Lesley Aeschliman

New Manga Releases for the Week of February 24, 2015

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

Ani Imo Volume 2 manga coverAni-Imo Vol. 2 by Haruko Kurumatani
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99
Buy it! Ani-Imo, Vol. 2

When elder brother Youta and his kid sister Hikaru get into an accident that switches their bodies, Hikaru (in her brother’s body) changes into a fiendish sadist. Youta (in his sister’s body) finds himself her “girlfriend.”

Barakamon Vol. 3 by Satsuki Yoshino
Yen Press – MSRP: $14.99
Buy it! Barakamon, Vol. 3

Kawafuji, the only friend of a handsome young calligrapher named Seishuu Honda, has come to visit. However, the lack of cell phone signal and any useful landmarks prevents the two of them from meeting up. Kyousuke Kamisaki, who beat out Seishuu for an award, comes along for the ride.

BTOOOM! Vol. 9 by Junya Inoue
Yen Press – MSRP: $13.99
Buy it! BTOOOM!, Vol. 9

The death game BTOOOM! that has driven unarmed captives to fight for their lives with explosives is heading into the final stages. Kousuke Kira longs for a rematch with Ryouta Sakamoto, wanders the island in the hope that he can get back into the game. But when Kira runs into a mysterious group with unfamiliar BIMs, their team play has him cornered.

Gou-dere Sora Nagihara Vol. 2 by Suu Minazuki
Yen Press – MSRP: $14.99
Buy it! Gou-dere Sora Nagihara, Vol. 2

Things take a serious turn when the potentially real Sora Nagihara, who Shouta fell for in manga form, shows up in his bed, claiming that gou-dere Sora is an impostor.

High School DxD Vol. 4 by Ichiei Ishibumi
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99
Buy it! High School DxD, Vol. 4

President Rias, the beautiful young devil, is betting her engagement on the outcome of a “rating game,” and Issei’s joining the fight.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Vol. 1: Phantom Blood by Hirohiko Araki
VIZ Media – MSRP: $19.99
Buy it! JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1–Phantom Blood, Vol. 1

Jonathan Joestar’s life is forever changed when he meets his new adopted brother, Dio. Dio has a smoldering grudge against him and derives pleasure from seeing him suffer, which becomes the beginning of a long and hateful relationship.

Judge Vol. 6 by Yoshiki Tonogai
Yen Press – MSRP: $12.99
Buy it! JUDGE, Vol. 6

Everyone is playing it close to the chest, so the courthouse is teeming with murderous intent. Lives are cut down until finally the requisite four are all who remain. Will the four left standing truly be able to make it out alive?

Maria the Virgin Witch Vol. 1 by Masayuki Ishikawa
Kodansha Comics – MSRP: $10.99
Buy it! Maria the Virgin Witch 1

As a war to determine the rightful ruler of medieval France rages on, the only hope for most is protection from the heavens through prayer. But deep in the forest outside of a small village, the witch Maria will not stand by as men kill each other and commit horrendous acts in the name of God and glory. Using her powerful magic, Maria summons various beasts and demons to stop the needless slaughter. But her display of magical might has drawn the ire of Heaven, and the Archangel Michael puts an end to Maria’s meddling by placing a curse on her to lose her powers if she ever gives up her virginity.

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