Title Announced for the Forthcoming Dragon Ball Super Anime Film

Toei announced at its Special Dragon Ball panel at the San Diego Comic-Con virtual event that the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise will be titled Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. As the name suggests, the film will have a focus on the “superhero” aspect.

The staff teased that the film will utilize different technology to display visual expression. New characters will also appear in the film. Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in 2022. The release schedule may differ depending on each country and region.

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 9

Dragon Ball Super Part 9 includes Episodes 105-117 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 9
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: October 8, 2019

The set opens with an episode that focuses on Master Roshi. It was awesome to see him act like the awesome martial artist that won the Tenkaichi Tournament all the way back in the first Dragon Ball anime series. I was always a little disappointed that Master Roshi was basically demoted to comic relief in Dragon Ball Z, and never truly used his martial arts. Luckily, the more recent films and the Dragon Ball Super anime has allowed Roshi to remind the audience that there was a reason why he was once Goku and Kuririn’s teacher.

Gohan and Piccolo are targeted by a sniper and his partner (Prum and Harmira). Luckily, Goku, Vegeta, and Tien are able to lend a hand, because it really is a team effort to fight these two. Unfortunately for Tien, he is knocked out of the ring at the end of the fight, but at least he could take one of the two enemies out with him.

We get a couple of battles with Ribrianne, one of the “magical girl” fighters from the 2nd Universe. Can I say just how annoying Ribrianne is? She’s constantly saying she’s fighting for love, but she’s always angry and yelling when doing so. Where’s the love there? But, both of the battles we see with Ribrianne are important, because the first one requires Goku to use a Genki Dama, and what happens here unleashes “Autonomous Ultra Instinct,” which gives Goku a new power-up that is a legendary deity technique. The second battle Ribrianne has is with No. 18 (with help from No. 17). At least this second battle allows us to finally be rid of Ribrianne. I’m sorry, but the fighters from the 2nd universe, as well as their God of Destruction, are just so annoying. Heles, their God, looks like she’s copying Cleopatra’s look and “beautiful” shows up in just about every sentence she says.

Goku also has an important fight with both Caulifla and Kale. The two female Saiyans level up, with Kale once again getting ridiculously strong. At first, she can’t control her power again, but this time, Caulifla is able to get through to her. While it was kind of interesting at first to watch Goku fighting the two female Saiyans from the 6th universe, I felt that their battle ended up being a little too drawn out. It ended up taking place over the course of four episodes, and the fight was stretched out with some ridiculous powering up. Not surprisingly, Goku ends up activating the Autonomous Ultra Instinct again, and utilizing it to help knock both Caulifla and Kale (who have merged to become Kefla through wearing Potara earrings). I couldn’t help but notice that these two are just about as cocky as Gotenks is. It seems like when Saiyans fuse together, the fusion makes them more cocky in addition to becoming stronger.

Over the course of these episodes, Roshi, Tien, Caulifla, Kale, Cabba, Hit, Frost, Ribrianne, as well as a few other fighters I don’t remember, are all knocked out of the competition. The amount of fighters has dwindled more going into the remaining episodes of the series, so I can only imagine just how much more intense the fights are going to get. I should also mention that at the end of each episode, there’s a countdown as to how many more minutes are remaining in the tournament. For the most part, it seems like each episode in this set covers about two minutes of fighting time in the show. With 14 episodes remaining, I expect that the amount of elapsed fighting time will likely slow down in order to stretch out the story a little more.

Overall, I did enjoy the episodes included in this set. However, my main gripe is that the Goku vs. Caulifla and Kale fight ran a little too long. I understand the intent was to show Caulifla and Kale’s growth as fighters, but I think this fight could have been scaled back a little bit in order to help it feel a little less stretched out.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

The major bonus feature on this set is a “Dragon Ball Super: Twitter Q&A with Sarah Widenheft and Dawn Bennett” (the English voice actors for Kale and Zeno). This feature ran for about nine minutes, and the two women answer questions that were asked on Twitter. It’s an OK bonus feature, although there were a couple of times when Tweets that weren’t questions were included. But the interactions between the two voice actors were good, and they did have amusing things to say sometimes. Overall, though, it’s not bad for what it is. Other bonus features include a textless opening song and a textless closing song.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 9 to your anime home video library.

