Tag Archives: New Releases

This Week’s Manga: Regency Romance

This Week's Manga

EmmaAnd we go from feast to famine as this week’s list is tiny in comparison to last week. I love that we’re getting all these new licenses, but I really wish the release schedule was a little more even. It makes buying (and writing) about them much easier. Only three publishers have anything coming out, and Udon Entertainment’s title is only tangentially related. Of course I’m going to recommend Say I Love You Volume 8. This is an auto-response in my brain. I can’t not. Viz also releases their Shonen Sunday titles with a dash of Jump added for good measure. I would recommend Magi vol 12 and One Piece 3-In-1 Vol 12 which moves the series into one of the best (and longest) arc of the series, “Waters Seven.”

I’m gonna give Udon Entertainment a shout out for their Manga Classics series. I’ve been enjoying them a lot, as well as finally reading the classic literature I never got to when I was in school. This time it’s Emma, another Regency romantic comedy by Jane Austin. I really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, the first Jane Austin novel they adapted, so I expect to feel the same about Emma.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
Say I Love You Volume 8 GN, $10.99

UDON ENTERTAINMENT
Manga Classics Emma SC, $19.99

VIZ MEDIA
Arata The Legend Volume 22 GN, $9.99
Deadman Wonderland Volume 9 GN, $9.99
Magi Volume 12 GN, $9.99
One Piece 3-In-1 Volume 12 TP, $14.99
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign Volume 5 GN, $9.99

This Week’s Manga: Pile on the Shojo

This Week's Manga

Ajin 5 It’s a good week for variety, with most of the major publishers releasing something. Perfect Square is an imprint of Viz Media for their all-ages titles, and gets mentioned here most often for their Pokemon Adventures titles. Back when Pokemon Black and White came out, Perfect Square released essentially chapter books just to get the title going quickly and later collected them into full volumes. They appear to be following the same pattern with Pokemon XY, the third volume of which is out this week. They are quick hits to keep younger fans who can’t wait happy. Older manga fans can be happy for Vertical Comics’ Ajin Demi-Human. I finally sat down and read the first four volumes and there were fantastic! I was afraid it would be gory, but it wasn’t really. It is a compelling tale with some great cliffhangers and tantalizing mysteries to keep you coming back, so you can be sure I’ll be picking up vol 5, out this week.

Kamisama Kiss 18Viz Media releases their shonen and shojo titles this week. One new title debuts, So Cute It Hurts. This is a gender bender rom-com that might actually be interesting. I wouldn’t mind checking it out at least. Anime Expo is coming up fast, so fans of Julietta Suzuki will want to pick up Kamisama Kiss Vol 18 to prepare for her visit at the con this year. Her other title in English, Karakuri Odette, was published by Tokyopop, and is no longer in print. Two other “can’t miss” titles are Kimi ni Todoke and Natsume’s Book of Friends. Both of these I consider comfort titles. Their stories are more quiet and laid back, but that doesn’t mean they are boring or lack plot. They just move at a slower pace, or the action is less dramatic, making them good titles to read when life has gotten too hectic.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
Fairy Tail Volume 48 GN, $10.99
My Little Monster Volume 8 GN, $10.99

PERFECT SQUARE
Pokemon XY Volume 3 GN, $4.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
D-Frag Volume 5 GN, $12.99
Girls Und Panzer Volume 4 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
Ajin Demi-Human Volume 5 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Assassination Classroom Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Blue Exorcist Volume 13 GN, $9.99
Dragon Ball 3-In-1 Volume 9 TP, $14.99
Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma Volume 6 GN, $9.99
Kamisama Kiss Volume 18 GN, $9.99
Kimi Ni Todoke From Me To You Volume 21 GN, $9.99
Naruto Volume 70 GN, $9.99
Natsume’s Book Of Friends Volume 18 GN, $9.99
So Cute It Hurts Volume 1 GN, $9.99
Toriko Volume 28 GN, $9.99
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Volume 11 GN, $9.99

