VIZ Media Announces November 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

One Piece Pirate Recipes
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: November 9, 2021
Price: USA$19.99

You can’t become King of the Pirates on an empty stomach. Monkey D. Luffy has defeated dozens of rivals, and that kind of success takes a whole lot of energy. Fortunately, the pirate cook Sanji stands by Luffy’s side, ready to support his captain with flaming kicks and piping-hot meals. Hearty and filling, Sanji’s recipes keep the greatest pirate crew in the world well fed, and his flashy techniques will take your culinary skills to the next level.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: November 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$16.99

My Hero Academia is one of the most popular manga in the world, and its epic battles between beloved heroes and dangerous villains have captured the hearts of millions. Now, for the first time, you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite My Hero Academia characters. This comprehensive guide has all the details, from characters’ secret origins and motivations to their pet peeves and relationships. Plus, an in-depth conversation between Kohei Horikoshi and Bleach creator Tite Kubo.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5–Golden Wind Volume 2
Story and Art by Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: November 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Not too long ago, Giorno Giovanna was just an ordinary hoodlum, but now he dreams of being something bigger… He dreams of being a true mafioso. Giorno is ready to join one of the most dangerous gangs in town, and the first step is learning everything he can about their operations. The second step is gathering the friends and allies he’ll need in order to take control of the gang for himself.

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume 3
Story and Art by Hajime Komoto

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

Lang’s vicious hunt for coins is in full swing. To stop them from monopolizing the chance to earn a Divine Visionary position, Mash teams up with his Adler compatriots. Afterwards, the Sixth and Seventh Fangs of the Magia Lupus swoop in to attack Mash while he’s cleaning the owl huts. But when his friends become the next victims of the Magia Lupus’s callous dog-eat-dog philosophy, an enraged Mash is ready to face them head-on.

Undead Unluck Volume 4
Story and Art by Yoshifumi Tozuka

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

In the search to recruit an 11th Negator, Andy and the others find themselves locked in battle with Rip, the Unrepair Negator. Tatiana stands up to Unrepair by finally unleashing her true power. Once all 11 Negators are assembled, a fresh set of quests opens before them and a new trouble arises.

Dr. Stone Volume 19
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

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

Hoping to capture Dr. Xeno, the Kingdom Science is hard at work formulating strategies. Meanwhile, the enemy is working on a secret weapon of their own. The impending science battle will be a heart-pounding fight for supremacy on land, sea, and air.

Black Clover Volume 27
Story and Art by Yūki Tabata

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

Asta will need to get much more powerful if he ever hopes to defeat the demonic leaders of the Spade Kingdom. Things look bleak, but then a mysterious mage named Nacht suddenly appears. Does Asta have what it takes to learn how to control his devil powers and rescue Captain Yami?

Shojo Beat

Takane & Hana Volume 18 (Limited Edition) [FINAL VOLUME]
Story and Art by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: November 2, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$15.99

Despite many unexpected obstacles, Takane and Hana register their marriage license and are officially married. But when is their actual wedding day going to be? And what’s in store for this spirited couple once they move into their own place together? Their unique “happily ever after” is just around the corner.

Takane & Hana Volume 18 [FINAL VOLUME]
Story and Art by Yuki Shiwasu

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

Despite many unexpected obstacles, Takane and Hana register their marriage license and are officially married. But when is their actual wedding day going to be? And what’s in store for this spirited couple once they move into their own place together? Their unique “happily ever after” is just around the corner.

The King’s Beast Volume 4
Story and Art by Rei Toma

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

Someone in the imperial palace is trying to kill Prince Tenyou, and Rangetsu has reason to believe it might be the icy third Prince, Kougai. When things turn violent on the jiju field, Rangetsu decides to confront Prince Kougai directly-and ends up as the prize in a wager between royal brothers.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 11
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

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

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Inui has told his parents that his future ambition is to make movies. Now he plans to confess his love to Akari, but she is being pressured by Ryosuke to get back together. How will Akari respond?

