New Manga for the Week of December 14: All Good Things Must Come to an End

This week's list is a mix, with no new series or standout titles but a number of interesting new volumes, including the ending of two Yen Press series.

This week is the big week for Yen Press, and it includes a bittersweet note: Volume 4 of K-ON!, the last volume (at least for now) of the charming gag manga about four high school girls who start their own band, undeterred by their lack of experience.

Another Yen series is also coming to a close this month with vol. 5 of My Girlfriend's A Geek, the story of a guy who falls hard for a yaoi fangirl. There's lots of otaku insider humor in this amiable romantic comedy.

Also on deck at Yen this week is the penultimate volume of CLAMP's Kobato, the goofy story of a clueless girl who goes around trying to solve people's problems while being verbally abused by a blue dog. The story is rather strange, but CLAMP can make anything beautiful, so it's worth a look just for the art. Other new releases include vol. 5 of Maximum Ride, based on James Patterson's novels, vol. 16 of Higurashi When They Cry, vol. 2 of The Betrayal Knows My Name, and vol. 11 of Bamboo Blade.

Here's a treat for magical-girl fans, and just in time for the holidays, too: Kodansha has vol. 2 of the Tokyo Mew Mew omnibus. And for those who prefer an edgier manga experience, there's vol. 3 of Mardock Scramble, a sci-fi story about a prostitute who is transformed into a cyborg.

Viz has a sparse list this week, with just a few new volumes: vol. 4 of Itsuwaribito, a shonen manga about a chronic liar; vol. 29 of Kekkaishi, vol. 8 of Maoh: Juvenile Remix, and vol. 8 of Arata: The Legend, by Yuu Watase.

It's all vampires all the time over at Seven Seas these days, and their releases this week continue that trend: vol. 5 of Blood Alone, the story of a young vampire girl and her older human companion, and vol. 2 of Vampire Cheerleaders, which is pretty well described by the title. If that piques your interest, check out Zoomcomics.com, where it is running as a webcomic.

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