7.22.2010

Wild Life 7, Fullmetal Alchemist 23, A Kiss For My Prince 5 of 5 (Elex 28 July 2010 manga and manhwa)

Also, the titular LOLarious salaryman Kariage-kun “resurrects” in volume 31 of Ueda Masashi's 4-koma gag manga.

왕자님에게 Kiss를 5

A Kiss For My Prince © Kim Hee-Eun/Seoul Cultural Publishers (First serialized in Mink)
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

May contain [SPOILERS!]

If Elex has a Wild Life 7 preview, I haven't collided with it. All I know—and that from a mechanical translation—is that the eponymous wildlife the #1 Idiot Vet in Japan bumps into between chapters 51 and 59 include an ostrich (apparently anorexic), a penguin (either anemic or with a broken beak) and whales (beached).

Now, I doubt Tessho can haul a huge cetacean into R.E.D Section 2 to diagnose and treat, but that's not the most exotic fauna around: that honor goes to the vet who converses with trees. (What do they talk about? The high levels of acid rain?)

(May I underscore that the blurb you just read is NOT a proper summary of Fujisaki Masato's award-winning shounen series volume 7.)

Fullmetal Alchemist 23 of 27 by Arakawa Hiromu

Meanwhile, no corner of Fullmetal Alchemist 23 escapes battle-unscathed as the storming of Central presses on. Skirmishes ignite all over the city and even off-site, Alphonse and Heinkel find they must wager their lives on a chance Philosopher's Stone to survive the onslaught of Crimson Alchemist Kimblee and Homunculus Pride. In Central itself, Major-General Olivier Mira Armstrong—aided by brother and quondam rival Alex—grapples with Homunculus Sloth. At the same time, deep in the city's bowels, Ed has a critical difference of opinion with Mustang over the fate of Hughes' murderer.

[Additional info from Wiki, Chuang Yi and VIZ (FMA 23 blurb)]

A Kiss For My Prince 5 of 5 by Kim Hee-Eun

Chayene's quest to wed royalty ends with Prince Eugene entrusting the sole survivor of the Antwolf massacre to Crown Prince Sean. As Chayene solicits the King's blessing on her marriage to Prince Sean, the true nature of the Antwolf treachery—the downfall of that noble house—is exposed.

Can Chayene escape a reprise of history?

For more soonjung political intrigues (in quasi-ancient Greece), as well as rock fame, basketball action, butler service, musical tsundere and cats, jump to the blurbs after the manga list.

MANGAZINES: HanaLaLa and Shonen Star

HanaLaLa 52 and Shonen Star 69 ship this 28th. Both have upped prices to IDR 30,000. You might ask: Is the 11% more you have to pay worth it? Well, Indonesia's Hana to Yume/LaLa combo tempts with the La Corda 2 - Passionato & La Corda 2 - Passionato ~ Prologue side story (level up of Kin Iro no Corda Tokubetsuhen?), while the transplanted Shonen Sunday headlines Minagawa Ryouji's D-LIVE!! with its MacGyver of vehicles star heading to the icy north. (Hard to give up, no? Might as well give in.)

For more blurble, scroll kudasai.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2010.07.28)

Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.

  1. BECK 20 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
  2. BECK 20 (Elex Media)

    BECKBECK 」 by Harold Sakuishi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2004.10

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

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Magz.
    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).

    ADAPTATIONS
    Adapted into anime (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 3 volume 3 of 4+ by Yagami Hiroki
  4. Dear Boys Act 3 v3 (Elex Media)

    Dear Boys Act 3DEAR BOYS ACT3
    by Yagami Hiroki
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.02

    RELATED
    Dear Boys and Dear Boys Act 2 (prequels)

  5. Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) 23 of 27 by Arakawa Hiromu
  6. Fullmetal Alchemist 23 (Elex Media)

    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi鋼の錬金術師
    by Arakawa Hiromu
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 23 first published in Japan 2009.08

    Volume 23 contains chapters 92 through 95:
    Everyone's Power, Archenemy, The Flames of Revenge, Beyond the Raging Fire and a Gaiden Prince of the Dawn—Prologue.

    AWARDS
    Winner, Best Shounen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Hashiguchi Takashi's Yakitate!! Japan)

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    Fullmetal Alchemist is published in English in North America by VIZ Media (volume 23 released 2010.07.20 • volume 24 street date: 2011.01.18) and by Chuang Yi in Singapore (latest volume 23). Chuang Yi also publishes a simplified Chinese version on a more advanced schedule (most recent: volume 25).
    Other global releases: France (Kurokawa) · Italy (Panini Comics/Planet Manga) · Germany (Planet Manga) · Spain (Norma Editorial) · Poland (Japonica Polonica Fantastica) · Sweden (Bonnier Carlsen) · Brazil (JBC)

    ADAPTATIONS
    A 51-episode anime adaptation by Bones aired between October 2003 and October 2004, followed by a film sequel (Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, July 2005) and a second 64-episode series Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood that aired between April 2009 and July 2010. A handful of OAVs were also released. Seiyuu Paku Romi and Kugimiya Rie play brothers Edward and Alphone Elric in all the Hagaren adaptations.

