The success of Sousou No Frieren anime is no secret, as it quickly surpassed FMAB to become the top anime on MyAnimeList, and also became the fourth most searched anime on Yahoo in 2023 in just two months of its release.
All these factors led to the manga garnering more attention. Adding to the achievements, the official Twitter account of Sousou No Frieren announced on Dec 1, 2023, that following the release of the anime adaptation, the manga has added seven million more copies in circulation.
Sousou No Frieren manga has now surpassed 17 million copies in circulation. The 12th volume of the manga will release on Dec 12, 2023.
Sousou No Frieren is a Japanese manga series written by Kanehito Yamada and illustrated by Tsukasa Abe. It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday since April 2020, with its chapters collected in eleven tankobon volumes as of September 2023.
The series is licensed for English release in North America by Viz Media.
In 2021, it won the 14th Manga Taisho and the New Creator Prize of the 25th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
Sousou No Frieren anime started airing on Sep 29, 2023, with a 2-hour special episode.
MyAnimeList describes the plot of Sousou no Frieren as:
The demon king has been defeated, and the victorious hero party returns home before disbanding. The four—mage Frieren, hero Himmel, priest Heiter, and warrior Eisen—reminisce about their decade-long journey as the moment to bid each other farewell arrives. But the passing of time is different for elves, thus Frieren witnesses her companions slowly pass away one by one.
Before his death, Heiter manages to foist a young human apprentice called Fern onto Frieren. Driven by the elf’s passion for collecting a myriad of magic spells, the pair embarks on a seemingly aimless journey, revisiting the places that the heroes of yore had visited. Along their travels, Frieren slowly confronts her regrets of missed opportunities to form deeper bonds with her now-deceased comrades.