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 16
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduk

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

The orimmallys project is finally coming to fruition. But when the annual northern flu hits Lilias, the whole medical team suddenly finds themselves busy with field medic work. The experience proves a valuable one for Shirayuki and
Ryu’s training.

VIZ Media

Sanrio Pompoms
By Sachiko Susa

On Sale Date: November 9, 2021
Price: USA$17.99

Learn how to make adorable pompoms of your favorite Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Cinnamoroll, Kurimi, Gudetama and more. Sanrio Pompoms includes color photos of all 35 pompom projects as well as helpful illustrated directions, materials lists and tips.

Pokemon Journeys: The Series Volume 1
Story and Art by Machito Gomi

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

Ash is back and more determined than ever to be the ultimate Pokemon Master. Now he’s teamed up with a new friend, Goh, who wants to collect every Pokemon from every region.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 15
Story and Art by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: November 9, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$19.99

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. The brothers’ final battle begins, starting with a confrontation with the homunculus Pride, who is controlling Alphonse from within.

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 5
Story and Art by Hideki Goto

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

Hit, Maika and Kou are back in the high-spirited fifth volume of stories from the world of Splatoon.

VIZ Signature

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume 4
Story by Haro Aso, Art by Kotaro Takata

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

Having overcome his abusive former boss, Akira’s back on the road to his parents’ home in Gunma. The journey is full of zombies and side trips, but some sushi, hot springs, tree houses and a surprising new traveling companion keep the good times rolling.

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 11
Story and Art by Yuji Kaku

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

The palace has transformed into a bloody battleground, forcing the new Yamada Asaemon arrivals into an uneasy alliance with those seeking to escape the island. In the midst of the tumult, a giant monster enters the fray, one so large that the combatants become trapped within the confines of its body. If they don’t escape by morning, they will be transformed into flowers and used to fuel the destruction of everything they know.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 12
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Mendo has been called upon to save a fair maiden—by going on a date with her. But the peril Asuka faces is her own boyphobia, so Mendo just keeps making things worse. Later, Lum tries to encourage a Tomobiki High student to stand up for herself against some bullies and ends up facing off in the ring against the head of another high school’s delinquents. Good thing Lum has hidden strength to draw upon.

BEASTARS Volume 15
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Every rabbit parent wants their daughter to date a wolf, right? Meanwhile, Beastar horse Yahya hires gray wolf Legoshi to help him apprehend a mixed-species felon, but Legoshi is a sucker for a sob story. At college, red deer Louis’s status has fallen from the most popular student at school to the different one with the dark past. The temptation to reclaim his status as leader of the Shishi-gumi lion gang is strong… especially when he meets the beast who replaced him. Plus, more of the tragic life of Legoshi’s mother.

Children of the Whales Volume 18
Story and Art by Abi Umeda

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

The Mud Whale has been overrun with tárichos, a virulent parasitic growth that turns everyone it touches into a mindless husk controlled by the Nous Geráki. The only way to stop the spread of the tárichos is to destroy the Nous, but that won’t be an easy task—or one without sacrifice.

Shonen Sunday

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Volume 1
Story by Kanehito Yamada, Art by Tsukasa Abe

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

Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. With the great struggle over, they all go their separate ways to live a quiet life. But as an elf, Frieren, nearly immortal, will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to terms with the mortality of her friends? How can she find fulfillment in her own life, and can she learn to understand what life means to the humans around her? Frieren begins a new journey to find the answer.

Mao Volume 2
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Nanoka, Mao and his helper Otoya investigate the strange cult of Priestess Shoko in hopes of bringing her to justice, but cursed dolls and scrolls of eternal life may be more than they bargained for. Will the priestess’s doomsday prophecy come true? Back in the present, Nanoka and friend-zoned Shiraha do some historical research and uncover a cataclysmic event yet to occur in Mao’s timeline. Then Mao’s curiosity gets him on the wrong side of a group of bloodsuckers and in need of a rescue by Nanoka—again.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 8
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

Nasa and Tsukasa are on an overnight trip to a hot springs resort. There’s so much for them to do, from touring traditional sites to sampling the local delicacies to—nah, let’s face it, Nasa is most excited (and terrified) by that private bath in their room. Time for an inopportune appearance by Tokiko, Tsukasa’s mysterious and heretofore unseen guardian. Can things still get hot and steamy between our favorite couple? And whether or not they do, will the artist find an excuse to put some supporting characters in swimsuits? Do you even need to ask?

