Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 19

One-Punch Man Volume 19 continues the story arc with the Monster Association.

One-Punch Man Volume 19
Written by: ONE
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2020

The volume opens with Child Emperor meeting with Mr. Sekingal. Child Emperor is coming up with a plan of attack against the Monster Association., and the two discuss potential heroes to take on the Monster Association. Even though Genos and Fang are S-Class Heroes, Child Emperor has reasons for not wanting to include them in this mission. Mr. Sekingal takes this news back to the Hero Association, and they are not happy with the alternate plan of using A-Class and B-Class heroes to make up for the loss of Genos and Fang, I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but the way Sekingal is portrayed here, I don’t entirely trust him. Something just seems to be “off” somehow, even though I can’t place my finger on it.

And I can’t forget that King is supposed to play the most important role in Child Emperor’s plan. Since the reader knows the truth about King, this does not bode well for the plan. Will this plan reveal the truth about King, or will King somehow once again manage to escape scrutiny due to some weird or comical coincidence that makes it look like King actually did something amazing?

There’s a comical scene early on in Saitama’s apartment featuring Saitama, Genos, Blizzard, Fang, Dr. Kuseno, and an associate of Fang’s. The fight to get the food during the hot pot was rather amusing, in addition to the interactions and dialogue that take place here. This was the most light-hearted part of the volume, as the rest of the volume primarily focuses on fights with the Monster Association.

Garo is the main one in the fights with the Monster Association, though. Once again, he comes to Tareo’s rescue, even though Garo seems to be rather beaten up from his earlier battles. But amazingly enough, Garo manages to hold up well against his opponents, and catches the attention of Gyoro-Gyoro, the head of the Monster Association. The last little bit of the volume focuses on Gyoro-Gyoro mandating that Garo train with Lord Orochi. There are plenty of action panels during Garo’s fights with members of the Monster Association, so these sections can be read rather quickly. Overall, there seems to be a good balance between the sections that are more dialogue heavy with the sections that focus much more on fights and action panels.

There’s also a bonus manga included at the end of Volume 19. This one is of Saitama reading a manga magazine and contemplating the fact he doesn’t have a special move since he’s able to defeat many of his enemies with just one punch. He has an amusing run-in with some arrogant monsters from the Monster Association, and of course, Saitama is able to knock then down at least a peg with just one punch. I thought this was a nice addition to the manga and was something with a light-hearted note for the reader to finish on after Garo’s training with Lord Orochi.

When all is said and done, though, I hope to see a little more progress in the overall story in the next volume. It feels like the purpose of Volume 19 was more to set the stage for what ONE wants to happen next, rather than do much to truly progress the overalls story. Volume 19 isn’t bad for what it is, but as a reader who’s been following the series during the Monster Association arc, I’m ready for this storyline to make more of a noticeable progression.

VIZ Media Announces October 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for October 2020.

VIZ Originals

Fangirl Volume 1
Created by Rainbow Rowell
Adapted by Sam Maggs, Illustrated by Gabi Nam

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $16.99

Cath doesn’t need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she’s a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow
community with thousands of fans online. But now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone.
There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing
professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner… and she’s barely
heard from Wren all semester.

SHONEN JUMP

Chainsaw Man Volume 1
by Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Denji’s a poor young man who’ll do anything for money, even hunting down devils with his pet devil-dog Pochita. He’s a
simple man with simple dreams, drowning under a mountain of debt. But his sad life gets turned upside down one day when
he’s betrayed by someone he trusts. Now with the power of a devil inside him, Denji’s become a whole new man—
Chainsaw Man.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 17
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Demon Slayer Corps plunges into Infinity Castle to confront Muzan. Shinobu engages in a fierce fight against Doma, the Upper Rank 2 demon. Poison doesn’t work on him, so she finds herself in an intense struggle. Will she be able to defeat the demon who killed her older sister? Then another demon appears before Zenitsu and blocks his way.

