Naruto Gets (Belated) NPR Attention

Featured this week on Day to Day from NPR News was “Why Is ‘Naruto’ So Popular?” The host admits she’s never heard of the manga character, even though he “may be the most popular character since Pokeman.” 

The Naruto series has appeared regularly on the USA Today bestseller list since 2004 (which is why this is “belated” attention).

During the Buzz session at ALA MidWinter, we learned that a Naruto barrage is about to hit these shores, as VIZ Media releases 11 new volumes in the next three month, to catch up with the Japanese schedule.

February — Volumes 34 through 37

34

Naruto, Vol. 34; The Reunion
ISBN: 1-4215-2002-8
Feb. 3, 2009

 

35

Naruto, Vol. 35; The New Two
ISBN: 1-4215-2003-6
Feb. 3, 2009

 

36

Naruto, Vol. 36;  Cell Number Ten
ISBN: 1-4215-2173-3
Feb. 3, 2009

 

37

Naruto, Vol. 37; Shikamaru’s Battle
ISBN: 1-4215-2173-3
Feb. 3, 2009

March, volumes 38 through 41

38

Naruto, Vol. 38; Practice Makes Perfect
ISBN: 1-4215-2174-1
Mar. 3, 2009

 

39         

Naruto, Vol. 39; On the Move
ISBN: 1-4215-2175-X
Mar. 3, 2009

 

40

Naruto, Vol. 40; The Ultimate Art
ISBN: 1-4215-2841-X
Mar. 3, 2009

 

41

Naruto, Vol. 41; Jiraiya’s Decision
ISBN: 1-4215-2842-8
Mar. 3, 2009

April — Volumes 42 through 44

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