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.

Manga Review: Moriarty the Patriot Volume Three

Moriarty the Patriot Volume Three focuses half of its time on Sherlock Holmes and the other half on William Moriarty.

Moriarty the Patriot Volume Three
Written by: Ryosuke Takeuchi
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 6, 2021

At the beginning of Volume Three, Sherlock Holmes is arrested for the murder of Count Drebber. Inspector Gregson, who has a grudge against Sherlock, wants to readily believe that the evidence (such as Sherlock’s name written in blood by the body, the murder weapon being similar to one that Sherlock owns, etc.) proves that Sherlock is the murderer. Fortunately, Sherlock has a friend in Lestrade, who allows Sherlock to accompany him to the murder scene. Conveniently, the body hasn’t been moved yet. Sherlock is quickly able to shoot down that he’s the murderer, and the way he did this really made me think of Conan Edogawa in Case Closed. I’m sure that the character of Sherlock Holmes played a major role for Gosho Aoyama’s development of Shinichi/Conan. With his deductions, Sherlock realizes that whoever put the murderer up to this crime is also trying to challenge Sherlock at the same time.

This storyline also introduces the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street orphans that Sherlock uses as his eyes and ears to help track down information. The kids prove their worth when they figure out who the murderer is through clues that he leaves them in a note. From what’s revealed, the count was a garbage human being, and his actions caused tragedy for the murderer for which he wanted revenge. You have to kind of feel for the murderer, though, because he was ultimately a pawn used by Moriarty to expose how terrible the nobles are. It turns out the murderer doesn’t have much longer to live but it’s still sad to see how he was ultimately used by Moriarty to not only expose this noble’s actions, but to challenge Sherlock as well.

After Scotland Yard takes the credit for solving the murder mystery, Watson writes a book under the name of “Conan Doyle” in order to share the truth about Sherlock solving this case to the world. Sherlock is surprised when he hears that he is the main character, as well as the fact that Watson inserted himself with his real name into the story as well. I found it amusing that they would use the author of the original Sherlock Holmes stories as an inside gag for the story being told in this series.

The second story, “The Hunting of the Baskervilles,” is told in two chapters. We see that nobles are luring kids in the slums to their carriages with candy and promises of jobs, but they have to come with them in the carriage. It turns out these children are being kidnapped for a group of nobles’ perverse pleasure of hunting down the children and killing them. Fred Porlock, who works with Moriarty and his group, learns about what’s happening and isn’t sure if he should bring this up to Moriarty, since he already exposed a noble for similar shameful acts. But Moriarty agrees this cause is important, and he, along with his brothers and Fred, track down the compound. The initial goal is just to take down the nobles, but thanks to Fred’s insistence, they work at rescuing the children as well.

When I read both of these stories, I had to keep reminding myself that Moriarty isn’t really a “good guy,” because he comes across as being in the right due to just how despicable of a depiction the nobles receive in this volume. Moriarty may do things like save the children who were kidnapped for the hunt, but he is still an evil man with evil motives for what he wants to do. This makes for an interesting dilemma while reading this series, and it made me think about and question the ethics of most of the characters in the series. Yes, this even includes Sherloock Holmes.

Moriarty the Patriot continues to be a series that I want to keep reading in order to find out what happens next. The art also continues to capture my interest as well. After reading the first three volumes, I would recommend this series to manga readers who enjoy mystery stories or are fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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FUNimation Entertainment to Premiere the MARS RED and Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 Anime One Week Ahead of Their Japanese Debuts

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the first episode of the MARS RED anime with English subtitles and an English dub on March 29, 2021, one week ahead of the Japanese premiere on April 5, 2021. The company also revealed that it will stream the 12th episode of the Moriarty the Patriot anime, which is also the first episode of the series’ second cours, on March 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, one week ahead of its debut in Japan.

The company noted that MARS RED‘s second episode will stream as it airs in Japan.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Premiere Dates for the Spring 2021 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the premiere dates for the anime that will simulcast during the Spring 2021 season:

  • Hetalia World Stars – April 1, 2021
  • Combatants Will Be Dispatched! – April 4, 2021
  • Megalobox 2: Nomad – April 4, 2021
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting – April 4, 2021
  • Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 – April 4, 2021
  • MARS RED – April 5, 2021
  • The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent – April 6, 2021
  • Full Dive: This Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! – April 7, 2021
  • The World Ends with You the Animation – April 9, 2021
  • Blue Reflection Ray – April 9, 2021
  • Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! – April 10, 2021

The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Ireland on FunimationNow; in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab; and in France, Russia, Germany and in Scandinavian countries on Wakanim.

