Manga Review: Fist of the North Star Volume Four

Fist of the North Star Volume Four focuses on Ken going on a mission to find his brothers.

Fist of the North Star Volume Four
Written by: Buronson
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 15, 2022

At the end of Volume Three, Ken learned that his brother Jagi is going around with a black mask on and claiming to be Ken in order to frighten people to get what he wants. About the first 90 pages in this volume focus on Ken and the battle he has with Jagi. Interspersed between the fight sequences are flashbacks of their training and Ken ultimately being chosen as the successor of Hokuto Shinken. I thought the flashbacks were a nice touch that gave the reader backstory for the characters, as well as breaks from the fighting.

As you would expect from a shonen fighting manga, the fight between Ken and Jagi intensifies to the point where superhuman strength and will are used. Jagi, unfortunately, becomes overly confident that he’s going to win the fight, and he reveals how use used and destroyed both Shin and Yuria to achieve his own ends. I really felt for Ken when he heard this revelation, and I couldn’t blame him for becoming so pissed and taking it out on his brother. Jagi didn’t seem to realize that angering Ken would power him up to the point he could turn the tide of battle and defeat him. But before Jagi dies, he reveals that their other two brothers still live. After hearing this, Ken decides to go on a journey to find his other brothers.

Rei and Mamiya are brought into the action after receiving a letter from Ken. Even though Rei is asked to watch over everyone, we see later that both Rei and Mamiya leave to find him and to try to get information that will lead Ken to one of his brothers.

A lot of the remainder of Volume Four sees Ken finding a man that seems to be his brother, Toki, who had focused on learning Hokuto Shinken in the hopes of using it for healing instead of killing. When Ken finds, Toki, though, he isn’t acting like how Ken expected. While Toki does do some healing, he’s also seen using people as test subjects in order to try to perfect his Hokuto Shinken. Buronson makes both Ken and the reader believe that this man is Toki, and because of this, it leads Ken to fight against him. But just when it looks like Toki has the upper hand, Rei appears and reveals that this man isn’t the real Toki. It turns out Rei had a run-in with this man earlier because he had studied the same Nanto Seiken that he did. With the ending of this battle, the fake Toki continually snivels about being a genius and wondering how he’s being defeated. Let’s just say that I was glad to see this character go away. After it came out that he wasn’t the real Toki, I found him to be an insufferable jerk.

Mamiya gets information that the real Toki is being held prisoner, which is a location that’s known for people going in but never coming out because they’re executed. The remainder of the volume sees Ken trying to make his way into the prison in order to find his brother.

During the final bit of the volume, there’s a scene between Mamiya and Ken. She’s grateful that he saved her and she tries to get close to him, but he pushes her hand away and tells her to leave. As Ken walks away, Rei tells Mamiya that no one can open Ken’s heart as long as Yuria is there. I thought the ending of this scene was interesting, when Rei causes a church bell to ring and declares it’s for an unrequited love. While the obvious interpretation is that he’s referring to Mamiya, but looking at Rei’s expression during this scene, I kind of wonder if perhaps Rei might have feelings for Mamiya and could also be referring to himself. But this is a shonen manga and not a shojo one, so I don’t know how likely it would be that Buronson would include the possibility of Rei developing feelings for Mamiya into this story.

But if you’re a fan of action and fighting, there’s plenty of that in Fist of the North Star Volume Four. In my opinion, at least, I thought there was a good mixture of fighting and character development in this volume. While the emphasis is certainly on the fights, a little bit of time was spent and used on giving background on characters like Ken and Jagi as they had their fight. Understanding what led up to this point adds some emotional weight and poignancy to the fighting and action that takes place between these two brothers.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous three volumes of the series, then I expect that you will also enjoy Fist of the North Star Volume Four.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Fist of the North Star Volume Three

Fist of the North Star Volume Three focuses on Ken, Mamiya, and Rei.

Fist of the North Star Volume Three
Written by: Buronson
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 21, 2021

The volume opens with a child named Ko being captured by The Fangs, the bandits that Rei was working with when he arrived at the village. The bandits kill Ko for revenge, and then declare they’ll kill all the women and children before leaving. It’s revealed that Mamiya serves as the leader for the village, and that Ko is her younger brother. Ken and Rei team up to go after the bandits, and after some fights and skirmishes, the two men easily take down the bandits they’ve found. Some of the panels that were drawn for these fight sequences are quite impressive and add a sense of excitement to the action.

This is followed by some character development for Rei, and it’s revealed that he’s trying to find and kill a man with seven scars on his chest because he kidnapped his sister, Airi. The reader knows that Ken has seven scars on his chest, but they also know that it’s not him who kidnapped Airi. So that begs the question: who else has seven scars on their chest? In Volume Two, Rei came across as someone suspicious and not to be trusted, but this scene makes the reader realize that Rei isn’t the man he came across as when he was first introduced.

