Nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards panel of judges has announced its nominees for the best works in the comic book industry. Five manga titles are vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award:

All You Need Is Kill
Storyboard: Ryōsuke Takeuchi / Original creator: Hiroshi Sakurazaka / Original Character Design: Yoshitoshi ABe / Art: Takeshi Obata
VIZ Media

In Clothes Called Fat
By Moyocco Anno
Vertical

Master Keaton Volume 1
Story: Hokusei Katushika / Art: Naoki Urasawa
VIZ Media

One-Punch Man
Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata
VIZ Media

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan and Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan
By Shigeru Mizuki
Drawn & Quarterly

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki
Original creator: Mamoru Hosoda / Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto / Art: Yū
Yen Press

The results will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 10, 2015 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Source: ANN

Eight Manga Make YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens for 2015

The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2015 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Eight manga titles are included on the list. Mamoru Hosoda and Yu’s Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki also ranked in the Top Ten teen graphic novels overall for 2015.

  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda and Yu
  • All You Need Is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
  • My Little Monster (GN 1-3) by Robico
  • My Love Story!! (GN 1) by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko
  • Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (GN 1-2) by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
  • Summer Wars (GN 1-2) by Mamoru Hosoda and Igura Sugimoto
  • Voice Over! Seiyu Academy (GN 1-5) by Maki Minami
  • World Trigger (GN 1-2) by Daisuke Ashihara

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Spotlights Exciting Manga Titles for Wish Lists This Holiday Season

VIZ Media has announced a compelling array of manga, special box sets, novels and other titles that will make ideal gifts to suit a wide range of budgets and interests to delight readers and fans of all ages this holiday season.

Notable selections, which will be available in plenty of time for the start of the 2014 holiday shopping season, include lavish new box set editions for manga series Black Bird, One Piece, and Vampire Knight as well as the hardcover storybook – Princess Mononoke: The First Story – an oversized, full-color edition of the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film.

New and exemplary shojo manga series from VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint that also will make thoughtful gifts include Kiss of the Rose Princess and YukarisnYurara And Rasetsu that launches December 2, 2014. Fans and readers of the gothic drama Vampire Knight will not want to miss a special limited edition of the series’ final volume, along with the release of Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams, a special collection of short stories based on Matsuri Hino’s critically acclaimed series.

Action fans can dive into the debut of the new Resident Evil series from the VIZ Signature imprint, as well as two exciting new Shonen Jump series, teen-friendly World Trigger and Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill, the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka that also inspired the blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow film that starred Tom Cruise.

Sci-fi readers also are invited to take note of Asura Girl and Phantasm Japan, a pair of riveting new literary releases from the company’s Haikasoru imprint.

Holiday Manga Box Sets

ONE PIECE MANGA Box Set Vol. 2 · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / CAN · Available Now

The latest One Piece manga box set features Volumes 24-46, which comprise the series’ third and fourth story arcs – Skypiea and Water Seven. The Box Set also features a full-color poster and special ONE PIECE mini-comic. As a child, ONE PIECE main character Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

BLACK BIRD MANGA Box Set · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / CAN · Available Now

The Black Bird Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes. In the acclaimed series crated by Kanoko Sakurakouji, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4, 2014

This comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.

Notable Holiday Shojo Manga

YUKARISM · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available December 2, 2014

In this new manga series by the creator of Yurara And Rasetsu, Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. As it turns out, he has the ability to slip into his past life in the Edo period – as a beautiful, renowned courtesan named Yumurasaki!

KISS OF THE ROSE PRINCESS · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 (Series finale) Limited edition · Rated “T+” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a hardcover 42-page art book.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2, 2014

Fans will not want to miss this special collection of short stories by Ayuna Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT, with illustrations by Matsuri Hino! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

Notable Shonen Action Manga

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now

Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill originally premiered in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

World Trigger · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

“Destroy thy Neighbor” in Daisuke Ashihara’s thrilling sci-fi action manga series, World Trigger! Earth is under constant threat from Neighbors, invincible monsters from another dimension that destroy humanity’s way of life. At least there are the elite agents of Border, warriors who co-opt alien technology to fight back. Our hero Osamu Mikumo may not be the best agent, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

Notable Viz Signature Manga

RESIDENT EVIL · Rated “M” for Mature Readers · MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Available Now

Discover the sinister beginnings of the Resident Evil story in the first-ever manga series based on the smash hit game property. The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In the series’ opening volume, at the prestigious and elite Marhawa Academy in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.

