Manga Review: Call of the Night Volume Four

Call of the Night Volume Four sees Ko learning some more about what it is to be a vampire.

Call of the Night Volume Four
Written by: Kotoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 12, 2021

The volume opens with Ko running to Aki, the guy that was turned into a vampire at the end of Volume Three. He has a different look to him, though… he doesn’t wear his glasses anymore, and his clothing looks more stylish. And from talking with Ko, we learn that Aki has a different perspective on life now that he’s been turned into a vampire. After talking with Aki, it seems like Ko is more determined than ever to become a vampire, especially after seeing how “cool” Aki became. This interaction between Aki and Ko becomes important later in the volume.

The story then moves on to Kohakobe, one of the female vampires that Ko met in Volume Three. She works at a maid café called Café Vamp, and at this job she goes by the name of Midori. They’re going to be short-staffed after an employee calls out, but Nazuna and Ko just happen to walk by at the right time. Nazuna is roped into being a maid at the café, and it’s actually kind of funny how awkward she is at it. Ko ends up hanging out at the café, and he meets an employee named Alisa. It turns out she’s not a vampire and she used to be the top maid at the café… until Midori came along. When I read that exposition from Alisa, I had a feeling that this was somehow going to become an important detail for the story.

It’s brought to Midori’s attention that peeping tom pictures taken at the café have been posted online. Ko is put on the case to determine who is being photographed and who is taking and posting the pictures. Ko deduces rather quickly that they’re all pictures of Alisa, taken after the café has closed for the night. If you’ve read my review of Call of the Night Volume One, I made a comment that Ko’s design made me think that this is what Mitsuhiko from Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) might look like as a teenager. In this volume, Ko makes a reference to Case Closed while he’s trying to solve the mystery, and I nearly giggled because of that comparison I made. What I’m curious to know, though, is if the Detective Conan/Case Closed reference appeared in the original Japanese version of this volume, or if this was something the English translator added to the English release. But sure enough, the fact that Alisa became the second most popular maid at the café was an important piece of information for this storyline, and it’s directly tied into the resolution of the mystery.

The next story focuses on Ko’s friend, Akira. It’s actually a flashback to events that led up to what the reader saw right at the beginning of Call of the Night Volume One. A girl named Sakura starts talking with Akira about Ko, and it’s obvious this girl has a major crush on him. We then see what happens after Ko rejected Sakura, and Akira feels guilty and thinks this is her fault. We then see her admit to herself that when she found out Ko had turned Sakura down, Akira felt relieved. I’ve always felt since Akira was first introduced in the series that she was interested in Ko, and this chapter seems to be hinting that I may not have been off-track with that thought.

The next chapter sees Ko running into his teacher while he’s out in the middle of the night. During this encounter, we learn that Ko never really liked this teacher, but after the two of them talk for a while, Ko comes to realize that his teacher isn’t as bad of a person as he thought he was. The one thing I really appreciated about this chapter was the fact that through flashbacks, the reader is able to see a little bit of what school was like for Ko before he stopped going. Prior to this, all we really saw of Ko at school was the scene where he turned down Sakura. It was after that moment that Ko stopped going and started wandering in the middle of the night. I’ve always been a little curious about what school was like for Ko, and this chapter gave me the opportunity to at least see a glimpse of this. But, during this chapter, the teacher asks Ko about Mahiru Seki, one of his friends. We briefly saw him in Volume Three, and the teacher reveals that Mahiru isn’t acting like himself.

After this, Ko encounters a woman named Anko Uguisu, and she’s a private detective. At first, this comes across as a random meeting, but then she asks Ko about Aki. He’s been reported as a missing person, and she’s trying to track him down. While Ko tries to claim that he has no idea who Aki is, the private detective picks up on the fact that he’s hiding something.

This leads into Mahiru bringing Ko and Akira to school in the middle of the night to explore the various “wonders” that are rumored to be there. Of course, they turn out to be fake… but they encounter an old man in one of the classrooms as they go to investigate the final “wonder.” It turns out he’s a man who was turned into a vampire and has refused to drink blood in the ten years that have passed since he was turned. As Ko wonders about this old man, who is obviously a vampire and is in pain… which doesn’t fit in with Ko’s mental image of someone becoming cool after being turned into a vampire. Anko, the private detective shows up and she reveals some harsh truths about becoming a vampire… and she also knows how to allow this man to die as a human rather than as a monster. Anko makes it clear that she’s aware of Ko’s dream of becoming a vampire, but she also lets the three youths know that if they have any questions about what they witnessed, they can contact her. Right at the end of the volume, we see Mahiru approach Anko, and she’s not surprised that he came to see her.

Call of the Night Volume Four turned out to be an interesting continuation to the series. As a reader, I appreciated learning a little more about what becoming a vampire is like in the world of the series and learning that it’s not necessarily as “cool” as the series had led the reader to believe up until now. And I thought that Mahiru approaching Anko was the perfect place to end the volume. In Volume Three, I could tell there was something “off” about him, and suspected a vampire was involved. This final scene seems to prove that my thoughts on Mahiru were correct. I suspect that Anko is going to have a larger part to play in the series and that we haven’t seen the last of her.

I wasn’t entirely sure about Call of the Night by the time I finished reading Volume One, but now that I’m four volumes in, I can say that I’ve gained an appreciation for this series. I genuinely want to find out what happens next. And I think readers who have followed the series up to this point will not be disappointed in how the story continues in Volume Four.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces December 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater
Story and Art by Akira Toriyama

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$34.99

From Akira Toriyama, the legendary manga creator of Dragon Ball, comes this special collection of short stories spanning the first few decades of his career. Serving as both a collection of his early works and a history of his life as a manga writer and illustrator, this giant tome is packed with everything you could ever want as a fan of classic shonen manga.

Kaiju No. 8 Volume 1
Story and Art by Naoya Matsumoto

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

With the highest kaiju-emergence rates in the world, Japan is no stranger to attack by deadly monsters. Enter the Japan Defense Force, a military organization tasked with the neutralization of kaiju. Kafka Hibino, a kaiju corpse cleanup man, has always dreamed of joining the force and wants another shot at achieving his childhood dream of eliminating the kaiju. But how can he expect to fight kaiju when he suddenly becomes one himself?

