Fairy Tale Motif Brocade (Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki) 1, Busou Renkin 4, Mr. Fullswing 18, 7SEEDS 13, Yukan Club 17 (Elex Media 18 February 2009 manga)

武装錬金 4

Busou Renkin © Watsuki Nobuhiro/Shueisha

Watsuki Nobuhiro's Busou Renkin 4 and Hikawa Kyouko's Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki, the fantasy shoujo manga retitled Fairy-Tale - Motif Brocade (what's with the munificence in dashes?) for Indonesian release, finally get a street date.

Busou Renkin 4
L.X.E. sends a new enemy against Kazuki x Tokiko: Hayasaka Ouka and Hayasaka Shusui. Kazuki's identity as an Alchemy Warrior is compromised when he activates his Busou Renkin in front of the dysfunctional siblings.

These two are my favorite "evil" twins outside of the Hitachiin brothers.

Fairy-Tale - Motif Brocade 1 by Hikawa Kyouko
Set in a time when spirits and monsters still freely roamed, Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki from the manga-ka of Kanata Kara (Dunia Mimpi) tells the story of Suzu, a young girl as normal as they come. But is Suzu really that unremarkable? If so, how come monsters love her (more than they do the average human) and she's always tripping over little youkai who adore dogging her footsteps?

One day, the Momohara family comes to Suzu's aid, proving that she's not exactly without help. Suzu discovers they're on the run from a fabric merchant named Genpachiro Ooki — the last person Suzu's father saw before he (Suzu's father) went missing.

When I first read Elex's Komikologi summary — which, if you'll notice, doesn't mention the guardian spirit in the flute Suzu inherited (that you'll encounter in every other summary of this series if you google the internets) — I was reminded of Shi to Kanojo to Boku AKA Death, the Girl, and Me (released in Indonesia as From the Other World): Suzu is analogous to Yukari in the monster love thing. But I've also read someone else comparing this series to Shounen Onmyouji, only with a girl as the hero. I guess I'll only know if/when I buy the first volume.

Speaking of buys, a mangazine one that's a sure GET!: HanaLaLa 35/2009, which doubles the Alice Academy fun (chapters 58-59 in this issue). Also looking forward to the usual hijinks in Hatori Bisco's Ouran High School Host Club, this time focusing on Honey-senpai and a vengeful member of the Black Magic Club. (It's not who you're thinking.)

Meanwhile, a HanaLaLa alum releases its second tankou (synopsis of EMURA's Roadside Angel (Michibata no Tenshi) volume 2 after the manga list).

Elex Media manga (2009.02.18)

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  1. 7 Seeds 13 of 14+ by Tamura Yumi
  2. 7SEEDS 13

    7SEEDS7SEEDS 」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Flowers and Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2008.07

  3. Busou Renkin 4 of 10 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
  4. 武装錬金 4

    Busou Renkin武装錬金 」 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2004.09
    Published in English by VIZ Media (10 volumes)

  5. Dragon Drive 10 of 14 by Sakura Kenichi

    Dragon DriveDRAGON DRIVE
    by Sakura Kenichi
    Shueisha Monthly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2004.08
    Published in English by VIZ Media (volume 13 street date: 2009.04.07)

  7. Et Cetera 7 of 9 by Nakazaki Tow
  8. えとせとら 7

    Et Ceteraえとせとら 」 by Nakazaki Tow
    Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2000.04
    Published in English by TOKYOPOP (nine volumes)

  9. [Premiere] Fairy-Tale - Motif Brocade (Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki) 1 of 5 by Hikawa Kyouko
  10. お伽もよう綾にしき 1

    Otogi Moyou Ayanishikiお伽もよう綾にしき
    by Hikawa Kyouko
    Hakusensha LaLa and Melody, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.10

  11. Ge Ge Ge Kitaro (Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Sen Monogatari) 6 of 6+ by Hoshino Ryuichi & Mizuki Shigeru
  12. ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 妖怪千物語 6

    Gegege no Kitarou: Youkai Sen Monogatari
    ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 妖怪千物語
    by Hoshino Ryuichi & Mizuki Shigeru
    Kodansha BonBon Comics, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2008.03

  13. Imaginary Beasts (Genjuu no Seiza) 10 of 14 by Akino Matsuri
  14. 幻獣の星座 10

    Genjuu no Seiza幻獣の星座 」 by Akino Matsuri
    Also romanized as Genjyu no Seiza
    Akita Shoten Horror Comics Special, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2004.06
    English Genju no Seiza published by TOKYOPOP (eight volumes)

  15. [Box set @ IDR 135,000] InuYasha 1 - 10 (of 56) by Takahashi Rumiko
  16. InuYasha犬夜叉 」 by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    These volumes first published in Japan from 1997.04 to 1999.04
    Published in English by VIZ (volume 37 street date: 2009.04.14)
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

  17. Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 7 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
  18. Urusei Yatsuraうる星やつら 」 by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1981.09
    Series re-released in 15 wideban and 18 bunkoban volumes (complete)
    Licensed for North American distribution by VIZ Media

  19. Mr. Fullswing 18 of 24 by Suzuki Shinya
  20. The One Pound Gospel (1 Pound no Fukuin) 2 of 4 by Takahashi Rumiko
  21. 1ポンドの福音 2

    1 Pound no Fukuin1ポンドの福音
    by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1990.07
    Published in English by VIZ Media (four volumes)

