Blue Exorcist Manga to Go on Hiatus for Eight Months

The August 2021 issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine has announced that Kazue Katō’s Blue Exorcist manga will go on hiatus for eight months until April 2022. During that time, Katō will launch an adaptation of author Fuyumi Ono’s Eizen Karukaya Kaiitan (Strange Tales from the Handy Shop Karukaya) horror novels as a short six-chapter manga mini-series in the magazine’s October 2021 issue in September 2021.

In a post on her Twitter account, Katō said that she would have loved to be able to serialize two works at the same time, but she worried that she might be too overstressed with the work (especially since this is her first manga adaptation of a novel). Therefore, she decided to put the Blue Exorcist manga on hiatus.

Katō recently had a two-month hiatus for Blue Exorcist from February 4-March 4, 2021. Explaining the hiatus, she only said that “simply put, 12 years of fatigue exploded,” though later added that she was not sick and was enjoying her vacation. Katō launched the manga in Jump SQ. in 2009. VIZ Media publishes the manga in English.

Source: ANN

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…

Blue Exorcist Manga to Take a Two Month Break Due to Author’s Fatigue

Kazue Katō has announced on her Twitter account that she will put her Blue Exorcist manga on hiatus for two months. The manga will not appear in the March 2021 and April 2021 issues of Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine, which ship on February 4, 2021 and March 4, 2021 respectively. Katō explained, “simply put, 12 years of fatigue exploded.” She added that she is not sick and is enjoying her vacation.

The story of the manga is described as:

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth—the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins. Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him.

Katō launched the Blue Exorcist manga in Jump SQ. in 2009. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces February 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 8
Story and Art by Hirohiko Araki

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

What kind of weirdo lives on a transmission tower? An all new enemy Stand attempts to trap, outwit and eliminate Josuke Higashikata and Okuyasu Nijimura, but Shining Diamond is a formidable foe. Then, the battle for Morioh turns personal when Koichi disappears. What else does this new enemy have in mind for the gang? Plus, Yoshikage Kira is still hiding, biding his time, eager to take another life…

Chainsaw Man Volume 3
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

A mysterious devil is demanding Denji’s heart. Will the devil hunters from Division 4 agree to this deal to save themselves? Or will Denji have to do what Denji does best—turn into a chainsaw and slice up everything that gets in his way?

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

On Sale Date: February 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.

We Never Learn Volume 14
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

Rizu Ogata’s a genius when it comes to science and math, but she can’t seem to understand the subtleties of human emotion. For her, the tidiness of logic and order that the sciences provide are a comfort, especially when she tries to understand her own feelings for Nariyuki. At the same time, Rizu’s dealing with self-esteem issues, and because of those conflicted feelings, she suddenly disappears.

Blue Exorcist Volume 25
Story and Art by Kazue Kato

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

As his vision of the past draws to a close, an older Rin bears witness to the tragic climax of the Blue Night. He watches as Satan’s cloned body can no longer contain the massive cosmic energies within him. The Knights of the True Cross are faced with an unprecedented crisis as a wave of destruction begins to sweep across the world. Although just a newborn, Rin is hugely powerful and his demon heart scourges the Knights of the True Cross with its fire. The blue flames continue to spread and no one will be spared their heat…

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

Yuji Itadori and the first-years have defeated two of the reincarnated Death Painting curses and recovered one of Sukuna’s fingers. Due to their success, some have been recommended for a promotion to Grade 1. Later, the story flashes back in time to when Satoru Gojo and the nefarious Suguru Geto were second-year students at Jujutsu High. What went wrong back then that led Geto astray?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 10
Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Art by Mikio Ikemoto
Script by Ukyo Kodachi

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

Kawaki starts to feel comfortable in his new home, but a surprise visitor threatens to change all that. Meanwhile, Naruto makes quick work of his first opponent from Kara, but when Jigen invades the village, his next challenge won’t be as easy.

