VIZ Media Announces August 2021 Manga and Anime Releases

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

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind Volume 1
By Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Golden Wind is here. The highly-acclaimed fifth arc of Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure shifts the action from Japan to Italy, as Koichi Hirose heads to Europe to find an aspiring gangster named Giorno Giovanna, the secret son of Dio Brando, scourge of the Joestar family. Organized crime meets family drama and unbelievable enemy Stands in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5—Golden Wind.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 23 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In an epic confrontation, Tanjiro and his fellow Demon Slayers have fought on through the night, suffering terrible losses against the King of Demons, Muzan Kibutsuji. Dawn is breaking soon, and if they can keep Muzan at bay just a little longer, it will be the end of the centuries-long struggle. But Muzan will stop at nothing to destroy the Demon Slayers and unleash his most terrible powers. And if he can’t defeat them, he may even be able to cause the Demon Slayer Corps to destroy itself from within. All fates and destines will be decided as the sun begins to rise…

Haikyu!! Volume 45 (FINAL VOLUME)
By Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

With the Adlers and Black Jackals match in full swing and years of rivalry and friendship thrown out into the open, Hinata and Kageyama continue to duke it out on the court. Will Hinata finally get to declare a major victory over Kageyama? Don’t miss the exciting finale.

We Never Learn Volume 17
By Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Of all the girls Nariyuki Yuiga tutors, Uruka Takemoto is the one who has known him (and had a crush on him) the longest. Despite her outgoing personality, she’s surprisingly shy when it comes to expressing her feelings for Nariyuki. And with her upcoming enrollment at a university overseas, it seems like all hope is lost when it comes to love…

Chainsaw Man Volume 6
By Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

A new girl named Reze has shown up and swept innocent Denji right off his feet. But is Reze exactly what she seems? (Spoiler: Nope.) Is Denji about to find happiness once and for all? (Spoiler: Nope.) Prepare for the storm of all storms when Chainsaw Man looks for true love.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 11
By Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

The Shibuya subway station is teeming with civilians and transfigured humans. Despite this dire circumstance, Satoru Gojo defeats the cursed spirits there. However, the cursed spirits possess a special item that can even seal the all-powerful Gojo. Meanwhile, an unlikely ally suddenly contacts Yuji Itadori, who is on his way to the station.

One Piece Volume 97
By Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle for Wano commences for real as the Straw Hats and their allies invade Kaido’s base on Onigashima. Luffy may have gotten stronger, but he’s gonna need all the help he can get against Kaido’s powerful forces.

Black Clover Volume 26
By Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The battle to protect the Heart Kingdom continues. The Clover Kingdom knights may have won round 1, but Vanica and her minions won’t go down quietly. Just what is the secret to her power, and is there a way to counter it?

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 20
By Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will Tsubame tell Yu she returns his affections on graduation day? Unfortunately, Yu’s gaming addiction may have an impact not only on his grades but on how Tsubame views him. Hopefully his ruthless academic coach Kaguya’s diabolical plan will keep him from failing. On the other hand, someone else gets unexpectedly low marks this exam period. Then, on Valentine’s Day, which of the gang will give or receive romantic chocolates, friendship chocolates or obligatory
chocolates?

Fight rumors with rumors.

Shojo Beat

The King’s Beast Volume 3
By Rei Toma

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Rangetsu hasn’t given up on vengeance, but nothing about the imperial palace is simple. Now that she knows and trusts Prince Tenyou, she has come to see that her most important duty is to keep him alive for the sake of all Ajin—even at the cost of her own life.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 31
By Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Kingdom of Kohka triumphs over Sen Province, but Hak is gravely injured and Yona is unable to speak. Meanwhile, while tending to injured soldiers, Yun shows interest in the Sky Tribe’s medical techniques. Advisor Keishuk invites him to Hiryuu Palace to learn more, but what is Keishuk’s true motive?

Kaze Hikaru Volume 29
By Taeko Watanabe

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

After attempting to seduce Sei, the aristocrat Yoshinobu begins to tell her about his past. With Sei’s support, Yoshinobu makes up his mind to take on the role of shogun. However, his decision to call off the Choshu expedition and request an imperial order to stop the fighting enrages Councillor Ito to the point that he decides to overthrow the Bakufu. Nakamura Goro, who is on Ito’s side, has always had feelings for Sei, and he comes up with his own plans to separate her from troop captain Soji, who is the love of her life.

VIZ Media

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whillis
Adapted by Jon Tsuei, Illustrated by Subaru

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

The Force is with me, and I am one with the Force.
– Chirrut Îmwe

Presiding over the Kyber Temple on Jedha, the Guardians of the Whills, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe, had hoped to maintain a peaceful balance despite the growing presence of the Empire in their Holy City. Yet they struggle to stay true to the Force as stormtroopers threaten to take over. When a rebel named Saw Gerrera appears offering them a chance to help Jedha, Baze and Chirrut must decide if they’re willing to compromise for peace, or if Saw’s plan is too dangerous to risk?

Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills introduces Baze and Chirrut before they meet the Rebellion members who turn the tide in the fight against the Empire in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Writer Jon Tsuei and manga artist Subaru bring the origin story of this fan favorite duo to life in a new manga adaptation based on the novel by Greg Rucka.

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Disney Cruella
Story by Hachi Ishi

On Sale Date: August 3, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$14.99

You don’t become a legend by being nice,

She wasn’t born Cruella. Gifted with talent, innovation, and ambition, Estella dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but the world seemed intent on making sure her dreams would never come true.

The life of an amateur thief is hardly a glamourous one, but in 1970’s London, at the crossroads of fashion, Estella has a vision for herself and her designs, if only she can afford it. Witness Estella’s life on the streets with her best friends and partners in (petty) crime, Horace and Jasper, before the infamous diva Cruella emerges to make sure no one gets in her way.

Pokemon: Sword & Shield Volume 1
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Excitable Casey and easygoing Henry share a dream of participating in gym battles. For Casey it’s a chance to become reunited with her missing Pokemon. For Henry, it’s a chance to search for the legendary Rusted Sword and Rusted Shield.

Radiant Volume 14
By Tony Valente

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Relentlessly hunted by antagonists known as Domitors, Seth tries to fend off his pursuers and ends up discovering a new and surprising ability. Meanwhile, after being rescued by the alchemist Hurlä and the cheerfully oddball kids of the Droplet Gang, Seth’s friends Mélie and Ocoho set out to find him and their other missing friend, Doc, who has been taken in by the Inquisition after being mistaken for a kidnapped child. Unfortunately Doc’s lousy luck lets him down even more when he meets up with an old and not at all welcome acquaintance.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 14
By Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: August 10, 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. With long-sought answers in hand, all that remains in the brothers’ quest to restore their bodies and save their country is to prepare for the reckoning looming on the Promised Day.

VIZ Signature

Sensor
By Junji Ito

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Did she wander in? Or was she drawn in?

A woman walks alone at the foot of Mount Sengoku. A man appears, saying he’s been waiting for her, and invites her to a nearby village. Surprisingly, the village is covered in hairlike volcanic glass fibers, and all of it shines a bright gold. At night, when the villagers perform their custom of gazing up at the starry sky, countless unidentified flying objects come raining down on them, the opening act for the terror about to occur.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 11
By Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Once again, Lum has introduced a bizarre menace to Earth, causing her classmates to quake with fear—a judge who “vanishes” performers whose New Year’s Hidden Talent Show acts are deemed subpar. Later, Mendo is shocked by the
sudden announcement of his arranged marriage to a bride so secret even members of her own family don’t know her.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume 3
Story by Haro Aso, Art by Kotaro Takata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

One by one, Akira has been checking little items like cleaning his room and snagging a new TV off his bucket list. Now, having grown weary of the hotbed of infection that is Tokyo, Akira makes the decision to head to his parents’ home in Gunma. But to get there, he needs to get past his former boss.

Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Volume 2
By Minoji Kurata

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

Shao Jun, the last Assassin in China, has returned to her homeland with vengeance on her mind. The Templar Order’s machinations must be stopped, and only Shao Jun stands ready for the battle to come. As she eliminates her foes one by one, the Templar Order’s plans for the Great Ming Empire begin to come to light.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt Volume 16
Story and Art by Yasuo Ohtagaki
Concept by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino

On Sale Date: August 17, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$14.99

Daryl Lorenz and his support crew have made it back into space, but they’ve got the entire Earth Federation fleet between them and the Nanyang Alliance rendezvous point. Renegade Zeon General Galle can help, but his assistance comes at a price, and getting through the blockade will require an audacious plan that only Daryl Lorenz can pull off-stealing an advanced Mobile Armor equipped with the advanced Psycommu control system right out from under the Federation’s nose.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 14
By Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Komi and her brother, Shosuke, are in the country visiting their grandmother, and even the company of their younger cousin Akira can’t save them from one dismal fact—they’re bored. The visit is salvaged, however, when they run into Inaka, who knows all about having a good time in the country. It’s friendship to the rescue.

