SEAN: The deluge.
ASH: Ride the wave!
SEAN: Yen On has some debuts. Alya Sometimes Hides Her Feelings in Russian (Tokidoki Bosotto Roshiago de Dereru Tonari no Alya-san) is basically one of those “sweet high school romcom” series, only with a Russian flavor. Sadly, she doesn’t realize the guy she likes can understand Russian!
ASH: That’s a twist on communication breakdown that I don’t think I’ve seen yet.
SEAN: Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (Ningen Fushin no Bōkensha-tachi ga Sekai o Sukuu Yō Desu) tells the tale of an adventurer who was screwed by his party. Now he joins forces with others who had similar issues and together they will be the bitterest adventurers around.
The one-shot is Fox Tales (Kitsune no Hanashi), a short story collection from the creator of Penguin Highway and The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl.
ASH: I’ve really enjoyed Tomihiko Morimi’s past work, so I look forward to reading this one.
SEAN: Gods’ Games We Play (Kami wa Game ni Ueteiru) has a former goddess and a genius boy teaming up to win a rigged contest between gods! This is from the creator of Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World.
And King’s Proposal (Ōsama no Propose) is from the creator of Date a Live, but I guess I’ll talk about it anyway. A dying witch who is the only one with the power to save the world gives her powers to a passing Ordinary High School Student. Now he’ll need to attend a magic academy… posing as her!
Also from Yen On: The Asterisk War 16, Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie 3, Eighty-Six 11, Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway 2, The Holy Grail of Eris 3, I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top 4, My Happy Marriage 3, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World 10, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- 20, Secrets of the Silent Witch 2, So I’m a Spider, So What? 15, Spice & Wolf 23, Strike the Blood 22 (the final volume), Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online 11, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 15, and The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat 6.
ASH: It’s been a while since I’ve thought about Spice & Wolf. I did enjoy some of the early volumes I read.
SEAN: As for Yen Press, they have debuts as well. Coffee Moon is from Dengeki Maoh, and is about a girl trying to live a normal life during what appears to be the apocalypse, and what happens when one day she cannot.
ASH: Okay, I’m at least vaguely intrigued.
SEAN: The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy (Seiken Gakuin no Maken Tsukai) is based on the light novel, which is not too bad for a “magical academy has a demon lord” book. (Yes, that is a genre.) It runs in Shonen Ace.
Embrace Your Size: My Own Body Positivity (Jibun Size de Ikou Watashi nari no Body Positive) is a one-shot serialized on pixiv’s essay site, and then published by Kadokawa. It is, as you might imagine, a story of how society does not accept anything other than the “accepted” body type, and how to learn to love your body anyway.
ASH: I do like the range of autobio manga we see these days.
SEAN: The Gay Who Turned Kaiju (Kaijuu ni Natta Gay) is a one-shot LGBTQ title that was originally published as a series of ten doujinshi, then collected into a volume by Enterbrain. A bullied gay teen wishes he could be someone else. Surprise! That said, this is apparently really good.
ASH: I’ve heard good things, too.
Hirano and Kagiura is a sequel/side-story to Sasaki and Miyano, and is BL Basketball. BasketBL? It runs in Comic Gene.
MICHELLE: I should really read Sasaki and Miyano.
SEAN: So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin? (Tensei Goblin Dakedo Shitsumon Aru?) comes from the author of My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1. Reborn as hated thing, weak to strong, exhausted office worker dies by getting truck’d, harem of devoted women… it’s all here. This runs in Tonari no Young Jump.
Touring After the Apocalypse (Shuumatsu Touring) runs in Dengeki Maoh, like Coffee Moon, and also appears to be post-apocalyptic, like Coffee Moon. That said, the plot sounds exactly like Girls’ Last Tour: the non-SF version. Also, its author just started a Super Cub manga spinoff starring Reiko. HINT HINT.
SEAN: Yen also has Adachi and Shimamura 4, Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense 5, Breasts Are My Favorite Things in the World! 6, Catch These Hands! 3, A Certain Magical Index 26, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess 6, The Devil Is a Part-Timer! 19, The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend 2, Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One 8, Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story 5, The Maid I Hired Recently Is Mysterious 4, Mieruko-chan 6, Murcielago 20, Overlord 16, Shadows House 2, Slasher Maidens 6, and Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke’s Mansion 2.
That’s it! What will you be… buying… wait. That’s only Yen Press. I’ve only done ONE publisher. (sobs)
Viz Media, fortunately, doesn’t have a lot. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5–Golden Wind 6, the light novel Naruto: Sasuke’s Story—The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust, Urusei Yatsura 16, and (digitally) WITCH WATCH 4.
