New on Shoujo Shelves – July 2017

Happy Birthday, America! Today’s the 4th and a bunch of books are coming out today and the rest of July as well.

Kodansha’s killing me with all the new digital titles that keep popping up – new josei and shoujo both.  Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card debuts, and some authors I’ve had my eye on in Japan are suddenly licensed – Rin Mikimoto and Satoru Hiura. My most anticipated title for 2017 debuts this month as well – Waiting for Spring by Anashin.  Oh yeah, and let’s not forget cute cat title – Plum Crazy! Let’s see what other series are continuing in the month of July:

Editor’s Note: If you come to this list and find something that’s not classified as shoujo, that’s because there are fewer and fewer titles that are strictly shoujo. We are trying to highlight new titles that girls or shoujo fans would be interested in knowing about.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, vol. 7

Lullaby, and Good Night…

After mistakenly putting Elias under a sleeping spell, Chise can’t find a way to wake him up! She turns to Angie for help, and brews a potion meant to undo the spell–but the process is so exhausting, Chise ends up falling asleep herself. Upon entering a dream world, she crosses paths with the person she least expected: Cartaphilus. But something’s off–the amoral alchemist seems to have lost his threatening edge. Meanwhile, in the outside world, trouble is brewing… on a dragon-sized scale!

Story and art by Kore Yamazaki.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Anonymous Noise, vol. 3

At long last, Nino makes her TV debut as “Alice,” the new singer for the popular band In No Hurry to Shout. But Momo’s rejection has left her spiraling out of control, and her unconventional performance leaves everyone stunned! What will come of this shocking debut? And what will become of her deepening friendship with Yuzu, when both of them are concealing their true selves?
Story and art by Ryoko Fukuyama.
Release Date: 7/04/17

The Betrayal Knows My Name, vol. 7

When Shuusei and Tooko drop off the radar while on a special mission to Kyoto, concern for their safety reaches a fever pitch at Twilight Hall. While preparing to rush to their rescue, Yuki and company are relieved to hear word that Tooko has been found. Still, with no word from Shuusei, a party heads to Kyoto to locate their ally. But while they’re away, the suspicious deaths around the city are confirmed to be the work of the Duras. Will the remaining Zweilt be able to confront the enemy and save the innocent with their forces so severely depleted?!
Story and art by Hotaru Odagiri.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Kodansha Digital

Cardcaptor Sakura – Clear Card, vol. 1  **New Series**

It is spring, with cherry trees in full blossom, and Sakura is just entering middle school. Her beloved Syaoran has returned from Hong Kong, and life couldn’t be better. But when she awakens from a strange dream to find her Sakura Cards powerless, how can she protect Tomoeda from disaster?!
Story and art by CLAMP.
Release Date: 7/01/17

Kodansha Digital

Days, vol. 3

Fresh off training camp, with the support of his friends and upperclassmen, Tsukushi’s long, hard days of practice are finally starting to pay off as he shows tremendous growth. His first chance to prove himself comes in the form of his shocking selection for Seiseki’s team for the Inter-High-School Championships. But it won’t be easy. He’ll be facing off against Sakuragi Municipal High School, which burst onto the scene as a force to be reckoned with two years ago … and the duo of prodigies that make Sakuragi such a fearsome team, Kaoru Indo and Shuuji Narukami!

Story and art by Tsuyoshi Yasuda.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, vol. 2

After proving himself on stage, Yotaro has been fully accepted as Yakumo’s apprentice and a member of his household. But taking in this brash young man forces Yakumo to confront his own past, and the promises left unfulfilled to his late best friend and rival, Sukeroku. Yakumo decides to share a tale that begins not when he was a dignified artist, but an orphan named Bon. Bon’s history is also the history of fellow orphan Shin, a changing Japan in the face of war, and a woman named Miyokichi, who would hold the future in her elusive hands…

Story and art by Haruko Kumota.

Release Date: 7/18/17

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, vol. 9

Himari Momochi inherits Momochi House, an estate which exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms. Thanks to Himari’s journey in the spiritual realm, Aoi is able to remember his past. While preparing a party to celebrate, Yukari tells Himari that Aoi shares a special connection with her parents…

Story and art by Aya Shouoto.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Dreamin’ Sun, vol. 2

Home Is Where the Heart Is

When Shimana fails to work up the courage to ask Asahi out on a date, she decides it’s time to get a makeover as part of her self-improvement plan. But when she calls Asahi to come check out her new look, he’s too preoccupied with his own crush to pick up the phone. Is her transformation all for nothing? And what are those weird heart palpitations Zen’s getting every time he looks at Shimana? It’s a house full of unrequited love and self-discovery in volume 2 of this slice-of-life romance!

Story and art by Ichigo Takano.

Release Date: 7/11/17


Kodansha Digital

The Full-Time Wife Escapist, vol. 4

Yuri has found out about Mikuri’s second job with Kazami. She suspects the worst, and now she’s going to pay a visit to Hiramasa and Mikuri’s house to look into things. The two of them decide they will have to take drastic measures to make themselves seem more like newlyweds, but just how far are they willing to go?

