VIZ Media Releasing Black Bird Manga in a Box Set

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing a box set for Kanoko Sakurakoji’s Black Bird manga series on October 21, 2014.

The Black Bird Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes and will be released under the Shojo Beat imprint. The set is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $149.99 U.S. / CAN. With an exclusive bonus premium art book and substantial savings over buying the individual volumes, the Black Bird box set will make a notable addition to any fan’s manga collection.

In Black Bird, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!

“The BLACK BIRD manga box set offers a comprehensive way to enjoy this acclaimed fantasy story in its entirety and the bonus art book also lets new and veteran fans enjoy even more of Kanoko Sakurakoji’s beautiful shojo illustrations,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “With its winning mix of romance and a captivating story about the darker corners of the supernatural world, BLACK BIRD has continued to be a consistent favorite with readers. We look forward to fans catching the complete series with this new release from the Shojo Beat imprint.”

BLACK BIRD © 2007 Kanoko SAKURAKOUJI/SHOGAKUKAN

Attack on Titan is #5 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for March 2014

Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama is ranked at #5 on Nielsen BookScan’s list of top 20 graphic novels in the United States for March 2014.

Other manga volumes to make the list for March 2014 include:

  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#7)
  • Naruto Volume 64 by Masashi Kishimoto (#8)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama (#15)
  • Blue Exorcist Volume 11 by Kazue Kato (#17)
  • Black Bird Volume 18 by Kanoko Sakurakouji (#18)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama (#19)
  • One Piece Volume 70 by Eiichiro Oda (#20)

The BookScan rankings include sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases; however, sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues are not included.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 9-15, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of March 9-15, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama, Ryo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki
2. One Piece Volume 70 by Eiichiro Oda
3. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 2 by Naoshi Komi
4. Blue Exorcist Volume 11 by Kazue Kato
5. Black Bird Volumw 18 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
6. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama
8. Fairy Tail Volume 35 by Hiro Mashima
9. Midnight Secretary Volume 4 by Tomu Ohmi
10. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 2-8, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga for the week of March 2-8, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. One Piece Volume 70 by Eiichiro Oda
2. Blue Exorcist Volume 11 by Kazue Kato
3. Pokémon Adventures Volume 21 by Hidenori Kusaka
4. Black Bird Volume 18 by Kanoko Sakurakouji
5. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 2 by Naoshi Komi
6. Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano
7. Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura
8. Midnight Secretary Volume 4 by Tomu Ohmi
9. Fairy Tail Volume 35 by Hiro Mashima
10. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama

Viz Media Adds More Titles to Shojo Beat With New Manga Releases

Viz Media announces the acquisition by its Shojo Beat imprint of new releases for Black Bird, Vampire Knight and a brand new series, Yukarism, that are scheduled to debut during the Fall of 2014.

Yukarism and Vampire Knight Volume 19 will debut in print and also digitally on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and Android-powered smart phones. They will also be available on the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo E-readers, as well as in the iBooks and Google Play Stores.

BLACK BIRD COMPLETE MANGA BOX SET· Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens

MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / $149.99 CAN · Available October 2014

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life! Creator Kanoko Sakurakouji won the 54th annual Shogakukan Manga Award for BLACK BIRD. This box set includes volumes 1-18, comprising the entire series, and a mini art book premium.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT LIMITED EDITION VolUME 19 (Series Finale)

Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN

Available October 2014

Catch the final volume of VAMPIRE KNIGHT in a special limited edition featuring an alternate cover and mini art book. In the acclaimed series created by Matsuri Hino, Cross Academy 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! The Volume 19 regular edition will also be available to readers.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN

Available December 2014

A collection of short stories by Ayuna Fujisaki, based on the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, featuring special illustrations and a full-color fold out by Matsuri Hino! In “Deranged Love,” a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien. “The Melancholy of White Lily” features a tale of the bond between Zero and Cross Academy’s wild horse, and finally the students at Cross Academy find a time capsule on campus in “In a Thousand Years.”

VAMPIRE KNIGHT MANGA BOX SET 2 · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 2014

The second box set completes the acclaimed series, and includes vols. 11-19 along with a premium mini art book.

YUKARISM · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available in Print & Digital December 2014

Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. It turns out he has the ability to travel back in time – to his past life as a renowned courtesan in the Edo period! As he goes back and forth between the past and present, he also unravels the karmic relationship he has with his beautiful classmate Mahoro Tachibana… Catch the gorgeously illustrated historical romance from Chika Shiomi, the creator of YURARA and RASETSU (also available from VIZ Media).

Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor, Shojo Beat, says, “Fall and winter will be the perfect time to cozy up with special releases for acclaimed fan favorites like BLACK BIRD and VAMPIRE KNIGHT as well as the launch of the brand new series, YUKARISM. Mystical girls, hot vampires and time travelling courtly intrigue await readers. Don’t miss all great titles we have in store throughout the year from North America’s leading shojo manga imprint!”

New Manga Releases: March 4, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for March 4, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Clover: March’s Hare GN 1
Black Bird GN 18
Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 5
Blood-C GN 3
Blue Exorcist GN 11
D.Gray-man Omnibus GN 3
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 4
From the New World GN 3
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden GN 12
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends GN 6
Midnight Secretary GN 4 (18+)
Nisekoi: False Love GN 2
One Piece GN 70
Oresama Teacher GN 16
Phantom Thief Jeanne GN 1
Pokémon Adventures GN 21
Pokémon Adventures Black and White GN 3
Psyren GN 15
RIN-NE GN 14
The Sacred Blacksmith GN 4
Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows GN 2
Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 7
Strobe Edge GN 9
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee GN 16

Attack on Titan Is #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for October 2013

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan Volume 1 topped Nielsen BookScan’s list of top 20 graphic novels in the United States for October 2013.

The other manga titles that made it into the top 20 graphic novels list for October 13 are:

The BookScan rankings include sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases; however, sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues are not included.