SEAN: (flat stare) OK, I have not seen this much manga coming out in one week in about 7-8 years. This is getting completely ridiculous.
If you somehow have missed bloggers banging the drum for the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service over the last several years, there is a good chance to catch up now, as an omnibus of the first 3 volumes is out next week from Dark Horse. Seriously, this series is ridiculously good, y’all. (note: this may not be out everywhere next week, check your Diamond listings)
ASH: I’m glad to see this series getting some more love from Dark Horse again.
SEAN: Kodansha has an 18th volume of Cage of Eden, coming ever closer to the end of the series, where surely it will answer all the questions we have so far! (cough)
And there’s a 6th volume of the increasingly popular series Noragami.
ASH: There was quite a cliffhanger at the end of the fifth volume, so the sixth is on my reading list.
SEAN: Lastly, the penultimate 35th volume of The Wallflower, a series that many thought would never end! Will it romantically resolve anything? Don’t hold your breath. I wouldn’t hold your breath in Vol. 36 either.
MICHELLE: I certainly thought it would never end!
ANNA: I am amazed.
SEAN: One Peace Books has a 3rd volume of Aquarion Evol.
And also a light novel, which I think might have an associated manga later, though I’m unsure. It’s called The Rising of the Shield Hero, and as you can guess, is fantasy-based.
ASH: Yup. One Peace Books is planning to release the manga as well.
SEAN: Seven Seas gives us a 3rd volume of yuri potboiler Citrus.
And a 2nd of Clay Lord: Master of Golems, which I found more interesting than I’d expected.
Vertical has a 6th volume of popular fantasy series Witchcraft Works.
Viz gives us new Dorohedoro, which always makes me happy, and always makes me want to do a giant reread. This is the 16th volume, meaning it easily wins the SigIkki wars for supremacy.
ASH: Dorohedoro! I’m long overdue for another binge read.
SEAN: And if you prefer zombies to… well, I guess Dorohedoro has zombies as well, sort of, but if you prefer more traditional zombies, there’s a second Tokyo Ghoul.
ASH: I haven’t read any of Tokyo Ghoul yet, but the series seems to be doing quite well for Viz.
SEAN: The new manga reboot of Ultraman is so amazing that it actually runs in a magazine called “Monthly Hero’s”. You may expect… Tokusatsu shenanigans, I would expect.
MICHELLE: Ugh, that apostrophe bugs me.
SEAN: Yen On has a whopping six new titles for us, including the debut of Black Bullet, a future dystopia series. If you enjoyed the ‘young man with loli not-quite-sister’ aspect of No Game No Life but wished it were more depressing, this may be for you.
The fourth volume of A Certain Magical Index reintroduces us to Kaori Kanzaki, the girl with huge sword from the first volume, and also shows us Touma’s parents for the first time… sort of.
The Devil Is A Part-Timer! has Volume 2, as we start to see where we go now that the forces of good and evil are pretty much settled on Earth and dedicated to minor squabbles.
ASH: This series amuses me greatly.
SEAN: Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? has a 3rd volume, and the anime has now passed it, so we get to see what was left out of the adaptation.
Spice & Wolf has ended in Japan, I think, apart from side stories. But it’s still chugging away here in North America with its 15th volume.
And Sword Art Online has a 5th volume. Now that everyone is finally free from the game of death and their lives are back to normal, surely they’ll never play another MMORPG again, right? Hah.
Yen Press has several digital-only releases coming out as well. The 3rd Handa-kun continues to elaborate on the high school years of the Barakamon protagonist.
We get the first two volumes of Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler, a Gangan Joker series about a school whose student council base everything around, well, gambling. I know next to nothing about it, so am intrigued.
And the first two volumes of The Royal Tutor, a GFantasy series that has, well, royalty and a tutor for same. It seems to be more lighthearted than serious, and may have BL overtones, given the magazine it’s in and the author’s prior works.
SEAN: And Today’s Cerberus has volumes 3 and 4. Despite having dog girls, cat girls, and wolf girls, I found it more enjoyable than you’d expect.
