Harvey Awards Announces Manga Nominees

The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, revealed its list of nominations for this year’s awards.

The nominees for the Best Manga category include:

  • Naoki Urasawa’s Asadora! (VIZ Media)
  • Keito Gaku’s Boys Run the Riot (Kodansha Comics)
  • Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man by (VIZ Media)
  • Junji Ito’s Remina (VIZ Media)
  • Tatsuya Endō’s SPY x FAMILY (VIZ Media)

Unlike the Eisner Awards and other awards in the North American comic book industry, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves.

The Harvey Awards will have a digital event this year for the second year in a row. The ceremony will have a livestream during New York Comic Con, which will take place from October 7-10, 2021.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Asadora! Volume Three

Asadora! Volume Three continues to establish the pieces that connect together for the overarching mystery.

Asadora! Volume Three
Written by: Naoki Urasawa
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 20, 2021

Volume Three opens with three color pages that show an event that will take place in the future… the return of the mysterious creature that destroyed Asa’s hometown. Immediately after this, though, we return to where Volume Two left off. Asa is talking with the young scientist after seeing the picture of the scratches in the tree that he dropped. Overall, this young man is rather rude to her, but Asa keeps trying to ask him questions. She eventually gets out of him that the picture is part of the research his mentor was doing before he died. The reader, of course, knows this is the same young man we saw in the opening scene of Volume Two, where he and his mentor were shown the tree with the scratches. From this knowledge, the reader can ascertain that somehow, this young man and his mentor’s research, will become important at some point in the story.

Afterwards, Kasuga secretly takes Asa to Hamamatsu to see Colonel Jissoji, the man who came to see Kasuga in Volume Two to ask him about the creature. He’s overseeing jet planes practicing at skywriting the five rings for the Olympic symbol. The colonel makes it clear that this is a very important mission for the jet planes, and that nothing must happen to ruin their show when they do it for real at the opening ceremony of the 1964 Olympics that are coming up in Tokyo. The colonel asks them to take on a mission to fly close to the creature and ascertain what it is the next time it appears, since they have no idea what it actually is. They are told to be ready at a moment’s notice. Kinuyo, who is serving as a guardian for Asa and her siblings, is unhappy to learn that Kasuga took Asa to Hamamatsu without her permission. Kinuyo is very protective of these kids, and she really wishes that Asa wouldn’t fly the plane. While they tell her they went to Hamamatsu, they try to fib and claim it was to meet with a client for a flying advertisement. From the way Kinuyo’s expression is drawn, though, it gives the impression that she doesn’t entirely believe them.

Kinuyo becomes important later in the volume when Asa’s youngest sibling gets in a fight after a classmate makes fun of a drawing he made, as well as saying that Kinuyo isn’t their real mother. The drawing is of the mysterious creature, which the youngest sibling insists that he saw. But it’s pointed out that he was just a newborn that day. However, he insists that he actually saw it. I thought this was an interesting detail to add, and it makes the reader wonder if he really did see it as a newborn or not. But this leads to Kinuyo and Asa, along with Asa’s siblings, going to see the other child’s family. Asa sees that they have a big family with a lot of kids, just like Asa’s before her hometown was destroyed. What I really liked about this portion of the story was how Kinuyo demonstrates what kind of a mother figure she is for Asa and her siblings. While these children may not be her own, she still takes the job of caring for them seriously.

Asa also finds herself stuck in the middle of a situation involving her two best friends, Yone and Miyako. They both want to be idols, but in the last volume, a talent scout was only interested in Yone. Yone has kept this secret from Miyako. But we learn that Yone has gone ahead and set up a meeting with the talent scout without her parent’s permission. But Yone wants Asa to accompany her to the meeting, because she’s afraid to go alone. I can’t blame Yone for wanting Asa to go along with her, since I have my suspicions that this talent scout isn’t on the up and up. Every time Asa tries to convince Yone to tell Miyako about the talent scout, Miyako keeps trying to get Asa to say something. I had to feel bad for Asa here, because she’s expected to keep this secret, and Yone doesn’t want to take responsibility to tell Miyako the truth. We see Miyako talking about becoming a star in the future, completely clueless as to what’s happening to Yone, and I felt bad for her. I can only see this situation end in disaster, either from the talent scout acting inappropriately, or Miyako finding out what’s happening and learning that both Yone and Asa kept this a secret from her. The signs seem to be pointing to some friendship drama coming up in the future in some way, shape, or form.

The colonel sends a messenger/bodyguard named A-Kura to be with Asa and Kasuga. He’s there to keep an eye on them so when the creature appears again, they can be mobilized immediately. Rather quickly, Asa and Kasuga are taken to a location in a former red light district, where it’s discovered that Keiichi, the young scientist from earlier in the volume, is related to the owner of the building. The colonel has discovered that Keiichi has his mentor’s research and intends to go through it to find some answers about the mysterious creature. Keiichi later admits to Asa that he doesn’t believe in any of his mentor’s research and only has it because he wanted to save it from being destroyed. Later, Kasuga makes a modification to Asa’s plane, and she hates it. Yes, this modification was needed for the upcoming mission, but he made a major change to Asa’s plane without her knowledge. I can’t say I blame Asa for how she reacted to the news.

We get a chapter focusing on Shota and the life he’s leading in Tokyo. He’s living with a couple that runs a newspaper office, and it’s his job to deliver papers. Unfortunately, his mind is more on running than on delivering, so he gets a lecture from his employer about missing deliveries. While he’s out for his next delivery, he sees someone who, from behind, looks a lot like and runs a lot like someone who is on Japan’s national team. Shota decides he can’t pass up the opportunity to run with this guy, so Shota once again neglects his deliveries to try to race this guy. He feels a sense of accomplishment when he catches up and then passes the guy, but it turns out it’s someone imitating the runner from the national team. I can only imagine how disappointed Shota would be to find this out, as well as the fact that he’s going to get into trouble for missing more deliveries. So far, it seems that Shota has gotten a chapter of his own in both the second and third volumes of the series. In this volume, we also learn why Shota really doesn’t respond to Asa’s letters: his handwriting is hard to read because it’s messy. I hope at some point in the series, Shota and Asa can have a reunion and ultimately tie these two stories back together.

