Ten Viz Media Manga Titles Sweep Bookscan Top Ten

Jun 5th 2006
TEN VIZ MEDIA MANGA TITLES SWEEP THE BOOKSCAN TOP TEN

NARUTO, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, RUROUNI KENSHIN And DEATH NOTE Continue To
Captivate Readers Nationwide

San Francisco, CA, June 5, 2006 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of
the
entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing,
animation and licensing companies, has announced that ten of its manga
titles have again swept the top spots on Nielsen BookScan's Adult
Fiction Overall Graphic Novel list for the week ending May 28, 2006.
This is the second time in the past seven months Viz Media took the
entire Top Ten list - in December 2005 Viz Media also dominated the
weekly sales list. Nielsen BookScan has the best and most comprehensive
data in the industry, picking up sales information from over 6,500
retail locations across the country.

This is a notable milestone – it is extremely rare for titles from a
single publisher to capture all top ten top spaces on BookScan's
Graphic
Novel list. The complete Top Ten list included NARUTO, RUROUNI KENSHIN,
BLEACH and DEATH NOTE.

1. NARUTO, Volume 10
2. RUROUNI KENSHIN, Volume 27
3. NARUTO, Volume 9
4. BLEACH, Volume 13
5. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Volume 7
6. NARUTO, Volume 1
7. NARUTO, Volume 8
8. NARUTO, Volume 2
9. DEATH NOTE, Volume 5
10. NARUTO, Volume 7

The NARUTO property in particular continues to enjoy great popularity
in
North America. The anime counterpart, which is also distributed by VIZ
– more –
Media, is seen weekly by millions of viewers on Cartoon Network's
Toonami block of programming. Viz Media will further support the NARUTO
juggernaut with the upcoming release of NARUTO ANIME PROFILES in July
and a NARUTO novel titled INNOCENT HEART, DEMONIC BLOOD, slated for
release in November.

"We look forward to the continued stellar success of the series. We
also anticipate continued growth for our other top performing titles
such as BLEACH and DEATH NOTE, and we are optimistic that some new VIZ
titles will also soon break the top ten!"

About Viz Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), is one
of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of
manga
publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.
Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and
animation, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan Production
Co., Ltd. (Sho-Pro Japan), Viz Media is a leader in the publishing and
distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North
America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The
company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as
SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio
soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from
initial
production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise
licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

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