5.17.2011

Bloody Monday 4, xxxHOLiC 13, Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 4 (Level Comics 18 May 2011 manga)

Bloody Monday 4 (Level Comics)

Bloody Monday © Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji/Kodansha
[First serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics

During interrogation, Orihara Maya offers to barter coordinates to Terrorist HQ for freedom. Fujimaru agrees, and with Hosho and Kano, heads for the location Maya specifies. En route, Fujimaru lucks on to a clue about the THIRD-i spy, but a thin line separates friend from foe. [Additions from Chuang Yi's Bloody Monday: Season 1, Vol. 4 synopsis]

Sez Level's Bloody Monday editor Adisti-san: Excitement ratchets as, despite the revelation of the THIRD-i spy's identity, the terrorists' moves remain unpredictable.

xxxHOLiC 13 of 19 by CLAMP

People beat up “Liar!” Kohane on national TV, but the exorcist's suffering isn't enough to make her mother back off. Watanuki tries to intervene, but Kohane's mom, believing Watanuki responsible for Kohane's loss of powers, decides to... [Additions from PIKA Édition's xxxHOLIC, tome 13 summary]

What happened to Watanuki? How will Kohane-chan's torment end? See xxxHOLIC 13 for answers.

Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 4 of 8 by Yoshihara Yuki

The pervy guy who stole a kiss from Choko was none other than the company president! Choko has several bones to pick with the goukon-crashing prez, the utmost of which is his monopolizing Masayuki. Worse, he isn't even through toying with Choko; he forces her to become his 24/7 private secretary, threatening to destroy Masayuki should she refuse.

So, of course, it's Chaa-chan to milady's rescue!

Domoto, I love you ♡.
(That's not Choko speaking; it's president Yanagi *sweatdrop*)

Volume 4 of the LMAO! office romance Oh Butterfly Oh Flower compiles chapters 16 through 20: Before Winter Comes, Dance of the Butterfly, Dance of the Flower.... Sleeping Beauty, Valentine Crisis and Beside You... [*NOT Level's chapter titles; Serenus-Dreamers × Aerandria translations]

New Level manga: Escape Express by Shinohara Chie

Natsumi stumbles onto a crime scene on her way home. The investigating officers are keeping a lid on the case, forcing the news reporter to observe from afar. But instead of staying hidden from all eyes, Natsumi bumps into the alleged murder suspect, Satoru.

Escape Express - Natsumi and Satoru (Level Comics)

[Natsumi and Satoru]
From Toubou Kyuukou © Shinohara Chie/Shogakukan
Published in Indonesia as Escape Express by Level Comics

Satoru claims he's innocent and he and Natsumi head to Switzerland in pursuit of the real perp, contributes Baka-Updates Manga in its Toubou Kyuukou description.

Gushes editor Nickyta-san: A new manga from Shinohara Chie — with an unexpected ending! (If I were Natsumi, I wouldn't want the story to end :D) You know Shinohara Chie-sensei, right? She's only responsible for Red River, which Level also publishes. (Volume 7 is slated for a 25 May release.)

Escape Express also contains the Missing city short in addition to the Escape Express cover story. And speaking of covers, based on Level's cover art, this volume appears to be the 2008 Flower Comics Alpha reissue. (Toubou Kyuukou was first published in 1996 under the Flower Comic Special imprint and then again in 2002 as a bunko. Different covers.)

Teh other debuting series is a BDPeyo's Johan & Pirlouit, the sword-and-sorcery tale of medieval page Johan and his dwarf sidekick Pirlouit, prolly most famous for introducing the Smurfs. (The blue-skinned critters actually debuted there.) Level double launches Johan & Pirlouit's Seruling Enam Smurf and Malam Para Penyihir.

Speaking of Smurfs, Smurf - Smurf Kecil, part of the Histoires des Schtroumpfs (Les p'tits Schtroumpfs et le Schtroumpf robot) also streets, introducing four new characters, promises editor Niken.