Right at the end of the volume, we see that the unknown creature makes an appearance in the ocean. While the final scene of the volume doesn’t match up with the color pages at the beginning, we can assume that the creature’s return is being seen by these people from different locations. It looks like Urasawa is setting the foundation for Asa and Kasuga to launch their mission to get some reconnaissance and information about the unknown creature.

Urasawa is doing a great job with Asadora! As I read Volume Three, I was intrigued by the story and I didn’t want to stop reading. I like Asa as a character, and I can’t wait to find out what kind of adventures she’s going to have in the next volume of the series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces October 2021 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga and anime releases for October 2021.

Shonen Jump

Burn the Witch Volume 1
Story and Art by Tite Kubo

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$19.99

Behind the world you think you know lies a land of magic and fairy tales—but Reverse London isn’t the pretty picture that’s painted in children’s books. Fairy tales have teeth, and the dedicated agents of Wing Bind are the only thing standing between you and the real story.

Demon Slayer Complete Box Set
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$199.99

The complete saga of Demon Slayer, all in one epic box set. This box set contains all 23 volumes of the global hit Demon Slayer as well as an exclusive booklet and a double-sided poster.

My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 5
Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi, Written by Anri Yoshi

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

It’s time for class 1-A to start getting ready for the end-of-the-year holidays. As excited as everyone is for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the New Year itself, preparing means undertaking a big winter cleaning. The unsuspecting students get a big surprise when their cleaning leads to a crazy discovery. There’s only one way to find out where the mysterious entrance they uncover leads to—and that means rustling up some Plus Ultra spirit and venturing inside.

Blue Exorcist Volume 26
Story and Art by Kazue Kato

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Now back in the present, and with the terrible, tragic knowledge of the truth of his and his brother’s birth, Rin confronts Yuki aboard the stricken Illuminati airship, Dominus Liminis. As the brothers face off, Satan does his best to drive them both further into his grip. Rin wants to bring Yuki back into the fold of the Knights of the True Cross, but Yuki is firm in his desire to force Rin to kill him. With the airship going down in flames, the battle for Yuki’s soul begins…

Spy x Family Volume 6
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nightfall and Twilight enter an underground tennis tournament, looking for clues to the whereabouts of a secret intelligence document that could very well bring the world to the brink of war. But will their mission be compromised by Nightfall’s secret crush on her mentor Twilight?

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 5
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi, Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

William James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes meet again on a train back to London, and a dead body is discovered in a locked passenger cabin with John Watson named the prime suspect. Sherlock challenges William to a contest to be the first to solve the murder and clear John’s name. Back in London, a state secret which only the royal family is privy to has been stolen and MI6 is tasked with retrieving it, lest the whole empire fall into ruin. Meanwhile, Sherlock is visited by the king of Bohemia, who asks him to cover up a recent scandal…

One-Punch Man Volume 23
Story by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Narinki’s private force is now free from Super S’s control. Bushi Drill, Okama Itachi and Iaian plot their escape, but threat level Demon monster Malong Hair appears before they can flee, and a fierce fight breaks out. Elsewhere, their master Atomic Samurai encounters a creepy opponent.

Chainsaw Man Volume 7
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Denji’s career as a devil hunter is really taking off. And after he appears on TV, the whole world knows about the mysterious Chainsaw Man. But that’s not all good news, considering assassins are now on their way to Japan to claim his heart. Can Denji’s team keep him safe from the world’s most dangerous killers?

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 12
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The incident in Shibuya becomes dire when Toji Zen’in reappears. Meanwhile, Mei Mei confronts the traitorous Geto on a subway platform, and Nanami’s furious over the casualties suffered by the assistant managers. Then more grade 1 sorcerers enter the fray as Itadori fights the eldest Cursed Womb: Death Painting brother, Choso.

Seraph of the End Volume 22
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The battle for the fate of the world continues as the vampires, human armies and human sects converge and fight it out in Shibuya. Distraught at the loss of Mika, Yuichiro struggles to maintain control over his emotions, putting him at risk of becoming a demon forever. Suddenly, Krul Tepes steps in and offers Yuichiro a glimmer of hope by revealing a way for Mika to be saved… Meanwhile, Guren rampages on as he attempts to right the wrongs of his past, and Ferid pays a visit to the man who turned him, Rígr Stafford.

We Never Learn Volume 18
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Rizu and Nariyuki are now university students. Though some time has passed since graduation, not much has changed in their relationship. But things are about to get interesting with a little help from their friend Sawako and a mischievous ghost.

Shojo Beat

My Love Mix-Up! Volume 1
Story by Wataru Hinekure, Art by Aruko

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Aoki has a crush on Hashimoto, the girl in the seat next to him in class. But he despairs when he borrows her eraser and sees she’s written the name of another boy—Ida—on it. To make matters more confusing, Ida sees Aoki holding that very eraser and thinks Aoki has a crush on him.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 32
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The martial arts tournament to show off the Four Dragons begins, and Gija and Jaeha face off against Ju-do and Geuntae. Meanwhile, Hak is separated from Yona and the Four Dragons, but he has plans to bridge the gap between himself and Yona…

VIZ Media

The Creative Gene
By Hideo Kojima

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$22.99

Ever since he was a child, Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima was a voracious consumer of movies, music, and books. They ignited his passion for stories and storytelling, and the results can be seen in his groundbreaking, iconic video games. Now the head of independent studio Kojima Productions, Kojima’s enthusiasm for entertainment media has never waned. This collection of essays explores some of the inspirations behind one of the titans of the video game industry, and offers an exclusive insight into one of the brightest minds in pop culture.

Marvel Meow
By Nao Fuji

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$14.99

Join Captain Marvel’s pet, Chewie, as she wreaks havoc in the lives of Marvel’s most popular characters.

Gain a new perspective on beloved favorites such as Spider-Man and Iron Man, formidable villains including Thanos and
Galactus, and antiheroes like Deadpool, as they all become the playthings of this capricious “cat” creature.

Originally shared on Marvel’s official Instagram, these comic strips have been collected with all-new content into a gift book that will delight Marvel and cat enthusiasts alike.

