Baseball and Black Butler: New Manga for the Week of January 25

This week's new manga releases include some nice volumes to chase away the winter blues: A new series about the zany characters of Ikebukuro, a fresh volume of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura, and some new Cross Game action to remind us that baseball season is just around the corner!

Yen Press is in the spotlight this week, with a nice slate of new releases. On top of the stack is the first volume of DURARARA!!, a series that promises to be as manic as its title: Based on a series of light novels, which were then made into an anime, it is the story of a shy student who moves to the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo and encounters the crazy denizens of the city's quirkiest neighborhood. Sounds like fun!

Black Butler fans will get their latest fix of Sebastian's antics with volume 8 of that series, which wraps up the missing-children story arc with a big battle and launches a new story. Volume 13 of Zombie-Loan and vol. 12 of Cirque du Freak brings those two long-running series to a close. Also out this week: Vol. 8 of Pandora Hearts, vol. 15 of Black God, and vol. 10 of 13th Boy.

Dark Horse has two beautiful shoujo volumes on this week's release list, which is a refreshing change from their usual manly-manga lineup. CLAMP fans will enjoy vol. 3 of Cardcaptor Sakura, a satisfyingly thick, 600-page omnibus volume, and for fans of delicately drawn manhwa, vol. 10 of Bride of the Water God delivers the goods. This is a lovely series that deserves more attention than it has gotten; you can pick up the earlier volumes on Dark Horse's digital comics site.

Viz has been releasing the baseball/romance manga Cross Game in thick, double-size volumes, priced at a wallet-friendly $14.99, and volume 6 is their sole release this week. With pitchers and catchers still weeks away, this volume is one way to get your baseball fix—and remember what the game is all about.

Kodansha Comics also has just one new title for us this week: Vol. 2 of At Full Moon, the sequel to Sanami Matoh's gender-switching vampire romance Until the Full Moon.

And that's the lot. This list reflects manga that are coming available in comics shops, bookstores, and online booksellers; for a list of this week's new manga releases to comics shops, check out ComicList.

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