Hayate The Combat Butler 20, Hidamari Sketch 1, New Sexy Simpleton 1 (Elex 9 June 2010 manga and manhwa)

ハヤテのごとく! 20

Hayate no Gotoku © Hata Kenjiro/Shogakukan (Serialized in Shonen Sunday)
Published in Indonesia as Hayate The Combat Butler by Elex Media Komputindo

Contains (TV) Tropes and other   [SPOILERS!]
(Caution is advised esp. when surfing from pink underlined links)

Golden Week has come and gone in RL, but not so in Hayate The Combat Butler Land. In screwball action-comedy at your service volume 20, Japan's longest vacation window should've been THE Chance! for Cry Cute Nagi to monopolize Trope-Codifier-it-sez-Combat Butler-right-there-in-the-title Hayate, but Plot Bunnies Say Otherwise. Also, the holiday group targeting Turkey as its destination ends up on Mykonos. Teh usual hijinks ensue — inside an underground labyrinth.

NEW ELEX TITLES: One seinen yonkoma, two soonjung manhwa

Elex drags out three of its premiering properties: Hidamari Sketch by Aoki Ume; A Kiss for My Prince by Kim HeeEun; and the New Sexy Simpleton sequel. (Actually, the prolific New Sexy Simpleton manhwa-ga has two titles skedded; Hwang MiRee's Legend of Nereid volume 7 also streets on the 9th.) Intros to A Kiss for My Prince and New Sexy Simpleton (along with blurbs for other ongoing series) can be found below the manga lists.

Hidamari Sketch 1 by Aoki Ume
In front of Yamabuki High School stands the Hidamari Apartments. On this day, seniors hang out from the veranda, eagerly awaiting their new kohai. New student Yuno moves into the apartment, becomes friends with the girls living there, and Moe Happens.

Elex doesn't delve into the creatively kooky cast of characters Yen Press cites in its English Sunshine Sketch 1 blurb (Yuno's homeroom teach is a cosplay otaku and the principal is just...weird), but TV Tropes kicks off Hidamari Sketch with the time-honored “warning” to new tenants:

Yamabuki High School's arts program attracts students from all around the country. The Hidamari Apartments is a small apartment block across from Yamabuki High School, infamous for housing weirdos from the arts program.

But they've all graduated! We're normal now!

Terminal cuteness is not limited to the manga. The 4-koma slice of life has been adapted into three anime seasons: Hidamari Sketch (2007.01-2007.03), Hidamari Sketch × 365 (2008.07-2009.09 + 2x specials 2009.10), and Hidamari Sketch × ☆☆☆ (March 2010.01-2010.03). Two light novels also illustrated by Aoki Ume-sensei were published in 2007.

Other 9 June 2010 highlights

As mentioned above, there are three new series, two of which also constitute the one-fifth soonjung manhwa share.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2010.06.09)

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  1. BECK 18 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
  2. BECK 18

    BECKBECK 」 by Harold Sakuishi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2004.03

    Winner of best shounen manga in the 2002 Kodansha Manga Awards (tied with Nonaka Eiji's Cromartie High School)

    BECK:Mongolian Chop Squad is published in English by TOKYOPOP (dropped after volume 12). The manga is translated into French by Akata/Delcourt; in Italian by Dynit; in German by Tokyopop Germany; and in traditional Chinese by Tong Li.

    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Magz

    Adapted into anime (covering until manga volume 11) by Madhouse, starring seiyuu Namikawa Daisuke as Tanaka Yukio/Koyuki, Ueno Yuuma as Minami Ryuusuke, and Saiki Miho as Minami Maho. Twenty-six episodes aired in Japan from October 2004 to March 2005 on TV Tokyo.

    A BECK live-action film directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko (20th Century Boys live-action film) is slated to premiere in Japan on 4 September 2010. The movie stars actors Satoh Takeru (Princess Princess D, Kamen Rider Den-O) as Koyuki and Mizushima Hiro (Zettai Kareshi, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e: Ikemen Paradise) as Ryuusuke.

