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BLAME! Volume 7 by Tsutomu Nihei (Adult 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Dhomochevsky and his ghostly companion Ico are unusual Safeguards: they are programmed to protect all the humans on their floor, not just those with pure Net Terminal Genes. But will they be able to protect Killy and Cibo from the Silicon Creatures who have infiltrated their level...and who seek a human genetic sample just like the one Cibo has obtained? (Source: Adult)

Loveless Volume 4 (Loveless) by Yun Kouga (Adult 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: While waiting for Ritsuka, Soubi unexpectedly meets a new Zero team: Koya and Yamato. He decides to take on this team by himself, but the battle is grueling and the new team leaves him badly wounded. A concerned Ritsuka asks Natsuo and Yoji to teach him about the relationship between a Fighter Unit and the Sacrifice, so when Koya and Yamato battle Soubi a second time it will be a two-on-two with Ritsuka as Soubi's partner... (Source: Adult)

My Dead Girlfriend by Eric Wight (Adult 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Finney Bleak lives in a world of horror--literally. His family are ghosts, his classmates are monsters, and Finney is the most normal kid in school. But within the halls of Mephisto Prep, normal is the new weird and Finney dangles from the lowest rung of the social evolutionary ladder. Then along comes Jenny. Smart. Beautiful. And totally into Finney. Only problem is, she's kind of dead. Jenny may be the ethereal object of Finney's affection, but their corporal differences keep them apart. As if young romance wasn't awkward enough, try getting frisky with a ghost. Just how far will Finney go to be with his true love? Let's just say not even Death can stand in his way! (Source: Adult)

Secret Chaser Volume 2 by Tamayo Akiyama (Adult 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: In the thrilling conclusion to Secret Chaser, Shinozaki receives a commission from an old woman who suffers from a strange ailment that has rendered one of her eyes red. She seems to have the psychic ability to communicate with insects -- yet she is tormented by nightmares. But as Shinozaki uncovers what's behind the woman's angush, the truth only leads to an even greater pain... (Source: Adult)

.hack// Another Birth 3//Outbreak_ by Kazunori Ito (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $7.99) - From back of book: Akira once agian enters the online game The World as the Heavy Blade BalackRose in order to save her younger brother, who has lapsed into a coma. She teams up with Kite to try and unravel the mysteries of the Epitaph of Twilight and the cursed Wave. With the virus infection spreading and Mia acting strangely, is it tim efor them to make a deal with Balmung? Should Akira finally reveal the secret about her brother's condition to Kite?

Written from BlackRose's perspective, this third volume is the next installment of the hit novel series Another Birth, based on the popular .hack games. (Light Novel) (Source: TokyoPop)

Blood Sucker 3 by Aki Shimizu (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: Blood is spilled in this gothic tale of erotic darkness and supernatural intrigue... The Church of Magoraka prepares for the attack by the vampire Kazuma, who is coming to take their princess Kikuri away. As the church's guru, Kusumi, senses the end is near, he frantically tries to fend of Kazuma. Meanwhile, Kikuri awakens from her mystically induced stupor, temporarily disoriented. Still shaken by her experiences and unable to spend any amount of time alone, she sees Yusuke... (Source: TokyoPop)

Broken Angels Volume 4 by Setsuri Tsuzuki (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: This volume of Broken Angels is truly a family affair. Meet Yuki, the new transfer student at Sunao's school who is also a relative of nurse Kaguya. Their reunion begins to turn into a dysfunctional family get-together when Kayano, Yuki's cousin, also appears on the scene. Kayano has the power to read people's souls...and begins to hatch a devious scheme. When Sunao gets involved in the drama, these family ties just might become severed. (Source: TokyoPop)

Faeries' Landing 15 by You Hyun (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: Affinities of FuryYuri and Bast have been plotting against Fanta and her friends for weeks now, and things are about to come to a head. Ryang's amnesia-stricken friend shows her ugly way of an evil affinity. Now, Ryang and Fanta have become quite adept at purifying affinities, but since Yeongyeong's amnesia had also been keeping Ryang's bad luck at bay, our seasick hero is in for a tidal wave of misfortune. Bast has also succeeded in spawning a couple of evil forces, just to make matters worse. One evil affinity, two evil forces, a small fleet of faeries, a couple of cranky humans and a guy who thinks he's a rhyming reindeer...hold on tight, it's going to be a wild ride! (Source: TokyoPop)

GetBackers Volume 17 (Getbackers (Graphic Novels)) by Rando Ayamine (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: As the fight against Lucifer and his Archangels heats up, Ginji and Himiko both come face-to-face with ghosts from their pasts when they battle the Holy Guardian Beasts. When Ban finds himself having an out-of-body experience, will a man from Kazuki's past come back to haunt the GetBackers? (Source: TokyoPop)

Rebirth Volume 19 (Rebirth) by WOO (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - From back of book: A fallen comrade.... As an injured Deshwitat recovers from wounds received in the Vampire Lord Tournament arena, he wrestles with his conscience over killing Millenear. The fact that she expressed her love for him seconds before dying makes the death of the girl all the more tragic.

A terrifying trial.... Desperately struggling to stay alive within the depths of the Vatican's "Tower of Trials", Remi and Eiji muster all of their courage as they battle endless subterranean monstrosities. But, when they finally contact the exorcism team, The Order of St. Michael, will the priests deign to help a vampire?

A final battle.... And now the moment is at hand, Deshwitat has sacrificed his own blood and the blood of his friends to get to this point--the final championship round of the Vampire Lord Tournament. It is a true death match but if Deshwitat dies it could also mean the extinction of the entire Vampire Race. (Source: TokyoPop)

Samurai Deeper Kyo 21 by Kamijyo Akimine (TokyoPop 13 February 2007 / $9.99) - Book Description: The battle between Kyo and Shinrei begins! Shinrei unleashes his devastating dancing-sword technique, penetrating the blind spots in Kyo's defenses. Believing victory to be within his grasp, Shinrei taunts Kyo by bringing up a painful chapter from his past. Kyo desperately tries to shut out the traumatic memories by violently hacking into Shinrei--but the attack backfires as Shinrei uses his own blood to forge a powerful magic sword! Will Kyo survive against this deadly new weapon? (Source: TokyoPop)

To Terra...Volume 1 by Keiko Takemiya (Vertical 20 February 2007 / $13.95) - It's nice to see manga taking on SF topics, and To Terra certainly deals with classic questions of dystopia and fitting in. Of course, being manga, that means you have to get used to reading backwards and waiting for the next installment...

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