8.31.2009

Upcoming manga: Hana-Kimi finishes, Barairo My Honey, Triple Kiss, and Karasuma Kyouko no Jikenbo - among others - premiere (Level's September 2009 schedule)

Updated with the 30 September 2009 manga

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Barairo My Honey © Ohmi Tomu/
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All systems green and no weather days permitting, we should be getting the series finale to Nakajo Hisaya's Hana-Kimi manga this September 2009.

I can still remember the +90-dB Kyaaa!s and Finally! smugness that attended Level's first release of this a-dowable series back in 2006 — when the imprint was still based in Surabaya, and now, it's time to bid Sano x Mizuki bah-ha-hai... (with Level now housed in Palmerah.)

September 2009 "Executive Summary"

Twenty-eight manga have been tentatively scheduled for September 2009 (according to Komikologi), 12 of them series premieres, two of which—Jio by Kishimoto Seishi and Sora Flight Attendant by Yajima Masao & Hikino Shinji—were inherited from the past months.

The rest of the new manga

A josei and shoujo manga have me specifically breaking out into hyperventilation: Barairo My Honey by Ohmi Tomu that Level is releasing retitled My Lovely Honey and Triple Kiss by Shimaki Ako.

My Lovely Honey by Ohmi Tomu
Originally serialized in Petit Comic, Barairo My Honey by Ohmi Tomu stars printing company employee Koume who has a date with destiny — in the guise of a tiger! [From Aerandria Scans' summary]

Am telling you now, this three-volume series is chou romachikku! I actually prefer it to the more popular Midnight Secretary that Ohmi-sensei also created (though I wouldn't mind if Level also releases the latter).

Triple Kiss by Shimaki Ako
Meanwhile, Triple Kiss by Shimaki Ako (Gekka no Kimi manga-ka) is apparently a rabu triangle story. Yukino fell in love with a boy who promised her that they will meet again if she remains a good girl; transfer student Seiji seems to fit that first love's profile, but another guy Hikaru claims to have the same memory.

After a hiccup with Shimaki Ako-sensei's Mucha Kucha Daisuki (that Elex released as Crazy for You), I've loved what I've read of Shimaki-sensei's works. Am hoping Triple Kiss, originally serialized in Cheese! will top the anthology Suki ni Naru Made Matte AKA Please Wait Until I Fall In Love, which is currently my Shimaki Ako bar.

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So even if Level didn't, am paw-printing these two series as Must-Haves. « Edit: Neither of these manga are releasing in September.

New manga blah-blah continued after the manga list.

Level Comics manga (September 2009)

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  1. 3X3 Eyes (Sazan Eyes) volume 28 of 40 by Takada Yuzo « 9.09
  2. 3X3 Eyes3×3EYES 」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 28 first published in Japan 1998.06
    English version by Dark Horse Comics dropped after eight volumes

  3. [Premiere] Attack!! 1 of 10+ by Oshima Tsukasa « 9.02
  4. Attack!!アタック!! 」 by Oshima Tsukasa
    Shinchosha Comic bunch, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.04

  5. Basara 11 of 27 by Tamura Yumi
  6. BasaraBASARA 」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Flowers, shoujo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 1994.03
    Re-released in 15 bunko volumes
    Basara published in English by VIZ Media (27 volumes)

  7. [Premiere] Cesare 1 of 7+ by Souryo Fuyumi « 9.16
  8. Cesareチェーザレ 破壊の創造者 」 by Souryo Fuyumi
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.10

  9. Chocolat 2 of 7 by Kubonouchi Eisaku
  10. Chocolatショコラ 」 by Kubonouchi Eisaku
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2000.08

  11. Death's Notice (Ikigami) 2 of 7+ by Mase Motoro
  12. Ikigamiイキガミ 」 by Mase Motoro
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2006.04
    Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit published in English by VIZ Media (volume 2 street date: 2009.08.11)

  13. Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) 8 of 12+ by Matsushita Yoko
  14. Yami no Matsuei闇の末裔 」 by Matsushita Yoko
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1999.12
    Descendants of Darkness published in English by VIZ Media (11 volumes, ongoing)

  15. Feverish Girl (Binetsu Shoujo) 7 of 10 by Miyasaka Kaho « 9.09
  16. Binetsu Shoujo微熱少女 」 by Miyasaka Kaho
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2000.09
    Re-released in five volumes in 2006

