Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of January 5, 2016

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

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. Get it for $6.03 on Amazon!

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. Then he channeled that energy into learning amazing ninja techniques and saving the world. Now Naruto has achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But new troubles are bubbling up in Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. With the world now safe and the ninja villages working together, Naruto’s work as Hokage seems pretty mundane. Giving his son, Boruto, enough attention is the toughest task he has. But then Sasuke uncovers a conspiracy that may involve surviving members of the Uchiha clan. And at the same time, Sarada is beginning to have doubts about the truth of her origins.

The other new manga releases coming out this week include:

Alice in the Country of Clover: The Lizard Aide by QuinRose
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $13.99

Former assassin Gray Ringmarc serves his master Nighmare in the Tower of Clover. Known for his mature personality and kindness to animals, Gray also has a dark side. When Alice is whisked off by an adversary, Gray’s inner darkness emerges in a fit of jealousy. Now there will be hell to pay. Can Alice tame his reptilian heart?

Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins. Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Trapped by Professor Gedoin in the hellish prison beneath Dream Town Inari, the Exwires must fight to survive and rescue Izumo. The more they learn about Professor Gedoin’s plans, the more they realize the horror they face. Each will need to rely on their own strength, and each other, like never before. But Izumo is determined to meet her fate on her own and save her sister, even if it means her destruction. What will Rin and his friends lose in order to win?

A Certain Scientific Accelerator Volume 2 by Kazuma Kamachi
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Welcome to a world where mysticism and science collide, and supernatural powers are derived from either science or religion. At the heart of this world is Academy City, an advanced metropolis whose population is comprised mostly of students. The majority of students are enrolled in the city’s “Power Curriculum Program,” where they must learn to master their latent psychic powers. Out of several million students, only seven are deemed powerful enough to have Level 5 status. Meet Mikoto Misaka, the third most powerful Level 5 esper in Academy City. Together with her best friend Kuroko Shirai and the other members of Judgment, a student-run law enforcement agency, Mikoto delves deep into the dark heart of the scientific sprawl she calls home and uncovers secrets she wishes she hadn’t.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 3 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate that exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Four friends come over to visit Himari, but Aoi can sense that one of them is no longer alive. This spirit is absorbing Momochi House’s power and is quickly transforming into a demon. Will Himari be able to stop its progression and save her friends?

Honey So Sweet Volume 1 by Amu Meguro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Little did Nao Kogure realize back in middle school that when she left an umbrella and a box of bandages in the rain for injured delinquent Taiga Onise that she would meet him again in high school. Nao wants nothing to do with the gruff and frightening Taiga, but he suddenly presents her with a huge bouquet of flowers and asks her to date him—with marriage in mind. Is Taiga really so scary, or is he a sweetheart in disguise?

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 23 by Karuho Shiina
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The future is on everyone’s minds, and Yano and Kento are feeling the anxiety of losing each other as they hit a crossroad in their relationship. Tensions rise as Yano seriously thinks about her own future for the first time. Will she take the easy route and stay with Kento, or will she follow her dreams and go to university in Tokyo without him?

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 8 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

High school student Anise Yamamoto is the “Rose Princess” of four handsome Rose Knights. Anise and her knights are fighting to defeat the Fake Rose Knights, but Kaede is losing to Shiden, the powerful Purple Rose, and faces death. The time has come for Anise to awaken him with a kiss.

Lone Wolf & Cub Omnibus Volume 11 by Kazuo Koike
Dark Horse Comics – MSRP: $19.99

The swords of Ogami Itto and Retsudo Yagyu stand waiting for the mortal enemies’ final confrontation, but Yagyu is imprisoned in Edo Castle, with conniving poisoner Abeno as his warden. Retsudo has two deadly options—take Abeno’s prepared meals and be slowly poisoned or die of hunger and thirst.

