16:12 - 26th February 2014, by NEO Staff

NEO Awards 2013: Best Franchise

Late last year, we invited you - the NEO readers - to vote on your favourite titles from 2013 for our NEO Awards, sponsored by Japan Journeys. Here are the results!

The winner of Best Franchise in 2013 was Naruto (VIZ Media, Namco Bandai, Manga Entertainment). This is the second year in a row for Naruto's win of the Best Franchise award - the category for heavy hitters whose popularity spreads across manga, movies, anime and computer games. Shared between VIZ Media, who release the manga; Manga Entertainment, who are behind the success of the anime release in the UK; and Namco Bandai, the company responsible for the lion's share of the show's gaming antics, the Best Franchise award is well deserved for a property that consistently tops the charts, and holds a special place in our hearts.

"Thank you to all of the fans who have voted for Naruto and made it the most popular anime franchise of 2013. Manga launched Naruto on DVD in the UK on 21 August 2006 as Naruto Unleashed Series 1 Part 1. To date, Manga has sold over 378,000 Naruto DVDs in the UK. That is a phenomenal result. After more than seven years, Naruto is still the number one selling anime franchise in the UK. We are so grateful to everyone who has ever purchased a Naruto DVD or manga. THANK YOU."
Jerome Mazandarani, Manga Entertainment

"Amazing news for Naruto, and we thank the fans for their passion, love and enthusiasm for this brilliant franchise. We love working on the games and they just grow from strength to strength and we thank you for supporting us."
Lee Kirton, Namco Bandai

"Since 2007, we have sold over 600,000 copies of Naruto titles in the UK. This is testament to the enduring popularity of Naruto himself, as well as the genius of Masahsi Kishimoto. Thank-you to everyone who voted, and to everyone who has ever bought a book!"
Sarah Anderson, VIZ Media

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