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New Year, New Manga

2023 is here, along with lofty New Year resolutions. Exercise more, take over the world, eat more vegetables, read more manga...


You're on your own with those first three goals. But if you want to read more manga, we can help!


If you're anything like us, you've probably been wanting to read more for a while now, but life always gets in the way.


But this year will be different. You'll crush your reading goals so fast, they'll write stories about you.


How do we know?


Because we have the most thrilling adventures, enthralling romances, terrifying horrors, and out-of-this-world fantasies sure to keep you hooked!


And who knows? You might pick up a few tips to finally take over the world.


Check out our latest manga picks below, and get ready to conquer your reading goal (and the world?!) once and for all. (Download our free printable manga tracker and let us know how you do this year!)


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For Hopeless Romantics



Rainbow Days Vol. 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Minami Mizuno
Recommended for fans of: Shojo, Romance, Slice-of-life, Drama, School Life
Read this if you're in the mood for: A colorful slice-of-life about the quirks of modern love and friendship

Four friends support each other through the colorful ups and downs of teenage love. These four friends couldn’t be more different: Natsuki Hashiba, a dreamer who longs for love, Tomoya Matsunaga, a self-centered playboy, Keiichi Katakura, a winsome guy with a hidden saucy streak, and Tsuyoshi Naoe, a socially awkward nerd who loves anime, manga, and games. Together their high school days are as vibrant as rainbows! Excited to have plans on Christmas Eve, Natsuki feels like he’s finally catching up to his friends who are in relationships. But when the night doesn’t go as expected, the stage is set for falling in love.



Futari Escape Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Shouichi Taguchi
Recommended for fans of: Romance, GL/Yuri, Comedy, Slice-of-life
Read this if you're in the mood for: A lighthearted and calming slice-of-life bursting with irreverent adventures!

A professional manga creator and her slacker girlfriend try to relieve the pressures of adulthood by finding joy in the little things in life--and each other! Two young women—one an overworked manga artist, the other a jobless slacker—try to escape the realities of adulthood. Whether it’s by going into debt while splurging on an epic meal or taking an impromptu trip, "Kouhai" and "Senpai" find a way to make the most of their days! Kick back and relax with this adorable yuri comedy


A Galaxy Next Door 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Gido Amagakure
Recommended for fans of: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Read this if you're in the mood for: A sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning!

Princess Meets... Manga Artist?! A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn't just a small step, it's a giant leap… Ever since their father died, Ichiro Kuga has struggled to support his two younger siblings on nothing but a small inheritance and his passion for drawing manga. But it's becoming harder to keep up with his growing responsibilities and deadlines, especially after his last two assistants quit to follow their dreams. Just as he’s nearing his breaking point, the beautiful and scarily competent Shiori Goshiki applies to become his new assistant. But there’s something almost otherworldly about Goshiki, and soon Kuga finds his reality turned upside down when she suddenly declares them engaged to marry!

Correspondence from the End of the Universe Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Menota
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Comedy, Sci-fi, Romance
Read this if you're in the mood for: An offbeat romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist

A romantic sci-fi workplace drama about a spaceman pining for Earth and the partner he left behind. Russian recent college graduate Marko is looking forward to traveling the world with his lover. However, he is abducted by a mysterious being to the end of the universe, ruining his plans. That mysterious being assigns Marko a ten-year mission. All Marko can do is give his all to the mission and befriend his alien coworkers. This is the peculiar story depicting life in a place far removed from Earth.


For Thrill Seekers


Parasyte Full Color Collection 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Hitoshi Iwaaki
Recommended for fans of: Horror, Fantasy, Sci-fi Classics
Read this if you're in the mood for: A sci-fi horror classic that you'll return to again and again

The sci-fi horror manga classic returns, in a fully-colorized, premium-quality hardcover for the first time! If you've never read the story of Shinichi and the polite and murderous alien infesting his right arm--or even if you already own the series--there's never been a better way to collect it.


They arrive in silence, out of dark skies. They infest human hosts and consume them. And they are everywhere.


They are Parasites: alien creatures who must invade and take control of human hosts to survive. Once they have infected their victims, they can twist their hosts's bodies into any abominable shapes they choose: craniums splitting to reveal mouths of sharp teeth, batlike wings erupting from backs, blades tearing through soft hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purposes behind ordinary human faces. No one knows their secret, except an ordinary high school student. Shinichi managed to stop the infestation of his body by an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?


For more than 30 years, new generations of readers have been riveted to this unlikely buddy story that unfolds amid a world of monstrosities that never stay hidden for long. Since its first release, in 1988, Parasyte has inspired live-action films, spinoffs, and, in 2015, a global hit anime series. The Full Color Collection presents Hitoshi Iwaaki's original manga in hardcover for the first time, with each page carefully colorized and a revised translation for 2022. There's never been a better time to stay up late and get your hand on Parasyte!



