VIZ Media Announces April 2021 Manga Releases

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

Shonen Jump

Chainsaw Man Volume 4
Story and Art by Tatsuki Fujimoto

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

As Denji and his team investigate the whereabouts of the Gun Devil, they’re ambushed by a coordinated attack to take them all out. Denji will have to get stronger if he wants to stay alive in this dangerous game.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 9
Story and Art by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Satoru Gojo and Suguru Geto are assigned a mission to escort the Star Plasma Vessel to Master Tengen. However, they’re ambushed by Toji Fushiguro, a mercenary known as the Sorcerer Killer. Can Gojo and Geto survive this surprise attack? And will this be the turning point where Gojo becomes the strongest exorcist while Geto embraces ruin and rebellion?

We Never Learn Volume 15
Story and Art by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

It’s finally time for the National Entrance Exams for college admissions. Yuiga and friends have spent countless hours studying, overcoming all manner of obstacles and hurdles, just for this very day. But Yuiga better watch his step since one slipup could spell disaster.

Moriarty the Patriot Volume 3
Storyboards by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Art by Hikaru Miyoshi, Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Just as everything appears to be going Sherlock Holmes’s way, he finds himself arrested for a murder he did not commit. He soon escapes police custody and sets out to clear his name. The victim, Lord Drebber, wrote Sherlock’s name in blood before he died, but why? Will Sherlock be able to solve this puzzle and save himself?

One Piece Volume 96
Story and Art by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Oden’s adventures continue as he travels the seas with the Whitebeard pirates. But how exactly did he meet Gold Roger? And what is going on back in Wano while he is away?

Dr. Stone Volume 16
Story by Riichiro Inagaki, Art by Boichi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The battle between the Kingdom of Science and Petrification Kingdom is down to a mano-a-mano match between Senku and Ibara. With his petrified friends’ spirits supporting him, can Senku finally get his hands on the all-powerful petrification weapon? Later, a shocking revelation about the mysterious “Why-Man” leads the Kingdom of Science on a new adventure.

My Hero Academia Volume 27
Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The confrontation between the heroes and the villains of the Paranormal Liberation Front is about to kick off. With so much at stake, even the students of U.A. have joined the heroes to help in the coming battles. Within the PLF, Hawks continues to play a dangerous game as a double agent, but the villains have fearsome resources of their own, including whatever lurks in the doctor’s lab. Plus, with every moment that passes, Tomura Shigaraki comes closer to his ultimate form. When everything goes down, there won’t be any going back.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 21
Story and Art by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The fight with Kokushibo, the highest-ranking demon among Muzan’s servants, is over. Although Himejima and Sanemi defeated Kokushibo and sent him to hell, the price the Demon Slayer Corps has paid is very high. Kiriya Ubuyashiki, the new leader of the Demon Slayers, struggles to recover from the losses. With the battle against Muzan far from over, the remaining fighters will need his help more than ever. Meanwhile, deep within Infinity Castle, Tanjiro and his friends come face-to-face with their nemesis at last…

Shojo Beat

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 7
Story and Art by Maki Enjoji

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $9.99

Even when they’re apart and lonely, they believe in their love. Our Valiant One and the Dark Lord have an incurable case of love. This is the grand finale.

Nanase became a nurse to chase after Dr. Kairi Tendo. Before Kairi travels abroad to study, the two decide to do the things that lovers do. Their love deepens during their limited time together, but a problem arises concerning Kairi’s succession in his family’s business. What will happen to their romance?

Yona of the Dawn Volume 29
Story and Art by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Kai Empire begins their plans to attack the Kingdom of Kohka, with North Kai leader Ying Kuelbo particularly interested in capturing the Dragon Warriors. When Yona and Jaeha are taken to Kai Empire against their will, Hak debates the unimaginable in order to save them—joining forces with the Kohka army.

Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 25
Story and Art by Yuki Midorikawa

On Sale Date: April 6, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Nyanko sensei is missing, and the only clue to his whereabout is a shard of pottery painted with calico markings. Following the urgings of a dream seemingly sent by the shard, Natsume travels to a local kiln and finds far more than just answers about his lost friend.

