SEAN: It’s another one of those weeks next week. Hunker down.
We start off with J-Novel Club, which has the 3rd volume of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash. This is the first book that wasn’t adapted to the anime (which stopped with Book 2), and is apparently even more grim than Grimgar normally is.
Kodansha has its usual plethora of digital-only license rescues next week. Alive 13, Gakuen Prince 11, Pumpkin Scissors 10, and Yozakura Quartet 9.
ANNA: I liked some of these when they were coming out, but probably not enough to snag them as digital only. Still, this is so nice for fans of these series who were left in limbo before!
SEAN: If you enjoy Attack on Titan’s anime adaptation, which has just started up again, Kodansha has Attack on Titan: The Anime Guide.
And Attack on Titan: Before the Fall has now reached double-digits, and still has more plot to go.
ASH: Overall, I do like the Before the Fall manga more than I like the original light novel; it seems more well-developed to me.
SEAN: Kodansha had some digital-only debuts THIS week, which I didn’t mention last week as Kodansha didn’t announce them till the day they came out, much to my frustration. The first is Domestic Girlfriend, a shonen romantic drama from the creator of fan-favorite GE Good Ending. It’s the shonen equivalent to those “shoujo potboilers” I talk about.
The second is a more familiar face: GTO: Paradise Lost has its first volume out. This has been running on Crunchyroll’s manga list for some time. It features Onizuka… in jail?
MELINDA: Hmmmm, I’m always a fan of GTO, so I may check this out.
SEAN: Back to next week: Kiss Him Not Me! has also reached double digits, and will likely go longer now that Kae has been reassured she doesn’t have to worry about stringing her guys along.
Maga-Tsuki has 13 volumes, and this is the 7th, so it’s the halfway point.
And there’s a 4th Welcome to the Ballroom, which I expect features our lead collapsing in exhaustion.
ANNA: Already behind on this series!
SEAN: One Peace has more than one title out this week! The first is the 4th volume of heartwarming, oddball, and sort of creepy Kuma Miko.
And there’s a 7th volume of Rise of the Shield Hero, for those who like isekai-style male power fantasies.
Seven Seas has an 11th Dragonar Academy.
Ghost Diary is the debut from Seven Seas, a supernatural fantasy from Dengeki Daioh that, at 3 volumes, is at least short. That said, it looks more on the Ancient Magus’ Bride end of the spectrum.
ASH: I’m really curious about this one! (Also, I didn’t realize it was only three volumes.)
ANNA: Huh, that sounds manageable.
SEAN: I missed a SuBLime title last week; they also have a 2nd volume of Spiritual Police.
MELINDA: Somehow I must have missed this first volume. But based on the title alone, I’m inclined to check it out.
SEAN: Vertical Comics gives us a 4th volume of Immortal Hounds.
Viz has a double dose of Tokyo Ghoul. Not only do we get the 12th volume, but we also get another novel based off the series, called Past.
And now let’s jump into Yen, starting with the light novels from Yen On. The Asterisk War has a 3rd volume of magical school battles.
Baccano! has a 4th volume the last one to be adapted to the anime. That said, the anime cut about half the novel from its adaptation, so there’s lots of new content for fans to get into here.
Black Bullet’s 6th volume wraps up another two-volume arc. Will it be depressing? Bet on it.
The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has a 7th volume that is composed of short stories set towards the start of the series.
Goblin Slayer’s 2nd volume promises a lot more… well, goblin slaying.
The Irregular at Magic High School’s 4th volume will wrap up its tournament arc, and is a very long book. It would be the longest out this month except…
Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? tops it, with this 8th volume (ALSO composed of short stories) hitting 400 pages or so.
KonoSuba rolls out its 2nd volume only two months after its first (I think the first was meant to be December), and hopefully will be as hilarious as that first volume was.
The debut novel is much anticipated. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, a fantasy with heroes and stuff that… OK, I know extremely little about, but I look forward to finding out.
Sword Art Online has a 10th volume, and Kirito is still stuck in Alice-land. Will he and Eugeo be able to rescue her? And will our other regulars get mentioned at all?
MELINDA: i have fallen way behind in my SAO reading… going to have to fix that.
SEAN: As for Yen’s manga titles, there’s a 10th Akame Ga KILL!.
Alice in Murderland has a 6th volume of very very pretty looking murder.
Aoharu x Machinegun has a 4th print volume.
ASH: So far I’ve only read the first volume of Aoharu x Machinegun, but I found it entertaining and so plan on reading at least a few more volumes.
SEAN: And A Certain Magical Index’s 9th manga volume is adapting the 7th light novel.
Fruits Basket’s Collector’s Edition comes to an end with the 12th and final omnibus. Given the series only had 23 volumes, I expect there will be a lot of extra content at the end to fill it out.
ASH: I’m really glad that Fruits Basket is back in print again. I’ve been meaning to give it a re-read; looks like the time is right for that.
MICHELLE: There was at least one fan book, and maybe two. So I guess a bunch of that stuff will be at the end.
MELINDA: So much love for this. So much.
ANNA: Looking forward to fan books!
SEAN: Horimiya’s 7th volume will have great romantic comedy and hopefully not have the binding fall apart on me like the 6th volume did.
ASH: Oh, no!
MICHELLE: Yay, Horimiya!
SEAN: KonoSuba also has a 3rd volume of its manga adaptation.
Liselotte & Witch’s Forest has a 4th volume, for a double shot of Takaya.
And everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure, Scum’s Wish, has volume 3.
ASH: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first two volumes.
MICHELLE: Me, too.
SEAN: Taboo Tattoo has a 6th volume, and I’m sorry this is starting to sound like a broken record, but I have little to say about these titles.
And I believe this is the 3rd and final volume of survival game manga Tohyo Game.
Finally, Yowamushi Pedal gives us a 5th omnibus or this cycling manga and its desperately earnest hero.
ASH: Woo-hoo! I enjoy Yowamushi Pedal so much! I wish there wasn’t such a wait between omnibuses.
MICHELLE: Same! For a series so long, even the omnibus treatment is going to take forever.
SEAN: That’s a ridiculous amount of manga. Are you getting any?