This Week’s Manga: A Silent Week Before the Fall

This Week's Manga

A Silent Voice 1Last week of the month means a short list, but publishers sometimes save the best for last. Kodansha has a new series debuting this week. A Silent Voice started as a streaming title on Crunchyroll, so while readers asked, not many believed it would get a print edition from Kodansha. We were all pleasantly surprised when we got just that. The story of a deaf girl and her tormentor from elementary school that wants to reconnect has gotten a lot of praise from readers and critics as being powerful and a great read. It’s probably why it got the license. I know I want to read it too, but am hesitant after hearing other talk about how brutal the bullying seemed. But I will read it.

Kuklo UnboundVertical has the second volume of the Attack on Titan Before the Fall novel series, Kuklo Unbound. The volume is an omnibus of the two remaining volumes and is the basis for Kodansha’s manga series Attack on Titan Before the Fall. This series is also unrelated to the first Before the Fall novel. I wish the first novel had gotten a manga adaptation. I really liked it and the main character Angel. But if you’ve been enjoying the Kodansha manga, you can now read the source material. Vertical also has the next volume in their Cardfight! Vanguard series. This is a fun series with a Yu-Gi-Oh-esque feel, but really stands on its own. It’s a great all ages title.

Emma dlx 1Because it’s a slow week, I’m gonna pop in a mention of a title that I can’t believe I missed last week! Yen Press finally released their hard cover deluxe edition of Emma, the Victorian romance by Kaoru Mori. The series went out of print with CMX, but Yen Press has rescued the title and printed up beautiful hardcovers to match their other Kaoru Mori hardcover series, A Bride’s Story. I was able to pick up the first volume of the CMX series and loved it, so I’ve been waiting with bated breath for this new release. That’s why I can’t believe I missed featuring it last week! Luck was on my side that with a short week this week and I could sneak it. The presentation and story make it well worth the price. Don’t pass this one up.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

KODANSHA COMICS
Air Gear Omnibus Volume 5 GN, $19.99
Seven Deadly Sins Volume 8 GN, $10.99
Silent Voice Volume 1 GN, $10.99

ONE PEACE BOOKS
Aquarion Evol Volume 2 GN, $11.95

VERTICAL COMICS
Attack On Titan Before The Fall Kyklo Novel SC, $14.95
Cardfight Vanguard Volume 6 GN, $10.95

YEN PRESS
Yotsuba & ! Volume 1 GN (New Printing), $13.00

This Week’s Manga: A Certain Dream Fossil

This Week's Manga

Dream FossilThere a good selection of titles from publishers this week. One publisher that sort of faded away is back; Netcomics. The manhwa heavy publisher was among the first to offer titles digitally, and rented chapters as well as selling volumes. Their first title back was Give to the Heart, which has volume 3  coming out this week. Joining it is Sweet Blood, a gender-bender/BL vampire title, and a license rescue, Chiro Volume 1 Star Project. This title was originally published by Udon Entertainment under their short-lived manga line. Hopefully it will do better this second time around. Vertical Comics has a hefty title this week with Dream Fossil The Complete Stories of Satoshi Kon. The collection of short stories by the manga creator and anime director has been highly anticipated by fans. Vertical has proven time and again they know how to not only pick great content but present it in a way that makes it worth the price.

Goong 18It’s a Yen Press heavy week, with the publisher releasing the majority of its titles. This week debuts the manga versions of two popular light novels, A Certain Magical Index and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon. If you’ve been wondering about the titles, but not willing to commit to prose, now’s your chance. I will admit some curiosity over A Certain Magical Index so I’ll probably check it out. Also out this week from Yen is the final volume of Goong The Royal Palace. This complicated, and quite frankly soapy tale of a regular girl marrying into the Korean Royal Family can be frustratingly addicting. You want to know how things are going to turn out, but more often than not want to yell at the characters for their poor decision-making. I got sucked in, and now I have to find out how things end, so this title is a must.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

