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5.19.2011

Millennium Snow 1 and 2 by Hatori Bisco, Lieru's Love Power 1 and 2 by Nakahara An (m&c! 18 May 2011 manga)

Also Hwang MiRee and Han YuRang manhwa and the complete C-blossom restock

See Tamaki and Kyouya before they became Tamaki and Kyouya :D

Millennium Snow 1 and 2 (m&c!)

Sennen no Yuki © Hatori Bisco/Hakusensha
[First serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia as Millennium Snow by Gramedia/m&c!

I kid, but yup, m&c! double launches what is prolly the best vampire shoujo manga out there — Millennium Snow by Hatori Bisco, whom you already know thanks to Ouran High School Host Club.

“Can I spend eternity with you?”

Chiyuki will not live to see the next snowfall, or so her doctors say, because of her heart problems; Touya doesn't relish living the thousand years a vampire is ‘gifted’ with.

Will Touya agree to giving blood—and a new life—to Chiyuki by making her his life mate?

Millennium Snow went on hiatus at volume 2 to allow Hatori Bisco-sensei to concentrate on Ouran, but with Ouran's conclusion, perhaps Sensei (the best friend of Ogura Akane of Absolute Peace Strategy fame) would be willing to pick up where she left off? In volume 2, Touya appears to have found the motivation to (un)living because of Chiyuki, but the arrival of Chiyuki's overprotective cousin Keigo threatens to wipe out Touya's hopes.

Per supernatural fic convention, Millennium Snow throws in the odd Werewolf Satsuki (the blond on the cover of volume 2), in addition to Illness, Imminent Death and Vampires.

Two English versions published earlier: VIZ Media's Millennium Snow and Chuang Yi's A Thousand Years of Snow. Included in Millennium Snow is Hatori Bisco's LaLa DX debut Isshunkan no Romance or A Moment of Romance.

As for the other newbies —

New m&c! titles

The two-volume Lieru's Love Power by Nakahara An (Kirarin Revolution manga-ka) debuts AND finishes this street date. Originally Kururun Lieru Change!, the Ciao series stars Kasuga Lieru, newly transferred to the Outou school of celebrities. Lieru would be your ordinary, extraordinarily strong fish out of water, except she can transform into other people, using the "Kururun Heart Touch" she got from the otherworldly cat(?) Doraemon, I mean, Nyakamura. When she's not shapeshifting, Lieru spends her time pining for student council president Tsubaki. Can Lieru "Kururun Heart Touch" Tsubaki to make him fall for her?

Well, Lieru will have problems as she loses her Kururun Heart Touch touch in Lieru's Love Power 2. Adding to her headaches is another transfer student Shusei who just can't leave Lieru alone, he even proposes to her!

Will Lieru turn to Shusei and ditch her unrequited Tsubaki lurve?

☆ Of the premiering standalone manga, two likewise graduated from Ciao: Flying Ice Angel by Imai Yasue (sequel to Miracle Ice Angel) and I Love Food and Karen-Chan by Akino Miru. The third comes via Sho-ComiColor of Sky, Color of Love by Ichikawa Show. All three are Cherry mangazine alumni. The last debut is Moriyama Tsuru's Ibu: Satu yang Paling Berharga, the Big Comic Original seinen manga that m&c! promises would make you treasure your mom more. (I preview these manga after the release list.)

m&c! manga (2011.05.18)

  1. Bakugan Battle Brawlers 16: The Power of Honesty by Sega Toys/Spin Master/Bakugan Project
  2. Bakugan Battle Brawlers 16 (m&c!)

    Bakugan Battle Brawlers
    by Sega Toys / Spin Master / Bakugan Project

  3. [Premiere] Color of Sky, Color of Love (Sora-iro Koi-iro) by Ichikawa Show
  4. Color of Sky, Color of Love (m&c!)

    Sora-iro Koi-iro空色恋色
    by Ichikawa Show
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.06

    Contains two side stories in addition to the main three-chaptered Color story.

    Serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Cherry (concluded)

  5. [Premiere] Flying Ice Angel (Hop ♪ Step ♪ Kururinpa!) by Imai Yasue
  6. Flying Ice Angel (m&c!)

    Hop ♪ Step ♪ Kururinpa!
    ホップ♪ステップ♪くるりんぱっ!
    by Imai Yasue
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.03

    Serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Cherry (concluded)

  7. How to be a Man (Otona ni Naru Houhou) 7 of 8 by Yamada Nanpei
  8. How to be a Man 7 (m&c!)

    Otona ni Naru Houhouオトナになる方法
    by Yamada Nanpei
    Hakusensha, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2001.12

    Related series
    Part of Yamada Nanpei's Kumiko & Shingo series (Series 6).