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Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 7
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $17.99

Ruby and Sapphire find out that Archie and Maxie, the leaders of evil Team Aqua and equally evil Team Magma, are using the Blue Orb and the Red Orb to control two Legendary Pokemon, Kyogre and Groudon. As the two Trainers struggle with their opponents, they also discover a mysterious connection between their own memories of the past. Can they figure out the secret in time to awaken three Pokemon that can save the day?

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 19, 20 & 21.

Persona 5 Volume 6
Story and Art by Hisato Murasaki, Based on the video game by Atlus

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

The Phantom Thieves’ next target is Junya Kaneshiro, a mafia boss scamming high school students in Shibuya. They manage to fight their way through Kaneshiro’s palace’s tough security, but Kaneshiro still has some dirty tricks up his sleeve. Will the Phantom Thieves be able to help Makoto get out of Kaneshiro’s clutches? Or will she end up in debt to him forever?

Pokemon Adventures: Black 2 & White 2 Volume 3
Story by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by Satoshi Yamamoto

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

Castelia City has been frozen over by Kyurem and is now locked in ice. White is still searching for the whereabouts of Black, who went missing after the battle against Ghetsis. And Fennel has come up with a theory that the Light Stone was actually connected to the Pokemon Dream World.

Will Black, White, Blake and Whitley be able to team up in time to stop Ghetsis, Colress and Kyurem at the Giant Chasm?

Ask Iwata
By Satoru Iwata, Edited by Hobonichi

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Price: USA $22.99

Satoru Iwata was the former Global President and CEO of Nintendo and a gifted programmer who played a key role in the creation of many of the world’s best-known games. He led the production of innovative platforms such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, and laid the groundwork for the development of the wildly successful Pokemon Go game and the Nintendo Switch. Known for his analytical and imaginative mind, but even more for his humility and people-first approach to leadership, Satoru Iwata was beloved by game fans and developers worldwide.

In this motivational collection, Satoru Iwata addresses diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no. Drawn from the “Iwata Asks” series of interviews with key contributors to Nintendo games and hardware, and featuring conversations with renowned Mario franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto and creator of EarthBound Shigesato Itoi, Ask Iwata offers game fans and business leaders an insight into the leadership, development and design philosophies of one of the most beloved figures in gaming history.

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Blue Flag Volume 7
Story and Art by KAITO

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Rumors spread like wildfire after Toma’s shocking confession during the culture festival, leaving Taichi confused and uncertain. The effects of that event ripple out to the others, leaving wounds in their wake. Meanwhile, Toma’s brother sits him down for a frank talk. All the thoughts and emotions everyone has kept hidden are finally coming to light, and relationships begin to change.

Lovesickness: Junji Ito Story Collection
Story and Art by Junji Ito

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $22.99

Ryusuke returns to the town he once lived in because rumors are swirling about girls killing themselves after encountering a bewitchingly handsome young man. Harboring his own secret from time spent in this town, Ryusuke attempts to capture the beautiful boy and close the case, but…

Starting with the strikingly bloody “Lovesickness,” this volume collects ten stories showcasing horror master Junji Ito in peak form, including “The Strange Hikizuri Siblings” and “The Rib Woman.”

Asadora! Volume 2
Story and Art by Naoki Urasawa

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $14.99

Asa and Kasuga see the tail of a giant creature rise from the water. In a jungle, explorers discover massive claw marks in a tree trunk. And years later in 1964, a mysterious military man appears asking all the wrong questions.

Ultraman Volume 15
Story and Art by Eiichi Shimizu & Tomohiro Shimoguchi

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $12.99

Taro vows to fight the Star Cluster Council, believing that it has other plans for Earth besides its destruction and invasion. But the wild and mysterious Valky, maneuvering secretly within the Star Cluster Council, plays havoc with Taro’s mind. The machinations of the council rev up, and the outcome of their power play will determine the fate of the Earth.

Golden Kamuy Volume 21
Story and Art by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: April 20, 2021
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

Sugimoto and Asirpa (and Shiraishi too) have been reunited and head south across Karafuto with the goal of returning to Hokkaido. But after so much time apart and all that has happened, Asirpa’s feelings about the Ainu struggle have changed. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Tsurumi begins trying to decipher the code in the tattooed skins and sends a double agent into Hijikata’s group. But Hijikata is no fool, however, and engages in a battle of wits with Tsurumi. Regardless of who comes out top, it is clear that only Asirpa holds the key to finding the Ainu gold.

