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Best Manga Releases: May 2024

For this month’s selection of manga – we’re diving into themes of love, compassion, and even a dash of revenge because sometimes you just want it all. So here are the recent manga drops of May that we believe are worthy of your time (and money). 

[Oshi No Ko]

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Manga

Volume 6

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: May 21, 2024

Premise: Gorou is an ob-gyn with a life far removed from the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry—the world of his favorite idol, rising star Ai Hoshino. But when the two are unexpectedly brought together, their fates become intertwined in ways that defy all reason. For the good doctor, it’s time to stan(d) and deliver!

Currently: “The actor who’s written off as lousy—If they start doing something completely epic out of nowhere, it’s dynamite.” As the opening day approaches, Aqua’s stage debut is marred by the trauma of his past. If he can’t draw upon his own emotions, he won’t be able to deliver the performance that the newly edited script requires. As onstage factions fracture the cast, he and Akane put in hours of extra work to ensure they don’t disappoint the audience—or lose to Kana and the top actor of Theater Lalalai!

Why It Works: Volume six of the insanely popular manga [Oshi No Ko] delves deeper into the captivating world of Aqua and Ruby, bringing their intertwined fates to the forefront in a way that continues to challenge all expectations. In this new volume, the narrative unfolds with Aqua’s stage debut that’s naturally overshadowed by past trauma, adding layers of emotion and depth to the storyline. The struggle to draw upon personal emotions for a compelling performance sets the stage for intense character development, especially with the ongoing mysteries at hand which undoubtedly intensifies the pressure.

The dynamics between characters such as Aqua, Akane, Kana, and Theater Lalalai’s top actor weave a tale of ambition, rivalry, and dedication to the craft. Furthermore, the evolving relationships and power struggles of the current story arc bring thrilling elements to the plot, keeping readers engaged and eager to unravel the outcomes of these intricate connections.

Overall, volume six of [Oshi No Ko] continues to deliver a compelling narrative that blends various aspects of the entertainment world seamlessly

Dragon Ball Super

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Manga

Volume 21

Publisher: VIZ

Release Date: May 14, 2024

Premise: Having defeated Boo, Goku is starting to get bored with his life on Earth. His wife, Chi-chi, wants him to get a job, but all he wants to do is train and fight stronger enemies. Elsewhere in the universe, the God of Destruction, Beerus, and his attendant Whis are traveling from planet to planet in search of food and entertainment. After blowing up some hapless victims, Beerus is reminded of a man from his dreams with the moniker “Super Saiyan God,” or something like that… The God of Destruction sets his sights on Earth to track down this mysterious man! Maybe this will give Goku something to do?

Currently: In the wake of the commotion on Mt. Butterfly, Trunks decides to take a look into the data on the disc that he stole from Dr. Hedo’s lab. However, the evil scientist intends to steal it back! And his genius plan is to create an android to infiltrate Trunks’s school as a transfer student named Baytah. Meanwhile, the dastardly Red Ribbon Army is rising from the ashes and making new plans of their own…

Why It Works: As we’ve come to love — Dragon Ball Super continues to explore the adventures and challenges faced by Goku and his friends in a universe filled with powerful adversaries. And at this particular point in the manga, the plot thickens as Trunks gets more time in the spotlight by delving into stolen data from Dr. Hedo’s lab, ultimately leading to climactic encounters with the malevolent Red Ribbon Army and the creation of the aforementioned android spy. 

The new volume also adds plenty of interesting opportunities for new plot-centric discoveries between its combination of intense battles and strategic maneuvers, showcasing the enduring struggle between good and evil in the Dragon Ball universe. Fans of the series can expect a mix of action-packed sequences and intriguing plot developments in this latest installment. But this is Dragon Ball — so you’ll never be disappointed anyway. 

CLAMP Premium Collection Tokyo Babylon

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Manga

Volume 3

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: May 21, 2024

Premise: Tokyo—a beautiful yet cold city, full of life and twinkling lights. There resides Subaru Sumeragi, head of his clan. Aided by his glamorous twin sister, Hokuto, and the veterinarian who claims to love him, Seishirou Sakurazuka, he solves the supernatural troubles that plague the citizens of Tokyo—both living and deceased!

Currently: Tokyo—a bustling yet mysterious city, full of rumors and dream chasers. There resides Subaru Sumeragi, the thirteenth head of his clan and a powerful onmyouji. When Subaru sets out to investigate a series of anonymous prank calls, he finds three high school girls who are convinced they’re part of something greater. Can he save them from themselves before they stray too far into the world of the supernatural?

