New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 15-21, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of March 15-21, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Attack on Titan Volume 15 by Hajime Isayama
2. Naruto Volume 69 by Masashi Kishimoto
3. Monster Musume Volume 6 by Okayado
4. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 7 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
5. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 8 by Naoshi Komi
7. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 4 by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
8. No Game, No Life Volume 1 by Yuu Kamiya and Mashiro Hiiragi
9. Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 by Julietta Suzuki
10. Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro

Source: The New York Times

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 8-14, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of March 8-14, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Monster Musume Volume 6 by Okayado
2. Naruto Volume 69 by Masashi Kishimoto
3. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 7 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
4. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 8 by Naoshi Komi
5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Part 1 Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki
6. Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 by Julietta Suzuki
7. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 4 by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto
8. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
9. Unofficial Hatsune Mix by KEI
10. Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda and Yu

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “Kamisama Kiss” Volume 17

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 focuses on Nanami Momozono, a high school student who becomes a kami at the land god’s shrine after the land god gives her a kiss on the forehead and bestows on her the power of a kami. Nanami has two familiars serving her: Tomoe the fox demon and a snake incarnation named Mizuki. Nanami has fallen in love with Tomoe, but he still seems to have feelings for Yukiji, a woman he met 500 years ago. When Nanami discovers that Tomoe has been inflicted with a curse because of a contract he made with a fallen kami in the past, she goes back in time to try to find out how to lift the curse.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17

Written by: Julietta Suzuki
Publisher: Hakusensha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 sees Mikage, the land god, sending Nanami back to the past one last time so she can witness the sprouting of the seeds she’s sown by going back to the past the previous two times. When she returns to the past, she finds the fallen kami and sees what happened to Yukiji and Tomoe after she left.

This section of Volume 17 was very eye-opening to me as a reader. It allowed me to finally see the truth about what happened all those years ago with Tomoe and Yukiji, and an important fact was revealed about Nanami. When I saw what this fact was and the explanation for it, I thought that perhaps this was something I should have somehow picked up on earlier in the series. While I won’t outright say what the revelation was, I will say that this fact explains why Yukiji and Nanami have similarities in their appearance.

After witnessing what happened in the past, Nanami figures out what she needs to do in order to break the fallen kami’s curse. When Nanami returns to the present, she goes out in search of a particular object that is the proof of Tomoe’s contract. She finds it, the curse is lifted, and the end of Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 gives the impression that there’s a happy ending for the two of them. But the series isn’t over yet, so I expect that some kind of obstacle will end up disrupting the relationship that Tomoe and Nanami are starting to build here.

I enjoyed reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 so much that I didn’t want to put it down. All of the pieces about Tomoe, Nanami, Yukiji, and the curse fall into place over the course of this volume, and it seemed like that with each chapter, more and more was finally coming together. As a reader who’s been following Kamisama Kiss since Volume One, I was both happy and satisfied with how the story was progressing and with how the answers to so many questions were presented throughout this volume.

While I have to admit that the art style in Kamisama Kiss doesn’t really have much to make it stand out from other shojo manga series, the strength of the story makes up for that. Suzuki has created such compelling characters that the reader becomes engrossed in the story and can easily overlook the fact that the art is more on the average side.

I would recommend Kamisama Kiss to readers who enjoy shojo manga with romance and hints of supernatural elements. Longtime readers of the series will really enjoy reading Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 in order to find out the resolution to Nanami’s mission to free Tomoe from his curse.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: March 1-7, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of March 1-7, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Naruto Volume 69 by Masashi Kishimoto
2. Monster Musume Volume 6 by Okayado
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki
4. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Volume 7 by Masahiro Hikokubo and Masashi Sato
5. Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
6. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
7. Kamisama Kiss Volume 17 by Julietta Suzuki
8. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 8 by Naoshi Komi
9. All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
10. Unofficial Hatsune Mix by KEI

Source: The New York Times

New Manga Releases for the Week of March 3, 2015

Here are the new manga releases for the week of March 3, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Claymore GN 26
D.Gray-man Omnibus GN 6
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 8
Kamisama Kiss GN 17
Kiss of the Rose Princess GN 3
LBX GN 4: The Super LBX
Monster Musume GN 6
Naruto GN 69
New Lone Wolf & Cub GN 4
Nisekoi: False Love GN 8
Oresama Teacher GN 18
Pokemon Adventures GN 27
Pokemon Adventures Black and White GN 6
Pokemon XY GN 2
The Sacred Blacksmith GN 7
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign GN 4
Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 10
xxxHOLiC Omnibus GN 5
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s GN 7

English Dub Cast for the Second Season on Kamisama Kiss

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the cast for its English Broadcast Dub of the second season of Kamisama Kiss:

  • Tia Ballard is Nanami Momozono
  • J. Michael Tatum is Tomoe
  • Micah Solusod is Mizuki
  • Ian Sinclair is Otohiko
  • Josh Grelle is Kotetsu
  • Jad Saxton is Onikiri
  • Tyson Rinehart is Okuninushi
  • Scott Freeman is Takehaya
  • Brandon Potter is Akura-Oh
  • Brandon Potter is Kirihito
  • Nick Haley is Kikuichi
  • Austin Tindle is Monjiro
  • Aaron Roberts/Bryn Apprill is Mamoru
  • Joel McDonald is Mikage

Jerry Jewell is directing the dub, and Jamie Marchi and Clifford Chapin are writing the dub script.

FUNimation describes the story as:

Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities—and boys—are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who’s chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

The first dubbed episode will premiere for subscribers on FUNimation’s website on February 23, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. EST.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Announces the Next Wave of Shows for Its Broadcast Dub Initiative

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the next wave of simulcasts that will receive the Broadcast Dub treatment. This forthcoming slate will include a total of 10 series getting the Broadcast Dub treatment.

The following series have been confirmed to receive Broadcast Dubs:

  • Assassination Classroom
  • Death Parade
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • The Rolling Girls
  • World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • Kamisama Kiss Season 2
  • Absolute Duo
  • Yurikuma Arashi
  • Yona of the Dawn Season 2
  • Maria the Virgin Witch

The Broadcast Dubs begin on February 18, 2015 for Assassination Classroom, Death Parade and Tokyo Ghoul as a part of a lead-in to its new “DubbleTalk” livestream and go into the weekend with The Rolling Girls on February 21, 2015 and World Break on February 22, 2015 before Kamisama Kiss starts the week on Mondays. Absolute Duo, Yurikuma Arashi and Yona of the Dawn Broadcast Dubs start on March 16 and 17, 2015, respectively, with the Broadcast Dub for Maria The Virgin Witch starting on March 22, 2015.

Source: Crunchyroll