SEAN: It’s Yen Press week next week, and you know what that means, folks: a whole ton of books. But first, other publishers.
Dark Horse has a 10th volume of Blood Blockade Battlefront, which has gotten to 10 volumes in a mere 7 years.
J-Novel Club has a 4th How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, whose (I assume toned-down) anime is now airing in Japan.
Kodansha print has one lone title, the 16th volume of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches.
Digitally, though, it’s an avalanche. We begin with next week’s digital debut, Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? (Kichijouji Dake ga Sumitai Machi Desu ka?). It’s from Kodansha’s Young Magazine the 3rd, and is about two sisters who work in real estate. You know those odd seinen titles with minimal art you always saw in Japanese bookstores but they never got licensed? This is one of those. I am looking forward to it.
MICHELLE: It really looks great.
ASH: Oh! It does!
SEAN: There’s also Ace of the Diamond 13, Defying Kurosaki-kun 2, Kokkoku: Moment by Moment 8, Liar x Liar 4, The Prince’s Black Poison 6, The Quintessential Quintuplets 2, Shojo FIGHT! 4, and Until Your Bones Rot 7. I’m behind on Shojo FIGHT!, but determined to catch up.
MICHELLE: I’m glad this is starting to come out more frequently. Also, yay for more Ace of the Diamond.
ANNA: I’m also behind on Shojo FIGHT! but planning on catching up too!
SEAN: One Peace has a 9th volume of the manga adaptation of The Rise of the Shield Hero.
Seven Seas has two debuts. The first is the manga adaptation of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, whose novel Seven Seas has also been releasing. The manga runs in Comic Earth Star, and I hope it’s as silly as its source.
The other title, highly anticipated, is The Voynich Hotel, a darkly comedic horror title that ran in Akita Shoten’s Young Champion Retsu. Various anime forums have praised this to the skies, so I’m interested.
MICHELLE: I’m curious about this one, but will probably wait to see some reviews before I commit.
ANNA: Me too.
ASH: This one has me intrigued, as well.
MELINDA: What Michelle said. Times ten.
SEAN: Seven Seas also has the 11th Servamp.
Vertical gives us a 12th Cardfight!! Vanguard.
Viz has nothing in print, but digitally has a 6th élDLIVE.
ASH: Nothing new in print, but Banana Fish is being reprinted, hooray!
SEAN: Breaking News! Viz is finally dipping its toes into josei! Mari Okazaki’s Will I Be Single Forever? (Zutto Dokushin de Iru Tsumori?) debuts digitally next week. It’s a one-volume collection of “interconnected stories”, and ran in Shodensha’s Feel Young magazine. Readers with long memories may recall Okazaki’s Suppli.
ASH: I do, and fondly!
MICHELLE: Ooh! I’d really been wanting to see Viz do more digital stuff! Maybe this is them sort of testing the waters.
ANNA: I enjoyed Suppli! I think I still have the volumes somewhere in my house. I am excited for this!
ASH: I’ve held onto my copies, too!
MICHELLE: Me, too! I never gave up hope on it being finished in English one day.
And then there’s Yen, which has a whoooole lot, even with some of its light novels being shifted to next week. Let’s start with debuts.
Did you love the epilogue to Harry Potter? Did you wish that all the love you had for that epilogue was applied to your favorite shoujo manga? Then you’ll adore Fruits Basket another, which gives us the next generation of most of the cast and ruins every fanfic ever. I have… strong opinions about this sequel, but I will save them for the review.
MICHELLE: I just don’t know what to think here. I haven’t read any of it, so I will give it a try, but… what story is left?
ANNA: Yeah. Um. Will wait for other reviews, I guess.
MELINDA: I’m dying. Dying. Mainly from Sean’s comments. I think instead of Fruits Basket another, I will just read some things by Sean.
SEAN: Hakumei and Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods is a new title that ran/runs in Enterbrain’s “sui generis” magazines Fellows! And Harta. It’s tiny girls living a tiny life, as you’d expect. Fantasy slice-of-life from Enterbrain will ALWAYS be on my plate.
ASH: Same. This series looks adorable.
SEAN: Ibitsu is for those who need more creepy horror in their lives, and I can be thankful it’s done in one omnibus. It ran in Young Gangan, and is so not my thing but I know has a big audience.
ASH: I have a general interest in horror manga, creepy or not, so I’ll probably check this one out at some point.
SEAN: School of Horns is a Young Ace Up title that looks like it straddles that vague “is this BL or not?” line. It’s about students at a magic school who can control magic, and one boy whose horns are smaller than the others, making him self-conscious. >_>
ANNA: Ha ha, well that certainly sounds emblematic of the genre.
MELINDA: I’m. Uh. Yeah.
SEAN: I hate giving away my Pick of the Week, but I am so hyped for Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san), which also has a recent anime. It runs in Shogagukan’s Gessan magazine, and is about a short, easily embarrassed boy in middle school and the girl who loves to tease him. I review it here.
There are ongoing Yen titles as well, of course. Akame Ga KILL! 15, A Certain Magical Index 14, the 2nd in Durarara!!’s Re;Dollars arc, Gabriel Dropout 4, DanMachi: Sword Oratoria 4, Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler 6, Laid-Back Camp 3, Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade 9, Murcielago 7, The 7th Overlord manga volume, a 3rd A Polar Bear in Love, The Royal Tutor 8, Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts 2, the 5th Sekirei omnibus, a 3rd So I’m a Spider, So What? manga volume, the 2nd Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online manga, an 11th Taboo Tattoo, the 3rd and final omnibus for Umineko When They Cry: Requiem of the Golden Witch (one more arc to go after this!), and the 3rd Val x Love.
ANNA: I still need to read Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts 1!
ASH: I enjoyed the first volume, and I think you might like it, too! I’m also looking forward to reading more of A Polar Bear in Love.
SEAN: Please try not to sob as you look at this list. But what are you getting from it?