Shueisha Cancels the Publication of the act-age Manga

The official Twitter account for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced on Twitter that storywriter Tatsuya Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki’s act-age manga is canceled. The chapter that will appear in the magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue, which will ship on August 11, 2020, will be the final chapter.

Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service has announced that it will not publish the final chapter on its platform. The service also provided a full English statement, which is a translation of the Japanese statement from the Shonen Jump Editorial Department:

Matsuki Tatsuya, the writer of act-age was arrested on August 8, 2020.

The editorial department takes this situation very seriously, and after confirming the matter and discussing it with Shiro Usazaki Sensei, the artist for the series, we have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to continue with its serialization. The chapter that is in combined issue 36/37 of Weekly Shonen Jump will be the final chapter.

It is extremely unfortunate to have to end a series that has received so much support from so many readers in this way. However, this decision was made because of the nature of the incident, and because Weekly Shonen Jump recognizes the weight of its social responsibility.

We offer our deepest regrets and apologies to our readers. This is a difficult time for Usazaki Sensei, but the editorial department offers Usazaki Sensei our support and encouragement for future works.

Information about graphic novel volumes and related publications and events will be announced as they are decided.

Matsuki and Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018.

NHK reported on August 8, 2020 that Matsuki was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student.

Source: ANN

Act-age Story Writer Tatsuya Matsuki Arrested on Suspicion of Committing Indecent Act with Minor

NHK has reported that act-age story creator Tatsuya Matsuki (who is 29 years old) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student.

The report states that according to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect approached the girl from behind and touched her inappropriately. Afterward, the suspect fled the scene. The girl went to police, who analyzed security camera footage to investigate. Police discovered through security footage that about an hour later, a similar incident on a nearby road with a different female middle school student occurred, involving a suspect who resembled Matsuki.

According to police, Matsuki told police “there’s generally nothing incorrect” with their accusations.

The editors of Weekly Shonen Jump have stated in an online message that they take the news reports about Matsuki seriously. The editors added that once they have confirmed the facts about the allegations, they will deal with the matter appropriately.

Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018, and the manga is ongoing.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces September 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for September 2020.

SHONEN JUMP

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 16
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro goes to see the Stone Hashira, Himejima, who intends to prepare him for the battles to come. The training to become a Hashira—a high-ranking member of the Demon Slayer Corps—is intense and demanding, and earning Himejima’s approval seems impossible, but Tanjiro won’t give up. Meanwhile, the demon lord Muzan continues to search for the
location of Nezuko and Ubuyashiki.

Act-Age Volume 2
by Tatsuya Matsuki, Art by Shiro Usazaki

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

In order to meet the famous actor Chiyoko Momoshiro, Kei Yonagi tries out for the Death Island movie. For her audition, Yonagi must improvise being stranded on an island while struggling against other desperate survivors. As the pressure mounts, Yonagi utters a line that startles everyone and could very well hurt her chances of landing the role.

One Piece: Ace’s Story Volume 2 (Novel)
Original Concept by Eiichiro Oda, Written by Tatsuya Hamazaki

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Price: USA $10.99

After an undersea tangle with mermaids and fish-men, Portgaz D. Ace leads his Spade Pirates crew to the New World, a place where pirate masters and rookies battle for territory and treasure. As he flees memories of his secret past, Ace seeks pirating infamy so powerful it will change the world order. To achieve this goal, he sets his sights on one of the strongest fleets in the ocean—the Whitebeard Pirates, ruled over by dread pirate Whitebeard, the strongest man in the world.

Dragon Ball Super Volume 10
by Akira Toriyama, Art by Toyotarou

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Tournament of Power is over and Goku and Vegeta have embarked on a new adventure… in space. The Galactic Patrol
experiences its worst prison break ever, and the evil Moro—a planet-eating monster—escapes! Moro’s goal is attaining the Dragon Balls of New Namek, and it’s up to Goku, Vegeta and the Galactic Patrol to stop him! But what can they do when Moro can drain them of their energy just by being near them?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 16
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Will Kaguya and Miyuki ever go beyond making out and make it to officially going out? What game is Miko playing when
she interferes with Yu and Tsubame’s fledgling intimacy? Meanwhile, Kaguya tries to choose the perfect gift for Miyuki,
his dad goes into the fortune-telling business, and Kobashi takes off her glasses with… expected results.