Level Comics manga (2011.05.18)

  1. 3x3 Eyes 40 of 40 by Takada Yuzo [Finale]
  2. LC: 3x3 Eyes 40

    3×3 EYES3×3EYES」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 40 first published in Japan 2002.11

    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. A Spirit of The Sun (Taiyou no Mokushiroku) 10 of 17 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
  4. LC: A Spirit of The Sun 10

    Taiyou no Mokushiroku太陽の黙示録
    by Kawaguchi Kaiji
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 10 (chapters 66-72) first published in Japan 2005.12

    Awards
    Best Seinen/General Manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards
    Grand Prize winner for the comic category, 10th Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other languages
    French (Tonkam Spirit of The Sun, tome 17: Le troisième pays per 2009.12)

    Adaptations
    Adapted into an anime special by Madhouse (two episodes)

  5. Bloody Monday 4 of 11 by Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
  6. LC: Bloody Monday 4

    Bloody Mondayブラッディ・マンデイ
    by Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in 2008.02

    Other languages
    English Bloody Monday: Season 1 (Chuang Yi: volume 8 per 2010.08 and Kodansha Comics: Bloody Monday volume 1 street date: 2011.08.23), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 11 volumes, concluded), traditional Chinese 血色星期一 (Tong Li Taiwan; 11 volumes) and French (PIKA Édition: five volumes per 2011.05.04 • Tome 6 street date: 2011.06.29)

    Related series
    Bloody Monday Season 2 - Zetsubou no Kou (sequel, AKA Bloody Monday Season 2 ~Pandora no Hako~, eight volumes as at 2011.05.17)

    Adaptations
    An 11-episode live-action renzoku aired from October through December 2008 on TBS, followed by a second season, Bloody Monday Season2 ~Pandora no Hako~ (January to March 2010, nine episodes). Actor/singer Miura Haruma returned as protagonist Fujimaru Takagi/Falcon in the sequel.

  7. Cesare: The Creator of Destruction (CESARE: Il Creatore che ha distrutto) 5 of 8+ by Souryo Fuyumi
  8. [Premiere] Escape Express (Toubou Kyuukou) by Shinohara Chie
  9. LC: Escape Express

    Toubou Kyuukou逃亡急行」 by Shinohara Chie
    Shogakukan Flower Comics Alpha, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2008.11

    Related
    Earlier released Toubou Kyuukou anthologies (one published under the Flower Comic Special imprint, 1996.05 and as Shogakukan Bunko: 2002.08)

  10. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 82 of 95+ by Morikawa Joji
  11. LC: Fight!! Ippo 82

    Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩
    by Morikawa Joji
    AKA Fighting Spirit
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 82 first published in Japan 2007.12

    Volume 82 chapters:
    Round 778: Malfunctioning Machine
    Round 779: Other Than Boxing
    Round 780: Two Things To Remember
    Round 781: These Fists Aren't Heavy
    Round 782: Insane Connection
    Round 783: Magic Punch
    Round 784: Counterattack vs. Counterattack
    Round 785: Preparing to Enter the Ring
    Round 786: Another Trick
    Round 787: I Can See!!
    *NOT Level chapter titles

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 1991 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Related series
    Hajime no Ippo Gaiden (one-shot prequel)

    Other languages
    French (Kurokawa: Ippo, Saison 2: Destins de Boxeurs tome 12 per 2011.05.12 • Tome 13 street date: 2011.06.09) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    A 76-episode anime by Madhouse, starring seiyuu Kiyasu Kohei (Makunouchi Ippo), aired on NTV from October 2000 to March 2002. A sequel/special, Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road, came out in June 2003, followed by the spinoff Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura OAV (2003.09). The second season Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (26 episodes) was telecast from January to June 2009.

