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1.17.2010

Ice Forest 2, Little Jumper 7 of 7, Priest 1 by Hyung Min-Woo (Level Comics 20 January 2010 manga and manhwa)

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 2 (Level Comics)

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.

Little Jumper 7 of 7 by Takada Yuzo

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.

Jepang Tenggelam (Japan Falling) 4 by Isshiki Tokihiko & Komatsu Sakyou

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.

NEW TITLES: Priest by Hyung MinWoo

Priest 1 (Level Comics)

Priest © Hyung MinWoo/
Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media/Level Comics

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.

Level Comics manga and manhwa (2010.01.20)

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

  1. [Premiere] Exit 1 of 11+ by Fujita Takami
  2. Exit 1 (Level Comics)

    ExitEXIT 」 by Fujita Takami
    Gentosha Birz Comics Girls Collection, josei
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.10

  3. Happy Hello Work at Age 21 (Takunabi) 2 of 5+ by Yamaguchi Katsumi
  4. Happy Hello Work at Age 21 volume 2 (Level Comics)

    Takunabiたくなび 」 by Yamaguchi Katsumi
    Shogakukan Big Comics, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2005.09

  5. Ice Forest 2 of 6+ by Saito Chiho
  6. Ice Forest 2 (Level Comics)

    Ice Forestアイスフォレスト 」 by Saito Chiho
    Shogakukan Flowers, josei
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2008.03

  7. Jepang Tenggelam (Nihon Chinbotsu) 4 of 15+ by Komatsu Sakyou, Isshiki Tokihiko
  8. Jepang Tenggelam 4 (Level Comics)

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    AKA Japan Falling and Japan Sinks
    by Komatsu Sakyou, Isshiki Tokihiko
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2006.10

    Based on the award-winning disaster novel by Komatsu Sakyou (translated by Michael Gallagher) which has also been adapted into film and live-action TV.

  9. [Premiere] K2 1 of 12+ by Mafune Kazuo
  10. K2 volume 1 (Level Comics)

    K2K2 」 by Mafune Kazuo
    Kodansha Evening, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2004.11

  11. Little Jumper 7 of 7 by Takada Yuzo [Finale]
  12. [Premiere] Onsen Paradise (Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei) 1 of 9 by Kikuchi Shota
  13. Onsen Paradise 1 (Level Comics)

    Kirikiritei no Buraun Sensei by Kikuchi Shota
    きりきり亭のぶら雲先生
    Gentosha Birz Comics, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.02

  14. [Premiere] Priest 1 of 16+ by Hyung MinWoo
  15. Priest 1 (Level Comics)

    Priest프리스트 」 by Hyung MinWoo
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 1998.12
    Series on hiatus from volume 16
    Priest published in English by TOKYOPOP (16 volumes; Priest: Purgatory is slated for release in 2010)

    A Screen Gems film adaptation starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Karl Urban, Stephen Moyer, Lily Collins, Madchen Amick, Christopher Plummer, Brad Dourif, and Alan Dale is scheduled for a late August 2010 release in the U.S. It is expected in Indonesian cinemas by mid-October.

  16. red Eyes 13 of 13+ by Shindo Jun
  17. red Eyes 13 (Level Comics)

    red Eyesred Eyes 」 by Shindo Jun
    Kodansha Magazine E-no (formerly Magazine GREAT), shounen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2009.05

  18. [Premiere] Restore Garage 251 volume 1 of 32+ by Tsugihara Ryuji
  19. Restore Garage 251 volume 1 (Level Comics)

    Restore Garage 251レストアガレージ251
    by Tsugihara Ryuji
    Shinchosha Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.10

Level Comics European comics (2010.01.20)

  1. Smurf - Smurf dan Telur Ajaib (The Egg and the Smurfs) by Peyo

NOTE
(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) Links like this are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

SYNOPSES CONTINUED...

Exit 1
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
Dupuis, 1968.01

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.

disclaimer

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

DEC-09 | NOV-09

other invaluable resources

7net Shopping · Baka-Updates Manga · manaworld.com · ANN · Wikipedia

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Tweaked: 2010.01.28

4 comments:

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

you got an award from me :)

Andrea Tezumo said...

yay to red eyes! ^^ priest looks very interesting nikz, would you recommend that, knowing my taste? *hereby appoints niki-chan as personal manga stylist* :D :D

huamulan03 said...

@♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ -san,

Awww... Thanks again for the award. XD

huamulan03 said...

@Andrea-sensei,
I'm teetering on Priest 1 cuz Twilight regardless, I do get scared by the undead. *sheepish grin* But as Lenny-san of Level has never led me astray in her recs, I'm thinking of checking this out at the Elex Comic Center first before I decide. (In any case, I think it's worth trying out the first volume because of (1) the movie and (2) the apparently unconventional art.


As for *gulp* becoming your manga stylist *ties a hachimaki round forehead* Ganbarimasu! ^_^

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