FUNimation will also stream the English dubs for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω and Zombie Land Saga Revenge in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab. The company will announce the dubs’ premieres at a later date.

The company will also stream the simuldub of Fruits Basket the Final Season, and it began streaming the first episode in English on March 19, 2021.

FUNimation will simulcast the third season of the Kingdom anime, and it will announce the simulcast premiere at a later date.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces April 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Chainsaw Man Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

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

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 9
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

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

We Never Learn Volume 15
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

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

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

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

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

One Piece Volume 96
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

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

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

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

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

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

My Hero Academia Volume 27
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

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

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

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

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

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

Shojo Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Iwata
By Satoru Iwata, Edited by Hobonichi

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

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

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

VIZ Signature

Blue Flag Volume 7
Story and Art by KAITO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asadora! Volume 2
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Kamuy Volume 21
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

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

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

Shonen Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call of the Night Volume 1
Story and Art by Kotoyama

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

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

Manga Review: Moriarty the Patriot Volume Two

Moriarty the Patriot Volume Two expands on the story that was presented in the first volume of the series.

Moriarty The Patriot Volume Two
Written by: Ryosuke Takeuchi
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 5, 2021

At the beginning of Volume Two, Albert reports to his higher ups that a new type of opium has been discovered and that the mafia is likely producing and distributing it in a base of operations in London. While some in the British Army want to take the organization down, others are more cautious, especially if any officials or nobles are involved in the operation. Later, some who are eager to take on the organization talk about a rumor concerning a secret military agency that would serve under the queen. This seems like something just thrown out there, but as we see at the end of this particular story, this is an important piece of information.

After this meeting, Albert summons William to London. William is accompanied by Louis and Sebastian Moran. When they get to London, William is kidnapped, which triggers a mission for Albert to launch a rescue mission. But as we learn in this chapter, this entire situation was set up by William because he had figured out who was behind the opium scheme. This chapter reminded me that the opium was actually found in the previous volume of the series, when he was investigating the disappearance of his student, Dudley Bale. I was glad to see that the final chapter of Volume One ended up being an important story for the series. I have to admit, when I finished Volume One, I thought that it was just a chapter to help establish William’s character. But when Albert rescues William, this also allows him to “coincidentally” find the evidence needed for the opium case. And thanks to this, Albert is retired from the British Army and is now leading the Army Intelligence branch’s nonexistent sixth division, MI6.

With the next chapter, we see that William announces that in order to help bring about changes in Engliand’s current system, he and his brothers will “push London into the depths of hell and turn it into a city of crime.” And how does William plan to accomplish this? By having the people of London witness many crimes and deaths planned out by him. While Volume One saw that William was willing to go to extraordinary lengths to bring about change, such as the murder of most of his adoptive family… but to now see that he’s willing to expand his scope to a much wider range, it’s become harder to truly see him as the protagonist of this story. He’s the main character, yes, but he’s not really a protagonist. While Volume One tried hard to “humanize” William and his actions, this volume has to admit that no, William doesn’t have as noble of a cause as the first volume wanted the reader to believe.

Most of Volume Two takes place aboard a ship called the Noahtic. This name seems to be a reference to the Titanic, especially since this ship also leaves from Southampton. However, there are no icebergs or sinking involved with the storyline that takes place aboard the ship. Instead, William is there to orchestrate a murder and a crime involving a noble named Count Blitz Enders. Enders is definitely a prime example of the kind of snooty aristocracy that William and his brothers abhor. While he makes William look like more of a “good guy,” this doesn’t negate the fact that William is an evil man.

But this section of the story is also important because it introduces the reader to… Sherlock Holmes. Yes, Sherlock finally makes an appearance in the series. Moriarty picks up on the fact that Sherlock could be a problem for him as he tries to commit more crimes and death in the future.

The last chapter of this volume provides character development for Sherlock, as well as introduces Watson. With Sherlock’s depiction in this series, he also isn’t exactly a “good guy,” either. He’s skipping out on his rent, gives his landlady Mrs. Hudson a hard time, and isn’t above using people to get what he wants. This was especially true in the scene where Sherlock takes Mrs. Hudson and Watson out for dinner right before Mrs. Hudson grants Watson permission to share the flat with Sherlock. While Sherlock is going to be a foil for Moriarty, he isn’t necessarily going to be a “good guy,” either. And this dynamic is going to make Moriarty the Patriot an interesting read going forward. Who does the reader root for in the long run?