  17. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 71 of 89+ by Morikawa Joji
  18. Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩 」 by Morikawa Joji
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 71 first published in Japan 2004.12

  19. [Premiere] Fly, Daddy, Fly 1 of 2 by Kaneshiro Kazuki and Akishige Manabu « 9.02
  20. Fly, Daddy, Flyフライ,ダディ,フライ
    by Kaneshiro Kazuki and Akishige Manabu
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.05
    Related series: Revolution No.3 (prequel) · Speed (sequel)

  21. For You in Full Blossom (Hana-Kimi) 23 of 23 by Nakajo Hisaya [Finale] « 9.16
  22. Hanazakari no Kimitachi e花ざかりの君たちへ 」 by Nakajo Hisaya
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 23 first published in Japan 2004.11
    Series re-released as aizōban (collector's editions) in 2007
    Hana-Kimi published in English by VIZ Media (23 volumes)

  23. Glass Chair (Garasu no Isu) 3 of 8 by Nakamura Mariko
  24. Garasu no Isuガラスの椅子 」 by Nakamura Mariko
    Kodansha Be Love, josei
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2005.08

  25. Hotaru's Light (Hotaru no Hikari) 8 of 15 by Hiura Satoru
  26. Hotaru no Hikariホタルノヒカリ 」 by Hiura Satoru
    AKA It's Only Little Light in My Life
    Kodansha Kiss, josei
    Volume 8 first published in Japan in 2007.04

  27. [Premiere] Jio (666 Satan) 1 of 19 by Kishimoto Seishi « 9.16
  28. 666 Satan666~サタン~ 」 by Kishimoto Seishi
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.12
    Published in English as O-Parts Hunter by VIZ Media (volume 17 street date: 2009.08.11)

  29. [Premiere] Kyoko Karasuma's Case Files (Karasuma Kyouko no Jikenbo) 1 of 7+ by Hiroi Ouji and Kozaki Yusuke « 9.30
  30. Karasuma Kyouko no Jikenbo烏丸響子の事件簿
    by Hiroi Ouji and Kozaki Yusuke
    AKA Kyoko Karasuma - Detective of the Asakusa Police Department
    Gentousha Comic BIRZ, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2003.09

  31. Life 16 of 20 by Suenobu Keiko « 9.16
  32. LIFEライフ 」 by Suenobu Keiko
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 16 first published in Japan 2007.09
    LIFE published in English by TOKYOPOP (volume 9 street date: 2008.06.10)

  33. [Premiere] My Lovely Honey (Barairo My Honey) 1 of 3 by Ohmi Tomu
  34. Barairo My Honey薔薇色myハニー 」 by Ohmi Tomu
    Shogakukan Petit Comic, josei
    Volume 1 first published in Japan in 2005.10

  35. [Premiere] Officer Monju (Seigi Keikan Monju) 1 of 8+ by Miyashita Hiroki « 9.30
  36. Seigi Keikan Monju正義警官モンジュ 」 by Miyashita Hiroki
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan in 2005.09

  37. Psychometrist Eiji (Psychometrer Eiji) 7 of 25 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi
  38. Red Eyes 12 of 13+ by Shindo Jun
  39. red Eyesred Eyes 」 by Shindo Jun
    Kodansha Magazine GREAT and Magazine E-no, shounen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2008.02

  40. [Premiere] Shadow Skill 1 of 5+ by Okada Megumu
  41. Shadow SkillSHADOW SKILL 」 by Okada Megumu
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.09

  42. [Premiere] SORA! (SORA! Flight Attendant Monogatari) 1 of 5 by Yajima Masao & Hikino Shinji « 9.09
  43. 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

  44. A Spirit of The Sun (Taiyou no Mokushiroku) 2 of 17+ by Kawaguchi Kaiji « 9.16
  45. Taiyou no Mokushiroku太陽の黙示録 」 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2003.05

  46. Team Medical Dragon 9 of 20+ by Nogizaka Taro and Nagai Akira « 9.30
  47. Tokyo Juliet 9 of 13 by Kitagawa Miyuki
  48. Tokyo Juliet東京ジュリエット 」 by Kitagawa Miyuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1998.06
    Series re-released in six volumes in 2002

  49. [Premiere] Triple Kiss 1 of 2 by Shimaki Ako
  50. Triple KissトリプルKISS 」 by Shimaki Ako
    Shogakukan Cheese!, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2008.02

  51. [Premiere] Zenith (Jinasu - Zenith) 1 of 6 by Yoshida Satoshi « 9.30
  52. Jinasu - Zenithジナス-ZENITH- 」 by Yoshida Satoshi
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.09

  53. [Premiere] Zipang 1 of 41+ by Kawaguchi Kaiji « 9.30
  54. Zipangジパング 」 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.01

NOTE
(1) Source: September 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.

