Megane Ouji © Mizukami Wataru/Kodansha (Serialized in Nakayoshi Lovely)
Published in Indonesia as Pangeran Kacamata by Elex Media
May contain [SPOILERS]
Sachiko continues to pine for her bespectacled stepbrother and he could just care less. Is there any chance at all for Sachiko to GET! her dream
[Adapted from Amazon's description of Four-Eyed Prince volume 2: Geek Love (Del Rey edition)]
Now for the Most Wanted Manga of this Elex release:
Call my name, My Lord.
Sneaking into the Phantomhive mansion, the circus performers clash with Ciel's troop. Sebastian coolly dispatches the trespassers on his master's command. A clown mourns the loss of everything dear and crimson flames begin to burn away tears...
Nodame goes into hiding after Chiaki rejects her proposal. At a time when Nodame's friends are searching for her, Stresemann orchestrates Nodame's debut in London — to standing ovation. But after her success, Nodame vanishes once more, hinting at a heart-sore reluctance to ever play the piano. Does this spell the end to Nodame's relationship with Chiaki and classical music?
Starts/Ends babble, along with previews of The Bodyguard 3, Libero Revolution! 9, and Rebirth 24, resume after the manga list.
- 3 VS. 3: Three series finales and three premieres. On teh new side: Butterfly Cloud (Chouchou Kumo, standalone) by Ashihara Hinako; Love Honor (Giri Koi) by Yamada Daiy; and Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon by Fujiko F Fujio. On the ending side: Kunimitsu (Kunimitsu no Matsuri, volume 27); Nurse Diary (Jitsuroku! Kangofu Monogatari, volume 10); and Tale of Poor Sisters (Binbou Shimai Monogatari, volume 4)
- [RE-STO] Elex is also reissuing edu-manga by Takashi Yoichi: Komik Aku Tahu: Mencari Perahu Nuh (Searching for Noah's Ark), Komik Aku Tahu: Misteri Piramid (The Mystery of the Pyramids), and Komik Aku Tahu: Peradaban Maya yang Hilang (The Lost Mayan Civilization); Also Harlequin Comic: The Sheikh's Seduction by Emma Darcy (originally a Level August 2007 release) and The Mystique Flower, a local comic by Ida Ariyanti, first released by Elex in November 2008
Featured series for the month's Nakayoshi is the winner of the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for best children's manga, PEACH-PIT's Shugo Chara!. Tadase confesses his love for Amu, but Ikuto also has something for our heroine. Here's hoping that whatever IT is, it won't be as icy as Ikuto's countenance.
Other regular Nakayoshi series: Arisa by Ando Natsumi · Boy Friend by Yamada Daisy · Ghost Navi Runa (Youkai Navi Runa) by Kikuta Michiyo & Ikeda Miyoko · The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu (Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshirou Jiken Note) by Enue Kei & Hayamine Kaoru · New Hell Girl (Shin Jigoku Shoujo) by Etoo Miyuki & the Jigoku Shojo Project · Ogawa & Team Saito (Ogawa to Yukai na Saitoutachi) by Sakyo · Sweet Tamatan (Dokidoki! Tama-tan) by Koge-Donbo · Tsuba Kiyo by Hara Asumi · XX Me! (Watashi ni xx Shinasai!) by Toyama Ema
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- Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 8 of 8+ by Toboso Yana
- The Bodyguard (Kage Kara Mamoru!) 3 of 6+ by Achi Taro
- [New] Butterfly Cloud (Chouchou Kumo) by Ashihara Hinako
- Crows 6 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
- Ghost Sweeper Mikami (GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!) 38 of 39 by Shiina Takashi
- [Premiere] Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon 1 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Kunimitsu (Kunimitsu no Matsuri) 27 of 27 by Ando Yuma, Asaki Masashi [Finale]
- Libero Revolution! 9 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki
- [Premiere] Love Honor (Giri Koi) 1 of 2 by Yamada Daisy
- Maria Holic 3 of 6+ by Endou Minari
- Nodame Cantabile 22 of 23 by Ninomiya Tomoko
- Nurse Diary (Jitsuroku! Kangofu Monogatari) 10 of 10 by Kai Sayumi [Finale]
- Pangeran Kacamata (Megane Ouji) 2 of 4+ by Mizukami Wataru
- Rebirth 24 of 25+ by Lee KangWoo
- Tale of Poor Sisters (Binbou Shimai Monogatari) 4 of 4 by Kazuto Izumi [Finale]
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 14 April 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All listed manga retail for IDR 15,000 except Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon 1 (SRP: IDR 28,000), the Komik Aku Tahu series (IDR 20,000 each), and Level's Harlequin reissue The Sheik's Seduction (IDR 12,000)
(3) are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
Elex is releasing the first in the Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon series, full-color Doraemon comics that want to show off Doraemon's unique blue color. Additionally,
these stories have never been published before or as Elex proudly claims:
Ceritanya belum pernah diterbitkan dalam bentuk apa pun.
After Tominaga Mao saves Matsuda Riku from what appeared to be bullies, the two become good friends. Their closeness is such that inevitably Mao falls for Riku. But Riku who dubbed Mao his
Prince for her rescue attempt already has a girlfriend. Despite a broken heart, Mao finds it difficult to banish her feelings for Riku.
