SEAN: Dark Horse are starting to irritate me with sliding release dates lately. Kodansha do it too, but at least they give a week’s notice or so. In any case, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service’s second omnibus is NOT coming out this week, sorry. (And let’s not even talk about what’s happening with Diamond Comics.) As for next week, let’s take a look.
Theoretically, the 2nd Oh My Goddess! omnibus is hitting comic shops next week. But see above.
Kodansha has a giant pile of stuff out next week (well, comparatively, we’re not talking Viz or Yen piles here). The 2nd Inuyashiki seems to feature our young villain on the cover.
The Seven Deadly Sins is doing really really well in Japan, so you know will not be ending with next week’s Volume 11.
A Silent Voice has another volume, and I wonder if our leads will get closer or if events will conspire to destroy their lives again. Or both!
ASH: So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with this series.
SEAN: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle reaches its 6th omnibus, and I think we’re nearing peak crossover here.
UQ Holder also has a 6th volume coming out. I enjoy it, but can’t find much to say about it.
The final omnibus of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is out, with the 9th and 10th volumes. It’s such a great series, and it has a great ending as well. Buy it.
Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation is next week’s debut from Seven Seas. A NEET with a somewhat aimless life dies saving someone from a speeding car, and ends up reincarnated in a world of sword and sorcery, determined to make his life better. I know very little about this.
MELINDA: I’d be completely intrigued if “Seven Seas” didn’t make me suspicious about the content being… not for me.
SEAN: And there’s the penultimate volume of The Sacred Blacksmith.
And a new Witch Buster omnibus, with Vol. 15-16.
Vertical has a 5th volume of adorable comedy My Neighbor Seki. (Well, adorable unless you’re Yokoi.)
ASH: I continue to be utterly delighted by My Neighbor Seki.
SEAN: Yen has moved their digital releases to a week after their print ones, possibly to save our Manga the Week of column the aggravation. I appreciate it. A lot of debuts, starting with Aphorism, which is a survival manga, meaning I don’t care. It’s a long-running series, though…
Crimson Prince is also a long-running series, and is a comedic supernatural fantasy, which means it definitely has an audience here.
ANNA: Is this shojo or shonen? Inquiring minds want to know!
SEAN: It runs in Shonen Gangan, but remember Square Enix doesn’t have a shoujo magazine. Many readers call it shoujo.
SEAN: There’s a second volume of Demon King Ena-sama Goes to a Manga School, which let’s face it is not the sort of title you’d see licensed here 15 years ago.
ANNA: Probably not!!!!
SEAN: Renaissance Eve’s description also makes it sound a bit like a survival manga, but it also says “blood” a lot, so maybe it has vampires as well?
Scarlet Empire gets two volumes released, and seems to be a sort of Edo period samurai manga with time travel. Which sounds awesome, frankly.
ANNA: This does sound awesome! I am officially intrigued.
SEAN: This runs in GFantasy, so you can definitely assume it’s as close to shoujo as they get.
ANNA: Double yay!!!!
ASH: Well, now. That does sound intriguing!
MELINDA: I will basically try anything from GFantasy. In case you didn’t know that already.
MICHELLE: It’s always nice when things that weren’t on one’s radar before suddenly attain “must investigate” status.
SEAN: Sekirei is a harem manga with piles and piles of fanservice, and here is Vol. 1. At least with a digital release you can read it on a bus without showing everyone the cover art.
SEAN: Lastly is Servant x Service, a comedic office worker comedy which has its first two volumes out digitally this month, and gets a print omnibus in April. It’s from the creator of Working!.
Does this list make you give thanks?