Late manga is better than no manga, to paraphrase Douglas Coupland among others (see Eleanor Rigby on quondam blind patients being overwhelmed by stimuli upon regaining sight, yet ultimately learning to live with, if not love, the uncomfortable visions). So, Patient One, rejoice! The final volume of Metamo Kiss will finally be released in or around the 1st of September. I know you've only been waiting eighteen months for this installment, so start hounding your manga retailer now. This being m&c! we're talkin' about, stocks are sure to fly and there won't be any additional print runs.
The one manga finale taken care of, let's look at the new series and standalones. We get nine for this first week of September, six of them part of the Independence Day Surprise promo which if you're lucky, might see you taking home a Yamaha Mio motorbike: Behind the Bamboo Palace, Full Spec volume 1, Season's First Flower, The Spring Over the Hill, Two Hearts Meet in West Kyoto, and The Wandering Class 1 (which I think, given the absence of manga-ka name and based on magnifying the
parsley on fish, happy school cover on the promo insert, is NOT The Drifting Classroom).
Three more titles are left from which to get the three coupons you're supposed to stick on to a postcard and mail in to m&c! by (postmarked) 26 September 2008; however, if you're an m&c! regular, you probably already amassed more than three stickers as early as 18 August.
The other series premieres and one-shots not included in this Freedom promo are: Crazy Love Game, Floating Bridge of Dreams, and Guardian of White Robe.
Release links—what there are of them—are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- Ariadne at Midnight (Mayonaka no Ariadne) 2 of 4 by Shimotsuki Kayoko
- [New] Behind the Bamboo Palace
- [New] Crazy Love Game by Nanajima Kana
- [New] Floating Bridge of Dreams
- [Premiere] Full Spec 1 of 4 by Sekiguchi Taro
- [New] Guardian of White Robe
- Hiyokoya Shop (Ikaihanjouki Hiyokoya Shoten) 3 of 6+ by Suda Yuriko
- Kirarin Revolution 4 of 12+ by Nakahara An
- Metamo Kiss 3 of 3 by Omote Sora [Finale]
- Monika (Turma da Mônica) 114 by Mauricio (Mauricio de Sousa Produções)
- Rainbow Miracle (Nanairo Miracle) 6 of 7 by Kanaki Shiori
- [New] Season's First Flower
- [New] The Spring Over the Hill
- [New] Two Hearts Meet in West Kyoto
- [Premiere] The Wandering Class 1
Source: m&c! forum
I'll do the translations if/when I get hold of the new and standalone synopses.
If you're eyeing that Yamaha Mio (or one of those second-prize Nokia 5610 phones), below is the list of manga that have the entry stickers you're supposed to send in (entries in bold haven't been released yet):
- An Ancient Love Story 1
- Angel of Life 1
- Behind the Bamboo Palace
- Between Two Hearts
- Blizzard Axel 1
- The Buried Anger
- Charm Angel 1
- Cross Road 1
- Cynical Orange 1
- Flower Bouquet
- Full Spec 1
- Go! Go! Ichigo
- The Guardian at Time
- Haunted White Van
- A Heart for Money
- Love Whisper
- Mirror of Spring Water
- Say You Love Me
- The Red Valley
- Season's First Flower
- The Secret Prince in My Ring
- The Spring Over the Hill
- Story of a Princess
- To Get Him in 10 Days
- Thousand Birds in the Fall
- Twilight in Winter
- Two Hearts Meet in West Kyoto
- The Wandering Class 1
- The Wind of Love in the War
As for me, I'm not sending my stickers in. Last in line when luck was being handed out aside, I have enough carbon guilt to force passing up on one of those bikes / cell phones / digital cameras / MP3 players.
More manga. I'm thinkin' the September 2008 Komikologi Elex post or a review (Eikaiwa School Wars perhaps), though it might also be the new m&c! manga summaries
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)