Fullmetal Alchemist 23, Boys ESTE 3, Negima 25 (Chuang Yi English manga out now)

Edited to correct Bloody Monday volume release (should be 6, NOT 5)

Also, simplified Chinese manga: Artist Acro 1, History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi 36, Tsubasa 28 of 28, and... (scroll down for the rest)

鋼の錬金術師 23

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi © Arakawa Hiromu/Square Enix
(Serialized in Shonen Gangan)
Published in Singapore as Fullmetal Alchemist by Chuang Yi

Fight-O! Alphonse uses the Philosopher's Stone to battle Kimblee and Pride (much thanks to Wiki for cutting through the blurble to get to the buried lead) in Fullmetal Alchemist volume 23. Meanwhile. Negi takes on Fate Averruncus who advances a deal that proves there's no such thing as a free lunch in Magister Negi Magi volume 25.

More battles ensue as the arc featuring Miyamoto Musashi's greatest rival Sasaki Kojirō proceeds on its trail of blood in Vagabond 19; Ichimatsu also falls prey to Vulcan in Mixim 11 volume 4 (which, incidentally, is also available from your nearest 7-Eleven).

On the josei and shoujo front, Shizuka faces the prospect of losing Hibiki for good in the much-awaited installment to BOYS Este (volume 3), while Hikari gets caught up in Sakura's plans to promote KeixHikari in S.A volume 10.

Oh. And Bloody Monday volume 5 is rescheduled to this release.

Chuang Yi covers and synopses in full after the list below.

Chuang Yi English manga (2010.03.09)

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  1. Bloody Monday 6 of 11 + Ver. 0 by Ryuumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
  2. Bloody MondayBLOODY MONDAY
    by Ryuumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in 2008.07
    Chuang Yi also published a simplified Chinese version (concluded 2010.01.06).

    Related: Bloody Monday Season 2 - Zetsubou no Kou (sequel, AKA Bloody Monday Season 2 ~Pandora no Hako~, two volumes)

    An 11-episode live-action drama adaptation aired from October through December 2008 on TBS, followed by a second season, Bloody Monday Season2 ~Pandora no Hako~, which began airing in 2010.01.23. Actor/singer Miura Haruma returns as protagonist Takagi Fujimaru in the sequel.

  3. BOYS Este 3 of 7 by Masaki Souko
  4. Boys EstéBOYSエステ 」 by Masaki Souko
    Kodansha Dessert, josei
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2005.11

    A 12-episode renzoku drama starring Sugimoto Yumi (Akita Saori, Buzzer Beat drama) as Koiwai Shizuka and Nakamura Aoi (Touma Sou, Q.E.D.) as Akagi Hibiki aired on TV Tokyo from July through September 2007.

  5. Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) 23 of 25+ by Arakawa Hiromu
  6. Hagane no Renkinjutsushi鋼の錬金術師 」 by Arakawa Hiromu
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 23 first published in Japan 2009.08
    Alternative English Fullmetal Alchemist version published by VIZ Media (volume 22 released: 2010.01.19)
    Published in Indonesia by Elex Media (21 volumes, ongoing)

    AWARDS: Winner of the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen manga category.

    A 51-episode anime adaptation by Bones aired between October 2003 and October 2004, followed by a film sequel (Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, July 2005) and a second series Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, which commenced telecast on 5 April 2009 and is still ongoing (episode 47 aired 2010.03.07). A handful of OAVs were also released. Seiyuu Paku Romi and Kugimiya Rie play brothers Edward and Alphone Elric in all the Hagaren adaptations.

  7. Magister Negi Magi (Mahou Sensei Negima!) 25 of 29+ by Akamatsu Ken
  8. Mahou Sensei Negima!魔法先生ネギま! 」 by Akamatsu Ken
    Kodansha Shuukan Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 25 first published in Japan 2009.02
    Alternative English Negima! published by Del Rey (volume 25 released 2010.02.23)
    Published in Indonesian by Level Comics (latest tankoubon: volume 20)

    Xebec produced an anime adaptation spanning 26 episodes which aired in Japan from January through June 2005. Previously, three OAVs were launched in 2004 to introduce the characters (Mahou Sensei Negima! Introduction Film). Following the first TV series, two more OAVs were produced: Mahou Sensei Negima!: Haru (2006.10.25) and Mahou Sensei Negima!: Natsu (2006.11.22). An alternate retelling, Negima!?, aired from October 2006 to March 2007. A third and fourth set of OAVs (actually OADs or Original Animation Disc) were bundled with the manga tankoubon (Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba with volumes 23-25, 2008.08.17-2009.02.17; and Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai with volume 27, 2009.09.17). All incarnations of lead Negi Springfield were performed by seiyuu Satou Rina.

    Another anime feature is expected to premiere in 2011.

    A live-action drama adaptation was also produced and aired on TV Tokyo from October 2007 to March 2008.

