This week

Manga street dates: Elex (4.16) · Level (4.16) · m&c! (4.16)
Hayate The Combat Butler! Cuties, Mon–Fri, 630pm WIB (Animax Asia)

It’s sunny side up manga + anime’s anniversary month!
Happy anniversary to Telor Ceplok, chuu
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Ittoki Otoya birthday card

And, of course, Happy Birthday to Ittoki-kun♥

2.28.2008

Ouran High Host Club 11, My Fair Lady 17, Blood+ 2 (Chuang Yi latest manga releases)

Ouran High Host Club 11

It's a couple of days late but that already released volume 11 of the demands posting, however tardy. In any case, 's street date for this volume is still a far 4 November 2008 away.

Here's the list of CY's English manga available from 26 February 2008:

Chuang Yi Manga (2008.02.26)

Blood+ volume 2 by Katsura Asuka (Kadokawa Shoten)
My Fair Lady volume 17 by Hayakawa Tomoko (Kodansha)
Ouran High Host Club volume 11 by Hatori Bisco (Hakusensha)
VAGABOND volume 11 by Inoue Takehiko (Kodansha)

Go here if you want the Chinese manga releases (among them, volume 13 of D.Gray-man by Hoshino Katsura-sensei). The English version covers, manga details, and my truly tedious ramblings are hidden behind the cut.

Blood+ 2

Blood+ volume 2 of 5
by Katsura Asuka (桂明日香)
Original title: BLOOD+
ISBN 981-269-840-X (Chuang Yi)
Published in Japan by (volume one released December 2005)
This installment originally issued April 2006
Series status: Five volumes, complete as at April 2007

Synopsis by Chuang Yi
For reasons yet unknown, the mysterious Chevalier called Shal has abducted Riku, issuing a literally bloody challenge to Saya. The search for her younger brother leads Saya and her companions to a secluded village in Vietnam—and into a vicious trap!

Keywords
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Other versions/languages/works by same manga-ka
According to Wikipedia, the manga was released to promote the anime inspired by the movie Blood: The Last Vampire (additional blather on the franchise). In addition to Chuang Yi, Dark Horse also licenses this manga for North American distribution (its first volume came out in 30 January 2008; volume two will street 25 May 2008).

Katsura Asuka-sensei also illustrated コゼットの肖像 (Le Portrait de Petit Cossette), a two-volume seinen horror/mystery manga first serialized in Kodansha's Magazine Z. TOKYOPOP published the English version in July and November 2006.

My Fair Lady 17

My Fair Lady volume 17 of 20+
by (はやかわ ともこ)
Original title: ヤマトナデシコ七変化 -Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
ISBN 981-269-655-5 (Chuang Yi)
Published in Japan by (volume one released October 2000)
This installment originally issued November 2006
Series status: 20 volumes (January 2008), ongoing (serialization in Betsufure AKA Bessatsu Friend)

Synopsis by Chuang Yi
Sunako, creature of the dark, and Kyohei the ruffian extraordinaire, have been forced to enter a ballroom dance competition together! A very unlikely pair to grace the dance floor indeed...

Keywords
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Other versions/languages/works by same manga-ka
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge is also published in English by Del Rey, titled (volume 14 was released last 8 January 2008; volume 15 and 16 will be available 15 April 2008 and 22 July 2008 respectively). The still current series is published in Indonesian as Perfect Girl Evolution by Gramedia's Level Comics imprint (most recent: volume 14). It is also translated into German (Perfect Girl) by TOKYOPOP Germany.

The Wallflower anime is licensed in English by ADV Films. The first DVD volume, Lesson 1: My Fair Bishonen, was released 18 December 2007; the second Lesson 2: Shrewring of the Timid was skedded for a 26 February 2008 release.

Other Hayakawa Tomoko-sensei shoujo works include: キレイな男の子 (Kirei na Otokonoko), published in Indonesia by Elex Media as Beautiful Boy; 電撃ラブ・マシーン - Dengeki Love Machine; and 理想の顔を持つ男 (Risou no Kao wo Motsu Otoko or The Man with a Perfect Face). These are all one-volume anthologies and not yet licensed for English distribution. The artistic road taken by Kirei na Otokonoko and Risou no Kao wo Motsu Otoko lead to Yamanade's Kyouhei (IMO).

