Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 114 (April 7, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Naruto, Stealth Symphony, One Piece, World Trigger, Bleach, One-Punch Man, Nisekoi, All You Need Is Kill, Toriko, Blue Exorcist, and a special Dragon Ball bonus story.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

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

Naruto CH:671

In the previous chapter, Naruto regains consciousness and meets Hagoromo, the Sage of Six Paths. Hagoromo tells Naruto a story about his mother and his sons, and the chapter ends with Hagoromo saying that his son Ashura has been reincarnated in Naruto. When Naruto is not surprised by this news, Hagoromo believes that Naruto already knows who the reincarnation of his other son is; he does, and it’s Sasuke. Naruto then asks what happened to the other reincarnates before him and Sasuke. It’s revealed the reincarnates right before them were Hashirama and Madara. We learn a little more history about Hagoromo’s mother and that she had a couple of the ocular powers that we’ve seen in the series. Hagoromo asks Naruto to stop Madara. Naruto then discovers that Obito did something rather surprising, and it appears that the day the child of prophecy shall change the world has arrived. Sasuke suddenly appears, and Hagoromo shares his power with both Sasuke and Naruto.

Ummm… wow! There’s a bit that’s revealed in this chapter, and it’s becoming more and more obvious with each chapter that Naruto is getting ever closer to its ending. Will Naruto really be the child of prophecy and change the world? And how will Sasuke help him out?

Stealth Symphony CH:007

In the previous chapter, Jig goes out on his job for the cyborg agency, which is to rescue prisoners from a trailer. However, at the end of Chapter Six, Jig discovers that Troma and Alice are in the trailer, having been hired to watch over the prisoners. Troma, as a ninja, fights against the cyborgs. As Jig wonders why V&V are there, Alice arrives and asks Jig why he’s there. He says he’s there to rescue the people inside the trailer. Alice recommends that he leave immediately because he’s a novice. Alice ends up fighting against Colt Yukimiya. Jig ends up being able to talk to Troma through a transmitter that Alice drops, and he declares that he will become Troma’s enemy is it’s necessary.

It appears that after initally establishing V&V as allies for Jig, they will now potentially become his enemies. That would definitely be an interesting turn around if that does actually come to pass in future chapters of the series. So far, Stealth Symphony has done a good job of establishing the character of Jig and the world he inhabits, and I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter in order to find out what will happen next.

One Piece CH:743

In the previous chapter, we were given backstory for Kyros and Rebecca. At the beginning of this chapter, we see that Sugar and Usopp are both knocked out. Robin and the others who have been turned into toys are returning to normal and the curse of the Hobby-Hobby Fruit is being undone. The Tontattas declare that Usopp is a hero, and he asks them to find his friends, because the battle is only beginning. Luffy learns that the one-legged toy is actually Kyros, and that he is Rebecca’s true father. Kyros, meanwhile, has a fight and wins. An explosion happens in the coloseum as the chapter comes to an end…

This was a rather action-packed chapter, especially after the toys returned to their original selves. With the curse lifted, Rebecca remembers that she has a father, and this gives her the determination she needs in order to continue her fight in the coloseum. Now that the curse is lifted, I expect the rest of the arc will focus on the people trying to remove Doflamingo from Dressrosa.

World Trigger CH:055

In the previous chapter, there was an explanation about Kion and Aftokrator and about the horned Aftokrators. Osamu then encounters a man with horned humanoid Neighbor. Meanwhile, a horned humanoid Neighbor makes an appearance at another area of the battle; quite a bit of the chapter focuses on this area of the battle. In this chapter, Lord Hyuse is sent to capture a target that is supposed to possess a powerful trion. Konami is ordered to take on the new models of Aftokrator, and Osamu is ordered to protect Amatori with his life. The remaining members on the battlefield fight against Lord Hyuse and his group. Meanwhile, there’s another confrontation east of headquarters.

This chapter focuses primarily on Osamu and his group, and we get a little bit of explanation as to the moves that Konami and some of the others are using against the enemy. Outside of that, it was a chapter filled with a lot of action with the battles going on. I suspect the next chapter will continue the various fights that are taking place.