Why It Works: With this third volume of the Yen Press reprinting of Tokyo Babylon, the story continues to delve deeper into the mystical world of Subaru Sumeragi, the thirteenth head of a powerful clan of onmyouji in the vibrant yet enigmatic city of Tokyo. This particular installment follows Subaru as he tackles a new challenge involving a group of high school girls who are entangled in the realm of the supernatural due to a series of mysterious prank calls. How obnoxious of them — but also, who hasn’t been there? It was a different time! 

Anyways — as Subaru navigates through the complexities of their situation, the manga masterfully weaves together themes of fate, friendship, and the blurred lines between reality and fantasy, making the volume a nice asset to the overall narrative. Also, in regards to our consistent protagonists, the story remains captivating, drawing readers into a world where the living and the deceased coexist, and where Subaru’s powers are put to the test in unexpected, quirky ways. Now perhaps we can get some conclusion with X?

After We Gazed at the Starry Sky

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Manga

Volume 3

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: May 21, 2024

Premise: Tougo Amase is a well-known photographer who focuses on night scenery—and the man Subaru Miyazawa not-so-secretly idolizes from afar. Subaru always assumed Tougo would be distant, just like the stars in his art, so he can’t quite believe his luck when they meet at a trial screening of a new planetarium show. While Subaru is a totally awestruck mess of nerves, Tougo takes it all in stride. Not only that, but he’s hopelessly sweet, carrying Subaru down the steps where he and his wheelchair could never go alone—just so he can watch the exhibit from the front row. Subaru can’t help but think… “…I hope we meet again…”

Currently: Subaru Miyazawa never thought he’d meet his idol, Tougo Amase, in person–much less end up in a relationship with him! Now that it’s official, their days are spent getting to know every little thing about each other…both physically and romantically! The small ups and downs in life only serve to make them fall even deeper in love…

Why It Works: The new collection of chapters from After We Gazed at the Starry Sky continues to endear readers with the blossoming relationship between Subaru Miyazawa and Tougo Amase. The current story arc introduced only delves deeper into their emotional connection as they navigate life’s challenges together – and as Subaru’s admiration for Tougo is rapidly evolving into a heartfelt romance that is both tender and genuine. The core romantic narrative also unfolds organically across the newest volume, offering moments of intimacy and vulnerability that feel very refreshing in the current BL manga landscape. 

As Subaru and Tougo explore their feelings for each other, readers are drawn into a tale of love that transcends barriers. The artwork vividly captures these important aspects and emotions of the characters, adding depth to their evolving relationship. Overall, After We Gazed at the Starry Sky’s second volume is a delightful continuation of the series, curating a tale of love, acceptance, and connection under the starlit sky. Fans of the first volume will be pleased by the heartfelt exploration of Subaru and Tougo’s evolving romance, making this a must-read for manga enthusiasts seeking a touching love story.

She Likes Gays, but Not Me

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Manga

Volume 1

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: May 21, 2024

Premise: Jun Andou is an aloof high school student with a longtime secret. He’s gay, and aside from when he’s engaging in his covert affair or chatting with an online friend, he’s never free to be himself. One day, he catches his classmate Sae Miura buying a BL book—a small moment with major consequences. Even as his thinking starts to broaden, Jun still desperately wishes for a “normal” future. But how can he have a wife, home, and biological child when he’s not turned on by women? Discover an unflinching story about navigating one’s identity through a sea of pressure and disparagement from the outside—and from within.

Why It Works: The exploratory nature of the fresh manga series She Likes Gays, but Not Me is deeply rooted in spotlighting stories attached to LGBTQIA characters — but in this instance, the title specifically focuses on a perspective that’s not prepared to accept his own feelings for those of the same sex. While the story and characters are not immune to making bad choices or ways of thinking, it is essential to recognize the manga’s aim is to challenge normative perceptions and delve into uncomfortable territories. It isn’t a story about a confident, self-assured protagonist, but one who is having to unravel his own crippling emotions. 

By portraying complex and messy situations, it encourages a deeper understanding of unconventional narratives, such as the exploration of homosexuality among these characters. Jun’s character development is intricately tied to this exploration, with his reluctance to reveal his vulnerable side echoing the manga’s theme of embracing imperfections and societal taboos. And honestly, it is crucial to not dismiss the narrative solely based on these complicated elements, as the manga intends to provoke critical thinking rather than glorify problematic situations.

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