Sugar☆Family © Hagio Akira/Hakusensha
[First serialized in LaLa DX]
Published in Indonesia by Gramedia/m&c!
“I can't always be your little sister.”
Yuka's heart wavers over Taichi's closeness to his “new little sister,” even as Arata presses Yuka to choose between him and her step-brother. Yuka picks...
Yup, the last volume 6 of the sibcestuous Sugar Family #loveComplexity streets this week. Don't imitate me, forgetting to GET! because of drooling over the new Hwang MiRee manhwa. (More on this below.)
But before the fluffy manhwa attack (that prompted tweep freakenari-san to tell m&c!:
Just run your sword through me now!), let's detour to a manga rife with vengeance, blood and other dark things:
The Croce Incident continues to haunt Gian and Giose. The brothers' hatred peaks when the affair's mastermind returns and obliterates two SWA cyborgs. Revenge takes a temporary back seat as Giose faces a nodus of clashing interests: save cyborg assassin Henrietta, bleeding to death on the battlefront, or allow her to rest in peace... forever.
Gunslinger Girl 12 compiles chapters 67 through 73:
A New Family,
The Croce Affair (Parts 1-4),
Fantasma (Part 2) and
Addio. [*NOT m&c!'s titles] Let's hope m&c! doesn't take the same amount of time the Japanese publisher did to release volume 13 (one full year).
Crab Kiss and Say Say Say © Hwang MiRee/Samyang
NOT (yet) Crazy Girl Shin Bia series from Hwang MiRee (that's still upcoming). For now we get the Secret Kiss Crab Kiss and Radio Love Triangle Say Say Say—plus the Elite School Romance Idol's Love Story, the latter from Han YuRang, who, like HMR, can crank out 72 series (and counting) because of a gaggle of assistants.
Say Say Say is the story of Yun Say, a high school girl who streams radio broadcasts from home, and her true-blue listener, Timeless. Yun Say is convinced she will someday meet Timeless face to face, but fate messes up her plans — throwing at Yun Say two bishies who exemplify polarity: cute and sweet En Jun Hwi × handsome and arrogant Seo Young Won. (I already know who I favorite.)
The Say Say Say romance promises complexity as only HMR can craft it, if the soonjung manhwa are any indication. [Moar previews and NikBabble© after the release list.]
☂, II Similar to last week, the restocked [RE-STO] shoujo manga overwhelm the STO/Standing Order, a trend that maintains till the 20 April release as m&c! apparently spring-cleans. But unlike last or next week, the 4.13 holdovers count Psychic Detective Yakumo (Shinrei Tantei Yakumo - Akai Hitomi wa Shitteiru) 1 and 2 by Miyako Ritsu & Kaminaga Manabu among the escapees.
- [Series Premiere] Crab Kiss 1 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
- Gunslinger Girl 12 of 13+ by Aida Yu
- [Series Premiere] Idol's Love Story (Nobles' Love Company) 1 of 15 by Han YuRang
- My Sweet Home 6 of 6 by MARU & Kim JinHee [Finale]
- Sandwich Girl 7 of 8 by Han YuRang
- [Series Premiere] Say Say Say 1 of 7 by Hwang MiRee
- Sugar Family 6 of 6 by Hagio Akira [Finale]
- Ugly Duckling Become Swan (Miunohri to Swan) 10 of 13 by Hwang MiRee
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Lead My Future (Hoshiyomi no Yogensha) by Kawase Natsuna
- Little Beans in Love (Ayakashi Tennen Beans) by Minami Sachi
- Love Strategy (Yoka Onago Nyuumon) by Hozuki Souta
- March Our Hearts Together (Kono Sora ni Hibike) by Shibano Yuka
- Miracle Ice Angel (Kururinpa!) by Imai Yasue
- My Cinderella (Watashi no Cinderella) by Kawase Natsuna
- Mysterious Thief Milky Drop (Kaitou Thief Milky Drop) by Iwaoka Meme
- Ninja & The Crescent Moon Princess (Hitai ni Mikazuki) by Tokeino Hari
- Psychic Detective Yakumo (Shinrei Tantei Yakumo - Akai Hitomi wa Shitteiru) 1 of 2 by Miyako Ritsu & Kaminaga Manabu
- Psychic Detective Yakumo 2 of 2 by Miyako Ritsu & Kaminaga Manabu
- Red Devil of Onigawara Yokocho (Onigawara Yokochou Sanchoume) 1 of 2 by Yagami Chitose
- Red Devil of Onigawara Yokocho 2 of 2 by Yagami Chitose
- Rokka-chan's Love Another Story (Rokka-chan no Koi: Okawari!) by Fujita Nimi
- She's Kids! by Kitagawa Miyuki
- Since I Met You (Nanatsu Uekara Aishiteru) by Morishita Nodoka
- Sweet Sweet Darling (Konpeitou Darling) by Morio Masami
- Touch of Emptiness (Kara no Shounen) by Fujitsuka Yuki
- Twinkle Cherry by Obara Shou
- When Love is Hiding (Koigokoro Senpukuchuu) by Shiumi Saki
- When You Look Like an Angel by Miyawaki Yukino
¹ Source: m&c! (covers and release advisory)
² All manga are priced at IDR 16,500, all manhwa (Crab Kiss 1, Idol's Love Story 1, My Sweet Home 6, Sandwich Girl 7, Say Say Say 1 and Ugly Duckling Become Swan 10) at IDR 19,900.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New titles continued
Having a porn star for a mom, Hye Bin goes through a difficult childhood the butt of jokes and jeers. So is it any wonder that when a boy, Ryul, comes to her defense, Hye Bin falls for him? In the interim they share a “crab kiss” — a smooch even the kissee is unaware of.
