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New on Shoujo Shelves – September 2017

Here’s what’s out for September this month.  Definitely looking forward to some of these new series!

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.




Alice in Murderland, vol. 7

It’s sister vs. sister in a fight to the death! Stella makes a pact with Alice to save both their lives, but it seems Ibara’s just getting started. The eldest sister is out for blood, and she won’t stop until there’s only one girl left standing. But if Stella survives this fight-what then? What havoc will Alice wreak if she’s got control of their body for a whole month…?

 Story and art by Kaori Yuki.

Release Date: 9/19/17




Kodansha Digital


All Out!!, vol. 1  **New Series**

Kenji Gion has always had a complex about his height. On his first day of high school, he meets the giant Iwashimizu and a certain ball game: rugby. This classic shonen manga of youth and high school rugby starts now!

Story and art by Shiori Amase.

Release Date: 9/26/17





Anonymous Noise, vol. 4

Yuzu thought he’d resigned himself to just being friends with Nino, his “Alice.” But now that he’s faced with the prospect of losing her voice to Momo, he’s having second thoughts—and has resolved to take them to Momo directly! Meanwhile, the feelings that Momo has been hiding for so long seem to have reached a breaking point!
Story and art by Ryoko Fukuyama.
Release Date: 9/05/17





Black Panther and Sweet 16, vol. 1 **New Series**

Taiga, a teenage girl with a complex about her aggressive nature, has just moved to Tokyo when she runs across a boy passed out from starvation. She lends him a drink, but he ends up stealing a kiss! Then, on her first day at her new school, that boy, Anri Iseya, comes up to her and declares himself to be her pet?! This dangerous mission between a black beast and a strong-willed 16-year-old begins now!
Story and art by Pedoro Toriumi.

Release Date: 8/29/17





Bloody + Mary – vol. 8

Unable to bear the shocking truth that Maria reveals to him, Mary loses consciousness and locks himself inside while “Mary” comes to the surface to take his place. “Mary” heads out alone while Maria, along with Shinobu and Hydra, confront a trio of vampires. Bathed in blood, “Mary” gradually succumbs to madness…
Story and art by Akaza Samamiya.
Release Date: 9/05/17





Bloom Into You, vol. 3

Yuu has always loved shoujo manga and fantasizes about the day that she too will get a love confession that will send her heart a-flutter. Yet when a male classmate confesses his feelings for her … she feels nothing. Disappointed and confused, Yuu enters high school still unsure how to respond. That’s when Yuu sees the beautiful student council president Nanami turn down a suitor with such maturity and finesse that Yuu is inspired to ask her for advice. But when the next person to confess to Yuu is the alluring Nanami herself, has Yuu’s shoujo romance finally begun?

Story and art by Nakatani Nio.

Release Date: 9/19/17





A Bride’s Story, vol. 9

The Best Laid Plans…

Pariya’s budding romance with Umar is off to a rough start due to her brash personality and lack of confidence. But if she can’t figure out how to say what she wants with words, then perhaps the old adage is true–the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori’s pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

 Story and art by Kaoru Mori.

Release Date: 9/19/17




Kodansha Digital


Days, vol. 5

The Seiseki Soccer Club faces stiff competition at training camp as they brace themselves for the second half of the deciding game! It’s a fight to see who makes the team, but as it heats up, Tsukushi begins to lose faith in himself. He’s been told to find a weapon that’s his and his alone … but what could it be? And what awaits Seiseki in their match against Seikan, a team that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the strongest teams in Japan?!

Story and art by Tsuyoshi Yasuda.

Release Date: 9/26/17





Descending Stories, vol. 3

The last great rakugo storyteller of the Showa Era, Yakumo Yurakutei, continues to tell his apprentice, Yotaro, of the promise he made to his late best friend and rival, Sukeroku. As both men work towards their debut as shin’uchi, they are left to confront what drives them forward – for Sukeroku, it’s to create a path for the future of rakugo, and for Kikuhiko, it’s to discover a rakugo that’s uniquely his own. Can he and Sukeroku continue to walk the same path, or will their journey through the world of rakugo together be severed?

Story and art by Haruko Kumota.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Don’t Be Cruel, vol. 5

Playboy Maya catches studious Nemugasa cheating on a test and to ensure his silence blackmails him into doing whatever Maya wants!