Seraph of the End Volume 20
Story by Takaya Kagami
Art by Yamato Yamamoto
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

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

The Hyakuya Sect descends on the Demon Army as the First Progenitor, Sika Madu, takes over Shinoa’s mind and body. Leading the invasion is none other than Second Progenitor Rígr Stafford, and he’s after Yuichiro, who is once again on the run with Mika. Meanwhile, Guren and Mahiru enact their long awaited plan, allowing the second demon inside Guren, Noya, to possess him. It’s an all-out war between vampires, humans and demons.

Dr. Stone Volume 15
Story by Riichiro Inagaki
Art by Boichi

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

While the Kingdom of Science is busy reviving people, Senku’s task force is putting together a plan to nab the petrification device. Once the equipment’s ready, it’ll be a three-way showdown between the Kingdom of Science, the Petrification Kingdom and the mighty warrior Moz. But Senku’s enemies are one step ahead with a scheme of their own…

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Volume 5 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Art by Akira Okubo

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

The secrets of the universe are revealed as Hachimaru fights for his life in the final volume of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 18
Story and Art by Aka Akasaka

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

Will Ai leave her post as Kaguya’s personal assistant and confidant? Meanwhile, Kaguya and Yu go to great lengths to prevent their not-so-dark secrets from getting out. A sports tournament provides yet another opportunity for the gang to desperately attempt to impress each other with their athletic prowess—or coaching skills. And then it’s finally time for an educational school trip. Of course all the students view this as just an opportunity to hang out with or spy on the objects of their attraction.

Wet hair is better than a wet T-shirt.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 20
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

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

After their initial confrontation with Kokushibo, the most powerful of Muzan’s demons, Tokito is severely wounded and Genya has been cut in half—but is still alive. Can his regenerative power heal even this fatal wound? Then the Hashira Himejima and Sanemi square off against Kokushibo and unleash all the skill they have against him. Himejima is blind, but if he can see into the Transparent World, he might have a chance. Who will survive this whirlwind of flashing blades?

Shojo Beat

Shortcake Cake Volume 11
Story and Art by suu Morishita

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

Riku’s mother asks him to come live with her, but Rei still won’t tell Riku how he truly feels about him. Ten does everything she can to push Rei in the right direction because she knows it’s the key to seeing Riku smile again.

The King’s Beast Volume 1
Story and Art by Rei Toma

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

Legend says that a sacred beast appears in the time of a great king…

Ajin are people who bear the attributes of beasts, and in this kingdom they are forced to serve men in the military and women in the brothels. The Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palace as beast servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu showed signs of such abilities, he was ripped from her arms and given to Prince Tenyou as a beast servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody royal intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace to avenge her brother.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 28
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

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

After Yona and her friends save the Fire Tribe from an invasion by the Kai Empire, word of their prowess spreads amongst those with deep faith in the Crimson Dragon King. Yona and the gang take cover at Saika Palace, but what trouble awaits when Su-won’s advisor Keishuk shows up to guard the Fire Tribe border?

VIZ Media

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 12
Story and Art by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: February 9, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$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. They seek answers in the north but are blackmailed into aiding a terrible plot that threatens to destroy the entire country.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 6
Story by Hidenori Kusaka
Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: February 9, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

Trainer Ruby must battle his scariest opponent yet… his father. Meanwhile, Sapphire is having trouble getting in her quota of Gym battles. One Gym Leader wants to just hand her a badge without a proper fight, and another has been… kidnapped? Behind the scenes, it looks like Team Magma, with a little help from Team Aqua, might be the reason Ruby and Sapphire are on a losing streak.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 16, 17 & 18.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 6
Story and Art by Makoto Hagino

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

Koyuki and Konatsu have both started to see the other as important, but they’re still unable to be honest about their feelings. This leads to frustrating days when they’re never in sync, and gradually they begin to drift apart. Then one day Konatsu sees Koyuki and her classmate Kaede spending time together as if they’re the best of friends, and she can’t contain her agitation. Konatsu and Koyuki feel so strongly about each other that they feel uneasy even when there’s nothing to worry about.

