And 26 days after Trigun: Badlands Rumble premiered in Sakura-Con, Vash the Stampede's Trigun Maximum saga—the Indonesian version—concludes. Will Volume 14: Mind Games end in a blaze of glory or... should I even be asking?
Trigun Maximum © Nightow Yasuhiro/Shonen Gahosha (First serialized in Young King Ours)
Published in Indonesia by PT Elex Media Komputindo
May contain [SPOILERS]
Also: Takaya Natsuki's Twinkle Stars (Hoshi wa Utau) premieres in HanaLaLa, while Kunai Legend (Kunaiden) makes its debut
when Team Japan runs into Team USA a day before the ension explodesYouth World Cup finals. Gaou and Yamato declare war on team captain Don, while Hiruma scuffles with quarterback Clifford. On edge, Sena awaits the coming battle on the pitch with future pro NFL player Panther in the penultimate Eyeshield 21, Volume 36: Sena vs. Panther.
Not!Naruto volume 9 (comprising chapters 44-47) follows Yukimi as he probes deeper into Yoite's past. Elsewhere, Hattori attempts to dissuade Miharu from granting Yoite's wish — prompting Yoite into bolting with Miharu, and Hattori into ordering the Kira wielder's death and Miharu's retrieval. Meanwhile en route to Banten, Yoite reveals that he lied about planting ki fragments in Tobari, Kouichi, and Raimei (allegedly resulting in their deaths when Yoite himself dies). For his part, Miharu backtracks and tells Yoite he doesn't want to use the Shinra Banshou to erase Yoite's existence, desiring instead for Yoite to live. [Adapted from Wikipedia's volume summary]
Aided by Hancock, Luffy infiltrates Impel Down in One Piece Volume 54: Unstoppable (Mō Dare ni mo Tomerarenai). Rushing to save Ace, currently on Death Row, Luffy bumps into former foe Buggy the Clown and tips off the entire prison of his presence. Together, Luffy and Buggy race through Impel Down's first three levels, dispatching jailers who get in their way. As the clock counts down to Ace's execution, warden Magellan vows to eliminate Luffy himself.
I lurves ♡ how the One Piece manga appears (non-Chekhov's gun-like) in the dorama Mei-chan no Shitsuji.)
In volume 22, Alphonse's plan to seal himself in a cave with Pride succeeds, effectively curbing Pride's use of his shadows. Meanwhile, in Central, Mustang and a loyal band launch a coup d'etat. Besieged, Central deploys its secret force, an
undying army that knows neither friend nor foe.
Apparently, Tabasa Iori's Kunai Legend (Kunaiden) is another Not!Naruto, but the Elex blurb carefully hides what makes this ninja action adventure different. I will follow Elex's cue.
Komori Kunai is a normal middle schooler. Normal, that is, except for his daily ninja training under his father's tutelage. Kunai trains diligently, giving no thought as to whether shinobi still have a place in the world in these times.
The day Kunai turns 14, however, he is presented with a sword, marking his ascendancy to head of the Komori family and inheritance of its duties. But what does this Komori responsibility entail?
The overwhelmingly ANGST!-categorized Twinkle Stars follows Sakuya, living with brother Kanade after their abandonment by their parents. Sakuya's friends don't exactly approve of Kanade, but Sakuya has no complaints.
On Sakuya's birthday, a boy named Chihiro joins in the celebrations, and it is only the following day that Sakuya learns that Chihiro, whom she thought was Kanade's friend, wasn't. Kanade, for his part, thought Chihiro was Sakuya's boyfriend.
Who is this guy??
HanaLaLa 49 also features the 49-paged third chapter of Midorikawa Yuki's first Manga Taishō finalist Natsume Yujincho and a double treat of Fujiwara Kiyo's Arakure: The Wild Ones. Here's hoping the promised chapters 28-29 returns us to the land of WAFFy Igarashi x Sachie goodness.
Other regular Hana to Yume and LaLa goodies: Alice Academy by Higuchi Tachibana (this installment: Story 77) · Darling by Uno Ayumi · Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari (Chapter 20) · La Corda D'Oro by Kure Yuki (Symphony 50) · Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco (Chapter 55) · Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki (Act 100: Off to a Good Start!) · Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya (Chapter 9) · Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri (Twenty-seventh Night) · V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri (Chapter 49) · With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari (Chapter 48).