  9. Mixim 11 volume 4 of 6+ by Anzai Nobuyuki
  10. S.A 10 of 17 by Minami Maki
  11. S.AS・A スペシャル・エー 」 by Minami Maki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2007.07
    Alternative English S.A version published by VIZ Media (volume 15 released 2010.03.02)
    Published in Indonesia by m&c! (17 volumes)

    A 24-episode anime adaptation by AIC x Gonzo aired on Chiba TV from April to September 2008. Seiyuu Goto Yuko and Fukuyama Jun played the leads Hanazono Hikari and Takishima Kei respectively. A Valentine's special drama CD was released earlier (February 2007) than the anime and had a different cast (Asano Masumi played Hikari and Suzumura Kenichi played Kei.) Two succeeding drama CDs (June and August 2008 release) used the same actors as in the anime.

  12. Vagabond 19 of 32+ by Inoue Takehiko
  13. Vagabondバガボンド 」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 19 first published in Japan 2004.03
    Another Vagabond English version published by VIZ Media (volume 31 released 2010.01.19)
    Published in Indonesia by Level Comics (latest volume 30 released 2009.11.18)

    AWARDS: Winner of the 24th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category and recipient of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002. Manga-ka Inoue Takehiko was was nominated for the 2003 Eisner Award in the Best Writer/Artist category.

(1) Source: Chuang Yi (per 18 January 2010)
(2) Links like this are Amazon.com search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

Chuang Yi synopses

Bloody Monday 6

BLOODY MONDAY 」 by Ryuumon Ryou and Megumi Kouji
ISBN: 978-981-2769-14-5
SRP: SGD 8.90

Bloody Monday 6 (Chuang Yi)

Fear and chaos has descended upon THIRD-i, as the enemy makes a deadly strike right in the heart of HQ. The terrifying spectre of 'Bloody-X' has reared its head and claimed its first victim...

While Kano continues his foolhardy mission of staying on the terrorist' tail, THIRD-i command centre is in a panic. 14 people have possibly been infected, and an outbreak could occur in 90 minutes! The key lies in the encrypted Shikimura file, which Fujimaru is, unexpectedly, finding impossible to decode. Impossible...? For Fujimaru? Or could it have been a red herring all along? Where, then, is the real file? The battle of the hackers has begun, and a slipup on any side most certainly won't be pretty.

BOYS Este 3

BOYSエステ 」 by Masaki Souko
ISBN: 978-981-276-101-9
SRP: SGD 8.90

BOYS Este 3 (Chuang Yi)

As Sakura gets slimmer and prettier with each passing day, Shizuka's fears of losing Hibiki intensifies. To make matters worse, her father had arranged for her to attend a match-making session with his boss' son, who turned out to be none other than Kiriya!! Pressurised by Shizuka's father, Hibiki is forced to choose between working at a rival salon or losing Shizuka for good...

FullMetal Alchemist 23

鋼の錬金術師 」 by Arakawa Hiromu
ISBN: 978-981-429-760-8
SRP: SGD 8.90

FullMetal Alchemist 23 (Chuang Yi)

As the siege on Grand Central progresses, the defence strikes back with a vengeance, pitting our heroes against their most challenging opponents yet. General Olivia — now revealed as an insider — calls truce to her rivalry with her brother Major Alex as they face the onslaught of the Homonculus Sloth. Meanwhile, Colonel Mustang settles an old score with Envy, the Homonculus who killed his best friend Hughes. Even Alphonse and Hienkel, far from the battlefield, find themselves fighting for their lives as an ambush from the Crimson Alchemist has set free the Homonculus Pride, and their one slim chance of survival lies on a stray Philosopher's Stone...

Contains chapters:
092. Everyone's Power (皆の力 Minna no Chikara)
093. Archenemy (不倶戴天の敵 Fugutaiten no Kataki)
094. The Flames of Revenge (復讐の炎 Fukushū no Honō)
095. Beyond the Raging Fire (烈火の先に Rekka no Saki ni)
Gaiden. Prince of the Dawn—Prologue (暁の王子—Prologue Akatsuki no Ōji—Prologue)

Magister Negi Magi 25

魔法先生ネギま! 」 by Akamatsu Ken
ISBN: 978-981-429-775-2
SRP: SGD 8.90

Magister Negi Magi 25 (Chuang Yi)

Fate Averruncus has proposed a deal that seems too good to be true (it usually is), and unless Negi can figure out the catch in time, he could fall victim to a devious trap! At the same time, the various Negima Club members are being waylaid by Fate's team of deceptively adorable femmes fatales and their terrifying artifacts. But Team Negi is no pushover either! The timid Nodoka of old is now an experienced artifact user who may have just uncovered a crucial piece of information!