New manga continued...

As you see from the list above, two of the manga premieres are slated to release this 2 September: Attack!! and Fly, Daddy, Fly.

The following are also set to debut: Cesare by Souryo Fuyumi, Kyoko Karasuma's Case Files (Karasuma Kyouko no Jikenbo) by Hiroi Ouji and Kozaki Yusuke, Officer Monju (Seigi Keikan Monju) by Miyashita Hiroki (Level attributes to manga to a Yamashita Hiroki in Komikologi), Shadow Skill by Okada Megumu (the revived version by Kodansha), Zenith (Jinasu - Zenith) by Yoshida Satoshi, and the long-running Zipang by Kawaguchi Kaiji (this seems to be kin to another Kawaguchi Kaiji-sensei manga also scheduled for this September: the second volume of A Spirit of The Sun).

Kyoko Karasuma's Case Files by Hiroi Ouji and Kozaki Yusuke
Karasuma Kyouko no Jikenbo AKA Kyoko Karasuma - Detective of the Asakusa Police Department is a futuristic, supernatural police procedural featuring the sixteen-year-old Kyoko who investigates criminals straight out of Asian myths and legends, Oni and Tengu being just some of her adversaries. [From Baka-Updates Manga's description]

Kozaki Yusuke-sensei, responsible for the character design of Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto and Speed Grapher anime, illustrates the manga still ongoing in Gentousha's Comic BIRZ (in which Saitoh Misaki's Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan, published by Elex Media as Wolf's Sanctuary was also serialized).

Baka-Updates Manga recommends this if you also like Ghost Hunt, Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna, and Amatsuki. And I ♡ do.

Cesare by Souryo Fuyumi
This seinen series by the creator of Mars is based on the story of Cesare Borgia, the Spanish-Italian condottiero, son of Pope Alexander VI, and inspiration and real-life model of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince.

I will babble about the other manga premieres when they actually street.

Continuing series

Most notable: the reappearance of Basara (with volume 11) and A Spirit of The Sun or Taiyou no Mokushiroku (volume 2). Preceding tankou were released 25 November 2008. « Edit: Only A Spirit of The Sun 2 released in September.

Also, unless I was asleep in August (and I don't think I was, beyond the usual physiologically-required), Tokyo Juliet 8 has yet to street. This monthly, however, has Tokyo Juliet 9 in a holding pattern. I'm presuming the eighth will also release this September. « EDIT: Tokyo Juliet 8 released on September 9.

BTW, this represents the fourth appearance of Team Medical Dragon 9 in a monthly listing; it has been present — but not accounted for — since the June sked. « EDIT: Team Medical Dragon 9 is accounted for in the 30 September schedule.

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who also wants Shimaki Ako-sensei's à la Hana-Kimi gender-bending Boku ni Natta Watashi (I Became a Boy)

UP NEXT

Elex Media upcoming manga (September 2009 monthly schedule): Premiering The Bodyguard (Kage Kara Mamoru!) by Achi Taro · Fusui Gakuen by Shouji Haruka · Kampfer by Tsukiji Toshihiko · Prince's Girlfriend (Oujisama no Kanojo) by Aihara Miki

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related links

  • Weekly schedules: 9.02 | 9.09 | 9.16 | 9.30
  • August 2009: Premiering Ikigami · 21st Century Boys · Black Lagoon · Happy Hello Work at Age 21 · Ice Forest · Jio · Life Existence · Tomo'o
  • July 2009: Sora Flight Attendant - Level Comics's newest seinen series
  • June 2009: Premiering Chocolat by Kubonouchi Eisaku and Shattered Knife (Oboreru Knife) by George Asakura, among others

other invaluable resources

7&Y Baka-Updates Manga · Ubook

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