This week

Manga: Elex: 4.22 | Level: 4.22 | m&c!: 4.22
Anime (on Animax Asia): Tokyo Ravens, 10pm WIB, week nights
On WakuWaku Japan: Ristorante Paradiso, 1030pm WIB, airs Mon–Thu


Detektif Conan 57, Yotsubato 9, Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom of the Opera 3rd Murder 1 (Elex 23 June 2010 manga)

Also, The Great Detective KIYOSHIRO YUMEMIZU volume 9, which completes the Conan—Kindaichi—YuKi shounen tantei triad who would've dominated this Elex manga release — had perky Yotsuba! not deigned to show up.

名探偵夢水清志郎事件ノート 9

Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshiro Jiken Note © Enue Kei and Hayamine Kaoru
Kodansha (Serialized in Nakayoshi Lovely)
Published in Indonesia as The Great Detective KIYOSHIRO YUMEMIZU by Elex Media

Some (TV) Tropes and   [SPOILERS!]
(Be careful surfing, especially from pink underlined links)

The FBI guards a comatose Mizunashi Rena, but the protection cordon fails to stop Hondo Eisuke from infiltrating the hospital in Detektif Conan volume 57.

For the latest in Conan serial installments, see the latest Shonen Star mangazine (#67, below) that also streets 23 June

With Rena's whereabouts compromised and a Black Organization member posing as a patient in the same hospital, can Edogawa Conan, tantei sa! foil the syndicate's scheme to retrieve her? (Elex adds that the de-aged Kudo Shinichi—on a perennial Busman's Holiday because, you know, no matter where he goes, people die—also needs to solve a murder in which “Satan” figures as the primary suspect in this here volume of Aoyama Gosho's Meitantei Conan, AKA Case Closed.)

Before moving on to the other detective pair, let's dive first into some Heartwarming Hilarious —

Yotsuba&! 9 of 9+ by Azuma Kiyohiko

Yotsuba and adoptive dad Koiwai go to see a hot air balloon race with Asagi, Ena, and Torako — and actually get to ride in one of the balloons. What “& Something” will the irrepressible, Today is always the most enjoyable day Yotsuba find in the now-polychrome sky?

(Meanwhile, Yen Press in its Yotsuba&! 9 blurb talks about Yotsuba's first beddy tear, the Everything Is Worse With Bears-subverting plushie co-star of chapter 57 Yotsuba & Duralumin.)

The Great Detective KIYOSHIRO YUMEMIZU 9 by Enue Kei and Hayamine Kaoru

The fantastically rich family of Yamada Aloha vanishes one after another on Christmas, and The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu is summoned to solve the mystery. Wherever his conviction leads this meitantei and his deductive powers cannot be doubted, and fortunately, YuKi deciphers the mystery... in his sui generis yet non-confidence inspiring style.

Okay, that's the second detective above the line. Let's try for three below.


Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom of the Opera 3rd Murder Volume 1 by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya

Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom of the Opera 3rd Murder 1 of 2 (Elex Media)

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo:
Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin

© Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya
Kodansha (Shonen Magazine Comics)
Published in Indonesia as
Kindaichi Special Case:
The Phantom Of The Opera 3rd Murder

by Elex Media

Elex releases the first of two volumes of Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom Of The Opera 3rd Murder, part of Amagi Seimaru's iteration of the original Kindaichi Case Files manga, the Fair Play Whodunnit that TV Tropes observes supplies more violent versions of The Scooby Doo Hoax — stemming from legendary monster killers faithfully following legend scripts.

And as given away by the duology's title, the fabled monster here is Le Fantôme de l'Opéra:

Kindaichi Hajime revisits Opera House hotel, scene of two serial killings. In a gruesome third time's a charm, another murder takes place, the crime laid squarely at the foot of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Meanwhile, Tokyo homicide inspector Kenmochi, rarely the definition of unreliable, has disappeared.

Crayon Shinchan: Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan by Usui Yoshito

Crayon Shinchan: Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan (Elex Media)

Crayon Shinchan:
Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan

© Usui Yoshito
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

What causes earthquakes?
How do airplanes fly?
How come the sun looks red at sunset?

