Also, ROMIC: Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib (The Egg and the Smurfs) by Peyo
Updated with Onsen Paradise deets (originally Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei)
Ice Forest © Saito Chiho/Shogakukan (Serialized in Flowers)
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics
[Artwork provided by Level Comics]
After seeing the pair skate, Boris agrees to coach Yukino and Romain. Or does he? So why is Yulia handling Romain and Yukino's ice dance training?
And as if there's not enough turmoil going round, Romain and Yukino aren't even speaking to one another and their dance moves leave a lot to be desired! How will our couple reconcile? Follow the drama in volume 2 of Ice Forest by Saito Chiho.
Meanwhile, only four days remain before the Missing Zero disaster erases Tokyo from the face of the planet. Hiroki, now armed with the truth, has one last job to do—both as a father and and as man—that of protecting Chima. The saga of the time-traveling dad and daughter draws to a close in the Little Jumper finale.
Speaking of disasters threatening Japan, the D PROJECT says the next catastrophe will hit Kyoto. The prime minister chooses to keep silent about the report to prevent mass panic. Toshio, once a Kyoto resident, warns childhood friend Roku about the impending cataclysm, but Roku refuses to listen in volume 4 of Jepang Tenggelam, the manga based on Komatsu Sakyou's critically-acclaimed Japan Sinks novel.
With the Screen Gems/Sony Pictures film adaptation starring Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), and Maggie Q (New York, I Love You) slated for release this August (October in Indonesia), I think Level did good in scheduling volume 1 of Hyung MinWoo's Priest this 20 January. Below is Level's teaser:
To save their leader, the Rebel Angels hijack a train ferrying federal police. While busy plundering from the other passengers, however, the gang is attacked by creatures roused from slumber by the scent of blood. What are these creatures? And what connection do they have with the mysterious man who vanished in the thick of the fray?
If you follow Hellsing, you might want to take Priest, whose protagonist is also an undead, for a spin. Level editor Lenny-san (who reminded me that Priest is actually the second manhwa series published by Level, the first being Shin Angyo Onshi), sez the horror manhwa was chosen because of the
awesome art and plot. She adds that the
dark and different illustration style stands out from other manhwa's (
unusual and angular is how Wiki puts it.) Needless to say, Lenny-san admits to loving this series.
Synopses and blah-blah for the rest of the premiering manga—the "musical" josei Exit by Fujita Takami and the seinen K2 that is reportedly nothing like Team Medical Dragon and other medical drama, Onsen Paradise by Kikuchi Shota, and the magical Restore Garage 251 by Tsugihara Ryuji—as well as other continuing series pick up where the manga and ROMIC lists leave off.
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- [Premiere] Exit 1 of 11+ by Fujita Takami
- Happy Hello Work at Age 21 (Takunabi) 2 of 5+ by Yamaguchi Katsumi
- Ice Forest 2 of 6+ by Saito Chiho
- Jepang Tenggelam (Nihon Chinbotsu) 4 of 15+ by Komatsu Sakyou, Isshiki Tokihiko
- [Premiere] K2 1 of 12+ by Mafune Kazuo
- Little Jumper 7 of 7 by Takada Yuzo [Finale]
- [Premiere] Onsen Paradise (Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei) 1 of 9 by Kikuchi Shota
- [Premiere] Priest 1 of 16+ by Hyung MinWoo
- red Eyes 13 of 13+ by Shindo Jun
- [Premiere] Restore Garage 251 volume 1 of 32+ by Tsugihara Ryuji
- Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib (The Egg and the Smurfs) by Peyo
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 20 January 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All manga and manhwa here retail for IDR 17,000 each, save red Eyes 13 (SRP: IDR 19,000) and the premiering Restore Garage 251 and Exit (IDR 18,000 per volume). The Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib ROMIC is priced at IDR 35,000.
(3) are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
「 ＥＸＩＴ 」 by Fujita Takami
Fate brings BANKA vocalist Sawaguchi Takuya and GIRAFFE guitarist Oshikochi together in a band festival, but afterward leaves them alone with no way of contacting each other. Now Takuya's out of a job. Faced with the prospect of a dreary existence, how will Takuya cope? And who's this woman who drops in on Takuya from out of the blue?
Happy Hello Work at Age 21 volume 2
Takunabi 「 たくなび 」 by Yamaguchi Katsumi
Taku and Maki's welcome into the real world pushes the two to give work their all and they grow increasingly closer. Taku slowly gets to know Maki's real self but Maki is still hiding something, some sort of trauma. Does it have anything to do with, of all things, showbiz?
