3.21.2011

Until Death Do Us Part 5, Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 3, Sky of Love 3 (Level Comics 23 March 2011 manga)

Actually, Sky of Love 3 would've tied with Red River 5 and Cesare 4 for third place, if not for a late-breaking pledge. So as it stands, Sky of Love 3 ties with Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 3 for second place and earns it a spot Above the Cut.

Why the belaboring? I prefer to dwell on how much of a shoujo fangirl/boy's dream this Level release sked is, rather than wonder at what led to skedding Jepang Tenggelam 11 thisclose to the 3.11 devastation and continuing crisis. Still, please continue to pray for Japan and/or help Japan in these heartbreaking times.

Until Death Do Us Part 5 (Level Comics)

Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made © Takashige Hiroshi & DOUBLE-S
Square Enix [Serialized in Young Gangan]
Published in Indonesia as Until Death Do Us Part by Elex Media/Level Comics

To stop Fang from killing Toyama Minori, Mamoru and Haruka rush to the police station, only to run afoul of killer drones. Haruka 'sees' two possible outcomes to the stalemate, both presaging Mamoru's death. [Additions from Ki-oon's Jusqu'à ce que la mort nous sépare tome 5 synopsis]

Of course, Mamoru won't be parting with Haruka yet in Until Death Do Us Part 5; otherwise, his Blind Swordsman Badass-ness wouldn't still be hacking and slashing his way to the next nine tankou. I'm sure the drones' bullet-deflecting hybrid armor (thanks, Cold Manga × OMFGG Scans) would prove useless against Mamoru's absurdly sharp katana, of the single molecule wide variety. Still, the *urk* point is How? How does Mamoru elude death? Find out somewhere between chapters 33 and 40 of the edgy volume 5, streeting this Wednesday.

Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 3 of 8 by Yoshihara Yuki

Domoto and Choko officially start dating, but their rabu rabu frays in the face of Jinguji — Domoto's pretty boy childhood pal, Tackey to Domoto's Tsubasa.

Jinguji, also a former Kuze family retainer, bids for Milady Choko's favor; Stop discussing my period! fed up with Domoto's indelicacy, Choko agrees to a dinner date with Domoto's rival.

I wouldn't worry about Chaa-chan and Choko just yet, but you have to GET! Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 3 for the LOLarious one-upmanship between Domoto and Jinguji over a sick Choko and...suppositories.

Volume 3 compiles chapters 11 through 15: All or nothing, the sprouts of love, Battler (Butler?) battle, The two's summer story, You're my beloved and Confused butterfly. (NOT Level's titles; these are Serenus-Dreamers × Aerandria's translations.)

Sky of Love 3 of 10 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika

The loss of their baby brings Hiro and Mika closer to each other. Or so Mika thinks, until Hiro's attitude changes drastically. Around her confusion and pain, Mika struggles to accept Hiro and protect their relationship.

More previews below the manga, manhwa and ROMICs lists.

Level Comics manga and manhwa (2011.03.23)

  1. 3x3 Eyes 37 of 40 by Takada Yuzo
  2. LC: 3x3 Eyes 37

    3×3 EYES3×3EYES」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 37 first published in Japan 2001.10

    Other languages
    English 3x3 Eyes (Dark Horse Comics; till volume 8), Korean (Young Movie Comics), French (Pika Édition; 40 volumes), Spanish (Planeta DeAgostini Comics; dropped), Italian (Editions Star Comics) and German 3x3 Augen (Carlsen Comics)

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 1993 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Adaptations
    Two anime OAVs starring seiyuu Tsujitani Kouji (Fujii Yakumo) and Hayashibara Megumi (Ayanokouji Pai)

  3. Air Gear 20 of 31+ by Oh! great
  4. LC: Air Gear 20

    AirGearエア・ギア」 by Oh! great
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 20 (Tricks 176-185) first published in Japan 2008.03

