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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Manga

This batch of manga features cats and gamers, angry gods trying to save the environment, a mansion filled with sexy killers, a 19th century mystery(?I think?), a tale about the last human in a mechanical world, and a magical witchy rom-com.

 

CAT GAMER TP VOL 01

(W) Wataru Nadatani (A/CA) Wataru Nadatani


Riko, a twenty-nine-year-old office worker with an obsession for video games, finds her quiet life upended when she takes in a stray cat! Her coworkers can't quite figure her out-she never talks about her personal life, she never works overtime, and she never joins them for happy hour. Is she antisocial? Nope, she's rushing home to play video games! One day, a stray cat is found in the office parking lot, and before Riko knows it, the cat has moved in with her! Having no experience with pets, Riko uses lessons drawn from video games to guide her in cat care, while her cute companion tries to understand her behavior through a cat's worldview.


Available for the first time in English!

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Why this caught my eye:

This just sounds fairly adorable, plus I want to know what video games actually can give clues to cat-care.

 

HEN KAI PAN TP VOL 01

(W) Eldo Yoshimizu (A/CA) Eldo Yoshimizu


ANCIENT GODS FIGHT A DESPERATE BATTLE TO SAVE THE EARTH FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION!


Dismayed by the havoc wreaked on the Earth by humankind, its five guardian spirits decide to act. But as they argue amongst themselves on what the judgement should be, one enraged spirit, Nila, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands.


FROM THE CREATOR OF THE ACCLAIMED MANGA EPIC RYUKO!

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Why this caught my eye:

I always like the idea of gods being fed up with humans, and the preview pages on Eldo Yoshimizu's website look pretty great. Also, I'm just really hoping that walrus on the cover has a key role to play in everything.

 

ROSEN BLOOD GN VOL 01

(W) Kachiru Ishizue (A) Kachiru Ishizue


Rescued from a horrendous carriage accident, Stella awakens at a gothic manor in the company of her saviors-a group of impossibly gorgeous young men. Their gentlemanly manners conceal a brutal, inhuman thirst. Can she unravel the mystery of their condition and escape before it's too late to tell danger from passion? For older teen audiences.


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Why this caught my eye:

Ok, that solicit sounds interesting, but this solicit I found sounds much more interesting:

'Levi-Ruin and the mysterious men who took Stella in have a bare kitchen…and a moaning box in the storehouse. After discovering mansion dweller Gilbert’s lifelike sculptures, the new maid faces a sinister reality. Can she survive the bloodlust? Stella must distinguish danger from passion as fear begins to feed on her!'

Moaning boxes in storehouses are always a plus.

 

FROM THE RED FOG GN VOL 01

(W) Mosae Nohara (A) Mosae Nohara


England at the end of the 19th century. A string of gruesome incidents all lead back to a single boy who was born into a world where chaos and order, and wealth and poverty are deeply intertwined. Guided by a deep solitude, what fate awaits him in the end?

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Why this caught my eye:

Honestly, like 50% of my manga reading is due to the solicits being so vague that I just want to friggin' find out what the stories are actually about.

 

COUNTRY WITHOUT HUMANS GN VOL 01

(W) Iwatobineko (A) Iwatobineko


A hauntingly beautiful tale about the last human in a mechanical world. Shii is the only human left in a city inhabited by nothing but machines. As she flees through the eerie streets, hunted by the sinister Triangle Head, she encounters a golem named Bulb. Can Shii survive long enough to form a friendship with this strange creature-and perhaps even change the world?

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm a sucker for human/machine tales of loneliness and friendship, and I just like the design elements to this world. Was having trouble finding too many sample pages, but here's a few from this French site.


Side note, while Country With No Humans is a memorable title, I do think I prefer the other translation I keep seeing, Lonely Place, But I Am Here.

 

DAILY REPORT ABOUT MY WITCH SENPAI GN VOL 01

(W) Maka Mochida (A) Maka Mochida


A sweet workplace romance with a touch of magic! Misono is an office drone with his own ups and downs at work, but thankfully, he has an ally: his senpai Shizuka, who happens to be a witch. Shizuka is always ready to lend a hand to those in need, but Misono thinks she should take better care of herself, since zipping around on a broomstick to run errands can be quite stressful.


Is Misono's over-solicitous concern for Shizuka driven by mere respect for this flustered witch, or could it be more? Let this magical romantic comedy cast its spell on you!

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Why this caught my eye:

This just sounds and looks like a fun, sweet read and apparently I'm really into fantasy rom-coms these days.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll take a look at some art books on the next installment!

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