Chainsaw Man Volume 8
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

As Quanxi and the members of the Special Division battle it out over Denji, the mysterious Santa Claus makes his move. But things are not as they appear, and nobody will be prepared for the darkness and despair about to be unleashed.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Dagon has evolved into a terrifying curse, releasing a flood of endless cursed energy attacks at Nabito, Maki and Nanami. At the same time, a group of curse users devoted to Geto attempt to summon the jujutsu world’s most terrifying threat.

We Never Learn Volume 19
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

On the day of their entrance exam, Fumino manages to save Nariyuki from a disastrous fall, only to hurt herself in the process. Feeling guilty about Fumino’s injury, Nariyuki takes it upon himself to look after her. Will this bring the two closer?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 21
Story and Art by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will Yu be able to handle Tsubame’s answer to his love confession? Then, dropping by Miyuki’s home unannounced surprises Kaguya more than the Shiroganes. As Kaguya’s family interferes with her future plans, she becomes determined to not only break free of them, but also make reparations to their victims. First, though, she must strike a deal with the devil.

Shojo Beat

Rosen Blood Volume 1
Story and Art by Kachiru Ishizue

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Rescued from a horrendous carriage accident, Stella awakens at a gothic manor in the company of her saviors—a group of impossibly gorgeous young men. Their gentlemanly manners conceal a brutal, inhuman thirst. Can she unravel the mystery of their condition and escape before it’s too late to tell danger from passion?

Yakuza Lover Volume 3
Story and Art by Nozomi Mino

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

Reunited at last, Oya and Yuri savor their first night back in each other’s arms by making love until Yuri faints from exhaustion. Later, Yuri returns to her normal life in Japan, but it isn’t long before Oya comes to pick her up. He’s prepared a private villa for the two of them to relive their summertime romp together. But it soon becomes clear that Oya has been hiding something from Yuri.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 33
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Forbidden from contacting Hak and the Four Dragons, Yona sneaks out of her room at Hiryuu Palace. But when she comes face-to-face with Su-won, what words will she have for her father’s murderer? Later, Yona uncovers some past mysteries about Su-won’s parents.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 26
Story and Art by Yuki Midorikawa

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The mystery of the missing Nyanko Sensei intensifies as Natsume and the prominent exorcists Natori and Matoba encounter a powerful, malevolent ceramic puppet with an appetite for clay kitties. Natsume and the exorcists must work together to bring it down, but how can Natsume team up with someone he doesn’t trust?

Queen’s Quality Volume 13
Story and Art by Kyousuke Motomi

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Kyutaro manages to lure the Seiryu snake into his and Fumi’s special Mind Vault, where much is at stake. Will Kyutaro be able to defeat this wily snake and save Aoi Shinonome, the man slated to be the next leader of the Seiryu Clan? Meanwhile, members of the mysterious Suzaku Gate break their silence.

VIZ Media

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand (Novel)
Original Concept by Hiromu Arakawa, Story by Makoto Inoue

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

The mining town of Xenotime has seen better days. Once renowned for its skilled goldsmiths, it now lies forgotten in a sea of sand, its mines empty and its fields barren. The townsfolk’s only hope lies with the talented state alchemist Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse. But who is the real Edward Elric? When the Fullmetal Alchemist and his brother arrive in Xenotime searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, they discover that two strangers have stolen their names and their reputations. Will the real Elric brothers set things right, or will the battle between the true and false brothers shatter Xenotime’s only chance for survival? Plus a bonus story, The Phantom of Warehouse 13.

Pokemon Pocket Comics: Sun & Moon
Story and Art by Santa Harukaze

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$10.99

A very punny collection of Pokemon: Sun & Moon four-panel comics and vital statistics. Litten, Rockruff, Popplio, Bewear and many more of your Pokemon friends from the Alola region romp through the pages of this hysterical collection of Pokemon four-panel comics. Plus, classic favorite Pokemon like Pikachu, Psyduck and Eevee. Gotta laugh at them all.

Kirby Manga Mania Volume 3
Story and Art by Hirokazu Hikawa

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Kirby dances onto the stage once again in this collection of classic—and new—comics for all ages. When everyone’s favorite pink puff finds out he’s shot to video game superstar status, he gets greedy for more, causing King Dedede and the rest of Dream Land to hammer some sense into him.

Pokemon: Sword & Shield Volume 2
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Henry, Casey and their friends arrive at Motostoke to participate in the Gym Challenge. They’ve missed the opening ceremonies, but they’re still able to join in the challenges. Henry’s first official battle pits him against Gym Leader Milo. Will Henry’s first Dynamax battle also be his last?

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 8
Story and Art by Makoto Hagino

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Aquarium Club is finally coming alive after welcoming new members, but summer is nearing and Koyuki has started studying hard for exams. Working up her resolve, Koyuki invites Konatsu on a moonlit walk on the beach where she bares her heart about an important choice. Graduation is approaching and the time they have left together is more precious than ever, but how does Konatsu respond to hearing Koyuki’s decision?

VIZ Signature

Fist of the North Star Volume 3
Story by Buronson, Art by Tetsuo Hara

On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Ken’s mastery of Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star, has no equal among the debased gangs that prey on the ruins of civilization. But Ken is not the only martial artist out there. Rei, a user of the Nanto Suichoken technique, is on a journey to find his sister, who is being held by a brutal band of savages known as the Fangs. Ken and Rei team up to find her, and woe to any who stand in their way.

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 6
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Yusaku Godai and apartment manager Kyoko Otonashi take Nozomu Nikaido under their wing when the 18-year-old student moves into Maison Ikkoku. After Nikaido falls victim to Mr. Yotsuya’s pranks, he is bent on revenge, but is Nikaido any match for the mysterious trickster?

Real Volume 15
Story and Art by Takehiko Inoue

On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Out of shape and out of practice, Nomiya comes to terms with the reality of where he’s at in basketball and in life. Meanwhile, Togawa faces one of the biggest disappointments in his wheelchair basketball career. And just when Takahashi finds a glimmer of hope in playing ball again, he’s confronted by the enormity of how much he has to overcome. Will their passion for the game be strong enough to pull them through?