After nearly breaking up, Maya and Nemugasa finally go on their hot springs vacation, where their passions reignite! In fact, Maya becomes so besotted with Nemugasa that he gives him a couple’s ring to “ward off any poachers.” But after their return, Maya is approached by the mysterious Ruka, leaving Nemugasa as the jealous one. Is the shoe finally on the other foot?

Story and art by Yonezou Nekota.

Release Date: 9/12/17





Dreamin’ Sun, vol. 3

Shimana Kameko lives in a home where she feels she doesn’t belong. Her mother is dead, her father has remarried, and her six-month-old baby brother takes up everyone’s attention. Kameko skips school and runs away to a nearby park, where she literally stumbles over a mysterious man in a kimono. The stranger, Fujiwara Taiga, offers Kameko a place to stay on three conditions. The first condition is that Kameko tell him why she ran away from home. The second is that she fetch the stranger’s lost apartment key (he is locked out!). The third condition is to have a dream. Kameko meets the conditions, moves in, and begins a journey of romance and self-discovery.

Story and art by Ichigo Takano.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Everyone’s Getting Married, vol. 6

Successful career woman Asuka Takanashi has an old-fashioned dream of getting married and becoming a housewife, but popular TV newscaster Ryu Nanami would rather die than ever get married. Asuka has kept her relationship with Ryu a secret from her parents, so how will they react when it’s Kamiya who shows up to meet them?!

Story and art by Izumi Miyazono.

Release Date: 9/05/17





Frau Faust, vol. 1  **New Series**

A century after a scholar made a deal with a devil in exchange for eternal life, the story of Faust has passed into legend. But the real Faust is not a stuffy professorial man, but a woman, still on the run with her homunculus servant. When the magnetic, bespectacled woman passes through a provincial town, she adds a young orphan named Marion, looking for an escape, to her group. The next stop: A church basement, where a disembodied demon’s arm lies sealed away, and an officer of the Inquisition name Lorenzo waits to spring a trap for the blasphemer…

From the creator of The Ancient Magus’ Bride comes a supernatural action manga in the vein of Fullmetal Alchemist! With electrifying art and a gripping story, Frau Faust reimagines the protagonist of the classic tale who makes a deal with the devil as a tenacious female scholar.

Story and art by by Kore Yamazaki.

Release Date: 9/26/17





Give to the Heart Memories, vol. 2

The replica plantation on Mars is built and Chio is appointed general manager. He is determined not to accept unless Ano is allowed to go with him, despite Mr. Yoo’s protest. A coercive visit from a government official makes him carefully consider his position. Meanwhile, Ganok is trying to help the Prime Minister’s son, a fellow combatant, who has a hard time adjusting on the front. They will find themselves trapped in a life and death situation where only one of them will survive. Ano and Chio get a chance to test their B-N particle research on a human subject, but their actions will have decisive consequences.

Story and art by Wann.

Release Date: 8/29/17


 




Haikyu!!, vol. 14

Thanks to Ennoshita’s efforts, Karasuno defeats Wakutani Minami and advances to the semifinals of the Miyagi Prefecture qualifier tournament. Their next opponent will be whoever wins the Aoba Johsai vs. Date Tech game! Will it be Bluecastle, led by the prefecture’s number one setter, Tohru Oikawa? Or will it be Date Tech and their newly rebuilt Iron Wall?

Story and art by Haruichi Furudate.

Release Date: 9/05/17





The High School Life of a Fudanshi, vol.2

Ryo Sakaguchi has a deep, dark secret: he’s a fudanshi a boy obsessed with BL. While he has trouble understanding how others don’t find the same bliss he does from his unusual hobbies, that doesn’t make it any easier for Ryo to buy his precious manga from the “girls” section of the store, or any simpler explaining the world of boys’ love, shipping wars, and doujinshi circles to his best friend Nakamura. Will Ryo find other fanboys to share his hobby with, or is he doomed to sit alone on his throne of BL romance?

Story and art by Michinoku Atami.

Release Date: 9/19/17




Kodansha Digital


House of the Sun, vol. 7

“I haven’t forgotten. The dream lifestyle in his home with his family doesn’t include me … I have my own future to look forward to. But still … I don’t know how to put it into words.”

