Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of February 9, 2016

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

Magi Volume 16 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of Magi Volume 16.

Magi Volume 16 by Shinobu Ohtaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99 Get it on Amazon!

Aladdin’s studies at the Magnoshutatt Academy are going well, and he continues to advance. Among the upper-ranked students is another young sorcerer whose power seems to rival Aladdin’s. The two become friends and continue their climb up Magnoshutatt’s caste system. But the dark secret they discover among the downtrodden people of the city takes them into even more danger.

The other new manga releases coming out this week include:

12 Beast Volume 3 by Oyakado
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Eita Touga, heir apparent to a distinguished line of ninja, has trained daily in vigorous and dangerous ninja arts, and capable of dispatching any assortment of foes. Unfortunately for the Touga Ninja Dojo, Eita has no interest in taking over the family business. More interested in raising flags in a dating-sim than occupying himself with humans of the female variety, Eita has sequestered himself to a life of digital bliss. That is until one faithful day, life comes-a-knockin’-or rather, kicking. When a mysterious harpy-girl kicks in the door to his family dojo, Eita is about to be spirited away into a world of mythological lore, as he must help assist the denizens of an other-worldly dimension stave off against the invasion of a technologically-advanced empire.

Angel Beats!: Heaven’s Door Volume 1 by Jun Maeda
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Hideki Hinata has just died, but his life is far from over. Finding himself stuck in a kind of purgatory in the Afterlife School – an academy for recently departed lost souls – he begins to learn that the land of the dead has just as many annoying rules, if not more, than the land of the living. There he meets Yuri Nakamura, a brazen young woman who harbors nothing but contempt for God due to the life she was forced to lead before passing away. Together, Yuri and Hideki form the SSS brigade, otherwise known as the Afterlife Battlefront – a group whose purpose it is to rebel against God in any way they can. However, standing in their way is the stoic and cold Tenshi, a supposed angelic messenger of God, who just so happens to be the Student Council President. Can Yuri and the rest of the Afterlife Battlefront overcome their fate or are they destined to be stuck in a limbo world forever?

Awkward Silence Volume 5 by Hinako Takanaga
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

Satoru Tono is too shy to speak to classmate Keigo Tamiya. Instead he fills his sketchbook with drawings of the boy he likes. But perhaps Keigo has noticed him too? Keigo surprises Satoru with a three-day trip to Karuizawa, but when the couple returns home, Satoru’s mother sees them kissing goodbye. Now that his parents know about their relationship, what will happen to Keigo and Satoru’s romance?

Deadman Wonderland Volume 13 by Jinsei Kataoka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Ganta and Shiro finally face off against each other inside a collapsing Deadman Wonderland. Shiro speaks of her past and how she’s been wishing for Ganta to kill her. Ganta asks her why she killed his friends, but Shiro just pleads with him to make her wish come true. In the end, Ganta cannot bring himself to do it, and so the final battle begins.

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 27 by Kenjiro Hata
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Nagi’s latest plan to make back her fortune: become a superstar manga artist. While all the cartoonists reading this cover text laugh bitterly, the poor little rich girl dives into the manga lifestyle. But will assisting a pro and working a table at a doujinshi convention start Nagi on an artistic career, or will she be forced to face the fact that her pet manga project is, to put it delicately, terrible beyond all measure?

Magical Girl Apocalypse Volume 6 by Kentaro Sato
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined. When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember, and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra “Magical Girl” under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos. Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl? To make matters worse, the magical girl’s victims reanimate and join her killer rampage. Is there no way out of school for hapless Kii Kogami? And even if he escapes, what will be left of the world outside?

Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 2 by Rifujin na Magonote
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Just when an unemployed 34-year-old otaku reaches a dead end in life and decides that it’s time to turn over a new leaf, he gets run over by a truck and dies. Shockingly, he finds himself reborn into an infant’s body in a strange, new world of swords and magic. His new identity is Rudeus Grayrat, but he still retains the memories of his previous life. Follow Rudeus from infancy to adulthood, as he struggles to redeem himself in a wondrous yet dangerous world.

Tokyo ESP Volume 3 by Hajime Segawa
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $15.95

Rinka is targeted by The Professor’s minions at school, with life-threatening consequences. Azuma wakes up, alone, on a deserted island, too far to help anyone. After we get a glimpse of The Professor’s past and the true nature of the stone that creates the glowing fish, the terrorist gang’s hijacking of the Diet building (by sending it flying through the skies) further enrages the government, which has already created a detention center for everyone with ESP. The Professor’s ultimate act will have long-lasting repercussions, as the trap he set closes in on himself.

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