Love So Life 3, Ugly Duckling Become Swan 11, Crazy Girl Shin Bia 1 by Hwang MiRee (m&c! 27 April 2011 manga and manhwa) [UPDATED]

*fans self* Hot (and hella long) in herre. *looks sideways at hortatory Cyan-san* :D

Speaking of compelling persuasion, props to m&c! hyping Crazy Girl Shin Bia as one of Hwang MiRee's best. This Smells like New Sexy Simpleton meets jjang hybrid stimulated enuf GET! salivation, I expect stock to run out. (Yes, hyperbolic much.)

Crazy Girl Shin Bia 1 (m&c!)

[Crazy Girl Shin bia] © Hwang MiRee/Samyang
Published in Indonesia by Gramedia/m&c!

Shin Bia, a beautiful but tuff orphan, has mastered such a scary array of martial arts, even gang bosses quail at the mere mention of her (not enough though to preclude nicknaming her Crazy Girl).

One day, a jade necklace whaps Crazy Girl upside teh head. Etched on the antique gold pendant is the kanji for “King.” And before you can say, “Look out behind you!”, Shin Bia is run over by Destiny — in the form of a handsome prince on a white steed.

That this soonjung romance manhwa is also known as Crazy girl Shin Bi-Ah goes to the alien world!!크레이지걸 신비아 이계로 가다!!」 ought to tell you why I liken it to New Sexy Simpleton, an earlier time-slipping Hwang MiRee product. Aside from Travel Back in Time into Alternate History and Strong Female Lead-ness, Possessive Lover also applies. (If that there cover isn't a hint, I don't know what is.)

All told, 19 volumes, so expect to shell out some IDR 318,400 if you become invested enough to collect. If it makes you feel any better, that rupiah total is roughly equivalent to USD 37.

Since we're already in HMR territory —

Ugly Duckling Become Swan 11 of 13 by Hwang MiRee

«I held your hand that cold day, wanting to end the lie.»

DoJin, I really like you... Would you kiss me?

«I can live with being a fat ugly duckling forever. The important thing is for me to kiss you...»

Glek. Mio is daring, isn't she? Actually wanted to lead with the Ugly Duckling Become Swan 11 cover, but a Kim DoJin in a Santa cap doesn't quite fit the end-of-April profile.

Now for the top DO WANT! —

Love So Life 3 of 6+ by Kouchi Kaede

Engulfed by the warmth of the Terminally Keyoot Twins™ and their Your kindness is killing me! Uncle Seiji, Shiharu hones her nanny skills to pro standards. But the day when she runs her own daycare is still far, far off; for now, she busies herself preparing for the school cultural festival.

When Sei-tan drops by the café Shiharu and her classmates have set up, Shiharu is torn between happiness and anxiety.


(Lina-chan, I hope you appreciate the effort I put into adapting m&c!'s summary to make Love So Life sound a little less of a treadmill. For those of you who just went Wut? after reading that, Lina-chan fondly describes LSL thus for its jalan di tempat or walking with nowhere to go narrative. AKA treadmilling.)

Cherry 53/2011: Super Sweet ☆ Honey Ends

Cherry 53/2011 (m&c!)

Sekai Seifuku ☆ Honey
© Aoi Michiru/
Shogakukan [Ciao]
Published in Indonesia
as Super Sweet Honey

Aoi Michiru's Super Sweet Honey (originally Sekai Seifuku ☆ Honey) headlines Cherry 53/2011 for the simple reason that the Love for you makes me stronger! ex-Ciao serial concludes this edition with Episode 3: Vol. 3: All for Love!

The other Ciao manga continuing their serialization are I am not a Maid! by Iwaoka Meme (Episode 3 this issue taken from Maid ja Naimon! volume 1), My Lovely Class Leader by Nishimura Tomoko (Episode 27 from Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou vol. 9) and the side story about The Other Girl × The Guy's Middle School Friend—Her Boyfriend!?—that attaches to She, Between He and Me, now that Morita Yuki's Kare to Kanojo to Kanojo has finished.