The Art of gen:Lock
By Daniel Wallace

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$30.00

A stunning hardcover companion to the latest animated show from Rooster Teeth, the creators of RWBY. Go behind the scenes with exclusive commentary from the writers, animators, creators, artists, and voice actors of gen:LOCK. Featuring full-color artwork from the show and sketches and notes about the development of the series that you won’t find anywhere else.

Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning
Original Concept by Hiromu Arakawa, Story by Makoto Inoue

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

Winry, childhood friend of the Elric brothers, is ecstatic to advance her training as an automail mechanic in Rush Valley. Her passion and skills are tested when she crosses paths with a boy who lost a leg and can’t get back on his feet. Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse Elric just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, and this time they’re deliberately provoking the threatening Scar.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 10 [FINAL VOLUME]
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Mato and Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

The conclusion of the original Pokemon Adventures.

Professor Birch sends Ruby and Sapphire to help Emerald find the Wish Pokemon Jirachi. But first there are fierce Pokemon battles to fight in the Battle Dome Tournament.

Then, Professor Oak sends Gold and Silver to help rescue Red, Yellow, Blue and Green—who have all been turned to stone. Along the way, Gold and Silver must battle a fearsome creature that Archie, the former leader of Team Aqua, wished into existence using the powers of the Wish Pokemon Jirachi that Ruby and Sapphire found.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures 28 & 29.

How Do We Relationship? Volume 4
Story and Art by Tamifull

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

It’s getting harder for Miwa and Saeko to ignore the tensions in their relationship as even their sex life starts to suffer. Saeko begins to feel like Miwa doesn’t really see her while Miwa finds herself dwelling more and more on the past. They don’t want to give up on each other, but what do you do when a relationship starts to sour?

Requiem of the Rose King Volume 14
Story and Art by Aya Kanno

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Reigning as king at last, Richard slips out of the banquet to celebrate in Buckingham’s loving arms. Meanwhile, due to the behind-the-scenes machinations of Richmond, a Lancaster with his sights set on the throne, Richard’s happiness starts to lose its color. Then, questions arise about the true parentage of Richard’s son Edward, shaking the foundations of his rule. Faced with these challenges, Richard and Buckingham undergo a test of their love.

VIZ Signature

No. 5 Volume 2
Story and Art by Taiyo Matsumoto

On Sale Date: October 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$22.99

The members of the Rainbow Council were created to be superior to normal human beings and to keep the peace. But with no wars to fight, what purpose do they serve other than public relations? The strange psychic twins called No. 4 use their power to try to convince No. 5 to reverse his course as he tries to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. Meanwhile, No. 1, the leader of the Council, thinks back to a bloody incident 15 years ago that bears on the present day…

Asadora! Volume 4
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: October 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

Asa reluctantly agrees to accompany Yone to an audition at an entertainment agency. However, before they can leave, Mr. Jissoji shows up with news—the mysterious creature has been spotted. With Kasuga nowhere to be found, Asa prepares to take flight to identify the creature. But before she can, Nakaido runs in claiming to have found its weakness, earning himself a seat in Asa’s plane as they take to the skies.

No Guns Life Volume 11
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: October 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Wurzel, the Berühren board of directors, has decided to free Suiso Arahabaki at the urging of one of its members, Chief Operating Officer Honest. But this move may be part of a broader power play. The megacorporation’s sinister influence reaches every level of the city, from the halls of justice to the back streets, where Juzo continues to search for a way to free himself from Berühren’s grasp. Destroying Suiso might just be the way to do so, but Suiso himself is unlike any opponent Juzo has faced before…

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 15
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

It’s election season at Itan High, and one of Komi’s classmates is running for school president. But according to school rules, Kiyoko Isagi needs to select a campaign representative, and this chilly perfectionist doesn’t have anyone she feels comfortable asking. Luckily, Komi and friends have some good ideas for solving her problem.

Case Closed Volume 80
Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Chasing a stray cat, the Junior Detective League stumbles upon a chilling crime. Before they know it, they’re trapped in a refrigerated truck with a corpse, and Conan has to figure out how to escape before they become kid-sicles.

Then a cooking show heats up when one of the judges is found dead in the secret ingredient, proving that revenge isn’t always a dish best served cold. And Conan suspects a suicide case is really murder… but the chief suspect is Officer Yumi’s ex-boyfriend!

Call of the Night Volume 4
Story and Art by Kotoyama

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nazuna can’t let her guard down for a second now that a flock of hot vampire chicks are interested in Ko’s hot blood. And when she takes a shift at a maid café where the customer is always right, it turns out the vampire is always wrong. Meanwhile, Akira meets the girl Ko rejected before meeting Nazuna, and Ko meets a private detective searching for someone he knows. Then, a late-night visit to Ko’s school to ghostbust spooky legends leads to a new perspective on giving up your humanity…

VIZ Media Announces July 2021 Manga and Anime Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga and anime releases for July 2021.

VIZ Original

Devil’s Candy Volume 1
By REM and Bikkuri

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$16.99

At Hemlock Heart Academy, science wiz Kazu Decker shows off his skills by creating a humanoid girl named Pandora. But in a world of monsters and mayhem, surviving high school is harder than getting good grades and lessons often turn violent at Hemlock. Fortunately for them, Pandora’s stoic nature and seemingly limitless strength, paired with Kazu’s luck, knowledge and friends, get them out of trouble almost as often as it gets them mixed up in it.

Shonen Jump

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume 1
By Hajime Komoto

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In the magic realm, magic is everything—everyone can use it, and one’s social status is determined by their skill level. Deep in the forest, oblivious to the ways of the world, lives Mash. Thanks to his daily training, he’s become a fitness god, but he harbors a secret that could turn his life upside down—he can’t use magic. When he’s found out, rather than his life being over, he’s unexpectedly enrolled in magic school, where he must beat the competition.

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 4
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

MI6 issues a top secret mission to take the British Empire out of the Afghan War. Moriarty believes Colonel Moran, who once fought in the war, to be the right man for the job. But will old memories from Moran’s past haunt him during the mission? Meanwhile, more dark figures lurk in London’s nobility, spreading further chaos in the country.

