SEAN: Here we go again, folks. 62 titles next week. Please cry with me.
ASH: Those are tears of joy, right?
SEAN: Dark Horse has a 7th Blade of the Immortal omnibus to start us off.
ASH: A great way to collect the series since many of the single volumes are out-of-print.
SEAN: J-Novel Club debuts My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!. They’re marketing this to men as well, and it does have a sizeable male fandom here, but Bakarina (as it’s known) is actually from a female-oriented publisher. The premise might seem familiar – a woman wakes up in the body of the villain of the otome game she’s been playing, and has to figure out how not to die or be exiled – but I’ve heard very good things about it.
SEAN: They also have the latest in the Ao Oni series, subtitled Grudge, a 2nd Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles, and a 2nd volume of Amagi Brilliant Park.
In terms of print, there’s no debuts from Kodansha, but they do have Frau Faust 5 (which Amazon seems to be shipping a bit late on Amazon), Golosseum 4, L*DK 12, Land of the Lustrous 7, Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai 5, the 2nd Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, and the 9th Waiting for Spring.
MICHELLE: I’ve been eagerly anticipating the final volume of Frau Faust!
ASH: Oh, I didn’t realize it was the final volume! I’m definitely picking it up, though.
SEAN: Digitally the debut is Alice’s Diet Quest, a Bessatsu Shonen Magazine title about a priestess in a fantasy world who wants to lose weight using any method she can. This… sounds a bit too similar to Plus-Sized Elf for my tastes.
ANNA: No thank you!
SEAN: And we have Boarding School Juliet 6, Kamikamikaeshi 5, The Prince’s Black Poison 8, Tokyo Alice 5, and The Walls Between Us 2.
MICHELLE: I’m already behind on the latter two. Sigh.
SEAN: One Peace has the third volume of the Mikagura School Suite manga.
Seven Seas has only one title, believe it or not: the 2nd Devilman Classic Collection.
ASH: I really liked the first collection, so I’m looking forward to the second.
SEAN: And Vertical Comics has the 9th Mobile Suit Gundam Wing.
Viz debuts Record of Grancest War, which is a fantasy manga based on a light novel with lots of warring states and the mage and knight who try to stop it. It runs in Hakusensha’s Young Animal, so I suspect will also have fanservice or gore.
There is also The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist, which is… what it says.
ASH: Should be great, is what!
SEAN: Speaking of Fullmetal Alchemist, we have the 3rd Fullmetal Edition omnibus, a 2nd Radiant, a 9th Requiem of the Rose King, and a 28th Rin-Ne.
MICHELLE: Hooray for Requiem of the Rose King!
ASH: I really love this series.
ANNA: Me too!
SEAN: That just leaves Yen, who are shipping most of their titles a bit early this month. JY has the 2nd volume of Little Witch Academia.
Yen On has, believe it or not, only the 2nd silliest light novel debut this month, with The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World. I believe this is just one volume, and corners the market on pizza isekai stories.
Yen On also has A Certain Magical Index 17, Magical Girl Raising Project 5, My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected 6, Sword Art Online Progressive 5, and WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? 2. So Elf Pizza is not the longest title this week.
On the manga side, we debut Interspecies Reviewers, a monster girl title that runs in Kadokawa’s Dragon Age and looks… um… designed for teenage boys needing to relieve some stress. If you know what I mean.
There’s also two spinoff debuts, as we get the first volume of the manga adaptation of DanMachi’s Lyu sidestory, and also Sowrd Art Online: Hollow Realization, a manga adaptation of the video game that runs in Dengeki Maoh.
Speaking of light novel adaptations, next week we also have the 4th Goblin Slayer manga, an 11th High School DxD, the 4th Hybrid x Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia, a 7th KonoSuba, the 10th Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade, the 8th Overlord manga, and the 5th volume of Re: Zero’s 3rd arc.
And in titles not based on a novel, we have ACCA 5, Akame Ga Kill! ZERO 8, Angels of Death 5, Chio’s School Road 2, Delicious in Dungeon 6, Dimension W 12, Forbidden Scrollery 5, Fruits Basket Another 2, Laid-Back Camp 4, Love at Fourteen 8 (honestly, they’re almost 16 by now), Mermaid Boys 3, No Matter How You Look At It, It’s You Guys, Fault I’m Not Popular! 12, The Royal Tutor 10, Tales of Wedding Rings 4, Trinity Seven 15, and last but not least, a 14th volume of Yotsuba&!.
MICHELLE: There are several things in that list that I’ll be checking out, but Yotsuba&! for the win!
ASH: Indeed! Delicious in Dungeon and ACCA are very high on my list, too.
ANNA: Been a long time since there was a new volume of Yotsuba&!.
SEAN: This is a lot. (Yen pushed back eight titles two weeks, or it would be even more.) Are you getting anything, or just staring in horror and disbelief?
Alhazred23 saysNovember 8, 2018 at 6:43 pm
Hard to deny that Interspecies Reviewers caterers to… certain audiences, but the book is more in the genre of raunchy sex humor than most shonen fanservice manga (with little pretense of innocence or romance.) The subject matter isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but if one can get over the idea of examining the world’s oldest profession through an off-kilter fantasy lens, it can be pretty funny.
RK saysNovember 8, 2018 at 6:56 pm
Just Yotsuba&! for me this week. The new FMA artbook should be great, but I have all three of the older Japanese artbooks, so I’m giving it a pass.
Also, wow, 62 titles in one week? There sure are a lot of manga and light novels coming out these days. Is this market sustainable? ^^;
Jocilyn Wagner saysDecember 29, 2018 at 1:26 pm
Rather than Amagi Brilliant Park, can we please have light novel based on Asu e no Brilliant Road?