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Top 15 Highest-Grossing Anime/Manga Franchises

(Last Updated On: November 10, 2020)

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15. Bleach

  • Creator – Tite Kubo
  • Year of Inception – 2001
  • Owner – Tite Kubo, Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga), Pierrot (anime)

Bleach (stylized as BLEACH) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ fate after gaining the powers of a Soul Reaper, a Grim Reaper-like personification of death, from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newly discovered powers force him to take on the duty of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding deceased souls to the afterlife, leading him to travel to various ghostly realms of existence.

Bleach Earnings

  • Manga magazine – $6.169 billion
  • Manga volumes – $740 million
  • Licensed merchandise – $260 million
  • Box office – $40 million
  • Anime DVD & Blu-ray – $26 million

14. Doraemon

Doraemon Earnings
  • Creator -Fujiko F. Fujio
  • Year of Inception – 1969
  • Owner – Fujiko F. Fujio, Shogakukan, (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga)

Doraemon (Japanese: ド ラ え も ん Japanese pronunciation: [do̞ɾa̠e̞mõ̞ɴ]) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Fujiko Fujio, the pseudonym of the duo Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. The series has also been adapted into a successful anime series and media franchise. The story revolves around a robotic earless cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to help a boy named Nobita Nobi (野 比 の び 太, Nobi Nobita).

Doraemon Earnings

  • Licensed merchandise – $5.592 billion
  • Anime box office – $1.7 billion

13. Pretty Cure (Glitter Force)

Pretty Cure (Glitter Force) Earnings
  • Creator – Izumi Todo, Toei Animation
  • Year of Inception – 2004
  • Owner – Toei Company, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Asatsu-DK

The Pretty Cure (プ リ キ ュ ア シ リ ー ズ, Purikyua Shirīzu) series, also known as PreCure (プ リ キ ュ ア, Purikyua) and PC, is a Japanese magical girl anime franchise created by Izumi Todo and produced by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Asatsu-DK and Toei Animation. Each series revolves around a group of magical girls known as Pretty Cures who fight against the forces of evil. Starting in February 2004 with Futari wa Pretty Cure, the franchise has seen many anime series, spanning over 800 episodes to date, as well as movies, manga, toys, and video games. Its most recent iteration, Healin ‘Good PreCure, began airing in February 2020 as part of TV Asahi’s Sunday morning children’s television block. To date, four series have received English adaptations.

Pretty Cure (Glitter Force) Earnings

  • Merchandise sales – $7.357 billion
  • Video games – $67.4 million
  • Anime box office – $161 million

12. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJos Bizarre Adventure Earnings
  • Creator – Hirohiko Araki
  • Year of Inception – 1987
  • Owner – Hirohiko Araki, Shueisha(Hitotsubashi Group) (manga), Bandai Namco (games)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Japanese: ジ ョ ジ ョ の 奇妙 な 冒 険, Hepburn: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1987 to 2004, and was transferred to the seinen monthly manga magazine Ultra Jump in 2005. The series is divided into eight story arcs, each following the adventures of a new protagonist who goes by the nickname of “JoJo”; the eighth, JoJolion, began its ongoing serialization in May 2011. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Shueisha’s second-largest manga by number of volumes, with its chapters compiled into 127 tankōbon volumes as of April 2020.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Earnings

  • Manga magazine – $8.937 billion
  • Manga volumes – $489 million
  • Video games – $306 million
  • Anime DVD & Blu-ray – $40 million
  • Licensed merchandise – $23 million
  • Box office – $2 million

11. Naruto

Naruto Earnings
  • Creator – Masashi Kishimoto
  • Year of Inception – 1999
  • Owner – Masashi Kishimoto, Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga), Pierrot (anime), Bandai Namco (games)

Naruto (Japanese: ナ ル ト) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who seeks recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is told in two parts: the first set in Naruto’s preteen years and the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri (1995), which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha’s monthly Hop Step Award the following year, and Naruto (1997).

Naruto Earnings

  • Manga magazine – $6.53 billion
  • Manga volumes – $1.637 billion
  • Licensed merchandise – $1.27 billion
  • Video games – $761 million
  • Anime box office – $147.1 million
  • Home entertainment – $104 million

10. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Earnings
  • Creator – Naoko Takeuchi
  • Year of Inception – 1991
  • Owner – Naoko Takeuchi, Kodansha (manga), Toei Animation (anime)

Sailor Moon (Japanese: 美 少女 戦 士 セ ー ラ ー ム ー ン, Hepburn: Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn, originally translated as Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon and later as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) is a Japanese shōjo manga series written in Illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from 1991 to 1997; the 60 individual chapters were published in 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the adventures of a schoolgirl named Usagi Tsukino as she transforms into Sailor Moon to search for a magical artifact, the “Legendary Silver Crystal” (「幻 の 銀 水晶」, Maboroshi no Ginzuishō, literally “Ghost Silver Crystal”) . . She leads a group of comrades, the Sailor Soldiers (セ ー ラ ー 戦 士, Sērā Senshi) (Sailor Guardians in later editions) as they fight villains to prevent the theft of the Silver Crystal and the destruction of the Solar System.