Shonen Sunday

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 12
Story and Art by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Exam season has crash-landed on the students of Itan High, and in between getting kicked out of the library for exceeding the legal decibel levels, Komi and the gang are dreaming of the coming summer break. And with more friends now than ever, Komi’s modest vacation to-do list soon becomes a recipe for delightful summer shenanigans.

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 14
Story and Art by Kagiji Kumanomata

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

When things seem too peaceful in the Demon Castle, the demons investigate and find the princess in a literal bind. Having stolen a gizmo to create alternate dimensions, Princess Syalis uses it to do good in the world. Just kidding. Of course she uses it for her own (and the Teddy Demons’) selfish gain. Then, a lightning storm reveals one demon is (predictably) even more frightened of thunder than the princess. Quilladillo goes on vacation only to discover he has a stowaway in his trunk, but it’s not the princess. Just kidding. Of course it is. And then a relative of the princess appears in the castle. What are the demon hostage takers to do?

Call of the Night Volume 1
Story and Art by Kotoyama

On Sale Date: April 13, 2021
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

When Nazuna invites Ko to spend the night at her place in an abandoned building, he’s stoked. But then he awakens to kisses on his neck with a little too much bite to them. Is it just the delicious taste of his blood that makes her meet him night after night for late-night adventures, conversation and… naps? Or something else? Then, when a cute girl from Yamori’s past shows up and competes for his attention, his budding relationship with the undead is put to the test.

VIZ Media Announces October 2020 Manga Releases

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

VIZ Originals

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

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

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

SHONEN JUMP

Chainsaw Man Volume 1
by Tatsuki Fujimoto

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

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

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 17
by Koyoharu Gotouge

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

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

We Never Learn Volume 12
by Taishi Tsutsui

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

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

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

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

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

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 6
by Gege Akutami

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

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

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

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

In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world. Nobles sit in their fancy homes in comfort and luxury, while the working class slaves away at their jobs. When young Albert James Moriarty’s upper-class family
adopts two lower-class orphans, the cruelty the boys experience at his family’s hands cements Albert’s hatred of the
nobility he was born into. He asks the older of the two boys—who has a genius mind and a killer instinct—to help him rid the world of evil, starting with Albert’s own family.

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

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

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

My Hero Academia Volume 25
by Kohei Horikoshi

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

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

SHOJO BEAT

Ao Haru Ride Volume 13
by Io Sakisaka

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

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

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 5
by Maki Enjoji

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

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

Yona of the Dawn Volume 26
by Mizuho Kusanagi

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

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

Prince Freya Volume 3
by Keiko Ishihara

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

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

Revolutionary Girl Utena: After the Revolution
by Chiho Saito

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

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

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 16
by Aya Shouoto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Even gods shall kneel.”—Nicol Bolas

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

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

Radiant Volume 13
by Tony Valente

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blue Flag Volume 4
By KAITO

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

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

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

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

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

Golden Kamuy Volume 18
by Satoru Noda

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

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

Sneeze: Naoki Urasawa Story Collection
by Naoki Urasawa

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

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

Tokyo Ghoul: re Complete Box Set
by Sui Ishida

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

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

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

SHONEN SUNDAY

Case Closed Volume 76
by Gosho Aoyama

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

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

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 9
by Tomohito Oda

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

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

Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Volume 13
by Kagiji Kumanomata

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

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

Ultraman Manga to Go on a Two-Month Hiatus for the Author’s Health

The official website for the anime of Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Ultraman manga has announced that the manga will not appear with a new chapter in the new issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s magazine, and will instead publish a new chapter in the magazine’s May 2019 issue on April 1, 2019. The manga’s 12th compiled book volume release has been delayed from February 5, 2019 to March 5, 2019.

The announcement explained that Shimoguchi is currently recovering from health issues, and is gradually returning to his working pace.

Source: ANN

Additional Cast Members Announced for the Ultraman Anime

Additional cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Ultraman manga:

  • Sumire Morohoshi is Rena Sayama
  • Ken Uo is Mitsuhiro Ide
  • Shigeru Ushiyama is Edo
  • Ryota Takeuchi is Jack
  • Eiji Hanawa is Yosuke Endo
  • Hirokazu Sekido is Kurata
  • Kenjiro Tsuda is Adad
  • Minoru Shiraishi is Shiraishi
  • Kaiji Soze is Bemlar

Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing the anime. Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts are producing the anime in 3D CG. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music. OLDCODEX is performing the anime’s theme song “Sight Over The Battle.”

