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4.04.2011

Naruto 51, Wild Life 15, Yotsubato 10 (Elex Media 6 April 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Also, Alice Academy 15 and not one, not two, but three series finales: Sanzoku Ou 13, Shade 3 and With My Brothers 11. Before you go checking 'em off the To Do List, check this out:

Naruto 51 (Elex Media)

Naruto © Kishimoto Masashi/Shueisha [Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

May contain   [SPOILERS!]

Naruto, still troubled by Sakura's sudden love confession, finally learns the intent of his Konoha peers: the elimination of Sasuke. As if that weren't enough, our hero gets a new shock when he hears the five Kage's decision from Gaara.

But of course the reason for Naruto 51's Sasuke vs. Danzo!! subtitle is Sasuke's capture of Konoha leader Danzo with Madara's help. Curtains rise on Sasuke's Revenge, Act II. [Additions from Kana's Naruto, tome 51 description]

(VIZ's Naruto, Vol. 51: A Hokage's Resolve, meanwhile, clarifies Sasuke's objective: to interrogate [Danzo] about the Uchiha clan and what really happened between the political factions of Konoha and his brother, Itachi.)

Yotsuba&! 10 of 10+ by Azuma Kiyohiko

While daddy Koiwai works, Yotsuba plays house under his desk. Then inspired by picture books, Yotsuba asks for lessons on how to make pancakes.

The above summary refers to chapter 64: Yotsuba & Pancakes. The other stories in the latest Yotsuba&! 10: Yotsuba & Play (chapter 63); Yotsuba & Jumbo (65); Yotsuba & the Electronics Store (66); Yotsuba & Home Appliances (67); Yotsuba & Lies (68); and Yotsuba & the Re-encounter (69). These are *NOT* Elex Media's chapter titles, and if you want the lowdown on the other six chapters, go here.

☆ I mentioned the 4.06 finales at the top of the post, and for three endings, Elex has one beginning — Mokke, the Family, Monsters, Shaman, Sisters, Spirits seinen slice of life manga from Kumakura Takatoshi, originally serialized in Afternoon. That preview and the rest of the summaries are (waaay) below.

Mangazines (2011.04.06)

Two Kodansha mangazines also street this Wednesday: Nakayoshi Lovely 10, codenamed Red Tulip and Shonen Magz 4/2011. You'll find out why Red Tulip if you scroll down.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.04.06)

  1. Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) 15 of 24+ by Higuchi Tachibana
  2. Alice Academy 15 (Elex)

    Gakuen Alice学園アリス
    by Higuchi Tachibana
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2008.03

    Other languages
    English Gakuen Alice (TOKYOPOP: 15 volumes per 2011.02 • volume 16 street date: 2011.04.05), French (Glénat: L'académie Alice tome 22 ships 2011.06.08), German (Carlsen Comics Band 13 street date: 2011.08.26; serialized in Daisuki), Spanish (Glénat Espagne: Alice Escuela de Magia, latest volume 18), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: 學園愛麗絲 21 per 2011.03.16). Previously serialized in the Indonesian HanaLaLa (discontinued).

    Adaptations
    Aniplex and Group TAC's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Ueda Kana (Sakura Mikan), Park Romi (Hyuuga Natsume), Kugimiya Rie (Imai Hotaru) and Yasuda Miwa (Nogi Ruka), aired in Japan on NHK BS-2 from October 2004 to May 2005. The Animax Asia initial telecast ran from March to May 2006.

    The anime cast also recorded dramas first broadcast on web radio. Sony Music Entertainment released Gakuen Alice Love Potion Chuiho, the first web radio CD recording, in January 2006. The second and third radio CDs Gakuen Alice Mono Wasure Machine and Gakuen Alice Chocolate Holic followed in February and March of the same year.

    Related
    An official Gakuen Alice Fanbook was released in May 2007; a special fanbook Pika Pika SP Fanbook was given away as a furoku in Hana to Yume.

  3. Crayon Shinchan 5 of 50 by Usui Yoshito
  4. Crayon Shinchan 5 (Elex)

    Crayon Shin-chanクレヨンしんちゃん
    by Usui Yoshito (deceased)
    Futabasha Weekly Manga Action, seinen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1993.03

    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.