    Two Fullmetal Alchemist audio drama series have been produced. Three volumes comprise the pre-anime first series: The Land of Sand, False Light, Truth's Shadow and Criminals' Scar. The second series, bundled with Shonen Gangan consists of Ogutāre of the Fog (Shonen Gangan April and May 2004 issues) and Fullmetal Alchemist: Crown of Heaven (November and December issues).

    RELATED
    Spin-off light novels written by Inoue Makoto and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. First serialized in Shonen Gangan, six volumes have been released: The Land of Sand (2003.02; source material for anime episodes 11 and 12) · The Abducted Alchemist (2003.09) · The Valley of White Petals (2004.04) · Under the Faraway Sky (2004.10) · The Ties That Bind (2005.06) · A New Beginning (2007.03).

  7. Hayate The Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku) 22 of 24+ by Hata Kenjiro
  8. Hayate The Combat Butler 22 (Elex Media)

    Hayate no Gotokuハヤテのごとく!
    by Hata Kenjiro
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 22 (containing chapters 229 to 239) first published in Japan 2010.01

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    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.

  9. Kariage-kun 31 of 48+ by Ueda Masashi
  10. Kariage-kun 31 (Elex Media)

    Kariage-kunかりあげクン 」 by Ueda Masashi
    Futabasha Manga Town, seinen
    Volume 31 first published in Japan 1999.05

    AWARDS
    Recipient, 28th Bungeishunjū Manga Award (1982), along with Ueda Masashi's other series Furiten-kun and Masashi-kun and Suzuki Yamato's Ai MY Tenrankai

    RELATED SERIES
    Sequels: Kariage-kun: Chinan dake no Kuchikara Otoko! Hen, Kariage-kun: Itazura Meichin Bamenhen and Kariage-kun: Makenai Onnatachihen

  11. A Kiss For My Prince 5 of 5 by Kim Hee-Eun [Finale]
  12. A Kiss For My Prince 5 (Elex Media)

    A Kiss for My Prince왕자님에게 Kiss를
    by Kim HeeEun
    Seoul Cultural Mink, soonjung
    Volume 5 first published in Korea 2006.11

    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).

  13. Legend of Nereid 9 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
  14. 네레이드의 전설 9

    Legend of Nereid네레이드의 전설
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 9 first published in Korea 2003.03

  15. Legend of the Cursed Sword (Pageomgi) 31 of 37 by Park HuiJin and Yeo BeopRyong
  16. Legend of the Cursed Sword 31 (Elex Media)

    Pageomgi파검기
    by Park HuiJin and Yeo BeopRyong
    AKA PaGumKi
    Daiwon C.I. Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 31 first published in Korea 2007.06

    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.

  17. Ruler of The Land (Yul Hyul Gang Ho) 48 of 52+ by Jeon KeukJin and Yang JaeHyun
  18. Ruler of The Land 48 (Elex Media)

    Yul Hyul Gang Ho열혈강호
    by Jeon KeukJin and Yang JaeHyun
    AKA Yul Hyul Kang Ho or Yulgang
    Daiwon C.I. Young Champ, seinen
    Volume 48 first published in Korea 2008.11

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    Partially published in English by ADV Manga (volume 8 released 2005.01.11). Licensed in France (as Sabre et Dragon) by Tokebi and Singapore (in simplified Chinese) by Chuang Yi (most recent 热血江湖 volume 40 released 2008.03.04).

    ADAPTATIONS
    Made into a MMORPG, Yulgang or Scions of Fate (US)

  19. Tena on S-string (S-Senjou no Tena) 2 of 8+ by Mikabe Sesuna
  20. Tena on S-string 2 (Elex Media)

    S-Senjou no TenaS線上のテナ
    by Mikabe Sesuna
    Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara Forward, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2007.12

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS
    Tena on S-string is published in North America by Yen Press (volume 3 released 2010.06.15 • volume 4 street date: 2010.09.28)

  21. Vitamin Cat (Neko Vitamin) 2 of 2+ by Sugiyama Ryoko
  22. Vitamin Cat 2 (Elex Media)

    Neko Vitamin猫ビタミン 」 by Sugiyama Ryoko
    Shonen Gahosha Neko Panchi, josei (doubutsu manga)
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.11

  23. Wild Life 7 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  24. Wild Life 7 (Elex Media)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ 」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2004.05

    Volume 7 contains chapters 51 to 59:
    命を救う理由 • “無意味な死” • 怖いコンテスト • 仲間?由紀恵? • 人もダチョウも • 人もダチョウも • 折れたくちばし • くちばしの素材 • 論文の名前 • 木々樹、リン.

