SEAN: Not only is next week a Yen Press week, but the other publishers have a bunch of stuff too. Get ready to be buried again.
J-Novel Club has three titles. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash has a 2nd volume, and continues to be the “trapped in another world” title that is SERIOUS BUSINESS.
The debut this week is How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, which could be good but whose title makes me very wary. Realist Hero sounds only a few story steps from a Dark!Grey!Independent!Harry fanfic.
And we get the 2nd and (so far) final volume of Occultic;Nine, from the creators of other badly punctuated works.
Kodansha is doing a mass re-release of the Ghost in the Shell manga, featuring Ghost in the Shell 1, 1.5, and 2. No, it doesn’t have the hardcore lesbian sex scene, as I know someone will ask. The creator requested it be removed. It’s still good. Get it if you don’t have it.
ASH: It’s been a long time since I first read the original Ghost in the Shell manga! Along with Message to Adolf and Blade of the Immortal, it was actually one of the first manga that I ever read.
SEAN: And they have a 6th Inuyashiki as well.
Seven Seas has a quartet of titles, beginning with a second volume of Magia the Ninth.
ASH: The first volume of Magia the Ninth was absolutely ridiculous but I couldn’t help enjoy myself. I’ll definitely be picking up the second and final volume.
SEAN: There’s also a 6th volume of Magica Swordsman and Summoner, one of those titles that I sort of stick my fingers in my ears and go ‘lalala’ when I see it.
The debut is Magical Girl Site, another in a genre I am so sick of it’s beyond belief. If you like the 8th iteration of cute young girls dying in violent ways, here it is. Again.
And in the complete opposite direction, we have the 2nd volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, which remains yuri-ish despite the best efforts of the English dubbers of the anime.
ASH: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the first volume.
SEAN: Vertical has a 5th volume of Devil’s Line.
Viz gives us a 2nd Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, one of the newer Gundam iterations.
ANNA: I still need to read all the volumes of Gundam: The Origin that I hoarded.
ASH: I’m ashamed to say that there are a few volume of The Origin that I have left to read, too.
SEAN: And an 11th Tokyo Ghoul, which should outsell everything else on this list combined.
And there’s also a 7th Ultraman.
And then there’s Yen Press. As with previous months, we get most of their titles except one or two which are delayed a week (so don’t panic, Nozaki fans). Yen On has the 10th A Certain Magical Index. Will the entire world be forced to be Roman Catholic? Naruto never had cliffhangers like that.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? has the 2nd volume of its side story based on Aiz Wallenstein, Sword Oratoria.
Yen On’s debut is KonoSuba: God’s Blessings on This Wonderful World!, an abbreviation of Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! (which I am happy to never type again). It’s a “trapped in another world” novel, but as you can see by its first volume subtitle, Oh My Useless Goddess!, it’s a broad parody of such titles.
And a 3rd volume of Psycome, in which the protagonist’s somewhat obsessed little sister joins the cast.
Oh yes, and three more Spice & Wolf volumes digitally, as the catchup really takes off.
Yen’s manga releases begin with the third Aoharu x Machinegun. Will we finally get the gender reveal that is probably long overdue?
ASH: Another series that surprised me with how much I enjoyed the first volume; I should probably catch up and see if I continue to like it.
SEAN: Onward and Onward and Onward goes BTOOOM!, now up to Vol. 16.
Corpse Party: Blood Covered has a 4th omnibus, and must be running out of corpses for the party. Someone will have to run down to the store.
MICHELLE: Hee! And that is the most amused I’ve ever been by Corpse Party!
SEAN: And we get a 5th Volume of Dimension W.
ASH: I’m still not sure if Iwahara can tell a coherent, cohesive story, but I did enjoy the first couple of volumes of Dimension W.
SEAN: Erased makes its debut, and it’s a hardcover omnibus. Dark time-travel thriller, from what I understand.
ASH: Now this I am very interested in reading.
SEAN: Fruits Basket has a 10th omnibus. We are rocketing towards the climax!
MICHELLE: After ten months, you’d think I’d be accustomed to the speed of this release, but you’d be wrong.
SEAN: KonoSuba, mentioned above, also has its 2nd manga volume.
Believe it or not, there are still Madoka Magica spinoffs, though they’re slowing down. Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer’s 2nd volume sounds like the rest of the genre the main series inspired: bleak.
Rose Guns Days Season 2 Volume 2 is still not as good as Higurashi or Umineko.
I know very little about Smokin’ Parade except it runs in Kadokawa’s Young Ace and looks grim.
Spirit & Cat Ears is from my old nemesis, Comic Alive, so expect fanservice and cuteness, in that order.
Lastly, we get an eighth volume of Trinity Seven.
With the Manga Bookshelf team breathing a sigh of relief that at least there’s a Fruits Basket they can use for Pick of the Week, what will you be getting?
ANNA: Apparently, all of Kodansha’s josei and shoujo digital releases from last week!