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The Week’s Manga: Manga Survivor

This Week's Manga

Devil Survivor 1 There’s a lot of manga coming out this week. Kodansha releases the first volume of Devil Survivor, the adaptation of Shin Megami Tensei, the game that the Persona is a spin-off of.  I’ve been interested in Shin Megami Tensei, as well as Persona, thanks to my older daughter’s obsession, so I’ll be checking this title out. Vertical Comics does the seemingly impossible as it releases the final volume of Mobile Suit Gundam Origin, the series that not even the publisher believed would sell. But Vertical and Western fans proved them wrong, and now the series comes to an end with Vol 11.

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This Week’s Manga: Master Sakuran

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Astro Boy Omni 1Things are slowly down as we hit the middle of the month. Dark Horse releases their first omnibus of Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka, a title they seemed to have kept from DMP. It collects the first three volumes into one massive 700 page book and includes the original story “Greatest Robot on Earth,” which was the basis for Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto. Fans of either series should definitely pick this up. Seven Seas has the 12th volume of Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, where it’s school festival time. Hit Seven Seas’ Tumblr to find out more.

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This Week’s Manga: Rose Week

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Dictatorial Grimoire CCAfter a heavy shonen and shojo release week last week, this week is a little on the lighter side. Seven Seas releases an omnibus of Dictatorial Grimoire, collecting all three volumes of the series into one book for a lower price. I’ve truly come to appreciate omnibuses for price and shelf space. I’ve considered Dictatorial Grimoire before, but this omnibus make it much more attractive.

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This Week’s Manga: Witch Manga to Pick?

This Week's Manga

Yamada Kun 4It’s rare that a week goes by and there isn’t something I want on it. This week is not NOT one of those weeks. Kodansha releases the fourth volume of Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, a series I have become a recent convert for. I didn’t think I would like it with the gender switching and all, but it’s turned out to be a surprisingly fun rom-com. Not high on my list though is Ninja Slayer Kills Vol 1. It hits all the wrong buttons with me. What probably doesn’t is The Ancient Magus’ Bride from Seven Seas which is releasing Volume 2 this week.

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This Week’s Manga: Crazy For Manga

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Fairy Tail Mistral 1And I thought last week was gonna be a wallet burner! This week is nearly just as bad! Kodansha hits with a wave of titles, including a couple of new ones. The first Fairy Tail spin-off in English is finally here. Blue Mistral is a shojo that features Wendy Marvell, the 12-year-old wizard from Fairy Tail as she goes on her first solo mission. I’d pick this up just for being from Fairy Tail, but the shojo aspect just makes it all the more attractive. Also new out this week is Inuyashiki, the story of a middle-aged man who gets a new lease on life after being struck by a light from the sky. The premise sounds familiar, but look like it will be anything but. Other big hitters out this week are Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Attack on Titan, and Say I Love You. Kodansha is not pulling any punches!

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This Week’s Manga: Wallet Burner

This Week's Manga

Noragami 6 Well, this is a bad week for the wallet. A lot of good books are out this week, starting with Kodansha’s newest Noragami Stray God Vol 6. With this series going on a bi-monthly rotation, keeping up is going to be a little more work. Alice in the Country of Hearts returns to Seven Seas with Peter trying to woo the fair Alice in White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Vol 1. They are also releasing the first volume of Bodacious Space Pirates Abyss of Hyperspace. I’ve read about this series in Otaku USA and it looks interesting. I just don’t know if it’s Buy It Now interesting.

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This Week’s Manga: The Power of Three

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Itsuwaribito 15Well, this is rather like the proverbial wasteland for me. There is almost nothing I’m excited about getting, not that there is much to choose from. Only three publishers have titles releasing through Diamond Distributors this week. Seven Seas Entertainment’s selection isn’t too bad. I hope Citrus has been doing well for them. I’m still curious about Clay Lord Masters of Golems. I don’t think volume 1 got any poor reviews. I should give it a try.

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This Week’s Manga: Maid-en-Zoo

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Maid-Sama 1It’s Viz’s big week, and a couple of titles people have been waiting for are being released. Maid-Sama is a former Tokyopop title where only 8 of the 18 volumes were released. This series in one of the rare pick ups from Viz that is getting a print release as well as digital, and is under the Shojo Beat imprint instead of Viz Select. The series fits perfectly in the Shojo Beat imprint with its story of a girl who appears to be tough-as-nails and a boy hater, but also works part-time at a maid cafe where she is found out by the popular boy at school. They are coming out as 2-in-1, so it will be no time before the series is caught up with the previous release, and fans will be getting new material. Also new this week is the first volume of My Hero Academia. This series by the creator of Barrage has seriously caught on with fans on both sides of the Pacific. Here, only the first chapter was released in Weekly Shonen Jump before the title jumped to current serialization, so this is the first chance for readers to see (legally) what happened in the intervening chapters.