The Promised Neverland Volume 20 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Find out what becomes of Emma, Ray, Norman and the other children in the final volume of The Promised Neverland.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 10
Story by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Art by Betten Court
Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Pop has emerged as the new Queen Bee, her transformation forced by the villainous Nomura, a.k.a. Number 6. At his direction, Pop begins to rain destruction down on Naruhata. With a villain on the loose, it’s only natural for heroes to be called in to deal with the situation, but Koichi knows his friend’s life and soul are at stake. Will inspiration from his old master and training with past foes help him find the hero within?

Platinum End Volume 13
Story by Tsugumi Ohba, Art by Takeshi Obata

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

The remaining god candidates are separated into two sides as the final confrontation over who will become the next god begins. Professor Yoneda seems to have everything figured out, but can Mirai turn the tables before they all wind up dead?

Dr. STONE Volume 17
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Kingdom of Science is off on a high-seas voyage to the U.S.A. However, Senku and Ryusui are soon divided on how best to chart their course, leading to all-out war—in the form of a poker game. After the winner is determined, what awaits their crew on the large continent to the east?

D.Gray-man Volume 27
By Katsura Hoshino

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Fleeing the Black Order, Allen Walker uses an Ark and winds up taking himself and his frenemy Yu Kanda to Edinstown, England, where the story of “Allen” began. He and Yu wait while a Golem sent out by Yu goes to find their allies General Tiedoll and Johnny Gill. Allen and Yu then find themselves confronting akuma.

Undead Unluck Volume 2
By Yoshifumi Tozuka

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Sick of being targeted, Fuuko and Andy decide they would rather be hunters than the hunted. So they set their sights on joining the ten-member Union. But to snag the second seat they need, they’ll have to defeat their would-be assailant, Unchange.

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 14
By Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Shirayuki and Ryu are back in Lilias to work as herbalists. Shirayuki wastes no time diving into work, spending a backbreaking number of hours compounding medicine. But they aren’t alone for long before Obi joins them on Zen’s orders and invites Shirayuki to watch the sunset with him as they chat.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 9
By Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Yuna’s insecurities about herself resurface on her first Valentine’s Day with Rio, and Akari’s plan to give Kazuomi chocolates is thwarted. Will the girls be able to salvage this special day?

Idol Dreams Volume 7
By Arina Tanemura

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

To pursue missed chances at love and success, 31-year-old Chikage Deguchi takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to how she looked at age 15. Hanami has left Tokita at the altar. As Tokita deals with the fallout, Haru takes the opportunity to woo Chikage.

Oresama Teacher Volume 29 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Izumi Tsubaki

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Mafuyu and her friends managed to save the school festival at the last minute, and with it the future of Midorigaoka Academy. But when Takaomi rushes to the hospital to tell his grandfather, all he finds is an empty bed. Had victory come too late?

Queen’s Quality Volume 12
By Kyousuke Motomi

On Sale Date: July 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

When Kyutaro faces off against Seiryu Clan member Aoi Shinonome, he realizes how weak the snake inside him is. He decides to let his snake eat some of his “wishes” in an attempt to grow significantly stronger, but will this dangerous gamble pay off?

VIZ Media

Disney Bento: Fun Recipes for Bento Boxes!
By Masami Miyazaki

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Price: USA$17.99

50 recipes for delicious bento boxes featuring your favorite Disney characters. Create masterpieces for any meal, including snack time, with Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Anna, Winnie the Pooh, and more. Transform your lunch box with Disney Bento and enjoy the magic wherever you go.

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Volume 4 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

It’s the exciting final volume of the Black 2 & White 2 series. Blake catches up to Colress, the current leader of Team Plasma, while Whitley, accompanied by the reformed Team Plasma member N, corners Ghetsis, whose plan is to self-destruct, destroying everything around him. Both Trainers must defeat their enemies and save the world, but it won’t be easy.

Can the four Pokedex holders Blake, Whitley, Black and White handle the greatest crisis ever to hit the Unova region?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 4
By Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Fourth time around is the charm. Inklings Hit, Maika and Kou return for even more silly stories and fun adventures in the world of Splatoon.

Persona 5 Volume 7
By Hisato Murasaki
Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The Phantom Thieves are celebrating successfully reforming mob boss Kaneshiro when they are suddenly called out by the international hacker group “Medjed.” Caught off guard, Akira is further confused when he receives a mysterious message from a person claiming to know Medjed, who offers the Phantom Thieves a special deal to help them out with their predicament.

VIZ Signature

No. 5 Volume 1
By Taiyo Matsumoto

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$22.99

In a world where most of the earth has become a harsh desert, the Rainbow Council of the Peace Corps has a growing crisis on its hands. No. 5, one member of a team of superpowered global security guardians and a top marksman, has gone rogue. Now the other guardians have to hunt down No. 5 and his mysterious companion, Matryoshka. But why did No. 5 turn against the council, and what will it mean for the future of the world?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 9
By Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

There is no success without sacrifice, and triumph often goes hand in hand with tragedy. The battle against Lord Tensen has forced everyone to push their bodies to the limit, accessing new abilities and taking desperate measures to secure their victory. But against such formidable foes, sometimes one;s best is simply not enough. The bandit Aza Chobe and Gabimaru the Hollow have the best chances of beating the enemy, but they may pay a dear price for their victory.

Asadora! Volume 3
By Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

With the Olympics around the corner, the Japan Defense Forces have their hands full. So Jissoji enlists Asa and Kasuga’s help to find, identify and deal with the mysterious creature that decimated Asa’s hometown.

BEASTARS Volume 13
By Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Because of his criminal record, gray wolf Legoshi is working in a noodle shop instead of attending high school. Through his job and apartment complex, he meets denizens of the sea, where the values and laws are surprisingly different from those on land. Meanwhile, Beastar horse Yahya and Komodo dragon Gosha attempt to settle their historic grievances through battle. And then a black market drug hits the city.

Children of the Whales Volume 17
By Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

The blight of the tárichos is infecting the people of the Mud Whale with horrifying speed, and the island seems doomed to become a floating graveyard. But visions of the past may have the power to save the future when Chakuro becomes witness to Shaun and Ouni’s private recollections.

RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 5
Original Concept by Monty Oum & Rooster Teeth Productions
Story and Art by Various Artists

On Sale Date: July 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$12.99

Thrilling and silly stories featuring Team JNPR.

Team RWBY is not the only group of Hunters and Huntresses in the world of Remnant.

