Black Butler 1, Charming Junkie 13, Zig Zag 6, Tokkyu 3, Cross Game 14, Shugo Chara 7, Nakayoshi 72, Bikings 8 of 8 (Elex Media 090909 manga)

黒執事 1

Kuroshitsuji © Toboso Yana/Square Enix

After gazing longingly at the Japanese and traditional Chinese editions in Kinokuniya over the weekend — to the extent I even forgot to grab The Wallflower volume 20 — I will finally be put out of my misery when Elex releases the first volume of Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler. Till next Wednesday then (and probably beyond), you will have to put up with my sporadic Kyaaa~!ing.

So. Kyaaa~! Sebastian!!

Now I don't think you need any extended blurb about this manga, but just in case (because I'm anal like that) — Kuroshitsuji revolves around devilishly perfect (and delish) butler Sebastian Michaelis who, owing to a Faustian contract, serves 12-year old aristocrat Ciel Phantomhive, toy and candy corporation CEO and Queen Victoria's secret agent.

That takes care of the debuting series; as for ending, there's Bikings (volume 8) and My Adorable Fatty Girl (volume 6). Summaries for these two, as well as for continuing series Shugo Chara! (volume 7), A Story of Heroes (volume 27), and The Tyr Chronicles (volume 2), are after the manga list.

This schedule also includes the should've released last May volume 13 of Charming Junkie (Nosatsu Junkie), the genderbending shoujo manga by Fukuyama Ryoko and volume 6 of Nakaji Yuki's flowery Zig*Zag, synopsized below:

Charming Junkie 13 by Fukuyama Ryoko

Jealous over Naka's increasing closeness to Yusa during the project collaboration between brands Rita and Junk, Umi appears before Yusa in guy-guise. Before or after this, Umi receives an offer from Chio to officially represent Heki.

Will Umi accept? And what's going to happen to Umi's relationship with Naka?

Zig*Zag 6 by Nakaji Yuki

Taiyo and Saho's relationship springs up thorns, after Taiyo impulsively kisses Saho during the Flower Festival. Meanwhile, Mitarai eggs Taiyo and Sono on to individually enter the table flower competition.

Who will emerge the victor? The cheerful Taiyo who loves flowers and flower arrangements, or the son of a famous ikebana master Sono?

[Adapted from Chuang Yi's summary for the same volume, with additions from Wikipedia]

Issue 72 of the Indonesian Nakayoshi has specials for Etoo Miyuki's Hell Girl, Toyama Ema's I am Here! (Koko ni Iru yo!), and Kikuta Michiyo's Sweet Lollipop Return! (whose volume 3 also streets on 090909). The featured story, however, is Love Honor or Giri Koi, Yamada Daisy's new serial in NakaGress (my apologies for initially reporting this shoujo title as a one-shot).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2009.09.09)

Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.

  1. Bikings 8 of 8 by Fudo Jun [Finale]
  2. バイキングス 8

    Bikingsバイキングス 」 by Fudo Jun
    Kodansha Gekkan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2008.11

  3. [Premiere] Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 1 of 7+ by Toboso Yana
  4. 黒執事 1

    Kuroshitsuji黒執事 」 by Toboso Yana
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.02
    Also serialized in English in Yen Plus

  5. Charming Junkie (Nosatsu Junkie) 13 of 16 by Fukuyama Ryoko
  6. 悩殺ジャンキー 13

    Nosatsu Junkie悩殺ジャンキー
    by Fukuyama Ryoko
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2008.05
    Nosatsu Junkie published in English by TOKYOPOP (six volumes; further publication postponed)

  7. Cross Game 14 of 16+ by Adachi Mitsuru
  8. クロスゲーム 14

    Cross Gameクロスゲーム 」 by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2009.03

  9. Geobreeders 12 of 15+ by Ito Akihiro
  10. ジオブリーダーズ 12

    Geobreedersジオブリーダーズ 」 by Ito Akihiro
    Shonen Gahosha Young King Ours, seinen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2006.05
    Title formerly picked up for English distribution by CPM (license expired; company has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy)
    Spin-off: Geobreeders AA (Geobreeders Atomic Attack) by Ito Akihiro-sensei and Imakake Isamu-sensei (one volume)

  11. My Adorable Fatty Girl 6 of 6 by Lee HeeJong [Finale]
  12. Sentaro (Pikupiku Sentarou) 33 of 33+ by Nunoura Tsubasa
  13. ぴくぴく仙太郎 33

    Pikupiku Sentarouぴくぴく仙太郎
    by Nunoura Tsubasa
    Kodansha Be Love, josei
    Volume 33 first published in Japan 2009.06

  14. Sexy Simpleton 5 of 8 by Hwang MiRee
  15. Sexy Simpleton섹시한 못난이 」 by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Followed by a 9-volume sequel, New Sexy Simpleton

  16. Shugo Chara! 7 of 9+ by PEACH-PIT
  17. しゅごキャラ! 7

    Shugo Chara!しゅごキャラ! 」 by PEACH-PIT
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2008.07
    Shugo Chara! published in English by Del Rey (volume 7 street date: 2009.09.29)
    Serialized in the Indonesian Nakayoshi

