Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of May 5, 2015

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

Black Rose Alice Volume 4 manga coverBlack Rose Alice Volume 4 by Setona Mizushiro
VIZ Media – MSRP: Get it for $9.99

In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa has become Alice, resurrected in a century-old body to become the breeding ground for a group of vampires. But one of the vampires in her nest has died, and now Alice must mourn for her friend even as the precariousness of the vampires’ situation sinks in. Lost and confused, Alice finds the diary of a young woman who lived in the house a century ago, and whose story has eerie similarities to her own.

Bleach Omnibus Volumes 31-33 by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Orihime has been kidnapped by the turncoat Soul Reaper Aizen and his terrifying Arrancar, and it’s up to Ichigo, Chad, and Uryu to rescue her. But the Arrancar world, Hueco Mundo, has many surprises in store for the heroes, not the least of which is how much it will change them.

Devils and Realist Volume 5 by Utako Yukihiro
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.07

William Twining has it all: a sharp intelligence, dashing good looks, and a noble station in life. There’s only one problem: he’s broke. With no way to finance his prestigious education, William decides to search through his uncle’s mansion for something of value to sell. But William’s logical worldview is about to take a hit, when he comes across a mystical seal which he unintentionally uses to summon a demon. The demon’s name is Dantalion, a Grand Duke of Hell, who informs the young nobleman of his destiny – that he is the new “Elector,” whose sole responsibility is to appoint the next ruler of Hell in place of Lucifer. Such news might drive a lesser man mad, but not William Twining. He’s a realist whose views don’t allow for the existence of demons, even when scores of demonic candidates begin to knock down his door and seek his favor.

Dragonar Academy Volume 6 by Ran
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99 Get it for $11.07

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy – except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number-one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared – until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different from any dragon ever seen before – it’s in the form of a beautiful girl. What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99 Get it for $15.47

As if Dio wasn’t diabolical enough, now he’s an immortal vampire with incredible strength. But Jonathan Joestar’s not one to back down, even when it seems like victory is impossible. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, grit and determination against power and arrogance. Who will win?

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 4 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

High school student Anise Yamamoto is the “Rose Princess” who commands four handsome knights. She is quickly trying to fix the Demon Lord’s seal to free herself and her knights from the Rose Contract that binds them to her. Her knights have entered a boy-band contest to win a mysterious Arcana Card, but do they have what it takes to be idols?

LBX Volume 5: New Hope by Hideaki Fuji
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Van Yamano, Hiro, and Laura combine their LBXs together into Sigma Orbis, the Super LBX, in order to defeat the Slayer Droid, a machine created to destroy all LBXs. Van and his friends are in for a tough battle when they are confronted by the Detector’s strongest guardian: Asuka Carter, a legendary LBX Player who has never been defeated in a tournament.

Millennium Snow Omnibus Volumes 3-4 by Bisco Hatori
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99 Get it for $12.33

Toya still can’t shake his blood aversion, even though Chiyuki would happily share hers with him, and the malnutrition is starting to take its toll. Chiyuki tries to supplement his diet with solid food, but that’s just barely enough to keep him alive. Can Chiyuki find a way to support her vampire when he refuses the help she knows he needs?

Naruto Omnibus Volumes 31-33 by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Stakes are high as Naruto, Sakura, Granny Chiyo, and Kakashi engage in deadly conflict with Sasori and Deidara. One wrong decision, and one of Naruto’s closest friends could pay the ultimate price. Upon returning from battle, Team Kakashi is rankled by new member Sai, whose secrets may be disastrous for Naruto. Meanwhile, Orochimaru has bigger problems of his own – his stronghold may be infiltrated by a spy.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 9 by Naoshi Komi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99 Get it for $9.18

Raku’s crush, Kosaki Onodera, has a younger sister – Haru. She’s determined to protect Kosaki from what she perceives to be Raku’s playboy ways. Meanwhile, assassin Paula joins Haru’s class with a secret mission in mind – to set up Raku with fellow assassin Tsugumi.

Pokemon Adventures Volume 28 by Hidenori Kusaka
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Ruby and Sapphire are back. Professor Birch sends the fabulous duo to help Emerald find the Wish Pokemon Jirachi. But first there are high-pitched Pokemon battles to fight in the Battle Dome Tournament. Then Ruby discovers something surprising about Emerald’s Sceptile, and everyone learns the true identity of their arch nemesis, Guile Hideout. Now, who will catch Jirachi?

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volume 15-16
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Ranma wants it, four martial artist pork buns from China want it, and especially Genma wants it. Described by a reluctant Ranma as the “seal” that keeps something terrible from happening, what is the “Dragon’s Whisker”? Once that plot’s tied up, the whole gang heads for a hot springs obstacle course. And then, a martial arts eating contest guaranteed to make your stomach flip.

Rosario + Vampire Season II Volume 14 by Akihisa Ikeda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99 Get it for $9.25

Average human teenager Tsukune accidentally enrolls at a boarding school for monsters–no, not jocks and popular kids, but bona fide werewolves, witches and unnameables out of his wildest nightmares. On the plus side, all the girls have a monster crush on him. On the negative side, all the boys are so jealous they want to kill him. And so do the girls he spurns, because he only has eyes for one of them–the far-from-average vampire Moka. On the plus side, Moka only has glowing red eyes for Tsukune. On the O-negative side, she also has a burning, unquenchable thirst for his blood.

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Omnibus Volume 4 by CLAMP
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $19.99

Syaoran and his world-hopping friends find themselves in grave danger as they continue their inter-dimensional search for Princess Sakura’s missing memories. After the godlike Ashura-o kills the mighty Yasha-o, the country of Shura hangs in the balance – and Syaoran will do anything he can to correct the past. Then, the dimension travelers are off to Piffle World, where the prize for the lucky pilot who wins the elusive Dragonfly Race is one of Princess Sakura’s memories. But when contestants are eliminated from the competition unexpectedly, the friends fear that someone may be rigging the race with booby traps. Can the culprit be found before it’s too late? And will any of our heroes emerge victorious? Princess Sakura’s memories – and now their lives – depend on it.

What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 8 by Fumi Yoshinaga
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95

A hard-working, middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Volume 2 by Miki Yoshikawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99 Get it for $9.81

Having witnessed a shocking scene between Yamada and Shiraishi, the latest addition to the Supernatural Studies Club, Miyabi Itou, makes it her mission to spread damning rumors about her fellow club members. But Yamada can’t let that happen, because if things get out of control, Yamada and Shiraishi could lose everything that they’ve worked for thus far. How will Yamada solve this predicament? And is there something else behind Itou’s actions? This and more are revealed with a kiss.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus Volumes 4-6 by Kazuki Takahashi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99 Get it for $12.33

When Yugi beat his classmate Kaiba at a simple game of “Duel Monsters,” he didn’t realize that Kaiba was Japan’s #1 gamer, heir to the Kaiba Corporation, and a vengeful madman. Now Yugi and his friends must survive Kaiba’s “Death-T.” Standing between them and escape are the two Kaiba brothers, who have spent years and millions of dollars building the greatest “Duel Monsters” deck ever. Armed with his grandfather’s hand-me-down deck, Yugi fights for his grandfather, for his friends and, most of all, for revenge.

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