Spy x Family Volume 2
by Tatsuya Endo

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Twilight must infiltrate the prestigious Eden Academy to get close to his target Donovan Desmond, but does his daughter
Anya even have the academic prowess to get in to the school? But perhaps the truly impossible mission is making sure Anya becomes a school scholar and befriends Donovan’s arrogant son, Damian.

Dr. Stone Volume 13
by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Kohaku plans to fool the island’s ruler in order to infiltrate his harem and steal the petrification weapon, but first Senku and the gang need to retrieve the mobile lab to give Kohaku a total scientific makeover. However, the island’s fiercest warriors have taken over their ship, so the Kingdom of Science might need a little help to pull off this heist.

Haikyu!! Volume 40
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

With the game between Kamomedai and Karasuno seesawing back and forth, Azumane is left feeling guilty and useless
because his shots are being constantly blocked. How will he get past Hirugami, who has learned how to shrug off the
pressure and play using his full ability at all times? Karasuno’s ace comes to a quiet realization and finally awakens to his true strength.

SHOJO BEAT

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 9
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Shortly after Shirayuki and Ryu’s arrival in Lilias, a mysterious ailment breaks out. Now the two herbalists find
themselves in a race against time to uncover the cause of the illness and find a cure before it spreads throughout the city. And what will Zen and friends do when they catch word of this outbreak while on their way to Wirant?

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 8
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Mr. Shishio’s change of heart causes Suzume to shut herself up in her room. When Suzume’s mother returns to their hometown for a brief stay, Suzume makes the sudden decision to return home. But Yuyuka and Suzume’s other Tokyo friends are determined to bring her back.

Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits Volume 6
by Waco Ioka, Original Story by Midori Yuma,
Character Design by Laruha

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Aoi has been asked to cater an anniversary dinner for a royal couple, and she’s overjoyed at what this will mean for her restaurant. She and Ginji head to the Eastern Lands to do some grocery shopping at a fancy imported food market. But before she can find the perfect ingredient, Aoi is abducted. Locked in a crate without her tengu fan, Aoi has no chance of making it back in time to cook dinner for the royals. But missing a good business opportunity is the least of her worries when water begins to flood her prison.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 4
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Rio’s kiss is the result of being unable to rein in his feelings after he discovers Akari has fallen for Kazuomi. Akari, who is working to keep the family together, and Yuna, who loves Rio, are shocked. Can Yuna help Rio understand what’s at stake?

Not Your Idol Volume 2
by Aoi Makino

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

“This is exactly why she got herself stabbed by a fan.”

Heartbroken Nina Kamiyama is a former idol. She’s decided to live her life by keeping her past identity a secret, but her situation intensifies when another discovers who she really is. Who can she trust?

Skip Beat! Volume 44
by Yoshiki Nakamura

On Sale Date: September 1, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Kyoko thought she’d be able to relax now that she’s secured the role of Momiji, but various romantic misunderstandings are making her life more stressful than ever. How can she focus on being an amazing actress when a photo of Ren kissing a famous adult actress just leaked.

VIZ MEDIA

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 15
by Noriyuki Konishi

On Sale Date: September 8, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

Nate and his Yo-kai pal Jibanyan are leading an expedition in search of hidden treasure. Get ready for a new adventure full of serious exploring and serious fun that’s also a little bit of a tearjerker.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 8
by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: September 8, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $4.99

It’s a showdown in Vast Poni Canyon to repel the invading Ultra Beasts. Sun and Moon must gain control of Legendary
Pokemon Solgaleo and Lunala before Faba can use them to take over the Aether Foundation. And then a Trainer and
Pokemon get dragged into a wormhole.

Splatoon Volume 10
by Sankichi Hinodeya

On Sale Date: September 8, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

Team Blue’s next opponent in a game of Splat Zones is the Iromaki Rangers. Meanwhile, Team Gloves goes up against the superstrong X-Blood team. And waiting in the wings… the S4 is back. Plus, Marina herself draws a bonus manga for you.