  9. [Premiere] I Love Food and Karen-Chan (Meshimase Karen-chan) by Akino Miru
  10. I Love Food and Karen-Chan (m&c!)

    Meshimase Karen-chanめしませ・かれんちゃん
    by Akino Miru
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.10

    Serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Cherry (concluded)

  11. [Premiere] Ibu: Satu yang Paling Berharga (Okan) by Moriyama Tsuru
  12. Ibu: Satu yang Paling Berharga (m&c!)

    Okanおかん」 by Moriyama Tsuru
    Shogakukan Big Comic Original, seinen
    This volume (chapters 1-7) first published in Japan 2006.12

  13. [Series Premiere] Lieru's Love Power (Kururun Lieru Change!) 1 of 2 by Nakahara An
  14. [Premiere] Lieru's Love Power (Kururun Lieru Change!) 2 of 2 by Nakahara An [Finale]
  15. Lieru's Love Power 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.08

  16. [Series Premiere] Millennium Snow (Sennen no Yuki) 1 of 2+ by Hatori Bisco
  17. Millennium Snow 1 (m&c!)

    Sennen no Yuki千年の雪」 by Hatori Bisco
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.11

    Other languages
    English Millennium Snow (VIZ Media: two volumes per 2007.07 and Chuang Yi as A Thousand Years of Snow: two volumes)

  18. [Premiere] Millennium Snow (Sennen no Yuki) 2 of 2+ by Hatori Bisco
  19. Millennium Snow 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2002.08
    Series on hiatus at volume 2

  20. My Life (Inochi) 2 of 5 by Momochi Reiko
  21. My Life 2 (m&c!)

    Inochiいのち」 by Momochi Reiko
    Kodansha Dessert, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.05

  22. Together in Love (Ai no Moto ni Tsudoe) 3 of 4 by Sakamoto Miku

m&c! manhwa (2011.05.18)

  1. Crab Kiss 2 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  2. Crab Kiss 2 (m&c!)

    Crab KissCrab Kiss 크랩키스
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2005.12

  3. Idol's Love Story (Nobles' Love Company) 2 of 15 by Han YuRang
  4. Perfect Love Project (Nae Soong 9 Dan Project) 2 of 8 by Han YuRang
  5. Perfect Love Project 2 (m&c!)

    Nae Soong 9 Dan Project내숭 9단 프로젝트
    by Han YuRang
    AKA Nae-soong 9th Grade Project
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2009.09

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

[RE-STO] Restocked (2011.05.18)

¹ Source: m&c! (covers and release advisory)
² Manga (including restocked) are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Bakugan Battle Brawlers 16 (IDR 27,500) and How to be a Man 7 (IDR 25,000). Manhwa retail for IDR 19,900/volume. Restocked AMERO comics are IDR 25,000/volume unless noted otherwise.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles continued

Color of Sky, Color of Love by Ichikawa Show

After having transferred schools 11 times, Kagari Sora can now look forward to staying in one till graduation. No wonder then that she's all fired up over the prospect of a bee-yoo-ti-ful school life the color of the sky.

But whodathunk that Sora would be the only girl in a science class full of boys? Boys who could care less about joining school activities?

Can Sora persuade her classmates to join in the fun, simply with Girl Spirit?

[Additions from Intercross × Shoujo Crusade's Sorairo Koiiro description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

Color of Sky, Color of Love includes two one-shots: Color of Sakura, Color of Love (Arisugawa Misaki's story) and the unrelated Otaku, Student Council President, Cosplay I Still Love You Anyway romance in addition to the title story Color (One, Two and Last).

Look for my mini review of Color of Sky, Color of Love shortly. (Update: Review here.)

m&c! also published Ichikawa Show-sensei's one-volume Let's Go Home, one of my all-time fave recurrent reread manga. She's also responsible for the dogs-troped Inu Jikan and the Childhood Friends, Modeling, Older Female Younger Male love comedy Koakuma Lion that includes the one-shot Life+B school life romance.

Flying Ice Angel by Imai Yasue

Hi, I'm Tsukuba Megumi, nicknamed Gumi. I'm known as a sports klutz, but I absolutely love ice skating. I want to shine in the skating rink, and I train everyday for that to happen. Good thing my partner Shougo, chosen to represent the province with me, gives me his 100% support.

Aside from creating regular Ciao grade-school romances (Miracle Ice Angel!, Cinderella Collection, Hajikete B.B.), Imai Yasue-sensei also claims several horror manga under the Ciao Horror Comics imprint (Hontou wa Kowai Nippon no Douyou, Mite wa Ikenai, Watashi no Naka ni Akuma ga Iru) and josei romances serialized in Petit Comic and/or published under the Flower Comics Alpha label (Gokuraku Joudo e Ikasemashou, Kindan no Rakuen, Mahiru no Junketsu Mayonaka no Yuuwaku). The mind boggles but still applauds the versatility.

