SEAN: It’s Valentine’s Week! Instead of chocolate, why not get your crush manga?
Dark Horse is giving up a 500+-page omnibus of What’s Michael?, the first of two, I believe. I’m pretty sure this is just a straight re-release of the 6 volumes we’d seen way back in the day as an omnibus – still flipped, still censored, etc. But I don’t really care, as I love What’s Michael? to bits, and seeing it back in print in a giant omnibus delights me.
MICHELLE: !!! I’ll take what I can get!
ASH: Same! While I would love to see the rest of What’s Michael released in translation, I’m just happy that it’ll be back in print at all.
MELINDA: What they said!
SEAN: J-Novel Club has two debuts. The digital manga debut is Cooking with Wild Game, whose novel J-NC has already put out. A boy and his elf village who have no idea how to cook meat.
The digital novel debut is Teogonia, which seems like a somewhat grim fantasy with reincarnated memories.
J-Novel also has Seirei Gensouki manga volume 3 and Sorcerous Stabber Orphen LN 6.
Kodansha’s debut (in print or once!) is Beyond the Clouds, which has been called Ghibli-esque, so has a lot to live up to. It originally comes form a French publisher, and its premise reminds me a lot of… well, Laputa, so Ghlibi comparisons fit.
The digital debut is The Dorm of Love and Secrets (Koi to Himitsu no Gakuseiryou), another Dessert title, from an author whose Heart Break Club has been released digitally here by MediaDo. This one’s a quarter of the size of that, and is about… sigh… a school divided into average and elite kids, and… sigh… an average girl who ends up in the elite group. Sigh.
MICHELLE: That does not bode exceptionally well.
ANNA: Oh wow, that has never been done before.
MELINDA: I guess we can just… hope that there will be something fresh about it? I. Yeah.
SEAN: Also out next week digitally: 1122 For a Happy Marriage 5, All-Out!! 12, Ex Enthusiasts – Motokare Mania 3, Farewell My Dear Cramer 7, That Blue Summer 2, and The Prince’s Romance Gambit 6.
Seven Seas makes up for its absence last week. There are SIX debuts (two have come out digital first). Bloom Into You gets a light novel spinoff, Regarding Saeki Sayaka, which I found VERY enjoyable when it came out digitally last year.
The Carp on the Chopping Block Jumps Twice (Sojou no Koi wa Nido Haneru) is the sequel to The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese, and thus has several interested Manga Bookshelf parties.
ASH: It is true.
SEAN: Citrus+, the sequel to Citrus, had a digital early release, but this is the print version. I’m guessing there’s angst.
Kase-san and Yamada finally gives up on the “and ________” title format and gives us what we really want – the two leads, together, in college.
My Androgynous Boyfriend (Genderless Danshi ni Ai sarete imasu) is a josei title from Shodensha’s Feel Young, and the mere fact we’re GETTING another Feel Young title makes me happy. It is about a woman who works in publishing and her boyfriend, who makes himself beautiful for her. It sounds terrific. The author also had the BL title A Lotus in the Mud released digitally recently.
MICHELLE: Definitely looking forward to this one!
ANNA: I am intrigued.
ASH: I’m really looking forward to this one, too.
MELINDA: I’m so here for this!
SEAN: Lastly, there’s Scarlet, a Comic Yuri Hime title about a vampire who got that way by ingesting a drug, a werewolf who’s also Red Riding Hood, and their tortured yuri relationship. Also: they fight crime!
The non-debut from Seven Seas is the 2nd volume of Our Wonderful Days. (So that’s seven new titles from Seven Seas next week, all queer. Dang.)
ASH: That makes me happy.
MELINDA: Well, that’s lovely.
SEAN: We have a new publisher debuting! Square Enix Manga finally has its first release, and it’s one the Manga Bookshelf team are most excited about. A Man and His Cat (Ojisama to Neko) is listed as ‘shoujo’ but also runs in Shonen Gangan, and, well, that’s Square Enix for ya. The title is the story, but this one looks super good.
MICHELLE: A good week for cats!
ANNA: This looks cute.
ASH: Very curious about this one.
MELINDA: And that demographic confusion is my love affair with Square Enix in a nutshell, isn’t it?
SEAN: SuBLime has a debut as well, Given. It runs in Shinshokan’s Cheri +, and seems to be the gay version of Anonymous Noise.
MICHELLE: I’ve seen the first chunk of anime episodes and liked it a lot.
ANNA: It is absolutely adorable. Love the cover.
ASH: I’m excited for the chance to read this!
MELINDA: I didn’t love the straight version, so maybe this is the one I’ve been waiting for!
SEAN: They also have a 2nd volume of Yarichin Bitch Club.
Vertical given us the 5th Kino’s Journey manga.
Viz gives us the 8th Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition, Hayate the Combat Butler 35, Komi Can’t Communicate 5, and A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow 2.
ASH: I just picked up the first volume of A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow; maybe I should go ahead and pick up the second, too.
MELINDA: There are a few things I’m interested in, there.
SEAN: Lastly, Yen On has a straggler light novel with the 2nd volume of The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn As a Typical Nobody.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Which of these titles will you accidentally eat thinking they’re chocolate?