Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

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Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

Post by Densetsu No Kage » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:16 am

I believe this is the right section to post this sort of question? So it's no secret to a lot of Ginga fans that GNG became a sensation in Scandinavia when it aired; many kids (now adults) have fond memories of it. Finland's Punainen jättiläinen (Red Giant) seems to be the only company that procured rights some 25+ years later to publish Yoshihiro Takahashi's catalog. I've always found this fascinating that a deal like this was made. Punainen jättiläinen must've been convinced that there was an audience for this and that it would sell well, which I assume it is? To be fair you guys do have Ginga conventions so that was a smart move on their part ;)

I'm curious as to how many copies of each book are printed and, if at the end of each month, does Punainen jättiläinen put out a chart of how well each series they publish do? Like "we sold x amount of copies this month and we printed x". I would go to their websites but I know Google Translate is not a reliable source. Do any of you Finnish Ginga fans have this information or is it not available to the public?

I appreciate your time, thanks!
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Re: Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

Post by Doragon » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:23 am

Densetsu No Kage wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:16 am
I'm curious as to how many copies of each book are printed and, if at the end of each month, does Punainen jättiläinen put out a chart of how well each series they publish do? Like "we sold x amount of copies this month and we printed x".
They have never revealed information like that. As far as I know, they have never told us how much each book sells exactly.

However, if I recall correctly, they once put up a list or something about how much some manga series sold in general per book (Ginga included). Could someone dig up that information and give us a confirmation?

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Post by methpring » Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:05 am

Found it! This was posted in 2017.

Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) 500 000+ (not the exact amount)
Yoshihiro Takahashi (Ginga) 496 000
Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) 377 000
Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto) 345 000
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Re: Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

Post by Densetsu No Kage » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:57 pm

Doragon wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:23 am
Densetsu No Kage wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:16 am
I'm curious as to how many copies of each book are printed and, if at the end of each month, does Punainen jättiläinen put out a chart of how well each series they publish do? Like "we sold x amount of copies this month and we printed x".
They have never revealed information like that. As far as I know, they have never told us how much each book sells exactly.

However, if I recall correctly, they once put up a list or something about how much some manga series sold in general per book (Ginga included). Could someone dig up that information and give us a confirmation?
methpring wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:05 am
Found it! This was posted in 2017.

Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) 500 000+ (not the exact amount)
Yoshihiro Takahashi (Ginga) 496 000
Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) 377 000
Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto) 345 000
Hmm wonder why they wouldn't share that info? Maybe it's hard to track?

Thank you! This is very helpful. Interesting that Toriyama still sells a lot, but it's like that in any country XD
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Re: Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

Post by Uru » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:01 pm

Densetsu No Kage wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:57 pm
Hmm wonder why they wouldn't share that info? Maybe it's hard to track?

Thank you! This is very helpful. Interesting that Toriyama still sells a lot, but it's like that in any country XD
I think it's just not common in Finland to tell amounts of books/comics/etc sold. Even if the series is huge hit, the amount of books sold is usually rather small. For example -if I remember correctly-, when Harry Potter 4 was published the print size of the first edition was 10 000 pieces and it was the largest print ever made for first edition print.

And if you count the average books sales, it would look like this:
Toriyama: 11 111
Takahashi: 5010
Oda: 4654
Kishimoto: 4726

(Of course, this is just average. In reality the first books sold best and later parts gets smaller amounts.)

The list contains books from last 15 years. Toriyama is no longer getting more sales (practically all series are sold out), but he was hugely popular when Dragon Ball started. It would be interesting to know which sold better: GNG or Dragon Ball, if you could compare the total sales vs. average.

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Re: Sales from Finland and how many copies printed?

Post by Densetsu No Kage » Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:00 am

Uru wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:01 pm
Densetsu No Kage wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:57 pm
Hmm wonder why they wouldn't share that info? Maybe it's hard to track?

Thank you! This is very helpful. Interesting that Toriyama still sells a lot, but it's like that in any country XD
I think it's just not common in Finland to tell amounts of books/comics/etc sold. Even if the series is huge hit, the amount of books sold is usually rather small. For example -if I remember correctly-, when Harry Potter 4 was published the print size of the first edition was 10 000 pieces and it was the largest print ever made for first edition print.

And if you count the average books sales, it would look like this:
Toriyama: 11 111
Takahashi: 5010
Oda: 4654
Kishimoto: 4726

(Of course, this is just average. In reality the first books sold best and later parts gets smaller amounts.)

The list contains books from last 15 years. Toriyama is no longer getting more sales (practically all series are sold out), but he was hugely popular when Dragon Ball started. It would be interesting to know which sold better: GNG or Dragon Ball, if you could compare the total sales vs. average.
Huh that's very interesting. Where I live it's not uncommon for lists to pop up of how many books, movies or video games were sold in a month or even a week. Some of course release data by quarter.
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