VIZ Media Announces March 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions Volume 1
Story and Art by Yoko Akiyama, Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Midoriya is excited for his first team-up mission until he learns that his team includes Bakugo. Training alongside his explosive classmate would be hard enough, but the pro hero they’ve been matched with is also a real wild card. Can this makeshift team cooperate, or will Midoriya’s first mission be his last?

Dr. Stone Reboot: Byakuya
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Learn what happened when the world turned to stone in this special side story to Dr. Stone. As Senku and his friends are being turned to stone, his father Byakuya is on the International Space Station. This is the story of the crew as they try to survive as the only humans left unpetrified.

Spy x Family Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

The Forgers look into adding a dog to their family, but this is no easy task—especially when Twilight has to simultaneously foil an assassination plot against a foreign minister. The perpetrators plan to use specially trained dogs for the attack, but Twilight gets some unexpected help to stop these terrorists.

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 3 (Novel) (FINAL VOLUME)
Original Story by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Price: USA $9.99

Hikone Ubugino and Tokinada Tsunayashiro’s combined powers make a mockery of the strongest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Quincies, and Fullbringers in this epic conclusion to the Can’t Fear Your Own World arc. As the Soul Society’s secrets are brought to light, the full terror of Tokinada’s plan is revealed. In the midst of this, Shuhei Hisagi discovers the true ability of his zanpaku-to and the meaning of its name. Can a blade that controls death also sever the consequences of death? A host of powerful characters—including Kenpachi Zaraki and Grimmjow Zaraki Jeagerjaques—make an appearance in the decisive battle, and the volume is complemented by a generous selection of Tite Kubo illustrations.

Haikyu!! Volume 43
Story and Art by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

After graduating high school, Hinata booked it all the way to Brazil to learn how to play beach volleyball and improve his control and strength. While there, he has made a name for himself as Ninja Shoyo, and has become a well-known beach volleyball player. He’s approached by another player named Heitor, who is desperate to win his next match and keep his sponsors. Will Hinata’s new skills be enough to help Heitor?

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 9
Story by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Art by Betten Court, Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

A villain incident when Aizawa was a student at U.A. changed him forever. Who could have known that fateful encounter would someday have an impact on the present? But as time goes by, life changes for Koichi, Pop, Makoto and everyone else. The glory days of Narufest are over, and it’s time to move on. Makoto puts an important question to Koichi, and Pop struggles to find herself. But Pop’s decision to go it alone may lead her down a dangerous path…

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 21
Story and Art by Yoshiaki Sukeno

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will Rokuro ever work up the courage to pop the question to Benio? And who will be more jealous if he does, another exorcist or… a kegare?! Battles ensue, and not just in Magano.

Dragon Ball Super Volume 12
Story by Akira Toriyama, Art by Toyotarou

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The villain Moro has released vicious criminals from the Galactic Prison, and now they’re ravaging the galaxy in their search for planets with exceptional life energy. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of the Bandit Brigade have shown up, including Seven-Three, who has the ability to copy other fighters’ powers. How will Piccolo and the others fare against this new threat without Goku around?

Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story–Mourning Clouds
Written by Takashi Yano, Original Story by Masashi Kishimoto

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

A rupture in the alliance at the Summit of the Five Kages triggers the Fifth Great Ninja War. Meanwhile, Shikamaru and his family grow further and further apart. But Shikamaru has a very powerful card up his sleeve to bring peace to both the world and his family.

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 12
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

As news of Izana’s impending coronation spreads, people from all over travel to the capital city of Wistal. During the preparations, Zen asks Shirayuki to play host to Prince Raj of Tanbarun, sending shock waves through the palace. To think that a common court herbalist would be entrusted with such a task. But that’s not the only change coronation day brings.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 11
Story and Art by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Mr. Shishio once again declares his love to Suzume, but this time around she can’t find it in her heart to trust his words. Instead she chooses to focus on strengthening her relationship with Mamura. But when Mr. Shishio and Mamura face off in a relay race for Sports Day, just who will Suzume root for?

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 7
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Akari seeks comfort from Kazuomi after an ex boyfriend has some harsh words for her. Yuna is about to hear a love confession, but is it from the boy she likes?

