SEAN: Let’s face it, there are no light weeks anymore. There’s 21 titles next week, and that’s our new normal. We just have to accept it, manga is popular again.
ASH: All right!
MICHELLE: Yay! Now, can we have back some of those series that disappeared in less prosperous times? Like Silver Diamond? Please?
MJ: I’ll second Michelle on this. :)
ANNA: Silver Diamond, Demon Sacred, I could go on!
SEAN: Dark Horse gives us a 5th volume of Oreimo: Kuroneko, showing that non-canon love interests are always more popular than canon ones, especially when they aren’t related.
Seven Seas gives us a 7th volume of underrated techno-thriller Arpeggio of Blue Steel.
Shomin Sample is a harem comedy based on a light novel, whose title I am abbreviating as it’s too long, and I think that says it all. Vol. 1 comes out from Seven Seas next week.
And there’s a second Testament of Sister New Devil, whose title I actually got wrong in my review of the first volume, it’s that hard for me to keep straight.
Vertical has a 2nd volume of Nichijou, whose first volume I was delighted to see was a big hit. Keep it up!
MICHELLE: I will soon be catching up on Nichijou!
SEAN: There’s a Takeshi Obata artbook coming out, blanc et noir, whose title is very e.e. cummings. MJwill, I’m sure, have more to say.
ASH: My copy arrived early, and it’s gorgeous. The volume includes a fair amount of art from Death Note, but also from Hikaru no Go and some of Obata’s other works, too.
MJ: I haven’t seen this, but you can bet I’ll be picking it up. Whatever I have thought about some of his collaborations, I’ve always loved his artwork. This is a must-buy.
SEAN: Relive those days when everything was Aizen with the 15th Bleach 3-in-1 omnibus.
Blue Exorcist also has a 15th volume, and finally wraps up the Izumo arc, I believe.
Dragon Ball Full Color adds Freeza Arc to its title, in case people had forgotten which edition they were re-re-re-rebuying.
The Heiress and the Chauffeur is Viz’s debut this month, and give it’s a LaLa DX series I am contractually obligated to love it. It’s also only 2 volumes, so not a huge investment. Also, Taisho era!
MICHELLE: I’m looking forward to this one, though preemptively sad that it’s so short.
MJ: Same here!
ANNA: Not surprisingly I am too!
SEAN: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has been given the go-ahead for hardcovers of the previously released 3rd arc, which is great news. First though, it’s back to Joseph for the 3rd volume of Battle Tendency.
ASH: I’ve really been enjoying these releases. I hope Viz will pick up the later arcs, too!
ANNA: I need to get caught up!
SEAN: Kimi ni Todoke has seemingly finished with its Ayane angst, and so I suspect the 24th volume will give a bit more focus to the other two major couples.
With its 4th volume of omnibuses, Maid-sama! has finally caught up with the Tokyopop releases, and so will feature all new material next time.
MICHELLE: As problematic as this series is, I still wanna see what happens in the volumes we never saw before. Hey, you know what else could get rescued as a 2-in-1 omnibus? Silver Diamond!
SEAN: My Hero Academia 4 has more to tell us about superheroes.
The new Naruto novel is technically called Sakura’s Story, but I’ve heard that Sakura fans are going to be disappointed. Still, it’s Naruto, you have to get all 6 novels to complete the set.
Nisekoi has reached 15 volumes, and it’s still trying to balance its high-wire harem act.
One Piece. 78 volumes. Still in Dressrosa.
One-Punch Man is at its 6th volume. Sadly, this volume has no punching… I kid. There’s always punching.
ASH: I’m still greatly enjoying One-Punch Man.
MICHELLE: I am starting to feel like maybe I would like this.
MJ: You would.
ANNA: I feel like One-Punch Man should be universally beloved.
SEAN: Oresama Teacher reached the big 2-0! Have we learned all of Hayasaka’s secrets? And what of poor, neglected Super Bun?
ANNA: Where is Super Bun? The world wants to know!!!
SEAN: And World Trigger is up to double digits, increasing exponentially the likelihood that I will never succeed in catching up to it.
Lastly, Yu-Gi-Oh has a 6th 3-in-1. Collect ‘em all!
Which of these manga titles makes you cry out in ecstasy and rapture?