The 59th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga sold 1.853 million copies to top Oricon's weekly comic sales chart during the August 2-8 week. It set the record for highest first-week sales since Oricon began releasing its Japanese book ranking charts in April of 2008. The previous record-holder was the 57th volume, which sold 1.691 million copies in its first week in March. The 10 latest One Piece volumes, dating back to the 50th volume in June of 2008, have each sold over 1 million copies in the first week.
Not only did the newest volume rank #1, but the last three volumes rebounded into the top-100 chart this past week. The 58th volume moved up from #41 to #21, the 57th volume moved up from #113 to #51, and the 56th volume moved up from #167 to #100.
One Piece #59 already set the overall manga record for most copies in its first print run with 3.2 million copies. The North America publisher Viz Media will publish the 55th manga volume in October. Funimation is releasing the television anime adaptation on DVD and via online streaming.