For Studio Ghibli Fans

PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available Now

This is the original Princess Mononoke story, created by Hayao Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and significantly different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter’s hand in marriage…

Haikasoru Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Thrillers

ASURA GIRL · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now

This tense urban drama about the violent and sexually charged life of a Japanese teenage girl in Tokyo is offered in English for the very first time. Seventeen-year-old Aiko lives a life of casual sex and casual violence, though at heart she remains a schoolgirl with an unrequited crush on her old classmate Yoji Kaneda. Life is about to get harder for Aiko, as a recent fling, Sano, has been kidnapped, and the serial killer Round-and-Round Devil has begun slaughtering children. The youth are rioting in the streets, egged on by the underground Internet bulletin board known as the Voice from Heaven. Expecting that Yoji will come and save her from the madness, Aiko posts a demand for her own murder on Voice of Heaven but will she be left waiting…or worse?

PHANTASM JAPAN · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now

The secret history of the most famous secret agent in the world. A bunny costume that reveals the truth in our souls. The unsettling notion that Japan itself may be a dream. The tastiest meal you’ll never have, a fedora-wearing neckbeard’s deadly date with a yokai, and the worst work shift anyone—human or not—has ever lived through. Welcome to Phantasm Japan, Haikasoru’s latest anthology of fantasy stories from around the world, including new tales by New York Times best-seller Zachary Mason, horror master Gary A. Braunbeck, popular Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe, and much more.

VIZ Media’s Top 10 Selling Digital Manga for the Week of October 28, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of October 28, 2014.

1. All You Need Is Kill Volume 1
2. Future Diary Volume 7
3. Kyo Kara MAOH! Volume 2
4. All You Need Is Kill Volume 2
5. Naruto Volume 67
6. Hikaru no Go Volume 1
7. Hikaru no Go Volume 2
8. Death Note Volume 1
9. Death Note Volume 2
10. Trinity Blood Volume 8

VIZ Media Premieres Omnibus Print Edition of All You Need Is Kill Manga

VIZ Media announces the print launch of famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s latest manga with the release of All You Need Is Kill as an oversized omnibus edition on November 4, 2014.

All You Need Is Kill collects both volumes into this complete edition and features color inserts, is rated “T+” for Older Teens and will be available under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint with a print MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

Digital editions for the pair of individual volumes are also available for $6.99 each across all platforms serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App, and are similarly available on the storefronts for the Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Kobo, ComiXology, and Nook. The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. With the dynamic platform, fans can explore and enjoy a massive catalog of classic manga series that spans more than 2,200 volumes across more than 200 different series.

Takeshi Obata’s All You Need Is Kill originally premiered in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga anthology earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

The bestselling All You Need Is Kill novel also inspired the live-action summer blockbuster – Edge of Tomorrow – which starred Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

“Coming just after Takeshi Obata’s first-ever U.S. appearance at the recent New York Comic Con, we are very excited to announce the print debut of his action-packed manga treatment of All You Need Is Kill,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s award winning novel comes to life with tense and engrossing characters and plenty of visceral battle scenes, all wonderfully depicted with Obata’s signature highly detailed style. The alien Mimics are bent on destroying humanity but they are about to meet their match in this exceptional new release from VIZ Media!”

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

VIZ Media Announces Top Ten Digital Manga for the Week of October 7, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of October 7, 2014.

1. Naruto Volume 67
2. World Trigger Volume 1
3. World Trigger Volume 2
4. My Love Story!! Volume 2
5. Toriko Volume 24
6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 23
7. Vampire Knight Volume 19
8. Hikaru no Go Volume 1
9. All You Need Is Kill Volume 1
10. All You Need Is Kill Volume 2

VIZ Media Spotlights Takeshi Obata and Details New Digital Manga Debuts and Updates for October 2014

VIZ Media announces a substantial digital manga update to open the Fall 2014 reading season with a host of new titles and a special promotion celebrating the work of artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. appearance at New York Comic Con 2014.

