Viz is getting a jump on the summer convention season by announcing two new shoujo series now: Strobe Edge and Demon Love Spell, both in their Shojo Beat imprint.

Of the two, Demon Love Spell looks like it will be a little quirkier. We have had a couple of shrine-maiden manga in the past year or two, including Viz's Kamisama Kiss and the unfortunately incomplete Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens.

Here's the executive summary:

In the series, Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off of women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls brokenhearted at school, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works – sort of – but now Kagura is after her!

This has the potential to be something a little different, and the manga-ka is Mayu Shinjo, the creator of Ai Ore and Sensual Phrase, so she's got some chops. The story started as a mini-series in Margaret magazine and was popular enough to be continued as a full series, which is a good sign. Read More...

This week brings an interesting batch of new manga, with a handful of genre titles and some oddball things as well.

Read More...

Arriving just in time to coincide with Marvel's Avengers movie, the world-famous Madame Tussauds New York is launching an interactive exhibit featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, and more! Starting Thursday, April 26th, visitors to the Times Square tourist attraction can not only see life-like and life-size wax replicas of their favorite Marvel superheroes, but they will also be able to be immersed in the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience, a new short film. Read More...

Today, Rockstar Games announced their partnership with Marvel’s Custom Studios group to produce a three-part story tying into the first and second games in the series, along with providing details about the troubled New York cop’s likely troubled early life, subsequently leading up to the events in the May release of Max Payne 3.

The miniseries will initially be released digitally on the Rockstar Newswire site, starting with the first chapter, “After the Fall,” with the plan for the first and later stories to be collected in a limited print edition sometime down the line. Writers Dan Houser and Sam Lake of Remedy (Alan Wake) are providing the scripts here with Greg Horn (Marville) providing covers and Fernando Blanco on pencils/inks. Read More...

The one thing you quickly pick up on talking to Legend of Korra voice actress Janet Varney is that she’s just happy to be doing the work. Above all else, the actress, who lends her pipes to the show’s title character, is simply thrilled to be a part of the process of giving voice to something animated onscreen. “Just doing voices for cartoons is just a dream come true,” she explained. “For me there’s nothing closer to what magic—real magic must feel like.”


Read More...


On Friday, April 27th, Mondo will be running hosting a gallery show featuring a couple of dozen artists (including regular Mondo poster creators) who’ve produced some original art featuring characters from the hit Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. Who’s gonna be there?
Andy Gonsalves
Andy Ristraino
Angie Wang
Annie Benjamin
Annie Wu
Read More...

From vampires to fashion models to Roman baths, the new titles announced this past weekend will make some interesting reading in the months to come.

Let's start on the East Coast, where Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez announced a new license at Anime Boston: Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss. Previously published by Tokyopop as five single volumes, the series tells the story of a bored student who becomes a model for a group of clothing designers. The series was the topic of a blogger carnival, the Manga Moveable Feast, last year, so interest has been high even though it has been almost ten years since the first volume came out in English. Yazawa is also the creator of the hugely popular ongoing series Nana.

Read More...

The girls are in control in this week's new releases, with an assortment of shoujo manga featuring heroines who don't let themselves get pushed around. But there's plenty for the guys, too, with new volumes of some Shonen Jump favorites. For the younger set, Viz launches its Voltron Force graphic novels, and for sophisticated adults, we have a new volume of Vertical's wine-tasting soap opera, Drops of God.

Viz publishes most of their Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat manga the first week of the month, and this month the standout title is vol. 2 of A Devil and Her Love Song. If you read my review of volume 1, you'll already know why: This is a high-school manga that avoids cliches and goes straight for the jugular, with a sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued girl who doesn't take any crap and a class full of hostile teenagers who are only too happy to dish it out anyway. Word on the street is that volume 2 is even better than volume 1, and I'm eager to find out. Read More...

This is Yen Press's week to shine, with a very nice lineup of continuing series and two new ones. First up is the graphic adaptation of Gail Carriger's Soulless, the story of a Victorian vampire fighter, illustrated by the incomparable rem. This is the first book in Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, and Yen has three volumes planned. The other new series is vol. 1 of Is This a Zombie?, the story of a zombie high school boy who accidentally becomes a chainsaw-weilding magical girl. If you like zombies, chainsaws, and pink, frilly dresses, then this is the manga for you. Read More...

It's a light week for print releases, but that makes it a good week to check out the latest digital offerings. Also, more Natsume Ono is always a good thing!

The sole Viz release this week is one of their more interesting titles, vol. 6 of House of Five Leaves, Natsume Ono's tale of a diffident ronin who falls in with a gang of kidnappers. From the description, it sounds like the story is starting to set up the final confrontation, as the series has just two more volumes to go. Read More...

