Japanese entertainment website Natalie reports on Wednesday that the highly-popular manga Attack on Titan is set to surpass 40 million copies in print by the time the 14th volume will be released.
Attack on Titan – Volume 14 is set to be released Next Friday, August 08.
TV Asahi programme TV Tackle reported in April that the manga had sold over 38 million print copies in 12 countries and territories, while its first volume was ranked #1 on Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novel chart in June, and eight volumes of the series ranked overall.
The prestegious Harvey Award also nominated the popular manga, together with two other titles for “Best American Edition of Foreign Material” category.
Attack of Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, which was first serialized on Bessatsu Shounen Magazine in September 2009. It launched two more manga series and a light-novel adaptation.
The series became a commercial success when its anime series was aired from April to September 2013, directed by High School of the Dead director Tetsuro Araki, and Shakugan no Shana scriptwriter Yasuko Kobayashi handled the scripts.
Two compilation anime films, entitled Attack on Titan Part I: Guren no Yumiya and Attack on Titan Part II: Jiyu no Tsubasa, are set to be screened this November and in 2015 respectively. Two live-action film adaptations are currently in production and is set to be screened in Summer next year, starting Haruma Miura.
North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment licensed the series and is streamed through their video streaming service, as well as on Crunchyroll, the same time as Japan.
In Southeast Asia, the anime series premiered on the Pan-regional anime channel ANIPLUS HD in December 2013.