Levius/est Volume 9
Story and Art by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Levius succeeds in defeating Oliver at the deadly Southern Slam tournament, with dire consequences. But he doesn’t have any desire—or time—to celebrate the victory as he ascends to the level of champion. The appearance of Arthur Graynore, a Grade I, Rank 2 M.M.A. fighter, and the co-founder of Amethyst, means the fight to become est, a god, is not over.

Golden Kamuy Volume 24
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The search for the tattooed convicts leads Sugimoto, Asirpa and Shiraishi to the infamous Botaro the Pirate, a man with nearly superhuman swimming abilities. Tracking him down will test Sugimoto’s claim of immortality! Meanwhile, a serial killer stalks the back alleys of Sapporo—but is he another escapee from Abashiri prison or someone else? The murders draw in Lieutenant Tsurumi and Hijikata, and a deadly confrontation is building—but this time, who is the hunter and who is the hunted?

Shonen Sunday

Call of the Night Volume 5
Story and Art by Kotoyama

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Ko seriously considers the pros and cons of becoming a vampire. But every human has a different take on it, and one of them just wants to kill them all. Then, when the police are alerted to Ko’s nighttime jaunts, they start to cramp his style. Ko learns something surprising about vampire Hakka—and gets a tempting offer. Nazuna has a change of heart—but not about everything. And Ko wants to know what vampire Kiku’s intentions are regarding Ko’s deliciously human friend Mahiru…

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 16
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

It’s Sports Day at Itan High and the students are brimming with competitive spirit. But when Tadano forgets his lunch, his classmates put aside their rivalries and team up to make sure he gets full. Can Komi and Manbagi work up the courage to hand-feed their crush, or will they be the only lunchtime losers?

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 16
Story and Art by Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Demon King Twilight’s childhood friend Zetsuran sneaks into the castle determined to be reunited with him, but the princess keeps getting in her way. Hades wants to reconcile with his little brother Zeus, and naturally the princess gets mixed up in their business too. Meanwhile, Alazif the grimoire gets a form of hay fever that has unfortunate magical symptoms. If stepping on a butterfly in a primeval forest can drastically change the future, what impact would a princess stealing an ancient duvet ten years in the past have? Plus the princess goes on a fishing trip with the Demon King and Poseidon. What could possibly go right?

Manga Review: Call of the Night Volume Three

Call of the Night Volume Three introduces several new characters to the series.

Call of the Night Volume Three
Written by: Kotoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 10, 2021

At the beginning of the volume, Ko runs into Kiyosumi, the girl who came to see Nazuna for her “professional cuddling” services in the previous volume. During Volume Two, Ko made a promise to Kiyosumi that he would try to turn her into a vampire if he could. This doesn’t seem like it’s terribly important, but after something happens a little later in the volume, the reader realizes that Ko could have problems keeping that promise to Kiyosumi.

After this, Ko gets caught in a downpour and finds a smoking area to take shelter. He sees a guy hitting on a girl, and she brushes him off. But then, that girl notices Ko and comes over to him. She appears to be in high school, and she starts telling Ko about how she usually lets guys hit on her because she’s bored. But then, she says that the thrill of that hobby seems to be gone. As a reader, I found myself wondering why this girl would be talking to a middle school boy she doesn’t know about this sort of thing, and we quickly discover the girl is really a vampire and is aware of who he is. Nazuna suddenly appears on the scene, and it’s clear these two girls know each other… and that Nazuna’s friendship with Ko is making its way through the vampire rumor mill.

But then, another female vampire arrives and whisks Ko away. They join up with a group of female vampires, and Ko learns that Nazuna isn’t liked by this group. They’ve whisked him away because Nazuna hasn’t turned him into a vampire yet. They say that if Ko isn’t turned, that he has to be killed… because he’s a human who knows too much. It was kind of amusing to watch these female vampires trying to seduce Ko so they could be the one to turn him into a vampire, especially since the reader already knows that Ko knows nothing about love and is rather naïve about the subject. While their seductive ploys might work with most men, they just go right over Ko’s head.

During all of this, Ko learns that Nazuna has withheld some information from him. It turns out that if a vampire doesn’t turn a human into one of them within a year of the first time drinking that human’s blood, the human will never turn into a vampire. Also, if Nazuna refuses to turn him into a vampire, Ko will have to be killed at that one-year mark. And that, right there, is what could cause Ko to have problems with keeping his promise to Kiyosumi. If he himself is unable to turn into a vampire because the one-year deadline passes, there’s no way that he will be able to turn her into one. At the end of the Volume Two, I had thought that Kiyosumi would be a recurring character, but with this new information, we may not be seeing her as much as I thought we would.

This group of female vampires, especially Seri (the vampire girl that Ko met at the beginning of this volume) become recurring characters in Volume Three. We see Seri the most, though, because she seems to be having fun toying with Ko. During this volume, Ko and Seri go to a karaoke place, and a guy that Seri had been flirting with shows up and seems to be obsessed with her. I thought this was an interesting storyline, because it turns out things aren’t how they appeared to be portrayed with Akiyama (the guy in love with Seri) when he’s first introduced. And this storyline gave some character development for Seri, which allows the reader to see that she isn’t necessarily as shallow as she was first portrayed as. The ending of that story draws a direct parallel with Ko and Nazuna, which I found to be interesting as well.

A new human character named Mahiru Seki is introduced, and he’s an old friend of Akira and Ko’s. Akira runs into Mahiru at school when he’s napping on the stairs. We find out that Mahiru is out all night because there’s an older girl that he likes. Akira makes an off-hand comment that she hopes that Mahiru’s not in love with a vampire. The question becomes: is this just an off-hand comment, or is Akira’s dialogue foreshadowing something? Ko has a reunion with Mahiru when he and Nazuna go to a festival… although Ko bought and wore a mask in the hopes that no one would recognize him. But Mahiru still recognized him, anyway. Ko is surprised when he hears Mahiru tell him that he considers Ko to be his friend. It seems like that up to this point, Ko didn’t truly realize that there were people out there who considered him a friend. But now that Ko faces the real possibility that he could be dead in under a year, will these revelations mean as much to him as they might have otherwise?

