Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of January 26, 2016

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This week sees new manga releases from Dark Horse Comics, Kodansha Comics, Seven Seas Entertainment, and Yen Press.

Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Yen Press’ release of Akame ga KILL! Volume 5.

Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 by Takahiro
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $8.13 on Amazon!

It’s Night Raid versus the Jaegers. When the Jaegers’ Dr. Stylish attacks the Night Raid base, Tatsumi and the others are forced out of their hideout to escape the deadly assassin! But their predicament only worsens when word spreads that there are new enemies near the Capital.

The other new manga releases coming out this week include:

Accel World Volume 6 by Reki Kawahara
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

With the addition of Chiyuri (Lime Bell), the Black Legion of Nega Nebulus now has four members. But when Kuroyukihime leaves the group to go on their school trip, her absence casts a pall over the friendship of Haruyuki, Takumu, and Chiyuri, threatening its very foundation. When Kuroyukihime returns to find Haruyuki cornered by the ruthless Dusk Taker, Haruyuki tells her everything.

Akuma no Riddle: Riddle Story of Devil Volume 2 by Yun Koga
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Happy-go-lucky Haru Ichinose is an upbeat, all-smiles kind of girl. At a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Haru is one of the most popular girls on campus. The attention paid to her, however, is about to turn deadly. Enter Tokaku Azuma, a cold-blooded female assassin, who moves from one mission to the next with deadly precision. The heartless Tokaku has set her sights on Haru as her next target. What should have been a routine hit turns into a far more complicated affair as Tokaku is unable to pull the trigger on Haru. As Tokaku copes with her strange, budding feelings, will she decide to save Haru’s life or end it?

Alice in Murderland Volume 3 by Kaori Yuki
Yen Press – MSRP: $16.99

Stella remains locked in a life-or-death struggle with her brothers and sisters in order to keep her beloved brother Zeno alive. Dragged into a plot by fourth-eldest brother Mare, she now finds herself pitted against her second-eldest sister, Miser, who has awakened as the Queen of Corpses.

A Certain Magical Index Volume 4 by Kazuma Kamachi
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The horrifying experiment to make Accelerator into an all-powerful Level Six has commenced, and it involves the wholesale slaughter of the little sisters cloned from Mikoto Misaka. Can Touma find a way to stop the seemingly invincible Accelerator? Could it be that weakness is stronger than strength could ever be?

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Volume 4 by Satoshi Wagahara
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The arrival of Suzuno Kamazuki has made everybody’s life more complicated. After some misunderstandings regarding her intentions toward Maou are cleared up, Emi asks for her help to defeat the Devil King. Meanwhile, a shadowy assailant continues to stalk Emi, but what does he – or she – want?

Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story Volume 3 by Tetsuya Nomura
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

As the Four Champions of Rubrum continue to gain notoriety, Kurasame’s circumstances drastically change. Amid public expectation, he begins to seek meaning within endless battles. What is there to gain by fighting what lies ahead?

First Love Monster Volume 3 by Akira Hiyoshimaru
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

After fifth grader Kanade fails to Hula-Hoop two hundred times in a row, he suddenly declares that he wants to break up with Kaho. Though Kanade’s heartless behavior only rubs more salt in her wounded heart, it appears he is acting somewhat strangely. Is an impossible true love about to be born?

Horimiya Volume 2 by HERO
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

At first glance, the ultra-popular Hori-san seems like a flashy high school girl, but in reality, she’s plain, practical, and domestic. On the other hand, the bespectacled Miyamura-kun comes across as an average, gloomy fanboy, but he’s actually liberally pierced and tattooed and downright gorgeous. Now that Hori and Miyamura are keeping each other’s secrets after their little run-in outside of class, the distance between them is shrinking bit by bit.

How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Volume 1 by Maruto Fumiaki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Aspiring visual-novel game designer Aki Tomoya thinks he’s just met his dream girl, but reality comes crashing down when he finds out that this girl is none other than his beautiful but boring classmate Megumi Kato. Fueled by a desire to make Megumi the heroine of his dating sim game, he recruits two more beauties – Eriri, his artistic childhood friend, and Utaha, a genius writing prodigy – to form Blessing Software. The road to making a dating sim game is full of fun and romance – especially when life begins to imitate art.

Kagerou Daze Volume 4 by Jin
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

This is the story of a certain boy and girl on a certain summer day. With Ene’s past revealed, the story returns to August 15 – but what shocking development awaits Shintaro and his new “friends?” The events of that fateful summer continue to unfold.

Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Volume 1 by Mamare Touno
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

A disastrous expansion of the online RPG “Elder Tales” has trapped thousands of players inside the game world – among them, the members of a guild known as the West Wind Brigade. Amid the chaos and confusion, danger stalks the guild’s girls. Will Soujirou, the guild master, be able to the protect them? The West Wind Brigade’s struggles are just beginning.

My Little Monster Volume 12 by Robico
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

After two long weeks of silence, Haru Yoshida finally makes his return. Shizuku Mizutani patches things up with him and things seem to be going smoothly. When one day, Shizuku is confronted with Haru’s hard-hitting question: How do you really feel? Cornered and at a loss for words, Shizuku shouts out some terrible things in response. But Haru’s reaction to this is even more surprising than Shizuku could have imagined.

Non Non Biyori Volume 3 by Atto
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Join Hotaru and her new friends, the eccentric Renge, and the mischievous sisters Natsumi and Komari, as they share daily adventures in the idyllic Japanese countryside.