NETCOMICS
Chiro Volume 1 Star Project GN, $11.99
Give To The Heart Volume 3 GN, $11.99
Sweet Blood Volume 1 GN, $11.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Alice In The Country Of Clover Twin Lovers GN, $13.99
World War Blue Volume 8 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
Dream Fossil The Complete Stories Of Satoshi Kon GN, $24.95

VIZ MEDIA
Gangsta Volume 6 GN, $12.99
Resident Evil The Marhawa Desire Volume 4 GN, $12.99
Terra Formars Volume 6 GN, $12.99

YEN PRESS
Ani-Imo Volume 3 GN, $13.00
Blood Lad Omnibus Volume 6 GN, $20.00
BTOOOM Volume 10 GN, $14.00
Certain Magical Index Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Certain Magical Index Volume 3 Light Novel SC, $14.00
Emma Volume 1 HC, $35.00
Goong Volume 18 GN, $25.00
Gou-Dere Sora Nagihara Volume 3 GN, $15.00
High School DxD Volume 5 GN, $13.00
Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Volume 1 GN, $13.00
No Matter How I Look At It It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular Volume 7 GN, $13.00
Sword Art Online Girls’ Ops Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Trinity Seven Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Ubel Blatt Volume 2 GN, $20.00
Umineko When They Cry Episode 5 End Of The Golden Witch Volume 1 GN, $20.00
Until Death Do Us Part Volume 9 GN, $25.00

This Week’s Manga: Heroic Panty

This Week's Manga

Panty and Stocking with Garter BeltDark Horse Comics debuts a new manga this week that has had tongues a-waggin’! Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt is a manga adaptation of the anime by the same name. The mix of mature language and situations with cute and cartoony art will hit readers with right about of shock and humor and appeal to Dark Horse’s main demographic. To appeal to a different type of reader they are also releasing Drug and Drop Vol 2 this week. A continuation of Legal Drug, it features two hot guys solving supernatural problems. Another must for CLAMP fans, and a different kind of gaze for others.

Heroic Legend of Arslan 3The title I’m most interested in this week is Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol 3. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this series initially, but I should never have doubted Hiromu Arakawa. I loved the series right from the start and torn through the first two volumes. Waiting for the next one has been difficult, but it great to have more Arakawa art to love. I would really like to get the new Ranma 1/2 2-in-1 Editions, but space has really become a concern for me. Even 2-in-1s, which don’t take up as much space are still pretty hefty when it comes to bookshelf space, especially for a 36 volume series. I really wish Rumiko Takahashi would let her titles be released digitally legally. They are already out there, being read digitally with questionable quality and translation. Wouldn’t it be better to have more control with a legal release?

Full List per Diamond Distributors

DARK HORSE COMICS
Drug And Drop Volume 2 TP, $10.99
Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt TP, $9.99

KODANSHA COMICS
Heroic Legend Of Arslan Volume 3 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Dance In The Vampire Bund Part 2 Scarlet Order Volume 2 GN, $12.99
Lucifer And The Biscuit Hammer Volume 3 TP, $18.99

SUBLIME
Love Stage Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VIZ MEDIA
07-Ghost Volume 16 GN, $9.99
Ranma 1/2 2-In-1 Edition Volume 8 TP, $14.99

This Week’s Manga: Ancient Magus Legend

This Week's Manga

LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DMost of the manga that comes out is rated Teen and up, but there are still some titles that are rated for all ages. Perfect Square is Viz Media’s imprint for all such titles, and this week sees the release of one of the most anticipated of the year. Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past is an adaptation of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance game of the same name. It was serialized in Nintendo Power magazine, and has seen print since 1993. It’s been on Amazon’s best-selling manga list since it first announced in February as a pre-order. How will it do as an official release? Also from Viz is the deluxe edition of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol 2 which follows the adventures of the first Joseph Jostar. It’s pretty amazing the third part of this series, thought to be the best, barely sold 10 years ago, but the first part is not only selling incredibly well, it’s doing it as a hardcover at twice the price!

