Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of July 7, 2015

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

My Love Story!! Volume 5 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of My Love Story!! Volume 5.

My Love Story!! Volume 5 by Kazune Kawahara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Takeo and Mariya are chosen to participate in the relay race for the athletic meet. While practicing together, Mariya ends up falling in love with him. Yamato is unsure of what to do about her new rival. Will Takeo and Yamato be able to overcome this crisis?

The other releases coming out this week are:

12 Beast Volume 2 by Okayado
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Eita Touga, heir apparent to a distinguished line of ninja. Trained daily in vigorous and dangerous ninja arts, and capable of dispatching any assortment of foes. But 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-knocking – or rather, kicking.

Bleach Volume 64 by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The war between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies continues as Ichigo makes his way towards the Soul Society. Can the remaining Soul Reaper captains hang on enough for Ichigo to arrive before it’s too late?

Bleach Box Set (Volumes 22-48) by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $214.99

After finally rescuing their friend Rukia, Ichigo and friends return to their quiet lives in the world of the living. However, the peace is short-lived as new enemies arrive from the world of the Hollows. Aizen is back, and Ichigo may be the only one who can stop him for good.

A Centaur’s Life Volume 6 by Kei Murayama
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who, like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends – the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns – are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

D.Gray-man Omnibus Volumes 19-21 by Katsura Hoshino
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

D.Gray-man is the story of Allen Walker, who roams a fictional 19th century Earth in search of Innocence, a mysterious substance used to fight demons called akuma.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 1 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

On her 16th birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role.

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 5 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?

LBX Volume 6: World Battle by Hideaki Fuji
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Van and Hiro arrive at Eden, where they must fight against Alfred Gordon and his formidable LBX, Zeus. Trouble arises when Eden’s two computers Adam and Eve awaken Misere, an android that Gordon had originally planned on using to attain world dominance. It’s time for Van and Hiro’s final battle.

Naruto Box Set (Volumes 28-48) by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $174.99

It’s been more than two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya. Much has happened while he has been away, and new threats to the ninja world have emerged. Can Naruto prove his worth and rescue his friend Sasuke?

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 10 by Naoshi Komi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Raku notices that his good friend, Shu, is behaving strangely. Could it be that Shu’s in love? And should Raku, perhaps the most clueless guy to ever exist, really be the one doling out love advice? Meanwhile, Chitoge’s upcoming birthday brings unexpected trouble.

Pandora of the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn Volume 1 by Masamune Shirow
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

When Nanakorobi Nene, a cybernetically-enhanced girl-next-door, heads to the island metropolis of Cenancle to live with her aunt, she has no way of knowing what’s in store for her. A chance meeting intertwines her fate with that of the super-rich inventor, Uzal Delilah, and her adorable and grumpy companion, Clarion, who happens to be a cyborg. Nene is thrilled to make a friend, but there’s more to Uzal and Clarion – and the island of Cenancle itself – than meets the eye. When a super-powered terrorist threatens Cenancle, Uzal claims that the only way to avert disaster is for Nene to team up with Clarion and use their combined powers – abilities Nene never even knew she had.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 29 by Hidenori Kusaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Gold and Crystal are back. Professor Oak sends the two friends to help rescue Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green – who have all been turned to stone. But first, the pair must fight a fearsome opponent that Archie, the former leader of Team Aqua, wished into existence using the powers of the Wish Pokemon Jirachi. And will Emerald ever acknowledge his love of Pokemon?

Pokemon Adventures Black and White Volume 8 by Hidenori Kusaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Pokémon Trainer Black meets White, a Pokémon Trainer who runs a growing talent agency for performing Pokémon. Will Black catch show biz fever too? Meanwhile, mysterious Team Plasma is urging everyone to release their beloved Pokémon into the wild.

A Silent Voice Volume 2 by Yoshitoki Oima
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

It’s been five years since Shoya Ishida bullied Shoko Nishimiya so badly she left their elementary school, because of one simple difference between them: Shoya can hear, and Shoko can’t. In the intervening time, Shoya’s life has changed completely. Shunned by his friends, Shoya’s longed for the chance to make up for his cruelty. When it finally comes, will he find the voice to tell Shoko he’s changed? And will Shoko listen?

Skip Beat! Omnibus Volumes 31-33 by Yoshiki Nakamura
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Ren is playing a strange double role as the half-British actor Cain Heel who’s starring as the supernatural serial killer BJ in a new thriller. Normally Ren would have no trouble maintaining both roles, but playing BJ requires him to tap the darkest depths of his psyche, and it’s starting to takes its toll on him. To help ease his strain, Kyoko has been assigned to keep an eye on him as Cain Heel’s sister Setsuka. Kyoko seems to have a special insight into Ren’s torment that lets her help him, but how can she keep things professional when she keep walking in on him in the shower?

Sunny Volume 5 by Taiyo Matsumoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $22.99

The fifth installment of this series focused on the young lives of a group of foster children displays the breathtaking peaks and troubled flatlands of their imaginations.

Twin Star Exorcists: Onmyoji Volume 1 by Yoshiaki Sukeno
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player, or anything but an exorcist. He’s forced to own up to his own incredible potential when new arrival Benio stirs his competitive spirit. But their rivalry gets a twist when they earn the prestigious title of “Twin Star Exorcists” – two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the ultimate spiritual warrior.

UQ Holder! Volume 5 by Ken Akamatsu
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

To get the drop on UQ Holder’s true enemy, Fate Averruncus, Tota and the others head for Ama no Mihashira. At first, UQ Holder feels helpless before Fate’s overwhelming strength, but then, with some help from Kirie’s abilities, they manage to seize him. At last, for the first time in 20 years, Fate and Evangeline meet again.

What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 9 by Fumi Yoshinaga
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95

A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo comes to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals.

World Trigger Volume 6 by Daisuke Ashihara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

It’s a Neighbor invasion, with Trion soldiers swarming Mikado City, wreaking havoc and capturing isolated Border agents. When the sinister humanoid Neighbors orchestrating the attack target Chika for her massive Trion, Osamu may be the only one who can save her. But can a B-Rank agent compete against the surprising power of this new alien foe?

Yukarism Volume 3 by Chika Shiomi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Yukari, Satomi, and Mahoro are all influenced by their past life personalities and begin to lose control over their present-day behavior. While Mahoro wonders about Yukari’s true feelings for her, Yukari realizes exactly who Mahoro and Satomi were in the past. Meanwhile, Yukari’s journeys to the old days are becoming more and more dangerous.

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