Pokemon Journeys: The Series Manga Ends

The November 2021 issue of Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics magazine published the final chapter of Machito Gomi’s Pokemon Journeys: The Series (Pocket Monsters: Satoshi to Gō no Monogatari) manga on October 15, 2021. The manga adapts the Pokemon Journeys: The Series anime.

The manga is described as:

Ash is back in awesome adventures that take place across multiple regions of the best-selling Pokemon video games.

When Ash and Pikachu hitch a ride aboard the Legendary Pokemon Lugia, they discover another kid is also on board. Meet Goh, who wants to catch every Pokemon ever—including Mew.

Can Ash and Goh make their lofty dreams come true?

Gomi launched Pokemon Journeys: The Series in Coro Coro Comics in December 2019. VIZ Media has licensed the manga and will release the first volume on November 9, 2021.

Source: ANN

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?

VIZ Media Announces November 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

One Piece Pirate Recipes
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Undead Unluck Volume 4
Story and Art by Yoshifumi Tozuka

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

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

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

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

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

Black Clover Volume 27
Story and Art by Yūki Tabata

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

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

Shojo Beat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Media

Sanrio Pompoms
By Sachiko Susa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIZ Signature

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

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

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

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

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

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

Urusei Yatsura Volume 12
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

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

BEASTARS Volume 15
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

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

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

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

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

Shonen Sunday

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

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

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

Mao Volume 2
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

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

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

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

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

Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle to Premiere on Netflix on October 8, 2021

The Pokemon franchise’s official YouTube channel began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (Gekijōban Pocket Monster Koko), the 23rd anime film in the Pokemon franchise, and it reveals that the film will begin streaming on Netflix on October 8, 2021.

The film’s story is set in Okoya Forest, a Pokemon paradise protected by strict rules that forbid outsiders from setting foot inside. The film centers on Koko, a boy who was raised by Pokemon and also considers himself as one, treating the Mythical Pokemon Zarude as his father. Ash and Pikachu encounter Koko during an adventure. The film focuses on the theme of a “human raised by Pokemon,” instead of the previous films’ focus of the “bond between a human trainer and their Pokémon.”

Pokemon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle opened in Japanese theaters in December 2020.

Source: ANN

Pokemon Live-Action Series Is in Early Development at Netflix

Entertainment news source Variety has reported that the Pokemon franchise is getting a live-action series that is in early development at Netflix. According to Variety’s sources, it will be a live-action series with Joe Henderson serving as writer and executive producer.

Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series, the 24th season of the Pokemon franchise’s anime, will premiere exclusively on Netflix on September 10, 2021. The first 12 episodes will debut on that day, and subsequent quarterly releases will follow.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces New Licenses

VIZ Media has announced new licenses that will launch between Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Title: Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai manga
Creators: Riku Sanjō (story), Kōji Inada (art)
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: With the help of his friends, Dai will set out on a grand adventure to become the hero he was meant to be in the first arc of the legendary adventure series set in the world of Dragon Quest.

Title: Alice in Borderland manga
Creators: Haro Aso
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Ryohei’s sick of the world, but his new world has a sick joke in store for him: it’s a game, and the only way to survive is to play.

Title: Sakamoto Days manga
Creators: Yūto Suzuki
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Things are about to get super INconvenient for convenience store owner Taro Sakamoto when his past as a legendary assassin catches up to him.

Title: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba–Stories of Water and Flame manga
Creators: Ryōji Hirano
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: The Flame Hashira and the Water Hashira star in two back-to-back tales set in the world of Demon Slayer.

Title: Ima Koi: Now I’m In Love manga
Creator: Ayuko Hatta
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: After years of missing out on love and dating for fear of rejection, Satomi decisively blurts out her feelings, but now the hard part comes: dating.

Title: Came the Mirror & Other Tales manga
Creator: Rumiko Takahashi
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Rumiko Takahashi, beloved creator of Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, and Urusei Yatsura, is back with an eclectic collection of short stories–Came the Mirror & Other Tales. Plus, a rare, autobiographical tale about the mangaka’s lifelong love for manga.

