Starting with Volume 4
6 on Thursday, Viz Media began releasing a digital edition of a new volume Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto
every day leading up to Tuesday, September 6th when Volume 52
will be published simultaneously in both paper and digital formats. Henceforth new volumes of the bestselling series will be released on a “day and date” basis. In spite of an accelerated publishing program begun in 2007 (see “Naruto Salvo Hits the Mark
”), publication of Naruto
in the U.S. still lags behind Japan, where 58 volumes of the manga series
have been published.
More than 100 million volumes of Naruto
have been sold in Japan, and the Shonen Jump
ninja property has been the bestselling manga series in the U.S. year-in and year-out since the Naruto
anime began its run on the Cartoon Network in 2005 (the Naruto Shippuden
anime remains a fixture on the Disney XD network).