  5. Crows 17 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  6. Crows 17 (Elex)

    Crowsクローズ」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 1995.06

    Related series

    Worst (sequel, 26 volumes as at 2011.04) and Crows Zero (spin-off; nine of nine volumes as at 2010.08)

    Adaptations
    Two live-action prequel movies: Crows ZERO (Japan theatrical release: October 2007) and Crows ZERO II (April 2009), directed by Miike Takashi and starring Oguri Shun (GPS leader Takiya Genji) and Yamada Takayuki (Serizawa Tamao)

  7. Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 4 of 10 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Shogakukan English Comics)
  8. [Series Premiere] Mokke 1 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi
  9. Mokke 1 (Elex)

    Mokkeもっけ」 by Kumakura Takatoshi
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.06

  10. Naruto 51 of 55+ by Kishimoto Masashi
  11. Naruto 51 (Elex)

    NarutoNARUTO-ナルト-
    by Kishimoto Masashi
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 51: Sasuke VS Danzo!! first published in Japan 2010.04

    Awards/Accomplishments
    The American volume 7 won the 2006 Quill Award in the graphic novel category. Manga sales have topped 100 million copies in Japan, with over 89 million sold globally. Naruto is the #1 bestselling manga in Indonesia, with upwards of one million copies sold nationwide.

    Other languages
    English Naruto (VIZ Media: 50 volumes per 2011.02 • Volume 51: A Hokage's Resolve street date: 2011.06.07; serialized in Shonen Jump USA), French (Kana: Tome 53 ships 2011.07.01), Spanish (Ediciones Glénat Spain: latest edition #52; Grupo Editorial Vid Mexico; LARP Editores Argentina), Catalan (Glénat: latest volume #46), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 49 ships 2011.04.22; serialized in Banzai!), Dutch (Kana), Russian (Comix-ART), Polish (Japonica Polonica Fantastica), Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen; serialized in Shonen Jump Sweden), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 火影忍者 54 per 2011.02) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: 火影忍者 #54 per 2011.02)

    Adaptations
    Studio Pierrot and Aniplex's 220-episode anime co-production, based on manga volumes 1-27, aired from October 2002 to February 2007 in Japan. Seiyuu Takeuchi Junko, Nakamura Chie, and Sugiyama Noriaki returned in their roles as Uzumaki Naruto, Haruno Sakura, and Uchiha Sasuke in the sequel (manga volume 28 onwards) that premiered February 2007 on TV Tokyo. Naruto Shippūden is still ongoing (episode 206 airs 2011.04.07).

    At least five OAVs, seven films and three light novels have also been released:

    OAVS: Find the Crimson Four-leaf Clover! (2003) · Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (2004) · Konoha Sports Festival (2004.08) · Finally a clash! Jonin VS Genin!! Indiscriminate grand melee tournament meeting!! (2005.12) · Naruto: The Cross Roads (2010).

    A short OAV was also included within the DVD Naruto x UT Original DVD (shipped 2011.01.01).

    Films: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004.08) · Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (2005.08) · Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom (2006.08) · Naruto Shippūden (2007.08) · Naruto Shippūden: Kizuna (2008.08) · Naruto Shippūden: Hi no Ishi o Tsugumono (2009.07) · Naruto Shippūden movie, Naruto Shippūden: The Lost Tower (2010.07)

    Three light novels written by Kusakabe Masatoshi: Naruto: Innocent Heart, Demonic Blood (2002.12) · Naruto: Mission: Protect the Waterfall Village! (2003.12) · adaptation of the first Naruto movie (2004.08)

    Jump J Books also released Kishimoto Masashi- and Higashiyama Akira's Naruto Dokonjo Ninden, an autobiographical novel left by Jiraiya, in the same month as the Gekijouban Naruto Shippūden: The Lost Tower novelization (2010.08)

    Related
    Six ani-manga based on the movies: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004.08), Great Clash! The Illusionary Ruins at the Depths of the Earth (2005.08), Great Excitement! The Animal Riot of Crescent Moon Island (2006.08), Naruto: Shippūden: the Movie (2007.08), Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds (2008.08) and Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire (2009.03).

