This Week's New Manga: Mechs and Magical Girls

We have a deluge of new titles this week, with some classics—"Sailor Moon" and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Origins"—sharing shelf space with some cheeky newcomers, including a new "Durarara!!" series.

Sailor Moon 10

Let's kick it off with Volume 10 of "Sailor Moon," which sounds as action-packed as, well, every other volume of "Sailor Moon":

The threat of Dead Moon Circus is so great that the outer planet Guardians return to fight alongside their compatriots. But with Usagi now coughing up black blood as well, are they too late? And to make things worse, Queen Nehelenia’s servant Zirconia casts another curse upon Usagi and Mamoru, sending them both back into childhood. However, Helios whisks away their spirits to Elysion, where they manage to break free and return to their true forms. After they rejoin their companions, the final showdown against Queen Nehelenia herself begins!

Also up this week from Kodansha Comics is vol. 24 of "Fairy Tail"; in order to catch U.S. fans up with Japan, they will be releasing a volume a month in print and two a month in digital. At 672 pages for $19.99, their "Battle Angel Alita: Last Order" omnibus wins the pages-per-dollar prize, and they also have vol. 4 of "Attack of the Titans" and vol. 5 of their "Love Hina" omnibus for those who like various sorts of action.

Mobile Suit Gundam

Vertical goes back to the beginning of one of the most famous anime/manga franchises ever with "Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin," by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Yoshiyuki Tomino, and Hajime Yatate, a manga retelling of the very beginning of the story, with a bonus essay by Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno.

Vertical's second book this week is the fourth volume of Keiko Suenobu's chilling schoolgirl-survival-revenge tale "Limit."

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My Yen Press pick of the week is vol. 3 of "Witch and Wizard," the conclusion of a trilogy based on James Patterson's novels about a teenage witch and wizard on the run in a totalitarian society. The story is good to begin with, and artist Svetlana Chmakova has a superb storytelling style.

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Yen has a new series, sort of, starting this week: Vol 1 of "Durarara!! Saika Arc" starts a new story in the universe of the four-volume Durarara!! Since that universe is set in Ikebukuro and features a headless motorcyclist and an assortment of crazy characters, this looks like it's worth checking out.

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Also launching this week is vol. 1 of "The Dark-Hunters: Infinity," a new series based on the novels of Sherrilyn Kenyon, with art by JiYoung Ahn. This two-volume series, based on Kenyon's Dark-Hunters novels, is set in New Orleans and features a 14-year-old boy who falls in with some bad company.

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Vol. 2 of "Blood Lad" veers from the tale of an otaku-curious vampire to a struggle between the vampire and his brother over a mysterious book, which will enable him to restore a girl to life. Also up this week are "Higurashi When They Cry: Massacre Arc," vol. 3 (which is vol. 21 of the series), vol. 7 of "Jack Frost," and vol. 13 of "Soul Eater."

Angelic Layer 2

And Dark Horse wraps up an extraordinarily rich week with the second volume of their omnibus collection of CLAMP's "Angelic Layer."

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