A while back, I introduced a manga viewing website called J-Novel Club, which had a small selection of just a few manga from authors looking to get their work out there. The choices were few and the subject matter light fare at best. But since then, the site has added a few more titles to its library, at least one of which might be worth a closer look.
The Faraway Paladin, set in a city of the undead, introduces readers to a boy named Will who is begin raised by a trio of monsters: a skeleton named Blood, a mummy called Mary, and a ghost known as Gus. Though the three of them raise Will with loving care, the time comes when the young man must question who he is and why he’s here in this dead man’s city. Along the way, he’ll uncover the secrets of the good and evil gods and learn the history of the heroes who came and died before him.
Mixed Bathing in Anther Dimension. One look at the cover art and it becomes immediately clear this will quickly become a fan-servicey guy-gets-thrown-into-RPG-world rehash. Toya Hojo is summoned to another world and given a power to defeat an evil demon, but there’s one small problem. His “power” is the ability to conjure an outdoor bath. The good news? The first of the other four destined heroes he meets is a cute girl. He’ll have to think outside the box if he hopes to put his bathing abilities to good use against the forces of evil.
These are just the two latest titles. A couple others, I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse, and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, are also available for perusal. J-Novel Club subscriptions can be obtained for $4.50 and promise a new chapter of manga each week. A free account will get prospective readers a glimpse of the manga before they commit. Three of the sites titles are about to be published in full as e-books, and subscribers can use their credits to download them when they become available.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.