Ancient Magus Bride 1Two of Seven Seas Entertainment’s new titles are coming out this week. Ancient Magus’ Bride is one that a lot of fans have been looking forward to, including me. It’s a supernatural shonen romance and was nominated for the Manga Taisho award this year. The first has me interested, but the second has me excited to read it! Evergreen is by the creator of Tora Dora, also published by Seven Seas. It’s another shonen rom-com. I would be remiss if I didn’t give a plug to What Did You Eat Yesterday Vol 8 from Vertical Comics. This series is filled with such a sweet, honest relationship, it’s hard to not want to pick up the newest volume. Don’t let all the food porn scare you off.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

KODANSHA COMICS
Tsubasa Omnibus Volume 4 GN, $19.99
Yamada Kun And The Seven Witches Volume 2 GN, $10.99

PERFECT SQUARE
LBX Little Battlers Experience Volume 5 New Hope GN, $9.99
Legend Of Zelda A Link To The Past GN, $19.99
Pokemon Adventures Volume 28 GN, $9.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Evergreen Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 8 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Black Rose Alice Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Bleach 3-In-1 Edition Volume 11 TP, $14.99
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Volume 2 HC, $19.99
Kiss Of The Rose Princess Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Millennium Snow 2-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Naruto 3-In-1 Edition Volume 11 TP, $14.99
Nisekoi False Love Volume 9 GN, $9.99
Rosario+Vampire Season II Volume 14 GN, $9.99
Spell Of Desire Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Yu-Gi-Oh 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP, $14.99

This Week’s Manga: MangaHOLiC

Weekly Top Ten Manga

xxxHolic Rei 3 Kodansha and Seven Seas Entertainment is getting the lion’s share of releases this week. Kodansha releases more of their newer titles with Maria The Virgin Witch Vol 2 which seems to have a lot going on under the surface. Noragami: Stray God has been doing well, so I expect to see vol 4 hit the NYT bestseller list in the next few weeks. The third volume of xxxHolic Rei is released just as it is announced in Japan that CLAMP will resume work on the series. Good timing for Kodansha. Dark Horse got stuck with the still on hiatus series Gate 7, but then, with Dark Horse’s sometimes glacial release schedule, who would notice?

Certain Scientific Railgun 10Seven Seas releases a new Alice in the Country of title; Alice in the Country of Clover: The March Hare’s Revolution. Elliot has done pretty well in the Alice pairings. How many does this make now 3? 4? 5?? A Certain Sceinetific Railgun Vol 10 is released this week, catching the series up with its Japanese counterpart. It’s a good thing Yen Press has the main series, A Certain Magical Index coming out in both light novel and manga formats to tide fans over until the next release. Vol 6 of Dragonar Academy is also coming out this week, and is sure to hit the NYT bestseller list at least for its first week. The monster girl fans are really supporting their releases. If you’re not interested in monster girls, Viz has vol 15 of Dorohedoro, which has a completely different kind of monsters, but is also really fun. Or if drama is more your cup of tea, Vertical Comics has their very successful deluxe release of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol 9. Excellent writing and art.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

DARK HORSE COMICS
Gantz Volume 35 TP, $13.99

KODANSHA COMICS
Attack On Titan Junior High Volume 3 GN, $16.99
Maria The Virgin Witch Volume 2 GN, $10.99
Noragami Stray God Volume 4 GN, $10.99
Say I Love You Volume 7 GN, $10.99
xxxHOLiC Rei Volume 3 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Alice In The Country Of Clover The March Hare’s Revolution GN, $13.99
Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 10 GN, $12.99
Devils And Realist Volume 5 GN, $12.99
Dragonar Academy Volume 6 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Volume 9 HC, $29.95