VIZ SIGNATURE

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition Volume 9
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Darkness covers the world as the forces of evil take control. The Friend has become the President of the World and rules with absolute power behind the giant wall of the city of Tokyo. Most of the world believes that the Friend is their savior, but below the surface, a resistance group led by “The Queen of Ice” begins to make its move. The only one capable of ending this nightmare, she plans to rise in arms on August 20, but then a ray of hope shines from an unexpected corner.

BEASTARS Volume 8
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Gray wolf Legoshi begins training with giant panda Gohin in order to better protect his friends, but he faces an ethical paradox when he is told he must eat meat to grow more powerful. Meanwhile, herbivore red deer Louis is choking
down the flesh of beasts to maintain his status as the leader of a carnivorous lion gang. Yet when he runs into Legoshi
carrying a bag of meat, Louis feels betrayed. Legoshi continues to train, becoming more powerful in some ways yet weaker in others—and then his grades begin to drop. Even worse, dwarf rabbit Haru is mad at him.

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 4
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

The beings known as Lord Tensen are beyond comprehension. These rulers of the mysterious island are deathless, ferocious and nearly invincible. Can Gabimaru the Hollow and his Yamada Asaemon executioner Sagiri survive long enough to achieve their goal despite being forced to contend with immortal monsters?

Ping Pong Volume 2
by Taiyo Matsumoto

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $29.99

Things have changed since the last inter-high tournament. Peco has quit the game, and “Smile” Tsukimoto’s desire to play is gone. Even “Demon” Sakuma has been kicked off the Kaio team. But Coach Koizumi isn’t going to let all that talent go to waste and launches a plan to get Tsukimoto back on the team and into top condition. Every great athlete needs a great rival to push them past their limits, and Peco and Smile—friends since they were children—must now challenge each other to become the heroes they always dreamed they could be.

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 1
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $24.99

Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction.

Levius/est Volume 6
by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

It’s Levius versus Oliver in the championship match at the Southern Slam, the top tournament in Mechanical Martial Arts. Before the fight, Levius learns that the champion’s life may be in danger due to steam syndrome and that only he can save him. No sooner does the starting bell ring, however, than Levius finds out just how dangerous Oliver can be—steam syndrome or not.

No Guns Life Volume 7
by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

When you are a tool of a megacorporation, can you ever escape their grip? Juzo hasn’t got an answer just yet, but he’s
determined to live his life for himself. Too bad for Juzo that the agents of Berühren have other ideas. A man claiming to be Tetsuro’s brother wants to test a new version of Berühren’s Harmony device, and Juzo and Tetsuro are the guinea pigs. Survival means Juzo will need to unleash his full capabilities as a Gun Slave Unit, but this time it may not be enough.

The Way of the Househusband Volume 4
by Kousuke Oono

On Sale Date: September 15, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

On what begins as just another shopping trip, Tatsu has a run-in with a thief—of the feline persuasion. When the gangster-turnedhomemaker gives chase, yakuza are quickly drawn into the fray, and chaos erupts in the streets of the shopping district. Even everyday errands can turn treacherous when you’re the Immortal Dragon.

SHONEN SUNDAY

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 1
by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: September 8, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

From the day his parents named him, Nasa Yuzaki has been destined for outer space… or so he believes. But while trying to join the space program, he is thrown for a loop when an accident introduces him to Tsukasa, a mysterious girl with strange powers. Is she an alien, a moon goddess or something else? Since she insists on marrying him, Nasa has plenty of chances to find out.

RIN-NE Volume 35
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: September 8, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Rinne takes a plant-sitting job, but it turns out the spiritpurifying tree he’s responsible for is far more than it seems. Sakura Mamiya, Rinne’s crush and the cool-headed half of the duo, gets dragged into the arboreal drama, and, as usual, Rinne’s moneymaking scheme ends in paranormal hijinks.

VIZ Media Announces July 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for July 2020.

From Shonen Jump:

Act-Age Volume 1
by Tatsuya Matsuki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 1
Original Concept by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $14.99

The Quincies Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Volume 15
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Turns out confessing your feelings is the easy part of a romantic relationship… Next you have to figure out how to behave in a relationship. Kaguya retreats behind the protective ice shield she built to protect herself years ago. Miyuki believes only an ideal version of himself is worthy of love. Ai/Haski, as usual, is caught in the middle. Will our two notstar-crossed lovers ever learn to let go and just be?

Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself.

One-Punch Man Volume 20
by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Immediately before the big Monster Association battle, the Class-S heroes hold a strategy meeting. Unfortunately, they just aren’t in sync, and when Amai Mask barges in, the situation only gets worse. Thankfully, King appears just in time to boost their morale—and it’s a good thing, too, because the big
monster battle begins.

Seraph of the End Volume 19
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto,
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Shinoa fights for her life at the Demon Army headquarters where the First Progenitor, Shikama Doji, is trying to possess her. Ferid’s solution to the problem? Kill her before she’s turned and possessed. With all of the pieces in place and the First’s resurrection all but complete, the vampires and the Hyakuya Sect both converge on Shibuya. Meanwhile, trapped in his own mind with Asuramaru, Yuichiro’s missing past is finally revealed to him.

Haikyu!! Volume 39
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s Little Giant versus Little Giant in the quarterfinal game against Kamomedai, and the Little Giant of the past that both Hinata and Korai look up to is watching in the stands. Karasuno struggles against Kamomedai’s iron-tough defense, as their blockers are just as infamous as Date Tech’s, if not more/ Will Karasuno find a way to open a hole in Kamomedai’s wall?

Dr. Stone Volume 12
by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kingdom of Science is now in uncharted waters. Motivated to find out the meaning behind the cryptic message they intercepted, Senku and a select few prepare for a long overseas voyage. And what they find on the first stop on their journey might provide a clue behind the mysterious petrification that ended civilization.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaina Volume 14
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro’s sword is still not ready. The swordsmith Haganezuka tries to concentrate on finishing while Tanjiro and his friends engage the two upper-rank demons, Hantengu and Gyokko, in a ferocious battle. Hantengu continues to create different forms to attack the Demon Slayers. Meanwhile, the Mist Hashira Tokito regains his memories of the past and confronts Gyokko, but what will these memories reveal?

From Shojo Beat:

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 8
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Shirayuki and Zen finally have “the talk” about their future together. Then, a heavy rain forces the party to take shelter at an inn after seeing off Sakaki. But just as night falls, Obi slips away.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 7
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Suzume and Mr. Shishio take a trip together for the first time. But something weighs heavily on Mr. Shishio’s mind. Meanwhile, Suzume’s worried about being caught on a romantic outing with her teacher.

Prince Freya Volume 2
by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Freya finds her charade as Prince Edvard difficult to maintain while battling treacherous Tyrish nobles and her own crushing grief. With the help of her dear friend Alek and her new guardian Sir Julian, however, she’s determined not to give up. But will her new resolution and impulsive nature send her straight into the jaws of danger?

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 4
by Mak Enjoji

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

At long last, the Dark Lord has been defeated. Wait—it can’t be that easy.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Nanase hears that Kairi has requested to study abroad. She is shocked by the news and tells him she doesn’t want to be apart, but Kairi’s response makes her uneasy.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 3
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Akari begins to see Kazuomi in a different light. But Kazuomi seems completely uninterested in love, and he’s very different from Akari’s usual type. Rio learns that Akari is attracted to Kazuomi, and Rio’s state of mind makes Yuna’s heart ache.

Takane & Hana Volume 15
by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Takane’s mother shows up from London and causes a stir. The big question is, can she possibly accept Hana’s role in Takane’s life? Things don’t look promising, but perhaps a trip to the amusement park can mend the strained relationship between mother and son.

From VIZ Media:

Radiant Volume 12
by Tony Valente

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price USA $9.99

Traveling to Bôme to recover the Nemesis that Grimm has stolen, Seth, Melie, Doc and Ocoho are separated during confrontations with both a Nemesis and a member of the Mesnie, eaters of the Infected. But this is not their only problem: the presence of General Inquisitor Sargon aboard their aircraft suggests that a meeting of Inquisition senior officials will soon take place in Bôme, an event sure to pile more troubles onto the Infected.

Persona 5 Volume 3
by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Ann has a new admirer… kind of. His name is Yusuke Kitagawa and he is an aspiring artist apprenticed to master painter Ichiryusai Madarame. Enthralled by Ann’s beauty, Yusuke is determined to use her as a model for a painting. But a new palace appears and it soon becomes apparent that it belongs to none other than Madarame himself, who has been plagiarizing his students’ art for his own gain. Will Yusuke have the will to rebel and join Akira and his friends to defeat the evil painter?

