Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of December 29, 2015

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This week’s new manga releases come from Kodansha Comics and Seven Seas Entertainment.

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 6 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 6.

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 6 by Hajime Isayama and Ryo Suzukaze
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99 Get it for $9.89 on Amazon!

15 years ago, humanity led a last-ditch attempt to discover the Titans’ weakness – a survey expedition to capture one of the beasts. But the 10-meter Titan who appeared during the capture attempt threw the expedition into chaos. Among those who escaped behind Wall Maria was the genius craftsman Angel, a weapon-developer who was participating in the expedition as a researcher. What would he conjure up from this failure?

The other new manga releases coming out this week are:

Attack on Titan: Junior High Volume 4 by Hajime Isayama and Saki Nakagawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $16.99

As winter nears, a legend spreads through the student body about a mysterious “Snow Titan.” When a sudden cold snap hits Attack Junior High, the story turns out to be more than legend. Later, what do you get humanity’s strongest soldier on his birthday? And the peace of the campus comes to depend on the wiles of the one least in touch with reality.

Citrus Volume 4 by Saburouta
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $13.99

Yuzuko Aihara, a high school girl whose main interests are fashion, friends, and having fun, is about to get a reality check. Due to her mom’s remarriage, Yuzu has transferred to a new, all-girls school that is extremely strict. Her real education is about to begin. From Day One, happy-go-lucky Yuzu makes enemies, namely the beautiful yet stern Student Council President Mei. So what happens when a dejected Yuzu returns home and discovers the shock of her life: that Mei is actually her new step-sister who has come to live with her? Even more surprising, when Mei catches Yuzu offguard and kisses her out of the blue, what does it all mean?

D-Frag! Volume 7 by Tomoya Haruno
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Kazama Kenji thinks he’s a delinquent. He’s got the look, the style and the attitude to match-he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club’s formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami, and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren’t so freaking weird. The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama’s gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls’ bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life…or is it “game over” for our hapless hero?

Die Wergelder Volume 1 by Hiroaki Samura
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $19.99

A mysterious murder takes place in a shopping arcade in China, while in Japan a yakuza gang discovers a large amount of money is missing. These volatile ingredients will combine to set off an explosion of violence on a remote island that will eventually grow to consume more and more lives across the world.

Fairy Tail Ice Trail Volume 1 by Yuusuke Shirato and Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Gray’s master Ur was his only family left in the world. When she sacrificed herself to encase the demon Deliora in ice, he was left to wander the world alone. Eventually, years later, he joined Fairy Tail. But before that, Gray had to undergo a journey of self-discovery and redemption, with a lot of adventures along the way. We know where Gray acquired his disconcerting habit of taking off his clothes (even in polite company), but how did he go from broken young boy to capable Fairy Tail wizard? This new prequel, Fairy Tail Ice Trail, fills in that gap with new wizards, new adventures, and a new glimpse into the power and psyche of Fairy Tail’s top practitioner of maker magic.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 4 by Yoshiki Tanaka
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

The priestess Farangis and wandering minstrel Gieve have joined Prince Arslan in his quest to reclaim his kingdom. But these new additions are far from enough to stand up against the vast army of Lusitania and the nefarious scheming of the Man in the Silver Mask. Arslan must seek reinforcements from Kashan Fortress and is warmly greeted by its lord, Hodir, but Hodir’s hospitality will come at a price. As the path to the royal throne stands before him, Arslan’s principles will be put to the test and he will discover what it means to be a true king.

Vinland Saga Volume 7 by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $22.99

After months of hard labor as a farm slave, Thorfinn begins to realize what his father meant by the words, “A true warrior needs no sword.” Perhaps he can find a new purchase on life in the mysterious land he heard tell of in his childhood: the continent to the west known as Vinland.

Your Lie in April Volume 5 by Naoshi Arakawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

The music competition is in full swing, with both of Kosei’s old rivals – the genius Takeshi Aiza and unstable prodigy Emi Igawa – energized by his return. When it’s finally Kosei’s turn, he lives up to his reputation, playing precisely and flawlessly – at first. But before too long, the phantom of his mother reappears, casting him back into the dark, uncertain abyss. Can Kosei feel his way back to hearing the music again?

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