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Special Dragon Ball Super Event Panel Being Held During Comic-Con @ Home

The official English-language Twitter account for the Dragon Ball franchise has announced a very special panel being held during this year’s edition of the Comic-Con @ Home virtual convention, hosted by San Diego Comic Con.

The Dragon Ball Super Movie Announcement Panel will feature legendary voice of Goku Masako Nozawa, Akio Iyoku, the Executive Producer of the Dragon Ball series as well as an editor for author/creator Akira Toriyama, Norihiro Hayashida, the producer of TV animation and movies for Dragon Ball, including 2018’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly along with frequent series music composer and JAM Project member Hironobu Kageyama.

The new Dragon Ball Super anime feature film was first announced in May 2021 with a 2022 release date, and Toriyama confirmed being involved in its development through a special message released with the announcement. The panel will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media Announces September 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume 2
Story and Art By Hajime Komoto

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

In the midst of a battle with Lance, a chosen magic user graced with two marks, Mash makes a shocking discovery about his opponent. Then, more trouble is on the way when Mash’s dorm, Adler, is paired for outdoor activities with Lang, a dorm full of a veritable wolf pack of bad characters. Now Mash is caught in a fight for coins and the pride of his dorm.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 12
Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Mikio Ikemoto, Script by Ukyo Kodachi

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

As Naruto recovers from his wounds after being rescued by Boruto and the new Team Seven, nefarious things are happening within Kara. Kashin Koji and Amado seem to have betrayed their leader, Jigen. What is the reason for their sudden turn, and just what is Jigen’s true identity?

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 23
Story and Art by Yoshiaki Sukeno

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

The Soul of the Great Yang is destined to awaken in Rokuro… but first it wants to kill him. Will Rokuro make it to the altar on time—let alone alive—to marry Benio? And can he trust an offer of help from a most unlikely, impossible ally?

Undead Unluck Volume 3
Story and Art by Yoshifumi Tozuka

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

Andy has transformed into Victhor and the members of the Union have assembled to stop him. As a furious battle unfolds, Fuuko decides to join the fray to return Andy to normal. But she’ll need to touch Victhor to use her Unluck against Victhor’s Undead powers, so she does the unthinkable and leaps right at him.

Dr. Stone Volume 18
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

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

It’s the Kingdom of Science versus the Kingdom of Science. This showdown between Senku and Dr. Xeno is a race to see which side can take down the enemy’s science leader first. Despite the revelation of Dr. Xeno’s unexpected history and connection with Senku, Stanley’s deadly sniper rifle is already aimed right at the Perseus.

Dragon Ball Super Volume 14
Story by Akira Toriyama, Art by Toyotarou

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

The struggle against Moro and the fight for the fate of the Earth continues. Vegeta finally returns from planet Yardrat and asks Goku to step aside so he can face the evil space wizard alone. But something is different about Vegeta since his training with the mysterious Yardratians, and his attacks seem to be working to weaken Moro. Will Vegeta’s training be enough to step out of Goku’s shadow and end this battle once and for all?

My Hero Academia Volume 29
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

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

Shigaraki Tomura has finally awakened, and as he begins to unleash his savage powers, the heroes realize it’s going to take everyone and everything they have to stop him. Several heroes have been lost already, and even as the number one hero, Endeavor, takes on Tomura, Midoriya and Bakugo must now put themselves on the front line. Meanwhile, the massive villain Gigantomachia rampages toward Jaku City. It seems nothing can stop him, but the students of U.A. are determined to succeed or die trying…

Shojo Beat

Yakuza Lover Volume 2
Story and Art by Nozomi Mino

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

Yuri and Oya’s romantic getaway in Shanghai is cut short when sinister Russian mob boss Semilio kidnaps Yuri and tries to make her his own. But Yuri won’t be won over so easily. As she fights off Semilio’s advances, Oya suddenly comes to her rescue. With Yuri finally out of harm’s way, Oya charges headfirst into battle against Semillio, leaving Yuri to wonder if he’ll make it out alive.