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This Week’s Manga: A Silent Chi

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A Silent Voice 2It’s a fairly quiet release list for this week, but there are some strong titles to liven it up. If you haven’t read A Silent Voice Vol 1 from Kodansha Comics, go read it, right now. I’ll wait. If you haven’t heard of A Silent Voice, have you been living under a rock? The first volume has had tremendous word of mouth that’s pushed it’s sales up to Fairy Tail levels. The story sneaks up on you and then crushes your with so much emotion. But it’s a story that needs to be told, and read. I put off reading it for a while, for fear of all those emotions, but once I did, I was glad. I can’t wait now to see what happens in vol 2. Seven Seas Entertainment made a score when they picked up Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto. The series was nominated for several awards, including the Manga Taisho. It’s one of the several Seven Seas’ titles I’ve been looking forward to reading.

Chi’s Sweet Home is a title I have been reading and loving, even though as the series has gone on, it’s gotten a little darker. But going back to the “good old days” of volumes 1-3 just fills you with so much fun and hope. Vertical Comics has made that easy for the last few readers out there who haven’t managed to pick it up with their new Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Vol 1. It collects the first three volumes of the series that tells Chi’s adventures with the Yamadas and Blackie the “bearcat.” If you already have these volumes, don’t worry, Vertical has found a way to make you want to buy it again. There are bonus comics included from creator Konami Kanata’s previous series Fuku Fuku, about an adult cat who lives with an older woman. Fuku Fuku was funny and charming and just another reason to pick up this volume.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
Fairy Tail Volume 49 GN, $10.99
Silent Voice Volume 2 GN, $10.99
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches Volume 3 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Dragonar Academy Volume 7 GN, $12.99
Haven’t You Heard I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
Complete Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 1 TP, $24.95

This Week’s Manga: Yen for New Manga

This Week's Manga

Durarara LNIt’s a big Yen Press release this week, with several long-awaited titles debuting. Durarara!! the light novel makes its debut. This is the source material for both the manga and anime, and has had fans waiting in anticipation for it since its announcement back in January. Along with it is the final volume in the Yellow Scarves manga arc, making Durarara!! fans very happy. Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story is adapted from the video game Final Fantasy Type-0 and follow the character Kurasame, the Ice Reaper. First Love Monster is a rom-com where high school student Kaho falls in love with her landlord’s son, only to find out later that he is a 5th grader. Prison School is a mature title that has the premise of boys joining a previously all-girls school, but things might not turn as rom-com-y as they hoped. Finally, Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura’s Revenge is another alternate telling of Madoka’s story, this time with Madoka knowing what is in store for her and how that affects her decisions. Of all of these, Durarara!!, and Homura’s Revenge go on my buy list, though I might check out First Love Monster.

Outside of Yen Press’ debuts, Kodansha has a new volume of My Little Monster, and Dark Horse is nearly done with the gory Gantz, which is weirdly balanced by the cute Oreimo Kuroneko. Viz releases several of their Signature titles including Monster and Sunny. In Yen Press’ non-debut must haves, there is a new Black Butler, Inu x Boku SS, Soul Eater Not, and the debut of Svetlana Chmakova’s new graphic novel Awkward. While not a manga per se, it is a great all ages title about art and science and surviving middle school. And it’s by Svetlana. Manga fans as well as tween-teens will love it.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

DARK HORSE COMICS
Gantz Volume 36 TP, $13.99
Oreimo Kuroneko Volume 2 TP, $10.99

KODANSHA COMICS
My Little Monster Volume 9 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Magical Girl Apocalypse Volume 4 GN, $12.99

VIZ MEDIA
Monster The Perfect Edition Volume 5 TP, $19.99
Resident Evil The Marhawa Desire Volume 5 GN, $12.99
Sunny Volume 5 GN, $22.99
Terra Formars Volume 7 GN, $12.99

YEN PRESS
Accel World Novel Volume 4 SC, $13.00
Accel World Volume 4 GN, $13.00
Akame Ga Kill Volume 3 GN, $13.00
Awkward HC, $24.00
Awkward SC, $11.00
Black Butler Volume 20 TP, $13.00
Certain Magical Index Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Devil Is A Part-Timer Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Durarara Light Novel Volume 1 SC, $14.00
Durarara Yellow Scarves Arc Volume 3 GN, $13.00
Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story Volume 1 GN, $13.00
First Love Monster Volume 1 GN, $13.00
Inu x Boku SS Volume 8 TP, $11.99
Kagerou Daze Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Karneval Volume 2 GN, $20.00
Log Horizon Light Novel Volume 2 SC, $14.00
No Game No Life Light Novel Volume 2 SC, $14.00
Prison School Volume 1 GN, $20.00
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura’s Revenge Volume 1 GN, $13.00
So I Can’t Play H Volume 2 GN, $13.00
Soul Eater Not Volume 5 TP, $13.00

This Week’s Manga: Manhwa Magic

This Week's Manga

My Neighbor Seki 3Netcomics has a strong showing this week, with five volumes, two of which are debuts. It think it’s great to see manhwa (Korean comics) being brought back to the US. Yen Press was the last publisher to make any kind of push when they took over Ice Kunion, but haven’t done anything new since. I’m less likely to check out the new volumes Behind Story and Core Scramble as they are BL, but Chiro, which is a rescue from Udon, and Give To The Heart are both titles I would definitely try out. One volume I will have to get is My Neighbor Seki Vol 3. I adore this series so much, that every volume is a must have. Bravo to Vertical Comics for licensing such a fun manga.

