The Ruler of Nabari 12, Vampire Knight 3, Beauty Honey 1 by Matsumoto Tomo (Elex 11 August 2010 manga)

Also, Piano Hutan (Piano no Mori) 17, in which Kai makes it past the first round of the Chopin competition, and the penultimate Kaiser Z (volume 15) that presages Hitler's end. (Continued after the manga list.)

ビューティーハニー 1

Beauty Honey © Matsumoto Tomo/Hakusensha (Serialized in LaLa)
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo

Taking Shelter from the Snow
Conviction into that Palm
Promise that Cannot Be Kept (or Broken Promise)
To the Place that Memories Return 1

Elex doesn't have a blurb for The Ruler of Nabari 12, this sked's top DO WANT!, so you'll have to DIY infer what's happening to Miharu from the chapter 56-59 titles Wiki provided (above). What I gots instead is the preview of First Runner up GET!, Hino Matsuri-sensei's Vampire Knight:

Vampire Knight 3 of 12+ by Hino Matsuri

To test whether Zero still has that slayer mojo, the Hunters' Association orders him to dispatch a fellow Level E. Zero finishes off the mindless vampire and the mission without even working up a sweat (or at least no drops provide a bishie sparkle op). But a bigger headache lies in store for Zero, one that easily resists OTC or blood pill medication: a new student transfers into the Night Class, and she's got the mother of a bone to pick with our hero.

NEW ELEX TITLES: Beauty Honey and Magic Peddler Roma

Elex rolls out Beauty Honey (on the premiere back burner since June) and the came out of nowhere Magic Peddler Roma.

Beauty Honey 1 of 3 by Matsumoto Tomo

Been awhile since we saw a Matsumoto Tomo shoujo romance in circulation (Beauty is the Beast finished its Indonesian run June 2009 and English School Wars concluded its HanaLaLa serialization July that same year). While I would've liked to see 23:00 licensed first, I don't mind Beauty Honey leapfrogging the standalone.

Niko grew up “cursed” with a family suffering from the worst luck when it comes to men. Boyfriendless seems inevitable, following the example set by other Kohinata women, all estranged from their husbands, if not trapped in It's complicated on-again, off-again relationships.

Surrounded by so much Happy Never After, the 17-year-old Niko decides to PASS on Love, that is, until she meets the very popular hair stylist Kaoru.

That Niko (initially) doesn't trust males reminds me of Misaki (My Sweet Kaicho) — even if Elex doesn't share whether Niko's dad left her mom like Misa-chan's did. But older love interest Kaoru is definitely no Usui; in that age gap thingy, he reminds me more of English teacher Ish Kilroy from Eikaiwa School Wars. (I'm optimistic though that Kaoru is not as miiin (mean) to Niko as Ish was to Kiko.)

Magic Peddler Roma 1 of 3+ by Kurazono Norihiko

魔法行商人ロマ 1

Mahou Gyoushounin Roma
© Kurazono Norihiko
Shonen Sunday Super

Magic Peddler Roma, which has the title chara teaching us that Greed is NOT Good, skips a Shonen Star-first debut to go straight to tankou. (Kurazono Norihiko's Mahou Gyoushounin Roma serializes in Shonen Sunday Super.) Elex has neither blurb nor initial impressions, so crafted this with MangaHelpers' aid [ex the Baka-Updates Manga-excerpted synop]:

Roma siphons “greed” off humans by supplying them with magical artifacts that multiply greed when their wielders submit to emotions like love. In the predictably tragic aftermath, Roma skims off the greed surplus.

Greed being so easy to fall prey to, Roma probably has her hands full; people just don't shy away from using the greed-breeding things.

I don't know why Roma collects greed, nor for what purpose, but the amassing-something-from-humans reminds me of another Shonen Sunday manga—Defense Devil—in which exiled demon Mephisto Bart Kucabara gathers dark matter from human sinners to regain his powers. The devil legal counsel appears in fortnightly in the Indonesian SS (Shonen Star), the latest issue also streeting this coming Wednesday.

MANGAZINES: Shonen Star 70/2010 ☆ Look Up!

Shonen Star 70/2010 - Front cover: Look Up! by Kusaba Michiteru

Miagete Goran
© Kusaba Michiteru
Shogakukan/Shonen Sunday

Aside from Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl's Defense Devil, Look Up!, Kusaba Michiteru's Miagete Goran tennis manga also installs in Shonen Star — actually nabbing Issue 70's cover and featured serial slot:

Yuzawa and Azis' fight heats up, with neither giving his opponent any quarter. Despite equal ability to read the ball's direction and anticipate enemy moves, however, Yuzawa gains the upper hand.

Other ShoStars: 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, Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow, My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) by Fujiki Shun, Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa, Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato and Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi.