Get to know Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos and Lie Ren, one of the strongest—and most fun—teams of Grimm Hunters in the hit series RWBY. From a team of exciting new manga artists comes the fifth volume in a series of short story collections, this time showcasing Team JNPR.

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 6
By Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Is this manga cute enough yet? No? Better add cats. Toast, possibly the least adorable kitten in manga, doesn’t care for Nasa and interrupts his private time with his wife. Then Nasa and Tsukasa set out on a romantic date at an amusement park, not realizing that everyone else has the same idea… including Nasa’s teacher, Yanagi Sensei, who’s very concerned about what her former star pupil is doing with his life.

Case Closed Volume 79
By Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The elusive jewel thief known as the Kaito Kid has eluded the law every time… but can he nab a gem attached to the shell of a turtle in an aquarium? Conan wants to make sure that this time the Kaito Kid is all wet. Then Harley Hartwell investigates a string of suspicious suicides, believing them to be the work of a serial killer. But how could a man be murdered while alone in an elevator?

Then, when Conan and Harley investigate a supposed vampire cure, they find a case they can really sink their teeth into. Someone is eliminating a horror writer’s family using methods straight out of a Dracula movie.

RIN-NE Vol. 40 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Emotions are running high in this final volume of everyone’s favorite after school (and Afterlife) comedy. Rinne wins a day trip in an Afterlife lottery and asks Sakura to join him, since he’s so indebted to her. After a messy beginning, the trip ends on a high note with two matching bracelets for the pair… but later on those same matching bracelets will lead to a shocking outcome that neither of them could have anticipated.

Home Video

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind Part 1 (BD)
Shonen Jump

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$49.99

In raw, soul-stirringly picturesque Napoli, vigilance is a prized virtue—especially for local teen Giorno Giovanna. The Southern Italian crime syndicate is all-powerful, and Giorno is not about to let his city and its impressionable youth sink even further into the shadowy world of mafia drugs and crime. Luckily for Giorno, the like-minded mafioso Bruno Bucciarati is willing to help him in his struggle to become Primo Mafioso and overtake the Passione famiglia. But first, he has to survive invitation.

Pokemon: Black & White Complete Season 14 (DVD)
VIZ Media

On Sale Date: July 27, 2021
Age Rating: TV-Y7
Price: USA$59.99

A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokemon make the 14th season of the Pokemon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet. When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokemon that he’s never seen before… and that he can’t wait to catch. He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he’ll still need plenty of new Pokemon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokemon Master just got tougher.

Manga Review: Asadora! Volume Two

Asadora! Volume Two continues telling the story of a plucky young girl named Asa Asada.

Asadora! Volume Two
Written by: Naoki Urasawa
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 20, 2021

Volume Two opens with a short piece that seems to be unrelated to the main storyline. However, at the end of the volume, it’s revealed that the short piece that we see at the start is indeed important and related to what’s going on.

From there, the manga picks up exactly where Volume One ended. While in the airplane with Kasuga delivering rice balls to citizens trapped on their roofs, Asa sees that her house has been destroyed. However, she later finds two of her siblings, along with the doctor and her newborn sibling, stranded on a rooftop. Even though most of her family is gone, at least Asa still has three of her siblings who survived. I found comfort in knowing that even though Asa may now be an orphan, at least she is no longer alone. But as they try to reach her surviving family members, Asa and Kasuga see the tail of a giant creature come out of the water. Thanks to some quick thinking, Asa saves her surviving family members from being killed by whatever this creature is. I can only imagine just how frightening of a situation that would be, especially knowing that for Asa, these are the only family members that she has left.

But as the food drops continue, it comes out that Kasuga was shot and injured earlier. He starts losing feeling in his hands and can no longer fly the airplane himself. Asa, being the fearless girl that she is, starts learning how to fly the plane with oral instructions from Kasuga. She pulls off some amazing flying, especially for someone who’s never flown a plane before. Luckily, Asa has the personality that she has, because otherwise the outcome could have been very different.

I can’t forget to mention Asa’s friend, Shota. His father and brothers are still pushing him to train for the Olympics. Obviously, getting the news of what happened back home is affecting him. However, his father and brothers are just trying to sweep what happened under the rug and push Shota to continue training. I know this would have been the mindset back in this era, but I still found it infuriating. I don’t blame him for running off and heading back to their hometown to in order to find out what happened to Asa.

We learn it’s Asa’s birthday, and how coming from a big family, she never really got presents. She decides she wants the plane as a gift. Well, Kasuga stole the plane, so he can’t exactly give it to her. But thanks to something Asa discovered in the plane, she has some leverage to try to strike a deal with the owner of the plane. But, let’s just say that this plan puts Asa in extreme danger, and it’s fortunate that Kinuyo, the woman who runs the restaurant where they’ve been getting the rice balls to deliver to the survivors, realizes what’s happening. With help from a police officer, they arrive in time to save Asa. But the end result is that the owner of the plane is arrested, and he gives the deed to the plane to Asa.

Near the end of the volume, there is a time skip. It’s 1964, and Asa is now 17 years old. She still has the plane and is using it to help Kasuga with his business. Unfortunately, the business is starting to head into a slump, and Kasuga doesn’t know how much longer he can keep it afloat. But as fate would have it, someone who Kasuga served with in the military arrives, and he has a picture of the tail that Kasuga and Asa saw earlier.

We also see that it’s time for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and learn that Shota didn’t qualify for the marathon. It’s also revealed that Asa and Shota haven’t kept in touch as well as they could have, and she was the last one to send anything… but she hasn’t heard back. Hopefully we’ll learn what’s happened to Shota in a future volume of the series.

At the end of the volume, Asa goes to a science museum in Ueno, in the hopes of finding information on the creature that she and Kasuga saw when she was younger. She finds a photograph on the ground, and it, along with the person she encounters at the end of the volume, are related to the short piece we saw at the beginning of the volume.

I admit that I hadn’t expected the time skip to appear in this volume, but then I was reminded that the early pages of Volume One say that Asadora! is the story of a nameless girl and the fearless life she lived from the postwar years to the present day. All of Volume One and most of Volume Two focus on Asa as a child, and the experiences she has after the typhoon (or it might actually have been an attack by a creature, which has been hinted at strongly in this volume) and how she helped get food to survivors who were stranded on rooftops. Near the end of the Volume Two, we get to see Asa as a young woman who is still in high school. Her encounter with the young man at the museum is likely leading to something, and it’ll be interesting to see what exciting thing she will get to do or experience during this arc of the story.

