SEAN: There are 9 or 10 debuts this week and half of them are from Seven Seas. Hrm… how about a reverse order week?
Yen Press gives us an artbook, as we see The Art of Sword Oratoria, presumably lacking the title of its parent series to save space on the cover. Enjoy gorgeous art of Aiz, Loki, Lefiya and the rest from the LN illustrator, along with rough sketches and the like.
ASH: I’m not particularly familiar with the series, but Yen has done a really nice job with previous artbooks.
MELINDA: That is my take as well.
SEAN: Also from Yen we have Trinity Seven 18, My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected (manga version) 12, and The Monster and the Beast 2.
MICHELLE: I’m looking forward to more of The Monster and the Beast.
ASH: Yup! Me, too!
SEAN: Yen On debuts Weathering With You, the latest Makoto Shinkai book based on an anime film. Lately he’s been less depressing. Can he keep it up?
ASH: We shall see!
MELINDA: Count me in!
Yen On also has KonoSuba 10, The Devil Is a Part-Timer! 15, A Certain Magical Index 21, and Accel World 20. All these series are so long lately!
Viz has No Longer Human. This classic of Japanese literature has seen releases here before… even other manga adaptations. This one, though, is by Junji Ito, and is a 600-page hardcover brick. Get it for Christmas and wallow in it.
ASH: This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year. No Longer Human is a touchstone work for me and I am a big fan of Ito’s manga, so I’m really looking forward to seeing his take.
MELINDA: I somehow missed that this was coming, and now I’m very excited!
For Manga Bookshelf folks, we also get the yearly Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 16. And there’s Tokyo Ghoul;re 14, Terra Formars 22, Golden Kamuy 13, and the 20th Century Boys Perfect Edition 6.
MICHELLE: I will never not love Ooku.
ASH: It’s true. Glad for more Golden Kamuy, too!
MELINDA: What Michelle said!
SEAN: Vertical has the 2nd Monogatari Series Box Set, containing the 6 books of the 2nd “season”, as well as the 3rd Go with the Clouds, North-by-Northwest.
OK, Seven Seas. Let’s go down the debuts one by one. First, the manga version of Reincarnated As a Sword debuts.
Our Dining Table (Bokura no Shokutaku) is a one-volume BL manga from Gentosha’s Rutile, about a salaryman who one day meets two brothers – one his age, one a little kid – and teaches them to make food. Love might follow! This looks sweet.
MICHELLE: Super sweet. I’m very much looking forward to this one!
ASH: Yes! This manga is catered to my tastes.
ANNA: This sounds cute.
MELINDA: Oh, how lovely.
SEAN: My Father Is a Unicorn (Unicorn Otousan) is not, as far as I know, related to My Bride Is a Mermaid. Its title is its premise (stepfather, of course), and it ran in Frontier Works’ Hug Pixiv.
ASH: This sounds delightfully ridiculous; I plan on picking it up.
SEAN: Gal Gohan I just reviewed here. It’s a cute but ecchi series about a gal who falls for her teacher and the cooking class they do together. It runs in Hakusensha’s Young Animal.
ASH: Hmmm. I do like food-related manga…
Dirty Pair Omnibus (Dirty Pair no Daibouken) is a manga adaptation of the classic novel, but with updated character designs that remind me a bit of Adam Warren. Very appropriate, that. It ran in Tokuma Shoten’s Comic Ryu.
ASH: I’m hoping the original might be licensed at some point, but this adaptation might not be a bad place to start.
SEAN: Bloom Into You is a very popular yuri series, to the point where we’re actually getting the light novels based off of it. They focus on Sayaka, and the first is out digitally next week and in print later in 2020.
Also, Seven Seas has the fourth and final volume of Our Dreams at Dusk, which should be on everyone’s manga of the year shortlist.
MICHELLE: Maybe I will really succeed in reading this series soon!
ASH: It is such a good series.
ANNA: We are getting it at my library!
MELINDA: I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to reading this, but that’s where we are. I must fix that!
SEAN: And we get Monster Musume 15 and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life 6.
One Peace has a 15th Rising of the Shield Hero light novel.
Kodansha has two print debuts next week. Saint Young Men is well-known, of course, and finally hitting our shores. Drifting Dragons is slightly less well-known, but, I mean, it’s filled with dragons. Both have already come out digitally.
MICHELLE: I’m happy to see Saint Young Men is getting a print release with, so far, no uproar.
ASH: I am so excited for a print edition of Saint Young Men! I’m very curious about Drifting Dragons, too.
ANNA: I preordered the print version of Saint Young Men right when it was announced.
MELINDA: I’m so ready for Saint Young Men!
SEAN: Also in print: Vinland Saga 11, To Your Eternity 11, O Maidens in Your Savage Season 5, and Again!! 12, which is the final volume.
MICHELLE: Again!! can be frustrating, in that it doesn’t always follow heartwarming sports manga beats, but when it pays off, it sure pays off. I’m looking forward to seeing how this manifests in the final volume.
ASH: Hooo! That’s a lot of really good stuff coming out from Kodansha! I’m reading all of these.
ANNA: I really need to catch up on Again!!. Also excited for more Vinland Saga.
SEAN: Debuting digitally next week is Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse (Watari-kun no xx ga Houkai Sunzen), a Young Magazine series which shows that digital-only can license seinen trash just as much as josei trash, I guess.
SEAN: There’s also Shojo FIGHT! 8, Saint Young Men 4 digitally, Peach Girl NEXT 7, My Boss’s Kitten 3, and Are You Lost? 5.
MICHELLE: Shojo FIGHT! for the win!
SEAN: J-Novel Club has Banner of the Stars debut, the sequel to Crest of the Stars. We also get an 8th Lazy Dungeon Master.
Ghost Ship gives us World’s End Harem 7 and To-Love-Ru Darkness 13.
Dark Horse has a 6th volume of Drifters.
ASH: Oh! It’s been a while since I’ve read Drifters. Granted, there was a long break between the releases of some of the volumes. I’ll need to do a little catching up.
SEAN: Lastly, Cross Infinite World has the 2nd in the I Became the Secretary of a Hero! light novel series.
Lots of potential presents here. Anything catch your eye?