7.05.2009

Sora Flight Attendant - Level Comics's newest seinen series (July 2009 upcoming manga)

Edited to include manga releasing on 29 July 2009

バガボンド 28

Vagabond © Inoue Takehiko/
Kodansha

Level Comics was probably hedging its bets when it submitted its upcoming manga list for the July Komikologi. The most risk-averse of lists included 15 titles already weekly-scheduled in June — some (*cough*BladeofImmortal4*cough*) even streeting as early as May.

July 2009 "Executive Summary"

After culling the already DONE!, 20 manga are scheduled for July. This includes the should've released way back in November Last Inning volume 2 and the haven't seen that series since January Love Affair or Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta (volume 3). « Edit | And it looks like these two will have to wait again for a schedule.

New manga

Another standalone from Yoshimura AkemiBad Guy (Warui Otoko)—and another SORA, this one by Yajima Masao and Hikino Shinji (the other is the shounen manga Ahiru no Sora or SORA - The Wingless Duck; published by Elex). Kubonouchi Eisaku's Chocolat is also expected to reach stores in July.

Chocolat depicts a former Yakuza boss' new life after opening a shop that sells cakes no one seems to want to buy. Bad Guy deals with the descent into unhappiness (and presumably the climb back up to Happy Even After) of Harumi, whose complacency over her "ideal" married life fractures when hubby's ex reappears on the scene. Meanwhile, in the seinen drama Sora Flight Attendant, the eponymous Sora is an air crew member working for Sky Dream Airlines. What she's best known for: a leaky tap. (Yup, our Sora is a crybaby.)

Series Finales

With the Coming Soon volume 13, Yamamoto Yasuhito's seinen boxing manga AKU (Boku) ends, as does the shoujo Little Devil Café (Koakuma Café) by Oda Aya.

Level Comics manga (July 2009)

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  1. 3X3 Eyes (Sazan Eyes) volume 27 of 40 by Takada Yuzo « 6.30
  2. Sazan Eyes3×3EYES 」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 27 first published in Japan 1998.01
    English version by Dark Horse Comics dropped after eight volumes

  3. AKU (Boku) 13 of 13 by Yamamoto Yasuhito [Finale]
  4. Boku 」 by Yamamoto Yasuhito
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2002.07

  5. [New] Bad Guy (Warui Otoko) by Yoshimura Akemi « 7.07
  6. Warui Otoko悪い男 by Yoshimura Akemi
    Shogakukan Flower Comics, josei
    This volume first published in Japan 2002.08

  7. [Premiere] Chocolat 1 of 7 by Kubonouchi Eisaku « 7.28
  8. Chocolatショコラ 」 by Kubonouchi Eisaku
    Shogakukan Young Sunday and Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2000.05

  9. Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) 7 of 11+ by Matsushita Yoko
  10. Yami no Matsuei闇の末裔 」 by Matsushita Yoko
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1999.05
    Series on hiatus at 11 volumes
    Published in English by VIZ Media (11 volumes)

  11. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 68 of 88+ by Morikawa Joji « 7.14
  12. Last Inning 2 of 22+ by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu
  13. Last Inningラストイニング 」 by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu, Kiyshi Kato
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2004.07

  14. Little Devil Café (Koakuma Café) 4 of 4 by Oda Aya [Finale]
  15. Koakuma Café小悪魔カフェ 」 by Oda Aya
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2006.09

  16. Love Affair (Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta) 3 of 7+ by Miyasaka Kaho
  17. Magister Negi Magi (Mahou Sensei Negima!) 19 of 26+ by Akamatsu Ken « 7.21
  18. Mahou Sensei Negima!魔法先生ネギま! 」 by Akamatsu Ken
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 19 first published in Japan 2007.07
    Published in English by Del Rey (volume 23 street date: 2009.07.07) and Chuang Yi (21 volumes, ongoing)

  19. Over Rev 7 of 31 by Yamaguchi Katsumi « 7.28
  20. Over Rev!オーバーレブ! 」 by Yamaguchi Katsumi
    AKA Over Rev! A legend of ultimate hot rodder
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1998.10

  21. Psychometrist Eiji (Psychometrer Eiji) 5 of 25 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi « 7.07
  22. Rainbow 12 of 20+ by Abe George and Kakizaki Masasumi « 7.07
  23. Red Eyes 11 of 13+ by Shindo Jun « 6.30
  24. [Premiere] Sora Flight Attendant (SORA! -Flight Attendant Monogatari-) 1 of 5 by Yajima Masao & Hikino Shinji
  25. SORA! -Flight Attendant Monogatari-SORA!‐フライト・アテンダント物 」 by Yajima Masao & Hikino Shinji
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.03

  26. Team Medical Dragon 9 of 20+ by Nogizaka Taro and Nagai Akira
  27. Tokyo Juliet 7 of 13 by Kitagawa Miyuki « 7.14
  28. Tokyo Juliet東京ジュリエット 」 by Kitagawa Miyuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1997.12
    Series re-released in six volumes in 2002

