Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo © Katou Motohiro/Kodansha (Serialized in Magazine E-no)
Published in Indonesia as Q.E.D. by Elex Media
The latest compile of Katou Motohiro-sensei's shounen tantei series, winner of the 33rd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards 2009 for the shounen category, contains chapters 62
Magic & Magic and 63
Lead file (or
Red files; here's the original title: レッド・ファイル). In
Magic & Magic, Touma and Kana go to see a magic performance. Ever-logical (and legerdemain virgin) Touma isn't immediately impressed. Conjuror Kurohoshi Manto then vows to wow Touma with his magic. (Looking forward to how mathematician Touma will work in
Q.E.D. in this challenge.)
Three manga series premiere—Tale of Poor Sisters by Kazuto Izumi (that you probably already know from the slice-of-life Binbou Shimai Monogatari anime), New Little Ghost Q-Taro (Shin Obake no Q-Taro) by Fujiko F. Fujio that I also presume is the manga that spawned the 1970s-vintage anime of the same title, and Let's Play by 888 (hachihachihachi), finally ID'd as the seinen ecchi series Asobi ni Iku yo!, serialized in Comic Alive. Also, two standalones: Fengsui School (Fusui Gakuen) by Shouji Haruka and Natsu Midori (another Media Factory title) and the Cat's Dreams anthology by Kosaka Tomoko, a Serial Cantik manga.
Finally, there's the non-fiction novel 1 Liter of Tears, the diary of Kito Aya chronicling her struggle with the Spinocerebellar ataxia disease and teenage life, published shortly before her death. (Elex released the One Litre Of Tears manga version in February 2008.)
Tsukuba Sakura's Penguin Revolution finishes in HanaLaLa 46. Can volume 1 then (promised in the January Komikologi) not be too far behind? I know, I know, unproductive speculation; let's instead recap where we are in PenKaku: Ryo gives a fantastically radiant performance on the Bridge of Dreams opening night; how will his mother, Oka Yoko, fare in the same role? And who will the audience favor for the third night's show? I expect these questions, at least, to be answered in the last chapter 35, as it looks like the series will end on an decidedly undecided Ryou x Yukari x Aya note.
The newest HanaLaLa also tempts with another double shot of Tsuraga-san and Shoutaro (and some Beagle Reino) in Nakamura Yoshiki's Skip Beat! Acts 95-96: Suddenly, a Love Story - Ending, Part 2 and 3. For a change of pace, the one-shot this time—You and Me Song—is from With My Brothers manga-ka Tokeino Hari.
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- 7 Seeds 15 of 17+ by Tamura Yumi
- AAA 2 of 4 by Fukushima Haruka
- Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 5 of 8+ by Toboso Yana
- [New] Cat's Dreams by Kosaka Tomoko - Serial Cantik
- Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 20 of 23+ by Aoyama Gosho
- Doraemon Pika-Pika 17 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- [New] Fengsui School (Fusui Gakuen) by Shouji Haruka & Natsu Midori
- Godhand Teru 20 of 50+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
- Kaiser Z 10 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi
- Kunimitsu (Kunimitsu no Matsuri) 24 of 27 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi
- [Premiere] Let's Play (Asobi ni Iku yo!) 1 of 6+ by 888 & Kamino Okina
- Naruto 47 of 49+ by Kishimoto Masashi
- [Premiere] New Little Ghost Q-Taro (Shin Obake no Q-Taro) 1 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Nurse Diary (Jitsuroku! Kangofu Monogatari) 7 of 10 by Kai Sayumi
- Q.E.D. (Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo) 32 of 35+ by Katou Motohiro
- [Premiere] Tale of Poor Sisters (Binbou Shimai Monogatari) 1 of 4 by Kazuto Izumi
- Treasure Gaust (Treasure Gaust: Shijou Saikyou no Hanta) 3 of 6 by Katsumi Naoto
- Trigun Maximum 13 of 14 by Nightow Yasuhiro
- Yakitate!! Japan 16 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 27 January 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All manga here priced at IDR 15,000 apiece, except Detective Conan Seri Animasi TV 20 (SRP: IDR 28,800). The 1 Liter of Tears novel retails for IDR 34,800.
(3) are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
- [Finale] Penguin Revolution by Tsukuba Sakura (Chapter 35)
- Double chapter: Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki (Acts 95-96)
- [New] You and Me Song by Tokeino Hari (One-shot)
All the Asagi clan members receive identical hand-knitted mufflers on Valentine's from Sachie — except Igarashi. Actually, Sachie has something special for her bodyguard; she just doesn't have the nerve to give it to him. When she finally finds her courage, a sulking Igarashi all but rejects it!
Ah, the heartbreak and misunderstandings of young love. And there they were in the previous chapter, dreaming of each other on New Year's eve, too...
Previously on La Corda D'Oro, Kaho-chan asks Ousaki-senpai to tutor her in violin...
