.
This sales ranking was determined by Circana BookScan, the recently rebranded market research firm formerly known as NPD BookScan, prior to its 2022 merger with Information Resources Incorporated.
Circana now provides a comprehensive analysis of print book purchases across America’s multifaceted literary retail channels and platforms. Their data encompasses weekly reports from over 16,000 brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce sites, bookstore chains, independent shops, and other outlets.
This far-reaching view covers approximately 85% of domestic trade print book circulation, making Circana BookScan an authoritative source regarding the country’s bestselling titles each month.
For One Piece Volume 104 to achieve the number one status suggests remarkable continuing success in engaging readers within a fiercely competitive American graphic novel market.
The complex story arcs and imaginative fictional world crafted by Mangaka Eiichiro Oda throughout his still-unfinished series clearly resonate across cultures and languages.
In dominating US sales, One Piece further cements its reputation as a truly global pop culture phenomenon nearly three decades after first appearing in Japan’s famous Weekly Shōnen Jump anthology magazine in 1997.
Here is the complete list of manga series that secured A Place In The Top 20 U.S. Monthly Bookscan In November:
Leading the pack is volume 104 of Eiichiro Oda’s action-packed pirate epic One Piece, followed by two dark supernatural titles from emerging manga superstar Gege Akutami – Jujutsu Kaisen and its prequel Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
Also performing strongly are hot new series like Tatsuki Fujimoto’s unique supernatural adventure Chainsaw Man and Shinichi Fukuda’s romantic comedy My Dress-Up Darling.
Kentarou Miura’s long-running dark fantasy Berserk continues selling well, especially the Deluxe hardcover editions collecting earlier volumes.
|ONE PIECE VOL. 104
|JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 21
|CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 12
|SPY X FAMILY VOL. 10
|BERSERK DELUXE VOL. 14 HC
|JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 1
|DISNEY MANGA: TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – THE BATTLE FOR PUMPKIN KING
|TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN HC
|TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN–LOST YEARS HC
|JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 0
|BERSERK DELUXE VOL. 1 HC
|MY DRESS-UP DARLING VOL. 10
|DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA VOL. 1
|CHAINSAW MAN VOL. 1
|JUJUTSU KAISEN VOL. 20
|SPY X FAMILY VOL. 1
|ONE PIECE VOL. 103
|[OSHI NO KO] VOL. 4
|KAIJU NO. 8 VOL. 8
Demon Slayer, SPY x FAMILY, Oshi No Ko, and Kaiju No. 8 exemplify the diversity of manga genres connecting with American readers – from historical horror to spy thrillers to show biz satire to kaiju monster mayhem.
Interspersed are Western offerings like Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man’s earlier volumes charting thanks to the anime and streaming TV adaptations.
The mix of classic long-sellers and new fan-favorite series illustrates the expanding manga market’s ability to sustain both variety and longevity.
Whether aimed at adults or youths originally in Japan, these graphic novels’ resonance with wider US audiences highlights the unique storytelling possible in the medium.