Sailor Moon Earnings

  • Merchandise sales – $13 billion
  • Home entertainment – $546.2 million
  • Manga magazine – $346 million
  • Video games – $210 million
  • Manga volumes – $175.5 million
  • Anime box office – $42.12 million

9. KochiKame

KochiKame Earnings
  • Creator – Osamu Akimotoi
  • Year of Inception – 1976
  • Owner – Osamu Akimoto, Shueisha(Hitotsubashi Group) (manga)

Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (こ ち ら 葛 飾 区 亀 有 公園 前 派出所, lit. “This is the police station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward”), often abbreviated as KochiKame (こ ち 亀), is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Akimoto. It takes place today, in and around a neighborhood police station (kōban) in central Tokyo, and revolves around the misadventures of middle-aged cop Kankichi Ryotsu. The official title in English is KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops.

KochiKame Earnings

  • Manga magazine – $15.448 billion
  • Manga volumes – $807 million
  • Box office – $10 million

8. Neon Genesis Evangelion
(Shinseiki Evangelion)

Neon Genesis Evangelion Earnings
  • Creator -Hideaki Anno, Gainax, Tatsunoko Production
  • Year of Inception – 1994
  • Owner – Khara

Neon Genesis Evangelion (新 世紀 エ ヴ ァ ン ゲ リ オ ン, Shin Seiki Evangerion) is a Japanese media franchise created by Hideaki Anno and owned by Khara. Most of the franchise features an apocalyptic mecha action story, which revolves around the efforts of the paramilitary organization NERV to fight hostile beings called Angels, using giant humanoids called Evangelions (or EVA for short) that are piloted by teenagers. select. Later works deviate from this theme to varying degrees, focusing more on the romantic interactions between the characters, the plots not present in the original works, and the reinvention of the conflicts of the original works.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Earnings

  • Pachinko sales – $11.9 billion
  • Merchandise sales – $2.46 billion
  • Home entertainment – $848.5 million
  • Karaoke music – $750 million
  • Music CD sales – $226.2 million
  • Anime box office – $198.5 million
  • Manga sales – $180.5 million
  • Video games – $30.1 million
  • Music royalties – $5.6 million

7. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Earnings
  • Creator – Kazuki Takahashi
  • Year of Inception – 1996
  • Owner – Kazuki Takahashi, Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga ), Konami (games and cards)

Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japanese: 遊 ☆ 戯 ☆ 王, Hepburn: Yū-Gi-Ō!, Lit. “King of Games”) is a Japanese manga series about games written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between September 1996 and March 2004. The plot follows the story of a boy named Yugi Mutou, who solves the ancient puzzle of the millennium. Yugi awakens a gaming alter ego within his body that resolves his conflicts using various games.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Earnings

  • Card game – $11.161 billion
  • Merchandise sales – $4.777 billion
  • Manga magazine – $3.643 billion
  • Video games – $329 million
  • Manga volumes – $196 million
  • Anime TV revenue – $152 million
  • Anime box office – $42 million

6. One Piece

One Piece Earnings
  • Creator – Eiichiro Oda
  • Year of Inception – 1997
  • Owner – Eiichiro Oda, Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga), Toei Animation (anime), Bandai Namco (games)

One Piece (stylized as ONE PIECE) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 1997, with its individual chapters compiled into 96 tankōbon volumes as of April 2020. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body He acquired the properties of rubber after inadvertently eating a devil fruit. With his crew of pirates, called the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” to become the next King of the Pirates. In August 2020, it was announced that One Piece was nearing its final arc.

One Piece Earnings

  • Manga magazine – $8.825 billion
  • Merchandise sales – $5.757 billion
  • Manga volumes – $2.707 billion
  • Video games – $1.89 billion
  • Home entertainment – $1.285 billion
  • Anime box office – $433 million

5. Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken)

Fist of the North Star Earnings
  • Creator – Buronson, Tetsuo Hara
  • Year of Inception – 1983
  • Owner – Buronson, Tetsuo Hara, Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga), Toei Animation (anime), Sega Sammy Holdings (games and pachinko)

Fist of the North Star (Japanese: 北斗 の 拳, Hepburn: Hokuto no Ken, lit. “Fist of the Big Dipper”) is a Japanese manga series written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara. Serially published in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1983 to 1988, the 245 chapters were initially compiled into 27 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. Set in a post-nuclear war Earth, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor to a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, who gives him the ability to kill his opponents by hitting their secret vital points, thus often results in them dying in an exceptionally violent and bloody manner. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fighting the various gangs, bandits, and warlords who threaten the lives of the defenseless and innocent, as well as rival martial artists, including his own “brothers” from the same school.

