Alive 20, Love So Life 2, Cyboy 2 of 2 (m&c! 3 November 2010 manga)

Alive 20 (m&c!)

Alive - Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen © Adachitoka & Kawashima Tadashi/Kodansha
[First serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia as Alive by PT Gramedia/m&c!

#75 Survival is not mandatory.
#76 If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
#77 Opportunities are usually disguised as hardwork.
#78 The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them.

Per usual, m&c!'s Alive blurb only lists the apothegm chapter titles, and the penultimate volume 20 proves no exception. I especially like the provocative #75.

Love So Life 2 (m&c!)

Love So Life © Kouchi Kaede
Hakusensha (Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia by m&c!

Meanwhile, the Terminal Keyootness that is Love So Life represents this sked's first runner-up, and no wonder. Shiharu continues to busy herself taking care of angelic twins Akane-chan and Aoi-kun; the two-handfuls in return maul Shiharu like family. How does adoptive dad Seiji behave toward our Ganbariya-san? (We hope he considers promoting her to Mama, of course, imagining Ono Daisuke—who voiced “Sei-tan” in the Love So Life drama CD—doing the proposing.)

Second runner-up Cyboy, also a Hana to Yume shoujo manga, wraps with Kujo's hard-won transformation threatened by transfer student Toda. Toda promises to keep Kujo's geeky (and how!) past a secret if Kujo agrees to become her boyfriend. (You already know from volume 1 that Our Cyboy worships another girl.)

I babble about the new Shogakukan standalones—Chiba Kozue's Falling into You Like a Magic (ex-Sho-Comi) and TAAMO's Rifle Girl (Betsucomi)—after the list.

m&c! manga and manhwa (2010.11.03)

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  1. Alive (Alive - Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen) 20 of 21 by Adachitoka & Kawashima Tadashi
  2. Alive 20 (m&c!)

    Alive - Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen
    アライブ 最終進化的少年
    by Adachitoka & Kawashima Tadashi (deceased)
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2010.02

    Other languages
    English Alive - The Final Evolution (Del Rey; volume 8 released 2009.11.24; succeeding releases taken over by Kodansha USA) and French (Pika Édition Alive Last Evolution tome 13 shipped 2010.06)

  3. Cyboy 2 of 2 by Nishikata Mai [Finale]
  4. [Premiere] Falling into You Like a Magic (Kimi to Koi ni Ochiru Mahou de) by Chiba Kozue
  5. Falling into You Like a Magic (m&c!)

    Kimi to Koi ni Ochiru Mahou de
    君と恋におちる魔法で」 by Chiba Kozue
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.09

  6. Love So Life 2 of 5+ by Kouchi Kaede
  7. Love So Life 2 (m&c!)

    Love So LifeLOVE SO LIFE
    by Kouchi Kaede
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.09

    Marine Entertainment released a drama CD in March 2010, starring seiyuu Noto Mamiko as Nakamura Shiharu and Ono Daisuke as Matsunaga Seiji.

  8. My Sweet Home 2 of 6 by MARU & Kim JinHee
  9. My Sweet Home 2 (m&c!)

    My Sweet Home.My Sweet Home 마이 스위트 홈
    by MARU & Kim JinHee
    Daiwon C.I., soonjung
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2006.11

  10. [Premiere] Rifle Girl (Rifle Shoujo) by TAAMO
  11. Rifle Girl (m&c!)

    Rifle Shoujoライフル少女」 by TAAMO
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2008.11

  12. Sky Blue Beach (Sorairo Kaigan) 2 of 6 by Yamada Nanpei
  13. Sky Blue Beach 2 (m&c!)

    Sorairo Kaigan空色海岸」 by Yamada Nanpei
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2007.08

    Other languages
    English Skyblue Shore (TOKYOPOP; volume 1 street date: 2010.11.30)

¹ Source: m&c! (artwork and release advisory)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each, except the My Sweet Home 2 manhwa (SRP: IDR 18,500)
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions)

Previews continued

Falling into You Like a Magic by Chiba Kozue

I really like the scent of freshly-baked bread. My dream is to work in a bakery. Imagine my happiness when Saint Molly Bakery hires me!

But apparently, bakery work is hard! My tiredness disappears though when I see Natsu, the handsome owner of Saint Molly.

Could this be love?

