Edited because apparently Pangeran Kacamata (Megane Ouji) is only four volumes, and thus this release is the series finale
Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna © Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita/Square Enix
(First serialized in Shonen Gangan)
Published in Indonesia as Spiral: The Bonds of Reason by Elex Media Komputindo
Contains [SPOILERS!] and much (TV) Trope Identification (Don't worry; I provide links where they're not self-explanatory.)
*glomp* yes-sama~!Fangirl lapse over the Bishie Badass Bookworm on the cover aside, Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 3 remains this Elex manga sked's leading DO WANT! — prolly for the no need for deduction reason that the Absurdly High Staked-clot, I mean, plot, is thickening:
Narumi Ayumu's investigation leads him to a teacher claiming to have the deets on the Blade Children, but before any file transfer can take place, the man is offed by Older Than She Looks Rio. It appears that Ayumu and
Watson Hiyono are next in the Blade Child's sights.
Elex fumbled and didn't provide a synop, so an adapt of Yen Press' Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning vol.3 blurb it is. The English description adds:
When her murderous plot backfires and Rio finds herself in the hospital, she challenges the visiting Ayumu to a life-and-death gamble, only to find herself face-to-face with Hiyono, who calls Rio's bet and raises her one!
Kak, Jadilah Pangeran Kacamataku! (Be my Glasses Prince!, the volume subtitle) could well be the sniveling wail, if not whiny demand of Megane Ouji heroine Sachiko, after she finds out that Not Blood Sib, Leads a Double Life Akihiko/Akira actually has an ex-girlfriend — one who is pretty and classy and whatever else Sachi is not.
Everything including the kitchen sink seems to be conspiring to make Sachi give up on her beloved four-eyed prince, doesn't it? My advice to the beleaguered megane fangirl: “ex-” is the operative word (actually, prefix) here. “Ex-”girlfriend. (I don't normally go around counseling fictional creations, but this particular protagonist is just so ridiculously unlucky (as per her creator Mizukami Wataru's design), and her four-eyed prince so much a frickin' tease that I couldn't help it.)
Time Travel, and
World War II comprise Baka-Updates Manga's top user-voted categories for Summer Storm! (Natsu no Arashi!) — and the abecedarian laundry list does provide a pretty good (not to mention, intriguing) overview of the shounen manga from School Rumble creator Kobayashi Jin.
Here's how Elex blurbed the series that (as pointed out) was adapted into anime (Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 for the sequel):
Yasaka Hajime finds an old photograph of Arashiyama Sayoko. Arashi (for short) claims to have lived through the war 60 years ago, and the only hint that she's telling the truth lies in her ancient mode of dress. Skeptic Hajime who believes only in what science tells him tries to verify Arashi's story, and as
the plot bunny coincidence would have it, meets the person who took the picture. So is Arashi a ghost? Or did a time slip occur?
Okay, so the
Crossdressing tags remain mysteries (I didn't watch the anime) compelling enough to make me want to check out volume 1.
Like Ashihara Hinako's Butterfly Cloud, The Moon & Lake (Tsuki to Mizuumi) spans only one volume. Elex bills it a
touching love story. The Moon & Lake follows Kazuna's quest to locate the woman her novelist grandfather wrote about in his unpublished roman à clef. The novel reveals her grandfather's love for a woman to whom he wasn't married. Despite her unease, Kazuna goes to see her grandfather's “lover.”
Kin Iro no Corda © Kure Yuki/
The Smurfette Principle Kaho-chan—sans her Blue Bishounen Ghetto—covers the half-century (only in number) HanaLaLa as the mangazine brings us the 49-paged Symphony 50 of Kure Yuki's La Corda D'Oro. (The previous issue had featured a Special Symphony/Kin Iro no Corda ~Tokubetsuhen~ interlude.) Hopefully we get more, more, MOAR! Tsukimori, Tsuchiura, and Shimizu (not to mention Aoi) hawt-ness in this next chapter.
