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Build-Your-Own Manga Box: September 2022 Featured Manga

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

We're featuring a wide range of manga this month to satisfy every preference and mood. Dinosaurs, creepy ghost reapers, and elk girls, oh my!


Check out the full descriptions of this month's featured titles below.



Updated September 24, 2022


NEW! Dinosaur Sanctuary, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Itaru Kinoshita, Shin-ichi Fujiwara
Recommended for fans of: Science Fiction, Slice of life, Historical Fantasy
Manga style: Feel Good, Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A touching slice-of-life about a rookie zookeeper's attempt to save dinosaurs from extinction
A kind zookeeper stands in front of a dinosaur
Dinosaur Sanctuary, Vol. 1

This richly detailed manga tells the story of a rookie zookeeper caretaking dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes, sure to delight a dinosaur lover of any age.


Dinosaurs are alive! In 1946, a remote island was discovered where dinosaurs never went extinct. Through breeding and genetic manipulation, dinosaur populations increased and dino-mania reached a fever pitch worldwide...until a certain terrible incident occurred. Afterward, dinosaur reserves like Enoshima Dinoland fell on hard times. Enter Suma Suzume, a kindhearted rookie dino-keeper! Can she be the one to save Dinoland from extinction?





Rooster Fighter, Vol. 01

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Shu Sakuratani
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Comedy, and Fantasy
Manga style: Adrenaline
Read this if you're in the mood for: Laughing while rooting for a true underdog

Rooster Fighter staring menacingly
Rooster Fighter, Volume 01




In a world where terrifying monsters walk the earth, one heroic rooster is destined for greatness. When giant demons threaten the innocent, he's going to show them who's boss!


The neighborhood cock of the walk is more than just an ordinary rooster—he’s humanity’s greatest defender! His opponents may be ten stories tall, but nothing is bigger than his stout heart and his fearsome battle cry—cock-a-doodle-doo!








Ghost Reaper Girl, Vol. 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Akissa Saiké
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Action-Adventure, and Supernatural
Manga style: Fantasy and Hopeless Romantic
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A supernatural adventure starring exceptionally creepy spirits and two very attractive leads
Ghost Reaper Girl standing with a giant machete in front of a mysterious stranger
Ghost Reaper Girl, Volume 1



Chloé has dreamed of leading a glamorous life as an actress ever since she was little. But being the ripe old age of 28 might be working against her, and her spontaneous displays of violence aren’t helping either!


Not all hope is lost, however—she might be perfect for the role offered by a mysterious and charming new man in her life. Can Chloé become the Ghost Reaper Girl and take down the evil spirits that have escaped from Hades?








My Deer Friend Nokotan, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Shikanoko Nokonoko Koshitantan
Recommended for fans of: Comedy, Monster Girls, and Slice of Life
Manga style: Feel Good and Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: An endearing high school friendship with a comedic monster twist
Half-girl, half-deer Nokotan
My Deer Friend Nokotan, Vol. 1



Girl meets elk-girl—and chaos ensues!


No one knows Torako used to be a delinquent. All of her classmates only know her as the perfect student. But everything changes when Nokotan, a transfer student with antlers, enters her life. Antlers aren’t the only thing strange about Nokotan. Her deer nose can sniff out Torako’s secret past! Whether it’s at school or the zoo, chaos follows this doe-eyed girl’s every step. Torako has so many questions! Is Nokotan a deer, a girl, or something in-between?






Dungeon People, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Sui Hutami
Recommended for: Fantasy and Adventure
Manga style: Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A mysterious adventure full of mosters and traps

Manga characters in a dungeon
Dungeon People, Vol. 1


Searching for her lost father in a fantasy dungeon, master thief Clay meets the dungeon’s caretaker to learn its secrets in this intriguing new manga.


An unexplored dungeon, filled with monsters and traps. An expert thief, searching for her lost father. When Clay delves into the dungeon deeper than any adventurer has ever gone, she is offered a job by the dungeon’s caretaker! Now, instead of exploring, Clay must learn how to interview new monsters, set traps and position slimes around the dungeon. Will this new career path bring her any closer to finding her father?





Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Hisaya Amagishi, Megumi Sumikawa, and KEI
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Isekai/Another World, Shojo/Josei
Manga style: Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: Transporting to another world of second chances and magic

Magic Artisan Dahlia crafting tools with friends
Magic Artisan Dahlia Wilts No More, Vol. 1



A woman reincarnated in a new world decides to use her talents to craft magical tools!


Reincarnated in a fantasy world, Dahlia immerses herself in the art of crafting magical items. Using knowledge from her old life and the skills her new father has taught her, she invents specialized tools, finding pleasure in everyday activities. Dahlia won’t hang her head in misery like she used to. She’s determined to enjoy her second chance at life!








Yakuza Reincarnation, Vol. 01

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Takeshi Natsuhara and Hiroki Miyashita
Recommended for fans of: Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai/Another World
Manga style: Fantasy, Feel Good
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A hilarious reincarnation tale of honor and prophecy

A yakusa reincarnated as a princess
Yukuza Reincarnation, Vol. 01

An isekai like no other! When a tough old gangster wakes up in the body of a fantasy world princess, he decides to teach this new world the meaning of yakuza honor!