“I’m sorry that I made you feel that way.”

Daiki’s come home and Hiro’s dream is one step closer. Mao is invited to her little sister’s birthday party. How does her second trip back home go? Have each of these people who have trouble moving forward with their feelings finally come to understand … ?!

Story and art by Taamo.

Release Date: 9/19/17




Kodansha Digital


Kasane, vol. 5

Using the power of a mysterious lipstick that can steal faces, Kasane acquires the face of a beautiful woman named Neena Tanzawa. Freed from her former ugliness, Kasane uses Neena’s beauty and her own natural talent as a actress to stand under the shining spotlights on stage. But when she encounters her blood sister, Nogiku, everything changes …

Story and art by Daruma Matsuura.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Kase-san and Shortcake

Yamada may be shy and rather clumsy, but the flower gardens at her school have always brought her happiness. Suddenly, a different sort of beauty catches her eye the vivacious track star Kase-san. Although the two girls don’t seem to have much in common, they soon start a romance where each must learn an important lesson in tending their budding relationship. Can the two girls, so different from each other, learn how to make their first love blossom?
* Kase-san and Shortcake is the third release from Hiromi Takashima’s ongoing yuri series that consists of standalone volumes which can be read in any order.

Story and art by Hiromi Takashima.

Release Date: 9/12/17





Kimi ni Todoke, vol. 27

With her jet-black hair, sinister smile and silent demeanor, Sawako “Sadako” Kuronuma always had trouble fitting in. But her whole life changes when she befriends the most popular boy in class, Shota Kazehaya. Can love trump her cursed life?

Kazehaya says he’ll support Sawako no matter where she chooses to go to university, but he can’t come to an agreement with his father about his own future. When Kazehaya’s mother faces a medical issue, it’s Sawako’s turn to be supportive. Finally the day comes for Sawako to make her fateful decision…

Story and art by Karuho Shiina.

Release Date: 9/05/17


 




Kiss Him, Not Me!, vol. 12

Kae continues to turn heads even though she fantasizes about her male classmates making out with each other! She’d rather watch them watch each other! The story continues in this latest volume.

Story and art by JUNKO.

Release Date: 9/12/17


 




Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, vol. 1  **New Series**

Hinana prizes her reputation as a serious high school student, too focused on getting into college to pay attention to boys. But she’s a secret fairy tale romance freak, sneaking away from her studies to see A Roman Holiday and tucking pop idol magazines into her textbooks.

When her celebrity crush comes to her school to film a TV episode, she has to pretend to be totally uninterested even as she desperately tries to get close to him. However, she’s not the only one who’s not what she appears…her dreamboat isn’t just a pretty face either!

Story and art by Rin Mikimoto.

Release Date: 9/19/17




Kodansha Digital


Kounodori – Dr. Stork, vol. 3

Volume 3 of the hit medical drama featured in newspapers and magazines and on TV all over Japan! Features four gripping stories: “Maternal Smoking,” “Overseas Delivery,” “Natural and Ceasarean Births,” and “Accident and Emergency.”

Story and art by  You Suzunoki.

Release Date: 9/05/17





Love Stage, vol. 7 **Final Volume**

In an attempt to hide from his stalker, Izumi moves in with Ryoma. The two enjoy home-cooked meals, baths together, and steamy action between the sheets! It looks like smooth sailing for these two–that is, until Izumi decides he wants to top Ryoma! Freaded out and unsure what to think, Ryoma beats a speedy retreat. Separated, the two give serious thought to what it means for a man to love another man. Could this spell the end for this showbiz couple?

Story by Eiki Eiki and art by Taishi Zaou.

Release Date: 9/12/17




Kodansha Digital


Love’s Reach, vol. 3

At long last, they spend a night together, away from home … but it’s just a class trip. Yuni is desperate to get a photo together with Sakurai-sensei in historic Kyoto, but all her efforts are for naught. And then, a crisis that will shake the very foundation of their love approaches … ! As always, volume 3 of this “forbidden (?) love” comedy is packed full of twists and turns!

Story and art by Rin Mikimoto.

