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Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, weekdays


One Piece 47, Monster Soul 2 of 2, Mr. Fullswing 14, C.M.B. 1, HanaLaLa 29: Elex Media 20 August 2008 manga


Desideratum for this Elex manga release: One Piece volume 47 (the cover of which is pinkified enough to rival Throbbing Midnight 7) rakes in the most number of Get! votes, garnering at the time of writing 11 votes from an interim 31 replies.

Now, don't scoff at the seemingly skimpy total—that's 35 percent of the turnout and given the untold numbers of lurkers, is probably only a keyhole peek into a ship's cabin. The enthusiasm is, of course, totally understandable, especially since the last volume of One Piece came out seven months ago.

Oda Eiichiro-sensei's shōnen manga is followed by Mashima Hiro-sensei's Monster Soul volume 2 of 2 (eight votes). This two-volume series proved so popular with volume 1 selling out so quickly, I almost thought Elex didn't release it. One Piece and Monster Soul are followed (in descending order) by: Mr. Fullswing volume 14 (seven votes), Jungle Boy volume 3 (six votes), Skip Beat! volume 12 and Rough volume 4 (five votes each).

Will be hauling out of the closet (after pro tem mothballing) my fangirly babble on Katou Motohiro-sensei's C.M.B. (C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku - C.M.B.森羅博物館の事件目録)—which got four votes including mine—now that a street date has been advised.

But before that, the Elex manga list of 20 August 2008.

Elex Media manga and (one) manhwa (2008.08.20)

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  1. [Premiere] C.M.B. (C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku) 1 of 8+ by Katou Motohiro
  2. C.M.B.森羅博物館の事件目録 1

    C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku
    by Katou Motohiro
    Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Magazine, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.03.17

  3. Croket! 13 of 15 by Kashimoto Manavu
  4. コロッケ! 13

    Croket!コロッケ! 」 by Kashimoto Manavu
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Comic, kodomo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.03

  5. Dear Boys Act II 25 of 28+ by Yagami Hiroki
  6. DEAR BOYS ACT2 25

    Dear Boys Act IIDEAR BOYS ACT2 」 by Yagami Hiroki
    Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Magazine, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.06

  7. Dragon Drive 6 of 14 by Sakura Kenichi

    Dragon DriveDRAGON DRIVE
    by Sakura Kenichi
    Shueisha Monthly Shonen Jump, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2003.03

  9. Jungle Boy 3 of 8 by Nakamura Rie
  10. Jungle BoyJUNGLE BOY 」 by Nakamura Rie
    Akita Shoten Mystery Bonita, BL
    This volume first published in Japan 1995.04
    Indonesian version published in a left-to-right format

  11. Kedai Tasogare (Tasogare Dou e Youkoso) 3 of 7 by Yoshikawa Utata
  12. 黄昏堂へようこそ 3

    Tasogare Dou e Youkoso黄昏堂へようこそ
    by Yoshikawa Utata
    Akita Shoten Horror Comics Special imprint, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 2003.07

  13. [Premiere] Little Detective Trickstar Hoshi (Suiri no Hoshi-kun) 1 of 6+ by Seino Nana
  14. 推理の星くん 1

    Suiri no Hoshi-kun推理の星くん 」 by Seino Nana
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi imprint, kodomo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.05

  15. Merupuri (Meru Puri - The Märchen Prince) 2 of 4 by Hino Matsuri
  16. めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス 2

    Meru Puri - The Märchen Prince
    めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス
    by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 2003.09
    Serialized in Indonesian in HanaLaLa

  17. Monster Soul 2 of 2 by Mashima Hiro [Finale]
  18. モンスターソウル 2nd

    Monster Soulモンスターソウル
    by Mashima Hiro
    Kodansha BonBon, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.09

  19. Mr. Fullswing 14 of 24 by Suzuki Shinya
  20. Mr.FULLSWING 14

    by Suzuki Shinya
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.06

  21. One Piece 47 of 52+ by Oda Eiichiro
  22. ONE PIECE 47

    One PieceONE PIECE
    by Oda Eiichiro
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.09

  23. Our Zoo (Minna no Doubutsuen) 2 of 2 by Kurosawa Akiyo [Finale]
  24. みんなの動物園~いづみの飼育係日誌~ 2

    Minna no Doubutsuen
    by Kurosawa Akiyo
    Akita Shoten Elegance, josei
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.02

  25. Rough 4 of 12 by Adachi Mitsuru
  26. ラフ 4

    Roughラフ 」 by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shōnen
    This volume first published in Japan 1988.05
    This series is also translated into French by Glenat.

