New Manga for the Week of July 4: The Wolf-Boys of Summer

Viz has a bumper crop of summer reading for us from their Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat lines, but the other publishers only have a handful of new releases.

So let's roll with Viz. My pick of the week is vol. 1 of Jiu Jiu, the shoujo-est shoujo manga to come down the pike in a long time. It's moody and funny and has a couple of hot guys who turn into super-cute wolves.

Viz has a good stack of shoujo manga this week: The scheming continues in vol. 10 of Dengeki Daisy, the yokai are still at it in vol. 12 of Natsume's Book of Friends, it's school festival time in vol. 9 of Oresama Teacher, and Ren is going through some troubled times in vol. 28 of Skip Beat!. For those who are trying to catch up, the third omnibus volumes of Skip Beat! and Hana-Kimi are out this week as well. That's a lot of shoujo. Any of these is a good choice for a lazy summer day.

On the shonen side, Viz kicks it off with a quartet of non-Naruto Shonen Jump titles: Vol. 12 of Bakuman, vols. 42 and 43 of Bleach, vol. 63 of One Piece, and vol. 5 of Psyren. There's more in the Shonen Jump Advanced line: Vol. 20 of Claymore, vol. 22 of D.Gray-man, and vol. 9 of Rosario + Vampire, Season II.

And finally, in the kids' line, the adorable puppies of vol. 4 of Fluffy Fluffy Cinnamoroll set up a crepe shop in the woods—what could possibly go wrong? In vol. 8 of Pokemon Black and White, White loses a prized Pokemon to another trainer.

Kodansha USA has just one new release this week: Vol. 5 of Animal Land, the tale of humans and tanuki on a remote island. The description for this volume includes the tantalizing phrase "a meeting with a pack of hyenas will teach him a lesson about finding one's own place in the world," which promises plenty of action and zaniness—not surprising, as this series is by Zatch Bell creator Makoto Raiku.

And Seven Seas has vol. 12 of Dance in the Vampire Bund, which is now just two volumes away from the finale.

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