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 2006 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Other languages/serializations
    English Air Gear (Del Rey: until Volume 15-17 released 2010.08 • Kodansha Comics' volume 18 street date: 2011.06.14), Korean (Haksan), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 28 per 2010.08), French (Pika Édition tome 26 shipped 2011.03.02), Italy (Planet Manga), Germany (Heyne) and Sweden (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB/serialized in Manga Mania)

    Adaptations
    A 25-episode anime by Toei Animation, starring Kamakari Kenta as Ikki; a series of Satelight-animated OADs shipped with the manga tankoubon (The first Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori -Break on the Sky- OAD streeted with volume 30 in November 2010 with seiyuu Okamoto Nobuhiko as Ikki; the second OAD was bundled with volume 31 (2011.03.17), with a third scheduled for 2011.06.17); and a series of musicals

  5. Bambino! 10 of 15 by Sekiya Tetsuji
  6. LC: Bambino! 10

    Bambino!バンビ~ノ!」 by Sekiya Tetsuji
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 10 (chapters 99-109) first published in Japan 2007.10

    Awards
    Best Seinen/General Manga, 53rd Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Kuromaru- & Natsuhara Takeshi's The Black Swindler/Kurosagi)

    Related series
    Bambino! Secondo (sequel; six volumes per 2011.02.26)

    Adaptations
    An 11-episode live-action adaptation starring Matsumoto Jun (Shogo Ban) and Kitamura Kazuki (Yonamine Tsukasa/Yona-san) aired on NTV from April to June 2007. The TV series reaped four awards at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor (Matsumoto Jun), Supporting Actor (Kazuki Kitamura), Best Director and a Special Award.

  7. Cesare: The Creator of Destruction (CESARE: Il Creatore che ha distrutto) 4 of 8+ by Souryo Fuyumi
  8. Jepang Tenggelam (Nihon Chinbotsu) 11 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
  9. LC: Jepang Tenggelam 11

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
    AKA Japan Falling, Japan Sinks
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 11 (chapters 86-94) first published in Japan 2008.06

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

  10. Jio 13 of 19 by Kishimoto Seishi
  11. LC: Jio 13

    Jio666~サタン~」 by Kishimoto Seishi
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2006.02

    Volume 13 chapters:
    49. Figure
    50. 1 Hit
    51. Light and Dark
    52. The Key of Solomon

    Other languages
    English O-Parts Hunter (VIZ Media: 19 volumes), French (Kurokawa tome 19 released 2008.12) and Italian (JPOP)

  12. Last Inning 9 of 29+ by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu
  13. LC: Last Inning 9

    Last Inningラストイニング
    by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu, Katou Kiyoshi (Supervisor)
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 9 (chapters 78-87) first published in Japan 2006.03

  14. Oh Butterfly Oh Flower (Chou yo Hana yo) 3 of 8 by Yoshihara Yuki
  15. LC: Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 3

    Chou yo Hana yo蝶よ花よ」 by Yoshihara Yuki
    Shogakukan Petit Comic, josei
    Volume 3 (chapters 11-15) first published in Japan 2006.12

    Other languages
    English Butterflies, Flowers (VIZ Media: six volumes per 2011.03.01 • volume 7 street date: 2011.06.07), French (Soleil Ma petite maîtresse tome 8 released 2010.05) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li)

  16. Priest 15 of 16+ by Hyung MinWoo
  17. LC: Priest 15

    Priest프리스트」 by Hyung MinWoo
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, seinen
    Volume 15 first published in Korea 2005.05
    Series on hiatus from volume 16

    Other languages
    English Priest (TOKYOPOP: 16 volumes), French (Tokebi; 16 volumes), German (Tokyopop Germany), Polish (Kasen Comics), Italian (J POP), Portuguese (Lumus Brazil) and Japanese (Enterbrain Beam comix)

    Adaptations
    A film adaptation starring Cam Gigandet, Paul Bettany and Maggie Q is expected to premiere on 13 May 2011 in the U.S. (Indonesian screening is scheduled to begin 12 May 2011.)

