Ibara no Okite © Yukimura Yuni/Hakusensha [First serialized in LaLa DX]
Published in Indonesia as Thorny Rules by Elex Media Komputindo
Even though I led with Thorny Rules, blurbing top DO WANT! first. And for 13 October, that honor goes (not surprisingly) to Defense Devil, one of two Shonen Stars branching out to tankou. Fortnightly serialization apparently isn't enough to sate readers' Kucabara cravings, an upshot that, if you think about, is not at all bad for something that started out a mere one-shot in Sunday GX.
A “good” demon, Kucabara is exiled from his home and finds new gainful employment as legal counsel for unjustly condemned souls. Will Grim Reaper charges win out, or can the Defense Devil avert his clients' Hell or Bust fate? More to the point, will the devil attorney's seditious choice (helping humans equals declaring war on the demon world) lead to a more just order?
What Elex excludes from its Defense Devil preview—but others highlight (»here, here and here)—is that Kucabara's defense doesn't come gratis: he gets his clients' Dark Matter in return for representing them. Collect enough Dark Matter and he can go home. But with his spendthrift ways, Kucabara might as well be working pro bono as he uses up the Dark Matter as fast as he accumulates it, saving accursed, I mean, accused, souls from the clutches of predator Shinigami.
(You have to scroll down for the other 10.13 premieres: Topeng Kaca Deluxe, My First Mr. Akuno and Thorny Rules. Thorny Rules is augmented by a two-page spread, if that encourages you to scroll down any.)
Pretty sure I hit the mark when I speculated that Elex PTB intervened in Fairy Tail's skedding (October's Komikologi is still stuck on volume 7). That being the case, Elex has no volume 9 preview, so I'm excerpting Pika Édition's (originally French) Fairy Tail, tome 9 blurb:
Fairy Tail succeeds in thumpin' rival guild Phantom Lord, only to be later fazed by... inertia. The mages have to wait for the wizarding board's decision before any rebuilding can begin. (And you know just how ‘speedy’ them committees work.)
Meanwhile, Lucy, feeling the weight of responsibility, goes home to seek her parents' guidance, though not before leaving her comrades a message. She isn't the only Fairy Tail wizard beset by personal problems, however; Loke, too, carries a terrible burden — and only Lucy can help him!
Aside from pointing out that Lucy holds the key to saving Loke (at least that's what I assume literally, given that Lucy's a celestial mage), Del Rey's Fairy Tail, Vol. 9: Fading Wizard synop specifies the mage's quandary: his life
may be about to end, prompting the player to give up on women altogether.
Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details and cover scans.
- Artist Acro 2 of 9 by Sakurai Ato
- Crows 12 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
- [Premiere] Defense Devil 1 of 6+ by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
- Fairy Tail 9 of 23+ by Mashima Hiro
- Hidamari Sketch 4 of 5+ by Aoki Ume
- Kariage kun 34 of 48+ by Ueda Masashi
- Kurozakuro 7 of 7 by Natsume Yoshinori [Finale]
- [Premiere] My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) 1 of 7+ by Fujiki Syun
- Sentaro (Pikupiku Sentarou) 35 of 35+ by Nunoura Tsubasa
- [New Release] Thorny Rules (Ibara no Okite) by Yukimura Yuni - SC
- [Premiere] Topeng Kaca Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) 1 of 24+ by Miuchi Suzue
- Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 (Saikyou Seitokai Tsubakiyo) 2 of 2 by Hara Asumi [Finale]
¹ Sources: Elex STO 13 October 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Kariage kun 34 and Hidamari Sketch 4 (SRP: IDR 15,000). The Topeng Kaca 1 Deluxe bunko retails for IDR 24,000/volume.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New titles continued...
Cute Mad Scientist Akuno Jiro, along with onee-chan Eiko, ends up living with cousin Kyoko. Jiro has absolute zero experience dealing with society at large, though the defect's not about to stop him from trying to act like your average Joe. What headaches will this freeloader cause Kyoko?
A check of Baka-Updates Manga's Hajimete no Aku page nets these goodies: Jiro wants to operate on Kyoko (
Mad Scientist dakara) and that he and Eiko are card-carrying evil organization members on the lam from “The Good Guys.” The same source tags the Shonen Sunday comedy:
School, Evil Organisation, Mad Science, Tsundere. (And having mentioned SS, might as well hammer that
nail point that My First Mr. Akuno is a rising Shonen Star, just like Defense Devil.)
Rules threaten to strangle the life out of Earl Craven's manor: servants must avoid eye-contact with their liege at all costs—facing the wall, if need be—and yield whenever their paths cross. The exacting protocol has earned the master of the house the name “Lucifer.”