Bleach CH:575

In the previous chapter, Gremmy and Kenpachi started into a fight. When Kenpachi tells Yachiru to get out of there, Gremmy says her bones have turned into cookies with his ability, and that if she tries to move, her bones will shatter and she’ll die. Kenpachi then jumps into the air, and Gremmy turns it into water. Gremmy then creates a crack in the ground and sends Kenpachi and the water down into it. Gremmy expects Kenpachi will die within an hour, but is caught off-guard when Kenpachi comes out of the ground. And by something else that Kenpachi does, he proves that Gremmy’s power isn’t nearly as powerful as he tries to make it out to be. In this chapter, Kenpachi tells Yachiru to get out of the way, and she does. After she leaves, Kenpachi says he wants the real fight to start and then says something that makes Gremmy stop and think. After thinking about it, Gremmy realizes that he really wants to crush Kenpachi. A new battle is just starting when the chapter ends…

Kenpachi tells Gremmy that if he’s the strongest Quincy, then he should want to crush the strongest opponent. Gremmy realizes that he always thought that he was the strongest and had no need to kill an enemy to prove himself. He then realizes that he has a sudden urge to want to crush Kenpachi. It appears that Kenpachi has managed to turn Gremmy into a monster that’s ready and willing to kill. Will Kenpachi be able to defeat Gremmy, or has he made a mistake in provoking his opponent this way? I should be getting my answer to that within the next few chapters.

One-Punch Man CH:034.3

In the previous chapter, the focus was primarily on Saitama’s comrades and the fights that they’re having, with only a brief scene of Saitama and Boros’ fight. As Saitama’s comrades start defeating the enemy, Boros’ men begin whimpering and saying they want to go home. This chapter opens with another battle starting. The fight seems to end quickly, but they can still sense a big opponent still looming above them. Then the action returns to Saitama and his battle. At one point, the villain thinks he’s won, but he manages to survive.

Due to all of the fighting that’s taking place, there’s a lot of action taking place. Right now, I’m finding myself having a hard time getting into this series. I’m guessing it’s due to the fact that not only did I jump into the middle of the series, I also jumped into the middle of a story arc. All I’ve really seen at this point is a lot of fighting, and nothing to help me truly get to know any of the characters. If I’d been reading this one from the beginning, I’d probably have a better appreciation for it. As of right now, though, it’s probably the manga I look forward to reading the least in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Nisekoi CH:117

In the previous chapter, Chitose and Marika get into a competition over who can make a delicious lunch for Raku. In this chapter, Raku and Chitose are out walking and he complains about his stomach suddenly hurting. Then, there’s a five day timeskip and Raku is in the hospital; he had appendicitis and his appendix was taken out. Chitoge goes to visit him the hospital, and she seems to be acting nicer than normal. He also gets visits from Shu, Onodera, Tsugumi, and Tachibana. Chitoge sneaks back that evening and brings him yet another apple after several other people already did. Unfortunately, something happens that causes Raku to stay in the hospital a couple more days…

This chapter definitely establishes an idea that Chitoge actually has some kind of feelings for Raku. Unfortunately, she can’t bring herself to admit to either herself or to Raku. This may have been a stand-alone chapter, but unlike the other stand-alone chapters I’ve read, this one seems to have some importance for the overarching story in the series. I also have to say that of the stand-alone chapters, this one has been my favorite one to read.

All You Need Is Kill CH:011

The previous chapter continued with Rita’s backstory, ending with her appearing to have broken out of the time loop and becoming a test subject for top-secret research to study the time loop. This chapter opens with an explanation that Rita’s method was to always loop back to the same battle once; she’d determine the injuries in the first loop so she could improve the situation in the second loop. But she only loops back once, no matter who died. She then runs into Keiji and seems to recognize his eyes. She meets up with him and notices a number written on his hand. When she asks what that means, he says he wants to answer a question she asked him earlier. With his response, she realizes that he also goes through time loops.

This chapter sees Rita feeling a little lonely and frustrated because it appears that she’s the only one who goes through the time loops. However, when she sees Keiji, she thinks there’s something different about him. When they finally talk face-to-face and she receives confirmation that he also goes through time loops, Rita is shocked and also starts crying. I’m very curious to see now that Rita has found someone else who is like her, what she’ll end up doing as the story goes forward. I really hope that she does something to help him learn about the time loops and how he can find a way out of them.

Toriko CH:272

In the previous chapter, Toriko and the others learn Chichi’s backstory, and then he shows them an apple that causes them to showsigns of the appetite demon reflex. It turns out the apple has the smell of Acacia’s full-course meal. In this chapter, an octomelon awakens; it’s a creature that people can travel and live in. Chichi says the octomelon will serve as their tent for the first leg of their journey through the Gourmet World. When they go to head off to the Gourmet World, their friends come to see them off. President Mansom also asks Toriko to send food from the Gourmet World to the human world. Toriko and the others board the octomelon and head on their way to the third entrance to the Gourmet World, Yuto Island’s Bay of Evil Spirits.

