SEAN: Not only are there no small weeks anymore, there are no medium weeks. Only large weeks forever, with piles and piles of new manga.
MICHELLE: I can’t be sad about this, though I’ll forever mourn the titles that got cancelled when the first bubble burst.
ASH: True, true.
SEAN: We start with something that is not technically manga, but certainly has a manga style and audience. The second omnibus of the Megatokyo webcomic is out, collecting Vol. 4-6 of the Hunter x Hunter of North America. This catches up with the released volumes, I believe.
Kodansha has 6 new titles this week, starting with Cells at Work!, a cute new series which combines educational biology, amusing comedy, and action movie. I already reviewed the first volume, and found it quite enjoyable.
MICHELLE: I’m looking forward to this one!
ASH: I’m rather curious about it, myself.
MJ: This sounds pretty cool!
ANNA: It does sound intriguing.
SEAN: Devil Survivor comes to an end with its 8th and final volume.
I may be forced to endure far too many Monster Girl series these days, but at least some of them are cute and fluffy rather than softcore porn. Interviews with Monster Girls is one of the former, a sweet series about a teacher taking interest in the “demihumans” in his school.
ASH: It’s interesting to see publishers other than Seven Seas taking on the trend.
SEAN: It has been over 6 months since I last enjoyed the glorious trash that is Missions of Love. Here’s Vol. 13, and it can’t come fast enough. How will everyone be horrible this time?
ASH: I’ll admit, I actually do read and enjoy this series.
And there’s a 2nd volume of That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! (The doggone wolf-boy is mine?)
MICHELLE: I think of that song EVERY SINGLE TIME!
ASH: The first volume, while certainly not breaking any new ground, was still enjoyable. I’m looking forward to reading more.
SEAN: Lastly (for Kodansha), Your Lie in April reaches its 2nd to last volume. Will it all end happily ever after? (Spoiler: no.)
Seven Seas gives us a 3rd volume of the violent and grotesque Hour of the Zombie.
And just when you thought monster girl manga could not get sillier, there’s My Girlfriend is a T-Rex. No, really. It runs in Media Factory’s Gene Pixiv, which I guess cultivates artists from the popular Japanese art platform.
Vertical gives us a 5th Nichijou, which had better have more Mai this time around.
And the rest is mostly Viz, but that doesn’t mean we’re near done. Bleach has a 68th volume, and still has a few more to go after that, despite being finished in Japan.
And if you missed Bleach, or just want to relive its glory days, read the 17th omnibus, which shows those days had already passed by that point.
Dragon Ball Full Color Freeza Arc 4! Buy it again! And again! And Again!
And if that wasn’t enough exclamation marks for you, here’s Haikyu!! 5.
ANNA: WOO HOO!
SEAN: Rejoice, for the JoJo’s hardcovers continue! This is Stardust Crusaders, which some may have read when Viz brought it over years ago, but which many may have missed (including me). Now it’s here in hardcover deluxe editions.
ASH: I’m double-dipping on this. The hardcovers are beautiful.
ANNA: I’m behind on my Jojo reading, I’m glad Viz continues to put out these editions.
SEAN: And if you loved The Legend of Zelda manga, Viz is starting to re-release that as well, in a Legendary Edition.
Maid-sama! has a 6th 2-in-1, as it tries to explain Usui’s backstory while still letting him tease Misaki mercilessly, because really we read this for her blushing and yelling, right?
MICHELLE: I do like getting more information about him.
ANNA: The yelling is always a highlight.
SEAN: And My Hero Academia’s 6th volume should be starting up a new arc.
Viz decides to skip the Naruto novel about Hinata’s wedding prep, possibly to pacify fans, and instead will release the first volume of Itachi’s Story.
And Nisekoi gets an 18th volume. Will it start to wrap things up?
One Piece has 80 volumes. Eighty. That’s as many as eight tens. And that’s wonderful.
One-Punch Man’s 9th volume. Less volumes, but lots of punching.
ASH: One-Punch Man is still a lot of fun.
MJ: Always ready for this.
ANNA: I’m behind as always but happy for the punching.
SEAN: A 21st volume of Oresama Teacher means I will definitely have something for my Pick of the Week.
ANNA: This is my regular reminder that I need to catch up on this series.
SEAN: Shuriken and Pleats ends with its 2nd volume, and Hino heads back towards vampires, which are apparently better than ninjas after all.
ANNA: I have an idea. What about VAMPIRE NINJAS?
SEAN: Toriko 36. More eating. More fighting. More weird creatures. More homoerotic subtext that it will never deliver on.
World Trigger has really become popular, and now I wish I had kept up with it. Here’s Vol. 13.
MJ: I wish I had, too! But even more, I wish I’d stuck with Oresama Teacher, since you still love it after all this time.
And Yu-Gi-Oh! has an 8th 3-in-1.
Lastly, Yen On has (deep breath) Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratorio. As you may have guessed, it is a spinoff novel from the main series, dealing with Bell’s crush, Aiz Wallenstein, and the misadventures of her own guild. I hear there are elves!
Have you already burned out your wallet for the year? Or is there more you must buy?