  3. Dear Boys Act III 2 of 4+ by Yagami Hiroki

    Dear Boys Act 3DEAR BOYS ACT3
    by Yagami Hiroki
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Dear Boys and Dear Boys Act II (prequels)

    A 26-episode Dear Boys anime adaptation (AKA Hoop Days) produced by OB Planning aired in Japan from April to September 2003. Seiyuu Kiyasu Kohei and Matsukaze Masaya played Aikawa Kazuhiko and Fujiwara Takumi respectively.

  5. Ghost Sweeper Mikami (GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!) 39 of 39 by Shiina Takashi [Finale]
  6. GS美神 極楽大作戦!! 39

    GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!! by Shiina Takashi
    GS美神 極楽大作戦!!
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 39 (comprising seven chapters) first published in Japan 1999.11

    Winner, 38th Shogakukan Manga Award for best shounen manga, tied with Aoyama Gosho's Yaiba

    Published in Italian by Editions Star Comics

    The 45-episode anime adaptation by Toei Animation aired on TV Asahi from April to March 1994. Seiyuu Tsuru Hiromi, cast as Mikami Reiko, and Horikawa Ryo who played the part of Yokoshima Tadao in the TV series reprise their roles in the 1994-vintage Ghost Sweeper Mikami Feature movie.

  7. Hayate The Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku) 20 of 24+ by Hata Kenjiro
  8. ハヤテのごとく! 20

    Hayate no Gotokuハヤテのごとく!
    by Hata Kenjiro
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Volume 20 contains chapters:

    • 207. There's No Way to Ensure Victory on a Spinning Roulette. There is if You Don't Spin it, Though (回るルーレットに必勝法はない。回るないならある)
    • 208. Not Winning at Gambling Can Cause All Sorts of Problems (博打は勝たないと色々大変)
    • 209. Limited Edition Goods Are a Pain For the People Who Make Them, Too (限定グッズは作る方も実は大変)
    • 210. That's the Memory of a Kiss (それはキッスの記憶)
    • 212. To Wish Upon a Star, To Pray (あの星に願うように、祈るように)
    • 213. A Push Towards Making Things Even More Triangular (トライアングラーをさらに倍プッシュだ)
    • 214. Door Towards the Myth (神話への扉)
    • 215. Mykonos Labyrinth Medley (ミコノス迷宮組曲)
    • 216. The Seal of the Labyrinth (迷宮の封印)
    • 217. Love Labyrinth (恋愛迷宮)

    Hayate The Combat Butler is published in English by VIZ Media (volume 14 released 2010.04.13 • volume 15 street date: 2010.06.15). The manga is published in French by Kabuto and in traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press (Taiwan).

    A 52-episode anime adaptation by Synergy SP aired in Japan between April 2007 and March 2008, followed by the Hayate no Gotoku!! sequel (animated by J.C. Staff) from April to September 2009. Seiyuu Shiraishi Ryoko and Kugimiya Rie played Ayasaki Hayate and Sanzenin Nagi, reprising their roles in the OAV released in between seasons.

    Two light novels have been released, the first by Tsukiji Toshihiko, illustrated by Hata Kenjiro, streeted 2007.05.24; the second titled Nagi is the Familiar!? Let it ★ World Conquest released 2008.03.18 featured insert art by Hata Kenjiro and Zero no Tsukaima light novels illustrator Usatsuka Eiji.

  9. [Premiere] Hidamari Sketch 1 of 5+ by Aoki Ume
  10. ひだまりスケッチ 1

    Hidamari Sketchひだまりスケッチ 」 by Aoki Ume
    Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara Carat, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.10

    Published in English as Sunshine Sketch by Yen Press (volume 4 released 2010.01.26)

    A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by SHAFT aired in Japan from January to March 29, 2007, followed by two special episodes in October 2007. A second season, Hidamari Sketch × 365, aired between July and September 2008, also succeeded by two special episodes in October 2009. A third season, Hidamari Sketch × ☆☆☆ or Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu, went on air from January to March 2010. Seiyuu Asumi Kana (Yuno), Mizuhashi Kaori (Miyako), Goto Yuko (Hiro), and Shintani Ryoko (Sae) reprised their roles in the sequels, with the addition of Omigawa Chiaki as Nazuna and Harada Hitomi as Nori in the third season.