We Never Learn Volume 12
by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Mafuyu Kirisu is a strict, no-nonsense teacher who has dedicated her life to helping her students in academics. She has
always been dismissive of what she considers hopeless dreams that hinder academic progress, but after meeting Yuiga, she’s slowly changing the way she thinks. What stymied her own childhood hopes and aspirations?

Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–Star Pupil
Story by Jun Esaka
Original Concept by Masashi Kishimoto

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Price: USA $10.99

When Sasuke is given the task of training Team Seven, Boruto is delighted, but he has trouble accepting his master’s
teachings. And then pop star Himeno Lily jumps in with a mission for them. What does it mean to be master and student?
And what does this mean for the future of the ninjas?

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 6
by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

During the Goodwill Event, the Kyoto School’s authorities order their students to assassinate Itadori. However, Mahito
and a horde of special grade curses and curse users complicate matters by attacking the students. The teachers move quickly to counterattack but find themselves cut off by a barrier. Can the students survive this demonic onslaught?

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 1
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $10.99

In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world. 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.

One-Punch Man Volume 21
Story by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The curtain rises on the big battle between the Monster Association and the heroes! As the Class-A and lower-ranked
heroes engage in intense battle, the Class-S crew is able to take out a horde of monsters in one fell swoop before invading farther underground. Among them, Flashy Flash demonstrates splendid battle prowess against ninja turned monsters.

My Hero Academia Volume 25
by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Since the terrifying incident when Tomura’s Quirk manifested, only the greatest villain of them all, All For One, has been able to speak to the broken young boy’s heart. The consequences of that fateful meeting play out in the present as Tomura and Re-Destro, the leader of the Meta Liberation Army, battle for supremacy—and if it takes leveling a whole city to sort out who’s on top, so be it.

SHOJO BEAT

Ao Haru Ride Volume 13
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Futaba Yoshioka has encountered her first love again in high school, but he seems different from the boy she once knew.
The hearts of Futaba and Kou have aligned, but are more of their friends pairing off? The journey of youth concludes.

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 5
by Maki Enjoji

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

The Dark Lord Kairi finally falls for Nanase, the Valiant One. Regardless, they face another trial. Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Now the feelings are mutual, and they’ve become a couple. It seems their love should only deepen from here on out, but when Nanase tries to help a certain someone, it leads to a disruption in their romance.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 26
by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

After unleashing their powers to save Yona, the Four Dragons lose consciousness and collapse! Su-won and the Kohka army
arrive to participate in a summit with Xing, but members of Priest Gobi’s anti-war faction attack Princess Kouren! Can the nation of Xing achieve peace with all this infighting threatening its foundation?

Prince Freya Volume 3
by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Freya is determined to help the soldiers trapped in the besieged Fort Leren, but with reinforcements days away, the only thing she has to offer them is her presence and everything it represents. But how can she embody the Prince of Hope when she is consumed by anger?

Revolutionary Girl Utena: After the Revolution
by Chiho Saito

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Utena has saved Anthy by defeating Akio in the final duel, but in doing so she has vanished from the world. Now the student council members at Ohtori Academy find themselves in their own revolutions.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 16
by Aya Shouoto

On Sale Date: October 6, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Himari Momochi inherits Momochi Hiouse, an estate which exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms.
Himari and Aoi’s summer together has passed by in an instant. When Himari wakes, she discovers that Aoi has been absorbed by Momochi House. The building begins to collapse as Aoi tries to release Himari and the shikigami. Is Aoi lost forever or can Himari save him?

VIZ MEDIA

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 4
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $17.99

The three Legendary Pokemon Suicune, Raikou and Entei are searching for worthy Trainers. Will each be able to find
someone powerful enough to fight by their side? Meanwhile, Crystal and Yellow have teamed up to find a mysterious flying Pokemon. Collects the original Pokemon Adventures volumes 10, 11 & 12.

Transformers: The Manga Volume 3
Story by Masumi Kaneda, Art by Ban Magami

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $24.99

The final volume of Transformers: The Manga is here. This deluxe volume collects three classic stories and a beautiful art gallery. “Victory” is the tale of the legendary battle between Starsaber and Deszaras. In “Zone,” the Nine Great Generals run wild. And in “The Battle Stars,” Super Megatron attempts to feed on planet Earth, but Optimus Prime stands in his way.

