SEAN: It’s a bit early, but this is Yen Press week, because of the holidays. That said, they’re at the end this time around.
Two print books from Airship: Disciple of the Lich: Or How I Was Cursed by the Gods and Dropped Into the Abyss! 6 and Free Life Fantasy Online: Immortal Princess 5.
And for early digital we see The Haunted Bookstore – Gateway to a Parallel Universe 7 (the final volume) and She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man 9.
ASH: At the very least, I still love the basic concept of The Haunted Bookstore.
SEAN: Ghost Ship has Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time 11 and World’s End Harem 16 – After World.
J-Novel Club has some print titles. We get Infinite Dendrogram 19 and the 16th and final volume of Marginal Operation.
Three digital debuts for J-Novel Club. D-Genesis: Three Years after the Dungeons Appeared (D Genesis: Dungeon ga Dekite 3-nen) is based on the light novel J-Novel Club is already putting out. The manga runs in Comp Ace.
The Diary of a Middle-Aged Sage’s Carefree Life in Another World (Arafō Kenja no Isekai Seikatsu Nikki) is about a 40-year-old guy who loves the VRMMO he’s playing… then when he beats the final boss, the boss curses him to die and be reborn as his character!
ASH: Succession planning at its finest.
SEAN: Forget Being the Villainess, I Want to Be an Adventurer! (Tensei Reijou wa Boukensha wo Kokorozasu) is also based on the light novel J-Novel Club previously released. It runs in Flos Comic.
Also from J-Novel Club: Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers 12, the 2nd The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom manga, Full Clearing Another World under a Goddess with Zero Believers 10, Full Metal Panic! Short Stories 9, the 10th How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom manga, I Parry Everything: What Do You Mean I’m the Strongest? I’m Not Even an Adventurer Yet! 4, Lady Rose Just Wants to Be a Commoner! 5, A Late-Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life 8, the 10th The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! manga, The Magician Who Rose From Failure 6, My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me! 14 (the final volume), and the 3rd Now I’m a Demon Lord! Happily Ever After with Monster Girls in My Dungeon manga.
Kodansha Books has Spring Comes Riding in a Carriage, the latest in the Maiden’s Bookshelf series, based on the story by Riichi Yokomitsu.
ASH: This series is great; I’m really glad it’s being translated.
SEAN: Kodansha Manga has quite a few debuts. How I Met My Soulmate (Unmei no Hito ni Deau Hanashi) is a shoujo title from Dessert. the story of a college student looking for… well, her soulmate, it’s by the creator of Waiting for Spring.
MICHELLE: Oh! I liked Waiting for Spring.
SEAN: There’s also a new print release of the first volume of Magic Knight Rayearth. If you have not read it yet, do so. (It ran in Nakayoshi.)
ASH: Despite the number of different releases it has had, I somehow haven’t actually read it yet.
ANNA: Aww, maybe I’ll dig out my old Viz volumes.
SEAN: Pass the Monster Meat, Milady! (Akujiki Reijou to Kyouketsu Koushaku – Sono Mamono, Watashi ga Oishiku Itadakimasu!) is a shoujo title from Palcy. A young woman can’t seem to find a fiance in noble society, just because she likes eating monsters and mutant plants. I mean, god forbid a girl have hobbies.
ASH: Ha! Surprisingly, she wouldn’t be the first to have this particular interest.
SEAN: Also in print: Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement 4.
Digitally we get The Dawn of the Witch 7 (the final volume), The Fable 21, Gang King 12, Giant Killing 40, Guilty 13 (the final volume), Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms 9, That Time the Manga Editor Started a New Life in the Countryside 3, and Those Snow White Notes 12.
Two debuts from Seven Seas, with similar sounding titles. I Married My Female Friend (Onna Tomodachi to Kekkon Shitemita) is from Comic Yuri Hime, by the creator of Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon. Two women agreed to get married if they hadn’t found anyone in the next five years. They do… and maybe love comes after?
The Secret of Friendship (Tomodachi no Hanashi) is a one-shot from the author of My Love Story!!. A shy girl and a popular girl are best friends, and no guy has been able to come between them… yet. This ran in Betsuma.
ASH: Count me intrigued!
SEAN: Seven Seas also has The Ancient Magus’ Bride 19, Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers 7, COLORLESS 5, Dai Dark 6, Don’t Call it Mystery 5-6, Ex-Yakuza and Stray Kitten 4 (the final volume), Hitomi-chan is Shy With Strangers 7, Marmalade Boy: Collector’s Edition 4, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary 7, Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious 10, and The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent: The Other Saint 3.
