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Welcome everyone to the first week of September! For those who are in the US, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend. This week had a ton of manga releases, over 20 volumes feature in this blog.

I just go over familiar titles that I really love and recommend. We also have 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 special manga series for Naruto, Bleach, and Ranma as lovely box sets for Pokemon Black and White and Adventures.

I would definitely recommend Nisekoi for harem fans, Time Killers for Blue Exorcist fans, Noragami for folks who love Bleach and supernatural, comedic with a action/drama series, and One Piece for all Shonen fans.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

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Notes

  • Right Stuf and Amazon listed A Strange Kind of Woman Vol. 2 this week while ANN and comic stores listed in the week of August 20, 2014.

Manga Releases

A Centaur Volume 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Being a teenager is never easy...especially for a centaur!

A Centaur’s Life is an all-new manga series with a wholly unique take on the slice-of-life genre—it focuses on the daily school life of supernatural creatures. This ongoing manga series features quirky and adorable artwork presented in oversized editions that include a color insert in each volume.

Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends—the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns—are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Romance and danger with the Knave of Hearts continues!

Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, a new ongoing series that focuses on perhaps the most popular character in the Alice series, the Ace of Hearts.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups.

The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland’s resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice’s heart?

Dawn of the Arcana Volume 13
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power!

Library Wars Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

Library Forces member Iku Kasahara has plans to go out for tea with her supervisor and secret crush, Dojo, but just figuring out what to wear puts her in a tailspin. When an urgent call comes in about an author seeking protection from the government, Iku realizes that the fight against censorship never takes a break!

Mayo Chiki Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control...until now.

A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.

Midnight Secretary Volume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kyohei has been banished from his clan because he refuses to renounce his love for Kaya. But a lone vampire is a dangerous thing to be, and Kyohei finds himself cut off from the vampires' power and protection. He doesn't even have access to blood substitutes anymore! Kaya wants to support him through this crisis, but arranging "dinner dates" for him again might be more than her heart can take!

Musashi
  • Distributor: Shambhala Publications
  • Suggested retail price: $16.95

Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai, is known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic Book of Five Rings. Acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of a courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi still intrigues us—and his Book of Five Rings is essential reading for students of all martial arts and those interested in cultivating a strategic mind.

Nisekoi Vol. 5 - "Typhoon"
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series!

It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up over the girl he made a promise with ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant. To Raku's surprise, he discovers three girls have keys from a promise they also made ten years ago—Chitoge, his current crush Onodera, and the police chief's daughter Marika!

Noragami Volume 1
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he'll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can't afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.

One Piece Vol. 72 - "Dressrosa's Forgotten"
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she’s Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne’s task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she’s been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene—Phantom Thief Sinbad—and he’s trying to take the paintings before she does!

Seraph of the End Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Now that Yuichiro has earned his place in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, he prepares to undergo a fiendish test to acquire the most powerful and deadly of humanity's weapons against vampires: Black Demon Series Cursed Gear.

Meanwhile, the vampire nobility welcome a new member: Mika, the best friend Yuichiro thinks died in their escape but who has his own bitter story of survival.

Skip Beat! Volume 33
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Time Killers - Kazue Kato Short Story Collection Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Explore realms of imagination in this collection of short stories by Kazue Kato, creator of Blue Exorcist! Time Killers includes Kato's first work, Boku to Usagi (Rabbit and I) and features the stories and character designs that would become Blue Exorcist.

Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In New Domino City, the hottest game in town is the Turbo Duel, fought from blazingly fast motorcycles called Duel Runners. On the outskirts of New Domino City, in a district known as Satellite, a new Turbo Duel hero emerges--Yusei Fudo! On his custom-built Duel Runner, Yusei takes on all challengers, fighting for his friends and the future of Satellite!

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The sequel to the hit manga series about a witch and her teenage manservant

Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise “the Zero,” Saito’s role as Louise’s familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship.

Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war, and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise, and win her heart once and for all?

3-in-1

Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Ichigo has been hoping to put off dealing with his inner Hollow until after the Arrancar are dealt with. But it becomes horribly clear that he has no chance against Aizen's new army if he doesn't get his Hollow in line. Luckily, he's met a group of ex-Soul Reapers called the Visored, who have harnessed their own Hollows. But can Ichigo really trust his new teachers?!

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.

Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

The Greatest Hero on Earth Goku and Piccolo finally face each other down in the final match of the Tenka'ichi Budokai! Piccolo is ready and willing to unleash all his power to win - something Goku may hesitate to do. Taking down Piccolo is going to take all of Goku's skill and wits... and courage! But after the tournament is over, life goes on. There will be new enemies to face and even more surprising new allies!

Collects volumes 16-18 in an omnibus format.

Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Sasuke delves deep into his own past to reveal how his ideal big brother, Itachi, became the feared ninja he is today. Then Naruto is drawn into a bloody battle with his best friend. And as their battle rages on, Sasuke and Naruto find themselves to be the fiercest foes either has ever faced.

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Back when Ranma’s father, Genma, and Akane’s father, Soun, were young martial artists, they learned the secrets of Anything-Goes Martial Arts from one of the greatest masters of all time. Unfortunately, he’s also someone they would do just about anything to get away from, and the entire Tendo household is about to find out why. Followed by a stirring rendition of Romeo and Juliet…and Juliet…and Romeo…

Collects volumes 7-8 in an omnibus format.

Pokémon: Black and White - Box Set (Vol. 9-14)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $25.99

Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey... What surprising new Pokémon and people will they meet next?!

Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Box Set (GN 15-22)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Ruby's father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn?t want to follow in his father?s footsteps?he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire?s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data?she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they?re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?!

Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Community Spotlight -- 12/12/2014

With the year nearly over, I hope checking out this week's spotlight is a part of your weekend plans.

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

BLEACH Ch. 608 Review

Ichibe always bets on black.

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

ONE PIECE Ch. 770 Review

The bit players steal the show in this week's chapter.

PSYCHO-PASS #32 -- Watch & Learn

A wolf in... wolf's clothing?

BLEACH Ch. 608 Review

Ichibe always bets on black.

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

PSYCHO-PASS #32 -- Watch & Learn

A wolf in... wolf's clothing?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

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