Fist of the North Star Earnings

  • Pachinko & arcades – $18.332 billion
  • Manga magazine – $2.508 billion
  • Manga volumes – $1.24 billion
  • Console games – $373 million
  • Anime DVD & Blu-ray – $37 million
  • Licensed merchandise – $26.2 million
  • Anime box office – $32 million

4. Gundam

Gundam Earnings
  • Creator – Yoshiyuki Tomino
  • Year of Inception – 1979
  • Owner – Sunrise(Bandai Namco Holdings)

Gundam (Japanese: ガ ン ダ ム, Hepburn: Gandamu), also known as the Gundam series (ガ ン ダ ム シ リ ー ズ, Gandamu Shirīzu), is a Japanese military science fiction media franchise / media mix created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise and, as of March 2020, indirectly wholly owned by Bandai Namco Holdings through subsidiaries Sotsu and Sunrise. The franchise features giant robots (mecha) with the name “Gundam” (after the original titular mecha). The franchise began on April 7, 1979 with Mobile Suit Gundam, a television series that defined the “real robot” mecha anime genre by featuring giant robots called mobile suits in a militaristic setting. The popularity of the series and its merchandise spawned a franchise that includes television series, OVAs, movies, manga, novels and video games, as well as an entire industry of model robots known as Gunpla (plastic model of Gundam).

Gundam Earnings

  • Retail sales – $25.881 billion
  • Manga magazine – $200 million
  • Pachinko sales – $185 million
  • Anime box office – $140 million

3. Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball Earnings
  • Creator – Akira Toriyama
  • Year of Inception – 1984
  • Owner – Akira Toriyama (Bird Studio), Shueisha (Hitotsubashi Group) (manga, )Toei Animation (anime), Bandai Namco (games)

Dragon Ball (Japanese: ド ラ ゴ ン ボ ー ル, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru) is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama in 1984. The initial manga, written and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in 1984’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters. compiled into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was initially inspired by the 16th century classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, as well as Hong Kong martial arts films. The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood to adulthood as he trains in martial arts. He spends his childhood far from civilization until he meets a teenage girl named Bulma, who encourages him to join her quest to explore the world in search of the seven orbs known as Dragon Balls, which summon a dragon that grants wishes when reunited. . Throughout his journey, Goku makes several other friends, becomes a family man, discovers his alien heritage, and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom are also searching for the Dragon Balls.

Dragon Ball Earnings

  • Merchandise sales – $7.687 billion
  • Manga magazines – $7.025 billion
  • Video games – $6.226 billion
  • Manga volumes – $2.222 billion
  • Home entertainment – $2.077 billion
  • Trading card sales – $961 million
  • Box office – $817 million
  • Music sales – $47 million

2. Anpanman

Anpanman Earnings
  • Creator – Takashi Yanase
  • Year of Inception – 1973
  • Owner – Froebel-kan

Anpanman (ア ン パ ン マ ン) is a Japanese children’s superhero picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, spanning from 1973 until the author’s death in 2013. The series has been adapted into an anime titled Soreike! Anpanman (そ れ い け! ア ン パ ン マ ン, Let’s Go! Anpanman), which is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a cake filled with red bean paste) for his head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman.

Anpanman Earnings

  • Retail sales – $60.375 billion
  • Box office – $67 million
  • Museum – $25 million

1. Pokémon

Pokémon Earnings
  • Creator -Satoshi Tajiri, Ken Sugimori
  • Year of Inception – 1996
  • Owner – Nintendo (trademark ), The Pokémon Company(Nintendo, Game Freak, Creatures) (copyright)

Pokémon (in English: / ˈpoʊkɪˌmɒn, -ki-, -keɪ – /), also known as Pocket Monsters in Japan, is a Japanese media franchise managed by Pokémon Company, a company founded by Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures with shares divided between the companies. The copyright of the franchise and the Japanese trademark are shared by the three companies, but Nintendo is the sole owner of the trademark in other countries. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 and focuses on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to fight each other for sport. The franchise’s motto in English is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All.” The works within the franchise are set in the Pokémon universe.

Pokémon Earnings

  • Licensed merchandise – $67.145 billion
  • Video games – $19.533 billion
  • Card game – $12.13 billion
  • Box office – $1.756 billion
  • Manga magazine – $1.452 billion
  • Home entertainment – $863 million
  • Manga volumes – $72.4 million

Source – Wikipedia

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Arjun Goyal
I love to watch anime, movies and read novels, mangas, webtoons. My first anime series was Bleach that's why favorite. Solo leveling is favorite webtoon and Dragon Rioting favorite manga.

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