Here are nineteen new serials that are going to pop out of April. One of them is a re-print of an older title, but the whole entire thing is getting the re-print, so I included it here for fun. If it says “novel” followed by the title, then those are light novel releases. The others are all manga, or Japanese comics editions.
Deadpool Samurai Volume 1 follows my favourite Merc with the Mouth as he drops into Tokyo with a magnificently foul-mouthed bang, breaking all the walls in existence, after Iron Man invites the merc to join the Avenger’s Japan-centred group, Samurai Squad. With a free trip to Tokyo and all the extra cash, DP decides to give it a shot. After all, Japan’s one of the safest countries in the world, what could possibly go wrong?
Arisa by Natsume Andō is a shōjo, mystery manga series about twin sisters who were separated when their parents divorced. One day, the girls plan on meeting secretly as a way of reconnecting. They end up swapping places for the day and the unpopular, tomboy twin gets a taste of her sister’s perfect high school life. When she comes home to tell her sis how lucky she is, Tomboy Twin ends up watching as her Perfect Twin out of a window-
Everyone’s Getting Married (突然ですが、明日結婚します) is a josei, drama romance manga series about a successful and devoted career woman named Asuka Takanashi who has the traditional and old-fashioned dream of becoming a super supportive housewife. But when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue other interests, her plans get quite the set-back.
My Home Hero by Naoki Yamakawa & Masashi Asaki is a seinen, psychological crime thriller Japanese manga about a forty-ish year old salaryman that also writes mystery novels in his free time. One day while he’s having lunch with his eighteen-year-old daughter, he learns that she is being physically abused by her boyfriend.
My reading inclinations have been all over the place recently and as such, I’ve got a nice bit of variety to the things that I shall be diving into over the next couple of days and then possibly going into the upcoming week ahead, which includes a bit of horror, thriller, and non-fiction, along with a decent sized pile of Batman comics.
In an effort to check out older content, I browsed AniList’s catalogue of manga from 1990-1994 to see if anything would catch my attention. I tried to pick stuff that I either hadn’t heard of before (outside of my reference books) or that I knew would be a good complement to my specific tastes. I found five that seemed pretty interesting across the board,
Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.
Eternal Sabbath has always held an extremely special place in my heart because it was not only my first science-fiction series, but it was also the first manga that I read that wasn’t Initial D. So, it had a rather large influence on my newly budding persona as a bookish otaku. Today, I wanted to bring your attention to ES and encourage you to try it out if you haven’t done so already.
A Man and His Cat by Umi Sakurai is a shōnen, slice of life, comedy manga series about an elderly gentleman named Kanda who visits a local pet shop one day and adopts a round, one-year-old kitty that no one else seems interested in. Feeling that the older, bigger kitty has quite a loveable appeal to him, he brings it home and together they build a hilarious bond of affection and companionship
The Wolf Boy is Mine (私のオオカミくん) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance series that follows a high school girl named Komugi Kusunoki who transfers to rural Hokkaido after dealing with bullying at her previous school in the city. Upon arriving, she bumps into a super handsome dude named Yū Ōgami who blurts out that she smells good. Feeling somewhat mortified, Kusunoki walks away. Later in the day, when she’s getting some air, she comes across a dude sleeping under a shady tree. Realising it’s Yū, she approaches him and is shocked to discover that he’s transformed into a wolf.
Love in Focus (蓮住荘のさんかく) by Yōko Nogiri is a shōjo, romance manga series that revolves around a young teen named Mako who has a passion for photography. When a tragedy occurs in her personal life, she uses her passion as a means to distract her from the complexities of the emotions that follow.
A local book shop had a really nice manga sale this month—Buy One Get One Free—to celebrate the arrival of Spring and it allowed me to indulge in some unexpected manga buying, a glorious activity I haven’t done in quite a long time.
January and February kicked total ass for me in terms of reading. Granted I read mostly graphic novels and comics, but still. It feels fantastic to know that I consumed approximately 38 books across the last two months! Not everything was supremely mind-blowing, but a good chunk of these reads were decent and entertaining and enjoyable, while the rest left me questioning my life choices. Of course that contemplation only lasted for a few minutes before I moved on to the next book.
After watching Horimiya this season, I’ve been in the mood to read more romance manga. It feels really strange to say this because a) I couldn’t get into the Horimiya manga at all, and b) normally I’m not a huge fan of this genre. Yet, here I am, craving some fluffy, friendship-turning-into-lushy-love type shenanigans.