SEAN: A lot of diverse choices this week. The “prestige” title is clearly Downfall, but let’s face it it’s far too bleak for me. Instead, to no one’s surprise, I’ll go with Silver Spoon again. Because it is Silver Spoon, and because it is my heart.
MICHELLE: I am ashamed to admit I still haven’t read any Silver Spoon. I, too, am turning away from bleakness and toward my favorite genre, which means I am picking Shojo FIGHT! this week.
MELINDA: Silver Spoon. It is always Silver Spoon.
KATE: This week’s list is chock-full of great manga, from MB fave Silver Spoon to Drifting Dragons, one of the best-looking fantasy titles being published in English right now. (I reviewed the first two volumes back in 2018, if you’re curious.) My pick goes to another under-appreciated gem, however: O Maidens in Your Savage Season. If you were a nerdy teen girl—and I certainly was—Maidens should be on your list, as writer Mari Okada clearly remembers how hard it was to be horny, awkward, and VERY SERIOUS at fifteen. You’ll laugh and cry and cringe in equal measure.
ASH: So many great titles are being released this week, it’s hard to choose just one! I gladly join the chorus for Silver Spoon and all the other manga already mentioned, but the first volume of Nicola Traveling Around the Demons’ World was such a treat that the second gets my official pick.