Call of the Night Volume 3
By Kotoyama

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nazuna isn’t the only one who thinks Ko is a delicious snack. And Ko isn’t the only one who gets jealous. When Ko draws the attention of four other vampire girls with nefarious intentions, he must fight for his life—even though he wants to give it up to become a vampire. But only to a certain special someone. Unfortunately, there’s a time limit on being “turned,” which raises the…uh…stakes. Then, Ko follows some dating advice that backfires. Undeterred, he tries to help another vampire and mortal mend their love/hate relationship.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 15
By Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The sun shines on the Demon Castle… but it’s supposed to be perpetual night in the Demon World. Then Zeus—Poseidon and Hades’ little brother—joins the Demon Castle staff. Everyone is in awe of him except the princess, who quickly finds ways to use the most powerful of the mythological gods to help her achieve her ongoing and current personal goals of sleeping better and opening a cat cafe. Then, in a stunning reversal of fortune, an important castle inhabitant is taken hostage. Will Syalis help the rescue team’s efforts or hinder them? Plus, a very special Sleepy Princess/Doraemon crossover episode.

Home Video

Naruto: Set 4 BD
Shonen Jump

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

There’s a storm brewing and its name is Akatsuki. Sasuke has a chance run-in with the murderer of his entire clan, his brother Itachi. Can he avenge the Uchiha? Meanwhile, young Naruto begins training with Jiraiya to master the powerful Rasengan. Before long a battle among legends erupts when Orochimaru dares to confront Lady Tsunade and Jiraiya, while Sasuke, burning with angst, makes a terrible choice to travel down a path of darkness. Can his friends stop him?

Inuyasha Set 6 BD
VIZ Media

On Sale Date: August 10, 2021
Age Rating: TV-14
Price: USA$39.99

No description was available for this set because the press release included the write-up for the Naruto set with this Inuyasha release.

Manga Review: The King’s Beast Volume Two

The King’s Beast Volume Two delves more into the character of Rangetsu and the world that she lives in.

The King’s Beast Volume Two
Written by: Rei Toma
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 4, 2021

At the beginning of the volume, Prince Tenyou is trying to convince Rangetsu that he trusts her, but she runs away. Tenyou chases after Rangetsu to try to get his point across. This creates quite a ruckus, and Taihaku, Tenyou’s attendant, plans to give Rangetsu a piece of his mind. But Taihaku catches Rangetsu taking off her bindings and revealing that she’s really a girl. However, it’s not really made clear if Rangetsu knows that Taihaku saw her.

Taikahu is now put in a tight spot. If he tells the prince the truth and it becomes public knowledge, it could be used as a weapon by Tenyou’s enemies. Through Taikahu, we learn that female Ajin have never been officially prohibited from serving in the palace, but past emperors had chosen to be served be female Ajin and this brought about some serious issues. Female Ajin are only able to become a Beast-Servant if they have an exceptional ability. Since Rangetsu doesn’t possess an exceptional ability, the fact that she is in an imperial palace could be seen as a serious crime. In the end, he decides not to say anything to the prince and determines that he can use Rangetsu as a sacrificial pawn. While Taikahu is a loyal attendant to Tenyou, we see through this scene that he’s not necessarily a nice guy.

Meanwhile, after Rangetsu has interactions with Tenyou that seem to prove that he trusts her, she starts seeing him in a different light. In her thoughts, we hear that she seems him as a ray of light. However, as the volume progresses, the expressions that Rangetsu has on her face when she thinks these thoughts make the reader think that perhaps she is developing romantic feelings for Tenyou, but that she doesn’t realize it yet. I know that this is a shojo title, so I figured that romance would figure into this somehow. Right now, it looks like Rangetsu is developing feelings for Tenyou. Tenyou doesn’t know that Rangetsu is a female yet, so we don’t know yet whether he could develop feelings for her or not.

Volume Two also introduces the reader to Prince Oushin, the first prince, and his Beast-Servant, Teiga. Oushin is sickly, so he doesn’t go out much or do much. Because of this, Teiga hasn’t bothered to train himself to get better. Rangetsu discovers this while sparring with him. When Rangetsu overhears Teiga and Oushin talking about a female Ajin who has been accused of murder, but the case against her is going nowhere due to lack of evidence. The noble household that has the Ajin servant asks Oushin to adjudicate. When Oushin simply says he finds the Ajin guilty, Rangetsu butts in argues about the situation. In the end, Rangetsu takes it upon herself to do an investigation. Even though she brings back information Oushin and Teiga already knew, she makes it clear how she feels about them just trying to brush off the innocent Ajin. Oushin has Teiga do something surprising right at the end of the volume, and I think that Rangetsu’s arguments and actions had an effect on the first prince.

I can’t forget to mention that there is also a flashback that gives some backstory and character development for Teiga. I was glad to see this, because it gave me a better understanding of who he is as a character.

Even though there are hints of romance being sprinkled in more noticeably than in the previous volume, there was still a lot going on here that made me think a little bit. I also thought that the various flashbacks, exposition, and action that takes place in this volume helped to expand on Rangetsu’s character, as well as on the world that she and the other characters of The King’s Beast inhabit. This volume gave me a better appreciation for Rangetsu’s determination and her sense of justice.

