SEAN: Remember when January was the smallest month of the year? No more!
SEAN: Ghost Ship gives us a 14th volume of To-Love-Ru Darkness.
J-Novel Club has three debuts, the first of their massive wave of Anime NYC licenses. The Economics of Prophecy (Yogen no Keizaigaku) is from Legend Novels, a Kodansha fantasy imprint. Can an ignored oracle and a reincarnated economist save the kingdom?
Kobold King is also from Legend Novels. A famous warrior who has become so powerful that everyone is too afraid of him tries to show a tribe of kobolds that he’s really a sweetie at heart.
ASH: I was previously unaware of Legend Novels, but with these two titles make the imprint seems like it could be a source with some potential.
ANNA: Ok, light novels featuring economists does sound amusing, but I am not a light novel person.
SEAN: The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes (Hachi Dai Shuzoku no Saijaku Kettousha) is from HJ Bunko, and is a battle fantasy, though apparently not involving literal magical academies this time.
Also from J-Novel is the 9th volume of If It’s For My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord, Infinite Stratos 11 and Seirei Gensouki 8.
In print, Kodansha has Hitorijime My Hero 6, If I Could Reach You 3, and Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches 21-22.
ASH: I’ve been meaning to give If I Could Reach You a try at some point.
SEAN: Digitally, the debut is GE: Good Ending, which has been rumored to get a license over here since it began, but never did. Now it’s over, and we have a digital license. It’s by the creator of Domestic Girlfriend, ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine, and is a potboiler, just like its successor.
We also have digital volumes for 1122: For a Happy Marriage (4), Ace of the Diamond (24), Domestic Girlfriend (23), Ex-Enthusiasts: Motokare Mania (2), Farewell My Dear Cramer (6), and Giant Killing (18).
MICHELLE: So much sports manga! *rubs hands together in anticipation*
SEAN: One Peace Books has a 6th volume of Hinamatsuri.
ASH: I’m a few volumes behind, but this series continues to amuse me.
SEAN: Seven Seas gives us an 8th Himouto Umaru-chan, the 5th Mushoku Tensei novel digitally, and a 2nd volume of Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!!.
Debuting from SuBLime is Liquor and Cigarettes, a title from Gentosha’s Lynx magazine. It’s by the author of Coyote. They smoke. They drink. They smoke and smoke and drink… OK, sorry.
Vertical has a 4th volume of the Knights of Sidonia Master Edition.
Viz has a debut title. You thrilled to Persona 3, you cried at Persona 4, now, at last, we see Persona 5! This runs in Shogakukan’s Ura Sunday, and (surprise!) adapts the game.
Viz also gives us Case Closed 73, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess 6, Radiant 9, and Splatoon 8.
ASH: I’ve been enjoying the Twilight Princess adaptation!
SEAN: Lastly, Yen Press has a 2nd Do You Love Your Mom (and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?) manga, and a 13th Yowamushi Pedal omnibus. I suspect Manga Bookshelf folks will have little trouble choosing between these two.
ASH: Yup. It’s definitely Yowamushi Pedal for me!
MICHELLE: See above re: anticipatory hands.
SEAN: Do you like any of these titles? Or do you not like manga at all, but read this column just for the hell of it?
KATE: I don’t like (much) manga, but I always enjoy this column. :D
Jocilyn Wagner saysJanuary 9, 2020 at 10:28 pm
“Can an ignored oracle and a reincarnated economist save the kingdom?” Wait aren’t those the same… Okay, nevermind.
Knights of Sidonia has always sounded like the name of a neo-metal band. We therefore need a Knights of Sidonia Master of Puppets Edition.