SEAN: Viz is done. Yen is mostly done. Quiet final week of the month, right? HA.
J-Novel Club has the 3rd volume of excellent fantasy The Faraway Paladin, which barely feels like a “light” novel at all.
Lots of Kodansha, starting with a Del Rey resurrection, next week it’s Princess Resurrection 16.
The 4th volume of All-Rounder Meguru hits digitally.
Descending Stories is a highly unusual license for North America, particularly in print, but I thought the first volume was pretty good, so am looking forward to next week’s Vol. 2.
MICHELLE: I plan to read both of these soon!
ASH: I’m still waiting, perhaps/probably in vain, for All-Rounder Meguru to be released in print, but I greatly enjoyed the first volume of Descending Stories!
SEAN: We near the end of Fairy Tail with its 61st volume.
More sports manga with the 3rd Giant Killing out digitally.
MICHELLE: It’s so good!
ASH: I’d really like to see this series in print, too!
SEAN: And we also have the 2nd and final Queen Emeraldas hardcover from Kodansha, whose first volume felt like a Wagnerian tragedy, which is… appropriate given it’s Leiji Matsumoto. Expect more lyrical deaths in Book 2.
MICHELLE: I’ve been holding on to volume one ’til now, so I’m looking forward to reading this!
ASH: The first volume was terrific; I’m definitely on board for the finale.
SEAN: Springtime with Ninjas comes to an end with its 4th digital volume.
And there’s a 5th Tokyo Tarareba Girls digitally as well.
ANNA: I still need to read the first volume!
ASH: Print, please! (Sorry/not sorry to be a broken record. I’m thrilled these are all being translated, but I yearn for physical media.)
SEAN: Lastly for Kodansha, we have the 11th UQ Holder, aka Negima 2: The Search For Negi.
One Peace’s Maria Holic release has hit double digits with Vol. 10.
Seven Seas has a very large number of titles out next week, starting with the 4th Battle Rabbits.
A Certain Scientific Railgun 12, as you can tell by its cover, pairs up everyone’s favorite normal girl with one of the series’ more amusing villains. Will they bond? And can I avoid spoiling Index 15 in my review?
Generation Witch is the debut this week, a slice-of-life manga about witches that also seems to be a bit darker than the equivalent comparison, Flying Witch. It ran in Ichijinsha’s Comic Rex.
Hatsune Miku’s troubles continue with Vol. 2 of Bad End Night.
My Monster Secret is one of the more consistently funny manga coming out right now, so I’m definitely getting Vol. 7.
And a 3rd volume of The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth, which takes less time to read than to type the title.
SEAN: Speaking of awkward titles, enjoy Vol. 6 of The Testament of Sister New Devil.
Vertical gives us an 8th volume of cheery, kid-friendly, fluffy bunny manga Wolfsmund, and I am totally not lying like a rug at all.
ASH: It is such a heart-warming title! I mean, sometimes fire is involved…
SEAN: They also have a light novel based on the tragic romance manga Your Lie in April.
Viz does have a digital release for us, with the 2nd ēlDLIVE from the Reborn! author. (Hey, how about a digital release of Reborn! that finishes the series?)
Yen Digital has its own offerings next week, with Vol. 11s for Aphorism, Crimson Prince, and Sekirei.
Yen Digital also has new offerings. First we have Kuzumi-kun, Can’t You Read the Room?, a 4-koma title from Gangan Joker and is about a popular girl and a guy who simply cannot, well, read the room.
There’s also the debut of Now Playing, a title from Gangan Online that I don’t know much about except it has a Drama Club.
Yen On also has its light novel releases, starting with the 7th Durarara!!. Was Izaya killed at the end of Book 6? Sadly no, but he is in hospital. What will happen with our huge cast now?
And the 7th Kagerou Daze is subtitled From the Darkness, meaning I suspect we’re still not quite at a conclusion, though we are caught up with Japan, so it may be a while till the next one.
No Game No Life is down to twice a year, and this 6th book doesn’t even feature the main cast, as it takes place long in the past.
And with Vols. 8-10 of Sword Art Online out digitally, we are caught up, and therefore ready for Vol. 11 to come out print AND digitally next month.
Yen also has a couple of manga titles that weren’t in this week’s pile. First of all, Sekirei is getting a print release, and the first volume is out next week. If you like harem titles, this may be for you.
Lastly, enjoy wallowing in the teenage muck that is the 4th volume of Scum’s Wish. It is highly addicting muck, mind you.
MICHELLE: And far better than I’d initially expected it would be!
ASH: I was surprised, too!
SEAN: Is it too hot to read manga? Or are you getting one of these next week?