If you’ve read the first volume of The King’s Beast and enjoyed it, I think you’ll find that volume two does a great job of following up on the story and helps it to progress in a realistic and satisfying manner.

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VIZ Media Announces May 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Undead Unluck Volume 1
Story and Art by Yoshifumi Tozuka

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

All Fuuko wants is a whirlwind romance like the one in her favorite shojo manga. Unfortunately, her Unluck ability makes that impossible. But just as Fuuko hits rock bottom, Andy sweeps her off her feet—literally. Now she’s become Andy’s unwilling test subject as he works to find a way to trigger a stroke of Unluck big enough to kill him for good. However, when the pair discovers a secret organization is hunting them, it puts Andy’s burial plans on hold.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 9
Story and Art by Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

Diamond is unbreakable. Josuke, Koichi, Okuyasu, Jotaro, Rohan and their newfound friends have been searching Morioh for any trace of the serial killer and Stand user Yoshikage Kira. After much effort and many battles against enemy Stands, they’ve found their prey. But does Kira have the upper hand after all? This is it. Witness the final battle of Yoshikage Kira and Josuke Higashikata, as Deadly Queen and Shining Diamond go head-to-head.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 11
Creator/Supervisor: Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Mikio Ikemoto, Script by Ukyo Kodachi

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

In order to rescue Naruto, Boruto and his teammates find themselves up against the dastardly Boro. This new team will need to learn to work together quickly to have any hope of surviving.

World Trigger Volume 22
Story and Art by Daisuke Ashihara

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

It’s round eight of the Rank Wars, and Hyuse is heavily damaged and flanked by rival squads. The whole match hinges on Chika’s ability to shoot people and the squad’s overall strategy against Ninomiya. Tamakoma-2’s ticket to the away mission depends on placing high in B-rank as the final match hurtles towards a conclusion.

The Promised Neverland Volume 19
Story by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

With the queen now dead, chaos envelops the demon world. Emma and her friends head back to Grace Field House in order to rescue the other children from Peter Ratri, but can they make it in time? The final battle for the children’s future begins.

Black Clover Volume 25
Story and Art by Yuki Tabata

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

The Spade Kingdom’s Dark Triad has launched an all-out attack on the Heart Kingdom and the Black Bulls. While Asta and company have gotten stronger, can they stand up to these new devil-possessed mages? This might be the perfect time for Yami to save the day.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 19
Story and Art by Aka Akasaka

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Will this romantic comedy turn into a thriller? Two warring factions in Kaguya’s family are trying to force her personal assistant, Ai, to abandon Kaguya and serve them. While Miyuki tries to save Ai from getting kidnapped, she sends an urgent message to Kaguya to meet her at the place where their relationship began—but Kaguya can’t figure out where that is. Meanwhile, as Yu and Tsubame grow closer, Miko grows more jealous, and different student council factions clash over whom Yu should date.

Haikyu!! Volume 44
Story and Art by Haruichi Furudate

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Hinata and Kageyama finally meet again, this time in the V.League. Even against the high-level plays between the toptier Adlers and Black Jackals, Hinata shows off all that he can do and makes a big splash. Once again facing Hinata as an opponent, Kageyama watches him navigate the court with growing excitement. Which one of these two monsters will come out on top?

Shojo Beat

Snow White with the Red Hair Volume 13
Story and Art by Sorata Akiduki

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Shirayuki is headed to Lilias to work as an herbalist and researcher, and she can’t hold back the tears when she realizes how much she’ll miss everyone. Luckily, Zen knows just what to say to her. And later, Obi makes a stunning confession to Zen.

Daytime Shooting Star Volume 12
Story and Art by Mika Yamamori

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Suzume has moved to Tokyo and is living with her uncle. Suzume and Mamura enjoy some much-needed alone time in Okinawa. That is, until Suzume spots a guy who looks a lot like Mr. Shishio. Finally, the time has come for Suzume to confront her feelings once and for all. Who will she choose? Find out in the series’ dramatic conclusion.

Love Me, Love Me Not Volume 8
Story and Art by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. Yuna and Rio have started dating, and Akari and Kazuomi are growing closer. But now that Akari’s ex-boyfriend wants her back, will Kazuomi find the right time to tell Akari how he feels?

Shortcake Cake Volume 12
Story and Art by Suu Morishita

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Riku moves back into his childhood home, but he invites everyone from the boardinghouse to a hot springs resort to spend time together. Is there a future together for Riku and Ten?

The King’s Beast Volume 2
Story and Art by Rei Toma

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

Rangetsu knows she must keep a low profile in the palace if she’s to have any hope of tracking down her brother’s killer. But when an Ajin is wrongly accused of murder, can Rangetsu stand idly by when she knows that Prince Tenyou has the power to prevent another horrible injustice?