Story and art by Tsunami Umino.

Release Date: 7/11/17

Haikyu!!, vol. 13

Karasuno fights their way through the preliminaries and wins, earning them a spot in the October Qualifier Rounds of the Spring Tournmanet. Their first opponent is a team of partiers from Johzenji whose motto is “play hard”! They’re a highly unorthodox team that improvises crazy attacks on the fly, leaving Karasuno baffled on how to counter them!

Story and art by Haruichi Furudate.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Hana & Hina After School, vol. 2

Best Friends Forever?

The girls are all kinds of nervous as Hana heads over to visit Hina’s house for the first time. Things get off to a good start – Hina even opens up about her mysterious friend – but the day takes an unexpected turn when they accidentally take a nap…together! Yet when Hana starts investigating Hina’s past friendship, their own bond turns sour. Is the damage beyond repair – or is there still hope for their relationship?

Story and art by Milk Morinaga.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Honey So Sweet, vol. 7

Although Nao Kogure was once afraid of the delinquent Taiga Onise, she was soon touched by his kind soul. Taiga becomes a mentor to new student Miyabi Nishigaki. She develops a crush on Taiga and pursues him, which leads Nao to confide her feelings of jealousy to Futami.

Story and art by Amu Meguro.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Horimiya, vol. 8

The Kiri High crew dives into the sports festival…and thanks to some fighting words from Hori, even phys ed-phobic Miyamura is fired up and raring to go?! As Sengoku’s apathy, Sakura’s lack of rhythm, and Hori’s manly cheerleading take center stage, his fellow third-years might get some great last memories out of their final sports fest, but for Miyamura, they’ll be his first!
Story by HERO and art by Daisuke Hagiwara.
Release Date: 7/18/17

Kodansha Digital

Hotaru’s Way, vol. 1 **New Series**

“I’d rather nap at home than fall in love.” 27-year-old Hotaru is a career woman and a himono, who unexpectedly finds herself involved with a younger man—who happens to be her boss! … How will this josei romance play out?!

Story and art by Satoru Hiura.

Release Date: 7/18/17


Liselotte & Witch’s Forest, vol. 5  **Last Volume (On Hiatus)**

In her exile to the east of the east of the east, Liselotte’s rambunctious house attempts to coexist with the witch’s forest. Hoping to break down the seal Vergue has cast, Anna ventures out on her own to pay the witch a visit. Despite a being hurt by humans in the past, can Anna convince Vergue to give people another chance, and to live among them again? Meanwhile, Lise is shocked by a familiar looking visitor surveying the nearby village…

Story and art by Natsuki Takaya.

Release Date: 7/18/17


Kodansha Digital

Kasane, vol. 2 & 3

Using a tube of lipstick with a mysterious power and the cooperation of the gorgeous Neena Tanzawa, ugly Kasane now stands beneath the dazzling spotlight. She walks down the path of stardom, just as her mother once did. But this choice brings fresh disaster…

Story and art by Daruma Matsura.

Release Date: 7/4/17  & 7/11/17

Kodansha Digital

Love’s Reach, vol. 1 **New Series**

Haruka Sakurai is the substitute English teacher who takes over after Yuni Kurugi’s homeroom teacher goes on maternity leave, and Yuni loves the way he looks—but she hates his flashy attitude. Thanks to that, her English grades have plummeted (everything else she has a perfect score on)! Now she has to take extra lessons with him after school, where she discovers Sakurai’s gentler side … ?!

Story and art by Rin Mikimoto.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Kodansha Digital

Kounodori: Dr. Stork, vol. 1 **New Series**

This drama, a smash-hit in Japan, looks at the lives of the men and women who work to deliver one million new lives into the world each year in Japan.

Story and art by You Suzunoki.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun, vol. 8

The air around shoujo manga-ka high school boy Nozaki rings loud with greetings between acquaintances old and new! Mikoto Mikoshiba hides the fact that he works as a manga assistant, but Hirotaka Wakamatsu finally discovers his secret, and the two meet anew…?! Meanwhile, Wakamatsu meets Yuzuki Seo’s older brother, Ryousuke, for the first time!! What will come of the psychological warfare that ensues?! Later, Masayuki Hori’s true feelings for Yuu Kashima come bursting out!! And everyone at last gets to meet the youngest Nozaki sibling, Yumeko!!

Story and art by Izumi Tsubaki.

Release Date: 7/18/17

NTR Netsuzou Trap, vol. 3

Life isn’t going so hot for Yuma after her break-up with Takeda. But things only get worse when Fujiwara snaps and intimate shot of her and Hotaru… and then asks to join in! To top it all off, Yuma finds out that Hotaru has a big secret she’s been hiding! Can Yuma handle the truth when it is finally revealed? Or will she run away?

Story and art by Kodama Naoko.

