From October 2013 to January 2019, the Monthly Big Gangan, also at Square Enix, published the prequel to the series with the title Akame ga Kill! Zero. The anthology edition consisted of 10 volumes and was translated into English and French. In Japan, the volumes sold about 50,000 copies each.
According to Nakano, manga sales would usually increase gradually during the airing of an anime adaptation, but with Demon Slayer, sales went up suddenly after the end of the first season instead. In September 2019, the series had 10 million copies in circulation, in December 2019, with the release of the 18th anthology, 25 million copies, and finally 60 million copies in May 2020. More than 45 million anthologies were sold between November 2019 and May 2020 alone, according to the chart company Oricon. 2b1af7f3a8