Meanwhile, the leader of The Fangs learns that some of his men have been killed, and he’s very upset about it. He decides he needs to find the families of the mercenaries (Ken and Rei) so they can feel the pain of losing loved ones. They can’t find any family for Ken, but they do find Rei’s sister, Airi.

Ken and Rei head out to find the rest of The Fangs, and Mamiya insists on going with them. After some arguing, the two men let her come along in the end. The Fangs’ plot is hatched when Airi appears before our three protagonists, and it takes everything Ken has to hold Rei back. But when Rei gets a chance to talk to Airi, it’s heartbreaking to see him learn that Airi had blinded herself with poison out of despair that she had nothing left. Unfortunately, this encounter leads to Airi being taken by the leader of The Fangs and having him threaten to harm her if they try to do anything to him.

Most of the remainder of the volume focuses on Ken and Rei fighting against the leader of the Fangs and his men. There are a lot of impressive action panels throughout the various fights they have. Mamiya also gets involved at one point when she claims that she’s Ken’s fiancé, in the hopes of getting captured and being able to get close to the leader to kill him. Unfortunately, the leader is able to harden his body, which makes it virtually impossible to take him down with traditional weapons. But Ken comes up with a way to get past his defenses and take him down. These fights were quite exciting, and this portion of the story reached a climax that was worth the wait. Because there was so much action for all the pages that these fights took up, it didn’t feel like the volume was bogging me down as a reader.

After the battle is over, Ken heals Airi’s blindness. And then Ken asks Rei about his search for the man with the seven scars… and then shows Rei his own chest. Rei’s response, though, is to say that even if Ken claimed to be the man who kidnapped Airi, he wouldn’t believe it. After fighting alongside Ken during this volume and interacting with him, Rei knew there would be no way that Ken could be the one. After Airi explains that the man who took her always wore a black helmet, this gives Ken an idea who the culprit could be.

It turns out Ken has some brothers, though not by blood, who also know Hokuto Shinken. The one going around with the black helmet on is claiming to be Ken in order to frighten people to get what he wants. Ken goes to face off against this brother, but before he does, he asks Rei to take care of Rin and Bat, because he knows the two of them won’t be safe when he fights against someone else who is also a Hokuto Shinken user. Near the end of the volume, Ken finds some of the thugs working for Jag, his brother, and there’s a brief fight scene. It may have been brief, but the art here was just as impressive as it was for the big fight earlier in the volume. Right near the end of the volume, Ken encounters a child who was tortured by Jag, and it’s obvious that Ken is pissed off and determined to find him.

While Rei got a lot of focus in this volume, there was also some character development for Mamiya as well. She starts off being the tough leader of the village, who has thrown away any ideas of having romantic feelings or of being a woman. This coldness is understandable, though, since she had already lost both of her parents, and then lost her younger brother at the beginning of this volume. But as the volume progresses, especially during the battle with the leader of The Fangs, she seems to start melting that cold exterior of hers. By the time Ken leaves the village near the end of the volume, she seems to have developed feelings for him, but is aware enough to realize that he doesn’t notice her right now because he’s too wrapped up in his own journey. Honestly, I’m kind of shipping these two characters, but since this is a shonen manga focused on action, doing much more to develop any kind of romantic relationship between these two characters isn’t very likely.

Even though Fist of the North Star Volume Three focused a lot on action and fights, there were still some fantastic moments of character development included. I think Buronson struck the right balance between the action and the character development, which helped to make this volume a great read.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Fist of the North Star Volume Two

Fist of the North Star Volume Two continues Ken’s adventures, and it also provides some character development for Ken’s traveling companion, Bat.

Fist of the North Star Volume Two
Written by: Buronson
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 21, 2021

The volume opens with Ken taking on the Golan, a gang that claims it has genetic superiority. Of course, there’s a lot of blood and violence, which is accentuated by the fact that the first chapter has some color in it… and the color that’s used is red. Considering the postapocalyptic world that Fist of the North Star is set in, this amount of violence and bloodshed is realistic. While Ken easily takes down the Golan, he still has to then take on the “final boss.” This adversary is nowhere near as easy for Ken to defeat, and in fact, there are times when this enemy can actually get some hits in on Ken. The stakes are upped when Rin rushes in and tries to get involved… but her interference ends up helping Ken get the upper hand.

Then most of the remainder of the volume focuses on the character development for Bat. This story also introduces the next antagonist. A young boy is rescued by Ken out in the desert, and he asks Ken to help his village. It turns out the boy, named Taki, comes from Bat’s village. The two of them, along with several other children, were taken in by a woman they call “Auntie Toyo” after their parents were either killed or left their village. Taki is looking for someone to help dig a well so the village can have water. Of course, Ken agrees to help. Jackal, the new antagonist, overhears what they’re saying and wants to get the water for himself.