Title: Deadpool Samurai manga
Creators: Sanshirō Kasama (writer), Hikaru Uesugi (artist)
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Deadpool moves to Tokyo and encounters just about every kind of shonen trope you can think of. Chaos and humor collide in Deadpool: Samurai, out Spring 2022.

Title: Pokemon Adventures: X•Y manga
Creators: Hidenori Kusaka, Satoshi Yamamoto
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Awesome Pokemon Adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokemon X and Y video games. The reclusive child prodigy Pokemon Trainer, X, is stirred out of hiding after a surprise attack.

Title: Orochi: The Perfect Edition manga
Creator: Kazuo Umezz
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: The classic manga from horror master Kazuo Umezz gets a whole new format. The deluxe hardcover series Orochi: The Perfect Edition, featuring nine of his classic interconnected short stories, is out Spring 2022.

Title: Bone Collection manga
Creator: Jun Kirararazaka
Release: Fall 2021 (digital)
Summary: Grow a backbone and tap into your inner exorcist powers with both volumes of Bone Collection.

Title: Me & Roboco manga
Creator: Shūhei Miyazaki
Release: Fall 2021 (digital)
Summary: In a world where most families own a cute maid robot, average elementary kid Bondo hopes for one of his own. But the wacky robot who shows up is anything but average.

Title: Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin manga
Creator: Ryūhei Tamura
Release: Fall 2021 (digital)
Summary: Ryūhei Tamura brings you the fishiest cop manga to ever hit Shonen Jump. A missing cult, a mysterious little girl, and his new partner–a dolphin.

Title: Mitama Security: Spirit Busters manga
Creator: Tsurun Hatamune
Release: Fall 2021 (digital)
Summary: Rena’s haunted by spirits, but when a strange guy comes to bust them, he may be more of a hindrance than a help.

Title: Magu-chan: God of Destruction manga
Creator: Kei Kamiki
Release: Fall 2021 (digital)
Summary: The reign of Mag, the God of Destruction, ends and he washes up on shore in a cute new form.

Title: Star Wars: Tribute to Star Wars book
Creators: Various
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Explore the galaxy through the beautiful artwork of 45 outstanding Japanese manga artists and illustrators, including Akira Himekawa, Taiyo Matsumoto, and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko.

Title: JoJo 6251: The World of Hirohiko Araki
Creator: Hirohiko Araki
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: The electrifying world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is unveiled in this print-bound art compendium that’s a must for any fan of Araki-Sensei.

Title: Art of The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Creators: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Based on the masterpiece film from Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata, this is the untold story of Princess Kaguya. Includes scene-by-scene illustrations and character dialogue from the film.

Title: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Picture Book
Creators: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: The art and words of Isao Takahata’s gorgeous adaptation of the classic tale come to life. This book captures the breathtaking art of the Studio Ghibli film from conception to production.

Title: Demon Slayer: The Official Coloring Book
Creator: Art from Koyoharu Gotouge
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Now THIS is a coloring book. Add color to over seventy illustrations featuring your favorite characters from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, with art by manga artist Koyoharu Gotouge.

Title: Uzumaki Coloring Book
Creator: Selected art from Junji Ito
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: The bizarre masterpiece of horror manga from Junji Ito, has been transformed into the Uzumaki Coloring Book.

Title: Onigiri cookbook
Creator: Ai Watanabe, Samuel Trifot, Akiko Ida
Release: Spring 2022
Summary: Japanese rice balls are about to get really fun. A variety of recipes for these convenient little snacks, curated by popular Parisian onigiri restaurant Gili-Gili, are packed into this cookbook.

Source: ANN

Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series to Premiere on Netflix on September 10, 2021

Crunchyroll is reporting that the official Pokemon Twitter account shared the news that the first 12 episodes of Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series are scheduled to premiere on Netflix on September 10, 2021. More episodes will follow roughly every three months for the rest of the anime’s 24th season.

Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series is described as:

You’ll see our heroes continue their Pokemon research for Cerise Laboratory, and Ash, of course, remains dedicated to his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master as he climbs higher in the World Coronation Series rankings. Meanwhile, Goh works to complete his Pokedex and his ultimate goal of catching Mew, and Chloe takes her first steps as a Pokemon Trainer when she meets a mysterious Eevee.

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media Announces October 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Burn the Witch Volume 1
Story and Art by Tite Kubo

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$19.99

Behind the world you think you know lies a land of magic and fairy tales—but Reverse London isn’t the pretty picture that’s painted in children’s books. Fairy tales have teeth, and the dedicated agents of Wing Bind are the only thing standing between you and the real story.

Demon Slayer Complete Box Set
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$199.99

The complete saga of Demon Slayer, all in one epic box set. This box set contains all 23 volumes of the global hit Demon Slayer as well as an exclusive booklet and a double-sided poster.

My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 5
Original Story by Kohei Horikoshi, Written by Anri Yoshi

On Sale Date: October 5, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

It’s time for class 1-A to start getting ready for the end-of-the-year holidays. As excited as everyone is for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the New Year itself, preparing means undertaking a big winter cleaning. The unsuspecting students get a big surprise when their cleaning leads to a crazy discovery. There’s only one way to find out where the mysterious entrance they uncover leads to—and that means rustling up some Plus Ultra spirit and venturing inside.

Blue Exorcist Volume 26
Story and Art by Kazue Kato

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

Now back in the present, and with the terrible, tragic knowledge of the truth of his and his brother’s birth, Rin confronts Yuki aboard the stricken Illuminati airship, Dominus Liminis. As the brothers face off, Satan does his best to drive them both further into his grip. Rin wants to bring Yuki back into the fold of the Knights of the True Cross, but Yuki is firm in his desire to force Rin to kill him. With the airship going down in flames, the battle for Yuki’s soul begins…

Spy x Family Volume 6
Story and Art by Tatsuya Endo

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

Nightfall and Twilight enter an underground tennis tournament, looking for clues to the whereabouts of a secret intelligence document that could very well bring the world to the brink of war. But will their mission be compromised by Nightfall’s secret crush on her mentor Twilight?

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 5
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi, Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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

William James Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes meet again on a train back to London, and a dead body is discovered in a locked passenger cabin with John Watson named the prime suspect. Sherlock challenges William to a contest to be the first to solve the murder and clear John’s name. Back in London, a state secret which only the royal family is privy to has been stolen and MI6 is tasked with retrieving it, lest the whole empire fall into ruin. Meanwhile, Sherlock is visited by the king of Bohemia, who asks him to cover up a recent scandal…

One-Punch Man Volume 23
Story by ONE, Art by Yusuke Murata

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

Narinki’s private force is now free from Super S’s control. Bushi Drill, Okama Itachi and Iaian plot their escape, but threat level Demon monster Malong Hair appears before they can flee, and a fierce fight breaks out. Elsewhere, their master Atomic Samurai encounters a creepy opponent.

Chainsaw Man Volume 7
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

Denji’s career as a devil hunter is really taking off. And after he appears on TV, the whole world knows about the mysterious Chainsaw Man. But that’s not all good news, considering assassins are now on their way to Japan to claim his heart. Can Denji’s team keep him safe from the world’s most dangerous killers?

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 12
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

The incident in Shibuya becomes dire when Toji Zen’in reappears. Meanwhile, Mei Mei confronts the traitorous Geto on a subway platform, and Nanami’s furious over the casualties suffered by the assistant managers. Then more grade 1 sorcerers enter the fray as Itadori fights the eldest Cursed Womb: Death Painting brother, Choso.

Seraph of the End Volume 22
Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

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

The battle for the fate of the world continues as the vampires, human armies and human sects converge and fight it out in Shibuya. Distraught at the loss of Mika, Yuichiro struggles to maintain control over his emotions, putting him at risk of becoming a demon forever. Suddenly, Krul Tepes steps in and offers Yuichiro a glimmer of hope by revealing a way for Mika to be saved… Meanwhile, Guren rampages on as he attempts to right the wrongs of his past, and Ferid pays a visit to the man who turned him, Rígr Stafford.

