2022 was a great year overall for otakus as many high-quality, and most anticipated anime titles were released. However, the year was much better for one franchise, the Jujutsu Kaisen franchise, as it became the highest-earning franchise of the year, beating even One Piece!
And it’s not just 2022, as we are almost a month into 2023, and it looks like all eyes will be on Gege Akutami this year, as he has promised some wild surprises in the story.
Despite the massive success of Jujutsu Kaisen, it was indeed a surprise to see it beat juggernauts like One Piece in overall manga sales, despite having a much lesser number of manga volumes than the latter. But with each new volume release, the sales figures just keep on going up. So, it’s no surprise that Jujutsu Kaisen became the highest-earning franchise in 2022.
That begs the question, how much did Jujutsu Kaisen earn in 2022? Let’s find out!
How Much Jujutsu Kaisen Made in 2022?
After the massive success of the first season of Jujutsu Kaisen’s anime adaptation, the manga’s popularity shot through the roof. Now, more and more people are turning to read its manga, and once they start to read it, there’s no way they’d ever stop because the story’s just that engaging.
It’s not exactly wrong to say that Jujutsu Kaisen as a franchise is an unstoppable force whose only job is to make tons of money, and that’s exactly what it’s doing.
So, what are the numbers? Just what figure are we talking about here?
Jujutsu Kaisen made a little over 10 billion Yen in 2022, which is roughly $77-78 million USD. On the second spot is One Piece, which made nearly 7 billion Yen, and Tokyo Revengers took the third place, earning an impressive 6.7 billion Yen.
Spy x Family also found a place in the list as the series made an astounding 6.65 billion Yen in 2022, becoming the 4th biggest franchise last year!
Do you want to know which other series managed to shatter several sales records? Here’s a list of the highest-earning franchises of 2022:
Even though Jujutsu Kaisen has only released 22 manga volumes so far, it still beat One Piece by nearly 3 billion Yen, even though One Piece has released 104 manga volumes. It’s so insane that Jujutsu Kaisen, with just one-fifth of One Piece’s total manga volumes, managed to beat it by a considerable margin.
That’s just how big Jujutsu Kaisen has gotten and how much otakus all over the world love the franchise.
How Did Jujutsu Kaisen Become A Best-Selling Manga Series?
Even though Jujutsu Kaisen’s manga was very popular, it wasn’t popular worldwide when it began serialization. It wasn’t until the series got an anime adaptation that otakus from around the world paid attention to the title.
And the moment the first season of the anime adaptation started airing, we knew that we’d got a winner and the title would become a juggernaut in the world of anime and manga. And that’s exactly what happened!
By the time the first season concluded, Jujutsu Kaisen was considered one of the best anime shows ever, which propelled manga sales by a considerable number. Not everyone likes waiting for another anime season; they just want to know what’s going to happen next in the story, and they start reading the manga. This helped the manga series in getting tons of sales.
And then came the movie, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, a cinematic masterpiece that solidified the franchise’s name among the greatest titles of all time.
This is why we are seeing a trend that each new Jujutsu Kaisen manga volume can sell millions of copies within just a few weeks of its release.
And now that a second season of Jujutsu Kaisen is just around the corner, the trend won’t decline. 2023 will likely be an even better year of the franchise, and I won’t be surprised if it manages to make even more money than it did in 2022.
But we’ll have to wait and see how the franchise performs. While we are waiting, we can reread the manga series from start to finish or watch the anime’s first season and the movie to prepare ourselves for what’s about to happen in season 2!