SEAN: Bad news. There’s 31 titles shipping next week. Good news: I’m not getting too many of them, so it’s not crippling for me. What’s happening next week, anyway?
I haven’t seen an 801 Media title in forever, but Amazon lists Magical Warriors: Chocolat & Pudding as coming out next week. Which sounds like a cute magical girl title, but I’m going to hazard a guess isn’t.
ASH: I’m pretty sure that’s actually a Project-H title…
SEAN: Gantz comes to an end with Vol. 37, which is good because I ran out of things to say about it 30 volumes ago. I wish HEN was licensed.
Kodansha gives us more terrifying Junji Ito!… wait, no. This is Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, and I expect it will be adorable and strange.
ASH: I am looking forward to this so much!
MICHELLE: Me, too!
ANNA: This sounds like a winner.
SEAN: There’s also an 11th volume of guilty pleasure Missions of Love.
And a 4th volume of “she’s not a manic pixie dream girl, honest” series Your Lie in April.
Seven Seas is debuting three new titles. Akuma no Riddle has yuri and takes place at a girls’ private school, but given it’s all about assassins, I’m hoping it’s less moe than the usual.
ASH: Yun Kouga is involved with the series, so I’m doubly intrigued.
MELINDA: You had me at “Yun Kouga.” How was this not on my radar? I need to fix my radar.
MICHELLE: So do I!
ANNA: Huh. I am also intrigued.
SEAN: A Certain Scientific Accelerator is based off of a certain well-known franchise, and stars a certain popular antihero, as you will already have guessed.
And Golden Time is based on a light novel by the author of Toradora!, and I hope is just as heartwarming and enjoyable as that title is.
Udon gives us the first volume of Steins;Gate, a title I remember more for the aggravating punctuation than anything else.
MELINDA: This, this, THIS. I adored this as an anime series, so I’m very optimistic.
SEAN: Viz Select gives us a 2nd digital volume of Chocolate Cosmos. Teacher-student relationships, whee!
MICHELLE: The debut volume wasn’t bad, so I will probably check out volume two, as well.
ANNA: I meant to check this out earlier!
SEAN: Yen Digital has a giant pile of releases, as this is the first month of the “official” rollout, with chapter releases and everything. I’ll just cover volumes here, starting with Corpse Princess, which is probably what it sounds like.
There’s also new volumes for Handa-kun, The Royal Tutor, and Today’s Cerberus.
ASH: Handa-kun will be coming out in print later, so I’m hoping that more of the digital titles will, too.
SEAN: Unknown is an actual title for a new manga about supernatural powers and the people who police them.
MELINDA: I’ll pretty much always check out a series with supernatural powers.
SEAN: And we get all 3 volumes of When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles, about an emotionless boy and his run-in with magic. This actually looks like a Melinda/Michelle sort of title.
MELINDA: Why, it certainly does.
SEAN: Yen On has a third No Game No Life, where we see whether Sora will somehow manage to return from being erased from existence.
And a third Sword Art Online Progressive, where we reach a new level of Aincrad and prepare for a lot of water travel.
MELINDA: I’ve fallen behind in my SAO reading, but I must rectify that soon.
SEAN: Yen Press proper, meanwhile, has its usual pile. Accel World has a 5th manga, not to be confused with the 5th novel, out next month. (At least they aren’t the same date anymore.)
Akame Ga KILL! sure is popular, and has a 4th volume out as well.
Alice in Murderland proved to be as attractive to me as most other Kaori Yuki manga are, but a 2nd volume is out for her fans anyway.
Barakamon has a 7th volume, and I suspect we’ll have a lot more country life to make up for all the Tokyo in Vol. 6.
There’s a Black Butler artbook coming out with many pretty color illustrations of people draped over each other, I expect.
ASH: Yen does a nice job with its artbooks from what I’ve seen, so this should be good.
MELINDA: Agreed. I’m not a fan of the series, but I expect this will be a nice release.
SEAN: A Certain Magical Index’s 3rd manga volume decides to skip the not-all-that-good 2nd novel entirely and go straight to adapting the third.
And The Devil Is a Part-Timer! also has a 3rd manga volume out.
First Love Monster’s first volume balanced sweet and kind of skeevy very well. We’ll see if it can keep it up with Vol. 2.
Horimiya is Yen’s debut this month, a manga adaptation of a webcomic that seems like your standard cute shoujo romance, but runs in GFantasy so I’m sure it has to be weird in some way.
ASH: I like weird!
MELINDA: GFantasy, it’s like a drug.
MICHELLE: I’m looking forward to this one a lot!
SEAN: A third Kagerou Daze will likely be adapting the 2nd novel, which I liked but see not reason to read a manga adaptation of.
In case you didn’t think Homura had had enough revenge yet, there’s a 2nd volume of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura’s Revenge. (Look, I’m sorry, it’s the end of a long list.)
So I Can’t Play H! continues to give us ecchi situations with no payoff in its 3rd volume.
Lastly, the debut of the manga adaptation of Strike the Blood, whose first light novel I found reasonably good last month.
Does this list make you happy? Or merely ill at the pile of titles?