Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of August 25, 2015

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

Say I Love You. Volume 9 mangaMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Kodansha Comics’ release of Say I Love You. Volume 9.

Say I Love You. Volume 9 by Kanae Hazuki
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99 Get it for $8.28 on Amazon!

Megumi has beaten Mei in the School Idol Contest. And to the victor go the spoils: a date with Yamato. Mei says she’s fine with it, but she’s never been good at hiding her feelings, and her friends can tell she’s concerned. But when Mei pays a visit to Yamato’s older brother at his salon, she hears about the feelings he’s been carrying all this time, and learns something new about love.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Ajin: Demi-Human Volume 6 by Gamon Sakurai
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $12.95

High school student Kei Nagai is struck dead in a grizzly traffic accident, but immediately revives to learn that he may not be like every other human. Instead, he may be a mysterious almost immortal being granted not only the powers of rejuvenation but the abilities to see supernatural beings. Scared, Kei runs away, and is aided in his escape from society by his friend. Unfortunately for Kei, the manhunt is on and he will soon be caught within a conflict between mankind and others like him as they prepare to fight a new war based on terror.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Volume 1 by QuinRose
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $13.99

It all began on a fateful Sunday afternoon, while Alice was in the garden with her sister, or did it? Alice doesn’t know why a white rabbit whisked her off to a land full of wonders, but the lines of reality have blurred, and she thinks she’s in a dream. It must be, since the white rabbit is a handsome man who’s confessed his undying love for her, and his whimsical Country of Hearts is surprisingly vicious. But when faced with this strange rabbit and the depth of his feelings for her, Alice starts to wonder how she could possibly dream up a love so deep because it’s more profound than anything she’s ever known. At long last, the story of Peter White.

Attack on Titan Volume 16 by Hajime Isayama
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Captured by Rod Reiss, the rightful king, Krista and Eren finally have their memories back. What exactly happened to Eren, and what was the crime his father committed? Meanwhile, the Survey Corps desperately hunts for Eren, while at the same time seeking to legitimize their military coup. As the situation inside the walls comes to a head, the mysteries of the world of the Titans seem on the cusp of being solved at last.

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 5 by Ryo Suzukaze
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Saved from exile, Kuklo and Cardina meet the hero Jorge Pikale, the first man ever to defeat a Titan in combat, and they learn how he did it: a mysterious gas-powered grappling machine known only as “the device.” Jorge believes Kuklo might just have the agility and reflexes to master this startling weapon and take the Survey Corps to a new level. But Kuklo has his doubts, and what will Sharle think?

Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace Volume 1 by Chibimaru
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Kato Marika is an ambitious 17-year-old student who is the president of the school’s Space Yacht Club. Full of pep and enthusiasm, Marika takes charge, even if membership in the club is flagging. Her true calling, however, is something a bit more daring. For in her spare time, the spunky teen moonlights as the captain of the Bentenmaru, an infamous ship full of rough and tumble space pirates who strike fear and delight in the hearts of many.

Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral Volume 1 by Hiro Mashi
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

She may be only 12 years old, but Wendy Marvell is already a member of magical guild Fairy Tail, and a powerful dragon slayer wizard. Even so, she’s a little nervous when she sets out for the town of Nanalu for her first solo job: to discover why some of the locals have been mysteriously disappearing. They say the disappearances are the work of the spirit of a dead dragon. It sounds like superstition, but could it be true? Wendy, and another young local wizard named Yoshino, are determined to find out.

Inuyashiki Volume 1 by Hiroya Oku
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $12.99

Ichiro Inuyashiki is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he’s constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he’s done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichiro stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there’s something different about himself. However, it turns out that these strange, new changes are just what Ichiro needs to take a new lease on life and now it seems like there’s nothing to stop him from being a hero worthy of the respect that he never had before. Unless, that is, there was someone else out there with these same “changes.”

Let’s Dance a Waltz Volume 3 by Natsumi Ando
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

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?

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Volume 7-8 by Satoshi Mizukami
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $18.99

The Beast Knights are still reeling from the death of one of their own, but there’s no time to rest – Animus’s multi-bodied 10th golem keeps coming back from every defeat, and each time its assault is more ferocious than the last. Even with the power of two Mythical Beast Knights, and with Samidare throwing herself back into the fray, how can the Beast Knights hope to defeat an enemy that constantly grows stronger?

Maria the Virgin Witch: Exhibition by Masayuki Ishikawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Maria and her friends are back in a collection of stories that offer a glimpse into their past, present, and future. From Viv’s journey to France, to a day in the life of Maria and her owl companions, and even a brief peek at the result of Ezekiel’s judgment, Maria the Virgin Witch: Exhibition allows fans of the series to enjoy their favorite characters once more with new and untold stories.

Your Lie in April Volume 3 by Naoshi Arakawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Kosei’s return to the stage as Kaori’s accompanist was a complete disaster. He couldn’t hear the music, he lost track of the tempo, and they stopped and restarted the piece. But it did accomplish one thing: It reminded him of the thrill of playing for an eager audience. Now Kaori’s demanding Kosei enter a piano competition solo, but he’s terrified that, alone on the bench, the ghost of his abusive mother will paralyze him yet again.

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