K2 volume 1
「 Ｋ２ 」 by Mafune Kazuo
On his way to a remote village, Tominaga Kenta meets two police officers investigating an unlicensed doctor practicing medicine in that village. Upon their arrival, Okamoto, one of the policemen, is pierced by a tree branch and starts to bleed profusely. A panicked Tominaga is shocked when a mysterious man appears and starts helping Okamoto. Could he be the rumored quack the police are searching for?
Onsen Paradise 1
Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei 「 おせん 」 by Kikuchi Shota
Alluring, always kimono-clad, and perverse novelist Buraun (Brown) Kirino owns the Onsen Paradise, a traditional Japanese house in a small town where the inhabitants practically worship her. With friends and sidekick Lolimomo, Brown livens up town life. One day, a playboy shows up and sends all the girls squeeing, including Brown's favorite kimono-maker. Brown, miffed at not getting her ordered kimono, decides to teach the new guy in town a lesson.
(I will reconfirm if this was originally Onsen AKA Osen after I track down the art Level used for the cover.) « Edit: Nope, this series was originally Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei. Thanks for the help, Lenny-san!)
red Eyes 13
「 ｒｅｄ Ｅｙｅｓ 」 by Shindo Jun
An inevitable war dawns. The Regium troops continue to retaliate as the Jackal forces overwhelm the Dragnov soldiers. The 305 Special Force defending Soligren loses Teams 1 and 2, tasked to investigate a mysterious building. The men are later found dead, with the only clues pointing to an unknown soldier.
Restore Garage 251 volume 1
「 レストアガレージ２５１ 」 by Tsugihara Ryuji
Restore Garage 251 is no ordinary auto restoration shop; here, even cars destined for the scrap heap come out like new. But that's not the best part. Owner Satomi Yumejiro is also a restoration specialist. Restoration of the car owners' lives, that is. Yearning for the past or a return to a never-forgotten memory? Satomi Yumejiro is your go-to guy!
Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib
Les Schtroumpfs 4: L'Œuf et les Schtroumpfs (The Egg and the Smurfs) by Peyo
The Smurf Village readies itself for the annual Smurf Day. Papa Smurf sends Grouchy Smurf to look for an egg, the one missing ingredient for the cake they are baking. He comes back with a magical one that grants wishes when struck!
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who thanks Lenny-san for the artwork and blurbs
UP NEXT: More 20 January 2010 manga
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.
Cover images and source summaries used here for reference are © their respective intellectual rights holders. No infringement intended.
manga available this week (13 January 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Black Butler 4 · Pandora Hearts 5 · SL: The Fifth Columnist 1 by Andrea Tezumo · Nephylym 1 by Kusakabe Rei · AAA 1 by Fukushima Haruka · Fullmetal Alchemist 21 · Shonen Star 61/2010
- Level Comics: Honey Hunt 2 · Tokyo Juliet 10 · Under the Rose 2 · The Drops of God 1 by Okimoto Shu & Agi Tadashi · Subaru 1 by Soda Masahito
- m&c!: Alive 18 · Shinobi Life 7 · My Sweet Kaicho 7 · My Heavenly Hockey Club 13 · Bleach 16 · The Prince of Tennis 40 · The Executives of Houou Academy by Kawamaru Shin · Gunslinger Girl 9 · Panther and Wolf by Nakazato Yuji/Katayama Makoto · Time Between Dog and Wolf 3 of 3
...and the next (20 January 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Library War - Love and War 2 · C.M.B. 11 · The Ruler of Nabari 6 · Kampfer 1 by Tatibana Yu · Maria Holic 1 by Endou Minari · School Rumble 6 · Nephylym 2 · Raiders 3 · Nakayoshi 76
related monthly schedules
Level Comics January 2010 manga, manhwa, and manhua
Premiering Priest by Hyung MinWoo · E'dash by Ashita Morimi · Great Edo City Report by Takahashi Shu · The Swan Robe by Kodama Yuki · The Drops of God by Agi Tadashi · Exit by Fujita Takami · Fist Of The Blue Sky by Hara Tetsuo · Onsen Paradise by Kikuchi Shota · Ravages of Time by Chen Mou · Revolution No. 3 by Kaneshiro Kazuki · Akihabara @ Deep by Ishida Ira
other invaluable resources
manga · ROMIC · Level Comics · josei · seinen · Exit · Happy Hello at Work at Age 21 · Ice Forest · Jepang Tenggelam · K2 · Little Jumper · Onsen Paradise · Priest · red Eyes · Restore Garage 251 · Smurfs · Takunabi