  29. Tokyo Juliet 8 of 13 by Kitagawa Miyuki
  30. Tokyo Juliet東京ジュリエット 」 by Kitagawa Miyuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1998.03
    Series re-released in six volumes in 2002

  31. Vagabond 28 of 30+ by Inoue Takehiko « 7.28
  32. Vagabondバガボンド 」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 28 first published in Japan 2008.05
    Published in English by VIZ Media (volume 29 street date: 2009.05.19) and Chuang Yi (16 volumes, ongoing)

  33. Yugo the Negotiator 18 of 22 by Akana Shu and Makari Shinji
  34. Yugo勇午 」 by Akana Shu and Makari Shinji
    Kodansha Afternoon and Evening, seinen
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2002.04
    Side story: Yugo: Shimokita Hantouhen

Already released (Dupes)

  1. 3X3 Eyes (Sazan Eyes) volume 26 of 40 by Takada Yuzo « 6.02
  2. Sazan Eyes3×3EYES 」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 26 first published in Japan 1997.08

  3. Blade of Immortal (Mugen no Juunin) 4 of 24+ by Samura Hiroaki « 5.26
  4. Mugen no Juunin無限の住人 」 by Samura Hiroaki
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 1995.10
    Published in English by Dark Horse (volume 21 street date: 2009.07.15)

  5. Feverish Girl (Binetsu Shoujo) 6 of 10 by Miyasaka Kaho « 6.23
  6. Binetsu Shoujo微熱少女 」 by Miyasaka Kaho
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2000.05
    Re-released in five volumes in 2006

  7. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 66 of 88+ by Morikawa Joji « 6.02
  8. Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩 」 by Morikawa Joji
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 66 first published in Japan 2003.09

  9. Glass Chair (Garasu no Isu) 2 of 8 by Nakamura Mariko « 6.16
  10. Garasu no Isuガラスの椅子 」 by Nakamura Mariko
    Kodansha Be Love, josei
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2005.04

  11. [New] Grass Crown (Kusakanmuri no Namae) by Yoshimura Akemi « 6.02
  12. Kusakanmuri no Namae草冠の名前 」 by Yoshimura Akemi
    Shogakukan Flower Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.08

  13. Haruka 17 v6 of 19 by Yamazaki Sayaka « 6.16
  14. Haruka 17はるか17 」 by Yamazaki Sayaka
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2005.05

  15. [Premiere] A Hint of Purple (Honoka ni Purple) 1 of 3 by Saito Chiho « 6.23
  16. Honoka ni Purpleほのかにパープル 」 by Saito Chiho
    Shogakukan Flower Comics, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 1985.12

  17. Love & Collage (Ai Kora) 7 of 12 by Inoue Kazurou « 6.02
  18. Ai Koraあいこら 」 by Inoue Kazurou
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2007.04

  19. [Premiere] Shattered Knife (Oboreru Knife) 1 of 7+ by George Asakura « 6.23
  20. Oboreru Knife溺れるナイフ 」 by George Asakura
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.03

  21. [Premiere] Strange Tales of Tokyo (Toukei Ibun) 1 of 4 by Kajiwara Niki and Ono Fuyumi « 6.16
  22. Toukei Ibun東亰異聞 」 by Kajiwara Niki and Ono Fuyumi
    Gentousha Comic Birz, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.04

  23. [Premiere] To Be Beautiful (Kirei ni Naritai!) 1 of 6 by Yorita Miyuki « 5.26
  24. Kirei ni Naritai!キレイになりたい! 」 by Yorita Miyuki
    Kodansha KC Dessert, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 1999.11

  25. Tokyo Juliet 6 of 13 by Kitagawa Miyuki « 6.23
  26. Tokyo Juliet東京ジュリエット 」 by Kitagawa Miyuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 1997.09
    Series re-released in six volumes in 2002

  27. Vagabond 27 of 30+ by Inoue Takehiko « 6.09
  28. Vagabondバガボンド 」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 27 first published in Japan 2007.11

  29. Yugo the Negotiator 17 of 21 by Akana Shu and Makari Shinji « 5.26
  30. Yugo勇午 」 by Akana Shu and Makari Shinji
    Afternoon and Evening, seinen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2001.09
    Side story: Yugo: Shimokita Hantouhen

NOTE
(1) Source: July 2009 Komikologi Elex
(2) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

Manga paw-printed Must-Have

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AKU 13 of 13 · Bad Guy · Love Affair 3 · Rainbow 12 · Sora Flight Attendant 1 · Yugo the Negotiator 18

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who, despite the terror that should be induced by your flight attendant crying rivers, is itching to GET! Sora. (That cengeng/wimp description actually intrigues, if not downright endears and... should I be admitting this? *sweatdrop*)

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