On Monday, Shueisha made an exciting announcement regarding Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari’s manga, Oshi no Ko. The upcoming release of the manga’s 12th volume on July 19 will bring the total number of copies in circulation to over 12 million.
It’s worth noting that the announcement did not clarify whether this figure includes digital copies. Impressively, the manga’s circulation has skyrocketed 2.7 times since the anime adaptation premiered approximately three months ago.
Prior to the television anime adaptation, the manga had 4.5 million copies in circulation as of March. In less than two months since the anime’s debut, the manga’s circulation figures doubled, surpassing 9 million copies on May 31.
The anime premiered on April 12 in Japan, treating fans to a 90-minute first episode. HIDIVE streamed the anime simultaneously with its airing in Japan and even provided an English dub. As a result, the series has become HIDIVE’s most successful launch to date, capturing the title of “#1 series launch in the streamer’s history.”
Fans will be delighted to learn that the anime has been confirmed for a second season. HIDIVE plans to stream the new season as it airs, ensuring viewers won’t miss a beat.
Aka Akasaka (known for Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Mengo Yokoyari (known for Scum’s Wish) co-created the manga, which debuted in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine in April 2020. To cater to English-speaking readers, Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service digitally releases the manga in English. The 11th compiled volume of the manga was published by Shueisha on March 17.
Yen Press holds the license for the manga and provides the following synopsis:
Gorou, a gynecologist and devoted idol fan, is thrown into turmoil when his favorite star, Ai, suddenly announces an unplanned hiatus. Little does Gorou know that he is about to form an inexplicable bond with Ai that defies all logic. In this outrageous manga by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish), lies become an idol’s most potent weapon.
Oshi no Ko has garnered significant recognition, winning first place in the seventh “Next Manga Awards” (Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Taishō) in 2021. It also received the esteemed honor of Best General Manga at the 46th annual Kodansha Manga Awards last year. The series was nominated for the 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize and the 14th and 15th Manga Taisho Awards. In the 2022 edition of Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook, the manga ranked at #7 on the top 20 list of manga for male readers.
Source | Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web