    Houbunsha has also released two Hidamari Sketch light novels by Higurashi Chabō, illustrated by Aoki Ume, under the Houbunsha KR Bunko imprint: Hidamari Sketch Novel: Yōkoso Hidamari-sō e (ひだまりスケッチノベル ようこそひだまり荘へ; 2007.03.31) and Hidamari Sketch Novel: Hidamari School Life (ひだまりスケッチノベル ひだまりSchool Life; 2007.09.30)

  11. Kaiser Z 13 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi
  12. 天空の覇者Z 13

    Tenkuu no Hasha Z天空の覇者Z 」 by Uno Hiroshi
    Kodansha Shounen Magazine Comics, shounen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2001.08

  13. [Premiere] A Kiss for My Prince 1 of 5 by Kim HeeEun
  14. 왕자님에게 Kiss를 1

    A Kiss for My Prince왕자님에게 Kiss를
    by Kim HeeEun
    Seoul Cultural Mink, soonjung
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2005.03

    A Kiss for My Prince is published in English by Infinity Studios (volume 2 released 2007.06.06; volume 3 on hold)

  15. Kungfu Boy Legends (Tekken Chinmi Legends) 8 of 9+ by Maekawa Takeshi
  16. 鉄拳チンミLegends 8

    Tekken Chinmi Legends by Maekawa Takeshi
    AKA Ironfist Chinmi Legends
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz

    Tekken Chinmi and Shin Tekken Chinmi (prequels)

  17. Legend of Nereid 7 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
  18. 네레이드의 전설 7

    Legend of Nereid네레이드의 전설
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 7 first published in Korea 2003.03

  19. LUM, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 23 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
  20. LUM, The Invader Girl 23 (Elex Media)

    Urusei Yatsuraうる星やつら
    by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 23 released in Japan 1985.01
    Series re-released in shinsoban from 2006.11 to 2008.03

    Winner, 26th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen/shoujo category.

    Urusei Yatsura is published in English by VIZ Media and in French and Spanish by Glenat.

    An anime adaptation by Kitty Films was telecast from October 1981 through March 1986 on Fuji TV. The series spanned 195 episodes and starred seiyuu Hirano Fumi as Lum and Furukawa Toshio as Moroboshi Ataru. Eleven OAVs and six theatrical movies were also released.

  21. [Premiere] New Sexy Simpleton 1 of 9 by Hwang MiRee
  22. 新신 섹시한 못난이 1

    New Sexy Simpleton新신 섹시한 못난이
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2004.10

    Sexy Simpleton (prequel, eight volumes)

  23. SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 17 of 27+ by Hinata Takeshi
  24. あひるの空 17

    Ahiru no Soraあひるの空 」 by Hinata Takeshi
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2007.09

    Published in traditional Chinese by Tong Li; in simplified Chinese by Chuang Yi (26 volumes, ongoing)

  25. Tokkyu! 12 of 20 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
  26. トッキュー!! 12

    by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2006.10

    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Magz

  27. Wild Life 5 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  28. ワイルドライフ 5

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ 」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 5 (containing chapters 34-41) first published in Japan 2004.01

    Winner, best shounen manga in the 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards.

    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Star

Elex Media reissues (2010.06.09)

  1. [RE-STO] Mimosa Salad by Morio Masami - SC
  2. [RE-STO] Wedding Eve by Honda Keiko - SC

(1) Sources: Elex Media 9 June 2010 release schedule and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
(2) Links like this 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...

BECK 18 by Harold Sakuishi

Renowned American guitarist Eddie Lee is found dead on a California roadside, shot twice through the head and chest.

And that Dying Breed becomes “Extinct.”

Dear Boys Act III 2 by Yagami Hiroki

As the Celtics take on the Lakers in the NBA finals —

Mizuho goes up against Narita Chuoh and the Mizuho cagers are having a tough time of it. Not only could Toya care less on the court, captain Fujiwara Takumi loses his game face, not to mention his concentration. Does defeat await Mizuho?

A Kiss for My Prince 1 by Kim HeeEun [Premiere]

The Orphan, Prince, Princess, Fallen Nobility, and Royal Family-tagged Kiss for My Prince manhwa by Kim HeeEun (Dear My Girls) should have debuted in May (according to Komikologi), but I suppose royalty's allowed to be fashionably late.