I Love Food and Karen-Chan by Akino Miru

I'm Matsushima Karen, 14 years old. Myhobbyis*nom*nom*nom*... Do I even need to tell you? My family is poor, so I usually join eating contests, munching while wearing a mask so that no one knows who I am.

One day, debt collectors came to the house and said they would throw us out if we couldn't pay up within a week. Ack! How to get the money?? If I join this contest on TV and win the grand prize... Ack, again! What if the boy I like recognizes me??

Included in Meshimase Karen-chan is a short story, Happy Obaachan in America.

Akino Miru-sensei is also the manga-ka of Jungle Sister, serialized in Cherry before I Love Food and Karen-Chan. Her other Ciao series are Devil Magic, Happy Obaachan and a collaboration with Shinozuka Hiromu-sensei, Rabu Rabu Chienji! - Koi wa Ichizu ni!.

Ibu: Satu yang Paling Berharga by Moriyama Tsuru

Osaka, 1955. A mother decides to raise her son alone and sacrifices everything for the happiness of her child. A mother whose battle cry is I will never give up!

Ibu: Satu yang Paling Berharga or Okan is obviously a slice of life, but Moriyama Tsuru-sensei has more manly seinen works under his/her belt: the Road to the Beijing Olympics Gold Dash (ongoing serialization in Evening), the Yakuza drama Oyaji and the historical Shippuu Jinrai.

Featured

Crab Kiss 2 of 10 by Hwang MiRee

Ryul meets Hye Bin's mother at a party and realizes that Hye Bin was the girl who destroyed his painting, the one he's been hunting down all this time.

But Hye Bin misunderstands Ryul's intention, and after seeing him getting it on with a pretty (and pretty haughty) actress, decides that he's nothing but scum. So how come she still joins the art club that Ryul belongs to? And why does it bother her that the club president looks down on Ryul?

We reviewed Crab Kiss volume 1. Lina-chan gave it an 8 of 10; it got 5 of 10 from me.

Perfect Love Project 2 of 8 by Han YuRang

Plastic surgery makes Jung Daum beautiful and she changes her name to Eun Chae. But because her attitude remains the same, schoolmates dub her Jung Daum, The Second. Wanting to take revenge on Lee Junki, Daum then asks Ha Dong Gun to help her change her nature.

I reviewed Perfect Love Project volume 1 and gave it 6.75 of 10.

The rest of the ongoing manga and manhwa

  • Bakugan Battle Brawlers 16: The Power of Honesty: It's Shun and Runo's turn to be tested by Vestroia. Shun duels with his mom from childhood, a creation of Vestroia, while, Runo takes on a young Dan. Can the pair manage to defeat people precious to them?
  • How to be a Man 7 by Yamada Nanpei: Kumiko begins teaching at Shingo's grade school alma mater. The nervous Kumiko manages her internship well, thanks to mentor Sakura-chan. Still, the students envy Kumiko's closeness to Sakura. To help her out, Carol divulges Kumiko's relationship with Shingo, only to have the students taunt Kumiko, You're going out with a junior high kid?
  • Idol's Love Story 2 by Han YuRang: Finding out that Lang is Ian's younger sister, Choe Jang Gun makes her the target of his jeers. Worse, he proposes to her at Ian's birthday party! What gives?
  • My Life 2 by Momochi Reiko: Two months after Kotori is murdered, her suspected killer Gotouda claims Not guilty at the trial. Kotori's is not the only life snatched away; Nobara also lost hers and their mother is pushed into attempting suicide. So the only punishment fitting is the death penalty. But is Gotouda the true culprit? And will justice and truth prevail?
  • Together in Love 3 by Sakamoto Miku: Yumeji and Ai-senpai enter the "Cool Guy Contest," surprising everyone. But not long after, Ai-senpai falls ill and Yumeji suffers jealousy over Yuuki's caring for Ai-senpai. Yumeji's words makes Ai-senpai realize how he feels about Yuuki and he goes and almost kisses her while she's asleep.

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

  • 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
  • Level Comics: xxxHOLiC 13 · Bloody Monday 4 · Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 4 · Cesare 5 · Love Affair 9 · Escape Express by Shinohara Chie · Miso-Com 8 · A Spirit of The Sun 10 · Jepang Tenggelam 13 · 3x3 Eyes 40 of 40 · Fight!! Ippo 82 · Smurf - Smurf Kecil · Johan & Pirlouit - Malam Para Penyihir and Johan & Pirlouit - Seruling Enam Smurf by Peyo · Cubitus - Warisan Pastaga · Lucky Luke - Pony Express

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