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Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.20 · Elex: 10.22 · Level: 10.22 · m&c!: 10.22
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast Thursdays, 10pm
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB (Mon–Wed)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB (Mon–Fri)
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan):
tsuritama [Series Premiere] 23 October 2014, Thursday, 930pm WIB (Mon–Thu)

12.28.2010

Pandora Hearts 12, Absolute Peace Strategy 1 by Ogura Akane, Welcome to Host Detective Agency 1 by Tateno Makoto (Elex Media 29 December 2010 manga)

Absolute Peace Strategy 1 (Elex Media)

Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen © Ogura Akane/Hakusensha [Serialized in LaLa DX]
Published in Indonesia as Absolute Peace Strategy by Elex Media

I will get to Pandora Hearts 12 (and Spiral 10, Wild Life 11 plus the other premieres) in a bit. Johanne-sama and Euda-sama (above) won't wait.

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.

NOT!

Apparently, Johanne and Euda are in cahoots guarding The Secret to the fragile peace.

Efon O

MUST-HAVE!

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 weather paper doll, provides the LOLarious comic relief.

Absolute Peace Strategy 1 compiles chapters 1 through 4 and the omake When They were Young.

You might already know creator Ogura Akane-sensei from Mademoiselle Butterfly, the two-volume Geisha, Live-in Lover, Older Male Younger Female-troped shoujo manga released by m&c!.

Pandora Hearts 12 of 13+ by Mochizuki Jun

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.

Pandora Hearts 12 Retraces XLVI through XLIX: Persona, Unbirthday, Isla=Yura and Night in gale. (NOT Elex's titles.)

NEW ELEX SERIES

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.)

Welcome to Host Detective Agency 1 of 5 by Tateno Makoto

Welcome to Host Detective Agency 1 (Elex Media)

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.

MANGAZINES: Shonen Star 78/2010 ☆ Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho

Shonen Star 78/2010 front cover

Meitantei Conan
© Aoyama Gosho
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]

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).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2010.12.29)

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

  1. [Series Premiere] Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) 1 of 4 by Ogura Akane
  2. Absolute Peace Strategy 1 (Elex Media)

    Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen絶対平和大作戦
    by Ogura Akane
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-4 + omake) first published in Japan 2008.08

  3. Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) 5 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko
  4. Animal Doctor 5 (Elex Media)

    Doubutsu no Oishasan動物のお医者さん
    by Sasaki Noriko
    AKA Mr. Veterinarian
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1991.03

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese Ai Xin Dong Wu Yi Yuan (Tong Li Taiwan; 12 volumes)

  5. [Series Premiere] Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) 1 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
  6. Dodge Fighters 1 (Elex Media)

    Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters
    がんばれ!ドッジファイターズ
    by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2003.06

    Volume 1 chapters:
    1. 転校生はスーパーアタッカー!!
    2. エースVSエース!!力の対決
    3. たのもしいチームメイト
    4. ファイターズ絶体絶命!?
    5. 本気で勝負!!女同士の戦い
    6. 華麗なミラクルキャッチ
    7. こしぬけなんて言わせない!!
    8. サルとカニの必殺シュート!!
    9. 暴走する熱意
    10. オレたちのドッジボール
    11. 新生!!ドッジファイターズ
    12. 敵は忍者!?強烈な自己紹介

  7. Kisah Edo di Abad 21 (Chotto Edo Made) 2 of 4+ by Tsuda Masami
  8. Legend of Nereid 12 of 15 by Hwang MiRee
  9. 네레이드의 전설 12

    Legend of Nereid네레이드의 전설
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 12 first published in Korea 2003.04

  10. LUM, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 27 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
  11. LUM The Invader Girl 28 (Elex Media)

    Urusei Yatsuraうる星やつら」 by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    New edition volume 28 released in Japan 2007.12
    Re-released in shinsoban from 2006.11 to 2008.03

    Volume 28 contents:
    1. 星に願いを
    2. 口づけ速達小包
    3. 兄妹愛の闘い 前編
    4. 兄妹愛の闘い 後編
    5. 怒りのプール
    6. つるつるソープ
    7. 浜茶屋の夏
    8. 風鈴樹の音色
    9. 涙の家庭訪問
    10. 妖精のパラソル
    11. 写真の中の女
    [うる星やつら]完全データファイル28
    [MyLum×34]28
    34くらもちふさこ

    Awards
    Winner, 26th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Shounen/Shoujo category

    Other languages
    English (VIZ Media), French and Spanish (Glenat)

    Adaptations
    The 195 episode-anime adaptation by Kitty Films, starring seiyuu Hirano Fumi (Lum) and Furukawa Toshio (Moroboshi Ataru), aired from October 1981 through March 1986 on Fuji TV. Eleven OAVs and six theatrical movies were also released.

