SEAN: Hopefully you are keeping your manga as dry as possible in these wet times.
We begin with Viz, who debut a new Shojo Beat title, Wolf Girl and Black Prince (Ookami Shoujo to Kuroouji). This Betsuma title is from the creator of Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love, but is actually one of their earlier stories. A girl who made up a fake boyfriend is on the verge of being called out for it. A handsome guy agrees to be her fake boyfriend. Unfortunately, he’s a sadistic type! For fans of sadistic types.
ANNA: Yes, as much as I enjoy new Shojo Beat titles this seems like Not My Thing. More time to get caught up on Ima Koi: Now I’m in Love!
SEAN: Also debuting is The Art of Haikyu!!, an artbook featuring art from Slam Dunk… no, just kidding, it’s from Haikyu!!.
ANNA: I mean, I like Haikyu!! but Slam Dunk is on a whole other level.
ASH: I am likewise an ardent supporter of both series. (And so am looking forward to this even if it isn’t Slam Dunk.)
SEAN: Viz also has Fly Me to the Moon 17, Helck 3, Mao 11, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes 14, Pokémon Adventures: X•Y 5, and YO-KAI WATCH 21.
From Udon Entertainment we get a debut, Record of Lodoss War: The Crown of the Covenant (Lodoss Tousenki: Seiyaku no Houkan) is a spinoff of the legendary light novel series, and ran in Shonen Ace. When a kingdom is in trouble, will Deedlit come to their aid?
SuBLime has a 2nd volume of Megumi & Tsugumi.
ASH: I’m not especially invested in Omegaverse fiction, buy I do like a good delinquent BL…
SEAN: The folks at Square Enix bring us By the Grace of the Gods 8, My Happy Marriage 3, and Tokyo Aliens 3.
One debut from Seven Seas. Soloist in a Cage (Ori no Naka no Soloist), a Shonen Jump + series, is in the “dystopian tragedy” genre. A girl born in a prison has only her younger brother to keep her going. Then she’s helped to break out… but has to leave her brother behind!
Seven Seas also has COLORLESS 4, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter 8, My Secret Affection 2 (the final volume), Skip and Loafer 7, and Slow Life In Another World (I Wish!) 5.
ASH: I really need to get caught up with Skip and Loafer.
SEAN: One Peace Books debuts The Death Mage (Yondome wa Iyana Shi Zokusei Majutsushi), whose light novel they’ve already been releasing. This is the manga version, serialized online on Comic Walker. A guy with terrible luck dies horribly, is reincarnated, dies even more horribly, and is now reincarnated again in hopes he’ll just kill himself rather than go through this again. But he now has… DEATH MAGIC!
ASH: That’s a twist!
SEAN: Kodansha Comics has titles, which unfortunately their new website makes impossible to find. In print, the debut is Twilight Out of Focus (Tasogare Outfocus), a BL title from Honey Milk magazine. Two roommates have rules that they say should not be broken. Who wants to bet these rules won’t last the book?
ASH: I’d say that’s a pretty good bet.
SEAN: We also get Chasing After Aoi Koshiba 4 (the final volume) and PTSD Radio Omnibus 3.
The digital debut is Tsugumi Project, which runs in Young Magazine. Another post-apocalyptic action series, a group of convicts are tasked with retrieving a weapon from a ruined city. But the city is less dead than anyone thought.
And we also see Ace of the Diamond 43, The Dawn of the Witch 6, The Fable 14, Fungus and Iron 3, Gang King 5, and Life 2: Giver/Taker 3.
MICHELLE: We’re rapidly approaching the end of Ace of the Diamond! I hope Kodansha plans to release the sequel, too.
SEAN: Two debuts from J-Novel Club. The big light novel one is Earl and Fairy (Hakushaku to Yousei), a long-running light novel fantasy series circa twenty years ago that spawned a short-running manga version Viz licensed ages ago. A young Victorian woman with an interest in fairies teams up with a noble in a quest to retrieve a treasured sword. Get this, it’s really, really good fantasy.
ANNA: I’m intrigued and I usually don’t go in for light novels.
ASH: Wow, Earl and Fairy, that takes me back!
SEAN: The manga debut is Now I’m a Demon Lord! Happily Ever After with Monster Girls in My Dungeon (Maou ni Natta node, Dungeon Tsukutte Jingai Musume to Honobono suru), the manga version of the light novel J-Novel Club also releases. It runs in Dra-Dra-Dragon Age, Japan’s greatest love machine. (Sorry.) (That really is the magazine title, I promise.)
And we also get Housekeeping Mage from Another World: Making Your Adventures Feel Like Home! 5, A Late-Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life 6, My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer 8, Peddler in Another World: I Can Go Back to My World Whenever I Want! 3, Perry Rhodan NEO 13, and Saint? No! I’m Just a Passing Beast Tamer! 3.
Ghost Ship has new volumes of The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, REALLY Love You 6, I’m Not a Succubus! 3, and Sundome!! Milky Way 6.
Dark Horse Comics gives us Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 5.
ASH: Another reminder that I am behind on both my manga reading and my anime watching.
SEAN: Airship, in print, has new releases for The Case Files of Jeweler Richard 4, Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 4.5, and I Swear I Won’t Bother You Again! 3.
And for early digital releases, there is Loner Life in Another World 5, Monster Girl Doctor 10 (the final volume), and She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man 7.
Sounds good! What manga of yours is getting rained on?