SEAN: My computer rebooted while I was typing this up, so I am now typing it up again and mad.
ASH: I have been there before and empathize.
SEAN: Cross Infinite World has Past Life Countess, Present Life Otome Game NPC?!, a reverse Bakarina where the fantasy world countess ends up reincarnated as a modern-day commoner girl in an otome game. She’s still stealing events from the heroine, though.
ASH: Huh, that’s an interesting variation.
SEAN: J-Novel Club debuts Black Summoner (Kuro no Shoukanshi), a 12+ volume novel that features a man who sacrificed his memories for more power. OP fans will like this.
The other debut is Holmes of Kyoto (Holmes at Kyoto Teramachi Sanjo), an antique-store oriented mystery that feels like the antidote to titles like Black Summoner. It’s a J-Novel Heart title, and is 15+ volumes in Japan.
ASH: That sounds like it could be fun!
SEAN: There’s also a 3rd Cooking with Wild Game manga, a 3rd Demon Lord, Retry! manga, The Holy Knight’s Dark Road 3 and Seirei Gensouki 11.
Kodansha debuts in print the first Clover collector’s edition. They’ve also got I’m Standing on a Million Lives 7 and The Seven Deadly Sins 39 in print.
ASH: Clover is one of my favorite CLAMP works; I suspect I will be double-dipping for the fancy hardcover omnibus.
MJ: I may as well!
SEAN: Digitally the debut is We Must Never Fall in Love! (Zettai ni Tokimeite wa Ikenai!), a Dessert series from the author of The Walls Between Us. It’s… well, it’s stepsibling romance. Which Japan sure loves more than North America.
MICHELLE: I didn’t realize that, but I might give it a shot anyway at some point.
SEAN: Also out: Ace of the Diamond 28, Giant Killing 22, and Tokyo Revengers 17. Quiet week for Kodansha.
MICHELLE: I suppose comparatively it is a quiet week, but two of those titles are among my favorites, so I’m happy.
SEAN: One Peace has a 14th volume of The manga version of The Rising of the Shield Hero.
So much from Seven Seas. The print debut is BL novel Sarazanmai, which we’ve discussed before.
ASH: I’ve still not delved into Sarazanmai… I need to get on that!
SEAN: Who Says Warriors Can’t be Babes? (Onna Senshi tte Motenai desu ne!) is a fantasy comedy from Kodansha’s Palcy. A girl has a crush on the hero, so she trains to be a strong warrior. Sadly, she trained TOO hard, and now he doesn’t see her as a woman!
MICHELLE: One-punch woman?
ASH: Hmmm. I could see this premise going either in a direction that I would really like or in a direction that I really wouldn’t.
MJ: I’m. Hm.
SEAN: And we see the 2nd print volume of Adachi and Shimamura, The Dungeon of Black Company 5, Failed Princesses 2, Gal Gohan 4, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter 2 (digital version), The Ideal Sponger Life 6, The Invincible Shovel 3 (digital version), the 2nd Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear manga, Monster Girl Doctor 6 in print, the 11th Mushoku Tensei manga, and Skeleton Knight in Another World 6.
Square Enix has a 2nd volume of Cherry Magic!.
MICHELLE: I liked the first volume more than I expected to, and look forward to the second!
ASH: Maybe I should give the series a try, then!
SEAN: SuBLime gives us Caste Heaven 3 and Therapy Game 2.
MICHELLE: Caste Heaven was not for me, but I did mostly enjoy Secret XXX, of which Therapy Game is a spinoff, so I should check that out too.
ASH: I’m surprisingly behind in my BL reading and already have some catching up to do.
SEAN: Tokyopop has the 6th omnibus volume of Aria the Masterpiece.
Vertical, in print, has the 5th APOSIMZ. Digitally, they have a 15th volume of Ajin: Demi-Human.
Viz debuts Fly Me to the Moon, a new romantic comedy series by the author of Hayate the Combat Butler. A young man meets a very strange, possibly alien girl, and they get married almost immediately. What happens after that? And who the heck is she? This is getting an anime soon.
SEAN: Also out from Viz: Pokemon Sun & Moon 8, Rin-Ne 35, Splatoon 10, and YO-KAI WATCH 15.
Are you a reincarnated countess? A lovestruck warrior? A possible space alien? What manga are you buying?
Megan saysSeptember 4, 2020 at 3:59 am
Just want to clarify – Sarazanmai isn’t a BL. The spinoff manga also published by 7Seas is, it ran in a BL magazine, but the series as a whole isn’t BL or labelled that way. Half of the main cast are gay, but there’s almost no romance in the main story (for the teen boy, Enta, his crush is very much unreciprocated and for the police officer couple, Reo and Mabu, they’re… not exactly on the same page for 99% of their screentime).