New Manga Releases: October 7, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for October 7, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Apple and Honey GN (18+)
Food Wars! GN 2
Happy Marriage?! GN 8 (18+)
Honey Blood GN 1
Kamisama Kiss GN 16
Knights of Sidonia GN 11
Manga Dogs GN 1
Missions of Love GN 9
My Love Story!! GN 2
Naruto GN 67
Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 17
A New Season of Young Leaves GN (18+)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan GN 23
One Piece Omnibus GN 10
Oresama Teacher GN 17
Pokémon Adventures: Platinum GN Box Set
Pokémon Black and White GN 18
Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident GN 2
Toriko GN 24
Twittering Birds Never Fly GN (18+)
Vampire Knight GN 19
Vampire Knight GN 19 Limited Edition
Vinland Saga GN 5
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 7
World Trigger GN 1
World Trigger GN 2

New Manga Releases: July 29, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for July 29, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Anomal GN
Blue Sheep Reverie GN 6
Devils and Realist GN 2
From the New World GN 5
How to Get Dumped in Style GN
Missions of Love GN 8
My Little Monster GN 3
Nurse’s Sweet Naked Truth GN
One Is Enough GN
Splash to Love GN 2
Teach Me a Lesson GN
Vinland Saga GN 4

New Manga Releases: April 15, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for April 15, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Afterschool Charisma GN 9
A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 9
Devils and Realist GN 1
Dorohedoro GN 12
Eden: It’s an Endless World GN 14
Fairy Tail GN 37
Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus GN 4
Love in Hell GN 3
Missions of Love GN 7
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary GN 2
No. 6 GN 6
Sunny GN 3
Wolfsmund GN 4
World War Blue GN 5

New Manga Releases: January 14, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for January 14, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Case Closed GN 49
Excel Saga GN 27
His Favorite GN 6
Missions of Love GN 6
NightS GN
Power Play! GN (18+)
Sherlock Bones GN 3
The Tale of Boobs: Chichi Monogatari GN (18+)
Tokyo Mew Mew à la Mode Omnibus GN
Wandering Son: GN 6
Wolfsmund GN 3

Manga Review: “Missions of Love” Volume One

Missions of Love Volume One is a manga by Ema Toyama, and it was published in North America by Kodansha Comics in 2012. The series is rated “OT” for ages 16 and up; after reading this volume of the series, I would agree with this rating.

The main character of Missions of Love is Yukina Himuro, a high school girl with an icy reputation. She’s gained this reputation because of how she looks at people and by the fact that she’s cold to the touch due to her poor circulation. Yukina writes cell phone novels under the pen name of Yupina. Her cell phone novels are successful, because she is able to observe her classmates from a distance and come up with ideas for her stories.

One day, she overhears some of her classmates wishing that there was romance involved in the stories. Unfortunately, Yukina has no personal experience in this department, so she has avoided including this element in her stories. One day, she sees a classmate confess her feelings to Shigure Kitami, the most popular boy in her class. After Shigure turns down the classmate, he runs into Yukina and they talk briefly. When Shigure leaves, Yukina discovers he accidentally dropped a notebook on the floor. She discovers this is a journal where Shigure keeps tracks of the girls who confessed their feelings to him, when they did, and where they did.

Yukina uses the notebook as a way to blackmail Shigure to start doing things like holding her hand, kissing her, etc. That way, she can experience these things firsthand in order to incorporate these elements into her stories.

I will admit that the high school student secretly being a popular cell phone novelist is kind of an interesting idea. However, this whole blackmailing business just isn’t doing it for me. OK, Shigure does find a way to get back at her by blackmailing her back; however, I find what her secret is to be a little on the lame side. By the time I finished this manga volume, I thought there was potential for the concept, but I really wasn’t interested in it due to the execution. Ultimately, I found myself not “feeling” the story like I thought I should.

When it comes to the art, I can say that I’m impressed by the details that Toyama utilizes in panels with closeups of characters’ faces. While the rest of the art looks good, I think Toyama’s strongest work comes through in the closeups.

While I may not personally be in a hurry to read more of Missions of Love, I think this series will appeal to manga readers that enjoy shojo stories that include romance and blackmail.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Missions of Love Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

New Manga Releases: October 22, 2013

Here are the new manga releases for October 22, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Bride of the Water God GN 14
Gantz GN 29
Love in Hell GN 1
Missions of Love GN 5
No. 6 GN 3
Summer Wars GN 1

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 21-27, 2013

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 21-27, 2013, according to the New York Times.

1. Sailor Moon Volume 12 by Naoko Takeuchi
2. Black Butler Volume 14 by Yana Toboso
3. Soul Eater Volume 15 by Atsushi Ohkubo
4. Is This a Zombie? Volume 5 by Shinichi Kimura and Sacchi
5. Doubt Volume 2 by Yoshiki Tonogai
6. Missions of Love Volume 4 by Ema Toyama
7. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
8. Until Death Do Us Part Volume 4 by Hiroshi Takashige and Double-S
9. Blue Exorcist Volume 10 by Kazue Kato
10. Bleach Volume 57 by Tite Kubo