Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Manga to End on January 25, 2021

Yūji Kaku has announced that the Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku manga will end with its 127th chapter, which will be published on January 25, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

Gabimaru, once exalted as the strongest ninja, but who has now quit his trade, violates the laws of his village. After being captured, he claims he has nothing left to live for. However, due to his superhuman levels of training, he has inadvertently survived multiple executions, from attempts at beheading to burning at the stake. The executioner Sagiri Asaemon tells him that he has lingering attachment to life, and issues him a mission to win his acquittal: to find the elixir of immortality.

Kaku launched Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ website and app in January 2018. VIZ Media is releasing the manga digitally through its Shonen Jump service, and Shueisha is also releasing the manga through its MANGA Plus service. VIZ Media also releases the manga in print.

Source: ANN

Moriking Manga Ends

Tomohiro Hasegawa’s Moriking (Shinrin Ōsha Mori King or Forest Ruler Mori King) manga has ended with its 35th chapter in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

The story of the manga is described as:

Third-grader Shota Aikawa’s pet beetle evolves from a larva to a pupa to a superhot human. The wacky adventures of the Aikawa family and the fabulous beetle who would be king now begins. You’re gonna LARVA this new comedy manga.

Moriking debuted in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 13, 2020. VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service launched the manga in English. MANGA Plus also published the manga in English.

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces New Manga and Light Novel Acquisitions

Yen Press has announced several new manga and light novel acquisitions.

The Whole of Humanity Has Gone Yuri Except for Me (manga)
Available June 2021

Marika Juuno has somehow ended up in a world where only women exist — which she discovers one morning when she sees two girls kissing each other on the way to school.

Farewell to My Alter (manga)
Available June 2021

From beloved yuri mangaka Nio Nakatani comes a new collection of short stories and illustrations.

The Eminence in Shadow (manga)
Available July 2021

There’s only one thing in this world Cid wants to be. And it’s not some bland protagonist or the final boss—he has his eyes set on becoming a mastermind working in the shadows.

I’m the Villainous Daughter, So I’m Keeping the Last Boss
Available July 2021

When Aileen regains her memories of her past life, she realizes she’s doomed. To get out of her situation, she decides to capture the heart of the Demon Lord.

The Maid I Recently Hired is Mysterious (manga)
Available June 2021

I hired a maid who has something about her I just can’t put my finger on. Sure, she looks great and is a fabulous cook, but something about her’s not quite right. What have I gotten myself into?

The Detective is Already Dead
Available June 2021

Kimitsuka Kimihiko was the assistant to a beautiful detective named Siesta — until Siesta died, anyway. Now, Kimitsuka has encountered a girl who bears an uncanny resemblance to his former boss…

Captivated, By You (manga)
Available July 2021

High school relations are moody, quirky, and full of surprises. But most of all, they’re downright captivating.

Spy Classroom
Available July 2021

The world’s greatest spy creates an organization dedicated to tackling missions considered impossible… though it remains to be seen why the seven members of this group all have no experience.

Source: The Fandom Post

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the Sarazanmai Anthology Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the Sarazanmai Anthology manga collection based on Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Sarazanmai television anime series. The company will release the manga in a large-trim single volume in print and digital formats in June 2021. The manga features more than a dozen short stories based on the anime by various creators.

The Sarazanmai Anthology manga is described as:

After accidentally breaking a statue of a mythical kappa, junior high students Kazuki, Toi, and Enta are transformed into kappa themselves as punishment by Keppi, prince of the Kappa Kingdom. Keppi has a task for the boys if they want their bodies back: work for him to hunt down zombie kappa born of twisted human desires. Even scarier, though? They’re going to have to expose their own deepest fears and desires to each other to do so. Explore this surrealist modern folktale–a fan-favorite anime in 2019–like never before in this collection of all-new short manga by various creators.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume Nine

Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume Nine combines Volumes 25 through 27 of Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyahsa manga into one volume. In addition to putting three volumes into one book, the physical size of the book has also increased and the pages were flipped back to their original right-to-left orientation.

Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume Nine
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 8, 2011

The entirety of the volume focuses on Inuyasha and the group’s run-ins and confrontations with the Band of Seven, which is a group of seven powerful mercenaries that Naraku has brought back to life using the Shikon Jewel shards.

This volume begins right where the previous volume ended, as Miroku, Sango, and Kagome encountered Mukotsu, a member of the Band of Seven who is a poisoner. At this point, Mukotsu has paralyzed Kagome with his poison, and Miroku and Sango are trying to save her. While Miroku and Sango make a valiant attempt, it’s ultimately Sesshomaru, who saves her. Not on purpose, of course. It’s just that Kagome and the others just happened to be at the spot where Sesshomaru was going on his quest to look for Naraku. While his rescue wasn’t planned, I still thought it was a rather neat twist.

