SEAN: Manga still comes, through snow, rain, gloom, and dead of night. What’s up for next week?
Kodansha debuts the new sequel to Battle Angel Alita, subtitled Mars Chronicle. It comes after Last Order, and will no doubt be as sweet and fluffy as previous volumes (please note sarcasm). It runs in Evening.
Kodansha’s digital offerings are slightly less next week – are they tired? Domestic Girlfriend 15, I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World 4, My Boyfriend in Orange 2, Pitch-Black Ten 2, and PTSD Radio 3.
MICHELLE: Heh. I will eventually read the shoujo ones on that list.
SEAN: In print, we have finally come to the end of Fairy Tail, with its 63rd volume. There are still a few spinoffs still to be released, but this is the end of the main story.
ASH: That’s an impressive run! One Piece and Case Closed are the only other series I can think of off the top of my head that have over sixty volumes published in English.
SEAN: And there is a 3rd Frau Faust, which I pray does not have the heroine get even younger by the end.
MICHELLE: I am determined to start this series this week! Maybe today!
ASH: You should! It’s great!
SEAN: We also have a 24th volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, which with the end of Fairy Tail is now the longest-running Weekly Shonen Magazine series that’s licensed over here. (Sorry, Hajime no Ippo, Ahiru no Sora and Seitokai Yakuindomo are NOT licensed over here.)
Seven Seas has a bunch of stuff. Golden Time comes to an end with its 9th volume of romance and amnesia.
Hachune Mike’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise has a 2nd volume.
And the zombies clearly have not been stopped, if Hour of the Zombie 6 is any indication.
The debut next week is Made in Abyss, a fantasy series about a girl and her robot that runs in Takeshobo’s Manga Life Win +. Despite the cast looking like moe plushies, it’s apparently more serious than it looks.
ASH: I’ve heard that it gets quite serious indeed.
SEAN: Masamune-kun’s Revenge has reached 7 volumes. Sheesh. Just get revenge already!
And Non Non Biyori has a 9th volume of doing absolutely nothing in a cute and relaxed way.
orange: future is a spinoff of the popular shoujo romance/tragedy, with additional side and after stories that will no doubt please fans.
MICHELLE: MUST HAVE!
ASH: ABSOLUTELY! The original series was tremendous, so I hope the continuation can hold up to expectations.
ANNA: I have orange lurking around my house somewhere. I should read it!
ASH: You haven’t yet?! You really should. It’s not always an easy read due to the heavy subject matter, but it’s a really well done series.
SEAN: I am surprised as well, as it’s basically exactly what you read.
ANNA: I know! My piles of unread manga are getting out of control.
SEAN: Vertical has My Neighbor Seki Vol. 10! What amazing desk toys will Seki come up with to celebrate?
And finally, Viz has a couple of digital only releases with Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Volume 7 (Part A, 5th Door To the Right, Behind the Filing Cabinet), and the difficult to type out élDLIVE has a 4th.
MICHELLE: I feel like I should give Boys Over Flowers Season 2 another chance.
ANNA: Me too. I liked the first several chapters.
MELINDA: Oh, this. Yes. This, this!
SEAN: What are you dashing through the snow to get next week?