All in all, though, Moriarty the Patriot continues to be a manga series that I would be interested in following. Even though Moriarty launches such evil plans, it’s still kind of interesting and intriguing to see what new scheme he comes up with. And now with Sherlock added to the mix, I think this series will become even more interesting.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces January 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 2
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi
Art by Hikaru Miyoshi
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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

After successfully establishing a foothold in Durham and cleansing the city of some of its corruption, William James Moriarty sets his sights on London. To make headway there, he needs the aid of his brother Albert. But while on his way to London, Moriarty is kidnapped by a gang of criminals. He needs Albert sooner than he thought, but will Albert be able to save him in time?

Platinum End Volume 12
Story by Tsugumi Ohba
Art by Takeshi Obata

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

Just when it looked like the god candidates might come to an agreement, one of them is suddenly assassinated. Now Professor Yoneda seems to be in control of the entire god selection process. Will the remaining candidates yield to Yoneda’s desire to rid humanity of fake gods, or does Mirai have a different plan in mind?

The Promised Neverland Volume 18
Story by Kaiu Shirai
Art by Posuka Demizu

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

Emma and Ray race to the queen’s chamber to stop Norman’s plan, but are they already too late? What has propelled Norman to take such a brutal path, and is it something that will forever change his relationship with his closest friends?

Haikyu!! Volume 42
Story and Art by Haruichi Furudate

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

Hinata is removed from the game with a fever, leaving Karasuno to battle it out against Kamomedai in the final set without their biggest scorer. Anguished that he can’t be there, Hinata watches the rest of the game via broadcast. What does he see from outside of the court? Find out as the Spring Tournament arc comes to an end.

My Hero Academia Volume 26
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

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

Hawks and the Safety Commission have managed to get their hands on some top secret information. A big villain attack is coming, and the heroes must do all they can to prepare. As part of these preparations, Eraser Head and Present Mic pay a visit to the prison, while Midoriya, Bakugo and Todoroki begin training under Endeavor in order to become fighters who can stand on their own. But in the meantime, the boys will have to survive a dinner party at the Todoroki household.

Black Clover Volume 24
Story and Art by Yūki Tabata

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

In order to protect themselves against the ruthless Spade Kingdom, Asta and his fellow magic knights have spent six months training under the watchful eye of the princess of the Heart Kingdom. But will their efforts be enough when the war between the countries finally breaks out?

Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem… his childhood friend Rika has turned into a curse and won’t leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary curse, his plight gets noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where exorcists are taught to combat curses. Gojo convinces him to enroll, but can Yuta learn enough in time to confront the curse that haunts him?

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 11
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

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

Yuzuri, Suzu and Kirito travel all the way from Lilias to visit Shirayuki and friends, resulting in a delightful reunion—until things take a turn. Meanwhile, Izana pressures Zen to hold a banquet to seek out potential brides, but Zen has another idea in mind.

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 6
Story and Art by Maki Enjoji

On Sale Date: January 5, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$9.99

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Now the two are finally starting to act like lovers. They’re busy enjoying blissful days until Kairi’s older sister Ryuko goes missing.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 10
Story and Art by Mika Yamamori

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

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Mamura’s sudden confession of love leaves Suzume’s head spinning. After spending the entire night agonizing over how to respond to him, she finally decides to give Mamura a chance. But soon after she makes her choice, Mr. Shishio throws her a curveball.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 6
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

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

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Even though their feelings are mutual, Akari and Kazuomi can’t get their timing right. Rio realizes he likes Yuna, but he suspects his friend Agatsuma likes her too.

Takane & Hana Volume 16
Story and Art by Yuki Shiwasu

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

Hiromi idolizes his older cousin Takane and will do anything to protect him—including running away from home. Takane’s got enough problems dealing with work exhaustion and Hiromi’s father itching to take him down, but maybe he’ll be able to find Hiromi with Hana’s help.

Prince Freya Volume 4
Story and Art by Keiko Ishihara

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

The unexpected arrival of horned warriors at Fort Leren is all that saves the Tyrish troops from the Sigurdian seige. But the Kelds have no interest in joining forces with Tyr—they only intervened to cause pain to their old foe. While it is a disappointing decision, it opens Freya’s eyes to other paths of resistance. Tyr might have no allies, but Sigurd has many enemies.

VIZ Media

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

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

Shujin Academy student council president Makoto Nijima is starting to suspect that Akira and his friends may be more than just school students. Meanwhile, a criminal organization operating in Shibuya has started to target high school students in a new, devious scam. Will the Phantom Thieves be able to prove they’re the good guys, all while keeping their identities a secret?

