Black Butler 7, Eyeshield 21 v35, Wild Life 3 (Elex Media manga out now)

Also, With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 2, the penultimate Busou Renkin: Boy Meets Battle Girl, and Cute Children (Zettai Karen Children) volume 15

黒執事 7

Kuroshitsuji © Toboso Yana/Square Enix (Serialized in GFantasy)
Published in Indonesia as Black Butler by Elex Media

To uncover the identity of the mysterious patron, Sebastian seduces Ciel, I mean Beast, one of the first tier Noah's Ark Circus performers in Black Butler VII. (Finally, our one hell of a butler returns to lead a blog post — and it's not just my fangirling at work; this volume IS the Most Wanted GET! of this Elex manga release.)

Following Kuroshitsuji in the popularity stakes is Eyeshield 21 volume 35, in which Sena declares ownership of the planet This World Is Mine. And no wonder, having bagged the Christmas Bowl trophy, Sena gets word of the Youth World Cup — and guess who's going? Panther will also be there, representing America. So Sena now has to choose the members of Team Japan from among the rivals he has trounced to take on the best in the world.

Before I go into the highlights of the other continuing manga and manhwa (Legend of Nereid 3!) —


ショート・プログラム ガールズタイプ

Short Program Girl's Type
© Adachi Mitsuru/

Look forward to the premiere of Nakamura Seiko's Best Friend Survival! (originally Yuujou Survival!, first serialized in Hana to Yume, about an unlikely friendship between commoner Hirasawa Asako (who adores ad flyers) and rich girl Ichijo Sakurako); Short Program Girl's Type (right), a compile of Adachi Mitsuru shorts (one of which stars vagabond Kakefu Ginji who meets four sisters operating a hot springs resort and ends up being in their employ); and volume 1 of Soyama Kazutoshi's Wazabo featuring Wazawaza Mimimi who guards the treasure of the mountains with the help of the wand Wazabo.

Now for the rest of the snap summaries:

  • Kazuki, Tokiko, and Gouta leave for Newton Apple Academy for Girls and come face to face with a masked man claiming to know the secret of Kazuki's black kurogane in Busou Renkin 9;
  • An evil Esper steals 10 years-worth of Minamoto's memory, reverting him to the age of The Children in Cute Children 15;
  • Once again Khulab saves Themedes by sacrificing himself, making Themedes admit (Kyaaa~!) to loving Khulab in Legend of Nereid 3;
  • Eris, staying over at Kio's house, begins to open up and becomes friends with Manami in Let's Play! 2;
  • In the third round of the autumn amateur tourney, Seikai High faces Koutoku and its ace with the cannonball spike and the setter who always goes after the open toss in Libero Revolution!! 8;
  • Kai, Doctors Koto, Togo, and Kinoshita are off on their summer holidays in Nurse Diary 9; and
  • Someone wants to wrest brother Takeshi away from Sakura in With My Brothers 2

MANGAZINES: Shonen Star 63

Shonen Star 63/2010 - Front cover: MAR by Anzai Nobuyuki

MÄR © Anzai Nobuyuki/

Peace reigns in MÄR Heaven, thanks to Ginta and Team MÄR. Now it's time for Ginta to bid goodbye to his comrades. Be there for his leave-taking in the finale of Anzai Nobuyuki's shounen fantasy MÄR, leaking *sniff* tears in Shonen Star 63/2010.

Other Shogakukan titles in serialization (mainly from Shonen Sunday): Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto Shinryoujo by Yamada Takatoshi · InuYasha by Takahashi Rumiko · Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru · Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow · Kurozakuro by Natsume Yoshinori · Look Up! (Miagete Goran) by Kusaba Michiteru · Undead by Inoue Kazurou · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2010.03.24)

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  1. [Premiere] Best Friend Survival! (Yuujou Survival!) 1 of 2 by Nakamura Seiko
  2. 友嬢サバイバル! 1

    Yuujou Survival!友嬢サバイバル!
    by Nakamura Seiko
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.11

  3. Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 7 of 8+ by Toboso Yana
  4. 黒執事 7

    Kuroshitsuji黒執事 」 by Toboso Yana
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2009.06
    Ongoing English serialization in Yen Plus
    (Black Butler volume 1 released 2010.01.26; volume 2 street date: 2010.05.18)
    Published in simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi (latest: volume 8), in traditional Chinese by Tong Li (Taiwan), and in French by Kana.

    Contains chapters:
    028. That Butler, Negotiation (その執事、交渉 Sono Shitsuji, Kōshō)
    029. That Butler, Scandalous (その執事、醜行 Sono Shitsuji, Shūkō)
    030. That Butler, Nurturing (その執事、撫養 Sono Shitsuji, Buyō)
    031. That Butler, Observing (その執事、歓望 Sono Shitsuji, Kanbō)
    032. Beautiful People. (美しい人々. Utsukushii Hitobito.)