This chapter is basically providing the setup for the journey of Toriko and the others as they head out on their mission. It should be noted that there’s a footnote at the beginning of the chapter that the octomelon was an idea provided by someone (I’m assuming one of the readers of the manga). I thought it was kind of neat to see a mangaka incorporate someone’s idea like that into the manga. At the end of the chapter, it says they’re headed for a new location, and I’m curious to see what kind of adventures Toriko and the others will have on their journey.

Blue Exorcist CH:056

In the previous chapter, the group encounters a zombie, and there’s a brief explanation of the differences between a zombie and a ghoul and the methods of exorcism for each. After taking down that one, the group is approached by a group of zombies; however, these zombies appear to be defective. The group tries to flee. They’re surrounded and try to find a way to escape. Suddenly, a trapdoor opens underneath the group. Izumo, meanwhile, is trying to escape on her own and ends up in a fight. In this chapter, it appears Rin and the others have been separated after falling through the trapdoor. Chief Researcher Mikhail Gedoin has arrived and he gives an update on what’s going on with Izumo and that he will be transplanting the nine tails from her father’s body and put it into her. He also relays that he’s captured Rin and his younger brother. Gedoin is ordered not to do anything to Rin. After leaving the meeting, Gedoin is informed that Izumo’s transplant capability is only 0.08 percent, and if they perform the procedure now, the transplant may fail and that Izumo will die. Gedoin then decides he’ll kill Rin, going against the commander’s orders. Meanwhile, a creature is unleashed to go after Rin and the others…

This is only the second chapter of Blue Exorcist that I’ve read, but this chapter did help me to start to better understand what’s going on this arc. There’s still some things that I don’t understand yet, but I’m nowhere near as lost as I was when I read Chapter 55. There definitely seems to be an interesting story being presented, and I hope that I’ll be able to better appreciate Blue Exorcist as I get an opportunity to read more chapters.

Special Bonus Story: Dragon Ball

It opens with a two-page spread labeled, “History of Goku.”

From here, there’s a note saying that “Akira Toriyama has written a special story about Goku’s departure, which even he did not know about until now.” Goku’s father, Burdock, is out fighting a battle, only to be told that Freeza has ordered all the Saiyans to return to Planet Vegeta. When Burdock returns, he learns through various conversations that one of Freeza’s men was asking around about a Super Saiyan. Then, we see Freeza declare that since the Saiyans are a bit too proud to truly be loyal to him, it’s time to wipe them and their planet out; he decides to carry his plan out in a month’s time. We get to see a young Vegeta and a young Raditz, as well as Burdock’s wife, Gine. We learn that Kakarrot (aka Goku) has been in an incubator for three years. After seeing Kakarrot, Burdock decides he’s going to steal a space pod at night and launch him to a different planet for Kakarrot’s safety. Burdock senses that Freeza’s up to something. Burdock programs the pod to head to a place called Earth. Then we see that Jaco the Policeman has been sent to find the projectile from Planet Vegeta after it lands on Earth.

Now, wait a minute here… doesn’t this conflict with what was presented in Dragon Ball Z? From what was stated in the main series, Kakarrot was sent to Earth on a mission to take it over… but this one-shot is now saying that it was his parents who sent him to Earth. It was neat to finally see Goku’s mom, but I wish the story didn’t present such a contradiction! And the addition of Jaco the Policeman at the end as a cross-over with Toriyama’s current work just felt forced to me. There really should have been a way to do this story so it could fit in with what’s already been established in Dragon Ball Z. While it’s a good story, I have a hard time buying it since it contradicts already established facts. The only way I can truly enjoy this is to think of it as some kind of alternate timeline story.

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 16-22, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of March 16-22, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama, Ruo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki
2. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
3. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
4. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 2 by Naoshi Komi
5. UQ Holder Volume 1 by Ken Akamatsu
6. Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama
7. Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare by QuinRose and Soyogo Iwaki
8. Attack on Titan: Junior High Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama and Saki Nakagawa
9. March Story Volume 5 by Kim Hyung-min and Yang kyung-il
10. Blue Exorcist Volume 11 by Kazue Kato

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

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 110 (March 10, 2014)

I’m finally caught up to the most recent issue of Weekly Shonen Jump! This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, One Piece, Nisekoi, Naruto, Stealth Symphony, Bleach, One-Punch Man, Toriko, and Blue Exorcist. This volume also opens with an interview Daisuke Ashihara. the mangaka for World Trigger to celebrate making it to 50 chapters of the series.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. For Blue Exorcist, I focus more on my initial impressions of the series. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

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

One-on-One With Daisuke Ashihara

This is an interview that Weekly Shonen Jump editor Alexis Kirsch conducted with World Trigger creator Daisuke Ashihara at Jump Festa. I really enjoyed reading this interview, and it’s definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of World Trigger.