Urasawa had a strong start with Asadora! in Volume One, and I think he has succeeded in keeping the momentum going for Volume Two. The story and characters continue to be interesting, and with the time skip, Asa’s evolution as a character feels believable. I’m looking forward to reading Volume Three in order to find out what happens as Asa next.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces April 2021 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for April 2021.

Shonen Jump

Chainsaw Man Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

As Denji and his team investigate the whereabouts of the Gun Devil, they’re ambushed by a coordinated attack to take them all out. Denji will have to get stronger if he wants to stay alive in this dangerous game.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 9
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto are assigned a mission to escort the Star Plasma Vessel to Master Tengen. However, they’re ambushed by Toji Fushiguro, a mercenary known as the Sorcerer Killer. Can Gojo and Geto survive this surprise attack? And will this be the turning point where Gojo becomes the strongest exorcist while Geto embraces ruin and rebellion?

We Never Learn Volume 15
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

It’s finally time for the National Entrance Exams for college admissions. Yuiga and friends have spent countless hours studying, overcoming all manner of obstacles and hurdles, just for this very day. But Yuiga better watch his step since one slipup could spell disaster.

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 3
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi, Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Just as everything appears to be going Sherlock Holmes’s way, he finds himself arrested for a murder he did not commit. He soon escapes police custody and sets out to clear his name. The victim, Lord Drebber, wrote Sherlock’s name in blood before he died, but why? Will Sherlock be able to solve this puzzle and save himself?

One Piece Volume 96
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Oden’s adventures continue as he travels the seas with the Whitebeard pirates. But how exactly did he meet Gold Roger? And what is going on back in Wano while he is away?

Dr. Stone Volume 16
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The battle between the Kingdom of Science and Petrification Kingdom is down to a mano-a-mano match between Senku and Ibara. With his petrified friends’ spirits supporting him, can Senku finally get his hands on the all-powerful petrification weapon? Later, a shocking revelation about the mysterious “Why-Man” leads the Kingdom of Science on a new adventure.

My Hero Academia Volume 27
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The confrontation between the heroes and the villains of the Paranormal Liberation Front is about to kick off. With so much at stake, even the students of U.A. have joined the heroes to help in the coming battles. Within the PLF, Hawks continues to play a dangerous game as a double agent, but the villains have fearsome resources of their own, including whatever lurks in the doctor’s lab. Plus, with every moment that passes, Tomura Shigaraki comes closer to his ultimate form. When everything goes down, there won’t be any going back.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 21
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The fight with Kokushibo, the highest-ranking demon among Muzan’s servants, is over. Although Himejima and Sanemi defeated Kokushibo and sent him to hell, the price the Demon Slayer Corps has paid is very high. Kiriya Ubuyashiki, the new leader of the Demon Slayers, struggles to recover from the losses. With the battle against Muzan far from over, the remaining fighters will need his help more than ever. Meanwhile, deep within Infinity Castle, Tanjiro and his friends come face-to-face with their nemesis at last…

Shojo Beat

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 7
Story and Art by Maki Enjoji

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

Even when they’re apart and lonely, they believe in their love. Our Valiant One and the Dark Lord have an incurable case of love. This is the grand finale.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Before Kairi travels abroad to study, the two decide to do the things that lovers do. Their love deepens during their limited time together, but a problem arises concerning Kairi’s succession in his family’s business. What will happen to their romance?

Yona of the Dawn Volume 29
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kai Empire begins their plans to attack the Kingdom of Kohka, with North Kai leader Ying Kuelbo particularly interested in capturing the Dragon Warriors. When Yona and Jaeha are taken to Kai Empire against their will, Hak debates the unimaginable in order to save them—joining forces with the Kohka army.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 25
Story and Art by Yuki Midorikawa

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Nyanko sensei is missing, and the only clue to his whereabout is a shard of pottery painted with calico markings. Following the urgings of a dream seemingly sent by the shard, Natsume travels to a local kiln and finds far more than just answers about his lost friend.

VIZ Media

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 7
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $17.99

Ruby and Sapphire find out that Archie and Maxie, the leaders of evil Team Aqua and equally evil Team Magma, are using the Blue Orb and the Red Orb to control two Legendary Pokemon, Kyogre and Groudon. As the two Trainers struggle with their opponents, they also discover a mysterious connection between their own memories of the past. Can they figure out the secret in time to awaken three Pokemon that can save the day?

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 19, 20 & 21.

Persona 5 Volume 6
Story and Art by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

The Phantom Thieves’ next target is Junya Kaneshiro, a mafia boss scamming high school students in Shibuya. They manage to fight their way through Kaneshiro’s palace’s tough security, but Kaneshiro still has some dirty tricks up his sleeve. Will the Phantom Thieves be able to help Makoto get out of Kaneshiro’s clutches? Or will she end up in debt to him forever?

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Volume 3
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

Castelia City has been frozen over by Kyurem and is now locked in ice. White is still searching for the whereabouts of Black, who went missing after the battle against Ghetsis. And Fennel has come up with a theory that the Light Stone was actually connected to the Pokemon Dream World.

Will Black, White, Blake and Whitley be able to team up in time to stop Ghetsis, Colress and Kyurem at the Giant Chasm?

Ask Iwata
By Satoru Iwata, Edited by Hobonichi

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Price: USA $22.99

Satoru Iwata was the former Global President and CEO of Nintendo and a gifted programmer who played a key role in the creation of many of the world’s best-known games. He led the production of innovative platforms such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, and laid the groundwork for the development of the wildly successful Pokemon Go game and the Nintendo Switch. Known for his analytical and imaginative mind, but even more for his humility and people-first approach to leadership, Satoru Iwata was beloved by game fans and developers worldwide.

In this motivational collection, Satoru Iwata addresses diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no. Drawn from the “Iwata Asks” series of interviews with key contributors to Nintendo games and hardware, and featuring conversations with renowned Mario franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto and creator of EarthBound Shigesato Itoi, Ask Iwata offers game fans and business leaders an insight into the leadership, development and design philosophies of one of the most beloved figures in gaming history.