Yo-Kai Watch Volume 16
Story and Art by Noriyuki Konishi

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

Nate returns with a totally different Yo-kai Watch and the amazing Yo-kai Keystones. Get ready to meet a whole bunch of bizarre new Yo-kai.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 9
Story by Hidenori Kusaka
Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Sun and Moon are stranded in Ultra Space, home of the Ultra Beasts. Worse, they’ve lost Legendary Pokemon Lunala. Who can they trust in this alternate dimension? Things look dark for everyone—especially in Ultra Megalopolis, the city that has lost its light.

Splatoon Volume 11
Story and Art by Sankichi Hinodeya

On Sale Date: January 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

The final match of the Ranked Battle Cup begins. Find out what happens when Team Blueperor steps inside the arena against their greatest opponents, the fierce X-Blood.

VIZ Signature

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 6
Story and Art by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The conflict between the ruthless bandit Aza Chobe and Gabimaru the Hollow explodes into an all-out battle. Chobe, already a formidable foe, has found new levels of strength thanks to the influence of tao. Can Gabimaru’s skills prevent his death at the hands of this monstrous enemy, or will the pintsize ninja finally lose?

BEASTARS Volume 10
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

Red deer Louis learns he has more in common with lion Ibuki, his biggest supporter in the Shishi-gumi gang, than he thinks. While the blood feud between gray wolf Legoshi and brown bear Riz escalates, puma Tao and anteater Kibi attempt a reconciliation. Giant panda Gohin continues his work attempting to cure carnivores of their meat addiction. And surprising secrets about Legoshi’s family and past are revealed.

Asadora! Volume 1
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

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

When Asa’s mother goes into labor yet again, Asa runs off to find a doctor. But no one bats an eye when she doesn’t return—not even as a storm approaches Nagoya. Forgotten yet again, Asa runs into a burglar and tries to stop him on her own, a decision that leads to an unlikely alliance.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Volume 9
Story and Art by Inio Asano

On Sale Date: January 19, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$14.99

Oda and Futaba are lurking in Oran’s memories from an alternative timeline where she and Kadode simultaneously save the earth and ruin their lives. When the worst happens, Oran takes a desperate leap into another timeline. But things don’t seem to be going very well in that timeline either. Good thing there are endless timelines, right, Isobeyan?

Children of the Whales Volume 16
Story and Art by Abi Umeda

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

Orca is known as the God of Death, a cold and emotionless soldier who has no qualms about using his little sister as a pawn in his game against the empire. But now Chakuro has seen into the very heart of the pain that motivates Orca’s bloody quest. Can a shared history of loss bridge the differences between them? Or is the pull of death too strong for even love to overcome?

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 15
Story and Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki
Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

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

The battle for the Nanyang Alliance’s Taal volcano base is over. Sojo Levan Fu and his followers managed to evacuate the newly manufactured Psycho Zakus into orbit. But this victory came at a heavy price. During a ferocious rearguard action, Io—consumed by his bloodlust—accidentally killed someone dear to both he and Daryl. Enraged, Daryl destroyed the Spartan. In the aftermath of the battle, what’s left of the Spartan’s crew regroups to lick their wounds. Io lies in the infirmary, broken by what he’s done. But the war is not finished with Io Fleming, and will leave him with nothing when it’s over. Until then, he has only one job to do…

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 3
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

Nasa has been introduced to Tsukasa’s family… sort of. Now it’s time for Tsukasa to meet her in-laws. Nasa is determined to do whatever it takes to make a long bus ride romantic, while Tsukasa is just happy to check out food courts along the way. Little do they know that Chitose and her maids are on their tail, bent on turning their quickie honeymoon into a quickie divorce.

RIN-NE Volume 37
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

The disembodied spirit of Ayame Sakaki’s crush on Jumonji is becoming increasingly bold. Ayame resolves to get this stroppy spirit under control once and for all, but the spirit predicts her plans and asks Rinne to sever the spiritual chain connecting her to Ayame.

Case Closed Volume 77
Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama

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

When a tabloid publisher is murdered, the hardest part of the case may be finding someone who didn’t want him dead. A cold case heats up when a new victim is found with the character for “death” written nearby. And when the Junior Detective League stumbles on a crime while camping, Anita risks exposing her secret identity.

As he solves these cases, Conan keeps running into three suspicious characters—overly friendly neighbor Subaru Okiya, eager young private eye Toru Amuro, and teen detective Masumi Sera. Which of them is the man (or woman) in black code-named Bourbon?

