Serialized in: Comic Blade, Comic Garden (Mag Garden)
Publisher: Seven Seas
Publication Date: January 10
Synopsis: “In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.”
Serialized in: Young Gangan (Square Enix)
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: January 24
Synopsis: “Mass murderers may not have much by way of careeer skills, but Kuroko Koumori seems to have landed her dream job as a hitwoman for the Tokyo police! A license to kill other killers? That’s some serious job satisfaction, right there!
Creators: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Jay
Serialized in: Young Ace (Kadokawa)
Publisher: Titan Comics
Publication Date: January 31
Synopsis: “Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning Manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialized! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time…all over again!”
Creator: Junji Ito
Serialized in: Motto! (Akita Shoten)
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Synopsis: A pair of twisted siblings-Yuuma, a young man obsessed with the devil, and Chizumi, the worst little sister in recorded history-cause all sorts of tragic and terrifying things to happen wherever they go. These scary short stories will shock you with a literal interpretation of the ills that plague modern society.
Creator: Milk Morinaga
Serialized in: Hirari, Web Magazine Wings
Publication Date: February 14
Synopsis: “Fujiwara is the school’s most admired student and captain of the volleyball team, but her reputation is at risk when she accidentally breaks the principal’s most prized possession, a priceless vase. Fellow student Miu witnesses the accident, and Fujiwara begs her not to tell. In exchange, she’ll do whatever Miu wants. It turns out that what Miu wants is to date Fujimaru! Although this wasn’t an arrangement that either girl expected, the two soon discover that breaking the vase may have been destiny’s way of bringing them together.”
Creator: Kei Sanbe
Publication Date: February 21
Synopsis: “Twenty-nine-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is floundering through life. Amid his daily drudgery, he finds himself in the grip of an incredible, inexplicable, and uncontrollable phenomenon that rewinds time, a condition that seems to only make his drab life worse. But then, one day, everything changes. A terrible incident forever changes Satoru’s life as he knows it…and with it, comes a “Revival” that sends Satoru eighteen years into the past!
In the body of his boyhood self, Satoru encounters sights he never imagined he would see again–the smile of his mother, alive and well, his old friends, and Kayo Hinazuki, the girl who was kidnapped and murdered when he was a boy the first time around. To return to the present and prevent the tragedy that brought him back to his childhood in the first place, Satoru begins plotting a way to change Hinazuki’s fate…But up against the clock and a faceless evil, does eleven-year-old Satoru even stand a chance?”
Creator: Chiho Saito
Serialized in: Ciao (Shogakukan)
Publication Date: February 28
Synopsis: “The classic shojo manga that redefined the genre.
Once upon a time, a little girl was rescued by a prince.
That girl then grows up to be strong and courageous as she awaits his return.
To defend a friend’s honor, she challenges a brute to a duel and wins.
She is entrusted with the SWORD OF DIOS and the Rose Bride, who is the key to finding her elusive prince.
But this won’t end like a fairy tale.
Because Utena has the power to REVOLUTIONIZE the world.
The classic manga returns in a deluxe box set! Hardcover editions of Revolutionary Girl Utena and The Adolescence of Utena are included in this two-volume collectors’ set with exclusive color pages and poster.”
Creator: Ryouko Fukuyama
Serialized in: Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)
Publication Date: March 7
Synopsis: “Nino Arisugawa, a girl who loves to sing, experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! Both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, so she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school, Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again…”
Creator: Chihiro Ishizuka
Serialized in: Bessatsu Shounen Magazine (Kodansha)
Publication Date: March 28
Synopsis: “A surreal comedy in the vein of Yotsuba&! and Nichijou with a magical theme combines humor, slice of life and traditional Japanese culture in this debut work from Chihiro Ishizuka.
Makoto returns to rural Japan to work on her magic after being away for six years. In her new home, she along with her black cat Chito, share some of what she has learned as she gets used to living in a slower and more curious part of the country.”
Creator: Rei Toma
Serialized in: Cheese! (Shogakukan)
Publication Date: April 4
Synopsis: “A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god!
In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?
A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive or will she end up being sacrificed?”
Creator: Shigeru Mizuki
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Synopsis: “Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War features adventures of Shigeru Mizuki’s beloved yokai boy. In the epic title story, Kitaro battles the tanuki, a Japanese animal that features prominently in the country’s yokai legends. The furry beasts draw on the power of the blood moon to awaken the monstrous catfish that lives in the depths of the earth. The twisting of the catfish causes earthquakes that threaten to destroy all of Japan. With his yokai allies captured, Kitaro is the only one left who can take on the great tanuki and his army. Will he be up for the challenge?
This volume contains two additional stories about traditional folklore monsters as seen through Mizuki’s whimsical and genre-defining lens. In “Mokumokuren,” Kitaro faces off against a paper screen come to life, while “The Obebenuma Yokai” introduces a grisly swamp creature. Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War showcases the golden age of the Gegege no Kitaro series from the 1960s―and has never before appeared in English.
D+Q’s Kitaro series celebrates Mizuki’s expert blend of folklore, comedy, and horror, sharing the all-ages stories that made Kitaro one of Japan’s most beloved characters. This kid-friendly edition also features a “History of Kitaro” essay by the award-winning series translator and Mizuki scholar Zack Davisson.”
Creator: Ichigo Takano
Serialized in: Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
Publication Date: May 2
Synopsis: “Dreamin’ Sun is an all-new shoujo manga series, by the creator of New York Times bestseller orange, about a girl’s struggle to find a place where she truly belongs. Fans of orange and other classic shoujo stories will be delighted by this charming tale of bittersweet romance.
