SEAN: It’s the 31st of May, so get back indoors, you filthy people. (Sorry, Jonathan Coulton joke.)
ASH: I lol’d.
SEAN: Airship debuts, in print, There’s No Freaking Way I’ll be Your Lover! Unless… (Watashi ga Koibito ni Nareru Wake Naijan, Muri Muri! Muri Janakatta!?), whose digital edition came out last month. If you like protagonists who tell you how much they dislike themselves, you’ll love this.
Also in print: Disciple of the Lich: Or How I Was Cursed by the Gods and Dropped Into the Abyss! 5, She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man 7, and The Strange Adventure of a Broke Mercenary 8.
In early digital, we see Free Life Fantasy Online: Immortal Princess 3 and Though I Am an Inept Villainess: Tale of the Butterfly-Rat Body Swap in the Maiden Court 4.
A debut from Cross Infinite World, as we see The Invisible Wallflower Marries an Upstart Aristocrat After Getting Dumped for Her Sister! (Kon’yaku Haki Sareta “Kūki” na Watashi, Nariagari no Dan’na-sama ni Totsugimashita). This too seems to feature a protagonist who puts herself down a lot, but this genre tends to bear that more than the “high school yuri comedy” genre, so I’m a bit more hopeful.
Also from CIW, we see Since I Was Abandoned After Reincarnating, I Will Cook With My Fluffy Friends: The Figurehead Queen Is Strongest At Her Own Pace 5.
From Ghost Ship, we see The Witches of Adamas 5.
J-Novel Club has one debut next week: Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I’m Not the Demon Lord (Akuyaku Reijō Level 99: Watashi wa Ura Boss Desu ga Maō dewa Arimasen). This one’s already getting an anime soon. An introverted gamer is reincarnated as the villainess, and does the sensible thing of avoiding most of the cast. The trouble is… man, her stats are so awesome! Her gamer instinct awakens! So she grinds till she’s Level 99, and, well, now she can’t avoid attention.
Also out next week: The Apothecary Diaries 9, Ascendance of a Bookworm 25, Cooking with Wild Game 21, Dahlia in Bloom: Crafting a Fresh Start with Magical Tools 7, Enough with This Slow Life! I Was Reincarnated as a High Elf and Now I’m Bored 2, Gushing Over Magical Girls 6, and I Parry Everything: What Do You Mean I’m the Strongest? I’m Not Even an Adventurer Yet! 2.
ASH: I somehow missed that Cooking with Wild Game was already in the 20s. Probably because I was distracted by apothecaries and bookworms.
SEAN: Kodansha Books gives us another gorgeously illustrated Japanese short story, The Surgery Room, as well as the second volume of My Unique Skill Makes Me OP Even at Level 1, which is slightly less prestigious.
ASH: Very much looking forward to The Surgery Room.
SEAN: Kodansha Books has some print manga. Am I Actually the Strongest? 3, Blue Period 13, A Condition Called Love 3, Fire Force Omnibus 4, The Great Cleric 3, and I’m Standing on a Million Lives 14.
The digital debut is The World of Summoning (Shoukan Suru Sekai). It’s a Bessatsu Shonen series from the creator of Blood Lad. A boy trying his best to be a summoner, who can bring things from other worlds to his own, finds the job is not as popular as he expected.
And we also see Having an Idol-Loving Boyfriend is the Best! 3, My Master Has No Tail 9, Otherworldly Munchkin: Let’s Speedrun the Dungeon with Only 1 HP! 7, The Untouchable Midori-kun 4, and Yozakura Quartet 30.
Debuting from One Peace Books is Parallel World Pharmacy (Isekai Yakkyoku), based on a webnovel (not licensed) and also with an anime. It runs on Comic Walker. A man dies in Japan from overwork, and finds himself in medieval fantasy land, where medicine is the province of shysters and frauds. Time to overwork himself some more, I guess, but at least he has the usual OP cheats…
ASH: I’ll admit to being intrigued by this one.
SEAN: Seven Seas’ danmei line has Heaven Official’s Blessing: Tian Guan Ci Fu 6.
Debuting from Seven Seas is Don’t Call it Mystery (Mystery to Iunakare), which will be an omnibus of the first two volumes. This josei series from Flowers (pause for Michelle and Anna to freak out)…
ANNA: YES! I AM INDEED FREAKING OUT! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
SEAN: By the author of 7 Seeds and Basara (pausing even longer for the same reason)…
ANNA: WHY WILL SOMEONE NOT LICENSE 7 SEEDS, WHY WHY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.
MICHELLE: I READ A THEORY IT WAS BECAUSE THE ANIME WAS KIND OF LAME BUT I WILL HAPPILY ACCEPT THIS IN ITS PLACE!!!!
SEAN: The book is about a young college student with a huge head of hair who keeps getting involved in crimes – first as the suspect, then as the detective! It’s won multiple awards.
ANNA: I AM HYPED UP FOR THIS!
MICHELLE: COULD IT BE BOTH YUMI TAMURA AND A GENUINE MYSTERY MANGA? IS THIS HEAVEN?!?!
ASH: I am here to find out!
SEAN: In non-josei from Flowers by the author of 7 Seeds news (yes, there is some), Seven Seas also has The Duke of Death and His Maid 6, My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop 6, Polar Bear Café: Collector’s Edition 2, Sakurai-san Wants to Be Noticed 4 (the final volume), Servamp 18, and Skeleton Knight in Another World 10.
ANNA: I mean, I don’t really care if Don’t Call it Mystery coming out.
MICHELLE: Srsly. All other manga is dead to me this week.
SEAN: Square Enix Manga has The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! 5 and SINoALICE 3.
And Steamship gives us the 3rd volume of Ladies on Top.
And that’s it, because it’s the 5th week of the month, so a lot of publishers punt. What interests you?
ANNA: I’m tentatively interested in i>Don’t Call it Mystery. Perhaps.
MICHELLE: Just a smidge.