Viz Media releases their Shonen Sunday titles this week. I still love Case Closed and get sucked in everything time I pick up a volume no matter how many I’ve missed in between. I do kind of hate seeing a volume where the first chapter ends a case, but  no matter how ludicrous the setups or solutions may seem to others, I still adore them!  Tiger and Bunny is a series I didn’t expect to like, but now really enjoy. I would enjoy it even more if it were available digitally, but all in all, I’m just glad we got it here. It a Takahashi double-header with both Ranma 1/2 and Rin-Ne releasing new volumes. Ranma 1/2 is another series that I would love digitally, if only Takahashi would allow it.

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

NETCOMICS
Behind Story Volume 1 GN, $11.99
Chiro Volume 2 The Star Project GN, $11.99
Core Scramble Volume 1 GN, $11.99
Give To The Heart Volume 4 GN, $11.99
Sweet Blood Volume 2 GN, $11.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
Arpeggio Of Blue Steel Volume 5 GN, $12.99

SUBLIME
Love Stage Volume 2 GN, $12.99
World’s Greatest First Love Volume 2 GN, $12.99

VERTICAL COMICS
My Neighbor Seki Volume 3 GN, $10.95

VIZ MEDIA
07-Ghost Volume 17 GN, $9.99
Case Closed Volume 55 GN, $9.99
Ranma 1/2 2-In-1 Volume 9 TP, $14.99
Rin-Ne Volume 18 GN, $9.99
Tiger And Bunny Volume 7 GN, $9.99

This Week’s Manga: What Did You Read Yesterday?

This Week's Manga

Pandora in the Crimson Shell 1The week of San Diego Comic Con is usually a slow and sparse one, but this week is ripe with new releases, including several debut titles. Seven Seas Entertainment releases two new titles this week. Magika Swordsman and Summoner is an ecchi, harem story that sets up the male protagonist as the only male student at an essentially all-girl school to no doubt get into lots of trouble and have girls fight over him as he becomes the only hope to stop some evil. Can you tell I’m not impressed with this premise? It does however fit into Seven Seas’ line quite well. Pandora of the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn is another ecchi title that goes the sci-fi route rather than fantasy. It features two young cybernetic girls with amazing combat skills who must work together against a world in turmoil It is by the creators of Excel Saga, Koshi Rikdo, and Ghost in the Shell, Masamune Shirow. This series sounds a little less slapstick, and may have more drama, but with these two creators, there will definitely be male gaze.

Demon Prince of Momochi House 1Viz Media lets loose its torrent of shonen and shojo titles this week, including two debuts as well. Demon Prince of Momochi House is a shojo that got some presales last week at Anime Expo, but is officially out this week. It is about an orphaned girl who inherits an estate that sits on the border between the human and spiritual worlds. In the house, Himari finds three boys, two spirits and one human who can also change into a Nue, and who is determined to protect Himari. This is a title I’m very interested in, and may see if I can get someone going to SDCC to pick it up for me. Twin Star Exorcists on the other hand is a shonen title about Rokuro, an exceptionally gifted exorcist who wants to me anything but. His competitive side is fired up when he meets Benio, a rival. She also turns out to be fated to be his wife so they can birth the ultimate spiritual warrior. Probably not what he signed up for. I’m not as interested in this title. Shonen has worn thin on me, and a title has to be really good to get my attention, like World Trigger did, which has a new volume out this week as well.  Other notable titles are My Love Story Vol 5, Yukarism Vol 3, and What Did You Eat Yesterday Vol 9 from Vertical Comics. It’s time to binge read this title again!

Full List per Diamond Distributors:

KODANSHA COMICS
UQ Holder Volume 5 GN, $10.99

SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT
12 Beast Volume 2 GN, $12.99
Kokoro Connect Volume 4 GN, $12.99
Magika Swordsman And Summoner Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Pandora Of The Crimson Shell Ghost Urn Volume 1 GN, $12.99
Sacred Blacksmith Volume 8 GN, $13.99

VERTICAL COMICS
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 9 GN, $12.95

VIZ MEDIA
Bleach GN Box Set 2 Volumes 22-48 With Premium, $214.99
Bleach Volume 64 GN, $9.99
D.Gray-Man 3-In-1 Volume 7 TP, $14.99
Demon Prince Of Momochi House Volume 1 GN, $9.99
Kiss Of The Rose Princess Volume 5 GN, $9.99
LBX World Battle Volume 6 GN, $9.99
My Love Story Volume 5 GN, $9.99
Naruto GN Box Set 2 Volumes 28-48 With Premium, $174.99
Nisekoi False Love Volume 10 GN, $9.99
Pokemon Adventures Black And White Volume 8 GN, $9.99
Pokemon Adventures Volume 29 GN, $9.99
Skip Beat 3-In-1 Volume 11 TP, $14.99
Twin Star Exorcists Volume 1 GN, $9.99
World Trigger Volume 6 GN, $9.99
Yukarism Volume 3 GN, $9.99