When the plans to release five singles in three weeks turn into releasing ten singles in ten weeks, it’s up to Shuichi to get into the groove before the pressure leads him on a road to nowhere. Talk about working hard for the money! With all eyes on Shuichi and everyone tuning in to hear Bad Luck’s latest recording, will this band become the old kids on the block?
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 10. (angol)
Shuichi returns to Japan and to his surprise, Eiri has come to greet him at the airport. Shuichi reveals that he just wants Eiri to open up to him. Hearing this, Eiri offers to say "I love you"...if Shuichi agrees to pay him every time he says it. Although Eiri is joking, Shuichi is dead serious about raising the money to hear those precious words. However, Eiri says something else that will leave Shuichi so shocked he will be unable to sing!
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 8. (angol)
After going platinum and getting a date with Eiri, Shuichi thought nothing could bring him down. But when Seguchi delivers an ultimatum to the happy couple, Eiri takes it to heart and breaks up with Shuichi. K tries in vain to help a devastated Shuichi recover, but the surprises just keep coming when Shuichi ends up kidnapped and on a plane to the US for a debut!
Toboso Yana - Black Butler 9.
Earl Ciel Phantomhive’s quietude is interrupted as Queen Victoria’s very own butlers commandeer Phantomhive Manor for a lavish banquet sanctioned by Her Majesty. Preparations for such an event are quick work in the hands of Sebastian, the house’s most able butler, but corralling the eminent guests may prove to be rather more of a challenge. For this dinner party is anything but festive, and as a stormy night batters the outside of the grand residence, a far more violent storm begins to unfurl within. And no one is safe from the havoc it will wreak—not even one seemingly impervious manservant…
Shungiku Nakamura - Junjou Romantica 1.
Misaki, struggling to pass his college entrance exams, is in need of a tutor to help pump up his failing grades. Unfortunately, his only option is the cool and sexy Akihiko Usami. Usami happens to be a famous boys' love novelist, which doesn't exactly float Misaki's boat, especially since his main characters are "Akihiko" and "Takahiro," the name of Misaki's older brother and Usami's childhood friend. Understandably, Misaki is pretty disgusted by the thought of someone using his older brother as his personal fantasy-material, but then after some tender loving from Usami, Misaki is also pretty confused. He may even be developing feelings for the older man... And when Takahiro introduces them to his lovely (female) fiancée, so begins the bumpy relationship of this odd couple, filled with comedy and pure romance.
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya
Stunning, brash, and completely clueless about her powers, Haruhi Suzumiya can make anything bend to her will. Although she doesn’t know it, she’s a goddess who has the ability to destroy the world…don’t make her mad! Luckily, she has her SOS Brigade — a club comprised of her high school’s most extraordinary students — to keep her happy. This fifth volume in the wildly fun and unpredictable Haruhi Suzumiya series features three short stories for Haruhi’s every mood: an endless summer, an overheated competition with the computer club, and a ski trip getaway in a dangerous blizzard!
Nagaru Tanigawa - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1.
"Haruhi holds the fate of the universe in her hands . . . lucky for you she doesn't know it! Meet Haruhi - a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon - the sarcastic guy who sits behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the S.O.S. Brigade - an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy . . . because even though she doesn't know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy the universe. Seriously. The phenomenon that took Japan by storm - with more than 4.5 million copies sold - is now available in the first-ever English edition."
Maki Murakami - Gravitation 6. (angol)
Frustrated by Ryuichi's superior talent, Shuichi decides to get into his own groove in order to go head-to-head against his idol. And when Eiri makes an unexplained exodus to New York, Hiro convinces Tatsuho to dress up like Eiri and make some magic happen! But when Shuichi gets carried away and locks lips with the costumed Tatsuho, will the face-sucking scandal be too hot for everyone to handle? Or will Shuichi tell everyone to kiss off?!
Yasuhiro Nightow - Trigun Maximum 4. - Bottom of the Dark
This time with feeling! So, you thought since Vash and Wolfwood survived the battle with Hoppered the Gauntlet and Leonoff the Puppet Master, maybe they'd get some peace, have a little rest? You thought wrong. There are more Gung Ho Guns where those other oddballs came from, and you can bet those coming are just as strange as those who came before. Meet Midvalley the Hornfreak, a man who carries a saxophone and plays some really "killer" tunes. And then there's Zazie the Beast, a cute little fellow, but he's got something up his sleeve , or tucked into his eyelid (and it's probably got wings and multiple legs.) Sound interesting? It is. Trigun Maximum marches into more crazy battles, full of gunfire and humanity and frantic energy, a freaky mixture of pain, comedy, and mystery. Never a moment of rest for Vash the Stampede, a man whose body contains a planet-destroying gun, and whose credo is "Peace and Love!"