Record of Grancrest War Volume 7
Original Story by Ryo Mizuno, Story and Art by Makoto Yotsuba, Character Design by Miyu

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

It’s all been building to this point. Siluca and Theo’s plans, their hopes and their dreams—all are going to be put to the test in this final volume. Can the genius mage and upstart Lord pull off one last win, or will this be the end of everything they hoped to accomplish?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 1
by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

New Inklings take center stage as they and their friends embark on hilarious escapades in the world of Splatoon, the hit video game series from Nintendo.

From VIZ Signature:

Mujirushi
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi.

Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to massproduce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 14
by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

The Nanyang Alliance desperately tries to evacuate their Psycho Zakus from the Taal volcano base under intense pressure from the attacking Federation forces. To cover the retreat, Daryl Lorenz and the members of his team try to hold off Io Fleming and his unit. But this face-off was always going to come down to Io and Daryl, whose rivalry has only intensified since they first dueled in the Thunderbolt Sector. Each will accept nothing less than total destruction of the other, but victory always comes at a price.

BEASTARS Volume 7
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Red deer Louis has always been the prime candidate for Cherryton Academy’s next Beastar, but now he has dropped out of school to run a gang of lions. When his greatest rival, gray wolf Juno, tries to convince him to return to school, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, gray wolf Legoshi’s relationship with dwarf rabbit Haru is changing too. Will they grow closer or farther apart? Then, Legoshi is blindsided by a huge, mysterious assailant. What new skills will he need to learn to protect himself, let alone his friends?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 3
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

A group of sinister beings have lived on this island for several lifetimes, tinkering and experimenting on humans and the local fauna to further the goals of their dark sciences. Who are these otherworldly individuals that rule this beautiful and deadly island and how will Gabimaru manage to kill them to achieve his goal?

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 1
by Bunta Kinami

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Ruby takes her first step on the road to becoming a Huntress by enrolling at Beacon Academy, eager to take on the battery of tests, challenges and difficulties that follow. Ruby knows her talents will take her to her goal, but is she ready to clash with Weiss Schnee, haughty scion of the Schnee Dust
Company?

No Guns Life Volume 6
by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Andy Wachowski was the genius who developed the basic theory of Extension technology. But once he saw what became of his creation he turned against it, becoming the leader of the anti-Extended terrorist organization Spitzbergen. Now, in an attempt to control Juzo Spitzbergen threatens Tetsuro. Berühren’s Resolvers Pepper and Gun Slave Unit Seven are after Juzo as well. Juzo has plenty of cases to deal with now— it’s just too bad he’s not getting paid for any of them.

Levius/est Volume 5
by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

The main event of the Southern Slam tournament is Levius’s title fight against “the Emperor,” Oliver E. Kingsley, but first Natalia must face off against A.J.’s brother Balthus. Zack and Bill are ringside to help, but the Amethyst corporation’s experiments have turned Natalia’s opponent into a dreadful new kind of weapon.

Children of the Whales Volume 15
by Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Chakuro, Suou and Shuan boarded the battleship Karcharías hoping to convince Orca to release Ouni and Lykos. But instead of rescuing their friends, they are now caught up in Orca’s plan to destroy the Mud Whale and all its residents in order to unleash an apocalypse that will overthrow the Nouses and create a parallel world where humans will never again feel pain or sadness. When words prove useless against Orca’s sophistry, will the team from the Mud Whale be forced to use violence?

From Shonen Sunday:

Case Closed Volume 75
by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Conan and Rachel discover that someone is posing as Detective Moore and doing good deeds… but why? A string of threatening notes left on cars gives Detective Chiba the chance to solve a case alongside his childhood crush, new police-recruit Naeko Miike. And a shocking death at a wedding party reveals a startling secret. But when Conan’s investigation of the wedding leads him to an undercover detective working on the same case, he finds himself on the trail of an even bigger mystery…

RIN-NE Volume 34
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When some late exorcism fees are finally deposited in Rinne’s account, he informs Sakura that he’ll pay off all his debts to her. Meanwhile, after a fight with her parents over her credit card, Ageha runs away to stay at Rinne’s place. When Sakura hears about the new living arrangements, she gets the wrong impression. Can Rinne set her straight?