I can’t forget to mention that Ko tries to follow advice from Seri for taking Nazuna on a date. Let’s just say that it doesn’t go well when he follows her advice. However, I did like how that particular storyline ended. But it seems like the mangaka is slowly but surely starting to evolve the relationship between Ko and Nazuna… and to me, this evolution is what’s helping to keep me interested in what’s happening in Call of the Night. I’m usually not much into vampire stories, but I think the characterizations for Ko and Nazuna help this title to be more than “just another vampire story.”

Readers who have enjoyed reading the previous two volumes of Call of the Night should be able to appreciate the story, along with its evolution, as its presented in Volume Three.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces October 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Burn the Witch Volume 1
Story and Art by Tite Kubo

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

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

Demon Slayer Complete Box Set
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Exorcist Volume 26
Story and Art by Kazue Kato

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

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

Spy x Family Volume 6
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chainsaw Man Volume 7
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

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

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 12
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

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

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

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

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

We Never Learn Volume 18
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

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

Shojo Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Media

The Creative Gene
By Hideo Kojima

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

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

Marvel Meow
By Nao Fuji

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

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

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

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

The Art of gen:Lock
By Daniel Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The conclusion of the original Pokemon Adventures.

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

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

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures 28 & 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Signature

No. 5 Volume 2
Story and Art by Taiyo Matsumoto

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

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

Asadora! Volume 4
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

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

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

No Guns Life Volume 11
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

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

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

Shonen Sunday

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

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

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

Case Closed Volume 80
Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama

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

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

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

Call of the Night Volume 4
Story and Art by Kotoyama

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

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

Manga Review: Call of the Night Volume Two

Call of the Night Volume Two continues to explore the character dynamics between Ko Yamori and Nazuna Nanakusa.

Call of the Night Volume Two
Written by: Kotoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 8, 2021

The volume opens with Ko feeling a little confused after getting a kiss from Nazuna in the previous volume. After a little bit, he thinks it feels like he’s in love, and he demands that Nazuna suck his blood and turn him into a vampire. Obviously, what he’s feeling isn’t love yet, because the manga series isn’t going to see Ko attain his goal this early on. Also, he’s only 14 years old and has no experience in this department, so he obviously doesn’t really know what love feels like.

We then get a story that includes Ko’s childhood friend, Akira Asai. In this section, she gets out and about earlier than usual and runs into Ko. She ends up spending time with Ko and Nazuna, and at first things seem pretty normal, such as playing video games into the early morning hours. But things get uncomfortable for Akira when she’s asked to stay the rest of the night, and it becomes even more awkward when Nazuna sucks on Ko’s blood right in front of her. Ko finally admits to Akira that his dream is to become a vampire. She thinks this is a little odd but is glad to hear that Ko has a dream that he’s trying to achieve. However, she still wishes that Ko would return to school.

When Akira was introduced in the first volume, I had assumed that her role was to serve as a potential love interest for Ko and become a rival with Nazuna. But from what I read in Volume Two, it appears that, at least right now, Akira doesn’t have any romantic feelings for Ko. This could potentially change as the series progresses, though, so it’s going to be interesting to see what role Akira will ultimately play in the series.

We get a chapter that focuses on Nazuna and how she spends her time after she wakes up until she goes to meet up with Ko. I really appreciated getting this chapter, since all we’ve ever really seen of Nazuna up to this point is what she does at night while hanging out with Ko. It was also nice to get a chapter where Nazuna is by herself and has the opportunity to show the reader what she’s like when Ko isn’t around. This ultimately leads into a chapter that brings Ko and Nazuna back together at night for another chance to hang out.

There’s also a chapter of Nazuna and Ko going to a midnight pool party, and we see that Nazuna emanates an innate glamour due to being a vampire. Nazuna starts getting hit on by three guys, and Ko becomes jealous. He also wonders how many other people’s blood she’s drank, and as he does, she points out an old man whose blood she’s had. Ko gets a little jealous at this point as well. He obviously has some kind of feelings for her. Not necessarily love, at least not yet. But perhaps those feelings could evolve over the course of the series.

This ultimately leads to Nazuna revealing that before she started hanging out with Ko, she worked as a professional cuddler. Unfortunately, because of all the time she’s spent with Ko and all the money she’s spent, she’s broke. But they get a surprise when Kiyosumi Shirakawa, a previous client of Nazuna’s, shows up for a massage. Nazuna, who had just finished giving one to Ko, claims to be worn out and insists that Ko do it for her… with a bribe of giving him half of what she’s paid. He ends up doing it and hears about the woman’s issues with working a job, especially having to drink and socialize with the men in her office and laughing off sexist comments. We get a scene between Ko and Kiyosumi, but he’s seeing the situation from a 14-year-old’s point of view while she sees the situation from an adult perspective. I thought this interaction between these two characters came across realistically. With the way the storyline with Kiyosumi ends, though, I have a suspicion that we’ll be seeing her again at some point in the manga, especially with a promise that Ko makes to her.

After reading the first volume of Call of the Night, I thought it was a style of supernatural manga that I normally wouldn’t go out of my way to read. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself engrossed and engaged with what I was reading in Volume Two. After reading this volume, I think I can safely say that Call of the Night is a better series than I was initially giving it credit for. I’m actually looking forward to getting an opportunity to read the third volume to find out what happens next.