The girls are in charge in this week's new manga releases, from aspiring astronaut Asumi to Amazing Agent Luna—and of course, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

Usagi is back! This week brings vol. 4 of Sailor Moon, which seems to have captivated a new generation of readers—every volume has made the New York Times manga best-seller list, and the first two volumes, along with the two volumes of Codename Sailor V, were Kodansha's top sellers last year. And look at that pretty cover with the spring colors! Kodansha has two more new releases this week, vol. 3 of Negima! (the omnibus edition) and vol. 9 of Ninja Girls. Read More...

Maria Kawai is a straight-talking heroine who skewers the phony facades of high school society in the new Viz series A Devil and Her Love Song. Yet while Maria is confident when criticizing others, she suffers from a deep fear that she is a bad person, and a strong desire to reform and do the right thing, a desire that often runs at cross purposes to the situation she finds herself in.

Read More...

I am going to recommend something a little different this week: Vol. 1 of The Earl and the Fairy, a new series from Viz that's sort of a manga take on English children's literature—which means it's not for kids at all. It's about Lydia Carlton, who is a "fairy doctor," a girl who can see and communicate with fairies (there doesn't seem to be anything medical involved). The story is set in late-19th-century England, where most people don't believe in fairies any more; the handful who do, however, are dead serious about it because they are after a legendary sapphire that was owned by the fairies. The book kicks off with plenty of action—a kidnapping and a daring rescue, all aboard ship—and Lydia ends up in the company of a handsome earl who may or may not be descended from fairies himself. It's all good fun, mixing a very sweet art style with plenty of action—it's a Shojo Beat manga, but there is quite a bit of violence, and the Earl is handsome and menacing in the way that manga guys tend to be. Despite the title, this really isn't a fairy story—mostly, the fairies just make cameo appearances, but Lydia has a smart-alecky fairy cat that wears a four-in-hand tie and cuffs and is not catlike at all. Aside from that, this is your standard shoujo manga with good art and an unusually interesting setting. Read More...

The digital manga site JManga had some good news, some bad news, and some more good news for readers this week.

The good news is that the site is dropping its regional restrictions and will be available worldwide. Until this week, readers who tried to access it from outside the U.S. and Canada got a blue screen and a message saying the site was unavailable; now everyone can access the site. The change came after JManga's business manager, Robert Newman, called out to readers to make their feelings known via Twitter and Facebook to the 39 publishers who make up JManga. Newman also said via Twitter that the site supports multiple languages, so they are looking at offering translations into languages other than English. Read More...

It's a big week this week, with new volumes of CLAMP's Gate 7, Chi's Sweet Home, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as a gaggle of unusual shoujo and shonen titles from Digital.

The pick of the week is definitely vol. 2 of Gate 7, CLAMP's ghost story set in old (and new) Kyoto. In the first volume, we saw high school student Chikahito stumble into an alternate world while on a visit to the historic part of Kyoto. He falls into the company of an odd group of supernatural warriors, and we have the beginnings of a plot with roots in Japanese history. While the first volume had its flaws, the storytelling had firmed up quite a bit by the end, and I'm looking forward to volume 2.

Also out this week: Vol. 8 of Chi's Sweet Home, the beautifully produced full-color manga about the adventures of a cute cat and her host family. This will be the last volume for a while, as Vertical's releases have caught up with the Japanese books, so savor it slowly.

Digital Manga is best known for yaoi manga, but they have some nice shoujo and shonen releases coming this week. Vol. 8 of Itazura na Kiss has the happy couple going on summer vacation, where misunderstandings and hijinks are sure to ensue. This series is a cute romantic comedy about an enthusiastic (but not too bright) girl, her smart (but not too emotional) husband, and their wacky families. It's good, clean, soap-opera fun, even if most of the characters are over the top. Also on the way are vol. 3 of Moon and Blood, a paranormal romance, vol. 2 of Replica, a surreal manga about battles among toys, and vol. 2 of Countdown 7 Days, a series about a dead boy fighting his way through the afterlife in the hope that he can come back to life.

This is the big release week for Yen Press, with six new volumes, all in ongoing series. Vol. 8 of Soul Eater continues the story of the school for weapon meisters and their partners, who are human weapons. This series has a nice, clean art style and I'd recommend just jumping in, but vol. 8 begins with part 2 of two-part story. Check out the free preview chapter at the link to see if you'll like it. Also out this week: Vol. 11 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 3 of Higurashi When They Cry: Atonement Arc, vol. 9 of Nabari no Ou, vol. 6 of Omamori Himori, and vol. 11 of Sumomomo Momomo.

Related Posts:
Review: Viz Manga on the Nook
Classic Manga Kimagure Orange Road Coming to Facebook

--

Discuss this story in our Comics forums! Follow @MTVGeek on Twitter and be sure to "like" us on Facebook for the best geek news about comics, toys, gaming and more!

Top Categories

©2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.