Merupuri 4/4, Sweet God 4/4, Cop in Tokyo 8/8, Jango 8/8. Also, Otomen 1 and Meteodo 1 (Elex Media 17 December 2008 manga)

セーラー服にお願い! 4

So we have four manga concluding and despite the (Otomen! Otomen! Otomen!!) favoritism going on in the post title (and this blog), four debuting. We also get another manga box set, this time for the first ten volumes of Doraemon. (Gak! I can already hear the opening bars of the anime OP!)

You already know the finales, but if you look below, you'll also see that the remaining new manga include Lilac Nocturne, the final volume 7 of Saito Chiho-sensei's "Masterpieces Collection I" short story anthology, plus one original Indonesian graphic novel, Precious Moment by Esvandiari Sani & Ida Ariyanti. (Okay, so that means there are actually five finales.)

More babble (and where to find summaries—if you hadn't already stumbled over them) after the list.

Elex Media manga (2008.12.17)

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  1. 7 Seeds 12 of 14+ by Tamura Yumi
  2. 7SEEDS 12

    7SEEDS7SEEDS 」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Flowers, shoujo
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2008.01

  3. Angel Home 2 by Tsuneyoshi Tamiko
  4. Cop In Tokyo (Tokyo Deka) 8 of 8 by Suzuki Keiichi [Finale]
  5. 東京刑事 8

    Tokyo Deka東京刑事 」 by Suzuki Keiichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2002.07

  6. Dangun (Onsoku Buster Dangun Dan) 4 of 8 by Teshirogi Takashi
  7. 音速バスターDANGUN弾 4

    Onsoku Buster Dangun Dan
    by Teshirogi Takashi
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Comics, kodomo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2002.05

  8. [Box set] Doraemon 1 to 10 (of 45) by Fujiko F. Fujio
  9. Jango The Solar Boy (Taiyou Shounen Jango) 8 of 8 by Hijioka Makoto [Finale]
  10. 太陽少年ジャンゴ 8

    Taiyou Shounen Jango太陽少年ジャンゴ
    by Hijioka Makoto
    Based on the Boktai video games series
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Comic, kodomo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2007.07
    Published in English by Chuang Yi as Solar Boy Django (seven volumes, ongoing)

  11. [New] Lilac Nocturne by Saito Chiho
  12. 紫丁香夜想曲 さいとうちほ傑作集

    Lilac Nocturne
    紫丁香夜想曲 さいとうちほ傑作集
    by Saito Chiho
    Shogakukan Flowers, josei
    First published in Japan 1992.03
    Released in Indonesia under the Serial Cantik (standalone) line

    The final volume 7 of the "Masterpieces Collection I" anthology of Saito Chiho short stories. Other titles in the series include Saratte Watashi no Knight, Magnolia Waltz, Waltz wa Shiroi Dress de.

  13. Little Detective Trickstar Hoshi (Suiri no Hoshi-kun) 3 of 7+ by Seino Nana
  14. 推理の星くん 3

    Suiri no Hoshi-kun推理の星くん 」 by Seino Nana
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi imprint, kodomo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.03

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

    Meru Puri - The Märchen Prince
    めるぷり メルヘン☆プリンス
    by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2004.10
    Serialized in Indonesian in HanaLaLa
    Published in English by VIZ Media (Four volumes, complete)

  17. [Premiere] Meteodo 1 of 4+ by Shii Haruka
  18. メテオド 1

    Meteodoメテオド 」 by Shii Haruka
    AKA Meteorite Breed
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.08

  19. [Premiere] Otomen 1 of 7+ by Kanno Aya
  20. オトメン(乙男) 1

    Otomenオトメン(乙男) 」 by Kanno Aya
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.01
    Published in English by Chuang Yi (three volumes, ongoing) and VIZ (volume 1 street date: 3 February 2009)

  21. [New] Precious Moment by Esvandiari Sani, Ida Ariyanti - makita
  22. Sweet God (Sailor Fuku ni Onegai!) 4 of 4 by Tanaka Meca [Finale]
  23. セーラー服にお願い! 4

    Sailor Fuku ni Onegai!セーラー服にお願い! 」 by Tanaka Meca
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2006.11

Source: EMO forum

First things first —

selected manga summaries

I decided to spin off the summaries/synopses. Why? Because I can.

If you want 'em, just follow the links.

release commentary

Mischief managed!
Ever wonder how long manga series take to finish here? (Let's not talk about m&c!; that imprint's too unpredictable.) Well, the Indonesian publication run of Suzuki Keiichi-sensei's Cop in Tokyo or Tokyo Deka took under eight months for eight tanko. Hino Matsuri-sensei's four-volumed Merupuri released in as many months (the monthly serialization in HanaLaLa ended in 22 issues), while Sweet God or Sailor Fuku ni Onegai! by Tanaka Meca-sensei spanned under four months.

Not bad. At least for these three.

Meanwhile, six of the 13 manga here (if we don't count the Doraemon volumes individually) are true, see the monthly Komikologi Elex bulletin December commitments. They are 7 Seeds volume 12, Cop in Tokyo 8, Jango The Solar Boy 8, Merupuri 4, Otomen 1, and SL: Precious Moment. (Meteodo 1 has been outstanding since November 2008.)

That means over half of the releases (more if we count the Doraemon volumes individually) are impromptu?

By popularity
There's no 17 December 2008 STO yet, so I tallied the Get! votes in the 10 December release thread instead. From the lower than normal turnout, Merupuri 4 struggles to lead, threatened by 7 Seeds 12 and Otomen 1 (tied), and Sweet God 4. (Gosh, the same titles keep cropping up, don't they?)

No mangazine?
Considering how dominant Shogakukan assets are in this sked, I would've thought Elex would release the latest Shonen Star (Indonesian version of Shonen Sunday) one week early but it seems it won't.

It should be a review of Butterfly in your thumb (Oyayubihime Infinity) but I'm not promising

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)

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