7.08.2008

m&c! July 2008 manga and manhwa releases

S・A スペシャル・エー 9

H ere's the list of July 2008 manga and manhwa from Gramedia m&c! The schedule follows m&c!'s ordering—that unfortunately breaks for no week. As far as I know, the final volume 3 of Limited Lovers is the cut-off for releases due out 7 July 2008.

小春びより 1

New series and standalones July has its fair share of series debuts and standalones, some of which I've already noted in their own posts, specifically The Knockout Makers and Hiyokoya Shop. Just to reiterate though: the earlier advised Koharu Biyori IS Higuchi Nichiho-sensei's shoujo manga originally serialized in Kodansha's Betsufure DX. The story follows juvie Harada Kounosuke and his cute dog Koharu and whatever mischief they get up to.

(BTW, if you didn't like Hashimoto Kyoko-sensei's Love Master A, I wouldn't recommend getting The Knockout Makers either.)

m&c! July 2008 manga and manhwa

Toggle release links for details and cover scans.

  1. Excel 3 of 4 by Yoon JiUn
  2. 엑셀 -EXCEL-03

    EXCEL엑셀 -EXCEL- 」 by Yoon JiUn
    Daiwon CI Daiwon Issue, soonjung
    This volume first published in Korea 2005.06

  3. Ge-Ddong: A Girl With An Ugly Name 3 of 8 by Vin Lee
  4. Monika (Turma da Mônica) 112 by Mauricio (Mauricio de Sousa Produções)
  5. Kirarin Revolution 2 of 12+ by Nakahara An
  6. きらりん☆レボリューション 2

    Kirarin Revolutionきらりん☆レボリューション 」 by Nakahara An
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2005.02

  7. Flowers in the Heart (Hana no Namae) 2 of 4 by Saito Ken
  8. 花の名前 2

    Hana no Namae花の名前 」 by Saito Ken
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume imprint, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.03

  9. Dai's Attack (Dai no Attack) 4 of 6 by Izumi Makoto
  10. 大のアタック 4

    Dai no Attack大のアタック 」 by Izumi Makoto
    Kodansha Weekly Shounen Magazine, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2003.04

  11. [Premiere] The Knockout Makers 1 of 3 by Hashimoto Kyoko
  12. The Knockout Makers 1

    The Knockout Makers
    The Knockout Makers
    by Hashimoto Kyoko
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.10

  13. [Premiere] Koharu Biyori 1 of 5 by Higuchi Nichiho
  14. 小春びより 1

    Koharu Biyori小春びより 」 by Higuchi Nichiho
    Kodansha Betsufure DX, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2002.04

  15. The Deadly Dance (Hiou Shirabyoushi) 9 of 12 by Toujou Meguru
  16. 緋桜白拍子 9

    Hiou Shirabyoushi緋桜白拍子 」 by Toujou Meguru
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume imprint, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2001.08

  17. Golden Age 4 of 9+ by Samukawa Kazuyuki
  18. GOLDEN★AGE 4

    Golden*AgeGOLDEN★AGE
    by Samukawa Kazuyuki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.05

  19. Shanimuni GO 17 of 29+ by Ragawa Marimo
  20. しゃにむにGO 17

    Shanimuni GOしゃにむにGO
    by Ragawa Marimo
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.04

  21. A Direction The Day After Tomorrow (Asatte no Houkou) 3 of 5 by Yamada J-ta
  22. あさっての方向。 3

    Asatte no Houkouあさっての方向。
    by Yamada J-ta
    Mag Garden Comic Blade Masamune, seinen
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.10

  23. W-Change!! 2 of 5 by Matsuba Hiro
  24. Wチェンジ!! 2

    W-Change!!Wチェンジ!! 」 by Matsuba Hiro
    Mag Garden Monthly Comic Blade, shounen
    Sequel to the one-volume Change Change
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.09

  25. Moon Guardian Syugogetten! Retrouvailles (Mamotte Shugogetten! Retrouvailles) 2 of 6 by Sakurano Minene
  26. まもって守護月天!再逢〈Retrouvailles〉 2

    Mamotte Shugogetten! Retrouvailles
    まもって守護月天!再逢〈Retrouvailles〉
    by Sakurano Minene
    Mag Garden Comic Blade, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2003.06

  27. [Premiere] Cyborg Kurochan Extra Battle (Cyborg Kurochan Bangai Battle) 1 of 2 by Yokouchi Naoki, Uchida Junta
  28. サイボーグクロちゃん番外バトル 1

    Cyborg Kurochan Bangai Battle
    サイボーグクロちゃん番外バトル
    by Yokouchi Naoki, Uchida Junta
    Kodansha Comic Bon Bon imprint, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2005.04

  29. Limited Lovers 3 of 3 by Yamada Keiko [Finale]
  30. リミテッド・ラヴァーズ 3

    Limited Loversリミテッド・ラヴァーズ
    by Yamada Keiko
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2005.09

  31. [Premiere] Hiyokoya Shop (Ikaihanjouki Hiyokoya Shoten) 1 of 6+ by Suda Yuriko
  32. 異界繁盛記 ひよこや☆商店 1