Oresama Teacher Volume 28
Story and Art by Izumi Tsubaki

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Mr. Maki’s hired goons have taken over the auditorium! With the stage inaccessible due to the amassed delinquents, the school play has to be cancel for “technical difficulties.” But disaster is averted by quick thinking and teamwork as the disappointed audience is sent to view the other marvels of the festival. Now all Mafuyu and her friends need to do is take down the huge crowd of invading bruisers/ The fight for Midorigaoka is on.

Queen’s Quality Volume 11
Story and Art by Kyousuke Motomi

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Even though Fumi has the ability to kill the snake that’s sealed within Kyutaro, she can’t do so without killing Kyutaro in the process/ Kyutaro strikes a deal with the snake, but can he make good on his promise if it means facing someone at the Seiryu Clan who has a snake inside him as well?

Skip Beat! Volume 45
Story and Art by Yoshiki Nakamura

On Sale Date: March 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The news that Ren is dating a hot older woman is all over town, and Kyoko is doing her best to ignore it. But how can she pretend it isn’t happening when Ren insists on talking to her about it?

VIZ Media

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 3
Story and Art by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Can you believe it’s already our third volume of the Squid Kids Comedy Show? Drop in to see the awesome new battles featuring the coolest Inklings ever, Hit, Maika and Kou.

Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book
By nodoka

On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$19.99

Building a wardrobe is expensive and time-consuming… but it doesn’t have to be. Looking good is easier than ever, and all it takes is a little bit of care. Buying a few simple items in basic colors that you can mix and match in a variety of ways will take you far. This comic book guide to fashion will show you how to introduce a Japanese flourish into your wardrobe with easy tutorials, suggestions for wardrobe essentials, and styling tips on pulling it all together.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 8
Story and Art by Akira Himekawa

On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Link has the passion needed to take on the fearsome challenges that lie ahead, but he needs to hone his skills to a finer edge. To do so, he becomes the student of the mysterious skeletal warrior, the wanderer across space and time. Meanwhile, Midna reaffirms her resolve to repair the Mirror of Shadow. Link and Midna’s quest is far from over, and their journey will take them to even more fantastic places and pit them against ever more terrible foes.

20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition, Volume 11
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

There once was a kid who imagined the end of the world. It was all a child’s game—but not anymore/ The Friend is carrying out his plan to exterminate humanity—just as predicted. And the man who survived Bloody New Year’s Eve is on his way back to Tokyo. The boys are coming back together one by one as they race toward the final battle.

BEASTARS Volume 11
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

As grey wolf Legoshi begins his final showdown with brown bear Riz, he tells Legoshi he has just murdered and devoured another of Legoshi’s friends. Back at the black market, red deer Louis has a revelation and threatens to abdicate his leadership of the Shishigumi lion gang. Turns out it’s even harder to leave a criminal syndicate than it is to join it. Then, Legoshi receives a gruesome offer to help him prevail in his battle with Riz…

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 2
Story and Art by Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth series created by Monty Oum

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$12.99

Ruby’s first year at Beacon Academy continues. Team RWBY has officially formed, and Ruby Rose is their leader. While Roman Torchwick still lurks in the shadows, new forces begin to move against Beacon Academy. Who are the White Fang, and what does Blake know about them?

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 3
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: US$24.99

Yusaku Godai is suffering because Maison Ikkoku’s lovely resident manager, Kyoko Otonashi, is giving him the cold shoulder. He’s been dating Kozue Nanao, and as a starving college student Yusaku enjoys the free dinner her family provides him twice a week. Yusaku knows he needs to end things with Kozue if he ever hopes to get back into Kyoko’s good graces…

No Guns Life Volume 9
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: US$12.99

In the stifling darkness of the Extended detention center known as the Weapons Vault, Juzo and Mary come face-to-face with their own pasts. They went in looking for a way to repair Juzo, but Mary also wants to find out what happened to her brother Victor. Deep inside the vault, they encounter Number Twelve, a GSU that Juzo thought he had destroyed. The forgotten knowledge he possesses may give Juzo the strength and purpose to continue his struggle against Berühren.

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 7
Story and Art by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The Yamada Asaemon executioners and their criminal charges have forged an uneasy alliance, banding together to find a way off the island. Standing in their way are the supernatural forces of the Lord Tensen and a new enemy—the Shogun has sent another wave of samurai and ninja to the island, this time with orders to leave no one alive.

