Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of June 2, 2015

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

Assassination Classroom Volume 4 manga coverAjin: Demi-Human Volume 5 by Gamon Sakurai
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95

It’s all-out war. After demi-humans mobilize to overthrow the government of Japan – terror and immortality their prime tactics – young cynic Kei must decide if he’s on anyone’s side other than his own.

Assassination Classroom Volume 4 by Yusei Matsui
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

English teacher Irina’s assassination mentor makes an appearance and the two compete – using special agent Karasuma as their target. Another transfer student/would-be assassin joins the class, accompanied by a guardian, who claims to be Koro Sensei’s little brother. A tentacle showdown ensues, sending everyone into a tentacle tizzy. Then, the 3-E students face humiliation yet again during a school baseball exhibition match. Plus, more secrets of Koro Sensei’s mysterious past are revealed.

Blue Exorcist Volume 13 by Kazue Kato
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The Exwires learn the tragic story of what happened to Izumo’s mother, Tamamo, when the Illuminati’s mad Professor Gedoin sought her out in order to conduct his insane experiments. Now Izumo has been captured and is next on the Professor’s list of test subjects. Rin, Yukio, Shiemi, Suguro, and Konekomaru head deep into Dream Town Inari to rescue Izumo, but what they find there is a horror none of them ever expected.

Dragon Ball Omnibus Volumes 25-27
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Captain Ginyu has used his transforming power to exchange bodies with Goku. With Goku’s friends in a pinch, and Goku’s life hanging by a thread, Gohan and Kuririn must use the seven Dragon Balls of Namek to summon the mighty Dragon Lord, who can grant any three wishes. Can Goku get his body back and defeat Captain Ginyu? And if the Dragon Lord is summoned, can Gohan and Kuririn prevent Vegeta and Freeza from wishing for immortality for themselves?

Fairy Tail Volume 48 by Hiro Mashima
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

With her curse magic, Kyoka has deprived Erza of all her senses – except pain, which she has amplified into excruciating torture. But even in these hopeless circumstances, the Fairy Queen continues to counterattack. Meanwhile, the duels between Igneel and Acnologia and between Natsu and the Underworld King rage on, as dragon father and wizard son struggle to grab onto a sliver of hope. The twin dragons of Sabertooth, Rogue and Sting, show up to help. Can the joint efforts of three dragon slayers force Mard Geer to get serious?

Food Wars! Volume 6 by Yuto Tsukudo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The contestants for the Totsuki Institute’s annual Fall Classic have been chosen. A decades-old event, the Fall Classic has been the grand stage for fierce cooking battles for years. The chosen participants, each aiming to be crowned winner, begin their training. But as they do, someone special visits Polaris Dorm.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 18 by Julietta Suzuki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Nanami’s journey to the past was a success. She found a way to break the curse and save Tomoe, and he even admitted that he has feelings for her. Now they’re both ready to enjoy life as a happy couple. Tomoe is hoping to spend some special alone time with Nanami, but instead they go on a school trip to Okinawa with the entire grade – and things go from tropical paradise to yokai nightmare in no time.

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 21 by Karuho Shiina
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Spring is in the air, but doubts about the future bloom along with the flowers for Sawako and her friends. A bright spot in this season of worry is White Day, where the boys return gifts for the ones they received on Valentine’s Day. Kazehaya has a very special gift in store for Sawako.

My Little Monster Volume 8 by Robico
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

The second year of high school is here, but Haru’s been moved to another class all by himself. At first, the former chronic truant refuses even to enter the strange classroom, but with Shizuku’s “encouragement,” he slowly comes to terms with the change. Shizuku begins to feel she’s really reaching Haru, especially compared to how things used to be, but then the unexpected arrival of a new student throws things out of whack, and Yamaken finally begins to move. What could possibly come next?

Naruto Volume 70 by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

With Naruto out of commission, Guy steps up to fight against the powerful Madara. Guy is willing to give up his life to defeat Madara, but will that be enough? And can the others save Naruto in time?

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 18 by Yuki Midorikawa
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he’s a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko.

One Piece Omnibus Volumes 34-36 by Eiichiro Oda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Against all odds, Luffy and his Straw Hat crew make landfall on Water Seven, a wacky maritime wonderland where the world’s best (and worst) shipwrights gather. When the pirates learn that their trusty vessel, the “Merry Go,” has sustained irreparable damage, the decision about what to do next rends the crew apart. In the meantime, mysterious archaeologist Nico Robin’s dark past as a double agent is catching up with her, and the Franky family – a nasty clan of ship-scrapping bounty hunters – seem bent on the Straw Hats’ destruction.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 5 by Takaya Kagami and Daisuke Furuya
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Yuichiro has no memory of his terrifying but temporary transformation into a one-winged monster during the battle for Shinjuku. The widely feared leaders of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, however, take note of his squad’s unusual talent. Despite the unwanted attention, Yuichiro’s resolve to save Mika from the vampires crystallizes as his real training in demon possession and manifestation begins.

So Cute It Hurts!! Volume 1 by Go Ikeyamada
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The Kobayashi twins, Mego and Mitsuru, were named after historical figures, but only Mego has grown up with a taste for history. So when Mitsuru is in danger of losing his weekends to extra history classes, he convinces his sister to swap clothes with him and ace his tests. After all, how hard can it be for them to play each other? But Mego can’t rely on just her book smarts in Mitsuru’s all-boys, delinquents’ paradise of a high school. And Mitsuru finds life as a high school girl to be much more complicated than he expected.

Toriko Volume 28 by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Ichiryu, head of the IGO, and Midora, head of the nefarious Gourmet Corp., were once like brothers under the tutelage of Gourmet God Acacia, but now they are bitter rivals locked in a mortal combat of chopsticks vs. tongue. We take a trip hundreds of years into the past to see just what went wrong when Gourmet God Acacia’s three disciples Ichiryu, Jiro, and Midora trained alongside their mentor, Acacia, and God Chef Froese to turn Midora into the monster he is today.

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 11 by Maki Minami
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Hime finally got the hang of her character on Cruel Octalia, and the fans really took notice. But now people are complaining that they’ve never seen Shiro. Hime feels ready for her alter ego to go public, but is she ready for the big reveal her producer has planned live on stage with AQUA?

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