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Zig☆Zag © Nakaji Yuki/Hakusensha
...won't lose to anyone when it comes to flower arrangements
Nakaji Yuki-sensei's Zig☆Zag volume 5, releasing next Wednesday, follows Saho and Taiyo's growing realization of their feelings for each other. ♥ The BB Company also decides to join the all-Japan Flower Festival competition — to show that they (deliberately eschewing the correct singular
it) won't lose to anyone when it comes to flower arrangements.
Meanwhile, HanaLaLa grad Beauty is the Beast (Bijo ga Yaju)—Matsumoto Tomo's manga about one Yamashita Eimi's adventures while living in a girls' dorm—is finally released as a tankou. Kyaaa~! Wanichin!! *dies but is revived*
More shipping: School X Fight by Hara Asumi concludes this 25 Feb. Can't wait for the last volume. Who will Mirai end up with? If she'll end up with anyone, that is. I'm still favoriting Ryo even though that 'ship could be gushing from a hole as big as the Titanic gash...
Shonen Star 50 releases the day before the Elex tankoubon. In this issue, the hellish training of attrition continues in Kusaba Michiteru's Miagete Goran.
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- [Premiere] Beauty Is The Beast (Bijo ga Yaju) 1 of 5 by Matsumoto Tomo
- Claymore 14 of 15+ by Yagi Norihiro
- Comic Bomber (Hoero Pen) 10 of 13 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
- [Box set @ IDR 135,000] Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) 21 to 30 (of 63+) by Aoyama Gosho
- [New] Doraemon Comic Quiz 1 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Eat-Man 8 of 19 by Yoshitomi Akihito
- Godhand Teru 12 of 45+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
- [Box set @ IDR 135,000] InuYasha 11 - 20 (of 56) by Takahashi Rumiko
- Kedai Tasogare (Tasogare Dou e Youkoso) 7 of 7 by Yoshikawa Utata [Finale]
- Kunimitsu (Kunimitsu no Matsuri) 18 of 27 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi
- The One Pound Gospel (1 Pound no Fukuin) 3 of 4 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Rough 9 of 12 by Adachi Mitsuru
- School X Fight 4 of 4 by Hara Asumi [Finale]
- Zig-Zag (ZIG☆ZAG) 5 of 9 by Nakaji Yuki
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 25 Feb 2009 (release schedule) and Komikologi January and February 2009 (for synopses unless indicated otherwise).
(2) The One Pound Gospel 3 SRP is IDR 15,000.
(3) are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
Invited by Ninomiya Ami's father, Yamato Keisuke accepts a holiday stay at the beach, not realizing that he has to bunk over at the Nakanishi family villa. With his father tagging along, the problem compounds! Who will succeed in straightening things out—and getting closer to Ami in the bargain? Keisuke? Or Nakanishi?
The city buzzes with talk of shin, a drug that lets people see impossible dreams. The Larc company, employer of thousands, is rumored to be behind the dark trade.
One by one, the tennis players fall as the grueling training continues. But Yuzawa Ryo and his friends refuse to give up. Until the very last second and to the last drop of sweat, Coach Niwa pushes them to find their ideal game.
Other Shonen Sunday serials:
Comic Bomber (Hoero Pen) by Shimamoto Kazuhiko · Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) by Yamada Takatoshi · InuYasha by Takahashi Rumiko · KATSU! by Adachi Mitsuru · Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow · Kurozakuro by Natsume Yoshinori · MÄR by Anzai Nobuyuki · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi
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The most popular pick this release is undoubtedly Adachi Mitsuru-sensei's Rough 9, followed closely by Zig-Zag 5. The latest Claymore (volume 14), Eat-Man 8, Shonen Star 50, and the 12th volume of Godhand Teru squish themselves into third place. BTW, the live-action Godhand Teru series starring Hiraoka Yuta (Endo Shoji in the NANA live-action movie and Yano Haruka in Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru) as Teru will premiere this April.
Four titles reported in the February monthly schedule are in this list. It could stretch to four if Komikologi had misprinted Doraemon Comic Quiz 2 (and that it actually meant Comic Quiz 1). Two are January imports (Kunimitsu 18 and Eat-Man 8), while four, perhaps five, manga are advanced: Comic Bomber 10, the penultimate The One Pound Gospel, Rough 9, School X Fight 4, and (maybe) Claymore 14.
Two unscheduled manga box sets round it out: Conan volume 21 to 30 and InuYasha 11 to 20. I'm thinking about getting the next InuYasha set for my manga library.
m&c! 25 February 2009 manga: Pluto 2, Silent Love Song 2 of 2, Full House Kiss 6 of 6
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
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manga available this week (17-18 February 2009 street dates)
- Level Comics (2.17): Descendants of Darkness 4, For You in Full Blossom (Hana-Kimi) 21
- Elex Media manga (2.18): Fairy Tale Motif Brocade (Otogi Moyou Ayanishiki) 1, Busou Renkin 4, Mr. Fullswing 18, 7SEEDS 13, Yukan Club 17
- m&c! manga (2.18): My Sweet Kaicho 3, The Day of Revolution 2 of 2, PPOI! 2, W-Change!! 3, Love in Ofuro
...and the next (street date: 24 February 2009)
Level Comics: Aku 8, Haruka 17 volume 5
other invaluable resources
manga, Elex Media, Shonen Star, seinen, shoujo, shounen, 1 Pound no Fukuin, Beauty is the Beast, Bijo ga Yaju, Claymore, Doraemon, Eat-Man, Godhand Teru, Hoero Pen, InuYasha, Kedai Tasogare, Kunimitsu no Matsuri, Meitantei Conan, Rough, School X Fight, Tasogare Dou e Youkoso, Zig Zag, Adachi Mitsuru, Takahashi Rumiko