Release Date: 7/11/17

Oresama Teacher, vol. 22

Someone mysterious is pretending to be Super Bun and harassing the members of the student council! Mafuyu and friends almost capture the imposter, but she manages to give them the slip. Then, a chance conversation with Okegawa gives Mafuyu just the clue she needs. Has she finally worked out the identity of the fraudulent Bun?!

Story and art by Izumi Tsubaki.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Plum Crazy!  vol. 1  **New Series**

When the Kitten’s Away, the Cat Will Play!

Plum the cat lives a contented life with high-schooler Taku and his mom – until an itty-bitty kitty joins the family! Snowball might look cute, but as Plum soon finds out, the little kitten’s favorite thing to do is bite – bite Plum, that is! Will the two cats ever make peace, or is Plum doomed to live in fear of Snowball’s playful tricks forever?! A sweet slice of feline life!

Story and art by Hoshino Natsumi.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Princess Jellyfish, vol. 9-10, Omnibus 5

Tsukimi Kurashita has taken refuge with other geek girls at Amamizukan and her journey has begun. Tsukimi is learning what it takes to become a fashion designer and entrepreneur – something she never saw herself doing before! Where has this path led her now?

Story and art by Akiko Higashimura.

Release Date: Moved to 7/18/17

Queen Esmeraldes, vol. 2

Once upon a time there lived a kind, sensitive Wolf. He loved the warm sun, the beautiful flowers, and the song of the birds. But one day the Wolf encountered a girl in a red hood. She delighted in making the Wolf cry, and immediately fell in love with his sorrowful face. Now she brings her colorful friends to torment him every day! What is the story behind all the strange characters populating the deep dark wood, and what is a big, sad wolf to do?

Story and art by Leiji Matsumoto.

Release Date: 7/25/17

Scum’s Wish, vol. 4

Now that Hanabi has discovered how warped Akane’s true self is, she’s made a certain resolution to herself. In place of the one she loves, as a substitute for the things that are lacking, there is a warmth that people reach out for. The various feelings of love and desire mix and combine with complicated relationships, and the red string of fate is lost in the tangle.

Story and art by Mengo Yokoyari.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Sweetness & Lightning, vol. 7

Tsumugi is now in kindergarten, and as she grows up, her questions are becoming more complicated. Her curiosity about her mother leads to a quiet search for an old photo album that brings up memories as beautiful as they are poignant—but when a character in her favorite TV show dies, she begins to ask about “heaven” and “hell,” and Kohei will have to find a way to answer. But as always, home cooking— like candied chestnuts, oyakodon, and somen noodles poured down a bamboo flume—is a balm for the wounded souls of father and daughter alike.

Story and art by Gido Amagakure.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Kodansha Digital

Tokyo Tarareba Girls, vol. 4

“Finally, I’ve found him, the man who will make me happy!” Premonitions of love from the What-If Girl, Rinko. Is the scene awaiting her after beginning a relationship over-eagerly and over-optimistically the heaven she envisioned? Or an unforeseen hell? Witness the manga everyone is talking about tackle the reasons our love lives don’t go well!

Story and art by Akiko Higashimura.

Release Date: 7/04/17

Twinkle Stars, vol. 3

It’s the day of the fireworks display, and Chihiro’s come down with a fever! At Saki’s recommendation, a worried Sakuya decides to visit him. How will he react, and what will happen when Sakuya finds out about the sorrowful past he left behind in Tokyo?

Story and art by Natsuki Takaya.

Release Date: 7/18/17

Waiting for Spring, vol. 1 **New Series**

Mizuki is a shy girl who’s about to enter high school, and vows to open herself up to new friendships. Of course, the four stars of the boys’ basketball team weren’t exactly the friends she had in mind! Yet, when they drop by the café where she works, the five quickly hit it off. Soon she’s been accidentally thrust into the spotlight, targeted by jealous girls. And will she expand her mission to include…love?

Story and art by Anashin.

Release Date:  7/18/17

The Water Dragon’s Bride, vol. 2

After a ritual in the village leaves her hovering on the brink of death, Asahi is rescued by the power of the water dragon god! Has he awakened to feelings of compassion, or does Asahi need to flee this treacherous world before something irreparable happens to her?

Story and art by Rei Toma.

Release Date:  7/04/17

Welcome to the Ballroom, vol. 6

Tatara’s education as a competitive dancer continues! He’s learned a lot in a short amount of time, but his lack of experience as a leader is finally catching up with him. In some ways, Chinatsu is the perfect partner for him, but her own background in dance may make it difficult for them to function as a pair. The world of dance will not wait—the clock is ticking, and if the two can’t learn how to move together, their future success in dancesport is far from certain…

Story and art by Tomo Takeuchi.

Release Date:  7/18/17

What titles have you been buying this month?

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  • Awesome, had no clue that Hotaru no Hikari and Kinkyori Renai were being published. I am sooo going to buy them!

    • I know!! I did a separate post to highlight them to get the word out.

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