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New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 20-26, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 20-26, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 by Akira Himekawa

VIZ Media’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition Volume 1 holds steady at number one in its fourth week on the list.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number two in its 73rd week on the list.

3. Black Butler Volume 23 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 23 enters the list at number three.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 9 moves back up two spots to number four in its sixth week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 9 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 9 falls two spots to number five in its fourth week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number six in its 64th week on the list.

7. Black Butler Volume 1 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 1 re-enters at number seven in its 46th week on the list.

8. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring re-enters at number eight in its ninth week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 1 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 1 re-enters at number nine in its 20th week on the list.

10. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui

VIZ Media’s release of Assassination Classroom Volume 1 re-enters at number ten in its 21st week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: May 8-14, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of May 8-14, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 6 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 6 holds steady at number one in its second week on the list.

2. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number two in its 37th week on the list.

3. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number three in its 45th week on the list.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 bu Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 6 moves up one spot to number four in its fourth week on the list.

5. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kohei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 4 falls three spots to number five in its second week on the list.

6. Attack on Titan Volume 18 by Hajime Isayama

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan Volume 18 moves back up four spots to number six in its sixth week on the list.

7. One Piece Volume 78 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 78 falls three spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 14 by Nakaba Suzuki

Kodansha Comics’ release of The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 14 enters the list at number eight.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 15 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 15 enters the list at number nine.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 re-enters at number ten in its 25th week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 24-30, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 24-30, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro

Yen Press’ release of Akame ga KILL! Volume 5 enters the list at number one.

2. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 falls one spot to number two in its fourth week on the list.

3. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring falls one spot to number three in its fourth week on the list.

4. Noragami: Stray God Volume 10 by Adachitoka

Kodansha Comics’ release of Noragami: Stray God Volume 10 enters the list at number four.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 holds steady at number five in its 16th week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls two spots to number six in its 11th week on the list.

7. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 falls four spots to number seven in its 22nd week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up two spots to number eight in its 32nd week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 holds steady at number nine in its third week on the list.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 moves falls three spots to number ten in its seventh week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 17-23, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 17-23, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 holds steady at number one in its third week on the list.

2. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring holds steady at number two in its third week on the list.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number three in its 21st week on the list.

4. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 moves back up two spots to number four in its 10th week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 moves back up two spots to number five in its 15th week on the list.

6. Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 by Yoshiaki Sukeno

VIZ Media’s release of Twin Star Exorcists Volume 3 re-enters at number six in its second week on the list.

7. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 moves back up three spots to number seven in its sixth week on the list.

8. My Monster Secret Volume 1 by Eiji Masuda

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of My Monster Secret Volume 1 moves up one spot to number eight in its second week on the list.

9. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 falls five spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls five spots to number ten in its 31st week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “Blue Exorcist” Volume 14

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Blue Exorcist Volume 14 focuses on Rin Okumura and his classmates, who are students at True Cross Academy training to become Exorcists. They are trying to rescue Izumo, who is in the hands of Professor Gedoin.

Blue Exorcist Volume 14

Written by: Kazue Kato
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 5, 2016

Volume 14 continues with Rin and the others trying to fight against the zombies as they’re split up from each other. We get to see Shiemi and Ryuji fight against their respective zombies, but Ryuji receives more focus than Shiemi. The reason Ryuji’s fight takes longer is the fact that there are a couple of flashbacks included. As a reader, I appreciated the flashbacks because they helped to provide some more backstory for Ryuji. Also, it’s thanks to these flashbacks that Ryuji realizes what he needs to do in order to defeat the zombie. We don’t get to see any further zombie fights, though, because Rin uses a Satan Bomb to free everyone from their cages. But they’re not out of danger, since Professor Gedoin sends Shima out to face them.

Much of the rest of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 focuses on the confrontation with Shima as Gedoin is preparing to launch his experiment with Izumo. It all leads up to a very exciting climax for this particular story arc. Without providing spoilers, I will say that something very surprising happens that turns the tide of the final confrontation in the protagonists’ favor.