Beast Complex
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: March 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

A tiger and a beaver who grew up together defy peer pressure to end their friendship and join forces to fight injustice. A camel journalist who spent his career passing judgment on carnivores spends a life-changing night with a seductive wolf. A saltwater crocodile and a gazelle must find a way to work together as chef and assistant on a cooking show with flagging ratings. A fox and a chameleon wrestle with stereotypes about each other—and themselves. And much more…

Plus the real-life story of the origins of BEASTARS and Beast Complex.

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 4
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Touring beautiful Kyoto, Nasa and Tsukasa find plenty of opportunities for romance. Selfies. Snuggling. Swordplay. They’d better enjoy every minute, because a shattering surprise waits at home in Tokyo. Where will the newlyweds go when their cozy (i.e., cramped) apartment is no more?

RIN-NE Volume 38
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: March 9, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Anju finally musters the courage to get close to her crush, Matsugo (who’s got a not-so-secret thing for Rinne). Hoping to rid himself of the clingy Matsugo, Rinne conspires with Anju to use his powers to turn their friendship into romance… But as usual, things don’t go as planned, and Rinne’s left to clean up the mess.

The Second Season of BEASTARS to Premiere Worldwide on Netflix in July 2021

Crunchyroll is reporting that the @NXOnNetflix Twitter account has announced that the second season of the BEASTARS anime is scheduled to make its worldwide debut on Netflix in July 2021. The second season of the BEASTARS anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 6, 2021.

The first season of BEASTARS premiered on Netflix outside of Japan on March 13, 2020.

Source: Crunchyroll

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.

VIZ Signature

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?

Top 20 Selling Manga in the United States for September 2020

NPD BookScan has published their list of the Top 20 selling manga for September 2020:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  3. Dragon Ball Super Volume 10 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama
  4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 16 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 24 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  7. Venus in the Blind Spot Hardcover by Junji Ito
  8. Spy X Family Volume 2 by Tatsuya Endō
  9. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  10. The Promised Neverland Volume 1 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
  11. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  12. Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Volume 1 by Iro Aida
  13. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  14. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge
  15. My Hero Academia Volume 23 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  16. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  18. BEASTARS Volume 8 by Paru Itagaki
  19. My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  20. My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi

Source: The Fandom Post

VIZ Media Announces November 2020 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 7
by Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Josuke’s bizarre adventure reaches new heights. Who is this person who claims to be an alien? Did Rohan really witness a grisly murder in a tunnel on the highway? Has Yoshikage Kira finally met his match after all these years—and is it a cat or a plant? Morioh is as chaotic as ever.

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 2
Original Concept by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Price: USA $17.99

The Quincies’ Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. And now
the mystery of Hikone Ubugino’s past, which holds the secrets behind the very existence of the Soul Reapers and all
their allies and adversaries, is about to spark an all-out battle royale. Meanwhile, Urahara and Hisagi must face down
formidable enemies in a Karakura Town that has been completely cut off from the Seireitei as Tokinada Tsunayashiro’s fiendish plan begins to unfold.

Dr. Stone Volume 14
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

With a machine capable of producing unlimited revival fluid almost completed, Senku and friends will be ready to strike back against the Petrification Kingdom. But first they have to rescue their petrified friends! A drone would also come in handy, which means reviving the Kingdom of Science’s godly artisan, Kaseki. But before that, they’ll need to bring someone else back…

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 8
Story by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Art by Betten Court,
Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

With the sky-high Sky Egg stadium teetering on the edge of destruction and thousands of lives at stake, Captain Celebrity and Koichi have held the line against a horde of flying bombers as long as they can. But when Captain Celebrity’s strength finally gives out, who can save them from a long fall to their deaths? Later, Knuckleduster returns to settle an old score, and Koichi, Pop and the Narufest crew look to the future as “Eraser Head” Aizawa remembers the past.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 18
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro and Tomioka confront Akaza, the Upper-Rank 3 demon. Against Akaza’s overwhelming strength, the two find
themselves unable to do anything but defend themselves. With the situation looking grim, Tanjiro awakens to the Transparent World his father once told him about. Will this new knowledge allow Tanjiro to turn the tables and go on the offensive against Akaza?