Release Date: 9/12/17





My Love Story!!, vol. 13  **Final Volume**

Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Yamato initially accepts that she has to move to Spain with her family, but her feelings for Takeo are so strong that she runs away from home! Takeo follows her with the intention of bringing her back, but what will he do when he faces a heartbroken Yamato? And just how will Takeo’s love story end?

Story by Kazune Kawahara and art by Aruko.

Release Date: 9/05/17





Otome Mania, vol. 2  **Final Volume**

Yuzumi Otome is a master gamer and game creator, and has finally landed her dream job in an otome game company. Now, she will do whatever it takes to conquer the industry. But is success worth it? Will it truly bring Yuzumi happiness? Or will she spend her days wallowing in anger and anxiety? What must Yuzumi do to release a successful game?!

Story and art by Yurino Tsukigase.

Release Date: 9/26/17




Kodansha Digital


Peach Heaven, vol. 6

A tabloid writer has figured out Momoko’s secret identity. Momoko was walking on air after she and Ranmaru finally admitted their feelings to each other, but now, she has to contend with simultaneous threats to her career and her virginity! Can she make it through this with both intact while that tabloid writer is hot on her tail and Ranmaru is itching to get down between the sheets? This erotic romantic comedy gets more exciting than ever in Volume 6!

Story and art by Mari Yoshino.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Plum Crazy! Tales of a tiger-striped cat, vol. 2

Plum, as her family calls her, is a tiger-striped cat that lives with Miss Nakari, a single mother to her teenage son, Taku. Plum can understand what people say to her, and she can even tell what’s in their minds. She also has many friends among the neighborhood cats. All is well in her everyday life, until the day a mischievous kitten named Snowball joins Plum’s happy household. Will the naughty little newcomer turn Plum’s world completely topsy turvy? Or will Snowball make her life even sweeter?

Story and art by Hoshino Natsumi.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Princess Jellyfish, Omni. 6

In order to save Amamizukan, the girls decide to put up an exhibition of their work. When the Jelly Fish dresses catch the eye of Asia’s greatest fashion influencer, Kai, it’s not only the dresses that the mogul wants—it’s the designer herself. Tsukimi and the gang are about to get the massive break they need, but at what price…? Afraid that he may lose Tsukimi, Kuranosuke must come to terms with what his true purpose for starting Jelly Fish once was. Meanwhile, Shu learns of the heartbreaking history of Kuranosuke’s mother, while Chieko’s mother makes a discovery that seals the fate of Amamizukan…

Story and art by Akiko Higashimura.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Queen’s Quality, vol.1  **New Series**

Fumi Nishioka lives with Kyutaro Horikita and his family of “Sweepers,” people who specialize in cleaning the minds of those overcome by negative energy and harmful spirits. Fumi has always displayed mysterious abilities, but will those powers be used for evil when she begins to truly awake as a Queen?

Fumi has never shown much romantic interest in Kyutaro, the quiet but formidable Sweeper who may be the only one who can keep Fumi’s power under control. But when Kyutaro tells her that he’ll never leave her side, she unexpectedly starts to fall for him!

The adventures of mind “Sweepers” continues in this supernatural romance and sequel to QQ Sweeper!

Story and art by Kyousuke Motomi.

Release Date: 9/05/17




Kodansha Digital


Real Girl, vol. 3

Tsuttsun falls victim to the schemes of a guy who’s after Iroha’s affections, and is framed for attempting to kidnap a little girl. With the whole class suspecting him of something he didn’t do, Tsuttsun finds himself all alone. Even so, he is supported by Iroha and Ito … Meanwhile, a female kohai shows up, and being an otaku, she admires Tsuttsun … which makes Iroha anxious. Their steady relationship is on shaky ground! Tsuttsun’s sorely lacking communication skills are on full display!! Also, check out “Spring Fever,” the special chapter that tells the story of Tsuttsun’s cherished junior high school days, where his friendship with one-and-only friend Ito begins.

Story and art by Mao Nanami.

Release Date: 9/26/17




Kodansha Digital


Shojo Fight, vol. 1  **New Series**

Ever since that day, Neri Oishi’s resolved not to make friends. She’s fifteen years old and plays volleyball at Hakuunzan Private Academy Middle School, which is known for producing top players of the sport. Neri’s doing everything she can to hold herself back, including hiding that she was the captain of a team that took second place in a national tournament when she was in elementary school. While she’s immersed in this team sport, why should Neri have to kill herself? What keeps her from quitting volleyball in spite of that? Get ready for an ensemble volleyball drama!

