10.13.2010

Song of Love 6, Bleach 35, Female Wolf's Boy 6 (m&c! 13 October 2010 manga and manhwa)

Also, finales: Because I Love You (volume 2) and Miracle Ball (volume 12)

Song of Love 6 (m&c!)

Eden no Trill © Fujita Maki/Akita Shoten [First serialized in Princess]
Published in Indonesia as Song of Love by Gramedia/m&c!

I know, I know. Bleach 35 is the #1 manga DO WANT! But as I prefer not to stare at Kurotsuchi first thing (no disrespect meant the scary 12th Division captain lest he come after me), the purtier Song of Love 6 snatches the cover spot. In any case, Song of Love's return after nearly a year's absence calls for the spotlight.

Still, I'll kick off the post with Bleach 35: Higher Than The Moon:

Bleach 35 of 47+ by Kubo Tite

Mad Scientist Espada Szayel Aporro Granz gets his at the (black and white even in color) hands of kindred spirit Kurotsuchi Mayuri. Poisoned by the incumbent Shinigami Research Institute prez, Szayel Aporro sees his impending death play out in flo-mo. Elsewhere, another Soul Society VS Las Noches battle—between 11th Division captain Zaraki Kenpachi and Quinto Espada Nnoitra Gilga—goes into eternal (read: neverending) mode. The abridged version: Nnoitra releases his Resurrección, bringing his opponent to his knees, before Kenpachi opts to give that kendo sh*t a whirl and beat the snot out of Nnoitra.

If you're wondering where teh *bleep* Ichigo is, you'll have to jump over several mortal combat chapters, the cloning of Karakura chou and Orihime abduction redux. (Yup, Ichigo has to save 'Hime again from Ulquiorra-sama.)

[Volume 35 lowdown adapted from Bleach Wiki- and Wiki's synopses]

Song of Love 6 of 8 by Fujita Maki

Weks! Rabid dog alert! Eiri gets so annoyed with Muneyuki sticking to Ritsu and constantly making her over that he bites—yes, bites—the poor girl! And as the new year holiday rolls in, Ritsu chooses to stay at the dorm, but a phone call from home nixes that plan, forcing Ritsu to Face Her Fear: buddying up with her new family.

It's been so long since I last read Fujita Maki's Eden no Trill that the Previously on... has all but sunk into oblivion. Meanwhile, the French Asuka édition Trill on Eden tome 6 blurb has this to add (if mechanical translation is not #Fail): Ritsu's mom finally finds out that her daughter has transferred to the music department. So between her own family and Eiri's (Eiri and his brothers, specifically), Ritsu can only look forward to a most stressful holiday.

NEW M&C! TITLES: How to make a Princess, Love Remedy and My Sweet Home

m&c! launches two new series—How to make a Princess (manga) and My Sweet Home (manhwa)—and a manga standalone, Love Remedy. All shoujo/soonjung. I don't consider When Love is Growing: The Evolution of Love a real newbie (perhaps unreal) as it's actually the second in Shiumi Saki's The (Blankity-Blank-Blank) of Love trilogy. (Prequel When Love is Hiding: The Latency Period of Love streeted last June.) I do promise an extended babble (albeit tucked behind the fake cut) because I lurve all manga Shiumi Saki. (Advanced info: m&c! has already penciled in Shiumi Saki-sensei's Kanchigai Musume to Buchigire Ouji for this October's end.)

How to make a Princess 1 (m&c!)

Himegimi no Tsukurikata
© Izumi Asuka/Hakusensha
[First serialized in LaLa DX]
Published in Indonesia as
How to make a Princess
by Gramedia/m&c!

But m&c!'s Misunderstand Girl & Angry Prince comes later. For now, dedicating this prime real estate to the current How to make a Princess, Izumi Asuka's Butler, Rich Girl Poor Boy, Love Triangle Himegimi no Tsukurikata, which started life out as a LaLa DX serial and ended up compiled in two volumes.

