Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen © Ogura Akane/Hakusensha [Serialized in LaLa DX]
Published in Indonesia as Absolute Peace Strategy by Elex Media
Fighting breaks out between the kingdoms of Meteora to the north and Cannan to the south. But Meteora's war hero, Prince Johanne, and Cannan's Florence Nightingale, Princess Euda, fall in love with one another and prevail upon their sovereigns to end the conflict. Peace finally reigns over the two kingdoms, now awaiting the wedding of Prince Johanne and Princess Euda. The End.
Apparently, Johanne and Euda are in cahoots guarding The Secret to the fragile peace.
To find out what the “lovebirds” are hiding, GET! Absolute Peace Strategy 1. If you lurve Rome×Juli-esque (bickering) romances, you won't regret investing in this four-volume confection.
Cute Couple prolly best describes our protagonists: the Johanne × Euda combi is one of the keeyootest in the manga biz, and that's saying a lot, especially in a genre strong with pinchables. And aside from blond bishieness, Johanne-sama can open up
a serious can of whoop-ass, while Euda-sama, who normally resembles a
Absolute Peace Strategy 1 compiles chapters 1 through 4 and the omake
When They were Young.
To give Oz a break from the relentless hunt for the seal, Oscar Vessalius invites his nephew and Oz's close friends to a tea party (that hopefully won't have the party-goers stuck at 6:00 forever nor require answering unanswerable riddles like
Why is a raven like a writing desk?). As Oz sips his tea on this Unbirthday, he cherishes only one wish: that these peaceful days continue... forever.
Year-end debuts include the Hakusensha shoujo trifecta Absolute Peace Strategy already blurbed above, The Recipe For Gertrude by Kusakawa Nari and Welcome to Host Detective Agency by Tateno Makoto. On the kodomo and shounen side, there's Dodge Fighters, the Japan Dodge Ball Association-approved Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters manga from Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo and the
Demons, Summoned creatures-troped Traumeister by Nakayama Atsushi that should've premiered months ago. All completed series. (Aren't you glad?)
Per usual, only training the spotlight on one newbie here — half of the pair that garnered the most LXO interest. (The other was Absolute Peace Strategy.)
Host-tan e Youkoso
© Tateno Makoto/Hakusensha
[Bessatsu Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia as
Welcome to Host Detective Agency
by Elex Media
Ever since he was a kid, Kobayashi has dreamed of becoming a detective — cracking mysteries and running down thieves while he's at it. So, he's understandably over the moon when he is accepted into a detective agency and meets the burning with tantei passion manager Akechi, I mean, Aketomo, a deduction paragon Kobayashi can look up to.
The same idol, however, bursts Kobayashi's euphoria bubble when he tells the newest employee of the agency's side business (because simple detecting can't pay all the bills). The detectives by day become
Lady Killers (hosts) by night! [Additional info from Twee Quidam Scans]
Despite Tateno Makoto-sensei's fame as a yaoi manga-ka (Yellow, anyone?), she does dabble into non-fujoshi offerings, one of which is this tantei meets hosuto and
Host-Tan hilarity ensues and the gender-bending Cute Guy (also released by Elex). To say that Welcome to Host Detective Agency is fujo-unfriendly, however, would be stretching it; BL sparks start flying from the get-go between newbie Kobayashi (host alias: Shinobu-kun) and ex-rookie and third most wanted host Rindo. (The other Lady Killer hosts are Aketomo, the legendary #1 host in Shinjuku, and hosts #2, 3 and 5 — Shiranui, Akane and Shigure.)
The first order of the day is solving the mystery of a host club customer's message ring, but there are three more Orders (chapters) in volume 1.
Phantom Thief Kid is back! This time, Jirokichi-ojisan, Sonoko's eccentric uncle, lays a trap for Kid that leads to another showdown between Conan and the high-profile kaitou.
Aoyama Gosho's Detektif Conan rates the Shonen Star 78 front cover. The rest of the the ShoStar pack follow: Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi, Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko, Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow, Magical Iroha by Inoue Kazurou, Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl, Yakitate!! Japan by Hashiguchi Takashi, D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji, Katsu! by Adachi Mitsuru, My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun, Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa and Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato (volume 11 also streets 12.29).
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- [Series Premiere] Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) 1 of 4 by Ogura Akane
- Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) 5 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko
- [Series Premiere] Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) 1 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
- Kisah Edo di Abad 21 (Chotto Edo Made) 2 of 4+ by Tsuda Masami
- Legend of Nereid 12 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
- LUM, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 27 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Pandora Hearts 12 of 13+ by Mochizuki Jun
- Pokonyan Pika-pika (Pokonyan) 3 of 3 by Fujiko F. Fujio [Finale]
- [Series Premiere] The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) 1 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari
- Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 10 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
- Summer Storm! (Natsu no Arashi!) 6 of 8 by Kobayashi Jin
- [Series Premiere] Traumeister 1 of 5 by Nakayama Atsushi
- [Series Premiere] Welcome to Host Detective Agency (Host-tan e Youkoso) 1 of 5 by Tateno Makoto
- Wild Life 11 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
¹ Sources: Elex STO 29 December 2010 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Pokonyan Pika-pika 3 (SRP: IDR 12,800). Shonen Star 78 retails for IDR 30,000/issue
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Fresh from Nagano, Tamada Douji, a boy who loves dodge ball, joins the Dodge Fighters, which places him squarely on the road to the nationals with teammates who are, for want of a better description, unique.
