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!]
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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.
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.
- One finale: Ghost Sweeper Mikami volume 39 (Who else releases this 38th Shogakukan Manga Awardee internationally, aside from Elex and (reportedly) Star Comics Italy?)
- NO mangazines (expect Nakayoshi Gress!, HanaLaLa, and Shonen Star to be skedded on the remaining Wednesdays)
- Kodansha shounen-skewed: Six Shounen Magazine serials (BECK; Dear Boys Act III; Kaiser Z; Kungfu Boy Legends; SORA - The Wingless Duck; and Tokkyu!) VS. four ex-Shonen Sunday (Ghost Sweeper Mikami; Hayate The Combat Butler; Lum, The Invader Girl; and Wild Life). Does the Indonesian market follow the Japanese? If so, is Elex then banking more on the
male high school or college studentset (Shōnen Magazine's demographic) to lead this Wednesday's sales?
- Two reissues: Morio Masami's Mimosa Salad and Honda Keiko's Wedding Eve, both Serial Cantik (Elex's standalone shoujo/josei line) manga
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- BECK 18 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
- Dear Boys Act III 2 of 4+ by Yagami Hiroki
- Ghost Sweeper Mikami (GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!!) 39 of 39 by Shiina Takashi [Finale]
- Hayate The Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku) 20 of 24+ by Hata Kenjiro
- [Premiere] Hidamari Sketch 1 of 5+ by Aoki Ume
- Kaiser Z 13 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi
- [Premiere] A Kiss for My Prince 1 of 5 by Kim HeeEun
- Kungfu Boy Legends (Tekken Chinmi Legends) 8 of 9+ by Maekawa Takeshi
- Legend of Nereid 7 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
- LUM, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 23 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- [Premiere] New Sexy Simpleton 1 of 9 by Hwang MiRee
- SORA - The Wingless Duck (Ahiru no Sora) 17 of 27+ by Hinata Takeshi
- Tokkyu! 12 of 20 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
- Wild Life 5 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
- [RE-STO] Mimosa Salad by Morio Masami - SC
- [RE-STO] Wedding Eve by Honda Keiko - SC
(1) Sources: Elex Media 9 June 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...
Renowned American guitarist Eddie Lee is found dead on a California roadside, shot twice through the head and chest.
Dying Breed becomes “Extinct.”
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?
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!
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:
- マジカル・ミステリー・ツアー!!（その１） (Magical Mystery Tour 1)
- マジカル・ミステリー・ツアー!!（その２） (Magical Mystery Tour 2)
- キツネの変奏曲!!（その１） (Variations of the Fox 1)
- キツネの変奏曲!!（その２） (Variations of the Fox 2)
- 地上より永遠に!! (From Here to Eternity)
- ネバーセイ・ネバーアゲイン!!（その１） (Never Say Never Again 1)
- [Final] ネバーセイ・ネバーアゲイン!!（その２） (Never Say Never Again 2)
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.
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
© 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?
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.)
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.)
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.
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 (again, YMMV) Meguru has to say about Hyogo's underwater vision acuity?
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
[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)
other invaluable resources
Elex Media · manga · manhwa · shounen · soonjung · BECK · Dear Boys Act III · Ghost Sweeper Mikami · Hayate no Gotoku · Hidamari Sketch · Kaiser Z · A Kiss for My Prince · Kungfu Boy Legends · Legend of Nereid · LUM The Invader Girl · New Sexy Simpleton · SORA - The Wingless Duck · Tokkyu!! · Wild Life · Hwang MiRee