It’s time to flip our calendars to April, and that means new manga releases. This month brings back some familiar faces and some long-awaited debuts. To help highlight some of the titles, we are most looking forward to; I’ve enlisted Luke Hollywood (in italics). Of course, we’ll be taking a look at all the usual suspects in the publishing world such as Kodansha and Yen Press. Let’s get into it and see which April manga releases are worth reading.
Viz Media April manga releases
An Incurable Case of Love volume 3
To start things off, the first ongoing series I want to highlight is An Incurable Case of Love volume 3. This romance series is written and illustrated by Maki Enjoji. I enjoyed the first instalment, and I am currently working my way through the second volume. This manga offers quite a few things, and whether it’s good characters, enjoyable art or great humour, you’ll likely find something to love. I believe this series has more volumes down the road, so the future looks bright for this medical romance. Volume 3 will be available for purchase on April 7th. In the meantime, why not check out my review for volume 1. Amazon
Jujutsu Kaisen volume 3
Luke here, and you just know I’m going to take any chance I can get to hype up my latest Shōnen obsession Jujutsu Kaisen! Volume 3 is here, and I’m super excited about it. The first volume of this high octane supernatural brawler left an excellent first impression with me. Volume 2 followed up just as well, delivering on my few nitpicks and giving me plenty more to chew on! This series is fast becoming one of my favourite reads of the year, and it’s only Spring! I just can’t get enough of that sharp, jagged art style, the quirky cast and the insane action! Dropping on April 7th, this one’s rocketing straight to the top of my reading pile! Amazon
World Trigger volume 20
It’s not every new release calendar that you see this next series make an appearance, so I thought it was worth bringing up here. World Trigger returns to the physical and digital shelves this month, with a milestone 20th volume. With the last volume dropping back in October, and the volume before that releasing back in January 2018, fans of this intricate tactical thriller are used to waiting if nothing else. It’s somewhat fitting, as this series does an excellent job of executing the slow burn.
We’ve been watching our protagonists in team Tamakoma-2 slowly climb up the rosters in the Rank Wars, with the end goal of reaching A-Rank and going on an away mission to the Neighbor’s home turf (I promise that makes sense if you’ve been reading this series!).
From the synopsis for volume 20, it seems the B-Rank wars may be reaching its climax with this volume, and with Tamakoma-2 obtaining a neighbour-shaped ace up their sleeve in the form of Hyuse in volume 19. It’ll be interesting to see how the match and the volume play out. World Trigger volume 20 drops on April 7th. If you’re interested in starting the series, no doubt you’ll have plenty of time to catch up while we wait for volume 21! Amazon
Komi Can’t Communicate volume 6
It seems like it was only yesterday that I reviewed the first volumes of this series, but now Komi Can’t Communicate is on its sixth volume. Truly a testament to how quickly time can fly by. The series, written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda, shows no signs of slowing down and that’s a good thing. It looks like this volume will pick up right after the ending of the previous volume with more shenanigans with Nejimi taking charge. Volume 6 will be available for purchase on April 14th. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Amazon
We Never Learn volume 9
Times are tough for a lot of folks right now, so a series like We Never Learn ticks all the boxes for a fun time. I recently revealed my love for this series in our Feel Good Manga post. It’s a heartwarming romance sprinkled amongst a generous helping of slapstick, and a decent dollop of fanservice to top things off, though not too much to ruin the fun flavour.