Chayene vaguely remembers life as an aristocrat. To find out more about her past, she follows Sean's suggestion to work in the palace as June's maid.

Again, Elex's blurb a bit vague, prolly to parallel Chayene's memories. Infinity Studios' English A Kiss for My Prince 1 description adds color by pointing out that orphan Sei-Ann (Chayene) grew up in a countess's household and that with above average looks and ambitions that would rival that of a king, Sei-Ann is determined to leave her social status behind and become the wife of the next Crown Prince. We already know from Elex's summary that she's one step farther in her dream with her maid appointment—actually, two steps as one of the prince's sibs falls for her—but 10 steps (or more) back because she may be the last surviving heir to a family which was closely tied to the Royal family but later branded as traitors!

I suppose Sean is Sian and June is Joon. For   [SPOILAGE] on these two characters, see this Wiki entry.

Ghost Sweeper Mikami 39 of 39 by Shiina Takashi [Finale]

Year 2199, in the ruins of the Mikami GS Company live three ghosts. Can the strongest private exorcist Mikami Reiko safely send off these dearly departed?

Elex claims the GS Mikami finale is dripping in tears. (Not howls?)

Volume 39 contains seven chapters:

  1. マジカル・ミステリー・ツアー!!(その1) (Magical Mystery Tour 1)
  2. マジカル・ミステリー・ツアー!!(その2) (Magical Mystery Tour 2)
  3. キツネの変奏曲!!(その1) (Variations of the Fox 1)
  4. キツネの変奏曲!!(その2) (Variations of the Fox 2)
  5. 地上より永遠に!! (From Here to Eternity)
  6. ネバーセイ・ネバーアゲイン!!(その1) (Never Say Never Again 1)
  7. [Final] ネバーセイ・ネバーアゲイン!!(その2) (Never Say Never Again 2)

Kaiser Z (Tenkuu no Hasha Z) 13 by Uno Hiroshi

The shooting star sword is revived, allowing Tenma and friends to leave Japan for Lebensbrunn, where they aim to put away Hitler forever. Meanwhile, a dramatic change overcomes Angelina.

Kungfu Boy Legends (Tekken Chinmi Legends) 8 by Maekawa Takeshi

Princess Mito's party is captured just as escape is but steps away and dragged back to face Zeigan. Zeigan then proposes a duel to determine whether they go free. Chinmi steps up to battle the formidable swordsman Gantei of the 10 Heroes of the Fortress to win the group's freedom.

New Sexy Simpleton 1 by Hwang MiRee [Premiere]

新신 섹시한 못난이 1

New Sexy Simpleton
© Hwang MiRee/Samyang
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

Royalty (and celebrities) fashionably late, Part Deux.

When we last left Eun bi, the time-slipping fan fave CF model had returned to the present, the Tang Dynasty emperor in tow. What's next for Eun bi and her (not-so) ancient Chinese boyfriend?

Efon O


Gugel sightings indicate another jaunt through time. And as it appears that Art Evolution has taken place—of Legend of Nereid and Cutie Boy proportions—I'm definitely going to GET! this, along with the still missing from my library Sexy Simpleton volumes. (Thanks, freekenari-chan for the Hang in there; it gets better after volume 4 recommend.)

Legend of Nereid 7 by Hwang MiRee

Matia returns to Akaron to restore the sword of Poseidon to its home before the next Ocean warrior ritual. She reaches the island just as General Themedes and his troops are preparing to attack. The lovers are reunited for a short time before the impending assault forces their separation again.

A Prince Thaion fangirl regardless, I consider Themedes x Matia as The OTP here (just as Nereid canon prescribes). I actually think Hwang MiRee was able to pull off this May December Romance with WAFF instead of squick. (Although Your Mileage May Vary; I know someone—*cough*Raven-chan*cough*—who just can't abide Hwang MiRee's plotting and reader payoff.)

LUM, The Invader Girl 23 by Takahashi Rumiko

Bumbling well-meaning Magical Girlfriend Lum tells the girls of Tomobiki High that even if they lack super powers, they have nothing to fear from the gangs preying upon them. She insists that with only courage as their capital, the girls can win.

