Del Rey Manga takes #1 & #2 spots on Nielsen Bookscan Bestseller List

Official Press Release

New York, NY, May 6, 2004 – Del Rey Books, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, announced today that two of the titles in their new line of manga, which launched on April 27, hit the #1 and #2 slots on the Nielsen Bookscan graphic novel charts for the week ending Sunday, May 2. Tsubasa, created by the popular artists known as CLAMP, was the top selling graphic novel in the country, while Negima, by Ken Akamatsu, held the #2 slot.

Two more Del Rey titles made impressive debuts as well; xxxHOLiC, also by CLAMP, took #6, while Gundam SEED, by Masatsugu Iwase, held #12.

Further, Del Rey's manga titles performed well on the Bookscan overall trade paperback bestseller list, with Tsubasa coming in at #20, Negima at #28, and xxxHOLiC at #45.

Major retailers are confirming the success of the Del Rey manga line. Tsubasa debuted at #5 on the Waldenbooks trade paperback bestseller list, the strongest showing ever for a manga series debut in that chain, while Negima placed at #10 on the same list.

The books have also received critical acclaim within the industry. NewType USA hailed Tsubasa as "A powerful journey full of drama, fantasy, and action-packed mayhem!" The magazine went on to note the "inspired translation and excellent handling of sound effects" on Negima, and observed that xxxHOLiC "has the inherent hallmarks of a runaway hit," and called Gundam SEED "a worthy entry into the Gundam family."

"We're extremely proud, to say the least," said Del Rey Director of Manga Dallas Middaugh. "These works are the very best of what's available in manga today, every one a great read, and we've done our best to give the readers the best translations we can, plus extras they don't see anywhere else."

Last July, Del Rey made headlines with their announcement of a strategic partnership with Japanese publishing giant Kodansha. This creative publishing agreement has enabled Del Rey to jump headfirst into the lucrative world of manga publishing, making Del Rey the first major U.S. trade publishing house to actively acquire and publish original manga.

About Del Rey Books:

Del Rey Books was founded in 1977 as a division of Ballantine Books under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction and alternate history in hardcover, paperback, and now e-book formats. The Random House Publishing Group is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies.

About Kodansha Ltd., Publishers :

Kodansha is the largest trade book publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.

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