Contains [SPOILERS!] and teh usual Trope ID'ing and borrowing (not just from TV Tropes; I counsel caution esp. when surfing from .)
Nabari no Ou © Kamatani Yuhki/Square Enix (Serialized in GFantasy)
Published in Indonesia as The Ruler of Nabari by Elex Media Komputindo
When we last left
Not!Naruto ninja Miharu and Yoite, the pair were on the lam, with Miharu reneging on their deal and refusing to use the Shinra Banshou to expunge Yoite's existence.
In the next The Ruler of Nabari tankou (the Badass Longcoat on the volume 10 cover proving that Yoite IS a ), a wavering Raikou goes and tells Papa Wolf Yukimi that Miharu and Yoite are on their way to Banten. Apparently, Raikou isn't the only one in the know; Kasa lies in wait for Miharu in the former dispatch post of Iga Village and captures him. Iga clan leader Hattori tries to get Miharu to ditch Yoite, an invite Miharu turns down, convinced that he and Yoite are
the same. It's a contention the Grey Wolf head honcho disputes. Raikou adds his two-yen worth and attempts to dissuade Hattori from offing Yoite, to which Hattori retorts that Raikou is dangerously close to forswearing allegiance and being relieved from active duty.
Who doesn't know Jigoku Shoujo? Even if you don't subscribe to NakaGress! which serialized the manga adaptation, I'm sure you've at least run over the three seasoned-anime TV Tropes describes as a
genre defying, victim of the week, anti-magical girl, social commentary with a Japanese horror edge. But assuming for teh sake of the discussion that someone's still in the dark about Hell Girl —
Have you heard about Hell Communication? Urban legend has it that if you post your grudge on this website at the stroke of midnight, Jigoku Shoujo Enma Ai will punish your tormentor and drag him/her to hell.
But wait. Before you start submitting names to Jigoku Tsushin, know that there's no such thing as a free lunch: revenge only comes at the price of your own soul.
Eto Miyuki's shoujo manga brings its own storyline to the table, but retains the central characters and the One soul damned, two graves dug premise. In the manga adaptation, Ai goes to the same school as her clientele and her MO differs slightly. (Wiki points out that the straw doll with the red string around its neck—untying the string constitutes agreement with the eternal damnation terms—was absent in the first few chapters.)
The series has also been adapted into a 12-epsiode live-action renzoku, airing on NTV Japan between November 2007 and January 2008 and starring Iwata Sayuri as Enma Ai, Ogura Hisahiro (the narrator in the anime series) as Wanyuudou, Kato Kazuki as Ichimoku Ren, and Sugimoto Aya as Hone-Onna.
Two sequels follow the Jigoku Shoujo manga: Shin Jigoku Shoujo (New Hell Girl; ongoing Indonesian NakaGress! serialization; three volumes in total) and Jigoku Shoujo R (one volume as at 2010.03).
Shonen Star 65 brings us the latest installment of
Edogawa Conan, tantei sa! Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho, which apparently features the return of the MIBs that de-aged Meitantei Conan's teenaged Kudo Shinichi into the prepubescent Edogawa Conan:
A comatose Mizunashi Rena is guarded tightly by the FBI, but word of her whereabouts is leaked, allowing the Black Organization to breach the protection cordon. One of the syndicate's members now poses as a patient in the same hospital.
Other Shogakukan serials (mainly from Shonen Sunday): Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang Kyung-Il · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) by Yamada Takatoshi · InuYasha by Takahashi Rumiko · Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru · Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow · Look Up! (Miagete Goran) by Kusaba Michiteru · My First Mr. Aku (Hajimete no Aku) by Fujiki Shun · Undead by Inoue Kazurou · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) 13 of 21+ by Higuchi Tachibana
- The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) 3 of 11 by Irie Kenzo & Hashiguchi Takashi
- Crows 8 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
- Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 21 of 23+ by Aoyama Gosho
- Fruits Basket 23 of 23 by Takaya Natsuki [Finale]
- [Premiere] Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) 1 of 9 by Eto Miyuki
- K-ON! 2 of 3+ by Kakifly
- Kunai Legend (Kunaiden) 2 of 4 by Iori Tabasa
- Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati (Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro) 2 of 2+ by Kiyuduki Satoko
- Libero Revolution! 10 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki
- Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) 2 of 22+ by Ueda Masashi
- Princess 31 of 31+ by Han SeungWon
- The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 10 of 12+ by Kamatani Yuhki
- Tale of the Sea King (Kaiouki) 37 of 44+ by Kawahara Masatoshi
- With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 5 of 11 by Tokeino Hari
(1) Sources: Elex Media 26 May 2010 release schedule and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) All listed manga are priced at IDR 15,000 each, except Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 21 (SRP: IDR 28,800) and Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati 2 (IDR 17,000)
(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
Are those Kokoroyomi- and Kitsuneme-kun on the cover? If so, they and the rest of the Alice Gakuen boys are in for a tough time as Valentine's Day rolls around in Alice Academy 13:
While other school boys await Valentine's Day with Am I getting honmei choklit this year? *doki* *doki* anticipation, not so the males of Alice Academy. On a day when normal girls would be giving out store-bought, if not lovingly-homemade chocolates to their beloved, the female Alice wielders target the Wizarding School's most popular boys, proferring truffles etc., hexed with curses.
Subversion of tradition regardless, who is the lucky recipient of Mikan's choco?
Or need we even (Suki na hito wa Natsume!) ask?
A congenitally-defective heart should've shortened Saijo Mikoto's life, but the genius skills of a cardiac surgeon allows him to reach adolescence. To show his gratitude and afford similarly-afflicted others the same chance, Mikoto decides to become the world's greatest pediatric surgeon. (Nothing like aiming high, after all.)
