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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Manga

Time to inflict more manga on ya!

You'll see that I'll try to include a little order code with most items (ex:JUL200019). Show some love to your retailer and use those codes when you can, it saves a lot of time on the data entry end of things.



(W) Haro Aso (A) Kotaro Takata

In a trash-filled apartment, 24-year-old Akira Tendo watches a zombie movie with lifeless, envious eyes. After spending three hard years at one of Japan's "black corporations," his spirit is broken. He can't even muster the courage to confess his feelings to his beautiful co-worker Ohtori. Then one morning, he stumbles upon his landlord eating lunch-which happens to be another tenant! The whole city's swarming with zombies, and even though he's running for his life, Akira's never felt more free!


Why this caught my eye:

While I feel zombie fiction is pretty played out at this point, if they pivot it into an interesting character piece then I'm all for using zombies as a plot device/backdrop. Following a burnt out guy who can only feel enthusiastic about life during a zombie apocalypse sounds like a good time.



(W) Suu Morishita (A) Suu Morishita

Yuki is a typical college student in all ways but one: She's hard of hearing. A chance encounter on a train leads to a serious crush...but will he give her a chance? A sweet and relatable manga romance from the creator of Shortcake Cake!

Even with a hearing aid, the voices of others are an indistinct blur for Yuki. But she's never let that get in the way of a life arranged around her friends, social media, and cute fashion. She's browsing her phone a on train when a tourist asks her for directions, and she's ready to panic...but the handsome Itsuomi steps in to help. It turns out her new crush is a friend of a friend, and Yuki's world starts to widen. But even though Itsuomi-kun can speak three languages, sign language isn't one of them. Can Yuki communicate her budding feelings?

From the acclaimed author of Shortcake Cake, the hit shojo series with more than a million copies in print, this new work is sure to please fans of romantic stories like A Silent Voice, Kimi ni Todoke, and Love in Foc...

One of the most prolific and successful shojo manga creators of the last decade, suu Morishita's English-language debut was Shortcake Cake, which has more than one million copies in print worldwide. Morishita's second series to be released in English is A Sign of Affection.


Why this caught my eye:

I've heard good things about Shortcake Cake but just haven't checked it out, but I'm happy to have another book coming out featuring representation for the hearing impaired. It also just sounds like a really cute romance.



(W) Sasami Nitori (A) Sasami Nitori

An adorable, full-color manga series about a young man who rescues a very special cat. There's more to this kitty than meets the eye! Kyuu-chan loves snacks, cuddles, and bow ties, but above all, this mischievous wondercat loves Hinata, the young professional who adopted Kyuu-chan into his home. As the two adjust to life together, they discover that they have a lot to learn from each other. The ordinary and the extraordinary live side by side in this delightful slice-of-life comic!


Why this caught my eye:

The solicit sounds a little similar to A Man and His Cat, which was utterly heartwarming so we can use a bit more of that right now.



(W) Kennoji, Eri Haruno (A) Kennoji, Eri Haruno

The light-hearted isekai tale about a fantasy pharmacist that inspired the anime! When corporate drone Reiji wakes up in another world, he comes face-to-face with a fatally wounded werewolf. Thankfully, Reiji's new Medicine Maker skill enables him to brew uniquely effective potions. Alongside his new wolf-girl friend, Reiji and his amazing cures are ready to revolutionize this fantasy world. Be they an old man seeking the secret of youth or an elven archer with blurry vision, all comers are welcome to his countryside pharmacy.


Why this caught my eye:

While the explosion of isekai fiction has sort of littered the manga landscape with a lot of derivative work, I still can't help myself. If it's cute, has a good hook, and just has fun then it's a nice bit of distraction for me these days. A pharmacists actively improving the lives of fantasy characters with basic medicine just sounds fun.



(W) Shotaro Ishinomori (A) Shotaro Ishinomori

Shotaro Ishinomori's classic manga that helped inspire decades of Super Sentai adventures, and later gave rise to the Power Rangers, in English for the first time ever! An evil secret society called the Black Cross Army threatens world peace, and only an elite task force known as the Earth Guard League (EAGLE) can stop them. After the Black Cross Army destroys EAGLE's headquarters across Japan, only five young recruits survive. Hiding in a secret underground base, they are given enhanced battlesuits that empower them with superhuman abilities, transforming the youths into an unstoppable squad to combat evil. Tied to the first Japanese Super Sentai tokusatsu TV series ever made, this genre-defining work laid the groundwork for decades of such adventures. Read Shotaro Ishinomori's original manga adaptation of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger in this beautiful hardcover collection.


Why this caught my eye:

It's pretty cool to finally have a progenitor of such a long history of tokusatsu fiction available in English for the first time. This feels like the perfect gift for any longstanding Power Ranger fans who may want to appreciate the roots of their fandom.


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up drama and slice-of-life stuff next!

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