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ONE PIECE More Popular with Adults than Kids 88% of people who buy One Piece manga are above 19; 13% are above 50
NHK's news program "Close Up on the Modern Times" did a special on Oda Eiichirou's hit manga "ONE PIECE" on the 9th of February, titled "Manga 'One Piece' - Secrets to being a Mega Hit". It aired at 19:30-19:56 hours.
The program talked about how ONE PIECE was well-loved by people of all ages, from young kids to adults. There are mothers who have become so passionate about the series, they're more into it than their kids. It appears there are even many salarymen who consider ONE PIECE such a precious treasure to them, it's like their bible for work. Umaba Nobuhiko from Konan Women's University Literature Department also makes an appearance, and analyzed from various angles the "strong bonds" between the characters of ONE PIECE who have continued to keep their firm hold on readers' hearts for years.
The show also revealed that of the people who buy the ONE PIECE volumes, only 12% are aged between 1 and 18 years of age. 43% are aged between 19 and 29, 32% are aged between 30 and 49, while those aged 50 and above made up and impressive 13%.original source 2