These are just some of the questions posed (and answered) in Crayon Shinchan: Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan (“Crayon Shin-chan: The Marvels of Science”), in which the late Usui Yoshito-sensei's eponymous protagonist is supposed to help the target demographic (Elex suggests “kodomo, especially those in early grade-school”) learn some (at the cost of IDR 25,800/book).

The Elex Book Review editor further points out that the language is easy and the facts, fascinating.

(I'm more fascinated by the fact that Elex has licensed Crayon Shin-chan—only ever encountered as bootleg—even if it's only as edu-manga.)

One last volume preview—for volume 24 of Godhand Teru, Yamamoto Kazuki's medical shounen drama nominated for this year's Mobile Phone Comic Award—huddles after the manga list.

MANGAZINES: Shonen Star 67/2010

Shonen Star 67/2010 - Front cover: Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow

Kekkaishi © Tanabe Yellow
Shogakukan/Shonen Sunday

Shonen Star Issue 67 is on an advanced sked — wonder why? Issue 66 just went on sale last week. Well, whatever the reason, Kekkaishi's barrier master Yoshimori is the cover boy— OK, so he shares the billing with Aloof Big Brother Masamori. (I apologize for mistakenly reporting this as one of Shonen Star 66's highlights. Pwease forgive?)

Recycling the preemptive blurb:

Wannabe patissier and the Sumimura clan's 22nd kekkaishi Yoshimori takes on Kaguro, a strong ayakashi clothed in human skin. Yoshimori can just barely defend himself against the master Kokuboro fighter (that TV Tropes describes as a really obvious homage to [Rurouni Kenshin's] Shishio Makoto), prompting Dude Looks Like A Lady Yagyō troop member Kagemiya to risk his life to aid Yoshimori. A stoopid brave act that triggers Yoshimori's ...

(The word you're looking for is Zekkai; go here if you really want the prelim [SPOILAGE!])

Shonen Star's newest Kekkaishi will just have to tide you over until Elex releases the latest tankou. (Unless you read simplified Chinese, in which case Chuang Yi has you covered; CY's latest is volume 28.)

Other Shogakukan shounen serials: Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang Kyung-Il · Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho · D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji · Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) by Yamada Takatoshi · InuYasha by Takahashi Rumiko · Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru · Look Up! (Miagete Goran) by Kusaba Michiteru · My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) by Fujiki Shun · Undead by Inoue Kazurou · Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato · Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi

Elex Media manga and manhua (2010.06.23)

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  1. [New] Crayon Shinchan: Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan by Usui Yoshito
  2. Crows 9 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  3. Crows 9 (Elex Media)

    Crowsクローズ 」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 1993.06

    Worst (sequel; 24 volumes as at 2010.06) · Crows Zero (spin-off; eight volumes as at 2010.05)

    Two live-action prequel movies for Crows have been produced: Crows ZERO (Japan theatrical release: October 2007) and Crows ZERO II (April 2009). Miike Takashi directed both films starring Oguri Shun as GPS leader Takiya Genji and Yamada Takayuki as Serizawa Tamao.

  4. Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) volume 57 of 68+ by Aoyama Gosho
  5. Detektif Conan 57 (Elex Media)

    Meitantei Conan名探偵コナン 」 by Aoyama Gosho
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 57 first published in Japan 2007.04

    Volume 57 contains chapters:

    • 587. Deceased Mother's Memento (母の遺品 Haha no ihin)
    • 588. The One Hand Glove Which Calls Death (死を呼ぶ片手袋 Shi o yobu katatebukuro)
    • 589. A Murderer from Hades (黄泉からの殺人者 Yami kara no satsujinsha)
    • 590. Glove of Sadness (哀しみの手袋 Kanashimi no tebukuro)
    • 591. The Devil Comes (悪魔が来たりて... Akuma ga kitarite...)
    • 592. Devilish Trick (悪魔のカラクリ Akuma no karakuri)
    • 593. The Devil's Tears (悪魔の涙 Akuma no namida)
    • 594. The Fugitive (逃亡者 Tōbōsha)
    • 595. Crow's Song (鴉の唄 Karasu no uta)
    • 596. The Second Thread (2本目の糸 Nihonme no ito)
    • 597. The Fake Patient (偽りの患者 Itsuwari no kanja)

    Winner, Best Shounen Manga at the 46th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Nishimori Hiroyuki's Cheeky Angel)

    The English Meitantei Conan is published as Case Closed by VIZ Media (volume 34 released 2010.04.13 • volume 35 street date: 2010.07.13). The manga is released in French and Dutch by Kana (Dutch edition translated by Nekotachi Entertainment); in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini Comics (Spain); in German and Swedish by Egmont (EMA - Egmont Manga and Anime in Germany and Egmont Kärnan in Sweden); and in simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi Singapore (latest volume 67).