As for the (defunct) ChuChu shoujo serials, we get 7 Centi! Memory 9. I assume Nanajima Kana's series closes in on The End as that ninth chapter comes from 7 Cenchi! volume 3 of 3. Meanwhile, we have a long way to go before Yomogi Loves Money? by Arai Kiyoko wraps: this issue's Episode 4 hails from Yomogi Mochi Yaketa? tankou 1 of 4.

Completing the mangazine installments are the Flowers josei drama Dawn Aria by Akaishi Michiyo (Episode 30 from Akatsuki no ARIA volume 9 of 11+) and sneak peeks into komikus Archie the Redcat's Panel!, Gita Juwita's Pakai Baju Apa Hari Ini? (What to wear today?) and Bijou's Between You and Me, all lifted from the local KOLONI romance antho Cinta Sang Fashionista released last January.

☂, IV No longer exclusively shoujo, the 4.27 restocks [RE-STO] include the Long Hu Men side story The Story of Wang Fenglei volumes 1 through 7, each carrying an IDR 85,000 price tag (unchanged from the time these things first streeted). Though considering the finale Book 10 releases today, wonder why m&c! didn't bother restocking Books 8 and 9, too? (Moar on the current Tony Wong kungfu manhua below.) Don't worry though; m&c! reverts to an all-shoujo line-up for the 4 May restock. Couldn't care less? How about if I tell you — My Sweet Kaicho and You Can't Disappear From Me? *evil grin*

m&c! manga (2011.04.27)

  1. Golden Age 15 of 15 by Samukawa Kazuyuki [Finale]
  2. Love So Life 3 of 6+ by Kouchi Kaede
  3. Love So Life 3 (m&c!)

    Love So LifeLOVE SO LIFE
    by Kouchi Kaede
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 3 (chapters 11-16) first published in Japan 2010.01

    Marine Entertainment released a drama CD in March 2010, starring seiyuu Noto Mamiko as Nakamura Shiharu and Ono Daisuke as Matsunaga Seiji.

  4. My Kingdom (Ore-sama Kingdom) 2 of 4+ by Yagami Chitose
  5. My Kingdom 2 (m&c!)

    Ore-sama Kingdomオレ様キングダム
    by Yagami Chitose
    AKA Kings of My Love
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.04

  6. Sky Blue Beach (Sorairo Kaigan) 4 of 6 by Yamada Nanpei
  7. Sky Blue Beach 4 (m&c!)

    Sorairo Kaigan空色海岸」 by Yamada Nanpei
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2008.02

    Other languages
    English Skyblue Shore (TOKYOPOP: two volumes per 2011.03; further releases cancelled)

Manhwa (2011.04.27)

  1. [Series Premiere] Crazy Girl Shin Bia 1 of 19 by Hwang MiRee
  2. Sandwich Girl 8 of 8 by Han YuRang [Finale]
  3. Sandwich Girl 1 (m&c!)

    Sandwich Girl샌드위치 걸」 by Han YuRang
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 8 first published in Korea 2006.12

  4. Ugly Duckling Become Swan (Miunohri to Swan) 11 of 13 by Hwang MiRee

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

Mangazine (2011.04.27)

  • Cherry 53/2011 (largely Ciao and ChuChu serials)

Hong Kong manhua (2011.04.27)

  1. Long Hu Men - Next Level 2 by Tony Wong [IDR 70,000]
  2. [Series Premiere] Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 1 by Tony Wong [IDR 80,000]
  3. The Story of Wang Fenglei Book 10 of 10 by Tony Wong & Dick Kwong [Finale] [IDR 95,000]

AMERO comics (2011.04.27)

  • Monika dan Kawan-Kawan (Turma da Mônica) 140 by Mauricio

KOLONI local comics (2011.04.27)

  1. [Premiere] Hantu by Onnie Krisnayana, Ida Arianti, Edwin "Tyo Kuuma" Prasetya, Risza A. Perdhana
  2. Intan Permata Rimba 3 by Hans Jaladara
  3. [Premiere] Jagoan Koloni: Gunnhildr by MazJojo, Amanokawa Osa & Deasy Ekawati, Muhammad Fathanatul Haq

[RE-STO] Restocked (2011.04.27)

¹ Source: m&c! (covers and release advisory)
² All non-manhwa GN are priced at IDR 16,500, except manhua noted otherwise. The restocked The Story of Wang Fenglei Books One to Seven carry price tags of IDR 85,000/volume. Manhwa retails for IDR 19,900 each. Cherry 53/2011 is priced at IDR 27,500/issue
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).


