Fruits Basket Reaches Two Million Units

Dec 6th 2006
TOKYOPOP's Best-Selling Manga

Fruits Basket

Reaches Two Million Books in Print with Latest Release


Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2006) - 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
audiences."



ABOUT TOKYOPOP
TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and
an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision
that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the
first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the
development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film,
television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way
teens
experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to
Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and
partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the
new
social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com ,
reading its books, and watching its DVDs and television programs,
TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties
has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment
marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for
additional information.

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