Death Note Short Stories


Death Note Short Stories manga cover
Death Note Short Stories

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story, art, and design by: Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Recommended for fans of: Thrillers, Action-Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Read this if you're in the mood for: A final love letter to Death Note fans, with stories adjacent, but not central to, the main Death Note series

Is Kira's story truly over, or does his influence linger? Death Note's story continues in this collection of short stories penned by the series' creators.


In this complete collection of Death Note short stories penned by the series’ creators, discover tales of lives irrevocably changed by the sinister influence of the Death Note, with surprising and thrilling answers to the question of what it truly takes to use the Death Note…or fight it.


Contains stories “C-Kira,” “a-Kira,” the Death Note pilot chapter, vignettes of L’s life, and more.

NOiSE

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Gido Amagakure
Recommended for fans of: Sci-fi, Horror, Cyberpunk
Read this if you're in the mood: A dark futuristic tale dripping with decay and dischord

From Tsutomu Nihei, the creator of Knights of Sidonia, APOSIMZ and Biomega. NOiSE is the prequel to the hit series BLAME! Dark science-fiction set in the BLAME! universe. As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer—and his sadistic silicon creature …




For Fantasy Lovers


Steam Reverie in Amber

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Kuroimori
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Sci-fi, Steampunk
Read this if you're in the mood for: Breathtaking illustrations in a magical realm. Not your average manga!

A full-color steampunk artbook & manga collection hardcover--includes all 22 Major Arcana as removable tarot cards! Don't miss this beautiful release from an award-winning Japanese artist who contributed to Final Fantasy art. In a world wedged somewhere between past and future, an airship drifts gently among pillow-soft clouds. This is the Tomeship--purveyor of used books and fresh coffee across the skies. It can only be seen by those who bear the Gearform Scar on their hearts. Are you one such soul? Immerse yourself in a gorgeously illustrated magical realm and find out!



The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent: The Other Saint Vol. 1

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent: The Other Saint Vol. 1 manga cover
The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent: The Other Saint Vol. 1
Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Yuka Tachibana, Yasuyuki Syuri, Aoagu
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Another World/Isekai, Shojo
Read this if you're in the mood for: A cute and airy isekai fantasy world

A companion tale to the popular manga and anime! What would you do if everyone thought you were the chosen one, but you knew they were wrong? Aira Misono is a run-of-the-mill high school girl. She never imagined that she’d be summoned to another world, let alone declared its savior. Yet from the moment the handsome Prince Kyle lays eyes on her, he’s convinced that she’s the long-awaited Holy Saint destined to banish darkness from his world. Aira herself maintains significant doubts. Is she really up to this challenge? She might be able to use magic, but is she really a Saint? Aira’s fears and struggles only deepen when the woman summoned alongside her begins to look more and more like the one who truly deserves that title.


I Got Fired as a Court Wizard so Now I'm Moving to the Country to Become a Magic Teacher Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Rui Sekai, Daburyu, Kiyomi Tanabe, Kyou Kitazawa
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Comedy, School Life
Read this if you're in the mood for: A lighthearted fantasy with a crazy long title

A powerful mage finds himself teaching a class of misfits and oddballs in this lighthearted fantasy! Jade was one of the strongest mages in the world, boasting the coveted post of Court Wizard thanks to his standout abilities. Unfortunately, mysterious events got him fired from that gig, and now he’s the newest teacher at a magic school way out in the boonies. Worse yet, he’s in charge of a class of losers and misfits who’ve earned the scorn of the academy’s elite. Channeling both his skill as a royal magician and his earnest desire to help his students achieve their dreams, can Jade turn this class of rejects into a force to be reckoned with?

For Adrenaline Fans (Action-Adventure)


One Piece Vol. 101

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Eiichiro Oda
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Shonen, Comedy
Read this if you're in the mood for: The latest volume of a beloved adventure series starring swashbuckling characters, epic battles, and lush landscapes

Join Monkey D. Luffy and his swashbuckling crew in their search for the ultimate treasure, One Piece! As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber...at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world... It’s a family brawl as Kaido faces off against Yamato! But Kaido and his powerful pirates aren’t going to go down easily, even against the Straw Hats’ best fighters. The key to victory may be the peculiar ability of a young girl!

The Witcher: Ronin

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Rafal Jaki & Hataya
Recommended for fans of: Fantasy, Action-Adventure
Read this if you're in the mood for: An ancient Japense spin on classic Witcher characters

A new original manga in The Witcher universe based on the rich traditions of Japanese folklore! Taking the witcher to new lands inspired by ancient Japan, Geralt trails the mythical Lady of Snow. Here, the role of a witcher is just as essential—as dangerous spirits and demons are constantly on the prowl. In a new world inspired by Edo-period Japan, Geralt is faced with difficult moral choices while battling a variety of yōkai and oni, creatures inspired by Japanese myths. Each encounter drops a clue in his desperate search for a mysterious apparition known as the Lady of Snow, yuki onna, for she is the key to who Geralt seeks, but finding her won’t be easy . . .

The Hunters Guild: Red Hood Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Yuki Kawaguchi
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
Read this if you're in the mood for: A grim take on Grimm tales, where the hunted become the hunters!

