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Manga: Elex: 4.08 · 4.15 | Level: 4.08 · 4.15 | m&c!: 4.08 · 4.15
Anime (on Animax Asia): Tokyo Ravens [Series Premiere] 15 April 2015, Wednesday, 10pm WIB (airs week nights)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, weekdays [Series Finale] 14 April 2015, Tuesday
On WakuWaku Japan: Ristorante Paradiso [Series Premiere] 16 April 2015, Thursday, 1030pm WIB (airs Mon–Thu)


Beauty is the Beast concludes in HanaLaLa 28/2008 (English School Wars will replace)

HanaLaLa 28/2008 front cover

I know I sed I make no promises over the timeliness of this HanaLaLa 28 toshokan post, but after the also late HL 27 write-up, this is creeping close to a habit. Good thing the tardy punishment in these jam karet (rubber time) parts is nearly nil.

At any rate, must. Work. Harder! *ties a hachimaki 'round forehead and looks fiercely punctual*

Now let's talk about the highlights of this edition. The most important development, of course, is the conclusion to Matsumoto Tomo-sensei's Beauty is the Beast or Bijo ga Yaju—which is celebrated both in the front cover and the full-color title page.

On the subject of more rainbow borrowings, this issue has some of the purty-est color pages and spreads (see Vampire Knight Sixth Night, Alice Academy Story 49, Fruits Basket chapter 110, and Arakure chapter 7).

HanaLaLa 28/2008 table of contents

Thirteen Hana to Yume and LaLa shōjo titles are currently in serialization, their latest installments below. (Click installment links for more details.)

  1. Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri | Sixth Night: Out of the Academy (full-color title page)
  2. Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士 」 by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V7 (April 2008)
    Related: Vampire Knight novel - Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi (Vampire Knight: The Sin of Blue) by Matsuri Hino- and Fujisaki Ayuna-sensei

  3. Penguin Revolution (Penguin Kakumei) by Tsukuba Sakura | Chapter 17
  4. Penguin Kakumeiペンギン革命 」 by Tsukuba Sakura
    Hakusensha LaLa, seven volumes, complete (February 2008)

  5. Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) by Higuchi Tachibana | Story 49 (full-color title page)
  6. Gakuen Alice学園アリス 」 by Higuchi Tachibana
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V16 (July 2008)

  7. Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki | Chapter 110 (full-color title spread)
  8. Fruits Basketフルーツバスケット 」 by Takaya Natsuki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, 23 volumes, complete (March 2007)

  9. Arakure - The Wild Ones (Arakure) by Fujiwara Kiyo | Chapter 7 (full-color title page)
  10. Arakureアラクレ 」 by Fujiwara Kiyo
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V8 (September 2008)

  11. Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) by Higuchi Tachibana | Story 50
  12. Mr. ERMINE (Okojo-san) by Uno Ayumi | Chapter 56
  13. Okojo-sanオコジョさん 」 by Uno Ayumi
    Hakusensha LaLa, eight volumes, complete (May 2005)

  14. With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari | Chapter 27
  15. Oniichan to Isshoお兄ちゃんと一緒 」 by Tokeino Hari
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V9 (April 2008)

  16. Mr. ERMINE (Okojo-san) by Uno Ayumi | Chapter 57
  17. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) by Hatori Bisco | Chapter 34
  18. Ouran Koukou Host Club桜蘭高校ホスト部 」 by Hatori Bisco
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V12 (April 2008)

    Chapter 34 (Shinsengumi cosplay) is equivalent to anime episode 22 Mori-senpai has an apprentice wannabe (モリ先輩に弟子入り志願 - Mori-senpai ni Deshiiri Shigan), in which the wuvable Kasanoda Ritsu-kun is introduced.

  19. V.B. Rose (Velvet Blue Rose) by Hidaka Banri | Chapter 28
  20. V.B. RoseV・B・ローズ 」 by Hidaka Banri
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V12 (June 2008)

  21. Beauty is the Beast (Bijo ga Yaju) by Matsumoto Tomo | Chapter 28 (full-color title page) [Finale]
  22. Bijo ga Yaju美女が野獣 」 by Matsumoto Tomo
    Hakusensha LaLa, five volumes, complete (March 2005)

  23. Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki | Act.72: Scenario Jack
  24. Skip Beat!スキップ・ビート! 」 by Nakamura Yoshiki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V19 (July 2008)

  25. La Corda D'Oro (Kin Iro no Corda) by Kure Yuki | Symphony No. 29
  26. Kin Iro no Corda金色のコルダ 」 by Kure Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: V11 (September 2008)

  27. Mr. ERMINE (Okojo-san) by Uno Ayumi | Chapter 58
  28. Santa's Town (Santa no Iru Machi) by Tokeino Hari | One-shot
  29. Mr. ERMINE Si Penguasa (Okojo-banchou) by Uno Ayumi | IX

HanaLaLa 28/2008 went on sale 15 July 2008.

HanaLaLa #28/2008 yada-yada-yada

Arakure by Fujiwara Kiyo
I continue to wub, wub, wub this series! Sure, chapter 7 pivots on the school cultural festival device and the I will protect you! (from all those fake ghosts and loneliness) trope, but Fujiwara Kiyo-sensei's genius in cranking up the sighs-and-heart throbs over the over-the-top romantic Igarashi continues to put goony, satisfied smiles on my face.

Santa's Town (Santa no Iru Machi) by Tokeino Hari
Although I've yet to read this one-shot—I seem to have issues with reading something Christmas-themed in July, despite or probably because of the marketing-exploited Holiday in July precedent—a quick leaf-through of the probably not coincidental 25-page short promises another Feel-good read. I've marked page 401 with a Post-it with the admonition: This December!

Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) by Tachibana Higuchi
The promised double chapter (49-50) of Alice Academy is similarly set in winter. I must admit, I've been remiss in reading Alice Academy—both the serialization and tankōbon. Catching up is on my To Do list (alongside reading the entire Bijo ga Yaju series that just ended), especially as


Story 50 features Natsume and Mikan sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G! (How classic tropish can you get aside, could this scene be the reason why this chapter's artwork had to be changed under the approval of the author? Just like PenKaku 16?)

UPCOMING: HanaLala 29/2008

  • [Premiere] English School Wars (Eikaiwa School Wars) by Matsumoto Tomo
  • Two chapters Fruits Basket
  • Vampire Knight - 47 pages
  • Short story by Matsumoto Tomo

The next issue streets 19 August 2008.

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Bijo ga Yaju is © Matsumoto Tomo/HAKUSENSHA, INC. Indonesian translation rights in Indonesia arranged with HAKUSENSHA, INC. through TOHAN CORPORATION. Published under license from HAKUSENSHA, INC. All rights reserved. No infringement intended.


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