VIZ Media highlights several updates this month including the digital debut of the sci-fi action series, World Trigger, with the first two volumes available on October 7, 2014, as well as more than 20 other VIZ Media series.

Takeshi Obata is the seminal artist/creator of smash hit manga (graphic novel) series such as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, Ralograd and All You Need Is Kill. He is scheduled to appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VIZ Media marks his appearance with a special Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes that runs from October 6-31, 2014 and offers fans two ways to enter. Visit the VIZ Media Booth #1944 during New York Comic Con and submit your email address to receive a FREE Takeshi Obata art poster and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes listed below. Or to submit your entry remotely and for more information including rules and regulations please visit www.vizmanga.com/obata.

Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes Prizes Include:

  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Omnibus Edition (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Black Edition Volume 1 (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Manga Poster (Signed)
  • BAKUMAN。Volume 1 (Digital Edition)
  • HIKARU NO GO Volume 1 (Digital Edition)
  • RALΩGRAD Volume 1 (Digital Edition)

VIZ Media will also highlight Takeshi Obata with special digital pricing available for a limited time from October 6-31, 2014 on all of his aforementioned series available from VIZ Manga. Also check VIZ Media’s partner sites for promotional pricing on Takeshi Obata digital manga titles during October.

New Digital Manga Series Debut:

WORLD TRIGGER Vols. 1-2 · Rated “T” for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now

Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

Additional notable October 2014 digital updates to several other popular continuing manga titles include the stunning series conclusion to the paranormal gothic drama, Vampire Knight (Volume 19 available Oct. 7, 2014), as well as the latest editions of My Love Story!! (Volume 2), Naruto (Volume 67), Deadman Wonderland (Volume 5), Sunny (Volume 4; MSRP: $14.99), Toriko (Volume 24) and an array of new updates to several titles from the VIZ Select imprint such as Trinity Blood (Volume 7), Lucky Star (Volume 4), Suki (Volume 2), Future Diary (Volume 7), Trinity Blood (Volume 8), Lagoon Engine (Volume 4), and Kyo Kara Maoh (Volume 2).

Readers can enjoy these latest manga updates that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

Don’t miss special digital pricing on the following Takeshi Obata manga titles October 6–31, 2014:

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Volumes 1-2 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Vols. 1-2 $4.99 ea (U.S. / CAN)

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

BAKUMAN。Volumes 1-20 · Rated “T” for Teens · Volumes 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-20 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

DEATH NOTE Volumes 1-12 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Volumes 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-12 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

HIKARU NO GO Volumes 1-23 · Rated “A” for All Ages · Volumes 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-23 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

After stumbling across a haunted go board, Hikaru Shindo discovers that the spirit of a master player named Fujiwara-no-Sai has taken up residence in his consciousness. Sai awakens in Hikaru an untapped genius for the game, and soon the schoolboy is chasing his own dream–defeating the famed go prodigy Akira Toya!

RALΩGRAD Volumes 1-4 · Rated “M” for Mature · Volumes 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Volumes 3-4 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

In the midst of a war, a child is born during a bloody battle at the cost of his mother’s life. From this baby comes forth a huge and powerful dragon born of Shadow. Within minutes the dragon lays waste to the landscape, but a quick-thinking knight locks the baby in a cage of darkness, where he grows to be a young man, knowing only the kindness of his young female tutor. Until the day the Shadows attack and he is set free…

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 2, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, World Trigger, Stealth Symphony, Naruto, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, All You Need Is Kill, and One Punch Man. There’s also a Hunter x Hunter catchup.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

Toriko CH:279

This chapter introduces the Dining Planet and the Dining Table of Nobility. Someone at the Dining Planet is talking about Acacia and about how he had come to the realization that there were many ingredients that he still needed to get a hold of. We learn the person talking is named Joie, and that she is only the second human to carve a path to this place (the first one was her mother). We also see the group that Joie is traveling with. Meanwhile, Toriko and the others are in the Octomelon and they find their way out of the Golden Marsh. And right at the end of the chapter, they find the entrance to Hex Food World.