In a world where fairy tales are fact and humans live in fear of werewolves, witches, and monsters, only the Hunters Guild can keep the monsters at bay. These red-hooded fighters are anything but little, and only those able to pay a king’s ransom can afford their services, but it’s a small price to stay alive. In an isolated hamlet lives a boy named Velou who wants nothing more than to protect his beloved neighbors from the werewolf terrorizing the town. But even the town’s mayor—its most skilled huntsman—is unable to handle the situation on his own anymore. In a desperate attempt to save his people, the mayor hires the Hunters Guild to exterminate the werewolf. But after the mayor bankrupts himself into affording the Guild’s services, Velou and the citizens are disappointed when a little girl in a red hood named Grimm shows up instead of the big, strong hunter they were expecting. Velou is skeptical of Grimm’s ability to handle the werewolf—surely the mayor has been scammed, right?! Will Velou and the hamlet ever live happily ever after?

Shangri-La Frontier 1

Rating: Older Teen (16+)
Story and art by: Ryosuke Fuji, Katarina
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Fantasy
Read this if you're in the mood for: A fast-paced, irreverent adventure for fans of isekai and RPGs

BIRD-HEAD HAS JOINED THE GAME


Second-year high school student Rakuro Hizutome loves nothing more than finding so-called "trash games" and beating the crap out of them. When he decides to change things up by playing a new, "god-tier" VR game known as Shangri-La Frontier (a.k.a. SLF), he does what he does best: min-maxes, skips the prologue, and jumps straight into action! Rakuro may be a seasoned gamer, but a meeting with an old rival will change the fate of every SLF player forever.


Clad in nothing but shorts and a bird mask, Rakuro (player name: Sunraku) launches into the world of SLF. Things are going well at first as he takes down a goblin, a bunny, and even a python. But then Sunraku comes up against a huge, hard-hitting wolf known as Lycagon the Nightslayer. Will Sunraku's years of "trash game" experience be enough, or is he about to suffer a rude awakening just a few hours into his SLF adventure?

The Most Notorious Talker Runs the World's Greatest Clan 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Jaki, Fame, Yamorichan
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Fantasy
Read this if you're in the mood for: A cunning antihero who will stop at nothing to save--and dominate--the world

A cunning, ruthless boy does whatever it takes to leave his mark on the world in this swords-and-sorcery tale! Young Noel is the grandson of the empire’s mightiest hero, and promised his dying grandfather to become the world’s greatest adventurer. But Noel has been assigned to the weakest class of adventurers: a Talker, whose only skill is to enhance the abilities of other heroes. How can he possibly find glory with only support skills? By being ruthless with them! Good, evil, it’s all the same to Noel as he manipulates his allies, controls his friends, and outfoxes endless monsters from the deepest Abysses. Noel will stop at nothing to grow strong enough to save the world—and dominate it!

Ayakashi Triangle Vol. 1

Rating: Older Teen (17+)
Story and art by: Kentaro Yabuki
Recommended for fans of: Action-Adventure, Comedy
Read this if you're in the mood for: Ninja exorcists, cat kings, and supernatural battles

A hilarious and sexy tale of ninja exorcists, supernatural battles, and gender-bending romance by the artist of To Love Ru and DARLING in the FRANXX. Matsuri Kazamaki’s job as an exorcist ninja means that his livelihood depends on driving away the ayakashi spirits who endanger humans. He’s been protecting his childhood friend, Suzu Kanade, from the shadows for years, as she effortlessly attracts ayakashi. What will happen when Suzu encounters a creature who looks like a simple cat, but who is really Shirogane, the king of ayakashi?

For Feel Good Fans (Comedy & Slice-of-life)


Ex-Yakuza and Stray Kitten Vol. 1

Rating: Teen (13+)
Story and art by: Riddle Kamimura
Recommended for fans of: Comedy, Slice-of-life
Read this if you're in the mood for: An adorable and cozy read starring Yakuza...and CATS!

An adorable kitty is saved from a life on the streets by a menacing former gangster...who has a secret soft side! After being abandoned in the cold rain, tiny kitten Sabu should have been grateful to find a new home. But when he’s rescued by Jin, whose every atom screams “yakuza,” Sabu suspects he’s out of the frying pan and into the fire! Yet Jin’s scarred hands and face hide a sweet man beneath…a man who pampers kitties with baths and bottle-feedings!

Ramen Wolf & Curry Tiger Vol. 1

Rating: Older Teen (15+)
Story and art by: Emboss
Recommended for fans of: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice-of-life
Read this if you're in the mood for: Food, fur, and friendship!

A charming new manga about a pair of furry foodies! Meet your new favorite food critics: a chubby wolf named Mita Jiro and a ripped tiger named Yanagi Kagetora. Kagetora used to eat to live, but that changed when he met Jiro—who lives to eat! Jiro is more than happy to help his striped friend explore the restaurants and delicacies tucked within their city, and he enjoys all their finds with great relish. There’s nothing better than a hot meal to bring two (animal) people together in this deliciously illustrated story.

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