Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of April 14, 2015

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

12 Beast Volume 1 manga cover12 Beast Volume 1 by Okayado
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99, Get it for $11.07

Eita Touga, a seemingly normal high school student, is secretly the heir apparent to a distinguished line of ninja. Unfortunately for the Touga Clan, Eita has no interest in taking over the family business. More interested in the virtual reality of video games than real life, Eita has sequestered himself to a life of digital bliss. That is until one fateful day, a mysterious harpy girl kicks in the door to his family dojo and spirits Eita away to a world full of monsters and mythological creatures. Can an unwilling slacker of a ninja like Eita help the denizens of another world stave off an invasion by a technologically-superior empire?

Attack on Titan: Junior High Volume 3 by Saki Nakagawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $16.99, Get it for $13.59

Eren and the gang start a band, in the hopes of taking the school festival by storm. But they face unexpected opposition in the school’s mysterious idols, a trio known as No Name, not to mention the musical Titans. Then, Mikasa gets herself caught up in a high-stakes culinary battle, and two familiar figures from Levi’s past return to haunt him.

Case Closed Volume 54 by Gosho Aoyama
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99, get it for $9.18

When a woman dies in a snowboarding accident, Conan senses foul play, but the only evidence he has is the chill up his spine. Maybe a suspicious snowman contains the proof he needs. Then, on an old-fashioned cherry blossom viewing trip, Conan and Harley Hartwell stumble upon a haunted shrine. The monks tell a strange story about a room that swallows corpses. Can Conan and Harley prove the culprit isn’t an ancient curse, but a very human killer?

Deadman Wonderland Volume 8 by Kazuma Kondou
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99, get it for $9.18

Ganta and Warden Makina join forces to prevent Tamaki from gaining control of the Ninben killers. But the “Ko Unit,” the ultimate Ninben, stands in their way. Once hostile toward Ganta, the residents of G-Ward offer their help, but each must fight against their old wounds as well as battling the Ko Unit. Ganta’s search for the truth is going to cost him, every step of the way.

Gakuen Polizi Volume 2 by Milk Morinaga
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99, get it for $11.07

Since she was a child, Aoba has had only one dream: to fight evil and protect the weak. To achieve this dream, Aoba became a polizi, a teenaged undercover cop stationed at all-girls Hanagaki High. While Aoba will go to any length to solve a crime, her no-nonsense, by-the-book partner Midori constantly tries to rein her in. Just as this odd couple is starting to get along, Midori’s former partner Akari shows up. Akari seems to have her own agenda at the school, and even worse, is determined to steal Midori away. Will this mysterious newcomer break up their partnership before Aoba gets the chance to tell Midori how she really feels?

Itsuwaribito Volume 14 by Yuuki Iinuma
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99, get it for $6.99

The raccoon dogs known as tanuki, of which Utsuho’s best friend Pochi is one, have become a target of revenge by a man named Ryubi. Why he hates tanuki so much is a mystery, as are the motives of the people he’s brought along to assist him in achieving his goal. Utsuho means to fight for the tanuki, but some of his companions appear to need very little urging to join Ryubi’s gang and help the man carry out his vendetta.

Let’s Dance a Waltz Volume 1 by Natsumi Ando
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99, get it for $9.81

Homely and shy, Hime is burdened by the name her mother gave her, “Princess.” Wanting nothing more than to be unnoticed and live a modest life, Hime gets a jolt of inspiration when she tries a dance class where she meets Tango. Her teacher/dance partner, Tango happens to also be her classmate at school. Unfortunately, Tango is desperate to keep his ballroom dancing a secret, believing it will ruin his cool image if anyone at school finds out. Will Tango quit teaching Hime in order to keep his secret, or will he be the partner Hime believes he’s destined to be?

Magi Volume 11 by Shinobu Ohtaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99, get it for $5.99

The sinister organization Al-Thamen seeks the wisdom of Solomon, and they don’t care who they have to destroy to get it. Deep within the dungeon, faced with opponents capable of using powerful magic and with their friends the Tran under attack by the Al-Thamen as well, Aladdin and Alibaba must use all their skill and strength to stay alive.

Magical Girl Apocalypse Volume 3 by Kentaro Sato
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Kogami Kii’s life has been a living nightmare, as Tokyo is devastated by the savage attack of the magical girls. Yet all this fades away as Kii and friends suddenly awaken in a peaceful world – ten years in the past. Out of place and time, Kii and his companions struggle to adjust to a seemingly ordinary, everyday life, while wondering why they were sent to the past in the first place, and if they’re stuck there permanently.

My Neighbor Seki Volume 2 by Takuma Morishige
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $10.95, get it for $9.79

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.

Oreimo: Kuroneko Volume 1 by Sakura Ikeda
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $10.99, get it for $9.81

In a shocking twist, Kyousuke’s sister Kirino has decided to study abroad, and Ruri Gokou, a.k.a. Kuroneko, is transferring to Kyousuke’s school. Is his homeroom prepared to have the dark Queen of Nightmare among them, and is the manga world prepared when Kuroneko makes her first pitch to a professional company? One thing’s for sure – Kyousuke will be by her side, supporting her. But how close is “by her side” going to be?

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