SEAN: This is that odd “is it October or November?” part of the manga calendar, so expect weirdness.
ASH: I always do.
SEAN: To start, Airship has no early digital releases announced… so far… and the only print title is Reincarnated as a Dragon Hatchling 5.
EDIT: Surprise, they put them up at the very last moment! Early digital for Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear 16 and There’s No Freaking Way I’ll be Your Lover! Unless… 3.
Cross Infinite World debuts three Volume 1s in their light novel line. I Guess This Dragon Who Lost Her Egg to Disaster Is My Mom Now (Saigai de Tamago o Ushinatta Dragon ga Nazeka Ore o Sodate Hajimeta) is a rather bizarre not-quite-reincarnation story, where an adventurer on the verge of death after (sigh) being betrayed by his own party ends up in the nest of a dragon who lost her egg… and suddenly he turns into a young girl to be her new daughter.
SEAN: Making Jam in the Woods: My Relaxing Life Starts in Another World (Mori no Hotori de Jam wo Niru: Isekai de Hajimeru Slow Life) is a slow life isekai, as the Japanese title suggests. Margaret dies and is reincarnated in a new world, where she’s rescued by an elderly noblewoman. Sure, she has a destiny… but she’d much rather just eat.
ANNA: I’m not usually into isekai but I find the idea of a manga devoted to making jam in the woods amusing.
SEAN: Third Loop: The Nameless Princess and the Cruel Emperor (Nanashi no Ōjo to Reikoku Kōtei: Shītagerareta Yōjo, Konse de wa Ryū to Mofumofu ni Dekiai Sarete Imasu) stars a girl so abused she doesn’t even has a name – she’s “Princess That”. She also loops back in time and suffers the same abuse again. But this time… suddenly people seem to love her!
Ghost Ship debuts Inside the Tentacle Cave (Inbi na Doukutsu no Sono Oku de). This runs in Comic Vamp, and is about an evolving monster that develops a taste for sexual assault. Whee.
ANNA: No thank you.
ASH: Oh, my!
SEAN: They also have the 12th and final volume of SUPER HXEROS and the third and final volume of World’s End Harem: Fantasia Academy.
It’s a very quiet week for J-Novel Club, who have Record of Wortenia War 21 and The Troubles of Miss Nicola the Exorcist 2.
ASH: For a moment there, I inexplicably conflated The Troubles of Miss Nicola the Exorcist with Nicola Traveling Around the Demons’ World, but I’m pretty sure the two are unrelated.
SEAN: Kodansha Books gives us As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World 3.
Kodansha Manga has the print version of Ogami-san Can’t Keep It In, meaning once again I assumed something was a digital exclusive and was wrong. These lists, man, I dunno, I’m getting depressed. Anyway, see last week for details.
ASH: Boo, for bad metadata! Hooray, for print! (At least in general, I don’t actually know much about this particular series.)
SEAN: Also debuting in print is Witch Hat Atelier Kitchen (Tongari Boushi no Kitchen), a Morning Two series for everyone who wanted the hot guys in WHA to cook things.
ANNA: Really???? This sounds amazing.
ASH: Aaah!! I had somehow totally forgotten about this!
SEAN: Also in print: As a Reincarnated Aristocrat, I’ll Use My Appraisal Skill to Rise in the World 7, I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability 8, Quality Assurance in Another World 4, Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement 3, and The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World 7.
Digitally (at least, it looks exclusively digital), we debut Rocopon. Running in Young Magazine Web, this comedy tells the story of an alien hired by Earth as an assassin who’s getting a bit too blase and half-assed, so he’s getting a partner.
Also digital: Having an Idol-Loving Boyfriend is the Best! 4, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 16, SHAMAN KING: THE SUPER STAR 7, and Saint Cecilia and Pastor Lawrence 12.
Seven Seas says it’s been at least 3 or 4 weeks since they last debuted a cat book, so we get My Cat is Such a Weirdo (Uchi no Neko ga Mata Hen na Koto Shiteru). This biographical series runs in Comic Essay Gekijou, so is technically josei, but, I mean, it’s ‘cat’. The genre is ‘cat’. It’s in full color, and is about how cats are weird.
MICHELLE: Looks cute!
ASH: Gotta love a good cat manga.
SEAN: Seven Seas also has The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Wizard’s Blue 7, Bite Maker: The King’s Omega 9, CANDY AND CIGARETTES 6, Crossplay Love: Otaku x Punk 6, The Great Snake’s Bride 2, His Majesty the Demon King’s Housekeeper 5, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear 7, Re:Monster 7, Sheeply Horned Witch Romi 2, and Yokai Cats 6.
ASH: Speaking of cats. And yokai! (At least I’m always speaking of yokai.)
SEAN: Square Enix has the 10th volume of My Dress-Up Darling.
ASH: I really need to catch up with this series; I greatly enjoyed the earlier volumes I read.
SEAN: Udon Entertainment theoretically has Robotics;Notes debuting, though don’t be surprised if, like Denpa titles, the release date on Amazon is wrong. This is from the creators of Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and other punctuational franchises. It ran in Mag Garden, and is about a girl who loves robots and a boy who loves video games.
Viz Media has one release: Fullmetal Alchemist 20th Anniversary Book. This hardcover contains the author’s companion manga she drew as she did the series, and the thoughts of everyone involved in the franchise.
ASH: Oh! It’ll be nice for the companion manga to be collected in one place.
SEAN: Yen On has a light novel debut: A Misanthrope Teaches a Class for Demi-Humans (Jingai Kyoushitsu no Ningengirai Kyoushi). A young man traumatized by his past just wants a quiet life teaching in the mountains… but his students are all mermaids, werewolf, and rabbit girls. The copy goes out of the way to say this is NOT a fantasy or an isekai. I’m hoping it’s a bit like Interviews with Monster Girls.
ASH: I’m impressed that it’s become important enough to explicitly note something isn’t isekai.
SEAN: Yen Press debuts I May Be a Guild Receptionist, but I’ll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time (Guild no Uketsukejou desu ga, Zangyou wa Iya na node Boss wo Solo Tobatsu shiyou to Omoimasu). The light novel came out from Yen last month, and proved too difficult for Amazon’s algorithms. Guild girl wants to avoid overtime, so clears all the dungeons herself. The manga runs in Dengeki Daioh.
And they’ve also got Me and My Beast Boss 2 and The Villainess Stans the Heroes: Playing the Antagonist to Support Her Faves! 2.
For a 5th week of the month this was a lot. Anything for you?