We Never Learn Volume 18
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

Rizu and Nariyuki are now university students. Though some time has passed since graduation, not much has changed in their relationship. But things are about to get interesting with a little help from their friend Sawako and a mischievous ghost.

Shojo Beat

My Love Mix-Up! Volume 1
Story by Wataru Hinekure, Art by Aruko

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

Aoki has a crush on Hashimoto, the girl in the seat next to him in class. But he despairs when he borrows her eraser and sees she’s written the name of another boy—Ida—on it. To make matters more confusing, Ida sees Aoki holding that very eraser and thinks Aoki has a crush on him.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 32
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

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

The martial arts tournament to show off the Four Dragons begins, and Gija and Jaeha face off against Ju-do and Geuntae. Meanwhile, Hak is separated from Yona and the Four Dragons, but he has plans to bridge the gap between himself and Yona…

VIZ Media

The Creative Gene
By Hideo Kojima

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$22.99

Ever since he was a child, Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima was a voracious consumer of movies, music, and books. They ignited his passion for stories and storytelling, and the results can be seen in his groundbreaking, iconic video games. Now the head of independent studio Kojima Productions, Kojima’s enthusiasm for entertainment media has never waned. This collection of essays explores some of the inspirations behind one of the titans of the video game industry, and offers an exclusive insight into one of the brightest minds in pop culture.

Marvel Meow
By Nao Fuji

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$14.99

Join Captain Marvel’s pet, Chewie, as she wreaks havoc in the lives of Marvel’s most popular characters.

Gain a new perspective on beloved favorites such as Spider-Man and Iron Man, formidable villains including Thanos and
Galactus, and antiheroes like Deadpool, as they all become the playthings of this capricious “cat” creature.

Originally shared on Marvel’s official Instagram, these comic strips have been collected with all-new content into a gift book that will delight Marvel and cat enthusiasts alike.

The Art of gen:Lock
By Daniel Wallace

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$30.00

A stunning hardcover companion to the latest animated show from Rooster Teeth, the creators of RWBY. Go behind the scenes with exclusive commentary from the writers, animators, creators, artists, and voice actors of gen:LOCK. Featuring full-color artwork from the show and sketches and notes about the development of the series that you won’t find anywhere else.

Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning
Original Concept by Hiromu Arakawa, Story by Makoto Inoue

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

Winry, childhood friend of the Elric brothers, is ecstatic to advance her training as an automail mechanic in Rush Valley. Her passion and skills are tested when she crosses paths with a boy who lost a leg and can’t get back on his feet. Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse Elric just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, and this time they’re deliberately provoking the threatening Scar.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 10 [FINAL VOLUME]
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Mato and Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: October 12, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

The conclusion of the original Pokemon Adventures.

Professor Birch sends Ruby and Sapphire to help Emerald find the Wish Pokemon Jirachi. But first there are fierce Pokemon battles to fight in the Battle Dome Tournament.

Then, Professor Oak sends Gold and Silver to help rescue Red, Yellow, Blue and Green—who have all been turned to stone. Along the way, Gold and Silver must battle a fearsome creature that Archie, the former leader of Team Aqua, wished into existence using the powers of the Wish Pokemon Jirachi that Ruby and Sapphire found.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures 28 & 29.

How Do We Relationship? Volume 4
Story and Art by Tamifull

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

It’s getting harder for Miwa and Saeko to ignore the tensions in their relationship as even their sex life starts to suffer. Saeko begins to feel like Miwa doesn’t really see her while Miwa finds herself dwelling more and more on the past. They don’t want to give up on each other, but what do you do when a relationship starts to sour?

