New Manga Releases… and more to come!

April has been chockablock with exciting releases, but there’s plenty more to follow over the next few months, so here’s a quick overview of what to look out for this April and May!

5th April

Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1
Starting serialization in 2009, Blue Exorcist has already been graced with an anime, which began airing this month! As the title suggests, Blue Exorcist is the story of Rin, the biological son of Satan, as he battles against his lineage to become an exorcist and to defeat his father, the lord of all demons.

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19th April

Bakuman, Vol.4 (Viz)
Bakuman is the latest work of the partnership that brought us Death Note and it hasn’t been a disappointment. With a consistently high standard of art, and story. It tells the tale of 2 talented and ambitious young students in their quest to become a household name in the manga world… (Read More…)

26th April

Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
If Tsutomu Nihei was “behind the times” with Biomega’s zombie-virus plot, then Highschool of the Dead creator Daisuke Sato is even more so. His zombie apocalypse saga beginning serialization in 2006. Though, this one takes a completely different stance. What goes well with fighting zombies? Shotguns? Rifles? NO! Busty and attractive school girls!

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Higurashi, When They Cry – Eye Opening Arc, Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
The story has reached the halfway point of its first answer arc, and we may be about to learn more about the shady goings on in Hinamizawa

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Omamori Himari, Vol. 3 (Yen Press)
Orphan Yuto Amakawa‘s life takes a drastic new direction when he encounters Himari, a samurai cat spirit girl who reveals that he comes from an ancestry with links to the twelve demon slaying families, who have been vanquishing demons since the feudal era. Himari has sworn an oath to protect the 16 year old Yuto, a task made more troublesome by his allergy to cats.

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Pandora Hearts, Vol. 5 (Yen Press)
Guided by Jack Vessalius, the man from Alice‘s memories, Oz wanders back into the world of lost memories in search of Alice. There, he stumbles upon the devastating tragedy of Sablier, the century-old disaster which sent the old capital into the Abyss, an incident of which no one has any recollection…except Alice, who was there?!

When Oz discovers the truth of the memories Alice so desperately wants to forget, the powers of the B-Rabbit will spiral out of control and threaten the lives of all who are trapped within the dreamlike dimension, including Alice herself…

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5th May

Black Butler, Vol. 5 (Yen Press)
For an impeccable gentleman’s butler like Sebastian Michaelis, the word “impossible” is just not in his vocabulary. Everything demanded of him under the English sun is well within his grasp. But do his talents extend to things under the scalding Indian sun?! As Harold West-Jeb’s plan to use Agni, Prince Soma’s superhuman butler, in a curry battle to win himself a Royal Warrant is exposed, Earl Ciel Phantomhive sets Sebastian to the task of creating an incomparable curry to defeat the despicable West-Jeb. But how can Ciel’s devil of a butler possibly best Agni, the man with the Right Hand of God?!

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Laon, Vol. 5 (Yen Press)
When the police discover Laon naked and hungry in the street, they aren’t quite sure what to make of the odd little boy. How could they know that he is actually a nine-tailed fox…or at least he would be if he hadn’t lost his tails in a bet? Now Laon is on a crusade to recover his missing appendages, if other spiritual forces don’t find them first!

In Volume 5…Trapped inside Congressman Kwon’s estate, Tae-Ha and the politician’s family are at the mercy of his ex-wife’s ghost. She’s willing to spare them all if her ex can guess what it is she wants, but it’s a limited-time offer, and Laon is nowhere to be found! Just as Tae-Ha is about to curse his bad luck, the specter drops a hint about Young-Yoo! Meanwhile, Gyu-Jin is in over his head on his first assignment. He’s been sent to find out more about a religious cult, but he’s about to find himself in a whole lot of trouble!

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17th May

Saturn Apartments, Vol. 3 (Viz)
Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the earth, 35 kilometers up in the sky. The society of the ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father’s occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu‘s job treats him to an outsider’s view into the living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

In Volume 3… Mitsu meets two new clients, both lonely in their unique ways. Meanwhile, his work ethic catches the eye of other employers. Sohta, already overqualified for his job at the power plant, gets demoted due to nepotism and channels his frustration toward the surface of the earth. Another day, another dollar for the workforce of Saturn Apartments.

Biomega, Vol. 6 (Viz)
In the final books of Tsutomu Nihei’s nightmare vision of the future, Niarudi and the DRF rule the strange cordlike world of the Recreator. Yet without Eon Green, Niarudi will never be able to remake the world as she wishes. Now the biomechanical inhabitants of the Recreator are beginning to succumb to dronification, a result of the N5S plague that wiped out the original Earth. Only Zoichi and Fuyu can stop the nightmare from repeating itself, but to do so they’ll need to find Eon Green and the incredible secret she holds about the past that will shape the future. The final confrontation is at hand, and the prize for victory is the power to transform humanity and the world itself!

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That’s all for now folks, but rest assured that there’s plenty more to come!


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