ASH: Still glad we’re getting so much of JoJo translated.
SEAN: Square Enix has Beauty and the Feast 5, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! 4, I Think Our Son Is Gay 4, Ragna Crimson 7, and The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest 9.
ASH: I need to catch up on I Think Our Son Is Gay, but I really like the first volume.
SEAN: Seven Seas has some debuts as well, of course. Steam Reverie in Amber is not a manga or light novel, it’s an artbook/tarot thing from an artist famous for Final Fantasy art.
You Like Me, Not My Daughter?! (Musume Janakute, Watashi ga Suki Nano!?) is a “momcom” from the creator of When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace and You Like Me, Don’t You? (and takes place in the same universe as the latter). A young woman raises her niece as her own daughter after the death of her sister and brother-in-law. Then one day, a confession from the guy next door… Not to her daughter, but to her!
Also from Seven Seas: COLORLESS 2, Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk 2, Dungeon Builder: The Demon King’s Labyrinth is a Modern City! 6, The Ideal Sponger Life 12, Tokyo Revengers Omnibus 5-6, and Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games 4.
One Peace Books has the debut of The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic’s manga (Chiyu Mahou no Machigatta Tsukaikata – Senjou o Kakeru Kaifuku Youin). Based on the light novel (also from One Peace), it runs in Comp Ace.
KUMA debuts The (Pet) Detective Agency (Tantei Jimusho no Kainushi-sama) is a one-shot BL hardcover volume about a detective who is skilled at finding lost pets, and the boss he’s in love with. It ran in Canna.
MICHELLE: Huh. Potentially cute.
ANNA: It does sound cute.
SEAN: Kodansha’s site being under construction and its solicits being hard to find means that the information is, frankly, a mess. I can only apologize.
Kodansha’s print volumes: The Best of Attack on Titan In Color 2 and When Will Ayumu Make His Move? 8.
A print volume I missed from 11/8 is Avant-Garde Yumeko, another Shuzo Oshimi title which is, and there’s no getting around this, about a girl who likes penises. It ran in Young Magazine in 2003.
ASH: Oh, well, it’ll probably be well drawn at the very least?
SEAN: Digital… their site is still down. But let’s try going by solicits. Blackguard 5 (the final volume), Burn the House Down 6, DAYS 32, Gamaran: Shura 2, WIND BREAKER 7, and You’re My Cutie 4.
Books that are already out from 11/8: Ace of the Diamond 40, The Fable 8, My Maid, Miss Kishi 5, Police in a Pod 18, The Shadows of Who We Once Were 6, and Space Brothers 41.
Books that are already out from 11/15: Blue Lock 16, Boss Wife 5, The Café Terrace and its Goddesses 2, Gamaran 3, Golden Gold 6, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 11, Otherworldly Munchkin: Let’s Speedrun the Dungeon with Only 1 HP! 6, Our Fake Marriage 10, A Serenade for Pretend Lovers 6 (the final volume), The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse 6, She, Her Camera, and Her Seasons 4, Tesla Note 7, and Ya Boy Kongming! 9.
MICHELLE: I am, as ever, here for all the josei and sports manga!
ANNA: So am I, theoretically!
SEAN: J-Novel Club light novel debut: Making Magic: The Sweet Life of a Witch Who Knows an Infinite MP Loophole (Maryoku Cheat na Majo ni Narimashita ~ Souzou Mahou de Kimama na Isekai Seikatsu ~). This is a reincarnated in a fantasy world that’s like a game but has a cheat ability sort of book. Despite that, female protagonist, so I’ll try it.
Also from J-Novel Club: Ascendance of a Bookworm: Fanbook 3, Dahlia in Bloom: Crafting a Fresh Start with Magical Tools 5, Holmes of Kyoto 12, the 15th Marginal Operation manga, Perry Rhodan NEO 10, and Redefining the META at VRMMO Academy 5.
Not technically Ghost Ship but I’m putting it here because it’s explicit, The Titan’s Bride (Kyojinzoku no Hanayome) is a mature BL title which features a high school man who finds himself in a fantasy world of giants! And yes, EVERYTHING about them is giant! And one wants our hero as his… bride?
ASH: I’ll admit to being curious.
SEAN: Actual Ghost Ship: The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, REALLY Love You 4, Call Girl in Another World 5 and Ero Ninja Scrolls 4.
It’s not just Kodansha I find hard to find. Dark Horse Comics released Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 4 on 11/8 and I missed it.
Finally (!!), Airship has, in print, Classroom of the Elite Year 2 3 and Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear 11.5.
And in early digital they have Drugstore in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist 6.
MICHELLE: Sean? Sean?!?!