If you’ve already read and enjoyed the first volume of the series, I believe you will enjoy Call of the Night Volume Two as much, if not more than, the first volume.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces August 2021 Manga and Anime Releases

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

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind Volume 1
By Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Golden Wind is here. The highly-acclaimed fifth arc of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure shifts the action from Japan to Italy, as Koichi Hirose heads to Europe to find an aspiring gangster named Giorno Giovanna, the secret son of Dio Brando, scourge of the Joestar family. Organized crime meets family drama and unbelievable enemy Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 23 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In an epic confrontation, Tanjiro and his fellow Demon Slayers have fought on through the night, suffering terrible losses against the King of Demons, Muzan Kibutsuji. Dawn is breaking soon, and if they can keep Muzan at bay just a little longer, it will be the end of the centuries-long struggle. But Muzan will stop at nothing to destroy the Demon Slayers and unleash his most terrible powers. And if he can’t defeat them, he may even be able to cause the Demon Slayer Corps to destroy itself from within. All fates and destines will be decided as the sun begins to rise…

Haikyu!! Volume 45 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

With the Adlers and Black Jackals match in full swing and years of rivalry and friendship thrown out into the open, Hinata and Kageyama continue to duke it out on the court. Will Hinata finally get to declare a major victory over Kageyama? Don’t miss the exciting finale.

We Never Learn Volume 17
By Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Of all the girls Nariyuki Yuiga tutors, Uruka Takemoto is the one who has known him (and had a crush on him) the longest. Despite her outgoing personality, she’s surprisingly shy when it comes to expressing her feelings for Nariyuki. And with her upcoming enrollment at a university overseas, it seems like all hope is lost when it comes to love…

Chainsaw Man Volume 6
By Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

A new girl named Reze has shown up and swept innocent Denji right off his feet. But is Reze exactly what she seems? (Spoiler: Nope.) Is Denji about to find happiness once and for all? (Spoiler: Nope.) Prepare for the storm of all storms when Chainsaw Man looks for true love.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 11
By Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The Shibuya subway station is teeming with civilians and transfigured humans. Despite this dire circumstance, Satoru Gojo defeats the cursed spirits there. However, the cursed spirits possess a special item that can even seal the all-powerful Gojo. Meanwhile, an unlikely ally suddenly contacts Yuji Itadori, who is on his way to the station.

One Piece Volume 97
By Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle for Wano commences for real as the Straw Hats and their allies invade Kaido’s base on Onigashima. Luffy may have gotten stronger, but he’s gonna need all the help he can get against Kaido’s powerful forces.

Black Clover Volume 26
By Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle to protect the Heart Kingdom continues. The Clover Kingdom knights may have won round 1, but Vanica and her minions won’t go down quietly. Just what is the secret to her power, and is there a way to counter it?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 20
By Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will Tsubame tell Yu she returns his affections on graduation day? Unfortunately, Yu’s gaming addiction may have an impact not only on his grades but on how Tsubame views him. Hopefully his ruthless academic coach Kaguya’s diabolical plan will keep him from failing. On the other hand, someone else gets unexpectedly low marks this exam period. Then, on Valentine’s Day, which of the gang will give or receive romantic chocolates, friendship chocolates or obligatory
chocolates?

Fight rumors with rumors.

Shojo Beat

The King’s Beast Volume 3
By Rei Toma

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Rangetsu hasn’t given up on vengeance, but nothing about the imperial palace is simple. Now that she knows and trusts Prince Tenyou, she has come to see that her most important duty is to keep him alive for the sake of all Ajin—even at the cost of her own life.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 31
By Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Kingdom of Kohka triumphs over Sen Province, but Hak is gravely injured and Yona is unable to speak. Meanwhile, while tending to injured soldiers, Yun shows interest in the Sky Tribe’s medical techniques. Advisor Keishuk invites him to Hiryuu Palace to learn more, but what is Keishuk’s true motive?

Kaze Hikaru Volume 29
By Taeko Watanabe

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

After attempting to seduce Sei, the aristocrat Yoshinobu begins to tell her about his past. With Sei’s support, Yoshinobu makes up his mind to take on the role of shogun. However, his decision to call off the Choshu expedition and request an imperial order to stop the fighting enrages Councillor Ito to the point that he decides to overthrow the Bakufu. Nakamura Goro, who is on Ito’s side, has always had feelings for Sei, and he comes up with his own plans to separate her from troop captain Soji, who is the love of her life.

VIZ Media

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whillis
Adapted by Jon Tsuei, Illustrated by Subaru

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.
– Chirrut Îmwe

Presiding over the Kyber Temple on Jedha, the Guardians of the Whills, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, had hoped to maintain a peaceful balance despite the growing presence of the Empire in their Holy City. Yet they struggle to stay true to the Force as stormtroopers threaten to take over. When a rebel named Saw Gerrera appears offering them a chance to help Jedha, Baze and Chirrut must decide if they’re willing to compromise for peace, or if Saw’s plan is too dangerous to risk?

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills introduces Baze and Chirrut before they meet the Rebellion members who turn the tide in the fight against the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Writer Jon Tsuei and manga artist Subaru bring the origin story of this fan favorite duo to life in a new manga adaptation based on the novel by Greg Rucka.

© & TM 2021 LUCASFILM LTD Copyright © 2021 Disney
Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.

Disney Cruella
Story by Hachi Ishi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$14.99

You don’t become a legend by being nice,

She wasn’t born Cruella. Gifted with talent, innovation, and ambition, Estella dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but the world seemed intent on making sure her dreams would never come true.

The life of an amateur thief is hardly a glamourous one, but in 1970’s London, at the crossroads of fashion, Estella has a vision for herself and her designs, if only she can afford it. Witness Estella’s life on the streets with her best friends and partners in (petty) crime, Horace and Jasper, before the infamous diva Cruella emerges to make sure no one gets in her way.

Pokemon: Sword & Shield Volume 1
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Excitable Casey and easygoing Henry share a dream of participating in gym battles. For Casey it’s a chance to become reunited with her missing Pokemon. For Henry, it’s a chance to search for the legendary Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield.

Radiant Volume 14
By Tony Valente

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Relentlessly hunted by antagonists known as Domitors, Seth tries to fend off his pursuers and ends up discovering a new and surprising ability. Meanwhile, after being rescued by the alchemist Hurlä and the cheerfully oddball kids of the Droplet Gang, Seth’s friends Mélie and Ocoho set out to find him and their other missing friend, Doc, who has been taken in by the Inquisition after being mistaken for a kidnapped child. Unfortunately Doc’s lousy luck lets him down even more when he meets up with an old and not at all welcome acquaintance.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 14
By Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: August 10, 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. With long-sought answers in hand, all that remains in the brothers’ quest to restore their bodies and save their country is to prepare for the reckoning looming on the Promised Day.