    AWARDS
    Winner, Best Shounen Manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards

    OTHER LANGUAGE VERSIONS/SERIALIZATIONS
    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Star

¹ Sources: STO 28 July 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, except where indicated)
² All manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each. Shonen Star 69 and HanaLaLa 52 increase to IDR 30,000/volume, as noted above.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links for other language versions.

Volume previews continued

BECK 20 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi

That dream again! Does this mean BECK's performing at Grateful Sound?

Yup, that's it. Elex is more voluble with the other Shonen Magazine serial below:

Dear Boys Act 3 vol 3 of of 4+ by Yagami Hiroki

Mizuho cager Ishi's performance on the court proves less than stellar; nerves lead to inevitable ruin.

Lured into Narita Chuoh's trap, Ishi commits three fouls in the second quarter. Prompted to drastic damage control, Himuro-sensei benches Ishi, subbing him with Enomoto who brings next to no experience to the crucial match.

Will Himuro-sensei's decision—wild card Enomoto over veteran Ishi—bail out Mizuho? Can the team still wrest victory from the opponent's clutches?

Hayate The Combat Butler 22 of 24+ by Hata Kenjiro

Athena = Athens? *confused by the Elex summary*

The holiday to Aegea wraps and the Hakuou contingent leaves Mykonos for Athena. In the city named for the Greek goddess of wisdom, Hayate runs into a previous “savior.” The reunion makes the usually closed-off Hayate realize...

Yup, Elex leaves it there. The table of contents below don't help either, although these two titles—I Can't Figure It Out From Incomplete Information (chapter 236) and I Can't Put it in Words (chapter 238)—describe my blurbing quandary perfectly.)

Volume 22 contains chapters (hover for the original Japanese titles):

  • 229 No Matter When, No Matter How Many Times
  • 230 I'm Doing it That Way
  • 231 Beyond the Bounds
  • 232 Beautiful World
  • 233 Dearest
  • 234 I Would Remember Even After a Thousand Years
  • 235 To the Waning Moon in the Sky
  • 236 I Can't Figure It Out From Incomplete Information
  • 237 And Night Once Again Comes
  • 238 I Can't Put it in Words
  • 239 Silky Heart

Legend of Nereid 9 of 15 by Hwang MiRee

The Crown Prince and Prince Thaion's stepbrother conspires to slay Thaion. Eurike, meanwhile, succeeds in dissuading Ramodeos, Thaion's bodyguard, from departing for Attica, thus ensuring the breakdown of alliance talks. What retaliation will Prince Thaion visit upon those plotting against him?

Legend of the Cursed Sword 31 of 37 by Yeo BeopRyong & Park HuiJin

Rei Yan and Jaryun rendezvous with Lady Xiao, little knowing she is under god Mastema's control. Mastema, once Rei Yan's friend now turned foe, tries to entice Rei to his side. Rei spurns the bait and the two clash.

And amidst supposed sightings of an S-senjou no Tena anime

Tena on S-string 2 of 8+ by Mikabe Sesuna

For possessing the much in demand soul score, music teacher Hibiki Kyosuke comes under tuner Tena's watch. Lately, however, research-obsessed fellow tuners Mezzo and Sopra decide to turn I see and hear musical notes from people Kyosuke into a lab rat — and without so much as a by-your-leave, move in.

Now, aside from servitude to Tena, Kyosuke has to contend with a crowded house that's no longer home sweet home. Plagued by skyrocketing stress levels, Kyosuke finds diversion in the form of mysterious elite student Arun Sforz.

Vitamin Cat 2 of 2+ by Sugiyama Ryoko

Bon appétit, nyaan!

There's a new café in town: the Cat Tea House. Here you can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea while making friends with cats of all types. Makes me miss the cats me and my friend also befriended in a restaurant we went to before.

Want to understand the allure of warm and fluffy feline companionship?

Then, catch my story in Vitamin Cat 2, she wrote ^__^

Manga anthologies

HanaLaLa 52/2010: La Corda D'Oro ♡

HanaLaLa 52/2010 - Front cover: Arakure: The Wild Ones

Arakure © Fujiwara Kiyo
Hakusensha

HanaLaLa lets us know that not only do we get Kure Yuki's main La Corda D'Oro story this more pricey Issue 52, we also snag 40 pages of La Corda 2 - Passionato & La Corda 2 - Passionato ~ Prologue side story. Which raises the question: So why does Sachie and chapter 32 of Fujiwara Kiyo's Arakure: The Wild Ones rate the cover?

