This week

Manga street datesElex: 8.27 · Level: 8.27 · m&c!: 8.27
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Arpeggio of Blue Steel, weekdays, 10pm WIB [Series Finale] 28 August 2014, Thursday
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

2.28.2011

Black Butler 10, Sanzoku Ou 12, Boy Friend 1-3 of 3 by Yamada Daisy (Elex Media 2 March 2011 manga)

Corrected Black Butler 9 typo advised by Dancer-san

Boy Friend 1-3 of 3 by Yamada Daisy (Elex Media)

Boy Friend © Yamada Daisy/Kodansha [First serialized in Nakayoshi]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

Before I get to the premieres —

Phantomhive Manor plays unintentional host to a serial killing. A butler-less master attempts to solve the crime. Just as the mystery deepens, who should appear but one hell of an arrogant...clergyman?

Who is this man of the cloth sporting a cynical smirk? Find out in Black Butler 10, streeting this Wednesday.

Black Butler X contains chapters 43-47: That Butler, Robust; That Butler, Wailing; That Butler, Transfer; That Butler, Unnecessary; and That Butler, Contemplating. (*NOT Elex Media's chapter titles)

Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 12 of 13 by Sawada Hirofumi

The Six marked by the star finally assemble in the penultimate volume of Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits. Bound by a common goal, Ashikaga and Masashige are joined by Akamatsu, thus swelling the ranks of the fortress defenders and allowing them to defeat the largest amassing of shogunate troops in Rokuhara.

Meanwhile, Nagato and Nitta's troops forge their way to Kamakura, the joint forces bearing down on the bakufu.

New Elex Titles

Elex finally compiles one of Nakayoshi Gress!'s most popular series, Yamada Daisy's Boy Friend. I would've preferred the first XX Me! tankou, but as Elex is triple-launching the Doctor, Friendship, Bullying, Prodigy, Outsider, Runaway shoujo drama, all's good.

Second-year junior high student Hijiki has just transferred to a new school, but already she's gained a lot of friends. Only one person knows that Hijiki hides something behind her cheerfulness — the guy who's always beside her, Utsugi Horai.

Earlier, Elex published Yamada Daisy-sensei's Innocent World and Love Honor.

The other debut is the short soonjung manhwa, Sweet Recipe by Yun EHyeon. Elex provides no blurb, just these chapter titles:
Recipe 1. Nasi super lezat! (Super delicious rice)
Recipe 2. Telur, ratunya protein (Egg, The Queen of Protein)
Recipe 3. Langkah awal memasak (The first step in cooking)

Elex Media manga, manhwa and manhua (2011.03.02)

  1. Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) 10 of 11+ by Toboso Yana
  2. Black Butler 10 (Elex)

    Kuroshitsuji黒執事」 by Toboso Yana
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 10 (chapters 43-47) first published in Japan 2010.09

    Other languages
    English Black Butler (Yen Press: four volumes per 2011.01 • volume 5 street date: 2011.04.26 and Chuang Yi: volume 4 released 2011.02.22), French (Kana: Black Butler tome 5 per 2010.11 • tome 6 ships 2011.03.04), German (Carlsen Comics: Black Butler Band 6 street date: 2011.04.22), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 黑執事 10 per 2010.11) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 黑执事 #8 released 2010.02.24)

    Adaptations
    The 24-episode A-1 Pictures anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Ono Daisuke (Sebastian Michaelis) and Sakamoto Maaya (Ciel Phantomhive), aired in Japan from October 2008 to March 2009. An unaired OAV side story, Kuroshitsuji: Sono Shitsuji, Kōgyō, shipped with DVD volume 9.

    A 12-episode second series—Kuroshitsuji II—aired between July and September 2010. The new master and butler pair designed by Toboso Yana, butler Claude Faustus and master Alois Trancy, were voiced by Sakurai Takahiro and Mizuki Nana.

    Two audio dramas preceded the anime. The first Kuroshitsuji Drama CD, released August 2007 by Geneon Entertainment, featured seiyuu Morikawa Toshiyuki, Takashiro Genki, Suzuki Chihiro, and Seki Tomokazu. The second Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Karei Naru Drama CD, released November 2008 by Sony Music Entertainment, featured the anime cast.

