Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of June 30, 2015

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

My “Pick of the Week” goes to Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of Alice in the Country of Hearts: Junk Box.

Alice in the Country of Hearts; Junk Box manga coverAlice in the Country of Hearts: Junk Box by QuinRose
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $13.99

Alice has more than a few handsome suitors in Wonderland,. and in this spicy collection, she lands more than one. Whether it’s Boris, Ace, or all of Hatter Mansion in a tub, Alice has her work cut out for her – these men aren’t easy to love. But after adjusting to the wild ways of their world, she’s finding room in her heart for a special someone. Could it be Prince Grey, or even Joker? In this fan-friendly mix of stories from multiple series, Alice finds love in Wonderland again and again.

The other releases coming out this week are:

Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Volume 9 by Kazuo Koike
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $19.99

With waves of warriors seemingly incapable of killing ronin sword master Ogami Itto, the shogun opts for stealth and subterfuge to attack the Lone Wolf. Using a network of prostitute spies to corner Itto, a master poisoner waits in the shadows to accomplish what razor-sharp steel could not.

Maria the Virgin Witch Volume 3 by Masayuki Ishikawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Maria has flaunted her magic one time too many under the watch of the Church of Heaven, and for this she has paid dearly, as a strike by the archangel Michael’s spear leaves her hanging on to life by a thread. But for all her ostentation, her devotion to ending the cruelty of war has firmly placed her in the hearts of those around her, and they won’t allow Maria’s mission to end here, even if it means standing against the awesome might of an angel. They say that love conquers all, but will passionate pleas and a show of bravery from Maria’s friends be enough to sway the judgment of the heavens?

New Lone Wolf & Cub Volume 5 by Kazuo Koike
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $13.99

Rogue sword master Togo Shigekata leads his young charge, Daigoro, deep into the winter mountains to continue his training in the secret arts of Jigen-ryu swordsmanship. But wherever the fated pair goes, danger seems to follow, as ushikudonki ninja lay in wait near Mt. Fuji to spring a deadly trap.

Non Non Biyori Volume 1 by Atto
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Welcome to the countryside village of Asahigaoka, a quaint town far-removed from the hustle-and-bustle of the big city. You couldn’t imagine a more isolated setting in all of Japan. So when Tokyo-raised elementary school student Hotaru Ichijo transfers to the tiny Asahigaoka Branch School due to her father’s job, she’s in the for the culture shock of her life.

Toradora! Volume 7 by Yuyuko Takemiya
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

As part of Taiga’s Ms. Festival pageant routine, her deadbeat dad was supposed to stand up and be introduced to the audience. But as the fateful moment approaches, Taiga realizes her mistake in trusting the man, as her father proves to be a no-show. To rectify the problem, Ryuuji runs for Mr. Festival himself, literally. Winning a race filled with obstacles guarantees the victor the title of “Lucky Man” and earns him the right to dance with Ms. Festival at the closing festivities. Ryuuji knows that Taiga has never felt more abandoned, so he’ll stop at nothing to stand by her side. But as Ryuuji approaches the finish line, another unexpected contender quickly closes the gap.

Witchcraft Works Volume 5 by Ryu Mizunagi
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95

Honoka Takamiya is an average student. Ayaka Kagari, his classmate who sits next to him in class, on the other hand, is the class “Princess”. Ayaka is tall, strikingly gorgeous, and has a regalness to her that almost exudes a royal attitude. Despite their proximity in school, over the school year the two have never shared much conversation until today. As class ended, Takamiya was suddenly attacked by a cat-eared witch and her band of bunny-costumed thugs. And if that were not enough of a shock, this average joe would then be saved like a Princess by none other than Ayaka Kagari, a witch herself.

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