World Trigger CH:051

In the previous chapter, Osamu and his group head to where Chika is in order to save her. On the way, Osamu has a fight against one of the enemy and wins. Right after defeating the enemy, Osamu notices something unusual. It turns out it’s Kitora, a member of Arashiyama Squad, battling another enemy. At one point, the enemy goes after the civilians instead of going after her. Kitora faces off against the enemy again. She’s able to win, but she has to make a sacrifice in order to do it…

Chapter 51 was very action-packed, and there was a strong emphasis on Kitora. Kitora demonstrates that sometimes you have to do the unthinkable in order to try to save others. Right at the end, something happens that I believe will make up the foundation for what should happen in Chapter 52.

One Piece CH:740

In the previous chapter, there was a bit of information given out in regards to the one-legged toy that’s helping to lead the Tontattas’ bid for freedom. There was also some focus placed on the character of Rebecca. This chapter returns the focus to Luffy and Violet, who are trying to get out of a collapsing tower; later, Luffy, Violet, and the one-legged toy go to the suit chamber in the palace. Zoro, meanwhile, is in a middle of a fight in the tower. We also see that Robin has been turned into a toy.

Quite a bit happens in this chapter, and there’s a bit of jumping around. The story seems interesting, but because I’ve jumped so far in the middle of an already established story arc, I’m still a little lost as to what’s going on. I’m hoping this arc will start making more sense as I read more chapters.

Nisekoi CH:113

In the previous chapter, Marika asks Raku to help her give love advice to Migisuke. Unfortunately, Marika really didn’t know what she was talking about, and it ended in disaster for Migisuke. In this chapter, Ruri is told that her 100-year-old great-grandfather may not be around much longer, and that his wish is to see her with her boyfriend before he dies. To appease her great-grandfather’s maid, Ruri randomnly pulls out a picture and says it’s of her boyfriend; it turns out to be a picture of Raku. Raku finds himself in the position of having to pretend that he and Ruri are dating. Ruri believes her great-grandfather is faking his poor health when they get to his house, but the maid has news for her…

So far, of the three chapters I’ve read of Nisekoi, I’d have to say that this one was the best one. If other chapters of Nisekoi could be more like this, I’d probably enjoy the series better. Chapter 112 was supposed to be funny, and it wasn’t, at least not to me. Chapter 111 was just weird.

Naruto CH:667

In the previous chapter, Kakashi and Obito teamed up to use their mangekyo to return the Nine Tails to Naruto. When Obito arrives to help Naruto, Sakura doesn’t trust him at first. However, at the end of Chapter 666, it appears that Obito has succeeded in healing Naruto. In this chapter, Orochimaru, Sasuke’s group, and Kabuto are all by the wounded Sasuke. In a surprise move, Kabuto helps Sasuke. Meanwhile, Kakashi, Guy, Gaara, and Minato are up against Madara.

And I thought the previous chapter was intense. Yikes! Guy pulls off something rather impressive, but it isn’t quite enough. Chapter 667 ends wih Guy saying he needs to do something else to try to take down Madara. This could be pretty major, so it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen in this battle with Madara. The scene with Kabuto was also interesting, and I’m curious to find out what’s going to happen to Sasuke. Aah! Chapter 668 can’t come soon enough!

Stealth Symphony CH:003

In the previous chapter, Jig is saved from an assassin by the vice president of the assassin guild. He also learns that there’s a Rank A heirloom that might be able to suppress the power of his Rank C heirloom; however, the last time it was at an auction, it went for a rather steep price; this leads Jig to getting a job. We learn at the beginning of chapter three that Jig didn’t actually get a job; he was actually rejected. Unfortunately, a half-day later, Jig discovers that no one will hire him. He smells something good and is led to Assassin Bakery; as luck would have it, there’s a help wanted sign posted in the window. It turns out the vice president of the assassin guild works in the bakery. A conversation escalates between the two, and just as it reaches its peak, Tromo appears.

