3.20.2011

Absolute Peace Strategy 2, Red Haired Anne 3, Topeng Kaca 9 Deluxe (Elex Media 23 March 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

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Absolute Peace Strategy 2 (Elex Media)

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

Commend Kyaaa~ kakkoii! Prince Johanne and LMAO! Princess Euda for their perseverance (Percy who?) at upholding Peace at Any Price! in their respective warring kingdoms by playing desperately rabu rabu Rome×Juli in front of the press whilst squabbling Petruchio×Katherina-like off-camera. Ogle at the rumpus the Cute Couple gets up to in Absolute Peace Strategy 2, tied with Red Haired Anne 3 for top DO WANT!manga.

Red Haired Anne 3 by Igarashi Yumiko

In Igarashi Yumiko-sensei's Anne of Green Gables shoujo iteration, Matthew presents Anne with a gift to mark the Christmas concert. Is it any wonder then that Anne matures, surrounded by warm-hearted people?

(Now that Akage no Anne has concluded, anyone wanna speculate long will Elex make us wait for the next Anne no Seishun/Anne of Avonlea?)

Update: It appears Elex has no intention of making us wait; the 3.30 STO includes Red Haired Anne 4.

☆ Two series wrap this Elex sked: Rockwell the Scarlet Knight by Nadatani Wataru (volume 3) and Sweet Recipe by Yun EHyeon (volume 2). Their final BCBs (back cover blurbs), as well as previews of sonyun and soonjung manhwa debuts: Shade by Ahn Noh-Eun & CATTY and Mystery Bride by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin (AKA Pig Bride/the Yen Press English edition) and Proudly Homegrown comic One Step by Saturday Syndrome after the list below. (Find other continuing series previews (Topeng Kaca 9 Deluxe!) there, too.)

MANGAZINES: Nakayoshi 3/2011 and Shonen Star 5/2011

Hell Girl Return and Dr. Koto headline the latest Nakayoshi Gress! and Shonen Star mangazines respectively. You know where to find the previews and series lists (waaaay below).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.03.23)

  1. Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) 2 of 4 by Ogura Akane
  2. Absolute Peace Strategy 2 (Elex)

    Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen絶対平和大作戦
    by Ogura Akane
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 2 (chapters 5-9) first published in Japan 2009.06

  3. Doraemon 4 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Japanese binding re-release)
  4. Doraemon 4 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 1974.10
    (Premiered in Indonesia: 1994 [Western binding])

    Awards
    Best Children's Manga, 27th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Grand Prize, the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1997) and the Excellence Award, Japan Cartoonists Association Awards (1973)

    Related series
    Doraemon Plus (sequel; 5 of 5 volumes), Daichouhen Doraemon (side story; 24 of 24 volumes); Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden (spin-off; 21 volumes, ongoing) and The Doraemon's Special (spin-off; 12 volumes)

    Adaptations
    A 52-episode anime adaptation by Nippon TV (1973.04 - 1973.09), a 1,787-episode series by Shin-Ei Animation (broadcast on TV Asahi from 1979.04 - 2005.03), a 2005 adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation and Studio Pierrot (premiered 2005.04.15; 300+ episodes) and numerous movies

  5. Kariage kun 40 of 49+ by Ueda Masashi
  6. Kariage kun 40 (Elex)

    Kariage-kunかりあげクン」 by Ueda Masashi
    Futabasha Action Comics, seinen
    Volume 40 first published in Japan 2005.11

    Awards
    Recipient, 28th Bungeishunjū Manga Award (1982), along with Ueda Masashi's other series Furiten-kun and Masashi-kun and Suzuki Yamato's Ai MY Tenrankai

    Related series
    Kariage-kun: Chinan dake no Kuchikara Otoko! Hen, Kariage-kun: Itazura Meichin Bamenhen and Kariage-kun: Makenai Onnatachihen (sequels)

  7. [Series Premiere] Mystery Bride 1 of 5 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin
  8. Mystery Bride 1 (Elex)

    Unknown New Bride정체불명새색시
    by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin
    AKA Pig Bride
    Haksan Party, soonjung
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2007.04

