SEAN: It’s May, and there … may be manga! (cricket sounds) Ahem.
MICHELLE: I smiled, at least!
ASH: I absolutely did, too.
ANNA: I winced, does that count?
SEAN: We start with Airship, who give us ongoing light novels in print. There is Reborn as a Space Mercenary: I Woke Up Piloting the Strongest Starship! 6, Survival in Another World with My Mistress! 5, and Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs 9.
The digital debut is There’s No Freaking Way I’ll be Your Lover! Unless… (Watashi ga Koibito ni Nareru Wake Naijan, Muri Muri! Muri Janakatta!?), whose manga adaptation came out a couple of weeks ago. One girl tries to convince the other they’re great as best friends! The other is determined that they’re great as lovers. Who will prevail?
ASH: Who, indeed!
SEAN: Also early digital: Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 22.
Dark Horse Comics has the 11th volume of Mob Psycho 100.
ASH: I should get caught up with Mob Psycho one of these days.
SEAN: Ghost Ship has the 3rd and final volume of I’m Not Meat. And in not-Ghost Ship but still adult, we also have The Titan’s Bride 3.
J-Novel Club has two more debuts. On the Club side, we have I Only Have Six Months to Live, So I’m Gonna Break the Curse with Light Magic or Die Trying (Yomei Hantoshi to Senkokusareta node, Shinukide “Hikari Mahō” o Oboete Noroi wo Tokō to Omoimasu.: Noroware Ōji no Yarinaoshi). A prince with a deadly and agonizing curse finds light magic may help, so now has to learn it before he dies.
ASH: I’m imagining one of those sun lamps, but I’m not sure that’s what is intended.
SEAN: And on the J-Novel Heart side we have The 100th Time’s the Charm: She Was Executed 99 Times, So How Did She Unlock “Super Love” Mode?! (99-kai Danzaisareta Loop Reijō Desu ga Konse wa “Chōzetsu Aisare Mode” Desutte!?: Shinno Chikara ni Mezamete Hajimaru 100-kaime no Jinsei). A falsely accused noble is on her hundredth try to not be executed. Only now… she can hear their thoughts!
SEAN: Also from J-Novel Club: Backstabbed in a Backwater Dungeon: My Trusted Companions Tried to Kill Me, But Thanks to the Gift of an Unlimited Gacha I Got LVL 9999 Friends and Am Out For Revenge on My Former Party Members and the World 3, DUNGEON DIVE: Aim for the Deepest Level 3, and The Mythical Hero’s Otherworld Chronicles 3.
Kaiten Books has a digital edition of The Bottom-Tier Baron’s Accidental Rise to the Top 2.
Kodansha has some print volumes for us. We’ve seen two debuts digitally before: dog manga Lovely Muco! and shonen spinoff SHAMAN KING: FLOWERS.
The big debut is Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun), a legendary Weekly Shonen Champion series about a human boy who’s now at a demon school.
MICHELLE: *insert Muppety flailing*
ANNA: Is this good? I’m assuming from the flailing that it is good.
SEAN: Also in print: Blood on the Tracks 13, In/Spectre 17, L*DK 19-20, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan 4, Noragami Omnibus 5, and Run Away With Me, Girl 3.
ASH: While I’ve already read that part of Noragami, that does remind me that I should catch up with that series, too.
SEAN: Debuting digitally is How to Grill Our Love (Yaiteru Futari), a Weekly Morning series about a newlywed couple who love barbecue! This sounds like it might be for fans of We’re New at This.
ASH: Sounds like something I would enjoy (if it’s ever released in print).
SEAN: And there’s also A Condition Called Love 12, Life 3, MF Ghost 3, My Idol Sits the Next Desk Over! 7, Nina the Starry Bride 9, Raised by the Demon Kings! 8 (the final volume), Shangri-La Frontier 11, and Tying the Knot with an Amagami Sister 8.
Theoretically debuting from KUMA (like sister publisher Denpa, their street dates are fluid and Amazon is always wrong) is A Hero in the Demon’s Castle (Yuusha in Maounchi), a one-shot from Canna about a demon lord and adventurer becoming lovers.
KUMA also has Happy of the End 2.
Seven Seas has one debut: My Stepmother and Stepsisters Aren’t Wicked (Ibitte Konai Gibo to Gishi). This runs in Ichijinsha’s Comic Pool, and asks what if Cinderella’s evil relatives were sweet and doting?
Seven Seas’ danmei line has the 5th and final volume of Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation: Mo Dao Zu Shi. This comes in a regular version, a special edition, and a Barnes and Noble exclusive edition.
MICHELLE: I’m so delinquent!
ASH: Likewise, but I’ve had a lot of fun reading what I have!
ANNA: Me too!
SEAN: Seven Seas also has Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor 16 (the final volume), Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest ZERO 8 (also a final volume), Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk 4, Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order 8, I’m the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire! 2, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Fafnir the Recluse 2, Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious 9, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent: The Other Saint 2, and Sword of the Demon Hunter: Kijin Gentōshō 2.
No debuts from Viz, but plenty of ongoing series. We see Blue Box 4, The Elusive Samurai 6, The King’s Beast 10, Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible 7, My Hero Academia 34, My Special One 2, Natsume’s Book of Friends 28, One-Punch Man 25, Queen’s Quality 17, Show-ha Shoten! 2, and Skip Beat! 48.
MICHELLE: It’s an indication of the state of my life at present that I was unaware we were getting new <Skip Beat! next week.
ASH: Oh! An excellent week for Shojo Beat! (And Viz in general, I suppose.)
ANNA: So excited for more <Skip Beat!!
SEAN: Some of my Shojo Beat favorites, a great way to end the list. What are you getting?