I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see Toriko and the others trying to navigate their way thought the maze; personally, I think there would have been a lot of storytelling potential in that. That also would have helped to make the story feel a little more dramatic. As it ended up, though, they enter the maze at the end of the previous chapter, and then we jump ahead to them getting out of the maze. This chapter also introduces the Dining Planet, as well as a new character named Joie. She’s also searching for the same thing that Toriko and his group are, so I suspect that these two groups will end up becoming rivals as the series progresses.

At the end of the chapter, we see two entries from the “Toriko Call for Ingredients” challenge that was presented during the SJ Podcast Panel at Fanime. The two drawings were the U.S. Editor’s favorite two entries.

Hunter x Hunter Catchup

This catchup is six pages in length, and includes information on the Green Island Arc, the Chimera Ant Arc, and the Hunter Election arc.

Hunter x Hunter CH:341

The chapter opens with an employee who is assigned to special unit that coordinates all the restricted voyage agencies. The employee is giving a copy of a book titled, Journey to the New World, and also sees bodies that have been wring out like towels. There is one lone survivor, a hunter who had gone into the new world that is no longer human and has been self-sustaining itself for almost 50 years. Meanwhile, a man asks the zodiac hunters to overcome the risks of the dark continent and return with hope before his son can explore it. It turns out that this is the last will and testament of this individual. They spend time debating what they’re going to do.

Even with the catchups for Hunter x Hunter both in last week’s issue and this week, I have to admit that I’m still a bit lost as to what’s going on. But considering I’m jumping into Hunter x Hunter for the first time at Chapter 341, that lost feeling makes a lot of sense. There does seem to be something interesting being set up here, though, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this series and better understand what’s going on as I continue to read it.

One Piece CH:749

This chapter sees the group that wants to repay their debt to Luffy and Usopp trying to fight against Pica. Luffy, with a couple of other people, ride a bull to try and climb up a stone giant. A very chaotic battle takes place during this chapter, and a revelation is made right at the end.

What can I say about this chapter? There was a lot of chaotic action taking place, and I have to admit that I found myself getting a little lost during the chapter. However, it looks Luffy and the guys he’s with are heading toward Doflamingo.

It should be noted that One Piece will be taking a break due to Eiichiro Oda having surgery to remove his tonsils to treat a peritonsillar abscess that was discovered last year. One Piece is scheduled to continue in the June 23 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

World Trigger CH:062

The chapter opens with a slight recap of what’s been going on out on the battlefield up to this point. This chapter seems to be focusing on Lord Hyuse’s battle. Unfortunately, the traps that have been laid for him don’t work because he’s able to use his staff, Organon, and easily knock them out of the way. The chapter ends with Lord Hyuse coming face-to-face with his opponent.

Now that I’ve been able to read several chapters of World Trigger, I’ve come to realize that this is a rather slow-moving series. I’ve been reading this for a little over two months now, and it’s still in the middle of the same battle that I jumped in the middle of when I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump in late March 2014. This isn’t necessarily a bad series, it’s just moving slowly and it’s getting harder for me to get into it.

Stealth Symphony CH:014

This chapter reveals why Slice is going after Alice Nijigami. We see Jig going to the police station; the orphanage director is being questioned, and the police want Jig there to verify the director’s identity as well as to ask him questions. Alice and Troma also go to meet a new client, who turns out to be Slice. Slice reveals he knows a lot about what happened in the last story arc. Meanwhile, the supposed orphange director turns out to really be a dragon.

This chapter spends a lot of time elaborating on Slice, his connections with Alice, as well as the source of his animosity with her. We also learn that Slice has been keeping tabs on her, because he’s able to tell them a lot of details about what happened between V&V and the Cyborg Soldier School. We also see that Jig has been targeted by someone. I’m really interested in seeing how the story arc with Slice and Alice ends up progressing.

