If there were concerns that last fall’s “Naruto Nation” blitz might dampen enthusiasm for subsequent volumes, the latest USA Today book list puts those worries to rest.
Vol. 28 of Masashi Kishimoto’s hit manga, which kicks off the “two years later” storyline, soared 56 places in its second week to No. 17, the highest-ever position for the shonen series.
That’s just two spots shy of the highest-ever ranking for manga, held by Fruits Basket, Vol. 16, in April 2007.
Also on this week’s list: The first two volumes of Jeff Kinney’s prose-comics hybrid Diary of a Wimpy Kid hold the seventh and 18th spots, while Ken Akamatsu’s Negima!, Vol. 17, debuts at No. 115.
The USA Today list tracks all genres and types of books sold in some 4,700 brick-and-mortar and online stores.