SEAN: Glory be! A small week! Is that because the last week of June is hideously huge? (peers ahead) Yup. Oh well, let’s enjoy next week anyway.
MICHELLE: Now I’m gonna have “The Night Chicago Died” in my head. Not that I’m complaining.
ANNA: OK, it is good to have a bit of a break.
SEAN: Not manga, but it’s worth mentioning that Dark Horse has the Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, a 320-page hardcover with oodles and oodles of Zelda. Click your Link and get it!
ASH: Ha! I believe I will, thank you very much!
SEAN: J-Novel Club has releases for Infinite Stratos (2) and Outbreak Company (4).
Kodansha has a few print releases. There’s Love & Lies 6 and That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime 6. There’s also Maga-Tsuki 9-10, which is now getting omnibus releases, I guess? Never a good sign when a series shifts from singles to doubles late in the run.
ASH: I’ve been greatly enjoying That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime; much more than I though I would!
SEAN: On the digital side, we have the debut of Karate Heat (Tenohiro no Netsu o), a short Weekly Shonen Magazine title about middle-school karate students. It only ran three volumes, so won’t run up your budget.
MICHELLE: The fact that it’s so short is not exactly a good sign for a sports manga, but you know I can’t resist that genre, so I’ll definitely be checking it out.
ASH: Oooh! Karate! That is tempting.
SEAN: There’s also Cosplay Animal 6 (reminding me to finish 5), Drowning Love 9, Fuuka 18, Love’s Reach 9, Perfect World 3, and Pumpkin Scissors 21. (Need to catch up on Perfect World too.)
MICHELLE: Same re: Perfect World. I also intend to read Drowning Love one of these days.
SEAN: Seven Seas just has one next week, Masamune-kun’s Revenge 8.
A new publisher debuts, calling themselves Tokyopop. This is their first title, but they may go far! Depends on the leadership, I suspect. Konohana Kitan is a not-quite-yuri not-quite-furry manga about a group of fox girls working at a hot spring, and it runs… or ran… in Gentosha’s Comic Birz, which is ceasing its print publication. I suspect it will move to digital publication.
MICHELLE: *dubious face that’s way more about the publisher than the fox girls*
SEAN: Meanwhile, Vertical gives us a 6th To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts.
Viz has a 5th volume of Golden Kamuy, a 5th Tokyo Ghoul: re, and also the 4th and final omnibus of Sweet Blue Flowers. I suspect this comes as a relief to the Manga Bookshelf folks who were wondering about Pick of the Week.
ASH: I’m definitely glad for more Golden Kamuy and am still thrilled that Sweet Blue Flowers was translated.
ANNA: I’m with Ash.
SEAN: That does it! It’s OK, next time we’ll be here for hours. But for now, what are you picking up?