Later, as Inuyasha tries to lead the others to safety in order to let them rest and find a way to get poison out of them, he is attacked by Ginkotsu, a member of the Band of Seven who kind of looks like a feudal era version of a steampunk cyborg. This was definitely one of the more unusual choices that Takahashi made when it came to the characters that made up the Band of Seven. Ginkotu’s job is to force Inuyasha to a nearby temple, where Renkotsu, another member of the Band of Seven, awaits with plans of an ambush. He’s able to hide the truth and appear as if he’s the chief monk of the temple… although Kagome is able to sense a shikon jewel shard in him. Unfortunately, she is unable to talk and this point and is unable to point this fact out to anyone. This ultimately leads to a confrontation with both Renkotsu and Ginkotsu.

But it turns out that Inuyasha and his crew aren’t the only ones being pursued by the Band of Seven. Koga and his crew are being targeted as well, since Koga has Shikon Jewel shards in his legs. Of course, this ultimately leads up to Inuyasha’s group and Koga’s group having to band together to take on their pursuers. As usual, the dialogue interplay that takes place between Inuyasha and Koga throughout this entire volume is amusing.

Kikyo becomes involved in the story when she reaches a small village near Mt. Hakurei, the “pure soul mountain” that repels demonic energy. While at this village, she encounters a doctor named Suikotsu, and she’s surprised to discover that he has a Shikon Jewel shard in his neck. But this shard is pure, which confuses Kikyo. If you can’t tell by the name, it turns out that Suikotsu is a member of the Band of Seven. However, he appears to basically have “multiple personality disorder,” and has two distinct personalities: the calm doctor and the vicious killer. His other personality comes out when the other surviving members of the Band of Seven descend on the village with a tank and wreak havoc.

After this battle, Inuyasha aids a weakened Kikyo, which of course, makes Kagome jealous. She tries hard to hide her jealousy, but it’s still obviously there. Fortunately, only a small fraction of the story in this volume focuses on this jealousy, since the bigger focus here is on the Band of Seven and trying to track down Naraku.

The story takes a turn when a boy from a village takes Imuyasha and the others to Hijiri Island. It’s the home of a hakushin, a great monk who became a living Buddha and is enshrined in the island’s temple. The boy is looking for his father, who hasn’t come home from tending to the hakushin. It turns out Mt. Hakurei is nearby. The twist here, of course, is that Bankotsu is on the island, even though it’s close enough to Mt. Hakurei to affect demons. Another twist that’s revealed is that the hakushin seems to be favoring Naraku, which hampers Inuyasha and his companions’ abilities to get the upper hand in the fight against Bankotsu.

Suikotsu comes back into the story, first in his evil form. In a battle between Sesshomaru and Jyakotsu, Rin and Jaken try to get away on a bridge. Suikotsu finds them, and the bridges they’re on breaks, and all three of them fall into the river below. Suikotsu and Rin are swept away, and Suikotsu reverts back into the mild-mannered doctor. He takes Rin with him to the village, and the villagers ask him to leave. Even though his face doesn’t change, the rest of him reverts back to evil and he starts attacking the villagers. When Sesshomaru arrives to rescue Rin and battles Jyakotsu, it turns out the one who saves Rin isn’t Sesshomaru… it’s actually Kikyo and her sacred arrow going through Suikotsu’s neck. It was actually kind of nice to see Kikyo doing something like this, and that it isn’t always Sesshomaru that saves Rin. It’s nice to be reminded that Kikyo still capable of performing the occasional good deed for someone else.

The volume ultimately culminates with Miroku and Sango trying to investigate a cave near Mt. Hakurei, since they won’t be negatively impacted by Mt. Hakurei’s purity. They discover that Kagura and Kanna are there, which makes it seem like Naraku should be somewhere nearby. Inuyasha goes after them after Kagome worries about how long they’ve been gone. The volume ends with Renkotsu finding Inuyasha, and Inuyasha losing his demon powers after getting to so close to Mt. Hakurei. The audience is left with a cliffhanger about how Inuyasha will handle Renkotsu, as well as a shocking discovery that Miroku makes. Both of these cliffhangers work as a perfect place to end of the volume, because the reader has double the reason to want to continue on to the next volume in order to find out how these events and revelations will be handled and how they will affect the story.

There’s so many instances of the Band of Seven being able to get away before they can be taken down. Yes, they do lose some of their number over the course of Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume Nine, but most of them are able to come back later for another battle. After nearly 500 pages, there really hasn’t been a lot of forward progression in the characters being able to take down the Band of Seven. It’s been a while since I watched the Inuyasha anime, so I can’t remember how much more of the Band of Seven storyline we still have to go before its finally resolved. However, I have a sinking feeling that a lot of Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 10 will also be focused on the Band of Seven storyline. But even with how much time the Band of Seven storyline takes, I still do enjoy the Inuyasha series overall.

