SEAN: It’s February 1st, but as readers of Manga the Week of know, that really means January.
ASH: That it does.
SEAN: It also means no Yen Press, and no Viz Media. Instead we start with Tokyopop, which has Her Royal Highness Seems to be Angry 4 and Yuri Espoir 3.
Square Enix Manga gives us Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! 6 and My Dress-Up Darling 7.
MICHELLE: I really liked the first volume of Cherry Magic!. Hopefully this’ll be the release where I get caught up.
ASH: I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read so far, too, but am likewise a bit behind.
SEAN: No debuts for Seven Seas. But we do see The Evil Secret Society of Cats 2, Happy Kanako’s Killer Life 6, How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? 10, I Swear I Won’t Bother You Again! 3, I’m in Love with the Villainess 4, and Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii 2.
ASH: I’d kind of forgotten about How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift?, but at least the earlier volumes had some legitimate fitness advice.
SEAN: Last Gasp has I Saw It: A Survivor’s True Story of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima (Ore wa Mita), a one-volume title from the creator of Barefoot Gen. This actually came out in English in 1982, but I believe this is a new edition. As you can imagine, the subject matter is gripping and horrible.
ASH: I’m glad to see this staying in print, but it is definitely not light reading.
SEAN: Kodansha, in print, has Fire Force Omnibus 2 and Sayonara, Football 15 (which, glory be, is actually on their website calendar for once).
The digital debut is Boss Bride Days (Gokutsuma Days ~Gokudou Sankyoudai ni Semaretemasu~), a Palcy title based on a webcomic. A shut-in otaku girl rescues an old man… who’s actually a yakuza leader! Now he orders his three sons to woo her, as whoever wins her hand takes over the clan!
Also digital: The Great Cleric 9, Guilty 11, My Unique Skill Makes Me OP even at Level 1 9, Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence 10, SHAMAN KING & a garden 4 (the final volume), Vampire Dormitory 10, Wandance 4, Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse 12, and Wistoria: Wand and Sword 2.
MICHELLE: Wandance is another series where I really liked volume one and promptly fell behind.
ANNA: Oh, yeah, I meant to check this out.
SEAN: And there’s also Kodansha Books. The debut is As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World (Tensei Kizoku Kantei Sukiru de Nariagaru – Jakushou Ryouchi o Uketsuidanode, Yuushuuna Jinzai o Fuyashite Itara, Saikyou Ryouchi ni Natteta), whose manga Kodansha already releases, and whose title is the plot.
And they have the new Maiden’s Bookshelf: The Moon Over the Mountain, based on the short story by Atsushi Nakajima.
And there’s also the 2nd The Dawn of the Witch.
J-Novel Club debuts another Sol Press rescue, I Surrendered My Sword for a New Life as a Mage (Moto Saikyou no Kenshi wa, Isekai Mahou ni Akogareru). A boy really wants to learn magic… but has no talents there. He does have amazing talents as the reincarnation of a master swordsman, but still… he wants to learn magic!
Also out next week: Full Metal Panic Short Stories 4, Fushi no Kami: Rebuilding Civilization Starts With a Village 7 (the final volume), the third Fushi no Kami: Rebuilding Civilization Starts With a Village manga volume, The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan 15, Holmes of Kyoto 13, The Ideal Sponger Life 10, and, at long, long LONG last, the 7th and final volume of Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension.
Ghost Ship gives us a 2nd volume of I’m Not a Succubus!.
Denpa Books gives us Heavenly Delusion 5.
ASH: Another series I need to catch up on!
SEAN: Dark Horse has gotten very bad at actually labeling manga manga on their Upcoming Manga calendar. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus 6 is already out.
ASH: That… sounds about right for Dark Horse.
SEAN: Cross Infinite World debuts The Abandoned Heiress Gets Rich with Alchemy and Scores an Enemy General! (Suterare Reijō wa Renkinjutsu-shi ni Narimashita. Kaseida Okane de moto Tekikoku no Shō o Kōnyū Shimasu), another in the latest trend of noble girls jilted publicly and shamed for it. Now she’s an alchemist, she buys a bodyguard who used to be… well, read the title.
Cross Infinite World also has Even Dogs Go to Other Worlds: Life in Another World with My Beloved Hound 3 and Expedition Cooking with the Enoch Royal Knights 2.
And Airship, in print, has Loner Life in Another World 4 and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 20.
Airship, digitally, has The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior 4.
Short! To the point!