SEAN: It’s February now, everyone’s least favorite month. Let’s see what’s on tap.
ASH: At least it’s short? Which I guess could be both a good and a bad thing…
SEAN: We start with Airship, which has one print release, Classroom of the Elite: Year 2 4.
And there are early digital releases of Skeleton Knight in Another World 10 and Vivy Prototype 3.
Dark Horse Comics has Blade of the Immortal Deluxe Edition 8 and Mob Psycho 100 10.
ASH: Still happily double-dipping on that deluxe edition.
SEAN: DMP has the 8th Vampire Hunter D manga.
ASH: While DMP annoys me for a variety of reasons, I have been known to enjoy this manga series.
SEAN: Ghost Ship has a 2nd volume of “too spicy for Viz” Shonen Jump title Ayakashi Triangle.
No debuts for J-Novel Club, but we do see Ascendance of a Bookworm’s 14th manga volume, Did I Seriously Just Get Reincarnated as My Gag Character?!’s 3rd manga volume, The Faraway Paladin’s 9th manga volume, Min-Maxing My TRPG Build in Another World 5, Monster Tamer 12, The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes 6, and Yashiro-kun’s Guide to Going Solo: After Story.
Kodansha has a big print box set: Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Complete Manga Box Set. This contains the entire series, which I found very enjoyable.
MICHELLE: I need to finish Wotakoi!
ASH: I really enjoyed it.
SEAN: Also in print: Attack on Titan Omnibus 9, Lovesick Ellie 8, Orient 13, Sailor Moon Naoko Takeuchi Edition 6, The Seven Deadly Sins Omnibus 8, Vampire Dormitory 9, and Wistoria: Wand and Sword 2.
Digitally we see Chihayafuru 36, The God-Tier Guardian and the Love of Six Princesses 6, Grand Blue Dreaming 18, I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability 8, Kounodori: Dr. Stork 32 (the final volume), Matcha Made in Heaven 4, Raised by the Demon Kings! 5, The Shape-Shifting Witch’s Kiss 3, and Shonen Note: Boy Soprano 2.
ANNA: I need to get caught up on Matcha Made in Heaven!
SEAN: Kodansha Books is starting to put out digital editions of the old Japanese fiction titles Vertical released 20 years ago. Next week we get Ashes, by Kenzo Kitakata. They already released the same author’s The Cage and City of Refuge digitally back in October.
ASH: Oh, that’s good news! Some of those titles were really great and becoming hard to find.
SEAN: One Peace Books has the 20th manga volume of The Rising of the Shield Hero.
Seven Seas has Tokyo Revengers Omnibus 7-8.
Steamship has Outbride: Beauty and the Beasts 3.
There’s two debuts from Viz Media. My Special One (Kimi ga Tokubetsu) is a new Betsuma series from the author of No Longer Heroine, which is also being released over here by a different publisher. A high school girl hates pretty boy idols… but now one of them is trying to woo her?
ANNA: Oh no, not the pretty boy idols!
MJ: Why am I a sucker for this exact type of plot?
SEAN: Show-ha Shoten! is a Jump Square title that’s gotten a release on the Jump app but is now getting a physical book. It’s by the artist of Death Note/Bakuman/etc, but with a different writer, so I am hoping it is not a giant car crash like Platinum End was. A young man gets his friend to help him do a comedy act at their school… then begs him to help him with his dream of being part of a stand-up comedy duo!
MICHELLE: Different, at least!
ASH: In general, I do like the artist’s work.
ANNA: Me too. Here’s hoping the story is as good as the art.
MJ: OH HELLO
SEAN: Also out next week: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 16, The King’s Beast 9, My Hero Academia 33, Rainbow Days 2, and Snow White with the Red Hair 23.
ANNA: Nice to see some ongoing shoujo!
SEAN: And that’s it! What gets you through this month?