Manga Review: Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume Two

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume Two expands on the concepts of the series and the world that the characters inhabit, as well as introduces some new characters.

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume Two
Written by: Hajime Komoto
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 7, 2021

At the beginning of the volume, Mash is in a battle with a handsome young man named Lance Crown to save his friends and get Lance’s two silver coins. We get some brief backstory for Lance and his younger sister, Anna. Basically, it’s the cliché storyline of Lance wanting to become a divine visionary in order to save his sister who has a disease that is causing her to lose her magic. Of course, Mash uses his strength and speed to beat Lance and not magic, since he doesn’t have any. Lance becomes a rival for Mash but ends up being on friendly terms with him.

We then get a scene of Mash and his roommate Finn realizing they haven’t gotten their homework done yet. Lance comes in and helps them with it. The assignment has to do with a plant called a mandragora, which is noisy and has to be quieted down with magic before it can be used as an ingredient in potions. I couldn’t help but think of the mandrakes from Harry Potter. While this series has the characters subduing the screaming plant instead of putting it in potting soil, and the characters in this series don’t have to wear earmuffs to block the sound, I still found this concept to be a little too similar to something in Harry Potter. Although it is kind of amusing to see what happens with Mash and the mandragora that he’s trying to subdue.

Later in the volume, we see through a flashback sequence that the students are sorted into houses based on their personalities and attributes. Instead of putting a hat on their heads, the students at this magic school touch a unicorn’s horn. Again, borrowing an idea from the Harry Potter franchise, but the execution is a little different. But it was amusing to see how the unicorn sorted Mash into his house, especially since all that he seemed to have in his head were thoughts of cream puffs.

A new character named Dot Barrett is also introduced in this volume. He’s loud, brash, and likes to flip people off a lot. Even though he acts so tough, he’s actually a wuss when it comes to girls. He also appears to be a redhead and falls into the shonen trope of the loud redheaded male. Overall, I found him to be an annoying character. He gets humbled, at least somewhat, during this volume, but it didn’t really help improve my impression of him. Hopefully Dot can become a redeemable character over the course of this series.

Two of the dorms are sent out in a competition to dispatch the forest scorpions and collect the stones on their foreheads to earn coins. This competition introduces an adversary to the series, a second-year student named Silva. He’s a bigger guy who comes across as a bully, and it turns out he’s targeting Mash. It’s during a battle with Silva that Dot starts to become a little more humble, but Dot ultimately isn’t Silva’s target. There’s an impressive fight sequence between Silva and Mash, but of course, Silva is using magic while Mash is using his muscles and strength. But just as it looks like Mash is going to win the fight, it’s interrupted by the arrival of a forest scorpion. However, the interruption doesn’t last for long, thanks to Mash. After this, it’s not surprising to see the final result of Silva and Mash’s battle. We then learn that Silva was trying to do some dirty work for a group called the Magia Lupus, a small group of students who believe they are superior to others. Near the end of the volume, Mash accidentally stumbles upon their hideout on campus and this is how he, along with the reader, learn about the group and its beliefs. While Magia Lupus isn’t exactly the same as the Death Eaters, this series is borrowing the idea of a secret group of wizards who are the antithesis of what the wizarding world in each series represents.

While I found the second volume of Mashle: Magic and Muscles to be a more interesting read than the first one, I’m a little frustrated by the fact that this series still seems to be borrowing ideas and concepts from the Harry Potter franchise. I sincerely hope that as I read future volumes of this series, that I will start finding fewer parallels between this series and Harry Potter. I really want to see what Komoto can do with his concept of a magical school with his own ideas.