    Other languages/serializations
    English Pig Bride (Yen Press: five volumes per 2010.07.13; serialized in Yen Plus)

  9. [Premiere] One Step by Saturday Syndrome - Local comic
  10. One Step (Elex)

    One Step by Saturday Syndrome
    Elex Media Komputindo
    This volume first published in Indonesia 2011.03

  11. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) 9 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
  12. Otoboke Section Chief 9 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 1994.09

  13. Red Haired Anne (Akage no Anne) 3 of 3* by Igarashi Yumiko
  14. Red Haired Anne 3 (Elex)

    Akage no Anne赤毛のアン Part 3
    by Igarashi Yumiko, L. M. Montgomery
    The Kumon Manga Library, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 1998.02

    Related series
    Anne no Seishun (sequel), also released in Indonesia as Red Haired Anne*
    Based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

  15. Rockwell the Scarlet Knight (Kurenai no Kishi Rockwell) 3 of 3 by Nadatani Wataru [Finale]
  16. Rockwell the Scarlet Knight 3 (Elex)

    Kurenai no Kishi Rockwell紅の騎士ロックウェル
    by Nadatani Wataru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday C, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.08

  17. [Series Premiere] Shade 1 of 3 by Ahn NohEun & CATTY
  18. Shade 1 (Elex)

    Shade: The Other Side of Light쉐이드
    by Ahn NohEun (also Ahn No-Uhn) & CATTY
    AKA Shade: The Other Side of Light
    Seoul Cultural IQ Jump, sonyun
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2007.02

  19. Sweet Recipe 2 of 2 by Yun EHyeon [Finale]
  20. Sweet Recipe 2 (Elex)

    Sweet Recipe스위트 레시피 SWEET RECIPE
    by Yun EHyeon
    Daiwon C.I. soonjung
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2004.10

  21. Tena on S-string (S-Senjou no Tena) 6 of 9 by Mikabe Sesuna
  22. Tena on S-string 6 (Elex)

    S-Senjou no TenaS線上のテナ
    by Mikabe Sesuna
    Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara Forward, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Other languages
    English Tena on S-string (Yen Press: volume 5 per 2010.12.21)

  23. Topeng Kaca Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) 9 of 24+ by Miuchi Suzue
  24. Topeng Kaca 9 Deluxe (Elex)

    Glass no Kamenガラスの仮面」 by Miuchi Suzue
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Bunko volume 9 first published in Japan 1994.06

    Related
    Glass no Kamen tankoubon

    Adaptations
    Three anime and two seasons of a live-action drama

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

Mangazines (2011.03.23)

  1. Nakayoshi Gress! 3/2011
  2. Shonen Star 5/2011

¹ Sources: Elex STO 23 March 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² Manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each, except Kariage Kun 40 and Otoboke Section Chief 9 (SRP: IDR 15,000) and Sweet Recipe 2 and Topeng Kaca 9 Deluxe (IDR 24,000). Nakayoshi 3/2011 and Shonen Star 5/2011 retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Finales

Rockwell The Scarlet Knight 3 of 3 by Nadatani Wataru

Princess Miranda reunites with her brothers in the capital Arcadia. In accordance with tradition, the successor to the throne will be selected from the knights mustered by the princess and each prince.

Sweet Recipe 2 of 2 by Yun EHyeon

Again, the Sweet Recipe summary consists only of recipe names:

5. Deklarasi kimchi recipe/Kimchi declaration recipe
6. Rumput laut! recipe/Seaweed recipe
7. Mie instan fantasia recipe/Fantasia instant noodle recipe
8. Ikan panggang/Grilled fish.

This being the case, dragging in a snap summary of the previous volume by Typical Shoujo Triad founding member oebee_cherry-san as a public service:

Rich girl runs away from home, can't cook, got a gorgeous neighbour who is good at everything and he teaches her how to cook.

(Sankyuu~ oebee_cherry-san ^^)

New Elex titles

Shade 1 (Elex Media)

Shade © Ahn NohEun
& CATTY/Seoul Cultural
[Serialized in IQ Jump]
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

Shade 1 of 3 by Ahn Noh-Eun & CATTY

Unaware that he possesses the power of Shade, teenager Hyonki accidentally kills a friend. To learn more about the mysterious ability, Hyonki joins s.c.h.u.l, an organization that specializes in Shade Magician research...and perhaps, more?