  12. Jepang Tenggelam! (Nihon Chinbotsu) 13 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
  13. LC: Jepang Tenggelam! 13

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko
    AKA Japan Falling, Japan Sinks
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 13 (chapters 104-112) first published in Japan 2008.11

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

  14. Love Affair (Bokutachi wa Shitte Shimatta) 9 of 11+ by Miyasaka Kaho
  15. Miso-Com (30 Kon Miso-com) 8 of 12+ by Yonezawa Rika
  16. 30婚 miso‐com 8 (JP cover)

    30 Kon Miso-com30婚 miso‐com
    by Yonezawa Rika
    Kodansha Kiss, josei
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 待嫁熟女 11 per 2011.02)

  17. Oh Butterfly Oh Flower (Chou yo Hana yo) 4 of 8 by Yoshihara Yuki
  18. 蝶よ花よ 4 (JP cover)

    Chou yo Hana yo蝶よ花よ」 by Yoshihara Yuki
    Shogakukan Petit Comic, josei
    Volume 4 (chapters 16-20) first published in Japan 2007.05

    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)

  19. xxxHOLiC 13 of 19 by CLAMP
  20. LC: xxxHOLiC 13

    xxxHOLiC×××HOLiC」 by CLAMP
    AKA xxxHolic Rō (starting volume 16)
    Kodansha Young Magazine (Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from 2010.06), seinen
    Volume 13: Hon no Sasai na Deai de mo, Kokoro to Karada mo Kawatte iku. (chapters 80-84) first published in Japan 2008.06

    Other languages
    English xxxHOLiC (Del Rey: 16 volumes per 2010.10 • volume 17 street date: 2011.09.13), French (PIKA Édition; tome 17 shipped 2011.01 • Tome 18 street date: 2011.06.15), Spanish (Norma Editorial Spain and Grupo Editorial Vid Mexico), Italian (Star Comics), German (Egmont), Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen), Portuguese (JBC Brazil)

    Adaptations
    A 24-episode anime adaptation by Production I.G aired from April to September 2006 in Japan, followed by a 13-episode sequel xxxHOLiC: Kei (2008.04 to 2008.06) and a two-episode OAD xxxHOLiC: Shunmuki (2009.02 to 2009.06, bundled with volumes 14 and 15). The xxxHOLiC Rō OAD shipped 23 April 2010, along with manga volume 17. A second xxxHolic Rō OAD, xxxHolic: Rō Adayume, is scheduled for March 2011 release with manga volume 19.

    A feature film adaptation xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night's Dream premiered in Japan before the first anime season (2005.08.20). The movie was a finalist in the 2006 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

    Seiyuu Fukuyama Jun and Ohara Sayaka play the roles of Watanuki Kimihiro and Ichihara Yuko in all adaptations.

    Related
    Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (crossover) · xxxHoLic: ANOTHERHOLiC Landolt-Ring Aerosol by NisiOisiN (Novel; side story) · Soel to Larg: Mokona=Modoki no Bouken (Novel; side story)

    At least four official fanbooks have been released in Japan: Gekijōban ×××HOLiC Official Fanbook (2005.08.17) · TV Animation ×××HOLiC Extra Official Guide (2006.05.17) · Shinpan ×××HOLiC Dokuhon (2006.11.17) · xxxHolic Complete Book (2011.03.17)

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European comics/ROMICs (2011.05.18)

  1. Cubitus - Warisan Pastaga (Cubitus, tome 35: L'héritage du Pastaga) by Dupa
  2. [Premiere] Johan & Pirlouit - Seruling Enam Smurf (Johan et Pirlouit, tome 9: La flûte à six Schtroumpfs) by Peyo
  3. [Premiere] Johan & Pirlouit - Malam Para Penyihir (Johan et Pirlouit, tome 5: Magie et exotisme) by Peyo
  4. Lucky Luke - Pony Express (Lucky Luke, tome 28: Le Pony Express) by Morris, X. Fauche & J. Léturgie
  5. Smurf - Smurf Kecil dan Smurf Robot (Les p'tits Schtroumpfs et le Schtroumpf robot, tome 13) by Peyo

¹ Sources: Elex STO 18 May 2011 (release schedule), Level Comics (artwork and synopses), Gramedia Shop (covers and synopses).
² Manga priced at IDR 18,500 each except 3x3 Eyes 40 and Cesare 5 (IDR 19,500). ROMICs retail for IDR 30,000/volume save Johan & Pirlouit - Seruling Enam Smurf (IDR 38,000)
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured

Cesare 5 of 8+ by Souryo Fuyumi

War games between the north and south get underway, Spain and Fiorentina representing the north, France and Lombardia, the south. Henry plans to use the military exercise to exact revenge on Cesare. Meanwhile, Cesare, also harboring a grudge, plots against Henry.

