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Anime (on Animax Asia):
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Arpeggio of Blue Steel, weekdays, 10pm WIB [Series Finale] 28 August 2014, Thursday
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

11.12.2008

The reason why Oniichan to Issho is the front cover of HanaLaLa 31

HanaLaLa 31/2008 front cover

The first time Tokeino Hari-sensei's shoujo manga Oniichan to Issho (released as With My Brothers in Indonesia) graced HanaLaLa's front cover was back in 2007—with Issue 15. This second appearance proves that Oniichan won't lose to...Okojo-san! (Issue 14 and 26 covers)

(For the likes of Penguin Revolution, Ouran, or Skip Beat! to have at least two covers in HanaLaLa's history makes perfect commercial sense, so I'm glad that the low-key, albeit still harem- and Not blood siblings-troped series has joined these more profitable regulars.)

Could it be because at last installment, were it not for Naka-chan interruptus, Katagiri would've kissed brother-complexed Sakura-chan? And all the while Sakura just wants to confess her feelings to Masashi-nii? Does she declare her love in this issue and is that why the front cover? Okay, okay, I promise not to spoil... It's most probably because Sakura-chan turns 17 in chapter 30. Moving on.

HanaLaLa 31 also heralds the return of Uno Ayumi-sensei's Okojo-banchou (Mr. ERMINE Si Penguasa) that I thought had fallen into a crack in the universe. Also resurrected are the full-color spreads. There's three of them: for La Corda D'Oro Symphony No. 32, Skip Beat! Act.76, and Alice Academy Story 53. And while only a page featuring Arisa—English School Wars (Eikaiwa School Wars) Practice 3.

HL 31 likewise makes good on the promised hefty chapters for Dragon's Fiancé (50 pages) and Arakure - The Wild Ones (40 pages). I talk about these chapters after the table of contents.

HanaLaLa 31/2008 table of contents

Fourteen Hana to Yume and LaLa shōjo titles are currently in serialization, with latest installments below. [Click links for more details.]

  1. La Corda D'Oro (Kin Iro no Corda) by Kure Yuki | Symphony No. 32 [full-color title spread]
  2. 金色のコルダ 11
    Latest volume

    Kin Iro no Corda金色のコルダ 」 by Kure Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 11 (September 2008)

  3. Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki | Act.76: Love Phantom [full-color title spread]
  4. スキップ・ビ-ト! 20
    Latest volume

    Skip Beat!スキップ・ビート!
    by Nakamura Yoshiki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 20 (October 2008, tying in with the anime adaptation by Hal Film Maker which began airing 5 October 2008)

  5. Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki | Chapter 114
  6. フルーツバスケット 23
    Final volume

    Fruits Basketフルーツバスケット
    by Takaya Natsuki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, 23 volumes, complete (March 2007)

  7. Penguin Revolution (Penguin Kakumei) by Tsukuba Sakura | Chapter 20
  8. ペンギン革命 7
    Final volume

    Penguin Kakumeiペンギン革命 」 by Tsukuba Sakura
    Hakusensha LaLa, seven volumes, complete (February 2008)

  9. With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari | Chapter 30
  10. お兄ちゃんと一緒 9
    Latest volume

    Oniichan to Isshoお兄ちゃんと一緒
    by Tokeino Hari
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 9 (April 2008); Volume 10 street date: December 2008
    English version Me & My Brothers published by TOKYOPOP

  11. Mr. ERMINE (Okojo-san) by Uno Ayumi | Chapter 62 (first of two chapters this issue)
  12. オコジョさん 8
    Final volume

    Okojo-sanオコジョさん 」 by Uno Ayumi
    Hakusensha LaLa, eight volumes, complete (May 2005)

  13. English School Wars (Eikaiwa School Wars) by Matsumoto Tomo | Practice 3
  14. 英会話スクールウォーズ 2
    Final volume

    Eikaiwa School Wars英会話スクールウォーズ
    by Matsumoto Tomo
    Hakusensha LaLa, two volumes, complete (August 2006)

  15. Arakure - The Wild Ones (Arakure) by Fujiwara Kiyo | Chapter 10
  16. アラクレ 8
    Latest volume

    Arakureアラクレ 」 by Fujiwara Kiyo
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 8 (September 2008)

  17. Mr. ERMINE (Okojo-san) by Uno Ayumi | Chapter 63 (second of two chapters this issue)
  18. V.B. Rose (Velvet Blue Rose) by Hidaka Banri | Chapter 31
  19. V・B・ローズ 12
    Latest volume

    V.B. RoseV・B・ローズ 」 by Hidaka Banri
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 12 (June 2008)

  20. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) by Hatori Bisco | Chapter 37
  21. 桜蘭高校ホスト部 13
    Latest volume

    Ouran Koukou Host Club桜蘭高校ホスト部
    by Hatori Bisco
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 13 (September 2008)

    Chapter 37 is equivalent to anime episode 20 The Door the Twins Opened (双子があけた扉 - Futago ga Aketa Tobira).