Only one servant realizes that goodness abides in the so-called devil's heart: the maid Priscilla. But an unbridgeable gap yawns between the maid and her earl, who is apparently affianced.
Priscilla vows to renounce her love for the young aristocrat, but...
As you can see from this spread below, she's having a difficult time of it. (Click for a bigger image.)
Yukimura Yuni-sensei doesn't have that many manga credits to her name (my search only turned up Ibara no Okite, which is Thorny Rules). Baka-Updates Manga, however, unearthed the faerie-talesque
Oujisama no Yume Utsutsu one-shot. Her 2006 debut,
Wakka to Tsubasa, is apparently compiled in Thorny Rules.
Regardless that Elex's reissued Glass no Kamen doesn't reprise the Japanese bunko cover (as promo'ed in the August Komikologi; instead, it relauches the very first—some say
Jadul—cover), that Topeng Kaca 1 Deluxe finally streets next Wednesday is undoubtedly a coup for Elex. Because, really, who else is up to speed on Glass no Kamen outside Japan? (Other than, perhaps, Tong Li Taiwan and Editions Star Comics Italy, that is.)
Now, everyone knows just how much of a classic is Glass no Kamen. But for nostalgia's—and a new generation of fans'—sake, blurb:
Neither beautiful nor all-capable, Kitajima Maya nevertheless possesses one abiding passion: drama. Unbeknownst to her, Maya actually has the gift for acting. Only a veteran thespian, Mayuko, realizes Maya's potential. Mayuko undertakes to mentor Maya, and Maya's quest to perfect her craft and perform the Crimson Angel role of a lifetime begins.
Defenders and exterminators of humanity clash one last time to decide humankind's future. Which road will Zakuro choose, once the final seal is broken?
And so Mikito and Zakuro's journey concludes, the end promising (so sez Elex)
love, friendship and a coming of age.
What happens when idiots go against the rich? An inevitable massacre. This is exactly the plight the student council faces as it scraps with the Student Council God. The latter looks down on the former for not having the resources (money) to settle problems. But little does anyone realize that Tsuba Kiyo has another power, one capable of restoring peace...
Acro finally breaks into Bleu's house, only to find a stranger there. What's worse, Acro is designated a fugitive and fair game for the hunter artists acting on orders of the Art Organization.
Everyone rejoices at Bull's discharge from the hospital, but merry-making and peace don't last long. What Ryushin talked about comes to pass: Housen students start stalking Bull and Harumichi. Their target: Suzuran High, primarily Rindaman. Bando also reappears, prompting fears of another showdown between Suzuran and Housen.
Sentaro sleeps over at Meong's house and next thing you know, The Great Rabbit and Cat Expedition begins! The pair sneaks into rooms, having fun, until Sentaro stops, looking pained. What happened?
UP NEXT: Level Comics and m&c! 13 October 2010 manga
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
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
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manga currently available (6 October 2010 street date)
- Elex Media: Detektif Conan 20 +Plus Super Digest Book · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 16 · Fairy Tail 8 · New Legenda Naga 6 · Crayon Shinchan - Mari Mengenal Serangga by Usui Yoshito · Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 volume 1 by Hara Asumi · BECK 22 · Dr. Koto 2 · Ogawa & Team Saito 2 · Ruler of the Land 49 · 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
- m&c!: White Paper Ark 7 of 7 · Lovers In Paris by Akimoto Nami · Welcome to Rakuan-Inn by Minami Sachi · Dawn Aria 6 · School Baby by Shibano Yuka · Cyboy 1 by Nishikata Mai · Sandwich Girl 3
related monthly schedules
Premiering Angin Musim Gugur (Deluxe) by Hikawa Kyoko, English School Wars by Matsumoto Tomo, The Flower Princess by Hibiki Wataru, Traumeister by Nakayama Atsushi, Nice to Meet You God by Suzuki Julietta, MIXIM 11 by Anzai Nobuyuki, My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun, Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl, Chotto Edo Made by Tsuda Masami, Kome Si Belang by Hoshino Natsumi, Here is Greenwood (Deluxe) by Nasu Yukie, Our Dear Tamura-kun by Kurafuji Sachi, Crayon Shinchan by Usui Yoshito and SC: Goddess of a Department Store by Morino Aki (standalone)
Premiering Global Garden by Hiwatari Saki, Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 by Hara Asumi, You Are So Cool by Lee YoungHee and Thorny Rules by Yukimura Yuni (standalone)
other invaluable resources
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