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New Releases for 8/3/11

August 7, 2011

Viz dominates the list this week with their Shone Jump and Shojo Beat titles. Don’t miss out on the yearly release of Kaze Hikaru, a slow seller that Viz hasn’t given up on yet (thankfully). Dark Horse has the next Cardcaptor Sakura, and Vertical releases the next volume of Black Jack, and begins countdown to the final volume.

The List:

DARK HORSE COMICS
Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Volume 2 TP (resolicited), $19.99

PRESSPOP INC
Tank Tankuro HC (With Slipcase), $29.95

VERTICAL
Black Jack Volume 15 TP (by Osamu Tezuka), $16.95 **Weekly Pick**

VIZ MEDIA
AI ORE Love Me Volume 2 GN, $12.99
Bakuman Volume 6 TP, $9.99
Bleach 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP (Contains Volumes 4-6), $14.99
Blue Exorcist Volume 3 GN, $9.99 **Weekly Pick**
Fullmetal Alchemist 3-In-1 Edition Volume 2 TP (Contains Volumes 4-6), $14.99
Gin Tama Volume 23 TP, $9.99
Haruka Beyond The Stream Of Time Volume 13 GN, $9.99
Kamisama Kiss Volume 4 TP, $9.99
Kaze Hikaru Volume 19 GN, $9.99 **Weekly Pick**
Natsume’s Book Of Friends Volume 8 TP, $9.99
Nura Rise Of The Yokai Clan Volume 4 GN, $9.99
Otomen Volume 11 GN, $9.99
Pokemon Adventures Volume 14 TP, $7.99
Pokemon Black And White Volume 1 GN, $4.99
Pokemon Black And White Volume 2 GN, $4.99
Sakura Hime The Legend Of Princess Sakura Volume 3 GN, $9.99
Seiho Boys’ High School Volume 7 TP, $9.99
Slam Dunk Volume 17 GN, $9.99
Story Of Saiunkoku Volume 4 GN, $9.99 **Weekly Pick**
Tegami Bachi Letter Bee Volume 6 GN, $9.99
Yu Gi Oh GX Volume 7 GN, $9.99

YEN PRESS
Kobato Volume 4 GN, $11.99

The Picks:

John’s Pick: We are just a couple of volumes away from the completion of Black Jack, which makes each of these final volumes about everyone’s favorite renegade doctor a special treat.

Alex’s Pick: There is quite a bit of content out from Viz Media this week, and I’m interested in both Otomen and Kaze Hikaru, which are both from their Shojo Beat line. I also admit that I’m curious about Tank Tankuro from Presspop Inc, a new kid on the manga block, but I am not sure that I have $30 worth of curious.

Justin’s Pick: I’ve become super-cranky of late: here’s two releases I’ve been looking forward to, but… First, Tank Tankuro looks really interesting from a historical perspective, but I’m with Alex. From what I’ve seen in previews, it’s just not impressive enough for me to plunk down $30 for it (that price and the Chris Ware cover should tell you it’s not so much manga as an art object). Second, I was very frustrated with the first omnibus of Cardcaptor Sakura, because the paper is thin, the book feels like the spine will split any moment, and the reproduction of CLAMP’s art is too light and wispy. Maybe I’ll console myself with Black Jack or Slam Dunk

Amy’s Pick: Oh there is such a nice haul from Viz this week! Though there is some shojo that I’d like to snag this week I’m most stoked about the next volume of Blue Exorcist! I’ve been hooked since the beginning so I can’t wait to see what Rin and the gang are up to.

Lori’s Pick: Once again Viz is getting the lion’s share of my paycheck this week, but the title I’m most looking forward to is Story of Saiunkoku. It has the perfect balance of beautiful art, engaging characters, and great story. It will always find a place on my crowded bookshelf!

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