SEAN: Traditionally this is the small week of the month, but tradition can go hang: there are no small weeks anymore.
MICHELLE: At least there is no shortage of choices for Picks of the Week!
ASH: What a time to be alive!
SEAN: Dark Horse has the 5th volume of Fate/Zero, which will likely be as gruesome as ever.
J-Novel Club has In Another World With My Smartphone on the fast track, as we have Vol. 3 already. It’s the bouncy puppy of isekai.
And Paying to Win in a VRMMO also has its 3rd volume.
Kodansha has a pile of digital only Del Rey rescues: Alive 17, Nodame Cantabile 22, and Yozakura Quartet 13.
In new digital titles, we have a 4th Ace of the Diamond.
SEAN: Air Gear is down to one volume per year, but Kodansha can take heart that the 36th is the 2nd to last one.
Chihayafuru gets a 3rd volume digitally as well, and I will definitely be reading it.
MICHELLE: Super woot!
SEAN: There is a 5th Complex Age, a very realistic take on cosplay and aging – a bit too realistic for my taste.
MICHELLE: I’m wary, since I hated the new character in volume four so vehemently, but the series concludes with volume six, and it’d be a shame not to finish it.
ASH: I haven’t read the fourth volume yet, but the first three left a strong impression on me.
SEAN: And Fire Force has a 4th volume of supernatural firefighting.
One Peace has an 8th volume of its light novel series Rise of the Shield Hero.
Seven Seas has a 12th volume of Dragonar Academy, which I hear some people buy and enjoy.
There is also a 5th Masamune-kun’s Revenge, which I have been enjoying with reservations.
A debut! Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf (Akazukin-chan wa Ookami-san o Nakasetai!) is a Zero-Sum series which seems to have a less grim take on Grimm.
ASH: That could be interesting.
SEAN: Species Domain was more fun than I expected, and a 2nd volume should hopefully be as fun.
The other Seven Seas debut is Tales of Zestria, a manga version of the RPG game. It’s also a Zero-Sum title.
SuBLime has a spinoff of the Don’t Be Cruel manga called Don’t Be Cruel: plus+. Do you pronounce both pluses?
We also see the first volume of the Finder Deluxe Edition (from SuBLime, I think – hasn’t this series had more re-releases than I can keep track of?).
ASH: This is only the second release, I promise. Digital Manga used to have the license, but SuBLime has it now. And this edition has additional content not previously released!
SEAN: Vertical has the 6th and final Mysterious Girlfriend X omnibus.
Viz has the debut of After Hours, their own entry into the burgeoning yuri manga market. It runs in Hibana magazine, and I understand it does not take place in a school! Gasp!
MICHELLE: Looking forward to this one!
ASH: Same! (Even more now that I know it isn’t a school romance.)
SEAN: There is also a 24th Magi, for all you Magi fans (including me, though I wish Morgiana did more).
Lastly, we have the 8th Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter.
Do any of these series excite you? Depress you? Irritate you?