Goong 16, Alive 17, Shinobi Life 3, Not An Angel 5 and 6, Family Game by Karasawa Chiaki (m&c! 2 September 2009 manga and manhwa)


Goong © Park SoHee/Seoul Cultural Publishers

Perhaps it's because Goong's last volume (#15) was released more than a year ago as opposed to Alive's last volume (#16) which went on sale two weeks ago that the reception for the former is, shall we say, warmish.

Which is a pity because Shin has grown some, and the observation made by Twitterer mbeasi-san: that every real issue in Goong can be ultimately summed up with, Shin is an idiot, (that I had to concede with a LOL) had already been nullified by developments in the volumes leading up to 15.

So let me drum up some Ganbare! enthusiasm for Goong here.

Goong 16 by by Park SoHee

When we last left our prince and princess, Chae Kyeong had agreed to divorce her husband so that Shin could keep his crown. Not apprised of his wife's reasons, Shin had promptly resolved to uncover the truth and win Chae Kyeong back.

Will he be able to?

Considering the soonjung manhwa by Park SoHee is still ongoing, I think it's safe to infer that they will continue to be together.

New manga

m&c! is also releasing the Family Game (Kazoku Gokko) shoujo manga by Karasawa Chiaki, originally serialized in LaLa DX. This standalone follows the story of the orphaned Mei. To earn money, Mei agrees to play the eldest daughter of a faux family and live with five total strangers under one roof. [Adapted from Midnight Scans' summary, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

The summaries of Not An Angel (Tenshi ja Nai!!) volumes 5 and 6 are after the manga list.

m&c! manga and manhwa (2009.09.02)

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  1. Alive (Alive - Saishuu Shinka teki Shounen) 17 of 18+ by Kawashima Tadashi and Adachitoka
  2. アライブ 最終進化的少年 17

    Alive - Saishuu Shinka teki Shounen
    アライブ 最終進化的少年
    by Kawashima Tadashi and Adachitoka
    Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2009.02
    Alive - The Final Evolution published in English by Del Rey (volume 8 street date: 2009.11.24)

  3. Aoizaka Baseball Club (Saikyou! Aoizaka Koukou Yakyuubu) 12 of 21+ by Tanaka Motoyuki
  4. 最強!都立あおい坂高校野球部 12

    Saikyou! Aoizaka Koukou Yakyuubu
    by Tanaka Motoyuki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen,
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2007.06

  5. [New] Family Game (Kazoku Gokko) by Karasawa Chiaki
  6. 家族ごっこ。

    Kazoku Gokko家族ごっこ。 by Karasawa Chiaki
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.05

  7. Goong 16 of 20+ by Park SoHee
  8. 궁(宮)16

    Goong궁(宮) 」 by Park SoHee
    Seoul Cultural Wink, soonjung
    Volume 16 first published in Korea 2007.11
    Goong: The Royal Palace published in English by Yen Press (volume 6 street date: 2009.09.15)

  9. Kirarin Revolution 11 of 14 by Nakahara An
  10. きらりん☆レボリューション 11

    Kirarin Revolutionきらりん☆レボリューション 」 by Nakahara An
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2008.01
    Main story: Kirarin Revolution: Tokubetsuhen

  11. Monika (Turma da Mônica) 126 by Mauricio (Mauricio de Sousa Produções)
  12. Not An Angel (Tenshi ja Nai!!) 5 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
  13. 天使じゃない!! 5

    Tenshi ja Nai!!天使じゃない!!
    by Shigematsu Takako
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2005.05
    Tenshi ja Nai!! published in English by Go! Comi (eight volumes)

  14. Not An Angel (Tenshi ja Nai!!) 6 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
  15. 天使じゃない!! 6

    Tenshi ja Nai!!天使じゃない!!
    by Shigematsu Takako
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2005.09
    Tenshi ja Nai!! published in English by Go! Comi (eight volumes)

  16. Shinobi Life 3 of 7+ by Conami Shoko
  17. シノビライフ 3

    Shinobi Lifeシノビライフ
    by Conami Shoko
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.08
    Published in English by TOKYOPOP (volume 3 street date: 2009.11.03)


(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 2 September 2009 (release schedule) and m&c! (reissue covers)
(2) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

Synopses continued...

Not An Angel 5
Tenshi ja Nai!!天使じゃない!! 」 by Shigematsu Takako

To cheer up Hikaru whose relationship with Ayase-sensei seems to be floundering, Izumi invites her to Kyoto while he's filming a movie. Pest Kurobe is again in evidence, and this time, he might really uncover Izumi's secret!

The above and below summaries have been adapted from Go! Comi's for the same volumes (here and here)

Not An Angel 6

Nope, Izumi's real identity is safe, but Hikaru's relationship with him might not be!

I will tweak this with my speculations for Shinobi Life 3, after I finish volume 2.

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who now misses Kagetora and Beni


Level Comics 2 September 2009 manga: Death's Notice (Ikigami) 1 by Mase Motoro · xxxHOLiC 4 · AirGear 7 · Fly, Daddy, Fly! 1 by Kaneshiro Kazuki & Akishige Manabu · Attack 1 by Oshima Tsukasa · RED (Living On The Edge) 19 of 19


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

manga available this week (26 August 2009 street date)

  • Elex Media: Naruto 45 · Otomen 6 · MÄR 13 · Tokkyu!! 2 · Rocket Man 9 · A Promise About Glass Shoe 2 of 2 · Shonen Star 56 · My Adorable Fatty Girl 5
  • Level Comics: Rainbow 13 · Love Affair 3 · Little Jumper 5 · Vagabond 29 · ARMS 14 · Smurf Hitam · Michel Vaillant - The Great Challenge
  • m&c!: Venus Capriccio 3 · Special A 13 and 14 · W Juliet II 2 of 2 · Song of Love 2 · Watase Yuu's Manga Manual Manga Yuugi · Love Me, Love Me Not 1 by Tachibana Yutaka

...and next (2 September 2009 street date)

Elex Media: Pandora Hearts 1 · The Ruler of Nabari 1 · One Piece 52 · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 10 · School Rumble 2 · HanaLaLa 41 · Nakayoshi Lovely ~ Grapes

other invaluable resources

7&Y · Amazon Japan · Baka-Updates Manga · manaworld.com · libro.co.kr

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