    A musical adaptationThat Butler, Friendship—enjoyed a theater run from May 28, 2009 to June 7, 2009. The second Musical Black Butler, The Most Beautiful Death in The World, A Thousand Soul and The Fallen Grim Reapers stage musical had Matsushita Yuya reprising his role as Sebastian Michaelis. Nishii Yukito replaced Sakamoto Shougo as Ciel Phantomhive in the second musical that ran between 3 and 23 May 2010 in Japan.

    Related
    Black Butler Character Guide “That Butler, Assembles” (2008.02) • The TV Animation Black Butler Black Record (2009.03) • Rainbow Butler official comics anthology (2009.03)

  3. [Series Premiere] Boy Friend 1 of 3 by Yamada Daisy
  4. Boy Friend 1 (Elex)

    Boy Friendボーイフレンド」 by Yamada Daisy
    Kodansha Nakayoshi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Serializations
    Serialized in Indonesian in Nakayoshi Gress!

  5. Boy Friend 2 of 3 by Yamada Daisy
  6. Boy Friend 2 (Elex)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.12

  7. Boy Friend 3 of 3 by Yamada Daisy [Finale]
  8. Boy Friend 3 (Elex)

    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.04

  9. Crayon Shinchan 4 of 50 by Usui Yoshito
  10. Crayon Shinchan 4 (Elex)

    Crayon Shin-chanクレヨンしんちゃん
    by Usui Yoshito (deceased)
    Futabasha Weekly Manga Action, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 1992.11

    Other languages
    English (partially translated by ComicsOne and CMX), French (J'ai Lu, then, Casterman), Spanish and Catalan (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain), German (EMA), Italian ( Panini Comics) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Shin'ei Doga's anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yajima Akiko (Shin-chan), ran from April 1992 to December 2010. At least 18 movie sequels have been released between July 1993 and April 2010.

  11. Cynical Kanoko (Warau Kanoko-sama) 2 of 3 by Tsujita Ririko
  12. Cynical Kanoko 2 (Elex)

    Warau Kanoko-sama笑うかのこ様
    by Tsujita Ririko
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.02

    Related series
    Koi dano Ai dano (sequel; two volumes per 2011.02, ongoing)

    Other languages
    English The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko (TOKYOPOP: one volume; volume 2 ships 2011.04.05)

  13. Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 3 of 10 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Shogakukan English Comics)
  14. Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) 3 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
  15. Dodge Fighters 3 (Elex)

    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 3 (chapters 27-39) first published in Japan 2004.02

  16. Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) 4 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi
  17. Dr. Koto 4 (Elex)

    Dr. Koto ShinryoujoDr.コトー診療所
    by Yamada Takatoshi
    AKA Dr. Coto's Clinic
    Shogakukan Weekly Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Original in 2008), seinen
    Volume 4 (chapters 34-44) first published in Japan 2001.11

    Awards
    Best General/Seinen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

    Other languages
    French (Kana: Dr Kotô tome 18 per 2011.01) and traditional Chinese 離島大夫日誌 (Ching Win Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Dr. Coto's Clinic, an 11-episode live-action TV drama starring Yoshioka Hidetaka as Dr. Coto (Goto Kensuke) aired from July to September 2003 on Fuji TV, followed by two specials (the first aired between 9 and 10 January 2004 and the second from 12 to 13 December of the same year). The first season won the 38nd Television Drama Academy Awards for Best Drama and a Best Actor award for Yoshioka Hidetaka. A second 11-episode season followed between October and December 2006. This season was recognized with a Special Award for the Production Team in the 44th Galaxy Awards.

    Related
    Dr. Koto My First BIG Specials: The Advent!, Miracle in the hand (2006.10) and My First BIG editions: Suspected, Despair (2006.11) and Consider (2006.12)

  18. Fantastic Tales 3 of 5 by Ihuan
  19. 星月幻境 3

    Fantastic Tales星月幻境」 by Ihuan
    Tong Li, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Taiwan 2005.05

  20. Hitohira 2 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
  21. Hitohira 2 (Elex)

    Hitohiraひとひら」 by Kirihara Idumi
    Futabasha Comic High!, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2006.05

    Other languages
    English Hitohira (Aurora Publishing: three volumes [hiatus]) and traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Publishing Taiwan: 女優大試煉 4 per 2008.02)

    Related series
    Sequels: Hitohira Encore (one volume, complete) and Sakaki Mirei no Tame nara Boku wa...!! (one volume per 2011.02.12, ongoing serialization in Comic High!)

