Pandora Hearts © Mochizuki Jun/Square Enix
Upon coming of age, ducal heir Oz Vessalius is thrown into a sempiternal prison known as the Abyss for crimes unknown. Fate conspires to have him meet Alice, an Abyss denizen. Can the pair escape continued confinement in the Abyss in Mochizuki Jun's shounen fantasy manga Pandora Hearts?
Elex finally releases the first of the GFantasy manga that were supposed to premiere in August. The second (sorry, you'll have to wait s'more for Ciel and Sebastian) is The Ruler of Nabari or Nabari no Ou.
Rokujo Miharu is no normal junior high student, and it's not just because of his spectacular indifference to the world at large; within Miharu dwells Shinra Banshou, the strongest Hijutsu ever created by the Nabari (the Shinobi world). This oddity paints a bulls-eye on Miharu and he is targeted by an Iga ninja group, the Kairoushuu, who covet the Hijutsu. But Miharu is not alone in facing his pursuers: his English teacher Kumohira and classmate Kouichi are shinobi sworn to protect him.
Caught between the clashing Fuuma and Iga ninja, Miharu must take up the mantle of the ruler of Nabari, if he is at all going to survive and more importantly, return to his life of apathy.
In ＯＮＥ ＰＩＥＣＥ ５２,
Roger and Rayleigh, the Marines go after the Straw Hats for having attacked a Celestial Dragon. Even new pirates get into the act. Shabondy Island becomes a sea of fire, especially when Kizaru, a Marine admiral who has effectively dispatched the pirates who had assisted the Straw Hats, makes his appearance. [With additions from Wikipedia]
The latest HanaLaLa (volume 41) sees the debut of Kurinoki Maaya as a competitive figure skater, partnered by pro skater Kano Shun, who unfortunately blows cold about the entire thing in Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya (Hana-Kimi manga-ka).
(That Nakajo Hisaya-sensei created Sugar Princess, as well as putting me in mind of The Cutting Edge, the 1992 movie that remains one of my favorite ice skating romances of all time, only heightens the angsticipation.)
Meanwhile, the sixth volume of Nakayoshi Lovely — Nakayoshi Lovely ~ Grapes — also releases on the 2nd. Although Naka Lovely is supposed to be an anthology of Kodansha shoujo one-shots, this issue features the continuation of Cocoa! by Kashiwagi Shiho, the story of Tsubame who goes to a school polarized into regular and celebrity divisions, and who runs into male model Chio. [Adapted from Nagareboshi Manga's summary, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]
More on the other Naka Lovely stories: Spring Love by Takagami Yuriko, Junior High Debut! by Minazuki Shin, and Starving by Ippo Sakuya in a separate post.
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- Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 19 of 23+ by Aoyama Gosho
- Doraemon Comic Quiz 6 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Doraemon Pika-Pika 12 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Eat-Man 14 of 19 by Yoshitomi Akihito
- InuYasha 45 of 56 by Takahashi Rumiko
- One Piece 52 of 55+ by Oda Eiichiro
- [Premiere] Pandora Hearts 1 of 9+ by Mochizuki Jun
- Reborn Kumiho (Shin Gumiho) 16 of 21 by Han HyunDong
- [Premiere] The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 1 of 11+ by Kamatani Yuhki
- Ruler of The Land (Yul Hyul Kang Ho) 44 of 49+ by Jeon KeukJin and Yang JaeHyun
- School Rumble 2 of 22 by Kobayashi Jin
- SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 10 of 25+ by Hinata Takeshi
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 10 of 27+ by CLAMP
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 2 September 2009 (release schedule) and Komikologi August 2009 (synopses, except where noted)
(2) Detective Conan Seri Animasi TV 19 SRP: IDR 28,800; Doraemon Pika-Pika 12 SRP: IDR 13,500
(3) are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 19 of 23+
Meitantei Conan by Aoyama Gosho
During a gathering organized by a video game company, Conan encounters a mysterious man in black — who just might be connected with the MIBs who shrunk his body.
I think this is based on the episode,
A Game Company's Murder Case. [See: Detective Conan: A Game Company's Murder Case episode on TV.com ]
「 ＥＡＴ－ＭＡＮ 」 by Yoshitomi Akihito
The Kirk Company offers all the adventurers in town the chance to be on its payroll. Whoever resists the invitation will either be forced to join, or be killed. The Kirk Company has its eye on Wolfstar, an adventurer who frequently helps the townspeople, and captures him. Bolt is given the mission to rescue Wolfstar.
