SEAN: It’s getting near the end of March. Are you getting some manga delivered to you?
Dark Horse debuts the Dangan Ronpa 2: Goodbye Despair manga, which I believe tells the story from the POV of the actual lead this time, as opposed to the semi-antagonist.
J-Novel Club continues its rollout of shoujo light novels with The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap (Fukushuu wo Chikatta Shironeko wa Ryuuou no Hiza no Ue de Damin wo Musaboru), another series from the Arianrose label. A young girl ends up in another world, abandoned by her “friend”, trapped on a dangerous land, and turned into a white cat. But does she let that get her down? Hell no!
ASH: It make me happy to see more shoujo novels being translated.
SEAN: They’ve also got Ascendance of a Bookworm’s third manga volume, and Outbreak Company 13.
Kodansha’s print debut is Yuzu the Pet Vet (Yuzu no Dobutsu Karte), a Nakayoshi series about an 11-year-old who lives at her uncle’s pet hospital. She’s scared of animals, but wants to help out. Can she slowly come to love them? This looks, pardon me, goddamn adorable.
MICHELLE: It does. I wonder if it’ll be a little too cutesy for me, but I will definitely be checking it out.
ASH: I plan on giving it a look, too!
ANNA: It does sound cute!
SEAN: Also out in print is Cells at Work: Code BLACK 4, If I Could Reach You 4, Living-Room Matsunaga-san 2, and The Seven Deadly Sins 37.
MICHELLE: I liked the first volume of Living-Room Matsunaga-san. I’m glad it’s getting a print release.
ASH: I’ve been meaning to give it a try.
SEAN: The digital debut is Star⇄Crossed!! (Oshi ga Watashi de Watashi ga Oshi de), which is from the creator of Kiss Him, Not Me! and looks to be about as bananas as that one was. It runs in Betsufure, begins with the hero and heroine dying, and features bodyswaps via kissing.
MICHELLE: I am so down for this. I hope it doesn’t involve ludicrous, spontaneous weight loss as a plot point.
ANNA: That sounds hilarious.
MJ: I’m so ready for this.
SEAN: Other digital titles next week: Altair: A Record of Battles 16, Boarding School Juliet 15, DAYS 17, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life 19, I Fell in Love After School 2, Vampire Dormitory 3, and Watari-kun’s ******* Is About to Collapse 4.
MICHELLE: I really need to read Elegant Yokai Apartment Life.
SEAN: Seven Seas has three debuts. The Conditions of Paradise is a short-story collection from celebrated yuri artist Akiko Morishima. The stories ran in Comic Yuri Hime.
ASH: I’m curious about this one.
MJ: I am, too!
SEAN: Cosmo Familia is by the artist of the Madoka Magica manga, and appears to appeal to that demographic, but replaces magical girls with alien invaders. This one runs in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Forward.
We’ve already seen the PENGUINDRUM manga, and the PENGIUNDRUM anime, now enjoy the first light novel volume as well. This is an early digital release.
ASH: I’m sure I’ll get around to reading this once it’s available in print.
SEAN: They’ve also got Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average?! 8 (print) and 9 (digital), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 12 (print), Machimaho 5, Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious 3, and the 3rd Skeleton Knight in Another World manga.
Square Enix gives us a manga version of a light novel Yen On is releasing, Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town. The novel was a lot of fun. The manga runs in Gangan Online.
ASH: It does sound like it would be fun.
MJ: It does!
SEAN: Vertical has a 14th volume of Devils’ Line.
Yen On has three titles. A Certain Magical Index 22 is the final volume of the first Index series… is it the end of the Index novels in North America as well? There’s also Do You Love Your Mom? 5 and You Call That Service? 2.
And Yen Press has a pile of manga, though no debuts. Instead we get Bungo Stray Dogs 14, Cocoon Entwined 2, Hatsu*Haru 11, Kiniro Mosaic 10, KonoSuba’s 10th manga volume, Laid-Back Camp 10, My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected’s 13th manga volume, Smokin’ Parade 7, So I’m a Spider, So What?’s 7th manga volume, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun 2, and Triage X 19.
MICHELLE: The first volume of Cocoon Entwined was atmospheric and intriguing, and I very much look forward to more!
ASH: I just recently read the first volume of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun and kind of loved it, so I’ll definitely be picking up the second.
SEAN: Does any of this ring your chimes?
Jocilyn Wagner saysMarch 19, 2020 at 8:16 pm
Wait, how long have they been working on putting out Rakuen no Jouken? I feel like I’ve had that book for more than a decade.
Cocoon Entwined was surprising and I’ll probably get the second volume. Kind of like Marimite meets Oniisama e with yandereko and fetishisizing dress-making. >.> Yeah. Wow. Go read it.