Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of August 4, 2015

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

My Hero Academia Volume 1 mangaMy “Pick of the Week” goes to VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 1.

My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99 Get it for $6.39 on Amazon!

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere. Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course. But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all, gives him a chance to change his destiny.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Assassination Classroom Volume 5 by Yusei Matsui
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Intramural relations are at an all-time low: Principal Asano wants to crush Koro Sensei’s 3-E baseball team while Koro Sensei wants to avenge Principal Asano’s sabotage of 3-E’s midterms. Then the government sends in a new Special Forces operative – a ruthless father figure who tests Karasuma’s combat coaching skills. You’ll never guess which student does him proud. And when Koro Sensei digs a swimming pool to help his students cool off, they discover a new weakness of his – as well as how cute their classmates look in swimsuits.

Black Rose Alice Volume 5 by Setona Mizushiro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Alice thinks she has fully adapted to her role in Dimitri’s nest and is carefully considering which vampire to propagate with. But when the man she loved when she was Azusa shows up one day, her carefully constructed acceptance starts to crumble.

Bleach Omnibus Volumes 34-36 by Tite Kubo
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

The Soul Reapers have finally joined Ichigo and his friends in the fight against the Espada in Hueco Mundo. But while the bloody battle holds all their attention, Aizen is free to make his next diabolical move.

Devils and Realist Volume 6 by Utako Yukihiro
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

William undergoes special training in magic under the instruction of Mathers. At the same time, the War of the Roses begins at the school. Unable to compete effectively, William suffers humiliating defeat in every event. Who will win – the Red Rose Army, or the White Rose Army?

Dragonar Academy Volume 7 by Shiki Mizuchi
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

Thanks to the Zepharos Empire’s machinations, Eco’s long-hidden dragon form has finally been revealed as an unspeakably powerful dragon hovering over the city of Fontaine. As a struggle for control ensues between Eco and the spirit of Mordred, the truth about Mordred and Prince Julius’s dark fate is about to come to light.

Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 by Nami Sano
Seven Seas Entertainment – MSRP: $12.99

First year high school student Sakamoto isn’t just cool, he’s the coolest. Almost immediately after starting school, he began attracting everyone’s attention. The girls love him, and most of the boys resent him. There’s even a boy in the class who works as a model, but who is constantly upstaged by Sakamoto. No matter what tricks the other boys try to play on him, Sakamoto always manages to foil them with ease and grace. Though Sakamoto may seem cool and aloof, he helps others when asked, such as in the case of the boy in his class who was being constantly bullied. No matter what difficulties Sakamoto encounters, he moves through his high school life with confidence and class,

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Volume 3 by Hirohiko Araki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99

Jonathan Joestar and his mentor Zeppelli continue their pursuit of the villainous vampire, Dio. But to get to him, they must first face down his murderous henchmen. In battle after bloody battle, JoJo and Zeppelli are pushed to their limits and beyond.

Maid-sama! Omnibus Volumes 1-2 by Hiro Fujiwara
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

As if being class president of a predominantly male high school wasn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret – she works at a maid cafe after school. How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultra smart, strong, and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life? Can Misaki trust Usui to keep her secret from the rest of the kids at school? And why the heck is he always showing up at the maid cafe? Maybe she should start taking him seriously when he says he likes her – especially when he throws in an unexpected kiss.

One Piece Volume 75 by Eiichiro Oda
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Usopp’s heroics have knocked out Sugar. How will the battle on Dressrosa shift now that all the toys have turned back into humans? And how will Doflamingo react now that things aren’t going his way?

The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 9 by Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne. Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword. Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated?

So Cute It Hurts!! Volume 2 by Go Ikeyamada
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Mitsuru is now on the hit list of a popular school bully, and no one but Megumu’s weird friends and the girl of his dreams are willing to stand up with him against the attacks. Megumu has fallen in love too, but it turns out her new flame is allergic to girls. Can the twins avert tragedy, or was switching places the beginning of a disaster?

Toriko Volume 29 by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

The horrific conclusion of the epic battle between the heads of rival organizations the IGO and Gourmet Corp. spells disaster for the entire world, and the sun sets on the Age of Gourmet. Having lost his appetite for life, Toriko wanders the world. Meanwhile, Toriko’s chef partner Komatsu finds a new purpose at Gourmet Corp.!

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 12 by Maki Minami
VIZ Media – MSRP: $9.99

Hime has the chance of a lifetime – to live and work with her heroine Sakura Aoyama. Sure, she’ll still be in the role of Shiro, but she’ll be breathing the same air as her idol every day. But Senri knows what his mom is really like, and he’s worried that his new friend will fall under her spell. Can Senri save Shiro from the same heartbreak he suffered as a kid without destroying Hime’s dream?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus Volumes 7-9 by Kazuki Takahashi
VIZ Media – MSRP: $14.99

Game master Ryo Bakura wants to use the power of his Millennium Ring to put the souls of Yugi, Jonouchi, Anzu, and Honda inside his “Monster World” miniatures forever. Now, with 10-sided dice in hand, Yugi and Dark Yugi must hack and slash their way their Bakura’s adventure and defeat the Dark Master Zorc or die trying. Then, on the island called Duelist Kingdom, a battle royale is taking place to determine the greatest “Duel Monsters” player in the world. A fight with fisherman Ryota Kajiki is just a warmup for Yugi, the only person who’s beaten Kaiba, the former world champion. But although Kaiba may be in a coma, his deck still lives in the hands of an evil ventriloquist, who has stolen not only Kaiba’s deck but his very soul.

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