Dragon Ball Franchise Valued More Than 23 Billion USD: The Largest Manga Franchise In Japan

This figure doesn’t mean it has earned this much in a year or can be bought by paying this much. As a brand overall, the combined value is $23 billion.


According to a recent Japanese journaling website, Aeradot., the Dragon Ball franchise is valued at 3.4 trillion yen (around 23 billion USD), which makes it the number one manga market in Japan.

Dragon Ball has not only influenced its readers but also the editorial department of Shonen Jump, which, until then, had not been actively involved in anime adaptations of manga.

Until Dragon Ball, it was believed that having an anime adaptation would negatively impact the manga’s readership. However, Akira Toriyama’s legendary series proved it wrong.

Many fans have also confused this number with the revenue that the franchise has earned.

Many are stating that the numbers shared on the website are old, as the franchise generated 30 billion USD in 2004.


However, this is not what the website is sharing here.

The number that Aero Dot. has shared is the current valuation of the company, meaning, the cost one would incur if they tried to buy the franchise.

Meanwhile, the current revenue of the franchise has not been shared yet.

About Dragon Ball:

Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.

The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.

The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.

Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:

Goku Son is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the “Dragon Balls.”

Since the artefacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend.

Goku happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power.

With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.

Source: dot.asahi