World Trigger Volume 21
by Daisuke Ashihara

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

The B-Rank Wars continue, and Tamakoma-2 is up against both new and old foes this time around. With the realization
that Chika can, in fact, shoot people, it’s anyone’s game. But first, Osamu and Yuma need to gather information on Yuba
Squad—a squad they’ve never faced before. Will this new realization about Chika and the addition of Hyuse be enough
to take down this unknown foe?

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Volume 4
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

Hachimaru is the last man standing in the samurai battle royale, and that earns him the right to face the founder of the festival. Can Hachimaru recruit the powerful warrior who calls himself a key to Pandora’s Box? Or is something more nefarious about to go down?

The Promised Neverland Volume 17
Story by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: US $9.99

In order to wipe out the demons, Norman sends his forces into the capital to take down the queen and the five aristocrat families. Emma also heads into the demon city with the intent of stopping Norman from doing something he’ll regret. But can she get there in time?

Black Clover Volume 23
by Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

With the Devil defeated and the elves finally at peace, it should be time to celebrate. But the Clover Kingdom needs a
scapegoat and they’ve decided on Asta. Can Asta overcome this injustice and continue his march to becoming the Wizard
King? He might need help from some special allies?

Haikyu!! Volume 41
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

It’s the second game of Day 3, the roughest part of the whole Spring Tournament schedule. Though Karasuno ran away with
Set 2, Kamomedai’s focused, disciplined blocking doesn’t budge an inch. Undeterred, Hinata keeps searching and
searching for new ways to go over top of that wall. And after all his efforts, disaster strikes.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 17
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

Will Kaguya tell her family or even her friends that she’s dating Miyuki? Why is Chika pretending to be everyone’s
girlfriend while dressed in a bald wig? Hapless Yu gets romantic advice from recently dumped Kazeno, which he passes on to naive Miyuki. Then, repressed Kaguya gets advice from unrepressed Nagisa, and adventurous Maki gets advice from (usually) sensible Ai and tries to verify it with flustered males Miyuki and Yu. Basically, Shuchiin Academy suffers
from a bad case of the blind leading the blind.

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 10
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

After putting an end to the disease that was ravaging Lilias, Shirayuki returns home with Zen and the others. But on their next day off, they embark on a new adventure—a date. Meanwhile, Mitsuhide is furious to learn that Kiki’s been
keeping a life-altering secret from him.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 9
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Spring arrives, and Suzume and her classmates are now
second-year students. There’s just one problem—all the first year girls are obsessed with Mamura. Suzume and her friends come up with a plan to make Suzume his fake girlfriend, but Mamura is conflicted.

Shortcake Cake Volume 10
by Suu Morishita

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

Even Ten can’t penetrate the darkness that lies within Riku. Chiaki invites Riku to his home in hopes that Riku will share more of himself. And later that night, Riku suddenly lets it all out.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 5
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: November 3, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. After dreaming about kissing Yuna, Rio can’t stop thinking about her. Meanwhile, Akari pursues Kazuomi, but it seems he’s not interested in her?

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 11
by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: US $19.99

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. In their quest to restore their bodies, they head to the unforgiving north, pursued by an all-too human monster from the past.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 5
by Makoto Hagino

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The day of the Aquarium Club’s open house has finally arrived, and the shark show is a great success. Koyuki is so
thrilled by the victory that she actually jumps for joy. But baring her feelings in front of everyone is too much for her, and she ends up running away. Thankfully Koyuki’s family and Konatsu accept her just the way she is. And as Koyuki and Konatsu spend more time together, each finds a place in her heart for the other.

Disney Tsum Tsum Sushi Cookbook
by Emi Tsuneoka

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Price: USA $17.99

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Price: USA $17.99

Bring the Disney magic home with 27 delicious sushi recipes. Create your family’s favorite Tsum Tsum characters including Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Olaf, and more. These fun recipes feature step-by-step photographic instructions to guide you every step of the way. Perfect for lunch boxes, picnics, and snacks, Disney Tsum Tsum Sushi Cookbook will have you making sushi masterpieces in no time.