    Ongoing serialization in Indonesian in Shonen Star

    An anime adaptation started airing in Japan from January 1996 and is ongoing to date (episode 577 aired 2010.06.19). Seiyuu (and Aoyama Gosho's ex-wife) Takayama Minami plays Edogawa Conan and Yamazaki Wakana is Mori Ran. At least 14 OAVs, 14 animated films, and two live-action TV drama, the prequel Detective Conan: Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge - The Good-bye Prologue (starring Oguri Shun as Kudo Shinichi and Kurokawa Tomoka as Ran) and the follow-up Shinichi Kudo Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization (Fujisaki Nao as Conan), have been produced.

  6. Godhand Teru 24 of 52+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
  7. Godhand Teru 24 (Elex Media)

    GodHand Teruゴッドハンド輝
    by Yamamoto Kazuki
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 24 first published in Japan 2005.07

    Godhand Teru is one of 20 nominees for this year's Keitai Comic Taishō (Mobile Phone Comic Award). Voting is currently ongoing and closes on 2 July 2010.

    Godhand Teru is published in traditional Chinese by Tong Li (Taiwan).

    Godhand Teru novel by Yamamoto Kazuki (15 volumes as at 2009.01)

    A live-action adaptation starring Hiraoka Yuta as Teru aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from 11 April to 16 May 2009.

  8. The Great Detective KIYOSHIRO YUMEMIZU (Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshiro Jiken Note) 9 of 9+ by Enue Kei and Hayamine Kaoru
  9. The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu 9 (Elex Media)

    Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshiro Jiken Note
    by Enue Kei and Hayamine Kaoru
    Kodansha Nakayoshi Lovely, shoujo
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2009.11

    Winner, Best Children's Manga in the 2009 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Ongoing (irregular) Indonesian serialization in Nakayoshi Gress!

  10. Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) 2 of 9 by Eto Miyuki
  11. Hell Girl 2 (Elex Media)

    Jigoku Shoujo地獄少女
    by Eto Miyuki · Jigoku Shojo Project
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2006.07

    Hell Girl is published in English by Del Rey (Volume 6: His Time Has Come released 2009.11.24 • volumes 7-9 street date: 2010.10.26); in French by Pika Édition; and in German by Tokyopop Germany (volumes 1-4) and EMA (volume 5 onwards).

    Concluded Indonesian serialization in Nakayoshi Gress!.

    Adapted from the anime produced by Aniplex and Studio DEEN. Twenty-six episodes aired in Japan from October 2005 through April 2006 (the Animax Asia Girl from Hell telecast premiered on 24 October 2006), followed by a second and third season: Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori (2006.10 to 2007.04) and Jigoku Shoujo Mitsuganae (2008.10 to 2009.04), both also 26 episodes long. Seiyuu Noto Mamiko, Sugo Takayuki, Matsukaze Masaya, and Honda Takako starred as Enma Ai, Wanyuudou, Ichimoku Ren, and Hone-Onna respectively.

    A 12-epsiode live-action renzoku aired on NTV between November 2007 and January 2008, with 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.

