SEAN: Mid-May, and will it be a quiet week?
ASH: Is that something that exists anymore?
SEAN: From Airship, we see new volumes! The Most Notorious “Talker” Runs the World’s Greatest Clan 4 and Reincarnated as a Sword 12.
And for early digital there is Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 5 and Vivy Prototype 4 (the final volume).
Ghost Ship gives us a 6th book of 2.5 Dimensional Seduction and a 7th volume of Creature Girls: A Hands-On Field Journal in Another World.
J-Novel Club blesses us with print titles! We see An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf Bride 14, Ascendance of a Bookworm 18, and the 3rd Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles manga.
ASH: Bookworm! In print!
SEAN: Digitally there are two debuts. Accidentally in Love: The Witch, the Knight, and the Love Potion Slipup (Koisuru Majo wa Elite Kishi ni Horegusuri o Nomasete Shimaimashita: Itsuwari kara Hajimaru Watashi no Dekiai Seikatsu) is in the Heart line, as you can imagine. A girl trying to hide that she’s a witch meets the man of her dreams… but she didn’t mean to drug him, honest! I think Cross Infinite World had a series with a similar premise.
ANNA: An easy mistake to make, I’m sure.
SEAN: There’s also Only the Villainous Lord Wields the Power to Level Up (Ore dake Level ga Agaru Sekai de Akutoku Ryōshu ni Natteita). This is a villainess book… but since it’s a male villain, it means he needs to be trapped in an RPG world as well. There are rules, after all.
ASH: That there are.
SEAN: There’s also new volumes: Death’s Daughter and the Ebony Blade 5, Der Werwolf: The Annals of Veight -Origins- 9, Haibara’s Teenage New Game+ 3, and The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap 7.
Debuting in print from Kodansha is The Yakuza’s Bias (Yakuza no Oshigoto). This runs in Ichijinsha’s Comic Pool, but was also a popular webcomic. A yakuza hitman is also a huge K-pop stan! Hijinx no doubt ensue.
MICHELLE: This sounds potentially fun.
ASH: It really could be!
ANNA: It does sound fun.
SEAN: Also in print: Bakemonogatari 16, NO. 6 Manga Omnibus 3 (the final volume), Peach Boy Riverside 11, The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse 8, SHAMAN KING: FLOWERS 2, and When Will Ayumu Make His Move? 11.
ASH: Still glad to see NO. 6 staying in print. (And still living in hope that one day the novels will be translated, too…)
SEAN: The digital debut is Small Nozomi and Big Yume (Chiisai Nozomi to Ooki na Yume), which runs in Morning Two. A high school girl wakes up one day to find she’s lost her memories… and is also about five inches tall. Fearing being eaten by a cat, she takes refuge in the apartment of a drunken NEET and must convince her that she’s not hallucinating a tiny girl.
Also digitally: Blue Lock 19, Gamaran 9, We’re New at This 13 and Ya Boy Kongming! 11.
One Peace Books has a light novel, the 2nd volume of The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic.
Three debuts from Seven Seas. Last Game is old-school shoujo from LaLa. A young man who is a winner at life (and also rich) arrives at high school and finds… a girl has beaten him! A commoner girl! At study! At sports! There’s just one thing to do: he has to make her fall for him! For those who love goofy but problematic old-school shoujo titles.
MICHELLE: It definitely gives S.A vibes.
SEAN: Shibanban: Super Cute Doggies is a spinoff manga based on the popular LINE sticker set of Shiba Inu dogs.
ASH: They really can make a manga out of anything!
ANNA: I’m amazed.
SEAN: Who Made Me a Princess is a manwha series that ran on the usual manwha online places. A girl finds herself in the story of her favorite novel… as the princess who gets executed! Still, she’s a baby, so has time to change her fate. Right?
ASH: Time will tell!
SEAN: And there’s also The Kingdoms of Ruin 6, Marmalade Boy: Collector’s Edition 2, The Most Notorious “Talker” Runs the World’s Greatest Clan 4, Re: Monster 6, Reincarnated as a Sword: Another Wish 4, The Savior’s Book Café Story in Another World 5 (the final volume), and The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash 3.
MICHELLE: Speaking of old-school shoujo titles, looking forward to continuing my Marmalade Boy reread!
SEAN: From Square Enix we get The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses 3.
Tokyopop has three debuts. A Complicated Omega’s Second Love (Kojirase Omega no Nidome no Koi) ran in Gentosha’s Lynx, and is complete in one volume. An omega who hates alphas and has resolved to never be mated wakes up one morning… mated with his colleague.
Ogi’s Summer Break (Ogi-kun no Natsuyasumi) is a slightly less sexual BL title from Studio C.I.’s Haruto magazine. It’s a college romance between a boy who falls hard for another boy, who is blind.
And We Can’t Do Just Plain Love (Tada no Renai Nanka de Kikkonai – Kojirase Joushi to Fechina Buka) is josei, from Taiseisha’s Love Coffre. A new office worker discovers that her boss can’t be around women without getting aroused. Fortunately for him, she has a solution… if he’ll help her with her scent fetish.
The big title from Udon Entertainment is an artbook. Hidetaka Tenjin’s Artistry of Macross: From Flash Back 2012 to Macross Frontier is a deluxe 144-page hardcover that should please any fan who hates Carl Macek.
They also have Persona 4 Arena 2.
Viz debuts another horror title, but hey, it’s not by Junji Ito. Dark Gathering runs in Jump Square, and features a young man who is trying to avoid the supernatural (he can see spirits) tutoring a young girl who is trying to find the spirit who took her mother.
ASH: Ooooh, a horror manga, you say?
SEAN: Viz also gives us Choujin X 2, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Official Coloring Book 2, Twin Star Exorcists 28, and Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead 10.
And there’s one single title from Yen Press next week, and it’s a debut. The manga adaptation of a beloved light novel classic, requested by many over the years. Yes, it’s Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon (Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou). This runs in Dengeki Daioh, and features a young man reborn as a vending machine, though the “wander” part is mostly incorrect. I Now Get Carried Around The Dungeon By My Ludicrously Strong Beastgirl Friend is more accurate.
ANNA: What will they think of next???????
SEAN: Assuming you have not been reborn as a villainess or a vending machine, what are you buying next week?