Elex Media manga (2010.08.11)

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  1. [Premiere] Beauty Honey 1 of 3 by Matsumoto Tomo
  2. Beauty Honey 1 (Elex Media)

    Beauty Honeyビューティーハニー
    by Matsumoto Tomo
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.09

  3. Dorabase (Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden) 18 of 20+ by Mugiwara Shintaro & Fujiko F. Fujio Production
  4. Dorabase 18 (Elex Media)

    Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden
    ドラベース ドラえもん超野球外伝
    by Mugiwara Shintaro & Fujiko F. Fujio Production
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Comic, kodomo
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2009.09

  5. Kaiser Z (Tenkuu no Hasha Z) 15 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi
  6. Kaiser Z 15 (Elex Media)

    Tenkuu no Hasha Z天空の覇者Z」 by Uno Hiroshi
    Kodansha Shounen Magazine Comics, shounen
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2002.06

  7. [Premiere] Magic Peddler Roma (Mahou Gyoushounin Roma) 1 of 3+ by Kurazono Norihiko
  8. Magic Peddler Roma 1 (Elex Media)

    Mahou Gyoushounin Roma魔法行商人ロマ
    by Kurazono Norihiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday and Shonen Sunday Super, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.09

    Volume 1 contains chapters:

    1. レリスの魔券
    2. アルパトランの鏡
    3. メムの魔香
    4. ベルメント騎士団の銀貨
    5. ギルギアヌの黒翼
  9. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) 5 of 22+ by Ueda Masashi
  10. Otoboke Section Chief 5 (Elex Media)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長」 by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1988.04

  11. Piano Hutan (Piano no Mori) 17 of 18+ by Isshiki Makoto
  12. Piano Hutan 17 (Elex Media)

    Piano no Moriピアノの森」 by Isshiki Makoto
    AKA Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai
    Kodansha Morning (formerly in Uppers), seinen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2010.03

    Recipient, Grand Prize for Best Manga, 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other language versions
    Published in traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press (Taiwan)

    The Piano Forest, an animated movie adaptation by Madhouse, starring Kamiki Ryunosuke (Kyuu, Tantei Gakuen Q live-action drama) as Amamiya Shuuhei and Ueto Aya (Azumi, Azumi) as Ichinose Kai premiered 2007.07.21 in Japan. The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and in the Theatrical Film category at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

  13. The Ruler of Nabari (Nabari no Ou) 12 of 13+ by Kamatani Yuhki
  14. The Ruler of Nabari 12 (Elex Media)

    Nabari no Ou隠の王」 by Kamatani Yuhki
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 12 (comprising chapters 56-59) first published in Japan 2009.12

    Finalist, 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other language versions/serializations
    Nabari no Ou is published in English by Yen Press (volume 4 released 2010.07.13 • volume 5 street date: 2010.11.30; serialized in Yen Plus). Other global releases: France (published by Asuka; tome 10 released 2010.06 • tome 11 scheduled 2010.10) and Taiwan (Sharp Point Press, in traditional Chinese).

    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.

  15. Vampire Knight 3 of 12+ by Hino Matsuri
  16. Vampire Knight 3 (Elex Media)

    Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士
    by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa (also, LaLa DX and LaLa Special), shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2006.04

    Volume 3 contains chapters:

    *HanaLaLa chapter titles, unless indicated with an asterisk, in which case they come from Chuang Yi's volume 3.

    Alternative language versions/serializations
    Vampire Knight English editions are published by VIZ Media (volume 10 released 2010.06.01 • volume 11 street date: 2010.12.07) and Chuang Yi (latest volume 11). Chuang Yi also publishes the simplified Chinese edition, while Ever Glory publishes a traditional Chinese version in Taiwan. Panini Comics releases the series in Italian and Portuguese; Marvel Panini France in French (latest tome 11 released 2010.07.07) and Carlsen Comics in German (latest release: Band 10).

    In Indonesia, Vampire Knight serializes in HanaLaLa (latest chapter: 30th Night: For Whom the Blood Flows). The manga is serialized in German in Daisuki.

    The 13+13-episode Studio DEEN anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Horie Yui, Miyano Mamoru, and Kishio Daisuke as Cross Yuki, Kiriyu Zero, and Kuran Kaname, aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from April through July 2008 (first season) and October through December 2008 (second season under the title Vampire Knight Guilty). The anime spanned manga chapters 1 through 46.

    Two drama CDs preceded the anime. The first was Track 2 of the LaLa Kirameki Drama CD, produced for LaLa's 29th anniversary and given away as a freebie with the magazine's September 2005 issue. (The furoku CD also contained dramas for four other LaLa serials: Tsukuba Sakura's Penguin Kakumei (Track 3), Nakaji Yuki's ZIG☆ZAG (Track 4), Tanaka Meca's Sailor Fuku ni Onegai! (Track 5), and Hatori Bisco's Ouran Koukou Host Club (Track 6)). The second Vampire Knight Midnight CD-Pack (LaLa Oubosa Zenin Service CD Vampire Knight (Midnight CD Pack)) was exclusively released for mail order in 2006. The drama CDs feature the same cast as the anime's, with the exception of characters Headmaster Cross Kaien (Koyasu Takehito in the drama; VK anime sound director Gôda Hozumi in the anime), Hio Shizuka (Sonoda Keiko in the drama; Orikasa Fumiko in the anime) and Sayori Wakaba (Ueda Kana in the drama; Mizuno Risa in the anime).