    Shin Jigoku Shoujo (New Hell Girl, sequel; three volumes; ongoing Indonesian serialization in NakaGress) · Jigoku Shoujo R (sequel; one volume as at 2010.03)

  12. [Premiere] Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom Of The Opera 3rd Murder (Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin) 1 of 2 by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya
  13. Kindaichi Special Case: The Phantom Of The Opera 3rd Murder (Elex Media)

    Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin
    金田一少年の事件簿 オペラ座館第三の殺人 上
    by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya
    AKA Kindaichi Case Files Opera House The Third Murder (First Part)
    Kodansha Shonen Magazine Comics, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.03

    Part of the new Kindaichi Case Files serialized in Indonesia's Shonen Magz

    Kindaichi Case Files Opera House The Third Murder (First Part) contains chapters:

    1. Opera House The Third Murder 1 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人①
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Ichi)
    2. Opera House The Third Murder 2 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人②
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Ni)
    3. Opera House The Third Murder 3 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人③
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin San)
    4. Opera House The Third Murder 4 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人④
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Yon)
    5. Opera House The Third Murder 5 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人⑤
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Go)
    6. Opera House The Third Murder 6 (オペラ座館・第三の殺人⑥
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Roku)
    7. Opera House The Third Murder 7 ((オペラ座館・第三の殺人⑦
      Opera-za Kan Daisan no Satsujin Nana)

    Best Shounen Manga at the 1995 Kodansha Manga Awards (refers to the original series written by Kanari Yōsaburō)

    A 148-episode anime by Toei Animation, based on the original manga, aired on Nippon Television from 1997.04.07 to 2000.09.15. Seiyuu Matsuno Taiki played Kindaichi Hajime, while Nakagawa Akiko and Kosugi Juurouta were cast as Nanase Miyuki and police inspector Kenmochi Isamu. Two animated movie sequels, Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo and Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo 2 - Satsuriku no Deep Blue, were released on 1996.12.14 and 1999-08-21. Two additional animated episodes aired in Japan on 2007.11.12 (Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Operaza Kan Saigo no Satsujin special) and 2007.11.19 (Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Kyuuketsuki Densetsu Satsujin Jiken special).

    NTV also broadcast three live action series, as well as a TV special. Kinki Kids' Dōmoto Tsuyoshi and Tomosaka Rie starred as Kindaichi and Miyuki in the first two seasons spanning eight and 10 + 1 (Legend of the Shanghai Mermaid special) episodes from July to September 1995 and July to September 1996. Arashi's Matsumoto Jun and Suzuki Anne replaced Dōmoto and Tomosaka as Kindaichi and Miyuki in the third season comprising 9 + 1 (Murder on the Magic Express special) epsiodes that aired between July to September 2001. A live-action special of Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Kyuuketsuki Densetsu Satsujin Jiken aired on 2005.09.24, starring KAT-TUN's Kamenashi Kazuya and Ueno Juri as Kindaichi and Nanase Miyuki.

    Nine volumes of the Kindaichi light novels, written by Amagi Seimaru with art by Sato Fumiya, were released between 1994.09.22 and 2001.04.20.

  14. Let's Play! (Asobi ni Iku yo!) 3 of 7+ by 888 & Kamino Okina
  15. Let's Play! 3 (Elex Media)

    Asobi ni Iku yo!あそびにいくヨ!
    by 888 & Kamino Okina
    Media Factory Comic Alive, seinen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2008.04

    Based on the Asobi ni Iku yo! light novel series by Kamino Okina, illustrated by Houdeneizou (11 volumes, ongoing)

    A 13-episode anime adaptation of the original light novels premieres this July in Japan. Produced by AIC PLUS+, the anime features seiyuu Tamura Mutsumi as Kakazu Kio, Itō Kanae as Eris, Tomatsu Haruka as Kinjō Manami, and Hanazawa Kana as Futaba Aoi.

  16. New Sexy Simpleton 3 of 9 by Hwang MiRee
  17. New Sexy Simpleton 3 (Elex Media)

    New Sexy Simpleton新신 섹시한 못난이
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 3 first published in Korea 2004.10

    Sexy Simpleton (prequel, eight volumes)

  18. The Pitcher (Nanto Magoroku) 72 of 73+ by Sadayasu Kei
  19. The Pitcher 72 (Elex Media)

    Nanto Magorokuなんと孫六 」 by Sadayasu Kei
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 72 first published in Japan 2010.01

  20. Weapon Master (Shen Qi Wang) 2 of 5 by Zhang Yong Ren
  21. Weapon Master 2 (Elex Media)

    Shen Qi Wang神器王 」 by Zhang Yong Ren
    Tong Li, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Taiwan 2005.02

