Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of September 8, 2015

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

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volumes 19-20 mangaMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volumes 19-20.

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volumes 19-20 by Rumiko Takahashi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99 Get it for $12.33 on Amazon!

10 years ago, Ukyo made a special okonomiyaki sauce – which Ranma secretly ruined. Unaware of what Ranma had done, Ukyo to this day can’t quite understand why Ranma’s being extra nice to her despite the phenomenal failure of her special sauce. Akane’s onto Ranma, though, and one way or another he’s going to pay.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Arata: The Legend Volume 23 by Yuu Watase
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Arata is unable to forgive Kadowaki for making his close friend submit. In order to overcome his dark feelings of hatred, Arata chooses to relinquish Tsukuyo. However, as the battle to rule heats up, Arata is targeted relentlessly.

D-Frag! Volume 6 by Tomoya Haruno
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Ever since wannabe thug Kenji was forced to join the Game Development Club, his high school life has become a whirlwind of chaos. After the club gets their hands on a super-rare gaming system, they decide to host a school-wide tournament. But when every aimless loser with nothing better to do shows up, the club realizes that they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. The contest gets personal when Takao and Funabori – two girls who have a thing for Kenji – go head-to-head. Who will win the battle for Kenji’s heart?

Dictatorial Grimoire The Complete Collection Omnibus by Ayumi Kanou
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $20.99

Grimm Otogi, a farflung descendant of the renowned Grimm Brothers, has always regarded the fairy tales his ancestors concocted as pure fiction. Unfortunately for the introverted half-Japanese teen, he is about to discover that the Grimm legacy is anything but pure. Upon receiving a posthumous letter from the father he never knew, Otogi transfers to a new school and moves into an abandoned mansion as part of his inheritance. There, he finds a manuscript that reveals the truth about his ancestors: the Brothers Grimm made a deal with mystical beings known as the Marchen Demons, who now have a claim on Otogi’s life. With a dashing male Cinderella as his guide, can Otogi Grimm unlock the power of the manuscript and stop the fairy tale demons before they destroy him first?

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 26 by Kenjiro Hata
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Nagi has lost her vast fortune, but she has a plan to survive (without, you know, working): turn her home into a boardinghouse and launch this manga into a new era of wacky hijinks. When Chiharu runs away from home, it looks like Nagi may have netted her first tenant – aside from the vengeful ghost cat, that is.

Love Stage!! Volume 3 by Eiki Eiki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $12.99

Izumi Sena is an average guy born into a family of famous celebrities. A college student and total otaku, he works hard every day with the goal of someday becoming a manga creator. Popular actor Ryoma Ichijo confessed to him, but Izumi made him promise they’d start off as friends. Strangely, it’s Izumi who can’t seem to stop thinking about Ryoma – and they aren’t all innocent thoughts. What happens when a reporter gets the dirt on Ryoma’s crush? And will Ryoma’s patience finally be rewarded with a night of making love?

Requiem of the Rose King Volume 2 by Aya Kanno
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Richard’s father, the patriarch of the House of York, seems poised to become king of medieval England during the Wars of the Roses. But just as success appears imminent, he is attacked. Now in the midst of deep despair, Richard acts out in revenge and must face a powerful and beautiful new enemy.

xxxHOLiC Omnibus Volume 7 by CLAMP
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $14.99

The longer Watanuki resides over the shop, the stronger he gets and the more he learns to rely on his friends in the way his friends have relied on him. But as his powers grow with the passing of years, his memories of Yuko also grow distant. Will the current shop master ever be reunited with its former owner and will Watanuki ever be able to leave the shop?

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