VIZ Media Announces Impressive Collection of New Manga, Novels and More for Summer 2020 Release

VIZ Media expands its publishing catalog as it announced a wide range of new acquisitions set for Summer 2020 release during its official panels held this past weekend at New York Comic Con.

New VIZ Signature titles arriving in Summer 2020 include Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition, the definitive release of the classic Rumiko Takahashi series, Naoki Urasawa’s Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, and Ping Pong, the tale of two boys’ passion for table tennis from Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto. The inspiration for the Netflix Original series Kingdom, The Kingdom of the Gods, was also announced.

Shonen Jump titles announced at the Shonen Jump-dedicated panel include Masashi Kishimoto’s latest series Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru; act-age, a gripping tale of an actor surviving her inner demons and Spy X Family, an action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. The official manga adaptation of the hit Rooster Teeth series RWBY: The Official Manga also receives a release as well as new novels from bestselling series Bleach, Naruto and One Piece.

On the Shojo Beat side, new titles include Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Senki, the final installment of the popular fantasy series and Not Your Idol, a thriller about a former idol dealing with a psychotic stalker.

Last but not least, the roster of titles includes How Do We Relationship?, a rom-com about two college women in a “fake” relationship, and the massive, full-color guide Monster Hunter: World – Official Complete Works, a must have for fans of the video game franchise.

Summer 2020 New Acquisitions:

ACT-AGE
Story by Tatsuya Matsuki, Art By Shiro Usazaki

Kei Yonagi must delve deep into her psyche to succeed in the cutthroat world of acting, but can she keep her sanity while doing so? Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

BLEACH: CAN’T FEAR YOUR OWN WORLD
By Ryohgo Narita, Original Concept by Tite Kubo

The bestselling paranormal action adventure manga series Bleach continues in novel form as an all-new threat arises. The Quincies’ Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

FUSHIGI YUGI: BYAKKO SENKI
By Yuu Watase

The final Fushigi Yugi story in the Universe of the Four Gods begins. The year is 1923. Suzuno Osugi’s father Takao warns her to stay away from The Universe of the Four Gods, telling her it’s a book that only men can touch. Takao worked with late Einosuke Okuda, who translated its text. He knows that in order to enact its story, the book needs one last heroine: the priestess of Byakko.

HOW DO WE RELATIONSHIP?
By Tamifull

A romance of convenience between two college women soon becomes the real thing. Shy Miwa has always dreamed of finding love, but living in small-town Japan made finding the right match difficult—especially since she likes girls. Even going away to college didn’t seem to increase her romantic odds until one day her outgoing classmate Saeko suggests they might as well start dating each other since it’s not like either of them have other options. At first it seems like things won’t work out as their personalities clash and misunderstandings abound. But when their casual friendship starts to become something more Miwa begins to wonder—can a pragmatic proposal lead to true love?

MAISON IKKOKU COLLECTOR’S EDITION
By Rumiko Takahashi

Acclaimed author Rumiko Takahashi’s classic romantic comedy about finding a path in life. Yusaku Godai didn’t get accepted into college on the first try, so he’s studying to retake the entrance exams. But living in a dilapidated building full of eccentric and noisy tenants is making it hard for him to achieve his goals. Now that a beautiful woman has moved in to become the new resident manager, Godai is driven to distraction.

MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD – OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS
Dive into this monstrously massive guide and explore all of the hunting fields, monsters, weaponry and lore that turned Capcom’s beloved Monster Hunter franchise into a global hit. Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games to hit shelves in years, and an epic game deserves an epic book. This 560-page tome features all of the lore, myths and monster designs that made Monster Hunter: World such a hit. Get all of the details on the ecosystems of the hunting grounds, find out just what makes a Rathalos such a ferocious predator and explore the New World.