This upcoming volume promises to feature a lot of the prim and proper teacher Kirisu, so I know I’m going to be a happy camper. No doubt everyone’s favourites will get at least one chapter in the spotlight, as is per usual with this series. Does it also seem like there’s significant drama ahead for Uruka? Here’s hoping she can swim past any troubles in her way! Volume 9 also drops on April 7th and is sure to be a perfect lighthearted palette cleanser. Amazon
Princess Freya volume 1
A new series that will be making its debut this month is the fantasy romance series, Prince Freya. This manga is written and illustrated by Keiki Ishihara and falls under the Shojo Imprint for Viz Media. I have heard a lot of hype surrounding this title, and after reading the premise, it’s easy to see why. A village girl taking the place of a prince to protect the realm? There’s already promise of some great storytelling just from that simple sentence. Take a look at the cover, which looks fantastic. I’m a sucker for cool covers, and this one certainly falls under that category. The first volume for Prince Freya will is released on April 7th. Amazon
Blue Flag volume 1
Another debut that caught both myself and Antonio’s attention arrives in the form of Blue Flag. A new title from the Signature imprint, the synopsis for this series details school friendship, romance, and the drama that occurs when mixed together. I’ve heard a good buzz about this series on the socials, so it might be worth at least a flick through when it drops on April 21st. Amazon
Do you smell something? It looks like it’s Sweat and Soap volume 2, with its very unique aroma! Musume covered the first volume with a very positive reception, enough to warrant me picking up the volume and having a sniff myself. Truth be told, it’s still sitting in my backlog currently (how do I juggle both a digital and physical pile-up you ask? You tell me!). But, even from a brief scroll through the pages I could tell I was going to like this series (Age of Boredom just finished it and loved it).
While the quirky concept for this series might cause some readers to turn up their noses, the lovely art and charming characters were quick to intrigue me. There’s a certain level of innocence to both Yaeshima and Natori’s burgeoning relationship that makes the pair quite endearing and makes the scenes when things get steamy all the more daring and exciting. Most of all, the relationship feels genuine despite all the smelling fixation, or maybe because of it? There’s a real love story going on behind this quirky concept, and I’m intrigued to see how it continues to play out. Get a good whiff of it when it drops on the 28th! Amazon | BookWalker
Fire Force volume 18
Now, it feels like the last volume for Fire Force came out a long time ago, and that holds true because it came out five months ago. The shonen series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo has been on a recent decline for me. It feels like the story has been stalling out just a bit, which is something I hoped not to see. Not all is lost; however, as the art and characters remain as fiery as ever. If you’ve been picking up this series its still a worthy purchase, with such a dynamic setting I do not doubt that it will pick back up again soon. We will see if that will hopefully be the case when Fire Force volume 18 comes out on April 21st. Amazon | BookWalker
The Dorm of Love and Secrets volume 3
I’m in many ways still in the honeymoon phase with any manga that doesn’t happen to be a Shōnen. Still, I must admit I was instantly smitten The Dorm of Love and Secrets, with the cute as a button Asahi and her blunderings into Smartypants HQ in the form of the high-class Midnight Oil Hall Dormitory. Will Mystery man Yokaze be anywhere to be found in this volume? I sure hope so, and he can bring his bamboo sword with him to beat away that sleazeball Tsukigaze.
Interestingly enough, the synopsis for this volume mentions childhood friend Sho-chan will be stepping into the love interest ring with a surprise kiss!? Just how does Asahi get herself into these wacky situations? Find out for yourself when it drops April 14th! Amazon | BookWalker
Attack on Titan volume 30
Attack on Titan will receive its 30th volume this month, which just proves how popular this series truly is. The series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama keeps on going picking up new fans here and there. I know that our very own Age of Boredom can’t wait to get his hands on it. While I haven’t dabbled much in this series, it does sound like there is some exciting stuff happening here. You can pick Attack on Titan volume 30 on April 14th. Amazon | BookWalker
Perfect World volume 1
Not much has caught my eye from Kodansha in terms of new series. One, however, a romance no less, seems to be in my wheelhouse. Perfect World, written and illustrated by Rie Aruga is a romance series making its print debut. There are nine volumes available digitally, but this will be the first volume in a physical format. Perfect World seems like a sweet series that has a lot of potential to hit some deep subjects. I’ve picked up the first volume digitally, so I’m interested to see if its worthy enough to make it into my physical collection. You can check out Perfect World volume 1 when it is released on April 21st. Amazon | BookWalker
I don’t think I could make a list of upcoming manga without mentioning a new romance series. What caught my eye this month was Goodbye, My Rose Garden. This series, written and illustrated by Dr Pepperco, seems like it will deliver an emotional gut punch. The premise is undoubtedly head-turning with a noblewoman requesting her maid kill her; however, it promises their relationship to grow into something more profound. The cover art has a charm and dynamic look to it, and I can only imagine the internal art will be equally great. Honestly, this might be the manga I am most excited to pick up this month. You can pick up the first volume of Goodbye, My Rose Garden on April 14th. Amazon | BookWalker
Primitive Boyfriend volume 1
Y’know, sometimes in this wonderful world of reviewing manga that we find ourselves in here at Manga Worth Reading Manor, you’ll notice a cover or a title so wacky in phrasing, so outlandish in concept, you can’t help but let it grab your attention. Such is the case with Primitive Boyfriend volume 1, which concerns a young schoolgirl desperate for romance (aren’t we all), but her potential suitors just aren’t manly enough for her taste. The solution? Travel 2.5 million years into the past to find love, of course! It’s just that easy! I’m hoping that this series has some fun with the concept, and with a setup like that I’m not sure how they couldn’t really. Teenage Tarzan and Jane with a comedic spin, has a lot of potential to be a hidden gem or a complete disaster. Find out when it drops on the 7th, I suppose! Amazon | BookWalker
Interested in seeing what else Seven Seas has to offer? Have a peek at their April releases here.
