SEAN: The November Crush continues, and there’s no respite. Let’s dive right in.
We start with novels, as Haikasoru has the 5th volume of Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
MICHELLE: Every time I say I really will read this series and every time I mean it, but every time I fail to accomplish it.
ASH: I’m a little behind myself, but I am enjoying the series.
ANNA: I have the first book but I haven’t read it yet.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has the slightly less dignified 6th volume of I Saved Too Many Girls And Caused the Apocalypse.
Kodansha is digitally still giving us Del Rey rescues – here’s Princess Resurrection 20.
There’s also a new pile of their current digital-only series. We have Elegant Yokai Apartment Life 3, I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World 2, Kasane 7, Real Girl 7, Space Brothers 30, and Until Your Bones Rot 2.
Print has some heavy hitters as well, starting with the Deluxe Edition of Battle Angel Alita. This is the first series, which old-timers will recall came out from Viz back in the pamphlet comic days, though I believe this is a new translation/orientation. This is also a hardcover omnibus.
Cells at Work! has a 5th volume out next week.
MICHELLE: I have missed learning about neutrophils and the like.
ASH: I get such a huge kick out of this series.
ANNA: We have a couple volumes at my library!
SEAN: And we get a 2nd Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, whose first volume I found… needed to be more quirky.
MICHELLE: Heh. I will at least be checking this out.
SEAN: And if you enjoyed the anthology Neo Parasyte f, you’ll love the 2nd volume, Neo Parasyte m.
ASH: I’m looking forward to this! Moto Hagio is one of the contributors, among other things.
SEAN: One Peace has a 12th volume of Maria Holic, which somehow remains popular, I suppose.
Speaking of series I can’t kill with fire from my mind, Seven Seas has a 3rd How to Build a Dungeon.
And also a 2nd Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf.
Their debut is Slumbering Beauty, which comes from Yumi Unita, the creator of Bunny Drop. It runs in Rakuen Le Paradis, which will always get my attention, and is apparently a “modern day fairy tale”. (No wife husbandry this time around, please.)
MICHELLE: I’m very interested in this one!
ASH: As am I! (Also, I didn’t realize it was a series until just now.)
ANNA: Huh, I liked Bunny Drop until I know how the story was going to end, so I’m curious about this.
SEAN: Vertical also has a big debut. We can’t get Saint Young Men just yet, but we can get the author’s other hit, Arakawa Under the Bridge. It’s very strange, and ran in Square Enix’s Young Gangan. I believe Crunchyroll also has it digitally.
MELINDA: I’m so on board for this.
ASH: I greatly enjoyed the anime adaptation, so I’m very excited to read the original manga. Hopefully this may help pave the way for more of Nakamura’s work in translation.
ANNA: Strange manga from Vertical is my (occasional) jam!
SEAN: And not to be outdone, Viz gives us the debut of Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau). a dark mystery that appropriately runs in Akita Shoten’s Mystery Bonita. It looks very swank.
MICHELLE: “Dark mystery” is right up my alley.
ASH: If nothing else, the first volume’s cover art is gorgeous, but the story sounds intriguing as well.
ANNA: Will be checking this out for sure.
SEAN: Viz also has a 5th Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt (Gundam manga two weeks in a row? Go back in time and tell the fans in 1999 that this is a thing.)
And rejoice, there is a 13th volume of Ooku! It’s down to once a year, but the anticipation makes it better.
MICHELLE: Verily, I rejoice.
MELINDA: As doth I!
SEAN: Lastly (for Viz), if you like Tokyo Ghoul, there’s an artbook out called Illustrations: zakki.
And now for Yen, starting with the light novels. If you like Re: Zero but hate Subaru, you’ll love this spinoff series, Re: Zero EX. This first volume focuses on the past of Crusch and Felis.
We are getting many light novels in the coming months with very, very silly premises, and this may be one of the most interesting. So I’m a Spider, So What? is a standard “class of students are transported to fantasy world and given cool powers” work. However, our heroine is a spider. Which is considered a monster, so she has to fear for her life. Just the word ‘heroine’ makes me happy here.
MELINDA: I feel like if there’s a chance for me to get into light novels, this would be it. Can it do the job?
ASH: It is nice to have a heroine for a change of pace!
SEAN: And if you wanted to see more of the cast of your name, there’s a book of stories out next week called Another Side: Earthbound.
Yen Press has the complete in one omnibus Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, a sequel to the kill em off mystery series.
Forbidden Scrollery debuts. Technically a fantasy with lots of yokai and pretty art, it’s also a spinoff of the popular bullet hell game Touhou. I am hoping you don’t need any backstory to enjoy it.
ASH: I didn’t realize it was a spinoff, but the yokai definitely have my attention. Also, the book-related magic.
MELINDA: I like yokai and pretty art.
SEAN: Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler has a 3rd print edition.
Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade has been losing my attention lately, so I hope its 7th volume steps up its game.
If you want to read all of Pandora Hearts, and you love packaging, get the PandoraBox, which features all the volumes enclosed in a gorgeous trunk.
MELINDA: I can’t possibly justify this purchase, but I can recommend!
SEAN: Comic Gene is known for weird series, and the last debut next week certainly falls in that category. A Polar Bear in Love is the adorable tale of the titular polar bear and his love for a seal. Fun ensues.
Lastly, we get the 2nd your name manga.
Think we’re done? We’re not remotely done! Tune in the week after next for even worse November madness!