Tubi TV Adds the Natsume’s Book of Friends Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added four seasons of the Natsume’s Book of Friends anime to its service. The episodes are available to users in the United States and Canada with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Natsume’s Book of Friends is described as:

Natsume’s Book of Friends follows the story of high school student Takashi Natsume, who possesses a strong ability to see spirits. He inherited this strange ability from his grandmother and has had it as long as he can remember, which has made him introverted and shy. His life changes one day when he receives a mysterious book that belonged to his now deceased grandmother—the Book of Friends. Takashi soon discovers that the book is filled with the names of countless spirits that were sealed away by his grandmother. Not only that—the spirits who have their names written in the book must obey any order given by its owner. As a result, the book becomes a prime target for all roaming spirits trying to gain control of the spirit world.

Source: The Fandom Post

Animate USA to Host a Natsume’s Book of Friends Promotional Event

From October 25-November 14, 2021 animate USA is holding a Natsume’s Book of Friends promotional event which will include a special bonus item alongside new merchandise available at animate USA’s Online Shop.

Special items include acrylic stands, badges, and file folders all featuring artwork from the series. To top it all off, for every $25 spent on Natsume’s Book of Friends items, customers will receive one of four possible Birthday Illustration Cards. Please note that the card design is random and cannot be chosen by the customers.

Natsume’s Book of Friends is a manga created by Yuki Midorikawa and is serialized by Hakusensha. It has been adapted into an anime series, currently with six seasons, which can be found on the streaming service Crunchyroll and is licensed for North American retail by NIS America. It has also been made into drama CDs and films, with the newest film Natsume’s Book of Friends: The Waking Rock and the Strange Visitor having been released in Japanese theaters on January 16, 2021.

This event first ran in Japan from June 12-July 1, 2021 and has now made its way to Natsume’s Book of Friends fans in North America as well. So be sure to grasp this opportunity to get these exclusive items and walk away with a special Birthday Illustration Card before time runs out.

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VIZ Media Announces December 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater
Story and Art by Akira Toriyama

On Sale Date: December 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$34.99

From Akira Toriyama, the legendary manga creator of Dragon Ball, comes this special collection of short stories spanning the first few decades of his career. Serving as both a collection of his early works and a history of his life as a manga writer and illustrator, this giant tome is packed with everything you could ever want as a fan of classic shonen manga.

Kaiju No. 8 Volume 1
Story and Art by Naoya Matsumoto

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

With the highest kaiju-emergence rates in the world, Japan is no stranger to attack by deadly monsters. Enter the Japan Defense Force, a military organization tasked with the neutralization of kaiju. Kafka Hibino, a kaiju corpse cleanup man, has always dreamed of joining the force and wants another shot at achieving his childhood dream of eliminating the kaiju. But how can he expect to fight kaiju when he suddenly becomes one himself?

Chainsaw Man Volume 8
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

As Quanxi and the members of the Special Division battle it out over Denji, the mysterious Santa Claus makes his move. But things are not as they appear, and nobody will be prepared for the darkness and despair about to be unleashed.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 13
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

Dagon has evolved into a terrifying curse, releasing a flood of endless cursed energy attacks at Nabito, Maki and Nanami. At the same time, a group of curse users devoted to Geto attempt to summon the jujutsu world’s most terrifying threat.

We Never Learn Volume 19
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

On the day of their entrance exam, Fumino manages to save Nariyuki from a disastrous fall, only to hurt herself in the process. Feeling guilty about Fumino’s injury, Nariyuki takes it upon himself to look after her. Will this bring the two closer?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 21
Story and Art by Aka Akasaka

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

Will Yu be able to handle Tsubame’s answer to his love confession? Then, dropping by Miyuki’s home unannounced surprises Kaguya more than the Shiroganes. As Kaguya’s family interferes with her future plans, she becomes determined to not only break free of them, but also make reparations to their victims. First, though, she must strike a deal with the devil.

Shojo Beat

Rosen Blood Volume 1
Story and Art by Kachiru Ishizue

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

Rescued from a horrendous carriage accident, Stella awakens at a gothic manor in the company of her saviors—a group of impossibly gorgeous young men. Their gentlemanly manners conceal a brutal, inhuman thirst. Can she unravel the mystery of their condition and escape before it’s too late to tell danger from passion?

Yakuza Lover Volume 3
Story and Art by Nozomi Mino

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

Reunited at last, Oya and Yuri savor their first night back in each other’s arms by making love until Yuri faints from exhaustion. Later, Yuri returns to her normal life in Japan, but it isn’t long before Oya comes to pick her up. He’s prepared a private villa for the two of them to relive their summertime romp together. But it soon becomes clear that Oya has been hiding something from Yuri.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 33
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

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

Forbidden from contacting Hak and the Four Dragons, Yona sneaks out of her room at Hiryuu Palace. But when she comes face-to-face with Su-won, what words will she have for her father’s murderer? Later, Yona uncovers some past mysteries about Su-won’s parents.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 26
Story and Art by Yuki Midorikawa

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

The mystery of the missing Nyanko Sensei intensifies as Natsume and the prominent exorcists Natori and Matoba encounter a powerful, malevolent ceramic puppet with an appetite for clay kitties. Natsume and the exorcists must work together to bring it down, but how can Natsume team up with someone he doesn’t trust?

