Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of December 1, 2015

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This week sees new manga releases from Kodansha Comics, Seven Seas Entertainment, and VIZ Media.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7 by Takaya Kagami and Daisuke Furuya
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99 Get it for $8.49 on Amazon!

Thanks to intelligence acquired by the upper echelons of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, the human resistance knows that vampire nobles are amassing in Nagoya prior to an attack on the human stronghold of Tokyo in one month’s time. Yuichiro’s squad joins a secret mission to exterminate them, but the Moon Demon Company is very unimpressed with their lack of polish. Can these rookies prove their worth in real combat?

The other new releases coming out this week are:

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 3 by Kore Yamazaki
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Chise Haton has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. The man is a “magus,” a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice and his bride.

Assassination Classroom Volume 7 by Yusei Matsui
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Ever caught yourself screaming, “I could just kill that teacher”? What would it take to justify such antisocial behavior and weeks of detention? Especially if he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had? Giving you an “F” on a quiz? Mispronouncing your name during roll call again? How about blowing up the moon and threatening to do the same to Mother Earth—unless you take him out first? Plus a reward of a cool 100 million from the Ministry of Defense. Okay, now that you’re committed, how are you going to pull this off? What does your pathetic class of misfits have in their arsenal to combat Teach’s alien technology, bizarre powers and tentacles?! The 3-E students hope to kill on their final exams to win not only respect but a special reward. Over summer break, Nagisa, Sugino, and Maehara play amateur entomologist with a girl? After rigorous training with the greatest assassin of all, the class launches their best assassination plan yet. Now who will save our would-be assassins from a mysterious biological weapon?

Bloody Mary Volume 1 by Akaza Samamiya
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

“Bloody” Mary, a vampire with a death wish, has spent the past 400 years chasing down a modern-day exorcist named Maria who is thought to have inherited “The Blood of Maria” and is the only one who can kill Mary. To Mary’s dismay, Maria doesn’t know how to kill vampires. Desperate to die, Mary agrees to become Maria’s bodyguard until Maria can find a way to kill him. Mary is not your typical vampire. He can withstand sunlight, holds a reflection in mirrors, refuses to drink blood – and he wants 17-year-old high school student-slash-priest Maria to kill him. In order to do so, Maria must uncover the Power of Exorcism, which is supposed to have been passed down through his bloodline. But while searching for insight into the Power, Maria suspects someone might be sabotaging his efforts.

Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 3 by Jun Suzumoto
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

The young and impressionable Clay is nothing short of enthralled by the outside world. Finding interest in the most mundane of details, Clay is a young man with a mysterious past and an awesome power to boot: he has the ability to create and shape golems. When Clay decides to enter a golem-building contest which is sponsored by a local ruler, Clay may be getting more attention than he bargained for. Join fledgling golem-maker Clay and his eccentric companions as he continues to hone his unique abilities and sets out on a path of grand adventure.

Dragon Ball Omnibus Volumes 31-33 by Akira Toriyama
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Earth faces its deadliest threat ever. Cell is a biologically engineered abomination constructed from the universe’s most powerful beings, including Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo and even Freeza. To increase his power and achieve his perfect form, Cell must absorb powerful warriors and steal their energy. Now Cell is about to issue a terrible ultimatum to Earth: produce one warrior who can stand up to Cell one-on-one or he will destroy every living thing on Earth.

Food Wars! Volume 9 by Yuto Tsukuda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The Fall Classic finals have begun, with the theme of the first round being bento boxes. It’s a battle of the egos as Soma clashes with Alice Nakiri. Her bento gets rave reviews from the strict judges, but Soma invents a boxed lunch unlike one anyone’s ever seen. Then, no sooner does the first round end than the second begins.

Komomo Confiserie Volume 2 by Maki Minami
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family’s pastry chef. 10 years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he’ll help Komomo—but only if she works for him at his new confiserie. Now that Komomo’s family is bankrupt, the arranged marriage her father had planned for her is most likely void. With her future now open, Komomo decides to look for love and start dating. Natsu offers himself up to be her suitor, but will Komomo accept him?

Noragami: Stray Stories by Adachitoka
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn’t even have a shrine, let alone any worshippers. So, to achieve his ambitious goals, he’s set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee of course). He hopes that one day he’ll be able to build the temple he feels he deserves, but for now he can’t be picky about the jobs that he chooses to accept. From finding lost kittens to overcoming school bullies, Yato is divinely intervening all over the place. Stray Stories collects new comedic tales from fan-favorite characters.

One Piece Omnibus Volumes 40-42 by Eiichiro Oda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Inside the perilous sea gates of the so-called Judicial Island, members of Luffy’s crew are imprisoned in the Tower of Justice, due to stand trial in a highly biased court full of World Government warmongers. Luffy’s quest to save his friends seems doomed, until he joins forces with a powerful consortium of shipwrights and street fighters. It’s an explosive battle on the courthouse steps for Luffy and his Straw Hat pirates.

Pokemon XY Volume 5 by Hidenori Kusaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $4.99

With the help of another new ally, computer tech Cassius, our friends set off in search of Y’s missing mother, Rhyhorn Racer Grace. En route, they are attacked by Y’s former classmates from the Sky Trainer Training School. And then Y gets separated from the others.

So Cute It Hurts!! Volume 4 by Go Ikeyamada
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Megumu’s life has gone from weird to wonderful – she no longer has to cross dress as her brother, and her true love, Aoi, has asked her out on a date. It’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship, even if they have to stay two feet apart at all times or risk Aoi going into anaphylactic girl shock. Meanwhile, Mitsuru is back in his own clothes too, but he’s making war, not love. Can he defeat the school bully and win the hand of his sweetheart, Shino?

Toriko Volume 31 by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

To feed the starving Human World, Toriko, his chef partner Komatsu, and the other Four Kings journey to the Gourmet World. But getting to the Gourmet World proves quite the challenge. Even on the back of their trusty Octomelon, they may not survive the barbed waves of the Thorned Sea or its ghostly floating ships – much less the tricks of the giant floating faces on the land itself. And did we mention there isn’t any land?

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