[Additions from Hidoi~! Translators' Shade: The Other Side of Light description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

Elex's editor thumbs ups the interesting story about powers and the intervening comedy. (I guess the latter has to be there, considering the massive guilt Hyonki must be carrying.)

Mystery Bride 1 of 5 by Huh Kook-Hwa & Kim Su-Jin

Lee Si Jun, son of a presidential hopeful, makes all the girls at his school swoon. But despite having his pick of any fangirl, Si Jun finds he has to wed an unknown masked girl, to escape from danger.

Lee Si Jun's bride wears a pig mask, accounting for the so-called Mystery in the title. The answer to whether Si Jun is cursed, or she is (the curse), will have to wait until you or I dip into Mysterious Bride.

One Step by Saturday Syndrome (local comic)

Satu langkah yang kita ambil, akan membawa ke takdir yang berbeda.
Satu langkah yang kita putuskan, akan menyuguhkan konsekuensi baik dan buruk, namun
Satu langkah yang kita jalani merupakan pilihan kita sendiri

What Elex is basically saying about this apparent standalone: One step we take leads to a different destiny; The one step we decide on brings both good and ill. But the one step we live is our choice. Heavy.

Featured ongoing series

Topeng Kaca Deluxe 9 of 24+ by Miuchi Suzue

In The Beautiful Maze (1)

A stellar TV drama performance catapults Maya to the silver screen. Not only does she grab film stardom; Maya also nabs her first boyfriend, rising star Satomi. Maya's happiness would be complete if she could show off her success to her mother, but unfortunately, no one knows Maya's mom's whereabouts.

The rest of the ongoing manga

  • Doraemon 4 by Fujiko F. Fujio: Ever gone hiking on the sea floor? Sounds like fun, but how is it possible for humans to survive the ocean depths? Nobita answers...
  • Tena on S-string 6 by Mikabe Sesuna: After the revolution, Kyosuke remains in France, ostensibly to have his soul score monitored. At the same time, Arun realizes her feelings for Kyosuke, and she wants to stay and support him, even after the chaos dies down. Tena is not far behind in her Me? Like Kyosuke?? epiphany.

Mangazines

Nakayoshi Gress! 3/2011: Hell Girl Return(s)

Nakayoshi Gress! 3/2011

Jigoku Shoujo R
© Eto Miyuki ·
Jigoku Shojo Project/
Kodansha

Bored and desperate over always having to surrender to parental desires, Moriya discovers a diversion that soon turns into...

Eto Miyuki's Hell Girl Return isn't the only Naka serial that can boast of returning; there's also Sakyo's Ogawa and Team Saito, which has been absent from recent cover line-ups. (The latest Ogawa tankou, however, released last February.) Sakyo-sensei's Little Marchen also continues to install in this edition, as do these Nakayoshi pals:

[New] Naka also presents a Million Girl Special, now that Momoyuki Kotori's debt-troped shoujo mystery has wrapped.

Fukushima Haruka's CHOCOLATE and Koge-Donbo's Sweet Tamatan don't appear on the Naka 3/2011 cover. If you know the fate of these two, please leave me a comment. From what I read here though, chances are that Sweet Tamatan has finished.

Shonen Star 5/2011 ☆ Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi

Shonen Star 5/2011

Dr. Koto Shinryoujo
© Yamada Takatoshi
Shogakukan
[Young Sunday]

Colleague Dr. Mikami and his wife swing by Koshiki island to see Dr. Koto. Not long after arriving, dengue fever sweeps the island, greatly straining the resources of the remote clinic. Even Dr. Mikami, actually on his honeymoon, is pressed into service. But can he cope, seeing as how he himself has contracted the disease?

So the seinen Dr. Koto manga is the cover of the newest Shonen Star. Ah, well, Yamada Takatoshi-sensei's award-winner deserves it. Not that these other ShoStars below don't, but everyone has to wait for his turn in the spotlight and it happens to be Dr. Koto's this time.

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