  12. Pandora Hearts 12 of 13+ by Mochizuki Jun
  13. Pandora Hearts 12

    Pandora HeartsPandora Hearts
    by Mochizuki Jun
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 12 (Retrace XLVI-XLIX) first published in Japan 2010.07

    Other languages
    English Pandora Hearts (Broccoli Books (dropped) and Yen Press; volume 3 per 2010.10 • volume 4 street date: 2011.01.25), French (Ki-oon tome 4 per 2010.11; tome 5 ships 2011.01.06) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan 潘朵拉之心 10 released 2010.07)

    Adaptations
    A 25-episode XEBEC anime adaptation starring seiyuu Minagawa Junko (Oz Vessalius), Kawasumi Ayako (Alice) and Toriumi Kousuke (Raven) that aired in Japan from April to September 2009 and a Pandora Hearts Drama CD released by Frontier works in December 2007

    Related
    Pandora Hearts Official Guide 8.5 mine of mine guide book (2009.03) and Pandora Hearts Official Animation Guide and the 望月 淳 画集 Pandora Hearts~odds and ends~ artbook (both released 2009.09)

  14. Pokonyan Pika-pika (Pokonyan) 3 of 3 by Fujiko F. Fujio [Finale]
  15. ポコニャン

    Pokonyanポコニャン」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    AKA Rocky Rackat!
    Shogakukan Pikkapika Comics, kodomo
    Volume 3 released in Japan 2004.10

    Related
    A 170-episode anime adaptation by Animation 21, starring seiyuu Mita Yuko as Pokonyan, aired from April 1993 to March 1996 on NHK.

  16. [Series Premiere] The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) 1 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari
  17. The Recipe For Gertrude 1 (Elex Media)

    Gertrude no Recipeガートルードのレシピ
    by Kusakawa Nari
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-4) first published in Japan 2001.07

    Other languages
    English The Recipe For Gertrude (CMX; five volumes)

  18. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 10 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
  19. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 10 (Elex Media)

    Spiral: Suiri no Kizunaスパイラル 推理の絆
    by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 10 (chapters 46-50) first published in Japan 2003.12

    Other languages
    English Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Yen Press; volume 13 released 2010.10 • volume 14 street date: 2011.01.25) and German (Carlsen Comics; Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit Band 9 per 2010.12.24)

    Related
    Spiral Alive (prequel; five volumes); a series of light novels; Mizuno Eita artbooks: SPIRAL 水野英多画集; (2003.03) and SPIRAL ALL ALONG (2006.02; released with volume 15); and the Life is Spiralスパイラル完全解説本 ライフ・イズ・スパ」 guide, which includes the first draft of the Spiral: Suiri no Kizunaそれさえも貴き日々で」 drama (2003.03)

    Adaptations
    A series of audio dramas and a 25-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, based on the first six volumes of the manga, with an alternate ending (aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003, starring seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi as Narumi Ayumu, Asano Masumi as Yuizaki Hiyono and Ishida Akira as Eyes Rutherford).

  20. Summer Storm! (Natsu no Arashi!) 6 of 8 by Kobayashi Jin
  21. 夏のあらし! 6

    Natsu no Arashi!夏のあらし!」 by Kobayashi Jin
    Square Enix Monthly Gangan Wing and Monthly Gangan Joker, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2009.09

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese 夏日風暴 (Tong Li Taiwan).

    Adaptations
    SHAFT's 13-episode anime adaptation aired in Japan from April through June 2009, starring seiyuu Sanpei Yuko (Yasaka Hajime) and Shiraishi Ryoko (Arashiyama Sayoko AKA “Arashi”). A 13-episode sequel Natsu no Arashi! Akinai-chū ran from October to December 2009.

  22. [Series Premiere] Traumeister 1 of 5 by Nakayama Atsushi
  23. Traumeister 1 (Elex Media)

    Traumeisterトラウマイスタ
    by Nakayama Atsushi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2008.11

    Volume 1 chapters:
    1. 真実の自己(アートマン)
    2. ピカソとゲルニカ
    3. 可愛い赤ちゃん
    4. 初陣
    5. 湯煙に浮かぶ傷
    6. 始めてのデート
    7. 危険因子

  24. [Series Premiere] Welcome to Host Detective Agency (Host-tan e Youkoso) 1 of 5 by Tateno Makoto
  25. Welcome to Host Detective Agency 1 (Elex Media)

    Host-tan e Youkosoホス探へようこそ
    by Tateno Makoto
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-4) first published in Japan 2008.05

  26. Wild Life 11 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  27. Wild Life 11 (Elex Media)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2005.02

    Volume 11 chapters:
    87. 新展開?
    88. 王様ゲーム!!
    89. 盟央大の夜
    90. 観月の「初めて」
    91. 自分だけ寝ていた男
    92. 食い逃げ?
    93. 平波の受難
    94. R.E.D.最後の夜
    95. 犬の危機

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

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 Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Previews continued

New series

Dodge Fighters 1 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo

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.

The Recipe For Gertrude 1 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari

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 My Grandfather.

Traumeister 1 of 5 by Nakayama Atsushi

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]

Finales

Pokonyan Pika-pika 3 of 3 by Fujiko F. Fujio

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!

Ongoing series

Animal Doctor 5 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko

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.

What gives?

Kisah Edo di Abad 21 vol.2 of 4+ by Tsuda Masami

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...

Legend of Nereid 12 of 15 by Hwang MiRee

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?!

LUM, The Invader Girl 28 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko

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?

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 10 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita

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.

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 10 compiles chapters 46 through 50: Childhood's End, Your Fighting Song, The Temporary Life Now, Curtain Fall and The War Is Over, the End of the World Begins.

Summer Storm! 6 of 8 by Kobayashi Jin

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.

Wild Life 11 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato

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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Level Comics: Until Death Do Us Part 3 · Zipang 5 · Shattered Knife 6 · Lucky Luke - Menyusuri Sungai Mississippi

m&c!: You Can't Disappear From Me 4 of 4 · Female Wolf's Boy 11 · How to be a Man 5 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 14 · Confucius 5 · Cherry 50/2010

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

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related monthly schedule(s)

January 2011
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

December 2010
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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