Nagareboshi Manga (via Baka-Updates Manga's Kimi to Koi ni Ochiru Mahou de entry) provides the speaker's name: Ousawa Miko. Apparently, the 16-year-old Miko not only likes sniffing bread, she loves when they come in kawaii shapes (thus explaining the Character That Loves Cute Things tag). The same synop reveals that the person who employs our Clumsy Heroine is her age and lives next door to her!

m&c! has published quite a few of Chiba Kozue-sensei's standalones: Secret of the 7th Lesson, Let's Meet at School Tonight, 24 Colors, Hug Me Kiss Me and Love Letter. She also created the three-volume music themed Hitoribocchi wa Samishikute. Her ongoing Sho-Comi serial is the childhood friends/love triangle-troped Blue.

My Sweet Home 2 of 6 by MARU & Kim JinHee

Bian successfully wheedles herself into stepdad's good graces, but the same tactic proves useless in thawing out stepsib Gona!

Rifle Girl by TAAMO

Despite being proverbial polar opposites, Kokko and Aiko have been friends since childhood. Cranky Kokko finds it hard to make romance work, while capricious Aiko changes boyfriends like she changes clothes. Their BFF-ship is placed in jeopardy when Kokko falls for a guy she met on a train.

Love is War!

Aside from Rifle Girl synopsized above, this anthology also includes Rifle Boy and Welcome to the Ghost Village. Tweet friend dalina02-san gives this manga a 5 (out of 10), calling the story cute, which compensates for average art.

Other TAAMO-sensei standalones published by m&c!: A Girl's Melancholy, Love in Ofuro, I Still Love You and Moon Love's Secret. S/he also illustrated the two-volume Sunu Sumu Muriku no Koibito gender bender romance written by Nojima Shinji-sensei (first serialized in Deluxe Betsucomi). TAAMO-sensei's current shoujo serial, however, doesn't appear in Betsucomi; Taiyou no Ie is serialized in Kodansha's Dessert, home to Yorita Miyuki's To be Beautiful, Momochi Reiko's Bond and Masaki Souko's BOYS Este, among others.

Sky Blue Beach 2 of 6 by Yamada Nanpei

Riku helped Tomo get rid of a molester; Riku's li'l bro Tento gave Tomo an agate he found on the beach when they were kids. Tomo finds herself getting closer to both sibs, especially after Riku tells her about their younger sister “Yoko” who was lost at sea.

What kind of complicated awaits the threesome of Tomo, Riku and Tento?

UP NEXT: 11 November 2010 manga and manhwa

m&c!: Female Wolf's Boy 8 · Hai, Miiko! 22 · Shanimuni GO 32 of 32 · Togetherness by Wagata Konomi · Goal Den Age 1 by Takaoka Eisei & Tsunamoto Masaya · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 12 · How to make a Princess 2 of 2 · Go! Hiromi Go! 5 · Monika 136

Elex Media: Inuyasha 49 · Kisah Edo di Abad 21: Chotto Edo Made 1 by Tsuda Masami · Kariage kun 35 · BECK 24 · Cross Game 17 of 17 · Magic Peddler Roma 2 · Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 6 · Spiral: The Bonds Of Reason 8 · Nakayoshi 86/2010 · Shonen Star 76/2010

Level Comics: Until Death Do Us Part 2 · Air Gear 16 · The Strange Florist by Yohna · Genius Family Company 4 · Team Medical Dragon 13 · Bambino! 7 · The Hunting of The Snark 2 · Show Me the Money 2 of 2 · Blade of Immortal 12 · Tomo'o 11 · Zenith 5 · 3x3 Eyes 33 · Yakari dan Si Bulu Putih

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


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other current available manga (3 November 2010 street date)

  • Elex Media: Black Butler 9 · Crayon Shinchan 1 by Usui Yoshito · Kome si Belang 1 by Hoshino Natsumi · The Pitcher 73 · Crows 13 · BECK 23 · English School Wars 2 of 2 · Katsu! 9 · Our Dear Tamura-kun 2 · Rockwell The Scarlet Knight 2 · Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 5 · Tena on S String 4 · Legend of Nereid 11 · Shonen Magz 78/2010
  • Level Comics: Rainbow 18 · Hunt for The Thumb by Yamada Yuusuke · Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 2 · Chocolat 5 · To Be Beautiful 4 · Priest 11 · New Comic Bomber 5 · Hotaru's Light 11 · Subaru 10 · Spirou - Kepanikan di Champignac

other invaluable resources

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

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