Editorial choices aside, let's ♪ ♫ ♬ ♩ peek into La Corda D'Oro Symphony 52, starring ... Tsuchiura ♪ ♫ ♬ ♩

Tsuchiura witnesses Tsukimori giving Kahoko violin lessons, kindling jealousy in our resident genius pianist. Aggravating his incipient ulcer is the equally gifted violinist's plan to further music studies abroad by year's end.

To compensate for his “inadequacy” and catch up to his rival, Tsuchiura¹ decides to enter a music competition!

¹ July's Komikologi (page 16) actually sez: Untuk mengejar ketertinggalan ini, Tsukimori pun [emphasis mine] memutuskan untuk ikut kompetisi musik! But I think that's a typo. You agree?

Other highlights

A 47-paged 30th Night: For Whom the Blood Flows Vampire Knight chapter from Hino Matsuri—in which we hopefully find out what's in store for Senri—and double redux for Sugar Princess by Nakajo Hisaya (this issue: chapters 13 and 14).

The rest of teh Hakusensha shoujo installments:

Shonen Star 69/2010 ☆ D-LIVE!!

Shonen Star 69/2010 - Front cover: D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji

D-LIVE!! © Minagawa Ryouji
Shogakukan/Shonen Sunday

Fresh from safely landing his plane on electric train tracks, Satoru receives his next brief. The latest ASE assignment takes the genius driver to the North Pole where he must rescue a research team that has vanished without a trace.

So goes the vehicle specialist's newest escapade in Minagawa Ryouji's D-LIVE!!, among the most recommended manga to read at the 9th Japanese Media Arts Festival.

Other Shogakukan shounen serials:

Someone tell me what happened to Takkoku!!!, the Fukuchi Tsubasa series that premiered in the last issue. Even with squint mode »ON!, I can't make it out on the ShoStar 69 cover line-up. Did it ping-pong elsewhere?

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03)

UP NEXT: More 28 July 2010 manga

Level Comics: Angel Heart 4 · Bambino! 5 · Glass Chair 5 · New Comic Bomber 3 · Restore Garage 251 vol. 8 · Soul Eater 1 by Ohkubo Atsushi

m&c!: Ah Dear Banchou 5 · Because I Love You 1 of 2 by Akira Shouko · Bleach 30 · Dragon Girl 5 of 5 · Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 4 · Tell Me One Million Times 1 of 2 by Oobayashi Miyuki · You Can't Disappear from Me 1 of 4 by Aikawa Saki | Manhua: The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 10 · The Story of Wang Fenglei 4 | AMERO: Quick & Flupke series: Maaf Bu!, Hidup Teknologi, Malapetaka, Kena Batunya, Tukang Kibul and Kencangkan Sabuk Pengaman | Mangazine: Cherry 45/2010 | KOLONI local comics: Satu Atap 2 · Merdeka: Di Bukit Selarong

disclaimer

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

currently available manga (21 July 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: Q.E.D. 34 · Juvenile Remix 4 · New Sexy Simpleton 5 · Hell Girl 5 · Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 2 · Kurozakuro 4 · Real 9 · Katsu! 6 · Geobreeders 13 · Coz We're not Children 1 by Seta Haruhi · Crows 10 · Shonen Magz 74/2010
  • Level Comics: xxxHOLiC 9 · Genius Family Company 3 · Gokusen 14 of 15 · Revolution No.3 vol. 3 of 3 · Fight!! Ippo 77 · Priest 7
  • m&c!: Happy Cafe 15 of 15 · Innocent Dragon 6 · Idol Shopping 1 by Hwang MiRee · Female Wolf's Boy 1 by Han YuRang · Sandwich Girl 1 by Han YuRang · Ugly Duckling Become Swan 1 by Hwang MiRee · Long Hu Men 169 | AMERO comics (Dark Horse): Actions Speak by Sergio Aragonés · Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures 7

related monthly schedules

August 2010
Premiering Topeng Kaca Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue, Mixim 11 by Anzai Nobuyuki, Rinne by Takahashi Rumiko, A Little More to Edo by Tsuda Masami, Beauty Honey by Matsumoto Tomo, Want You by Hwang MiRee, Hello Master by Tsukuba Sakura, Ogawa & Team Saito by Sakyo, You are so cool by Lee YoungHui | Standalones: Angin Musim Gugur by Hikawa Kyoko and Manekineko Real Estate by Sorano Sakana

July 2010
Premiering Coz We're not Children by Seta Haruhi and Look Up! by Kusaba Michiteru

June 2010
Premiering Beauty Honey by Matsumoto Tomo, Gensou Suikoden III by Shimizu Aki, 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)

May 2010
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

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