Yoko Matsushita - Descendants of Darkness 1.
As a Guardian of Death, Asato Tsuzuki has a lot to think about. First of all, there are all those dead people. Someone's got to escort them safely to the afterlife. Then there's all that bureaucracy. The affairs of death come with a lot of paperwork, budgetary concerns and endless arcana. Combining supernatural action with heavy dollops of romance, sex and humour, Descendants of Darkness proves one thing: Death is big business...and business is good!
Hiro Fujiwara - Maid-sama! 3.
In volume three, its Sports Festival time at school, and the over-achiever Misaki is doing her best to make sure that the girls come in first at the male-heavy Seika High School. Misaki will suffer any hardship to ensure success, even participating in the "Cosplay Race" designed to humiliate the least-athletic members of the school. Could a maid costume be waiting for Misaki? Then, Maid Café Latte has been thinking of some special events designed to attract customers. First up is Battle Maids night, themed after the Sentai Rangers series, and then it is Little Sister night. Misaki, who hates to fail at anything, gets put on the spot by her boss for not giving her all at work, and gives her the ultimatum of becoming the cutest Little Sister around or being fired. Into all this comes internet idol Aoi, who dresses in frills and lace and wants to work at Maid Café Latte. Only Usui sees Aoi's secret.
Yaya Sakuragi - Bond of Dreams, Bond of Love 3.
Ao’s in good spirits now that he’s realized he was never truly rejected by Ryomei. Ryomei, on the other hand, has become a little too aware of Ao and is fantasizing about him every day! But just as the two become closer, Ao finds out he may have to move away. Will their blossoming love be over before it’s had its chance to bloom?
Yoshihiro Togashi - Hunter x Hunter 10.
Gon's mighty adventure in search of his father continues, and this time he is forced to pawn his own Hunter license to raise some cash. Gon and his posse chance upon a silent auction bazaar along the way and meet a stranger named Zepile, who introduces them to the seedy world of rare item appraisal. But the real trickery lies in Nobunaga's effort to recruit Gon to join the Troupe!
Morinaga Milk - Girl Friends 1.
When it comes to grades, bookish high school student Mariko Kumakura is at the top of her class. Socially, however, she is shy and lonely, typically eating lunch by herself. Enter the charismatic and beautiful Akko Oohashi, whose goal is to befriend Mariko and burst her out of her introverted shell. In the process of transforming Plain Jane Mariko into one of the cutest, most popular girls in school, deep feelings begin to emerge that suggest something deeper than friendship. Will these feelings destroy the budding relationship between Mariko and Akko, or will it turn into something else?
Motomi Kyousuke - Dengeki Daisy 14.
After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help… Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?
Masashi Kishimoto - Naruto 66. (angol)
Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja! The ninja war approaches its climax as the revived Hokage head to the battlefield in order to stop Obito and Madara. Naruto will have to team up with his dad in order to save the ninja world. But what dark tricks does Obito have up his sleeve...?
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto - Neon Genesis Evangelion 4.
Japan's most controversial anime series is over...but not the manga version of Neon Genesis Evangelion! Series co-creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's personal interpretation of the Evangelion characters and story is sure to intrigue new and old fans alike. In 2015, the "Angels" have returned, and Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child of the new Earth, is forced by his father Gendo-commander of the secret organization NERV-to pilot the monstrous biomechanical weapon called "Evangelion" to match the Angels' fearsome power. As a carrier fleet steams towards Japan carrying a mysterious embryonic form linked to the true origins of the human race, a hurricane is about to blow down Shinji's momentary peace: the wind through the red hair of Asuka Langley Soryu, the new Eva pilot arriving in Tokyo-3...One of the founding members of Gainax, Japan's most progressive anime studio, Evangelion's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto was also the character designer for their recent Adult Swim smash FLCL. EVA Vol. 4 contains a Japanese sound FX glossary plus a special bonus interview with the voice of Asuka, Battle Royale's Yuko Miyamura!
Jinsei Kataoka - Deadman Wonderland 1.
Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to death in the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison known as “Deadman Wonderland.” The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul…
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto - Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion vol.2 manga by Viz is the continuation of this fascinating story originally conceived by Gainax who are responsible for the excellent anime of the same name. The story follows Shinji Ikari, a fourteen year-old child of a post second-impact Earth, whose estranged father runs the clandestine UN research organisation NERV. It is the responsibility of NERV to protect the Earth from attacks by the powerful Angels. This version of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series is both written and drawn by the excellent Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. Even though this is his first full-length manga work, Sadamoto has a distinguished pedigree. One of the founding members of Gainax, Sadamoto was character designer and animation director for both the 1987 film, Royal Space Force: The Wings Of Honneamise, and the 1990 TV show, Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water.