Giant Killing 1, The Black Swindler 11, Jepang Tenggelam 10 (Level Comics 2 March 2011 manga)

Giant Killing 1 by Tsunamoto Masaya (Level Comics)

Giant Killing © Tsunamoto Masaya, Tsujitomo/Kodansha
[Serialized in Morning]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics

Level Comics presents the 34th Kodansha Manga Awardee for General Manga—Giant KillingTsunamoto Masaya- & Tsujitomo's seinen sports drama.

Those who've watched the anime adapt already know Giant Killing's plot, but for the benefit of those (like me), who don't, blurb:

Under former soccer player Tatsumi's coaching, an English amateur club manages to beat an elite team. For precisely this reason, Goto and Yuri scout Tatsumi to coach East Tokyo United or ETU.

Problem: Will the England club let Tatsumi go? And what kind of reception awaits Tatsumi in Japan?

Tsujitomo-sensei appears to have only the ongoing Morning-serialized Giant Killing in teh back list, but Tsunamoto Masaya-sensei is also credited for the likewise soccer-troped Goal Den Age, published here by m&c!

The Black Swindler 11 of 20 by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi

Our favorite Swindler of Swindlers Kurosaki is back and this time, he's on the side of big business, helping an honest (if careless) insurance employee defrauded by a shirosagi.

Jepang Tenggelam 10 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko

With Kanto, Kyoto and Kyushu lying in ruins, the Japanese citizens pin their final hopes on a plan to prevent Japan from sinking further. Lights flash green for the Dismantle A strategy.

Will the dangerous plan work? Or does more tragedy lie ahead?

Level Comics manga (2011.03.02)

  1. Attack!! 6 of 11+ by Oshima Tsukasa
  2. アタック!! 6

    Attack!!アタック!!」 by Oshima Tsukasa
    Shinchosha Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2008.04

  3. The Black Swindler (Kurosagi) 11 of 20 by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi
  4. LC: The Black Swindler 11

    by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 11 (chapters 109-119) first published in Japan 2006.10

    Best Seinen/General Manga, 53rd Shogakukan Manga Awards (2007), along with Sekiya Tetsuji's Bambino!

    Shin Kurosagi (sequel; 10 volumes per 2011.03.30)

    An 11-episode live-action renzoku starring Yamashita Tomohisa (Kurosaki) and Horikita Maki (Yoshikawa Tsurara) aired on TBS from April to June 2006. A movie starring the same leads premiered in Japan on 8 March 2008.

  5. Blade of Immortal (Mugen no Juunin) 14 of 27+ by Samura Hiroaki
  6. LC: Blade of Immortal 14

    Mugen no Juunin無限の住人」 by Samura Hiroaki
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2003.07

    1997 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize

    Other languages/serializations
    English Blade of the Immortal (Dark Horse Comics: 23 volumes per 2011.02.15), French (Casterman; L'habitant de l'infini tome 25 per 2010.10); Italian (Planet Manga), German and Polish (Egmont), Portuguese (Conrad Brazil) and Swedish (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB; serialized in Manga Mania)

    A 13-episode anime starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Manji) and Satou Rina (Rin) aired in Japan on AT-X from July to December 2008.

  7. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 81 of 95+ by Morikawa Joji
  8. LC: Fight!! Ippo 81

    Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩
    by Morikawa Joji
    AKA Fighting Spirit
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 81 first published in Japan 2007.09

    Volume 81 chapters:
    Round 768: Fixing The Fight Fixer
    Round 769: Heavy Money
    Round 770: Open for Business
    Round 771: A Casual Down
    Round 772: Magic Show
    Round 773: Bewitching Glove
    Round 774: The Magician's True Strength
    Round 775: The Arm Extends!!
    Round 776: The Winner of the Dual Exchanges
    Round 777: Guns and Gloves
    *NOT Level chapter titles

    Best Shounen Manga, 1991 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Related series
    Hajime no Ippo Gaiden (one-shot prequel)

    Other languages
    French (Kurokawa: Ippo, Saison 2: Destins de Boxeurs tome 9 per 2011.02.10 • tome 10 street date: 2011.03.10) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    A 76-episode anime by Madhouse, starring seiyuu Kiyasu Kohei (Makunouchi Ippo), aired on NTV from October 2000 to March 2002. A sequel/special, Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road, came out in June 2003, followed by the spinoff Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura OAV (2003.09). The second season Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (26 episodes) was telecast from January to June 2009.

