SEAN: Next week is the biggest “5th week of the month” I’ve seen in quite some time. There’s another huge pile here, be warned.
Dark Horse gives us a 25th volume of Vampire Hunter D, the great-granddaddy of the vampire craze.
ASH: I’ve been meaning to read the Vampire Hunter D novels for a loooooong time now, but I don’t see me tackling all twenty-five any time soon.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has a 2nd volume of My Little Sister Can Read Kanji. Further, deponent sayeth not.
Kodansha has a lot of stuff. First, we get the 2nd and final volume of the Attack on Titan: Lost Girls manga adaptation.
ASH: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first volume! Lost Girls may very well be my favorite Attack on Titan spinoff right now.
SEAN: There’s also a 58th volume of Fairy Tail, which we’ve just heard is in its final arc.
There are three new “digital only” series debuting next week. The first is another josei title from Kiss, The Full-Time Wife Escapist, aka Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu. It’s technically another “fake marriage” title, but this looks like it has lots of depth, and inspired a live-action drama.
From Dessert, we have House of the Sun, aka Taiyou no Ie. This looks like a cute and fluffy romance series, and is 13 volumes. I think it’s also won awards.
MICHELLE: I’m really interested in both of these!
ANNA: As am I, surprising no one!
MELINDA: I might be? These are sometimes a wild card for me.
SEAN: Back briefly to print, we have the 9th volume of Kiss Him, Not Me!, which can be cute and fluffy romance, but honestly should be read for the laughs.
ASH: Definitely not a series to be taken too seriously, but it can be a lot of fun.
SEAN: Our final digital debut is Peach Heaven!, also a 13-volume romance from Dessert, but this one seems more in the “how much do I like jerks?” L♥DK mode. I hope I’m wrong.
MICHELLE: Here’s one Kodansha digital title I’m going to pass on.
SEAN: And back to print again, with the third volume of Ouran’s dark mirror, The Prince in His Dark Days.
And there’s a 4th Sweetness and Lightning as well.
ASH: Yay! Still loving the series’ combination of family and food.
SEAN: Seven Seas has another Freezing omnibus, collecting volumes 13 and 14.
And the second volume of Holy Corpse Rising.
MICHELLE: Is that what they do the morning after a Corpse Party?
SEAN: Their first debut is the last of the “month of yuri” titles, this one from Hirari magazine. Kase-san and Morning Glory looks sweet and adorable, and I look forward to it.
MICHELLE: It does look cute!
ASH: It certainly does.
SEAN: The second debut is There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor, which is an ecchi comedy, and for once involves a demon being summoned to OUR world rather than an “average school student” being summoned there.
Vertical gives us the 2nd Bakemonogatari novel from Nisioisin, which introduces us to enthusiastic Suruga Kanbaru and shy and moe Nadeko Sengoku. (No spoilers, please.)
And also the 7th Cardfight Vanguard, which I think will now resume regular releases after a long hiatus over here.
Viz gives us a gorgeous-looking deluxe boxset of the entire Revolutionary Girl Utena manga, including the movie volume. I am conflicted, to say the least, about the content of said manga, but as a hardcore Utena anime fan, I will be getting it anyway, and seeing if the years have been kinder.
ASH: Surprisingly, I actually haven’t read the Utena manga series, but I did love The Adolescence of Utena (the movie volume) which is also included in this set. From the pictures Shojo Beat has been posting online, this should be a stunning release.
MELINDA: I’m probably putting this on my list.
SEAN: Yen Press says “Hey, we have digital-only releases too!”, and they do indeed, with the 8th Aoharu x Machinegun, 9th Corpse Princess, and 8th Saki.
There are also two print stragglers. Anne Happy has a 4th volume of “how miserable can we make everyone for comedy?” antics.
And Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun never has to worry about that, it’s always funny. Here’s the 6th volume.
ASH: I love this series so much. Reading it makes me so happy.
ANNA: I’m behind already. One day I will catch up!
SEAN: That’s a lot of stuff. Are you prepared? Can you handle so many manga volumes?