Tokyopop writes to remind us that Natsuki Takaya’s FRUITS BASKET is one of the best selling comics in the world, although just where the 2 million figure comces from isn’t quite clear.

TOKYOPOP, the leader of the Global Manga Revolution, is proud to announce that the company’s hottest manga series, Fruits Basket, created by Natsuki Takaya, has reached two million books in print with the release of Fruits Basket Volume 15, in stores now. The funny and touching story of Tohru Honda, an orphaned high school freshman girl who is rescued from homelessness by an enigmatic family with a big secret, Fruits Basket is one of the best selling and most popular manga series throughout North America, regularly rising to the top of both Graphic Novel and Overall General Fiction categories on noted literary sales rosters, including BookScan and the USA Today Top 150.

Fruits Basket (by Natsuki Takaya – winner of the ultra-prestigious Kodansha Manga Award) began its life in the pages of Hana to Yume magazine, the manga anthology from Japanese publisher Hakusensha. In 2001, the series became a huge fan-favorite in Japan, jumping to the top of the manga charts. Hakusensha and TV Tokyo then teamed up to turn Fruits Basket into a 26-episode anime series, and TOKYOPOP released the first volume of Fruits Basket in North America in 2004. The rest is history … or her story.

When TIME Magazine asked Ms. Takaya her feelings on having the top-selling manga in the U.S., she responded, “That definitely flatters and pleases me. Thank you very much. As for a reason, I can’t clearly distinguish one, but if people read Fruits Basket and think ‘I like this,’ then that alone is enough to bring me joy.”

According to TOKYOPOP Publisher Mike Kiley, “Fruits Basket is an extraordinary manga series that crosses all age boundaries and appeals to both girls and boys. We are proud to have played some small part in bringing Takaya-sensei’s delightful story to English-speaking


  1. The 2 million is in reference to the English edition (probably sell in, not necessarily sell through, but still an amazing number). Each volume sells over a million copies in Japan.