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 2
by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

In these new stories from the world of Splatoon, Hit and Maika meet an elite boy named Ko who joins them on their crazy
adventures.

Requiem of the Rose King Volume 13
by Aya Kanno

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

A final test stands between Richard and the throne. Having failed to kill Richard, Edward the Fifth and his younger brother are sent to the Tower of London. His political enemies have vanished, but when he is but a single step from the throne, Richard is rejected by the people of the nation. Will he be able to take the crown?

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Urusei Yatsura Volume 8
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Disaster-prone Ataru isn’t the least bit interested when he stumbles upon a parent and teenager hurling insults at each
other on the beach, but everything changes when Ataru finds out that teenager Ryunosuke Fujisaki is actually a girl. Later, a nervous fire-breathing Ten meets his pyro-hating mother, which makes it the perfect opportunity for Ataru to mess with his young nemesis.

BEASTARS Volume 9
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

After a Drama Club member is mauled during rehearsal, gray wolf Legoshi finds a clue to the identity of the murderer of his alpaca friend Tem. In the wake of the incident, when the school administration segregates classrooms and disbands
interspecies clubs, the absence of red deer Louis’s leadership is keenly felt. Plus, more tales of Legoshi’s tragic childhood and family.

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 5
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

Seeking the answers to the secrets behind the mysterious island and the divine horrors that populate it only seems to lead to even greater dangers. What is tao, and how does this supernatural phenomenon turn Lord Tensen into such fearsome enemies? And when Gabimaru begins acting strangely, is there any hope for his companions, or will they face certain death at the hands of one of the deadliest ninja in existence?

Tokyo Ghoul:re Illustrations: zakki
by Sui Ishida

On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
Price: USA $30.00

Tokyo Ghoul:re Illustrations: zakki features artwork and behind-the-scenes notes, commentary and a Q&A from Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida. Discover the creative process behind the popular series in gloriously ghoulish full color.

Mermaid Saga Collector’s Edition Volume 1
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: November 17, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $24.99

Yuta became immortal when he unwittingly ate mermaid’s flesh, and now he seeks a way to become human again. Hundreds of years later, he encounters a volatile and determined young lady named Mana while searching for a mermaid. Could this mysterious woman hold the key to saving Yuta’s humanity?

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 2
by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Now that Nasa and Tsukasa are married, it’s time for him to meet her family. Unfortunately for him, that means getting kidnapped by Tsukasa’s overprotective sister Chitose and her combat maids. Will Nasa’s life end before he’s even kissed his new wife? Or picked out a ring? Or, most crucially of all, found out what anime she’s into?

RIN-NE Volume 36
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: November 10, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Rinne’s cat Rokumon and the rest of the shinigami Black Cats by Contract have been summoned to a mysterious gathering.
While their owners puzzle over their disappearance, the cats themselves have no idea what the purpose of the meeting
is… until Tama, the eldest Black Cat, speaks out. Is a feline uprising on the horizon?

Manga Review: BEASTARS Volume Five

BEASTARS Volume 5 focuses on Legoshi’s attempt to rescue Haru after she was kidnapped in the previous volume.

BEASTARS Volume 5
Written by: Paru Itagaki
Publisher: Akita Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 17, 2020

This volume opens with Haru at the headquarters for the Shishi-Gumi, a group of lion gangsters who kidnap and eat herbivores. When the boss of Shishi-Gumi asks Haru to strip so he can see the quality of her fur before he eats her, and then inspecting her, gave off a similar kind of vibe of a rapist and a victim. It was uncomfortable to read, but it should be uncomfortable. If a rape scene in a manga makes a reader feel uncomfortable, then this scene should solicit a similar reaction.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the town (a lion who has undergone a lot of surgeries and procedures to tame down his image) has tried hard to improve the lions’ reputation, so he plans to just ignore what happened. He doesn’t want a ruckus to destroy everything that he’s worked for. When he communicates this to Louis, who he talks to as the potential future BEASTAR and as a representative for Cherryton Academy, he does not take this well. However, the mayor uses blackmail to make Louis do as he asks. But as we see later in the volume, Louis is going to do something unexpected.

