Okay, so who doesn't know DRRR!! or Durarara!! or Dulalala!!? Obviously not the peeps who frequent the LXO forum because it snapped up the most DO WANT! votes out of all the 25 May 2011 releases. (Yes, that tally includes Level and m&c! titles.)
Durarara!! © Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo/Square Enix
[Serialized in GFantasy]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media
The series is about a dullahan working as an underworld courier in Ikebukuro, Japan, an internet-based anonymous gang called Dollars, and the chaos that unfolds around the most dangerous people in Ikebukuro.
Ready to ditch his mundane life, Mikado Ryugamine accepts childhood buddy Masaomi Kida's invite to move to Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Around an enthusiastic welcome, Kida warns Mikado about the unusual people he's likely to meet—from a violent man in a bartender's suit, an information dealer, gang members of the mysterious “Dollars” to the “Black Biker” urban legend, starring a supposedly headless rider of a black motorbike. How will Mikado cope in dangerous Ikebukuro?
Durarara!! is not the only 5.25 Elex debut. There's also the not unknown, Yeah, yeah, you know who Habaek is
© Yun MiKyung/
Seoul Munhwasa [Wink]
Published in Indonesia
as Bride of the Water God
by Elex Media
To save her village, Soah is sacrificed to the Water God Habaek. Not only does Soah survive, she is taken to the Water God's kingdom as his bride. There, she is plunged into intrigues surrounding Habaek and falls in love with the mysterious Mui.
Elex also published Yun Mi-kyung's slice of life Railroad in the last quarter of 2009.
The #2 and 3 GET! are both bunko releases—
Chinmi hurdles through his grueling training under Master Tendo, and now armed with martial arts science, is confident of facing anything and anyone. Along comes Dairin Temple's strongest disciple, Ryukai, “The Man of Steel,” who easily defeats Chinmi.
After the successful theatrical run of “Lady Pirate Bianca,” doors are thrown wide open once again for Maya. But she can't rest complacent as rival Ayumi—also acting in the solo play “Juliet”—wins an award for her performance. Ayumi's success so disheartens Maya, she yearns to drop out of the “Crimson Angel” running. Tsukikage-sensei then offers to give Maya two years with which to catch up with Ayumi, or at least cop a comparable award.
Shonen Star 9 has Hashiguchi Takashi's Yakitate!! Japan, in its final stretch, headlining the latest Indonesian Shonen Sunday. Meanwhile, Nakayoshi 5/2011 features a PEACH-PIT bishie—can you guess who it is?
- [Series Premiere] Bride of the Water God (Habaek-eui Shinbu) 1 of 14+ by Yun MiKyung
- Culdcept 4 of 6+ by Kaneko Shinya and OMIYA Soft
- Doraemon 7 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (right-to-left edition)
- [Series Premiere] DRRR!! [Durarara!!] 1 of 4+ by Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo
- Global Garden 7 of 8 by Hiwatari Saki
- Hidamari Sketch 5 of 5+ by Aoki Ume
- Inuyasha 52 of 56 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Kekkaishi 6 of 35 by Tanabe Yellow
- Kungfu Boy Premium (Tekken Chinmi) 2 of 18 by Maekawa Takeshi
- Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) 11 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
- Princess & The 3 Beasts (Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono) 2 of 4 by Miyuki Mitsubachi
- Rakka Ryuusui 5 of 5+ by Sanada Ikki
- Reborn Kumiho (Shin Gumiho) 21 of 21 by Han HyunDong [Finale]
- Topeng Kaca Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) 12 of 24+ by Miuchi Suzue
- Vinland Saga 3 of 10+ by Yukimura Makoto
- Welcome to Host Detective Agency (Host-tan e Youkoso) 3 of 5 by Tateno Makoto
- Witch Hunter 2 of 11+ by Cho JungMan
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- Nakayoshi Gress! 5/2011 (Kodansha shoujo)
- Shonen Star 9/2011 (Shogakukan shounen)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 25 May 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN retail for IDR 16,500 except Culdcept 4 (IDR 18,500); Hidamari Sketch 5 and Otoboke Section Chief 11 (IDR 15,000); and Kungfu Boy 2 Premium and Topeng Kaca 12 Deluxe (IDR 24,000). Nakayoshi Gress! 5/2011 and Shonen Star 9/2011 retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
A young warrior presents himself at Karasumori, the sacred land that attracts all manner of ayakashi. His name: Gen Shishio, an Urakai member sent to aid Karasumori's kekkaishi by troop leader Masamori. Gen greatly admires Masamori and disapproves of Yoshimori, leading to brawls between the two at every opportunity.
Kekkaishi 6 compiles chapters:
Masamori and Gen
*NOT Elex/Shonen Star chapter titles
The powerful Magatsuhi attacks Sesshomaru who has lost his weapon Meidou Zangetsuha. What is the actual form of the creature allegedly born from the Shikon no Tama?
Inuyasha 52 collates chapters:
The Bow's Spiritual Power
Kagome's Spiritual Power
The Right Wish
The Jewel's Dark Will
Magatsuhi's Main Body
*NOT Elex/Shonen Star's chapter titles
Kobayashi's place of work, the Aketomo Detective Agency, turns into the Lady Killer host club at night, but that doesn't mean detecting stops when the sun goes down. The case this time: finding a missing person. The investigation begins, but soon dead-ends. Could the client's real background have anything to do with the stoppage?