Requiem of the Rose King Volume 14
Story and Art by Aya Kanno

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

Reigning as king at last, Richard slips out of the banquet to celebrate in Buckingham’s loving arms. Meanwhile, due to the behind-the-scenes machinations of Richmond, a Lancaster with his sights set on the throne, Richard’s happiness starts to lose its color. Then, questions arise about the true parentage of Richard’s son Edward, shaking the foundations of his rule. Faced with these challenges, Richard and Buckingham undergo a test of their love.

VIZ Signature

No. 5 Volume 2
Story and Art by Taiyo Matsumoto

On Sale Date: October 19, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$22.99

The members of the Rainbow Council were created to be superior to normal human beings and to keep the peace. But with no wars to fight, what purpose do they serve other than public relations? The strange psychic twins called No. 4 use their power to try to convince No. 5 to reverse his course as he tries to stay one step ahead of his pursuers. Meanwhile, No. 1, the leader of the Council, thinks back to a bloody incident 15 years ago that bears on the present day…

Asadora! Volume 4
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

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

Asa reluctantly agrees to accompany Yone to an audition at an entertainment agency. However, before they can leave, Mr. Jissoji shows up with news—the mysterious creature has been spotted. With Kasuga nowhere to be found, Asa prepares to take flight to identify the creature. But before she can, Nakaido runs in claiming to have found its weakness, earning himself a seat in Asa’s plane as they take to the skies.

No Guns Life Volume 11
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

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

Wurzel, the Berühren board of directors, has decided to free Suiso Arahabaki at the urging of one of its members, Chief Operating Officer Honest. But this move may be part of a broader power play. The megacorporation’s sinister influence reaches every level of the city, from the halls of justice to the back streets, where Juzo continues to search for a way to free himself from Berühren’s grasp. Destroying Suiso might just be the way to do so, but Suiso himself is unlike any opponent Juzo has faced before…

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 15
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

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

It’s election season at Itan High, and one of Komi’s classmates is running for school president. But according to school rules, Kiyoko Isagi needs to select a campaign representative, and this chilly perfectionist doesn’t have anyone she feels comfortable asking. Luckily, Komi and friends have some good ideas for solving her problem.

Case Closed Volume 80
Story and Art by Gosho Aoyama

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

Chasing a stray cat, the Junior Detective League stumbles upon a chilling crime. Before they know it, they’re trapped in a refrigerated truck with a corpse, and Conan has to figure out how to escape before they become kid-sicles.

Then a cooking show heats up when one of the judges is found dead in the secret ingredient, proving that revenge isn’t always a dish best served cold. And Conan suspects a suicide case is really murder… but the chief suspect is Officer Yumi’s ex-boyfriend!

Call of the Night Volume 4
Story and Art by Kotoyama

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

Nazuna can’t let her guard down for a second now that a flock of hot vampire chicks are interested in Ko’s hot blood. And when she takes a shift at a maid café where the customer is always right, it turns out the vampire is always wrong. Meanwhile, Akira meets the girl Ko rejected before meeting Nazuna, and Ko meets a private detective searching for someone he knows. Then, a late-night visit to Ko’s school to ghostbust spooky legends leads to a new perspective on giving up your humanity…

VIZ Media Announces September 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Mashle: Magic and Muscles Volume 2
Story and Art By Hajime Komoto

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

In the midst of a battle with Lance, a chosen magic user graced with two marks, Mash makes a shocking discovery about his opponent. Then, more trouble is on the way when Mash’s dorm, Adler, is paired for outdoor activities with Lang, a dorm full of a veritable wolf pack of bad characters. Now Mash is caught in a fight for coins and the pride of his dorm.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 12
Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Mikio Ikemoto, Script by Ukyo Kodachi

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

As Naruto recovers from his wounds after being rescued by Boruto and the new Team Seven, nefarious things are happening within Kara. Kashin Koji and Amado seem to have betrayed their leader, Jigen. What is the reason for their sudden turn, and just what is Jigen’s true identity?

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 23
Story and Art by Yoshiaki Sukeno

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

The Soul of the Great Yang is destined to awaken in Rokuro… but first it wants to kill him. Will Rokuro make it to the altar on time—let alone alive—to marry Benio? And can he trust an offer of help from a most unlikely, impossible ally?

