There is no denying the popularity of Koyoharu Gotōge’s dark fantasy manga Demon Slayer. The series has generated fans in Japan and overseas who cannot get enough of Tanjiro and Nezuko’s adventure. The anime adaption ended its season on September 28 with a fiery announcement about a movie adaption of the Infinite Train arc. So much so that when Volume 17 dropped, stores across Japan began reporting sell outs of the book that was quickly snatched up by hungry fans and stores, like the demons in the series, are losing their heads.
Handwritten signs lined several storefronts, telling shoppers that they have no more copies of the beloved manga. Some signs even read that they have no date for when new copies will arrive. Because of this, some stores are reporting that volumes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba are taking up every spot on their Top 10 best selling manga, with only the final volume of Mika Yamamori’s Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet – which was released on September 25 – able to crack the Demon Slayer wall. The second most popular volume of Demon Slayer being sold right now is the 7th, where the manga picks up the story from where the anime series ended.
Due to the shortage, Japanese websites such as Mercari and Yahoo! Auctions are selling complete collections of Demon Slayer. A set containing the current 17 volumes is available for 100,000 yen ($936 US). Each volume costs normally around 500 yen ($4.50 US), making the 17 volume set worth about $80, assuming you can find it.
But not worry, Viz Media is releasing chapter of Demon Slayer on their Shonen Jump App the same day as Japan and currently has volume 8. Volume 9 is set to be released on November 5.