If you enjoyed reading the first volume of Mashle: Magic and Muscles, then I feel confident that you will enjoy Volume Two. However, if you were as frustrated by the Harry Potter parallels as I was after reading Volume One, then expect that frustration to continue with this volume.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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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.

Manga Review: Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume One

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume One tells the story of a boy named Mash Burnedead who lives in a world where magic is a normal part of everyday life… but Mash doesn’t have any magical power.

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume One
Written by: Hajime Komoto
Publisher: Shueisha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 6, 2021

Mash Burnedead lives in the forest with his 75-year-old adoptive father. Mash doesn’t have any magical power, which is not a good thing in this world, because one’s social status is determined by their skill level. While his adoptive father was born with magical power, he was never any good at it. In this world, it’s easy to tell if someone doesn’t have magical powers, because they don’t have a particular mark on their face. Over the years, Mash’s adoptive father has encouraged him to train to become strong. It becomes blatantly clear throughout the volume that Mash may have brute strength, but he lacks any common sense.

One day, Mash is told by his father not to go into the city. However, Mash wants cream puffs, so he sneaks out to get some. Unfortunately, Mash is caught by the magic police. His father comes by at the right moment and takes him away, but they’re followed to their home. The magic police intend to kill Mash, but he uses his superhuman strength to deflect the attacks launched by the authorities. Mash manages to grab one of the wands and throw it… which surprises the authorities, because they’ve never seen a wand used that way as a weapon before.

The leader of the authorities makes a deal with Mash. If he enrolls in a magic school and becomes the Divine Visionary, he’ll let the charges against Mash and his adoptive father slide. Of course, this idea seems rather absurd, since Mash doesn’t possess any magical power. How could he possibly pass an entrance exam for a magic school?

Mash applies to the prestigious Easton Magic Academy, and we see him, along with the other applicants, go through the exam. Mash ends up making it past the first round due to sheer luck. The second round is a maze, which has magical traps set up in it. The proctor has made up his mind that he’s going to flunk Mash, ao he also sends a lower-class girl into the maze to try to distract Mash. Well, Mash uses his brute strength to defeat the traps, and also crashes his way through the maze to reach the finish line in time. The proctor tries to flunk him, but the headmaster says Mash can move on to the interview portion. In fact, the headmaster takes charge of the exam at this point. The headmaster treats Mash kindly at first, but also puts Mash to a couple of tests during the interview. In the end, Mash is accepted.

The rest of the volume focuses on Mash during his time at Easton Magic Academy. As expected, Mash is having to do assignments in ways that don’t involve magic. With the flying lesson with the broomstick, he ends up throwing the broom and jumping onto it in a way that makes it look like he’s flying, although he isn’t. Unfortunately, this little stunt catches the attention of Tom Knowles, who is the captain for the dorm’s Duelo team. Duelo is a sport played at the school, and you can basically think of it as a simplified version of Quidditch from the Harry Potter franchise. He tries to get out of it by saying he doesn’t know how to fly, but Tom forces him into it. In the end, their team wins by a dumb stroke of luck provided by Mash.

And Mash also has to deal with some bullying from the students who come from a higher social status, and they bully Mash’s roommate into helping them out. But Mash uses his brute strength to not only beat up the leader of bullies, he also buries the vice-principal. Oops! The headmaster summons Mash to let him know that the Bureau of Magic caught wind of his actions and have asked for his expulsion. However, the headmaster defies this request, because he feels that it’s unforgivable for the caring to be at a disadvantage in the world. The headmaster of this school seems to have a similar disposition to Albus Dumbeldore from the Harry Potter franchise.

After reading this first volume, I can’t help but feel as if this series is a little on the derivative side. It comes across that Komoto decided to use a similar concept to My Hero Academia (someone without a required trait trying to enter a school that is designed for people who have that trait) and combine this with ideas and concepts from the Harry Potter franchise. I don’t want this perspective to color my view of the series, though, because I hope that Komoto finds a way in future volumes to make Mashle: Magic and Muscles feel like it’s own thing and not feel like it’s simply throwing together concepts from other franchises in an attempt to make a new story.