MUJIRUSHI: THE SIGN OF DREAMS
By Naoki Urasawa

From award-winning author Naoki Urasawa comes a tale of crushing debt, a broken marriage, and the painting that can fix it all—if Kasumi and her dad can manage to steal it. Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi. Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to mass-produce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

NARUTO: NARUTO’S STORY – FAMILY DAY
By Mirei Miyamoto, Original Concept By Masashi Kishimoto

The ninja adventures continue in these stories featuring the characters of Naruto and Boruto. In this first of three new stand-alone tales set in the Boruto timeline, the village of Konohagakure has established a new holiday, Family Day. In an attempt to celebrate, Naruto and his daughter Himawari race around looking for a must-have item that just keeps eluding them. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her father Hiashi, her younger sister Hanabi and her son Boruto. Even Sasuke makes time to do something special with his daughter Sarada and his wife Sakura. When all is said and done, will the new holiday be considered a success?

NOT YOUR IDOL
By Aoi Makino

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts.

ONE PIECE: ACE’S STORY
By Sho Hinata, Original Concept by Eiichiro Oda

Get the backstory on Luffy’s brother Ace in this first of two prose stories that continue the high seas adventure One Piece. This volume contains the origin story of Luffy’s adopted brother Ace, and tells of his thrilling quest for the legendary One Piece treasure.

PING PONG
By Taiyo Matsumoto

Ace high school table tennis players push their passion to the limit in this story of self-discovery, told by Eisner Award winner Taiyo Matsumoto and later adapted to anime by Masaaki Yuasa. Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto doesn’t smile even though he’s got a natural talent for playing ping pong. As one of the best players in school, all hopes are on him to win the regional high school tournament, but winning is not what Smile really wants to do. Will the fierce competition to be number one bring out his best or drive him away from the game? Ping Pong is Taiyo Matsumoto’s masterwork reflection on friendship and self-discovery, presented here in two volumes, featuring color art, the bonus story Tamura and an afterward by the original Japanese series editor.

RWBY: THE OFFICIAL MANGA
By Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth Series Created By Monty Oum

Experience the Beacon Academy arc of the international smash hit animated series RWBY in a whole new way—manga. In the world of Remnant, monsters known as Grimm wreak havoc. They’re kept in check by Huntsmen and Huntresses, highly-skilled warriors experienced in monster extermination who utilize special abilities in battle. Ruby is a ferociously talented young girl who comes to Beacon Academy to hone her skills and serve as a Huntress herself. Alongside her sister Yang Xiao Long, rival Weiss Schnee and newfound friend Blake Belladonna, Ruby leads Team RWBY, the coolest new group at Beacon.

SAMURAI 8: THE TALE OF HACHIMARU
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

A futuristic tale of samurai adventure from the creator of Naruto. Becoming a samurai seems like an impossible dream for Hachimaru, a boy who can’t even survive without the help of his father. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life changes. A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic.

SPY X FAMILY
By Tatsuya Endo

An action-packed comedy about a fake family that includes a spy, an assassin and a telepath. Master spy Twilight is the best at what he does when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions in the name of a better world. But when he receives the ultimate impossible assignment—get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head.

THE KINGDOM OF THE GODS
Story By In-Wan Youn, Art By Kyung-Il Yang, Original Concept by Eun-hee Kim

Discover the comic that inspired the Netflix Original zombie series Kingdom Years of war and famine and have plunged Joseon into chaos. Young Prince Yi Moon, after losing all his bodyguards to an assassination attempt, has no choice but to turn to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. But as the unlikely pair race to find safety in a world gone mad, it becomes horrifyingly clear that humans aren’t the only thing they must fear. In a bonus story, a secluded island becomes a private battlefield as the notorious Japanese criminal Juu and the infamous Korean felon Han face off against each other. But they aren’t the only ones on the island…

VIZ Media Announces Forthcoming Print Releases

VIZ Media announced during its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con that it will release Ryohgo Narita’s Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World novel in July 2020, Mirei Miyamoto’s Naruto: Naruto’s Story – Family Day novel in June 2020, and Shō Hinata’s One Piece: Ace’s Story novel in May 2020.

The company also announced that it will begin releasing the act-age and RWBY The Official Manga in July 2020, Spy x Family manga in print in June 2020, and the Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru manga in March 2020.

Source: ANN

Nominees Announced for the 43rd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards

Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced the 12 nominees in three categories for its 43rd annual Manga Awards. Kodansha will announce the winner for each category on May 10, 2019.

