Ahiru no Sora © Hinata Takeshi/Kodansha
While I'm clueless over whether Kurumatani Sora actually weighs 44.4520523 kg, I do know he's supposed to be short on cm but tall on dreams of making it in basketball.
heart this jammies-wearing cover of SORA - The Wingless Duck 8 so much that I had to lead with it for this Elex manga release. Not that I actually read the series, and what I know of the plot can be summed up as close to (theoretical) absolute zero.
Additionally, while I'm clueless over whether the eponymous Sora actually weighs 44.4520523 kg (98 lbs.), I do know he's supposed to be short on cm but tall on dreams of making it in basketball. The underdog overtones alone should be sufficient to provoke a read and who knows? Maybe I'll start next week and work my way up to Does he drink milk by the dam? volume 8.
Speaking of underdogs — or perhaps more appropriately, dark horses — brings me to Kobayakawa Sena and Eyeshield 21 volume 28, which actually cops the Most Wanted shounen manga honor for this sked. With the prospect of the absurdly strong Gao Rikiya wreaking major mayhem, is that any surprise?
Comic Bomber 13 of 13 [Finale]
As the story of the controversial manga-ka Hono Moyuru (and friends) ends, Hero grows some and resigns from Studio Hono to start a new career in another magazine. Per predictable, the road to pro-dom is never easy.
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- Comic Bomber (Hoero Pen) 13 of 13 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko [Finale]
- Eyeshield 21 v28 of 37 by Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yusuke
- Ghost Sweeper Mikami (GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!) 34 of 39 by Shiina Takashi
- Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 12 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- New Legenda Naga (Ryuurouden: Chuugen Ryouranhen) 3 of 5+ by Yamahara Yoshito
- The Pitcher (Nanto Magoroku) 69 of 70+ by Sadayasu Kei
- SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 8 of 24+ by Hinata Takeshi
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 22 July 2009 (release schedule) and Komikologi July 2009 (synopses).
(2) are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
Shiro and allies triumph at the battle at Dang, thanks to help from the 300 dragon forces. But it's too early to celebrate as the enemy rallies; five thousand soldiers, led by the notorious general Liu Sun, breach the gate. With the dragon forces weakened from the previous fight, their only hope lies with the game plan concocted by military genius Shi Yuan.
The Japanese mass media is in a frenzy after Misaki announces to the world how much he loves Mizutani Kazuki. Meanwhile, interhigh starts and the boxing hopefuls have faces as cuddly as gangsters'. Satoyama — FIGHT-O!
Other Shonen Star serials:
Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto Shinryoujo by Yamada Takatoshi · Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow · Kurozakuro by Natsume Yoshinori · Look Up! (Miagete Goran) by Kusaba Michiteru · MÄR by Anzai Nobuyuki · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi
m&c! 22 July 2009 manga: Shinobi Life 1 by Conami Shoko, Sweet Black by Nishikata Mai, My Cinderella (Watashi no Cinderella) by Kawase Natsuna, Gift Under the Rainbow by MOONSTONE & Yukiwo
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
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manga available this week (14-15 July 2009 street dates)
- Level Comics (7.14): Fight!! Ippo 68 and Tokyo Juliet 7
- Elex Media (7.15): Yotsuba&! 8, Rocket Man 8, Alice Academy 11, La Corda D'Oro 1, The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) 1 by Irie Kenzo & Hashiguchi Takashi
- m&c! (7.15): Bleach 13, Alive 15, Happy Café 10, Not an Angel (Tenshi Ja Nai!) 1-2 by Shigematsu Takako, Archlord 6 of 6, Battle Story Rockman Exe 4 of 4
...and next (21 July 2009 street date)
Level Comics (7.21): Magister Negi Magi 19 (Yes, only one Level manga)
Elex Media July 2009 manga: Premiering I Hate You The Most (Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai) by Hidaka Banri, La Corda D'Oro by Kure Yuki, A Promise About Glass Shoe by Selena Lin, Tokkyu!! by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro, and Uzumajin by Ohse Yoshio
other invaluable resources
manga, Elex Media, Shonen Star, seinen, shounen, Ahiru no Sora, Comic Bomber, Eyeshield 21, Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Hoero Pen, KATSU!, Nanto Magoroku, New Legenda Naga, Ryuurouden: Chuugen Ryouranhen, Urusei Yatsura