I don't read this Darling no BAKA! series, but I'm assuming from the Elex cover that the Indonesian release is the shinsoban edition, first issued in Japan between 2006.11 and 2008.03.

Tokkyu! 12 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro

Elex's Tokkyu! 12 blurb is a summary and science lesson in one:

Kalau kita membuka mata di dalam kolam renang, atau di dalam bak mandi, semuanya akan terlihat jadi kabur. Itu disebabkan oleh adanya pembelokan cahaya yang berbeda antara di daratan dengan di dalam air. Tapi Hyogo mempunyai pengelihatan yang berbeda, seperti yang dimiliki suku Mouken.

Let me clarify the above with Wiki's help:

Light rays bend when they travel from one medium to another; the amount of bending is determined by the refractive indices of the two media. If one medium has a particular curved shape, it functions as a lens. The cornea, humours, and crystalline lens of the eye together form a lens that focuses images on the retina. Our eyes are adapted for viewing in air. Water, however, has approximately the same refractive index as the cornea (both about 1.33), effectively eliminating the cornea's focusing properties. When our eyes are in water, instead of their focusing images on the retina, they now focus them far behind the retina, resulting in an extremely blurred image from hypermetropia.

So what it's saying, in effect, is that Tokkyu! protagonist Hyogo is just like the the Moken tribespeople who are able to focus underwater to pick up tiny shellfish and other food items, the visual focus accommodation appearing to owe much to training rather than evolution or genetics. In Hyogo's case... we have to find out the why in volume 12.

At any rate, I wonder what Foe Yay (again, YMMV) Meguru has to say about Hyogo's underwater vision acuity?

Wild Life 5 by Fujisaki Masato

Perfect pitched Iwashiro Tessho—a vet with a heart big enough to float a planet—works under Tsukasa Ryoto, the R.E.D Hospital Section 2 head who possesses a sense of absolute insight of animals. Before the pair appears animal enemy #1 Shiryo who considers wild life no better than garbage.

Kick that Dog-Kicking bad guy's a*se with your earnest shounen grit, Tessho! Mess with his head, Ryoto!

Elex promises a duel “to the death” in Wild Life volume 5.

Volume 5 contains chapters:

  • 34 陵刀は侵略者(インベーダー)?
  • 35-36 恋愛戦争(ラブウォーズ)エピソード1(前・後編)
  • 37 射殺か捕獲か
  • 38 見捨てられる気持ち
  • 39 監禁!!
  • 40 迷探偵テッショ—
  • 41 恋愛戦争エピソード2(前編)

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)

UP NEXT: More 9 June 2010 manga

Level Comics: Perfect Girl Evolution 20 · Blade of Immortal 8 · Brave Story 2 · The Fugitive Lawyer Makoto Narita 3 · Gokusen 13 · Half An Apple 2 · Hotaru's Light 9 · New Comic Bomber 2 · Wilderness 3 · Smurf - Kekacauan di Desa Smurf · Yakari - Di Negeri Para Serigala

m&c!: Another Kingdom 2 of 2 · Bleach 28 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 6 · Find a New Love! by Sugiyama Miwako · Nekomachi Shop Guide 2 · The Princess Bouquet 2 · Shanimuni GO 30


Cover images and source summaries used here for reference are © their respective intellectual rights holders. No infringement intended.

manga currently available (2 June 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: InuYasha 47 · Naruto 48 · Princess Story 1 by Ebira Hiromi · A Story of Heroes 31 · V.B. Rose 3 · Wazabo 4 · Shonen Magz 72/2010
  • Level Comics: Hikayat Genji 2 · Honey Hunt 3 · Jio 6 · Last Inning 5 · Ole! 5 of 5 · Over Rev 12 · Revolution No.3 Vol 2 · Subaru 6 · Team Medical Dragon 11 · Yugo The Negotiator 22 of 22
  • m&c!: The Best Selection of Akaishi Michiyo · Bleach 27 · Cash by Kawazoe Mariko · Dragon Girl 4 · Meet the Banchou 2 · When Love is Hiding by Shiumi Saki

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

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)

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