SEAN: It’s that time again. Time for this list of titles to take forever, time for your wallet to scream in pain, time for Anna to wonder why Yen doesn’t license more shoujo. Yes, it’s that week of the month.
Dark Horse has another Hatsune Miku manga, this one called Acute.
Drawn and Quarterly gives us another Kitaro volume, The Great Tanuki War. I’ve reviewed it here.
ASH: I’m always ready for more Kitaro!
SEAN: Haikasoru has the 4th Legend of the Galactic Heroes novel, which seems more timely than ever these days.
ASH: That it does.
MICHELLE: Someday, I really will read these.
ANNA: I just got the first one!
SEAN: J-Novel Club has the 4th Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash out digitally.
Their debut this week is If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat A Demon Lord, which is a very light novel title if nothing else. J-Novel’s founder described it as being “like Bunny Drop”, then had to hurriedly walk that back after fans recoiled in horror. The good parts of Bunny Drop, apparently.
Kodansha continues to rush Nodame Cantabile to its finish digitally, here’s Vol. 23.
SEAN: Kodansha in print has a 7th volume of Inuyashiki, which recently ended in Japan.
And an 11th volume of Kiss Him, Not Me!, which despite its cover is unlikely to end with anyone married.
There is also a 7th Real Account.
Seven Seas gives us a 3rd volume of “would you read this in public?” series Holy Corpse Rising. (Answer: no.)
The new title is Otome Mania!, a reverse harem series that runs in Sylph, and whose author has done a lot of Shonen Jump BL doujinshi. So, pretty much the opposite market to Holy Corpse Riding.
Viz gives us the 21st volume of Dorohedoro, which crawls closer to its conclusion, but I don’t mind it taking so long.
ASH: I continue to adore Dorohedoro. It will be sad when it ends, but it has been an astonishing ride so far.
SEAN: Viz’s big debut is Golden Kamuy, a Young Jump title which sounds absolutely amazing, and co-stars an Ainu woman? Sign me up.
ASH: I’m really looking forward to this series!
ANNA: This looks cool.
SEAN: The 6th Goodnight Punpun omnibus is also out next week.
ASH: We’re drawing near the end of this depressing yet compelling work.
SEAN: And an 11th Master Keaton.
Lastly (from Viz, don’t get excited), there’s a lucky 13th volume of Tokyo Ghoul.
That leaves Yen, but we’re not even halfway through the list. A huge number of light novels next week, starting with the 10th Accel World, which I hope is more lighthearted after the last few books.
Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon’s side story, Sword Oratoria, is not making viewers of the anime adaptation happy, but will they enjoy this 3rd light novel more?
The first of two debuts this month, Magical Girl Raising Project is one of THOSE series, featuring a lot of cute and determined magical girls who will be brutally slaughtered.
The 4th volume of Psycome goes off campus, as our heroes deal with Eri’s family and past.
Re: Zero’s 4th volume starts a new arc which no doubt means more deaths and save points for our hero.
The most exciting debut of the week for me is Sound Euphonium, a book about a high school band that was adapted into a beloved anime series. I believe this is the only volume licensed, though a sequel is out in Japan. Buy it, I hear it’s great.
MICHELLE: I don’t often go in for light novels, but for this I think I’ll make an exception.
ASH: I’ll absolutely be reading this. Band was the highlight of my high school years.
SEAN: Spice & Wolf turns out to be not quite over, as we get this 18th volume of the series.
And the first two Sword Art Online: Progressive novels are out digitally next week.
On to Yen’s manga. There’s a 5th Aoharu x Machinegun.
The Asterisk War has a 4th volume of its manga adaptation.
And Bungo Stray Dogs gets a 3rd volume.
The Devil Is A Part-Timer’s 9th manga volume is out as well.
And a 7th Dragons Rioting. Sorry, no witty remarks, no snark, just a long list of things I don’t read.
I do read Erased, though, and look forward to the 2nd omnibus.
ASH: It should be good! The first omnibus was a little slow for me at first, but by the end I was hooked.
SEAN: If you want to read Grimgar but hate books, here is the first volume of the Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash manga.
And there’s a 6th volume of Handa-kun.
The Honor Student at Magic High School is once again behind the light novels, to my relief. Here’s the 7th manga volume.
How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend has reached Vol. 6.
Kiniro Mosaic has a 3rd volume of basically not a lot happening to cute, yuri-ish girls.
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Long As I Expected still has a long title, even 5 volumes in. (A reminder this sis the manga adaptation, though Amazon has gotten better at differentiating the two now.)
A spin-off of No Game No Life (whose own manga adaptation seems to be on hiatus in Japan), No Game No Life, Please! focuses on Izuna, as the title’s verbal tic likely gave away.
Of the Red, the Light and the Ayakashi may not make much sense to me, even after 7 volumes, but it’s got style.
MICHELLE: I’m enjoying it!
ASH: I’ve been enjoying it, myself.
SEAN: And we have a 7th Prison School omnibus.
ASH: I’m still reading this series, too. It’s definitely not for everyone, though.
School-Live! still has not run out of zombies, as we have Vol. 7 here.
And a 7th Strike the Blood manga will not surprise, but may satisfy anyway.
Today’s Cerberus gives us a 4th print volume of the already out on digital series.
Lastly, the your name novel gets a manga adaptation, and this is Vol. 1.
Phew. What’s for you next week? Or does the list just make you dizzy?