  22. Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari | Chapter 2
  23. 龍の花わずらい 5
    Latest volume

    Ryuu no Hanawazurai龍の花わずらい
    by Kusakawa Nari
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 5 (May 2008)
    English version Two Flowers for the Dragon published by CMX (three volumes, ongoing)

  24. Mr. ERMINE Si Penguasa (Okojo-banchou) by Uno Ayumi | X (first of two chapters this issue)
  25. Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri | Ninth Night: Their Choices
  26. ヴァンパイア騎士 8
    Volume 8

    Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士 」 by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 9 (November 2008)

    Related: Vampire Knight novel - Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi (Vampire Knight: The Sin of Blue) by Matsuri Hino- and Fujisaki Ayuna-sensei

    Ninth Night: Their Choices is equivalent to Vampire Knight anime episode 6 Their Choice (彼等の選択 - Karera no Kuraimu).

  27. Mr. ERMINE Si Penguasa (Okojo-banchou) by Uno Ayumi | XI (second of two chapters this issue)
  28. Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) by Higuchi Tachibana | Story 53 [full-color title spread]
  29. 学園アリス 16
    Latest volume

    Gakuen Alice学園アリス 」 by Higuchi Tachibana
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume - ongoing serialization
    Latest tankōbon release: Volume 16 (July 2008); Volume 17 street date: December 2008

HanaLaLa 31/2008 went on sale 21 October 2008.

HanaLaLa #31/2008 quick impressions

Arakure chapter 10 by Fujiwara Kiyo
The promised 40 pages deal with an underwear thief... and Sachie is one of his/her victims?? Do Igarashi (and Azuma) save this maiden's precious panties? And what kind does she wear anyway?

The comic antics of mistaken culprits aside, it's the sore lack of Igarashi x Sachie goodness that made this chapter lukewarm. I just hope it doesn't preview Arakure plotting to come...

Alice Academy Story 53 title page

Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) Story 53 by Tachibana Higuchi
(Something to tide you over after finishing Alice Academy volume 9)

We move on to the new year and it seems everyone in Class B is getting tons of cards—save Mikan who received only one (from her grandpa) and Natsume who refuses to show or let anyone know (unless s/he wants to be singed) who sent him his card. Mikan opens mouth and inserts foot when she inquires about Natsume's family, the absence of whom is an open secret (except to Mikan).

However, this shortage of sensitivity not the reason why no one greets Mikan, born on January first, a Happy birthday.

Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) Chapter 2 by Kusakawa Nari
I can actually smell the testosterone wafting from the pages where Lushin and Kwan show off their sword skills in a tournament that draws the best blade wielders from all over. Lushin fangirl that I am, I say that Lushin came out tops, especially with his confident I don't have to kill to win pronouncement, not to mention his braiding Shakuya's hair interlude.

Is it any wonder that there's now a wild rosebud added to Shakuya's Lushin tattoo?

English School Wars Practice 3 title page

English School Wars (Eikaiwa School Wars) Practice 3 by Matsumoto Tomo
Whoa! You kiss your mother with that mouth??

This chapter features the command: Go f**k yourself one too many times. The potty mouth is redeemed by some halfway adorable growing closeness between Arisa and Ish, the first on their way back from an errand to a convenience store (it's not a 100-yen shop so they didn't fight) and the other, on the school's rooftop where Arisa in a yukata sought refuge from the English-speaking guests of a school get-together.

Favorite line (Ish to Arisa): Don't wander around! Stay beside me!

Ouran High School Host Club chapter 37 by Hatori Bisco
Chapter 37 aired as anime episode 20 - The Door the Twins Opened (双子があけた扉 - Futago ga Aketa Tobira).

All I can say is, once you've read up to the 12th volume, you will want to re-read this chapter that tells how the twins ended up in the Host Club. It adds a new dimension to HikaHaru and KaoHaru (not to mention HikaKao).

Penguin Revolution (Penguin Kakumei) Chapter 20 by Tsukuba Sakura
Ryo and Yukari's pampering of the catatonic Aya was just too kee-YOOT! We have to thank the nefarious Yasuoka Production subplot for that.

More importantly, Yukari finally learns the name of the first person whose talent wings she saw (remember the first chapter?): Oka Yoko.

Vampire Knight Ninth Night by Hino Matsuri
Ninth Night: Their Choices obviously equates with Vampire Knight episode 6 - Their Choice (彼等の選択 - Karera no Kuraimu). If you watched that anime eppie, I don't need to blather about what happened in this chapter. If you need to refresh your memory, go here.

UPCOMING: HanaLala 32/2008
Highlights

  • Alice Academy - two chapters

The next issue streets 18 November 2008.

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who now realizes that Oniichan to Issho really needed to be the cover of this issue (I'm not going to let anyone else have Sakura! - Masashi-nii)

copyright information

Oniichan to Issho is © Tokeino Hari/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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