I just received the following from a Viz representative:
Bookscan’s sales numbers are out for the week of December 4, 2005, and I am very pleased to announce that VIZ Media manga titles swept ALL Top 10 placements in the Adult Fiction Graphic Novel category (actually VIZ titles dominated the Top 13).
A list of the top selling titles follows below for your review:
1. NARUTO Vol. 8
2. RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 21
3. BLEACH: VOLUME 10
4. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: VOLUME 4
5. HANA-KIMI: VOL 9
6. HOT GIMMICK Vol. 10
7. NARUTO Vol. 2
8. NARUTO Vol. 7
9. NARUTO: VOL. 3
10. RUROUNI KENSHIN Vol. 20
11. NARUTO: VOL. 4
12. NARUTO: VOL. 1
13. DRAGON BALL Z: Vol. 23
This is a notable milestone as it’s extremely rare that so many titles from a single publisher will dominate the top spaces on Bookscan’s Graphic Novel sales list. The titles that placed constitute a diverse range of subject matter, including action, science fiction and fantasy, and shojo, which further proves the validity of comics among girls. In addition to regular best-sellers like FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and RUROUNI KENSHIN, the high placement of so many volumes from the NARUTO series, which is also watched by millions of viewers on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, is quickly making the property one of the most popular titles in North America.
I’m a little bummed that I still haven’t gotten Hot Gimmick yet through my comic shop, because I love love love that series. I think I’m going to have to try Naruto at some point, just to understand the new hot thing.
More interesting to note is that these are all in the Adult category, instead of being classed as for kids. Is there more violence in Naruto than I’m aware of?
Update: My source has since told me
as far Bookscan only has a catagory called Adult Fiction Graphic Novels – they don’t break it down by kids versus adults. Naruto is rated “T” for teens and is recommended for readers aged 12+. There is some mild violence in the series, but nothing especially blatant or out of the norm from what normal kid’s programming features.
So that clears that up!