Naruto CH:678

In this chapter, we see that people are trapped in Madara’s genjutsu, and we get to see glimpses of the dreams being had by the main characters who are trapped in the genjutsu. I have to say that several of these dreams are rather amusing. Once it’s safe for them to emerge, Team 7 leave where they’ve been hiding and try to find a way free everyone from the genjutsu. Before they can do anything though, Zetsu and Madara make an appearance; however, everyone is surprised when Zetsu interferes with Madara. And it appears Zetsu has some kind of connection with the mother of the Sage of Six Paths…

This chapter continues the intensity that’s been present in recent chapters of Naruto. However, I was a little disappointed that nothing more was shown in regards to the First Hokage and Yamato. I’m really hoping to see more of what’s going on with that portion of the story in the next chapter. Yes, I’m definitely interested in what’s going on with Madara, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, and Zetsu, but I feel like I’ve kind of been left hanging when it comes to Yamato.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:021

This chapter sees Kimizuki now going through this training. They’ve already passed the 30 hour mark, and the chance his demon will take over is getting higher. Yu is told that the worst case scenario would require them to eliminate Kimizuki, and he is asked to stand by in case that needs to be done. The scene then changes to Kimizuki fighting with his demon, Kiseki-o. Kiseki-o gets her blade through Kimizuki, and tells him to relive his past to see his inner darkness and to let “Shiho Kimizuki” break. He has a flashback of himself from four years earlier that have to do with his sister who caught the sickness that was only supposed to affect adults. The demon tries to twist the memory, but he manages to resist the temptations the demon is trying to include in the memory. After he gets the hit in, the demon says he may call on her to possess him. After Kimizuki finishes his training, he proposes that he and Yu should settle the question of who’s better. The two of them begin a fight with their new ability, and what they do surprises Shinoa…

This chapter provides some backstory for Kimizuki, and we get an understanding of why Kimizuki looks down on Yu like he does. Thanks to their training, they can both possess a demon and they have somehow managed to acquire special abilities. Shinoa believes there’s something special about these two that she doesn’t know about yet, but thinks this is why they’re part of Guren’s special army. By seeing how strong their rivalry is, I have this feeling that at some point in the series, there will be a climactic battle between Yu and Kimizuki.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:124

This chapter focuses on Tsugumi, the girl whose guardian thinks is a boy. Tsugumi, along with Paula, have been given the job of infiltrating a party being held by the leader of an enemy organization and steal a top-secret document that he’s harboring. Unfortunately, when it’s time for them to go the party as a pair, Tsugumi gets a phone call from Paula, saying that she’s not feeling well. When all hope seems lost, Raku walks by after finishing a fishing trip. She ends up recruiting Raku to help her, so Tsugumi has to take on the female role for the female and male pair. When they go to the party, Tsugumi garners a lot of attention. IT turns out they’ve got a time crunch, though, so the mission has to be accomplished that night. Right at the very end, they see what disguise that Tsugumi will need, but she doesn’t seem comfortable with that idea…

So it looks like we’ve now got a story arc that will focus on Tsugumi and Raku. Tsugumi’s awkwardness at being so girly, especially around Raku, is kind of amusing to read. I have a feeling that the point of this arc will be to have Tsugumi and Raku getting a little bit closer. However, I also have the feeling that something unexpected will happen in regard to the mission, or that Tsugumi will ultimately end up failing. It’ll be interesting to see how this story arc ends up progressing.

Bleach CH:582

This chapter sees Ichigo arriving on the scene; however, pretty quickly after his arrival, he’s attacked by the ladies who have come to take down Kenpachi. Ichigo transforms into his Soul Reaper version and is ready to take them on. Ichigo’s battle with the ladies is just starting when the chapter ends, and there’s someone watching what’s going on from a distance…

Like the previous week’s chapter, this is another short one that’s setting the stage for what should become a more action-packed story. I have a feeling that the next chapter will have quite a focus on Ichigo and his fight with the ladies. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of a battle Ichigo has with them and how he’ll ultimately bring them down.

All You Need Is Kill CH:017

At the beginning of the chapter, it’s revealed that Keiji is the one who wins the battle between him and Rita. Keiji isn’t happy with this result, though. Rita tells him to save the human race. As Rita dies, Keiji admits that he’s in love with her. After Rita dies, we get to read Keiji’s account of what happened immediately afterward. From there, we see that Keiji is being transferred and that he’s acquired a call sign of his own. We then see Keiji thinking about how he plans to save the world, but that Rita’s not there to see it, even though she was the only person that he had wanted to protect.