Sandwich Girl 8 of 8 by Han YuRang

Se Joon's engagement to Jo Mina finally pushes through. The news breaks Jae Kyeong's heart for she now realizes her true feelings. Heartache isn't through with Jae Kyeong yet as the drama club president plots Jae Kyeong's downfall...

Doesn't sound like a Happy Ever After blurb, does it? m&c! itself doesn't indicate. But a quick flip to the Sandwich Girl volume 8 back page does produce an End instead of the usual Bersambung or To be continued. I just hope I won't be (too) disappointed by the ending. (I've spent IDR 153,600 on this series.) I could rid myself of the anxiety by actually reading the thing—which I already have on hand—but other manhwa Pure Suckage Endings have traumatized, and I'm a Han YuRang completed series virgin as well.

Sky Blue Beach 4 of 6 by Yamada Nanpei

Learning of an upcoming handicrafts show, Tomo and Tento go to Mikio's studio. Mikio invites Tento to team up, and the latter agrees, convinced by Mikio's works. Tomo, too, lends a hand.

Meanwhile, Riku receives a call that summons memories from the past.

For those of you also reading/collecting the English Skyblue Shore, with TOKYOPOP closing, titles skedded after 4 May—including Skyblue Shore 3 advised for a 2011.06.14 release—have been nixed. [Via Manga Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson-san, thank you.]

The rest of teh manga

  • Golden Age 15 of 15 by Samukawa Kazuyuki: Kamome middle school refuses to bow down to its strongest soccer rival, the Dolphins Jr. Youth. Oumi equalizes in the last five minutes. Granted, Shirakawa Yui and Oumi Genya are genius players to be feared, but who will emerge the champ — Kamome or Dolphins?
  • My Kingdom 2 of 4+ by Yagami Chitose: Aspiring manga-ka Nonohara Nono pursues her dream of comic stardom, and she's not lacking Muses: a trio of bishies from school provide her inspiration. Not content to simply admire the boys from afar, however, Nono tries to get close to them, and trips headlong into lurve with...Kurosawa.

(You thought blurbing was over, didn't you? Mada mada desu.)

Tony Wong kungfu manhua

Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 1 (m&c!)

Amazing Weapons -
The Lost Blade

© Tony Wong/Jade Dynasty

Tony Wong's Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade premieres, and from the cover, it claims kinship to Pedang Maha Dewa as Pedang Maha Dewa 4. What's the fourth Weapons of the Gods by-product about?

Hong Kong, the '70s. Orphaned shoeshiner Ah Tian proves to be the key to recovering the gods' weapons from an otherworld. Ah Tian must rely on his shrewdness to keep one step ahead of the Triad and the planetary masters known as the Outer Universe, or else the Earth will meet its doom.

For one beginning, one ending. The Story of Wang Fenglei I, sez m&c! (meaning there's prolly a Series II or moar), concludes with Book Ten and a wrathful Wang Fenglei annihilating the Sword Demon who admits to having killed Hu Qin.

BTW, no cover nor summary of Long Hu Men - Next Level 2 because the 'pooter froze, reports m&c!.

KOLONI: Proudly homegrown comics

The ghosts and other spooks anthology Hantu, the third volume of Hans Jaladara's Intan Permata Rimba (sharing LHM Next Level's cover nashi fate) and Koloni Jagoan: Gunnhildr action. Seeing as they're Indonesian comics, excepting the original blurbs.


KOLONI: Hantu (m&c!)

KOLONI: Hantu © Onnie Krisnayana, Ida Arianti,
Edwin "Tyo Kuuma" Prasetya, Risza A. Perdhana/m&c!