Working hard on her lessons, Kahoko continues to recall memories of the recently concluded concours. Overall winner Tsukimori, meanwhile, participates in a training camp for musical prodigies. Kaho-chan also makes a new friend, Kaji Aoi, a transfer student to the General Education department who claims to already know (not biblically) Kahoko!
Kamo shiremasen... [SPOILER!] Former Tokyoite Aoi, so popular with girls that he gets confessed to everyday, first saw Kaho playing her violin in a park and immediately fell in love with her. After transferring to Seiso Academy, he declines other girls, saying,
Sorry, I appreciate your feelings but I am completely dedicated to Hino-san.
Kyaaaa~! Another violin romance! Or maybe in the case of AoiKaho, viola and violin romance... That seiyuu Miyano Mamoru voices Aoi in the La Corda D'Oro ~secondo passo~ anime makes me feen for the two-episode special. Wonder when Animax will deign to air it?
Other regular serials:
- Alice Academy by Higuchi Tachibana
- Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari
- Fruits Basket by Takaya Natsuki
- Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco
- Perjalanan Keliling Dunia Mr. ERMINE (Shokoku Manyu Okojosan) by Uno Ayumi
- Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya
- Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri
- V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri
- With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari
SC: Cat's Dreams
by Kosaka Tomoko
Marino, the only daughter of the Koji Minami family, resembles a cat in that she's moody and headstrong. Her stubbornness even extends as far as love matters. Like a feline, she seeks only comfort and casts off all things that doesn't interest her. Can Marino ever change?
unique, cute, and touching (Elex's hype, not mine) stories comprise this omnibus.
Fusui Gakuen 「 風水学園 」 by Shouji Haruka & Natsu Midori
Original character design by Nagira
feng shui |ˈfə ng ˈ sh wē; - sh wā| noun
a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
And it is the job of feng shui practitioners to apply
wind-water principles to take care of buildings that disturb qi.
Ozunu studies at the Kusanagi School of Magical Architecture, whose magical architects rid Tokyo of demons and monsters drawn by the destruction of the city's protective feng shui seal by wars and indiscriminate urban development. Owing to his upbringing, Ozunu prefers to purify the monsters, pitting him against rival Tsugaru, heir to a feng shui consultancy, who favors the brute strength extermination approach.
[Definition from The Oxford American Dictionary in my 'pooter; summary adapted from DrMaster's English Feng Shui Academy]
New Little Ghost Q-Taro 1
Shin Obake no Q-Taro 「 新オバケのＱ太郎 」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
After five years, the mischievous ghost Q-Taro returns home, expecting the warmest of welcomes. What he gets instead is a could-care-less reception!
Tale of Poor Sisters 1
Binbou Shimai Monogatari 「 貧乏姉妹物語 」 by Kazuto Izumi
Yamada Kyou and Asu are sisters living on their own in an old apartment with no bath, only one room plus kitchen, and costing ¥26,000 in rent. Their mom already passed away and their father ran away from home after racking up a huge gambling debt. Albeit virtual orphans, the sisters get through day by frugal day, going to school, facing difficulties, and somehow never losing hope nor the capacity to dream.
「 ７ＳＥＥＤＳ 」 by Tamura Yumi
After discovering Hana's parents' real identity, Ango's hatred of Hana escalates. Haru, Aramaki, and the others also start to distance themselves from Hana. At wits' end, Hana searches for a solution to the enmity pressing in from all sides. Meanwhile, a more ominous problem confronts the group: the water supply is fast running out...
AAA (Triple A) 2
「 ＡＡＡ［トリプルエー］ 」 by Fukushima Haruka
Aoi, a mere flunky!? Because of a blackmailable cell phone pix, the beloved and revered student council president of the elite Shutoku Junior High becomes Akutoku gang leader Kuroda Hayato's underling. Aoi can't afford to disobey any of Hayato's orders, no matter how frustrating or unpleasant. But even in these dark days, Aoi finds something that makes her heart beep—rather, beat—faster.
I don't know why Fukushima Haruka-sensei's stories so easily steal my breath, but they do. (I turned blue with anticipation in the Not!Siblings-troped, UST-rich Cherry Juice, too.) So, this AAA volume is a definite GET!, what with the first volume ending in a cliffie. (
You want to know who I like? —Hayato leaning in and teasing Aoi.)
Black Butler 5
Kuroshitsuji 「 黒執事 」 by Toboso Yana
The curry showdown between butlers Sebastian and Agni begins! To whom will Queen Victoria award the first prize? Or should I even bother asking?
Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 20 by Aoyama Gosho
A seemingly perfect murder is committed in a gathering of Sherlock Holmes fans. Conan must cut through the trick and air-tight alibi of the killer to solve the case.
This appears to be the manga-ization of Episode 57:
The Holmes Freak Murder Case (Part One) (
Holmes Freak Satsujin Jiken (Zenpen)/ホームズフリーク殺人事件(前編)) in which Conan's detective "rival" Hattori Heiji makes a reappearance.