Prince Freya Volume 5
Story and Art by Keiko Ishihara

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

Freya has been granted Tyr’s royal jewel and the chance to seek allies in the fight against Sigurd. But the journey to hope is fraught with danger and Freya and her knights will have to survive a voyage across a pirate-infested sea before they can even begin to secure the help her kingdom needs.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 10
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

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

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Inui finds out Akari has confided in Ryosuke about her problems with her parents. Feeling jealous, he tells Akari he wants to hear about her problems too. Ryosuke is moving in quick, and Inui still hasn’t told Akari how he feels about her.

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 15
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

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

Shirayuki and Obi attend a royal soiree at the palace in hopes of meeting Rata Forzeno, the wunderock scholar. With his help, the Lilias team might finally be able to bring their orimmallys research to a speedy conclusion. But will Shirayuki and Obi be able to convince the elusive scholar to lend them a hand?

VIZ Media

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Volume 1
Story and Art by KOKONASU☆RUMBA

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

What do the villagers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons get up to when you’re not around? Find out all about their antics in this hilarious manga filled with goofy gags and silly stories. Plus, read comics that highlight each villager, as well as get tips and tricks for playing the game in a special bonus section.

Star Wars: The High Republic: Edge of Balance Volume 1
Story by Shima Shinya & Justina Ireland; Art by Mizuki Sakakibara

On Sale Date: September 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

In the aftermath of the Hyperspace Disaster, young Jedi Knight, Lily Tora-Asi is assigned to help displaced civilians relocate to Banchii, a newly inhabited planet in the Inugg system far in the Outer Rim. While balancing the arrival of incoming settlers and teaching the Padawans on their Temple outpost, Lily must also confront an attack by the insidious Drengir and, after the events of the Republic Fair, deal with the growing threat of the Nihil. But the dangers to Lily and her Padawans are much closer than she thinks…

YO-KAI WATCH Volume 18
Story and Art by Noriyuki Konishi

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

Nate grows tired of Jibanyan’s and Whisper’s lazy attitudes and finds a new Yo-kai to partner with. Then he heads for Gargaros Island. Is a new Yo-Kai legend in the making?

Kirby Manga Mania Volume 2
Story and Art by Hirokazu Hikawa

Dream Land’s innocent troublemaker Kirby is back at it again with more of the mischief fans of all ages know and love. These cute and carefree Kirby comics—ready to be consumed in any order or inhaled all at once—will leave fans tickled pink.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 11
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

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

Reuniting with the missing Sun, Lillie, along with the others, manages to find and free her mother, Lusamina, from Nihelga. Meanwhile, Moon seems to be attacking her friends. Will Moon be able to escape Faba’s clutches?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 9
Story and Art by Akira Himekawa

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

Midna tells Link about the time before she came to the world of Light and how the evil wizard Zant turned her into her current form. Bitter and angry, Midna only used other people to get her revenge. Link needs Midna’s help now more than ever and his forgiveness may give her the strength to continue the fight. Ahead of them, in the Twilight Realm itself, lie greater dangers than they have faced before, as well as Midna’s nemesis, the scheming sorcerer Zant.

Splatoon Volume 13
Story and Art by Sankichi Hinodeya

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

The search for Sheldon’s grandfather’s hidden treasure continues. To complete their quest, Goggles will have to defeat the diabolical Justice Brain, who is proving to be a wily and worthy foe. Can Goggles triumph over Justice Brain, unlock the secret of Ammoses Shellendorf’s treasure and advance to the Final Splatfest?

VIZ Signature

Fist of the North Star Volume 2
Story by Buronson, Art by Tetsuo Hara

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

Ken takes on the Golan, a gang whose claims of genetic superiority he will put to the test. Later, as he continues his journey through the wasteland, he runs into a wily nomad warlord named Jackal. Until now, Ken’s opponents have rarely used their heads—though many have lost them. How will he handle an enemy who relies on cunning instead of brute force?

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 5
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: September 21, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$24.99

After Yusaku Godai saves his beloved apartment manager, Kyoko Otonashi, from falling off the roof of Maison Ikkoku, the two argue and Godai falls off the balcony, breaking his leg. Kyoko keeps visiting him during his stay in the hospital, but all their friends are making it difficult for them to find time alone to make up.

