It looks like I was wrong: The second wave of Viz Media’s “Naruto Nation” didn’t hit USA Today’s Top 150 Books list this week.
Instead, we get to watch the first wave recede as Vol. 18 of Naruto plummets 53 spots to No. 127, Vol. 17 drops 49 places to No. 149, and Vol. 16 falls off the chart completely. Still, it’s been a decent five-week ride.
And Vols. 19-21 of Masashi Kishimoto’s hit fight manga should take their place on the chart next week. I mean it this time.
The “Naruto Nation” campaign continues through the end of the year, with three volumes released each month to catch up with the Japanese series in time for the start of a major new story arc with Vol. 28.
The USA Today list tracks all genres and types of books sold in some 4,700 brick-and-mortar and online stores.