When it comes to the character design, there’s something about Mash’s design that’s making me think of another character I’ve seen before, but I can’t place my finger on who it is. In that respect, it makes Mash’s design feel like it’s not original, either. Most of the other characters who appear in this volume don’t have this problem, though.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time believing how Mash is making it in this magic academy without any magical ability. So far, his only “successes” come from pure, dumb luck. It’s weird, though, because I can easily buy into something like One-Punch Man, which has kind of a similar comedic tone to it, but I’m having a hard time buying into Mashle: Magic and Muscles. I intend to continue reading future volumes to try to give this series a chance, though. Maybe it’ll surprise me and start coming together more as the story progresses.

Even though I wasn’t immediately impressed by Mashle: Magic and Muscles, I think readers who enjoy absurdist comedy mixed with a fantasy setting and elements might find something to enjoy with this title.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces July 2021 Manga and Anime Releases

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

VIZ Original

Devil’s Candy Volume 1
By REM and Bikkuri

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$16.99

At Hemlock Heart Academy, science wiz Kazu Decker shows off his skills by creating a humanoid girl named Pandora. But in a world of monsters and mayhem, surviving high school is harder than getting good grades and lessons often turn violent at Hemlock. Fortunately for them, Pandora’s stoic nature and seemingly limitless strength, paired with Kazu’s luck, knowledge and friends, get them out of trouble almost as often as it gets them mixed up in it.

Shonen Jump

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume 1
By Hajime Komoto

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

In the magic realm, magic is everything—everyone can use it, and one’s social status is determined by their skill level. Deep in the forest, oblivious to the ways of the world, lives Mash. Thanks to his daily training, he’s become a fitness god, but he harbors a secret that could turn his life upside down—he can’t use magic. When he’s found out, rather than his life being over, he’s unexpectedly enrolled in magic school, where he must beat the competition.

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 4
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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

MI6 issues a top secret mission to take the British Empire out of the Afghan War. Moriarty believes Colonel Moran, who once fought in the war, to be the right man for the job. But will old memories from Moran’s past haunt him during the mission? Meanwhile, more dark figures lurk in London’s nobility, spreading further chaos in the country.

The Promised Neverland Volume 20 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

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

Find out what becomes of Emma, Ray, Norman and the other children in the final volume of The Promised Neverland.

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 10
Story by Hideyuki Furuhashi, Art by Betten Court
Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

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

Pop has emerged as the new Queen Bee, her transformation forced by the villainous Nomura, a.k.a. Number 6. At his direction, Pop begins to rain destruction down on Naruhata. With a villain on the loose, it’s only natural for heroes to be called in to deal with the situation, but Koichi knows his friend’s life and soul are at stake. Will inspiration from his old master and training with past foes help him find the hero within?

Platinum End Volume 13
Story by Tsugumi Ohba, Art by Takeshi Obata

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

The remaining god candidates are separated into two sides as the final confrontation over who will become the next god begins. Professor Yoneda seems to have everything figured out, but can Mirai turn the tables before they all wind up dead?

Dr. STONE Volume 17
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

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

The Kingdom of Science is off on a high-seas voyage to the U.S.A. However, Senku and Ryusui are soon divided on how best to chart their course, leading to all-out war—in the form of a poker game. After the winner is determined, what awaits their crew on the large continent to the east?

D.Gray-man Volume 27
By Katsura Hoshino

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

Fleeing the Black Order, Allen Walker uses an Ark and winds up taking himself and his frenemy Yu Kanda to Edinstown, England, where the story of “Allen” began. He and Yu wait while a Golem sent out by Yu goes to find their allies General Tiedoll and Johnny Gill. Allen and Yu then find themselves confronting akuma.

Undead Unluck Volume 2
By Yoshifumi Tozuka

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

Sick of being targeted, Fuuko and Andy decide they would rather be hunters than the hunted. So they set their sights on joining the ten-member Union. But to snag the second seat they need, they’ll have to defeat their would-be assailant, Unchange.

