December 2012 Manga New Releases

 

The frosty weather is well upon us and so is the Holiday Shopping Spectacular, so stay warm and away from other people’s mania with a good manga and a hot chocolate in your favorite reading spot. As an extra present to expand your reading horizons, small-publisher Vertical’s manga titles are debuting on the list. Here’s the list of US/Canada manga releases for December 2012!

Arrangement:

1. Demographic Group (Boys’, Girls’, Kids’, General, Matured Reader)

2. Series Title (Alphabetical), volume # – release date – MM/DD of release – publisher – age rating – notes

*Age Rating: A (All), T (teen), T+ (Older Teen), M (Mature/Adult)

*Publisher guide: DH: Darkhorse Comics; DMP: Digital Manga Publishing; KC: Kodansha Comics; Vt: Vertical; Viz: Viz Media, includes SB: Shojo Beat, Sig: Viz Signature, SJA: Shonen Jump Advanced, SJ: Shonen Jump, SS: Shonen Sunday, and VK: Viz Kids; Yen: Yen Press

*New Series marked by an asterisk (*)

KIDS’ manga (~10 and under)

Voltron Force, vol. 5: Dragon Dawn – 12/04 – VK – A

SHONEN (“Boys’” manga; typically heavy in action, adventure, and camaraderie)

Arata: The Legend, vol. 12 – 12/04 – SS – T

Bakuman, vol. 17 – 12/04 – SJ – T

*Blood Lad, vol. 1 – 12/11 – Yen – T+

Bleach, vols. 52, 53 – 12/04 – SJ – T

Cage of Eden, vol. 8 – 12/11 – KC – T+

D. Gray-Man, vol. 23 – 12/04 – SJA – T+

*Heroman, vol. 2 – 12/18 – Vt – 10+ – By Stan Lee, Tamon Ohta, and studio BONES

Higurashi: When They Cry (Massacre Arc vol.2), vol. 20 – 12/11 – Yen – T+

Isuwaribito, vol. 7 – 12/11 – SS – T+

Kekkaishi, vol. 35 – 12/11 – SS – T

Natsume’s Book of Friends, vol. 13 – 12/04 – SB – T

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, vol. 12 – 12/05 – DH – T+

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, vol. 12 – 12/04 – SJ – T

Pandora Hearts, vol. 13 – 12/11 – Yen – T+

Puella Magi Madoka Magica, vol. 3 – 12/11 – Yen – T

Raiders, vol. 9 – 12/11 – Yen – T+ – Korean Manwha

Slam Dunk, vol. 25 – 12/04 – SJ – T

Toriko, vol. 13 – 12/04 – SJ – T

*Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, vol. 2 – 12/04 – SJ – T

SHOJO (“Girls’” manga; typically deals heavily with relationships and romances)

*Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit, vol.1 – 12/11 – Yen – T

Black Bird, vol. 15 – 12/04 – SB – T+

Dawn of the Arcana, vol. 7 – 12/04 – SB – T

*Demon Love Spell, vol. 1 – 12/04 – SB – T+

Earl and The Fairy, The; vol. 4 – 12/04 – SB – T

*Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something – 12/11 – Yen – T – Short Story Collection, single volume

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The; vol. 14 – 12/11 – Yen – T+

Oh My Goddess!, vol. 43 – 12/19 – DH – T

Paradise Kiss, vol. 2 – 12/04 – Vt – T

Sakurahime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, vol. 9 – 12/04 – SB – T

Wallflower, The, vol. 29 – 12/04 – KC – T

GENERAL

Attack on Titan, vol. 3 – 12/04 – KC – T+

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, vol. 16 – 12/04 – KC – T+

*Danza – 12/04 – KC – T+ – Collection of short stories

Gen Manga anthology- late month – T to M – Anthology; genmanga.com

*Message to Adolf, part 2 – 12/18 – Vt – T – hardcover; by Osamu Tezuka

ADULT (Matured Reader Recommended)

Dogs, vol. 7 – 12/18 – Sig – M

Dorohedoro, vol. 8 – 12/18 – Sig – M

Tenjo Tenge, vol. 10 – 12/18 – Sig – M

OTHER

James Patterson’s Maximum Ride, vol. 7 – 12/11 – Yen – T

Spice and Wolf (Novel), vol. 7 – 12/11 – Yen

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