My Dress-Up Darling manga has officially exceeded 5 million circulating copies, and 1.5 million came after the anime adaptation premiered a month and a half ago on January 9. The manga by Shinichi Fukuda began in January 2018, and it had 3.5 million circulating copies before the anime was first broadcast. It reached 4.5 million on February 2 this year, and it took 20 days for another half million. The official announcement:
You can also see the cover of the 1st volume:
The manga is serialized in Square Enix’s Young Gangan, and SE is also publishing it in English. The anime adaptation is produced by CloverWorks, with Crunchyroll streaming it. They describe the story:
Wakana Gojo is a high school boy who wants to become a kashirashi–a master craftsman who makes traditional Japanese Hina dolls. Though he’s gung-ho about the craft, he knows nothing about the latest trends, and has a hard time fitting in with his class. The popular kids–especially one girl, Marin Kitagawa–seem like they live in a completely different world.
It’s not unusual for an anime adaptation to boost the manga sales, and the My Dress-Up Darling anime has been incredibly well received. It was voted as the best non-sequel anime in most of our weekly polls this season, having over 10% in weeks 1 and 2.
The anime is just past the halfway point, and the My Dress-Up Darling manga is sure to go well above the 5 million by the end of it!