Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of November 3, 2015

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

Chi's Sweet Home Volume 12 manga coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Vertical Comics’ release of Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12.

Chi’s Sweet Home Volume 12 by Konami Kanata
Vertical Comics – MSRP: $13.95 Get it for $7.67 on Amazon!

Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost and alone. But before she even knows what hit her, the little kitty is picked up and soon under the protection and care of the Yamadas. Every moment of their daily life is filled with something we all can cherish. But their lease explicitly states pets are not allowed in their building.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Black Rose Alice Volume 6 by Setona Mizushiro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Dimitri Lewandoski is a celebrated tenor in early 1900s Vienna. When he is killed in an accident, his corpse is colonized by the seeds of a vampire master. At first, Dimitri denies that anything has changed, but as the people around him start dying, he is forced to accept the ghastly truth. Flash-forward to 2008. In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa’s troubled love life comes to an end with a fatal accident. Dimitri appears in her dying dreams with a diabolic proposal: he will save her lover if she agrees to become the breeding ground for the next generation of vampire seeds.

Bleach Volume 65 by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The war between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies continues as an injured Kenpachi faces off against more Stern Ritters. Can Ichigo arrive in time to save the day again?

Bleach Omnibus Volume 37-39 by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

The true depths of Aizen’s terrible betrayal continue to unfold in the past, but it is already too late to stop him. In the present day, the Soul Reapers must keep the Espadas from destroying Karakura Town – and the world.

A Centaur’s Life Volume 7 by Kei Murayama
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who, like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends-the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns-are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

D.Gray-man Omnibus Volumes 22-24 by Katsura Hoshino
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

D.Gray-man is the story of Allen Walker, who roams a fictional 19th century Earth in search of Innocence, a mysterious substance used to fight demons called akuma. Allen struggles as the Fourteenth—the mysterious Noah inside him—begins to awaken. When an independent-type Innocence tries to fuse with Allen, the Black Order determines Allen to be one of the Noah.

Final Fantasy Type-0 Side Story Volume 2 by Tetsuya Nomura
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99

From the ashes of tragedy rises unbridled strength. Those four, wrought by suffering and burdened with despair, will overcome insurmountable odds to become known as the Four Champions of Rubrum.

Idol Dreams Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

At age 31, office worker Chikage Deguchi feels she missed her chances at love and success. When word gets out that she’s a virgin, Chikage is humiliated and wishes she could turn back time to when she was still young and popular. She takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to when she was 15. Now Chikage is determined to pursue everything she missed out on all those years ago – including becoming a star.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99

This is the beginning of the Battle Tendency Arc. The Joestar family is called upon to do battle against evil again. This time, it’s Joseph Joestar, the grandson of Jonathan Joestar. And his enemies are more powerful and diabolical than ever. Behold the terror of the Pillar Men.

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 7 by Aya Shouoto
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

High school student Anise Yamamoto is the “Rose Princess” of four handsome Rose Knights. On the night of the academy foundation gala, a Rose Knight steals Anise’s first kiss. Before Anise can come to terms with this, the Gray Rose has already laid a trap for her and her Rose Knights.

Livingstone Volume 1 by Tomohiro Maekawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

An odd-couple duo is tasked with finding people who are about to die in an untimely manner and prevent their early demise or collect the physical remnants of their souls, known as “livingstones.”

Maid-Sama! Omnibus Volumes 3-4 by Hiro Fujiwara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

When Café Maid Latte plans a slew of themed events like “Maid Rangers Day” and “Little Sister Day,” Misaki surprisingly struggles with playing the “little sister,” Later, more shenanigans erupt at the café. Misaki is usually up to any challenge, but how will she handle things when a pretty idol called Aoi decides to make Usui hers?

My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kohei Horikoshi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Getting into U.A. High School was difficult enough, but it was only the beginning of Izuku’s long road toward becoming a superhero. The new students all have some amazing powers, and although Izuku has inherited All Might’s abilities, he can barely control them. Then the first-year students are told they will have to compete just to avoid being expelled.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 12 by Naoshi Komi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Chitoge thinks about finally confessing her true feelings to Raku. She tries writing letters and practicing confessions, but because she’s too embarrassed, nothing she does goes well. Meanwhile, a new rival cake shop opens up next door to Onodera’s sweet shop, and Raku’s working there?

One Piece Volume 76 by Eiichiro Oda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

As Luffy and the Straw Hats battle it out with the Doflamingo family, we flash back to the childhood of Trafalgar Law. What made him the man he is today, and what is the cause of the grudge he bears against Doflamingo?

One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

For three years, Saitama has defeated countless monsters, but no one knows about him. That’s because he isn’t in the Hero Association’s registry. Together with Genos, Saitama decides to take the Hero Association’s test! But can they pass?

Oresama Teacher Volume 19 by Izumi Tsubaki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Hayasaka is losing his memories. It’s a stressful situation, but he doesn’t really remember his friends in the Public Morals Club, so he doesn’t have anyone to turn to for help. When he gets suspended for fighting, he decides there’s no reason to go back to Midorigaoka. But Mafuyu and Yui aren’t going to give up on their friend, even if they have to travel deep into the mountains to a house full of dark secrets to find him.

Rosario + Vampire Season I and II Box Set by Akihisa Ikeda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $185.99

Average human teenage boy 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. Especially far-from-average cute vampire Moka. On the O-negative side, she also has a burning, unquenchable thirst for his blood. Now, can Tsukune and his unlikely group of friends and rivals save humanity from the evil members of monsterkind? This box set contains volumes 1-10 of Season I and volumes 1-14 of Season II, plus an exclusive full-color mini-comic previously unreleased in the English editions.

A Silent Voice Volume 4 by Yoshitoki Oima
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

Once upon a time, Shoya was terribly cruel to Shoko, his elementary school classmate who couldn’t hear. To make up for his past sins, Shoya has devoted himself to repaying the debt of happiness he owes. So when Shoko faces a romantic setback, Shoya assembles some familiar faces from their past for a trip to the amusement park that may just change things for Shoya, too.

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 1 by Noriyuki Konishi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

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. While playing deep in the mountains, a yokai butler named Whisper gives Nathan the Yokai Watch, which Nathan uses to help his spooky new friends with their problems.

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 2 by Noriyuki Konishi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

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. While playing deep in the mountains, a yokai butler named Whisper gives Nathan the Yokai Watch, which Nathan uses to help his spooky new friends with their problems.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus Volumes 10-12 by Kazuki Takahashi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

The diabolical Player Killer, Pegasus’ second gaming assassin, challenges Yugi to a duel of darkness. In the shadow of the “Castle of Dark Illusions” card, an army of lurking monsters hungers to steal Yugi’s life points, and if he loses, his actual life. As the tournament continues the action moves underground. Trapped in the tunnels beneath Duelist Kingdom, Yugi and Jonouchi must conquer the maze of the Meikyu Brothers in a two-on-two duel. Waiting in the Brothers’ deck is the Gate Guardian, lord of the underworld and one the most powerful monsters of all.

Yukarism Volume 4 by Chika Shiomi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Seemingly afflicted by Yumurasaki’s fatal illness of the past, Yukari begins to get very sick in the present day. Meanwhile, Mahoro vows to kill Satomi before he can kill Yukari (as she believes he killed Yumurasaki in the past). Are these three fated to repeat their tragic connection?

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