  18. Red River (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) 5 of 28 by Shinohara Chie
  19. LC: Red River 3

    Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
    天は赤い河のほとり
    by Shinohara Chie
    AKA Anatolia Story
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 5 (chapters 13-14) first published in Japan 1996.06

    Awards
    Best Shoujo Manga, 46th Shogakukan Manga Awards (2000)

    Other languages
    English Red River (VIZ Media: 28 volumes), Italian Anatolia Story (Editions Star Comics: 28 volumes), German (EMA/Egmont Manga and Anime), Vietnamese Dòng Sông Huyền Bí (Tre Publishing House) and traditional Chinese 赤河戀影 (Tong Li)

    Adaptations
    Eight drama CDs were released between 1997 and 2003.

    Related
    An artbook (Japan release: 1999.02.24), fanbook (2002.07.26) and a two-volume novel adaptation 天は赤い河のほとり 外伝 魔が時代の黎明 written and illustrated by Shinohara Chie-sensei (2007.05 and 2007.09)

  20. Sky of Love (Koizora) 3 of 10 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika
  21. LC: Sky of Love 3

    Koizora: Setsunai Koi Monogatari
    恋空~切ナイ恋物語~」 by Haneda Ibuki & Mika
    Futabasha Comic Mahou no iland, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.11

    Related
    Based on the best-selling coming of age/romance novel written by Mika (two volumes published by Starts Publications), originally posted on the cell phone website "Mahou no iLand."

    Adaptations
    Loosely adapted into a movie (2007.11.03 premiere), starring Aragaki Yui as Mika and Miura Haruma as Hiro, and a six-episode live-action series on TBS from August to September 2008 with Mizusawa Erena as Mika and Seto Koji as Hiro.

  22. Until Death Do Us Part (Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made) 5 of 14+ by Takashige Hiroshi & DOUBLE-S
  23. LC: Until Death Do Us Part 5

    Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made
    死がふたりを分かつまで
    by Takashige Hiroshi & DOUBLE-S
    Square Enix Young Gangan, seinen
    Volume 5 (chapters 33-40) first published in Japan 2007.06

    Other languages
    French (Ki-oon: Jusqu'à ce que la mort nous sépare, tome 12 per 2010.12 • tome 13 ships 2011.05.12), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan and Jade Dynasty Hong Kong)

  24. Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy (Kachuu Hana) 4 of 12+ by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
  25. LC: Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 4

    Kachuu Hana華中華」 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
    AKA Central China Blossom
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 4 (stories 22-28) first published in Japan 2007.11

  26. Zenith (Jinasu - Zenith) 6 of 6 by Yoshida Satoshi & Big O [Finale]

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Level Comics European comics/BDs (2011.03.23)

  1. Cubitus - Santai Saja! (Cubitus, tome 39: Tu te la coules douce...) by Dupa
  2. Smurf - Smurf Terbang (L'aéroschtroumpf, tome 14) by Peyo

¹ Sources: Elex STO 23 March 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise)
² GN are priced at IDR 18,500 each, except Until Death Do Us Part 5, Cesare 4, Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 4 and 3x3 Eyes 37 (SRP: IDR 19,500). The Smurf - Smurf Terbang and Cubitus - Santai Saja! ROMICs retail for IDR 30,000/volume.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured series

Cesare 4 of 8+ by Souryo Fuyumi

A fire breaks out at a factory construction, allegedly the work of Dominican monks according to Angelo's testimony. Cesare doubts the order had anything to do with the incident and decides to probe further. And while Firenze remains relatively calm, Cesare brings Giovanni and Archbishop Raffaele to the discussion table, as part of a plan to reconcile the Medici clan with the Archbishop of Pisa.

Red River 5 of 28 by Shinohara Chie

Kail's strategy to retake Malatya proceeds according to the prince's timetable, but a traitor within the Hittite ranks begins to move. Prince Kail eventually uncovers the infiltration and remobilizes his troops.

Wikipedia adds that Yuri is captured by the Mitanni and stands on trial as a goddess impostor. Can Yuri prove to the Mitanni people that she is Ishtar's avatar?