After this encounter, though, Legoshi runs into Louis, and the two of them get into a scuffle because Louis is trying to convey the mayor’s wishes. However, as he does, Louis finds himself trying to convince himself of what he’s saying. Legoshi gets pissed off at Louis, and the two of them get into a fist fight. At the end of the fight, Legoshi decides to go it alone to try to find Haru.

Most of the volume focuses on Legoshi’s attempt to find the Shishi-Gumi hideout and rescue Haru. He runs into some trouble at the Black Market, and is saved by Gohin, the psychologist Legoshi met in an earlier volume. Even though Gohin thinks Legoshi is on a fool’s errand, he decides to help out the young gray wolf anyway. Between the two of them, they are able to get Legoshi into the hideout so he can rescue Haru.

The fight scene between Legoshi and the boss of Shishi-Gumi was very well done. There’s just the right amount of tension, and we get to see Legoshi in a light that we normally don’t get to see him in. The art is also very striking during the actual battle.

The last little bit of Volume Five takes place after Haru is rescued, and it focuses on Legoshi and Haru trying to figure out what to do after they discover that the last train to the academy has left for the night. The awkwardness and tension between these two characters as they try to figure out what to do is realistic for the type of relationship that these two characters have. The volume has a great ending point, and it leaves the reader in suspense as to what will happen next.

BEASTARS continues with its darker themes, and this volume is working on developing the relationship between Legoshi and Haru. This particular volume takes the reader on a bit of a whirlwind of politics, action, and character interactions and relationships. While I have watched the first season of the BEASTARS anime, I’m still interested in reading Volume Six in order to see what happens next.

VIZ Media Announces September 2020 Manga Releases

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

SHONEN JUMP

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 16
by Koyoharu Gotouge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spy x Family Volume 2
by Tatsuya Endo

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

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

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

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

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

Haikyu!! Volume 40
by Haruichi Furudate

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

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

SHOJO BEAT

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 9
by Sorata Akiduki

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

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

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 8
by Mika Yamamori

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

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

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

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

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

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 4
by Io Sakisaka

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

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

Not Your Idol Volume 2
by Aoi Makino

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

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

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

Skip Beat! Volume 44
by Yoshiki Nakamura

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

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

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Yo-Kai Watch Volume 15
by Noriyuki Konishi

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

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

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

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

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

Splatoon Volume 10
by Sankichi Hinodeya

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

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

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

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

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

BEASTARS Volume 8
by Paru Itagaki

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

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

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 4
by Yuji Kaku

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

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

Ping Pong Volume 2
by Taiyo Matsumoto

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

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

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 1
by Rumiko Takahashi

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

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

Levius/est Volume 6
by Haruhisa Nakata

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

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

No Guns Life Volume 7
by Tasuku Karasuma

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

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

The Way of the Househusband Volume 4
by Kousuke Oono

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

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

SHONEN SUNDAY

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 1
by Kenjiro Hata

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

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

RIN-NE Volume 35
by Rumiko Takahashi

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

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

Anime Spotlight: BEASTARS

BEASTARS is based on a manga by Paru Itagaki. The anime series was directed by Shinichi Matsumi and was produced by Orange. The 12 episodes of the anime series aired in Japan from October 8, 2019-December 26, 2019. As of this writing, Netflix holds the North American distribution rights for BEASTARS.

BEASTARS is set at Cherryton School (known as Cherryton Academy in the manga), a high school in a world occupied by anthropomorphic animals. At the school, there is a divide between the carnivores and the herbivores.

The series opens with the murder of an alpaca student named Tem, who is eaten by a carnivore. This event makes the herbivores distrust the carnivores even more than they had prior to the murder. The main character of the series is a large, timid gray wolf named Legoshi. He was friends with Tem, but with how awkward he acts after Tem’s death, some of the members of the drama club suspect that Legoshi was Tem’s killer. But by the end of the first episode, Legoshi takes actions that make it clear that he’s someone the herbivores don’t need to fear.

Another important character is Rouis (known as Louis in the manga), who leads the drama club. He’s the main star of the upcoming production and he carries a lot of clout within the club. But Rouis is depicted as being full of himself and doing things in order to make himself look good in front of his peers. Rouis’ goal is to become a Beastar, someone who is respected by both carnivores and herbivores.

