This week

Manga street datesElex: 9.24 · Level: 9.24 · m&c!: 9.24
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB (airs Mon–Fri)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB (Mon–Wed)
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

6.29.2010

Pandora Hearts 10, The Ruler of Nabari 11, Wild Life 6 (Elex 30 June 2010 manga)

This be the last batch of Elex manga and manhwa retailing for IDR 15,000 apiece. Prices go up to IDR 16,500 starting 7 July 2010.

Pandora Hearts 10

Pandora Hearts © Mochizuki Jun/Square Enix (Serialized in GFantasy)
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo

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

Also, Otomen 8 (blurb after the manga list)

Open not the door lest you unleash damnation upon us all.

A long time ago, a boy—hoping to save his brother from Glen Baskerville—heeded not the warning and opened the forbidden door of Sabrie. A century hence, the city of Sabrie lies in ruins, but the portal itself remains, hidden in the mists of darkness. The Baskerville door Pandora has been seeking all along.

Pandora Hearts 10, the top DO WANT! this release, contains Retrace XXXVIII to XLI: Scapegoat, Gate of Blackness, Blindness and Where am I!?

The Ruler of Nabari 11 of 13+ by Kamatani Yuhki

Kamatani Yuhki-sensei again proves Nabari no Ou's NOT!Naruto creds:

Miharu activates the hijutsu within and fulfills his Because Destiny Sed So fate to become the ruler of Nabari. Miharu, however, is not the only one undergoing metamorphosis: everyone in the ninja world is affected, making Miharu regret ever using it. Tobari-sensei tries to help Miharu by perfecting the zeku, a procedure that would unfuse the Shinra Banshou from its wielder's body.

But the technique can only succeed if the Banten and Fuma ninja cooperate.

Wild Life 6 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato

Doofus vet Iwashiro Tessho's unshakeable belief in friend Kurachi Hisataka's powers awakens the latter's abilities, just in time for their next job: bagging a crocodile.

And Fearless Kurachi goes into super(hero) mode in Wild Life volume 6.

NEW ELEX TITLES: Shounen—shounen—shoujo

We get Detektif Conan 10+ Super Digest, a Meitantei Conan Story and Character Guide Plus from Aoyama Gosho; Look Up! or Miagete Goran, Kusaba Michiteru's tennis manga serialized in Shonen Star; and the licensed version of Oda Aya's school romance Natural Honey Dormitory (Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou). Blurble for this shounen—shounen—shoujo trio is after the manga list.

MANGAZINES: HanaLaLa 51/2010, featuring Alice Academy

HanaLaLa 51/2010 - Front cover: Gakuen Alice

Gakuen Alice
© Higuchi Tachibana
Hakusensha

Higuchi Tachibana's They're in grade school, but their readers are (mostly) considerably older Alice Academy logged two chapters in the last HanaLaLa, but still refuses to give up the spotlight. Aside from grabbing the front cover, latest Story 80 cops the honor of being this Indonesian Hana to Yume and LaLa's featured installment:

Mikan is accused of causing chaos in Alice Academy, when the actual twerp, I mean, perp is Koizumi. Threatened with dire things by Koizumi, Mikan is helpless to acquit herself of the trumped up charge and is carted away by the disciplinary committee.

It's a good thing someone goes after Mikan.

I don't think it's wishful thinking to hope it's “Your first kiss is MINE!” and “We have cohabitedNatsume who rescues our Determinator. I base this on TV Tropes pointing out that in Story 81 —   [SPOILAGE!]

As for what's doubling up in this issue:

  • Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki: We get Act 102: Fireballs Between the ☆ T-w-o and Act 103: Bad News — both continuing the Kuu (Hozu Shuuhei) arc; and
  • Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya: Chapters 11 to 12, in which Maaya continues to turn ice skating mentor Shun into a melted puddle

Watch out, too, for the 49-paged Chapter 5 of Natsume Yujincho by Midorikawa Yuki, and the return of Mr. Ermine Si Penguasa (Okojo-banchou), now that by Uno Ayumi's Darling has concluded.