Merman in My Tub Volume 2 by Itokichi
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $11.99

What happens when an intruder from the sea stakes claim to your bathtub? A cool yet demure teenage boy named Tatsumi must learn to live with the self-obsessed and playful merman, Wakasa, in a small Tokyo apartment. These two dissimilar young men will learn what it takes to deal with one another in their everyday lives. Who knows, maybe something beyond friendship will unfold between them? Stranger things have happened. Or have they?

My Love Story!! Volume 7 by Kazune Kawahara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Every year, Sunakawa receives chocolates from a mysterious “Yukika Amami.” When the mystery girl shows up in person, she tells Takeo how she has loved Sunakawa for over 10 years, and Takeo decides to give her his support. With Takeo’s help, Yukika gathers the courage to talk to Sunakawa. But how will he respond to her feelings?

Naruto Box Set 3 (Volumes 49-72) by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $174.99

As Konoha village rebuilds, the leaders of the ninja world convene for the Gokage Summit. Defeating the Akatsuki threat may require the rival villages to work together. Can they put their longtime differences aside long enough to defeat Madara’s plans? War is coming to the ninja world, but what will Naruto’s and Sasuke’s role be in the coming conflict?

Naruto Omnibus Volumes 37-39 by Masashi Kishimoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Shikamaru’s team is out for revenge against their mentor’s murderers. Tsunade tries to stop them, but Kakashi wants to help. As the divide among the ninja grows, the mysterious Akatsuki organization continues their brutal attack on the tailed spirits, the Biju, and the young ninja who host them, including Naruto. But Naruto is older and stronger, and his new jutsu is harder to handle than he thought. Meanwhile, Sasuke falls further under Orochimaru’s spell, even naming his new ninja cell “Team Serpent.” While Naruto and the others try to keep tabs on Sasuke, their long-lost pal ends up in fierce battle with an old enemy. The outcome could bring the ninja world as Naruto knows it to an end faster than he ever imagined.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 19 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.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 13 by Naoshi Komi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Haru learns that Raku and Chitoge’s relationship isn’t real. Haru didn’t like Raku initially because she thought he was a playboy, but now she’s spent more time with him at the festival and knows about his false relationship. Meanwhile, Ruri’s great-grandfather wants to meet Ruri’s boyfriend, but Ruri doesn’t have one, so she chooses the perfect person to play the role—Raku.

One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem-he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on. Saitama is now a certified hero, and with that title comes great responsibility-he’s required to perform one heroic deed per week. While Saitama makes the rounds to meet his quota, and incoming threat from outer space is screeching toward Earth.

Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows Volume 3 by Kenichirou Takaki
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Hanzo Academy: a secret high school established by the Japanese government to educate the newest generation of ninja girls. The spunky second year student, Asuka, along with her friends, the perverted Katsuragi, the childish Hibari, the mature Ikaruga and the deadly Yagyu, must each undergo rigorous training in their daily school life. But do they have what it takes to become full-fledged ninja? Only their bodacious skills and prodigious talents can keep them alive while they struggle against ninja rivals who seek to destroy them at every turn.

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 by Yoshiaki Sukeno
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Benio learns both why Rokuro ran amok at Hinatsuki Dorm and a secret about her beloved brother. Then, when a friend is possessed by the curse of the Kegare, Rokuro is faced with a terrible decision.

World Trigger Volume 8 by Daisuke Ashihara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

As the Neighbor invasion continues, Osamu’s brave defense of Chika lands him in combat against the Neighbor commander. Border’s weakest agent will have to do better than his best to win against a Trigger that seems to generate life itself.

Yo-kai Watch Volume 3 by Noriyuki Konishi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Nathan Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-kai of all shapes and forms. Now, armed with the Yo-kai Watch, Nathan, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all-new supernatural adventure.  Yo-kai, inspired by the yokai of Japanese folklore, are not ghosts or monsters or creatures. They can’t be seen by the human eye, but they’re everywhere, and whether they’re phantoms or everyday objects discovering their higher purpose, Yo-kai personalities are distinctly humanlike.

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