New York Times Manga Best Seller List: October 12-18, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of October 12-18, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Vampire Knight Volume 19 by Matsuri Hino
2. Naruto Volume 67 by Masashi Kishimoto
3. Fairy Tail Volume 42 by Hiro Mashima
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Kamisama Kiss Volume 16 by Julietta Suzuki
6. Food Wars! Volume 2 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
7. Happy Marriage?! Volume 8 by Maki Enjoji
8. Maximum Ride Volume 8 by by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
9. Unofficial Hatsune Mix by KEI
10. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama

VIZ Media Announces Top Ten Digital Manga for the Week of October 7, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of October 7, 2014.

1. Naruto Volume 67
2. World Trigger Volume 1
3. World Trigger Volume 2
4. My Love Story!! Volume 2
5. Toriko Volume 24
6. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 23
7. Vampire Knight Volume 19
8. Hikaru no Go Volume 1
9. All You Need Is Kill Volume 1
10. All You Need Is Kill Volume 2

Manga Review: “Vampire Knight” Volume 19 (Limited Edition)

Vampire Knight Volume 19 is a manga by Matsuri Hino, and it has been released in North America by VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint in October 2014 as both a regular edition and as a limited edition with the Last Night: Vampire Knight Illustrations art book. This review is for the limited edition version of the volume. Vampire Knight is rated “T+” for older teens; from what I’ve read of this series, I would agree with this rating.

Cross Academy serves as the setting of the series, which is a school that has a Day Class and a Night Class. The Night Class has a secret that is unknown to the Day Class: the Night Class students are vampires.

Two of the Day Class students are the “Disciplinary Committee”: Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu. Ten years before the start of the series, Yuki was saved from being attacked by a vampire; her rescuer was another vampire named Kaname Kuran, and he is Night School student. Yuki has no memory of her past prior to being rescued by Kaname and being taken in by the headmaster of Cross Academy. Yuki also seems to have a crush on Kaname.

Zero Kiryu and his family had been attacked by vampires, and Zero was the only survivor. The headmaster of Cross Academy also took him in. However, Zero has a secret that only the headmaster and Kaname know. Back in Volume One, it appeared that Zero had a crush on Yuki.

Prior to reading Volume 19, I had only ever read the first volume of Vampire Knight. As I read this volume, I felt rather lost, so I went online and visited a Vampire Knight wiki in order to have some idea of what happened between the end of Volume and the beginning of Volume 19.

So it appears that Yuki regained her memory and learned that she was actually a Pureblood Princess vampire named Yuki Kuran and she awakens to her vampiric abilities. It also turns out that she and Kaname were close back before she was turned into a human.

Volume 19 opens with Yuki erasing Zero’s memories as part of her plan to turn Kaname into a human. But Kaname has plans of his own; as the remaining progenitor, he wants to become the origin metal and bequeath weapons with the power to slaughter vampires. At this point in the story, Cross Academy has teamed up with the Hunter Society to combat the remaining pureblood vampires, and the purebloods are intent on taking down Cross Academy. But the main focus of the volume is on what happens between Yuki, Kaname, and Zero.

This volume is both action-packed and emotional. Even though I came into this point in the story after only reading one volume, I could still feel the tension and drama that permeated the panels through the action and dialogue. I’m sure that for readers who have followed Vampire Knight throughout its entire run will be emotionally invested in what happens in Volume 19, and I expect that they won’t be disappointed by what they see. While reading this volume was a whirlwind and was rather confusing since I skipped over most of the story, I expect that long-time fans of the series will be able to get so much more out of this than what I was able to. From what I know of Vampire Knight, this appears to be a rather solid ending.

The Last Night: Vampire Knight Illustrations art book that comes with the limited edition pressing of Volume 19 is a hardcover book with 44 pages of color art. The art included in this book are illustrations from LaLa covers, chapter title pages from LaLa, “coming next issue” illustrations that appeared in LaLa, images from playing cards, an image from an announcement, covers for some of the tankobon releases, an image from a LaLa Slide-in Calendar, an image from a Star Portrait Set, images from the Grand Finale Event, images from New Year’s cards, and the cover illustration for Vampire Knight: Frail no Yume. This is a well-done art book, and the illustrations included in it are breathtaking. I think some very good image choices were made when deciding what art to include in the book. I believe this art book will be a real treat for fans of Vampire Knight.

