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Kubo man taking a selfie on twitter:
If that ranking was to the 5th April, and volume 67 was released on the 3rd April, that will only be 3 days worth of sales if the rankings accommodate close-of-play (5th) which I assume they would given when the rankings are released.
Very, very roughly, if we assume (there's not much else we can do) that the average daily sales are 79,782, then depending on whether we look at a 5-7 day week, we have a very rough estimate of between 400,000-560,000 volume sales. 500,000 sales (give or take) in the first week is about normal for Bleach.
By the same token, the rankings list One Piece as around 1.67 million after 3 days, which would be around 2.7-3.8 million after a 5-7 day week, and we'd expect around 3 million sales for One Piece, so that's about normal, too.
However, One Piece's peak was in 2011. It's been in decline ever since then, and sells half of what it used to sell. That's no more a reflection of One Piece than of Bleach not selling what it sold in its own peak. Not only is it completely natural for long-runners to peak for a short while (relative to its entire run) before decline off again, the entire manga industry is in decline. In fact, Japan's entire book industry is in decline. The manga part of the book industry peaked in 1995 and has been dropping off a cliff ever since. Not even One Piece is immune to that decline, and its dominant position actually makes it more vulnerable than most - its sales have declined far more sharply than Bleach's sales have declined. Again, that does not reflect on One Piece; it's the nature of a declining industry.
How old is he anyway? Looks like he's starting to get some gray...but I suppose working a mangaka's schedule probably would do that to anyone
He's 38... he does look a bit old for his age, but he was very sick for a number of weeks which probably took quite a toll on him.
He's younger than I thought he was. I knew he was in his 30s...
Edited by Petite Fleur, 11 April 2015 - 11:36 PM.