VIZ Signature

Urusei Yatsura Volume 9
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

The principal is inspired to launch a Miss Tomobiki High pageant in which the ladies of the school vie for dominance in beauty, intellect and combat skills. Who will win the Miss Tomobiki High crown? Later, Mendo’s secret past is suddenly revealed. Driven by empathy—or perhaps friendship, or maybe just curiosity—Ataru and the gang journey to Mendo’s childhood to address the roots of his incurable claustrophobia. Will a scalpel finally pierce the darkness that lurks in Mendo’s heart?

Blue Flag Volume 6
Story and Art by KAITO

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

The culture festival begins, and Toma and Taichi talk about their futures, but it ends with the two not quite seeing eye to eye. Shortly after, Toma sits down with Mami for a serious discussion, and in response to her earnest openness, he makes a big decision that could change everything. Time keeps moving forward, pushing everyone to the cusp of making critical life choices.

Mermaid Saga Collector’s Edition Volume 2 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: February 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$24.99

Immortals Yuta and Mana continue to come across people who are dealing with the effects of having eaten mermaid flesh. Some are scarred, in excruciating pain or just trying to survive, but they all lead mysterious lives filled with unspeakable horror. Is one’s humanity doomed to be lost in exchange for immortality?

Golden Kamuy Volume 20
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

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

If the hidden Ainu gold can ever be found, will it be worth the price paid for it in lives lost and ruined? Who really murdered the Ainu for their treasure? With Kiroranke dead, Ogata may have some answers, but after the confrontation on the ice of the Mamiya Strait he needs medical attention. The lure of the gold still calls to Hijikata and his men, and Tsurumi and the rogue soldiers of the 7th Division are far from giving up—if they can’t get their hands on Sugimoto and Asirpa, they’ll tear each other apart instead.

Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Volume 1
Story and Art by Minoji Kurata

On Sale Date: February 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

1526 AD—China is ruled by the Great Ming Empire. Though the empire flourishes, the winds of the new Emperor’s political purge are sweeping over the land, and turmoil is brewing. With the decimation of her comrades, Shao Jun has become China’s last Assassin. After escaping to Europe, she has now returned alone to her homeland. Her purpose: vengeance.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 11
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

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

It’s spring break, the Komi family is ready for adventure and a recently renovated resort is calling their name. And they aren’t the only ones lured by the prospect of go-karts and camping— the Tadano family is there for some fun too, with Najimi tagging along. But when a sudden summer storm strands Tadano and Komi in a deserted cabin, things turn serious. How will they avoid catching colds with only one blanket to warm them?

VIZ Media Announces August 2020 Manga Releases

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

SHONEN JUMP

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 6
by Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Yukako Yamagishi still loves Koichi Hirose, despite how their last rendezvous turned out. She’s so desperate for his love that she may make a drastic decision in order to win his heart—a decision that could have disastrous consequences when a new Stand appears. Is this an enemy Stand, or is it going to help her in her quest?

My Hero Academia: Smash!! Volume 5
by Hirofumi Neda, Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

News flash. Parody series are pretty embarrassing to the main series’ protagonists. And this final volume of the My Hero Academia parody series goes Plus Ultra with its Gag Quirk to explore new horizons of humiliation. If nothing else, you gotta check out Bakugo’s pretty boy makeover. But if he’s not amused, will anyone get the last laugh?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 15
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Tanjiro finally chases down the main body of the upper-rank demon Hantengu. However, dawn is approaching, and the rising sun is a threat to Nezuko. Tanjiro’s concern for his sister is a distraction from the focus he needs to fight Hantengu, and if he hesitates it could be the last mistake he ever makes. Elsewhere, Tamayo ponders the nature of Nezuko’s curse and how she could be so different from other demons.

Blue Exorcist Volume 24
by Kazue Kato

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Rin bears witness to the fateful Blue Night when his mother, Yuri Egin, gave birth to both Rin and Yukio. Rin never wanted to see—or even know about—his birth, but now he has learned something about himself that he may need in the coming conflict. Meanwhile, aboard the airship Dominus Liminus, the Illuminati and Lucifer move forward with their plans to bring forth Satan and return the world to nothingness. Lucifer has welcomed Yukio as an ally, but Yukio has other ideas.