Queen’s Quality Volume 13
Story and Art by Kyousuke Motomi

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

Kyutaro manages to lure the Seiryu snake into his and Fumi’s special Mind Vault, where much is at stake. Will Kyutaro be able to defeat this wily snake and save Aoi Shinonome, the man slated to be the next leader of the Seiryu Clan? Meanwhile, members of the mysterious Suzaku Gate break their silence.

VIZ Media

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand (Novel)
Original Concept by Hiromu Arakawa, Story by Makoto Inoue

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

The mining town of Xenotime has seen better days. Once renowned for its skilled goldsmiths, it now lies forgotten in a sea of sand, its mines empty and its fields barren. The townsfolk’s only hope lies with the talented state alchemist Edward Elric and his brother, Alphonse. But who is the real Edward Elric? When the Fullmetal Alchemist and his brother arrive in Xenotime searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, they discover that two strangers have stolen their names and their reputations. Will the real Elric brothers set things right, or will the battle between the true and false brothers shatter Xenotime’s only chance for survival? Plus a bonus story, The Phantom of Warehouse 13.

Pokemon Pocket Comics: Sun & Moon
Story and Art by Santa Harukaze

On Sale Date: December 14, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$10.99

A very punny collection of Pokemon: Sun & Moon four-panel comics and vital statistics. Litten, Rockruff, Popplio, Bewear and many more of your Pokemon friends from the Alola region romp through the pages of this hysterical collection of Pokemon four-panel comics. Plus, classic favorite Pokemon like Pikachu, Psyduck and Eevee. Gotta laugh at them all.

Kirby Manga Mania Volume 3
Story and Art by Hirokazu Hikawa

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

Kirby dances onto the stage once again in this collection of classic—and new—comics for all ages. When everyone’s favorite pink puff finds out he’s shot to video game superstar status, he gets greedy for more, causing King Dedede and the rest of Dream Land to hammer some sense into him.

Pokemon: Sword & Shield Volume 2
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

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

Henry, Casey and their friends arrive at Motostoke to participate in the Gym Challenge. They’ve missed the opening ceremonies, but they’re still able to join in the challenges. Henry’s first official battle pits him against Gym Leader Milo. Will Henry’s first Dynamax battle also be his last?

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 8
Story and Art by Makoto Hagino

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

The Aquarium Club is finally coming alive after welcoming new members, but summer is nearing and Koyuki has started studying hard for exams. Working up her resolve, Koyuki invites Konatsu on a moonlit walk on the beach where she bares her heart about an important choice. Graduation is approaching and the time they have left together is more precious than ever, but how does Konatsu respond to hearing Koyuki’s decision?

VIZ Signature

Fist of the North Star Volume 3
Story by Buronson, Art by Tetsuo Hara

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

Ken’s mastery of Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star, has no equal among the debased gangs that prey on the ruins of civilization. But Ken is not the only martial artist out there. Rei, a user of the Nanto Suichoken technique, is on a journey to find his sister, who is being held by a brutal band of savages known as the Fangs. Ken and Rei team up to find her, and woe to any who stand in their way.

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 6
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: November 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$24.99

Yusaku Godai and apartment manager Kyoko Otonashi take Nozomu Nikaido under their wing when the 18-year-old student moves into Maison Ikkoku. After Nikaido falls victim to Mr. Yotsuya’s pranks, he is bent on revenge, but is Nikaido any match for the mysterious trickster?

Real Volume 15
Story and Art by Takehiko Inoue

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

Out of shape and out of practice, Nomiya comes to terms with the reality of where he’s at in basketball and in life. Meanwhile, Togawa faces one of the biggest disappointments in his wheelchair basketball career. And just when Takahashi finds a glimmer of hope in playing ball again, he’s confronted by the enormity of how much he has to overcome. Will their passion for the game be strong enough to pull them through?

Levius/est Volume 9
Story and Art by Haruhisa Nakata

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

Levius succeeds in defeating Oliver at the deadly Southern Slam tournament, with dire consequences. But he doesn’t have any desire—or time—to celebrate the victory as he ascends to the level of champion. The appearance of Arthur Graynore, a Grade I, Rank 2 M.M.A. fighter, and the co-founder of Amethyst, means the fight to become est, a god, is not over.

Golden Kamuy Volume 24
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: December 21, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The search for the tattooed convicts leads Sugimoto, Asirpa and Shiraishi to the infamous Botaro the Pirate, a man with nearly superhuman swimming abilities. Tracking him down will test Sugimoto’s claim of immortality! Meanwhile, a serial killer stalks the back alleys of Sapporo—but is he another escapee from Abashiri prison or someone else? The murders draw in Lieutenant Tsurumi and Hijikata, and a deadly confrontation is building—but this time, who is the hunter and who is the hunted?