Persona 5 Volume 4
Story and Art by Hisato Murasaki
Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Akira and the gang think they’ve stolen Madarame’s treasure, but before they can escape the palace, its master—Shadow
Madarame himself— catches up to them and reveals the true story behind Yusuke’s mother’s death. Back in the real world,
sinister agents have begun to investigate the strange events surrounding the Phantom Thieves. Will Akira and the gang be able to stay one step ahead of them?

The Art of Magic: The Gathering – War of the Spark
by James Wyatt

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Price: USA $39.99

“Even gods shall kneel.”—Nicol Bolas

Centuries of scheming have come to fruition at last. Meet Nicol Bolas: Elder dragon, Planeswalker, God-Pharaoh. He is the ultimate mastermind, whose plots for domination twist through the histories of countless worlds. Now those plots culminate on the shattered streets of Ravnica, with undead armies marching at his command and dozens of Planeswalkers marshaled to oppose him. In these lavishly illustrated pages, featuring art carefully chosen from more than two decades of Magic: The Gathering®, the full scope of Nicol Bolas’s plans is revealed at last.

It has all led to this. The greatest heroes of the Multiverse make their stand against the ultimate villain in the War of the Spark.

Radiant Volume 13
by Tony Valente

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Attempting to corral a Nemesis threatening the city of Bôme, Seth crashes it into the garden of the city’s king, Herklès VII. Believing this an attack on the king’s life, Inquisition soldiers and the king himself try to take Seth down. Seeking escape, Seth relies on the aid of someone he’d once considered an enemy–and maybe still is. Meanwhile, facing certain death, Seth’s friends Mélie and Ocoho are at odds over how to save themselves, with Ocoho urging the use of a technique Mélie absolutely refuses to consider.

The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Box Set
by Akira Himekawa

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $125.00

A deluxe box set of exclusive hardcover editions. Contains all five best-selling volumes of the The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition series.

The battle for Hyrule and the Sacred Realm has begun. A young boy named Link must defeat evil on his long, perilous
quest to find the spiritual stones that hold the key to the Triforce, and deliver them to Zelda, princess of the land of Hyrule.

VIZ SIGNATURE

B&N Exclusive
Tokyo Ghoul (Monster Edition) Volume 5
by Sui Ishida

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $24.99

The long-standing conflict between Ghouls and the CCG comes to a head. Ken has sided with the Ghouls, but in choosing has he extinguished any hope of reconciliation between humans and Ghouls? Find out the shocking conclusion to Tokyo Ghoul in this final volume.

Blue Flag Volume 4
By KAITO

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Toma’s older brother, Seiya, asks Taichi to find out why Toma doesn’t want to go to college. On the day of Toma’s release from the hospital, Taichi still hasn’t found a way to broach the subject with Toma. Meanwhile, Futaba discovers Taichi’s birthday is coming up, and she decides to invite the group to a fireworks festival so they can all celebrate.

Ultraman Volume 14
Story and Art by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

After all that has come to light, Shinjiro now struggles with one question—is Ultraman good or evil? While he ponders
this, Rena also comes to him with another revelation. Meanwhile, an alien hunting party has arrived on Earth bent on
killing humans for sport. The police and the SSSP, along with another mysterious organization, begin to investigate.

Golden Kamuy Volume 18
by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

Sugimoto closes the distance between himself and Asirpa as she continues her journey north into the wilderness of Karafuto in search of the dark secret of her father’s past and the key to the hidden gold. Now, deep in Russian territory, Kiroranke has more to say about Wilk—Asirpa’s father and his former conspirator in the plot to assassinate the Russian Czar. Back in Hokkaido, Lieutenant Tsurumi ponders the coded tattoos himself as Hijikata and his group track down another violent escaped convict near Lake Akan.

Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $17.99

Urasawa’s characters confront fantastical elements ranging from psychic powers, to alien visitors to planet Earth, to attacks by giant monsters. On the flip side, the author philosophizes about his real-world experiences with the wild
and wacky international music scene. Plus, a classic, funny animal tale, in Urasawa’s inimitable style.

Tokyo Ghoul: re Complete Box Set
by Sui Ishida

On Sale Date: October 20, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $169.99

A box set that includes all 16 volumes of the original Tokyo Ghoul:re series, with an exclusive double-sided poster.

The Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul’s Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes… or monsters?

SHONEN SUNDAY

Case Closed Volume 76
by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Detective Moore’s latest case comes from a client he’s never seen. Following a series of texts, Conan and the gang find a break-in, a bound woman and an apparent suicide. Conan is sure the woman knows more than she’s telling, but what’s her secret? Then the Junior Detective League witnesses a marital spat that ends in a death. Did one spouse kill the other in self-defense, or was it premeditated murder? And Detective Sato receives an unwanted gift: footage of her boyfriend, Detective Takagi, abducted by criminals.

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 9
by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Valentine’s Day is a total minefield for people with communication disorders, but this year Komi has a secret weapon to combat the stressful holiday—friends. Armed with homemade chocolates, Komi is ready to give Tadano a Valentine’s gift. At some point. Before the day is over. She swears.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 13
by Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: October 13, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Demon King and his troops travel to a demilitarized zone bordering the demon world and the human world for some
intense physical training alongside their human counterparts. When one group mocks the other, Syalis is hell-bent on
revenge! While the Demon Castle recovers from their boot camp, the princess saves the day… and wrecks it even more.
Then, an integral member of the Demon Castle staff resigns and heads for home… with the rest of the demons and one
human in hot pursuit.

VIZ Media Announces July 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for July 2020.

From Shonen Jump:

Act-Age Volume 1
by Tatsuya Matsuki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Is there a method to Kei Yonagi’s madness when it comes to acting? The young actor has a family of siblings to feed, but she finds herself struggling with her psychological demons when playing a role. Her desperate acting catches the eye of a famous director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s looking for raw talent to mold. Can he help Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of acting without losing her sanity?

Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World Volume 1
Original Concept by Tite Kubo, Written by Ryohgo Narita

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $14.99

The Quincies Thousand Year Blood War is over, but the embers of turmoil still smolder in the Soul Society. Tokinada Tsunayashiro, elevated to head of his clan after a slew of assassinations take out every other claimant to the title, has a grand plan to create a new Soul King. His dark ambitions soon sow the seeds of a new total war across the realms, but all is not lost. There is one unlikely Soul Reaper who holds the key to defusing the conflict—Shuhei Hisagi, Assistant Captain of the Ninth Company and reporter for the Seireitei Bulletin.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Volume 15
by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Turns out confessing your feelings is the easy part of a romantic relationship… Next you have to figure out how to behave in a relationship. Kaguya retreats behind the protective ice shield she built to protect herself years ago. Miyuki believes only an ideal version of himself is worthy of love. Ai/Haski, as usual, is caught in the middle. Will our two notstar-crossed lovers ever learn to let go and just be?

Before you can love someone else, you have to love yourself.

One-Punch Man Volume 20
by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Immediately before the big Monster Association battle, the Class-S heroes hold a strategy meeting. Unfortunately, they just aren’t in sync, and when Amai Mask barges in, the situation only gets worse. Thankfully, King appears just in time to boost their morale—and it’s a good thing, too, because the big
monster battle begins.

Seraph of the End Volume 19
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto,
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Shinoa fights for her life at the Demon Army headquarters where the First Progenitor, Shikama Doji, is trying to possess her. Ferid’s solution to the problem? Kill her before she’s turned and possessed. With all of the pieces in place and the First’s resurrection all but complete, the vampires and the Hyakuya Sect both converge on Shibuya. Meanwhile, trapped in his own mind with Asuramaru, Yuichiro’s missing past is finally revealed to him.

