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5.01.2011

Are You Alice? 1 and 2 double launch, La Corda d'Oro 14, Vagabond 24 (Chuang Yi 3 May 2011 English manga) [UPDATED]

Hoping none of these manga decide to resked between this post's Sunday publication and Chuang Yi's on the date confirm. Although I doubt Are You Alice? will budge from 3 May, otherwise we're really heading into curiouser and curiouser territory. »Edit They did budge, but only by one day (streeted 4 May).

Chuang Yi 3 May 2011 English manga: Are You Alice? 1 and 2

Are You Alice? © Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai
Ichijinsha [Serialized in Comic Zero-Sum]
Published in Singapore by Chuang Yi

Also, VAGABOND 24 and the simplified Chinese Kaichou wa Maid-sama! #12 and The Ravages of Time #41.

It's not the Alice in Wonderland bloodbath that Alice in the Country of Hearts is, but I still welcome Are You Alice?, starring a bishounen ‘Alice’ who must off the White Rabbit or it's off with his head!, as Chuang Yi gleefully points out. Sounds plenty bloody enuf to me ^^

The josei Zero-Sum series adapts the Are You Alice? drama CDs (thanks for the list, Minty Utopians). Alice?'s CV is Sakupyon (Sakurai Takahiro).

In other 2D bishies, Tsukimori Can't. Spit. Something. Out in La Corda d'Oro 14, news that stands to shock Kaho-chan (and gladden the hearts of Tsukimori's rivals).

Chuang Yi previews excerpted Behind the Cut.

Chuang Yi English manga (2011.05.03)

  1. [Series Premiere] Are You Alice? 1 of 4+ by Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai
  2. Are You Alice?Are you Alice?
    by Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai
    Ichijinsha Comic Zero-Sum, josei
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.12

    Related series
    Adapted from the Are You Alice? drama CD series (that Minty Utopians compiled here) including the Original Series (Drink Me, Check Mate, Call me), Alice's Tea Party (March Hare, Knave of Hearts, Humpty Dumpty) and Unbirthday (Dyna → Cheshire Cat, XXX ↔ Alice, Tweedle Dee ~ Tweedle Dum, White Knight ∈ Regret, White Rabbit ← Bloodflower, Lewis Carroll ≠ Mad Hatter).

    The drama series starred seiyuu Sakurai Takahiro (Alice?), Hirata Hiroaki (Mad Hatter / Lewis Carroll), Inoue Kazuhiko (Cheshire Cat) and Fujiwara Keiji (Dormouse), among others. [Info from Minty Utopians - Are you Alice? Characters/CD Organize]

  3. Are You Alice? 2 of 4+ by Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai
  4. Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.07

  5. La Corda d'Oro (Kiniro no Corda) 14 of 16+ by Kure Yuki
  6. Kiniro no Corda金色のコルダ」 by Kure Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa, LaLa DX, and LaLa Special, shoujo
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2010.02

    Related
    Adapted from Koei's Kin'iro no Corda role-playing game (part of the Neoromance series also including the Angelique, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de, and Neo Angelique ~Abyss~ games).

    Other languages/serializations
    Alternative English La Corda d'Oro (13 volumes per 2011.03 • volume 14 street date: 2011.09.06), simplified Chinese (also by Chuang Yi: 金色琴弦 #10 released 2008.10.29), Indonesian (Elex Media (formerly serialized in HanaLaLa) and French (Editions 12 bis: La corde d'or tome 6 shipped 2010.10.04)

    Awards
    Outstanding Debut Award, Hakusensha Athena Newcomers' Awards (2006)

    Adaptations
    Yumeta's 25+1-episode La Corda d'Oro ~primo passo~ anime adaptation aired in Japan from October 2006 through March 2007, followed by the La Corda d'Oro ~secondo passo~ special (two episodes released 2009.03.26 and 2009.06.05). The cast included seiyuu Takagi Reiko (Hino Kahoko), Taniyama Kishô (Tsukimori Len), Itou Kentarou (Tsuchiura Ryotaro), Morita Masakazu (Hihara Kazuki), Kishio Daisuke (Yunoki Azuma), Fukuyama Jun (Shimizu Keiichi), Satou Akemi (Fuyuumi Shoko), Ishikawa Hideo (Kanazawa Hiroto), Konishi Katsuyuki (Ousaki Shinobu) and Miyano Mamoru (Kaji Aoi, La Corda d'Oro ~secondo passo~).

    A La Corda d'Oro drama was bundled with three other LaLa series (Oniichan to Issho, Ryuu no Hanawazurai, and Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) in the LaLa Tokimeki Drama CD given away with the April 2007 issue.