Unfortunately, Taki causes more trouble when he goes to another village to steal water so Toyo can have something to drink. Taki is caught, but Ken and the others are too late. It’s tragic what happens to Taki, especially since he’s only seven years old. But this event makes Ken even more determined to dig through the bedrock and find the water that the village so desperately needs. While Ken succeeds in this mission, it also brings Jackal and his thugs to the village. Ken is able to make them flee, but after Ken and his traveling companions leave, Jackal comes back. Fortunately, Ken hasn’t gotten far, but there isn’t entirely a happy ending to this story. But by the end of this story, we see Bat really does care about Auntie Toyo, even though he was antagonistic toward her throughout most of this section of the story. As a reader, I appreciated getting to learn about where Bat came from and how it likely helped to shape him into the person Ken encounters in the first volume of the series.

However, this isn’t the end for Jackal, and Ken knows it. He leaves Bat and Rin behind for a little while, so he can take on this adversary. This section culminates into a battle between Ken and Jackal, with Jackal enlisting the help of an inmate that’s referred to as both a devil and a monster. Jackal tries to trick the inmate into attacking Ken, and it almost works. However, Jackal doesn’t take certain things into consideration about this devilish inmate, and it brings about his own end. The battle between Ken and this inmate is intense. In fact, I would say that it was the most intense battle in this entire volume, if not the entire series up to this point.

A third story gets underway in this volume as well. A new antagonist is introduced, and he is skilled in Nanto Seiken. It turns out he’s trying to find Ken (although he refers to him as the man with the seven scars on his chest). Meanwhile, Ken reunites with Bat and Rin, and they have found a village willing to take the other orphan children in… but there’s a catch. Ken has to serve as the village’s protector. Meanwhile, Ken encounters a woman named Mamiya, who has a strong resemblance to Ken’s dead lover, Yuria. The new antagonist comes to village and introduces himself, His name is Rei, and the villagers see him as another protector. Both Bat and Rin are suspicious of him, however. And they’re right to be concerned, because the reader sees he’s working for a group of bandits. The volume ends with Ken fighting with the bandits that Rei is supposed to be working for… along with Rei betraying the bandits. And the final panels sees the stage being set for something to happen between Ken and Rei.

As I’ve been reading through Fist of the North Star, I’ve been impressed by Ken. Yes, he’s a very strong guy who can usually beat anyone easily in battle. However, I also appreciate his kindness and his determination to use his powers to help others. As we see in Volume Two, these traits serve as his motivation to help Bat’s village with the well. Ken is also moved by tragedy, as was seen after the tragic event involving Taki. I guess this is a long-winded way of saying that I appreciate seeing that Ken still has his humanity intact, even though he’s so strong and powerful.

When I started into the first volume of Fist of the North Star, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But now that I’ve read Volume Two of the series, I find that I’m genuinely interested in the story and in Ken as a character. I’m looking forward to having the possibility to read the third volume in order to find out what happens next.

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 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 10 years in the past have? Plus the princess goes on a fishing trip with the Demon King and Poseidon. What could possibly go right?

VIZ Media Announces September 2021 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga 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.

Manga Review: Fist of the North Star Volume One

Fist of the North Star Volume One establishes Ken, the main character of the series, as well as the world that he lives in.

Fist of the North Star Volume One
Written by: Buronson
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 15, 2021

Fist of the North Star is set in a world where a nuclear war has turned the world into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The remnants of mankind fight over whatever supply of food and uncontaminated water still remains, and the strong prey upon the weak.

Kenshiro, who goes by Ken for short, is the successor to the Hokuto Shinken, which is an ancient martial art of assassination that kills an opponent’s body from within through the use of hidden meridian points. At the beginning of the series, Ken is captured by a gang and imprisoned with a young thief named Bat. During his imprisonment, Ken befriends a young orphan girl named Lin, who he ends up saving after he escapes from his cell. After defeating the gang, Ken heads on his way… with Bat accompanying him on his travels. While Bat is his traveling companion, the young thief is usually an observer rather than an active participant in the events that take place in the volume. But considering how powerful Ken is, perhaps Bat doesn’t really need to do anything.

