This Week in Manga: Apr 3 – Apr 9

We take a look at some of the new releases that have come out this week in the world of manga.

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Manga April 3-9

There’s a good showing from Viz Media’s line-up this week, with the next volumes of some of their most popular series coming out. Haikyu!, Kuroko’s Basketball, Food Wars and Assassination Classroom all have their next volumes out this week, and the first volume of Naruto sequel manga Boruto is out as well (covered here if you want to know more). For shoujo manga fans there’s the debut of The Water Dragon’s Bride and the next volume of Yona of the Dawn. This week also gives us the first volume of Toppu GP, the new motorcycle racing manga from Kosuke Fujishima, creator of Oh My Goddess!.

Assassination Classroom 15Assassination Classroom 15

Several secret pasts are finally revealed this volume: the tragedy that led Principal Asano to develop his harsh – some would say brutal, sadistic and inhumane – pedagogical methods, the relationship that gives one 3-E student a personal motivation to assassinate her teacher, and even Koro Sensei’s origin story! Will the students be more or less motivated to assassinate him after they know his true identity? And what lengths will shy Nagisa go to in order to rein in the student who wants to get revenge on Koro Sensei? Also, it’s time for… lunch theater! Which member of 3-E will be the star?

Food Wars 17Food Wars 17

Under new dean Azami Nakiri, the Totsuki Institute undergoes a revolution. Erina – now under lock and key by her father’s hand – is freed by her cousin Alice in a daring midnight escape! Running blindly through campus, the two fugitives finally reach safety… at the Polaris Dorm?! With the hand of darkness close behind, can Soma and the gang keep Erina safe?

Food Wars needs no introduction. With its unique sense of humour, beautiful and occassionally slightly obscene art, and unique storyline, Food Wars has rightfully won over many fans.

Haikyu 10Haikyu!! 10

Hinata boldly declares that he won’t close his eyes for the Freak Quick anymore, but Kageyama isn’t having any of it. The two of them fight, setting the entire team back in the practise game. Now, having come face-to-face with how much better all the Tokyo teams are than them, Karasuno will either step up their game and evolve into a new team or crumble under the pressure.

Viz has been releasing Haikyu! at a remarkably fast pace. It’s hard to believe that we’re at volume 10 already.

Toppu GP 1

Toppu GP 1

Toppu Uno’s a kid from Tokyo. He likes building plastic models and hanging out with his dad, Teppei, at the local racetrack – road race track, that is.

The girl next door; Myne, is a local road racing champ, and he loves to watch her race, although he swears he’s got no interest in swinging a leg over a motorcycle himself. But when Teppeir and Myne conspire to get him on a bike, Toppu soon learns that the only thing that feels better than racing… is winning.

Probably not the sort of series you would expect the creator of Oh My Goddess! to come out with, Toppu GP is nevertheless a great read, with highly detailed art and an interesting blend of sports and romance manga tropes.

The Water Dragon's Bride 1The Water Dragon’s Bride 1

In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she meets a water dragon god! A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she end up being sacrificed?

The Water Dragon’s Bride is a darker take on the supernatural shoujo stories that we’ve seen lately in series like Kamisama Kiss and the Demon Prince of Momochi House. Definitely one to check out if you’re into supernatural shoujo.

Yona of the Dawn 5Yona of the Dawn 5

An earthquake suddenly hits the Village of the Blue Dragon, and Yona and her friends are trapped! Will Yona manage to escape safely? And will the Blue Dragon join her on her journey? Meanwhile, Gija senses the presence of the Green Dragon!

Yona of the Dawn has already impressed many readers with its mature and action-packed storyline, independent and complex protagonist, and unique fantasy setting. If you’re a fan of shoujo manga and fantasy then check this one out if you haven’t already.

Full List

Ajin: Demi Human 9
Assassination Classroom 15
Black Clover 6
Boruto 1
Danganronpa 4
Devils’ Line 6
The Demon Prince of Momochi House 8
Fairy Tail 59
Fire Force 3
Food Wars 17
Haikyu!! 10
Honey So Sweet 6
Kuroko’s Basketball 2-in-1 volume 5
Magi 23
Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter 7
Naruto 3-in-1 edition 18
Not Lives 5
Pandora in the Crimson Shell 7
Pokemon XY 10
The Prince in his Dark Days 4
Princess Jellyfish 4
RG Veda Omnibus 2
7th Garden 4
So Cute It Hurts 12
Toppu GP 1
Twin Star Exorcists 8
The Water Dragon’s Bride 1
World Trigger 15
Yamada-kun & The Seven Witches 13
Yona of the Dawn 5
Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V 1