Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Vol 10 by Yoshiyuki Nishi Manga Review

Title: Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Vol 10

Author: Yoshiyuki Nishi

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 9781421524245

May Contain Spoilers

With Panza out of the way, Muhyo and company have a new enemy to confront: Mick, an assassin for Ark.  This guy is only happy if he’s killing someone, and unfortunately for the gang, he’s after their blood.  When Imai is kidnapped, things look grim.   And when Page and Yoichi go off searching for a way to defeat Teeki, they get into a battle much more deadly they bargained for.

Wow, there was a lot going on in this volume, and everyone’s actions are starting to interconnect.  Muhyo and Roji are frantically trying to save Imai, who has been whisked off to Teeki’s hideout.  Imai, wounded, is trying desperately to rescue Rio and make off with the forbidden book.  Page delves into his bag of tricks, rewriting magic law and causing all kinds of stress for the entire Magic Law Association.  Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so he’s sure to argue – if he lives through this encounter.

I was a little disappointed with the last book, but this one kicks the series back into high gear.  There was so much action, but more importantly, I got caught up in the tense emotions as the characters put their lives on the line to find a way to destroy the forbidden magic book and put an end to Teeki.  I am not so hung up on saving Enchu; he has done some very nasty things.  Is he beyond redemption?  Page refuses to believe he is beyond saving, and he is willing to put his life on the line to make up for failing his student.  Page believes that he shares responsibility for Enchu’s journey down his current dark path, and he is unwilling to just let Enchu continue down it without trying to intervene.  Though he comes across as a crass and careless professor, Page truly cares for his students and wants what’s best for them.

The book ends with a great cliffhanger, and I was a little put out to see that a bonus chapter was included instead of more of the continuing story.  It accomplished the goal of making me want the next book, but also made it difficult to concentrate on the stand alone adventure featuring Muhyo and Roji trying to track down a ghost at a high school.  Disguised as students, they infiltrate the school at the request of three girls, uncovering secrets that test the girls’ friendship.  It wasn’t a bad story, but compared to what is going on in the continuing storyline, it just seemed kind of blah.

Grade: B+

[PR] Viz Media’s Manga Line-up for Third Quarter 2009

VIZ MEDIA OFFERS A SELECTION OF INTRIGUING NEW MANGA SERIES FOR RELEASE

THROUGHOUT THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2009

San Francisco, CA, JUNE 4, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is previewing nine new manga series covering a variety of genres set to debut throughout the Third Quarter of 2009.

The upcoming releases feature titles that will appeal to a wide range of readers ranging from mature adult fans to adolescents, tweens and kids. New romantic debuts from the popular SHOJO BEAT imprint include Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, and BLACK BIRD, while new science fiction/fantasy manga releases will feature Ôoku: THE INNER CHAMBERS, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, W?qW?q and CHILDREN OF THE SEA. A special trio of all-ages titles includes CHOCO MIMI, the first VIZ Kids manga series aimed specifically at young female readers, fun reptilian adventures with DINOSAUR KING, and the official film comic from the forthcoming Studio Ghibli film, PONYO, set to debut later this summer from famed director Hayao Miyazaki.

New Science Fiction/Fantasy Titles Include:

Ôoku: The Inner ChamberS, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences · MSRP: $12.99 US / $15.00 CAN · Available August 18

In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country’s men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen to a quarter of the total female population. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected, and the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun’s Inner Chambers.

Ôoku: THE INNER CHAMBERS was created by Fumi Yoshinaga and won a special prize at the Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy’s 5th Sense of Gender Awards in 2005. Yoshinaga has won numerous other prestigious awards for her work, including the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for her series ANTIQUE BAKERY and the 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Award for Ôoku. She was also was nominated for the 11th and a winner of the 12th Osamu Tezuka Award also for Ôoku, and also nominated as Best Writer/Artist for the 2008 Eisner Awards.

Announced at 2009 Book Expo last week, ÔOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS was chosen as one of the Hot Fall Graphic Novels for Libraries.

children of the sea, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 US / $17.50 CAN · Available July 21

When Ruka was young, she once saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels inexplicably drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora, who both have the ability to breathe underwater. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea that she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the ocean’s fish.

CHILDREN OF THE SEA was created by award-winning artist Daisuke Igarashi. His series, WITCHES received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival while LITTLE FOREST was nominated for the 2005 Ozamu Tezuka Cultural Award. CHILDREN OF THE SEA is currently serialized in IKKI magazine, which has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling series in the world of contemporary manga. VIZ Media’s VIZ Signature imprint and IKKI magazine have partnered to bring free previews of CHILDREN OF THE SEA and other stories to North American fans via a new web site at www.sigikki.com.

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