Ryu may be getting on in his years, but the aging gangster is still hellbent on defending his turf when some young toughs ambush him and he wakes up in a fantasy world! Not only that, he’s in the body of this world’s princess! Is he the one that the ancient prophecy spoke of? Ryu might be out of place in this fantasy realm, but he may also be the only one who can save it!







Monologue Woven For You, Vol. 1 - One left in stock!

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Syu Yasaka
Recommended for fans of: Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Yuri
Manga style: Hopeless Romantic
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A beautifuly illustrated love story choosing between your dreams or your heart

Two women going about their daily lives
Monologue Woven For You, Vol. 1

A beautifully illustrated, full-color yuri love story at the intersection of two women’s conflicting passions.


Two women, one spotlight. Haruka has abandoned her dreams of the theater but finds herself still haunted by memories. Meanwhile, Nao chases her aspirations for the stage head-on, refusing to back down or let obstacles block her way. After the lives of these two theater geeks cross, their aspirations will either form their friendship or fuel their rivalry. When romance sparks, which will prevail in the end: love…or the stage?









Sheeply Horned Witch Romi, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Yoichi Abe
Recommended for fans of: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
Manga style: Hopeless Romantic, Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: An offbeat post-apocalyptic love story


A sheepy horned witch and her surprised boyfriend
Sheepy Horned Witch Romi, Vol. 1



In this offbeat dark fantasy by Yoichi Abe, two strange classmates fall in love in a transformed post-apocalyptic world.


The world has changed: everyone has fallen into a deep slumber, except a bunch of sheep, a sheep-horned witch, and her senpai. And now monsters are closing in! Why are the only people still awake two teenagers snarled up in a tangle of complicated emotions? Find out in this beautifully illustrated, unique dark fantasy!









The Two of Them Are Pretty Much Like This, Vol. 1- One left in stock!

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Takashi Ikeda
Recommended for fans of: Romance, Yuri, Slice of life
Manga style: Hopeless Romantic, Feel Good
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A tranquil slice-of-life about two ordinary women in love

Two women in love in their apartment
The Two of Them Are Pretty Much Like This, Vol. 1


From the creator of Whispered Words! Enjoy this new slice-of-life yuri manga about two adult women in the creative industries and their shared romantic life in their apartment.


Thirty-two-year-old scriptwriter Sakuma Ellie and twenty-two-year-old rookie voice actress Inuzuka Wako are roommates with a strictly professional relationship. Or at least, that’s what they tell everyone. In fact, they’ve been living as a couple in Ellie’s apartment for the past year, spending delightful, tranquil days together.







The Elusive Samurai, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Yusei Matsui
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Comedy, Historical Fantasy
Manga style: Adrenaline, Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: The epic tale of an underdog in midieval Japan who risks it all to avenge his family and take back the throne

An elusive samurai stands in a vibrant kimono
The Elusive Samurai, Vol. 1

In medieval Japan, eight-year-old Hojo Tokiyuki is the heir to the Kamakura shogunate. But the Hojo clan is in decline, and Tokiyuki’s peaceful days of playing hide-and-seek with his teachers come to an abrupt end when his clan is betrayed from within. The lone survivor of his family, Tokiyuki is the rightful heir to the throne, but to take it back, he’ll have to do what he does best - run away!


After the massacre of his family by the traitor Ashikaga Takauji, Tokiyuki flees with the help of a handful of loyal retainers who have also survived the purge. One of them is Suwa Yorishige, an ally of the Hojo clan and lord of Suwa Province. The slightly odd Yorishige also claims to be clairvoyant and foretells that Tokiyuki will one day become the ruler of Japan. But for the moment, escaping from enemy territory is the priority!




Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible, Vol. 1 - Soon to be an anime!

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Nene Yukimori
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Isekai/Another World
Manga style: Hopeless Romantic
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A high school wallflower who is thrust into the spotlight thanks to a charismatic social butterfly


Kubo smiling innocently with Junta glaring behind her
Kubo Won't Let Me Be Invisible, Vol. 1

Junta Shiraishi blends into the background so much that even his classmates fail to spot him.


His goal is to make the most of his high school years, but that pesky invisibility gets in the way…until Nagisa Kubo notices him! Kubo’s playful teasing kicks Shiraishi out of his comfort zone and begins a friendship—or maybe something more?


When Kubo sits next to Shiraishi in their first year of high school, Shiraishi’s nonexistent social skills get a boost. Speaking up in class is only the beginning for Shiraishi—soon Kubo forces him to be noticed at school, at the bookstore, and all around town. Shiraishi’s once-lackluster life isn’t so dull anymore!





The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Honobonoru500, Tou Fukino, Nama
Recommended for fans of: Romance, Comedy
Manga style: Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A heartwarming fantasy turning trash into treasure

A magical girl in the forest with her magical slime
The Weakest Tamer Began a Journey to Pick Up Trash, Vol. 1



A heartwarming fantasy isekai tale about a girl who embarks on a journey with her new friend–a humble slime.