The Hiking by Ida Arianti

Sekelompok mahasiswa yang sedang mengikuti lomba hiking diganggu oleh penunggu gunung! Sebagai pimpinan kelompok, Ferry yang dikenal sebagai cenayang kampus, harus segera mencari tahu kesalahan apa yang dilakukan anggota kelompoknya, sebelum sang penunggu hutan membahayakan nyawa mereka semua!

d-messages by Edwin "Tyo Kuuma" Prasetya

Kay yang matanya bisa melihat dunia hantu, baru saja pindah ke Indonesia untuk berobat ke seorang kyai. Kini tinggal mata kanannya yang perlu diobati. Di sekolah barunya ia bertemu dengan Reo, seorang berandalan yang digosipkan blasteran genderuwo. Kay yang bisa melihat kebenaran melalui mata gaibnya, berniat menolong Reo dari gunjingan ini.

13 by Onnie Krisnayana

Karena ingin menghindari macet di jalur pantura, Deo dan tiga sahabatnya yang sedang liburan, mengambil jalan pintas. Bukannya lebih cepat sampai ke tujuan, mereka malah sampai ke daerah yang misterius dengan hutan berpohon raksasa, sampai kastil dengan ratusan kamar, lengkap dengan godaan mautnya. Tahayulkah ini? Atau godaan-godaan ini sungguh nyata?

Misteri Taman Maluku by Risza A. Perdhana

Eja yang sok skeptis (namun sebetulnya takut hantu), nekat menemani dua sahabatnya, Mia dan Onyet, malam-malam ke Taman Maluku yang angker. Jurus nekat ini dia lakukan karena besok ujian kalkulus, dan nilai Eja jeblok di mata kuliah ini. Kalau dia mau ikutan, Mia yang rajin nyatet setuju akan kasih contekan. Namun apa yang semula cuma iseng, bakal berujung pada gangguan yang bisa menghantui seumur hidup mereka!


Gunnhildr by MazJojo

Peperangan besar dalam perebutan kekuasaan terus berlanjut. Demi melindungi wilayah kaumnya, Kurewa Hangard bersama rekannya, Kuraginn, bahu membahu menghabisi lawan mereka, Demitrous. Hingga suatu hari perang mempertemukan Kurewa dengan pemimpin Demitrous, Dorias. Pertempuran sengit antar keduanya memicu kemampuan GUNNHILDR dalam diri Kurewa. Sanggupkah Kurewa bersama Kuraginn mengalahkan Dorias demi dunia yang damai?

Emperor Crown by Muhammad Fathanatul Haq

Aldy adalah murid lemah yang selalu menjadi bulan-bulanan preman di sekolahnya. Namun saat ia memberanikan diri untuk membela Cindy sang anak baru dari bullying para preman, ia mendengar bisikan gaib! Bisikan itu menawarkan Aldy untuk menjadi kuat dan bisa membela Cindy, asalkan Aldy mau melakukan kontrak raga dan membiarkan sang "partner" mengendalikan tubuhnya di bumi. Siapa dan apa tujuan makhluk itu mendekati Aldy?

The Truth by Amanokawa Osa & Deasy Ekawati

Abby ditunjuk oleh guru besarnya sebagai penerus sebagai kepala penyihir desa, padahal Abby hanyalah anak kecil dengan kemampuan sihir tak istimewa. Sementara banyak tetua desa yang mengincar kedudukan itu. Khawatir akan nyawanya, Abby pergi dari desanya dan berniat mencari "sang kebenaran", peramal misterius yang bisa menyelesaikan segala masalah. Berhasilkah Abby menemukan sang peramal?

Still not enuf TBR? Here are other 27 April 2011 GN

  • Elex Media: Nodame Cantabile 23 · Here is Greenwood (Deluxe) 3 · Arsène Lupin 1 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji · Blooming Youth 2 · Doraemon 6 · Doraemon Movie: Petualangan Nobita di Kota Mainan (First and Last) by Fujiko F. Fujio · Kariage kun 41 · Otoboke Section Chief 10 · Stand Up! 1 by Itagaki Masaya · Nakayoshi Gress! 4/2011
  • Level Comics: The Black Swindler 12 · Angel Heart 7 · Moon - Subaru Solitude Standing 1 by Soda Masahito · K2 Vol.7 · Jojo - Kabur Dari Rumah and Jojo - Sahabat Sejati by Andre Géerts

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