Zenith 6 of 6 by Yoshida Satoshi & Big O

The mystery of Zenith is finally solved, and humanity's salvation ship readies for departure. What of the fate of the silver-haired mystery man?

The rest of the ongoing series

  • 3x3 Eyes 37 by Takada Yuzo: As Yakumo and Pai try to explain the real situation to the world's leaders, Kaiyanwan remotely attacks Yakumo, and Yoko and Benares' underlings attempt to take Pai and Kali. Only Reverse Hahn stands between Pai and Kali and their potential captors.
  • Air Gear 20 by Oh! great: The Hakurokai strategy pins down Kogarasumaru, prompting Ikki to follow Onigiri's suggestion to use 'Osu!'. The tactic works, and Hakurokai's game is effectively disrupted, that is, until Tool Toul To emerges under Kururu's command.
  • Bambino! 10 by Sekiya Tetsuji: Ten months of hard work down the line, Ban now counts “chef” and “Katori's assistant” in his culinary creds. But Ban's stint in dolce, preparation of which requires painstaking care, takes its toll on Ban's speed. Katori, annoyed with Ban's slowness, douses his assistant with hot water. What will happen to Ban now?
  • Jepang Tenggelam 11 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko: Amnesiac Toshio mistakenly believes his name is Onoda. Now he lives for Mako, his “savior.” Meanwhile, D Project presses upon him to help with evacuation efforts. Will Onoda acquiesce? Or remember his true identity?
  • Jio 13 by Kishimoto Seishi: Jio and friends finally learn that the ruler of Rock Bird City, Icaros, is actually Beelzebub. To defeat the demon, Jio manifests Satan. The transformation, however, proves double-edged, as Jio must simultaneously prevent a takeover.
  • Last Inning 9 by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu: Saigaku advances easily in the autumn prefectural tournament, but to the team's dismay, its next opponent turns out to be dark horse Yumeikan High from Chichibu. Can Keisuke lead Saigaku to victory against Yumeikan? And what of Kamifukuoka who unilaterally decides to quit baseball?
  • Priest 15 by Hyung MinWoo: Ivan battles his inner darkness in Windtale City, even as misunderstanding over Ashley's death provokes the anger of Mr. Dudley and the town residents. The shadow of death enfolds the city of sinners.
  • Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 4 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji: Stamina fly lice? To boost Manten's sales, Nakako leases a shop on the Shonan beachfront. Detailed to shop-sit, Hana meets volleyball athlete Fukao Mika, suffering from competition-level stamina deficiency. Can Hana help build up Fukao's endurance before the next match?

ROMICs: Smurfs and Cubitus

On the bande dessinée side, we get Aerosmurf who constructs a wooden propeller plane to conquer the skies in Peyo's Smurf - Smurf Terbang. Cubitus, meanwhile, tries to trace his pedigree (that includes Chinese ancestors, or so the story goes) in Dupa's Cubitus - Santai Saja!

UP NEXT: m&c! 23 March 2011 manga and manhua

m&c!: Bleach 38 · Meet the Banchou 4 · Goal Den Age 3 of 3 · Blizzard Axel 10 · Go! Hiromi Go! 8 of 8 · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 16 · Magical X Miracle 3 · School Crisis by Igarashi Kaoru · The Story of Wang Fenglei 9

Other 23 March 2011 manga

  • Elex Media: Absolute Peace Strategy 2 · Red Haired Anne 3 · Topeng Kaca 9 Deluxe · Rockwell the Scarlet Knight 3 of 3 · Shade 1 by Ahn NohEun & CATTY · Tena on S-string 6 · Doraemon 4 · Kariage kun 40 · Otoboke Section Chief 9 · Mystery Bride 1 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin · One Step by Saturday Syndrome · Sweet Recipe 2 of 2 · Nakayoshi Gress! 3/2011 · Shonen Star 5/2011

Iamque opus exegi,
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