VIZ Media

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 13
Story and Art by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: May 11, 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 secret and sinister origin of the homunculi that hound them is revealed while the brothers’ father positions himself for the conflict to come.

YO-KAI WATCH Volume 17
Story and Art by Noriyuki Konishi

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

A mysterious door opens, causing Nate to run into weird and wacky Yo-kai from the past, present and future. Watch as they participate in a battle royale to decide which Yo-kai is the strongest.

Pokemon: Sun & Moon Volume 10
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$4.99

Lost in an alternate dimension, Sun and Moon battle to help their new friends defend the eternally dark city of Ultra Megalopolis. But then a betrayal deprives them of their transportation home.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 7
Story and Art by Makoto Hagino

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$9.99

As the only two members of the Aquarium Club, Konatsu senses that she and Koyuki are connected by loneliness, and she’s afraid that her bond with Koyuki is weakening as it gradually changes. When Konatsu’s feelings finally erupt. Koyuki resolves to face her head on, leading to a clash of feelings before the girls can confirm how important they are to each other.

Splatoon Volume 12
Story and Art by Sankichi Hinodeya

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$9.99

The final chapter of the Hero Mode arc is here. Find out how it ends for Specs and the gang. And then, a brand new story brings you further into the world of Splatoon. It’s time to get to know Sheldon. His adventure starts right now.

VIZ Signature

Urusei Yatsura Volume 10
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$19.99

There’s never a dull moment on the beach in summer, especially when Ataru and Mendo encounter a beautiful woman looking for her lost child on the bottom of the ocean. Could this be Ryunosuke’s missing mother? Later, Ataru and Ten’s ongoing battle for dominance creates some serious collateral damage when Lum gets hit point-blank with a projectile rice cooker. Will she ever talk to them again?

BEASTARS Volume 12
Story and Art by Paru Itagaki

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

As a consequence of his savage battle with brown bear Riz, doors begin to close for gray wolf Legoshi, and he must strike out on his own. Temptation arises when he makes a new herbivore friend, Merino sheep Seven, who is being harassed at work by her carnivore colleagues. We finally meet the current valiant Beastar, horse Yahya, who shares a history with Legoshi’s family. Like Legoshi and Louis, Yahya strives to make the world a better place—but do his ends justify his means? Then, both Louis and Legoshi must come to terms with their father figures…

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 8
Story and Art by Yuji Kaku

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA$12.99

The surviving members of the exploration party stage a desperate raid on Horai, the center of Lord Tensen’s operations, while a landing party full of new enemies closes in. Battling these supernatural beings is a life-and-death proposition, requiring total focus and extreme skill. A moment’s distraction could be fatal. Gabimaru and Sagiri must overcome their foes, but the odds are stacked against them.

No Guns Life Volume 10
Story and Art by Tasuku Karasuma

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Juzo and Mary survived the Weapons Vault and their meeting with Number 12. Although the encounter left them with some troubling questions, the answers will have to wait—Juzo still has bills to pay. The daily work of an Extended private investigator is a far cry from digging into the conspiracies of a megacorporation, but no less dangerous. When a client comes to Juzo asking him to investigate insurance fraud, Juzo promises to discover the truth, even if his client doesn’t want to hear it.

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Volume 2
Story by Haro Aso, Art by Kotaro Takata

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

When Akira and Kencho make an impromptu trip to Ikebukuro to snag a widescreen TV, they find themselves trapped by zombies along with a handful of beautiful strangers. As Akira tries to cozy up to the girls to strike another item off of his bucket list, he engages in a conversation about childhood dreams, but he can’t recall his own.

The Way of the Househusband Volume 5
Story and Art by Kousuke Oono

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

Tatsu is ambushed by a yakuza with a beef, and there’s only one way to settle things—an epic rap battle. But this throwdown is only a warm-up for the buffet battle yet to come, because when you’re the Immortal Dragon, you don’t choose the househusband life, it chooses you.

Levius/est Volume 8
Story and Art by Haruhisa Nakata

On Sale Date: May 18, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$12.99

When Oliver, the indestructible champion of Mechanical Martial Arts, attacks challenger Levius’s body and mind, Levius must decide if the time has come to replace his medical prosthesis with a military-grade combat arm. A.J. risked her life in an effort to save him, so Levius knows if he loses, it may mean more than one death…

Shonen Sunday

Fly Me to the Moon Volume 5
Story and Art by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Nasa and Tsukasa may be temporarily homeless, but life isn’t all bad for the newlyweds. Staying at the neighborhood public bath, they earn their keep by helping out and still have time for cooking parties and retro video games. And in the course of their new life together, Nasa finally manages to plan a simple date.