VIZ MEDIA
Dorohedoro Volume 15 GN, $12.99

YEN PRESS
Sword Art Online Novel Volume 4 Fairy Dance SC, $13.00

This Week’s Manga: April Showers

This Week's Manga

Clay Lord 1 Lots of titles debuting this week. Kodansha starts out with two new titles. Let’s Dance A Waltz is by Natsumi Ando, the mangaka of Kitchen Princess, and the recently ended Arisa. I have yet to read an Ando title, though Kitchen Princess is on my “someday” list, but I’ll definitely give the first volume of this series a try. Your Lie In April was Kodansha’s last announced license of 2014. It’s a music title that has been compared to Nodame Cantabile, which was only partially published by Del Rey back in the day. I’m looking forward to giving this volume a try as well. Seven Seas has two debuts as well. 12 Beast is another monster girl title, and is by the same mangaka as their runaway hit Monster Musume.  I expect this title to do just as well, I just won’t be experiencing it first hand. Clay Lord: Masters of Golems is much more my type. It’s a fantasy with plenty of adventure and competition.

DevilIsAPartTimerV1_Prose_TPYen Press is the serious player this week with four new light novels and 2 new manga debuting. Yen On gets a big push with Devil is a Part-Timer, Kagerou Daze, No Game, No Life, and Log Horizon all debuting their first volumes this week. No Game No Life and Log Horizon has seem a bit of hype from fans, but Devil is a Part-Timer is the one I’m most interested in. I don’t know why but the thought of a demon lord working in fast food just sounds really funny to me. Of the new manga, the title I’m looking forward to the most is of course Puella Magi Tart Magica. This time it’s a magical girl from the past, so I’m looking forward to how the historical setting works. Also out this week is the final volume of Tena on S-String. I never thought this title would ever be finished. Before its return in December, the last volume was released in 2010. That volume finished well enough that it could have been the end, but there is a proper ending now, which I’m looking forward to reading.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

KODANSHA COMICS
Let’s Dance A Waltz Volume 1 GN, $10.99
Your Lie In April Volume 1 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
12 Beast Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Clay Lord Masters Of Golems Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL
Witchcraft Works Volume 4 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Vagabond Volume 37 GN, $9.95

YEN PRESS
Akame Ga Kill Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Barakamon Volume 4 GN, $15.00
Devil Is Part-Timer Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.00
Inu X Boku SS Volume 7 TP, $11.99
Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon Novel Volume 2 SC, $14.00
Kagerou Daze Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Log Horizon The Beginning Of Another World Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.00
No Game No Life Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.00
Puella Magi Tart Magica The Legend Of Jeanne D’Arc Volume 1 GN, $13.00
So I Can’t Play H Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Spice And Wolf Novel Volume 14 SC, $13.00
Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Tena On S-String Volume 7 GN, $30.00

This Week’s Manga – Buy It

This Week's Manga

Captain Ken 1 It’s another short week, but with some variety at least. Digital Manga Publishing’s last Tezuka kickstarter before officially starting the “Tezuka World” kickstarters, Captain Ken is released to the general public this week. Backers have already received their books and rewards, so now it’s everyone else’s turn to pick up this space western. Set on Mars, the new frontier, a mysterious gunslinger, Ken, and his sidekick-gadget-horse Arrow, arrive on the red planet and they end up getting caught between the Earthling settlers and the Martian natives. If you missed the kickstarter, now is your chance pick up vol 1. Dark Horse has a new series starting this week as well. Oreimo Kuroneko is a spin-off of the original Oreimo, also published by Dark Horse, and features Ruri “Kuroneko” Goro as the protagonist; a big otaku who prefers action/fantasy and dresses in Goth Lolita. While the series title sounds off-putting, the actual plot seems interesting.

