As fans begin their patient wait for season 2 of the My Dress-Up Darling anime, the manga series continues to explode in popularity around the world.

One of the best aspects of being an anime fan is the sheer variety of shows that are available to a global audience each and every week.

In a world where you can fight demons, titans and robots, it’s the wonderful world of cosplay that is dominating the headlines thanks to My Dress-Up Darling.

The anime series premiered in early-January to a fantastic reception, which is pushing the original manga series to new heights.

Now, as fans begin their wait on season 2 of the anime, many are turning towards the manga which has sold more than 5 million physical copies worldwide!

My Dress-Up Darling | Official Trailer

My Dress-Up Darling | Official Trailer

My dress-Up Darling manga passes a new milestone

The My-Dress Up Darling manga series recently passed two exciting new milestones, thanks to the launch of the extremely popular anime series on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

According to Aniplex, via AnimeNewsNetwork, the manga had more than 5 million physical copies in circulation worldwide by February 22nd, 2022.

This is 1.5 million copies higher than the sales reported at the start of the year, before the anime series had premiered on January 8th. Now, the manga has exceeded another milestone; with 5.5 million copies in circulation!

However, as noted by Anime News Network, these are not sale statistics; “The manga has released 2 million more copies since the anime premiered, but all 2 million copies have not yet sold.”

The series is written by Shinichi Fukada and is serialised by the Square Enix publishers, running in the Young Gangan Comics magazine in Japan.

My Dress-Up Darling released its first chapter back in January 2018, with a total of nine complete manga volumes being published in Japan – with volume nine dropping on March 25th, 2022.

Author Fukada reacted to the new milestone on social media, tweeting that “The cumulative total has exceeded 5 million copies. Thank you to everyone who purchased it!”

Where to read the My Dress-Up Darling manga in English

Whilst the My Dress-Up Darling manga series has launched eight volumes in Japan, the English translations are lagging slightly behind the domestic release.

At the time of writing, only four of those eight volumes are available to purchase in English, with volume 5 set to release in April 2022 and volume 6 in August 2022.

Physical volumes of the manga can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Indigo.

Fans can also read the manga online through various digital platforms, also from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Indigo.

The anime dominates the Winter slate to the very end

In a season dominated by the likes of Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer, one of the most-talked-about anime series of 2022 remains My Dress-Up Darling.

The series is currently scoring a fantastic 8.4/10 on IMDB, 4.8/5 on Crunchyroll and 8.47/10 on MyAnimeList, with over 183,000 reviews from fans worldwide!

Moreover, the anime has been voted as the best-rated series of the Winter slate for six of the past ten weeks on the Anime Trending website.

“Good story, great animation, good characters. The enjoyment from this show is amazing. The story feels great and is always moving forward, the animation is done beautifully at most parts, and the characters are written really well and contribute to the story just the right amount.” – User biserKashona, via MAL.

Comicbook’s Jenelle Catherina also described My Dress-Up Darling as the “breakout [series] of the Winter 2022 season.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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