SEAN: The November from hell continues – a second week of the month is supposed to be quiet!
J-Novel has a couple of titles to start us off. The 6th Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is one of them.
The other is a debut, and may be familiar to anime fans. Outbreak Company is another of those pesky isekai novels, about an anime and manga otaku who ends up trapped in another world.
Kodansha has a ton. The debut digital title (actually already out this week, because Kodansha) is I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World, a shoujo title from the creator of House of the Sun that’s been running in Dessert, about a quiet, negative girl who somehow attracts the attention of the school prince. Wow, we’ve never seen that before.
MICHELLE: And certainly not from Dessert specifically!
ANNA: That sounds so new!!!!!
SEAN: And for digital fans, we also have Chihayafuru 6, Drowning Love 4, House of the Sun 10, Kokkaku: Moment by Moment 2, Magical Sempai 3, and Peach Heaven 9. Phew.
MICHELLE: I’ll be picking of several of those!
ANNA: Cannot believe I need to get caught up on Chihayafuru!
SEAN: Kodansha still has print, believe it or not. We have the penultimate volume of Fairy Tail, the 62nd.
There’s also a 2nd Frau Faust, whose title I recommend singing to the Gershwin song “By Strauss”.
ASH: Frau Faust is the thing! (I greatly enjoyed the first volume and am looking forward to reading more.)
SEAN: The Seven Deadly Sins is glaring at Fairy Tail with jealousy as it releases its 23rd volume.
And UQ Holder’s 12th volume just gives in and straight up has the Negima cast on its cover.
One Peace has a 7th manga volume for The Rise of the Shield Hero.
Seven Seas has four new titles, with Generation Witch 2, Holy Corpse Rising 4, My Monster Secret 8, and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid 5.
SuBLime has the debut of A Strange and Mystifying Story, which seems to have a guy with elf ears, but otherwise sees the typical vaguely predatory BL cover art.
MICHELLE: Oh, I had no idea this series (formerly published by DMP) had been rescued! The first two volumes were pretty good (despite some problematic consent issues), but it seems to have taken a turn for the better in volume three. I’m glad to have the chance to finish the series!
ASH: Sean, those are obviously wolf ears. Like Michelle, I’m glad to see this series being rescued!
SEAN: Vertical Comics has a 3rd volume of the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing manga.
Every time we see a new volume of Requiem of the Rose King, it has a tendency to be Pick of the Week here at Manga Bookshelf. I don’t expect that to change with Vol. 7.
ASH: I do love this series so.
ANNA: It is the best.
SEAN: And we’re at 25 volumes of Rin-Ne with still no plot progression.
SEAN: Yen Press has the rest of the week, starting with the novel line. A Certain Magical Index left off last time with the heroines swapped to the wrong guy. Can they solve this problem and deal with another invasion from the Catholic… sorry, Roman Orthodox church? Find out in lucky book 13.
Durarara!! has an 8th volume, and will likely feature Izaya being smug and punchable, be warned.
And more dead girls arrive in the 2nd Magical Girl Raising Project.
Yen has one debut next week, a new spinoff from Sword Art Online. Called Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, it’s based on a light novel (as yet unlicensed) by the Kino’s Journey creator, and features a whole new cast, I believe.
There are only two manga based on light novels out next week, not counting SAOA. KonoSuba reaches its fifth volume, and Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers has Vol. 4.
And there’s a large number of continuing titles, which I will list as follows: Anne Happy 7, The Case Study of Vanitas 3, Delicious in Dungeon 3, Demonizer Zilch 4, Dimension W 8, First Love Monster 8, Girls Last Tour 3, Puella Magi Tart Magica 5, The Royal Tutor 4, Today’s Cerberus 6, and Trinity Seven 11. Of that pile, Delicious in Dungeon seems the most promising to me.
ASH: Delicious in Dungeon is definitely the one I’m most looking forward to, although there are a few others in there that I’ve been meaning to get around to reading.
SEAN: Are you keeping up? Or hopelessly behind? What are you getting?
MICHELLE: So totally hopelessly behind.