Psychometrer Eiji 1, The Black Swindler 2, Basara 6: Level Comics 1 July 2008 manga releases

サイコメトラーEIJI 1

I promised to blab sometime about the shōnen detective manga series Psychometrer Eiji which is due for Indonesian release (as Psychometrist Eiji) starting 1st July 2008. That sometime is now.

Juvenile delinquent Asuma Eiji has the power of psychometry but it's overshadowed by the trouble he gets into in school. Only his sister Emi and childhood friend Yusuke know about Eiji's ability to gain information about people by touching objects they have touched (think Noll of Ghost Hunt).

Police detective and profiler Shima Ryoko finds out about Eiji's powers when Emi becomes involved in a serial murder case. Shima prevails upon Eiji to help, thus setting Eiji on the path to solving more homicides. (Snap synopsis adapted from Wikipedia's and ANN's info.)

クロサギ 2

The 25-volume shōnen series was created by Asaki Masashi- and Ando Yuma-sensei, the same team behind Kunimitsu no Matsuri. Originally serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shounen Magazine, it is published in Simplified Chinese by ChuangYi and in French by Kana. The series was adapted into live action in 1997. Known alternatively as Simply Psychic, it aired on NTV from January to March 1997 (season 1) and October to December 1999 (season 2). Both seasons' themes were performed by TOKIO.

Also streeting the same day as Eiji is the second tankō of Kurosagi AKA The Black Swindler, ranked ninth among Level Comics Top 20 bestsellers for Q1 2008.

Level Comics manga (2008.07.01)

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  1. Basara 6 of 27 by Tamura Yumi
  2. BASARA 6

    Basara 「 BASARA 」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Flowers, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 1992.09

  3. The Black Swindler (Kurosagi) 2 of 19+ by Kuromaru, Natsuhara Takeshi
  4. クロサギ 2

    Kurosagi 「 クロサギ 」 by Kuromaru, Natsuhara Takeshi
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.04

  5. Haruka 17 3 of 19 by Yamazaki Sayaka
  6. はるか17 3

    Haruka 17 「 はるか17 」 by Yamazaki Sayaka
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.08

  7. [Premiere] Psychometrist Eiji (Psychometrer Eiji) 1 of 25 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi
  8. サイコメトラーEIJI 1

    Psychometrer Eiji 「 サイコメトラーEIJI 」 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi
    Kodansha Weekly Shounen Magazine, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 1996.07

Source: Elex Media STO 2 Juli 2008; Only Basara 3 and Psychometrist Eiji 1 are priced IDR 16,000; the other two are IDR 17,000 each.

Release Highlights

By genre
Two seinen titles, one shōnen, and one shōjo. Earlier windfall notwithstanding, we're back to four manga releases per week for Level Comics, as predicted.

By original publisher
It be another draw between Kodansha and Shogakukan, unless I up the Kodansha total to three by throwing in Issue 58 of the monthly Kodansha/Elex Media shōjo anthology Nakayoshi. Which I won't.

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Elex Media 2 July 2008 manga and manhwa

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who's thinking that Eiji's got that Remote vibe—both Kodansha manga, both adapted into dorama that aired on NTV—a coincidence(?) that begs for me to check the first Psychometrist Eiji volume out

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