We Never Learn Volume 11
by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Fumino Furuhashi is truly gifted when it comes to literature, but not so great when it comes to the sciences… much to the disappointment of her father. Can they find common ground and repair their relationship before it’s too late?

Naruto: Naruto’s Story–Family Day (Novel)
by Shin Towada, Original Concept by Masashi Kishimoto

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Price: USA$10.99

To celebrate Family Day, Konohagakure’s new holiday, Naruto and his daughter Himawari are on the hunt for an elusive must-have item. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her family, and even Sasuke makes special time with his daughter, Sarada, and his wife, Sakura. At the end of the day, will Family Day be a success?

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 19
by Yoshiaki Sukeno

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle against Yuto rages on, but without Benio, Rokuro can’t access the power of the Twin Stars. Or can someone
replace her? Then, the ominous reason Yuto became a Kegare is revealed.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 5
by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Everyone’s surprised (and not necessarily in a good way) when they find out Itadori survived, but there’s not time for a heartwarming reunion when Jujutsu High is in the midst of an intense competition with their rivals from Osak. But good sportsmanship doesn’t seem to be in the cards after the higherups plan to eliminate the Sukuna threat once and for all.

Black Clover Volume 22
by Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

With the help of the first Wizard King and the leader of the elves, Asta and Yuno now might have a chance against the Devil’s unlimited power. But in order to put an end to this long battle, the two young mages will have to show strength that they’ve never shown before.

One Piece Volume 94
by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Straw Hats’ adventures in the samurai kingdom of Wano keep getting crazier. And when they learn the horrible truth
about the Smile fruits, their fury explodes. Meanwhile, Luffy’s still stuck in the labor camp with a whole army trying
to kill him. Can he use this opportunity to get even stronger?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 9
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Mikio Ikemoto, Script by Ukyo Kodachi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle between Naruto and Delta heats up as Boruto watches on from the sidelines. But when Delta starts using some despicable tactics, the kids may be forced to join the fight. Naruto is strong, but can he fend off such a fearsome foe while protecting others?

The Promised Neverland Volume 16
Written by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

In order to locate the Seven Walls, Emma and Ray find themselves trapped in a mysterious world. Can they escape this labyrinth and make the promise that will finally bring peace to this world? Meanwhile, Norman has his own plans.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Volume 3
Written by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Hachimaru has survived the attack of the deadly assassin Ata, but he’s not out of danger just yet. When the moon starts
plummeting toward the planet, Hachimaru will have to use his master’s powerful technique in order to save everyone. But in order to save the entire galaxy, the other samurai keys will have to be found. What kinds of trouble await Hachimaru as he leaves his home for the first time?

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Kaze Hikaru Volume 28
by Taeko Watanabe

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Warfare between the Choshu and the Bakufu factions seems inevitable. Will Sei and the Shinsengumi be drawn into the hostilities as well? Meanwhile, Captain Harada Sanosuke’s first child is born in Kyoto. While the Shinsengumi members
are overjoyed, trouble arises when Sanosuke names the child.

Ao Haru Ride Volume 12
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Futaba Yoshioka has encountered her first love again in high school, but he seems different from the boy she once knew.
Kou no longer wants to hold back how he feels about Futaba. He’s determined to keep trying long as he has even a sliver of a chance with her. Meanwhile, Futaba has decided to be more honest in her relationship with Toma, but is her heart still in it?

Shortcake Cake Volume 9
by Suu Morishita

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Ten wants to know everything about the boy she likes, so she asks Shiraoka about Riku’s past. But the truth that lies hidden behind Riku’s smile is devastatingly painful.

Fushigi Yûgi: Byakko Senki Volume 1
by Yuu Watase

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

After the Great Kanto earthquake strikes, Suzuno and Takao are trapped in their burning home. Takao has only one chance
to save his young daughter, and that is to send her into The Universe of the Four Gods.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 25
by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Yona comes face-to-face with Su-won and tells him that waging war against the nation of Xing would be disastrous. Later, she rushes back to Princess Kouren, but assassins and more dangers await in Xing. Will the Four Dragons be able to protect Yona from all who threaten her life?

