SEAN: There are some tasty treats coming out next week, so let’s just jump right in.
Perhaps not tasty per se, but definitely interesting is Fukushima Devil Fish, which Breakdown Press is putting out. It’s by the late creator of Red Snow, and is subtitled “An Anti-Nuclear Manga”. I think it’s more of a collection rather than a story in itself. It doesn’t get more indie than this.
ASH: I’ve been waiting for this one for a while; I’m looking forward to finally getting my hands on it.
SEAN: J-Novel Club has the 2nd volume of isekai harem fantasy How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord, which is, well, good if you like isekai harem fantasy, and bad if you don’t.
There’s also a 3rd volume of Occultic;Nine, which I’m hoping will make a bit more sense and will try not to kill off the entire cast, though the barn door may already be open on that one.
Kodansha has only one print release this week, that being the 4th volume of That Time I got Reincarnated As a Slime.
They do, however, have a plethora of digital titles. We get All Out!! 5, Chihayafuru 9 (sooooo far behind), Cosplay Animal 4 (I need to finish 3, I enjoy this quirky, smutty series), Fuuka 16 (its end was recently announced). Hotaru’s Way 5, Kasane 10, and The Prince’s Black Poison 3 (as recently recommended by Japanese shoujo manga editors).
MICHELLE: I’m definitely down for All Out!! and Chihayafuru and really need to check out Hotaru’s Way, too. I confess The Prince’s Black Poison had looked like something I wouldn’t be keen on, but maybe I should give it another look.
ANNA: I’m soooo far behind with Chihayafuru too, but I love it.
SEAN: Seven Seas has a monstrous number of titles out next week. Let’s start with recurring volumes as we see Bloom Into You 4, Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage 3, the 5th print light novel of Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Lord Marskman and Vanadis 6, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka 2, NTR: Netsuzou Trap 4, and Tales of Zestiria 4.
MICHELLE: I need to get caught up with Bloom Into You.
ASH: Bloom Into You for me, too. I’ll likely be picking up more Captain Harlock as well.
SEAN: Ending next week is Kase-san and, which has its 4th volume Kase-san and an Apron due out. I think it’s still having occasional online shorts, so there may be a 5th down the road, a la Orange, but this is it for now.
And there’s two debuts. The first is a classic example of current trends, with Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale, which is, no lie, an adorable sweet slice of life story about a young girl and a giant spider after the apocalypse. There will be tea. Or at least espresso.
ASH: I just recently learned that food is a major part of this series, which of course bumped it up even higher on my list!
The second is a lot more retro. Some of you may remember Saint Seiya… pardon me, Knights of the Zodiac from way back in the Viz days. Now Seven Seas has Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho, a new series by the same writer with a different artist, featuring an all-female team. It runs in Champion Red, but I am not holding that against it. Should be interesting.
ANNA: I have a very similar reaction.
SEAN: Speaking of classics, Vertical is rescuing Voices of a Distant Star (from the creator of your name) and reprinting it with new translation. It’s complete in one volume, and it’s guaranteed to be bittersweet.
MICHELLE: I never did read this the first time.
ANNA: Me too! I’m curious about it.
SEAN: Viz has some more Gundam for us with a 6th Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt.
And they also have a 3rd Tokyo Ghoul: re.
So, devil fish? Tea with spiders? Slime power fantasies? Or time-dilated romance? We cater to every taste.