Haikyu!! Volume 39
by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s Little Giant versus Little Giant in the quarterfinal game against Kamomedai, and the Little Giant of the past that both Hinata and Korai look up to is watching in the stands. Karasuno struggles against Kamomedai’s iron-tough defense, as their blockers are just as infamous as Date Tech’s, if not more/ Will Karasuno find a way to open a hole in Kamomedai’s wall?

Dr. Stone Volume 12
by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kingdom of Science is now in uncharted waters. Motivated to find out the meaning behind the cryptic message they intercepted, Senku and a select few prepare for a long overseas voyage. And what they find on the first stop on their journey might provide a clue behind the mysterious petrification that ended civilization.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaina Volume 14
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro’s sword is still not ready. The swordsmith Haganezuka tries to concentrate on finishing while Tanjiro and his friends engage the two upper-rank demons, Hantengu and Gyokko, in a ferocious battle. Hantengu continues to create different forms to attack the Demon Slayers. Meanwhile, the Mist Hashira Tokito regains his memories of the past and confronts Gyokko, but what will these memories reveal?

From Shojo Beat:

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 8
by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Shirayuki and Zen finally have “the talk” about their future together. Then, a heavy rain forces the party to take shelter at an inn after seeing off Sakaki. But just as night falls, Obi slips away.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 7
by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Suzume and Mr. Shishio take a trip together for the first time. But something weighs heavily on Mr. Shishio’s mind. Meanwhile, Suzume’s worried about being caught on a romantic outing with her teacher.

Prince Freya Volume 2
by Keiko Ishihara

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Freya finds her charade as Prince Edvard difficult to maintain while battling treacherous Tyrish nobles and her own crushing grief. With the help of her dear friend Alek and her new guardian Sir Julian, however, she’s determined not to give up. But will her new resolution and impulsive nature send her straight into the jaws of danger?

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 4
by Mak Enjoji

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

At long last, the Dark Lord has been defeated. Wait—it can’t be that easy.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Nanase hears that Kairi has requested to study abroad. She is shocked by the news and tells him she doesn’t want to be apart, but Kairi’s response makes her uneasy.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 3
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Akari begins to see Kazuomi in a different light. But Kazuomi seems completely uninterested in love, and he’s very different from Akari’s usual type. Rio learns that Akari is attracted to Kazuomi, and Rio’s state of mind makes Yuna’s heart ache.

Takane & Hana Volume 15
by Yuki Shiwasu

On Sale Date: July 7, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Takane’s mother shows up from London and causes a stir. The big question is, can she possibly accept Hana’s role in Takane’s life? Things don’t look promising, but perhaps a trip to the amusement park can mend the strained relationship between mother and son.

From VIZ Media:

Radiant Volume 12
by Tony Valente

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price USA $9.99

Traveling to Bôme to recover the Nemesis that Grimm has stolen, Seth, Melie, Doc and Ocoho are separated during confrontations with both a Nemesis and a member of the Mesnie, eaters of the Infected. But this is not their only problem: the presence of General Inquisitor Sargon aboard their aircraft suggests that a meeting of Inquisition senior officials will soon take place in Bôme, an event sure to pile more troubles onto the Infected.

Persona 5 Volume 3
by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Ann has a new admirer… kind of. His name is Yusuke Kitagawa and he is an aspiring artist apprenticed to master painter Ichiryusai Madarame. Enthralled by Ann’s beauty, Yusuke is determined to use her as a model for a painting. But a new palace appears and it soon becomes apparent that it belongs to none other than Madarame himself, who has been plagiarizing his students’ art for his own gain. Will Yusuke have the will to rebel and join Akira and his friends to defeat the evil painter?

Record of Grancrest War Volume 7
Original Story by Ryo Mizuno, Story and Art by Makoto Yotsuba, Character Design by Miyu

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

It’s all been building to this point. Siluca and Theo’s plans, their hopes and their dreams—all are going to be put to the test in this final volume. Can the genius mage and upstart Lord pull off one last win, or will this be the end of everything they hoped to accomplish?

Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show Volume 1
by Hideki Goto

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

New Inklings take center stage as they and their friends embark on hilarious escapades in the world of Splatoon, the hit video game series from Nintendo.

From VIZ Signature:

Mujirushi
by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Kamoda will do anything to earn a quick buck, even if it means skipping out on his taxes to take his wife on a luxury cruise. But when a random tax audit bankrupts his family, Kamoda soon discovers his wife has taken that cruise after all—only without Kamoda or their daughter Kasumi.

Desperate to provide, Kamoda invests in a scheme to massproduce masks of controversial American presidential candidate Beverly Duncan. But a lackluster election kills their sales potential, burying Kamoda under a mountain of masks and debt. On the verge of despair, Kamoda discovers a sign that leads him to the Director, an art fanatic who vows he can make all of Kamoda and Kasumi’s dreams come true.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 14
by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

The Nanyang Alliance desperately tries to evacuate their Psycho Zakus from the Taal volcano base under intense pressure from the attacking Federation forces. To cover the retreat, Daryl Lorenz and the members of his team try to hold off Io Fleming and his unit. But this face-off was always going to come down to Io and Daryl, whose rivalry has only intensified since they first dueled in the Thunderbolt Sector. Each will accept nothing less than total destruction of the other, but victory always comes at a price.

BEASTARS Volume 7
by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Red deer Louis has always been the prime candidate for Cherryton Academy’s next Beastar, but now he has dropped out of school to run a gang of lions. When his greatest rival, gray wolf Juno, tries to convince him to return to school, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, gray wolf Legoshi’s relationship with dwarf rabbit Haru is changing too. Will they grow closer or farther apart? Then, Legoshi is blindsided by a huge, mysterious assailant. What new skills will he need to learn to protect himself, let alone his friends?

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 3
by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

A group of sinister beings have lived on this island for several lifetimes, tinkering and experimenting on humans and the local fauna to further the goals of their dark sciences. Who are these otherworldly individuals that rule this beautiful and deadly island and how will Gabimaru manage to kill them to achieve his goal?

RWBY: The Official Manga Volume 1
by Bunta Kinami

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Ruby takes her first step on the road to becoming a Huntress by enrolling at Beacon Academy, eager to take on the battery of tests, challenges and difficulties that follow. Ruby knows her talents will take her to her goal, but is she ready to clash with Weiss Schnee, haughty scion of the Schnee Dust
Company?

No Guns Life Volume 6
by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Andy Wachowski was the genius who developed the basic theory of Extension technology. But once he saw what became of his creation he turned against it, becoming the leader of the anti-Extended terrorist organization Spitzbergen. Now, in an attempt to control Juzo Spitzbergen threatens Tetsuro. Berühren’s Resolvers Pepper and Gun Slave Unit Seven are after Juzo as well. Juzo has plenty of cases to deal with now— it’s just too bad he’s not getting paid for any of them.

Levius/est Volume 5
by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

The main event of the Southern Slam tournament is Levius’s title fight against “the Emperor,” Oliver E. Kingsley, but first Natalia must face off against A.J.’s brother Balthus. Zack and Bill are ringside to help, but the Amethyst corporation’s experiments have turned Natalia’s opponent into a dreadful new kind of weapon.

Children of the Whales Volume 15
by Abi Umeda

On Sale Date: July 21, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Chakuro, Suou and Shuan boarded the battleship Karcharías hoping to convince Orca to release Ouni and Lykos. But instead of rescuing their friends, they are now caught up in Orca’s plan to destroy the Mud Whale and all its residents in order to unleash an apocalypse that will overthrow the Nouses and create a parallel world where humans will never again feel pain or sadness. When words prove useless against Orca’s sophistry, will the team from the Mud Whale be forced to use violence?