As noted above, Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters carries the official seal of approval from the Japan Dodge Ball Association, which ought to make for credible (if not outright riveting) reading.
Centenarian Gertrude, who resembles nothing so much as a teenaged boy, is an artificial construct, patchworked from sundry demon parts and brought to life by an ancient “recipe.” The manmade demon seeks the spellbook that made him with the intent to destroy it, but along the way, he meets a girl named Sahara who promptly proceeds to fall in love with him! [Additions from CMX's The Recipe For Gertrude]
The Recipe For Gertrude 1 compiles chapters 1 through 4 and the bonus story
Seventeen-year-old Souma Hika—Picasso to friends—lives with a seemingly incurable fear of demons or oni. One day, Picasso meets a mysterious beauty, Sujata, who materializes Picasso's trauma by means of magical
hanko incense. To recover his real self, Picasso must fight the demon Sujata summoned from his body. [Additions from Baka-Updates Manga's Traumeister description]
Taro gets it into his head that becoming a mother would be fun. So what else does Pokonyan do but grant Taro's wish, making Taro exchange places with his mother and vice-versa.
Bring on the Freaky Friday hijinks, Rocky Rackat style!
The Nishine family gather together for the new year holiday, including Hamtel's parents who fly in all the way from Germany. Surprisingly, Hamtel and his grandmother don't do the traditional osoji clean-up thing, customarily practiced at the Japanese year end. Instead, Grandma challenges Hamtel and his folks to a mahjong battle.
This is the “Edo Period,” 450 years after Edo traded in seclusion for openness. Sobi, who discovers that he is a Sakurai kin, decides to stay in Edo, much to the delight of the Mito clan heiress Michisato (Michelle) who knows nothing of the world at large and makes Sobi's life a...
Despite his incarceration, General Themedes strives to keep the Yaneu clan holdings from the hands of the people of Doria. Meanwhile, Matia prays for Themedes to save her from the clutches of Prince Thaion and inevitable war.
I just have to say this: Since when did Matia turn into such a...wimp?!
Three dumplings per person and no one is allowed egg drop soup seconds! So goes the Moroboshi family tradition for the Japanese star festival Tanabata. But this year, a lucky star appears before the Moroboshis, promising to grant three wishes.
What will Ataru wish for?
Ayumu hatches up a plan with the Blade Children to take Kanon Hilbert down. The strategy calls for Ayumu to play the piano, reminding everyone of his older brother Kiyotaka's piano playing skills. Ayumu's “performance” convinces Eyes to lend the group his strength, but Kanon is one step ahead of them all. Kanon manages to wrest away the tranquilizer gun and aims it straight at Eyes.
Arashi and Kaya lived in the pre-war era 60 years ago. Arashi has established a connection with Yasaka, while Kaya is linked to Kamigamo, the ties allowing them to travel through time. Arashi and Kaya are joined by acquaintances Kanako and Yayoi, both ghosts in the present. Along with the manager who persists in keeping secrets, these girls from the past gather in Hakobune.
And Yasaka and Jun's singular summer continues in Summer Storm! 6.
The Meio University dean and Ryoto discuss the possibility of transferring Tessho out. Tessho who doesn't know that Ryoto was initially against the transfer eventually agrees, to satisfy his curiosity about the animals in Meio's care.
What's even weirder — Tessho AND Ryoto are both detailed to the Meio University.
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Premiering Anne of Green Gables by Igarashi Yumiko, Ciuman Dewa by Suzuki Julietta, Dodge Fighters by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo, Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future by Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot, Hitohira by Kirihara Idumi, Kindaichi Special Case: Snow Spirit Murder by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya, Pirates and the Mermaid by Kiuchi Tatsuya
Premiering Cynical Kanoko by Tsuda Ririko, Hallelujah Overdrive by Takata Kotaro, Hitohira by Kirihara Idumi, The Recipe for Gertrude by Kusakawa Nari
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Elex Media · manga · manhwa · shoujo · shounen · soonjung · Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) · Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) · Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) · Kisah Edo di Abad 21: Chotto Edo Made · Legend of Nereid · LUM, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) · Pandora Hearts · Pokonyan Pika-pika · The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) · Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) · Summer Storm! (Natsu no Arashi!) · Traumeister · Welcome to Host Detective Agency (Host-tan e Youkoso) · Wild Life | Shonen Star: Detektif Conan