While Volume 14 provides some character development for Ryuji early on, the second half of the volume provides a lot of development for Izumo. I really liked how Kato intercut Izumo’s thoughts during the experiment, leading her to realize that she really does think of Rin and the others as her friends. This idea is reinforced to her as Rin and his classmates do whatever they can to try to save Izumo from Gedoin.

Even though the climax of this story arc takes place in Volume 14, it’s obvious from the way it ends that there are still some issues that will have to be resolved over the course of Volume 15. And I expect that Izumo and the aftermath of what has happened to her during this story arc will play an important role in the next volume.

Kato’s art style continues to captivate the reader. There’s just something about the way the characters are drawn that grabs the reader’s attention. Kato’s style is instantly recognizable, and I have as of yet to see any other manga artist come close to replicating it. I also have to admit that for the art, this particular volume also includes a couple of impressive looking explosions.

Readers who follow and enjoy the series will definitely want to read Blue Exorcist Volume 14. There’s plenty of action, and the story arc takes a major step forward by the end of it. Fans of Blue Exorcist will not want to miss this volume, because they’ll want to find out what happens to Izumo, Rin, and the others.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: January 10-16, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of January 10-16, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 4 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 4 holds steady at number one in its second week on the list.

2. Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring holds steady at number two in its second week on the list.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 holds steady at number three in its 20th week on the list.

4. Blue Exorcist Volume 14 by Kazue Kato

VIZ Media’s release of Blue Exorcist Volume 14 enters the list at number four.

5. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 re-enters at number five in its 30th week on the list.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls two spots to number six in its ninth week on the list.

7. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 falls one spot to number seven in its 14th week on the list.

8. Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto Volume 72 re-enters at number eight in its 13th week on the list.

9. My Monster Secret Volume 1 by Eiji Masuda

Seven Seas Entertainment’s release of My Monster Secret Volume 1 enters the list at number nine.

10. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 falls five spots to number ten in its fifth week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 5, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Blue Exorcist, Black Clover, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Samon the Summoner, Bleach, Food Wars!, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip).

I’m providing my reactions and impressions for each manga title that appears in the volume. However, be warned that this post may potentially contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

One Piece CH:802

First, we see Luffy and the others freaking out about huge hail coming down, and coming to the realization that they don’t have a navigator. Oops! Then we meet Edward Weevil, who claims to be the son of Whitebeard, and his mother, who claims to be Whitebeard’s lover. They appear to have just learned about Doflamingo’s defeat. I’m not quite sure how these two fit into the story, but considering I jumped into Weekly Shonen Jump in the middle of the Dressrosa arc last year, that’s not terribly surprising. A new island called Zou is revealed, and it has an… interesting location. It’s going to be interesting to see how Oda pulls off the story line with Zou. I mean, sure, he had a sky island before, but this is something completely different…

Blue Exorcist CH:072

Rin and a couple of the others lament how Bon is now working so hard for Lightning that he can’t help them with their studies. But then they talk about what potential paths they might want to take. The story then returns to Yukio as he continues to try to figure out how he can become stronger. He takes a drastic step to try to awaken his ability, but it looks like it might not work. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so we won’t know whether Yukio succeeds or not until next month.

Black Clover CH:032

It looks like Rades is going to be defeated, and an interesting tidbit is revealed about him when his Grimoire is confiscated. But it turns out Rades’ and his group’s real objective was to capture Fergoleon Vermillion, and it appears that plan succeeds. So while it appears to still be a revenge plot, there was more to it than Rades let on in the previous chapter. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this particular story arc just hasn’t been terribly interesting. Oh well. I don’t have much but to continue with it until it’s finished.

World Trigger CH:117

It appears that the story is being set up for another Neighbor invasion to potentially take place, and this chapter spends a lot of time focusing on an Emergency Response meeting where Border bigwigs and higher ranking Border agents discuss what could happen and what they’re going to do. Meanwhile, Osamu is coming to a realization as to what he needs to do going forward for the B-Rank Wars. But Yotaro seems to have figured out who Jin was referring to in the previous chapter, and I admit it’s someone I wouldn’t have guessed. It sounds like this person isn’t interested in helping Osamu out, but things could change. And it would be quite an interesting development if they do.

