SEAN: Spring is rapidly becoming summer in April here, I dunno about you. Will my manga wilt in the heat?
ASH: I’m enjoying the change in weather at the moment, but if this is spring I worry about what summer will feel like.
ANNA: The snow here only melted last weekend!
SEAN: Airship, in print, has the 8th and final volume of Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter and The World’s Fastest Level Up 2.
And early digital volumes of The Case Files of Jeweler Richard 4, The Most Notorious “Talker” Runs the World’s Greatest Clan 4, and The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary 8.
Dark Horse has a 12th omnibus volume of Gantz.
Ghost Ship has nothing next week, but Seven Seas has a Mature-rated BL title, so I’ll put it here. We see Love is an Illusion! 2.
ASH: Seems appropriate.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has some print next week. Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Vol. 6 (this is the manga), My Friend’s Little Sister Has It in For Me! 7, and Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles Omnibus 9.
ASH: Bookworm! (I really do need to catch up.)
SEAN: Digitally we get two debuts. Endo and Kobayashi Live! The Latest on Tsundere Villainess Lieselotte (Tsundere Akuyaku Reijou Liselotte to Jikkyou no Endo-kun to Kaisetsu no Kobayashi-san) is the manga adaptation of the light novel series that also got an anime recently. It runs in B’s-Log Comic.
The other debut is a light novel coming after J-Novel Club licensed the manga version. Young Lady Albert Is Courting Disaster (Albert-ke no Reijou wa Botsuraku wo Goshomou desu) and has the interesting premise where a “reincarnated in an otome game” noble tries her hardest to be the villainess and harass the heroine… she’s just terrible at being bad.
Also from J-Novel Club: Black Summoner’s 11th manga volume, The Coppersmith’s Bride 2, Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers 7, and Now I’m a Demon Lord! Happily Ever After with Monster Girls in My Dungeon 4.
Kodansha Books has a light novel debut: Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement (Rougo ni Sonaete Isekai de 8-manmai no Kinka o Tamemasu). Sol Press had released two volumes of this before, but this is (I presume) a new translation. It’s from the creator of Make My Abilities Average, and got an anime recently.
ASH: I find it interesting how these titles move around.
SEAN: From Kodansha Manga we see print books for Blue Lock 6, Go! Go! Loser Ranger! 4, Rent-a-Girlfriend 18, and Something’s Wrong With Us 14.
ASH: I really ought to give Blue Lock a try sooner rather than later.
ANNA: Going to pick this up for one of my kids.
SEAN: And digitally we see Boss Wife 6, The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses 7, Gamaran 8, Our Fake Marriage 11, and SHAMAN KING: MARCOS 5 (the final volume).
One Peace Books has a new sequel, I Hear the Sunspot: Four Seasons (Hidamari ga Kikoeru: Shunkashuutou). This Canna release continues the story from previous volumes.
MICHELLE: Ooh, I didn’t know about this one!
ASH: Always happy to see more of this series!
ANNA: I am also surprised and delighted although I need to catch up.
SEAN: Seven Seas has one debut, a yuri title. Does it Count if You Lose Your Virginity to an Android? (Android wa Keiken Ninzuu ni Hairimasu ka??), a Comic Yuri Hime title featuring a robotics engineer who’s brilliant but also can barely take care of herself. She orders an android to help clean up… but the android has designs on her.
ASH: I’ll admit to being intrigued.
SEAN: Seven Seas also gives us Backstabbed in a Backwater Dungeon: My Party Tried to Kill Me, But Thanks to an Infinite Gacha I Got LVL 9999 Friends and Am Out For Revenge 2, BARBARITIES 2, THE EXO-DRIVE REINCARNATION GAMES: All-Japan Isekai Battle Tournament! 3 (the final volume), The Invincible Shovel 5, Kemono Jihen 5, Namekawa-san Won’t Take a Licking! 3, Though I Am an Inept Villainess: Tale of the Butterfly-Rat Body Swap in the Maiden Court 2, and Tokyo Revengers 9-10.
MICHELLE: I need to catch up on Kemono Jihen before it gets away from me entirely.
SEAN: Tentai Books has Turning the Tables on the Seatmate Killer 2 (yes, I know, it’s out already… like Denpa, I treat Tentai’s release dates with a grain of salt, so I tend to put it on the list once I see it on retail sites.)