These VIZBIG editions are a great and economical way for Inuyasha fans to collect this long-running series if they hadn’t already collected all of the original volumes. Also, I’d recommend it to readers who may have the original volumes but who want to be able to read the series in its original right-to-left orientation.

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Cells at Work! Code Black Manga to End on January 21, 2021

This year’s seventh issue of Kodansha’s Morning magazine has announced that Shigemitsu Harada and Issei Hatsuyoshiya’s Cells at Work! Code Black (Hataraku Saibō Black) spin-off manga will end in its next chapter on January 21, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

In this new spin-off of the hit manga, a newbie Red Blood Cell is one of 37 trillion working to keep this body running. But something’s wrong. Stress hormones keep yelling at him to go faster. The blood vessels are crusted over with cholesterol. Ulcers, fatty liver, trouble (ahem) downstairs… It’s hard for a cell to keep working when every day is a CODE BLACK.

The manga and anime Cells at Work! showed you what happens when a young, healthy body gets in trouble… but what if the body wasn’t so young, and was never very healthy? This new take stars a fresh-faced Red Blood Cell and his friend, the buxom White Blood Cell, as they struggle to keep themselves and their world together through alcoholism, smoking, erectile dysfunction, athlete’s foot, gout… it’s literal body horror. Whoever this guy is, he’s lucky his cells can’t go on strike.

Harada and Hatsuyoshi launched Cells at Work! Code Black in Morning and the Weekly D Morning digital manga magazine in June 2018. Kodansha Comics has licensed the manga for an English release.

Source: ANN

Top 20 Selling Manga in the United States for December 2020

Here are the Top 20 selling manga in the United States for December 2020 according to NPD BookScan:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Uzumaki (Hardcover) by Junji Ito
  7. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Aidairo
  8. My Hero Academia Volume 24 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  9. Remina by Junji Ito
  10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  11. Haikyu!! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate
  12. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajima Isayama
  13. My Hero Academia Volume 25 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  14. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  15. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  16. Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba
  17. Chainsaw Man Volume 2 by Tatsuki Fujimoto
  18. Naruto (3-in-1 Edition) Volume 1 by Masashi Kishimoto
  19. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 3 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  20. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 19 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Source: The Fandom Post

VIZ Media Announces the Release of The King’s Beast Manga

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing the first volume of Rei Toma’s The King’s Beast manga on February 2, 2021. The volume will be released in paperback and will retail for US$9.99. The story is set in the same world at Toma’s Dawn of the Arcana series.

Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palaces as beast-servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When they were children, Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu was ripped from her arms and sent to the palace to attend Prince Tenyou as a beast-servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody dynastic intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope at avenging her brother is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace.

Prince Tenyou is not what Rangetsu expected, and the political currents in the palace run deep and strange. Does Rangetsu have any chance of finding justice for her brother, or will she become just another Ajin casualty in the game of kings?

Rei Toma created her first complete manga for a graduation project in design school. When she drew the short story manga “Help Me, Dentist,” it attracted a publisher’s attention and she made her debut right away. She is the creator of Dawn of the Arcana and The Water Dragon’s Bride, both available in English from VIZ Media.

It’s Personnel! Manga to End on January 18, 2021

Manga creator Yuni has announced on their Twitter account that they will end their It’s Personnel! (Hitogoto Desu Kara!) manga in the next chapter on January 18, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

Ms. Komori is the ace of the Sales and Marketing Department, and she damned well knows it. With a smile that can convince anyone to do anything, she always goes well over her monthly quota – so imagine how surprised she is after finding out she’s getting transferred over to the dull, uptight Personnel Department. But little does she know that she may have more in common with her new coworker Ms. Yamanobe than she originally thought…

Yuni launched the It’s Personnel! manga on the Comic Cmoa web manga site in November 2019. Manga Planet licensed the manga and is releasing it in English.

Source: ANN

DAYS Manga to End on January 20, 2021

This year’s seventh issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine has announced that Tsuyoshi Yasuda’s DAYS manga will end in the next issue on January 20, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

During his last spring break before starting high school, Tsukushi Tsukamoto meets Jin Kazama, who invites him to a pick-up soccer game. Their chance meeting, and his first-ever experience with soccer, move kind-hearted, timid Tsukushi to enroll in his new high school’s soccer club, which is among the strongest in all of Japan. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there’s something amazing hidden inside Tsukushi’s heart… and through his trials and tribulations in the soccer club, it’s beginning to blossom.

Yasuda launched DAYS in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2013. Kodansha Comics is publishing the manga digitally in English.

Source: ANN