SEAN: We’re close to Halloween, so I’ve declared manga to be candy.
ASH: Oh! Maybe I should try giving out manga this year… but that could be dangerous.
SEAN: Yen divided its October pretty evenly this time around, so there’s a lot this week as well. This includes three light novel debuts. From Yen On we see Days with My Stepsister (Gimai Seikatsu), another light novel series from the creator of My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In for Me! and Looks Are All You Need. As you can imagine, this is a “I’m now living with the hottest girl in school” title, but apparently trauma from their parents’ respective divorces and remarriages has them both being very distant with each other.
Only I Know the Ghoul Saved the World (Ghoul ga Sekai o Sukutta Koto o Watashi Dake ga Shitteiru) is also by a known quantity, the creator of The Greatest Demon Lord Is Reborn as a Typical Nobody. The world’s most famous ghoul hunter… is also a ghoul, so everyone hates him. But one girl sees past the ghoul in him and wants to be his disciple.
And from the JNC imprint comes a print release for Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire, released digitally by J-Novel Club.
Other light novels from Yen On: Combatants Will Be Dispatched! 7, Date A Live 10, The Ephemeral Scenes of Setsuna’s Journey 2, The Holy Grail of Eris 4, I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top 6, and Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- 23.
Some Yen Press debuts as well. 7FATES: CHAKHO is listed as ‘comic’ rather than manga, so I assume it’s a Korean webtoon. An amnesiac young man wakes to find he’s suddenly the center of a bunch of murders, a bunch of monsters, and 7 people with the same fate.
ASH: I had to look this one up and, indeed, it is a Korean webtoon. With a BTS connection, too.
SEAN: Cheerful Amnesia (Bright and Cheery Amnesia) is a yuri series from Comic Cune. When her girlfriend loses all her memories of the last three years – including their relationship – Mari assumes they’re through. Little does she know that now Arisa can fall in love with her all over again!
ASH: That does sound cheerful.
SEAN: Honey Trap Shared House is… oh God… from Dragon Age, so we know what we’re getting. A spy starts a shared house to seduce enemy agents. Little does he know his first target is his former childhood friend!
SEAN: Monthly in the Garden with My Landlord (Maitsuki Niwa Tsuki Ooya Tsuki) is from Comic Newtype, and is also a yuri manga. A manga editor, trying to get over her ex-girlfriend, finds the perfect new place to live! One problem… she’ll need to live with the landlord.
ASH: I still love that were getting more yuri featuring adults these days.
SEAN: Overgeared is also a Korean webtoon series. Um… VR game… legendary class… strongest skill… yeah, OK, anyway, there’s this.
Also from Yen Press: The Boxer 4, The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess 8, The Hero Is Overpowered But Overly Cautious 6, Higurashi When They Cry: GOU 2, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II 4, Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 16, My Gently Raised Beast 4, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World 7, Plunderer 11 (the final volume), and Uncle from Another World 8.
Viz Media debuts another Junji Ito collection, Mimi’s Tales of Terror (Mimi no Kaidan). This collection of urban legends ran in Comic Flapper.
ANNA: Good for spooky season!
ASH: It is!
SEAN: They’ve also got My Hero Academia: The Official Easy Illustration Guide, a guide to drawing your favorite characters.
And we also get The Promised Neverland Complete Box Set. If you want a great example of how an incredible shonen manga can leap off a cliff in its last few volumes, definitely check this out.
ANNA: Oh, I’m glad I only read the first couple volumes and never tried to get caught up then!
ASH: There was a lot to like in those early volumes.
MICHELLE: I never managed to finish this. I didn’t know it was as bad as leaping off a cliff!
SEAN: Two debuts from Tokyopop. Sating the Wolf (Boku de Mitashite) manages to combine BL, alpha/omega stuff, and beast men in one package. It ran in from RED, and is complete in one volume.
UNDEAD: Finding Love in the Zombie Apocalypse is also BL, and comes from the magazine Cab. Two childhood friends try to find love in a deadly post-apocalyptic world.
From Square Enix we get Otherside Picnic 7 and Soul Eater: The Perfect Edition 12.
No debuts from Seven Seas, but we do see Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest 11, I’m in Love with the Villainess 5, Kemono Jihen 8, My Lovey-Dovey Wife is a Stone Cold Killer 5, Skeleton Knight in Another World 11, Skip and Loafer 8, and Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii 5.
ASH: Still behind with Skip and Loafer; I need to change that!
SEAN: Kodansha’s print debut is one they’ve been putting out digitally again, as we see print for Nina the Starry Bride.
ANNA: This is one of the few series that I read digitally, and I’m happy it is also coming out in print. Great if you are longing for some fantasy shoujo.
ASH: Oh! I may need to check it out then.
SEAN: Also in print: Go! Go! Loser Ranger! 7, L♥DK 21-22, Rent-A-Girlfriend 21, Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen 2, Something’s Wrong With Us 17, Tsugumi Project 3, and Twilight Out of Focus 3.
The digital debut is Ogami-san Can’t Keep It In (Ogami-san, Dadamore desu), an Afternoon series about a young girl who has perverse fantasies that she tries to keep to herself… till she meets the man of her dreams!
Also digital: As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World 7, Blade Girl 3 (the final volume), Boss Bride Days 10, Drops of God: Mariage 2, Fungus and Iron 4, Gamaran: Shura 13, My Home Hero 9, and The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World 7.
No debuts for J-Novel Club, but plenty of stuff. The 13th Black Summoner manga volume, Demon Lord, Retry! R 7, The Game Master Has Logged In to Another World 4, Gushing over Magical Girls 8, In Another World With My Smartphone 28, The Invincible Little Lady 4, La Ragazza: Living with Francesca 2, Monster and Parent 2, My Daughter Left the Nest and Returned an S-Rank Adventurer 10, Only the Villainous Lord Wields the Power to Level Up 3, Seventh 5, and Stuck in a Time Loop: When All Else Fails, Be a Villainess 2.
Ghost Ship gives us a 15th volume of Parallel Paradise.
Airship has one print release, the 13th and final volume of Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest.
And in early digital we get Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 25 and Though I Am an Inept Villainess: Tale of the Butterfly-Rat Body Swap in the Maiden Court 5.
Did you get huge candy bar manga? Or did you get circus peanuts?