From Shonen Sunday:

Case Closed Volume 75
by Gosho Aoyama

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Conan and Rachel discover that someone is posing as Detective Moore and doing good deeds… but why? A string of threatening notes left on cars gives Detective Chiba the chance to solve a case alongside his childhood crush, new police-recruit Naeko Miike. And a shocking death at a wedding party reveals a startling secret. But when Conan’s investigation of the wedding leads him to an undercover detective working on the same case, he finds himself on the trail of an even bigger mystery…

RIN-NE Volume 34
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: July 14, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When some late exorcism fees are finally deposited in Rinne’s account, he informs Sakura that he’ll pay off all his debts to her. Meanwhile, after a fight with her parents over her credit card, Ageha runs away to stay at Rinne’s place. When Sakura hears about the new living arrangements, she gets the wrong impression. Can Rinne set her straight?

One-Punch Man to Get Hollywood Live-Action Film

Entertainment news website Variety has reported that Sony is developing a live-action Hollywood film adaptation of ONE and Yūsuke Murata’s One-Punch Man manga. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script. Arad Productions’ Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing the film. Variety stated that “Sony is very high on the property given its popularity” and there is a “possibility of adding another franchise to the pipeline.”

Yūsuke Murata and ONE launched the One-Punch Man manga on Shueisha’s free “Tonari no Young Jump” website in 2012. The series is a remake of ONE’s original web manga of the same name. VIZ Media is releasing the series digitally and in print.

Source: ANN

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Is #2 on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan March 2020 List

15 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for March 2020:

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 11 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#2)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 19 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • Berserk Deluxe Volume 4 by Kentarou Miura (#6)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 8 by Toyotarō (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 23 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#12)
  • Uzumaki Hardcover by Junji Ito (#14)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 14 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • BEASTARS Volume 5 by Paru Itagaki (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)

Source: ANN

One-Punch Man Ranks at #11 on the New York Times’ Graphic Books Bestsellers April 2020 List

Four manga titles made it onto the New York Times Graphic Books Bestsellers list released in early February 2020:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 19 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 11 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#14)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 8 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō (#15)

The New York Times posted its first Graphic Books and Manga bestseller list in October 2019, and it is one category of the newspaper’s new bestseller lists.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 18

One-Punch Man Volume 18 has a strong focus on Garo, the hero hunter.

One-Punch Man Volume 18
Written by: ONE
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 3, 2019

The volume opens with an end times group saying that society should follow the Monster Association and offering regular sacrifices out of people who resist. Garo shows up and puts an end to it.

Garo finds himself starting to question things a little. First, it’s because of the world falling apart that there won’t be much of an impact if he makes a dramatic entrance as the strongest monster. Basically, the Monster Association is holding back and giving free reign to people who are all bluster.

We then get an amusing scene with Garo going to a restaurant and feeding his face… and it turns out Saitama is there as well. But Saitama doesn’t notice until after he eats that his wallet is missing. Blizzard shows up, trying to convince Saitama to join her group, but Saitama decides to order one more plate of food and have her eat some, he can stick her with the bill instead of dining and dashing. Garo ends up dining and dashing, and the paths of these two characters will later cross.

Garo has a run-in with Tareo, the kid who looks up to heroes and gets bullied by his peers. Garo saves the kid from some bullies. Garo keeps trying to get Tareo to go home, but he won’t leave. As two members of the Monster Association arrive and confront Garo about his lack of fitness to join their ranks, Garo finds himself torn between questioning if he’s truly a monster or not. There’s a fantastic fight scene between Garo, Insect God, and King The Ripper. In the end, Garo is knocked out, and Tareo is captured by the Monster Association.

Tareo is thrown into the same cell as Waganma, the spoiled rich kid that Metal Bat was trying to protect earlier in the series. Unfortunately, even in captivity, Waganma continues to act like a spoiled brat. He appears to have learned nothing from his earlier experiences.

Dr. Kuseno, the professor who designed Genos’ cybernetics, makes an appearance at Saitama’s apartment. There’s an amusing scene where Kuseno reveals through dialogue that Genos is Saitama’s disciple. Blizzard, who dropped by shortly before, gets quite the shock of her life upon hearing this.

