Yappari. Yureka volume 10 and Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Yamasaki Hiromi's Sangokushi) volume 1 will release this month—obviously before the volumes 11 and 2 advised in the Elex June 2008 manga release post.
Tasogare Dou e Youkoso
© Yoshikawa Utata/Akita Shoten
Additionally, two titles not included in that list—Pretty Road by Sasaki Junko-sensei and Inoue Takehiko-sensei's Real volume 6—will also go on sale this coming Wednesday, the latter 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize-winning seinen sports manga carrying a heftier IDR 15,000 price tag.
Props go to Girls' Horror Comics, instrumental in my successfully tracking down Kedai Tasogare which also premieres this release. What Elex was referring to in Komikologi June was Tasogare Dou e Youkoso (黄昏堂へようこそ), Yoshikawa Utata-sensei's 7-volume shoujo manga published by Akita Shoten under its Horror Comics Special imprint.
Release links are hide/unhide (click for details and cover scans)
- Cantarella 7 of 10+ by Higuri Yuu
- Cop In Tokyo (Tokyo Deka) 3 of 8 by Suzuki Keiichi
- [Premiere] Dewi Karin Chu (Kamichama Karin Chu) 1 of 7 by Koge-Donbo
- [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST) by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Eat-Man 2 of 19 by Yoshitomi Akihito
- Geobreeders 6 of 14+ by Ito Akihiro
- [Premiere] Kedai Tasogare (Tasogare Dou e Youkoso) 1 of 7 by Yoshikawa Utata
- Mr. Fullswing 13 of 24 by Suzuki Shinya
- [New] Prambanana by Dr. Vee (makita)
- [New] Pretty Road by Sasaki Junko
- Real 6 of 7+ by Inoue Takehiko
- [Premiere] Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi) 1 of 6 by Yamasaki Hiromi
- Wolf's Sanctuary (Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan) 3 of 5+ by Saitoh Misaki
- Yureka 10 of 27+ by Son HeeJoon, Kim YounKyung
Source: Elex Media STO 18 Juni 2008
New Series and Standalones Aside from Pretty Road, Sangokushi, and Tasogare Dou e Youkoso, the first of two Doraemon Movie manga volumes—The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST)—is also expected to release on the 18th. If you compare with the June post, you will see that the title has changed from the earlier advised
Nobita Drift In The Universe.
Spotlight on: Prambanana
And here's the promised babble on Dr. Vee's Prambanana, an original Indonesian graphic novel or maqita (makita) published under Elex's SL line. But before the rambling, let's revisit the original Elex synopsis (in Bahasa Indonesia):
Konon, pada zaman kejayaan kerajaan Syailendra di Jawa Tengah, hiduplah seorang putri nan cantik dari dunia gaib bernama Loro Jonggrang. Suatu hari, Loro Jonggrang pergi clubbing ke khayangan Night Club. Di tengah suasana klub yang hingar bingar, ia bertemu dengan cowok bernama Bandung Bondowoso, yang sangat tampan dan banyak digandrungi cewek-cewek. Apakah Loro Jonggrang termasuk fans Bandung Bondowoso?
Essentially, the story revolves around a beautiful, not-quite human party girl princess Loro Jonggrang who lived during the time of the Syailendra dynasty in Central Java, who meets the very bishie Bandung Bondowoso when she goes clubbing one night.
All the nods and allusions to history had me smiling goofily: Syailendra (also Sailender or Sailendra) was the Buddhist dynasty that ruled Central Java from 752 to 832 C.E. (I think. Not good with dates.) They were responsible for erecting the famous Borobudur temple, reportedly the
single most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.
Prambanan, from which
Prambanana traces its etymological roots, is one the largest Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia, built around 850 C.E. by the Sanjaya dynasty that succeeded the Syailendra kings. Sadly, Prambanan was extensively damaged during the earthquake that hit Yogyakarta, which is about 18 kilometers to the east of the temple complex, in 2006.
I wasn't familiar with
Bandung Bondowoso and had only heard of
Loro Jonggrang (actually Lara Jonggrang, Javanese for slender virgin) in the context of there being some legend about a princess with that name. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about this prince and princess:
The popular legend of Lara Jonggrang connect the site of Ratu Boko Palace, the origin of Durga statue in northern cella/chamber of the main shrine, and the origin of Sewu temple complex nearby. The legend tell the story about Prince Bandung Bondowoso that fell in love with Princess Lara Jonggrang, the daughter of King Boko. But the princess rejected his proposal of marriage because Bandung Bondowoso has killed King Boko and ruled her kingdom. Bandung Bondowoso insist the union. Finally Lara Jonggrang forced to agree for a union in marriage, but she posed one impossible condition: Bandung must build her a thousand temples in just one night.
The Prince entered into meditation and conjure up a multitude of spirits (demons) from the earth. Helped by supernatural beings, he succeed in building 999 temples. When the prince was about to succeed, the princess awake her palace maids and ordered the women of the village to begin pounding rice and set a fire in the east of the temple, attempting to make the prince and the spirits believe that the sun was about to rise. As the cocks began to crow, fooled by the light and the sounds of morning time, the supernatural helpers fled back into the ground. The prince was furious about the trick and in revenge he cursed Lara Jongrang to stone. She became the last and the most beautiful of the thousand statues. According to the traditions, the unfinished thousand temple created by the demons become the Sewu temple compounds nearby (Sewu means "thousands" in Javanese), and the Princess is the image of Durga in the north cella of the Shiva temple at Prambanan, which is still known as Lara Jongrang or Slender Virgin.
The legend that concerns the history major in me (though I don't specialize in the country under discussion), that makes me want to buy Prambanana is this: An unmarried tourist in a relationship who visits the Prambanan complex solo will break up with her partner after. While I try not to be suspicious, let me just share that a few months after enjoying myself traipsing all over Prambanan, I broke up with my boyfriend. And I hope that this Loro Jonggrang and Bandung Bondowoso's fate bears no resemblance to mine (that more recent legend probably grew out of the Wiki-explicated folklore).
So my reason for wanting Prambanana doesn't make sense, but that's not even the weirdest reason for my getting a manga, oops, maqita, so there :P Let's get back on topic.
With the sequel to Koge-Donbo-sensei's Kamichama Karin premiering, there are six new series and standalones for next week, constituting 43 percent of Elex's manga and manhwa releases.
Elex has promised these goodies with the 27th edition:
- Two Skip Beat! chapters
- 48 pages of Penguin Revolution
- 52 pages (!!!) of Arakure
- Short story by Hatori Bisco: Love Egoist ~ Please Please Me ~ (Don't know if this a misprint as a Love Egoist ~ Please Please Me ~ omake already appeared in HanaLaLa 26/2008)
manga, manhwa, maqita, Elex Media, shounen, shoujo, sonyun, seinen, HanaLaLa, Cantarella, Doraemon, Eat-Man, Geobreeders, Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan, Kamichama Karin Chu, Kedai Tasogare, Mr. Fullswing, Prambanana, Pretty Road, Real, Sangokushi, Tasogare Dou e Youkoso, Tokyo Deka, Yureka
~niki DBA 花木蘭03 (huamulan03) who opts not to include a by publisher/genre breakdown this time