    Related: Black Butler Character Guide That Butler, Assembles (黒執事 キャラクターガイド 「その執事、集合」 Kuroshitsuji Character Guide Sono Shitsuji, Shūgō) (2008.02) · The TV Animation Black Butler Black Record (TVアニメーション「黒執事」 Black Record) (2009.03) · Rainbow Butler (虹執事 Nijishitsuji) official comics anthology (2009.03).

    A 24-episode anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan from October 2008 to March 2009. A second series, Kuroshitsuji II, is slated to debut this coming July with a new master and butler pair. Seiyuu Sakurai Takahiro (Genji Hikaru in Genji Monogatari Sennenki) is butler Claude Faustus and master Alois Trancy is played by Mizuki Nana (Aihara Kotoko in Itazura na Kiss).

    Two drama CDs were released earlier than the first anime (August 2007 and November 2008).

    A musical adaptation, That Butler, Friendship (その執事、友好 Sono Shitsuji, Yūkō), enjoyed a theater run from May 28, 2009 to June 7, 2009. A second stage musical, Musical Kuroshitsuji: The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World - Sen no Tamashii to Ochita Shinigami has Matsushita Yuya reprising his role as Sebastian Michaelis. Nishii Yukito, instead of Sakamoto Shougo, plays the role of Ciel Phantomhive in the second musical that opens in May 2010 in Japan.

  5. Busou Renkin 9 of 10 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
  6. 武装錬金 9

    Busou Renkin武装錬金 」 by Watsuki Nobuhiro
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2005.11
    Buso Renkin published in English by VIZ Media (10 volumes)

    Volume 9: Boy Meets Battle Girl contains chapters:
    74. The Two Final Battles
    75. Infiltrating Newton Apple Academy for Girls
    76. Secret of the Mask
    77. Great Battle

    A 26-episode anime adaptation produced by XEBEC, starring seiyuu Fukuyama Jun as Muto Kazuki and Yuzuki Ryoka as Tsumura Tokiko, aired in Japan between October 2006 and March 2007.

  7. Cute Children (Zettai Karen Children) 15 of 21+ by Shiina Takashi
  8. 絶対可憐チルドレン 15

    Zettai Karen Children絶対可憐チルドレン
    by Shiina Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2008.12

    Adapted into anime by Synergy SP, starring seiyuu Hirano Aya as Akashi Kaoru, Tomatsu Haruka as Sannomiya Shiho, Shiraishi Ryoko as Nogami Aoi, and Nakamura Yuuichi as Minamoto Kōichi. Fifty-one episodes aired from April 2008 to March 2009. A special episode Generous Treatment! Natsuko and Hotaru's B.A.B.E.L. Report aired 2009.01.04. An OAV is slated for release 2010.07.16.

  9. Eyeshield 21 v35 of 37 by Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yusuke
  10. アイシールド21 35

    Eyeshield 21アイシールド21
    by Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yusuke
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 35 first published in Japan 2009.05
    Eyeshield 21 published in English by VIZ Media (volume 30 released 2010.02.02; volume 31 street date: 2010.04.06)

    Volume 35 The World Is Mine contains chapters:
    306. World Cup
    307. Great Gathering (大集結せよ!! Dai Shūketsu Seyo!!)
    308. Team Japan
    309. The World Is Mine
    310. Japan Vs. Russia
    311. Burn, Rookie (燃えよルーキー Moeyo Rūkī)
    312. Toward a New Generation (新世代へ Shin Sedai e)
    313. Ambition (野心 Yashin)
    314. I Love American Football
    315. Pentagram (五芒の星 Go Susuki no Hoshi)

    A 145-episode anime adaptation produced by NAS and Studio Gallop, starring seiyuu Irino Miyu as Kobayakawa Sena, aired in Japan from April 2005 to March 2008.

  11. Legend of Nereid 3 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
  12. 네레이드의 전설 3

    Legend of Nereid네레이드의 전설
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 3 first published in Korea 2003.02

  13. Let's Play! (Asobi ni Iku yo!) 1 of 6+ by 888 & Kamino Okina
  14. あそびにいくヨ! 2

    Asobi ni Iku yo!あそびにいくヨ!
    by 888 & Kamino Okina
    Media Factory Comic Alive, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2007.09

  15. Libero Revolution! 8 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki
  16. リベロ革命!! 8

    Libero Kakumei!!リベロ革命!!
    by Tanaka Motoyuki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2001.07
    Re-released in seven bunko volumes (from November 2008 to May 2009)

