SEAN: I’ve gone on lately about how much manga is coming out lately, but November is really going to try a wallet’s soul. Let’s start with a huge first week, mostly from Viz.
Kodansha debuts a new series, Livingstone, that ran in the seinen magazine Morning. The artist is better known for Deadman Wonderland. It’s about two guys who try to find … well, living stones. No sign of Stanley, in case you wondered.
ASH: I’m rather curious about this one.
ANNA: This sounds odd, and I’m usually up for trying at least one volume of odd.
MJ: I’m interested in this, for sure.
SEAN: Say “I Love You” reaches double digits. Unlike other soap opera series I follow from Kodansha, I actually like the characters in this one. Read it if you haven’t.
ASH: It’s such a consistently good series!
MICHELLE: Very much looking forward to this!
ANNA: I so need to get caught up and binge read this series.
SEAN: Seven Seas has a 7th volume of oddball slice-of-fantasy-life series A Centaur’s Life.
I believe that Volume 12 is the final volume of Chi’s Sweet Home from Vertical, a series that has introduced a huge number of people to the adorable and quirky qualities of cat manga. I’ll miss it.
ASH: Hooray for Chi!
MICHELLE: It has been such a great manga to lend to coworkers’ kids, too.
ANNA: Nice. I think I’ll finally be reading this in the omnibus editions.
MJ: More Chi is always welcome!
SEAN: Let’s get on to Viz now. The 6th Black Rose Alice volume catches up with Japan, I believe, so enjoy your gorgeous yet spider-filled people while you can.
ASH: Alas, now we must suffer the wait with the rest of the world!
MICHELLE: Yeah, the double-eged sword. Thanks, VIZ, for exposing us to the awesome and the agony of Black Rose Alice.
ANNA: This series is so surreal. Even though it is painful that it is on hiatus, I still greatly appreciate the gorgeous spider-filled people.
MJ: Yes, yes, YES.
SEAN: Bleach, at Vol. 65, is in no danger of going on hiatus, or indeed finishing this arc, supposedly the final one, which started in 1883. Or feels like that.
SEAN: That 13th Bleach 3-in-1 is also an option, and honestly the series reads better that way.
And I think D.Gray-Man may be mostly caught up on omnibuses with this, it’s 8th.
I’ve really been looking forward to this debut. Arina Tanemura’s new shoujo title is Idol Dreams, which runs in Hakusensha’s Melody and features a 31-year-old woman regretting her life who finds herself getting a do-over.
MICHELLE: I’m not historically much of a Tanemura fan, but I am really curious about this one!
ANNA: I am an unapologetic Tanemura fan and I am quivering with anticipation. Quivering!
MJ: I’m with Michelle on this one! Curious, but not quivering.
SEAN: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure begins its 2nd arc with Battle Tendency, which leaps forward in time to focus on Joseph Joestar. Will it be as ludicrous as the first arc? My guess is yes.
ASH: This is gonna be good!
ANNA: When I think about how horrible humanity can be, then I think about JoJo and appreciate the fact that the human race has produced this ridiculous and transcendent manga. I’m serious.
SEAN: Kiss of the Rose Princess enters the home stretch with its 7th volume.
ANNA: Yay! I hope that an evil rose person shows up to throw an obstacle in the way of the heroine and her handsome knights.
SEAN: Maid-sama! has a 2nd omnibus. Teeth grinders beware, Usui is still in it.
ASH: But so is Misaki! Who is the best.
MICHELLE: I will keep reading, at least for the time being.
ANNA: Yeargh, if it wasn’t for the relationship dynamics I would enjoy this series so much more.
SEAN: My Hero Academia had a promising first volume, now let’s see where it goes with the second.
Naruto may be over, but its spinoffs live on, first with a nice-looking artbook, and secondly with the first of several post-series spinoff novels, the first being Kakashi’s Story.
Nisekoi gives us more mostly balanced harem antics with Vol. 12.
One Piece is still battling Doflamingo, but I think we’re edging closer to a conclusion with this 76th volume.
SEAN: One-Punch Man could only dream of having 10-volume long fighting arcs – sadly, Vol. 3 shows his fights end all too quickly.
ANNA: Because of the punching!!!!!!!!
SEAN: There are two Izumi Tsubaki series out this month! This week we have the one folks have seen for a while, with the 19th volume of Oresama Teacher.
MICHELLE: I’m glad for more Oresama, but really looking forward to the other one!
ANNA: Oresama is delightful. Looking forward to the new series very much too.
SEAN: Giant manga box sets are a great way to get newbies to read your favorite obsession – you can threaten top bludgeon them with the set if they don’t. Here’s one for Rosario + Vampire.
Yu-Gi-Oh gets a 4th omnibus 3-in-1. Collect ‘em all!
Lastly, there’s a 4th and I believe final volume of Yukarism.
MICHELLE: I’m really, really looking forward to this one!
ANNA: Yay! Why is it final at 4 volumes? I want more!!!!!
MJ: More! More! *whimper* More.
SEAN: Are you prepared for November 2015? Can you handle it? What are you getting next week?