MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION
Having reached professional status in middle school, Rei Kiriyama is one of the few elite in the world of shogi. Due to this, he faces an enormous amount of pressure, both from the shogi community and his adoptive family. Seeking independence from his tense home life, he moves into an apartment in Tokyo. As a 17-year-old living on his own, Rei tends to take poor care of himself, and his reclusive personality ostracizes him from his peers in school and at the shogi hall.
However, not long after his arrival in Tokyo, Rei meets Akari, Hinata, and Momo Kawamoto, a trio of sisters living with their grandfather who owns a traditional wagashi shop. Akari, the oldest of the three girls, is determined to combat Rei’s loneliness and poorly sustained lifestyle with motherly hospitality. The Kawamoto sisters, coping with past tragedies, also share with Rei a unique familial bond that he has lacked for most of his life. As he struggles to maintain himself physically and mentally through his shogi career, Rei must learn how to interact with others and understand his own complex emotions.
MY HERO ACADEMIA
The appearance of “quirks,” newly discovered super powers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing various abilities from manipulation of elements to shapeshifting. This leaves the remainder of the world completely powerless, and Izuku Midoriya is one such individual.
Since he was a child, the ambitious middle schooler has wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Izuku’s unfair fate leaves him admiring heroes and taking notes on them whenever he can. But it seems that his persistence has borne some fruit: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. All Might’s quirk is a unique ability that can be inherited, and he has chosen Izuku to be his successor!
Enduring many months of grueling training, Izuku enrolls in UA High, a prestigious high school famous for its excellent hero training program, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. With his bizarre but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organization, Izuku will soon learn what it really means to be a hero.
ONE PUNCH MAN
The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.
This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
In a world similar to the European Middle Ages, the feared yet revered Holy Knights of Britannia use immensely powerful magic to protect the region of Britannia and its kingdoms. However, a small subset of the Knights supposedly betrayed their homeland and turned their blades against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of Liones. They were defeated by the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that these legendary knights, called the “Seven Deadly Sins,” were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights themselves staged a coup d’état, and thus became the new, tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones.
Based on the best-selling manga series of the same name, Nanatsu no Taizai follows the adventures of Elizabeth, the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, and her search for the Seven Deadly Sins. With their help, she endeavors to not only take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights, but to also seek justice in an unjust world.
FOOD WARS! SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA
Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.
Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.
As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.
ARIFURETA SHOKUGYOU DE SEKAI SAIKYOU (FROM COMMON JOB CLASS TO THE STRONGEST IN THE WORLD)
Another World-genre manga have been coming out a dime a dozen and many have settled into their own tropes. Most of the time, the main character gets some sort of boosted stats and is rather heroic in nature, but what happens when the main character starts of just average or actually, even worst than average?
That’s what Arifureta Shokugyou de Sekai Saikyou explores, and as you’ll see from the translation, the main character won’t just remain plain average for long. Based of the light-novel of the same name, the premise sees main character Nagumo Hajime and his classmates being transported to an “Another World” where fantasy tropes are a reality.
While his classmates in one way or another are blessed with astounding stats and skills, Hajime himself, like his life in the real world, is average with what seems to be the pathetic skills of a “Synergist”.
However, that skill set might just be what he needs to survive after he gets trapped in a dungeon after an unexpected incident. How will he survive dungeon and is his “Synergist” skill really just mediocre?
If you love reading about how the main characters suppress all odds and make do with what seems to be a low-level skill, you’ll love reading this. After all, everyone loves and an underdog.
YAKUSOKU NO NEVERLAND (THE PROMISED NEVERLAND)
Emma and her friends have a pretty good life at the orphanage they grew up in. Though the rules may be strict, the caretaker is kind, but why are the children forbidden from ever leaving?
That’s the basis of Yakusoku no Neverland or The Promised Neverland. This intriguing mystery/supernatural manga explores the lives of a group of orphans who by all intents and purposes, are living in a pretty good and well-run orphanage. However, some things are a bit off from what seems to be a perfect setting.
With plot twists aplenty, this mystery manga is sure to keep many readers in suspense and considering that it’s managed to run for over 30+ chapters, we’re pretty sure it’ll run for a lot longer. A definite good read if you’re really into the whole mystery and suspense genre.
FUMETUSU NO ANAYA (TO YOU IMMORTAL)
“An immortal being was sent to the surface of the earth and met a boy living alone in the middle of tundra. The being can take the shape of dying things, but only if the “impetus” is stronger than the previous one. What sort of experiences and meetings will the being encounter while living forever?”
Imagine a main character that has no personality, well not yet anyway. The only way it can develop itself is by interactions with the people it meets, and that’s what Fumetusu no Anaya seems to explore. The unnamed being which is the main character has to explore the world and the people that he meets to learn everything from how to eat, how to live and how to communicate.
And while the power to change into anything may seem cool, the being can only take the form of something or someone that is dying, usually the person or character it has been interacting with throughout the story. So that means, be prepared to get your heart strings pulled as the mangaka has done a pretty good job of getting us emotionaly invested in some of the side characters only to spin a tragic tale.
ORIGINThe year is AD 2048. Japan is connected to the Eurasian continent by a transcontinental railroad. The capital, Tokyo, has become a crucible of criminals and terrorists. And so, in the metropolitan darkness a mysterious presence attacks and slaughters people, unnoticed, night after night… Just what are these “things that are not human” living in hiding in the human world? And just who is this “Origin” person who faces them?This action packed manga has all the hallmarks of a Boichi. If you loved his worked in Terra Formars Gaiden: Asimov than be prepared for more of his lush artwork in Origin. The story itself is quite engaging. What happens when a robot tries to integrate itself into society, while battling those who won’t? As a bonus, if you like more of Boichi’s work, you might also want to check out his recently released Dr. Stone manga that he’s illustrating in collaboration with Riichiro Inagaki.