SEAN: For a first week of the month, this is pretty mild. And by mild I mean there’s still 17 titles due out. But mild by comparison.
Seven Seas gives us a 2nd volume of A Certain Scientific Accelerator, as he deals with a Certain Magical Girl who is messing up his plans to not get involved.
And a 2nd Merman in My Tub, with more wacky anthropomorphism (which would make a great band name).
ASH: That it would!
SEAN: There’s also a 3rd volume of Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows, which I had forgotten existed, likely as it’s already hit ‘caught up with Japan’. Judging by the cover, breasts are somehow involved. I wonder if someone will trip and fall into them.
The rest is all Viz. There’s a 14th Blue Exorcist, which I admit I always forget about between volumes, but it all comes back to me when I read a new one.
Aya Shouoto continues to be the new Arina Tanemura, as we can’t get enough of her work. This week we have a 3rd Demon Prince of Momochi House, and also an 8th Kiss of the Rose Princess.
ANNA: Not surprisingly, I enjoy these series. These manga are solid shoujo series, even if they aren’t standouts.
MJ: I’ve begun to enjoy them as well!
SEAN: If you like shoujo that’s so sweet as to give you cavities, the first volume of Honey So Sweet may be for you.
MICHELLE: Sometimes I do like that very thing, so I am looking forward to this one.
ANNA: Also not surprisingly this is on my reading list!
MJ: And mine!
SEAN: Kimi ni Todoke is also good at sweet, but has also been putting on the drama a bit lately as we hit Vol. 23.
ANNA: I’ve been avoiding this just because I’m not sure I can deal with all the feels.
SEAN: And it will be hard to top the concentrated sweetness that is My Love Story!!, whose 7th volume is guaranteed to require major dentistry for all its readers.
MICHELLE: Heh. Also on my list.
ASH: Mine as well! Such a wonderfully charming series.
ANNA: Ditto. One of the series I most look forward to reading.
MJ: Wow, what a lovely, shoujo-ish week.
SEAN: Naruto has a one-volume sequel coming out next week, The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring. Be warned, it’s post-Epilogue.
And there’s a 13th Naruto 3-in-1.
Lastly, if you really want to catch up, Naruto 49-72 are in a giant box. Perfect for figuring out what the fuss was all about and why Sakura fans are so angry.
Natsume’s Book of Friends 19 is the one shoujo out this week that’s more bitter than sweet, but I still love it to bits.
MICHELLE: Me, too. Much as I look forward to the others, this is the one I’m really celebrating about.
SEAN: And a 13th Nisekoi, which will answer the question “will this still sell after the harem has now been sunk in the weekly chapters from Japan?”.
One-Punch Man just gets more and more popular by the week, so I expect big things from the 4th manga volume. And also big punches.
ASH: Still thrilled we’re finally getting this series in print.
ANNA: Why did it take so long? Hooray for punching!
SEAN: Twin Star Exorcists is getting an anime soon, so I think the 3rd volume should do pretty well.
And there’s an 8th volume of World Trigger, one of those Jump series I always despair about falling further behind on.
So what are you ringing in the New Year with?