My Neighbor Seki 2Vertical Comics makes the week though with the release of the second volume of their all ages comedy My Neighbor Seki. I loved the first volume and can not wait to get the second and see what new misadventures await Seki and Yokoi. Seriously, this series is too funny to pass up, and it’s great for kids too. So much of the comedy is visual, so young kids and beginning readers can enjoy it, and the jokes are more inclusive so everyone will get them. Buy this volume. Buy them all! Seven Seas completes their yuri series Gakuen Polizi with volume 2. The first volume got a lot of push, and was a best seller on Amazon and even made a week on the New York Times Bestseller List. At two volumes it isn’t a big investment, and the between this and other yuri titles do, the more likely Seven Seas is to put out more.

Full List per Diamond Distributors

DARK HORSE COMICS
Oreimo Kuroneko Volume 1 TP, $10.99

DIGITAL MANGA PUBLISHING
Captain Ken Volume 1 GN, $13.95

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Gakuen Polizi Volume 2 GN, $12.99
Magical Girl Apocalypse Volume 3 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL
My Neighbor Seki Volume 2 GN, $10.95

VIZ MEDIA
Monster The Perfect Edition Volume 4 GN, $19.99

This Week’s Manga – Evolve

This Week's Manga

Aquarion Evol 1 Due to Diamond shipping Viz’s shonen and shojo titles early last week, this week is looking very bare. Only three titles are coming out this week, one of which is from Viz’s BL line Sublime. One Peace Books is a small boutique publisher that has gotten into manga just recently. They’ve had some good word of mouth with Whispered Words, a yuri title. Their new title to be released this week is much more of a shonen action title, Aquarion Evol. It is the sequel to the anime Genesis of Aquarion which had some elements that could be called problematic. This series might be traversing the same road. We’ll see.

Ajin 4Vertical Comics continues its release of the action-horror title Ajin with Volume 4 this week, but looks close to catching up to the Japanese release. Ajin keeps getting good word of mouth press from readers and critics, so hopefully sales are matching even with Crunchyroll running new chapters digitally. Kei Nagai’s trials continue to intrigue, and with more demi-humans coming out of the woodwork with this volume, the story can just only get more intriguing.

While I don’t fully endorse the Vizmanga app, they do have some good bundle sales going. This week, you can get to shojo titles I recommend for a really good price. Library Wars: Love and War is a fun shojo with entertaining characters, and at $30 for 10 volumes, that over half the digital price, and only $3 a volume. Dengeki Daisy which ended this week also has a bundle of 10 volumes for $30. I’d seriously consider this if I didn’t already have half the titles digitally already. Chibi Vampire is a title I still love and Vizmanga has it on sale for $38. That’s down to around $2.50 ea and includes Airmail for a 15 volume bundle. It’s totally worth it for this rom-com series.

 Full List Per Diamond Distributors:

ONE PEACE BOOKS
Aquarion EVOL Volume 1 GN, $11.95

SUBLIME
World’s Greatest First Love Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL
Ajin Volume 4 GN, $12.95

This Week’s Manga – Yamada-kun’s Log

This Week's Manga

Yamada Kun 1Look at all this manga this week, and it’s no April Fool’s joke! Kodansha has a bunch of their heavy hitters with two Attack on Titan volumes and the latest Fairy Tail. But the series that’s gotten quite a bit of talk-up is Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches. It is available on Crunchyroll digitally with the newest chapters, but Kodansha is also releasing it in print. It’s a shonen harem comedy, so that’s not too surprising. It’s rare when that kind of series doesn’t sell. The first volume debuts today. Seven Seas has a couple of titles that do not involve monsters, and they involve girls. Citrus is one of their yuri titles, and volume 1 did well, so it will be interesting to see if volume 2 does just as well. Volume 4 of Arpeggio of Blue Steel is also out, the sub warfare series that still manages to get in cute girls.

