New Manga to Pick Up This Year (part 2)
Beastars, by Paru Itagaki
Anthropomorphic characters might not be your thing but listen to me out! Beastars manga series tells the story of Legoshi, a timid grey wolf living in a modern society of anthropomorphic animals. Unsurprisingly, there is a cultural divide between the carnivores and the herbivores and things get worse when an alpaca is murdered and eaten at the academy where Legoshi attends.
Aoi Tsubaki can see spirits, a gift that she inherited from her dead grandfather. One day she is kidnapped by the ogre Odanna, taking her to the spirit world. The ogre tells her that her grandfather owed him a massive debt and she must marry him to fulfill it. She’ll be eaten if she refuses. Then she makes a third proposal: she will work at the inn Odanna owns in order to pay off the outstanding bill of her grandfather.
Saint Young Men, by Hikaru Nakamura
What would happen if the Buddha and Jesus Christ came down to Earth and lived as regular people in Tokyo? That’s the premise of Saint Young Men manga series by Hikaru Nakamura.
Komi Can’t Communicate, by Tomohito Oda
Shouko Komi might look like your classic Japanese beauty. That is certainly the impression her classmates have. Unluckily, being considered attractive by your peers doesn’t mean that you know how to make friends. In fact, Shouko Komi has extreme social anxiety, making it not easy for her to communicate with other people. Ironically, this makes her classmates think she is stoic, complicating her attempts to befriend others. As an “average” student discovers this, he agrees to help her make her dream of making 100 friends become true.
Our Dreams at Dusk, by Yuhki Tamatani
Our Dreams at Dusk follows major character Tasuku Kaname. When he is outed by his classmates, he wants and plans to end his life. However, before he can carry out this intention, he finds out a drop-in center where LGBT people come together to discuss their problems.