VIZ Signature

Sensor
By Junji Ito

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Did she wander in? Or was she drawn in?

A woman walks alone at the foot of Mount Sengoku. A man appears, saying he’s been waiting for her, and invites her to a nearby village. Surprisingly, the village is covered in hairlike volcanic glass fibers, and all of it shines a bright gold. At night, when the villagers perform their custom of gazing up at the starry sky, countless unidentified flying objects come raining down on them, the opening act for the terror about to occur.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 11
By Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Once again, Lum has introduced a bizarre menace to Earth, causing her classmates to quake with fear—a judge who “vanishes” performers whose New Year’s Hidden Talent Show acts are deemed subpar. Later, Mendo is shocked by the
sudden announcement of his arranged marriage to a bride so secret even members of her own family don’t know her.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume 3
Story by Haro Aso, Art by Kotaro Takata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

One by one, Akira has been checking little items like cleaning his room and snagging a new TV off his bucket list. Now, having grown weary of the hotbed of infection that is Tokyo, Akira makes the decision to head to his parents’ home in Gunma. But to get there, he needs to get past his former boss.

Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Volume 2
By Minoji Kurata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

Shao Jun, the last Assassin in China, has returned to her homeland with vengeance on her mind. The Templar Order’s machinations must be stopped, and only Shao Jun stands ready for the battle to come. As she eliminates her foes one by one, the Templar Order’s plans for the Great Ming Empire begin to come to light.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 16
Story and Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki
Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

Daryl Lorenz and his support crew have made it back into space, but they’ve got the entire Earth Federation fleet between them and the Nanyang Alliance rendezvous point. Renegade Zeon General Galle can help, but his assistance comes at a price, and getting through the blockade will require an audacious plan that only Daryl Lorenz can pull off-stealing an advanced Mobile Armor equipped with the advanced Psycommu control system right out from under the Federation’s nose.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 14
By Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Komi and her brother, Shosuke, are in the country visiting their grandmother, and even the company of their younger cousin Akira can’t save them from one dismal fact—they’re bored. The visit is salvaged, however, when they run into Inaka, who knows all about having a good time in the country. It’s friendship to the rescue.

Call of the Night Volume 3
By Kotoyama

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nazuna isn’t the only one who thinks Ko is a delicious snack. And Ko isn’t the only one who gets jealous. When Ko draws the attention of four other vampire girls with nefarious intentions, he must fight for his life—even though he wants to give it up to become a vampire. But only to a certain special someone. Unfortunately, there’s a time limit on being “turned,” which raises the…uh…stakes. Then, Ko follows some dating advice that backfires. Undeterred, he tries to help another vampire and mortal mend their love/hate relationship.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 15
By Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The sun shines on the Demon Castle… but it’s supposed to be perpetual night in the Demon World. Then Zeus—Poseidon and Hades’ little brother—joins the Demon Castle staff. Everyone is in awe of him except the princess, who quickly finds ways to use the most powerful of the mythological gods to help her achieve her ongoing and current personal goals of sleeping better and opening a cat cafe. Then, in a stunning reversal of fortune, an important castle inhabitant is taken hostage. Will Syalis help the rescue team’s efforts or hinder them? Plus, a very special Sleepy Princess/Doraemon crossover episode.

Home Video

Naruto: Set 4 BD
Shonen Jump

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

There’s a storm brewing and its name is Akatsuki. Sasuke has a chance run-in with the murderer of his entire clan, his brother Itachi. Can he avenge the Uchiha? Meanwhile, young Naruto begins training with Jiraiya to master the powerful Rasengan. Before long a battle among legends erupts when Orochimaru dares to confront Lady Tsunade and Jiraiya, while Sasuke, burning with angst, makes a terrible choice to travel down a path of darkness. Can his friends stop him?

Inuyasha Set 6 BD
VIZ Media

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

No description was available for this set because the press release included the write-up for the Naruto set with this Inuyasha release.

Manga Review: Call of the Night Volume One

Call of the Night Volume One tells the story of a 14-year-old junior high student and his encounter with a female vampire.

Call of the Night Volume One
Written by: Kotoyama
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 13, 2021

At the beginning of the manga, the reader is introduced to a 14-year-old boy named Ko Yamori, who has developed insomnia. He has also lost interest in school, especially after an incident where he turned down a girl’s love confession because he’s not into dating. So now he’s skipping school and wandering the town at night. While he’s out, he encounters a mysterious girl, and she claims she can help him with his insomnia.

The girl takes him to her place, which is a run-down building in a skeevy area of town. She tries to help him fall asleep, and he decides to fake sleeping. The girl reveals herself to be a vampire when she drinks some of Ko’s blood. Since he wasn’t actually asleep, he knows what happened, and she’s surprised when he reacts.

A lot of the volume focuses on Ko and Nazuna Nanakusa as they start spending time together and learning about each other. In the world this story takes place in, a human will only turn into a vampire if they fall in love with the vampire that’s drinking their blood. Ko, who makes it clear that he doesn’t understand anything about love, decides to make it his goal to fall in love with Nazuna and become a vampire. While a lot of this may sound like it’s on the dark side, there’s also a lot of comedy interjected into the story, especially in the scenes where Ko and Nazuna interact with each other.

There is a theme that runs through this volume, which is the question of what exactly a friend is. This is especially evident during the section where Ko buys a set of walkie-talkie watches so he and Nazuna can more easily communicate. He relays a story of buying another set when he was around nine years old and leaving one somewhere in the hopes that someone would find it and contact him with it. He never had the courage to actually try to make a call himself to determine if anyone ever picked it up.

This story leads to the introduction of another character: a girl named Akira Asai. Ko grew up with her, and she was one of the few playmates he had when he was growing up. It turns out she has the other walkie-talkie watch. It’s revealed that Ko had left the watch on top of Akira’s mailbox, and that he had forgotten that particular detail. It turns out the new set of watches Ko bought have the same frequency as the old one, so Akira starts picking up signals from Ko and Nazuna’s communications.