Other borderline-nerdy Hakusensha shoujo manga in serialization: Arakure: The Wild Ones by Fujiwara Kiyo (this issue: Chapter 31) · Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) by Kusakawa Nari (Chapter 22) · La Corda D'Oro (Kin Iro no Corda) by Kure Yuki (Symphony 51) · Ouran High School Host Club by Hatori Bisco (Chapter 57; the manga is already entering its final arc in Japan) · Twinkle Stars (Hoshi wa Utau) by Takaya Natsuki (Chapter 3) · Vampire Knight by Hino Matsuri (29th Night: Quickening) · V.B. Rose by Hidaka Banri (Chapter 51; Elex's volume 4 release coincides) · With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) by Tokeino Hari (Chapter 50).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2010.06.30)

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  1. BECK 19 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
  2. BECK 19 (Elex Media)

    BECKBECK 」 by Harold Sakuishi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 19 first published in Japan 2004.06

    AWARDS
    Winner, Best shounen manga, 2002 Kodansha Manga Awards (tied with Nonaka Eiji's Cromartie High School)

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    BECK:Mongolian Chop Squad is published in English by TOKYOPOP (dropped after volume 12). The manga is also licensed in France (Akata/Delcourt), Italy (Dynit), Germany (Tokyopop Germany; lapsed) and Taiwan (traditional Chinese version by Tong Li).

    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Magz.

    ADAPTATIONS
    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. [Premiere] Detektif Conan 10+ Super Digest by Aoyama Gosho
  4. Detektif Conan Spesial 32 (Concept by Aoyama Gosho; Art by Oota Masaru & Kubota Kazuhiro
  5. Hayate The Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku) 21 of 24+ by Hata Kenjiro
  6. Hayate The Combat Butler 21 (Elex Media)

    Hayate no Gotokuハヤテのごとく!
    by Hata Kenjiro
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 21 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Volume 21 contains chapters:

    • 218. The Stone of Bonds (絆の石)
    • 219. We Are Not Innovators! Our Minds Cannot Be Transmitted to Each Other Well (イノベイターではない僕らの心はお互いうまく伝わらない)
    • 220. The Time to Forget Your Troubles Has Come. The Memory Mechanism Is Still Scientifically Unclear (トラブルは忘れた頃にやってくる)
    • 221. Because You Go to the Beach, There's Something You Have to Do (ビーチに来たからにはやる事がある)
    • 222. Love Makes People Run in Odd Directions And Then They Want to Die (恋は人をおかしな方向に走らせる。後で死にたくなる)
    • 223. Winning And Happiness Are Equal But Not Linked (勝つことと幸せはイコールで結ばれない)
    • 224. Getting a Girl Into a Good Mood Is Difficult, But Important (女の子のご機嫌をとるのは大変。でも大事)
    • 225. And Yet I Shoudn't Be Doing It (それでも僕はやってないはず)
    • 226. The Living Things Known as Girls Are Naturally Strong (女の子という生き物は普通に強い)
    • 227. Like Shadows Overlapping Each Other in the Sunset (夕日で重なる影のように)
    • 228. Memories Transcend Time (思い出は時を超えて)

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Hayate The Combat Butler is published in English by VIZ Media (volume 15 released 2010.06.15 • volume 16 street date: 2010.09.14). The manga is published in French by Kabuto and in traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press (Taiwan).

    ADAPTATIONS
    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.

  7. Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) 3 of 9 by Eto Miyuki
  8. Hell Girl 3 (Elex Media)

    Jigoku Shoujo地獄少女
    by Eto Miyuki · Jigoku Shojo Project
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2006.10

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    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!.

    RELATED
    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.

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

  9. A Kiss for My Prince 3 of 5 by Kim HeeEun
  10. A Kiss for My Prince 3 (Elex Media)

    A Kiss for My Prince왕자님에게 Kiss를
    by Kim HeeEun
    Seoul Cultural Mink, soonjung
    Volume 3 first published in Korea 2006.01

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    A Kiss for My Prince is published in English by Infinity Studios (volume 2 released 2007.06.06 • volume 3 on hold).

  11. Kunai Legend (Kunaiden) 3 of 4 by Iori Tabasa
  12. Kunai Legend 3 (Elex Media)

    Kunaiden クナイ伝 」 by Iori Tabasa
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2008.07

    Volume 3 contains chapters:

    • 17 北の悲劇(1)
    • 18 北の悲劇(2)
    • 19 北の悲劇(3)
    • 20 北の悲劇(4)
    • 21 追い出してやるぅ~~
    • 22 真実をね!!
    • 23 お人好し!
    • 24 お兄ちゃま!
    • 25 覚悟はできてるよ
    • 26 使命がある
  13. Legend of the Cursed Sword (Pageomgi) 30 of 37 by Park HuiJin and Yeo BeopRyong
  14. Legend of the Cursed Sword 30 (Elex Media)

    Pageomgi파검기
    by Park HuiJin and Yeo BeopRyong
    AKA PaGumKi
    Daiwon C.I. Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 30 first published in Korea 2007.04

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    The Pageomgi manhwa is published in English as Chronicles of the Cursed Sword by TOKYOPOP (volume 23 scheduled 2008.11.04). It is also licensed in Germany by EMA and Sweden by B. Wahlströms Bokförlag AB.