BEASTARS Volume 14
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

Valiant Beastar horse Yahya continues his vendetta against Komodo dragon Gosha by tormenting his grandson, gray wolf Legoshi. In college, dwarf rabbit Haru meets another herbivore who is dating a carnivore. Is dating outside your species just trendy? Then, when Haru finally meets up with Legoshi again, she insists he take her to a disturbing location for their date. Meanwhile, Yahya’s mouse spies are everywhere, and their motives aren’t always pure…

The Way of the Househusband Volume 6
Story and Art by Kousuke Oono

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

All of Tatsu’s hustling and networking since leaving the yakuza has earned him an offer he can’t refuse—an invitation to run with the women’s association, the movers and shakers of his neighborhood. Before he can be initiated, though, the Immortal Dragon must prove to the board’s heavyweights that he truly can hack it as a homemaker. It will be the greatest test of this househusband’s skills yet.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Volume 10
Story and Art by Inio Asano

On Sale Date: September 21, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$14.99

Huge chunks of the mothership are starting to crash into Tokyo, leveling whole neighborhoods. The Japanese government is ready to nope out of the impending destruction and the Americans are using the growing panic as an excuse to make their move. What’s worse, the internet is down. With just days left before the end of humanity, at least the Occult Club is having a pretty good vacation at the beach.

Shonen Sunday

Mao Volume 1
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Teenage Nanako travels back in time to early 19th-century Japan and meets teenage exorcist Mao. What is the thread of fate that connects them? Together, they seek answers… and kick some demon butt along the way.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 7
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

After a long day and a longer night apart, Tsukasa and Nasa grow closer than ever. Their marriage gets downright steamy as they practice kissing, giving each other shoulder massages, sharing a futon and even planning a proper romantic honeymoon. Also, Tsukasa drags Nasa to a movie marathon to catch him up on her favorite superhero film franchise.

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 38
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

As the battle for Hayate’s heart (or whatever parts a girl can get) reaches a crescendo, the entire harem of this harem manga kicks into action. Nagi races across Japan with a speed-limitdefying mad doctor, Ruka is tempted to return to pop stardom, the Movie Study Club shows up for no particular reason, and Hayate is once again forced to dress in drag. Meanwhile, Chiharu and Hinagiku enjoy a very nice afternoon of sightseeing in Kyoto, because some girls deserve a break from wacky antics once in a while.

Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 8

Dragon Ball Super Part 8 includes Episodes 92-104 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 8
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: July 2, 2019

At the beginning of the set, Majin Boo is unable to compete in the Tournament of Power. Goku comes up with the crazy idea of going to Hell and asking Frieza to be their final teammate. For his idea, Goku wants to ask Uranai Baba to bring him back to life for 24 hours to fight in the tournament. It’s not surprising when the others, especially Vegeta, aren’t crazy about the idea, but after some discussion, the others reluctantly agree. When Goku talks to Frieza, he will only agree to help on one condition: that Frieza be resurrected with the Dragon Balls if the 7th Universe wins. As Goku has done up to this point, he makes the agreement without consulting the others. Spies from other universes learn of this development, and assassins are sent to take Frieza down. But not surprisingly (again), Frieza can take them down easily. As Frieza tries to take down Goku, he is saved by Whis and Beerus. Even though Frieza is already showing himself to be untrustworthy, they still accept him being on the team. But the audience sees that Frieza is planning to use the Tournament of Power to manipulate the gods to suit his own means.

At the same time, we’re seeing some of things going on in the other universes as the Tournament of Power approaches. A lot of the emphasis is on the 6th Universe. The audience gets to know the character of Caulifla a little more, and we see her and Cabba trying to help Kale become a Super Saiyan. It turns out that that the normally shy and demure Kale can turn into an extremely powerful Legendary Super Saiyan. The dynamic between Cabba, Caulifla, and Kale is interesting, and I’m glad it was decided to put more focus on them. We see a little bit going on behind the scenes with some of the other universes as well, but the 6th gets a lot of the attention.

And then the story shifts to the Tournament of Power itself, which is supposed to take a little under 50 minutes of time total. Of course, with this being a shonen anime, that roughly 50 minutes is going to be stretched out over a long number of episodes. At the end of each episode after the tournament begins, the audience is given an update on how much time is left until the tournament is over. I thought this was kind of amusing, because it reminded me of the countdown Space Battleship Yamato had for the ship to make it to Iscandar and back within one earth year.

