This week

Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.27 · Elex: 10.29 · Level: 10.29 · m&c!: 10.29
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB, Mon–Wed[Season finale] 29 October 2014, Wed
Bleach Season 7, 630pm WIB, Weekdays
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, Weekdays
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan): tsuritama, 930pm WIB, Mon–Thu

6.23.2009

Electric Daisy 1, Mokke Guardian from Heaven 1 and 2, .hack//G.U.+ 1, Jin Gai by Nakamura Rie, Holy Crystal Albatross 4 (m&c! 30 June 2009 manga)

Edited to answer the question: Is it worth getting Mokke Guardian from Heaven?

モッケの神様 2

Mokke no Kamisama © Harue Le Pon
Akita Shoten

If you could care less about the manga reissues reportedly slated to make up some 60% of m&c!'s June releases, you're in good company. Let's talk about the upcomings instead.

First up — Motomi Kyousuke-sensei's Electric Daisy or Dengeki Daisy. Serialized in Betsucomi, this shoujo manga revolves around Teru, now all alone in the world after the death of her beloved onii-chan. Before passing away, however, Teru's brother bequeathed to her a cell phone that would connect her with the person taking over big brother's tutelary role. Known only by the name DAISY from the text messages Teru receives, Teru's brother's replacement becomes increasingly important to Teru. So how will DAISY react when later, Teru unexpectedly meets and begins working for the "cruel and heartless" school janitor Kurosaki — who is hiding something? [Adapted from Baka-Updates Manga's synopsis]

...about school girl Kaoru and her guardian god Mokke

(I would've liked to also include a synopsis for Mokke Guardian from Heaven (Mokke no Kamisama); Harue Le Pon-sensei's series published by Princess Comics premieres AND ends this 30 June. But as I can't seem to find any synopsis to adapt, you'll just have to be satisfied with the second tankou cover until I actually get paws on the thing. And based on that cover alone, this duology is a sure GET!)

Edited after finishing the series (sinu-san no tameni) :

If you liked Tanaka Meca-sensei's Sweet God (Sailor Fuku ni Onegai!), I think you will appreciate Mokke Guardian from Heaven which, it turns out, is about school girl Kaoru and her guardian god Mokke. Each chapter is a GOTW—God of the Week; throughout the series they meet other deities who give them both a hard time. (In this it's a bit shounen-y, but with Kaoru's unswerving lurve for rock star cum temple heir Komae, there's no shortage of shoujo conventions here.)

I also note that you have to be in a certain generous mood to get into Mokke, but trust me, after you get past his Stop it, you'll get me dirty!! fastidiousness (which almost made me want to give up on the sissy god), you'll enjoy it.

Let me repeat this warning though: it's not as shoujo-ey as other shoujo series. That is to say, you might find some questions unresolved (and want more than the two volumes) and it's not as warm and fluffy as other shoujo manga. (I'm referring to Shogakukan titles here). Hmmm... all these impressions make me want to write a review now...

Meanwhile, for those following the .hack meta franchise, specifically the .hack//G.U. series of PS2 games that takes place post the .hack//Roots anime, you can look forward to the first volume of .hack//G.U.+ by Morita Yuzuka- and Hamazaki Tatsuya-sensei.

Finally, the fourth new manga for 30 June is Jin Gai, a standalone from Nakamura Rie-sensei. There's likewise no synopsis available for this manga, but going by the JAMBIC (Judging a Manga By Its Cover) directive (not to mention it's by the J-Boy manga-ka), another definite GET!

m&c! manga and manhwa (2009.06.30)

Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.

  1. [Premiere] .hack//G.U.+ 1 of 5+ by Morita Yuzuka and Hamazaki Tatsuya
  2. .hack//G.U.+ 1

    .hack//G.U.+.hack//G.U.+
    by Morita Yuzuka and Hamazaki Tatsuya
    Kadokawa Shoten .hack//The World, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.06
    Published in English by TOKYOPOP (volume 5 street date: 2009.09.01)
    Manga still ongoing, but g.u.+ novels are complete

    Related series: .hack//AI Buster (novel; prequel) · .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu (prequel) · .hack//Link (sequel) · Side stories: .hack//4 koma · .hack//Alcor · .hack//GnU

  3. [Premiere] Electric Daisy (Dengeki Daisy) 1 of 5+ by Motomi Kyousuke
  4. G-School 7 of 9+ by Son ChangHo and Kim ByeongCheol
  5. G-스쿨 07

    G-SchoolG-스쿨
    by Son ChangHo and Kim ByeongCheol
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, sonyun
    Volume 7 first published in Korea 2006.09

  6. Holy Crystal Albatross (Seikesshou Albatross) 4 of 5 by Wakaki Tamiki
  7. 聖結晶アルバトロス 4

    Seikesshou Albatross聖結晶アルバトロス
    by Wakaki Tamiki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2006.11

  8. [New] Jin Gai by Nakamura Rie
  9. JIN-GAI

    JIN-GAIJIN-GAI 」 by Nakamura Rie
    Akita Shoten Princess Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2002.02

  10. [Premiere] Mokke Guardian from Heaven (Mokke no Kamisama) 1 of 2 by Harue Le Pon
  11. モッケの神様 1

    Mokke no Kamisamaモッケの神様
    by Harue Le Pon
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.06

  12. [New] Mokke Guardian from Heaven (Mokke no Kamisama) 2 of 2 by Harue Le Pon [Finale]
  13. モッケの神様 2