[With additions from Nagareboshi Manga's series description excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]
I predict that the release of Love Honor (only two volumes) will be speedy given (1) both volumes appear in the April Komikologi bulletin and (2) there's the I am Here! precedent (Koko ni Iru yo! finished its five-volume run in just over a month).
The only standalone in this Elex batch is Butterfly Cloud by Ashihara Hinako-sensei, the creator of Sunadokei (Sand's Chronicle). Originally titled Chouchou Kumo, the four-story Betsucomi anthology contains (aside from
Middle School First Year - Less Than Love,
Middle School Second Year - Man Hater, and
Middle School Third Year - The Cherry Blossoms Scatter.
Butterfly Cloud was also included in another omnibus, Bitter - Nakechau Koi Monogatari.
Butterfly Cloud tells the story (don't hold your breath; Elex's blurb for this is hella long) of friends Kiyo, Kanta, and Goma, living on a small island (Baka-Updates sez it's in the Seto Inland Sea) where most everyone ekes out a living from the sea's largesse. Into their lives comes Rikka. Initially, Kanta and Goma refuse to accept the new girl, but thanks to Kiyo, Rikka eventually becomes part of their circle. As time passes, romantic feelings grow, with Rikka and Kanta apparently locked in mutual like. This doesn't please Kiyo who has long harbored feelings for Kanta and dreams of one day becoming his bride.
Rikka is involved in an accident and is rushed to a city hospital. The friends don't see her for several years. When they reunite, Kiyo decides that she is going to become a
butterfly cloud in the sky, whatever that means.
Kunimitsu wraps with volume 27, but I don't have a blurb for you. Elex fumbled and what appears in Komikologi features
Katsuki Satoyama and
Katsuki Mizutani — definitely NOT the lead characters in this comedy tackling political reform. Similarly, I don't know what Kai is up to in the final Nurse Diary (volume 10), but I do have the volume 4 preview of Tale of Poor Sisters:
As promised, Kyou and Asu are invited to the new amusement park built by their aunt. There they catch as glimpse of their erstwhile missing father who sold their house to pay off gambling debts.
Here are the rest of the manga previews:
- The Bodyguard 3: A kawaii new student, Kumogakure Hotaru, transfers into Kagemori Mamoru's class and shocks our shinobi by immediately confessing her love for him. Is this a dream? And if it is, will Yuna's bodyguard want to wake up?
- Libero Revolution! 9: Kaname and his teammates advance to the semi-finals where they have to go up against a team from a vocational/technical school with the same name, Seikai. Meanwhile, the Seikai girls' team also faces the team from Tadahama, winner of the previous year's national competition. Will both Seikai teams make it to the finals?
- Rebirth 24: Carldika forces Riris to battle the vampire Deshwitat. In the middle of the fight, Deshwitat is teleported to another dimension by the Order of St. Michael.
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who could've led this post also with MariaHolic 3, except she's not into meganekko
UP NEXT: More 14 April 2010 manga
Level Comics: AirGear 10 · Black Lagoon 5 · Doubt 4 of 4 · My Lovely Honey 3 of 3 · Priest 4 · Strange Tales of Tokyo 2 · xxxHoLic 7 · Genius Family Company 2 · Officer Monju 4 · Subaru 4
m&c!: Bleach 20 · Bleach 21 · Mahiru's Meteor 3 of 3 · Shanimuni GO 28 · Yowamushi Pedal, Go! 7 · Long Hu Men 166 · Shanaou Yoshitsune 1-6 (box set)
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manga available this week (7 April 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Best Friend Survival! 2 · Crows 5 · The Familiar of Zero 3 · Godhand Teru 22 · LUM, The Invader Girl 21 · MÄR 15 of 15 · New Little Ghost Q-Taro 4 · Pandora Hearts 8 · Pangeran Kacamata 1 by Mizukami Wataru · The Real Fake Princess 2 · School Rumble 9 · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 15 · Wazabo 2 · With My Brothers 3 · Yakitate!! Japan 17 · Shonen Magz 70/2010
- Level Comics: Basara 12 · Life 20 of 20 · Master of Sea 13 · Nurse Aoi 10 · Show Me The Money 1 by Lin Xin Ying
- m&c!: Goong [Palace Story] 18 · Momokan 6 · Pure Love Kamikaze Captain 11 · Red Devil of Onigawara Yokocho 1 by Yagami Chitose · Strawberry Marshmallow 5 · I Love You 1-6 of 6 by Takase Yuka and · Imadoki! 1-5 of 5 by Watase Yuu (individual volume reissues)
related monthly schedules
Elex April 2010 manga
Premiering K-ON! by Kakifly, Spiral: The Bonds of Reason by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita, Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon by Fujiko F. Fujio, Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro by Kiyuzuki Satoko, Kunai Legend by Iori Tabasa, Love & Honor by Yamada Daisy (double launch with volume 2), Otoboke Section Chief by Ueda Masashi, Pangeran Kacamata by Mizukami Wataru, V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri · Standalones: Butterfly Cloud by Ashihara Hinako and Miracle Blue by Mitsuki Miko
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
other invaluable resources
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