This week

Manga street datesElex: 9.17 · Level: 9.17 · m&c!: 9.17
Anime (on Animax Asia):
[Season Premiere] Chihayafuru Season 2, 17 September 2014, Wednesday, 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

8.15.2010

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 5, Here we are 13, With My Brothers 7 (Elex Media 18 August 2010 manga)

Here we are 13 (Elex Media)

Bokura ga Ita © Obata Yuuki/Shogakukan (Serialized in Betsucomi)
Published in Indonesia as Here we are by Elex Media

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

The most important thing about this Elex sked? The return of Here we are and Throbbing Midnight from When is the next coming out?? limbo. Obata Yuuki's Bokura ga Ita continues teh angst in volume 13, while Ikeno Koi's Tokimeki Midnight, a shrink-retelling of the 30-tankou vampires and werewolves-troped Tokimeki Tonight wraps with volume 9. (I will get to the top Do Want!—Spiral: The Bonds of Reason—in a minute.)

So, here we are: Near dear Takeuchi resolves to propose to Nanami at the same time Sengenji bumps into Yano, Takeuchi's Chick Magnet rival, MIA all this time. Despite Sengenji spilling Yano's whereabouts to Nanami, she refuses to go to him and actually meets Take for a date on her birthday. Does this mean Nanami is finally relinquishing her feelings for Yano and has decided to settle for Take?

Throbbing Midnight 9 of 9 by Ikeno Koi

Remade into an Ordinary High School Student here Ranze ventures into the underworld to rescue Prince-with-an-agenda/Boyfriend in Tokimeki Tonight's parallel universe Shun. While there, she slips back to the underworld's past. What else to do but... digress to matchmaking Her Majesty and the spirits sentinel? [Additional information from Zahara-san's Shoujo Manga Page gratefully acknowledged.]

(Ranze, dear, don't forget your agenda: saving Shun, remember?)

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 5 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita

Blurb = 0 for the dernier cri volume, so, adapting Carlsen's Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit Band 5 synop:

The stakes for the Absurdly High Staked Game just shot through the roof, as the Blade Children face a new threat: a Hunter mercilessly stalking the minus one rib prodigies. Estrogen Brigade Bait Eyes Rutherford can take the Hunter out easy, so why is he resisting? And what's our defeat them with logic master detective Ayumu and his Watson doing, with a Xanatos Gambit (if not a Thirty Xanatos Pileup) looming on the horizon?

Yen Press' Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning 5 summary IDs the latest danger [+/-]

Kanon Hilbert, who is Eyes' blank. (Yeah, yeah, you know what Kanon is to Eyes.)

Previews (With My Brothers 7, the penultimate Libero Revolution!!) continued after the manga list.

MANGAZINES: Nakayoshi 83 premieres Dua Pangeran Bintang by Hanamori Pink

Nakayoshi Gress 83/2010

Nakayoshi Gress!, the last of the Elex mangazines to yield to the new IDR 30,000 standard, debuts Dua Pangeran Bintang by Hanamori Pink (My Fiancé is a Monster manga-ka). I can't track down the original Japanese title, but here's a lowdown:

Seven years ago, Minami met just the nicest guy and fell in love. Minami's hatsukoi lived in a house with simply the biggest tree on the grounds. Fast forward to present day and Minami is reunited with her first love. Except... now he's a twin?!

So which guy did Minami fall for?

So there's your eponymous Dua Pangeran or Two Princes. Wonder what Bintang (Star) has to do with them though. Also, speculating that this is supernatural troped; why else would Elex wazawaza include that bit about the tree? A sacred shimenawa rope is probably tied around it—oh wait, I'm thinking of a shrine.

The rest of the Nakayoshi pals in this issue

Dropped from NakaGress 83's cover line-up: My Fiancé is a Monster by Hanamori Pink, Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 by Hara Asumi, The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu by Enue Kei & Hayamine Kaoru and Ogawa & Team Saito by Sakyo. (Have the compiled in two volumes Tsuba Kiyo and Fiancé wa Monster ended? YumeKi and Ogawa are still ongoing so we'll probably see them again.)

BTW, Nakayoshi is looking for manga translators. Interested?

Elex Media manga (2010.08.18)

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

  1. Crows 11 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  2. Crows 11 (Elex Media)

    Crowsクローズ」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 1993.11

    Related series

    Worst (sequel, 24 volumes as at 2010.06) and Crows Zero (spin-off; nine volumes as at 2010.08)

    Adaptations
    Two live-action prequel movies for Crows have been produced: Crows ZERO (Japan theatrical release: October 2007) and Crows ZERO II (April 2009). Miike Takashi directed both films starring Oguri Shun as GPS leader Takiya Genji and Yamada Takayuki as Serizawa Tamao.