Ultraman is scheduled to premiere globally on Netflix on April 1, 2019.

Source: ANN

Cast Announcement for the Ultraman Anime

A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Ultraman manga:

  • Ryohei Kimura is Shinjiro Hayata
  • Takuya Eguchi is Dan Moroboshi
  • Megumi Han is Seiji Hokuto
  • Hideyuki Tanaka is Shin Hayata

Kenji Kamiyama and Shinji Aramaki are directing the anime. Production I.G and Sola Digital Arts are producing the anime in 3D CG. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music.

Ultraman is scheduled to premiere worldwide on Netflix on April 1, 2019.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Ultraman Volume Three

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Ultraman Volume 3 focuses on a young man named Shinjiro Hayata, whose father was Ultraman years earlier. Shinjiro has learned his father’s secret and must now become the new Ultraman.

Ultraman Volume 3
Written by: Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi
Publisher: HERO’S INC.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 16, 2016

Volume 3 sees Shinjiro learning about an alien city that’s secretly hidden on Earth. An explanation is given as to how the city is hidden, and how not everyone who aids the SSSP knows where it’s actually located. Personally, I thought the explanation made sense for the kind of world that’s been established in the series up to this point.

Seeing the alien city is a trip for both Shinjiro and the reader, since there are new kinds of aliens that have never been seen up to this point. A new human character named Jake is introduced while Shinjiro and Moroboshi go through the alien city. Jake chooses to live in there and act as an informant for the SSSP. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about Jake that makes me not entirely trust him for some reason.

Shinjiro also has to deal with the emotional struggle that’s raging inside of him. Now that he’s Ultraman, he finds that he can never truly return to the life he had before taking on this secret identity. And to make things worse, it turns out that Moroboshi appears to be envious of Shinjiro because he wants to be the next Ultraman. Moroboshi is definitely being set up as a rival for Shinjiro, even though the two of them both aid the SSSP. At the end of Volume 3, Moroboshi does something foolish that I think could potentially hurt him in the next volume of the series.

We also see teen idol Rena again in Ultraman Volume 3, and it’s revealed she has a connection with someone on the police force who is obsessed with tracking down the murderer in the serial murder case. This revelation finally made it clear why this particular character is so intent on trying to track down and apprehend the serial killer. I hadn’t guessed that this member of the police force had any kind of connection with Rena, so this revelation surprised me as much as it did his partner.

The art in this volume continues to grab the reader’s attention. One of the most notable things that stood out to me is the image that covers pages 160 and 161. Here, we see Shinjiro and his father sitting across from each other, with their respective Ultraman suits standing behind them. In a lot of respects, it almost seems this image is meant to represent the “passing of the torch” from father to son. The page that introduces the reader to Jake also includes art that makes the reader sit up and take notice of this new character.

Ultraman Volume 3 is an exciting continuation of the story, and it begins tying things together that were introduced in Volume 2. Readers who have read and enjoyed the first two volumes of the series won’t be disappointed by how the story continues to move forward.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Ultraman Volume Two

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Ultraman Volume 2 focuses on Shinjiro Hayata, the son of the man who was Ultraman years earlier. Shinjiro recently learned his father’s secret and must now decide whether or not he’ll become the new Ultraman.

Ultraman Volume 2
Written by: Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi
Publisher: HERO’S INC.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 17, 2015

Volume 2 sees Shinjiro being thrust into the Science Special Search Party, where a comrade of his father’s introduces him to the world around Ultraman. Unknown to Shinjiro, though, situations are being set up to nudge him into agreeing to become the next Ultraman, since he hasn’t made up his mind to actually take on the superhero identity. As a reader, I felt bad for Shinjiro, since it doesn’t seem like creating situations to encourage him to agree to the job is the right way to go about it. I can only imagine what could happen if Shinjiro were to find out the truth later.

But while this is going on, a serial murder case is unfolding in the city. Due to the suspicious nature of the murders and the condition the victims’ bodies are in, the Science Special Search Party starts becoming involved. This leads to Shinjiro being sent out as Ultraman to fight against the murderer and having an epic battle.

