And because I couldn't decide whether to lead with Misa-chan and the Café Maid Latte meido-tachi (My Sweet Kaicho volume 8) or with Hirata (Pure Love Kamikaze Captain 12), School Hotel grabs the spotlight.
Gakkou Hotel © Morie Satoshi/Hakusensha (First serialized in Hana to Yume)
Published in Indonesia as School Hotel by PT Gramedia/m&c!
For students who don't dare reveal their real selves, there's a haven called the Gakkou or School Hotel. Does smart Kenrin High student Tenno Toriko fit the “misfit” bill? If she doesn't, how come she's offered a place at this unique learning institution?
[Adapted from Midnight Scans & Intercross' description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]
On first ogle, you might be misled into thinking School Hotel the creation of Takagi Shigeyoshi, manga-ka of Flower in a Storm/Hana ni Arashi; you'd be forgiven for thinking thus. Morie Satoshi-sensei is Takagi Shigeyoshi-sensei's twin sister, which probably accounts for the uncanny affinity in drawing style (although Hakusensha might've also had a hand in the similarity). Reasons regardless, if Morie-sensei is as adept in manga plotting as her sister, then I'm Sold! on School Hotel. In any case, it's a short series — only two volumes just like Flower in a Storm — which shouldn't endanger my biblioholic book culling program overmuch. (Excuses, excuses...)
Edit: I was right about these two new titles—they are Tokkou Sayaka ☆ I Love You and Himitsu no Shitsuji-kun—as borne out by the artwork released 4.20.
As with School Hotel, I'm 99.9% sure that Sayaka, I Love You! by Wao Akira is Tokkou Sayaka ☆ I Love You 「 特攻サヤカ☆愛羅武勇 」. The official m&c! covers, slated for uploading into fesbuk Tuesday, will confirm if that remaining 0.1 percent tripped me up. At any rate, if it is, this standalone is likely related to Wao Akira-sensei's earlier Yankee Girl/part of the Tokkou Sayaka... series (a reasonable inference given that Yankee Girl's original title is Tokkou Sayaka Yoroshiku). Don't ask me though what Sayaka, I Love You (or even Yankee Girl) is all about. I haven't the foggiest.
The surety percentage drops to an arbitrary 30% with Washio Mie's My Secret Guy. In the absence of an m&c! cover, I speculate that this title is Himitsu no Shitsuji-kun 「 ひみつの執事くん 」, about a girl (Satsuki) who stumbles on to her classmate Okuno-kun's secret identity as a butler in a tea house and blackmails him into granting her deepest, darkest “wish.” [Adapted from Divine Sanctuary's description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]
FINALES: Happy Tail!, Monga's Earth, and My Secret Life
Concluding manga rival the premieres in number. Happy Tail! (Shippo de Happy!!), Anisaki Yuna's heartwarming, non-smut tale of a girl and her some kind of wonderful pooch ends with volume 2's release, as does another Tentoumushi kin, Kikuta Hiroyuki & Komori Youichi's Monga's Earth (Monga no Daichi), about a boy and his eponymous flying squirrel Monga, closing at volume 3.
The Death Note
Paket Biru (Blue set) comprising volumes 10 through 12 also streets on the 21st — to the tune of IDR 42,750/set or IDR 14,250 apiece. This repackaging represents the second such reissue, m&c! having first rereleased these (overstocked?) volumes a year ago. « Edit: Wondering if this Paket Biru will really street; the m&c! advisory doesn't include it (though Elex's STO does). Guess we'll find out on the 21st.
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- Dragon Girl 3 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru
- Happy Tail! (Shippo de Happy!!) 2 of 2 by Anisaki Yuna [Finale]
- The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 7 of 20: Sengketa Dewa (bagian awal) by Khu Lung, Cai Jing Dong
- Monga's Earth (Monga no Daichi) 3 of 3 by Kikuta Hiroyuki, Komori Youichi [Finale]
- [New] My Secret Guy (Himitsu no Shitsuji-kun) by Washio Mie
- My Secret Life (Ookami Nanka Kowakunai!) 6 of 6 by Midori Yukako [Finale]
- My Sweet Kaicho (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) 8 of 9+ by Fujiwara Hiro
- Pure Love Kamikaze Captain (Jun'ai Tokkou Taichou!) 12 of 13 by Seino Shizuru
- [New] Sayaka, I Love You! (Tokkou Sayaka ☆ I Love You) by Wao Akira
- [Premiere] School Hotel (Gakkou Hotel) 1 of 2 by Morie Satoshi
- Hellboy 2: Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola
- Monika dan Kawan-Kawan (Turma da Mônica) 133 by Mauricio (Mauricio de Sousa Produções)
- Monika: Horacic Park III by Mauricio
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures 4 of 10 by Haden Blackman, Ryan Kaufman, Thomas Andrews, Matt Fillbach, Shawn Fillbach, featuring: Another Fine Mess, The Brink, Orders, and Descent
(1) Sources: m&c! (artwork and release schedule) and Elex Media (STO 21 April 2010)
(2) All listed manga are priced at IDR 15,000 each, save for The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 7 (SRP: IDR 17,500), Monika: Horacic Park III (IDR 19,900), and Star Wars 4 and Hellboy 2 (IDR 45,000/each)
(3) 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) who will reconfirm the new titles and probably add more blurbs after Tuesday
UP NEXT: 28 April 2010 manga
Elex Media: Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji 3 · Eyeshield 21 v36 · Fullmetal Alchemist 22 · Kaiser Z 12 · Kunai Legend 1 by Iori Tabasa · Legend of Nereid 6 · One Piece 54 · Penguin Revolution 4 V3 · The Puppet Master Lin 6 · The Ruler of Nabari 9 · Sora - The Wingless Duck 16 · Trigun Maximum 14 of 14 · With My Brothers 4 · X-Zone 3 · HanaLaLa 49/2010 · Angels Eye by Dwiyani Christy, Girls of Alps Heidi by Igarashi Yumiko, Precious Moment by Esvandiari Sant, Doraemon Movie 1 - The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (FIRST) and Doraemon Movie 1 - The Records of Nobita Spaceblazer (LAST) (RE-STO)
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)
Cover images and source summaries used here for reference are © their respective intellectual rights holders. No infringement intended.
manga currently available (14 April 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Black Butler 8 · The Bodyguard 3 · Butterfly Cloud by Ashihara Hinako · Crows 6 · Ghost Sweeper Mikami 38 · Kumpulan Cerita Berwarna Doraemon 1 by Fujiko F Fujio · Kunimitsu 27 of 27 · Libero Revolution 9 · Love Honor 1 by Yamada Daisy · Maria Holic 3 · Nodame Cantabile 22 · Nurse Diary 10 of 10 · Pangeran Kacamata 2 · Rebirth 24 · Tale of Poor Sisters 4 of 4
- 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)
other next available manga (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
other invaluable resources
manga · manhua · AMERO · m&c! · shoujo · shounen · Death Note · Dragon Girl · Happy Tail · Hellboy · Horacic Park · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters · Jun'ai Tokkou Taichou · Kaichou wa Maid-sama! · Monga's Earth · Monika · My Secret Guy · My Secret Life · Pure Love Kamikaze Captain · Sayaka, I Love You · School Hotel · Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures
Update: Replaced covers with m&c!'s, added links to individual covers and/or blurbs