During an assignment for Rouis, Legoshi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a female third-year rabbit. Up to this point, Legoshi tries to suppress his instincts as a carnivore when he’s around herbivores, but this encounter with Haru puts his ability to repress those instincts to the test. When Legoshi has to go to the Garden Club for flowers for the upcoming play, he comes face-to-face with Haru. At first, things are awkward, but after he gets to know her, Legoshi realizes he’s developing romantic feelings for her. But unknown to him for a lot of the series, Haru has a relationship with Rouis.

During the series, a first-year female gray wolf student is introduced. Her name is Juno, and she also joins the drama club. She develops an interest in Legoshi.

This basically sets up most of the drama that takes place in BEASTARS. But there are also conflicts between Legoshi and Bill (a Bengal tiger in the drama club). Bill seems to personify the attitudes of the carnivores, and he’s willing to admit and embrace his desires to be a carnivore. This makes him the perfect rival for Legoshi, since the two have such diametrically opposed viewpoints.

During the series, Rouis gets character development that shows that there’s more to him than the audience’s initial impression of him. While he has a tragic backstory which helps the audience to better understand why he acts the way he does, he’s still a jerk.

Even though this anime features anthropomorphic animals, it’s not a series aimed at younger viewers. Netflix has given the series a rating of TV-MA, and that’s due to the nudity and violence. As a side note, the reasons Netflix gives on the screen for the rating are nudity and… smoking. Not the violence, but the smoking. Really?

Haru has a reputation as a promiscuous rabbit, which is where the nudity comes into play. It’s only right near the end of the twelve episodes that the audience learns why Haru started acting this way and developing this reputation.

With the way episode 12 ends, it’s obvious that there’s still more story to tell. Even if there wasn’t text at the end saying that a second season is forthcoming, it was obvious that the story wasn’t over. There were some interesting developments near the end, and it’ll be interesting to see where the story goes once a second season is released and aired.

The animation for BEASTARS was rather impressive. The animators did a great job with characters’ expressions, and it felt like they were aiming for realism. There may have been the occasional shot where characters’ expressions were exaggerated when they were shocked, but these added some needed comic relief and didn’t feel out of place with the rest of the animation.

I think that this anime adaptation did a great job of portraying the manga. And in some respects, the anime improved some of the scenes (such as fight sequences, chase sequences, and dance sequences), since the manga really can’t capture the motion for these events.

BEASTARS is an interesting series, although some of the content can potentially be a little uncomfortable for some viewers.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Is at #2 on the NPD BookScan Adult Graphic Novels List for May 2020

16 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for May 2020:

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 12 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#5)
  • Uzumaki Hardcover by Junji Ito (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 23 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • BEASTARS Volume 6 by Paru Itagaki (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Splatoon Volume 9 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#13)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 2 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • BEASTARS Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 5 by Hirohiko Araki (#20)

Source: ANN

Manga Nominees for the 2020 Eisner Awards

Comic-Con International has announced the nominees for this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Kousuke Oono’s The Way of the Househusband is nominated in the Best Humor Publication category, while Kabi Nagata’s My Solo Exchange Diary (Volume 2) is nominated in the Best Reality-Based Work category. Gou Tanabe’s H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness (Volumes 1 and 2) manga is nominated alongside Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo: The Complete Grasscutter Artist Select comic for Best Adaptation from Another Medium. Shin’ichi Abe’s That Miyoko Asagaya Feeling is also nominated with Sakai’s comic for the Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books award. Additionally, Sakai is nominated for Usagi Yojimbo in the Best Lettering category.

Five manga titles are competing for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award (the sixth nominee is Keum Suk Gendry-Kim’s Grass):

  • BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki
  • Cats of the Louvre by Taiyo Matsumoto
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary Edition by CLAMP
  • The Poe Clan by Moto Hagio
  • Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama

Voting is open to all comic book industry professionals until June 18, 2020, and the winners will be announced in July 2020. The announcement noted that the selection process took two months longer than normal as the judges stayed in their homes during “lockdown” instead of interacting in person. The results in all categories are normally announced in a gala awards ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in July 2020. However, the organizers cancelled this year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. SDCC will instead hold the “Comic-Con@Home” event this summer.

This year manga creators Moto Hagio and Keiji Nakazawa are among the 14 nominees for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.

Source: ANN