The remaining eight episodes on the disc are part of the Tournament of Power. Because of the sheer number of participants, there’s a lot that takes place. The main thing that happens in these episodes is that two universes see all of their fighters fall out of the ring, and that those two universes are happily destroyed by the Zenos. I wasn’t surprised by the first universe that was eliminated, because it seemed like the fighters from that one were set up in earlier episodes to be cocky and thinking no one could beat them. The fight leading up to the destruction of the second universe was a little more emotionally poignant, especially since it was Gohan who sent the last member of that team out of the ring. Gohan discovers that fighter had a wife and child at home, like him, and now his opponent’s universe has been destroyed. We can see that Gohan is affected by this, but he works at shaking it off so he can focus on the upcoming battles that are still yet to be fought.

Goku also has some encounters with the Saiyans from the 6th universe, especially with Kale’s Legendary Super Saiyan form. Unfortunately, Kale doesn’t know how to control that power right at first, so she causes chaos to ensue in the immediate area. But when Kale and Caulifla find themselves being targeted by the 11th Universe for revenge because they took down a couple of their fighters, Goku ends up making a temporary alliance with them. As I watch this, it’s hard to fathom that there’s the likelihood that the 6th Universe characters won’t be around if they lose the tournament, especially with all of the development that has been placed on these characters. But considering that the ending of Dragon Ball Z makes it clear that the 7th Universe has to survive in order for that ending to occur, it does take some of the tension out of the tournament (at least for me, anyway).

Probably the only other thing of note would be the fighters from the 2nd Universe. These fighters have magical girl alter egos, and these alter egos take the magical girl stereotypes and amplify them. Who would have ever guessed that magical girls would appear anywhere in the Dragon Ball franchise? LOL!

At this point in the series, Dragon Ball Super brings the series back to the action and fighting that the franchise is known for. In a lot of ways, the Tournament of Power kind of makes me think of the Tenkaichi tournaments, but to a much larger scale with higher stakes involved.

We get yet another new ending theme that appears on this set. It wasn’t bad per se (especially since it was better than that earlier one that I absolutely hated), but I did like the ending theme that was introduced on the previous set more.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

The major bonus feature on this set, which is titled, “Two Humans and an Android,” features Sonny Strait (the voice of Kuririn), Mike McFarland (Master Roshi), and Chuck Huber (the voice of Android 17). The three of them talk and interact, and it’s basically what I’ve come to expect from the “major” bonus feature that appears on each of these sets. There are also textless versions of the opening song and the closing songs, as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 8 to your anime home video library.

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Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 7

Dragon Ball Super Part 7 includes Episodes 79-91 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 7
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: April 2, 2019

The first four episodes in the set focus on the mini tournament between the 7th Universe and the 9th Universe so the Zeno from the alternate timeline can get to experience the excitement of a tournament before the actual Tournament of Power. The first fight is between Majin Boo and a wolf-like creature named Basil. Mr. Satan couched this to Boo as a time to play around, so Boo treats the fight as such right as first. But when Mr. Satan is injured during one of Basil’s attacks, Boo gets very upset and takes the fight seriously. In the end, Majin Boo wins the match. During this mini tournament, there are no official rules in place yet, so anything goes. I was surprised that Boo didn’t try to use his power to turn his opponent into chocolate. But I guess they need Basil for the actual Tournament of Power, so this move wouldn’t have been feasible.

The second tournament is between Gohan and Lavender, who is Basil’s brother. I knew this was going to be an interesting fight to watch, since Gohan is out of practice for fighting since he’s been focusing so much of his time on being a scholar. Lavender uses a poison to blind Gohan, and Gohan refuses to take a Senzu Bean from Shin. Instead, Gohan uses the fact he’s blinded to heighten his other senses and to use those heightened senses to fight his enemy. This is a tactic that I’m not surprised to see Gohan using. While Gohan puts up a good fight and does well, both he and Lavender collapse, so this match is declared a tie.