This is the final chapter for All You Need Is Kill. It ends on a note that he has made it out of the time loop and that he intends to keep on fighting. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see whether or not he succeeds at saving the human race or not. Since I haven’t read the original novel that this is based on, I don’t know whether this is the way the novel ends or if the manga adaptation ends earlier than the novel. After getting to read most of the chapters of this series, I’d have to say that it was decent. It’s not bad, but it’s not one I’d rank as a favorite, either.

One Punch Man CH:034.3 V2

According to the opening of this chapter, it’s claimed that this is a revision to a chapter that was previously published in the April 7, 2014 edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, and that this revision eradicates the existence of all ensuing chapters.

I have some vague memories of reading a chapter that was rather similar to this a couple of months ago. However, the ending does seem to be a little different than I remember it. Unfortunately, I’m not entirely sure on that, since this series hasn’t made much of an impression on me so far. This chapter is a very action-packed chapter with a lot of fighting and not much in the way of any dialogue.

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VIZ Media Announces June 2014 Digital Manga Update

VIZ Media has announced that the Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign manga makes its digital debut on June 3, 2014 and that the Boys Over Flowers Jewelry Box one-shot is scheduled to be released digitally on June 10, 2014.

June 19, 2014 marks the exclusive digital premiere of the first volume of the All You Need Is Kill manga, which is the same day it comes out in Japan. Trinity Blood will be making its digital manga debut on June 24, 2014.

Other notable monthly updates to continuing manga series include:

  • Dragon Ball: Full Color Volume 3 on June 3, 2014
  • Deadman Wonderland Volume 3 on June 10, 2014
  • One-Punch Man Volume 3 on June 24, 2014
  • Future Diary Volume 2 on June 24, 2014

Readers can enjoy these digital manga updates on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play stores.

Titles Available Now

SERAPH OF THE END Volume 1 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN)

After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing – to get revenge by killing each and every vampire. In the opening volume, Yuichiro’s dream is near-impossible, given that vampires are seven times stronger than humans, and the only way to kill them is by mastering Cursed Gear, advanced demon-possessed weaponry. Not to mention that humanity’s most elite Vampire Extermination Unit, the Moon Demon Company, wants nothing to do with Yuichiro unless he can prove he’s willing to work in a team – which is the last thing he wants.

Manga Titles Launching Later This Month

BOYS OVER FLOWERS JEWELRY BOX (ONE-SHOT) · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 10, 2014

One year after the original Boys Over Flowers series ended, lives move on. Although Tsukushi Makino is from a poor family, she attends an elite school for the super rich, where her life has become intertwined with the “F4,” the ruling boys of the school, in a whirlwind of love and confusion.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Volume 1 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens · MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 19, 2014

Check out Takeshi Obata’s hit adaptation of the riveting sci-fi action story in a special digital release. When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

TRINITY BLOOD Volume 1 · Rated “T” for Teens · MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available June 24, 2014

In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has given rise to the fabled Second Moon – and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans. Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan. When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the pair forms a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats. In this gorgeous, gothic-action series – part of the super-popular Trinity Blood franchise – the very survival of the human race is at stake.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 26, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, Toriko, All You Need Is Kill, Stealth Symphony, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. There’s also a a Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V one-shot and a Hunter x Hunter catchup.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

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Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:020

This beginning of this chapter seems to be basically killing time as Shinoa, Yoichi, Mitsu, and Kimizuki wait for Yuichiro to wake up after his Cursed Gear drank his blood and knocked him out in the previous chapter. As Yuichiro lays there, the audience is given exposition about the fact that Yuichiro is talking to his demon inside his heart. Yuichiro suddenly twitches, and the others react; unfortunately, horsemen arrive as Kimizuki goes to take care of them.

Suddenly, the focus of the chapter changes from killing time to seeing Yuichiro as he tries to make friends with his demon, Asuramaru. This part of the chapter makes a couple of revelations about the nature of the demons. It also looks like Asuramaru will possess Yuichiro, chains bind her. From here, this leads to some more exposition about the humans have devised with the curse and the contract. The chapter then launches into a major battle between Yuichiro and Asuramaru. During the fight, Yuichiro’s illusions that appeared earlier in the story come back to him. We also get to see a flashback of Yuichiro’s parents trying to kill him because they think he’s a demon spawn. That was some nice backstory to see; yes, it had been hinted at before, but it was nice to finally get to see what happened. The ending of the chapter sees Yuichiro completing his training.

