Kuroshitsuji © Toboso Yana/Square Enix
Serialized in Monthly GFantasy
Published in Indonesia as Black Butler by Elex Media
Elex release! Was my immediate reax when I saw Black Butler 3, Pandora Hearts 4, AND The Ruler of Nabari 5 all skedded for 16 December. I tell you, it sure made it hard to pick the cover to lead this post.Fantastic
In the end I chose Toboso Yana's Black Butler 3 for the historically-revolutionary reason that Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis solve the Jack the Ripper case, and actually engage the Ripper in combat. Will the perfect butler prevail? And just whose funeral is he attending in chapter 13
That Butler, Attends a Funeral? [With additions from Wikipedia]
Oz Vessalius has likewise been busy with work in Mochizuki Jun's Pandora Hearts volume 4. To save Alice, Oz descends to the Cheshire Cat's dimension and there encounters the mysterious man he has often glimpsed in Alice's memories. What connection does this old/newcomer have with Alice and her secret?
As for happenings in Kamatani Yuhki's The Ruler of Nabari, sibs Raime and Raikou dance a deadly polka at the Shimizu compound; in the battle, Raikou wrests the sword Kurogamon, pride of the Shimizu Clan, away from Raime. He then warns her against ever having anything to do with Nabari. Just what turned Raikou against the clan that had long guarded the ninja world? What exactly led to the massacre five years ago? And what consequent sacrifice will the revelation of truth call forth? Discover the answers in volume 5.
There are two this release: the horror shoujo manga The Puppet Master Lin (Kairaishi Lin) and the proudly Indonesian-made comedy The Comic Club. Their and other blurbs (for Fruits Basket 22, One Piece 53, and Tsubasa 12) are after the manga list.
The anime appears to have preempted Shonen Star 60's latest InuYasha chapter, but in case you missed episode 8 of InuYasha Kanketsu-hen, Naraku seizes Kikyo before Kagome can return with the redemptory bow from Mount Asuza. All hope for purifying Naraku's Jewel of Four Souls vanishes after Naraku, discerning Kikyo's plan, snatches Koga's shards. What will happen to Kikyo now?
Other Shogakukan titles in serialization: Clock Clock by Morita Takashi · Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto Shinryoujo by Yamada Takatoshi · Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru · Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow · Kurozakuro by Natsume Yoshinori · Look Up! (Miagete Goran) by Kusaba Michiteru · MÄR by Anzai Nobuyuki · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi
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- Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 3 of 8+ by Toboso Yana
- [New] The Comic Club by Emon & Radit - SL
- Doraemon Pika-Pika 15 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Eat-Man 17 of 19 by Yoshitomi Akihito
- Fruits Basket 22 of 23 by Takaya Natsuki
- Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 17 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- One Piece 53 of 56+ by Oda Eiichiro
- Pandora Hearts 4 of 10+ by Mochizuki Jun
- [Premiere] The Puppet Master Lin (Kairaishi Lin) 1 of 9+ by Wada Shinji
- The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 5 of 12+ by Kamatani Yuhki
- Touch 22 of 26 by Adachi Mitsuru
- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 12 of 28 by CLAMP
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 16 December 2009 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All manga above carry a retail price of IDR 15,000 each, with the exception of Doraemon Pika-Pika 15 (SRP: IDR 13,500)
(3) are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
The Synopses Cellar
The Comic Club
by Emon & Radit
The Comic Club © Emon & Radit/Elex Media
In lieu of the magnifying glass you need to read the tiny type above, I will let The Comic Club's protagonist speak for himself (herself?):
You're STILL reading comics at this age?! This insult made me think of giving up on comics altogether. But with one thing and another, a senior at school "invited" me to join a comic club. Should I give my beloved comics a second chance?
(You can read the blurb in its original Indonesian here.)
Elex thinks this story of college kids with big manga-ka dreams is long on laughs and singular artwork; methinks we should support the local talent.
Lin—born to the Kashima clan that built its fame upon the (bones and) joints of puppets—slams into her calling after Miyabi Asaoka, her sister's fianceé, murders Lin's sister and grandfather.
Elex sez the manga by Wada Shinji (Sukeban Deka creator) promises chills like no other. (Well, there's gotta be a reason why the Mystery Bonita series is supposedly one of the better-known horror manga in Japan.)
The demarcation line between new and continuing manga starts here.
Fruits Basket 22
「 フルーツバスケット 」 by Takaya Natsuki
The curse is lifted and the Soma family finds the taste of freedom heady. But with the the God of the Chinese Zodiac leaving the junishi, tears start to flow...
One Piece 53
「 ＯＮＥ ＰＩＥＣＥ 」 by Oda Eiichiro
One by one, the Straw Hats fall, victims of the real Kuma. An angst-filled scream issues from Luffy. Each is dispatched to parts unknown, Luffy himself landing on an island populated solely by women.
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE 12
Tsubasa 「 ツバサ 」 by CLAMP
Rampant cheating eliminates Fai from the Piffle Dragonfly race; can Syaoran, Sakura, and Kurogane escape Fai's fate and win Sakura's memory feather? It's going to take some mighty stick-with-it-ness and Syaoran may find he's in for the shock of his life when he uncovers who was behind the rigged race course.
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who tweaked this post to prod twitterfeed to publish it
UP NEXT: More 16 December 2009 manga
Level Comics: Under the Rose 1 by Funato Akari · Fight!! Ippo 72 · Yugo The Negotiator 19 · Ergo Proxy 2 of 2 · Glass Chair 3
Cover images and source summaries used here for reference are © their respective intellectual rights holders. No infringement intended.
manga available this week (9 December 2009 street date)
- Elex Media: School Rumble 5 · Tokkyu!! 6 · Library War - Love & War 1 by Yumi Kiiro & Arikawa Hiro · Shonen Magz 66 · Trigun Maximum 12 · Golden Days 8 of 8
- Level Comics: Still Dreaming by Yoshimura Akemi · To Be Beautiful 2 · SORA! 4 · Lucky Luke VS Pat Poker
- m&c!: Shinobi Life 6 · Time Between Dog and Wolf 2 · Holiday by YASUKO · Teenage Days by Usami Tae
...and the next (16 December 2009)
- m&c!: A Badboy Drinks Tea 4 · The Scent of Love 6 · Sweet Sweet Darling by Morio Masami · Long Hu Men 162 · Narutoya Ramen Road 5 · Dive!! 3
related monthly schedules
Elex December 2009 manga
Premiering Crows by Takahashi Hiroshi · Red Haired Snow White (Akagami no Shirayukihime) by Akizuki Sorata · The Fifth Columnist by Andrea Tezumo · Weapon Master (Shen Qi Wang) by Zhang Yong Ren · Innocent World by Yamada Daisy · The Comic Club by Emon & Radit (local comic); Continuing Otomen (volume 8) · C.M.B. (volume 11) · Q.E.D. (volume 32)
other invaluable resources
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