Let’s kick it off with the big news this week: “Dragon Ball” creator Akira Toriyama has a new series, and it will be running in “Shonen Jump” the same week it comes out in Japan.
“Jaco the Galactic Patrolman” is one of three new manga that will launch in the Japanese “Shonen Jump” on July 13 to celebrate the magazine’s 45th anniversary. North American readers won’t have to wait too long to read it, as it will debut in the July 15 issue of American “Shonen Jump.” That issue will also bring more 45th-anniversary goodness: “Naruto” and “One Piece” will have color pages, and the entire chapter of “One-Punch Man” will be in color as well.
Let’s move on to this week’s new releases. Vertical has just one new release, but it’s a real treat for Gundam fans: vol. 2 of “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.”
Viz, on the other hand, is delivering the goods, as it always does the first week of the month. This is the week for new “Shonen Jump” volumes, and this month we have the less popular (but often more interesting) titles: vol. 57 of “Bleach,” vol. 11 of “Psyren,” and vol. 10 of “Blue Exorcist” (technically not a “Shonen Jump” manga, as it runs in “Jump Square” in Japan, although Viz carries it in their “Shonen Jump”). My picks are on the shoujo side, though: vol. 5 of “Jiu Jiu” wraps up a short series with a lot of emotional punch that should be a natural for fans of “Fruits Basket” and other supernatural-shoujo romances, and vol. 5 of “Strobe Edge” continues the crazy high school romance of the cool guy and the misfit girl.
Other than that, it’s a slow week, with nothing new from Dark Horse, Kodansha, Seven Seas, or Yen Press. Here’s a good summer reading tip, though: Check out Jason Thompson’s appreciation of “Twin Spica,” the 12-volume story of a plucky girl studying to be an astronaut in Japan’s space program—although her father is a former astronaut and her mother was killed by a rocket accident. Then read the series (it’s partially available on Kindle at a very reasonable price). It’s a really nice story with plenty of plot twists and interesting side characters, a perfect summer vacation read.