Cyboy © Nishikata Mai/Hakusensha [First serialized in Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia by PT Gramedia/m&c!
ujo Kiyosumi used to be a socially-inept nerd, but not anymore. Thanks to the kewl Sagiya Maki, Kiyosumi has made himself over into a cyborg boy (cyboy) whose Oh. My. Bishieness! makes Reinan High fangirls Kyaaa~!
Despite his skyrocketing popularity, however, Kiyosumi is one unhappy camper. Not only is a Blue Bishounen Ghetto out to oust him as Fangirl Favorite, the girl he has fallen for couldn't be more anti-bishie!
So that's Cyboy for you, one of four new m&c! shoujo manga streeting tomorrow. (I babble about Akimoto Nami's Lovers in Paris, Shibano Yuka's School Baby and Minami Sachi's Welcome to Rakuan-Inn much further down.) Baka-Updates Manga, which files Cyboy under
Beauty Transformation, Phobia, Strong Male Lead tags, adds the reason Kiyosumi underwent such drastic change: his grade school crush's crushing rejection of his love confession (she called him “disgusting” before their whole class). I bet sed biatch regrets ever having insulted Cyboy after his makeover.
Aria's hand injury puts paid to any further dreams of becoming a pianist, but she refuses to give up on music altogether. She transfers to the Vocal Music department where she's given a one-week deadline to master a very difficult song. Can Aria do the piece justice when her heart aches heavy from news of Natsuo-san and Shouko-sama's engagement?
Questions to ask the concluding Hakobune Hakusho:
- What really happened to Sasuke? And is it true that Yuusuke loathes him with a passion uncontested?
- What's going to happen to Fune who unintentionally declared her feelings for Sasuke?
- Will Miiko finally accept Kotarou?
You know what to do if you want answers. (GET! White Paper Ark volume 7.)
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- [Premiere] Cyboy 1 of 2 by Nishikata Mai
- Dawn Aria (Akatsuki no ARIA) 6 of 10+ by Akaishi Michiyo
- [New Release] Lovers in Paris (Paris no Koibitotachi) by Akimoto Nami
- Sandwich Girl 3 of 8 by Han YuRang
- [New Release] School Baby (Gakuen Babe) by Shibano Yuka
- [New Release] Welcome to Rakuan-Inn (Senyuu Banrai Rakuan) by Minami Sachi
- White Paper Ark (Hakobune Hakusho) 7 of 7 by Fujino Moyamu [Finale]
- Monika dan Kawan-Kawan (Turma da Mônica) 135 by Mauricio
- The Princessa by Anca Sulaiman
¹ Sources: m&c! (artwork and release advisory)
² GN are priced at IDR 16,500 each, except the Sandwich Girl 3 soonjung manhwa (SRP: IDR 18,500).
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Paris, the city of lovers.
Here my dream takes flight:
Please, let me become closer to my boyfriend, Tsukasa!
Okay, so m&c!'s back cover blurb is a bit minimal. So let me excerpt Baka-Updates Manga's description because it's gots the juicy Love Triangle deets:
Ai's class is taking an educational trip to Paris! She's never been before, so she thinks this might be a great chance for an exciting and romantic adventure! Unfortunately, Ai's boyfriend Tsukasa is pretty serious; they've been together for a while and haven't even kissed yet! Will they be able to take their relationship to the next level if he's in charge of managing the students during the trip?! And what happens when Ai meets a new boy in Paris: a dancer named Edmund?!
You prolly already know of Akimoto Nami-sensei from the Nakayoshi manga Urukyuu (Ultra Cute) but she later graduated to risqué-er shoujo romances like Dangerous Strawberry Boy and Tokyo Sex, the latter serialized in Dessert.
Despite their engagement being a pragmatic arrangement, Se Joon starts to feel a bit possessive of fiancée Jae Kyeong, especially now when she has her sights set on Some Other Guy. What else is Se Joon to do but keep close tags on the Future Mother of His Children?
Keep her away from kyuuketsuki, blood-phobic doctor's daughter Komachi fails to get into her dream high school and is forced to enroll at her second choice, “Special Course.” There she meets weirdos a-plenty, including star sprinter Oosaki Hiro.
Aside from revealing that Hiro
has his eye on her, Midnight Scans (excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga) specifies the kind of people Komachi meets in sports and arts Special Course,
Macho with dreadlocks, bearded lolita, among them.
Shibano Yuka-sensei is (more or less) a regular in the release schedules, with manga coming out almost every quarter: 1/3 Romantica (30 June), March Our Hearts Together (10 March) and My Summer Love (21 October 2009). But I'm pretty sure m&c! has yet to license the one-volume music-troped Diamond Beat.
You can feel a person's warmth not just from body temperature, but also from the ears, the eyes, the heart.
This Hitachi and Shinonome have proven in Rakuan, the sanctuary of souls yearning to become whole.
So, if I didn't mistake teh Japanese blurb, Rakuan-Inn is some sort of temple, a sorta halfway house for ghosts with regrets.
I like Minami Sachi-sensei's series (Colorful Joker, Mebius Union); her (his?) standalones (Little Beans in Love), not so much. But since Welcome to Rakuan-Inn reminds me of Ghost Only, I'll probably check it out of the rental library.
UP NEXT: 13 October 2010 manga
m&c!: Song of Love 6 · Bleach 35 · When Love is Growing by Shiumi Saki · Female Wolf's Boy 6 · Miracle Ball 12 of 12 · Kimi Ga Suki - I Love You - 2 of 3 · How to Make a Princess 1 by Izumi Asuka · Because I Love You 2 of 2 · Love Remedy by Kohara Yuko · My Sweet Home 1 by Maru & Kim Jin-hee · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 12
Elex Media: Topeng Kaca 1 Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue · Fairy Tail 9 · Defense Devil 1 by Youn In-Wan & Yang Kyung-Il · Kariage-kun 34 · My First Mr. Akuno 1 by Fujiki Syun · SC: Thorny Rules by Yukimura Yuni · Sentaro 35 · Crows 12 · Artist Acro 2 · Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 volume 2 of 2 · Kurozakuro 7 of 7 · Hidamari Sketch 4
Level Comics: Vagabond 33 · Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 2 · The Drops of God 2 · Zipang 4 · Blade of Immortal 11 · Hellsing 5 · Priest 10 · Basara 13 · Jepang Tenggelam 8 · Onsen Paradise 3 · Strange Tales of Tokyo 3
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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other currently available manga (6 October 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Detektif Conan 20 +Plus Super Digest Book · New Legenda Naga 6 · Crayon Shinchan - Mari Mengenal Serangga by Usui Yoshito · Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 volume 1 by Hara Asumi · Ruler of the Land 49 · Fairy Tail 8 · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 16 · BECK 22 · Dr. Koto 2 · Ogawa & Team Saito 2 · Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 4 · Sora, The Wingless Duck 18 · Tena on S String 3 · Spiral: The Bonds Of Reason 7 · Penguin Revolution 7 of 7 · Tokkyu! 15 · A Story of Heroes 32 · Kaiser Z 16 of 16
- Level Comics: Eternal Sabbath 1 by Souryo Fuyumi · Cruise 1 by Yajima Masao · xxxHOLiC 10 · Miso-com 4 · Psychometrist Eiji 15 · A Spirit of the Sun 6 · K2 v3
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