Volume 19 left a significant impression on me after I read it. Between reading both Volume One and Volume 19, I now want to read Volumes 2-18 so I can better understand the series.

I wrote this review after reading a review copy of the limited edition version of Vampire Knight Volume 19 that was provided to me by VIZ Media.

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
ZE GN 9

VIZ Media Spotlights Takeshi Obata and Details New Digital Manga Debuts and Updates for October 2014

VIZ Media announces a substantial digital manga update to open the Fall 2014 reading season with a host of new titles and a special promotion celebrating the work of artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. appearance at New York Comic Con 2014.

VIZ Media highlights several updates this month including the digital debut of the sci-fi action series, World Trigger, with the first two volumes available on October 7, 2014, as well as more than 20 other VIZ Media series.

Takeshi Obata is the seminal artist/creator of smash hit manga (graphic novel) series such as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, Ralograd and All You Need Is Kill. He is scheduled to appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

VIZ Media marks his appearance with a special Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes that runs from October 6-31, 2014 and offers fans two ways to enter. Visit the VIZ Media Booth #1944 during New York Comic Con and submit your email address to receive a FREE Takeshi Obata art poster and be automatically entered for a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes listed below. Or to submit your entry remotely and for more information including rules and regulations please visit www.vizmanga.com/obata.

Takeshi Obata Sweepstakes Prizes Include:

  • ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Omnibus Edition (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Signed)
  • DEATH NOTE Manga Poster (Signed)
  • BAKUMAN。Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)
  • HIKARU NO GO, Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)
  • RALΩGRAD, Vol. 1 (Digital Edition)

VIZ Media will also highlight Takeshi Obata with special digital pricing available for a limited time from October 6-31, 2014 on all of his aforementioned series available from VIZ Manga. Also check VIZ Media’s partner sites for promotional pricing on Takeshi Obata digital manga titles during October.

New Digital Manga Series Debut:

WORLD TRIGGER Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now!

Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

Additional notable October digital updates to several other popular continuing manga titles include the stunning series conclusion to the paranormal gothic drama, Vampire Knight (Volume 19 available Oct. 7, 2014), as well as the latest editions of My Love Story!! (Volume 2), Naruto (Volume 67), Deadman Wonderland (Volume 5), Sunny (Volume 4; MSRP: $14.99), Toriko (Volume 24) and an array of new updates to several titles from the VIZ Select imprint such as Trinity Blood (Volume 7), Lucky Star (Volume 4), Suki (Volume 2), Future Diary (Volume 7), Trinity Blood (Volume 8), Lagoon Engine (Volume 4), and Kyo Kara Maoh (Volume 2).

Readers can enjoy these latest manga updates that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and Google Play stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that spans more than 2,300 volumes across over 200 different series.

Don’t miss special digital pricing on the following Takeshi Obata manga titles October 6–31, 2014:

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Vols. 1-2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Vols. 1-2 $4.99 ea (U.S. / CAN)

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

BAKUMAN。Vols. 1-20 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-20 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

DEATH NOTE Vols. 1-12 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-12 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

HIKARU NO GO Vols. 1-23 · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-23 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

After stumbling across a haunted go board, Hikaru Shindo discovers that the spirit of a master player named Fujiwara-no-Sai has taken up residence in his consciousness. Sai awakens in Hikaru an untapped genius for the game, and soon the schoolboy is chasing his own dream–defeating the famed go prodigy Akira Toya!