Shonen Sunday

Call of the Night Volume 5
Story and Art by Kotoyama

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

Ko seriously considers the pros and cons of becoming a vampire. But every human has a different take on it, and one of them just wants to kill them all. Then, when the police are alerted to Ko’s nighttime jaunts, they start to cramp his style. Ko learns something surprising about vampire Hakka—and gets a tempting offer. Nazuna has a change of heart—but not about everything. And Ko wants to know what vampire Kiku’s intentions are regarding Ko’s deliciously human friend Mahiru…

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 16
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

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

It’s Sports Day at Itan High and the students are brimming with competitive spirit. But when Tadano forgets his lunch, his classmates put aside their rivalries and team up to make sure he gets full. Can Komi and Manbagi work up the courage to hand-feed their crush, or will they be the only lunchtime losers?

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 16
Story and Art by Kagiji Kumanomata

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

Demon King Twilight’s childhood friend Zetsuran sneaks into the castle determined to be reunited with him, but the princess keeps getting in her way. Hades wants to reconcile with his little brother Zeus, and naturally the princess gets mixed up in their business too. Meanwhile, Alazif the grimoire gets a form of hay fever that has unfortunate magical symptoms. If stepping on a butterfly in a primeval forest can drastically change the future, what impact would a princess stealing an ancient duvet ten years in the past have? Plus the princess goes on a fishing trip with the Demon King and Poseidon. What could possibly go right?

FUNimation Entertainment’s Announcements for the Summer 2021 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced during its Summer Season Preview event that it will stream the following anime in Summer 2021:

  • The Case Study of Vanitas
  • Sonny Boy (first episode premiered early on June 18, 2021)
  • Scarlet Nexus (first episode premiered early on June 18, 20212)
  • RE-MAIN
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
  • Robotech (FUNimation had previously announced a Fall 2021 release for streaming)

FUNimation will stream the following films:

  • The Stranger by the Shore
  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train
  • Natsume Yūjin-Chō: Ishi Okoshi to Ayashiki Raihōsha

FUNimation will also continue to stream the following anime

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 Part 2
  • One Piece
  • My Hero Academia Season 5
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

The company will announce more anime at a future date.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Add NIS America Titles to Its Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will add the following titles from NIS America to its catalog on April 15, 2021:

  • Daily Lives of High School Boys
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge Seasons 1-2
  • Bunny Drop
  • Chronicles of the Going Home Club
  • Genshiken: Second Generation
  • Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up
  • If Her Flag Breaks
  • Kimi ni Todoke – From Me to You- Seasons 1-2
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends Seasons 1-4
  • Pandora Hearts
  • Zakuro

The Daily Lives of High School Boys, Chronicles of the Going Home Club, Genshiken: Second Generation, and If Her Flag Breaks anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The other anime will stream in the United States and Canada.

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.

Aniplex of America to Release the Natsume’s Book of Friends Film on Blu-ray Disc in November 2019

Aniplex of America has announced that it will release the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26, 2019. The film’s home video release will have English subtitles.

Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention in November 2018.

Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend on September 29-30, 2018, selling 117,473 tickets to earn 172,144,780 yen (about US$1.5 million). The film eventually earned 725,058,820 yen (about US$6.43 million).

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Is Streaming the Natsume’s Book of Friends Roku Anime’s First OVA

Crunchyroll began streaming a new OVA for the Natsume’s Book of Friends franchise on October 8, 2017. The OVA, titled “Suzunaru no Kirikabu” (The Stump of the Suzunaru Tree), is the first of two planned OVAs for the home video release of the sixth season in Japan.

In the first OVA, Natsume and Nyanko-sensei have left the house to go shopping, but they find an elderly man collapsed on the sidewalk, and help him get back home.

Natsume Yūjin-Chō Roku, the sixth anime in the franchise based on Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends (Natsume Yūjin-Chō) manga, aired for 11 episodes starting on April 11, 2017. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

Yuki Midorikawa Puts the Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga on a One Month Break

The March 2015 issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine has announced that Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends manga will be going on a one month hiatus in the May 2015 issue.

The manga follows Takashi Natsume, a boy with the ability to see spirits. He inherits a strange book from his deceased grandmother containing the names of the spirits, and realizes that they are trapped by a binding contract. Natsume decides to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts.

VIZ Media publishes Natsume’s Book of Friends in North America.

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Natsume’s Book of Friends Manga Is Going Bimonthly

The January 2014 issue of Hakuensha’s LaLa magazine has announced that Yuki Midorikawa’s Natsume’s Book of Friends manga is shifting to a bimonthly schedule.

The manga follows Takashi Natsume, a boy with the ability to see spirits. He inherits a strange book from his deceased grandmother containing the names of the spirits, and realizes that they are trapped by a binding contract. Natsume decides to free the spirits and dissolve the contracts.

The next installment of the manga will be published in the March 2014 issue, which is scheduled to ship in Japan on January 24, 2014. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English.

Source: ANN