Akira is kind of the opposite of Ko. She goes to school and is actually an early bird. She gets up early and wanders around for a while before going to school. Akira and Ko run into each other, and they make plans to meet up. Nazuna discovers the two of them are meeting and it appears she becomes jealous. It seems to me that the author is working at setting up a triangle between Ko, Nazuna, and Akira. While Nazuna hates hearing the word “love,” I think she is kind of harboring feelings for Ko. I’m not sure that Akira necessarily has romantic feelings for Ko at this point, but it’s already clear that Nazuna sees her as competition, even if it’s not in a romantic sense. She definitely views Akira as competition for Ko’s time. My guess is that this will likely be a recurring conflict throughout the series.

I’m not entirely sure how to describe the art style. It’s definitely more on the “stylized” side, but I’m not sure I would go quite so far as to say that it’s as stylized as say, One Piece or Soul Eater. But there’s some exaggeration in the character design, especially for Ko. But one thing that kept bothering me about Ko’s design is that in some respects, he almost looks like how Mitsuhide from Case Closed would look like as a teenager. I had to keep pushing that thought out of my mind while I was reading this volume, since Ko’s personality is nothing like Mitsuhide’s.

Admittedly, Call of the Night is not the kind of manga I go out of my way to read, but since I was able to receive a free digital review copy from VIZ Media, I decided to take a chance on it. It’s not bad at all for what it is, but this isn’t the type or style of supernatural manga that I personally enjoy reading. However, I think fans of manga like Soul Eater or any kind of comedic supernatural manga may be better able to appreciate Call of the Night.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces June 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Seraph of the End Volume 21
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Guren catches up to Yuichiro’s captors, but does nothing to save Yuichiro from the Hyakuya Sect’s clutches. Suddenly, Mahiru appears and attacks Mika. Meanwhile, Noya, the other demon inside Guren, stands and watches the situation unfold. Despite Guren’s apparent betrayal, Yuichiro still has trust in him, but will Yuichiro decide to run away and escape with Mika once and for all?

We Never Learn Volume 16
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Although the main college entrance exam is finally done, the beleaguered Nariyuki Yuiga must now focus on the secondary exams. But sometimes even students as driven as Nariyuki and his fellow classmates need a break from the constant grind of studying. Besides, it’s Valentine’s Day, and the girls are determined to make Nariyuki some chocolates he will never forget… in more ways than one.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 10
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

In order to regain use of his crippled body, Kokichi Muta, otherwise known as Mechamaru, has been acting as an informant for the cursed spirits. He’s prepared for the betrayal when he’s thrust into a battle to the death against Mahito, but is knowing his enemy enough against a cursed spirit whose powers keep growing exponentially?

One Piece (Omnibus Edition) Volume 31
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

ADVENTURE IN THE LAND OF WANO

Luffy’s just landed in Wano and he’s already lost his crew. An isolated country of samurai with mysterious customs, Wano’s ruled over by Kaido, captain of the Beast Pirates, known as the strongest creature in the world. Naturally, Luffy picks a fight with him—but without his Straw Hat Crew to back him up, will the rubber wonder make it out alive?

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 22
Story and Art by Yoshiaki Sukeno

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

When Kamui tries to make Benio the spoils who go to the victor, Rokuro drops some wisdom on him. Meanwhile, Tenma and Shimon must get along long enough to battle the deranged Gabura.

Spy x Family Volume 5
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Anya Forger has been trying her best to befriend Damian Desmond, the son of the powerful Ostanian political leader Donovan Desmond. But her attempts have been constantly rebuffed. Despite the setbacks, Anya is determined to gain access to the Desmonds’ inner circle and devises a new plan—acing her midterm exams. Can the academically challenged Anya pull off this feat for the sake of world peace?

Dragon Ball Super Volume 13
Story by Akira Toriyama, Art by Toyotarou

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Moro’s goons have arrived on Earth, but the planet’s protectors aren’t about to go down without a fight. However, when Moro himself finally appears and pits a powered-up Saganbo against Gohan and friends, the good guys struggle to keep up. With a planet in peril, will Goku and Vegeta make it back in time?

One-Punch Man Volume 22
Story by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Child Emperor uses his trump card, the robotic Brave Giant, to fight against the reincarnated Phoenix Man. However, his enemy easily counters this last-ditch attempt, brushing it off as a mere toy. When Phoenix Man then evolves into an even stronger monster, Child Emperor’s conviction is shaken. Does this spell the end for the clever child hero?

My Hero Academia Volume 28
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The all-out war against the Paranormal Liberation Front continues at the hospital and the mountain villa. Mirko desperately battles High-Ends in order to reach Tomura’s stasis tank, knowing exactly how much is at stake if she fails. At the PLF hideout, Dabi is determined to roast Hawks, but Tokoyami isn’t about to let his mentor fall. Meanwhile, while helping to evacuate the city, Midoriya senses an ominous presence that’s awoken in the hospital…

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 22
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

After centuries of preparation and training, the Demon Slayer Corps has come face-to-face with their greatest enemy, Muzan Kibutsuji. It is a desperate battle, and several Demon Slayers have already been killed. Tanjiro himself has engaged Muzan. Despite giving it everything he has, Tanjiro gets taken out of the fight. But although he is severely injured and near death, he sees a vision of his ancestor that may hold the key to finally destroying Muzan.

Shojo Beat

Yakuza Lover Volume 1
Story and Art by Nozomi Mino

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

When drug dealers attack feisty college student Yuri at a party, she’s saved by Toshiomi Oya, the young boss of a yakuza syndicate. Despite her obvious attraction to him, she convinces herself that she’s not in the market for a bad-boy type. But when they meet again, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him—kicking off a steamy and dangerous love affair that threatens to consume her, body and soul.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 30
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

While the Kingdom of Kohka and Sen Province armies battle, Hak goes all-out on the front lines and ends up fighting North Kai leader Ying Kuelbo one-on-one. Meanwhile, in a palace in Sen Province, will Yona be able to overcome Priest Gobi’s treachery?