    Two Hino Matsuri-illustrated light novels were written by Fujisaki Ayuna. The Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi and Vampire Knight: Noir no Wana side stories released in Japan 2008.04.05 and 2008.10.03 respectively. Chuang Yi has already translated the first novel into English (Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin shipped 2010.07.06). Marvel Panini France's Vampire Knight: Coeur de glace released by 2010.07.07. Carlsen published the novel in German as Vampire Knight: Eisblaues Verbrechen. Carlsen also released the second Noir's Trap novel as Vampire Knight: Tiefschwarzer Hinterhalt.

    The official fanbook, Vampire Knight Fanbook: Cross, containing character and story information and details from Hino-sensei's storyboard, was published in November 2008 in Japan. (German Vampire Knight: X Official Fanbook released by Carlsen; VIZ Media has scheduled the Vampire Knight Official Fanbook for October 2010.)

    The Vampire Knight artbook 「 樋野まつりイラストレーションズ-ヴァンパイア騎士(ナイト)- 」 streeted concurrently with volume 12 in Japan (2010.07.05).

Elex Media reissues (2010.08.11)

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  1. [RE-STO] SC: Cat's Dreams by Kosaka Tomoko
  2. [RE-STO] SC: Shirley by Mori Kaoru
  3. [RE-STO] SC: Youth Love Story by Kayama Yumi

¹ Sources: Elex STO 11 August 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each, including the three re-issues. Otoboke Section Chief 5 (mistakenly?) carries a price tag of IDR 15,000. Shonen Star 70/2010 retails for IDR 30,000/volume.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links for other language versions.

Volume previews continued

Dorabase 18 of 20+ by Mugiwara Shintaro & Fujiko F. Fujio Pro

The All-Japan baseball tourney sponsored by legendary homerun run king Sadaharu opens. Both speedy Monta and Shiroemon are participating, but who will captain Kuroemon face on the diamond?

Kaiser Z 15 of 16 by Uno Hiroshi

The quest for the pure mutant cell nears its end, with Tenma and allies finally entering Lebensbrunn after snatching victory in a pitched battle. But what greets them there is Hitler's death at the hands of a very surprising traitor.

Piano Hutan 17 of 18+ by Isshiki Makoto

Kai qualifies for the next round of the Chopin competition; Pang Wei opens the second round, playing music encompassing deep sorrow and burning rage. As the musical story unfolds, Pang Wei relives the tragedy that led to meeting Ajino — a fateful encounter that could only end in hell.

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

UP NEXT: More 11 August 2010 manga

Level Comics: Blade of Immortal 9 · Half An Apple 3 · Hotaru's Light 10 · Kyoko Karasuma's Case Files 3 · A Spirit of the Sun 5 · Subaru 8 | Lucky Luke - Hukuman Gantung · Spirou - Sarang Marsupilami · Yakari - Para Tawanan Pulau

m&c!: Sparkling Gingachou 10 of 10 · Bleach 32 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 9 · Go! Hiromi Go! 2 · Ijime: The Invisible Malice by Igarashi Kaoru · Miracle Ball 10 · Sugar Family 2 · Yabuuchi Yuu Fan Book | Confucius 2


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

manga available this week (4 August 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: Vampire Knight 2 · Topeng Kaca Bidadari Merah 11 · Claymore 15 · Coz We're Not Children 2 of 2 · Godhand Teru 25 · Hidamari Sketch 2 · Kurozakuro 5 · Look Up! 2 · New Sexy Simpleton 6 · Summer Storm! 3 ·Yureka 17 · Shonen Magz 75/2010
  • Level Comics: ARMS 18 · Happy Hello Work at Age 21 volume 3 · Hikayat Genji 3 · Jio 8 · Love & Collage 10 · Over Rev 13 · Tomo'o 10 · Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 1 by Nishi Yuuji · Lucky Luke - Sang Hakim · Michel Vaillant - Tragedi Bercy · Smurf - Smurf Magang · Yakari - Terbang Laksana Gagak
  • m&c!: Bleach 31 · ChimaChima Papetto by Hina · The Strawberry Marshmallow 6 · Triple Honey by Yamanaka Rico · Wizard in July by Tanaka Meca · Yowamushi Pedal, Go! 8 · Toutou and Friends - Ayam Panggang by Soffritti/Brrémaud/Reynès · Sejejak Harap by Gita & Rie

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

other invaluable resources

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