Looking ahead to February, there are plenty of manga that fans are going to want, including the first volume of a new series from the creator of Tokyo Ghoul, a story of a yakuza enforcer who becomes a K-pop stan, and a one-volume cat drama.

Choujin X Vol. 1
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 22, 2023
Price: $14.99
Creators: Sui Ishida
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-9747-3669-0
Age Rating: Teen+

What It’s About:  Two crime-fighting teens inject themselves with a drug that turns them into Choujin, the supernatural creatures that have been plaguing their city in this supernatural thriller series.

Why It’s a Pick Hit:  Ishida is the creator of the best-selling Tokyo Ghoul, and this series will appeal to his fans with a similar premise as well as good opportunities for cosplay.

The Yakuza’s Bias Vol. 1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: May 17, 2023
Price: $12.99
Creator: Teki Yatsuda
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-6465-1801-2
Age Rating: N/A

What It’s About:  A powerful mob enforcer becomes a K-pop stan, bringing his uncompromising yakuza attitude to his new passion in this shojo comedy.

Why It’s a Pick Hit:  This series mixes the deadpan humor of The Way of the Househusband with the sparkly joy of K-pop.

A Story of Seven Lives
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Release Date: April 19, 2023
Price: $24.99
Creator: Gin Shirakawa
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9-781-6385-8826-9
Age Rating: Teen

What It’s About:  A tragedy leaves Nanao, a former house cat, to fend for himself on the streets of Tokyo.  He bonds with another cat and then with some kind humans, but the humans have their own problems to overcome.

Why It’s a Pick Hit:  It’s about cats!  What sets this book apart, though, is that it’s a heart-tugging drama, not a gag manga, and it’s complete in one volume.