While there was still a bit of exposition in this chapter, the overall story was able to progress by the end of it. I didn’t feel like the chapter was simply spinning its wheels and spitting out exposition in order to set a foundation to progress the story forward.

One Piece CH:748

Pica begins attacking after Luffy makes fun of his high-pitched voice, and Pica’s attacks cause Luffy and the others to go flying to the square outside the coliseum. When they land, they encounter Cabbage; apparently, she was part of the group of people that Usopp saved. Cabbage declares that she’ll be the one to take down Doflamingo; however, as the reader sees, she’s more interested in getting fame for herself than in truly helping Luffy and the others. Then they encounter the Happosui Army, who say that their debt to Luffy and Usopp will be repaid by crushing Doflamingo. Of course, this frustrates Luffy to no end, because he’s the one who wants to take down Dolamingo. Not only that, a warrior of Elbaph also wants to take down Doflamingo and repay his debut to Luffy. And then a chorus of several other people declare that they will be the one to take down Doflamingo.

This escalates with Luffy getting into an argument will all of these people. But with all of the chaos going on with Doflamingo’s “game,” the citizens start finding Luffy and the others wanted by Doflamingo. The whole group flees and starts heading back to where Pica is, all the while arguing over who will take down Doflamingo. This chapter ends up being an extremely busy one, not only with all the action but with how Oda has laid out the panels. The layout and style Oda uses illustrates the chaos that’s going on all over Dressrosa at this point.

Bleach CH:581

The chapter opens with several people sensing that Kenpachi has been weakened and will probably be killed. Unfortunately, before they can start heading toward him, someone else approaches and uses their ability to try to cause lava to swallow them up, Meanwhile, Rukia and Byakuya sense Kenpachi’s predicament. However, Rukia then senses another spiritual pressure… and the chapter ends with Ichigo arriving on the scene.

This chapter was on the short side, and it was basically building up the tension before Ichigo makes his grand entrance at the end of it. So it’s a chapter that doesn’t truly do much of anything to advance the story. It’s sole purpose seemed to be to build up to the moment that Ichigo, the main character, finally makes an appearance in the storyline.

Naruto CH:677

The chapter opens with meteorites coming down, and the moon looks like some kind of Sharingan. Naruto tries to do something about the meteorites while the other ninja in the area watch the skies in awe and shock. As events unfold, people get caught up in Madara’s genjutsu; Sasuke is the main exception. Madara is also using the Deep Forest Emergence to bind people. The First Hokage isn’t affected, and Yamato suddenly appears…

This chapter is very chaotic, and there’s a lot of confusion and action taking place. With the genjutsu and Deep Forest Emergence in place, many characters are now unable to fight, so the amount of people to take on Madara has gone down considerably. And I was surprised by Yamato’s return. However, it’s not clear at the end of the chapter whether he’s there to help or if he’s being controlled by Madara somehow. I’m hoping the next chapter will let us know what’s up with Yamato.

Toriko CH:278

Mappy tells Toriko and the others that they have ti hop across the Golden Marsh to avoid the Iron Feet that are coming down from the steel clouds. Toriko tries to attack an Iron Foot, but can barely get a scratch on it. The Croakswagon (heh heh) returns to take them to the Octomelon. Once in the Octomelon, they get into the marsh. So far, these story ideas seem to fit right in with the other wacky things I’ve seen in the series up to this point. They find themselves being forced into a cave that’s an entrance into an inescapable maze called the Hold Labyrinth. It turns out they need food luck, so they ask Komatsu to manually control the Octomelon. The chapter ends with the group just starting to work its way through the maze.

So Toriko and the group has made it out of one predicament and now find that they’re in another. I’m expecting that the group will somehow find its way out of the maze due to some rather incredible luck.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V

This is a one-shot manga that interprets the most recent Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V focuses on Action Duels, which uses Solid Vision that gives visuals mass. The main character is Yuya Sakaki, a 14-year-old who wants to become a pro duelist. In this one-shot, we see Yuya in a battle against an opponent. This chapter basically comes across as a tutorial on how to play Action Duels, which is a pretty standard drive used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga. Unfortunately, this one-shot ends without anyone winning the duel.