Hye Bin and Ryul eventually part ways, but Hye Bin can't kick Ryul out of her mind (and heart). So when she's afforded the chance to enroll at the same school, she grabs it. But to Hye Bin's shock, Ryul has changed into Cool and Distant. Worse, he no longer recognizes her!
Some additions from Baka-Updates Manga's Crab Kiss description in that there blurb. Baka-Updates adds further color commentary explaining Ryul's exact transmogrification:
The warm, friendly kid she remembers had been replaced by a cold, indifferent boy who is seemingly obsessed with the beautiful president of the art club.
ACK! I already want that nuisance sidelined! Moreover, a dark sub-plot seems to be brewing:
Hye-Bin realizes that she has entangled herself into something much more complex than she could imagine. Everyone wants to use Hye-Bin as their pawn in the game, but she won't have any of it!
So aside from Secret Kiss and Childhood Love,
Adopted by the wealthy Freeman family when she was three, Korean girl Lang now she goes to Idol School, an elite academy for future rocket scientists, celebs and the moneyed set. Her adoptive brother Ian attends the same school, where not only is he an idol among idols, he's also the student body president. Lang's connection to Ian soon invites intimidation — from Choe Jang Gun, Ian's rival.
“Whoever speaks to her will die!”
Lang thus ends up friend-less, but will she always remain so?
Idol's Love Story's original title is IDOL SCHOOL OF 귀족연애사, a discovery that required going through 45 titles in HYR's backlist before hitting the jackpot with Nobles' Love Company (thanks, Baka-Updates Manga).
Se Joon gets beaten up and Jae Kyeong can't help. Her helplessness makes Se Joon's parents call off the engagement. The unilateral decision so pains the pair, now besotted with each other but hiding it for pride's sake.
“Let's break up. Take care of yourself.”
With these parting words, Mio disappears. She doesn't show up at school nor the agency. It's like the earth went and swallowed her.
A bewildered DoJin tracks down Mio to her home, but how will he react when he learns that the Swan and the Ugly Duckling-slash-Porky are one and same? Will this spell the end to Mio's magicked double life?
Meanwhile, Mio is not the only fugitive —
Sion's fuse ignites at the sight of Gona and Bian dressed alike. Flustered, Gona blurts out words he shouldn't: “We're not blood siblings, are we?” Later, Gona runs away from (my sweet) home, but realizes that Bian, accompanying him is ...
How will My Sweet Home end? The answer is as close as the nearest bookstore, Kia-chan ^^.
Still want moar TBRs? Here are the other 13 April 2011 manga and manga:
- Elex Media: · Skip Beat! 19 · Defense Devil 3 · Ciuman Dewa 4 · Ghost's Doctor 3 · Culdcept 3 · Vinland Saga 2 · I Hate You More Than Anyone 6 · Inazuma Eleven 2 · Mystery Bride 2 · Masked Rider Spirits 14 · Doraemon 5 · Demon King 33
- Level Comics: X Blade 2 · Bloody Monday 3 · Red River 6 · GTO 2 · Chocolat 6 · Cherry 3 · Jio 14 · Giant Killing 2 · Devil Devil 1 by Miyoshi Yuuki · 3x3 Eyes 38 · RRR 1 by Watanabe Jun · Lucky Luke - Alibi · Michel Vaillant - Pengkhianatan Steve Warson
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who reminds you to continue praying for and supporting Japan
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