Vampire Knight: Memories Volume 6
Story and Art by Matsuri Hino

On Sale Date: June 1, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Ai tries to protect her little sister Ren from every danger, for Ren is despised by many of their kind who hate Ren’s vampire hunter father. Although Ren is not as strong as her pureblood sister, she finds she has her own gluttonous thirst for blood…

Kaname wished for peaceful coexistence between vampires and humans, but the path forged by Yuki and Zero has been cut off by the dark, malicious intentions of others. Can they withstand a world shaken by hatred and despair?

VIZ Originals

World Piece Volume 1
Story by Josh Tierney, Art by Agroshka

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$16.99

When not playing basketball on his high school team, Lucas Densen enjoys visiting his mother’s archaeological excavations. During one visit, Lucas accidentally triggers an ancient alien artifact that transforms Earth into a small glowing orb no larger than a basketball. Transported to a mysterious realm with nothing but what’s on his back and the Earth in his hands, Lucas encounters a friendly alien, Lully. What does she know about this world-shrinking artifact, and is she the key to restoring Earth?

VIZ Media

Kirby Manga Mania Volume 1
Story and Art by Hirokazu Hikawa

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Jump into Dream Land with Kirby and gobble up some fun. Everyone’s favorite pink puff teams up with his friends to keep arch-frenemy King Dedede in line. Fans of all ages can enjoy this collection of classic Kirby comics—just take a deep breath and hop on in.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 8
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

The finale of the Ruby & Sapphire arc crescendos with a battle between Legendary Pokemon Kyogre and Groudon. And, in the new FireRed & LeafGreen arc, Green’s long-lost parents have been sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokemon. Red and Blue want to help, but first they must improve their battle skills.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 22, 23, and 24.

How Do We Relationship? Volume 3
Story and Art by Tamifull

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Miwa and Saeko are loving the couple life, but a miscommunication in the bedroom proves to be more of a threat to the easy rhythm of their relationship than either thought possible. After all, the past is hard to leave behind, especially when Miwa is invited to a reunion with some of her high school friends, including the first love she never really got over.

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

On Sale Date: June 8, 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, his happiness starts to lose its color. Questions arise about the true parentage of Richard’s son Edward, shaking the foundations of his rule. Richard and Buckingham are faced with a test of their love.

VIZ Signature

Fist of the North Star Volume 1
Story by Buronson, Art by Tetsuo Hara

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

In a postapocalyptic world, humanity has risen from the ashes of nuclear war, but only to a nightmare of endless suffering. It is a time of chaos. Gangs of savage marauders and warlords rule the broken ruins of civilization, terrorizing and enslaving the survivors. Life has become a brutal struggle for existence and death the only release.

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 3
Story and Art by Bunta Kinami, Based on the Rooster Teeth series created by Monty Oum

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$12.99

Roman Torchwick’s plans have been laid bare, and now it’s up to Team RWBY to save the day. This is everything they’ve been training for at Beacon Academy. Ruby is ready to protect the people of Remnant from Torchwick’s machinations, and Weiss, Blake and Yang are right by her side. The final volume of RWBY: The Official Manga is here, and Torchwick doesn’t stand a chance.

Blue Flag Volume 8
Story and Art by KAITO

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Toma and Futaba have their first sit-down talk after the big fight at school. Meanwhile, Taichi struggles with the problems that have been dumped in his lap by his friends’ choices, and he ends up distancing himself from Toma. Then, one day, Toma stops coming to school. Left in the lurch, what can Futaba and Taichi do? Everyone chooses their futures, and time marches on. Don’t miss the heartfelt conclusion of Blue Flag.

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 4
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$24.99

Yusaku Godai has set his heart on Kyoko Otonashi, but he still goes on dates with Kozue Nanao frequently. Kozue senses that Godai is growing emotionally distant, so she asks Kyoko’s tennis coach Shun Mitaka for advice. Yet once Mitaka gets involved, misunderstandings abound on all sides.

Golden Kamuy Volume 22
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

Asirpa’s adventure in Karafuto changed her feelings about not only her father, but also the Ainu struggle for independence. Sugimoto has also come to realize something about his own feelings about Asirpa as well. If they’re really going to be equal partners, they’ll need to come to a new understanding. Once again on the run from Lieutenant Tsurumi, they head for Hokkaido. But the rogue officer isn’t about to give up. The pursuit once again leads into forbidding, frozen territory…

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers Volume 18
Story and Art by Fumi Yoshinaga

On Sale Date: June 15, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

Prince Kazu had expected to hate her life in Edo, but her marriage to the shogun Iemochi unexpectedly became a source of true comfort in her life. But now tragedy has destroyed her fragile happiness, and Prince Kazu must struggle alone to find some solace in the shattered remnants of that brief joy.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 13
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Komi’s family is hosting a guest, and the standoffish Rei is really putting Komi’s friendship skills to the test. But Komi sees a little of her old loneliness in the child and won’t give up on making a connection, even if she has to chase Rei all over town to do it.

Call of the Night Volume 2
Story and Art by Kotoyama

On Sale Date: June 8, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

What’s the difference between desire and love? Does Nazuna know any better than Ko? What about Ko’s childhood friend Akira? Unable to answer these romantic questions, Ko and Nazuna go swimming. Turns out bathing beauties at pools are just as hot at night as in the blazing sunshine at the beach. Then, Ko gets jealous when he learns about Nazuna’s night job. But after she drafts him into temping for her, the two of them join forces to save a client from her boss—and herself.

VIZ Media Announces April 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Chainsaw Man Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

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

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 9
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

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

We Never Learn Volume 15
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

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

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

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

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

One Piece Volume 96
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

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

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

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

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

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

My Hero Academia Volume 27
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

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

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

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

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

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

Shojo Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Iwata
By Satoru Iwata, Edited by Hobonichi

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

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

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

VIZ Signature

Blue Flag Volume 7
Story and Art by KAITO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asadora! Volume 2
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Kamuy Volume 21
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

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

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

Shonen Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call of the Night Volume 1
Story and Art by Kotoyama

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

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

VIZ Media Announces Eight Manga Licenses

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

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

Source: ANN