Maria has lived on her own ever since her mother passed away. Imagine her consternation when into her relatively quiet life bursts in not one but two... butlers?!

Rufus and Yuri insist on serving Maria on her absentee father's orders, though it's really a toss-up as to who is serving whom. For the butlers have been sent to transform Maria into a “Princess.” She needs must go through her milady paces before the bishie pair deems her fit to meet her father who appears to be in danger.

[With additions from Aerandria Scans' description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga; the same entry provides the earlier quoted series categories/tags]

For those who want the skinny on the other new titles NOW:
My Sweet Home: Tomboy, Misunderstandings, Step siblings, Stepfather (Baka-Updates tags)
Love Remedy: Rejected Love Confession, We Will Meet Again

Izumi Asuka-sensei, I believe, was last seen 'round these parts with Momo The Girl God of Death (published by Elex), long after m&c! finished Prince of Lizard.

m&c! manga, manhwa and manhua (2010.10.13)

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

  1. Because I Love You (Datte Aishiteru) 2 of 2 by Akira Shouko [Finale]
  2. Bleach 35 of 47+ by Kubo Tite
  3. Bleach 35 (m&c!)

    BleachBLEACH-ブリーチ-」 by Kubo Tite
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 35 first published in Japan 2008.10

    Volume 35: Higher Than The Moon contains chapters:
    306 Not Perfect is GOoD
    307 Bite it, Slash it
    308 SATAN FROM ORBIT
    309 Pray for the Mantis
    310 FOUR ARMS TO KILLING YOU
    311 The Undead 4
    312 Higher Than The Moon
    313 TO CLOSE YOUR WORLD
    314 Night Side of Abduction
    315 MARCH OF THE DEATH

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Other languages
    English Bleach (VIZ Media; volume 32 released 2010.09.07 • volume 33 street date: 2010.12.07), French (Glénat; tome 39 ships 2010.10.20), Spanish (Glénat in Spain, Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico), German (TOKYOPOP Germany), Dutch (Kana), Russian (Эксмо), Polish (JPF), Portuguese (Planet Manga) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi)

    Related
    Kubo Tite and Makoto Matsubara co-authored two Bleach novels: BLEACH-letters from the other side: The Death and The Strawberry (Japan release: 2004.12) and BLEACH: The Honey Dish Rhapsody (2006.10).

    The Bleach All Colour But The Black artbook, compiling color spreads from manga volumes 1 through 19 with original art and author annotations, released in Japan (2006.12), USA (The Art of Bleach, 2008.10) and France (All colour but the black: Recueil des illustrations de Bleach, 2008.11).

    Companion guidebooks have also been published: Bleach SOULs and Bleach VIBEs released 2006.02 in Japan (The English Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book shipped 2008.11 in North America, while the French version streeted 2009.11). A third Bleach Official Bootleg: KaraBuri+ guidebook released 2007.08 in Japan. (English Color Bleach+: The Bleach Official Bootleg street date: 2010.08.10.)

    Adaptations
    Studio Pierrot's Bleach anime adaptation first broadcast in October 2004, continuing to this day. Season 15 opened with episode 266 in April 2010; latest episode 292 aired 2010.10.12). Seiyuu Morita Masakazu and Orikasa Fumiko star as Kurosaki Ichigo and Kuchiki Rukia, with Park Romi and Namikawa Daisuke playing 10th Division captain Hitsugaya Toshiro and Arrancar Ulquiorra Cifer respectively. Two OAVs and three theatrical movies—Memories of Nobody, The DiamondDust Rebellion, Another Hyōrinmaru and Fade to Black, I Call Your Name—have been released. A fourth Bleach: Hell Chapter movie, overseen by Kubo Tito-sensei, is slated for a 4 December 2010 release. Additionally, Warner Bros. has confirmed it will be producing a Bleach live-action film.

    At least eight drama CDs have been produced. Featuring the original anime cast, the drama CDs were bundled with the DVDs.