Log Horizon 1Some series are finishing up this week as well. Vertical Comic’s social media thriller, Prophecy ends it’s run this week with volume 3. The first two volumes are fantastic, so I can’t wait for this volume to see how it all ends. Diamond ships the huge pack of Viz Media shonen and shojo titles out early this week, and a couple of shojo are wrapping up. Meteor Prince was a short, two-volume series that seems like it just premiered, and already we need to wish it good-bye. While it’s run was short and sweet, another longer running series also signs off. Dengeki Daisy Volume 16 wraps up the love story of Teru and Kurosaki, though it seems the story will end with a bit of a bang! I grew to like Dengeki Daisy because of the prickly pairing of Teru and Kurosaki, and look forward to seeing how they end. Also hitting a week late for Diamond customers is Log Horizon from Yen Press. It’s a title like Sword Art Online, with gamers caught in the virtual world they are playing in, but word of mouth has it sounding more than a derivative work. It might be interesting if you like that genre.

Full list per Diamond Distributors:

DARK HORSE COMICS
Lone Wolf And Cub Omnibus Volume 8 TP, $19.99

KODANSHA COMICS
Attack On Titan Before The Fall Volume 4 GN, $10.99
Attack On Titan Volume 15 GN, $10.99
Fairy Tail Volume 47 GN, $10.99
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches Volume 1 GN, $10.99

PERFECT SQUARE
Pokemon Adventures Black And White Volume 7 GN, $9.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Arpeggio Of Blue Steel Volume 4 GN, $12.99
Citrus Volume 2 GN, $13.99

VERTICAL
Prophecy Volume 3 GN, $12.95
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 7 GN, $12.95
Wolfsmund Volume 6 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Assassination Classroom Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Black Lagoon Volume 10 GN, $12.99
Case Closed Volume 54 GN, $9.99
Deadman Wonderland Volume 8 GN, $9.99
Dengeki Daisy Volume 16 GN, $9.99
Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma GN Vol. 05, $9.99
GYO 2-In-1 Deluxe Edition HC, $22.99
Itsuwaribito Volume 14 GN, $9.99
Library Wars Love And War Volume 13 GN, $9.99
Magi The Labyrinth Of Magic Volume 11 GN, $9.99
Meteor Prince Volume 2 GN, $9.99
My Love Story Volume 4 GN, $9.99
One Piece Volume 74 GN, $9.99
Skip Beat Volume 34 GN, $9.99
Toriko Volume 27 GN, $9.99
Vagabond VIZBIG Edition Volume 12 TP, $19.99
Voice Over Seiyu Academy Volume 10 GN, $9.99
World Trigger Volume 5 GN, $9.99
Yukarism Volume 2 GN, $9.99

YEN PRESS
Log Horizon Volume 1 GN, $13.00

This Week’s Manga: Demon Magica

This Week's Manga

Demon From Afar 2 Kodansha and Seven Seas Entertainment are back this week, but their selections just aren’t speaking to me. Kodansha is top-loaded with titles I have no interest in. I gave up on Vampire Cheerleaders a while ago, even though that interest was mild at best, and I lost track of the Alice In the Country Of… awhile ago. So, I leave it to Yen Press again to spark my interest and they do a pretty good job this week. Second volumes of Demon From Afar and Love at Fourteen are out this week. The first volume of Demon From Afar felt like a prologue, so I’m curious to see where it goes in the second. Love at Fourteen is a pretty cute romance, so I can’t wait to see where things go in volume 2.

Puella magi Oriko Magica ExtraYen Press is releasing a few new titles as well that I want to read. I unexpectedly really enjoyed the first Puella Magi Oriko Magica series, so I’m really looking forward to reading Extra Story. I love the glimpses at alternate universes the spin offs give us. I’m curious about Devil is a Part-Timer. I think the idea of a Demon Lord having to work as a part-time employee could be fun. I’d also like to read the first volume of Karneval. It sounds intriguing with a touch of mystery. Angel of Elhamburg is by Aki, the same creator as Olympos, a title I loved, so I have high hopes of enjoying this one as well, even if the premise is less than cheerful.

Full list per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
Air Gear Volume 33 GN, $10.99
Genshiken Second Season Volume 6 GN, $10.99
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