SEAN: It’s the last few weeks before school starts! Take a manga vacation with these titles.
SEAN: Dark Horse debuts the modern retelling of Space Battleship Yamato, or Star Blazers as it was known in the states. We keep that title here with Star Blazers 2199, and this book is an omnibus of the first two Japanese volumes. It’s a Kadokawa title, from Newtype Ace.
ANNA: I have a lot of Star Blazers nostalgia.
ASH: It’s been really interesting to see how many original series and their modern reimaginings have been released of late.
SEAN: Denpa has the 5th volume of Inside Mari.
ASH: Shuzo Oshimi’s work is pretty tremendous, too.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has one debut and one spinoff debuting next week. The new title is Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World!. It is what it sounds like, but the interesting thing here is that a) he stays middle-aged, and b) he’s already married a goddess and had kids BEFORE he’s sent to another world. It’s also only two volumes long.
The spinoff is JK Haru Is a Sex Worker in Another World: Summer, a set of short stories that are, I believe, licensed directly from the author. JK Haru was very open-ended, so this should be very interesting – and hopefully a bit less bleak.
J-Novel Club also gives us The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan 2, In Another World with My Smartphone 16, and Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles 6.
Kodansha, on the print side, has the 28th volume of Attack on Titan.
ASH: It feels like it’s been a while!
SEAN: Digitally there’s a lot more. The debut is The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor (Orc Henshuusha to Onna Kishi Mangaka-san), a Shonen Magazine Edge title whose title is its plot. It’s 3 volumes long.
There’s also Ace of the Diamond 23, All-Rounder Meguru 11, the 11th and final volume of Black Panther and Sweet 16, the 2nd My Pink Is Overflowing, Peach Girl NEXT 5, The Prince’s Romance Gambit 5, Pumpkin Scissors 22, and a 10th Tokyo Revengers.
MICHELLE: I had been awaiting more Ace of the Diamond!
SEAN: One Peace has a 4th Hinamatsuri.
ASH: Still a ridiculous in a good way series.
SEAN: Seven Seas has no debuts, but we do get Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter 4, Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage 9, Classmates 2: Sotso Gyo Sei, the 2nd Classroom of the Elite novel (in print), MachiMaho 3, and Ultra Kaiju Humanization Project 3.
ASH: The first volume of Classmates was lovely, so I’m really looking forward to the second (and third).
SEAN: Fourth Generation Head: Tatsuyuki Oyamato is the new debut from SuBLime. It’s done in one, and is about a yakuza discovering new parts of his sexuality. (Yakuzuke?)
Vertical has a 3rd volume of the Kino’s Journey manga.
Magi comes to an end with its 37th and final volume. I will miss it. Viz also has the 6th Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Komi Can’t Communicate 2, Record of Grancest War 4, and Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle 8.
MICHELLE: I have a small stockpile of Magi volumes so I can have one last binge.
ANNA: I have a giant stockpile of Magi and look forward to reading it eventually…
SEAN: Lastly, Yen Press has the last of its delayed from June/July titles. Yen On has The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, a stand-alone novel that was made into an animated film, a genre Yen has specialized in lately. I’ve heard very good things about it.
ASH: As have I! I’m looking forward to giving it a read.
SEAN: And Yuri Life is another of Yen’s new forays into niche genres, this being another short story anthology by various artists about adult women in relationships. Which, trust me, still hasn’t gotten old. More of this.
ASH: I likewise approve.
SEAN: Which of these would be best read while lying on a beach?