The rest of the ongoing (and one ending) series
- Culdcept 4 by Kaneko Shinya and OMIYA Soft: On the old continent dwell three wise men. They possess knowledge of the past and future technology, as well as commanding creatures in the hundreds. When signs of the world's end manifest, they arise to dispel evil.
- Doraemon 7 by Fujiko F. Fujio: Lazy Nobita asks Doraemon to pull something out of his fourth-dimensional pocket to help with homework. Nobita produces a dwarf as Nobita sleeps. Isn't that great, Nobita, that when you wake up, your homework is all done? But...
- Global Garden 7 by Hiwatari Saki: Ruika's mom surprisingly asks Ruika to accompany her back to Hiroshima. Apparently, her mother had dreamt of meeting an Einstein-esque old man, pointing in the direction of the Atomic-bomb Dome, the night before. Ruika harbors mixed feelings about her mother's request; what causes her ambivalence?
- Hidamari Sketch 5 by Aoki Ume: Yoshinoya-sensei is preparing a wedding dress? And a man shows up carrying a small child? Whatever the reason, the sunshiney life at Hidamari continues.
- Princess & The 3 Beasts 2 by Miyuki Mitsubachi: After having lived together with the “3 Beasts,” Violet gets used to regular city life. Even Shido, her former guardian at the Alba Forest palace, no longer forces her to return home. But here comes another threat — who or what is it?
- Rakka Ryuusui 5 by Sanada Ikki: What's going to happen to Minatsu and Akiho's relationship? After graduation, they will be parting ways. So will Akatsuki and Yuu. It's time to look to the future, but are they ready?
- Reborn Kumiho 21 of 21 by Han HyunDong: Maru sacrifices his human life to protect Kumiho. He also manages to beat Black Kumiho. But after successfully acquiring Black Kumiho's heart, Kumiho chooses to return Maru to humanity. What will happen to Maru and Kumiho now?
- Vinland Saga 3 by Yukimura Makoto: When asked about strength, a Viking will reply: “We believe in our own strength and naught else.”
- Witch Hunter 2 by Cho JungMan: Tasha Godspell is a witch hunter, a fighter tasked to eliminate witches sowing terror everywhere. He, Xing and Tarras are assigned to investigate a strange village. Villagers are dying from sudden aging. For sure, witches lurk in the village.
Amu waits in the city park while thinking of Ikuto. Albeit unsure she will meet him, Amu wants to keep fresh her memories of Ikuto. Who should come along but... Ikuto.
- Animal Official by Fukushima Haruka
- Arisa by Ando Natsumi
- Hell Girl Return by Eto Miyuki and Jigoku Shojo Project
- Little Marchen by Sakyo
- Little Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT & Naphthalene Mizushima
- Navi Runa by Kikuta Michiyo & Ikeda Miyoko
- Ogawa and Team Saito by Sakyo (volume 6 released 2011.05.11)
- XX Me! by Toyama Ema
Working closely with Pierrot and Kuroyanagi, Kawachi tries to save the earth from global warming brought about by their reaction to Azuma's Ja-pan. Can they make it?
Yakitate!! Japan volume 21 released early May, btw. Two other ShoStars, Tanabe Yellow's Kekkaishi and Takahashi Rumiko's Inuyasha, have their tankou 6 and 52 streeting the same day as their latest chapter installments. Also keeping company are these other Shonen Sunday manga:
- Appearance of the Yellow Dragon by Tamura Mitsuhisa
- ARAGO by Arai Takahiro
- Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl (volume 3 per 13 April)
- Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho (volume 61 per 11 May)
- D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji
- Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi (volume 5 released 4 May)
- My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun (volume 4 per 20 April)
- Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa
- Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato (volume 16 per 11 May)
Still not enuf? Here are the other 25 May 2011 manga and manhua
Level Comics: Until Death Do Us Part 6 · Bronze Angel 2 · GTO Shonan 14 Days 1 by Fujisawa Tohru · Red River 7 · The Drops of God 4 · Angel Heart 8 · Sky of Love 5 · Cherry 4 of 4 · Iliad 3 · Over Rev 19 · Spirou dan Fantasio - Si Sial Vito · Spirou dan Fantasio di Moskow · Jojo - Misteri Violaine · Jojo - Petir di Musim Panas
m&c!: Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 12 · Beauty Pop 10 of 10 · Jun x Ai Sensation 5 of 5 · Neon Genesis Evangelion Ironmaiden the 2nd 5 · Himegirl Attack by Wao Akira · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 17 · Catwalk Romance by Shiraishi Yuki · Love Tricks by Ibuki Kaede, CHOCHO · Moriko in The Wonder Forest by Notoyama Keiko · My Boyfriend in 16 by Yoshinaga Yuu · To Love a Cool Boy by Sugishippo · Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 2 · Long Hu Men - Next Level 3 by · Pedang MahaDewa - Future 1 by Tony Wong
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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