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- Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji (Neko Mix Genkitan Toraji) 3 of 3+ by Tamura Yumi
- Eyeshield 21 v36 of 37 by Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yusuke
- Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) 22 of 25+ by Arakawa Hiromu
- Kaiser Z 12 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi
- [Premiere] Kunai Legend (Kunaiden) 1 of 4 by Iori Tabasa
- Legend of Nereid 6 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
- One Piece 54 of 57+ by Oda Eiichiro
- Penguin Revolution (Penguin Kakumei) 4 of 7 by Tsukuba Sakura
- The Puppet Master Lin (Kairaishi Lin) 6 of 10+ by Wada Shinji
- The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 9 of 12+ by Kamatani Yuhki
- SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 16 of 27+ by Hinata Takeshi
- Trigun Maximum 14 of 14 by Nightow Yasuhiro [Finale]
- With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 4 of 11 by Tokeino Hari
- X Zone 3 of 3+ by Aoki Takao
- [RE-STO] Angel's Eye by Dwiyani Christi
- [RE-STO] Doraemon Movie 1 - The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST) by Fujiko F. Fujio
- [RE-STO] Doraemon Movie 1 - The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (LAST) by Fujiko F. Fujio
- [RE-STO] Girl of Alps Heidi by Johanna Spyri and Igarashi Yumiko
- [RE-STO] Precious Moment by Esvandiari Sant
(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 28 April 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All listed manga are priced at IDR 15,000 each, except the reissued Girls of Alps Heidi (SRP: IDR 12,000) and Doraemon Movie 1 - The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST) and (LAST) (IDR 20,000/volume)
(3) are Amazon.com (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.
Volume previews continued...
Tenkuu no Hasha Z 「 天空の覇者Ｚ 」 by Uno Hiroshi
T ingot in hand, Tenma visits the only blacksmith capable of smithing the metal into the meteor sword under Kanako's guidance. But plans remain plans as Tenma lacks knowledge of one more secret to reviving the sword.
「 네레이드의 전설 」 by Hwang MiRee
Attica's army plans to attack Akaron island. Themedes puts himself forward to lead the assault forces. Meanwhile, Matia is ensconced in Prince Thaion's palace.
Early fangirling about the high romance quotient of this volume *waves to Ari-chan* accounts for the GET! designation. (Click the link if you want more than my hint.)
Penguin Kakumei 「 ペンギン革命 」 by Tsukuba Sakura
Ryo's acting in Animalder bags him a Young Lions Award, and despite an envious nominee trying to stop him from ascending the stage, Ryo receives the award. Jubilation breaks out and Narazaki takes advantage of the festivity to kiss Yukari!
And THAT's why Narazaki is the PenKaku cover...
Oniichan to Issho 「 お兄ちゃんと一緒 」 by Tokeino Hari
Into Sakura's life whirls an off-the-charts charm wattage "guest." He's not another brother, is he?
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
UP NEXT: More 28 April 2010 manga
Level Comics: Angel Heart 3 · Eagle 10 · Jio 5 · Love Affair 5 · Restore Garage 251 vol. 5 · Lucky Luke - Lucky Luke vs Joss Jamon · Lucky Luke - Nabi Palsu · Michel Vaillant - Para Sponsor · Yakari - Yakari dan Sang Rajawali
m&c!: Battle Brawlers Bakugan 3 · Bleach 22 · Born To Cook 6 · C-Blossom 1 by Shimotsuki Kayoko/Fukui Harutoshi · Goong [Palace Story] 19 · My Fragile Love 1 by Miyawaki Yukino · My Fragile Love 2 · My Fragile Love 3 of 3 · Shanaou Yoshitsune - Genpei War 1 by Sawada Hirofumi · Tokyo Angels 1 by Fujii Mihona · White Paper Ark 5 · The Story of Wang Fenglei 1 by Tony Wong · Hand 7 No. 2 · PenDragon 2 · Tengu-Do 2 · KOLONI: Garudayana 2 · Cherry 42 · Shanaou Yoshitsune volumes 7-12 (box set)
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manga currently available (21 April 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Beck 16 · Detektif Conan Spesial 31 · Dr. Koto 1 by Yamada Takatoshi · Flash of Wind 27 · Legend of Nereid 5 · Love Honor 2 of 2 · SC: Miracle Blue by Mitsuki Miko · Penguin Revolution 3 · Pokemon 14 of 14 · Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 1 by Shirodaira Kyou & Mizuno Eita · Shonen Star 64/2010
- Level Comics: Aflame Inferno 1 by Kim KwangHyun · Arms 17 · The Black Swindler 9 · Ice Forest 4 · Fire Investigator Nanase 2 · Nurse Aoi 11 · Pandemic by Kakizaki Masasumi · Psychometrist Eiji 12 · To Be Beautiful 3 · Wilderness 2 · Zenith 4
- m&c!: Dragon Girl 3 · Happy Tail! 2 of 2 · Monga's Earth 3 of 3 · My Secret Guy by Washio Mie · My Secret Life 6 of 6 · My Sweet Kaicho 8 · Pure Love Kamikaze Captain 12 · School Hotel 1 by Morie Satoshi · Sayaka, I Love You by Wao Akira · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 7 · Monika 133 · Horacic Park III · Star Wars 4 · Hellboy 2
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
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