Yen Press April Manga Releases
Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san volume 4
If there’s one thing I’ve gathered from reading Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san, it’s a newfound appreciation for those on the other side of the counter! Most of us head to the bookstore to pick up new stories to pique our interest, but who would’ve thought that the wildest (and funniest) tales could be found within the walls of the stores themselves! Honda-san offers us a comedic look on selling books in retail. While it does have a particular focus on the inner workings of a Japanese store, you’ll find a lot of Honda’s incidents and anecdotes immediately relatable if you’ve ever worked in the retail industry. The humour in this book is the real highlight, however, and the wacky customer interactions and beleaguered colleague meltdowns will guarantee a hearty chuckle even if the insider jargon goes over your head.
The synopsis for the upcoming 4th volume reveals that Honda is out of the bookselling gig altogether. So the new dynamic in relationships she has with her co-workers is sure to offer some exciting new ground to cover for this series, and plenty more joke material! Crack open volume 4 when it drops April 21st! Amazon | BookWalker
Silver Spoon volume 14
Familiar with Full Metal Alchemist? Pretty good right? But what if it had more cows? Stay with me here, and I promise I’m going somewhere with this. Silver Spoon is a charming coming of age story from the esteemed author Hiromu Arakawa. However, this series focuses less on daring Alchemist action and more on breezy slice of life banter as Protagonist Yuugo Hachiken navigates life in Ooezo Agricultural High School. School life happens to be a lot less carefree than he initially hoped. Arakawa’s trademark strong character work is in full force with this series, perhaps even more so with less focus on all-out action. Her unique and chunky art style makes each subsequent volume a joy to behold.
Volume 14, which drops on the 28th, brings the series ever closer to its conclusion, as it wrapped up it’s run in Japan with 15 Tankōbon’s. However, if Arakawa keeps her strong track record from the previous series, she is no doubt preparing Silver Spoon’s big finale to end with a high note. Yen Press Recently made the series a lot easier to read for all of us, with its debut on the Digital retailer Bookwalker and with all the currently released volumes available, there’s never been a better time to head down to the Farm! Amazon | BookWalker
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Now, I am aware that this is not a manga, but I just had to mention it. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is a light novel written by Hajime Kamoshida and illustrated by Keji Mizoguchi. The manga adaptation is scheduled for release later in the year. I adore the anime for this series, and since it was based on the light novel, I can’t wait to pick this up.
For anyone not familiar, the story starts when our protagonists Sakuta, meets a wild bunny girl in a library. From there, it is just a lovely story with romance, humour and plenty of feelings to go around. I really could write about it forever, but it would turn into a bunch of rambling. If my incoherent summary was piqued your interest, you can pick up the first instalment of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai on April 28th. Amazon | BookWalker
Lastly, I want to bring up a book that one of our writers Musume feels very passionate about; A Side Characters Love Story written by Akane Tamura. You can find the review for the first volume here and see if it’s up to your liking. Honestly, after reading through Musume’s review, I am tempted to pick it up myself. The third volume will be making its way into digital storefronts on April 7th. Amazon | BookWalker
So do any of the series mentioned above catch your eye? With so many releases, it only makes sense that we missed some, so if there are any you want us to take a look at or want to share with others let us know. We’ll see you next month!