Noragami: Stray God Volume 10 by Adachitoka
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Yato is still trapped in the underworld and Izanami is doing everything in her power to prevent his escape. The only one capable of helping him now is his old nemesis Bishamon. Will she find it in her heart to rescue her hated foe? Or is there another way?

orange: The Complete Collection by Ichigo Takano
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $18.99

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When 16-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her 27-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru’s as well.

Oreimo Kuroneko Volume 4 by Tsukasa Fushimi
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $10.99

It’s summer in Japan, and Kirino is back, which can mean only one thing: everyone’s second trip together to Comike, the world’s largest fan convention. Kuroneko’s got a stack of her doujinshi (self-published comics) to sell, but who should they all bump into there but the lovely, talented male model Kouki Mikagami, who’s been in a photo shoot with Kirino?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie -Rebellion- Volume 2 by Magica Quartet
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Homura discovers that she has been trapped in an illusionary space all along. Though she resolves to find and put a stop to the culprit behind the illusion, her friends’ apparent happiness in this false reality makes Homura wonder if she has more to lose than gain by putting an end to it. And when an old foe shows up, Homura’s decision becomes even more complicated.

The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 12 by Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Meliodas is on the verge of death as Elizabeth turns herself in to Hendrickson to save Gilthunder. During this moment of crisis, their trusted comrade, Ban the Undead, steps in. However, the Fox Sin of Greed they once knew is no longer—Ban bares his fangs and attacks, aiming straight for Meliodas’s heart. The demon blood has begun to run its course; the Kingdom is being razed; and in the wake of it all, a powerful grotesque monster rises. Will the world be swallowed up by darkness, or is there another way?

So, I Can’t Play H Volume 4 by Shou Okagiri
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

To commemorate the opening of the pool, Momozono Academy is holding its very own swimsuit contest. Aiming to crush the competition, Ryosuke and Lisara distribute sexy photos to whet the appetites of the student body. But Iria Fukumune suddenly transfers in, her sights set on bringing the boys to their knees with her ample, all-natural(?) bosom. Is a sexy battle about to break out? Which bathing beauty will stand at the top of the class?

Sword Art Online Girls’ Ops Volume 2 by Reki Kawahara
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Liz, Silica, and Leafa, with their new friend Lux – having ruined their clothes in their previous adventure – go to see Ashley, a survivor of Sword Art Online and a legendary master tailor. But the price for Ashley’s skills is a high one, and in order to pay the tailor, the girls end up in a swimsuit contest. But naturally, this isn’t just any swimsuit contest. Will Lux, Liz, Silica, and Leafa get away with their wardrobes and dignity intact?

Sword Art Online Volume 5 Phantom Bullet Part 1 by Reki Kawahara
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

A year after Kazuto and Asuna escaped from Aincrad, the deadly setting of Sword Art Online, they’re still coping with the aftermath as they try to recover from the harrowing experience. Meanwhile, there’s a new VRMMO game sweeping the world’s gamers: Gun Gale Online. When a mysterious player wielding an item he calls the “Death Gun” claims to be responsible for real-world deaths, Kazuto is recruited to enter the game to investigate, bringing an end to his hard-won peace.

Taboo Tattoo Volume 1 by Shinjiro
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

By all accounts, middle schooler Seigi is pretty unremarkable except for his martial arts prowess and a desire to protect the weak. But when his good intentions are put to the test by saving an old homeless man from some street thugs, the mysterious man shows his gratitude by burning a tattoo onto Seigi’s palm. It turns out the tattoo is a powerful secret weapon that everyone – including a formidable girl with a tattoo of her own – is after. With his life on the line and his martial arts skills alone no match against super-powered foes, will Seigi be able to unlock the latent potential of his tattoo and live to fight another day?

Triage X Volume 11 by Shouji Sato
Yen Press – MSRP: $13.99

Mikoto – that is, “Miko Honma” – knew that going undercover at Misumi Private High School would carry some risks, but her support role quickly puts her on the front line of an all-out battle with Syringe. With the revelation that the school’s shining star, Reika, is pulling the strings at Syringe, the pieces begin to fall into place – and the complete picture looks dire for Black Label.

Ubel Blatt Volume 4 by Etorouji Shiono
Yen Press – MSRP: $19.99

Eleven heroes set out on a dangerous mission to save the empire, but only four remained faithful to their duty. For the memory of the countless men who died helping them, these four fought on, only to be betrayed by the seven who would let that sacrifice be in vain. This, then, is the root of Koinzell’s rage: that the whole empire was deceived into placing its trust in seven cowards, that betrayal and lies fed their ascent to power. As Koinzell reflects on the past, rumors abound that Ascheriit has reappeared to protect the people. The remaining heroes are forced to consider their history as well as their next move should Ascheriit come hunting them next.

Umineko: When They Cry Episode 5: End of the Golden Witch Volume 3 by Ryukishi07
Yen Press – MSRP: $19.99

The trial begins. Natsuhi stands accused of murdering six members of her family and staff. Erika plays the role of prosecutor while Beatrice acts as Natsuhi’s defense, hoping to prove instead that she, a witch, is responsible for the murders. If Beatrice fails to make her case, the blow to the side of magic could end the game – and Beatrice. But a loss here would be equally fatal for Erika.

Until Death Do Us Part Volume 11 by DOUBLE-S
Yen Press – MSRP: $24.99

Mamoru condemns criminals regardless of intent. Genda, despite being on the police force, excuses the unlawful. These two men have clashed ever since they first met, which may have been inevitable. Then again, so might have been this outcome.

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