  22. Yotsuba&! (Yotsubato) 9 of 9+ by Azuma Kiyohiko
  23. Yotsuba&! 9 (Elex Media)

    Yotsubatoよつばと! 」 by Azuma Kiyohiko
    ASCII Media Works Dengeki Daioh, seinen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2009.11

    Volume 9 contains chapters:

    • 56 Yotsuba & Schedules (よつばとよてい Yotsuba to Yotei)
    • 57 Yotsuba & Duralumin (よつばとジュラルミン Yotsuba to Jurarumin)
    • 58 Yotsuba & Coffee (よつばとコーヒー Yotsuba to Kōhī)
    • 59 Yotsuba & Yakiniku (よつばとやきにく Yotsuba to Yakiniku)
    • 60 Yotsuba & Visitors (よつばとらいきゃく Yotsuba to Raikyaku)
    • 61 Yotsuba & Hot-Air Balloons (よつばとききゅう Yotsuba to Kikyū)
    • 62 Yotsuba & the Sky (よつばとそら Yotsuba to Sora)

    Adapted from manga one-shot Try! Try! Try! by the same creator

    Winner, Excellence Award for Manga, 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival; nominee, 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award; 2nd Place, the 1st Manga Taishō

    Yotsubato! was first published in English by ADV Manga; Yen Press acquired the license when it expired and reprinted the first five volumes with new translations before continuing with the later volumes (volume 8 released 2010.04.20 · volume 9 street date: 2010.12.14). Also licensed in: France (Kurokawa); Germany (Tokyopop Germany); Italy (Dynit); Finland (Punainen jättiläinen); Korea (Daiwon C.I.); Vietnam (TVM Comics); Thailand (NED Comics); and Taiwan (Kadokawa Media).

¹ Sources: Elex Media STO 23 June 2010 and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
² All listed GN are priced at IDR 15,000 each, except Crayon Shinchan: Keajaiban Ilmu Pengetahuan (SRP: IDR 25,800) and Yotsuba&! 9 (IDR 16,000)
³ Links like this are (or other online merchants) search and/or product links (commercial), in case you're interested in another language version.

The promised last volume preview:

Godhand Teru 24 of 52+ by Yamamoto Kazuki

Shieikai Ryugu's plan to recruit hospitals from the outskirts of Ryugu starts to strangle those refusing to join: The Harada Internal Medicine Hospital is among the first victims, losing patients for not collaborating with the medical cartel. Shinomiya Ren refuses to back down, this time eyeing the Akitsuki clinic that boasts several outstanding doctors. What evil scheme is being hatched next?

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)


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other currently available manga and manhua (23 June 2010 street date)

  • Level Comics: 1 or W by Takahashi Rumiko · Bambino 4 · Exit 3 · A Hint of Purple 2 · Historie 2 · Ice Forest 5 · Jio 7 · Officer Monju 6 · The Ravages of Time 3
  • m&c!: Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei War 3 · My Prince by Aikawa Saki · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 9 · Cherry 44 · 10 AMERO comics too many to list here

related monthly schedules

Elex June 2010 manga (Tentative list)

[Premieres] Beauty Honey by Matsumoto Tomo, Gensou Suikoden III by Shimizu Aki (double launch with volume 2), Hello Master by Tsukuba Sakura, Hidamari Sketch by Aoki Ume, Natural Honey Dormitory by Oda Aya, Rakka Ryuusui by Sanada Iki, Rockwell the Scarlet Knight by Nadatani Wataru, Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits by Sawada Hirofumi, Tena on S String by Mikabe Sesuna, Toradora by Zekkou, Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri, and Winter's Love by Mamura Mio (standalone)

[Finales] Fairy-Tale Motif Brocade (volume 5) by Hikawa Kyouko and Ghost Sweeper Mikami by Shiina Takashi (volume 39)

[CONTINUING] Serial Topeng Kaca: Bidadari Merah 11 by Miuchi Suzue, Claymore 15 by Yagi Norihiro, C.M.B. 12 by Katou Motohiro, Fairy Tail 6 by Mashima Hiro, The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu 9 by Enue Kei, Q.E.D. 33 by Katou Motohiro, Red-Haired Snow White 3 by Akizuki Sorata, Yotsuba&! 9 by Azuma Kiyohiko

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