Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of September 22, 2015

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This week sees new manga releases from Kodansha Comics, Vertical Comics, and Yen Press.

Chaika The Coffin Princess Volume 2 mangaMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Yen Press’ release of Chaika: The Coffin Princess Volume 2.

Chaika: The Coffin Princess Volume 2 by Ichirou Sakaki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $7.30 on Amazon!

“Attack the feudal lord’s mansion!” With this bold declaration, Chaika affirms that she’ll do whatever it takes – no matter how reckless – in order to fulfill her mission. “I want to leave proof that I lived.” And with this solemn wish, Toru ensures that his journey with Chaika will change the world.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Black Bullet Volume 1 by Shiden Kanzaki
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The near future. A terrible battle against a parasitic virus called “Gastrea” has been fought – and lost. Humanity is cornered and lives in despair. Rentaro and Enju face constant danger in their work as a team of specialists working for Civil Security, an agency dedicated to fighting Gastrea. Enju is one of the “cursed children,” who survived the virus and gained superhuman powers as a result. When a crazed former Civil Security agent threatens to destroy the final barrier that stands between Tokyo and the virus-ridden wastelands, can Rentaro and Enju protect a city that sees her as part of the problem?

Bloody Cross Volume 8 by Shiwo Komeyama
Yen Press – MSRP: $11.99

Nao can’t hold out much longer against the fatal effects of his mixed-race curse. He needs divine power, but the only offer on the table is from Satsuki, who left Nao to die in the dust the last time they met. Nao is torn between his distrust of Satsuki, his desperation for survival, and his loyalty to Tsuzuki. When the next Crusade begins, which side will Nao really be fighting for?

Demon From Afar Volume 4 by Kaori Yuki
Yen Press – MSRP: $17.99

On the trail of a great evil, Sorath happens upon the completion ceremony of the Ziggurat, a giant broadcasting tower. There, a chess match of ominous proportions is being played out by humans manipulated like pawns by the lies of a demon. And to his great shock, Sorath encounters someone whom he never expected to see again amid this game.

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends Volume 12 by Yomi Hirasaka
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

With the Saint Chronica school festival quickly approaching, the Neighbors Club is going all out to get their movie finished on time – and in the process, the group is getting along better than ever. But the club’s newfound spirit of cooperation may not survive the realization that Yozora’s screenplay bears more than a little resemblance to a cult classic film. That’s not the only surprise in store for this band of misfits. Kodaka and Sena’s fathers are old friends, and would love nothing more than to see Kodaka and Sena get closer. Meanwhile, one particular club member is far more talented than anyone ever knew.

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 4 by Aya Shouoto
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

The Angels Isuka and Hitaki have been targeting Aki all along. In order to “purge” the pureblood vampire, they bring their Swords of Judgment down upon him. Will Kana be able to help Aki out of what appears to be a life-threatening situation for them both?

Love At Fourteen Volume 4 by Fuka Mizutani
Yen Press – MSRP: $14.99

As the weather cools down – bringing with it a change of pace and uniforms – preparations for the upcoming sports festival begin to heat up. But when Kazuki is picked as an executive member of the sports committee, Kanata can’t help but feel a little left behind. Will these two manage to keep up their mature smiles and endure this time apart?

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 11 by Yoshiazu Yasuhiko
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $29.95

It is the year Universal Century 0079, and the eighth month of the One Year War between the Earth Federation and a breakaway nation of space colonists, the Principality of Zeon. The story follows the crew of the White Base, as they fight to ferry the experimental Gundam mobile suit to the Federation base at Jaburo.

My Neighbor Seki Volume 4 by Takuma Morishige
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $10.95

Toshinari Seki takes goofing off to new heights. Every day, on or around his school desk, he masterfully creates his own little worlds of wonder, often hidden to most of his classmates. Unfortunately for Rumi Yokoi, his neighbor at the back of their homeroom, his many games, dioramas, and projects are often way too interesting to ignore, even when they are hurting her grades.

Puella Magi Suzune Magica Volume 1 by Magica Quartet
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Suzune Amano lives an extraordinarily normal life as a middle school student by day and magical-girl assassin by night. When a group of four magical girls begins investigating the serial murders rampant in their city, they soon find themselves the next targets of Suzune. But what is the truth behind Suzune’s motivations to hunt both witches and magical girls alike?

Rose Guns Days Season 1 Volume 1 by Ryukishi07
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

After suffering unprecedented disasters in World War II, Japan accepts the American and Allied Forces’ terms of unconditional surrender. Now the citizens of a ruined nation, the people of Japan come together amid an influx of influences and immigrants and – cunningly, carefully – survive. This is the unrecognizable Japan to which the sharpshooting, sweet-talking womanizer Leo Shishigami returns three years after the war. Against this backdrop, in the spring of 1947, everything is set into motion when Leo meets Rose Haibara, the Madam of Club Primavera.

Spice and Wolf Volume 11 by Isuna Hasekura
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

Scheming abounds in Kerube, and the fate of the entire town hangs in the balance. Lawrence has gotten swept up in the machinations – again – and this time he’s not even sure which side he’s on. With Holo’s help, he’s going to have to see through the lies to discover the truth of the plans surrounding the narwhal, and if he fails, not only will crucial information about Holo’s homeland slip through his fingers, but the merchant woman Eve could pay the ultimate price.

Triage X Volume 10 by Shouji Sato
Yen Press – MSRP: $13.99

Black Label continues its investigation into the distribution of Platinum Lily, a dangerous mind-altering drug that has hit the Tobioka black market. But its efforts so far have drawn the attention of a dangerous new enemy.

Ubel Blatt Volume 3 by Etorouji Shiono
Yen Press – MSRP: $19.99

Koinzell engages again with Glenn’s knights, but their spells have critically weakened him. Just as capture seems imminent, Aht rejoins the fight. Despite her injuries, Aht is determined to prove to Koinzell that her devotion can be an asset and not a hindrance in battle, even if it costs her life. Meanwhile, the deeply paranoid Barestar sends an army against the city to kill the hero-killer – at the price of citizens’ lives. The knights of the Order of the Seven Lances face a difficult choice: follow the will of the hero Barestar and allow the soldiers to pillage the city, or fight to protect the people alongside Koinzell, the very man they were sent to kill.

Umineko: When They Cry Volume 11: End of the Golden Witch 2 by Ryukishi07
Yen Press – MSRP: $19.99

As the storm outside darkens, the truth of Natsuhi’s past comes to light – the barrenness that prevented her from producing an heir and thus earning the respect of her father-in-law and recognition as an Ushiromiya. But the infant heir who was thought to have died 18 years ago has apparently returned to torment Natsuhi, toying with her and forcing her to play into a grander scheme of murder. For, even though Battler has solved the riddle of the epitaph, the sacrifices have already been chosen.

Until Death Do Us Part Volume 10 by Hiroshi Takashige
Yen Press – MSRP: $24.99

As their conflict with the Trumps reaches its conclusion, Mamoru again proves himself to be a master tactician. Haruka feels like she’s not worthy to stand beside such a capable defender, especially after what he said the last time they spoke.

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