Manga lovers and gaming fans–this is a definite win for us! Square Enix Manga & Books recently announced five new titles to be licensed in 2023, and they are all amazing 🤩. This lineup is full of varying titles, so there is something for everyone to enjoy reading. Prepare your excitement (and wallets) because this is a wild ride you don’t want to miss!
Chocobo and the Airship: A Final Fantasy Picture Book
This new picture book is for the Final Fantasy fans, especially those who absolutely adore Chocobo like us! In this newly translated tale, Chocobo and inventor Tim go on a journey of their own to save their home, searching for a precious magic flying stone. Joined by a group of adventurers, everyone quickly becomes friends, creating a heartwarming story perfect for fans of all ages to love 🥰 The book will be released on March 21, 2023, and can be pre-ordered here.
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The first of a two-volume set in the NieR universe, this book gives a new view of the popular game with the help of director Yoko Taro and writer Jun Eishima. In the novel, the protagonist resolves to save the life of his terminally-ill sister and enlists the assistance of Grimoire Weiss, a talking tome, as they search for the “Sealed Verses.” With illustrations by the character designer Toshiyuki Itahana and content from the Grimoire NieR world guide, we are so excited to see the unique look the novel has in store for us to read! The release date for this book is April 11, 2023, and the link for pre-order information is here.
Grimoire NieR: Revised Edition
Next is another book for the NieR Replicant fans, but it is instead a guidebook to the game. This grimoire is a must-have for any superfan in our eyes. With colored pages of official art and bonus information from the game’s lead developers, there is always something new to uncover about the NieR games! In addition to the special stories, there are gameplay strategies and lore to discover and help us along the way. You can pre-order the book here before it releases on April 25, 2023.
My Clueless First Friend
Need a break from the action-packed games? This newly added manga follows the lives of two elementary school students forming a friendship only opposites can pull off! My Clueless First Friend is a heartwarming slice-of-life series about a budding friendship between the gloomy wallflower and the airheaded transfer student. 🥰 Their summer vacations will take a sweet turn, and we cannot wait to see the wholesome moments! More information such as pre-order links can be found here as it releases on March 7, 2023.
Daemons of the Shadow Realm
Finally, the last manga to be announced is the first volume of Daemons of the Shadow Realm. It is undeniable that Fullmetal Alchemist! is a masterpiece many of us loved reading and watching, and Hiromu Arakawa is back with another banger of a manga series! Daemons of the Shadow Realm follows Yuru, a boy who leaves his village life upon an attack. He then learns of his supernatural abilities as certain humans can control beings called Daemons. We are so pumped to start reading about Yuru’s adventures and findings! Pre-order information is here ahead of its release on April 25, 2023.
What are your thoughts on these new books before they’re out next year? Which books or manga series are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments below or through our Instagram and Twitter!
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