Undead Unluck Volume 3
Story and Art by Yoshifumi Tozuka

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

Andy has transformed into Victhor and the members of the Union have assembled to stop him. As a furious battle unfolds, Fuuko decides to join the fray to return Andy to normal. But she’ll need to touch Victhor to use her Unluck against Victhor’s Undead powers, so she does the unthinkable and leaps right at him.

Dr. Stone Volume 18
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

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

It’s the Kingdom of Science versus the Kingdom of Science. This showdown between Senku and Dr. Xeno is a race to see which side can take down the enemy’s science leader first. Despite the revelation of Dr. Xeno’s unexpected history and connection with Senku, Stanley’s deadly sniper rifle is already aimed right at the Perseus.

Dragon Ball Super Volume 14
Story by Akira Toriyama, Art by Toyotarou

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

The struggle against Moro and the fight for the fate of the Earth continues. Vegeta finally returns from planet Yardrat and asks Goku to step aside so he can face the evil space wizard alone. But something is different about Vegeta since his training with the mysterious Yardratians, and his attacks seem to be working to weaken Moro. Will Vegeta’s training be enough to step out of Goku’s shadow and end this battle once and for all?

My Hero Academia Volume 29
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

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

Shigaraki Tomura has finally awakened, and as he begins to unleash his savage powers, the heroes realize it’s going to take everyone and everything they have to stop him. Several heroes have been lost already, and even as the number one hero, Endeavor, takes on Tomura, Midoriya and Bakugo must now put themselves on the front line. Meanwhile, the massive villain Gigantomachia rampages toward Jaku City. It seems nothing can stop him, but the students of U.A. are determined to succeed or die trying…

Shojo Beat

Yakuza Lover Volume 2
Story and Art by Nozomi Mino

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

Yuri and Oya’s romantic getaway in Shanghai is cut short when sinister Russian mob boss Semilio kidnaps Yuri and tries to make her his own. But Yuri won’t be won over so easily. As she fights off Semilio’s advances, Oya suddenly comes to her rescue. With Yuri finally out of harm’s way, Oya charges headfirst into battle against Semillio, leaving Yuri to wonder if he’ll make it out alive.

Prince Freya Volume 5
Story and Art by Keiko Ishihara

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

Freya has been granted Tyr’s royal jewel and the chance to seek allies in the fight against Sigurd. But the journey to hope is fraught with danger and Freya and her knights will have to survive a voyage across a pirate-infested sea before they can even begin to secure the help her kingdom needs.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 10
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

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

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Inui finds out Akari has confided in Ryosuke about her problems with her parents. Feeling jealous, he tells Akari he wants to hear about her problems too. Ryosuke is moving in quick, and Inui still hasn’t told Akari how he feels about her.

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 15
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

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

Shirayuki and Obi attend a royal soiree at the palace in hopes of meeting Rata Forzeno, the wunderock scholar. With his help, the Lilias team might finally be able to bring their orimmallys research to a speedy conclusion. But will Shirayuki and Obi be able to convince the elusive scholar to lend them a hand?

VIZ Media

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Volume 1
Story and Art by KOKONASU☆RUMBA

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

What do the villagers of Animal Crossing: New Horizons get up to when you’re not around? Find out all about their antics in this hilarious manga filled with goofy gags and silly stories. Plus, read comics that highlight each villager, as well as get tips and tricks for playing the game in a special bonus section.

Star Wars: The High Republic: Edge of Balance Volume 1
Story by Shima Shinya & Justina Ireland; Art by Mizuki Sakakibara

On Sale Date: September 7, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

In the aftermath of the Hyperspace Disaster, young Jedi Knight, Lily Tora-Asi is assigned to help displaced civilians relocate to Banchii, a newly inhabited planet in the Inugg system far in the Outer Rim. While balancing the arrival of incoming settlers and teaching the Padawans on their Temple outpost, Lily must also confront an attack by the insidious Drengir and, after the events of the Republic Fair, deal with the growing threat of the Nihil. But the dangers to Lily and her Padawans are much closer than she thinks…

YO-KAI WATCH Volume 18
Story and Art by Noriyuki Konishi

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

Nate grows tired of Jibanyan’s and Whisper’s lazy attitudes and finds a new Yo-kai to partner with. Then he heads for Gargaros Island. Is a new Yo-Kai legend in the making?

