SEAN: Next week is the closest we get to a small week these days. Revel in it.
Dark Horse gives us the 4th I Am A Hero omnibus. Zombies! Not quite as sexy and dangerous as vampires, but they try harder.
ASH: I Am a Hero is definitely one of the more interesting takes on the zombie subgenre that I’ve come across. But yeah, not especially sexy.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has two more volumes out next week. The 5th My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World is out, and will continue to compare itself to the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
And Playing to Win in a VRMMO has a 6th volume.
Most of the list is Kodansha, both print and digital. On the digital side we start with a 5th All-Rounder Meguru.
MICHELLE: This is one digital sports manga that I’ve yet to sample.
SEAN: Two new digital debuts next week. Beauty Bunny is from the author of Peach Heaven and is about a girl whose life is transformed by makeup and hot guys, perhaps not in that order. It’s 8 volumes, and ran in Dessert.
Cosplay Animal also ran in Dessert, but is about 10 years older than Beauty Bunny. A cosplayer meets her ideal guy whole cosplaying as a high school student. The trouble is her ideal guy IS a high school student. From what I’ve read this sounds like AMAZING complete trash. I am interested.
MICHELLE: I don’t think either of these is for me.
ANNA: I have to say I will at least try the first volume of Cosplay Animal, that sounds amusing.
Fairy Tail gives us a 4th monstrous volume of its Master’s Edition super-omnibus.
ASH: If someone hasn’t read Fairy Tail before, this edition is definitely the way to go.
SEAN: Kodansha Digital also has a 13th Fuuka, which continues to be written by Seo Kouji.
Hotaru’s Way also gets a 2nd volume digitally.
Back to print for the 8th Maga-Tsuki.
Peach Heaven has a 5th volume digitally, and I’m sorry this is so dull, but I haven’t read many of these.
MICHELLE: Although I love most of Kodansha’s digital offerings, Peach Heaven didn’t really appeal to me, I admit.
ANNA: I did not care for it.
SEAN: I have read the 22nd and final volume of School Rumble, though. It’s famous! Well, OK, infamous. The ending has to be seen to be disbelieved. There was a 1-volume continuation, School Rumble Z, that tried to fix things, but I don’t believe Kodansha has picked that up. In any case, bye, School Rumble! Flag or Riceball, you were great either way. Mostly.
Lastly for Kodansha, a 4th xxxHOLIC Rei has managed to edge its way out onto shelves, despite CLAMP’s busy schedule of delaying and cancelling other series.
ANNA: I’m still sad and angry about X/1999!!!
SEAN: Seven Seas gives us the 5th and final volume of Akuma no Riddle, which has combined yuri and assassins into quite an attractive package.
And a 6th Shomin Sample, whose package is less attractive.
Titan Books rarely makes appearances on here, but they do have the 1st volume of the Assassin’s Creed manga, which actually is adapting the Assassin’s Creed IV game. It ran in Jump Kai, and the author has also written some Naruto spinoff novels.
ASH: I’m picking this up mainly because of the involvement of Kendi/Kenji Oiwa, who also worked on the manga adaptations of Welcome to the NHK and Goth.
SEAN: Vertical has the 8th Devil’s Line.
Viz gives us two titles, the first being the 4th Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt series. We now have two Gundam series coming out at the same time. How times have changed.
ANNA: This is amazing, and reminds me I need to actually read my stockpiled volumes of Gundam: The Origin.
ASH: I shamefully have a few volumes of that I still need to read, too…
SEAN: And lastly, there’s the 14th Tokyo Ghoul, which will interest casual readers more than any other title I mentioned on this list.
See? Next week is totally small and has nothing coming out! Aheh. What are you getting?