  18. A Story of Heroes (Heroes) 27 of 37 by Choi Mir - Daiwon C.I.
  19. Sweet Lollipop Return! (Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop) 3 of 6 by Kikuta Michiyo
  20. もどって!まもって!ロリポップ 3

    Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop by Kikuta Michiyo
    Sequel to Mamotte! Lollipop
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.07
    Serialized in the Indonesian Nakayoshi

  21. Tokkyu!! 3 of 20 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
  22. トッキュー!! 3

    by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2004.08
    Serialized first in Shonen Magz

  23. The Tyr Chronicles (Tireujeongi) 2 of 5+ by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo
  24. 티르전기 02

    by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo
    AKA Try Electricity
    Daiwon C.I., Champ Comics, sonyun
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2008.07

  25. Zig-Zag (ZIG☆ZAG) 6 of 9 by Nakaji Yuki
  26. ZIG★ZAG 6

    ZIG☆ZAGZIG★ZAG 」 by Nakaji Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2007.06
    ZIG*ZAG published in English by TOKYOPOP (three volumes, on hiatus) and Chuang Yi (eight volumes, ongoing)

(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 9 September 2009 (release schedule) and Komikologi July-September 2009 (synopses, except where noted)
(2) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

Synopses continued...

Bikings 8 of 8 [Finale]
バイキングス 」 by Fudo Jun

After a race of attrition, only Itto and Obera from Team Maiyo remain. Itto who considers Obera Asahina's "shadow" pushes himself to the limit. Obera for his part regards Itto in the same light (or shade, as it were). So to whom was Asahina referring?

(Sorry if the blurb doesn't make sense; Not reading this series, I'm not sure what that bayangan in the Komikologi summary alluded to. If you know, kindly leave a comment, k?)

The next synopsis may contain     [SPOILERS!!]

My Adorable Fatty Girl 6 of 6 [Finale]
by Lee HeeJong

Dong son survives the fatal magic drug and realizes who her true love is. But if it's supposed to be all roses from here on out, how come Yon bin is still plotting something?

Based on Elex's summary, I'm glad I'm not reading this soonjung manhwa; the Diakhiri dengan ulah kakak Yon bin yang menyeramkan ending sounds like Really?! Not!Closure suckage redux to me.

Shugo Chara! 7
しゅごキャラ! 」 by PEACH-PIT

Forced into a tight corner, enigmatic Tsukiyomi Ikuto seeks sanctuary in Amu's house. Will Amu and her Guardian Characters finally discover which side this bad boy is on in the fight against the Easter Company?

[Adapted from Amazon's Shugo Chara! 7 description, with additions from Wikipedia]

A Story of Heroes 27
by Choi Mir

Yushin and comrades find the Eastern shards in a chamber beneath the Gonryun Party base. At the same time, the Metal and Fire Gods emerge to snatch the two shards already in Yushin's hands.

The Tyr Chronicles 2
Tireujeongi티르전기 」 by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo

Tyr finally reaches Askhalon, only to find that a necromancer has painted the city crimson with blood.

Mangazine: Nakayoshi 72/2009

Nakayoshi 72 front cover

Highlights of the Indonesian Nakayoshi:

  • [New] Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) Special by Etoo Miyuki & Jigoku Shoujo Project
  • [New] I am Here! (Koko ni Iru yo!) Special by Toyama Ema
  • [New] Sweet Lollipop Return! (Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop) Special by Kikuta Michiyo

Featured story: Love Honor (Giri Koi) by Yamada Daisy

He's so nice; kind, actually. It feels like... more than friends. But he's so gentle with her... Is she his girlfriend?

What about me?

Okay, those musings are from Komikologi. Here's the hopefully makes sense backstory, adapted from Nagareboshi Manga's description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga:

Mao transfers to a new school and on her first day, witnesses a boy being pushed around. She scares the bullies away but discovers that the boy, Riku, isn't really a victim. Nevertheless, Riku now looks upon her as his rescuer and starts calling her Prince.

Where will this lopsided relationship lead?

Regular series: AAA (Triple A) by Fukushima Haruka · Ghost Navi Runa (Youkai Navi Runa) by Kikuta Michiyo & Ikeda Miyoko · Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) by Etoo Miyuki & Jigoku Shoujo Project · I am Here! (Koko ni Iru yo!) by Toyama Ema · Love Honor (Giri Koi) by Yamada Daisy · Ogawa & Team Saito (Ogawa to Yukai na Saitoutachi) by Sakyo · Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) whose above-the-cut ramblings seem to be getting longer and longer...

UP NEXT: More 090909 manga

  • Level Comics: AKU (Boku) 13 of 13 · Sora! 1 · Eagle 7 · Tokyo Juliet 8 · Feverish Girl 7
  • m&c!: Bleach 14 · Goong 17 · NG Life 2 · Happy Café 11 · Love Sign 2 · Touch of Emptiness by Fujitsuka Yuki · Sweet Natsumi by Kohara Yuuko · KOLONI: Ngabuburit


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

manga available this week (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
  • 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)

related monthly schedules

September 2009
Premiering The Bodyguard (Kage Kara Mamoru!) by Achi Taro · Fusui Gakuen by Shouji Haruka · Kampfer by Tsukiji Toshihiko · Maria Holic by Endoh Minari · Prince's Girlfriend (Oujisama no Kanojo) by Aihara Miki

August 2009
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)

July 2009
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

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

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