    Bleach has also been adapted into rock musicals (spanning the the Substitute and Soul Society arcs). The first musical had its performance run in August 2005.

  4. Female Wolf's Boy 6 of 17 by Han YuRang
  5. Female Wolf's Boy 6 (m&c!)

    The Female Wolf BOY
    암컷늑대의 보이 (암컷늑대의 Boy)
    by Han YuRang
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 6 first published in Korea 2007.09

    Related
    Based on the Korean Internet novel 암컷늑대의 BOY by i쿠키i조아 (iCookieiLike).

  6. [Premiere] How to make a Princess (Himegimi no Tsukurikata) 1 of 2 by Izumi Asuka
  7. How to make a Princess 1 (m&c!)

    Himegimi no Tsukurikataヒメギミの作り方
    by Izumi Asuka
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2008.05

    Related
    Kuroneko Guardian (side story; one-shot)

  8. The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 12 of 20: Dalang Iblis (bagian awal) by Khu Lung, Cai Jing Dong
  9. Kimi ga Suki ~ I Love You ~ (Kimi ga Suki) 2 of 3 by Watanabe Ayu
  10. Kimi ga Suki ~ I Love You ~ 2 (m&c!)

    Kimi ga Sukiキミがスキ」 by Watanabe Ayu
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2007.06

    Volume 2 contains chapters:
    5 Sky
    6 The incident on the night of the trip
    7 Resolution
    8 2+2=1
    NOT m&c! titles (JShojo scanlation chapter titles)

    Related series
    Kimi ga Suki Plus (sequel; one volume) and Kimi ga Suki Plus Pink Passion Version (side story included in the fourth Genshoku Tsundere Danshi anthology, Genshoku Tsundere Danshi Semekare)

  11. [New Release] Love Remedy (Otona no Okusuri) by Kohara Yuko
  12. Love Remedy (m&c!)

    Otona no Okusuriおとなのおくすり
    by Kohara Yuko
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.01

  13. Miracle Ball 12 of 12 by Nagatoshi Yasunari [Finale]
  14. Miracle Ball 12 (m&c!)

    Miracle Ballミラクルボール
    by Nagatoshi Yasunari
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Dragon, shounen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2009.03

  15. [Premiere] My Sweet Home 1 of 6 by MARU & Kim JinHee
  16. My Sweet Home 1 (m&c!)

    My Sweet Home.My Sweet Home 마이 스위트 홈
    by MARU & Kim JinHee
    Daiwon C.I., soonjung
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2006.10

  17. Song of Love (Eden no Trill) 6 of 8 by Fujita Maki
  18. Song of Love 6 (m&c!)

    Eden no Trill楽園のトリル」 by Fujita Maki
    Akita Shoten Princess, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2009.05

    Other languages
    English Trill on Eden (Go! Comi; cancelled), French (Asuka Trill on Eden tome 8 ships 2010.12.02)

  19. [New Release] When Love is Growing (Koigokoro Koushinchuu) by Shiumi Saki
  20. When Love is Growing (m&c!)

    Koigokoro Koushinchuu: The Evolution of Love
    恋心・コウシン中 」 by Shiumi Saki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi Zoukan, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.08

    Related series
    When Love is Hiding (Koikokoro Senpukuchuu: The Latency Period of Love prequel; one volume, 2008.02) and Koigokoro Kyoumeichuu: The Resonance of Love sequel; one volume, 2009.04)

m&c! AMERO comics (2010.10.13)

  • Foot 2 Rue: Street Soccer 5 (Foot 2 Rue, Saison 2, tome 10: Les Diables noirs) by Mathieu Mariolle, Philippe Cardona (Soleil)

¹ Source: m&c! (artwork and release advisory)
² GN are priced at IDR 16,500 each, except the Female Wolf's Boy 6 and My Sweet Home 1 manhwa (SRP: IDR 18,500). The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 12 manhua retails for IDR 17,500/volume while the Foot 2 Rue: Street Soccer 5 BD is priced at IDR 25,000.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles continued

Love Remedy by Kohara Yuko

Sora-kun confessed his love to Ayumi when they were still in grade school but was rejected. Now, both Sora and Ayumi and middle schoolers.