  9. Fist of The Blue Sky (Souten no Ken) 4 of 22 by Hara Tetsuo & Buronson
  10. LC: Fist of The Blue Sky 4

    Souten no Ken蒼天の拳
    by Hara Tetsuo & Buronson
    Shinchosha (Coamix) Comic Bunch seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2002.08

    Hokuto no Ken (sequel; 27 volumes)

    Other languages
    English (Gutsoon! Entertainment; dropped), French (Marvel Panini France; KEN - Fist of the Blue Sky tome 20 shipped 2009.10) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan; 蒼天之拳 22 per 2010.11)

    A 26-episode anime by Studio A.P.P.P., starring seiyuu Yamadera Kouichi (Kasumi Kenshiro), aired from October 2006 to March 2007 on TV Asahi.

  11. [Series Premiere] Giant Killing 1 of 17+ by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
  12. LC: Giant Killing 1

    Giant KillingGIANT KILLING
    by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.04

    34th Kodansha Manga Award for General Manga

    Studio DEEN's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Tatsumi Takeshi), Okiayu Ryotaro (Murakoshi Shigeyuki), Mizushima Takahiro (Tsubaki Daisuke) and Ono Daisuke (Yoshida Luigi) aired between April and September 2010 on NHK.

  13. Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) 7 of 13 by Yamato Waki
  14. あさきゆめみし 7

    by Yamato Waki
    Kodansha Mimi, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1986.12

    Adapted from Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu

    Others languages
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial)

  15. Jepang Tenggelam (Nihon Chinbotsu) 10 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
  16. LC: Jepang Tenggelam 10

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
    AKA Japan Falling, Japan Sinks
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 10 (chapters 80-85) first published in Japan 2008.04

    Based on the award-winning disaster novel by Komatsu Sakyou, also adapted into film and live-action TV.

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¹ Sources: Elex STO 2 March 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² GN are priced at IDR 18,500 each, except The Black Swindler 11 and Blade of Immortal 14 (SRP: IDR 19,500) and Fist of The Blue Sky 4 (IDR 20,000)
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

  • Attack!! 6 by Oshima Tsukasa: Harutaka finally learns of Maiko's true feelings, as well as the real reason behind Kiyokawa vocational school's defeat. The Kakegawa volleyball club advances to the next level of competition, but can Harutaka perform at peak while nursing a broken heart?
  • Blade of Immortal 14 by Samura Hiroaki: Clan Itto kidnaps Rin to provoke Manji into fighting. Giichi, too, is dragged into the battle. Additionally, after learning of Manji's immortality, the Itto clan devises a cunning trap to overwhelm Manji. Just what does the Itto have in store for the swordsman? And can Manji emerge the victor and rescue Rin?
  • Fight!! Ippo 81 by Morikawa Joji: Just as Ippo is convinced his punches are connecting, opponent Malcolm Gedo, The Magician, reveals his true strength.
  • Fist of The Blue Sky 4 by Hara Tetsuo & Buronson: Pan Guang Lin redoubles efforts to revive Qing Bang, first by recapturing Da Xin Shi Jie. Meanwhile, after receiving Kenshiro's “message,” Ling Wang waits for Kenshiro at the Ping An restaurant. The destined duel between fellow Hokuto disciples begins!
  • Hikayat Genji 7 by Yamato Waki: Genji's life is increasingly marred by unforeseen events: Yugiri's nuptials, lingering feelings for a dead lover, Akashi no Himegimi's presence in the palace and a promotion. But just when everything seems complete, Genji has to deal with the most unexpected of surprises.

UP NEXT: m&c! 2 March 2011 manga, manhwa and manhua

m&c!: Ugly Duckling Become Swan 8 · Sky Blue Beach 3 · Sandwich Girl 6 · CSI: Crime Scene Investigation by Sekou Hamilton/Steven Cummings · Confucius 6 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 15 · Spring Love by Suetsugu Yuki · Monika 138

Other 2 March 2011 manga, manhwa and manhua

  • Elex Media: Black Butler 10 · Sanzoku Ou - King of Bandits 12 · Boy Friend 1-3 of 3 by Yamada Daisy · Crayon Shinchan 4 · Cynical Kanoko 2 · Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 3 · Dodge Fighters 3 · Dr. Koto 4 · Fantastic Tales 3 · Hitohira 2 · Katsu! 10 · The Recipe For Gertrude 2 · Sweet Recipe 1 of 2 by Yun EHyeon

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