Sasuga Il Creatore che ha distrutto! Editor Nickyta-san shares: See kewl Cesare do something he wouldn't be caught doing under normal circumstances hahahaha...

Love Affair 9 of 11+ by Miyasaka Kaho

Shitara takes advantage of the fireworks festival to spend some alone time with Kotori. Shitara's aggressiveness confuses Kotori, especially when he grabs her hand, ostensibly to make sure she wouldn't get left behind again.

Meanwhile, Yukito's work shift is scrapped, allowing Yukito to attend the festival and meet Kotori. Fireworks explode not just above the sky when he sees her holding hands with Shitara!

Editor Nickyta-san (again) points out: The appearance of Shitara ups the Yukito × Kotori relationship stakes, and it's the ult fangirl delight to see Yukito, tuff guy on the outside, flustered when it comes to Kotori.

The rest of the Level Comics manga

  • 3x3 Eyes 40 of 40 by Takada Yuzo: Yakumo, no longer immortal and gravely injured, is helpless before Kaiyanwan. His impotence is brought to the fore when something suddenly bursts out of Kaiyanwan's body. Can Yakumo and Pai survive? What about the world?
  • Here we have the color spread in which Yakumo fights—wait? Fights? Didn't he lose his combat powers in volume 38? Editor Adisti-san directs you the 3x3 Eyes finale for answers ^^

  • A Spirit of the Sun 10 by Kawaguchi Kaiji: Genichiro goes to the north to confront his grandfather for answers and meets Takuya Todo, the brains of the North Area faction that embraces all means to achieve its ends. How will Genichiro fare against Todo? What of his grandfather Takuma Ryu, now in Todo's hands?
  • A Spirit of the Sun editor Hyasinta-san approves of the escalating suspense, which offsets the vertiginous political intrigue. (Don't worry; you'll only have to live with the headache until the next volume, streeting 1st June.)

  • Fight!! Ippo 82 by Morikawa Joji: Ippo struggles to land a punch on Gedo but to no avail. That is, until Manabu comes with the key to nullifying Gedo's trick.
  • Editor Nickyta-san relates her frustration over Ippo's powerlessness before Gedo and hahaha... rejoices over the upcoming payback.

  • Jepang Tenggelam! 13 by Komatsu Sakyou, Ishiki Tokihiko: No one disputes that it's only a matter of time before Japan sinks, and that evacuation rates top priority. But that's how many millions of evacuees? Will any country be generous enough to take them in? On what conditions?
  • Miso-Com 8 by Yonezawa Rika: Emi, laboring under unrequited love for Kuroki, meets Hayami, a dentist also dreaming of marriage. But Hayami's 20-something wife candidate Choko tells Emi she's been approaching the problem all wrong: love and marriage are different! Meanwhile, Eguchi and Kaneko's relationship reaches the next level. What will happen next?

Still want moar? Check out these other 18 May 2011 manga and manhwa

  • Elex Media: Ghost's Doctor 4 · Animal Doctor 7 · Smash! 2 · Cute Children 16 · Dodge Fighters 5 · A Story of Heroes 36 · Doraemon Movie - Petualangan Nobita di Laut Selatan -First- and -Last- by Fujiko F. Fujio · Mystery Bride 3
  • m&c!: Millennium Snow 1 and 2 of 2 by Hatori Bisco · Lieru's Love Power 1 and 2 by Nakahara An · Crab Kiss 2 · Perfect Love Project 2 · Color of Sky, Color of Love by Ichikawa Show · How To Be A Man 7 · Together in Love 3 · Bakugan Battle Brawlers 16 · Flying Ice Angel by Imai Yasue · I Love Food and Karen-Chan by Akino Miru · Ibu by Moriyama Tsuru · My Life 2 · Idol's Love Story 2 and C-Blossom 1 and 2 restock

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who reminds you to still pray for and support Japan

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