「 犬夜叉 」 by Takahashi Rumiko
The Wiki summary below already does such a good, clear job of summing up this volume (containing chapters 439 to 448).
Naraku uses a jewel shard to revive and absorb Youmeiju, a tree that destroys barriers and absorbs youkai.
Koga fights despite knowing that because of Midoriko's will, his legs won't move in battle. Mouryomaru absorbs Naraku, merging the Shikon jewel inside, and takes the shards from Koga's legs. Naraku reappears inside Mouryomaru and uses the Youmeiju's ability to absorb Akago, Naraku's heart.
The Yourouzoku's elders help Koga escape at the last moment, exposing Naraku's heart. Miroku tries to consume it with the wind tunnel, even at the price of his life, but Inuyasha stops him and Naraku runs away. Kikyo purifies the miasma inside Miroku's body.
Anything I cranked out from the blurb in Komikologi September will have been so much bleh, so I spared you.
School Rumble 2
「 Ｓｃｈｏｏｌ Ｒｕｍｂｌｅ 」 by Kobayashi Jin
Kenji sinks into depression after seeing Tenma with someone else during lunch break. What else to do but channel his woes into a manga of his creation? For her part, Tenma decides to conquer cooking—and escape burning the house down while she's at it.
[Adapted from the Amazon summary of the same volume (Del Rey edition)]
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE 10
「 ツバサ 」 by CLAMP
The battle between the gods Ashura and Yasha draws to its close. What will the outcome mean for future generations? Syaoran and friends can only guess before continuing their collection of Princess Sakura's memory-feathers.
[Adapted from the summaries of Chuang Yi and Del Rey (via Amazon) for the same volume]
Sugar Princess © Nakajo Hisaya/Hakusensha
Kurinoki Maaya performs a double Axel at her local ice skating rink. It shouldn't have invited the awe of spectators, except this is her first attempt at the figure skating jump. One of the witnesses to Maaya's exceptional feat, coach Todo Eishi, offers Maaya the chance to transform into a skating
princess and skate competitively, in tandem with the
Sparkling Prince Kano Shun.
Unfortunately for Maaya, Shun prefers to go solo!
Kyaaa~! Sparks (not ouji sparkles) are gonna fly, definitely!!
- Stories 66 and 67 of Alice Academy by Higuchi Tachibana
- 40-page Chapter 20 of Arakure by Fujiwara Kiyo
- [Premiere] Perjalanan Keliling Dunia Mr. ERMINE (Shokoku Manyu Okojosan) by Uno Ayumi
Also in serialization:
- Darling by Uno Ayumi
- Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari
- Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki
- La Corda D'Oro by Kure Yuki
- Mr. ERMINE - Si Penguasa (Okojo-banchou) by Uno Ayumi
- Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco
- Penguin Revolution by Tsukuba Sakura
- Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki
- Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri
- V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri
- With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari
Highlights of Issue 6:
- Spring Love by Takagami Yuriko
- Junior High Debut! by Minazuki Shin
- Cocoa! Part II by Kashiwagi Shiho
- Starving by Ippo Sakuya
Because Elex was generous enough to provide hefty synopses of these four, they're getting their own post.
UP NEXT: More 2 September 2009 manga
Level Comics: 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
m&c!: Goong 16 · Alive 17 · Not An Angel 3-4 · Family Game by Karasawa Chika · Shinobi Life 3 · Nube 21-36 (reissue)
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who thought, for a while there, that this post would never finish
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
related monthly schedules
Elex August 2009 manga: Premiering six new titles - Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji by Toboso Yana) · Pandora Hearts (Mochizuki Jun) · Project X: Seven Eleven · The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou by Kamatani Yuhki) · School Rumble (Kobayashi Jin) · The Tyr Chronicles (Tireujeongi or Try Electricity by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo)
other invaluable resources
manga, manhwa, Elex Media, HanaLaLa, Nakayoshi Lovely, Nakayoshi Lovely ~ Grapes, seinen, shoujo, shounen, sonyun, Ahiru no Sora, Doraemon, Doraemon Pika-Pika, Eat-Man, InuYasha, Meitantei Conan, Nabari no Ou, One Piece, Pandora Hearts, Reborn Kumiho, The Ruler of Nabari, Ruler of the Land, School Rumble, Shin Gumiho, Tsubasa, Yul Hyul Kang Ho