A Look at Yen Press’ June 2014 Manga Releases
Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance – Volume 1
Art: Tsubasa Haduki | Original Story: Reki Kawahara | Character Design: abec
Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has beaten Sword Art Online, a VRMMORPG that transformed into a literal game of death, and returned to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl with whom Kirito fell in love in the virtual world of Aincrad but who has yet to awaken from her game-induced slumber. As his sister, Suguha, sadly looks on, Kazuto continues to visit Asuna in the hospital in the hope of finding answers. But when one day he meets a man claiming to be Asuna’s fiancé, Kazuto fears that Asuna may be lost to him forever… That is until a fellow survivor of SAO taken form the latest VRMMORPG sensation, ALfheim Online – a screenshot that features someone being held captive who looks entirely too much like Asuna! His hope renewed, Kirito dives headlong into an all-new virtual adventure, but can true love conquer the game?!
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Volume 2
Art: HANOKAGE | Original Story: Magica Quartet
Mami has joined with a new magical-girl partner in her efforts to rid the city of witches. Miki Sayaka is a little green, but her swordsmanship is an undeniable asset to the cause. But Sayaka brings more than her blade to battle: her friend Madoka has joined the girls on their late-night missions. Mami doesn’t want to pressure Madoka into a decision about becoming a magical girl, but how long can Madoka remain on the sidelines as a passive witness when her friends are in danger?
Bloody Cross Volume 3
Recovering the first Prophecy Book nearly cost Tsukimiya her life, so securing the second will be no small feat. Now that Satsuki has mobilized in the race to collect God’s inheritance, he and Tsuzuki clash violently when the second Book and its key appear simultaneously in two separate locations. Tsuzuki has the conviction, but does he have the strength to defeat the fallen angel, whose determination is such that he is willing to fly in the face of God himself?
Judge Volume 4
“You are not the only ones playing this game.”
Do clues discovered in a new room herald nothing more than a new despair? Soon the brutal sentencing of the third Judgment is visited upon the participants. Who here is the victim, and who the perpetrator?Until all is revealed, time is on no one’s side…
Are You Alice? Volume 5
Ikumi Katagiri | Original Story by Ai Ninomiya
With Alice and Hatter distracted, the traitorous Dormouse sets off with the Queen of Hearts in his crosshairs. In his urgency to stop the traitor, Hatter makes the mistake of leaving Alice alone with the Cheshire Cat-an error that has proved near-fatal in the past. And when the Regret formerly known as the 88th Alice confronts Alice, it becomes clear that the Dormouse wasn’t the only traitor in their midst! Now Alice must fight to keep his position…lest his name-and his life-be forfeit!
Tale of the Waning Moon Volume 4 (Final)
For breaking the rules and lending a helping hand to his beloved Ryuka, who is en route to the moon, the Moon Spirit, Ixto, finds himself a jailbird, imprisoned by the powers that be! And far from being understanding of his lover’s sacrifice, Ryuka is hopping mad that Ixto took it upon himself to make such a drastic decision without consulting him first! Though Ryuka stubbornly continues on his celestial destination, do caustic words await these enchanted lovers at the end of the quest instead of sweet kisses?!