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Pick of the Week: Medalists and Househusbands

SEAN: There’s several titles I’m interested in… a new “Peggy Sue Villainess” story, a new We’re New at This sex comedy story, and (of course) a new Urusei…

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Adachi and Shimamura, Vol. 5

By Hitoma Iruma and Non. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Seven Seas. Translated by Molly Lee. o/~ Come on baby now throw…

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Altina the Sword Princess, Vol. 8

By Yukiya Murasaki and himesuz. Released in Japan as “Haken no Kouki Altina” by Famitsu Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by Roy Nukia.…

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Manga the Week of 5/19/21

SEAN: As the days get warmer, why not try some manga to cool you off? Airship debuts a new release, out next week digitally and in print next…

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Altina the Sword Princess: Loose Threads

By Yukiya Murasaki and himesuz. Released in Japan as “Haken no Kouki Altina” by Famitsu Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by Roy Nukia.…

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Reign of the Seven Spellblades, Vol. 2

By Bokuto Uno and Miyuki Ruria. Released in Japan as “Nanatsu no Maken ga Shihai suru” by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by…

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Pick of the Week: Two Strong Titles

MICHELLE: I’m pleased about quite a few things this week. I need to get caught up on Ace of the Diamond and Those Snow White Notes, The Springtime…

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Reincarnated As the Last of My Kind, Vol. 2

By Kiri Komori and Yamigo. Released in Japan as “Tensei Shitara Zetsumetsu Sunzen no Kishou Shuzokudeshita” on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website. Released in North America by Cross…

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Culinary Chronicles of the Court Flower, Vol. 1

By Miri Mikawa and Kasumi Nagi. Released in Japan as “Ikka Kōkyū Ryōrichō” by Kadokawa Beans Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by afm.…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll Do Anything to Become a Librarian!, Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke, Vol. 5

By Miya Kazuki and You Shiina. Released in Japan as “Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen” by TO Books. Released in North…

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My Alcoholic Escape from Reality

By Nagata Kabi. Released in Japan as “Genjitsu Touhi Shitetara Boroboro ni Natta Hanashi ” by East Press, serialized in Matogrosso. Released in North America by Seven Seas.…

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Manga the Week of 5/12/21

SEAN: Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s look for some manga that you can safely show to Mom. Airship has two early digital releases, Adachi & Shimamura 5 and Failure…

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ROLL OVER AND DIE: I Will Fight for an Ordinary Life with My Love and Cursed Sword!, Vol. 3

By kiki and kinta. Released in Japan as “Omae Gotoki ga Maou ni Kateru to Omou na to Gachizei ni Yuusha Party wo Tsuihou Sareta node, Outo de…

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Bookshelf Briefs 5/4/21

Days on Fes, Vol. 1 | By Kanato Oka | Yen Press A manga about the joys of music festivals is something we’ve seen before, but usually it’s…

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Invaders of the Rokujouma!?, Vol. 36

By Takehaya and Poco. Released in Japan as “Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!?” by HJ Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by Warnis. I’ve mentioned this…

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Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen, Vol. 7

By Keishi Ayasato and Saki Ukai. Released in Japan as “Isekai Goumon Hime” by MF Bunko J. Released in North America Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Hiroshi Thrasher.…

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Pick of the Week: It Must Have Been the Roses

SEAN: Come on. We all know what it is. This is the last time we can pick it, so it HAS to be the 5th and final volume…

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The Eminence in Shadow, Vol. 3

By Daisuke Aizawa and Touzai. Released in Japan as “Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!” by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Hiroshi Thrasher.…

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Accel World: Sword Sage of the Blue Flower

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jocelyne Allen. Accel World in general is a…

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High School DxD: Excalibur of the Moonlit Schoolyard

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. I had resolved, with this…

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The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?), Vol. 6

By Toru Taba and Falmaro. Released in Japan as “Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu ~Sou da, Baikoku Shiyou~” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by…

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Manga the Week of 5/5/21

SEAN: May Comes In Like a Tiger! What manga do we have next week? Airship has an early digital release of Hello World, a one-shot SF novel about…

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Baccano!: 1932 Summer: Man in the Killer

By Ryohgo Narita and Katsumi Enami. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Taylor Engel. After a very depressing 1700s…

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My Friend’s Little Sister Has It In for Me!, Vol. 2

By mikawaghost and tomari. Released in Japan as “Tomodachi no Imouto ga Ore ni dake Uzai” by GA Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by…

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Pick of the Week: Many Choices

MICHELLE: I don’t think I have ever chosen a light novel as a pick before, but I Have a Secret seems like exactly the sort of light novel…

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Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World, Vol. 3

By Ryohgo Narita and Tite Kubo. Released in Japan by Shueisha. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated by Jan Mitsuko Cash. The first half of this…

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A Mysterious Job Called Oda Nobunaga, Vol. 3