This chapter focuses on Jig and his learning more about how assassins work in the city. I suspect the vice president of the assassin guild is going to end up being a major character in this series, so I expect to see more of him in future chapters. I also suspect that Jig will be starting to learn more about the heirloom that’s in his back. Stealth Symphony is still showing some promise, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Chapter Four will have in store.

Bleach CH:571

In the previous chapter, Kotechin and Assistant Captain Kusajishi steal bedding and medicine from the Quincy and hide it away. Unfortunately, they were caught by someone calling themselves “V.” It turns out he’s a hard being to fight, because he’s able to make himself appear and disappear at will. It turns out that Assistant Captain Kusajishi fights against “V” by instinct, and catches “V” by surprise…

This chapter focused exclusively on the fight with “V,” and quite a bit of time is spent on “V” explaining his abilities and hurling taunts. There’s a little bit of action between Assistant Captain Kusajishi and “V,” but this isn’t an action-packed chapter. However, with what happens at the end of the chapter, I have a feeling that Chapter 572 will have a lot more in the way of action.

One-Punch Man CH:034

In the previous chapter, Saitama wreaks havoc in the aliens’ ship, and comes face-to-face with a telekinetic. In this chapter, the telekinetic attacks Saitama, but it doesn’t inflict any damage onto Saitama. He then finds himself face-to-face with Boros, the self-proclaimed dominator of the universe. The two begin to fight it out.

This was a very action-packed chapter, although there’s not much progress for the actual story itself. But considering this is a shonen manga that focuses on fighting, I’m not surprised that there’s more focus on the fighting than on progressing the story.

Toriko CH:268

This chapter begins a new story arc for Toriko. The humans are now working together to restore the soil. IGO is working on trying to get the company back on track. There’s a flashback of when the president of IGO took in Toriko. It’s also being established that Toriko and some of the chefs are returning to the Gourmet World.

For me, the best part of this chapter is getting to see the flashback that provides some backstory for Toriko. Outside of that, the rest of the chapter is essentially setting the stage in order to get the next story arc moving. I hope that next chapter will get the story arc moving a little more.

Blue Exorcist CH:055

Rin Okimura was raised by a famous exorcist named Father Fujimoto and never knew his real father. One day Rin learns a terrible truth while he has an argument with Father Fujimoto: Rin has the blood of the demon lord Satan running in his veins. Rin swears he’ll defeat Satan, but that means entering True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. At this point in the story, Izumo has been captured by Illuminati guards in the enemy stronghold. Rin and his friends head into the Illuminati facility, and find a strange and deserted shopping mall inside. They encounter a zombie at the beginning of this chapter, and there’s a brief explanation of the differences between a zombie and a ghoul and the methods of exorcism for each. After taking down that one, the group is approached by a group of zombies; however, these zombies appear to be defective. The group tries to flee. They’re surrounded and try to find a way to escape. Suddenly, a trapdoor opens underneath the group. Izumo, meanwhile, is trying to escape on her own and ends up in a fight.

I have to admit that since I’m jumping into the middle of the series in an already established story arc, I’m having a hard time following what’s going on and truly understanding it. But from what I have been able to pick up on, Blue Exorcist appears to be an interesting series. I hope that reading future chapters of Blue Exorcist will be help me to better understand what’s going on.

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

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

Viz Media Announces Blue Exorcist Digital Manga Promotion

Viz Media announces a special digital manga discount on the Blue Exorcist manga series. From February 22, 2014 to March 3, 2014, fans can check out the inspiration for the anime series debuting this weekend on Adult Swim’s Toonami block.

The discount is $1.00 off the digital MSRP (regularly $6.99) on Volumes 1-10 of the series, making all volumes available for $5.99 (U.S. / CAN). The sale price will be available through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga app for iOS and Android, and special pricing may be available through the digital partners storefronts for NOOK, Kindle, GooglePlay, iBooks and Kobo.

Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself!

Blue Exorcist is rated “T+” for Older Teens.

Adult Swim’s Toonami Posts Blue Exoricst Trailer

Adult Swim’s Toonami block is now streaming a trailer to promote the addition of Blue Exoricst to the Toonami lineup this weekend.

I am embedding the trailer below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Blue Exorcist Is Coming to Toonami

Aniplex USA has announced that Blue Exorcist is joining Adult Swim’s Toonami lineup, and will begin airing on February 22, 2014. The specific time slot the series will be airing in has not been announced yet.

Previously, the series had been simulcast in North America, released on subtitled-only DVD, got a dubbed broadcast on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service, and a bilingual Blu-ray release.