SEAN: Warning: It’s Yen Press week. Be prepared for more than usual.
ASH: Good to know!
SEAN: Airship has some print titles. We get Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation 21, Though I Am an Inept Villainess: Tale of the Butterfly-Rat Body Swap in the Maiden Court 3, and Vivy Prototype 3.
And in early digital we see 7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy! 3 and The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary 7.
Denpa Books has an artbook out, TabeGirl: The Art of JUN. It seems to involve pretty women eating food. For those who want to see that, great news!
ASH: I am curious, for sure.
SEAN: A trio of titles from Ghost Ship: 2.5 Dimensional Seduction 5, Do You Like Big Girls? 6, and It’s Just Not My Night! – Tale of a Fallen Vampire Queen 3 (the final volume).
J-Novel Club has a digital manga debut next week. It’s the manga version of a light novel they’ll be releasing next month. A Cave King’s Road to Paradise: Climbing to the Top with My Almighty Mining Skills! (Doukutsuou kara Hajimeru Rakuen Life – Bannou no Saikutsu Skill de Saikyou ni!?) is a Comic Walker title that’s another of those “you have a bad skill and therefore it is OK to bully, shun, and literally exile you” stories. As you can guess, it’s not a bad skill really.
ASH: Very few skills seem to be, honestly.
SEAN: We also have Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest 13 (the final volume), The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom 3, the 4th Housekeeping Mage from Another World: Making Your Adventures Feel Like Home! manga, Lady Rose Just Wants to Be a Commoner! 2, My Quiet Blacksmith Life in Another World 6, the 4th Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire manga, and Record of Wortenia War 18.
Kodansha has some print titles. A Condition Called Love 2, In the Clear Moonlit Dusk 3, Noragami Omnibus 4, The Seven Deadly Sins Omnibus 9, and the 28th and final volume of UQ Holder!.
Digitally, we see And Yet, You Are So Sweet 7, Anyway, I’m Falling in Love with You 5, Blue Lock 18, The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses 6, Gamaran 7, A Girl & Her Guard Dog 8, GTO: Paradise Lost 20, and She’s My Knight 3.
MICHELLE: A couple of cute-seeming shoujo series in this mix. And a fun sports manga.
SEAN: One Peace Books has Captain Corinth: The Galactic Navy Officer Becomes an Adventurer 2.
ASH: The first volume set up some interesting premises.
SEAN: Seven Seas debuts The Eccentric Doctor of the Moon Flower Kingdom (Gekkakoku Kiiden), a shoujo title from Asuka (!!!). A prince survives an assassination attempt thanks to a mysterious girl. Just who is she?
SEAN: There’s also the print debut of The Skull Dragon’s Precious Daughter (Hone Dragon no Mana Musume). J-Novel Club published this digitally, now Seven Seas is picking up the print. This is another in the genre of “Powerful fantasy being adopts adorable urchin”.
ASH: It is a subgenre I tend to enjoy.
SEAN: They’ve also got The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Wizard’s Blue 6, Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest 10, Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon 4 (the final volume), The Duke of Death and His Maid 5, His Majesty the Demon King’s Housekeeper 3, Lazy Dungeon Master 3, My [Repair] Skill Became a Versatile Cheat, So I Think I’ll Open a Weapon Shop 3, PULSE 3, and The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes: Ultramarine 3.
ASH: Well, that’s a sign I should get around to reading Doughnuts Under a Crescent Moon sooner rather than later.
SEAN: Viz Media has a debut in its Signature line. Insomniacs After School (Kimi wa Houkago Insomnia) is a seinen title from Big Comic Spirits. A guy who’s extremely unpopular due to his attitude has a secret: he has insomnia! Then he finds a girl with a similar issue. Can the two of them find both a way to fall asleep more easily? This has an anime starting next month.
ASH: Signature offerings are generally of interest to me.
ANNA: Me too!
SEAN: Also from Viz: Alice in Borderland 5, Beast Complex 2, Children of the Whales 21, Crazy Food Truck 3, Jujutsu Kaisen 19, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 19, Orochi: The Perfect Edition 4 (the final volume), and Spy x Family 9.
ASH: Still glad for this Orochi release.
SEAN: Yen On debuts Hollow Regalia (Utsuro Naru Regalia), a new light novel series from the creator of Strike the Blood. One day giant dragons appeared and destroyed Japan. Our hero survived by drinking dragon’s blood, making him immortal. There’s only one thing left for him to do… find precious artwork in the ruined city of Tokyo and bring it to art dealers.
ASH: There are a few twists there I was not expecting.
SEAN: Also from Yen On: Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside 8, The Executioner and Her Way of Life 6, Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway 3, Ishura 3, Magistellus Bad Trip 3 (the final volume), Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World 11, Overlord 15, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Lost Singer (10th in the series), Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- 21 (which starts the 6th arc), Secrets of the Silent Witch 3, Solo Leveling 7, Sword Art Online 26, and Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina 10.
ASH: That’s a pretty decent batch of novels.
SEAN: Debuting from Yen Press is Call the Name of the Night (Yoru no Namae o Yonde). It’s from Harta (yay!), and stars a girl whose illness makes her call forth darkness in times of stress, and the doctor trying to cure her.
MICHELLE: Hm (reprise).
SEAN: The Otherworlder, Exploring the Dungeon (Ihoujin, Dungeon ni Moguru) is a Comp Ace adaptation of the light novel Yen On is already releasing. It’s about a guy who is hired to join a team of experts and take on a dungeon in another world. The trouble is, after the transport, he’s the only one there. Can he find allies?
The Villainess Stans the Heroes: Playing the Antagonist to Support Her Faves! (Akuyaku Reijou wa Kyou mo Karei ni Anyaku suru Tsuihougo mo oshi no Tame ni Akutou to Shite Shien Shimasu!) is a manga based on a webnovel, which runs in Gangan Online. It’s in the subgenre of “girl tries to be a villainess and fails badly”.
ASH: It’s a fun subgenre.
SEAN: There is also (deep breath) The Abandoned Empress 4, Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside 4, Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan! 4, Coffee Moon 2, Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana 4, Hirano and Kagiura 2, I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top 2, In the Land of Leadale 3, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II 3, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level 10, Kiniro Mosaic: Best Wishes (an epilogue volume), Love of Kill 11, MonsTABOO 3, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World 5, Please Put Them On, Takamine-san 5, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, The Frozen Bond 3 (the final volume), Shadows House 3, She Loves to Cook, and She Loves to Eat 2, Shy 2, So What’s Wrong with Getting Reborn as a Goblin? 2, Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included 2, Touring After the Apocalypse 2, and Yowamushi Pedal 22.
MICHELLE: Yay for Yowamushi.
ANNA: I need to pick that up for my kids.
SEAN: Assuming you got through that last blast of manga, what are you getting?
RKasa saysMarch 16, 2023 at 6:50 pm
Just Orochi and SPY x FAMILY for me this week, though Seven Seas debuting a series that runs in Asuka got my attention. I’ll have to keep an eye out for reviews of that one…