  3. Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo) 6 of 9 by Eto Miyuki
  4. Hell Girl 6 (Elex Media)

    Jigoku Shoujo地獄少女
    by Eto Miyuki · Jigoku Shojo Project
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2007.12

    Other language versions/serializations
    Concluded Indonesian serialization in Nakayoshi Gress!.
    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 Editions Pika (La fille des enfers tome 9 released 2009.11); and in German by Tokyopop Germany (volumes 1-4) and EMA (volume 5 onwards).

    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)

  5. Here we are (Bokura ga Ita) 13 of 14+ by Obata Yuuki
  6. Here we are 13 (Elex Media)

    Bokura ga Ita僕等がいた」 by Obata Yuuki
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Awards
    Best Shoujo Manga, 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Ashihara Hinako's Sand's Chronicle)

    Other language versions
    VIZ Media publishes the English We Were There (volume 11 released 2010.07.06). Other global releases: France (published by Soleil, C'était Nous tome 13 released 2010.03), Germany (EMA), Spain and Argentina (Editorial Ivrea) and Taiwan (Tong Li).

    Adaptations
    ArtLand's 26-episode anime adaptation starring seiyuu Sasaki Nozomi as Takahashi Nanami, Yazaki Hiroshi as Yano Motoharu, Kawakubo Takuji as Takeuchi Masafumi and Nakayama Erina as Yamamoto Yuri aired between July and December 2006 in Japan.

    Related
    Shogakukan published the Bokuga ga Ita Koushiki Fan Book in November 2005.

  7. Kariage Kun 32 of 48+ by Ueda Masashi
  8. Kariage kun 32 (Elex Media)

    Kariage-kunかりあげクン」 by Ueda Masashi
    Futabasha Manga Town, seinen
    Volume 32 first published in Japan 2000.02

    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

  9. Libero Revolution!! 12 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki
  10. Libero Revolution!! 12 (Elex Media)

    Libero Kakumei!!リベロ革命!!
    by Tanaka Motoyuki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2002.05
    Re-released in seven bunko volumes (from November 2008 to May 2009)

    Volume 10 contains chapters:
    96 7人全員...
    97 一馬負傷!!
    98 全力全開っ!!
    99 動けっ!!
    100 勝つぞっ!!
    101 ゲームセット!?
    102 激闘決着!!
    103 ご推薦!?
    104 人気者!?

  11. Look Up! (Miagete Goran) 3 of 8 by Kusaba Michiteru
  12. Look Up! 3 (Elex Media)

    Miagete Goran見上げてごらん
    by Kusaba Michiteru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2005.12

    Volume 4 contains chapters:
    18 つばぜりあい
    19 壁打ち!!
    20 後はまかせた...!?
    21 勝負の行方は...!?
    22 運命のラケット
    23 勝負!奥多摩高校
    24 新ラケットを使いこなせ!
    25 五つ葉!!
    26 五つ葉の実力
    27 上手くなりたい!

    Serializations
    Ongoing Indonesian serialization in Shonen Star

  13. Shinagawa Cat Story (Shinagawajuku Nekogatari) 2 of 3+ by Nishida Kana
  14. Shinagawa Cat Story 2 (Elex Media)

    Shinagawajuku Nekogatari品川宿 猫語り
    by Nishida Kana
    Shonen Gahosha Neko Panchi, doubutsu manga
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.01

  15. Shugo Chara! 10 of 11 by PEACH-PIT
  16. Shugo Chara! 10 (Elex Media)

    Shugo Chara!しゅごキャラ!」 by PEACH-PIT
    AKA My Guardian Characters
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Awards
    Best Children's Manga, 2008 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Other language versions/serializations
    Ongoing serialization in Nakayoshi Gress!
    Shugo Chara! published in English by Del Rey (Volume 9: A Big Discovery released 2010.07.27 • volume 10 street date: 2011.02.22). Other global releases: France (Pika Edition's tome 9 scheduled 2010.08.18), Germany (EMA) and Taiwan (Ever Glory).

    Related
    Shugo Chara! Encore! (sequel, four chapters only) and Shugo Chara-chan! (spin-off, three volumes as at 2010.04)

    Adaptations
    Adapted into anime by Satelight in 2007. Fifty-one episodes aired in Japan from October 2007 to September 2008 on TV Tokyo, followed by another 51 episodes of Shugo Chara!! Doki— (2008.10 to 2009.09). A third Shugo Chara Party! TV series aired from October 2009 to March 2010. Seiyuu Itō Kanae, Takagi Reiko, Nakamura Yuuichi and Mizuki Nana (Hinamori Amu, Tadase Hotori, Ikuto Tsukiyomi and Utau Hoshina respectively) star in all anime iterations.