HOKUTO NO KEN Ultimate Edition Ⓒ1983 by BURONSON AND TETSUO HARA/COAMIX

As Ken goes on his journey, he encounters people who are suffering and being preyed upon by gangs. Ken uses his martial arts to help these people. He’s usually rather calm, but when Ken is provoked, he gets very angry. His journeys lead him to a city called Southern Cross, which is ruled by a man calling himself “King,” It turns out King is someone that Ken knows, and the battle between these two includes some character development for Ken. While most of this volume focuses on Ken and his strength as a martial artist, I was glad to see a section of the story that provides some backstory for him. I thought this helped to “humanize” him to some degree. While Ken shows he cares for others when he uses his martial arts to help the weak, he still comes across as “something not quite human” through most of the volume. Seeing that Ken has a personal and emotional struggle helped to make me see him simply as a person who has extraordinary power.

One of the striking things to me while reading Fist of the Star Volume One was the art style. It has a very distinct look, which I think works well for a title like this one. Artist Tetsuo Hara also does a great job with the action panels, and they almost make the reader believe that the images are actually moving.

HOKUTO NO KEN Ultimate Edition Ⓒ1983 by BURONSON AND TETSUO HARA/COAMIX

I also found Ken to be a fascinating character. Even before the backstory that helped to “humanize” him, I was interested in following him on his journey and seeing how he would use his abilities to help others.

For the most part, the first volume of Fist of the North Star is establishing the world that the story is set in, with the only real character development taking place right near the end. Some may see how much time is spent on establishing the world as a bit of overkill, but I thought it was needed to help the reader truly understand how dire the situation in this world is. By establishing just how bad it is, it makes it clear why a character like Ken is needed and why he is a hero.

I thought that Fist of the North Star Volume One showed a lot of promise, and the way it ends makes me want to come back and read more when the second volume comes out. After reading this volume, I can see why Fist of the North Star is regarded as such a classic shonen manga series.

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VIZ Media Announces the Release of the Fist of the North Star Manga

VIZ Media has announced that the company will begin releasing Buronson’s Fist of the North Star manga on June 15, 2021. The first volume will retail for US$19.99.

In a postapocalyptic world, humanity has risen from the ashes of nuclear war to a nightmare of endless suffering. It is a time of chaos. Warlords and 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.

One day, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice to the guilty and hope to the people—a warrior named Ken, a man who bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star.

Fist of the North Star launched in the 1980’s, and it includes influences from Mad Max and Bruce Lee. Its legacy introduced madcap ultraviolence as seen in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Beserk, Mortal Kombat, and other pop culture icons. The series’ famous line, “You Are Already Dead” (or “Omae Wa Mou”) is one of anime’s biggest internet memes through its breakout TikTok trend in 2019 with rapper Lil Boom’s Spotify Viral 50 chart song “Already Dead.”

HOKUTO NO KEN Ultimate Edition Ⓒ1983 by BURONSON AND TETSUO HARA/COAMIX

Buronson began his career as a manga writer for Weekly Shonen Jump in 1972. He gained popularity with the hard-boiled action series Doberman Cop (with art by Shinji Hiramatsu). In 1983, he co-authored the massively successful Fist of the North Star. He has also written numerous hits under the pen name Sho Fumimura, including Phantom Burai and Sanctuary.

Tetsuo Hara began his career with The Iron Don Quixote for Weekly Shonen Jump in 1982. Fist of the North Star, which began serialization in 1983, drew wide acclaim. In the 1990’s, he released the historical period pieces Hanano Keiji andTokugawa Ieyasu’s Shadow Warrior. Fist of the Blue Sky, published in 2001, ran for nine years in Weekly Comic Bunch. His most recent series, Ikusano Ko: Oda Saburou Nobunaga-den, began in Monthly Comic Zenon in 2010.

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 Print Releases for Summer 2021

VIZ Media announced eight new titles that the company will be releasing in print in Summer 2021:

  • Fist of the North Star manga by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara [digital and physical (hardcover editions that will include color pages)]
  • No. 5 manga by Taiyo Matsumoto [digital and print]
  • Sensor manga by Junji Ito [digital and print]
  • Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga by Hajime Kōmoto [digital and print]
  • Undead Unluck manga by Yoshifumi Tozuka [digital and print]
  • Yakuza Lover manga by Nozomi Mino [digital and print]
  • Kirby Manga Mania manga collection presented by Hirokazu Hikawa
  • Disney Bento: Fun Recipes for Lunchtime by Mami Miyazaki

Source: ANN

Midnight Pulp Is Streaming Some Anime Films Licensed by Discotek Media

Midnight Pulp is now streaming the following films from Discotek Media:

  • Robot Carnival (English-dubbed)
  • Arcadia of My Youth (English-dubbed)
  • Wicked City (English-dubbed and Japanese with subtitles)
  • Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! (Japanese with subtitles)
  • Fist of the North Star The Movie (English-dubbed)
  • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie (English-dubbed)

The videos are available streaming for free. Arcadia of My Youth and Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! are currently exclusive to Midnight Pulp.

Source: ANN