New Manga for the Week of August 22 | Battling Blades, High School Hijinks

It's the long stretch of August—it seems like everyone is either away on vacation or getting ready to go back to school. The manga releases have been slow lately, but watch for things to heat up right when the weather is cooling down. In the meantime, this is a good week to catch the end of Bamboo Blade, enjoy the hijinks of Love Hina, or check out some exotic titles from JManga.

This is the big week for Yen Press, and my first choice is vol. 2 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a darker take on the magical-girl genre. I have a few more reservations about vol. 6 of Bunny Drop: This series started out as a comedy about a 30-year-old bachelor who takes in a six-year-old girl, and it has now morphed into a comedy about a 40-year-old bachelor trying to deal with a 16-year-old girl. I haven't read any stories set in the new timeline (which started in vol. 5) but I liked the first few volumes, so hopefully the tone won't change too much. Meanwhile, the drama comes to an end with vol. 14 of Bamboo Blade, the last volume of this exciting kendo series. Also on deck this week: vol. 4 of The Betrayal Knows My Name, Vol. 13 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 11 of Nabari no Ou, and vol. 10 of Soul Eater.

Kodansha has vol. 4 of Love Hina, its hefty omnibus edition, which should make for some good end-of-summer reading, and vol. 7 of Gon, which is a book you can dip into anytime as it is a series of wordless, self-contained short stories, all about a little dinosaur who roams through time and space causing trouble.

Over on the digital side, JManga has quite a few new offerings this week. Fans of high school hijinks may enjoy vol. 3 of Joshi Kousei, a story about wacky girls in an all-girl school. For those who like a little mystery, there's vol. 3 of Lady Lady, about a wealthy, beautiful detective who brings her own brand of glamor to the mean streets of Akasaka. If you like historical manga, there's vol. 3 of Records of the Three Kingdoms, set in China at the end of the Han Dynasty. And for lovers of fantasy, there's vol. 4 of The Twelve Hour Ruler.

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