The final fight is between Goku and Bergamo, the brother of both Basil and Lavender. At this point, everyone knows that it was Goku’s idea for the Tournament of Power, so he has become enemy number one among the universes who are at risk of being eliminated (the ones who have Mortal Levels below 7). Bergamo makes a deal with the Zenos: if he wins, the tournament penalty at the main tournament will be rescinded. Bergamo is a formidable foe, especially with his ability to absorb an opponent’s attack in order to increase his size and power. But even with this ability, Goku finds a way to defeat him. However, after this win, a fighter from the 11th Universe challenges Goku to battle. Even though this fight was not part of the mini tournament, the Zenos let it happen. It gets to be a good fight, but the Grand Minister ends it because either one of them could have been killed.

The remaining episodes in the set focus on Goku trying to convince enough people in his circle to participate in the Tournament of Power in order to have the required 10 members for the 7th Universe’s team. The first person he tries to recruit is Vegeta, but he keeps saying he can’t participate because Bulma is very pregnant and could give birth at any time. Well, Whis decides to make things easier on everyone by using his time warp ability to speed up the birth of the child. I’ve got to say, that Bulma’s delivery of her baby girl was probably the easiest labor in history. LOL! But with the birth of Bra, this frees Vegeta up to participate in the upcoming tournament.

Next, Goku and Gohan go to visit Kuririn and No. 18 to convince the two of them to participate. No. 18 doesn’t want to participate, but Goku convinces her by telling her a lie that there’s a 10 million zeni prize for each winning participant. Well, this makes No. 18’s greedy heart happy, so she becomes more than eager to participate. Gohan, meanwhile, challenges Kuririn to a sparring match in order to test Kuririn’s power, since Gohan has been put in charge of coming up with strategy for the tournament.

After this, Gohan goes to recruit Piccolo, who has already learned about the tournament from Goku. He readily agrees to participate, but also spends time training Gohan. Since Gohan has spent more time focusing on being a scholar instead of fighting, Gohan isn’t utilizing his power to its fullest extent. Piccolo takes on the task of trying to help Gohan rediscover his strength and his abilities in the short amount of time they have before the tournament.

Goku, meanwhile, goes to see Dende to try to locate where No. 17, the twin brother of No. 18, is. The only lead No. 18 could give was that her brother is now working at a wildlife reserve, but she has no idea where it’s at. Fortunately, Dende locates him and takes Goku to that location. It was interesting to see No. 17 again and to find out how much he’s changed since we saw him in Dragon Ball Z. No. 17 and Goku had never met in person prior to this point, so all No. 17 knows about him is what Dr. Gero told him for his mission. The two have a sparring march, although No. 17 stops it in the middle in order to prevent the island from being destroyed. After the match, No. 17 refuses Goku’s invitation to participate in the Tournament of Power. But after the two of them work together to stop a group of space poachers, No. 17 agrees to join the team for the tournament.

Goku then tracks down Tien, who is now teaching martial arts at a dojo, and Master Roshi is there serving as an honorary instructor. A former student of the Crane School that Tien once studied at is taking out revenge against Tien, using paper talismans to control his students. Goku, Tien, and Roshi must work together to stop the students from destroying the nearby village. Tien agrees to be on the team for the tournament after Goku tells him about the ten million zeni prize, because he thinks the money could be used to repair the village that his students damaged.

There was one thing about the recruitment sections of the storyline that kind of bothered me. We never once saw Goku use Instantaneous Movement, even though time was of the essence for recruiting the team members for the tournament. It almost felt as if the writers forgot that this ability existed, but then it was mentioned in a line of dialogue said by Yamcha, so the writers did remember that it existed… but they just seemed to forget that they could have utilized it to help add a sense of urgency to the recruitment process.

Everything seems to be going great as the participants train for the upcoming tournament. However, right near the end of the set, Mr. Satan calls and says that Majin Boo has fallen into a deep sleep and won’t be available to fight. Unfortunately, this means that the team is now short a member, and the set ends before they can come up with a solution to fill the hole left by Majin Boo.