    Ikaihanjouki Hiyokoya Shoten
    異界繁盛記 ひよこや☆商店 」 by Suda Yuriko
    Kadokawa Shoten Asuka, shoujo
    AKA Pick of the Litter (TOKYOPOP)
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.01

  33. Rainbow Miracle (Nanairo Miracle) 5 of 7 by Kanaki Shiori
  34. なないろ☆ミラクル 5

    Nanairo Miracleなないろ☆ミラクル
    by Kanaki Shiori
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi imprint, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.11

  35. Sugar Pot (Sugar Pot -Cafe flat-) 3 of 3 by Takasuka Yue [Finale]
  36. シュガーポット-CAFE FLAT- 3

    Sugar Pot -Cafe flat-
    シュガーポット-CAFE FLAT-
    by Takasuka Yue
    Shueisha Ribon Original, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.07

  37. [New] Café de Romance by Miyawaki Yukino
  38. Cafe deロマンス

    Café de RomanceCafe deロマンス
    by Miyawaki Yukino
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.03

  39. Neon Genesis Evangelion 10 of 12+ by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki
  40. 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 10

    Shinseiki Evangelion新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 」 by Sadamoto Yoshiyuki/GAINAX
    Kadokawa Shoten Shonen Ace, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.03

  41. Death Note 10 of 13 by Ohba Tsugumi, Obata Takeshi
  42. DEATH NOTE 10

    Death NoteDEATH NOTE
    by Ohba Tsugumi (Asami Yuuko), Obata Takeshi
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.02

  43. Butterfly in Your Thumb (Oyayubihime Infinity) 2 of 6 by Fujieda Toru
  44. オヤユビヒメ∞ 2

    Oyayubihime Infinityオヤユビヒメ∞
    by Fujieda Toru
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.09

  45. The Ghost Conqueror (Momogumi Plus Senki) 2 of 5+ by Sakondou Eri
  46. 桃組プラス戦記 2

    Momogumi Plus Senki桃組プラス戦記
    by Sakondou Eri
    Kadokawa Shoten Asuka, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.09

  47. [New] Densha Otoko (Densha Otoko - Bijo to Junjo Otaku Seinen no Net Hatsu Love Story) by Nakano Hitori, Ocha Machiko
  48. 電車男 美女と純情ヲタク青年のネット発ラ

    Densha Otoko - Bijo to Junjo Otaku Seinen no Net Hatsu Love Story
    電車男 美女と純情ヲタク青年のネット発ラ
    by Nakano Hitori, Ocha Machiko
    Kodansha Dessert, shoujo
    This volume first published in 2005.06

  49. Special A 9 of 14+ by Minami Maki
  50. S・A スペシャル・エー 9

    Special AS・A スペシャル・エー
    by Minami Maki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    This volume first published in 2007.02

  51. Cherry no. 25 (monthly shoujo mangazine)
  52. The Good Witch of The West (Nishi no Yoki Majo) 2 of 7 by Ogiwara Noriko, Momokawa Haruhiko
  53. 西の善き魔女 2

    Nishi no Yoki Majo西の善き魔女
    by Ogiwara Noriko, Momokawa Haruhiko
    Mag Garden Comic Blade, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.12

Source: m&c! What's New (1 July 2008 update)

Release highlights - continued

Cafe deロマンス

New series and standalones
Another series starting this July is Cyborg Kurochan Extra Battle by Yokouchi Naoki- and Uchida Junta-sensei, but I'm not interested in this title. I'm in the mood for some six-chapters or less gratification, so I'm more tempted by the two standalones that together with the new series make up 22 percent of m&c!'s total July releases: Miyawaki Yukino-sensei's Café de Romance and the shoujo version of the Densha Otoko manga — Densha Otoko - Bijo to Junjo Otaku Seinen no Net Hatsu Love Story by Nakano Hitori-sensei and Ocha Machiko-sensei (the seinen version by Hara Hidenori-sensei was released by Level Comics). Café de Romance was probably serialized in the m&c!/Shogakukan monthly anthology Cherry but don't quote me on that. I gave up Cherry before it even reached its teens (the latest issue for this July is #25).

Conclusions and Penultimates
There's only two series finales advised for this month: the already mentioned Limited Lovers and (gasp!) the last tankō of Takasuka Yue-sensei's Sugar Pot. Talk about straining patience; the first volume of the latter came out waaay back in February 2007, along with other Valentine Shueisha shoujo titles Miss Prince (Kurahashi Erika-sensei) and With You Only or Kimi shika Iranai (Yoshizumi Wataru-sensei).

I guess we can up the ending series total to three by adding the almost at the finish EXCEL soonjung manhwa.

By genre
At 67 percent versus 26 percent, the combined share of shoujo and soonjung far outstrips shounen, but in the latter's defense, there's Death Note volume 10 in there. The fact that there's also the 10th tankōbon of Evangelion among the July releases doesn't excite me anymore; like D.N.Angel, the wait time between releases has been too long, too dragged-out to sustain a high level of emotional investment. If it's there, I'll read. If not, *shrug*

By publisher
Taking Cherry out of the equation, we come up with a four-way tie between Shogakukan, Hakusensha, Kodansha, and Mag Garden. Each places four titles in the July release list. Akita Shoten and Kadokawa Shoten have three manga apiece, while Shueisha contributes a couple.

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