Kirby Manga Mania Volume 2
Story and Art by Hirokazu Hikawa

Dream Land’s innocent troublemaker Kirby is back at it again with more of the mischief fans of all ages know and love. These cute and carefree Kirby comics—ready to be consumed in any order or inhaled all at once—will leave fans tickled pink.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 11
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

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

Reuniting with the missing Sun, Lillie, along with the others, manages to find and free her mother, Lusamina, from Nihelga. Meanwhile, Moon seems to be attacking her friends. Will Moon be able to escape Faba’s clutches?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 9
Story and Art by Akira Himekawa

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

Midna tells Link about the time before she came to the world of Light and how the evil wizard Zant turned her into her current form. Bitter and angry, Midna only used other people to get her revenge. Link needs Midna’s help now more than ever and his forgiveness may give her the strength to continue the fight. Ahead of them, in the Twilight Realm itself, lie greater dangers than they have faced before, as well as Midna’s nemesis, the scheming sorcerer Zant.

Splatoon Volume 13
Story and Art by Sankichi Hinodeya

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

The search for Sheldon’s grandfather’s hidden treasure continues. To complete their quest, Goggles will have to defeat the diabolical Justice Brain, who is proving to be a wily and worthy foe. Can Goggles triumph over Justice Brain, unlock the secret of Ammoses Shellendorf’s treasure and advance to the Final Splatfest?

VIZ Signature

Fist of the North Star Volume 2
Story by Buronson, Art by Tetsuo Hara

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

Ken takes on the Golan, a gang whose claims of genetic superiority he will put to the test. Later, as he continues his journey through the wasteland, he runs into a wily nomad warlord named Jackal. Until now, Ken’s opponents have rarely used their heads—though many have lost them. How will he handle an enemy who relies on cunning instead of brute force?

Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition Volume 5
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: September 21, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$24.99

After Yusaku Godai saves his beloved apartment manager, Kyoko Otonashi, from falling off the roof of Maison Ikkoku, the two argue and Godai falls off the balcony, breaking his leg. Kyoko keeps visiting him during his stay in the hospital, but all their friends are making it difficult for them to find time alone to make up.

BEASTARS Volume 14
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

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

Valiant Beastar horse Yahya continues his vendetta against Komodo dragon Gosha by tormenting his grandson, gray wolf Legoshi. In college, dwarf rabbit Haru meets another herbivore who is dating a carnivore. Is dating outside your species just trendy? Then, when Haru finally meets up with Legoshi again, she insists he take her to a disturbing location for their date. Meanwhile, Yahya’s mouse spies are everywhere, and their motives aren’t always pure…

The Way of the Househusband Volume 6
Story and Art by Kousuke Oono

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

All of Tatsu’s hustling and networking since leaving the yakuza has earned him an offer he can’t refuse—an invitation to run with the women’s association, the movers and shakers of his neighborhood. Before he can be initiated, though, the Immortal Dragon must prove to the board’s heavyweights that he truly can hack it as a homemaker. It will be the greatest test of this househusband’s skills yet.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction Volume 10
Story and Art by Inio Asano

On Sale Date: September 21, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$14.99

Huge chunks of the mothership are starting to crash into Tokyo, leveling whole neighborhoods. The Japanese government is ready to nope out of the impending destruction and the Americans are using the growing panic as an excuse to make their move. What’s worse, the internet is down. With just days left before the end of humanity, at least the Occult Club is having a pretty good vacation at the beach.

Shonen Sunday

Mao Volume 1
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Teenage Nanako travels back in time to early 19th-century Japan and meets teenage exorcist Mao. What is the thread of fate that connects them? Together, they seek answers… and kick some demon butt along the way.

