Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of April 21, 2015

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

Akame ga KILL! Volume 2 manga coverAkame ga KILL! Volume 2 by Takahiro
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.08!

Now a member of the assassination squad Night Raid, Tatsumi must soon face an enemy equipped with a Teigu. These ancient super-weapons are so mighty that when two opponents wielding Teigus battle, one is guaranteed to die.

Barakamon Volume 4 by Satsuki Yoshino
Yen Press – MSRP: $14.99 Get it for $12.98!

Aiming for an autumn calligraphy exhibition, handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa sets out to get in touch with his creative side. Meanwhile, a man whose appearance screams yakuza, landing him well out of place on the peaceful island, puts in a “request” to have Handa write the name on his boat.

Black Lagoon Volume 10 by Rei Hiroe
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.07!

Benny’s tech-savvy girlfriend Jane has recruited Feng Yifei, a Chinese spy, to help her hack into a massive German defense company. But Jane’s real motive is to blackmail the Chinese government by exposing their operations and hang Feng out to dry as a scapegoat. The People’s Liberation Army isn’t going to let this slide, and it’s not long before they hire local mercenaries to wipe out Feng and anyone that gets in the way, including the crew of the Black Lagoon.

A Certain Scientific Railgun Volume 10 by Kazuma Kamachi
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.07

Misaka’s allies split up to fight their own battles. Friend and foe and even mild acquaintances team up to save the only thing they all share in common – Academy City. With the giant brain Exterior thrown into the mix, this fight is a real puzzler. In the meantime, the doomsday clock has started ticking, and Misaka’s time is almost up.

Gantz Volume 35 by Hiroya Oku
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $13.99 Get it for $11.70!

The truce with the alien invaders begins to crumble, and this time the humans are gaining the upper hand against the goliath ETs. Gantz warrior Kei discovers that his beloved Tae still lives, and the race is on to save her before she and her alien protector are brought down together in the rapidly spreading destruction. But beyond Tae’s desire to reunite with Kei is her hope that Kei can prevent a Gantz-led genocide of the aliens.

GYO Omnibus Volume 1-2 by Junji Ito
VIZ Media – MSRP: $22.99 Get it for $15.89

Something is rotten in Okinawa. The floating smell of death hangs over the island. What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene. So begins Tadashi and Kaori’s spiral into the horror and stench of the sea.

Inu X Boku Secret Service Volume 7 by Cocoa Fujiwara
Yen Press – MSRP: $11.99 Get it for $10.44!

Ririchiyo has decided to make a fresh start, removing the blinders from her eyes and releasing Soushi from his contract. From now on, she has resolved to treat this incarnation of Soushi as his own person and to mourn the loss of the man she loved in a previous life. The change has given Ririchiyo a clear perspective, but Soushi’s heart remains clouded. Playing the part of his former self for Ririchiyo’s sake was an act – what will happen when Soushi’s true feelings come to light?

Kagerou Daze Volume 1 by Jin
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.71!

Shintarou Kisaragi, a NEET – person “Not in Education, Employment, or Training” – has refused to leave the comfort of his room for two whole years. But Shintarou’s easy and solitary life is about to take an unexpected turn when his computer crashes and he is forced to venture into the world he was happy to shut out forever and stumbles into the middle of a hostage situation.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Volume 9 by Yasuhiko Yoshikazu
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $29.95 Get it for $20.23!

Caught in the crossfire of a space civil war, teenager Amuro Ray accidentally finds a new mobile weapon – the RX-78 Gundam. To protect himself and his friends he climbs into the cockpit and is immediately thrust into the frontlines defending those he loves from a silent enemy.

Monster Perfect Edition Volume 4 by Naoki Urasawa
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99 Get it for $15.92!

Schwald, the most influential person in the state of Bayern, now trusts Johan fully and makes him his right-hand man. Johan could be setting himself up as the wonder boy of the German financial world. Meanwhile, a private detective working for Schwald investigates the mysterious events happening around the man and senses something massive and evil lurking behind it all. His investigation pits him against a terrible monster – are Johan’s plans going to come to light? Although Johan knows that Tenma wants to kill him, he pursues a quiet life. But what does he see in a children’s book that suddenly causes him to burst into tears?

Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d’Arc Volume 1 by Magica Quartet
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.98!

Joan of Arc is revered as a hero of the Hundred Years’ War and a saint of the Catholic Church. But her leadership and strength of character in her time did not escape the notice of Kyubey, who, even in the 15th-century, sought Magical Girl candidates for their valuable energies. With her friends and fellow Magical Girls fighting at her side, Joan fights the English occupiers of France – but will she soon find herself fighting something much more sinister?

So, I Can’t Play H Volume 1 by Pan Tachibana
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.08!

One fateful day, Ryousuke Kaga, a typical hopeless romantic and hopelessly perverted high school student, has a chance encounter in the rain with a beautiful girl. After graciously offering both his home for her to dry off in and his help for anything she might need, the mysterious red-eyed beauty thanks him by stabbing Ryousuke in the chest. To further complicate matters, the girl, Lisara Restole, is actually a shinigami – that is, a goddess of death – and Ryousuke has somehow unwittingly agreed to let her use his “essence” to remain in this world. But instead of shaving years off his life like one might expect of a typical shinigami, Lisara seems more interested in leeching the letch right out of him.

Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 2 by Reki Kawahara
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.08

The party is shaken when their leader, Diavel, is struck down by the boss of the very first floor. At such an early stage, Asuna and her teammates are confronted for the first time with the cruel reality of their situation: Sword Art Online is no mere game – death here is final. Their commander lost, the remaining fighters begin to lose heart and plan their retreat. But the fight must go on if they are to escape this game world. And in his dying moments, Diavel managed to convey his appointment for the next commander – Kirito.

Tena on S-String Volume 7 by Sesuna Mikabe
Yen Press – MSRP: $29.99 Get it for $21.78!

As the curtain falls on Duon and Ostina’s attempted escape, it seems a peaceful resolution to the conflict is in sight. However, at the very last moment, a new plot to bring the world to its knees is hatched. Can Tena, Kyousuke, and company save the world from destruction?

Vagabond Volume 37 by Takehiko Inoue
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.95 Get it for $9.16!

Growing up in the late 16th century Sengoku era Japan, Shinmen Takezo is shunned by the local villagers as a devil child due to his wild and violent nature. He runs away from home at the age of 17 with another boy, and the two boys join the Toyotomi army to fight the Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara. However, the Tokugawa win a crushing victory, leading to nearly three hundred years of Shogunate rule. Takezo and his friend survive the battle and swear to do great things with their lives. However, after their paths separate, Takezo becomes a wanted criminal and must change his name and his nature in order to escape an ignoble death.

Vagabond BIG Edition Volume 12 by Takehiko Inoue
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99

Miyamoto Musashi versus Sasaki Kojiro was perhaps the greatest matchup in the history of the samurai warrior. They follow different paths, but their lives intertwine heading toward their epic duel. For now, Kojiro finds himself in a new position as sword instructor to the powerful Hosokawa Clan in Kokura. Meanwhile, Musashi continues his journey while he is still coming to terms with accomplishing the impossible – singlehandedly destroying the mighty Yoshioka School.

Witchcraft Works Volume 4 by Ryu Mizunagi
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95 Get it for $11.05!

Honoka Takamiya is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Ayaka Kagari, the school’s “Princess”. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. But one day, he finds himself saved from an attacker by a fire witch who happens to be Kagari. From this day forward, Honoka finds himself dragged into a conflict between two powerful groups of witches that both want the “white stuff” that sleeps within him, while Ayaka considers Honoka her “princess” who needs protecting.

Your Lie in April Volume 1 by Naoshi Arakawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99 Get it for $9.89

Kosei Arima was a piano prodigy until his cruel taskmaster of a mother died suddenly, changing his life forever. Driven by his pain to abandon piano, Kosei now lives in a monotonous, colorless world. Having resigned himself to a bland life, he is surprised when he meets Kaori Miyazono, a violinist with an unorthodox style. Can she bring Kosei back to music, and back to life?

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