Ultraman Volume 2 also introduces a new character, a teen idol named Rena. Her father was a fan of the original Ultraman, and she grew up hearing stories about him. When Rena finds herself in the middle of Ultraman’s conflict near the end of the volume, she seems to be taken by him. I get the impression that perhaps Shimizu and Shimoguchi are building up to Rena developing a crush on Ultraman, especially with some of her facial expressions and reactions that she has when she sees Ultraman performing a heroic action in front of her. But whether she could become a viable love interest for Shinjiro remains to be seen.

The art in this volume continues to captivate the reader, especially the fight sequences. Also, I thought that the drawings of the poster featuring Rena looked as if Shimizu and Shimoguchi made sure to take their time to make the poster grab the reader’s attention. Whenever the poster appeared in the volume, it always seemed to stand out from the rest of the art surrounding it on the page. The combination of the art and the storytelling continue to make Ultraman a captivating read.

Ultraman Volume 2 is a strong continuation of the first volume of the series. Readers who enjoyed Ultraman Volume 1 should appreciate seeing how the story evolves in the second volume, and when they finish, they will likely find themselves wanting to read the next volume to find out what will happen to Shinjiro and the other characters.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: Ultraman Volume One

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Ultraman Volume 1 is inspired by the Japanese superhero TV show from Japan that began airing in the 1960s. This manga adaptation appears to be a “new generation” story to continue from the original television series.

Ultraman Volume 1
Written by: Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi
Publisher: HERO’S INC.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 18, 2015

Volume 1 starts out by establishing the basic premise from the original Ultraman television series, but quickly moves ahead to a time when Ultraman has left Earth and has become a memory.

Shin Hayata, a former member of the Science Special Search Party that worked with Ultraman years earlier to fight alien creatures called kaiju, takes his young son Shinjiro to a museum dedicated to Ultraman. But during this visit, it’s established that there’s something strange about Shinjiro: he falls a great distance but is unhurt.

This bothers Shin, but things become even more complicated after he talks with his former teammate, Ide. Shin admits to having no memory of the time when Ultraman was around but can remember everything clearly from before and after then. Ide drops several bombshells, including the fact that Shin was Ultraman after the two of them had merged. Personally, I felt that the first chapter of Ultraman Volume 1 did a great job of establishing the concept of Ultraman for readers who don’t have familiarity with it, and it also effectively set the stage for what happens later in the story.

The story jumps ahead 12 years to Shinjiro as a teenager, and it’s revealed that he has other abilities besides not getting hurt if he falls from any height. It’s reinforced that Shinjiro has these unusual abilities, but has no idea why he does. But when a new alien threat comes to Earth both Shin and Shinjiro find themselves facing off with it. Near the end of the volume, Shinjiro is given a way to amplify his power in order to help fight the kaiju. Volume 1 establishes that Shinjiro is becoming the new Ultraman, whether he really wants to or not.

Much of Ultraman Volume 1 spends its time trying to establish the characters, their situations, and the world that they inhabit. It can make the early portion of the story feel like it’s dragging a little but once it’s hinted there’s something unusual about Shinjiro and Shin learns the truth about Ultraman, the story starts picking up. And the reader is rewarded by impressive fight sequences during the last third of the volume.

The art in this volume looks impressive, especially the fight sequences. There’s also a drawing that caught my interest in a two-page spread on pages 120-121 which depicts Shin revealing to Shinjiro that he’s Ultraman. The contrasts of the shades make it stand out, and the details included for the drawing of Shin also catch the eye. The overall art style, when combined with the storytelling, makes this volume of Ultraman an engaging read.

Ultraman Volume 1 seems to be off to a good start. From what I see here, I believe it’s a series that can appeal to readers whether or not they have any familiarity with the Ultraman television series. Readers who enjoy the Tiger & Bunny anime or manga series will likely find something to like about Ultraman.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Artist Mamoru Uchiyama Passes Away

Anime News Network is reporting that manga artist Mamoru Uchiyama passed away on December 1, 2011 at the age of 62.

Uchiyama made his debut in Ushio Shuppansha’s Kibo no Tomo publication. He went on to launch a manga series version of Jumborg Ace, and also worked on several manga based on the Ultraman franchise.

Uchiyama also created the Little Kyojin-kun baseball manga series, and he worked on the golf manga Dead ni Pin o! for Akita Shoten’s Golf Comic magazine.

Source: ANN