Naoki Serizawa to Launch Saru Lock Reboot Manga

The November 2018 issue of Shonengahosha’s Young King Bull magazine has announced that Naoki Serizawa will begin serializing a new story for the Saru Lock manga titled Saru Lock Reboot. The manga will debut in the magazine’s next issue on October 4, 2018.

The story follows Yatarō “Saru” Sarumaru, an ordinary high school boy who daydreams about idols but otherwise has no luck with girls. However, this silver-haired son of a locksmith also happens to be a lockpicking genius, and there is no lock that “Saru” (which means, “monkey”) cannot open.

Serizawa began the original Saru Lock action comedy manga in 2003 and Kodansha published the 22nd and final compiled volume in 2009.

Source: ANN

Naoki Serizawa to End the Psycho Bank Manga

This year’s sixth issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine has announced that Naoki Serizawa will end his Psycho Bank manga in the next issue on June 20, 2018.

The story follows high school student Mirai, who thought he could predict the future, until an overwhelming power turns his life around.

Serizawa launched the manga in 2015. Kodansha shipped the second compiled volume on April 6, 2018.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume Four

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire is a manga that serves as a prequel series to the Resident Evil 6 videogame.

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 4
Written by: Naoki Serizawa
Publisher: Akita Publishing Co., Ltd.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 19, 2015

The series is set in Singapore and Tropical Forest of Asia. BSAA advisor Doug Wright is investigating a viral outbreak at the prestigious Marhawa School that’s causing people to turn into zombies. A student named Nanan is the source of the infection, which she obtained after her friend Bindi brought her back to life with an injection that a hooded woman gave her. Bindi decided to use Nanan’s new ability to turn people on campus into zombies to get revenge because Nanan was being bullied at school. Bindi later uses the syringe on herself,

Volume 4 sees a boy named Ricky Tozawa being rescued by Chris Redfield from the BSAA. Two other agents have come with Chris, and an agent named Merah ends up trying to take on Bindi in her bio-organic weapon state.  During this battle, the reader is provided some backstory on Merah. Near the end of the volume, Ricky and Chris find themselves having to face off against Nanan in her bio-organic weapon state.

Volume 4 is an action-packed volume, and it’s also rather violent. I believe that Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire has received an “M” rating due to the sheer amount of violence that appears in the story.

I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time writing this review, and this is due to two reasons. The first is, while I’ve heard of the Resident Evil game franchise, I’ve never played it and don’t know much about it. Second, this is the first volume of the series that I have read; from doing some research, it appears that Volume 4 is the penultimate volume for Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire. Between these two reasons, it made it harder for me to connect with the characters and series than usual. There’s a very emotional scene involving Ricky in this volume with something that happens to his Uncle Doug, but it didn’t have the emotional power that it should have for me since I don’t really know these characters. I expect that readers who have been following this series from the beginning will have a stronger reaction to this scene than I did.

When it comes to the art, I have to say that Serizawa did a fantastic job on the character designs. There were a few panels in Volume 4 where the characters almost looked real and looked as if they were about the jump right off of the page. Some of the backgrounds also looked as if Serizawa took some time to make sure they looked intricate. Even though I wasn’t able to totally get into the story, the quality of the art helped to make up for it. At least the volume was interesting to look at, even with all of the violence and blood that’s included.

I think that Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire series will have the strongest appeal with readers who are already familiar with the Resident Evil videogame franchise. It might also appeal to readers who don’t mind reading manga series with a lot of violence included.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

VIZ Media Announces Release of the Resident Evil Manga Series

VIZ Media gives gamers and action fans a special FREE sneak preview of its forthcoming Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire manga series as part of the company’s participation in 2014 Halloween ComicFest.

The terrifying 5-volume apocalyptic action thriller was created by Naoki Serizawa and serves as a prequel to the storyline of CAPCOM’s bestselling Resident Evil® 6 game property. The manga series is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will launch on November 18, 2014 under the VIZ Signature imprint. Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN.

Held each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at scores of comic shops and retailers nationwide on the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, participating shops offer fans and visitors a special FREE Halloween ComicFest sampler filled with previews of scores of exciting upcoming titles. For additional information and a list of participating retailers, please visit: www.halloweencomicfest.com.

The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In the series’ opening volume, at the prestigious and elite Marhawa Academy in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.

“Discover the sinister beginnings of the Resident Evil story in the first-ever manga series based on the smash hit game property,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “Along with tracing the source of the deadly viral outbreak, the manga series also presents the debut of Piers Nivans, who appears in the Resident Evil 6 video game as Chris Redfield’s new partner. Readers will not want to miss a special advance preview of Resident Evil as part of Halloween ComicFest. Catch the full launch of this spine tingling new series from the VIZ Signature imprint next month!”

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