RIN-NE Volume 39
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA$9.99

Rumors are flying about Kain interviewing for an arranged marriage. Renge, who has a massive crush on him, is raking in big bucks at her seaside food stand when Kain suddenly shows up. Renge’s over the moon when he invites her to meet with him that night, but becomes despondent when the rumors about his arranged marriage reach her. In an act of self-destructive desperation, Renge confesses to Kain that she’s his most despised enemy, a damashigami.

Manga Review: The King’s Beast Volume One

The King’s Beast Volume One is a manga set in the same world as Dawn of the Arcana.

The King’s Beast Volume One
Written by: Rei Toma
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2021

When I saw that this story was set in the same world as the Dawn of the Arcana manga, I wondered if this would be a hindrance in understanding this story, since I had only read one volume of the series nearly seven years ago. However, I can say after reading this volume is that The King’s Beast is able to stand on its own and can be enjoyed by readers who have little to no knowledge of Dawn of the Arcana.

In this world, Ajin boys who show special abilities are conscripted to serve as a beast-servant for the imperial palace. Beast-servants are status symbols and shields for their masters and are generally kept or discarded based on the whims of their master. The boys who don’t show special abilities must enlist in the military. Female Ajin are expected to work in lowly positions, with the younger ones serving as prostitutes.

The King’s Beast focuses on a set of Ajin twins: a boy named Sogetsu and a girl named Rangetsu. Sogetsu is discovered to have special abilities and is taken away from Rangetsu. He serves the fourth prince and is killed while serving as a beast-servant. The rumors say that the fourth prince killed Sogetsu, and Rangetsu overhears the rumors. She decides to take on the identity of a boy and works her way up to become a beast-servant even though she doesn’t have any special abilities. But Rangetsu manages to become the fourth prince’s beast-servant and prepares to take revenge for the death of her younger twin brother.


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But we can see that the fourth prince isn’t like the other members of the royal family. Unlike the other members of the nobility, he actually cares about his beast-servants. He defends Rangetsu against his prince’s guard, who tries to put Rangetsu to work doing menial tasks. And when it comes out that the fourth prince didn’t kill Sogetsu, and Rangetsu sees him shedding tears for her brother, she strikes up an alliance (albeit a tenuous one) to find her brother’s true killer.


THE KING’S BEAST ©2019 Rei Toma/SHOGAKUKAN Inc.

Even though the prince thinks that Rangetsu is male, there are some panels in here where he seems like he’s getting a little too close to Rangetsu. We see several panels where the prince and Rangetsu are positioned in ways that is normally seen in shojo romance stories. These panels definitely give off a kind of romance undertone, and it makes me wonder if Toma is leading up to having the fourth prince discovering the truth about Rangetsu and falling in love with her. If that ends up being a twist, it’s one that I’m already seeing from a mile away.

But the story that’s presented here is riveting enough that I found myself not wanting to stop. I also thought that the art complements the story, and it works with the kind of world that Toma has set up for both Dawn of the Arcana and The King’s Beast.

This volume also includes a bonus chapter for Toma’s The Water Dragon’s Bride. I haven’t read any of that manga, but fortunately, the first few panels give readers enough of a recap to help out those who have never read The Water Dragon’s Bride to understand the concept of the series and what led up to the point the bonus chapter is depicting.

I would recommend The King’s Beast to readers who are fans of Dawn of the Arcana or any other of Toma’s work. I would also recommend it to readers who enjoy stories featuring supernatural characters that are set in a world that’s set up like one of the earlier eras of Japanese history.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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VIZ Media Announces the Release of The King’s Beast Manga

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing the first volume of Rei Toma’s The King’s Beast manga on February 2, 2021. The volume will be released in paperback and will retail for US$9.99. The story is set in the same world as Toma’s Dawn of the Arcana series.

Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palaces as beast-servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When they were children, Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu was ripped from her arms and sent to the palace to attend Prince Tenyou as a beast-servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody dynastic intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope at avenging her brother is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace.

Prince Tenyou is not what Rangetsu expected, and the political currents in the palace run deep and strange. Does Rangetsu have any chance of finding justice for her brother, or will she become just another Ajin casualty in the game of kings?

Rei Toma created her first complete manga for a graduation project in design school. When she drew the short story manga “Help Me, Dentist,” it attracted a publisher’s attention and she made her debut right away. She is the creator of Dawn of the Arcana and The Water Dragon’s Bride, both available in English from VIZ Media.