  15. [Premiere] Look Up! (Miagete Goran) 1 of 8 by Kusaba Michiteru
  16. Look Up! 1 (Elex Media)

    Miagete Goran見上げてごらん
    by Kusaba Michiteru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.07

    Volume 1 contains chapters:

    1. そして伝説が始まった
    2. 本当に素人なんだ!?
    3. シロートのサーブ
    4. 憧れの聖稜ジャージ
    5. 光と影
    6. 球拾い
    7. 葉の重み

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Star.

  17. [Premiere] Natural Honey Dormitory (Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou) 1 of 7 by Oda Aya
  18. Natural Honey Dormitory 1 (Elex Media)

    Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou天然はちみつ寮。
    by Oda Aya
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.05

  19. Otomen 8 of 10+ by Kanno Aya
  20. Otomen 9 (Elex Media)

    Otomenオトメン(乙男) 」 by Kanno Aya
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2009.08

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    Otomen is published in English by VIZ Media (volume 6 released 2010.05.04 • volume 7 street date: 2010.08.03) and Chuang Yi Singapore (latest volume 9). The manga is also published in France (by Akata/Delcourt), Spain (Planeta DeAgostini) and Taiwan (Tong Li).

    ADAPTATIONS
    A live-action Otomen aired from 1 August to 3 November 2009 on Japan's Fuji TV. The renzoku reunited actors Okada Masaki (Asuka) and Kaho (Ryo). Okada-san and Kaho-san previously appeared in the 2007 movie, Tennen Kokekkou or A Gentle Breeze in the Village. Okada-san (also Sekime Kyogo in Hana-Kimi Ike-para) played Osawa Hiromi, boyfriend of Tennen Kokekkou's lead Migita Soyo (Kaho-san).

  21. Pandora Hearts 10 of 12+ by Mochizuki Jun
  22. Pandora Hearts 10 (Elex Media)

    Pandora HeartsPandora Hearts
    by Mochizuki Jun
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 10 (containing Retrace XXXVIII-XLI) first published in Japan 2009.11

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Pandora Hearts was first licensed for North America by Broccoli Books but dropped; the series is now published in English by Yen Press (volume 2 released 2010.05.18 • volume 3 street date: 2010.10.26). The manga is also published in France (by Ki-oon) and in Taiwan and Hong Kong (Sharp Point Press).

    ADAPTATIONS
    A 25-episode anime adaptation produced by XEBEC aired in Japan from April to September 2009. Seiyuu Minagawa Junko, Kawasumi Ayako, and Toriumi Kousuke played Oz Vessalius, Alice, and Raven respectively.

    A drama CD, Pandora Hearts Drama CD, was released in December 2007 by Frontier works.

    RELATED
    The Pandora Hearts Official Guide was released 2009.03.27. Numbered 8.5, the guide book is subtitled Mine of mine.

  23. The Puppet Master Lin (Kairaishi Lin) 8 of 10+ by Wada Shinji
  24. The Puppet Master Lin 8 (Elex Media)

    Kairaishi Lin傀儡師リン 」 by Wada Shinji
    Akita Shoten Mystery Bonita, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2009.06

  25. The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 11 of 13+ by Kamatani Yuhki
  26. The Ruler of Nabari 11 (Elex Media)

    Nabari no Ou隠の王 」 by Kamatani Yuhki
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2009.06

    Volume 11 contains chapters:

    • 052. The Dangerous Thread that Has Become a Bundle (束なる危うい糸 Taba Naru Ayaui Ito)
    • 053. Idiot!! (ばかやろっ!! Bakayaro!!)
    • 054. Lost Memory, Lost Shape (うしなったきおく、うしなったかたち Ushinatta Kioku, Ushinatta Katachi)
    • 055. You are My Assistant From Now On (今からお前はオレの助手だ Ima Karao Mae wa Ore no Joshu da)

    AWARDS
    Finalist, 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Nabari no Ou is published in English by Yen Press (volume 3 released 2010.03.23; volume 4 street date: 2010.07.13). It is also serialized in Yen Plus (online only after July 2010). The manga is licensed in France by Asuka and in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press (traditional Chinese version).

    ADAPTATIONS
    A 26-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, starring seiyuu Kugimiya Rie as Rokujou Miharu, Saiga Mitsuki as Yoite, Namikawa Daisuke as Kumohira Durandal Tobari, Hino Satoshi as Aizawa Kouichi, and Fujimura Ayumi as Shimizu Raimei, aired in Japan from April to September 2008.

