This Just In: Manga

Six Brand-New Manga Titles:

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One Piece, volume 24 through 33 – Oda Eiichiro

(That’s right, 10 volumes in one go, all in at the same time).  As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming the 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! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world!

Vampire Knight, volume 9 – Hino Matsuri

Cross Adademy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!  A war among vampires has started at Cross Academy, and even Day Class students are being attacked. Kaname finally reveals his hidden plan to Zero, and Zero must choose on which side he will fight. But in order for Zero to defeat the enemy, he will have to take part in an atrocious act…

Oishinbo: Izakaya – Pub Food: a la Carte – Kariya Tetsu & Hanasaki Akira

Izakaya occupy the same vital space in the Japanese culinary landscape as tapas bars in Spain or tavernas in Greece. Unpretentious, frequently boisterous, they’re places to meet with friends or business partners to unwind over drinks and small dishes that range from hearty standards to refined innovations. In this volume of Oishinbo, Yamaoka and Kurita investigate classic izakaya foods such as edamame and yakitori, devise new dishes to add to the menu of an old shop, and discover how the concept of “play” is essential to the enjoyment of food. As part of the celebrations for its 100th anniversary, the publishers of the TMzai News have commissioned the creation of the “Ultimate Menu,” a model meal embodying the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine. This all-important task has been entrusted to journalist Yamaoka ShirM, an inveterate cynic who possesses no initiative–but also an incredibly refined palate and an encyclopedic knowledge of food. Each volume of Oishinbo follows Yamaoka and his colleagues through another adventure on their quest for the Ultimate Menu. Now, the highlights from the hundred-plus volume series have been selected and compiled into A la Carte editions: bite-sized chunks of story arranged by subject that add up to a full-course manga meal!

King of RPGs, volume 1 – Victor Hao & Jason Thompson

At the University of California, Escondido, no one would guess that freshman Shesh Maccabee is a hard-core gamer—and in recovery to boot, following a court order, a wireless ban, and months of therapy (all because of one little seven-day Internet café episode). His friend Mike—who personally prefers Japanese-console RPGs—is tasked with keeping Shesh far away from any computer with access to World of Warfare.  Everything’s going according to plan—until a Ren Faire fangirl introduces them to the campus gaming club, where they meet Theodore, a fanatical tabletop game master whose single goal in life is to run the greatest Mages & Monsters game in the world. And there just happens to be room for two more players. Soon Shesh and Mike are dragged into the dungeon of hard-core gaming—and cops, baboon men, Sri Lankan cave roaches, and Gothémon card collectors converge in the zaniest adventure that ever involved twenty-sided dice!

The Magic Touch, volume 6 – Tsubaki Izumi

Can typical teen Chiaki melt high school heartthrob Yousuke’s cold heart…through her extraordinary talent in massage?! The Massage Research Society goes on a camping trip, and when Chiaki and Yosuke are forced to spend a night together in the wilderness, Chiaki finally confronts Yosuke about the nagging suspicion she has that he’s been hiding something from her. Little does she know the impact her words will have…

Crayon Shinchan, volume 10 – Usui Yoshito

Shin’s parents will do anything to save a buck, but can the Noharas master a food eating challenge that no one’s ever beaten before? The animal world steps into the spotlight, as Shin’s dog Shiro confronts an intimidating cat and Shin takes a twisted view of both a horse and a snake. Then thoughts turn to family as Shin takes a shine to a baby and wants a little brother of his own.