When an anime adaptation is at the peak of its popularity, the original manga tends to sell like hotcakes, and that’s precisely what’s been happening to Koyoharu Gotōge’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Now that the TV anime has ended and a movie is on the way, fans in Japan have been snatching up manga volumes whenever possible, ultimately leading to a shortage that has bookstores scrambling to fill shelves.
Volume 17 launched in Japan on October 4 alongside two companion books, and it quickly sold out. As a result, booksellers have been putting up handwritten signs to let customers know, and some of them even mention that they don’t have a date for the arrival of new stock yet.
It’s not just the new volume either. Some book stores have noted that Demon Slayer has taken over every spot of their Top 10 manga sales list, especially volume 7, which picks up where the anime left off.
Naturally, that means second hand prices are on the rise via auction site, with one seller pushing a full set of all 17 volumes for a whopping ¥100,000 (about US$936). Compare that to the retail cost of all 17 volumes, which would add up to about US$80 total, and you can imagine why it might be wise to wait until stock replenishes.