Oresama Teacher Volume 27
by Izumi Tsubaki

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

It’s time for the Midorigaoka school festival, and rumors abound that Mr. Maki has some trouble planned for the event.
Mafuyu escapes from the Hanabusa mansion and heads to campus in her Natsuo disguise, while Takaomi welcomes a posse of Midorigaoka alumni and some of Mafuyu’s delinquents from Saitama. With the troops all assembled, the only thing left to do is wait for Mr. Maki to make his move.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 10
by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$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. But before the Elrics’ personal tragedy, a bloody, unjust war caused suffering for many of their friends and allies.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 3
Written by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by MATO

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

Trainer Amarillo del Bosque Verde, while on the hunt for the famous Pokemon Trainer, Red, continues to gather other
Trainers, Gym Leaders and even a few enemies to fight against the team known as the Elite Four. And rival Trainers Gold and Silver put aside their differences to battle Team Rocket.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 7, 8 & 9.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 7
by Akira Himekawa

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Link’s battle with his dark alter ego leaves him wounded and exhausted. With Midna gone and Link unable to harness the
power of the Master Sword, his quest seems doomed. Visions of a grizzled warrior also haunt his dreams, but who is it? And what can this warrior teach Link that he will need to defeat Ganondorf? Certainly Link will need the Master Sword again, but only a true hero can wield the power of that legendary weapon.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 4
by Makoto Hagino

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

A sudden fever keeps Koyuki from participating at the Aquarium Club open house during the Nanahama High School culture festival. After a successful solo amberjack show, Konatsu stops by to wish Koyuki well and teasingly compares her to the salamander from a short story. Now Koyuki can’t stop thinking about how Konatsu once compared herself to the frog from that story. As school obligations keep them apart, Koyuki and Konatsu start to realize just how important they
are to each other.

Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
by Ryo Takamisaki

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bioengineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a Pokemon battle like no other—and of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge.

Ash’s excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of our heroes’ Pokemon so it can even the “imbalance” between Pokemon and their Trainers. Despite Ash’s protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that Pokemon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination and loyalty of a young Trainer, Mewtwo just might live to reconsider… especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew.

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Blue Flag Volume 3
by KAITO

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Toma gets seriously hurt diving in front of a car to save Taichi, leaving Taichi racked with guilt over not only getting his best friend hurt, but also stealing Toma’s last chance at making the summer baseball tournament. Guilty, angry and hurt, the two boys clash in an emotionally raw argument. Futaba, worried about both of them, invites Taichi to a certain spot to hopefully cheer him up.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 7
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Princess Kurama the crow goblin is bound to marry the man who awakens her with a kiss—but please, let it be anyone but
Ataru. Hoping to replace Ataru with a different suitor, Kurama decides to return to her enchanted slumber. On a sunny
afternoon, her capsule descends toward Earth once more… but will she land the man she truly wants?

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers Volume 17
by Fumi Yoshinaga

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

Prince Kazu is not the consort shogun Iemochi was expecting, but the young ruler is determined to make their relationship a good one. And despite her initial distaste for Edo and everything about it, Prince Kazu finds herself warming to her spouse. But the world beyond the safety of the Inner Chambers is a cruel one, and the secret of their fragile marriage is under constant threat from of discovery.

Golden Kamuy Volume 17
by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

While Sugimoto races north by dogsled, Asirpa crosses the border with Kiroranke into Russian territory. Kiroranke was
once involved in the assassination of the Russian Czar Alexander II, and the Russians, tipped off by Tsurumi that
Kiroranke was heading into their territory on Karafuto, have set an ambush at the border. The dark pasts of Asirpa’s
traveling companions are now coming to light, along with the secrets of her own father.

Venus in the Blind Spot
by Junji Ito

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$22.99

This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” In a deluxe
presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror.