Fortified with not-so modest ambitions, Mikoto dreams of resuscitating the pediatric surgery unit, to which end he attempts a planetary first: a surgery in which he sacrifices... himself.
Elex adds in its blurb:
Caught up in cut-throat competition with surgery's best and brightest, the sleeping lion finally rouses!
I can't make sense of Firefox's machine translations, but here are the volume 3 chapters (16 to 24): 大きさの違い • 小児外科の女看板 • 治らないモノ • おかしな医者 • ヒーロー • 患者への思いやり • 嫌われる理由 • 優しさは災いする • メインとサブ.
Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 21 of 23+
(If we had the latest Detektif Conan manga installment in ShoStar 65, here we have the most recent in the anime mangafication.)
Unwordly Suzu is haunted by a homicide on a ghost ship. Ex-cop now PI Mouri Kogoro, found unconscious beside the corpse, is accused of the murder.
Any source other than Wiki not forthcoming, I'm assuming this story is based on the Season 3
Ghost Ship Murder Case (Yūreisen Satsujin Jiken) anime episodes (Episode 61-62 OAD: 1997.06.02 and 1997.06.09).
The animorphism curse is lifted and the junishi and Kyo are free to pursue (relatively) normal, albeit likely still scary lives. Facing the future head-on, Kyo only wants one someone from his past beside him.
Of course, it is Fixer Sue Tohru.
Assume that you know Not!Naruto ninja #2 Kunai's profession by now?
Classmate Ninomiya Izuna ends up a boarder at Kunai's home, after her house is reduced to ashes in a vampire attack. Kunai, however, has to restrain the jumping for joy bit over his crush living with him, seeing as how he has to conceal his vampiric ninja secret from Izuna. If he doesn't, he stands to find himself targeted by Izuna and her vampire hunter family.
Like The Best Skilled Surgeon 3, I has untranslated chapter titles (7-16) for Kunai Legend 2: すぐに戻るから待ってて！ • さっさと解毒しろ • ある老忍の村（1） • ある老忍の村（2） • ある老忍の村（3） • 清白の悪夢（1） • 清白の悪夢（2） • 清白の悪夢（3） • 清白の悪夢（4） • 背がのびるの!?
With Nijuku and Sanju in tow, the road winds on for Kuro and Sen. During a lull en route, Kuro takes a turn down memory lane, revisiting an unfortunate incident during her early days as a traveler that resulted in her imprisonment! One by one, the secrets surrounding Kuro and her journey with Sen are disclosed...and the fate that Kuro will suffer should her quest fail is finally revealed.
Sakura goes to the amusement park with friends from the soccer club and club member Nana blithely holds her hand along the way. How will Suzuki, who has a crush on Sakura, react?
Meanwhile, Valentine's Day sees Sakura unable to give chocolates to Cool Big Bro, I mean, Sis, Masashi.
And we're supposed to wonder: Why???
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
UP NEXT: More 26 May 2010 manga
Level Comics: Black Lagoon 6 · Chocolat 3 · Eagle 11 of 11 · Kyoko Karasuma's Case Files 2 · Master of Sea 14 · Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 1 by Yoshihara Yuki · Rainbow 17
m&c!: Bakugan Battle Brawlers 5 · Bleach 26 · Hand 7 Vol. 3 of 3 · Hellboy 3 · Jinco From Room 203 Vol. 3 of 3 · Panta Pan 1 by Aomata Pink · Pendragon 3 · Red Devil of Onigawara Yokocho 2 of 2 · Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 2 · The Story of Wang Fenglei 2 · KOLONI: I Want To Live by Kababonken · KOLONI: Shangrila by Mage · KOLONI: Xenopet by Rizky Arrydesta · Cherry 43
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manga currently available (19 May 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: BECK 17 · Godhand Teru 23 · Katsu! 4 · The Moon & Lake by Ashihara Hinako · Pangeran Kacamata 4 · The Puppet Master Lin 7 · Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 3 · Summer Storm! 1 by Kobayashi Jin · V.B. Rose 2 · HanaLaLa 50/2010
- Level Comics: AirGear 11 · Bambino 3 · Blade of Immortal 7 · Dolls of God 1 by Yamamura Hajime · Gun Smith Cats 5 · Historie 1 by Iwaaki Hitoshi · Nurse Aoi 12 · Shattered Knife 3
- m&c!: Bleach 25 · C-blossom 2 of 2 · Fu & Dragon 1-2 of 2 by Li Zhi Qing/Zhuang Han Bo · Happy Café 13 · Innocent Dragon 5 · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 8 · Long Hu Men 167 · School Hotel 2 of 2 · White Paper Ark 6 · · Monika 134 · Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures 5 · Komik Malaysia: Dari Alam Angker Histeria by Oga · Komik Malaysia: Call from The Grave by Kash · Komik Malaysia: Illusive by Oga · Komik Malaysia: Eli by Zint · Komik Malaysia: Punch by Aliow
related monthly schedules
Elex May 2010 manga
Premiering Animal Doctor by Sasaki Noriko, Artist Acro by Sakurai Ato, Blooming Youth by Itsuki Natsumi, Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi, Hell Girl by Eto Miyuki & Jigoku Shojo Project, Hero Tales by Arakawa Hiromu, A Kiss for My Prince by Kim HeeEun, Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati by Kiyuduki Satoko, New Sexy Simpleton by Hwang MiRee, Princess Story by Ebira Hiromi, Shinagawa Cat Story by Nishida Kana, Summer Storm! by Kobayashi Jin, Vitamin Cat by Sugiyama Ryoko, and The Moon & Lake by Ashihara Hinako (standalone)
other invaluable resources
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