The month of February has come and gone and with it, a great variety of manga titles. Looking at all the options that will be available this month, it seems like there is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes. With such a wide range of options, Age of Boredom (in italics) and I would like to highlight a few of the titles that seem interesting whether they are new or returning series. I’ll be checking out titles from a few publishers such as Viz Media and Kodansha Comics. Let’s jump in and see which of the March manga releases are worth reading.
Viz Media March manga releases
From the returning series, we have Kaguya-Sama: Love is War volume 13, written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka. Having just finished volume 12 I look forward to seeing what new mind games Shinomiya and Shirogane get into as they try to admit their feelings for each other. This series is always such a fun read, I encourage everyone to try it out, and if reading isn’t your thing you can always check out the anime version. This volume will be available for purchase physically and digitally on March 3rd.
Another popular series that is also returning is Demon Slayer. This series, written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge, has been blowing up recently thanks to its anime adaptation. Ever since I jumped on the hype train, I have been making steady progress in catching up to the manga. While I am still not quite up to speed reading the synopsis for this volume is getting me extremely excited to do so. It sounds like there will be some great moments that any Demon Slayer and shōnen fans will have a blast with. Volume 11 will also be released physically and digitally on March 3rd.
One of Musume’s favourites, Beastars, gets another new volume on March 17th. The temptation has been strong for me to jump into this series myself as the hype online has been hard to miss. Paru Itagaki’s animalistic series has 17 volumes in Japan, so we will be seeing this pop up on the release list regularly for some time.
Taking a look at a new series one that caught my eye while looking through the release dates is Hell’s Paradise: Jigokudani. This shōnen manga is written and illustrated by Yuji Kaku. This series is something to marvel at already based on its synopsis. An assassin with a death sentence has to travel to a dangerous island, in order to recover an elixir that grants immortality? That’s about as shōnen as manga can get. The cover for this is also incredibly striking with the bright neon colours creating a beautiful contrast with each other. Make sure to keep this on your radar, I have a feeling it could end up being something special. With a mid-month release, volume 1 will release March 17th physically and digitally.
Another new series comes in the form of Transformers the Manga volume 1. This volume gives us the Transformers Generation 1 manga for the first time in English. Making this even more special is the fact that it will be a hardback release (it will also be available digitally). You can add this piece of history to your shelves on March 10th.
I find myself inexplicably drawn to romance titles and it looks like this month it will be no different. A Condition Called Love, written by Megumi Morino, is a new digital series coming this month. The synopsis gives me some wholesome vibes with hints of some emotional moments. The cover also catches my eye, and I generally have possible thoughts about the character design. I will be keeping this on my radar since I apparently live on romance street. The release date for this title is March 3d and will be digital-only.
Up next, we have a title that I have heard of from close sources but have not been able to check out personally (it really is a lovely read). Flying Witch, which is written by Chihiro Ishizuka, is the story about Makoto Kowata, a witch that moves to rural Japan to complete her training. This really looks like an enjoyable and wholesome slice of life anime. I really like the cover art for the volume and cant wait to check it out soon. Luckily this title goes on sale often, so it might be a good idea to stock up. Volume 7 will come out on March 17th digitally (you can pick up the physical edition in stores now).
Regular readers will remember we reviewed Saint Young Men volume 1 back on Christmas Day (2019). I’m happy to say that the digital-first release is now coming back for a second omnibus hardback release. Collecting volumes 3 and 4 of the digital publication, we’ll get to see more of the “everyday” lives of Buddha and Jesus as they navigate modern-day Japan. Ascend your reading to heavenly new heights on March 17th.
Another social media favourite, Witch Hat Atelier, gets its 5th volume released in the west on March 17th. Yup, that’s two witchy books on the same day, although very different in art style and story, both are lovely relaxing reads. I’m sure this one will continue to be a hit.
The Kodansha title that I am most looking forward to this month is the latest volume for If I Could Reach You. The series written by tMnR has been one of my favorite manga that I keep up with on a regular basis. Every volume that I have read so far has such an interesting take on how love is defined for different people, the more I reflect back on it, the more I appreciate this series. I don’t quite know how many volumes this series will go for but thankfully it doesn’t look like this will be the last one. I highly recommend you give this series a shot if you’re curious about it. Volume 4 will be released in both print and digital formats on March 24th.
One new series that has caught my eye is Knight of the Ice, due out on March 3rd. Written by Yayoi Ogawa (the beloved creator of You’re My Pet!), this rom-com follows flawless figure skater Kokoro Kijinami… who happens to be a hopeless romantic otaku. Que Princess Jellyfish comparisons, this is one I’ll definitely be picking up.
One nice aspect of Kodansha’s website is they offer a lot of free previews of their first chapters. If you’re curious about a series, this is a great way to test out if you’ll like them or not. You can find the rest of Kodansha’s March releases.
Yen Press March manga releases
Even though I have not read much of Laid Back Camp, it is still my go-to for a comfy feeling. Written and illustrated by Afro, I think that this is a series that is accessible to most people. I had a fun time with the camping thematics and actually learned a few things about it. The characters are delightful and balance well with each other. The art is also very enjoyable to look at. If you’ve been keeping up with the series, then this is a must pick up for you. If this is the first time you’ve heard of it, it should be something to keep tabs on. Volume 8 of Laid Back Camp will be released on March 24th.
To the opposite end of the spectrum, Goblin Slayer volume 7 is out on March 31st. One we have only mentioned briefly on the site so far, this series is a guilty pleasure of mine. For those that have gotten past the rather extreme events of volume 1, this series really nails a lot of things for me. For fans of ecchi fantasy settings, harems and lots of violence, not for the faint-hearted.
Blank Canvas volume 4 releases on March 31st. The series is almost over as it’s run is only 5 volumes long. This is a great chance to catch up on the autobiographical series by mangaka Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish and Tokyo Tarareba Girls). Regulars might recall it was in our 2019 Manga Worth Reading list.
Lastly, we have a title that our very own Musume had some positive thoughts on. Gal Gohan is a comedy series written and illustrated by Marii Taiyou. It revolves around a Gal who is hopeless at school but gains an interest in cooking. It sounds like an enjoyable time altogether. Volume 2 will be released on March 10th.