The manga sensation, My Dress-Up Darling, has achieved a staggering milestone, with 10 million copies currently in circulation, according to Aniplex’s recent announcement. This remarkable feat marks a substantial surge from the 3.5 million copies reported in early 2022, just prior to the anime adaptation’s premiere.
It’s a well-established fact that anime adaptations wield a considerable influence on manga sales, and My Dress-Up Darling is no exception. The anime’s debut in January 2022 undoubtedly played a pivotal role in propelling the manga’s popularity to new heights.
However, it’s important to note that the 10 million copies figure doesn’t equate to actual sales. Rather, it represents the total number of manga volumes produced and dispatched to various retailers. These copies may still be awaiting eager readers on store shelves or in distribution centers.
Given the series’ undeniable popularity, it wouldn’t be surprising if these copies quickly find their way into the hands of avid fans, potentially prompting additional print runs.
Recently, the manga transitioned to a monthly serialization format for its Mandate of Heaven arc. Creator Shinichi Fukuda is devoting more pages per chapter to weave an intricate narrative. This arc spotlights a pivotal moment as the heroine, Marin Kitagawa, grapples with the challenge of confessing her feelings to the protagonist, Wakana Gojo.
My Dress-Up Darling’s heartwarming tale revolves around high school student Wakana Gojo, with a penchant for crafting traditional dolls, who serendipitously encounters Marin Kitagawa, a vivacious gyaru girl and dedicated cosplayer. Their unexpected friendship forms the crux of this romantic comedy.
Notably, the anime adaptation has received widespread acclaim, prompting the announcement of a highly anticipated second season. Fukuda expressed his elation, stating, “I’m truly delighted. Thank you so much. Continuing to be a manga artist has been such a great decision.”
For enthusiasts, the anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll in both English and Hindi dubs. Additionally, the English version of the manga is published by Square Enix Manga & Books.
Meanwhile, this year’s best-selling manga title remains Blue Lock, surpassing juggernauts like Jujutsu Kaisen and One Piece in sales.
Source: IGN India