Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of January 12, 2016

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

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Volume 6 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Arpeggio of Blue Steel Volume 6.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Volume 6 by Ark Performance
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.73 on Amazon!

In the early 21st century, the majority of Earth’s landmass is submerged due to rising sea levels. Enter the Fleet of Fog, a host of sentient alien battleships of unknown origin who easily decimate earth’s naval forces. Humanity is now on the verge of extinction. In the year 2039, the stalwart Captain Chihaya Gunzou and his intrepid crew on the Blue Steel fleet may be humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders. The Blue Steel fleet happens to contain a secret weapon that could turn the tide of war: a mysterious I-401 submarine that can transform into a girl.

The other new manga releases coming out this week include:

Case Closed Volume 57 by Gosho Aoyama
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Jimmy Kudo, the son of a world-renowned mystery writer, is a high school detective who has cracked the most baffling of cases. One day while on a date with his childhood friend Rachel Moore, Jimmy observes a pair of men in black involved in some shady business. The men capture Jimmy and give him a poisonous substance to rub out their witness. But instead of killing him, it turns him into a little kid. Jimmy takes on the pseudonym Conan Edogawa and continues to solve all the difficult cases that come his way. All the while, he’s looking for the men in black and the mysterious organization they’re with in order to find a cure for his miniature malady.

His Favorite Volume 8 by Suzuki Tanaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

Awkward Yoshida’s life got flipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started going out with him. Things should be easier for Yoshida now that his whole class knows about his relationship, but it’s never that simple with Saito as a boyfriend. With Christmas coming up, who knows just what kind of trouble these two will get into?

My Monster Secret Volume 1 by Eiji Masuda
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

High school student Kuromine Asahi is the kind of guy who literally cannot tell a lie. Whether it’s trying to maintain a poker face in a simple game of cards, or keeping scurrilous gossip to himself, Asahi is a total failure when it comes to the art of deception. So what happens when he stumbles upon the most shocking secret of his life? When Asahi learns that Shiragami Youko, a beautiful girl of few words, is actually a vampire, can he possibly keep his lips sealed?

Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn Volume 3 by Shirow Masamune
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

The planet is in a constant state of tumult. As rival countries vie for power and resources while racing to create the latest technological breakthroughs, robots and cyborgs have become commonplace. What hope is left for a jaded humanity in an age of advances in cybernetics and artificial intelligence? Enter two cyborg girls outfitted with insurmountable combat capabilities.

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volumes 23-24 by Rumiko Takahashi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Hinako Ninomiya, Furinkan High’s newest teacher, has a special martial arts ability that drains an opponent’s energy, transforming her from her childlike stature into a tall, sultry siren. Can Ranma defeat Hinako, or will he find himself in permanent detention? And a sojourn to the remote region of Ryugenzawa reunites Akane with Shinnosuke, a mysterious boy from her childhood. But Shinnosuke doesn’t remember much of anything, and he’s dying of a deadly wound inflicted by Akane. The only thing keeping him alive is Ryugenzawa’s magical water, which is drying up. With doomed Shinnosuke on her conscience, will Akane decide to stay with him until the bitter end?

Requiem of the Rose King Volume 3 by Aya Kanno
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Richard and Henry grow closer—but Margaret Lancaster’s son, jealous of their burgeoning intimacy, plots against them. Meanwhile, news of King Edward’s secret marriage to the duplicitous Elizabeth sours relations between England and France. In the midst of the chaos, Richard receives a dangerous but intriguing proposition.

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