Volume 18 has a great blend of action panels, comedy, and serious moments. But the stage is also being set for Garo to go through some evolution as a character. The seeds of the evolution have been planted in this volume, and I have a feeling that readers will continue to see Garo evolve as this arc continues. While we do get some important scenes with the Monster Association, this volume focuses more on Garo’s story than on anything else.

I’m very curious to see how Garo’s character arc will progress over the course of the next volume. Although I’m also hoping to see some progression with the overall arc as well, especially when it comes to the Monster Association.

My Hero Academia Is #3 on the December 2019 NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel List

12 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for December 2019:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 18 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#7)
  • No Longer Human Hardcover by Junji Ito (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#15)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 7 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#20)

The BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: One-Punch Man Volume 17

One-Punch Man Volume 17 has some heroes battling a major monster, and we also see some behind-the-scenes action for both the Hero Association and the Monster Association.

One-Punch Man Volume 17
Written by: ONE
Publisher: Shueisha, Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 6, 2019

The volume opens with some backstory for Garo to help explain why he hates heroes and is going after them. I have a feeling that this backstory is intended to help “humanize” him, especially since early in the volume, he is taken and treated by the Monster Association. I think ONE wants to make sure that it’s clear that Garo himself is not a monster, and my guess is that later in the story, Garo will play an important role in the eventual defeat of the Monster Association. But only time will tell if I’m right on that or not.

A major monster comes onto the scene, and there’s impressive battle scenes with Genos, Bang, and Bang’s older brother taking on the monster. But they are unable to take him down themselves. Just as things look bleak, Saitama appears on the scene and uses just one punch to take down the monster.

We see some behind-the-scenes events going on with the Hero Association, as they try to locate the hideout of the Monster Association so they can try to rescue a hostage (the son of a politician). The politician, however, is unhappy with how the situation is going, so he hires some vigilantes and gives them suits that power them up to attempt to make them as strong as the heroes, if not a little stronger. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work out well, and the vigilantes are captured. It’s this scene where the reader, along with Garo, sees the behind-the-scenes portion with the Monster Association. The Monster Association wants to make Garo an assistant leader of the group, but under one condition: he must kill a hero and bring their head to the Monster Association. Like I said earlier, I think ONE wanted to make it clear to the reader that while Garo is a hero hunter, he isn’t intent on killing them… which separates him from the Monster Association.

We also get a scene of Genos, Bang, Bang’s brother, and King tending to injuries or just hanging out at Saitama’s place. Fubuki, the leader of the Blizzard Bunch, comes by and tries to talk strategy in the hopes of getting these guys to join her group. Of course, no one’s really paying any attention to her, and basically shut her down when she tries to lead a strategy session. Fubuki is trying too hard to raise her profile as a hero, but so far, her efforts to recruit Saitama and the others keep failing. But I’m sure she’ll keep trying.

In my review for Volume 16, I had thought that perhaps Garo’s arc was going to be ending in this one. I’m happy to see that it isn’t, and that there’s still more story to tell with Garo. It’ll be interesting to see how this arc continues to evolve.

English Cast Announced for the One-Punch Man Season 2 Anime

VIZ Media announced the new English dub cast for the second season of the One-Punch Man anime at its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con.

The new cast members include:

  • Greg Chun is Garou
  • Alan Lee is Suiryu
  • Bill Millsap is Gyoro-Gyoro
  • Jason Marnocha is Orochi

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block will premiere the anime with the English dub on October 12, 2019.

The schedule for the Toonami block will be the following as of October 12, 2019:

  • 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super
  • 11:30 p.m. – One-Punch Man (Season 2 Premiere)
  • 12:00 a.m. – Dr. Stone
  • 12:30 a.m. – Fire Force
  • 1:00 a.m. – Food Wars!
  • 1:30 a.m. – Demon Slayer (Series Premiere)
  • 2:00 a.m. – Black Clover
  • 2:30 a.m. – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • 3:00 a.m. – Naruto Shippūden
  • 3:30 a.m. – Lupin the 3rd Part 5
  • 4:00 a.m. – My Hero Academia

Source: ANN