Anime Expo is the largest event of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place in Los Angeles, this year's convention provides multiple booths for related businesses where they announce their latest acquisitions and other industry news.
Yen Press, maybe the most celebrated English-language publisher of Japanese culture, announced a barrage of new manga and light-novel titles coming to its catalog. Among those, there are notorious ones already loved by the public and others with rather intriguing premisses, all coming to the stores soon somewhere in 2020.
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
The praised supernatural light novel (which already has its manga licensed) by Hajime Kamoshida will have its first volume published in 2020. It was adapted into a fairly successful anime in 2018 and tells the story of Azusagawa Sakuta, a cynical teenager who involves himself in a series of supernatural phenomenons afflicting school girls. Despite the plot, it is not a harem series.
- Author: Hajime Kamoshia (story) and Keeji (art);
- Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Supernatural.
Persona 5 Mementos Mission
This manga, based on the famous series of games Persona, tells original stories about the Phantom Thieves (the main group) solving people's problems, mysteries, and changing hearts (in Persona's universe, this has psychological implications).
- Author: Rokuro Saito (story) and ATLUS;
- Genres: Action, Supernatural.
From Prison School's mangaka, Akira Hiramoto, an action comedy ecchi manga about Chiaki, an unemployed youth in a world of superpowers. One day he skips a job interview in order to save a victim from a train groper; suddenly he's amidst the fight between good and evil.
- Author: Hiramoto Akira (story and art);
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Seinen.
The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious
The light novel with a scheduled anime is also coming in English manga format. A goddess summons an almost-perfect hero to assist her in all manners — but this hero has crippling anxiety and can only act if he's sure everything is going to turn all right.
- Author: Light Tuchichi (story) and Koyuki (art);
- Genres: Comedy, Action, Fantasy.
Persona 5 a la Carte
A manga anthology of Persona 5, but it sets itself apart from the Mementos Mission as the short stories depicted here are simply a look into the daily lives of the members of Phantom Thieves.
- Author: ATLUS;
- Genres: Action, Supernatural.
Im: Great Priest Imhotep
Great Priest Imhotep is ressurected from ancient Egypt to modern Japan. He is hunting Magai, false gods whose ulterior motive is solely destruction, until he meets a highschool girl, of course. The epic manga about the egyptian polymath.
- Author: Morishita Makoto (story and art);
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Shounen.
The manga about the bathroom boy's myth. A high school girl fascinated about the occult ventures into the bathroom said to be haunted by Hanako-kun, however upon meeting him, she discovers the ghost is nothing like she expected. The girl becomes his assistant in his supernatural adventures.
- Author: Aido Iro (story and art);
- Genres: School, Supernatural.
I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
The title says it all, a lighthearted comedy fantasy manga about the most powerful witch in the world trying to live a calm and peaceful life.
- Author: Morita Kisetsu (story) and Shiba Yuusuke (art);
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy.
Breasts are my Favorite Thing in the World!
The first volume of a Shoujo-Ai comedy manga about the school's most gorgeous girl's obsession: breasts, particularly her friend Harumi's.
- Author: Konbu Wakame (story and art);
- Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Shoujo-Ai.
The new chemistry teacher of high school girl Ririka is secretly a sorcerer, who's rapidly found out by her when she walks into his magical barries. Having no other option, the teacher Fuyumi makes Ririka an apprentice. A manga summoning lewdness in the school!
- Author: Shimizu Yuu (story) and Ichihara Kazuma (art);
- Genres: School, Ecchi, Supernatural, Seinen.
Interspecies Reviewers: Ecstasy Days!
A hedonistic light novel about an adventurer and his friends exploring their lust in a specific diversity. Which is sexier, a poisonous basilisk with glasses or a NTR selkie?
- Author: Amahara (story) and masha (art);
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi.
The Penetrated Battlefield Should Disappear There: Bullet Witchcraft & Ghost Program
A reality-shaping light novel about young Rain Lantz who, by force of destiny, fires the daemon's bullet. The daemon's bullet is a magical projectile made by a white-haired witch, who ends up working with the young soldier. Now, Rain has the power to erase everyone hit by his shots, as if they never existed, changing history — the events of the past — and destiny — the events of the future.
- Author: Kei Uwekawa (story) and Teddy (art);
- Genres: Action, Fantasy, Military.
I'm an S-Rank "Behemoth" Monster, but I'm Living as a Knight (Pet) of an Elf Girl
Aria, an elven adventurer, decides to keep an adorable small creature that she names "Tama". However, what comes unnoticed is that Tama is actually a young monster of the strongest class: Behemot. A fantasy coming in both manga and light novel format!
- Author: Ginkyou Nozomi (story), Shinonome Tarou (art) and Yano Mitsuki (art light-novel);
- Genres: Comedy, Action, Ecchi, Shounen, Adventure, Fantasy.
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
Elaina, a care-free adventurer travelling through the world. With each experience, this witch learns more about herself and the people she encounters in this comedic, heartfelt, sometimes dark, fantasy manga — first announced at Anime Expo, hitting the stores next year.
- Author: Shiraishi Jougi (story) and Nanao Itsuki (art);
- Genres: Adventure, Fantasy.
I Don’t Know How to Give Birth!
It may seem there is a weird trend in these Anime Expo announcements, but this one is actually a semiautobiography. A comic about an otaku manga artist's journey of grasping pregnancy and childbirth.
- Author: Ayama Kazama (story and art);
- Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life.
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