Ouran High Host Club 11

Ouran High Host Club volume 11 of 12+
by (葉鳥 ビスコ)
Original title: 桜蘭高校ホスト部 - Ouran Koukou Host Club
ISBN 978-981-276-263-4 (Chuang Yi)
Published in Japan by (volume one released August 2003)
This installment originally issued September 2007
Series status: 12 volumes (5 April 2008), ongoing (serialization in LaLa)

Synopsis by Chuang Yi
The inaugural Ouran Sports Meet begins at last! Tamaki has forced Kyoya into a showdown with Kuze, but is he really getting what he wanted, or has Tamaki finally bitten off more than he can chew?! And that's not the only trouble brewing! The twins are caught in a deluge of emotions as their feelings for Haruhi come to a head!!

Keywords
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Other versions/languages/works by same manga-ka
VIZ Media serialized Ouran High School Host Club in English in Shojo Beat, before publishing the Ouran volumes starting July 2005. As noted earlier, its volume 11 will be available only in November 2008 (volume 10 was released 29 January 2008). The Chuang Yi editions are distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. CY also publishes a Simplified Chinese version. The series is in serialization in Indonesia in the HanaLala shoujo mangazine (no tankoubon release yet). Panini Comics publishes the manga in French and Spanish, while Carlsen Comics publishes a German version. (Additional series info here.)

Hatori Bisco-sensei debuted with 一瞬間のロマンス (Isshun kan no Romance) or A Moment of Romance, a one-shot in LaLa DX magazine, later included in the two-volume series pre-Ouran, Millennium Snow (千年の雪 or Sennen no Yuki). Sennen no Yuki series is reportedly on hiatus, but English publishers VIZ Media and Chuang Yi (under the title A Thousand Years of Snow) have released the two volumes available.

VAGABOND 11

VAGABOND volume 17 of 27+
by Inoue Takehiko (井上雄彦)
Original title: バガボンド
ISBN 978-981-276-411-9 (Chuang Yi)
Published in Japan by by Kodansha (March 1999)
This installment originally issued August 2001
Series status: 27 volumes (November 2007), ongoing (serialization in Weekly Morning)

Synopsis by Chuang Yi
Japan's most celebrated samurai, sword-saint Miyamoto Musashi, wasn't always an enlightened warrior-philosopher - for the path to greatness is filled with adversity and difficult life-decisions. Musashi wants to take on Yagyu Sekishusai, a man recognized by many to be the greatest living swordsman around. But Sekishusai is an ailing old man and Musashi is on the verge of killing him in his sleep. Will this act truly take Musashi further along the path to enlightenment by way of the sword?

Keywords
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Other versions/languages/works by same manga-ka
The 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival Grand Prize for manga awardee is also published in English by VIZ Media (volume 26 out 23 October 2007; volume 27 available by 18 March 2008). The manga is translated into Indonesian (Level Comics), French (Editions Tonkam), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa), and Portuguese (Conrad).

Inoue Takehiko-sensei also created the Slam Dunk, REAL, and Buzzer Beater sports manga, but you knew that already. CY licenses Japan's favorite manga Slam Dunk in English and Simplified Chinese; VIZ Media picked up the North American license (Gutsoon! Entertainment dropped the series) and will release volume one on 2 September 2008. VIZ also holds the English license for REAL (volume one has a 15 July street date). CY and VIZ haven't picked up Buzzer Beater yet but perhaps it's just a matter of jikan?

Trivia dump

This section exists because I'm self-confessed anal. And since I already wrote it... *shrugs and tosses more blah blah into the post*

The Blood+ franchise

Originally an anime, the Blood+ series drew its inspiration loosely from the Kitakubo Hiroyuki-sensei-directed film, Blood: The Last Vampire, based in turn on the novel by Oshii Mamoru-sensei. The English book version Blood: The Last Vampire: Night of the Beasts was published by Dark Horse in November 2005. The character Saya and the chiropterans would go on to star in the full range of multimedia: anime series, manga, light novels, and PS2 games (Blood+: One Night Kiss and Blood+: Souyoku no Battle Rondo).

Three manga series were released to promote the Production I.G / Aniplex TV series:

Blood+, by Asuka Katsura, is a five-volume series that first premiered in Beans Ace Magazine in July 2005. It covers the same story events as the anime series. Blood+ Adagio, also called Blood+ A, was written by Kumiko Suekane. It is a two-volume series that premiered in the September 2005 issue of Monthly Shonen Ace and follows Saya and Haji's experiences during the Russian Revolution. The third series, Blood+ Yakō Jōshi, also called Blood+: City of the Night Walkers, is a single tankōbon series by Hirotaka Kisaragi. It premiered in the September issue of Asuka Ciel. Set in Shanghai, it follows Haji as he searches for Saya and the complications he must deal with. Unlike the other Blood+ manga adaptations, which are shōnen or seinen works, Blood+ Yakō Jōshi is a shonen-ai, or boy's love, piece. (Info from Wikipedia)

Chuang Yi Singapore released the first volume of on 19 February 2008 (there's only a week's gap between the two releases). Dark Horse which licenses Katsura Asuka-sensei's manga for North America scheduled volume one and two for release in the first half of 2008. Dark Horse also holds the license for the BLOOD+A prequel and Blood+ Yakō Jōshi side story, although their release dates have yet to be confirmed.