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2008.01

  14. My Heavenly Hockey Club (Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club) 11 of 12+ by Morinaga Ai
  15. 極楽・青春ホッケー部 11

    Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club
    極楽・青春ホッケー部 」 by Morinaga Ai
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2008.11
    Published in English by Del Rey (volume 9 street date: 2009.07.28)

  16. Pure Love Kamikaze Captain (Jun'ai Tokkou Taichou!) 10 of 12+ by Seino Shizuru
  17. 純愛特攻隊長! 10

    Jun'ai Tokkou Taichou!純愛特攻隊長!
    by Seino Shizuru
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2008.07
    Published in English as Love Attack by TOKYOPOP (volume 7 street date: 2009.06.09)

  18. [Reprint] Kiss Me With Mint (Mint de Kiss Me) by Watase Yuu
  19. Kiss Me With Mint (m&c!)

    Mint de Kiss MeミントでKiss me
    by Watase Yuu
    Sequel to Suna no Tiara
    Shogakukan Flower Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 1995.01, rereleased 2001.02
    First released in Indonesia 2004.02

Source: Elex Media STO 30 June 2009

NOTES
(1) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
(2) Mint de Kiss Me SRP: IDR 22,500

Don't ask me where the remaining June-slated SALAD DAYS are; I'm just following the Elex STO here, and I'm as baffled as you as to where those days of inexperienced youth went or why the Kiss Me With Mint reprint tags along with the 30 June stuff, when it should've released last June 10. (I could've sworn I already saw it in the Elex Comic Center over teh weekend... but then again, I could've been delusional.)

As far as continuing series are concerned, G-School volume 7 by Son ChangHo and Kim ByeongCheol finally releases next Tuesday (after a 16-month wait), along with the penultimate Holy Crystal Albatross and latest volumes of My Heavenly Hockey Club (volume 11) and Pure Love Kamikaze Captain (volume 10) that all thankfully didn't frustrate as much as G-School did.

UP NEXT

Level Comics 30 June 2009 manga: Fight!! Ippo 67, 3X3 Eyes 27, Red Eyes 11, and Hellsing 2

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who cherishes hopes that m&c! has/will license Motomi Kyousuke-sensei's Beast Master (it's shorter than Electric Daisy and has already concluded, after all)

disclaimer

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

manga available this week (23-24 June 2009 street dates)

  • 3L Comics manga (6.23): King of Hearts by Yoshino Aki and Midori is a Tomboy (Uwasa no Midori-kun!!) 9
  • Level Comics manga (6.23): Gokusen 8, Master Of Sea 11, Shattered Knife 1 by George Asakura, A Hint of Purple by Saito Chiho
  • Elex Media manga (6.24): C.M.B. 9, Peter Panda 4 of 4, Burning Moon 5 of 5, Rough 12 of 12, Ranma ½ 38 of 38, Ruler of the Land 43, Naughty Cute Girl
  • m&c! manga (6.24): Hai, Miiko! 20, The Good Witch of the West 6, Cherry 32, Love Sign 1, The Lovely Wizard 1, My Very Dear Bad Boy

...and next (30 June 2009 street date)

Elex Media: Ghost Hunt 10, Naruto 44, MÄR 12, Rocket Man 7, Shugo Chara! 5, and Mr. Fullswing 21 among others

related links

m&c June 2009 manga: 60% reprint

other invaluable resources

7&Y · Amazon Japan · Baka-Updates Manga

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Tweaked: 2009.06.27

6 comments:

damonharrison said...

hey there, checked out your blog and really liked it. i'm not trying to be creepy or anything, so sorry if i came off that way, haha. just hoping you could also join my blog, just looking to gather a little following. thanks!

huamulan03 said...

@damonharrison-san,

Hey back atch! Thanks for the props. ^^ Checked out your blog but for some reason, either Google or my spotty connection won't let me follow.

Anyhoo, will try again.

Can I expect a return favor? (Shameless, I know, lol)

Thanks for commenting!

huamulan03 said...

k, mischief managed. ^^

huamulan03 said...

I really recommend Electric Daisy 1 — it's classic Motomi Kyousuke-sensei and volume 1's worth GET!ting even if only for the "It didn't really happen" omake at volume's end.

Meanwhile, you need to be in a certain mood to appreciate Mokke Guardian From Heaven - and it's a good thing I was in this mood when I read it - because it sorta flies in the face of shoujo HEA convention.

huamulan03 said...

This is for sinu-san.

If you liked Tanaka Meca-sensei's Sweet God, I think you will appreciate Mokke Guardian from Heaven (Mokke no Kamisama) which is about a girl and her guardian god Mokke. Each chapter is a GOTW--God of the Week. Throughout the series they meet other deities who give them both a hard time. (In this it's a bit shounen-y.)

I did note in my earlier comment that you have to be in a certain mood to get into Mokke, but trust me, after you get past "Stop it, you'll get me dirty!!" fastidiousness of Mokke (which almost made me want to give up on the sissy god), you'll enjoy it.

Just a warning though: it's not as shoujo-ey as other shoujo series. That is to say, you might find some questions unresolved (and want more than the two volumes) and it's not as warm and fluffy as some (I'm referring to Shogakukan manga here).

So in other (long, wasn't it?) words, I recommend (with all above caveats intact): GET! ^^

~niki who's hoping she doesn't lead sinu-san astray...

huamulan03 said...

Also edited the post to add my Mokke impressions for other comers who want to know if this series is a GET!

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