Manga Review: Moriarty The Patriot Volume One

Moriarty the Patriot is a manga series based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Moriarty The Patriot Volume One
Written by: Ryosuke Takeuchi
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: October 6, 2020

This volume of Moriarty the Patriot establishes the character of James Moriarty, who we know from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories is the arch-enemy of Sherlock Holmes. This volume is split into three sections, with the first section focusing on James’ childhood. We see that he’s a smart kid, but is treated horribly by most of the members of the noble family who took him and his younger brother, Louis, in. The only family member to truly be nice to the brothers is Albert, the oldest son of the Moriarty family. Not only are they treated horribly by most of the family, but James also comes to develop a hatred for the class structure in England and the society that he lives in. By the end of this first section, though, the reader already sees James executing his first “perfect crime,” and utilizing Louis and Albert as his accomplices. Here, we can see that even when he was young, James was not only bright, he was also deadly. Killing off most of a family and burning down a house would certainly qualify as evil.


YUKOKU NO MORIARTY © 2016 by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi/SHUEISHA Inc.

Thirteen years later, James moves to the city of Durham, and at the age of 21 is already a professor of mathematics at Durham University. At this point, he also has a side business as a private consultant. James and his brothers have bought a manor in the city for what would have been considered cheap at the time. After hearing about how Baron Dublin, the owner of the other manor in town, is treating the townspeople who rent his lands, James and his brothers decide to starting doing things to improve the lives of the townspeople who rent their lands… much to this dismay of Baron Dublin. In this section, we get to see James pulling off a “perfect crime” to help someone else instead of improving his own situation. As we see in this story, as well as in the last section of this volume, Takeuchi tries to make James a sympathetic character and to make his motivations appear to be honorable. In other words, he’s trying to “humanize” a character who is normally viewed as a villain.


YUKOKU NO MORIARTY © 2016 by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi/SHUEISHA Inc.

The third and final story in this volume lets the reader see James at his job at the university, but he discovers something is happening to one of his students. After piecing things together, he pulls off another “perfect crime” even though no one requested his services. Here, Takeuchi is trying to show that James is someone who cares about other people, although in the middle of the crime in this story, he seems to be taking a little too much delight in what’s going on.


YUKOKU NO MORIARTY © 2016 by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi/SHUEISHA Inc.

It seems to me that Moriarty the Patriot is aiming to take a well-known villain and attempt to make him look more like a “good guy.” I think it’’sa fascinating idea to take a character such as James Moriarty and try to portray him in a different light. Instead of simply looking like a villain, he is given depth and motivation for why he pulls off his “perfect crimes.” A lot of what he does isn’t necessarily good, but Takeuchi tries to make these morally questionable actions feel more justified with the character development and motivation that have been included in the story for this version of James Moriarty.

This volume is a prequel to what readers would be familiar with from the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I wonder if this entire manga series will serve as a prequel, or if Takeuchi will eventually progress to stories that feature Sherlock Holmes.

I thought that Moriarty the Patriot Volume One does a great job of establishing the characters and the world that they inhabit. Having some explanations of the history and structure of life in this time period were helpful. It feels like a strong beginning for a manga series, and I can’t wait to be able to read the next volume of Moriarty the Patriot in order to find out how James’ story will continue to evolve.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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FUNimation Entertainment to Have Early Premiere for the First Episode of the Moriarty the Patriot Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming a “special first-look version” of the first episode of the Moriarty the Patriot anime for FUNimation subscribers on October 3, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. EDT, a week ahead of the full broadcast premiere, which the company will begin streaming on October 11, 2020.

Kazuya Nomura is directing the anime at Production I.G. Go Zappa and Taku Kishimoto are in charge of the series scripts. Tooru Ookubo is designing the characters and is also the chief animation director.

Moriarty the Patriot is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 11, 2020.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces the Release of the Moriarty The Patriot Manga

VIZ Media announces the release of Moriarty The Patriot, which is a manga by Ryosuke Takeuchi that’s based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series is illustrated by Hiakaru Miyoshi. VIZ will release the first volume of the series on October 6, 2020 with an MSRP of US$9.99.

In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world in Moriarty the Patriot. Nobles sit in their fancy homes in comfort and luxury, while the working class slaves away at their jobs. When young Albert James Moriarty’s upper-class family adopts two lower-class orphans, the cruelty the boys experience at his family’s hands cements Albert’s hatred of the nobility he was born into. He asks the older of the two boys—who has a genius mind and a killer instinct—to help him rid the world of evil, starting with Albert’s own family.

Ryosuke Takeuchi was born November 20, 1980, in Hyogo, Japan, and is a manga artist and writer. He got his big break in 2011 with ST&RS, his first serialized Weekly Shonen Jump series. He later did the storyboards for All You Need Is Kill.

Hikaru Miyoshi is a manga artist whose previous work includes Inspector Akane Tsunemori, which was based on the Psycho-Pass anime.

Takeuchi and Miyoshi began collaborating on Moriarty the Patriot in 2016.