SEAN: Normally I have fairly strict rules about Manga the Week of. Alphabetical by publisher, then alphabetical by title (aside from Vol. 1s). But occasionally I decide to shake things up and go… in reverse! Let’s do that.
That does mean we start with Yen On, which (assuming no delays till 2025) has the 8th volume of No Game No Life.
And now Viz, aka the reason I reversed things, because OMG the Viz next week is AMAZING. There are technically no debuts, but we do get (drum roll please)…
—Yona of the Dawn 16, one of the best manga being published.
—We Never Learn 3, a promising romantic comedy.
—The Water Dragon’s Bride 9, headed towards its climax.
—Takane & Hana 8, still funny enough to make me ignore the age difference.
—The Promised Neverland 9, one of the best manga being published.
—Platinum End 8, which… eh. Melinda likes it. I think.
—My Hero Academia, one of the best manga being published. Not only that…
—My Hero Academia Vigilantes 4, a series some like better than its parent. Not only THAT, but…
—My Hero Academia: School Briefs, a new light novel spinoff with illustrations by the creator, with this first volume focusing on Parent’s Day.
–the final 4th volume of Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, which isn’t great but it’s Nisioisin so I can’t really dis it.
—Food Wars! 29, which has basically become Bleach, so Bleach fans should love it!
—Ao Haru Ride 4, one of the best new 2018 debuts!
MICHELLE: Sooner or later, I’ll be reading 75% of those!
ASH: That really is an impressive week for Viz! I’ve particularly got my eye on Shojo Beat’s fantasy series.
MELINDA: Melinda has never gotten past volume two of Platinum End but really really wants to like it. Wow, what a week, though!
ANNA: Very excited for Yona and Water Dragon’s Bride and many other things!
SEAN: Isn’t that magical? But wait, there’s more! That’s right, folks, don’t touch that dial!
Vertical has the Movie Edition of BLAME!. It’s what it sounds like, the manga adaptation of the movie, and it ran in Shonen Sirius.
Udon has the 9th volume of Persona 3.
Seven Seas debuts a done-in-one title with Transparent Light Blue (Toumei na Usui Mizuiro ni), which runs in Ichijinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime, and so I guess is yuri.
ASH: I’ll probably make a point to check it out eventually, then.
MELINDA: Could be interesting.
SEAN: Seven Seas also digitally debuts Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, a light novel that essentially kicked off “reincarnated in another world” books. Will it take off here? Or will this be a case of “what’s the fuss all about?”.
Also from Seven Seas is Non Non Biyori 11, Lord Marksman and Vanadis 10, the 5th Arifureta light novel (print version), and Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor 6.
Kodansha Digital debuts Momo’s Iron Will (Inuwashi Momo wa Yuruganai), an Aria title from a creator who was seen in Neo Parasyte F, and is better known for her BL. It’s about a girl with a brother complex, but looks like it may rise above that suspicious premise.
MICHELLE: Yeah, I’m rather wary of that premise.
SEAN: We also got Yozakura Quartet 23, Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? 6, and Chihayafuru 16.
MICHELLE: Yay, Chihayafuru!
ANNA: Woo hoo!
SEAN: Lastly, J-Novel Club has the 4th Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles digitally…
And also has a slew is print books! Debuting is If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord 1-2, as well as The Magic in This Other World Is Too Far Behind! 1-2. And we get 3rd print volumes for How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord and In Another World with My Smartphone.
ASH: Oh! I might have to give If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord a try now that it’s in print.
SEAN: It’s a reverse list! getting you are What?
MICHELLE: ziV fo daolparc A!
MELINDA: elggig em edam ellehciM!