SEAN: Duck or bump, folks.
No debuts for Yen On, but a lot of ongoing titles. We see 86 ~Eighty-Six~ 12, Chitose Is in the Ramune Bottle 5, The Misfit of Demon King Academy 2 (in their J-Novel Club print series), The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) 11, Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway 5, High School DxD 12, Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World 12, Rascal Does Not Dream of His Student (the 12th in the series), Sabikui Bisco 6, Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online 13, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina 12, and You Can Have My Back 2.
ASH: That is a fair amount! I’m not sure I’m actively reading any of the relevant titles, but I’m still glad to see the collaboration with J-Novel.
SEAN: For Yen Press, we start with 15 Minutes Before We Really Date (Maji de Tsukiau 15-funmae), which ran in pixiv Ace. Two childhood friends have grown up together, and everyone assumes they’re a couple, except they aren’t. What if they tried it?
ASH: What if, indeed.
SEAN: Higurashi When They Cry: GOU Comic Anthology is what it sounds like, an anthology of comic manga by various artists based around the modern retool of Higurashi, Higurashi GOU.
Kiss the Scars of the Girls (Shoujo-tachi no Kizuato ni Kuchizuke wo) is a yuri title from Comic Newtype that is basically “what if the cast of Maria-sama Ga Miteru were vampires?”.
Lord Hades’s Ruthless Marriage (Hades-sama no Mujihi na Konin) is a shoujo series from Asuka about Lord Hades, king of the underworld, who sadly now has an arrow in his head from Eros. Only true love can remove it… and there are many candidates.
ASH: Count me curious!
SEAN: One More Step, Come Stand by My Side (Ato Ippo, Soba ni Kite) is a collection of one-shots that ran in Comic Beam. They’re apparently very good.
ASH: I like one shots; they’re harder to fall behind on reading.
SEAN: Rascal Does Not Dream of Logical Witch (Seishun Buta Yarou wa Logical Witch no Yume wo Minai) is another two-volume omnibus of the manga adaptation of the 3rd light novel of this series. It ran on Comic Walker.
Reborn to Master the Blade: From Hero-King to Extraordinary Squire (Eiyuu Ou, Bu o Kiwameru Tame Tenseisu – Soshite, Sekai Saikyou no Minarai Kishi) is also from their J-Novel Club in print imprint. The manga runs in Comic Fire.
The Shiunji Family Children (Shiunji-ke no Kodomotachi) is a seinen title from Young Animal. Do you like “incest but not really?” then you’ll love this.
ANNA: I do not like it!
SEAN: When I Became a Commoner, They Broke Off Our Engagement! (Kizoku Kara Shomin ni Natta no de, Konyaku wo Kaishou Saremashita!) is a shoujo title from Flos Comic. A young woman finds out that she was switched at birth by a fairy! You know what that means. Disowned, engagement broken, left to starve in the streets, etc. Those are some lovely cookies on the cover.
ASH: They really are.
SEAN: Also from Yen Press: Associate Professor Akira Takatsuki’s Conjecture 2, Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside 6, Bungo Stray Dogs 23, Bungo Stray Dogs: Wan! 6, Call the Name of the Night 3, The Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy 4, The Eminence in Shadow 8, Goblin Slayer 13, Honey Lemon Soda 4, I Kept Pressing the 100-Million-Year Button and Came Out on Top 4, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria 21, Let This Grieving Soul Retire 7, Love and Heart 9, [Oshi No Ko] 4, The Reformation of the World as Overseen by a Realist Demon King 2, Saint? No! I’m Just a Passing Beast Tamer! 2, Shadows House 5, Sugar Apple Fairy Tale 2, Sunbeams in the Sky 3 (the final volume), Touge Oni: Primal Gods in Ancient Times 2, Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet 5, Val x Love 15, Yokohama Station SF 3 (the final volume), and Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game 4.
MICHELLE: I should check back in with Honey Lemon Soda and Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet.
ANNA: Oh yeah, I have some volumes stacked up in my house. Gotta catch up!
SEAN: Debuting from Viz Media is Takopi’s Original Sin (Takopii no Genzai), a done-in-2-in-1 omnibus from Shonen Jump +, and an award-nominated work. A naive alien here to spread happiness meets a depressed, abused girl.
They’ve also got Choujin X 4, Dark Gathering 4, Heart Gear 2, Jujutsu Kaisen 21, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 20, Seraph of the End 28, and Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead 12.
Udon Entertainment debut Team Phoenix, a Bessatsu Shonen Champion series that asks the question “what if the most iconic characters in Tezuka’s manga became space pirates?”.
ANNA: This sounds like a good question to ask.
ASH: Huh! I hadn’t thought to ask it myself, but I’m glad that someone did!
SEAN: Square Enix has Beauty and the Feast 11 (the final volume), Ragna Crimson 11, and SINoALICE 5.
Seven Seas has three debuts. ENNEAD is a BL webtoon inspired by Egyptian mythology, and comes in two versions: paperback (Teen rated), and hardcover (mature rated).
ASH: Now, that’s an interesting approach!
SEAN: Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Kagami no Kojou) appears to be a death game manga without the death. It runs in Ultra Jump.
ASH: Oh, I hadn’t realized that Mizuki Tsujimura’s novel had a manga adaptation!
SEAN: Orb: On the Movements of the Earth (Chi – Chikyuu no Undou ni Tsuite) is a Big Comic Spirits title that’s won oodles of awards. It’s about the age of reason meeting heresy. This is an omnibus of the first 2 volumes.
ANNA: OK, I’m curious about this.
ASH: Oodles of awards, you say? I am likewise intrigued.
SEAN: Orange Complete Series Box Set contains the 5 main volumes, plus the two that came after, in one handy box.