This may be labeled as a one-shot, but it feels more like what would be the first chapter for a manga series. It’s pretty standard for Yu-Gi-Oh!, and about the only new things introduced are the cards created for this Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

All You Need Is Kill CH:016

In this chapter, Rita finally reveals important information about the time loops to Keiji while they’re in the middle of a battle. She ends up saying that, because of the way the time loops works, neither one of them can escape as long as they’re both alive. The two of them begin battling each other. Most of this chapter focuses on their battle, and it ends without the reader knowing if there’s any clear-cut winner.

Because of how much fighting is in this chapter, it’s actually a rather quick read due to all of the action that’s going on. Rita had made a foreshadowing statement in an earlier chapter of the series, but I never predicted that the story would come down to the two of them having to fight it out and have only one of them live. Now the question is: who will live and who will die?

Stealth Symphony CH:013

In this chapter, we learn that Alice from V&V is a descendant of vampires with a special ability to take any powers a person may have and make them their own. We then see Jig approaching Alice about needing a place to live, and she offers to rent him a room for cheap. We also see Hank from the Cyborg Soldier School talking to Troma about Jig and concerns Hank has about him. We’re also introduced to a new character named Slice; he’s definitely an antagonist, and he appears to have some kind of connection with Alice.

This chapter focuses a lot on character development for Alice, which I very much appreciated. While she’s been seen in previous chapters, we really didn’t know much more than her name before this point. After getting to know Alice better in this chapter, I have to say that I like her. There’s also an emphasis on trying to figure out what makes Jig tick and about how reckless he had acted in the previous story arc. From reading the end of the chapter, it’s obvious that Slice is going to be a major player for the next story arc, and that Alice and Jig are both going to be involved.

World Trigger CH:061

In this chapter, the horned soldier that Midorikawa and the others had been fighting leaves the battlefield. Midorikawa and the others head off the other areas of the battlefield to help out where they’re needed. Meanwhile, others are either fighting with an enemy or trying to get to where they can help others. At the end of the chapter, a humanoid Neighbor is able to infiltrate the base through an exhaust port, and it’s a Black Trigger.

Overall, there really isn’t much action that takes place in this particular chapter. Instead, this chapter seems to focus more on setting the stage for the battles that are sure to come in the next chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:123

This chapter focuses on Onodera and her struggle to figure out what she wants to do with her life; she’s freaking out after her counseling session in the previous chapter and is asking Ruri for advice. Ruri ultimately tells Onodera to ask other people for their opinions. We see her asking other characters, and she eventually ends up talking with Raku and he gives her some really good advice. By the end of the chapter, she decides she wants to be a good wife.

Unlike the previous chapter, which simply felt like “time kill,” this chapter actually progresses the story when Onodera and Raku have their conversation. Their awkward interactions were rather amusing, because they both like each other but just can’t admit it. The way this chapter ends, it feels like this will be the end of this portion of the story. Hopefully the next chapter will start to progress the overarching story of the series with a new story arc.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:42

In this chapter, Yagumo plays his Numbers Card; when its bearer is in trouble, it creates the ultimate number. A dragon manifests itself, and it’s a manifestation of the darkness in Kaito’s heart. He also uses a deck destruction effect. Yuma has to activate his face-down card, which is a trap card. When things seem hopeless, Yuma declares that he is his opponent’s friend; because of this, he won’t give up. Yuma is also able to use his power of believing in bonds between people, and demands that Kaito call off the duel. He tries to stop, but Yagumo has too strong of a hold on him. Astral declares that he and Yuma will link their duelist souls and pour them into this draw for the duel; it works. Yuma is able to win the duel. However, Yagumo and Shark’s duel continues. Their duel is just getting going when the chapter ends.

This chapter primarily focuses on Yuma’s duel, and it’s very intense and action-packed; because of this, it’s a relatively quick read. Since Yagumo and Shark’s duel doesn’t get very far in this chapter, it’s not as action-oriented. This chapter is what I’ve come to expect from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

Hunter X Hunter Catchup

This feature is six pages in length, and it covers the first three arcs of the series: Hunter Exam, Heaven’s Arena, and Phantom Troupe. Next week, the publication will include a recap of the final arcs leading up to the new chapter of the series.

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