  27. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 4 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
  28. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 4 (Elex Media)

    Spiral: Suiri no Kizunaスパイラル 推理の絆
    by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 4 (containing chapters 15-19) first published in Japan 2001.06

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning is published in English by Yen Press (volume 11 released 2010.04.20 • volume 12 street date: 2010.07.13). The manga is translated into German by Carlsen Comics.

    RELATED SERIES
    Spiral Alive (prequel; five volumes) and a series of light novels.

    ADAPTATIONS
    A 25-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, based on the first six volumes of the manga but with an alternate ending aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003. The anime starred seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi as Narumi Ayumu, Asano Masumi as Yuizaki Hiyono, and Ishida Akira as Eyes Rutherford.

    A series of drama CDs have also been produced.

  29. V.B. Rose 4 of 14 by Hidaka Banri
  30. V.B. Rose 4 (Elex Media)

    V.B. RoseV・B・ローズ 」 by Hidaka Banri
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2005.07

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    V.B. Rose is published in English by TOKYOPOP (volume 8 released 2010.04.27 • volume 9 street date: 2010.08.03) and in traditional Chinese by Ever Glory (Taiwan).

    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in HanaLaLa.

    ADAPTATIONS
    A V.B. Rose drama CD was released in Japan in 2006.12, starring seiyuu Mizuki Nana as Shiroi Ageha, Sakurai Takahiro as Arisaka Yukari, and Suwabe Junichi as Kuromine Mitsuya.

  31. Wild Life 6 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  32. Wild Life 6 (Elex Media)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ 」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2004.03

    Volume 6 contains chapters:

    • 42 恋愛戦争エピソード2(後編)
    • 43 戦争と平和
    • 44 子キリン“銀河”
    • 45 足の壊死
    • 46 生きる意志
    • 47 二科(ワイルドライフ)の新人
    • 48 鞍智の想い
    • 49 クジラの座礁
    • 50 潜入作戦!

    AWARDS
    Winner, Best shounen manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Star

NOTE
¹ Sources: Elex Media STO 30 June 2010 and Komikologi (synopses, except where noted)
² All listed GN are priced at IDR 15,000 each, except Detektif Conan 10+Plus Super Digest Book (SRP: IDR 20,000)
³ 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.

New Manga

Detektif Conan 10+ Super Digest by Aoyama Gosho

Detektif Conan 10+ Super Digest

Elex bills this Indonesia's first licensed STORY and CHARACTER GUIDE ¹ and promises that by reading the Conan Super Digest, you will:

  1. Get to know the Meitantei Conan characters and creator (includes an interview with Aoyama Gosho-sensei) better
  2. Discover the secrets behind the cases and With a keen eye on details, one truth prevails! deduction à la Edogawa Conan
  3. Be “diagnosed” into what type of tantei you'd make

Elex adds that that there there are several digest books in the series: 10+, 20+, 30+, 40+, 50+.

¹ Of Meitante Conan, maybe. I know for a fact that 3L has licensed Midori is a Tomboy and Moe Kare!! fanbooks in Indonesia.

LOOK UP! 1 of 8 by Kusaba Michiteru

NOT!TeniPuri tennis shounen manga from the manga-ka of Fantasista:

Yuzawa Ryo enrolls into Seiryo High, a private school famed nationally for the strength of its sports clubs. Despite a tennis virginity, Ryo tries out for the school's tennis club. Does he think he's a genius, or is he just plain stoopid?

Natural Honey Dormitory 1 of 7 by Oda Aya

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou Elex's first Oda Aya shoujo manga? Just curious; more used to seeing Oda-sensei's manga with 3L, m&c!, and Level Comics.

Nene's only wish as she enters a new school is to live the rosy-pink school life with the “Honey Boy” she met during the entrance test. But while she's praying at a nearby shrine, she finds someone in shrine maiden garb bound up in ropes. Our heroine and the “miko” scamper from the perverted monk guarding the temple, but Nene's bad luck streak is just starting. Her good deed forces Nene to stay at the co-ed dorm Hachimitsu. And the girl she rescued? Turns out, “she” is actually a he!

Continuing manga previews

BECK 19 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi

Parting is such sweet sorrow. So goes The Bard's (actually Juliet's) lament in Romeo and Juliet [Act 2, scene 2, 176-185]. And Koyuki and Maho are finding out just how much pleasure/pain they will have to endure on this day, their last together...