    A Shugo Chara! musical, starring Shugo Chara Egg! (Shugo Chara!! Doki— OP performer) and S/mileage member Maeda Yuuka as Amu, enjoyed a theater run in early 2009.

  17. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 5 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
  18. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 5 (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 5 first published in Japan 2001.10

    Volume 5 contains chapters:
    20. Only One Way to Disappear
    21. Good Night Sweet Hearts
    22. Dried Eyes
    23. Night Comes Again
    24. Moving Target
    25. Like a Swan

    Other language versions
    Yen Press publishes the English Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (volume 12 released 2010.07.13 • volume 13 street date: 2010.10.26). Carlsen Comics translates the German version (latest Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit Band 10)

    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, with an alternate ending aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003. The anime cast 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.

  19. Throbbing Midnight (Tokimeki Midnight) 9 of 9 by Ikeno Koi [Finale]
  20. Throbbing Midnight 9 (Elex Media)

    Tokimeki Midnightときめきミッドナイト
    by Ikeno Koi
    Shueisha Cookie, shoujo
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2009.08

    Related series
    Alternate retelling of earlier released Tokimeki Tonight (30 volumes)

  21. With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 7 of 11 by Tokeino Hari
  22. With My Brothers 7 (Elex Media)

    Oniichan to Isshoお兄ちゃんと一緒
    by Tokeino Hari
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2007.04

    Other language versions/serializations
    Ongoing serialization in the Indonesian HanaLaLa
    Published in English as Me & My Brothers by TOKYOPOP (11 of 11 volumes).

    Adaptations
    Adapted into two audio dramas. The first LaLa Tokimeki Drama CD was released as a LaLa April 2007 freebie. (La Corda D'Oro, Ryuu no Hanawazurai (serialized as Dragon's Fiancé), and Kaichou wa Maid-sama! (My Sweet Kaicho) dramas also bundled in the same CD.) Seiyuu Fukuen Misato, Kondō Takashi, Kamiya Hiroshi, Suzumura Kenichi, and Konishi Katsuyuki voiced Miyashita sibs Sakura, Masashi, Takashi, Tsuyoshi, and Takeshi. A second commercially-released CD went on sale in July 2007.

¹ Sources: Elex STO 18 August 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Kariage-kun 32 which retails for IDR 15,000. Nakayoshi Gress 83/2010 is priced at 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

Kariage Kun 32 of 48+ by Ueda Masashi

So salaryman Kariage is an animal lover? He has all the best intentions in the world, but they only translate into weird. Even the animals who witness his antics can only sweatdrop and shake their heads.

Libero Revolution!! 12 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki

Victory is close at hand, or is it?

Team Seikai succeeds in grabbing the second set from reigning champ Fujiwara in the autumn amateur finals but it's too early to tell who will win. Seikai has trouble catching up to Fujiwara in the third set, even suffering a severe blow as the set nears its end. Kazuma sprains his foot, the injury grave enough to retire the player from the game. For Team Seikai which has only seven players, the loss of Kazuma means disqualification!

Shinagawa Cat Story 2 of 3+ by Nishida Kana

Shinagawa, a small but heavily-populated town, counts among its inhabitants the human and feline varieties. And in the residential district the Tajimas call home, a new family moves in. Unfortunately, the latest missus doesn't socialize much, which sets the rest of the gregarious wives and mothers speculating whether something is wrong with their newest neighbor.

With My Brothers 7 of 11 by Tokeino Hari

Sakura has to retake a test she failed if she doesn't want to be left behind by her classmates when they get promoted. But how can she concentrate on her studies at home, when older brother Masashi provides such a distraction? But there may be hope for Sakura yet? Masashi, who has missed his deadline, has been kidnapped by his editor!

UP NEXT: More 18 August 2010 manga

Level Comics: Until Death Do Us Part 1 by Takashige Hiroshi & DOUBLE-S · Gokusen 15 of 15 · Restore Garage 9 · Nurse Aoi 13 · Lucky Luke - Dalton Terjebak Badai Salju

m&c!: Bleach 33 · Idol Shopping 2 · Ugly Duckling Become Swan 2 · A Badboy Drinks Tea 7 · Female Wolf's Boy 2 · Sandwich Girl 2 · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 11 · Long Hu Men 170 · Star Wars 8 · The Great Ants: Sirkus Keliling · Humor Pegawai Negeri: Pengurangan Jam Kerja · Humor Guru: Undian dan Jebakan

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

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manga currently available (11 August 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: The Ruler of Nabari 12 · Vampire Knight 3 · Beauty Honey 1 by Matsumoto Tomo · Piano Hutan 17 · Dorabase 18 · Kaiser Z 15 · Magic Peddler Roma 1 by Kurazono Norihiko · Otoboke Section Chief 5 | Shonen Star 70/2010
  • 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

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

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