RALΩGRAD Vols. 1-4 · Rated ‘M’ for All Ages · Vols. 1-2 $1.99 ea (U.S. / CAN); Vols. 3-4 $4.99ea (U.S. / CAN)

In the midst of a war, a child is born during a bloody battle at the cost of his mother’s life. From this baby comes forth a huge and powerful dragon born of Shadow. Within minutes the dragon lays waste to the landscape, but a quick-thinking knight locks the baby in a cage of darkness, where he grows to be a young man, knowing only the kindness of his young female tutor. Until the day the Shadows attack and he is set free…

VIZ Media Announces the Finale of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing Vampire Knight Volume 19, the final volume of the series, on October 14, 2014. The final volume will be available in a special Limited Edition featuring an alternate cover and a hardcover mini art book. The standard edition volume will be available in print and digitally.

VIZ Media is also releasing the Vampire Knight “Night Class” Manga Box Set 2 on November 4, 2014; this set includes Volumes 11-19 of the series.

On December 2, 2014, the Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams novel will be released in print and digitally, housing a collection of prose short stories never before released in English. Also being released on that date will be the digital exclusive, Vampire Knight: Life, a special new manga chapter by Matsuri Hino.

Digital versions of Vampire Knight Volume 19 will be available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) and Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams for $10.99 (USD/CAN) on the same day of their respective print releases from VIZManga.com and and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, Comixology and GooglePlay stores.

“VAMPIRE KNIGHT is a groundbreaking series that has introduced many readers to the shojo manga genre,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “Shojo Beat debuts our first-ever Limited Edition release for VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 19! And in December, the VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS novel will feature new illustrations by Matsuri Hino. The digital exclusive chapter, VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE, reveals more of the story from volume 19. Don’t miss out on these special releases in celebration of this beloved manga series!”

In Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed series, the foreboding 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!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Limited Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN · Available October 14, 2014

Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a mini hardcover 42-page art book.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Standard Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available October 14, 2014

In the concluding volume to the series, Kaname vows to sacrifice himself. But Yuki vows to sacrifice herself to stop him. Zero takes a weapon in hand to protect what is dear to him. Whether parted for eternity or close enough to touch, they each will always desire their beloved…

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4, 2014

Comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2, 2014

Fans will not want to miss this special collection of manga short created stories by Matsuri Hino and Ayuno Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks 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.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE (Digital Release Only) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $2.99 U.S. / CAN · Available December 2, 2014

In this exclusive digital manga chapter, Matsuri Hino returns to the events at the end of volume 19.

Vampire Knight © Matsuri Hino 2004/HAKUSENSHA, Inc.

Vampire Knight Frail No Yume © Matsuri Hino & Ayuna Fujisaki 2013/HAKUSENSHA, Inc.

Viz Media Releases Vampire Knight: The Complete Collection Anime Box Set

Viz Media has released the Vampire Knight television anime series in a comprehensive DVD box set that contains both seasons of the series in a single new edition. Vampire Knight: The Complete Collection is available now and is rated TV-14. The 4-disc set is available exclusively on DVD with an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. /$43.24 CAN.

The new box set contains Vampire Knight as well as Vampire Knight Guilty, for a total of 26 episodes. Gorgeous O-card box art features foil embossed stamping, and a special illustrated chart is also included that shows the relationships between all of the series’ key characters. English dubbed 2.0 audio is available as well as the original Japanese dialogue track with English subtitles.

Yuki Cross can’t remember anything earlier than the day ten years ago when she was saved from a vampire attack by Pureblood vampire Kaname Kuran. Now Yuki, along with her partner, Zero, is a Guardian at Cross Academy, where two groups of students, the Day Class and the Night Class, coexist in relative harmony, despite the fact that the Night Class students are all vampires! But their peaceful existence is threatened when Yuki’s memories of a bloodstained past begin to emerge, and a dark shadow of evil looms ever closer!

“Audiences can return to the ominous Cross Academy and savor the gothic romance and bloodlust, dark characters, and beautiful artwork that have made the VAMPIRE KNIGHT series such a hit among anime fans,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager Animation Marketing. “For the first time, both seasons of VAMPIRE KNIGHT are available in a single complete DVD box set. For anyone that has yet to see this acclaimed series, the new release is also an ideal way to catch it in its entirety.”

VAMPIRE KNIGFHT ©2008 MATSURI HINO, HAKUSENSHA/VAMPIRE KNIGHT PROJECT