By Kisetsu Morita and Kaito Shibano. Released in Japan as “Oda Nobunaga to Iu Nazo no Shokugyou ga Mahou Kenshi Yori Cheat Datta Node, Oukoku o Tsukuru Koto…

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The Invincible Shovel, Vol. 4

By Yasohachi Tsuchise and Hagure Yuuki. Released in Japan as “Scoop Musou: “Scoop Hadouhou!” (`・ω・´)♂〓〓〓〓★(゜Д゜ ;;) .:∴DOGOoo” by MF Bunko J. Released in North America by Seven Seas.…

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Der Werwolf: The Annals of Veight, Vol. 11

By Hyougetsu and Nishi(E)da. Released in Japan by Earth Star Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Ningen. The last couple of books have been…

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Manga the Week of 4/28/21

SEAN: The end of April and there’s still so much going on. Airship has two digital-early debuts. I Have a Secret (Kakushigoto) is the latest one-shot by the…

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Slayers: Gaav’s Challenge

y Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. Slayers is Lina Inverse’s…

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The Ideal Sponger Life, Vol. 2

By Tsunehiko Watanabe and Jyuu Ayakura. Released in Japan as “Risou no Himo Seikatsu” by Hero Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by MPT. I…

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Since I Was Abandoned After Reincarnating, I Will Cook With My Fluffy Friends: The Figurehead Queen Is Strongest At Her Own Pace, Vol. 1

By Yu Sakurai and Kasumi Nagi. Released in Japan as “Tenseisaki de Suterareta no de, Mofumofu-tachi to Oryouri Shimasu: Okazari Ouhi wa My Pace ni Saikyou desu” by…

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Pick of the Week: Hana-chan and the Picks of the Week

SEAN: There are a lot of debuts, any one of which I should be picking here. That said, the title I’m likely most interested in is the third…

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Banner of the Stars: Thunder of the Empire

By Hiroyuki Morioka and Toshihiro Ono. Released in Japan by Hayakawa Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Giuseppe di Martino. And so we finally…

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The Matchmaking of Marielle Clarac

By Haruka Momo and Maro. Released in Japan as “Marielle Clarac no Kyuuai” by Ichijinsha Bunko Iris NEO. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Philip…

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Bookshelf Briefs 4/16/21

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction, Vol. 9 | By Inio Asano | Viz Media – By the ninth volume of Dead Dead Demon, any hope that this series…

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An Incurable Case of Love, Vol 7

An Incurable Case of Love Volume 7 by Maki Enjoji Especially in these pandemic times, sometimes I just want to read something light and fairly predictable. I don’t…

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Manga the Week of 4/21/21

SEAN: The end of April, and the daffodils are blooming. What manga do we have? Airship gives us a print version of the 10th Mushoku Tensei novel and…

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Fushi no Kami: Rebuilding Civilization Starts with a Village, Vol. 3

By Mizuumi Amakawa and Mai Okuma. Released in Japan as “Fushi no Kami: Henkyou kara Hajimeru Bunmei Saiseiki” by Overlap. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated…

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Outbreak Company, Vol. 17

By Ichiro Sakaki and Yuugen. Released in Japan by Kodansha Light Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Kevin Steinbach. One thing that has always…

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Tearmoon Empire, Vol. 4

By Nozomu Mochitsuki and Gilse. Released in Japan as “Tearmoon Teikoku Monogatari” by TO Books. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by David Teng. We’ve…

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Holmes of Kyoto, Vol. 4

By Mai Mochizuki and Shizu Yamauchi. Released in Japan by Futabasha. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Minna Lin. Rarely have I had to eat…

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Pick of the Week: Brides, Princesses, and Vampires

MICHELLE: There are new volumes of several series I enjoy coming out, and I’ll definitely be picking those up, but what grabs my attention the most is a…

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Call of the Night Vol 1

Call of the Night Volume 1 by Kotoyama I’m always a little curious about Shonen Sunday titles, as they tend to be a little more sophisticated than Shonen…

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The Reincarnated Prince and the Hero of Light

By Nobiru Kusunoki and Arico. Released in Japan as “Herscherik” by M Novels. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by afm. The last two volumes of…

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Days on Fes, Vol. 1

As a card-carrying member of Gen X, I cut my musical teeth at rock concerts. I didn’t have much experience going to festivals—they were rare in the 1980s—but…

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Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 28

By Mizuho Kusanagi. Released in Japan as “Akatsuki no Yona” by Hakusensha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Hana to Yume. Released in North America by Viz Media. Translated…

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Manga the Week of 4/14/21

SEAN: There certainly is a lot of manga coming out. Remember years ago when some weeks had three or four titles? ASH: It’s almost unimaginable any more. SEAN:…

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The Hero Is Overpowered But Overly Cautious, Vol. 6

By Light Tuchihi and Saori Toyota. Released in Japan as “Kono Yuusha Ga Ore TUEEE Kuse Ni Shinchou Sugiru” by Kadokawa Books. Released in North America by Yen…

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