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 7
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

After a long day and a longer night apart, Tsukasa and Nasa grow closer than ever. Their marriage gets downright steamy as they practice kissing, giving each other shoulder massages, sharing a futon and even planning a proper romantic honeymoon. Also, Tsukasa drags Nasa to a movie marathon to catch him up on her favorite superhero film franchise.

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 38
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

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

As the battle for Hayate’s heart (or whatever parts a girl can get) reaches a crescendo, the entire harem of this harem manga kicks into action. Nagi races across Japan with a speed-limitdefying mad doctor, Ruka is tempted to return to pop stardom, the Movie Study Club shows up for no particular reason, and Hayate is once again forced to dress in drag. Meanwhile, Chiharu and Hinagiku enjoy a very nice afternoon of sightseeing in Kyoto, because some girls deserve a break from wacky antics once in a while.

World’s Largest Auction of Anime Animation Art Breaks $2.1 Million Record at Heritage

The world’s first auction dedicated to the art of anime set multiple world records at Heritage Auctions, June 25-27, 2021, as bidders drove sale prices of animation cels from the genre’s most iconic and award-winning films to more than $2.1 million.

The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction attracted a record 2,853 bidders from around the globe and they were impressed with what they found: The sale boasted sell-through rates of 100 percent by value and 99.8 percent by lots sold. Record-breaking prices were set for collectible cels from films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceAkira.

“The hits and big moments in this sale came from all over,” Heritage Auctions Animation Art Director Jim Lentz said. “Record breaking prices were seen for lots from Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, Pokemon, Vampire Hunter D, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and all the films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. We are already planning ‘The Art of Anime and Everything Cool II!'”

Outside of Japan and in English, “anime” is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. This cornerstone of the inaugural auction was the famed Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators.

A perfect cel setup with key master background from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), depicting characters Mei and Satsuki drew 69 bids before it went for $84,000 – nearly 17 times its pre-auction estimate. The hand-painted original production cel setup can be seen at the 48:13 mark of the beloved Studio Ghibli classic. This stunning piece is rendered masterfully and attributed to the acclaimed art director Kazuo Oga, who was challenged by director Hayao Miyazaki to raise his standards for the film.

Also racing far beyond its pre-auction expectations was a production cel setup from Akira, featuring a pulse-pounding scene featuring the character Kaneda (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), which brought a winning bid of $78,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,000. This extremely rare key master setup from the sequence depicting Kaneda on his iconic red motorcycle, can be seen at the 1:52:48 mark of the film and on page 25 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome. Attributed to art director Toshiharu Mizutani, these vivid and rich futuristic urban backgrounds are a defining feature of the film, and complete Key Master setups like this one are extraordinarily rare.

Bringing the same $78,000 result was Akira Kaneda Production Cel Sequence of 4 with Key Master Pan Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), a hand-painted original production cel sequence presented on its jaw-dropping Key Master pan background from the masterpiece Akira. This incredibly rare sequence, a crown jewel in any anime collection, can be seen on page 52 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Satsuki and Catbus Production Cel Key Master Setup (Studio Ghibli, 1988) prompted 45 bids before it reached $72,000 – nearly 29 times its pre-auction estimate. This cel captures the unforgettable moment from the climactic scenes of the film, in which Satsuki finds her missing sister, Mei, with the help of the Catbus from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

An Akira Kaneda Production Cel Setup with Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988) drew a winning bid of $63,000 against an estimate of $5,000. The cels are presented on a detailed Master background showcasing an elaborate and futuristic cyberpunk urban sprawl prevalent throughout the film. The background is rendered in gouache on two layers, and the vivid and atmospheric settings and backgrounds of the film are attributed to Toshiharu Mizutani.

Other anime highlights include:

  • My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chu Totoro Production Cel with Production Background (Studio Ghibli, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda Production Cel (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda and Kei Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $31,2000
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service Kiki Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Studio Ghibli, 1989): $30,000