When Ayumi meets Sora again, she is shocked to see how much kewler and more mature he has become. But she is even more disturbed at what she feels whenever she sees him.

What could be wrong with her?

Aside from Love Remedy, this Ciao anthology contains shorts Look At Me, Snow In The Spring, Your Lost Memory and Love Rocket.

I think I understand why m&c! chose to title Kohara Yuko-sensei's Otona no Okusuri Love Remedy. (Your Adult Medicine doesn't quite have that ring of 'wholesome shoujo' to it.) But it sure makes it interchangeable with Chuang Yi's Love Remedy, unless you know that the latter is by Kawamaru Shin-sensei (originally Dr. wa Sotto Dakishimeru, that m&c! in turn retitled Gorgeous Doctors).

Kohara Yuko-sensei also created the Mama Trouble and Paradise Kids shoujo comedies.

My Sweet Home 1 of 6 by MARU & Kim JinHee

Gona lost his mom at age seven; Bian has been fatherless since she was five. But while Bian welcomes her mom remarrying, her new stepbrother can only sulk and brood over the family additions.

What will happen to Gona and Bian now that they have Not Blood Sibs and living together to contend with?

Youdathunk they'd hit it off, seeing as how alike they are, but nooo. (This is soonjung manhwa, after all, and scrapping is more than welcome.) And as Baka-Updates Manga points out in its My Sweet Home entry, Gona can't stand tomboy Bian acting cutesy in front of his (rich) father, while Bian could just about wallop Gona for his emo-ness. The same synop adds that there IS someone who'd be over the moon were Gona and Bian to remain distant — Shion who's crushing on Bian. But right now Shion's all green-eyed over Bian “dating” her stepsib.

When Love is Growing by Shiumi Saki ♡

When Love is Growing (m&c!)

Koigokoro Koushinchuu
© Shiumi Saki
Shogakukan [Sho-Comi Zoukan]
Published in Indonesia as
When Love is Growing
by Gramedia/m&c!

After faithfully following the Seven Love Myths of Ryousei Academy, Ritsuka has been awarded the school's scariest student Kuze-kun as her boyfriend grand prize. So everything should be roses from here on out, right?

Wrong! One fine day, Ritsuka collides into student council prexy Harumi and they end up lip-locking!

How fares Ritsuka's legendary love now?

One more installment to Kuze x Ritsuka remains, so it's safe to assume that our OTP will get past that Accidental Kiss by the end of Koigokoro Koushinchuu: The Evolution of Love (When Love is Growing's original title), if not at the close of sequel Koigokoro Kyoumeichuu: The Resonance of Love.

As I leaked Above the Fake Cut, m&c! tentatively slates Shiumi Saki-sensei's Misunderstand Girl & Angry Prince for an end-October release. If that goes per plan, in to my library it goes. The When Love is Growing GET! is a foregone conclusion. I expect they'll have fun with When Love is Hiding and the other m&c! Shiumi Saki standalones in my library, My Rival is My Love and Pure Love Junky. (Only Secret Love is missing from my collection.)

If m&c! decides to serialize Shiumi Saki-sensei's ongoing Sho-Comi manga, Koi ni Ochita Kanpeki-kun, I'll go back to regularly patronizing Cherry.

Series finales

Because I Love You 2 of 2 by Akira Shouko

After confessing her love for her childhood pal, Nao retires from the love battlefield gracefully. Nao's junior in the basketball club, Kouta, tries to console her, but can Nao trust Kouta? Kouta seems to be hiding something about his relationship to cousin Michiyo, the girl Rin likes.

How will this love rectangle resolve itself?

