After successfully getting humanity passed the millennium, Buddha and Jesus decide that it's time for a vacation. They rent a flat in Tokyo and experience some of the local tourist attractions. Buddha is consistently worried about making rent while Jesus thinks spending money is the pinnacle of relaxation. They go to theme parks and ride rides together. They win a golden statue of Buddha in a local carnival game. They participate in local Shinto festivals and hope not to upset the sitting spirit by carrying its shrine. They sample lots of food at street vendors, festivals, and anywhere they can. In all of their adventures, they try to blend in with the locals, despite Buddha's elongated ear lobes and Jesus' crown of thorns.
Almost two thousand years ago, a cavernous abyss was found on a remote island, delighting explorers near and far who had already explored the known world. A shanty town sprung up on the edge of this abyss, and an explorer caste system was created. Several layers of the abyss were explored, but people quickly found out that there were unavoidable sicknesses from ascending, similar to "the bend" on deep sea diving. The farther down one got, the worse the sicknesses get as you ascend. A young orphan named Rico wants nothing more than to become the top explorer, a white whistle. to follow in her mother's footsteps, another white whistle, and discover amazing things inside the abyss. One day, she comes across a robot boy whom she names Reg, and her desire to explore the depths of the abyss becomes a reality.
Illustrated by Ian Bertram, colored by Matt Hollingsworth
Little Bird's village comes under attack from the American Empire, but her mom has a great plan: squirrel her away until the violence is over, then set her on freeing a great warrior named Axe. Axe will save the people, and save the North, aka Canada, the last bastion of resistance against the Empire. Little Bird's family lineage is not what she was originally led to believe, and the Bishop who's coming after her now has more secrets than all of them combined.
In the world of Seraph of the End, a deadly virus broke out and killed humans over the age of 13. With chaos reigning, the vampires rose up from their underground world and stole many of the remaining children. Underground, the children are "milked" for their blood and ferried out to the powerful. Yūichirō dreams of escaping, and thanks to his clever friend Mikaela, he gets to, but not before seeing his "family" from the orphanage slaughtered, including Mikaela. Flash forward four years, and Yūichirō is enrolled to train for the Imperial Demon army. He is assigned a surveilance officer, Shinoa, who is there to make sure Yūichirō learns teamwork by either making friends or getting a girlfriend. Shinoa has her own Cursed Gear, a sword imbued with a demon, and Yūichirō is obsessed with obaining his own Curse Gear so that he can destroy vampires and get reveng for his family.
Illustrated by Kyung-Il Yang
In this volume, we have unrelated stories in one: The Kingdom of the Gods, where small Prince Yi Moon is trying to escape assassination and death at the hands of The Living Dead, and Burning Hell, a story of two cannibals exiled to a deserted island battling it out to see who gets to carve the other up. In The Kingdom of the Gods, we travel with three rag-tag people to a city of doctors, only to find out that a plague turning corpses into zombies is raging through the land. The prince is determined to figure out how this started, and at the end of the volume, we are left with him fleeing the city, vowing to come back and cure everyone. In Burning Hell, our two criminals have a distinct appetite. One is a skilled doctor who likes to slowly cut people apart. The other is a raving cannibal determined to eat the "good" doctor. Then, after an absurd time jump leaves us without resolution during their big battle, pirates show up to make their sacrifice of a holy young virgin to the Loa gods in order to amass more power. This turns in to a three-way battle for who gets the girl for their own purpose, and the story ends with two still embattled.
Illustrated by Akira Okubo
This is a universe where samurai are legends of science fiction. Samurai are cyborgs with spine-like keys that give them their powers. There are also key holders that can be controlled with bone handles of the samurai's sword. Then there are lock balls. Then there are video games, bad guys bent on stealing lock balls so they can become samurai and princesses. There's a talking cat from the order of the dog. There's a cybernetic dog who can only meow. And there's a person so isolated, they can't decide what gender they are.
Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku is a forthcoming manga series set to begin publication in the US in March of 2020. There are currently 8 volumes in Japan, but the series is ongoing.
Gabimaru is a reluctant but skilled and nearly indestructible ninja. He is sentenced to be executed, which is no easy thing. They try boiling him, burning at the stake, and various other tactics, before he gets recruited for a suicide mission: to find the Elixir of Life on a mysterious island. So far, all missions the shogunate has sent to the island have resulted in total loss of life, so why not send a rag-tag, cutthroat group of murderers on death row? Each criminal is assigned a baby-sitter in the form of elite executioners, just to keep them from wandering off. The prize for the one who finds the Elixir? A full pardon!
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