When Ivy learns she’s “starless,” she knows her life is over. Without stars, she can’t use her Tamer skill to subdue even the smallest of animals. So she flees into the forest, where she befriends a lowly slime named Sora—the one creature she can tame. Together, this unlikely pair begins salvaging other people’s rubbish in an attempt to turn their lives around!







Wandance, Vol. 01

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Coffee
Recommended for fans of: Romance, Sports, Slice of life
Manga style: Hopeless Romantic, Feel Good
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A quirky coming-of-age love story with a heaping dose of freestyle Japanese hip-hop dance

A boy named Kaboku dancing
Wandance, Vol. 01

A shy teenager happens on a classmate dancing alone, and her joy turns a key, unlocking something in his heart...


Kaboku Kotani is starting high school, and he plans to do what he’s always done: go along with his friends, keep quiet, and not to draw too much attention to himself. After all, it’s hard enough to get by with a stutter like his—why make things worse by standing out from the crowd? But then he sees another first-year, Hikari Wanda, dancing like no one is watching—or like she doesn’t care who sees her. It makes Kaboku wonder: Could he reach that same freedom? To find his way to Wanda, he does something he never thought he could: He joins the dance club. After all, every routine begins with a single step, right?


Join Kaboku and Wanda as they freestyle their way to life and love!



Nightfall Travelers: Leave Only Footprints, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Tomohi
Recommended for fans of: Mystery, Supernatural, Fantasy
Manga style: Fantasy, Feel Good
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A beautiful story of solving urban mysteries, exploring simple truths, and building longlasting friendships

Highschool friends explore mysteries in their town
Nightfall Travelers: Leave Only Footprints, Vol. 1


Two girls explore their haunted hometown in this beautifully illustrated manga.


High schooler Ninamori Akane is assigned by the newspaper club to report on local places that are rumored to be haunted. She asks the new transfer student, Amemura Fujino, to join her, and together they discover the simple truths behind the spooky stories. Their friendship grows as they explore their town of labyrinthine paths and endless stairways.


Urban exploration is best done at dusk!








 

Coming Soon


Record of Ragnarok, Vol. 1 - Now a hit anime!

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Azychika, Shinya Umemura, Takumi Fukui
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Battle, Historical Fantasy
Manga style: Adrenaline, Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: An epic battle-to-the-death between the Gods and the greatest warriors of humanity

Two epic warriors stare each other down
Record of Ragnarok, Vol. 1

Humanity’s greatest heroes battle the gods for the survival of the human race!


Once every millennium, the gods assemble to decide if humanity is worthy of its continued existence or if it should be destroyed! When the verdict is destruction, the final battle between the gods and mortal heroes will decide the survival or extinction of the human race—a battle known as Ragnarok!


The Valkyrie Brunhilde has convinced the gods to give humanity a chance at redemption through combat in the Valhalla arena. Seeking a quick end to the proceedings, the gods present their first fighter, Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Facing him is a warrior said to be the strongest in the history of mankind, the legendary general Lü Bu!






Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Itaru Kinoshita, Shin-ichi Fujiwara
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
Manga style: Adrenaline, Fantasy
Read this is if you're in the mood for: A mystical fantasy adventure that spans multiple realms and species

Three half-demon, half dog princesses ready for action
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Vol. 1

The beloved fantasy adventure Inuyasha continues with the next generation of demon hunters!


Can the three teenage daughters of demon dog half-brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru save their parents, themselves, and both realms from the menace of the seven mystical Rainbow Pearls?


Living in the present day isn’t easy for Sesshomaru’s daughter Towa. She can’t remember where she came from, must conceal her mysterious powers, and is either worshipped or feared by girls she just wants to be friends with. But she has no way of returning to her own time until one day…a demon attacks and she is transported to feudal-era Japan.


There Towa, her twin sister Setsuma, and her cousin Moroha—Inuyasha’s daughter—have a mission bestowed upon them by the mystical Tree of Ages. With only vague memories of their past to guide them, the three young women set out to find their parents, heal a rift in time, and fulfill their royal destiny...


Sakamoto Days, Vol. 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Itaru Kinoshita, Shin-ichi Fujiwara
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Manga style: Adrenaline, Feel Good
Read this is if you're in the mood for: The hilarious come-back story of a former hitman turned family man

Sakamoto and his gas station assistant battle hit men
Sakamoto Days, Vol. 1

Kill some time with former hit man Taro Sakamoto!


Taro Sakamoto was once a legendary hit man considered the greatest of all time. Bad guys feared him! Assassins revered him! But then one day he quit, got married, and had a baby. He’s now living the quiet life as the owner of a neighborhood store, but how long can Sakamoto enjoy his days of retirement before his past catches up to him?!


Time has passed peacefully for Sakamoto since he left the underworld. He’s running a neighborhood store with his lovely wife and child and has gotten a bit…out of shape. But one day a figure from his past pays him a visit with an offer he can’t refuse: return to the assassin world or die!


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