Publishing company Shueisha announced on Wednesday that the 23rd and final volume of Koyoharu Gotouge’s hit manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will include an epilogue to the series when the volume ships on December 4th. The addition of 39 new pages will include a 14-page epilogue and 25 pages of bonus content, such as interviews, commentary, and behind the scenes extras.
According to statistics from Shueisha, 3.95 million copies of the 23rd volume are to be distributed on the first print. This bumps up the total number of Demon Slayer manga volume copies to 120 million, including digital copies. Two of the spin-off shorts (Ryouji Hirano‘s Kimetsu no Yaiba: Tomioka Giyuu Gaiden and Kimetsu no Yaiba: Rengoku Gaiden) will be compiled into a single manga volume simply titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Gaiden. Demon Slayer still continues to make records, with Kimetsu no Yaiba: Gaiden being the first spin-off of a Weekly Shonen Jump series to receive an initial print run of 1 million copies.
Before the release of the 23rd volume Demon Slayer, the manga series as a whole had an impressive 100 million copies in circulation as of the release of its 22nd volume that was distributed back on October 2nd. Furthermore, it is the eighth manga title from Shueisha and Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to reach 100 million copies in circulation, not including digital copies.
Shueisha also revealed last November that Demon Slayer was consistently the company’s second highest selling series over all as of 2019, second only to the juggernaut that is One Piece. Fans may remember such releases as volume 17, which had a national shortage all over Japan due to how quickly they sold out.
More Demon Slayer manga volumes are set to release, and will include an art book featuring notable artist Koyoharu Gotouge and others, in addition to a second fan book. These are meant to ship domestically on February 4th.
Demon Slayer continues to be big to Japanese audiences with the recent Demon Slayer movie, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, making it to the one billion yen mark in the box office on its first day in theaters.