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 14
By Sorata Akiduki

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

Shirayuki and Ryu are back in Lilias to work as herbalists. Shirayuki wastes no time diving into work, spending a backbreaking number of hours compounding medicine. But they aren’t alone for long before Obi joins them on Zen’s orders and invites Shirayuki to watch the sunset with him as they chat.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 9
By Io Sakisaka

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

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Yuna’s insecurities about herself resurface on her first Valentine’s Day with Rio, and Akari’s plan to give Kazuomi chocolates is thwarted. Will the girls be able to salvage this special day?

Idol Dreams Volume 7
By Arina Tanemura

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

To pursue missed chances at love and success, 31-year-old Chikage Deguchi takes an experimental drug that changes her appearance back to how she looked at age 15. Hanami has left Tokita at the altar. As Tokita deals with the fallout, Haru takes the opportunity to woo Chikage.

Oresama Teacher Volume 29 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Izumi Tsubaki

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

Mafuyu and her friends managed to save the school festival at the last minute, and with it the future of Midorigaoka Academy. But when Takaomi rushes to the hospital to tell his grandfather, all he finds is an empty bed. Had victory come too late?

Queen’s Quality Volume 12
By Kyousuke Motomi

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

When Kyutaro faces off against Seiryu Clan member Aoi Shinonome, he realizes how weak the snake inside him is. He decides to let his snake eat some of his “wishes” in an attempt to grow significantly stronger, but will this dangerous gamble pay off?

VIZ Media

Disney Bento: Fun Recipes for Bento Boxes!
By Masami Miyazaki

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Price: USA$17.99

50 recipes for delicious bento boxes featuring your favorite Disney characters. Create masterpieces for any meal, including snack time, with Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Anna, Winnie the Pooh, and more. Transform your lunch box with Disney Bento and enjoy the magic wherever you go.

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Volume 4 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

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

It’s the exciting final volume of the Black 2 & White 2 series. Blake catches up to Colress, the current leader of Team Plasma, while Whitley, accompanied by the reformed Team Plasma member N, corners Ghetsis, whose plan is to self-destruct, destroying everything around him. Both Trainers must defeat their enemies and save the world, but it won’t be easy.

Can the four Pokedex holders Blake, Whitley, Black and White handle the greatest crisis ever to hit the Unova region?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 4
By Hideki Goto

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

Fourth time around is the charm. Inklings Hit, Maika and Kou return for even more silly stories and fun adventures in the world of Splatoon.

Persona 5 Volume 7
By Hisato Murasaki
Based on the video game by Atlus

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

The Phantom Thieves are celebrating successfully reforming mob boss Kaneshiro when they are suddenly called out by the international hacker group “Medjed.” Caught off guard, Akira is further confused when he receives a mysterious message from a person claiming to know Medjed, who offers the Phantom Thieves a special deal to help them out with their predicament.

VIZ Signature

No. 5 Volume 1
By Taiyo Matsumoto

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

In a world where most of the earth has become a harsh desert, the Rainbow Council of the Peace Corps has a growing crisis on its hands. No. 5, one member of a team of superpowered global security guardians and a top marksman, has gone rogue. Now the other guardians have to hunt down No. 5 and his mysterious companion, Matryoshka. But why did No. 5 turn against the council, and what will it mean for the future of the world?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 9
By Yuji Kaku

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

There is no success without sacrifice, and triumph often goes hand in hand with tragedy. The battle against Lord Tensen has forced everyone to push their bodies to the limit, accessing new abilities and taking desperate measures to secure their victory. But against such formidable foes, sometimes one;s best is simply not enough. The bandit Aza Chobe and Gabimaru the Hollow have the best chances of beating the enemy, but they may pay a dear price for their victory.

Asadora! Volume 3
By Naoki Urasawa

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

With the Olympics around the corner, the Japan Defense Forces have their hands full. So Jissoji enlists Asa and Kasuga’s help to find, identify and deal with the mysterious creature that decimated Asa’s hometown.

BEASTARS Volume 13
By Paru Itagaki

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

Because of his criminal record, gray wolf Legoshi is working in a noodle shop instead of attending high school. Through his job and apartment complex, he meets denizens of the sea, where the values and laws are surprisingly different from those on land. Meanwhile, Beastar horse Yahya and Komodo dragon Gosha attempt to settle their historic grievances through battle. And then a black market drug hits the city.