  22. Roadside Angel (Michibata no Tenshi) 2 of 4 by EMURA
  23. 道端の天使 2

    Michibata no Tenshi道端の天使 」 by EMURA
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2004.02
    Finished Indonesian serialization in HanaLaLa

  24. Seri Tokoh Dunia 53: Ronald Reagan by Norratri
  25. TOTO! 2 of 5 by Osada Yu-Ko
  26. トト!the wonderful adventure 2

    Toto! The Wonderful Adventure
    トト!the wonderful adventure 」 by Osada Yu-Ko
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Adapted from the two-volume The Wonderful Legend of Toto by the same manga-ka
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2005.04
    Published in English by Del Rey (volume 4 street date: 2009.02.24)
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz

  27. Yukan Club 17 of 19 by Ichijo Yukari
  28. 有閑倶楽部 17

    Yukan Club有閑倶楽部 」 by Ichijo Yukari
    AKA Club for the Leisure Class and Leisure Club
    Shueisha Chorus, Ribon, and Ribon Original, josei
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 1998.11
    Sequel: Yukan Club DX (nine volumes)

(1) Sources: Elex Media forum (release schedule) and Komikologi January and February 2009 (for synopses unless indicated otherwise).
(2) All tankou above are IDR 13,800 each with the exceptions of the InuYasha box set, The One Pound Gospel 2 (IDR 15,000) and Seri Tokoh Dunia 53: Ronald Reagan (IDR 14,800).
(3) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

道端の天使 2

Michibata no Tenshi
© EMURA/Hakusensha

Roadside Angel 2
道端の天使 」 (Michibata no Tenshi) by EMURA

Catrew's gotten used to living with the Ark family and in fact, will soon take the admissions test to the acrobat school. It's something she's been happily anticipating. Amalatte even made this gor-geous costume for her. But the test turns out to be the toughest ever, and the other hopefuls are not about to let Catrew pass without struggle.

Most GET! votes

And the award goes to... Busou Renkin 4!

The other most popular choices were: Mr. Fullswing 18 (#2) and 7SEEDS 13 / Yukan Club 17 / Fairy-Tale - Motif Brocade 1 (#3).

Most Favored Manga-ka this list

And the award goes to (part II)... Takahashi Rumiko-sensei! She's got three series here: InuYasha, The One Pound Gospel, and LUM, The Invader Girl. With these gold mines, plus the new series she's reported to start serializing soon, it's no wonder she's one of Japan's wealthiest.

Mangazine: HanaLaLa 35/2009 (street date: 2009.02.17)

Highlights of this issue:

Featured blurb: Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) - Chapter 41

Kanazuki from the Black Magic Club lobs one curse after another at Honey-senpai for having stolen her soul (or at least, occupying 90% of her thoughts). Sadly, Honey-senpai doesn't remember having done a thing to her!

Other Hana to Yume and LaLa manga in serialization:

CvsF watch

Six titles on this list (including the HanaLaLa anthology) appear in Elex's February monthly manga schedule, albeit two of them, The One Pound Gospel 2 and Mr. Fullswing 18, had been outstanding since November and December respectively. There's one betwixt (in-between) release—Dragon Drive 10 (only volumes 9 and 11 were advised in the monthlies)—while two more are advanced releases, i.e., they don't appear in any monthly schedule (Imaginary Beasts 10 and TOTO! 2).

The manga box sets are never advised, but I never expected InuYasha to get the boxed treatment (though I should've). To parrot someone over at the EMO forum, had I known that Elex would eventually re-release InuYasha volumes 1 through 10, I would never have gone through the trouble of collecting them one by one (and if you see my manga library, you'll find that I quit accumulation at volume 21).

Five manga are ex-January: 7SEEDS 13, Busou Renkin 4 (which had been advised as releasing in both November 2008 and January 2009), Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki 1, LUM, The Invader Girl 7, and Yukan Club 17.

Oh. And there's the edu-manga series on world figures, which this time features the 40th U.S. prexy Ronald Reagan (not included in the monthly sked).


m&c! 18 February 2009 manga: My Sweet Kaichou 3!!

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)


Cover images and source summaries used here are © their respective intellectual rights holders. No infringement intended.

manga available this week (11 February 2009 street date)

  • Elex Media: C.M.B. 6, Rose Hip Zero 1, MÄR 8, Kitchen Princess 8, Sherlock Holmes 9: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches / The Boscombe Valley Mystery, Shonen Magz 56
  • m&c!: Special A 10, Lovely Days 6 of 6, Sprout 7 of 7, Cynical Orange 5, Cherry 29, Happy Dining Table

No Level Comics manga on 10 February 2009.

...and the next (17 February 2009 street date)

Level Comics: Descendants of Darkness 4 and For You in Full Blossom (Hana-Kimi) 21

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KiRai said...

Konnichiwa Niki san,

Gomen ne maybe what I'm asking here doesn't got anything to do with the reviews :)

I'm just wondering do you know whether Elex would finally released D-Gray Man here? I've read about it quite a long time and until now I'm still waiting for the manga officially released.

Do you have any information about it? Or do you know where I could find the information. Thank you so much :)

huamulan03 said...

Yeah, also heard that, too. Umm, there's a D.Gray-man thread over at the EMO forum. Maybe you can try there? (I didn't get past checking more than a handful of pages--there's over a hundred there... *sweatdrop*)

Neway, hope that helped! Thanks for commenting ^^

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