  27. Skip Beat! 12 of 19+ by Nakamura Yoshiki
  28. スキップ・ビート! 12

    Skip Beat!スキップ・ビート!
    by Nakamura Yoshiki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.02

  29. Throbbing Midnight (Tokimeki Midnight) 7 of 8+ by Ikeno Koi
  30. ときめきミッドナイト 7

    Tokimeki Midnightときめきミッドナイト
    by Ikeno Koi
    Shueisha Cookie Box, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.10

  31. Yureka 11 of 27+ by Son HeeJoon, Kim YounKyung
  32. 유레카11

    Yureka유레카 」 by Son HeeJoon, Kim YounKyung
    Haksan, sonyun
    AKA iD_eNTITY (English version by TOKYOPOP)
    This volume first published in Korea 2003.07

  33. [Premiere] Zig Zag (ZIG☆ZAG) 1 of 8+ by Nakaji Yuki
  34. ZIG★ZAG 1

    ZIG☆ZAGZIG★ZAG 」 by Nakaji Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa, shōjo
    This volume first published in Japan 2005.04
    Licensed in English by ChuangYi and TOKYOPOP

Source: Elex Media STO 20 Agustus 2008

mangazines (2008.08.19)

  • HanaLaLa 29/2008 (Hakusensha shōjo anthology)

This issue of HanaLaLa which streets the day before the tankō do finally fills in one of the gaps left by the conclusion of Michibata no Tenshi, Tennen Pearl Pink, and Bijo ga Yaju, with the premiere of Matsumoto Tomo-sensei's holy megane and mackerel! English School Wars (Eikaiwa School Wars).

I will have more on the highlights of Issue 29 in the overdue HanaLaLa 28/2008 toshokan post.

huamulan03 no definite Get! list

  • Hanalala 29/2008
  • Jungle Boy 3
  • Kedai Tasogare 3
  • Merupuri 2
  • Zig Zag 1

and this first volume I've trained the spotlight on.

C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku

C.M.B.森羅博物館の事件目録 1

C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku (C.M.B.森羅博物館の事件目録) is an ongoing shōnen tantei series illustrated by Kodansha manga-ka Katou Motohiro-sensei, who also created Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo and Rocket Man. C.M.B. is serialized in Gekkan Shounen Magazine (the same mangazine that serializes Dear Boys Act II) and collected in eight tankōbon so far. It is published in Traditional Chinese by Tong Li Hongkong as C.M.B. Sen Luo Bo Wu Guan Zhi Shi Jian Mu Lu.

(I know I've sed this before but repeating myself is one of the things I do best: What follows is my reconstruction of C.M.B., founded on mechanistic translations and the little provided by the Elex. It stands to reason I would get some things wrong, so please bear with me. I will revise once I have my copy of C.M.B.)

C.M.B. denotes the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house)

We all know that a lot of the booty of the golden age of explorations made it into museums. The British Museum in the C.M.B. story, which had custody of the recondite scientific curiosities and artefacts collected by explorer/adventurers and stored in a Wunderkammer, decided to study the dusty arcana in the 19th century. Three investigators dubbed the Magi were appointed to do the research, each given a ring embossed with the letters C.M.B.

Fast-forward to present-day Japan where Sakaki Shinra is the curator of a museum of oddities. He now has possession of the C.M.B. rings, indicating that he has been granted the status of guardian of knowledge like the Magi that preceded him.

Similar to another Katou Motohiro-sensei hero—Q.E.D.'s Touma Sou—Shinra has a mysterious past, is multi-lingual (English, Latin, and five others), possesses college-level knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and history, and is deficient in social skills. How the blond 14-year-old (who also happens to be Touma's cousin) came to hold the rings, as well as why Shinra is the curator of a bizarre museum in Tokyo (the contents of which he loves to show off) are backstory mysteries I look forward to being solved.

While C.M.B. denotes the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (May Christ bless this house), traditionally written in chalk above church and house doors on the Feast of the Epiphany (the phrase also appears on the manga covers), the same initials stand for Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, the biblical Magi.

For everything else (like Shinra's first "documented" case, you will have to wait for my review of this manga.

Other New series
In addition to C.M.B., there are two more premieres this release: Little Detective Trickstar Hoshi (originally Suiri no Hoshi-kun) by Seino Nana-sensei and Zig Zag by Nakaji Yuki-sensei.

A couple of two-volumers conclude this 20 August: the already mentioned favorite Monster Soul and Our Zoo or Minna no Doubutsuen.

By original publisher
Everyone (Kodansha, Shogakukan, Akita Shoten, Hakusensha) placed three manga titles each in this release list, save for Shueisha which has one extra and Haksan which is minus two.

By genre
Business as usual. The collective shōnen/sonyun camp exceeds the shōjo/BL/josei aggregate by one title. There are two kodomo manga.

Level Comics 19 August 2008 manga release

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who can't wait for next Wednesday

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Jasmine said...

R u the fans of Motoharu Katou's manga?

Any news for Q.E.D?

huamulan03 said...

@ Jasmine-san,
To say that I'm a "fan" of Katou Motohiro-sensei is vastly understating things ^^ I heart, heart, heart! his manga. Am a little ambivalent about Rocket Man though; I just don't like R. >.<

As for Q.E.D., I don't know when Elex plans to release volume 29 (released in Japan last February) but the latest Japanese version is up to volume 30 as of June. ^^

Ryuu-chan desu! said...

Whew... Monster soul 1 sold out that quick?? gyaaa... T_T

Still cant find it everywhere.....

huamulan03 said...

Yeah, it looks that way. After our internets "chats," I remembered (with the help of the cover I posted) that I actually did see volume 1 in Gramed PIM. But as you know, when I went back after that, I couldn't find it nemore...

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