Sword Art Online Novel Series Has Printed 20 Million Copies Worldwide

1st volume “Aincrad” will surpass the 1 million mark later this month

Kadokawa announced today on April 5 that Reki Kawahara’s fantasy action light novel series Sword Art Online will reach 20 million print run (not the copies sold) worldwide with another reprints on April 25. The series has so far printed 7 million copies outside of Japan, including China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Russia, Poland, France, Italy, U.K., and U.S.

It is also confirmed that the series’ first volume “Aincrad,” originally published in April 2009, will have one million copies at the same time, becoming the first book to reach the milestone in Kadokawa/Ascii Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint that was launched in 1993. In commemoration of the record, the volume will come with a special wrap-around band from late April. See the image below.

Meanwhile, the all-new anime feature film based on the novel series, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

was released in Japan on February 18 and has earned 2.27 billion yen on the 1.6 million ticket sales by April 2The first volume of its manga adaptation illustrated by IsII is set for a release on April 27.“Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale” manga first volume cover

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