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USA Today Booklist, March 16-22: Fruits Basket Enters

posted on by Egan Loo
3 latest Naruto volumes stay on chart

The 22nd and newest volume of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga (Tokyopop) placed at #40 on the USA Today newspaper's list of the top 150 bestselling books from March 16 to March 22. When the previous volume came out last November, it debuted at #59, and the one before that entered the list at #63. Fruits Basket currently holds the record for the highest spot ever achieved by a manga volume on the list, when sales from April 9 to April 15, 2007, put volume 16 in the #15 spot.

Three of the four latest volumes of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga (Viz Media) were still selling well enough to hold spots on the list. This was the fourth consecutive week with at least four manga best-sellers. Volume 41 was selling the best of the three, though it ranked at #102, down from last week's #55. Volume 40, which last week placed at #51, is now down to #129. Volume 39 has dropped to #145 from #74.

Volume 26 of Tite Kubo's Bleach manga (Viz Media) dropped out after only one week on the list. In fact, only nine of that manga's volumes have made the top 150 so far, with none lasting more than three weeks or achieving a higher rank than #85.

This article has a follow-up: USA Today Booklist, March 23-29 & March 30-April 5 (2009-04-14 18:11)
follow-up of USA Today Booklist, March 9-15: 4 Naruto Books Rank (Updated)
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