A Kiss for My Prince 3 of 5 by Kim HeeEun

Not sure if the A Kiss for My Prince 3 & 4 summary (in Komikologi) refers to volume 3 or 4, but it talks about how Chayene, powerless to defend herself against the entire palace's accusation of theft, is helped by Kiera, who may or may not be trying to entrap her. That being the case, am also borrowing Infinity Studios' description for the (on hold) A Kiss for My Prince 3 as blurb back-up:

Upon her return from the Antoweif Castle, Sei-Ann has given up all hope of being able to uncover her past and learn her true identity. On the other hand, Prince Joon is seemingly more concerned with her welfare after secretly being told information which may reveal her identity to be that of Lady Ashley, the last heir to the house of Antoweif. In the meanwhile, Sei-Ann has other more pressing matters at hand as three notorious palace “trainers” have come to pay her a visit. Just when it seems like all hope is lost, a Prince comes to her rescue... but which one?!

Kunai Legend 3 of 4 by Iori Tabasa

In the penultimate Kunaiden (containing chapters 17-26) —

Kunai gets an unwelcome visitor. No, it's not Grandpa Neko and Rin (though they do show up); it's Izuna's older sib whose sharp vampire hunter instincts just might sniff out Kunai- and his father's *cough*vampireninja*cough* secret.

Otomen 8 of 10+ by Kanno Aya

Volume 8 of Asuka is the guy; Ryo is the girl. Understandable if you get that mixed up Otomen FInally! streets:

After reassuring scary Grandpa Miyakozuka, Asuka FInally! confesses and scotches plans of Ryo transferring out. But during Ryo's Welcome Back party, teeming with otomen, Asuka's mother pops up. Her Trap!! Berserk Button pushed, Mrs. Masamune vows to reinstate stringent gender lines and uphold the integrity of the true (female) otome.

The Puppet Master Lin 8 of 10+ by Wada Shinji

An Indian girl pays a visit to Lin's house, looking for the 12th-generation Kashima. Her reason: to apologize for losing the puppet left in her care. Is she the ninth Puppet Master? If so, where is her puppet?

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 4 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita

Hiyono tapes Blade Child Rio confessing to murdering Imazato-sensei. Faced with incriminating evidence, co-conspirator Kosuke makes a grab for the tape, which Hiyono tosses to Ayumu who hotfoots it out of there. Left behind, Hiyono is made a hostage for the next battle between Ayumu and Rio. Rio would like nothing more than to kill off Hiyono, and Ayumu will do everything in his power to help his senpai slash trusty information dealer. Who will win this rematch?

Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna volume 4 contains chapters 15 through 19: The Follower's Decision, The Loser's Day, 5 O'Clock Thunder, A Cold Equation and All That You Can Do.

V.B. Rose 4 of 14 by Hidaka Banri

Ageha is thrilled to be a wedding dress model at the Bridal Fair. (V.B. Rose owner Arisaka is her mock groom.) Their relationship seems destined for cheek-pinchingly cute, what with Arisaka-san inviting Ageha to go out with him. What will happen during this all-important First Date?

~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)

disclaimer

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

other manga available this week (30 June 2010 street date)

Level Comics: Diamond Life 3 of 3 · Ghost Mum Investigator 1 by Sato Tomokazu · Honey Hunt 4 · K2 vol. 2 · Master Of Sea 15 of 15 · Psychometrer Eiji 14 · Tomo'o 9 and ROMIC BDs: Cubitus - Anjing yang Selalu Beruntung · Cubitus - Si Anjing Penurut · Lucky Luke - Sepupu Dalton · Spirou - 4 Petualangan Spirou dan Fantasio · Spirou - Seine di Paris

m&c!: 1/3 Romantica by Shibano Yuka · A Badboy Drinks Tea 6 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 7 · Bleach 29 · Cherish Fight by YASUKO · Finding My Destiny by Nakamura Sayumi · Love is Sweet by Kumaki Eri · Mysterious Joker 4 · Prince of Sewing by Koito Sayo · Wounded Angel by Mitsuha Yuu | AMERO BDs: 5 × Quick and Flupke by Hergé: (1) Mainan Terlarang, (2) Baik-Baik Saja, (4) Kembangkan Layar, (5) Sekarang Giliranmu and (6) Tanpa Ampun | Hong Kong manhua: Confucius 1 by Sai Ihara/Lee Chi-Ching · The Story of Wang Fenglei 3 | KOLONI local comics: Sweethearts · The Creator Jade · Komik Cihuy Anak Band

related monthly schedules

Elex Media July 2010
Premiering Coz We're Not Children by Seta Haruhi, Look Up! by Kusaba Michiteru · Continuing One Piece (volume 55), Here We Are (#13) and Topeng Kaca: Bidadari Merah (#11) · Ending A Kiss For My Prince (volume 5)

Elex Media June 2010
Premiering 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)

DEC-09

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