Brace for a Naruto invasion, as [email protected] reports

Viz Media unleashed “Naruto Nation” last week, releasing three volumes of Masashi Kishimoto’s international phenomenon into the book market. So, it should surprise absolutely no one that all three cracked USA Today’s Top 150 Books list: Vol. 18 at No. 116, Vol. 17 at No. 123, and Vol. 16 at 131. Meanwhile, the 17th volume of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket fell 42 spots at No. 76.

Meanwhile the official pr gives more info:

The accelerated publishing begins next week with NARUTO manga vol. 16, 17 and 18 ALL releasing on Sept 4th ($7.95 each) AND – every third vol of each month will get a sheet of 4 NARUTO stickers (while supplies last) (i.e. in Vol 18, 21, 24 and 27)

NARUTO Anime Profiles (episodes 38-80) releases on Sept 20th ($17.99) AND The long awaited release of …. NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW – releases on September 4th ($24.98)

AND here’s all the Exclusive offers: for NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW BEST BUY – comes with a mouse pad ($24.98) BGI (Borders and Waldenbooks) – Lenticular cover ($24.98) TransWorld (FYE and Suncoast) – exclusive NARUTO lunch Box ($29.98)

NARUTO Vol. 15 – Twelve years ago, a giant fox demon with nine tails attacked the ninjya village of Konohagakure. Defeated by the Hokage, the village champion, the mighty demon’s soul was sealed into the body of an innocent orphan child, Naruto Uzumaki. Now Naruto is a 12-year-old ninjya in-training, struggling to be the best with his classmates Sasuke and Sakura.

NARUTO Vol. 16 Death in the village! When the dust settles from Orochimaru’s attack, the shinobi find that not everyone has survived. While the ninja mourn, an unlikely candidate is chosen for greatness, a long-lost ninja returns with a dangerous entourage, and Naruto finds his life in more turmoil than ever before.

NARUTO Vol. 17 Who is Itachi Uchiha and what does he want with Naruto and Sasuke? As Jiraiya attempts to train Naruto to push beyond his limits, secrets of the past are revealed, and a mysterious shinobi who could change everything begins to take center stage.


  1. Gotta admit the numbers puzzle me. Why is Volume 18 at 116, while 16 is at 131? Aren’t people reading this series in order?

    Picked up a copy of Vol. 16 at my local Borders this week – and see that all three of the new books were nicely displayed in a new promo cardboad rack. Will be interesting to see if Viz’s big push pays off . . .

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