MICHELLE: Already more Don’t Call it Mystery!
ASH: So many series in this batch I need to catch up on.
ANNA: Ack, me too!
SEAN: Square Enix gives us The Ice Guy and the Cool Girl 2 and My Isekai Life 10.
ASH: The Ice Guy and the Cool Girl is pretty cute.
SEAN: SuBLime debuts Pink Heart Jam, which ran in a magazine called Mellow Kiss. A country boy comes to college and wants to see if he’s gay. He gets help figuring that out from another guy.
ASH: Makes sense, really.
SEAN: And we get the 3rd and final volume of MADK.
From Tokyopop we get Acid Town 3, The Black Cat & the Vampire 2 (the final volume), and If My Favorite Pop Idol Made It to the Budokan, I Would Die 4.
Viz Media debuts Demon Slayer: Kimetsu Academy (Kimetsu Gakuen!), for those who thought Attack on Titan High School was the best version of the series (i.e. me). It runs in Saikyou Jump.
There’s also Akane-Banashi 3, Call of the Night 14, Mashle: Magic and Muscles 14, One Piece Omnibus Edition 33, Pokémon: Sword & Shield 8, Yakuza Lover 11, and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon 4.
And now it’s Yen time. Are you ready?
ASH: Not really, believe it or not.
SEAN: Starting with Yen On, Anime Bungo Stray Dogs: Novel Version is a novelization of the anime that was based on the light novels. I can’t even.
SEAN: Blade & Bastard is a print version of the light novel released digitally by J-Novel Club, based on the old Wizardry RPG.
It’s back, despite Yen On’s prayers that Dengeki Bunko would just let them ignore the series. A Certain Magical Index NT (Shinyaku Toaru Majutsu no Index) is finally here, and the NT stands for New Testament. World War III is over, and Touma is missing presumed dead. Now what?
And Suzume is (sigh) a Makoto Shinkai movie that he also wrote this novelization for. A young girl finds doors connecting past, present and future.
ASH: Not entirely unexpected at this point.
SEAN: Also from Yen On: Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense 11, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody 20, The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend 5, Hollow Regalia 3, I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too 4, I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss 7, Ishura 5, Magical Explorer 6, No Game No Life 12, Spy Classroom Short Story Collection 2, and That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 17.
In more sensible Bungo Stray Dogs news, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dazai, Chuuya, Age Fifteen (Bungou Stray Dogs: Dazai, Chuuya, Juugo-sai) is a manga based on the spinoff light novel (OK, slightly more sensible), and runs in Shonen Ace.
SEAN: Fruits Basket: Complete Anime Natsuki Takaya Illustrations is a sort of artbook-ish manga volume, with the author’s sketches for each anime episode and commentary.
My Poison Princess Is Still Cute (Boku no Dokuhime wa Kyou mo Kawaii) runs in Big Gangan. A demon princess who spreads poison on the battlefield. A human knight who can revive from death. Why not marry them off? And what if they’re stupid cute?
SEAN: Also from Yen Press: Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie 5, The Do-Over Damsel Conquers the Dragon Emperor 2, The Fiancee Chosen by the Ring 5, Gabriel Dropout 13, Game of Familia 2, The Geek Ex-Hitman 3 (the final volume), Glitch 2, Hirano and Kagiura 4, I Got a Cheat Skill in Another World and Became Unrivaled in the Real World, Too 4, I’m Quitting Heroing 4, The Illustrated Guide to Monster Girls 2, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Memoria Freese 2, Love of Kill 13 (the final volume), Lust Geass 7 (the final volume), My Instant Death Ability Is So Overpowered, No One in This Other World Stands a Chance Against Me! —AΩ— 3, My Mate Is a Feline Gentleman 2, Overlord: The Undead King Oh! 11, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Chapter 4: The Sanctuary and the Witch of Greed 7, Secrets of the Silent Witch 2, Shy 5, Slasher Maidens 9, So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin? 4, Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included 4, Tales of Wedding Rings 13, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun 19, Touring After the Apocalypse 4, The Witches’ Marriage 2, What This World Is Made Of 3 (the final volume), and Yowamushi Pedal 24.
WALL OF TEXT! See anything there?
ASH: A lot of words. I saw a lot of words.
ANNA: Gotta get Yowamushi Pedal for my kids.