Kaguya’s first print run, and books that don’t sell (52:23)
T: How many copies of the first volume of Kaguya-sama were printed? Though you might not have the numbers for the first print.
A: The first print started with 20,000 copies.
T: Oh, really!? They didn’t print, like 100,000 copies?
A: Nope. 100,000 copies were printed for chapter 10 [volume 2].
T: Wow! That means the first volume got about the same number of copies as a typical original series.
A: Yep. I think Instant Bullet had more copies printed [at the start]. 25,000 copies or something, I think.
T: It’s really impressive for an original manga to get 25,000 copies.
A: Yeah, I was really happy.
T: ... Ah... well, it’s not good for too many copies to get printed. Mama Norio had another work called Heroine Voice that came out after Himegoto, and the first print had about 20,000 copies. It was a massive flop. I’m still not sure how much of the first print actually sold.
A: Listen, everyone... manga that doesn’t sell gets brought to a disposal company and gets shredded to pieces.
T: Ah, aaaaahhh... my books...
A: It gets turned into recycled paper.
T: My heart... ...why are we talking about this?
A: Guys, if you don’t buy them, new mangaka’s books get shredded.
T: In all likelihood, Mama Norio’s Heroine Voice got shredded.
A: Aaaaahh, stop it... don’t shred Instant Bullet!! Please!!
T: We put our heart and soul into those books!! Please don’t shred them!!
T: ... Well, that’s the reality of the manga industry. Books that don’t sell have no value, so they get shredded... uahh... (I worked so hard, too... )
A: Please support new mangaka, guys!
T: Their lives depend on it. I wonder if [Heroine Voice] became toilet paper...
A: Your work... now gets used to wipe everyone’s butts...
T: I guess that’s still contributing to society in a way...