  12. Pirates and the Mermaid (Kaizoku to Ningyo) 2 of 4+ by Kiuchi Tatsuya
  13. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 13 of 13 by Sawada Hirofumi [Finale]
  14. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 13 (Elex)

    Sanzoku Ou山賊王」 by Sawada Hirofumi
    Kodansha Magazine Great, shounen
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 2009.11

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (concluded)

  15. Shade 3 of 3 by Ahn NohEun & CATTY [Finale]
  16. Shade 3 (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 3 first published in Korea 2007.10

  17. Wild Life 15 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  18. Wild Life 15 (Elex)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2005.12

    Volume 15 chapters*:
    123. Please be quiet in the hospital
    124. Goldfish love love
    125. Hachibe and Mitsukuni
    126. Waves of Planning
    127. Overprotective transformation (or pervert)*
    128. Treatment opening act
    129. This is the love of - (omitted)
    130. Weird old man
    131. Mambo and Encore
    *NOT Elex Media's chapter titles; mechanically translated by Japanese Dictionary

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

  19. With My Brothers (Oniichan to Issho) 11 of 11 by Tokeino Hari [Finale]
  20. With My Brothers 11 (Elex)

    Oniichan to Isshoお兄ちゃんと一緒
    by Tokeino Hari
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Other languages
    English Me & My Brothers (TOKYOPOP)

    Adaptations
    Adapted into two audio dramas. The first LaLa Tokimeki Drama CD was released as a LaLa April 2007 freebie. Seiyuu Fukuen Misato, Kondō Takashi, Kamiya Hiroshi, Suzumura Kenichi, and Konishi Katsuyuki voiced Miyashita sibs Sakura, Masashi, Takashi, Tsuyoshi, and Takeshi. A second commercially-released CD went on sale in July 2007.

  21. Yotsuba&! 10 of 10+ by Azuma Kiyohiko
  22. Yotsuba&! 10 (Elex)

    Yotsubatoよつばと!」 by Azuma Kiyohiko
    ASCII Media Works Dengeki Daioh, seinen
    Volume 10 (chapters 63-69) first published in Japan 2010.11

    Awards
    Winner, Excellence Award for Manga, 2006 Japan Media Arts Festival; nominee, 12th Osamu Tezuka Culture Award; 2nd Place, the 1st Manga Taishō

    Related series
    Adapted from manga one-shot Try! Try! Try! by the same creator

    Other languages
    English Yotsuba&! (Yen Press: nine volumesvolume 10 street date: 2011.10.25) ), French (Kurokawa: Tome 9 per 2010.07), German (Tokyopop Germany: Band 9 released 2011.01), Italian (Dynit: volume 5 per 2007.10), Finnish (Punainen jättiläinen: latest volume 6); Korean (Daiwon C.I.: 요츠바랑! 10 released 2011.03.31), Vietnamese (TVM Comics: latest volume 8); Thai (NED Comics), traditional Chinese (Kadokawa Media Taiwan: 四葉妹妹! shipped 2011.03.30)

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

Mangazines (2011.04.06)

  1. Nakayoshi Lovely 10: Red Tulip
  2. Shonen Magz 4/2011

¹ Sources: Elex STO 6 April 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise). Pirates & The Mermaid 2 and Nakayoshi Lovely 10 artwork and details from editor Nia Ika
² All GN retail for IDR 16,500 except Crayon Shinchan 5 (IDR 21,800), Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 4 (IDR 25,000) and Yotsuba&! 10 (IDR 17,500). Nakayoshi Lovely 10 and Shonen Magz 4/2011 are priced at IDR 30,000/issue. The Doraemon Kamus Science dictionary carries an IDR 35,000 MSRP.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles

Mokke 1 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi

Sisters Shizuru and Mizuki live with their priest grandfather in a remote village, a locale evidently suited to the Hibara sibs who both own strong supernatural abilities. Since she was a child, Shizuru has been able to see creatures normal humans can't; Mizuki, meanwhile, can't see spirits but is still a powerful medium, her kind nature making her an easy target for possession.

This is their not-so average tale.

Baka-Updates, in its Mokke description, pulls out this doozy to persuade you to try: Each episode is not horror or too serious, it is rather a heartwarming story.

Series conclusions

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

Nagato, hot on the trail of Takatoki Hojo, finds his path to vengeance obstructed by Shiro Shimazu, a shogun capable of besting 1,000 foes singlehanded. What will Nagato do now to avenge his father?

Shade 3 of 3 by Ahn Noh Eun & CATTY

The Tongue of Fire Lord awakens, forcing Hyonki to pull out all stops to beat the formidable Shade.

With My Brothers 11 of 11 by Tokeino Hari

Masashi hits his head so hard, he loses his memory. What's more, the first question out of his mouth when he rouses is: “Am I a man or a woman?”

What will happen to Masashi's rabu story with Sakura, now that he has forgotten everything?

