This morning Kodansha USA announced three additional manga they plan to add to their library soon, although “soon” stretches a bit further in some cases than others. Two thirds of the announced titles will not be available for at least six months, but they are confirmed to be coming at least.
Gachiakuta is a dystopian fantasy about a floating city where the wealth gap is prominent and justice is nonexistent. Our protagonist wasn’t lucky enough to be born on the ritzy side of town, but things could be worse…and go there quickly. When he’s falsely accused of murder, the punishment is to be thrown out with the trash — down to the ruins of Earth! Fortunately he learns to adapt and to battle the monsters he encounters on the surface, and now he’s got one thing on his mind: revenge…
Perhaps the world got better between the time of that story and this next one, and the aforementioned monsters became a common food source. That would explain Pass the Monster Meat, Milady!, a weird tale about a woman with a weird name (“Melphiera Marchalrayd”) and even weirder cravings. Melphiera loves cooking up and eating monster meat. In her society it’s considered undignified. But Melphiera believes she can convince everybody that monster flesh is the most choice delicacy of them all.
Both Gachiakuts and Pass The Monsetr Meat, Milady! are scheduled for a fall release, but there’s also a rom-com on this list that will be out digitally next month.
FALL 2023 PRINT DEBUTS
By Kei Urana
Release Date: Fall 2023
One of the most-anticipated new action manga across the globe, Gachiakuta is a must-read for fans of dark, dystopian fantasy like Deadman Wonderland and Fire Force!
A boy lives in a floating town, where the poor scrape by and the rich live a sumptuous life, simply casting their garbage off the side, into the abyss. When he’s falsely accused of murder, though, his wrongful conviction leads to an unimaginable punishment—exile off the edge, with the rest of the trash. Down on the surface, the cast-off waste of humanity has bred vicious monsters, and to travel the path to vengeance against those who cast him into Hell, a boy will have to become a warrior…
Pass the Monster Meat, Milady!
Illustrations by Chika Mizube
Original Story by Kanata Hoshi
Original Character Design by Peperon
Release Date: Fall 2023
A fantasy romance about a voracious lady who delights in monster meat and a mad-blooded duke who is swept off his feet by her curious charms. If you loved Delicious in Dungeon and Drifting Dragons, you will be salivating for some grilled moodle and burning hot love in this new series!
Like any proper noble lady, one must have certain acquired tastes. For Melphiera Marchalrayd, she just happens to crave a rather exotic protein—monsters! But do not judge! Despite its bad reputation, monster meat can be used in exquisite cuisine and Melphiera is determined to change the kingdom’s opinion of it! Unfortunately, since debuting in society, Melphiera has been struggling to find her perfect match…until she meets the fearless “Blood-Mad Duke” of Galbraith!
APRIL 2023 DIGITAL DEBUT
Love, That’s an Understatement
Release Date: April 25, 2023
Spare eraser? Check. Extra folding umbrella? Check. First aid kit? Check. Cool and collected high school student Risa Amakawa has something in her heavy bag for every situation, and the last thing she needs—or knows how to ask for—is anyone’s help. When she saves a beat-up delinquent in the park one rainy evening, she refuses any sort of repayment. But it turns out that saving the notorious Zen Ohira buys her the attention of some unsavory characters. As Zen keeps swooping in to help her out of one pickle after another, her feelings about relying on anyone but herself—and her feelings toward Zen—slowly begin to change… A new romcom from the author of Lovesick Ellie!
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