Dreamin’ Sun is a ten-volume manga series. Each volume will include at least one full-color insert.
Shimana Kameko lives in a home where she feels she doesn’t belong. Her mother is dead, her father has remarried, and her six-month-old baby brother takes up everyone’s attention. Kameko skips school and runs away to a nearby park where she literally stumbles over a mysterious man in a kimono.
The stranger, Fujiwara Taiga, offers Kameko a place to stay—on three conditions. The first condition is that Kameko tell him why she ran away from home. The second is that she fetch the stranger’s lost apartment key (he is locked out!). The third condition is … to have a dream. Kameko meets the conditions, moves in, and begins a journey of romance and self-discovery.”
Creator: Ryoko Kui
Serialized in: Harta (Enterbrain)
Publication Date: May 23
Synopsis: “What do you get when you cross dungeon adventures and food manga? You get Delicious in Dungeon, where we find our troupe of adventurers on a mission to save their lost team member while figuring out how to survive on the food that the dungeon provides. When young adventurer Laios and his company are attacked and soundly thrashed by a dragon deep in a dungeon, the party loses all its money and provisions. They’re eager to get right back to it, but there’s just one problem: if they set out with no food or coin to speak of, they’re sure to eat it on the way! But Laios comes up with a brilliant idea: “Let’s eat the monsters!” Slimes, basilisks, mimics, and even dragons…none are safe from the appetites of these dungeon-crawling gourmands!”
Creator: Haruko Kumota
Serialized in: Itan (Kodansha)
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Synopsis: “THE STAGE IS SET
A hapless young man is released from prison with nothing to his name, but he knows exactly what he wants: to train in the art of rakugo comedic storytelling. After seeing an unforgettable performance from one of Japan’s greatest masters, Yakumo Yurakutei VIII, during his time in jail, he will settle for nothing less than to become apprentice to the best. Yakumo, notorious for taking no students, is persuaded to take him on, and nicknames him Yotaro—the fool. Yotaro has no formal training or elegance, but something about his charisma reminds Yakumo of someone from his past.
The saga of a generation of love, art, and storytelling begins here.”
Creator: Makoto Shinkai, Ranmaru Kotone
Serialized in: Comic Alive
Publication Date: June 20
Synopsis: “Based on the hit 2016 anime up for Oscar nomination!
Mitsuha, a high school girl from a town deep in the mountains, dreams of an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy from Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As the two change places in their dreams, their encounter sets a miraculous story into motion.”
Creator: Kabi Nagata
Serialized in: Was published on Pixiv (East Press)
Publication Date: June 6
Synopsis: “The heart-rending autobiographical manga that’s taken the internet by storm!
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both
laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers.”
Creator: Lily Hoshino
Serialized in: Nakayoshi (Kodansha)
Publication Date: Summer 2017
Synopsis: “From the creator of Otome Yokai Zakuro and character designer of acclaimed anime Mawaru Penguindrum comes another whimsical, modern fairy tale! 14-year-old Sasakura’s normal life is shaken up when she comes home to find a giant, mascot-like creature in her house. This kigurumi spirit, named Ginger, tasks her with protecting the world. If that’s not enough to take on, Ginger can also transform into a handsome young man. Fans of Hoshino Lily’s beautiful artwork and creative worldbuilding won’t be disappointed!”
Creator: Satoru Noda
Serialized in: Young Jump (Shueisha)
Synopsis: “The winner of the 2016 Manga Taisho Award. “Sugimoto the Immortal,” a surviving soldier of the Russo-Japanese War, seeks the riches promised by a gold rush in Hokkaido, Japan’s frozen north. Instead, he stumbles upon the tale of a vast stash of Ainu gold and sets off on a dangerous treasure hunt with only a young Ainu girl as his guide. Just one problem: the map to the treasure was tattooed on the skins of criminals, and Sugimoto has to vie with said criminals, the military, wild animals and even a specter of the Shinsengumi to piece together the map.
Creator: Kore Yamazaki
Publication Date: Fall 2017
Synopsis: “From the creator of the fantasy hit The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Kore Yamazaki, comes a josei reinterpretation of the classic Faust legend. An unlikely partnership forms when traveling scholar Joanna Faust comes across a down-and-out boy in search of books. She offers to be his teacher in exchange for his help in her search for something important to her. Fans of cool female characters and intricate fantasy details will get lost in the world of Frau Faust.”
Creator: Haruko Ichikawa
Serialized in: Afternoon (Kodansha)
Synopsis: “In the distant future, a new immortal and genderless life form called Gems populate the Earth. The 28 Gems must fight against the Moon Dwellers, who attack them regularly to abduct them and to turn them into decorations. Being only 300 years old, Phosphophyllite is the youngest of the Gems and has no assignment yet. He wants to help to fight the Moon Dwellers, but is too weak and brittle for battle. He finds his calling when the master of Gems assigns him the task of creating a natural history encyclopedia.
The unique premise and deep world of Land of the Lustrous has already captivated Japanese readers! It placed number 10 on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey, and was nominated for the Manga Taisho awards in 2015.”
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I seriously want to warn people about Murcielago. I love it, but it is an *extremely* violent manga. Faces skinned off, people ripped in half, it’s described as a “violence Yuri” manga by the author. In one volume, a woman gets meathooked in the chest and that isn’t the most horrible thing that happens.
Don’t get it if you’re sensitive to violence.