My Hero Academia CH:061

We get to see what the matchups for the upcoming practical exam are, as well as All Might’s flashback concerning some of the decisions made on who to team up. Some time is spent expliainig the practical exam before it actually starts. As the exam gets underway, the story jumps around the various locations just as attacks start happening. But then the focus changes to Midoriya and Bakugo not off to a good start. That’s not surprising, considering that they don’t get along with each other. Their story is just getting going when the chapter ends. Hopefully next chapter will continue to focus on Midoriya and Bakugo, and not jump around much. Or if it does jump around, that it doesn’t do so as much as One Piece did during the Dressrosa arc.

Toriko CH:341

This chapter introduces us to Acacia’s Demon A. We get to see A going up against Bambina. Then the other members of the Eight Kings and the Full-Course Meal appear to take on other demons that have appeared in the Gourmet World. Most of the chapter focuses on narration of what’s happening with all of this, with only a minimal amount of action. But right at the end of the chapter, we see Toriko reacting. Overall, this was such an exposition heavy chapter that it was rather boring to read. Hopefully the next chapter will be more exciting.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:188

Raku shares his idea for helping Marika with the others. There’s an argument about some of the particulars, but after that’s worked out, we see that Shinohara has made arrangements for the two who weren’t captured to get inside the castle. Shinohara then lays out the plan for how they’re going to accomplish their goal. This story seems to be building up to something, but I can’t predict where Raku and the others will succeed or not. I’m very curious to see what Komi will do, and I hope it’ll turn out to be interesting and impressive.

Samon the Summoner CH:003

Samon is approached by one of his and Sakura’s classmates, who witnessed Samon summon a demon. This classmate now wants to borrow the power of the demons. Samon happily obliges. It ends up becoming a chaotic story, and Sakura tries her best to save their classmate.

This was probably the best of the three chapters that I read of Samon the Summoner, but I’m still not entirely sold on this series. About the only way I’d be continuing it at this point is if the English Weekly Shonen Jump decided to publish more of it in the future. But to be honest, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Bleach CH:645

Kyoraku explains what he does with the Zanpakuto to the Quincy. This is primarily a chapter of exposition, but then action takes place right near the end. But what action did happen was simply there to help illustrated Kyoraku’s explanations. Hopefully this chapter got the exposition out of the way, and that some real action will take place next week.

Food Wars! CH:137

Erina’s father is still acting like such an asshole in this chapter. But we see Hisako, Alice, and some others busting Erina out of her family’s mansion. They succeed, but after realizing they don’t have a plan, decides to go home. But at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that they’re right behind Polaris Dorm. As I was reading this chapter, I had a feeling that Erina would somehow end up at Polaris. Now the question is, will she try to stay there to defy her father?

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:038

When Shinoa and the others make it to the rendezvous point, and Rika comes running up and blaming her for all the deaths that have occurred because she protected Mika. But as others arrive, arguments begin breaking out. But as the truth about the mission is revealed, tempers flare even more. Shinya Hiragi is bombarded with a ton of questions, which is understandable considering the situation. He makes the decision to abandon the plan and devise a strategy to rescue Guren. We also get to see what’s going on with Guren while he’s in captivity. And something that Guren says right at the end of the chapter seems to pique the vampires’ interest. It looks Guren’s plan might be succeeding, and hopefully we’ll find out in next month’s chapter whether or not it does.

Naruto CH:245

The new “Jump Back” initiative features the first four chapters of Naruto Volume 28, which is set after the two year timeskip that Naruto was away from the village training with Jiraiya. Naruto is being featured again so soon to celebrate Masashi Kishimoto’s appearance at New York Comic Con. This chapter sees Naruto’s return to Konoha and encountering Kakashi and Sakura. The stage is set for the two of them to try to do the bell test with Kakashi again. Basically, this chapter was here to establish Naruto’s return and the fact that he, Sakura, and Kakashi will be on a team as equals rather than as master and student. The next chapter should be more action-oriented with the bell test.