ASH: Very nice.
SEAN: Also from Seven Seas: Anti-Romance 2 (the final volume), Delinquent Daddy and Tender Teacher 2, The Dragon Knight’s Beloved 6, I’m the Evil Lord of an Intergalactic Empire! 3, The Knight Captain is the New Princess-to-Be 2, Last Game 3, School Zone Girls 5, Tokyo Revengers 15-16, and The Two of Them Are Pretty Much Like This 4 (the final volume).
MICHELLE: I enjoyed Anti-Romance volume one, so looking forward to the conclusion.
ASH: I should really give that one a read.
SEAN: One Peace Books has Parallel World Pharmacy 2.
Kodansha Books has a 4th volume of Am I Actually the Strongest?.
Kodansha Manga debuts in print ORIGIN, which comes from the artist of Dr. Stone and creator of Sun Ken Rock. I think it will be more like the latter than the former. In the near future, a space railroad has a serial killer running amok. Trying to stop them… is Origin. This ran in Young Magazine.
Also in print: A Condition Called Love 5, Fire Force Omnibus 7, The Great Cleric 6, I’m Giving the Disgraced Noble Lady I Rescued a Crash Course in Naughtiness 2, Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms 3, Wandance 7, Wave, Listen to Me! 10, and When Will Ayumu Make His Move? 14.
MICHELLE: Also gotta catch up on Wandance!
SEAN: The digital debut is How to Treat a Lady Knight Right (Ima Made Ichido mo Onna Atsukaisareta Koto ga Nai Onna Kishi o Onna Atsukai Suru Manga), which might seem familiar – it’s another rescue from everyone’s favorite punching bag, Sol Press. This ran in Suiyoubi no Sirius, and is basically for anyone who loves blushing, because god, this series is riddled with it.
SEAN: Also digital: The Café Terrace and Its Goddesses 10, A Condition Called Love 13, A Couple of Cuckoos 14, Gamaran 15, Issak 4, Searching for My Perfect Brother 2, and Those Snow White Notes 11.
Four J-Novel Club debuts next week: two manga, two light novels. 8th Loop for the Win! With Seven Lives’ Worth of XP and the Third Princess’s Appraisal Skill, My Behemoth and I Are Unstoppable! (Loop 8-shume wa Shiawase na Jinsei wo: 7-Shuubun no Keikenchi to Daisan Oujo no “Kantei” de Kakusei shita Ore wa, Aibo no Behemoth to Tomo ni Musou suru) is the manga adaptation of the LN also out from J-NC. It runs in Comic Pash!.
Fake It to Break It! I Faked Amnesia to Break Off My Engagement and Now He’s All Lovey-Dovey?! (Konyaku Haki wo Neratte Kioku Soushitsu no Furi wo Shitara, Sokkenai Taido datta Konyakusha ga “Kioku wo Ushinau Mae no Kimi wa, Ore ni Betabore datta” to Iu, Tondemonai Uso wo Tsuki Hajimeta) is a light novel about a woman who is tired of her seemingly uncaring fiance, so fakes amnesia to break off the engagement. The trouble is, he tells her that she was madly in love with him!
From Old Country Bumpkin to Master Swordsman: My Hotshot Disciples Are All Grown Up Now, and They Won’t Leave Me Alone (Katainaka no Ossan, Kensei ni Naru: Tada no Inaka no Kenjutsu Shihan Datta noni, Taisei Shita Deshitachi ga Ore o Hōttekurenai Ken) is a light novel series about a humble sword instructor who is now invited to the royal capital by his former students. What can they learn from an average guy like him? I’m getting S-Ranked Daughter vibes from this.
The Oblivious Saint Can’t Contain Her Power: Disgraced No Longer, I’m Finding Happiness with the Prince! (Mujikaku Seijo wa Kyou mo Muishiki ni Chikara wo Tarenagasu – Koushaku-ke no Ochikobore Reijou, Totsugisaki de Shiwase wo Tsukami Toru) is a manga based on an unlicensed light novel. Disgraced daughter with no magic power, abused by her family, married off to another kingdom, turns out to have a ton of power really. You know the drill.
There’s also the third Dragon Daddy Diaries: A Girl Grows to Greatness manga volume, DUNGEON DIVE: Aim for the Deepest Level 5, Haibara’s Teenage New Game+ 5, I Want to Escape from Princess Lessons 2, I’m Not the Hero! 2, The Ideal Sponger Life 14, Reincarnated Mage with Inferior Eyes: Breezing through the Future as an Oppressed Ex-Hero 4.5, The Retired Demon of the Maxed-Out Village 2, and Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I’m Not the Demon Lord 3.
ASH: A strong showing from J-Novel this week.
SEAN: Dark Horse Comics debuts Innocent, a legendary manga that ran in Young Jump about 10 years ago. The story of Charles-Henri Sanson, the executioner of the French Revolution, it’s coming out in three omnibuses, this contains Vol. 1-3. It’s an absolute must read.
ANNA: This was not on my radar before, but now I’m curious!
SEAN: The creator also wrote #DRCL Midnight Children, out recently from Viz. Their art is amazing.
ASH: This is a series I’ve been waiting for!
SEAN: No print from Airship, but we do get an early digital debut. Easygoing Territory Defense by the Optimistic Lord: Production Magic Turns a Nameless Village into the Strongest Fortified City (Okiraku Ryōshu no Tanoshii Ryōchi Bōei: Seisan-kei Majutsu de Na mo Nakimura o Saikyō no Jōsai Toshi ni) is another one of those “reincarnated with a useless skill that’s really super awesome” books.
Are you thankful for manga? I’m thankful I finished typing this up. It took two hours.
ASH: Only two?!