Publisher Kodansha announced today that the manga adaptation of Bakemonogatari, the first installment of Nisio Isin’s Monogatari fantasy light novel series, has printed over one million copies with its already published three tankobon volumes.
The adaptation illustrated by 46-year-old artist Oh!great, best known for his Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear series, has been serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine since its 15th issue of 2018 published on March 14, 2018.
One of the reasons for its strong sales is the two bonuses included in the tankobon’s special editions: newly-written short stories by the novel author and illustration cards by various manga artists. The manga’s latest fourth volume was released in Japan today, January 17, and its 1,480-yen special edition comes with a short story “Mayoi Ghost” (A Stray Ghost) and illustration cards by
the artists below:
- Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist)
- Mitsru Hattori (Sankarea)
- Atsushi Uchiyama (Sekai ka Kanojo ka Erabenai)
- Akira Sugito (Boku Girl)
- Yuki Urushibara (Mushishi)
- Atsuya Uki (Cencoroll)
- Hiroyuki (Aho Girl)
- Kaihei Nakahara (Ikenai Kanojo no Otetsudai)
- Shizumu Watanabe (Real Account).
Hanging banners to announce the record are now displayed on Kodansha’s main building.
— 化物語 【④巻本日発売／漫画公式】 (@BKMNGTR_IxI) 2019年1月16日
4th tankobon volume special/regular editions
— 化物語 【④巻本日発売／漫画公式】 (@BKMNGTR_IxI) 2019年1月17日
1st and 2nd volume regular edition covers
3rd and 4th volume covers
©Nisio Isin, Oh!great/Kodansha