Featured

Alice Academy 15 of 24+ by Higuchi Tachibana

This year's Gakuen Alice sports fest holds more surprises than previous, the most startling of which is Mikan succumbing to gravity when she should've been floating because of a teammate's Alice. Her none too graceful drop causes Persona to accuse Mikan of canceling out her friend's power.

Mikan's bewilderment grows when, amid chaos and in the public eye, Natsume shoos her away, but then goes and hugs her from behind when no one is looking.

Pirates & The Mermaid 2 of 4+ by Kiuchi Tatsuya

Hisui and crew-mates dock for much needed ship repairs. To defray the cost, Hisui agrees to steal a book a new acquaintaince is searching for, even though he doesn't know the young stranger's real identity.

Restored to working order, the ship departs, later stopping over at a small island where Albadian soldiers are conducting a mermaid search. This time, Lio can't help, because the search and seizure order came from the Emperor himself.

Wild Life 15 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato

Dean Heinami realizes that Tessho's dog is suffering from a serious heart problem, and with Tessho assisting, commences surgery. But apparently, the dog's condition is worse than first thought. Before the situation can worsen further, Tessho suggests a high-risk operation to save his pet.

This summary alludes to Wild Life 15 chapter 123: Please be quiet in the hospital, and I'm betting Tessho's perfect pitch will play a key role in canine preservation. (That's what I imperfectly made out from the Gugel-translated Japanese synop.)

The rest of the ongoing series

  • Crayon Shinchan 5 by Usui Yoshito: Action Kindergarten will be staging a drama. Everyone is excited over the parts to be handed out, not excluding Shinchan. But Shinchan's naughtiness results in constantly-changing roles. In the end, what part is he relegated to?
  • Crows 17 by Takahashi Hiroshi: The struggle for leadership among the new Suzuran students begins. Whoever manages to collect six buttons from those he defeats gets the chance to challenge the seniors. In the midst of the excitement, Harumichi...

☆ And since I already included the bilingual Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 4 in the manga list, might as well mention that Elex is also releasing a 260-paged Doraemon science dictionary for kids, Doraemon Kamus Science.

Mangazines

Nakayoshi Lovely 10: Red Tulip

Nakayoshi Lovely 10: Red Tulip (Elex)

Nakayoshi Lovely 10:
Red Tulip

The 10th Nakayoshi Lovely prefers romantic and ador(k)able stories revolving around love struggles, specifically declarations of true love. (That's the reason for Red Tulip; check out the Apa Bunga Kelahiranmu? feature or teh internets for moar language of flowers.)

The cover art comes from a side story to Toyama Ema's Mama Colle, but inside you can also find these Kodansha shoujo one-shots:

Thank the NakaLovely editor-san, Nia Ika, for the cover and contents listing. I would just like to add PpFf by Mizuki Yuki that I can see with squint mode ON! on the cover.

Shonen Magz 4/2011: Kindaichi's back!

Shonen Magz 4/2011 - Front cover: Tokkyu!

Tokkyu!
© Kubo Mitsuro
& Komori Yoichi
Kodansha
[Weekly Shonen
Magazine
]

No, that's not Kindaichi on ShoMagz 4's front cover; that's Sea SWAT Hyogo (and what looks like a megane-less Meguru) from Kubo Mitsuro & Komori Yoichi's Tokkyu!. Kindaichi's the one with the In the name of my grandfather... catch phrase, and in this outing, he will once again wager the famous private eye granddaddy's name to unmask the Fudo school festival murderer.

Joining Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya's Kindaichi Case Files in this issue are these shounen manga:

Other 6 April 2011 manga and manhwa

  • Level Comics: Perfect Girl Evolution 23 · Sky of Love 4 · Air Gear 21 · Angel Heart 6 · A Spirit of the Sun 9 · Black Lagoon 7 · Cruise 2 of 2 · Dolls of God 2 · Jepang Tenggelam 12 · Over Rev 18 · Smurf - Mimpi Aneh Smurf Pemalas · Lucky Luke - Nitroglicerin · Yakari dan Si Paus Putih
  • m&c!: Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 11, · GarudayanaMy Own Princess 1 by Hwang MiRee · Magical x Miracle 4 · Aoizaka Baseball Club 18 · Golden Age 14 · My Life 1 by Momochi Reiko · Out Code 1 by Suzuragi Karin/Himenogi Haruhiko · Secret 6

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who reminds you to continue praying for Japan

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