Manga

Everything about manga, the popular Japanese comic book format, from the latest releases, new series, or in depth reviews about a particular volume or series.

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018

My Hero Academia / RWBY

Cover artwork of the My Hero Academia / RWBY comic for Free Comic Book Day 2018.

If you haven’t heard, the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, head on over to your favourite local comic store and pick up a couple of select titles for your enjoyment.

This year, there are a handful of manga available along AvengersOverwatchDC SuperHero Girls, and the Adventure Time, including:

  • Pokémon Sun & Moon / Pokémon Horizon: Sun & Moon by Tenya Yabuno, Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto from Viz Media
  • Ghost in the Shell Global Neural Network by Max Gladstone, and David Lopez from Kodansha
  • Street Fighter II Ultra by Ken Siu-Chong, and Hanzo Steinbach from Udon Entertainment
  • My Hero Academia / RWBY from Kouhei Horikoshi, and Shirow Miwa from Viz Media

For a complete list of available titles, free previews and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Source: Free Comic Book Day

Boruto volume 3

Boruto volume 3

Boruto volume 3

The fight against Momoshiki continues, with Naruto and Sasuke finally gaining an advantage. However, Momoshiki still has a few tricks left up his sleeve, seemingly turning the tide of battle in his favour. Will Naruto and Sasuke be able to overcome the monstrous Momoshiki? And can Boruto lend his strength to his father in his time of need?

Volume 3 of the Boruto manga by Ukyo Kodachi and‎ Mikio Ikemoto goes on sale in North America on March 6th, 2018.

Fairy Tail manga to end with volume 63

Fairy Tail volume 61

Fairy Tail volume 61

With volume 61 being released in Japan on May 17th, 2017, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima revealed that there are just two more books coming to wrap up his manga series.

Once Fairy Tail finishes, Mashima said he is ready to work on a new story in a new world with different characters.

In North America, Fairy Tail volume 60 hits store shelves on May 30th, 2017.

Source: Natalie

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dragon Ball Super and Boruto

Cover of Dragon Ball Super and Borutofor Free Comic Book Day 2017.

The first Saturday of May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 6th, head on over to your favourite comic store and choose from a selection of popular series — all free!

This year, there are a couple of manga available along Captain Canuck, Wonder Woman, Rick and Morty, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, including:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess by Akira Himekawa from Viz Media
  • Attack on Titan by Jody Houser/Emi Lenox/Paolo Rivera from Kodansha Comics
  • Disney Descendants by Jason Muell/Natsuki Minami from Tokyopop
  • Street Fighter V Wrestling Special by Ken Siu-Chong/Jeffrey Chamba Cruz from Udon Entertainment
  • Dragon Ball Super and Boruto by Akira Toriyama/Masashi Kishimoto from Viz Media

For a complete list of available titles, free previews and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Source: Free Comic Book Day

Final Bleach manga cover unveiled

Bleach volume 74

Reported cover of the Bleach manga volume 74

After a long run, Tite Kubo’s manga series, Bleach, is over. Japan gets volume 74 on November 4th, 2016, but don’t expect it in North America anytime soon — volume 68 comes out in English November 1st, 2016.

Possibly one of the more contentious endings of a manga, the closing chapters of Bleach have riled fans in Japan, with some even going as far as destroying their collections of books and memorabilia.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

English version of Kuroko’s Basketball manga hits shelves August 2016

Kuroko's Basketball volume 1&2

Cover of Kuroko’s Basketball volume 1&2

VIZ Media brings Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s popular sports manga Kuroko’s Basketball to English readers in both physical and digital formats this August.

Tetsuya Kuroko is a rather unassuming teen; he doesn’t stand out even with his sky blue hair. This takes Taiga Kagami by surprise when he signs up for Seirin High’s basketball team. Kagami can’t believe that Kuroko once played as part of “The Miracle Generation”, a storied team from Teiko Junior High that were the best of the best. And now, he needs Kuroko’s help in beating these legendary players so he too can reach the top.

Kuroko’s Basketball is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms. The printed version is to be published on a bi-monthly schedule.

The combined copy of volumes one and two of Kuroko’s Basketball, goes on sale Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016.

Source: VIZ Media

VIZ Media brings Haikyu!! manga to English fans

Haikyu!! volume 1

Cover art for volume 1 of Haikyu!!

Haruichi Furudate’s popular sports manga Haikyu!! is finally available in English for purchase in both print and digital formats as of Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 thanks to VIZ Media.

Shoyo Hinata is fascinated with volleyball, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in determination. Managing to play one game in middle school, he encounters the intimidating “King of the Court”, Tobio Kageyama. Vowing to get better to challenge Kageyama, Hinata finds that his rival now plays on the same team!

VIZ Media will publish the English adaptation of Haikyu!! monthly to bring it in line with the Japanese version and is readable on the VIZ Manga App, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play platforms.

Haikyu!! made its first appearance back in 2012 in Weekly Shonen Jump and is also an anime series which is scheduled for a third season.

Source: VIZ Media

Bleach manga series to end this year

Tite Kubo’s manga series Bleach is coming to a close. The 73rd volume hit Japanese store shelves today, July 4th, 2016.

Highschool student Ichigo Kurosaki unwittingly becomes a part-time soul reaper tasked following his ability to see spirits. Upon rescuing an injured soul reaper, Ichigo’s temporary assignment becomes permanent when the society he is reluctant to join depends on him to save it.

Published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, Bleach has branched out into an anime, movies, video games and a live musical.

The final volume, numbered 74, has an anticipated release in the fall of 2016.

Source: Natalie

Free Comic Book Day for 2016 is at your local comic store Saturday, May 7

An action packed weekend is just around the corner with Free Comic Book Day hitting the shelves on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. For 15 years, anyone can pick up select copies of new popular and new series for free — no strings attached.

This includes manga too, next to favourites of The Avengers, Suicide Squad and Doctor Who. Manga titles available for this year are…

  • Pokémon Pocket Comics Legendary Pokémon by Santa Harukaze from Viz Media / Perfect Square
  • Attack on Titan Anthology Preview by Hajime Isayama from Kodansha Comics
  • Street Fighter Volume 1 by Ken Siu-Chong, Matt Moylan, Edwin Huang from Udon Entertainment
  • One Punch Man / My Hero Academia by One, Kouhei Horikoshi, and Yusuke Murata from Viz Media
  • Sonic Sampler by Jamal Peppers, and Gary Martin from Archie Comic Publications

For a complete list of available titles and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Third season of volleyball anime Haikyu!! expected

Weekly Shonen Jump issue 16

Haikyu!! adorns the cover issue 16 of Weekly Shonen Jump. Courtesy Weekly Shonen Jump

Word on the sidelines is that the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s volleyball manga Haikyu!! is up for a third series this coming fall. Confirmation lies within 16th edition of Weekly Shonen Jump which goes on sale Saturday, March 19th.

Haikyu!! is currently in its second season which was announced last May and is available through the anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Anime News Network, Weekly Shonen Jump

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