Story and art by Yoko Nihonbashi.

Release Date: 9/26/17





Skip Beat, vol. 39

Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he’s casting her out now that he’s famous! Kyoko won’t suffer in silence–she’s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Kyoko finally knows why her mother treated her so coldly when she was a child, and the story is more tragic and full of betrayal than she could have guessed. But hearing the painful truth isn’t a new wound on Kyoko’s fragile soul. In fact, it actually releases her from some of the ghosts of her past. She might never have a loving relationship with Saena, but she’s more determined than ever to become an actress to make them both proud!

Story and art by Yoshiki Nakamura.

Release Date: 9/05/17





Star Project Chihiro,  vol. 8

A secret from the past emerges, allowing Dr. Ko to blackmail his younger brother and seize his entertainment empire. First item on the agenda is an attempt to bring Chiro to GL Entertainment and ruin Inan’s thoroughly thought-out plan. Meanwhile, chubby former heartthrob, Bloody Q, is trying hard to summon inspiration and write a song, but, after a 20 year break, that might be a more difficult task than he imagined. Chiro is becoming the biggest star in Korea, helping GL profit considerably. Nevertheless, a surprise is in store. Dr. Ko prepares a challenge, with Chiro’s position at stake. Will Chiro lose everything he worked for?

Story and art by Hye-Kyung Baek.

Release Date: 8/29/17





Sweet Blood, vol. 8

Kiahn and Sooho’s cat-and-mouse game continues, as Kiahn tries to make Sooho fall in love with him. Meanwhile, Prince Nick is torturing Isaac, and their interaction will bring many surprises, as their fight will ultimately decide the ruler of the Western country. Kiahn’s protection is desired by both parties and his decision is in the best interest of his kingdom. Just as Sooho starts to realize his true feelings, he is captured by a dragon, eager to make an offering for his master.

Story and art by Kim Seyoung.

Release Date:  8/29/17




Sweet Blue Flowers, vol. 1  **New Series**

Fumi is glad Akira is back in her life. Even in kindergarten, Akira knew how to stand up for herself, and she was always willing to stand up for Fumi too. But Fumi’s first love recently got married, and Fumi is grappling with a broken heart and the fact that her sweetheart was another woman… Can Akira’s open heart help dispel the gloom Fumi has been caught up in?

Story and art by Takako Shimura.

Release Date:  9/19/17




Sweetness & Lightning, vol. 8

Tsumugi’s started elementary school, and it’s one new experience after another. She’s excited to try the all-important school lunch, but she’ll have to get used to some new rules – eating at school isn’t like eating at home. Then, the ability of sandwiches to mend a broken friendship is put to the test, even as Kotori braces herself for an important decision. Finally, it’s time for Tsumugi’s first athletics festival – her world just keeps getting bigger!

Story and art by Gido Amagakure.

Release Date: 9/05/17



Kodansha Digital


Tokyo Tarareba Girls, vol. 7

“If I had done this … If only that would happen …”

I repeated those hypotheticals for years and years, but now I’ve finally, finally reached a tranquil, mature love!! Or so I thought. But this What-If Story isn’t over yet …

Story and art by Akiko Higashimura.

Release Date: 9/19/17





Waiting for Spring, vol. 2

After hanging out with the four popular members of the basketball team, Mitsuki finds herself surrounded by many new friends. One of the boys from the team, Towa, is in the same class as her, and she can’t help but be stunned by how close they’re becoming. Meanwhile, Mitsuki’s childhood best friend, Aya, has finally returned from America, and she has a confession shocking enough to make Mitsuki blush!

Story and art by Anashin.

Release Date:  9/05/17




Welcome to the Ballroom, vol. 7

With his new partner, Chinatsu, Tatara hurls himself into learning from Marisa’s instruction. With her guidance, he’s building a new foundation for dancing, rooted in the fundamentals of posture, rhythm, and footwork. But there’s one thing he can’t control: Chinatsu. Will the pressure of the Grand Prix competition forge them into a unit, or break them apart forever?

Story and art by Tomo Takeuchi.

Release Date:  9/19/17

What titles will you buy this month?

 

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