Best Shōnen Manga

  • act-age by Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotōbun no Hanayome) by Negi Haruba
  • To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) by Yoshitoki Ōima
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! (Midarana Ao-chan wa Benkyō ga Dekinai) by Ren Kawahara

Best Shōjo Manga

  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight (Gozen 0-ji, Kiss Shi ni Kite yo) by Rin Mikimoto
  • Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
  • Perfect World by Rie Aruga
  • Our Precious Conversations (Boku to Kimi no Taisetsu na Hanashi) by Robico

General Manga

  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinō Nani Tabeta?) by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Shōwa Tennō Monogatari (Showa Emperor Tale) by Junichi Nojo
  • The Blue Period by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
  • Watashi wa Dōka Shiteiru (There’s Something Wrong With Us) by Arisa Natsumi

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Makes Top Shonen Jump Manga Chapters Available for Free and Simultaneous With Japanese Debut

VIZ Media proudly announces a major new development for the company’s flagship imprint, SHONEN JUMP, and the world’s most popular digital manga magazine, Weekly Shonen Jump.

Beginning December 17, 2018, the current Weekly Shonen Jump magazine lineup of 13 series will be available to readers for free, including Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, My Hero Academia, One Piece, and more. Additional series join the simultaneous lineup, including Jujutsu Kaisen, Act-Age, Haikyu!!, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Combined with the current lineup, there will be a total of 25 free series, with all-new chapters published in English simultaneously with Japan. Fans can dive into the three latest chapters for hit series such as Dragon Ball Super, The Promised Neverland, Dr. Stone and more, with new series coming soon. For the upcoming simultaneous chapter release schedule, please visit https://viz.com/shonen-jump-chapter-schedule.

As a part of this evolution, Weekly Shonen Jump published its final digital magazine issue on December 10, 2018 and launched the SHONEN JUMP digital vault membership on December 17, 2018. This new SHONEN JUMP membership ($1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital vault that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from nearly 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed series SHONEN JUMP has published in English.

“We are extremely excited and proud to announce this bold evolution for SHONEN JUMP,” says Hisashi Sasaki, Global Vice President, SHONEN JUMP. “Fans want to catch their favorite stories the same day they debut in Japan for free, and accessing back chapters of popular SHONEN JUMP series has been one of the most requested features from our online readers. Our new model will make SHONEN JUMP the premiere showcase for manga content.”

Current Weekly Shonen Jump subscribers have been converted to the new membership and can now catch up with the latest series at any point, revisit classic favorites like Naruto, Bleach, Death Note and Nisekoi, as well as explore additional new titles that will be added on a regular basis.

A 7-day free trial membership is currently available at viz.com/sj-offer.

Fans can access the free digital chapters and unlock the SHONEN JUMP digital vault at shonenjump.com or with the SHONEN JUMP app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices. Current app users should download the latest version of the SJ app.

For more information on Shonen Jump, please visit viz.com/company-faq#sj.

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump to Add Haikyu!!, Demon Slayer, and More to Its Simulpublishing Lineup

Andy Nakani, Editor in Chief of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump, has announced that the new English Shonen Jump service is adding the following Weekly Shonen Jump titles for simultaneous publication with Japan:

  • Haikyu!!
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • Chainsaw Man
  • ne0;lation
  • Gokutei Higuma (tentative title)
  • act-age
  • Jujutsu Kaisen!!

In addition, Nakani confirmed that the company will continue to simultaneously publish all of the series that it is currently serializing from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ., and V Jump, bringing its total number of simultaneously published series to 25.

Nakani also announced that new chapters of Weekly Shonen Jump manga will debut at 3:00 p.m. EST on Sundays, 22 hours earlier than the digital English edition of the magazine’s current release time on Mondays. Issues normally debut on Mondays Japan time, which is still Sunday on North American time. (The combined fourth and fifth issue will debut on a Saturday in Japan, so VIZ Media will release the chapters on Friday, December 21, 2018.)

The final issue of the digital magazine debuted on December 10, 2018.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Confirms ACT-AGE Manga Preview

VIZ Media’s digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that it will preview Tatsuya Matsuki and Shiro Usazaki’s ACT-AGE manga on January 22, 2018, the same day it debuts in Japan.

The manga is part of the “Jump Start” initiative, where VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump publishes the first three chapters of a new manga simultaneously with the Japanese release.

Source: ANN