Kunimitsu no Matsuri 「 クニミツの政 」 by Ando Yuma & Asaki Masashi
The Mai Asa newspaper reports a medical scandal involving the Shinchibagasaki city hospital Sawa is investigating along with injustice-buster Kunimitsu. The news seems to defend Fuwa, prompting an angered Kunimitsu to confront Sawa about so-called press "objectivity." Does this development mean something's afoot between Fuwa and Sawa?
*Eyes bugging out* I just found out through Wiki that Psychometrist Eiji) is just one of manga storywriter Agi Tadashi's (The Drops of God) pseudonyms. He also goes by Amagi Seimaru (Kindaichi Case Files, Remote, Detective School Q, Remote), and Aoki Yuya (Get Backers), among others.
Treasure Gaust: Shijou Saikyou no Hanta 「 トレジャーガウスト 史上最強のハンタ 」
by Katsumi Naoto
The most sadistic Gaust Hunter Hanto has yet to rescue his abducted partner Chaidoran, turning the prospect of ever resurrecting the strongest fighting combi bleak. And who's the real mastermind, anyway?
「 トライガン・マキシマム 」 by Nightow Yasuhiro
To the last drop of blood... Words that fit Livio, currently battling Elendira the Crimsonnail, to a T. Not only is he getting the worst of it physically, he also has to endure mental attacks. Can Livio survive this duel? Or will he have to call on Razlo the Tri-P(unisher) of Death?
Oh. And as the Dark Horse version of
Double Duel reminded me, can Vash also
defeat his foes, keep his friends safe, and save the universe?
Another reminder FTW: The Trigun: Badlands Rumble movie will premiere 24 April 2010 in Japan. Seiyuu Onosaka Masaya, Hayami Sho, Tsuru Hiromi, and Yukino Satsuki return as Vash the Stampede, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, Meryl Stryfe, and Milly Thompson.
「 焼きたて！！ジャぱん 」 by Hashiguchi Takashi
In their first televised clash with Kirisaki's celebrity cooking unit, Team Pantasia proves that they're no pushovers, but the battle is far from won. Kirisaki convinces his crew to set aside personal differences and pull together to send Azuma's team packing in the next match. Will Pantasia be able to triumph over their opponent's delectable mango-curry bread with their own creation—one that draws its inspiration from Japan's ancient cultural heritage?
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
UP NEXT: More 27 January 2010 manga
Level Comics: My Lovely Honey 2 · Black Lagoon 3 · Akihabara @ Deep 1 by Ishida Ira & Akane Makoto · The Swan's Robe by Kodama Yuki · Psychometrist Eiji 11 · Lucky Luke - Klondike
m&c!: Special A 16 · White Paper Ark 4 · Rento 3 of 3 · Charm Angel 4 · Cherry 39 · The Story of Wang Xiao Long 1 by Tony Wong KOLONI: Binatang Jatuh 1 by Erick Sulaiman
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manga available this week (20 January 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Library War - Love and War 2 · C.M.B. 11 · The Ruler of Nabari 6 · Maria Holic 1 by Endou Minari · School Rumble 6 · Nephylym 2 · Raiders 3 · Nakayoshi 76
- Level Comics: Ice Forest 2 · Priest 1 by Hyung MinWoo · Little Jumper 7 of 7 · Jepang Tenggelam 4 · Restore Garage 251 by Tsugihara Ryuji volume 1 · K2 volume 1 by Mafune Kazuo · Exit 1 by Fujita Takami · Onsen Paradise 1 by Kikuchi Shota · Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib
- m&c!: Shanimuni Go 26 · Yowamushi Pedal, Go! 4 · Otome Road by Jinna Mai · A Badboy Drinks Tea 5 · Long Hu Men 163 · Twins Final Chapter 4 and KOLONI local comics: Chrysanthemum, 4Hero, and B.O.C.A.H.
related monthly schedules
Elex January 2010 manga
Premiering Penguin Revolution by Tsukuba Sakura, With My Brothers by Tokeino Hari, AAA by Fukushima Haruka, Apollon on the Slope by Kodama Yuki, Tale of Poor Sisters by Kazuto Izumi, New Little Ghost Q-taro by Fujiko F. Fujio
other invaluable resources
manga · Elex Media · HanaLaLa · seinen · shoujo · shounen · 1 Litre no Namida · 7SEEDS · AAA · Asobi ni Iku yo! · Binbou Shimai Monogatari · Black Butler · Doraemon Pika-Pika · Fusui Gakuen · Godhand Teru · Kaiser Z · Kunimitsu · Kuroshitsuji · Meitantei Conan · Naruto · Nurse Diary · Q.E.D. · Penguin Revolution · Shin Obake no Q-Taro · Treasure Gaust · Trigun Maximum · Yakitate!! Japan