  17. Nurse Diary (Jitsuroku! Kangofu Monogatari) 9 of 10 by Kai Sayumi
  18. 実録!看護婦物語 9

    Jitsuroku! Kangofu Monogatari実録!看護婦物語 」 by Kai Sayumi
    Akita Shoten Suspiria Mystery, shoujo
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2000.02

  19. [New] Short Program Girl's Type by Adachi Mitsuru
  20. ショート・プログラム ガールズタイプ

    Short Program Girl's Type by Adachi Mitsuru
    ショート・プログラム ガールズタイプ
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics Special, shounen/shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.05

    Short Program Girl's Type contains:
    (1) A Word from the Freeloader (Serialized in Sho-Comi, 1978 issue 11)
    (2) A Word from the Freeloader, Continued
    (3) It's Hard Being a Freeloader
    (4) Lovers Declaration
    (5) Season
    (6) Pair of Aces (Sho-Comi, 1978 issue 16)
    (7) Whimsical Punch (Sho-Comi, 1977 issue 34)

  21. SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 15 of 27+ by Hinata Takeshi
  22. あひるの空 15

    Ahiru no Soraあひるの空 」 by Hinata Takeshi
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2007.03
    Published in simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi (25 volumes, ongoing)

  23. [Premiere] Wazabo 1 of 4+ by Soyama Kazutoshi
  24. わざぼー 1

    Wazabooわざぼー 」 by Soyama Kazutoshi
    Shogakukan Corocoro Dragon, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.12

  25. Wild Life 3 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  26. ワイルドライフ 3

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ 」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2003.08
    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Star

    Volume 3 contains chapters (sorry, no translation; I don't have any ShoStar with me):
    16 5万はいねェ。
    17 全力で治すべき“生命”
    18 いい獣医
    19 新種の裁縫
    20 サルもサル?
    21 森の神様
    22 陵刀の父
    23 本当のツッコミどころは首だろ首!
    24 パンダと遊ぼう

  27. With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 2 of 11 by Tokeino Hari
  28. お兄ちゃんと一緒 2

    Oniichan to Isshoお兄ちゃんと一緒
    by Tokeino Hari
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume Comics, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2004.08
    Published in English as Me & My Brothers by TOKYOPOP (11 volumes, complete)
    Serialized in Indonesian in HanaLaLa

(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 24 March 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All listed manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 15,000 each, except Short Program Girl's Type (SRP: IDR 20,000).
(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.

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)

UP NEXT: More manga releasing this week

Level Comics: Angel Heart 2 · Bambino 2 · Doubt 3 · Jio 4 · Priest 3 · Team Medical Dragon 10 · Under the Rose 3 · Lucky Luke - Marcel Dalton · Lucky Luke - Phil Steel · Michel Vaillant - Night Ride

m&c!: Blizzard Axel 8 · Blooming Sakura by Saito Ken · Dragon Girl 2 · Happy Obaachan by Akino Miru · Love Found in Astro Café by Misaki Aya · Monga's Earth 2 · Ohagi Number One Vol. 4 of 4 · Sakura Wars 8 · Monika: Horacic Park II · Goong 1-6 (box set)


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

manga available next week (31 March 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: Juvenile Remix 3 · Katsu! 2 · La Corda D'Oro 7 · Legend of Nereid 4 · Nephylym 3 of 3 · The Puppet Master Lin 5 · Red Haired Snow White 2 · The Ruler of Nabari 8 · Tokkyu!! 10 · X Zone 2 · New Kungfu Boy 1-10 and 11-20 (box sets) · HanaLaLa 48/2010 (anniversary issue)
  • Level Comics: 3X3 Eyes 30 · Akihabara @ Deep 3 · Blade of Immortal 6 · Feverish Girl 10 of 10 · Fight! Ippo 75 · Iliad 2 · Jepang Tenggelam 6 · Magister Negi Magi 21 · New Comic Bomber 1 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko · Ole! 3 · Restore Garage 251 vol 4 · Yugo The Negotiator 21
  • m&c!: Bakugan 2 · Golden Age 10 · The Lovely Wizard 7 · PPOI 10 · Shanimuni Go 27 · Sparkling Gingachou 8 · The Story of Wang Xiao Long 3 of 3 · KOLONI: Heart Trick · KOLONI: Chibi Attack · KOLONI: Garudaboi by Galang Tirtakusuma · Cherry 41 · Goong 7-12 (box set) · Mint Na Bokura (We are Twins) 1-6 (reissue)

related monthly schedules

Elex March 2010 manga
Premiering Caramel Boy by Morio Masami, Dear Boys Act III by Yagami Hiroki, Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru, Wazabo by Soyama Kazutoshi · Standalones: Butterfly Cloud by Ashihara Hinako, Clock Clock by Morita Takashi, and Short Program Girl Type by Adachi Mitsuru

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

DEC-09 | AUG-09

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