Light novels
The official four-volume novelization of Blood+ was written by Ikehata Ryo-sensei and illustrated by Hashii Chizu-sensei. A second adaptation, Blood+ Russian Rose, was written by Chōgatsu Karino-sensei with art by Takagi Ryō-sensei. Comprising two volumes, Russian Rose follows the adventures of Saya and Haji at the start of the 20th century and the Russian Revolution. All light novels were published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten.

Dark Horse likewise holds the English license for the novels. Ikehata Ryo-sensei's Blood+ Volume 1: First Kiss will be available from 12 March 2008. (Dark Horse sets the release of the second Blood+ Volume 2: Chevalier on 13 April 2008.)

Anime
The 50-episode Blood+ series has aired/is being telecast on: Cartoon Network - Adult Swim USA (from 2007.03.11); Animax Philippines (2007.04.12); TVE Spain (2007.04.17); Animax East Asia (2007.04.29); Animax Latin America (2007.04.30); Canal Buzz Spain (2007.08.07); and most recently, AXN Sci-Fi Poland (2008.02.03).

Sony Pictures distributes the English DVDs. Blood+: Part One, containing the first season episodes (from episode one ファーストキス ("First Kiss") to episode 25 赤い盾 (Akai tate) or "The Red Shield"), will be released starting 4 March 2008.

Ouran High School Host Club

Anime
The world knows that Studio BONES adapted the manga (until volume nine) into a 26-episode anime TV series, which aired on Japan's NTV from 4 April to 26 September 2006. The production only retained one Host Club member from the drama CD cast (Suzumura Kenichi). Nine DVD volumes (with covers to die for!) were released from July 2006 through March 2007. An anime artbook was also published. The English DVD is licensed by FUNimation (as at this post's publication, there's no release date announced), while the German dub is distributed by Anime-Virtual. There is also a Taiwan version (Traditional Chinese) of the DVDs.

Drama CDs
Eight drama CDs have released so far. As observed, only Suzumura Kenichi-san (Hitachiin Kaoru in the earlier radio drama) made the transition to the anime cast. The radio version Hosts were:

Hisakawa Aya (Priscilla, Claymore) as Fujioka Haruhi
Midorikawa Hikaru (Shinku Lee, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2) as Suou Tamaki
Suwabe Junichi (Grimmjow Jeagerjaques, Bleach) as Ootori Kyouya
Hoshi Souichirou (Senri Shiki, Vampire Knight drama and anime) as Hitachiin Hikaru
Suzumura Kenichi (Ginju, Amatsuki) as Hitachiin Kaoru
Ohtani Ikue (Konohamaru, Naruto Special: Akaki Yotsuba no Clover wo Sagase OAV) as Haninozuka Mitsukuni
Tsuda Kenjiro (Inui Sadaharu, The Prince of Tennis) as Morinozuka Takashi

The above seiyuu can be heard in the Ouran High School Host Club Drama CD 1; Drama CD 2; Drama CD 3; the 28th Anniversary LaLa Memorial CD; and the 29th Anniversary LaLa Drama CD. Meanwhile, the anime cast members reprise their roles in the following radio dramas: Ouran High School Host Club Anime Drama CD; the LaLa Gorgeous Drama CD (November 2006); the LaLa Treasure Drama CD (October 2007).

According to the For Richer or Poorer site, there's another anime drama CD—Part 2, reportedly scheduled for a January or February 2008 release.

Original soundtracks
There were three OSTs released: OST and Character Songs I (26 July 2006) OST and Character Songs II (28 August 2006) OST and Character Songs III (Special Edition, 20 September 2007).

Visual novel
A dating-sim was released for Play Station 2 in April 2007 by Idea Factory. Exclusively released in Japan, the game featured four new characters (aside from the Host Club) by Hatori Bisco-sensei, among them Jean-Pierre Léo, a French friend of Tamaki, and Haruhi's childhood friend Himemiya Sayuri.

~niki DBA 花木兰03 who was listening to the Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto OST 1 as she wrote this

invaluable resource(s)

Chuang Yi
Baka-Updates Manga
7&Y
Wikipedia
Anime News Network
Dark Horse Comics
For Richer or Poorer (Ouran HSHC fan site)

commercial stuph

Yesasia
Amazon.com

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