Takao Saito’s popular crime thriller manga titled Golgo 13 is currently the longest-running manga series. The manga has been running for 53 years now and has finally tied for a Guinness world record, for most volumes published within a single manga series.
A NEW RECORD
The crime thriller’s 200th compiled book volume recently shipped in Japan. The manga is currently tied with Osamu Akimoto‘s Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (“Kochikame“) police comedy manga which earned the record when its 200th and final compiled book volume shipped in September 2016.
Takao Saito writes and illustrates Golgo 13 manga. The series follows the titular professional hitman who acts as an assassin-for-hire.
It has been published in Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine since October 1968. The manga has won several awards such as the 1975 Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga and the Grand Prize at the 2002 Japan Cartoonists Association Awards. It also won the Special Judges Award at the 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2005.
ABOUT GOLGO 13
Golgo 13 has sold 280 million copies in various formats, including compilation books, making it one of the best-selling manga series ever and the top-selling Seinen manga series in history.
Production for the legendary Golgo 13 was also affected by the coronavirus pandemic just like other anime and manga have been. Golgo 13 began the first hiatus of its 52-year history in May 2020. It returned on July 7, 2020.
To commemorate the series’ 200th volume, the world record volume, Instagram released an AR filter featuring Duke Togo’s “Golgo eyes”. Viz Media published 13 volumes of the manga in North America between 2006 and 2008.
The manga has inspired two live-action films in 1973 and 1977, a 1983 anime film, a 1998 Golgo 13: Queen Bee original video anime, and a television anime series from 2008-2009. The franchise also has six video games, making for a very prolific franchise.
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