VIZ Media Announces February 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 8
Story and Art by Hirohiko Araki

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

What kind of weirdo lives on a transmission tower? An all new enemy Stand attempts to trap, outwit and eliminate Josuke Higashikata and Okuyasu Nijimura, but Shining Diamond is a formidable foe. Then, the battle for Morioh turns personal when Koichi disappears. What else does this new enemy have in mind for the gang? Plus, Yoshikage Kira is still hiding, biding his time, eager to take another life…

Chainsaw Man Volume 3
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

A mysterious devil is demanding Denji’s heart. Will the devil hunters from Division 4 agree to this deal to save themselves? Or will Denji have to do what Denji does best—turn into a chainsaw and slice up everything that gets in his way?

Naruto: Shikamaru’s Story–Mourning Clouds
Written by Takashi Yano
Original Story by Masashi Kishimoto

On Sale Date: February 2, 2021
Price: USA$10.99

A rupture in the alliance at the Summit of the Five Kages triggers the Fifth Great Ninja War. Meanwhile, Shikamaru and his family grow further and further apart. But Shikamaru has a very powerful card up his sleeve to bring peace to both the world and his family.

We Never Learn Volume 14
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

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

Rizu Ogata’s a genius when it comes to science and math, but she can’t seem to understand the subtleties of human emotion. For her, the tidiness of logic and order that the sciences provide are a comfort, especially when she tries to understand her own feelings for Nariyuki. At the same time, Rizu’s dealing with self-esteem issues, and because of those conflicted feelings, she suddenly disappears.

Blue Exorcist Volume 25
Story and Art by Kazue Kato

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

As his vision of the past draws to a close, an older Rin bears witness to the tragic climax of the Blue Night. He watches as Satan’s cloned body can no longer contain the massive cosmic energies within him. The Knights of the True Cross are faced with an unprecedented crisis as a wave of destruction begins to sweep across the world. Although just a newborn, Rin is hugely powerful and his demon heart scourges the Knights of the True Cross with its fire. The blue flames continue to spread and no one will be spared their heat…

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 8
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

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

Yuji Itadori and the first-years have defeated two of the reincarnated Death Painting curses and recovered one of Sukuna’s fingers. Due to their success, some have been recommended for a promotion to Grade 1. Later, the story flashes back in time to when Satoru Gojo and the nefarious Suguru Geto were second-year students at Jujutsu High. What went wrong back then that led Geto astray?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 10
Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Art by Mikio Ikemoto
Script by Ukyo Kodachi

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

Kawaki starts to feel comfortable in his new home, but a surprise visitor threatens to change all that. Meanwhile, Naruto makes quick work of his first opponent from Kara, but when Jigen invades the village, his next challenge won’t be as easy.

Seraph of the End Volume 20
Story by Takaya Kagami
Art by Yamato Yamamoto
Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

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

The Hyakuya Sect descends on the Demon Army as the First Progenitor, Sika Madu, takes over Shinoa’s mind and body. Leading the invasion is none other than Second Progenitor Rígr Stafford, and he’s after Yuichiro, who is once again on the run with Mika. Meanwhile, Guren and Mahiru enact their long awaited plan, allowing the second demon inside Guren, Noya, to possess him. It’s an all-out war between vampires, humans and demons.

Dr. Stone Volume 15
Story by Riichiro Inagaki
Art by Boichi

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

While the Kingdom of Science is busy reviving people, Senku’s task force is putting together a plan to nab the petrification device. Once the equipment’s ready, it’ll be a three-way showdown between the Kingdom of Science, the Petrification Kingdom and the mighty warrior Moz. But Senku’s enemies are one step ahead with a scheme of their own…

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Volume 5 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story by Masashi Kishimoto
Art by Akira Okubo

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

The secrets of the universe are revealed as Hachimaru fights for his life in the final volume of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru.

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Volume 18
Story and Art by Aka Akasaka

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

Will Ai leave her post as Kaguya’s personal assistant and confidant? Meanwhile, Kaguya and Yu go to great lengths to prevent their not-so-dark secrets from getting out. A sports tournament provides yet another opportunity for the gang to desperately attempt to impress each other with their athletic prowess—or coaching skills. And then it’s finally time for an educational school trip. Of course all the students view this as just an opportunity to hang out with or spy on the objects of their attraction.

Wet hair is better than a wet T-shirt.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 20
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

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

After their initial confrontation with Kokushibo, the most powerful of Muzan’s demons, Tokito is severely wounded and Genya has been cut in half—but is still alive. Can his regenerative power heal even this fatal wound? Then the Hashira Himejima and Sanemi square off against Kokushibo and unleash all the skill they have against him. Himejima is blind, but if he can see into the Transparent World, he might have a chance. Who will survive this whirlwind of flashing blades?

Shojo Beat

Shortcake Cake Volume 11
Story and Art by suu Morishita

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

Riku’s mother asks him to come live with her, but Rei still won’t tell Riku how he truly feels about him. Ten does everything she can to push Rei in the right direction because she knows it’s the key to seeing Riku smile again.