Please see Because I Love You volume 2 for the answer.

This final tankou also includes one-shots 45° Romance and Sunflower Love.

Miracle Ball 12 of 12 by Nagatoshi Yasunari

Miyamoto and team-mates face off with Musashimaru in the finals. Who will emerge the baseball champs?

Ongoing series

Female Wolf's Boy 6 of 17 by Han YuRang ♡

When we last left our couple, Eun Soo had just delivered a resounding slap to boyfriend Jae Hee for dancing with Not His Girlfriend Han Yeon. Predictably, Eun Soo's recklessly jealous reaction shocks all their friends agog. But forget the onlookers, instead of getting mad...

Jae Hee goes and tells everyone that he and Eun Soo are an item! Han Yeon can't accept the “Boys' Love” going down in front of her eyes, and schemes to make Eun Soo even more jealous.

A conspiracy has sprung up over whether Jae Hee already knows Eun Soo's true gender. My take: he does.

Kimi ga Suki ~ I Love You ~ 2 of 3 by Watanabe Ayu

I reject Mase and become Hojo's girlfriend. Come April, however, all three of us enter the same high school, Asakita.

I can't take it. I don't want to be with Mase. I want to forget him...

The above is from Aki's POV, obviously. Continue to keep those tissues or handkerchief handy.

UP NEXT: 20 October 2010 manga

m&c!: Oresama Teacher 3 · Kingdom of the Beast by Takagi Shigeyoshi · A Badboy Drinks Tea! 10 · To The Top! 2 of 2 · Idol Shopping 4 · Canon by Usami Maki · Beauty Pop 8 · Cold Heart by Hoshimori Yukimo · Go! Hiromi Go! 4 · Secret 2

Elex Media: Vampire Knight 5 · Fullmetal Alchemist 24 · Hello Master 2 · Topeng Kaca 2 Deluxe · Rinne 1 by Takahashi Rumiko · Artist Acro 3 · Natural Honey Dormitory 3 · New Sexy Simpleton 7 · Want You 1 by Hwang MiRee · Our Dear Tamura-kun 1 by Kurafuji Sachi · Legend of Nereid 10 · Nakayoshi 85/2010 · Shonen Star 74/2010

Level Comics: Half an Apple 4 · Air Gear 15 · Jio 10 · Chocolat 4 · Hikayat Genji 4 · Akihabara@DEEP 6 of 6 · Restore Garage 251 V10 · Shattered Knife 5

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography

disclaimer

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

Other upcoming manga (13 October 2010 street date)

  • 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

other invaluable resources

Baka-Updates Manga · 7net Shopping · YES24 · Wikipedia · ANN

4 comments:

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

wow! i guess i should start looking for those titles :P

huamulan03 said...

@ayu-chan,
*biggrin*

Kia said...

I went to ECC Bintaro today but Because I Love You 2 wasn't on the list :o I wonder whether the series got on-hold or not? *cringes* (I was so looking forward for the finale!)

One more question that has bothering me for quite sometime now:P Do you have any idea why Elex/M&C! hardly (Almost never, now) licensed Margaret Comics by Shueisha? Sometimes reading scanlations just doesn't cut it. I want to own the physical copy xD

~Cheers! Japanese illiterate:P

huamulan03 said...

@Kia-san,
Hi and thanks for commenting ^^ Now that you mentioned it, I also didn't see Because I Love You 2 at ECC Bintaro yesterday. But then again, sometimes, some m&c! titles don't get delivered there (Female Wolf's Boy 2 was one).

I've also been wondering at the dearth of Margaret manga; you just reminded me to ask. If I get answers, I'll be sure to share ASAP. I totally get what you mean about wanting to own the hard copy. That's why I'm collecting Oh Butterfly Oh Flower and Until Death Do Us part.

"Japanese illiterate" LOL! Yup, you called it.

Newayz, thanks for the comment and hope to see you again here.

~nik

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