Saturday, April 17, 2010

VIZ Media Dominates New York Times' Manga Best Seller List

VIZ Media has announced that 9 of its manga titles have made the New York Time’s Manga Best Seller list for the week ending April 10th.

VIZ Media Best Selling Manga Titles on the list include (In Listed Order):

1. ROSARIO + VAMPIRE: Season II, Vol. 1
2. YU-GI-OH! R, Vol. 4
3. NARUTO, Vol. 47
5. ONE PIECE, Vol. 40
6. ONE PIECE, Vol. 39
7. ONE PIECE, Vol. 41
8. ONE PIECE, Vol. 43
9. ONE PIECE, Vol.42

The rankings reflect sales of graphic novels at thousands of retailers and venues nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands.

“It’s exciting to see such a wide variety of VIZ Media titles reach this level of popularity,” says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President, Sales, VIZ Media. “From the irresistible bite of ROSARIO + VAMPIRE to the high seas pirate adventures of ONE PIECE to the romantic shojo hijinks of THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE, these titles continue to show the diversity of the manga genre and its strong appeal among readers of all ages and interests.”

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE: Season II, Vol. 1 • Rated ‘T+’ (For Older Teens) • Shonen Jump Advanced
Average human teenage boy Tsukune accidentally enrolls at a boarding school for monsters – no, not jocks and popular kids, but bona fide werewolves, witches, and other unnamable monsters out of his wildest nightmares!

YU-GI-OH! R, Vol. 4 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
The twisted Yako Tenma has taken control of the gaming company KaibaCorp, using its high-tech dueling machines to resurrect the dead... but the original master of KaibaCorp is not happy! Kaiba, Yugi's archrival, challenges Yako to a duel to see just who will control Japan's biggest gaming company. Can Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragon stop Yako's evil plan. Look for an ultra-rare Angel 07 Card inside! (Limited quantities available). For more information on YU-GI-OH! and to read free online previews of the manga, please visit

NARUTO, Vol. 47 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
Naruto inches ever closer to discovering the true identity of his nemesis, Pain, but is it worth it as the frustrated ninja begins to morph at last into the dreaded Nine Tails? Plus an unexpected confession reveals incredible secrets about his past as Naruto prepares for the ultimate battle with Pain. Can the chakra-challenged Naruto win when one misstep could spell disaster? For more information on NARUTO and to read free online previews of the manga, please visit

THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE †, Vol. 11 • Rated ‘T+’ (For Older Teens) • Shojo Beat Haine goes to Shizumasa and Takanari's grandfather, the head of the Togu family, to ask him to release the twins from their fate. He tells her she must pass the same trial the twins went through for determining the Togu heir. Haine agrees, but little does she know that a former friend is now out for her life. For more information on THE GENTLEMEN’S ALLIANCE † and to read free online previews of the manga, please visit

ONE PIECE, Vol. 39 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
Sanji, Usopp and Franky are on their own against the Navy as the rest of the Straw Hats hurry to catch up to the speeding Sea Train. But freeing Robin from the clutches of CP9 won't be an easy task with a train full of enemies. And even if they do reach her, does she even want to be rescued?!

ONE PIECE, Vol. 40 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
Hankering for a fight, Luffy's got a jump start on the battle to rescue Robin and Franky before they're sentenced by the Navy's court at Enies Lobby. Now that the Straw Hats and the Franky Family have banded together, the World Government is in for an epic battle. But did the Navy deceive Robin into sacrificing herself in order to trap the Straw Hats?!

ONE PIECE, Vol. 41 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
Robin and Franky have been captured by CP9 and locked in the courthouse on Enies Lobby. The Straw Hats and Franky's crew must join forces if they want to save their friends. But before they can rescue them, they must face Spandam's six deadly assassins. Can the two groups work together, or will CP9 finally win?

ONE PIECE, Vol. 42 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
The Straw Hats have infiltrated the Tower of Justice to save Robin, but they still need a special key to release her. One of the CP9 assassins holds the right key, but Luffy and his crew may have to defeat them all. Can the Straw Hats thwart CP9 and rescue Robin?

ONE PIECE, Vol.43 • Rated ‘T’ (For Teens) • Shonen Jump
Luffy has made it to the tower where Robin is being held captive, but in order to save her he must get past the deadly assassin Rob Lucci. The rest of the Straw Hats are busy fighting their own battles to find the key that will free Robin. Can the crew find the right key in time?! For more information on ONE PIECE and to read free online preview of the manga, please visit For more information on these titles, or others from VIZ Media, please visit

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