Prambanana, Kedai Tasogare 1, HanaLaLa 27, Mr. Fullswing 13: Elex Media 18 June 2008 manga releases

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.

黄昏堂へようこそ 1

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.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2008.06.18)

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  1. Cantarella 7 of 10+ by Higuri Yuu
  2. カンタレラ 7

    Cantarellaカンタレラ 」 by Higuri Yuu
    Akita Shoten Princess, BL
    On hiatus at 10 volumes
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2003.12

  3. Cop In Tokyo (Tokyo Deka) 3 of 8 by Suzuki Keiichi
  4. 東京刑事 3

    Tokyo Deka東京刑事 」 by Suzuki Keiichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2001.01

  5. [Premiere] Dewi Karin Chu (Kamichama Karin Chu) 1 of 7 by Koge-Donbo
  6. かみちゃまかりんchu 1

    Kamichama Karin Chuかみちゃまかりんchu
    by Koge-Donbo
    Sequel to Kamichama Karin
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.09
    Serialized in the Indonesian Nakayoshi

  7. [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST) by Fujiko F. Fujio
  8. Eat-Man 2 of 19 by Yoshitomi Akihito
  9. EAT-MAN 2

    Eat-ManEAT-MAN 」 by Yoshitomi Akihito
    MediaWorks Dengeki Comics imprint, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1997.03
    Initially picked up for English distribution by VIZ Media and subsequently dropped.

  10. Geobreeders 6 of 14+ by Ito Akihiro
  11. ジオブリーダーズ 6

    Geobreedersジオブリーダーズ 」 by Ito Akihiro
    Shonen Gahosha Young King Ours, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2000.10
    Has a one-volume sequel Geobreeders AA or Geobreeders Atomic Attack by Ito Akihiro-sensei and Imakake Isamu-sensei
    This title was formerly picked up for English distribution by CPM Press and subsequently dropped.

  12. [Premiere] Kedai Tasogare (Tasogare Dou e Youkoso) 1 of 7 by Yoshikawa Utata
  13. 黄昏堂へようこそ 1

    Tasogare Dou e Youkoso黄昏堂へようこそ
    by Yoshikawa Utata
    Akita Shoten Horror Comics Special imprint, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.08

  14. Mr. Fullswing 13 of 24 by Suzuki Shinya
  15. Mr.FULLSWING 13

    by Suzuki Shinya
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2004.04

  16. [New] Prambanana by Dr. Vee (makita)
  17. Prambanana by Dr. Vee
    Serialized in the maqita anthology SPLASH
    First published (mass paperback): 2008.06 (Elex Media SL line)

  18. [New] Pretty Road by Sasaki Junko
  19. プリティ・ロード

    Pretty Roadプリティ・ロード 」 by Sasaki Junko
    Ohzora Shuppan Missy Comics imprint, shoujo
    This tankoubon first published in Japan 2000.11
    Also licensed for English distribution by CPM
    Indonesian version published under Serial Cantik, Elex's standalone shoujo line

  20. Real 6 of 7+ by Inoue Takehiko
  21. リアル 6

    Realリアル 」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Shueisha Young Jump, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2006.11

  22. [Premiere] Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi) 1 of 6 by Yamasaki Hiromi
  23. さんごくし 1

    Sangokushiさんごくし 」 by Yamasaki Hiromi
    Akita Shoten Shounen Champion Comics imprint, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.02

  24. Wolf's Sanctuary (Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan) 3 of 5+ by Saitoh Misaki
  25. ひなたの狼-新選組綺談- 3

    Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan
    ひなたの狼-新選組綺談- 」 by Saitoh Misaki
    Gentousha Comic Birz, seinen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2005.09

  26. Yureka 10 of 27+ by Son HeeJoon, Kim YounKyung
  27. 유레카10

    Yureka유레카 」 by Son HeeJoon, Kim YounKyung
    Haksan, sonyun
    Volume 10 first published in Korea 2003.04

Source: Elex Media STO 18 Juni 2008

highlights continued

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.

mangazines Issue 27/2008 of HanaLaLa, the monthly Hakusensha/Elex Media shoujo manga anthology is expected to street the day before the tankō installments—on the 17th of June.

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)

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