While most of these episodes focus on Goku recruiting the members for the 7th Universe’s team., we also get some scenes of some of the other universes and what they’re doing. It was nice to see some setup happening for the teams from the other universes, but it makes sense to focus on Goku and his team, since they are the main characters of the franchise. But it was kind of fun with the 7th Universe’s recruiting to see where some of the characters have ended up, like Tien and No. 17. Since there’s now the issue with replacing Majin Boo, I suspect it’s going to take a few more episodes before the Tournament of Power finally gets going. But hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

We get a new ending theme that appears on this set. I actually liked it quite a bit. Musically, it’s not something I would have expected for the Dragon Ball franchise, but it works.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

The major bonus feature on this release runs for about 15 minutes, and it features voice actor Chuck Huber and production crew member Rawly Pickens answering questions submitted by Twitter users. This was an OK bonus feature, but I don’t think it was a strong as the voice actor interviews that have appeared on previous Dragon Ball Super sets. Outside of this, there are also textless versions of the opening song and the closing songs, as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 7 to your anime home video library.

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Toei Announces New Dragon Ball Super Anime Film for 2022

Toei Animation has officially confirmed that it is developing a second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise with a planned release in 2022. Toei Animation Europe had briefly listed a new film in the franchise earlier in the week.

Original creator Akira Toriyama is in charge of the screenplay and character design. Aside from story composition and character design, he is also writing lines of dialogue for the film.

Toriyama shared a message to fans:

An all new movie since “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is currently in the making!
Just like the previous movie, I’m heavily leading the story and dialogue production for another amazing film.
I really shouldn’t talk too much about the plot yet, but be prepared for some extreme and entertaining bouts, which may feature an unexpected character.

We’ll be charting through some unexplored territory in terms of the visual aesthetics to give the audience an amazing ride, so I hope everybody will look forward to the new movie!

The film will be the 21st anime film in the overall Dragon Ball franchise.

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: Dragon Ball Super Part 5

Dragon Ball Super Part 5 includes Episodes 53-65 of the Dragon Ball Super anime series. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Dragon Ball Super Part 5
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: October 2, 2018

All of the episodes included on this set continue the arc about Goku Black, which is commonly referred to as the “Future” Trunks Saga. The set opens with Beerus, Whis, and Goku visiting the Supreme Kai of the Tenth Universe, Gowasu. They also meet his apprentice, Zamasu. Goku challenges Zamasu to a sparring match, which Gowasu allows. Zamasu is surprised that he’s outmatched by a mere mortal like Goku, and Beerus and Whis sense that Zamasu’s ki is similar to Goku Black’s. Unfortunately, this visit only strengthens Zamasu’s anti-mortal ideology. The first episode also has a great scene of Future Trunks learning that in this timeline, Android 18 is married to Kuririn and that they have a child together. Trunks’ reaction is priceless, and I can’t blame Android 18 for teasing him about it.

Meanwhile, Gowasu decides to temporarily promote Zamasu to Supreme Kai in the hopes that this will help him reconsider his views on mortals. They use a Time Ring to observe the progress of a new race on Planet Babari. Unfortunately, Gowasu is unable to change Zamasu’s mind, and Zamasu kills a Babari that attacks them (which goes against Gowasu’s teachings). Unfortunately, Gowasu doesn’t realize at this point that what he’s doing now is going to give Zamasu the tools and knowledge he needs to be able to pull off his plans and affect the timeline that Future Trunks comes from.

We get a short reprieve from this storyline when Zeno, the Omni-King, summons Goku to see him. From what we learned in Dragon Ball Super Part 4, it’s not surprising that Beerus freaks out when the summons is received. But both he and Whis instruct Goku not to say anything about Goku Black or about time traveling. If Zeno finds out about the time traveling, he could become quite upset. It turns out Zeno’s summoned Goku because he wanted a friend to play with when he feels like he wants to have fun. Goku promises to bring someone better to play with next time, but as we learn later, Goku didn’t have anyone in mind… he just said it so they could get on with the Goku Black situation. Oh boy… hopefully Goku can figure something out.

Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta take the repaired time machine to Future Trunks’ timeline, and not surprisingly, the freedom fighters mistake Goku for Goku Black. Fortunately, Future Trunks is able to explain the situation to the freedom fighters. In addition to Future Mai, we discover that Future Yajirobe is part of the group as well. I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t think the beard and moustache complimented him all that well. Yes, Yajirobe is older, so he isn’t going to look like he did when he was younger, but there’s just something about that beard and moustache that aren’t entirely working for me. Oh well. But there’s one point in the episodes that are set in Future Trunks’ timeline that we get to see Yajirobe act like the coward that we knew him as back in both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. At least that hadn’t changed.