Contains chapters:
223. Negi's Party vs Fate's Party (ネギ·パーティvs.フェイト·パーティ Negi pāti vs. Feito pāti)
224. Incredible Skills! Fate's Army of Beautiful Girls (スゴ腕!フェイト美少女軍団 Sugo ude! Feito bishōjo gundan)
225. Proclamation of War!! (宣戦布告!! Sensen fukoku!!)
226. Wish Upon a Pair of Pants ♥ (パンツに願いを ♥ Pantsu ni negai o ♥)
227. All Out Showdown!! Negi's Party vs Fate's Party (総力対決!! ネギ·パーティvs.フェイト·パーティ Sōryoku taiketsu !! Negi pāti vs. Feito pāti)
228. Negi's Party Assembled! (ネギ·パーティ集結! Negi pāti shūketsu!)
229. Fate's True Colors! (フェイトの正体! Feito no shōtai!)
230. EP1: 'Rakan Sets Out ♥' (EP1「旅立ちのラカン ♥」 EP1 'Tabidachi no Rakan ♥')
231. EP1: 'Rakan Sets Out ♥' - Continued (EP1「続·旅立ちのラカン ♥」 EP1 'Zoku tabidachi no Rakan ♥')

Mixim 11 4

MIXIM☆11 」 by Anzai Nobuyuki
ISBN: 978-981-276-835-3
SRP: SGD 8.90

Mixim 11 4 (Chuang Yi)

An assassin has been dispatched by Shadow-Matter to test Ichimatsu, by sending him after the girls of the zodiac! But with most of his powers still dormant, Ichimatsu is helpless against Vulcan, who severely injures him and traps Yumi and the other girls in a separate dimension! Will Ichimatsu be able to invoke the second Nova before more stars get extinguished?

Also available at 7-Eleven

S.A 10

S・A スペシャル・エー 」 by Minami Maki
ISBN: 978-981-276-406-5
SRP: SGD 8.50

S.A 10 (Chuang Yi)

Now that Hikari has finally realised Kei's romantic feelings for her, Sakura excitedly jumps into the fray and comes up with what she claims is a sure-fire way to get the two together. After all, nothing says 'romantic' like a trip into Sakura's very own underground dungeon right?! And to further add to the chaos, Mrs. Takishima returns home to check out the adorable girl who has stolen her son's heart! What could possibly go wrong?!

Vagabond 19

バガボンド 」 by Inoue Takehiko
ISBN: 978-981-429-768-4
SRP: SGD 10.90

Vagabond 19 (Chuang Yi)

Sasaki Kojiro, renowned for his deadly swallow-cut, is the man destined to be sword-saint Miyamoto Musashi's greatest rival and opponent in the most well-known duel in the annals of Japanese history. But for now, Kojiro has been abandoned by his brutal master Ito Ittosai, and must contend with the vicious refugee hunters and ruthless scavengers that abound in the aftermath of the Battle of Sekigahara.

Contains chapters:
165. Death Torches
166. First Friend
167. Mountain of Shattered Dreams
168. Over the Mountain
169. The Distant Ocean
170. Strands of the Departed
171. The Sword

Chuang Yi simplified Chinese manga (2010.03.09)

魔法亚克罗 #1

Artist Acro © Sakurai Ato/
Shogakukan (Shonen Sunday)
Published in Singapore
by Chuang Yi

Aside from the premiere of Sakurai Ato's shounen fantasy adventure Artist Acro (魔法亚克罗 #1), Chuang Yi also releases the latest simplified Chinese versions of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (会长是女仆 #8); Meitantei Conan (名侦探柯南 #66); Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi or History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi (史上最强之弟子兼一 #36); and the finale of Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE (TSUBASA翼 #28 of 28).

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)


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manga available in Indonesia this week (10 March 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: The Bodyguard 2 · Cross Game 15 · Doraemon Pika-Pika 18 · Fruits 3 of 3 · Godhand Teru 21 · Hayate The Combat Butler 19 · Hyde & Closer 1 by Aso Haro · I am Here! 4 · Kaiser Z 11 · Kampfer 2 · Lum, The Invader Girl 20 · Nakayoshi Lovely 7 · The Puppet Master Lin 4 · Red Haired Snow White 1 by Akizuki Sorata · Touch 26 of 26 · Nakayoshi 78/2010 · Shonen Magz 69/2010
  • Level Comics: AirGear 9 · Doubt 2 · Go Go Hanasaki Detective Office 1 by Watanabe Wataru · Ice Forest 3 · Officer Monju 3 · Rumiko Takahashi's Best Short Story Collection 1 · Subaru 3 · Tokyo Juliet 12
  • m&c!: 5PM I Fall in Love by Nakamura Sayumi · Bad Girl's Hero by Mori Chikako · Flower of Queen 1 by Izumi Kaneyoshi · Jun X Ai Sensation 1 by Oobayashi Miyuki · March Our Heart Together by Shibano Yuka · My Heavenly Hockey Club 14 of 14 · My Sister and Me 5 · PPOI 9

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