Viz’s Top Sellers: Naruto

Viz sent out their monthly newsletter today. Along with the usual book and magazine promotional blurbs, they included lists of their top sellers. Ready for them?

Top 5 Manga

1. Naruto, v.11
2. Naruto, v.12
3. Naruto, v.13
4. Naruto, v.5
5. Naruto, v.6

Top 5 Anime

1. Shonen Jump’s Naruto Uncut DVD Box Set Vol. 1
2. Shonen Jump’s Naruto DVD Vol. 1 – Enter: NARUTO
3. Naruto – DVD – Uncut Box Set, Vol. 2
4. Shonen Jump’s Naruto DVD Vol. 2 – Dangerous Mission
5. Naruto – DVD – The Chunun Exam – Vol. 7

For some reason, that tickled me. Especially since the DVD titles aren’t even consistent.

More seriously, I’m impressed that Viz puts out such a great variety of books when they make so much from only one property.

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5 Comments

  1. More seriously, I’m impressed that Viz puts out such a great variety of books when they make so much from only one property.

    Thankfully, that seems to have been their MO since 1998. Horray for Pokémon!

  2. Horray for Pokémon!

    Not to mention Dragonball Z!

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  4. Ed Sizemore

    Johanna, I think the difference between the DVD’s titles is because the single edition DVD’s listed above are for the Cartoon Network edited versions versus the unedited box set versions. (Some violence and language was cut.)

    What I find interesting is that so many anime fans claim they only want ‘pure’ anime and demonize Cartoon Network for any edits made to shows, but a lot of someones out there are buying these ‘tainted’ Cartoon Network versions on DVD.

    The other item to mention is that people were worried that Viz might be cutting their own throats by releasing a volume of Naruto a week. But the figures above show that money well for Naruto runs deep and close to bottomless, much like Dragonball Z and Pokemon.

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