Goku Black makes an appearance, along with Zamasu, who says he is Goku Black’s partner. Zamasu is now immortal, which makes things difficult, especially when combined with Goku Black’s strength. Just as things look dire, Future Yajirobe whisks Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta to a safer location, and then those three use the time machine to return to the present.

We see the Zamasu in the current Tenth Universe start to formulate his plan, which includes forcing Master Zuno to tell him about the Super Dragon Balls. After coming up with some theories, Shin takes Beerus, Whis, and Goku to the Tenth Universe to determine if their theory is sound. Beerus manages to destroy Zamasu after realizing that he’s going to murder Gowasu, but as we learn with another trip to the alternate timeline (which includes Bulma this time), Beerus’ actions didn’t prevent what happened in Future Trunks’ timeline. Truths are revealed, which show that the theory Whis and the others came up with wasn’t entirely accurate. After nearly being destroyed in the alternate timeline, the group returns once again to the present.

Realizing that they don’t have any way to destroy Zamasu, Piccolo brings up the Mafuba to trap him inside a container. For viewers who have seen the first Dragon Ball anime, they will recognize this as the technique that Roshi used to contain Piccolo’s predecessor. I thought this was a wonderful throwback to the early days of the franchise, and it also makes sense to use this on an opponent who’s immortal like Zamasu. Goku trains with Roshi to learn how to do the technique, but he makes the mistake of not getting the charm from Roshi before heading back to the alternate timeline. Oops!

The end of the set sees Future Trunks figuring out the Mafuba technique and using it on Zamasu. Unfortunately, it ultimately fails due to not having the necessary charm to seal the container. Zamasu is so shaken by this event, that he and Goku Black use their Potara earrings to merge into an immensely powerful being. The battle with this new being is just getting started when the set ends. There’s definitely a reason to continue on with Dragon Ball Super Part 6 if you’ve become invested in this storyline. A lot takes place for this storyline during this set, and it appears that we’re getting pretty close to the end of it. I suspect that there should only be a small handful of episodes on the next set in order to finish it off.

Another new ending theme was introduced near the end of this set, and I have to say that I liked this one even less than the ending theme that was introduced on the previous set. Musically, I thought it didn’t work as an ending theme, and reading the lyrics for the song in the subtitles, I was like, “How does this even fit in with Dragon Ball Super?” At this point, unless something can beat it, I think this ending theme is the worst one to be released for the entire Dragon Ball franchise.

When it comes to this release, the Blu-ray video is 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio is Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I have no complaints with the video or audio quality of this release.

The only bonus feature that’s truly worth anything is “Coffee Break with Mai and Trunks.” In this feature, Eric Vale (the voice of Future Trunks) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (the voice of Future Mai) are talking to each other about these episodes at a coffee shop. While it was an interesting idea, I don’’ think it worked as well in its execution as it could have. In the end, I was just kind of “meh” about this one. Outside of that, the only other bonus features are a textless version of the opening, textless versions of both of the ending themes that appeared in this set, and trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball franchise and want to own all the episodes and films, then you’ll need to add Dragon Ball Super Part 5 to your anime home video library.

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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 March 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spy x Family Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

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

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

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

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

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

Haikyu!! Volume 43
Story and Art by Haruichi Furudate

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

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

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

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

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

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 21
Story and Art by Yoshiaki Sukeno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shojo Beat

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

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

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

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 11
Story and Art by Mika Yamamori

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

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

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

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

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

Oresama Teacher Volume 28
Story and Art by Izumi Tsubaki

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

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

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

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

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

Skip Beat! Volume 45
Story and Art by Yoshiki Nakamura

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

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

VIZ Media

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

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

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

Tokyo Fashion: A Comic Book
By nodoka

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEASTARS Volume 11
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Guns Life Volume 9
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

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

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

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

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

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

Beast Complex
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

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

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

Shonen Sunday

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

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

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

RIN-NE Volume 38
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

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