The King’s Beast Volume 1
Story and Art by Rei Toma

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

Legend says that a sacred beast appears in the time of a great king…

Ajin are people who bear the attributes of beasts, and in this kingdom they are forced to serve men in the military and women in the brothels. The Ajin boys who show signs of special abilities are conscripted to serve in the imperial palace as beast servants—status symbols and shields for their royal masters, to be kept or discarded on a whim. When Rangetsu’s twin brother Sogetsu showed signs of such abilities, he was ripped from her arms and given to Prince Tenyou as a beast servant, where he quickly fell victim to bloody royal intrigues. Now in a world that promises only bitterness, Rangetsu’s one hope is to disguise herself as a man and find a way into the palace to avenge her brother.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 28
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

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

After Yona and her friends save the Fire Tribe from an invasion by the Kai Empire, word of their prowess spreads amongst those with deep faith in the Crimson Dragon King. Yona and the gang take cover at Saika Palace, but what trouble awaits when Su-won’s advisor Keishuk shows up to guard the Fire Tribe border?

VIZ Media

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 12
Story and Art by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: February 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. They seek answers in the north but are blackmailed into aiding a terrible plot that threatens to destroy the entire country.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 6
Story by Hidenori Kusaka
Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: February 9, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA$17.99

Trainer Ruby must battle his scariest opponent yet… his father. Meanwhile, Sapphire is having trouble getting in her quota of Gym battles. One Gym Leader wants to just hand her a badge without a proper fight, and another has been… kidnapped? Behind the scenes, it looks like Team Magma, with a little help from Team Aqua, might be the reason Ruby and Sapphire are on a losing streak.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 16, 17 & 18.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 6
Story and Art by Makoto Hagino

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

Koyuki and Konatsu have both started to see the other as important, but they’re still unable to be honest about their feelings. This leads to frustrating days when they’re never in sync, and gradually they begin to drift apart. Then one day Konatsu sees Koyuki and her classmate Kaede spending time together as if they’re the best of friends, and she can’t contain her agitation. Konatsu and Koyuki feel so strongly about each other that they feel uneasy even when there’s nothing to worry about.

VIZ Signature

Urusei Yatsura Volume 9
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

The principal is inspired to launch a Miss Tomobiki High pageant in which the ladies of the school vie for dominance in beauty, intellect and combat skills. Who will win the Miss Tomobiki High crown? Later, Mendo’s secret past is suddenly revealed. Driven by empathy—or perhaps friendship, or maybe just curiosity—Ataru and the gang journey to Mendo’s childhood to address the roots of his incurable claustrophobia. Will a scalpel finally pierce the darkness that lurks in Mendo’s heart?

Blue Flag Volume 6
Story and Art by KAITO

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

The culture festival begins, and Toma and Taichi talk about their futures, but it ends with the two not quite seeing eye to eye. Shortly after, Toma sits down with Mami for a serious discussion, and in response to her earnest openness, he makes a big decision that could change everything. Time keeps moving forward, pushing everyone to the cusp of making critical life choices.

Mermaid Saga Collector’s Edition Volume 2 (FINAL VOLUME)
Story and Art by Rumiko Takahashi

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

Immortals Yuta and Mana continue to come across people who are dealing with the effects of having eaten mermaid flesh. Some are scarred, in excruciating pain or just trying to survive, but they all lead mysterious lives filled with unspeakable horror. Is one’s humanity doomed to be lost in exchange for immortality?

Golden Kamuy Volume 20
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

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

If the hidden Ainu gold can ever be found, will it be worth the price paid for it in lives lost and ruined? Who really murdered the Ainu for their treasure? With Kiroranke dead, Ogata may have some answers, but after the confrontation on the ice of the Mamiya Strait he needs medical attention. The lure of the gold still calls to Hijikata and his men, and Tsurumi and the rogue soldiers of the 7th Division are far from giving up—if they can’t get their hands on Sugimoto and Asirpa, they’ll tear each other apart instead.

Assassin’s Creed: Blade of Shao Jun Volume 1
Story and Art by Minoji Kurata

On Sale Date: February 16, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA$14.99

1526 AD—China is ruled by the Great Ming Empire. Though the empire flourishes, the winds of the new Emperor’s political purge are sweeping over the land, and turmoil is brewing. With the decimation of her comrades, Shao Jun has become China’s last Assassin. After escaping to Europe, she has now returned alone to her homeland. Her purpose: vengeance.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 11
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

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

It’s spring break, the Komi family is ready for adventure and a recently renovated resort is calling their name. And they aren’t the only ones lured by the prospect of go-karts and camping— the Tadano family is there for some fun too, with Najimi tagging along. But when a sudden summer storm strands Tadano and Komi in a deserted cabin, things turn serious. How will they avoid catching colds with only one blanket to warm them?