So, that’s Yen On and Yen Digital sorted out, now for Yen Press proper. We’re about halfway through Ani-Imo with the 4th volume. Is it any less creepy?
Despite Handa returning to the city at the end of the last Barakamon, the series continues on with its 6th volume.
It’s been 11 volumes of BTOOOM!. Can you believe it? 11 volumes.
SEAN: The Devil Is A Part-Timer! High School!! is an alternate universe spinoff of the main series which… well, I’m sure you can guess.
Emma has a 2nd omnibus. What will happen to our heroine now that she’s left to go north? And can William ever find her? And can everyone continue to be repressed?
ANNA: Cheers to Emma being back in print, it is such a special series.
ASH: Cheers, indeed!
SEAN: Our long national nightmare is over with the 4th and final volume of Gou-dere Sora Nagihara.
High School DxD shows us we must stay ever vigilant, however, with a 6th volume and no end in sight.
The 2nd Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? manga volume continues to confuse Amazon’s systems and these lists.
Has Madoka Magica been getting you down? Does your favorite girl keep dying? Try Puella Magi Homura Tamura, a wacky 4-koma version of the series that will probably not remind you of Sunshine Sketch too much.
RustBlaster (no space) is a one-volume manga from the creator of Black Butler, featuring vampires. It may therefore take the new crown of ‘most obvious license ever’.
Lastly, a second volume of Trinity Seven, with slightly less “look, breasts!” on the cover than the first.
I… wow. If you’re not getting SOMETHING next week, we may have to check your pulse.
MICHELLE: I think I may not be getting anything! But mostly ‘cos I already own Emma and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.
ANNA: I’m not getting anything either! I need to whittle down all the stacks of unread manga I already have.
ASH: I… most definitely have a pulse. (And soon to be even more overloaded bookshelves.)
swordgai saysAugust 13, 2015 at 11:52 pm
Wow, does anyone here actually read the Ultraman manga? Tokusatsu shenanigans? No, honey there’s tokusatsu shenanigans here, it’s a seinen manga and a darker and edgier sequel of the original Ultraman series. The monsters are actually terrifying and have actual motives coming to earth. I’ve read up to the newest chapter and it is awesome, better than most crap fans are reading today. BTW, Monthy Hero’s is a seinen magazine and a great magazine, one of my favorite of the magazines I follows and the “Hero’s” title means that it’s a place where there are heroes, as the magazine’s theme is heroism, whether it’s sci fi hero, dark hero or feudalistic hero. Even american comic insipHonestly, I’ve been reading a lot from this site and most of the time you guys always try to be snarky even about things you clearly you have no idea about .
Callum saysAugust 14, 2015 at 8:32 pm
They probably haven’t read it yet considering this website is focused on US releases of manga and the 1st volume of Ultraman is only being released this week.
Sean Gaffney saysAugust 16, 2015 at 7:19 am
As Callum said, I haven’t read Ultraman yet as it’s only out in North America this week. I made a comment based on the history of the title.
I do try to be funny when I write up these columns, as otherwise it’s just a shipping list of titles, and no one wants to read that. I admit my sense of humor is not always ‘on’ all the time, sorry if it annoys you.
swordgai saysAugust 13, 2015 at 11:57 pm
Wow, does anyone here actually read the Ultraman manga? Tokusatsu shenanigans? No, honey there’s no tokusatsu shenanigans here, it’s a seinen manga and a darker and edgier sequel (SEQUEL not reboot) of the original Ultraman series. The monsters are actually terrifying and have actual motives coming to earth. I’ve read up to the newest chapter and it is awesome, better than most crap fans are reading today. BTW, Monthy Hero’s is a seinen magazine and a great magazine, one of my favorite of the magazines I follows and the “Hero’s” title means that it’s a place where there are heroes, as the magazine’s theme is heroism, whether it’s sci fi hero, dark hero or feudalistic hero. Honestly, I’ve been reading a lot from this site and most of the time you guys always try to be snarky even about things you clearly you have no idea about .
James saysAugust 15, 2015 at 1:07 am