VIZ Signature

Blue Flag Volume 7
Story and Art by KAITO

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Rumors spread like wildfire after Toma’s shocking confession during the culture festival, leaving Taichi confused and uncertain. The effects of that event ripple out to the others, leaving wounds in their wake. Meanwhile, Toma’s brother sits him down for a frank talk. All the thoughts and emotions everyone has kept hidden are finally coming to light, and relationships begin to change.

Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection
Story and Art by Junji Ito

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $22.99

Ryusuke returns to the town he once lived in because rumors are swirling about girls killing themselves after encountering a bewitchingly handsome young man. Harboring his own secret from time spent in this town, Ryusuke attempts to capture the beautiful boy and close the case, but…

Starting with the strikingly bloody “Lovesickness,” this volume collects ten stories showcasing horror master Junji Ito in peak form, including “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings” and “The Rib Woman.”

Asadora! Volume 2
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

Asa and Kasuga see the tail of a giant creature rise from the water. In a jungle, explorers discover massive claw marks in a tree trunk. And years later in 1964, a mysterious military man appears asking all the wrong questions.

Ultraman Volume 15
Story and Art by Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Taro vows to fight the Star Cluster Council, believing that it has other plans for Earth besides its destruction and invasion. But the wild and mysterious Valky, maneuvering secretly within the Star Cluster Council, plays havoc with Taro’s mind. The machinations of the council rev up, and the outcome of their power play will determine the fate of the Earth.

Golden Kamuy Volume 21
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

Sugimoto and Asirpa (and Shiraishi too) have been reunited and head south across Karafuto with the goal of returning to Hokkaido. But after so much time apart and all that has happened, Asirpa’s feelings about the Ainu struggle have changed. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Tsurumi begins trying to decipher the code in the tattooed skins and sends a double agent into Hijikata’s group. But Hijikata is no fool, however, and engages in a battle of wits with Tsurumi. Regardless of who comes out top, it is clear that only Asirpa holds the key to finding the Ainu gold.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 12
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Exam season has crash-landed on the students of Itan High, and in between getting kicked out of the library for exceeding the legal decibel levels, Komi and the gang are dreaming of the coming summer break. And with more friends now than ever, Komi’s modest vacation to-do list soon becomes a recipe for delightful summer shenanigans.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 14
Story and Art by Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

When things seem too peaceful in the Demon Castle, the demons investigate and find the princess in a literal bind. Having stolen a gizmo to create alternate dimensions, Princess Syalis uses it to do good in the world. Just kidding. Of course she uses it for her own (and the Teddy Demons’) selfish gain. Then, a lightning storm reveals one demon is (predictably) even more frightened of thunder than the princess. Quilladillo goes on vacation only to discover he has a stowaway in his trunk, but it’s not the princess. Just kidding. Of course it is. And then a relative of the princess appears in the castle. What are the demon hostage takers to do?

Call of the Night Volume 1
Story and Art by Kotoyama

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When Nazuna invites Ko to spend the night at her place in an abandoned building, he’s stoked. But then he awakens to kisses on his neck with a little too much bite to them. Is it just the delicious taste of his blood that makes her meet him night after night for late-night adventures, conversation and… naps? Or something else? Then, when a cute girl from Yamori’s past shows up and competes for his attention, his budding relationship with the undead is put to the test.

VIZ Media Announces January 2021 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for January 2021.

Shonen Jump

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 2
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi
Art by Hikaru Miyoshi
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

After successfully establishing a foothold in Durham and cleansing the city of some of its corruption, William James Moriarty sets his sights on London. To make headway there, he needs the aid of his brother Albert. But while on his way to London, Moriarty is kidnapped by a gang of criminals. He needs Albert sooner than he thought, but will Albert be able to save him in time?

Platinum End Volume 12
Story by Tsugumi Ohba
Art by Takeshi Obata

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

Just when it looked like the god candidates might come to an agreement, one of them is suddenly assassinated. Now Professor Yoneda seems to be in control of the entire god selection process. Will the remaining candidates yield to Yoneda’s desire to rid humanity of fake gods, or does Mirai have a different plan in mind?

The Promised Neverland Volume 18
Story by Kaiu Shirai
Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Emma and Ray race to the queen’s chamber to stop Norman’s plan, but are they already too late? What has propelled Norman to take such a brutal path, and is it something that will forever change his relationship with his closest friends?

Haikyu!! Volume 42
Story and Art by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Hinata is removed from the game with a fever, leaving Karasuno to battle it out against Kamomedai in the final set without their biggest scorer. Anguished that he can’t be there, Hinata watches the rest of the game via broadcast. What does he see from outside of the court? Find out as the Spring Tournament arc comes to an end.

My Hero Academia Volume 26
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Hawks and the Safety Commission have managed to get their hands on some top secret information. A big villain attack is coming, and the heroes must do all they can to prepare. As part of these preparations, Eraser Head and Present Mic pay a visit to the prison, while Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki begin training under Endeavor in order to become fighters who can stand on their own. But in the meantime, the boys will have to survive a dinner party at the Todoroki household.

Black Clover Volume 24
Story and Art by Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In order to protect themselves against the ruthless Spade Kingdom, Asta and his fellow magic knights have spent six months training under the watchful eye of the princess of the Heart Kingdom. But will their efforts be enough when the war between the countries finally breaks out?

Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem… his childhood friend Rika has turned into a curse and won’t leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary curse, his plight gets noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where exorcists are taught to combat curses. Gojo convinces him to enroll, but can Yuta learn enough in time to confront the curse that haunts him?

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Yuzuri, Suzu and Kirito travel all the way from Lilias to visit Shirayuki and friends, resulting in a delightful reunion—until things take a turn. Meanwhile, Izana pressures Zen to hold a banquet to seek out potential brides, but Zen has another idea in mind.

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 6
Story and Art by Maki Enjoji

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Now the two are finally starting to act like lovers. They’re busy enjoying blissful days until Kairi’s older sister Ryuko goes missing.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 10
Story and Art by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Mamura’s sudden confession of love leaves Suzume’s head spinning. After spending the entire night agonizing over how to respond to him, she finally decides to give Mamura a chance. But soon after she makes her choice, Mr. Shishio throws her a curveball.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 6
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Even though their feelings are mutual, Akari and Kazuomi can’t get their timing right. Rio realizes he likes Yuna, but he suspects his friend Agatsuma likes her too.

