SEAN: Are you going to Toronto Comic Arts Festival? You should! And here are some manga coming out next week you can read on your way there.
ASH: I am! It’s a great time.
SEAN: Ghost Ship debuts a new series called Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Spring (Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san). It’s a Weekly Shonen Jump series, but apparently too hot for Viz, so Ghost Ship has it. Expect a lot of ghosts and a lot of nudity.
J-Novel Club has the 3rd How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord (anime coming soon) and the 8th In Another World with My Smartphone (anime now over).
Kodansha, print-wise, has the 7th Happiness (which I have to assume has caught up with Japan) and the 10th Sweetness and Lightning.
MICHELLE: I am definitely in the mood for some warm-hearted food manga!
ASH: Same! I’ve been really enjoying this series.
SEAN: Kodansha Digital gives us new volumes of Grand Blue Dreaming (9) and GTO Paradise Lost (8).
Their debut is Heaven’s Design Team (Tenchi Souzou Design-bu), which runs in Morning Two, and is apparently about a team creating new kinds of animals. It looks pretty weird.
MICHELLE: It does. I hope it’s a good weird.
SEAN: Seven Seas itself debuts two big titles. For manga we have The Bride Was a Boy (Hanayome wa Motodanshi), a story of a husband and wife from the wife’s POV, in which she talks about being assigned male at birth, transitioning, and falling in love. It’s complete in one volume, and looks great.
MICHELLE: I’m definitely looking forward to this one!
ASH: Yes! This is one of my most anticipated titles for the year.
SEAN: There’s also the light novel debut of Toradora!. I love the manga series, but sadly the manga only comes out once every 235 years now, so I am pleased we get to read the novels that it’s based on. Out digitally too! (Insert Toradorable joke here.)
SuBLime has a 3rd volume of A Strange and Mystifying Story. I hope it lives up to that name.
MICHELLE: If I recall rightly, around here is where the story began to improve for me.
ASH: This is the last volume that was previously translated; I’m looking forward to reading more of the series.
SEAN: Titan has another volume release of the Sherlock manga that’s been running in Kadokawa’s Young Ace. This one is The Great Game.
Vertical has an 11th Ajin.
Viz has possibly the most Manga Bookshelf week it’s ever had, with just two releases. We get the debut of the re-release of Fullmetal Alchemist in hardcover with extra sketches by the author, though I will let people know that yes, Shou Tucker is still in it.
ASH: I am incredibly tempted by that new edition of Fullmetal Alchemist.
SEAN: And we also have an 8th volume of Requiem of the Rose King, which STILL has not killed off Henry. The last volume was the best yet, so I am hankering to read this. (Yes, hankering. it’s a thing.)
MICHELLE: As a Southerner, I use “hankering” fairly often. I also sometimes “reckon” and “mosey.” :)
ASH: Requiem of the Rose King is well-worth hankering after.
ANNA: Such a great series!
SEAN: There’s also some Yen titles delayed from April. Wolf & Parchment is the Spice & Wolf light novel spinoff, and it has a 2nd volume. There’s also a 3rd DanMachi: Sword Oratoria manga, and a 5th Kagurui – Compulsive Gambler.
And to round things off, we see the debut of Star Wars: Lost Stars, a manga adaptation of the YA novel by Claudia Gray that runs as a manga from LINE Communication, which makes me suspect it’s phone-based. I am always open to more Star Wars.
See something here that floats your boat?