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Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 8
by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

It’s time for the school trip to Kyoto. Komi has never been on a school trip before, but she’s not worried. After all, she’ll have Tadano and her friends at her side. But then she’s assigned to be buddies with two girls she doesn’t even know who don’t seem very nice. Is Kyoto ruined, or will Komi be able to make new friends all on her own?

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 36
by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Ruka has thrown down the gauntlet. By confessing her feelings for Hayate and going in for a lip lock, the idol singer
turned manga artist puts our hero in danger of actually getting a girlfriend. To stop this unacceptable slackening of
romantic tension, Nagi makes an offer Ruka can’t refuse. Now Hayate’s fate rests on the outcome of a manga drawing
competition between the two aspiring artists. Does Hayate have any say on which girl he ends up with? Ha ha, of course
not.

FUNimation Entertainment Adds the Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Durarara!!, and Durarara!!×2 Anime to Its Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Durarara!!, and Durarara!!×2 anime in English and in Japanese with English subtitles on February 11, 2020.

The first Blue Exorcist television anime series premiered in 2011. The anime debuted on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in February 2014.

The Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga anime premiered in Japan in January 2017, and Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll and Daisuki.

The first Durarara!! anime premiered in January 2010, and it premiered on the Adult Swim block in June 2011.

The Durarara!!×2 Ketsu (Conclusion) anime premiered in Japan in January 2016. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired.

Source: ANN

14 Aniplex of America Releases to Go Out of Print

Aniplex of America has confirmed with Anime News Network that 14 of its releases will go out of print. Aniplex of America did not specify when the items will go out of print.

  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 DVD
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 2 Blu-ray Disc
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 2 DVD
  • Charlotte Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Charlotte Volume 2 Blu-ray Disc
  • DRRR!! The Greatest Hits Sweet Strange Memories CD (Import)
  • DRRRWRAPPING!! DRRR!! Best CD/DVD (Import)
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Box Set 1
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Box Set 2
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale OST CD (Import)
  • Utamonogatari: Monogatari Series Theme Song Compilation Album Limited Edition (Import)
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 2 Blu-ray Disc

Anime News Network also asked Aniplex of America about several of the other titles listed on Right Stuf as being out of print, and Aniplex of America responded that “certain items will be out of print, but not necessarily those titles.”

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Takes 11 of the Top 20 Spots on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan October 2018 Manga List

The top 20 selling manga in the United States for October 2018, according to NPD Bookscan, are:

1. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi
2. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 2 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Kōhei Horikoshi
3. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
4. My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi
5. Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 7 by Sui Ishida
6. Berserk Official Guidebook by Kentarou Miura
7. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
8. Frankeinstein: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
9. Bleach Volume 74 by Tite Kubo
10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa
11. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
12. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Kōhei Horikoshi
13. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
14. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
15. My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi
16. Blue Exorcist Volume 20 by Kazue Katō
17. My Hero Academia Volume 6 by Kōhei Horikoshi
18. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
19. The Promised Neverland Volume 6 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
20. Food Wars! Volume 26 by Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

Source: ANN

RWBY Manga Is #2 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for January 2018

Nine manga appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novels list for January 2018:

  • RWBY by Shirō Miwa (#2)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 2 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#5)
  • Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 2 by Sui Ishida (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 10 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#13)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 23 by Hajime Isayama (#15)
  • Blue Exorcist Volume 18 by Kazue Katō (#17)
  • Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories by Junji Ito (#18)

Source: ANN

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Is Best Selling Manga for July 2017

Nielsen BookScan has released its list of the top 20 selling graphic novels for July 2017, and eleven manga titles have made the list:

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 4 by Kore Yamazaki (#4)
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 5 by Akira Himekawa (#8)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#9)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 13 by Sui Ishida (#10)
  • Berserk Volume 38 by Kentarou Miura (#13)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 1 by Toyotarō and Akira Toriyama (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 8 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Blue Exorcist Volume 17 by Kazue Kato (#19)

Source: ANN