Takane & Hana Volume 16
Story and Art by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Hiromi idolizes his older cousin Takane and will do anything to protect him—including running away from home. Takane’s got enough problems dealing with work exhaustion and Hiromi’s father itching to take him down, but maybe he’ll be able to find Hiromi with Hana’s help.

Prince Freya Volume 4
Story and Art by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The unexpected arrival of horned warriors at Fort Leren is all that saves the Tyrish troops from the Sigurdian seige. But the Kelds have no interest in joining forces with Tyr—they only intervened to cause pain to their old foe. While it is a disappointing decision, it opens Freya’s eyes to other paths of resistance. Tyr might have no allies, but Sigurd has many enemies.

VIZ Media

Persona 5 Volume 5
Story and Art by Hisato Murasaki
Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Shujin Academy student council president Makoto Nijima is starting to suspect that Akira and his friends may be more than just school students. Meanwhile, a criminal organization operating in Shibuya has started to target high school students in a new, devious scam. Will the Phantom Thieves be able to prove they’re the good guys, all while keeping their identities a secret?

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 16
Story and Art by Noriyuki Konishi

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Nate returns with a totally different Yo-kai Watch and the amazing Yo-kai Keystones. Get ready to meet a whole bunch of bizarre new Yo-kai.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 9
Story by Hidenori Kusaka
Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Sun and Moon are stranded in Ultra Space, home of the Ultra Beasts. Worse, they’ve lost Legendary Pokemon Lunala. Who can they trust in this alternate dimension? Things look dark for everyone—especially in Ultra Megalopolis, the city that has lost its light.

Splatoon Volume 11
Story and Art by Sankichi Hinodeya

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

The final match of the Ranked Battle Cup begins. Find out what happens when Team Blueperor steps inside the arena against their greatest opponents, the fierce X-Blood.

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Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 6
Story and Art by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The conflict between the ruthless bandit Aza Chobe and Gabimaru the Hollow explodes into an all-out battle. Chobe, already a formidable foe, has found new levels of strength thanks to the influence of tao. Can Gabimaru’s skills prevent his death at the hands of this monstrous enemy, or will the pintsize ninja finally lose?

BEASTARS Volume 10
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Red deer Louis learns he has more in common with lion Ibuki, his biggest supporter in the Shishi-gumi gang, than he thinks. While the blood feud between gray wolf Legoshi and brown bear Riz escalates, puma Tao and anteater Kibi attempt a reconciliation. Giant panda Gohin continues his work attempting to cure carnivores of their meat addiction. And surprising secrets about Legoshi’s family and past are revealed.

Asadora! Volume 1
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

When Asa’s mother goes into labor yet again, Asa runs off to find a doctor. But no one bats an eye when she doesn’t return—not even as a storm approaches Nagoya. Forgotten yet again, Asa runs into a burglar and tries to stop him on her own, a decision that leads to an unlikely alliance.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Volume 9
Story and Art by Inio Asano

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$14.99

Oda and Futaba are lurking in Oran’s memories from an alternative timeline where she and Kadode simultaneously save the earth and ruin their lives. When the worst happens, Oran takes a desperate leap into another timeline. But things don’t seem to be going very well in that timeline either. Good thing there are endless timelines, right, Isobeyan?

Children of the Whales Volume 16
Story and Art by Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Orca is known as the God of Death, a cold and emotionless soldier who has no qualms about using his little sister as a pawn in his game against the empire. But now Chakuro has seen into the very heart of the pain that motivates Orca’s bloody quest. Can a shared history of loss bridge the differences between them? Or is the pull of death too strong for even love to overcome?

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 15
Story and Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki
Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

The battle for the Nanyang Alliance’s Taal volcano base is over. Sojo Levan Fu and his followers managed to evacuate the newly manufactured Psycho Zakus into orbit. But this victory came at a heavy price. During a ferocious rearguard action, Io—consumed by his bloodlust—accidentally killed someone dear to both he and Daryl. Enraged, Daryl destroyed the Spartan. In the aftermath of the battle, what’s left of the Spartan’s crew regroups to lick their wounds. Io lies in the infirmary, broken by what he’s done. But the war is not finished with Io Fleming, and will leave him with nothing when it’s over. Until then, he has only one job to do…

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 3
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nasa has been introduced to Tsukasa’s family… sort of. Now it’s time for Tsukasa to meet her in-laws. Nasa is determined to do whatever it takes to make a long bus ride romantic, while Tsukasa is just happy to check out food courts along the way. Little do they know that Chitose and her maids are on their tail, bent on turning their quickie honeymoon into a quickie divorce.

RIN-NE Volume 37
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The disembodied spirit of Ayame Sakaki’s crush on Jumonji is becoming increasingly bold. Ayame resolves to get this stroppy spirit under control once and for all, but the spirit predicts her plans and asks Rinne to sever the spiritual chain connecting her to Ayame.

Case Closed Volume 77
Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

When a tabloid publisher is murdered, the hardest part of the case may be finding someone who didn’t want him dead. A cold case heats up when a new victim is found with the character for “death” written nearby. And when the Junior Detective League stumbles on a crime while camping, Anita risks exposing her secret identity.

As he solves these cases, Conan keeps running into three suspicious characters—overly friendly neighbor Subaru Okiya, eager young private eye Toru Amuro, and teen detective Masumi Sera. Which of them is the man (or woman) in black code-named Bourbon?

VIZ Media Announces Eight Manga Licenses

VIZ Media announced at its Anime Expo Lite panel that it has licensed the following eight manga titles:

  • Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya by Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki [scheduled to be released in March 2021]
  • Asadora! by Naoki Urasawa [scheduled to be released in January 2021]
  • Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book by nodoka [scheduled to be released in February 2021]
  • Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata [scheduled to be released in February 2021]
  • Beast Complex by Paru Itagaki [scheduled to be released in March 2021]
  • Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito [scheduled to be released in April 2021]
  • Call of the Night by Kotoyama [scheduled to be released in April 2021]
  • The King’s Beast by Rei Tōma [scheduled to be released in February 2021]

Source: ANN