  7. VAGABOND 24 of 33+ by Inoue Takehiko
  8. Vagabondバガボンド」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 24 (chapters 207-215) first published in Japan 2006.10

    Related
    Based on the novel Musashi by Yoshikawa Eiji

    Awards
    Grand Prize for manga, 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival
    Best Seinen/General Manga, 24th Kodansha Manga Awards
    2002 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

    Other languages
    Alternative English Vagabond (VIZ Media; 33 volumes per 2010.10), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 流浪汉 #32 per 2010.04), Indonesian (Level Comics: 33 volumes per 2010.10), French (Tonkam; tome 33 shipped 2010.12), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa Argentina), German (EMA; Band 30 released 2011.01), Polish (Mandragora) and Portuguese (Conrad Brazil)

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

Simplified Chinese manga and manhua (2011.05.03)

  1. 会长是女仆 (Kaichou wa Maid-sama!) #12 of 12+ by Fujiwara Hiro
  2. 火凤燎原 (Huo Feng Liao Yuan: The Ravages of Time) #41 of 41+ by Chan Mou

¹ Source: Chuang Yi Coming Soon Advisories (English and Simplified Chinese) per 1 May 2011
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Chuang Yi previews

Are You Alice? 1 of 4+ by Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai

ISBN: 978-981-4323-69-7
SRP: SGD 8.90

A boy who has forsaken his name and memories stumbles into the mysterious world of Wonderland. There, he is approached by the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter who addresses him as ‘Alice’, and ordered by the Queen of Hearts to participate in a deadly game to kill the White Rabbit, or it's off with his head! As the game unfolds, things are set to get curiouser and curiouser.

Are You Alice? 2 of 4+ by Katagiri Ikumi / Ninomiya Ai

ISBN: 978-981-4323-96-3
SRP: SGD 8.90

To find the White Rabbit's hideout, ‘Alice’ must make his way to Caterpillar Alley. And to get there, he and the Mad Hatter must first seek out the Dormouse. But with the Duke hot on his trail, the ‘Regrets’ are quick to catch up . What happens when other Alices start showing up in the story, and what tragic fate awaits the characters of Wonderland who fail to fulfil their assigned roles in the game?

La Corda d'Oro 14 of 16+ by Kure Yuki

La Corda d'Oro 14 (Chuang Yi)

ISBN: 978-981-4341-17-2
SRP: SGD 8.90

Taking part in another music concours was the last thing on Kahoko's mind, but she takes up the challenge when Tsukimori's former teacher Mr. Saotome offers to become her violin teacher should she win a prize at the concours. As she ponders her options, Tsukimori surprises her by offering to tutor her in preparation for the concours. But the more time they spend together, the more difficult it becomes for Tsukimori to inform Kahoko about his plans to study abroad. Can he figure out the reason before it's too late, or will it take a rude reminder from an observant rival to bring him to his senses?

VAGABOND 24 of 33+ by Inoue Takehiko

VAGABOND 24 (Chuang Yi)

ISBN: 978-981-4323-26-0
SRP: SGD 10.90

Miyamoto Musashi, a man striving for enlightenment by the way of the sword, is destined to become the most renowned samurai of all time. On the even of his duel with the leader of the Yoshioka School, Musashi takes a step back to reflect upon his past in order to acquire a higher level of understanding and awareness. However, a chance encounter with deaf-mute swordsman Sasaki Kojiro provides an impromptu preview of what will become the greatest duel in the annals of Japanese history.

VAGABOND 24 compiles chapters:
207. Afternoon Nap
208. Chance Encounter
209. A Long Detour
210. Rivals at Play
211. On the Eve of Battle
212. Bright New Morning
213. Worthless Junk
214. Rengeoin
215. It's Already Begun
[*NOT Chuang Yi's chapter titles]

Chuang Yi simplified Chinese manga and manhua (2011.05.03)

会长是女仆 #12 and 火凤燎原 #41 (Chuang Yi)

Kaichou wa Maid-sama! © Fujiwara Hiro/Hakusensha [LaLa]
Huo Feng Liao Yuan © Chan Mou/Tong Li [New Youth]

Just like the 22 February release, this one backs to backs Fujiwara Hiro's Kaichou wa Maid-sama! and Chan Mou's The Ravages of Time. Both 会长是女仆 #12 and 火凤燎原 #41 catch up with the originals in their home countries (Japanese Maid-sama! 12 streeted in February, Huo Feng Liao Yuan 41 in March.)

Next Chuang Yi release: 18 May 2011, Wednesday

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