My most anticipated new releases for Spring/Summer 2018 (April 2018 to August 2018). Release dates are subject to change without notice.
These first 5 titles are ones I’m most interested to hear reviews of. I’m probably not going to pick them up right away, but they are the ones I’m most intrigued by:
Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano (Viz Media / Released: April 17)
If you don’t follow me over on YouTube, you might not know how much I actually have been disappointed in Inio Asano’s works. I don’t like the stories he tells. But, I like how Asano composes his stories. And, I’ve been told (by some people who’s opinions I trust on the matter) that this will cure me of my woes. I’m doubtful, but hopeful.
Moteki: Love Strikes by Mitsurou Kubo (Vertical Comics / Released: April 3)
I believe this is by the same author involved in Yuri on Ice, which is super popular right now. I wouldn’t know really if it’s worth picking up from that since I rarely watch anime itself… but, I was actually more drawn to this by the cover art design which leads me to believe that this will be a drama series featuring adult characters… Unfortunately my shopping this year being somewhat hampered by other priorities, I’ll have to sustain myself with everyone’s reviews until I can afford to pick this one up.
My Boy by Hitomi Takano (Vertical Comics / Released: April 10)
This story follows the premise of a 30-year-old woman and her relationship with a 12-year-old boy. It may become a romantic relationship which definitely crosses the line and is enough for me to avoid this title… but it could be a conversation about the inappropriate nature of this kind of relationship. It’s hard to say with Vertical titles, they do often get very close to that line for me. I am very curious about it, but I think I’m more interested in reading the reviews once it’s been released.
Sacrificial Princess & the King of Beasts by Yu Tomofuji (Yen Press / Released: April 24)
Sounds like a Beauty and the Beast retelling to me. And since the character actually appears to be a “beast” I’m totally on board for it! But, because it’s by Yen Press it’s also going to be a bit overpriced, so it will take me a bit longer to pick this one up… unfortunately.
Go for it, Nakamura by Syundei (Seven Seas / Released: July 3)
This just sounds like a hilarious “yaoi” comedy. So, this just seems like an unusual scenario compared to any yaoi or shonen-ai I’ve read before. I’m pretty sure this title is also on my sister’s radar, so hopefully it won’t be long before it joins our collection.
These last 5 are probably my top priority picks. I don’t think I’ll wait to see if people like them. They are titles that NEED to join my collection.
Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection by Leiji Matsumoto (Seven Seas / Released: April 24)
Hurray!! Of course, this is probably my most anticipated title on the list. I am so excited to see so much L. Matsumoto titles being released in English… And Harlock may be one of my first anime crushes. Ahhhh. It’s going to be so good. This is the first hardcover title I’ll be picking up from Seven Seas, so I’m very curious to see how the quality fairs. They’ve been doing a good job with their paperback titles. I am a little disappointed that it isn’t going to be Kodansha again. I was hoping that these books would match their Queen Emeraldas release.
Sailor Moon Eternal Edition by Naoko Takeuchi (Kodansha / Released: April 24)
I recently picked up a bilingual manga with the same cover art from Kodansha Japan, so I’m pretty interested to see how different this is. It claims new cover art, french flaps, and a revised translation (which could really just mean, improved grammar). It doesn’t look like it’s much different than the previous edition that I already own from Kodansha… but I’m not sure I care. It’s Sailor Moon!
The Troublemakers by Baron Yoshimoto (Retrofit Comics / Released: May 23)
Uh. Ah. I’m not sure I can tell you anything about this. I’ve really been enjoying alternative manga lately, and the best person to follow if you want to read alternative manga is Ryan Holmberg. Every time I pick up a book he’s translated I’m always super impressed. That’s pretty much the ONLY reason I need to pick this up. But, it does look weird. And I’m always a fan of weird.
Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda (Seven Seas / Released: June 26)
I’ve been desperate to read Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles, but it seems the release has been taken hostage by Udon Entertainment a few years ago and they still haven’t set a release date for it. I’m just super excited to be getting a vintage shoujo manga… and hope this is successful enough that we see more.
Dementia 21 by Shintaro Kago (Fantagraphics / Released: August 28)
I’ve been told by a few online friends that I should get into Kago’s work. It’s supposed to be quite twisted, violent, and sexual. I’m not sure if he qualifies as eroguro, but that was what we were talking about when this author was mentioned. From the little searching I did online, I suspect it may scar me for life… and I may become permanently damaged… but, doesn’t that sound like something worth reading?!