Though young people recoil from entering the black magic industry, I found its treatment of employees quite good when I entered it, and the president and familiar are cute too so everything is awesome!
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By the author of "I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level" and "I, the Demon Lord, got married to the female hero's mother making her my stepdaughter."
Synopsis : Franz is a recent graduate of magic school who is having trouble finding a job - he constantly bungles interviews due to his poor communication skills. With all the major magical jobs out of his reach, there’s only one place left for him to go.
The industry of black magic. Known for being Disgusting, Dirty, and Dangerous, Franz is incredibly hesitant to actually enter such a market until he no longer has a choice. With his back to the wall, he talks to the Black Magic Incorporation’s CEO, who tells him the truth - black magic has shed its harmful exterior, and has instead become Pure, Pleasant, and Permissive. In short, Black Magic Inc. has actually become a white company.
Join Franz, his Cerberus boss, and his succubus familiar as they get to work in a company which actually respects them as human beings, which is probably another cry for help from Japan’s overworked populace in that a legitimately caring company is seen as a fantasy, but you probably already tuned out after I said “succubus familiar”.
Publisher : Dash X Bunko
Status : Ongoing ( 6 Vol.)
Manga : Yes
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As a minor warning, there is a lot of sex in this story. Like, the main character has sex with everyone (ie his co-workers, who are exclusively female) he meets for various reasons, the most common of which is that the primary method to transfer black magic skills quickly is through sex. His succubus familiar, of course, is more than happy to share.
And despite all that, the part that most readers I know found the most unrealistic was that this is a company that prizes employee mental health and self-care, and gives plenty of benefits, and doesn't discriminate against socially awkward applicants. Which probably says something about our world.
EDIT: Also, the only virtue being signalled is "hey, wouldn't it be nice if we had better work conditions". If this is political virtue signalling, then Outbreak Company is complete firebrand revolutionary rhetoric.
I've seen some of the manga and I must agree with UnsyncedCheese. There is tons of blatant sexual content, mostly used as a catalyst to power spells or to transfer knowledge to one another. While I personally don't mind, I do have some concern that if this gets picked up it may cause trouble with getting other series.
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First time I’ve seen it called this. Then again, I’ve always referred to it in my head as “that 47AgDragon series” and Wooser calls it Black Magic Banana so...
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Never worked at a so called black company that appears to be all the range in Japan, so I cant relate to the premise of this series.
so I like the author's other works, and sexy workplace hyjinks sounds like fun to me. Rather than virtue signalling; this seems like escapist wish fulfillment.
gets my upvote (maybe a title for 'JNC After Dark' if it's legit ecchi?)
I posted this previously, but was directed to here. Quick question, though - has JNC published any other series with mature themes like this?
@torka Looking at the free preview on Bookwalker, the illustrations aren't particularly skeevy. There's just the common swimsuit/lingerie, but really JNC already has series with far worse. And even if the comments above about it having lots of sex are true, JNC has dozens of titles already with sex, albeit usually off-camera. JK Haru has tons of detailed sex, and it's never had a retailer problem because the scenes in question are only in words, no illustrations.
I think this series should be safe to get since I don't see any evidence of nudity. So all JNC has to do is put the mildly ecchi color illustrations at the back of the book (which they already do) and there shouldn't be any problems.
The main issue is licensing. J-Novel Club has never gotten a license from Shueisha before, with Yen Press and Seven Seas the only publishers to have gotten titles from Dash X Bunko.