This Week in Manga: Apr 10 – Apr 16

We take a look at some manga release highlights from the last week.

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There’s something for everyone in this week’s manga releases, from intense sporting rivalries, to comedic fantasy to a Vocaloid manga. Let’s take a look at a few of the highlights.

Aoharu x Machinegun 4

Hotaru’s been found out, by Midori! His accusations of deception weigh heavy on Hotaru, who’s still lying to her teammates in Toy Gun*Gun about being a girl. Desperate to play with Matsuoka and Yukimura and fight in the TGC again, she decides to tell them the truth. But as she prepares to deliver her confession, she comes face to face with an unexpected proclamation from Matsuoka instead!

Aoharu x Machinegun has been a lot of fun so far. If you’re aware of the anime adaptation (known by it’s original Japanese title: Aoharu x Kikanjuu) you should definitely check out the manga. It blows the anime away, partially because of it’s gorgeous art, and partially because the humour and story beats just work so much better in the original manga format.

If you’re not familiar with Aoharu x Machinegun, then the easiest way to describe it is a cross between Ouran High Host Club and a sports manga about really hardcore paintball gun fights.

Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World 3

Aqua, her fellow divine misfits, and Kazuma are trying to find a safe place to endure the coming winter, which promises to be harsh and unforgiving! Along the way, however, the group gets caught up in a bit of ghost busting! Will they answer the call?

With the second season of Konosuba’s anime adaptation having just wrapped up, some of you are probably after more misadventures from the lovable and idiotic cast of Konosuba. Why not check out the manga?

For those who are curious but have yet to dive in, Konosuba is a unique and occasionally hilarious take on the whole ‘being reincarnated in a fantasy universe’ trope, with an atypical hero and a goddess companion who doesn’t even want to be there. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the genre and in the mood for a laugh.

Hatsune Miku: Rin-chan Now! 1

Have fun just hanging out onstage, in the studio, and at home with Kagamine Rin, the most popular Vocaloid next to Hatsune Miku herself! Miku’ s sassy blond friend takes center stage in this series that took inspiration from the music video, Rin-chan Now! The video is now a manga of the same name; written, drawn, and edited by the video creators!

Yes. You read right; Kagamine Rin finally has her own manga! While her fellow Vocaloid Hatsune Miku already has several manga adaptations to her name, it’s finally time for Rin to shine, although you can expect Miku and some of the other Vocaloids to still make an appearance. If the manga is anything like the music video that gave birth to it then you can expect plenty of wacky hi-jinks and some very yuri-ish overtones, and you should definitely expect some very cute art.

Welcome to the Ballroom 4

Through luck, persistence, and sheer nerve, Tatara Fujita and his new partner Mako Akagi have made it to the final round of their first competition together—the Tenpei Cup. They may have proven that they have what it takes to dance competitively, but do they have what it takes to win? Mako’s arrogant older brother Gaju is determined to beat them and prove that they don’t, and between his skill and his partner Shizuku’s poise and talent, he might be right. One thing is certain: The Tenpei Cup is going to be a painful lesson for somebody. But who?

If you don’t know about Welcome to the Ballroom, then boy am I glad I get to introduce it to you. Imagine that you took all the tropes of your typical over-the-top sports manga: the intense rivalries, the hardcore action shots, the hours of grueling practice, and then applied all of those to ballroom dancing.

While at times Welcome to the Ballroom will make you laugh, it’s surprisingly heartfelt and well-written, and it’s easy to cheer for Tatara as a protagonist. The manga is getting an anime adaptation later this year as well, by Production I.G., the studio behind Haikyu!!, so there’s no better time to get into this series.