    Adaptations
    A 12-episode anime adaptation by XEBEC M2, starring seiyuu Kimoto Orie (Asai Mugi), Kawasumi Ayako (Ichinose Nono), Narita Ken (Katsuragi Takashi), Hikami Kyoko (Nishida Risaki) and Kishio Daisuke (Nishida Kai), aired from March to June 2007 in Japan.

  22. Katsu! 10 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru
  23. Katsu! 10 (Elex)

    Katsu!KATSU!」 by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 10 (chapters 89-98) first published in Japan 2003.12

    Reissues
    Re-released in 8 volumes in Japan from 2009.07 to 2010.02.

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Star
    French (Pika Édition: 16 of 16 volumes)

  24. The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) 2 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari
  25. The Recipe For Gertrude 2 (Elex)

    Gertrude no Recipeガートルードのレシピ
    by Kusakawa Nari
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 2 (chapters 5-8 + side story) first published in Japan 2002.02

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

  26. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 12 of 13 by Sawada Hirofumi
  27. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 12 (Elex)

    Sanzoku Ou山賊王」 by Sawada Hirofumi
    Kodansha Magazine Great, shounen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2009.02

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (concluded)

  28. Sweet Recipe 1 of 2 by Yun EHyeon
  29. Sweet Recipe 1 (Elex)

    Sweet Recipe스위트 레시피」 by Yun EHyeon
    Daiwon C.I. soonjung
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2004.06

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¹ Sources: Elex STO 2 March 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each, except Crayon Shinchan 4 (IDR 21,800), Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 3 (IDR 25,000) and Sweet Recipe 1 (SRP: IDR 24,000).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Previews continued...

The rest of the ongoing series at a glance

  • Crayon Shinchan 4 by Usui Yoshito: Shinchan and family take a vacation to a hot springs. As Shinchan and dad are happily soaking in the waters, a man looking like a Yakuza boss joins them. Dad moves as far away as he can, but Shinchan goes and approaches the gangster. The upshot: Shinchan gains...a disciple?!
  • Cynical Kanoko 2 by Tsujita Ririko: Kanoko continues to play observer at her new school. But just when her subjects no longer prove captivating, applause comes from the watchers' bleachers. Whuck?
  • Dodge Fighters 3 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo: The national qualifying round approaches climax. Hama Tritons' brilliant combi, the Sanada brothers, lets no ball remain uncaught, pitting the team against the Fighters in a destined showdown. Can the Fighters defeat this opponent and move on to the championship?
  • Dr. Koto 4: Ke Tokyo by Yamada Takatoshi: Goto Kensuke alias Dr. Koto manages to pull off even the most difficult surgeries in his small clinic on the remote island Koshiki, prompting the head of the Tokyo Tenshindo University Hospital to approach him to operate on a famous politician suffering from stomach cancer.
  • Fantastic Tales 3 by Ihuan: Yan Wulu uses illusions to subdue Xin Moyi, but Yue Linglong succeeds in freeing Xin Moyi. The pair then heads for the mysterious Moyue School to meet Emperor Bai. Moyi dan Xiao Xuan learn that not only does the emperor control the school, he also wants to take Linglong for his wife.
  • Hitohira 2 by Kirihara Idumi: To prepare for the upcoming performance at the school festival, Nono invites everyone in the Theater Research Society to an intensive training. Mugi still doubts whether she can play the lead role convincingly, leading Nono, eyeing only the success of the performance, to shoo Mugi away.
  • Katsu! 10 by Adachi Mitsuru: As the Inter High eliminations begin, Katsuki faces no obstacles and progresses steadily along, but something is amiss between the mysterious Uchida and Akamatsu Ryusuke. To top it off, an underdog contender appears.
  • The Recipe For Gertrude 2 by Kusakawa Nari: Kyusaku continues to treat Susugi for a broken bone, the hallucination Kyusaku alias Claude created to seal the "Recipe" in Susugi's body. Gertrude manages to whisk Susugi away, but to return the "Recipe" into the book, they have to pay a visit to Hakushikiya, the magical book store catering exclusively to demons.

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