Two BL one-shots from Tokyopop. Cut Over Criteria runs in a magazine titled NUUDE, and as you can imagine is a mature title. Office romance between a new recruit and a brooding systems engineer.
There’s also Platinum Blood, also running in the same magazine, about the relationship between a priest and a vampire, and it has like 5 different content warnings on he solicit.
Viz has a debut comedic romance from Media Factory’s Niconico Seiga. Love’s in Sight! (Yankee-kun to Hakujou Girl) is the story of a delinquent who’s won countless fights, but now faces his greatest challenge when he falls for a blind girl.
ASH: I do like a good delinquent story.
ANNA: I also enjoy delinquents.
SEAN: Viz also has the 12th and final volume of Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, Mission: Yozakura Family 4, Record of Ragnarok 6, Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man: 22–26 (also a final volume), Ultraman 18, and Undead Unluck 11.
And finally there is Yen. Yen On has two debuts that are sequels or side stories. Sasaki and Miyano: First-Years is the sequel … OK, prequel. Spy Classroom Short Story Collection is the side collection.
Also from Yen On: Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie 4, The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy 8, The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time 5, I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too 2, I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss 5, In the Land of Leadale 8, King’s Proposal 2, Magical Explorer 4, The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady 4, The Princess of Convenient Plot Devices 2, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 3, Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town 12, and The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess 4.
ASH: So many!
SEAN: Yen Press also has debuts. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Freya is a manga spinoff based on the light novel spinoff. It runs in Manga Up!.
K-ON! Shuffle is a new spinoff of K-On!, starring a completely different cast. But the plot is the same.
Sugar Apple Fairy Tale is the 2nd manga adaptation of the light novel series. It got a 2-volume shoujo one 10 years ago, but this is the seinen one from Young Ace.
Sunbeams in the Sky (Sunbeams in the Sky) is a romance from GFantasy, so theoretically could be shonen or shoujo. Twin sisters are about to start at a new high school… then circumstances cause one of them to hide in her room for the foreseeable future. Can the other twin convince her to come out by pretending to be her?
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? is a manwha title about an arrogant boss who is startled to find the perfect secretary, who’s kept his life together for almost a decade, is quitting! This is based on a novel, and I’d slot it in as josei.
MICHELLE: Hm. I am kind of in a manhwa mood lately…
ASH: There have been some good ones coming out recently!
ANNA: I’m curious about this.
SEAN: The Witch and the Knight Will Survive (Majo to Kishi wa Ikinokoru) is a seinen title from Young Ace Up. A knight finds his home village wiped out, allegedly the cause of a witch. He vows revenge… but is she really responsible?
ASH: That’s a fair number of debuts.
SEAN: Yen also has non-debuts, believe it or not. Catch These Hands! 4 (the final volume), Cheeky Brat 6, Combatants Will Be Dispatched! 8, The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy 2, Doomsday with My Dog 2, The Eminence in Shadow 6, The Executioner and Her Way of Life 2, From the Red Fog 4, I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too 3, I’m a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl’s Pet 6, I’m Quitting Heroing 2, In Another World with My Smartphone 8, Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 15, Laid-Back Camp 13, Let This Grieving Soul Retire 5, Love and Heart 7, Mieruko-chan 7, My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic, 19, A Returner’s Magic Should be Special 2, Run on Your New Legs 4, The Saga of Tanya the Evil 19, Slasher Maidens 7, So I’m a Spider, So What? The Daily Lives of the Kumoko Sisters 5, Tales of the Kingdom 3, Teasing Master Takagi-san 17, Trinity Seven 27, Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet 3, and Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke’s Mansion 3.
MICHELLE: Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet is the one on my list!
ASH: So much Yen!
ANNA: Looking forward to more Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet.
SEAN: I miss Yen’s date slips, I reiterate. What are you picking up?
RKasa saysApril 13, 2023 at 8:15 pm
The only Yen Press series I’m reading at the moment are Laid-Back Camp and Yotsuba&!, so my eyes tend to glaze over whenever it’s a Wall of Yen week. Laid-Back Camp 13 (yay!) nearly escaped my notice because of that!
The new I Hear the Sunspot volume snuck up on me as well. I only just heard about it this morning when Kinokuniya sent out an email about their exclusive cover for that volume. I was like, wait, what, there’s MORE Sunspot?!
Anyway, pretty sure that’s all for me this week.