Badass Adorable (in the Hana Hime arc) Mikan makes a new friend, Koizumi. Appearing to be a weakling, Koizumi keeps Alice powers under wraps and constantly tries to get close to Jerk with a Heart of Gold Natsume. A day before the sports festival, the Academy of Adventure is thrown into chaos, with stuff flying everywhere — ending up in Mikan's imprisonment with Koizumi.
The other installments to look out for are the 40-paged chapter 2 of Twinkle Stars (Hoshi wa Utau), Takaya Natsuki's latest addition to the HanaLaLa currents roster, and the final chapter (File 10) of Uno Ayumi's Darling (that came and now goes without me ever having read it).
Other regular Hana to Yume and LaLa goodies: Arakure: The Wild Ones by Fujiwara Kiyo (this issue: chapter 30) · Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari (Chapter 21) · Natsume Yujincho by Midorikawa Yuki (Chapter 4) · Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco (Chapter 56) · Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki (Act 101: Encounter!! A Dynamite Star) · Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya (Chapter 10) · Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri (28th Night: The Kuran Family) · V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri (Chapter 50) · With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari (Chapter 49).
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- BECK 17 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
- Godhand Teru 23 of 52+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
- Katsu! 4 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru
- [NEW] The Moon & Lake (Tsuki to Mizuumi) by Ashihara Hinako
- Pangeran Kacamata (Megane Ouji) 4 of 4 by Mizukami Wataru [Finale]
- The Puppet Master Lin (Kairaishi Lin) 7 of 10+ by Wada Shinji
- Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 3 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
- [PREMIERE] Summer Storm! (Natsu no Arashi!) 1 of 7+ by Kobayashi Jin
- V.B. Rose 2 of 14 by Hidaka Banri
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(1) Sources: Elex Media STO 19 May 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) 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...
I never planned to live in Japan all my life.
Maho's admission shakes up Koyuki, making him fear that their relationship is nearing its end.
Shieikai Hospital launches a new strategy in its bid to destroy Valhalla and force Shinomiya Kei into returning to the Shieikai fold. The target this time: a hospital on the outskirts of Ryugu.
As Hibari embarks on her new life of wedded bliss (despite a wedding day that dawned in panic and confusion), things are also looking up for Ageha who has found a new job that's perfect for her.
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)
UP NEXT: More 19 May 2010 manga
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
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manga available this week (12 May 2010 street date)
- 3L: Hori High School 2 · Love Trauma 2 of 2
- Elex Media: Burning Pen by Shimamoto Kazuhiko · Cross Game 16 · Eyeshield 21 V37 of 37 · Fantastic Tales 2 · The Fifth Columnist 2 of 2 · K-ON! 1 by Kakifly · Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati 1 by Kiyuduki Satoko · Pangeran Kacamata 3 · School Rumble 10 · Shugo Chara! 9 Tokkyu! 11 · V.B. Rose 1 by Hidaka Banri · Vitamin Cat 1 by Sugiyama Ryoko · Wazabo 3 · Nakayoshi 80/2010
- Level Comics: Diamond Life 2 · Go Go Hanasaki Detective Office 2 · Nanase Fire Investigator 3 · Ole! 4 · Officer Monju 5 · Priest 5 · The Ravages of Time 2 · Tomo'o 8 · Under The Rose 4 · Spirou: Air Keabadian · Spirou: Penyihir di Champignac
- m&c!: Beauty Pop 6 · Bleach 24 · Blizzard Axel 9 · Goong [Palace Story] 20 · Innocent Revenge by Hazuki Rei · Nekomachi Shop Guide 1 by Sakamoto Miku · Princess Bouquet 1 by Aomata Pink · Shanimuni GO 29 · Shanaou Yoshitsune volumes 18-22 box set
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
Elex Media · HanaLaLa · manga · shoujo · shounen · Alice Academy · BECK · Godhand Teru · Katsu! · The Moon & Lake · Pangeran Kacamata · The Puppet Master Lin · Spiral: The Bonds of Reason · Summer Storm · V.B. Rose