Children of the Whales Volume 17
By Abi Umeda

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

The blight of the tárichos is infecting the people of the Mud Whale with horrifying speed, and the island seems doomed to become a floating graveyard. But visions of the past may have the power to save the future when Chakuro becomes witness to Shaun and Ouni’s private recollections.

RWBY: Official Manga Anthology Volume 5
Original Concept by Monty Oum & Rooster Teeth Productions
Story and Art by Various Artists

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

Thrilling and silly stories featuring Team JNPR.

Team RWBY is not the only group of Hunters and Huntresses in the world of Remnant.

Get to know Jaune Arc, Nora Valkyrie, Pyrrha Nikos and Lie Ren, one of the strongest—and most fun—teams of Grimm Hunters in the hit series RWBY. From a team of exciting new manga artists comes the fifth volume in a series of short story collections, this time showcasing Team JNPR.

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 6
By Kenjiro Hata

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

Is this manga cute enough yet? No? Better add cats. Toast, possibly the least adorable kitten in manga, doesn’t care for Nasa and interrupts his private time with his wife. Then Nasa and Tsukasa set out on a romantic date at an amusement park, not realizing that everyone else has the same idea… including Nasa’s teacher, Yanagi Sensei, who’s very concerned about what her former star pupil is doing with his life.

Case Closed Volume 79
By Gosho Aoyama

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

The elusive jewel thief known as the Kaito Kid has eluded the law every time… but can he nab a gem attached to the shell of a turtle in an aquarium? Conan wants to make sure that this time the Kaito Kid is all wet. Then Harley Hartwell investigates a string of suspicious suicides, believing them to be the work of a serial killer. But how could a man be murdered while alone in an elevator?

Then, when Conan and Harley investigate a supposed vampire cure, they find a case they can really sink their teeth into. Someone is eliminating a horror writer’s family using methods straight out of a Dracula movie.

RIN-NE Vol. 40 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Rumiko Takahashi

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

Emotions are running high in this final volume of everyone’s favorite after school (and Afterlife) comedy. Rinne wins a day trip in an Afterlife lottery and asks Sakura to join him, since he’s so indebted to her. After a messy beginning, the trip ends on a high note with two matching bracelets for the pair… but later on those same matching bracelets will lead to a shocking outcome that neither of them could have anticipated.

Home Video

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind Part 1 (BD)
Shonen Jump

On Sale Date: July 13, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$49.99

In raw, soul-stirringly picturesque Napoli, vigilance is a prized virtue—especially for local teen Giorno Giovanna. The Southern Italian crime syndicate is all-powerful, and Giorno is not about to let his city and its impressionable youth sink even further into the shadowy world of mafia drugs and crime. Luckily for Giorno, the like-minded mafioso Bruno Bucciarati is willing to help him in his struggle to become Primo Mafioso and overtake the Passione famiglia. But first, he has to survive invitation.

Pokemon: Black & White Complete Season 14 (DVD)
VIZ Media

On Sale Date: July 27, 2021
Age Rating: TV-Y7
Price: USA$59.99

A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokemon make the 14th season of the Pokemon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet. When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokemon that he’s never seen before… and that he can’t wait to catch. He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he’ll still need plenty of new Pokemon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokemon Master just got tougher.

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 (Koi to Dangan) 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

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Are Publishling the Mashle: Magic and Muscles Manga in English

Both VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service and Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service launched Hajime Kōmoto’s Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga in English on January 26, 2020. The second chapter will debut on February 2, 2020.

Shueisha describes the manga:

This is a world of magic where magic is used for everything. But deep in the forest exists a young man who spends his time training and bulking up. He can’t use magic, but he enjoys a peaceful life with his father. But one day, his life is put in danger. Will his muscular body protect him from the magic users who are out to get him? Powerfully trained muscles crush magic as this abnormal magical fantasy begins.

Source: ANN