This week

Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.27 · Elex: 10.29 · Level: 10.29 · m&c!: 10.29
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB, Mon–Wed[Season finale] 29 October 2014, Wed
Bleach Season 7, 630pm WIB, Weekdays
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, Weekdays
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan): tsuritama, 930pm WIB, Mon–Thu

5.26.2011

Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 12, Beauty Pop 10 of 10, Jun★Ai Sensation 5 of 5 (m&c! 25 May 2011 manga)

Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 12 (m&c!)

Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei no Kassen © Sawada Hirofumi/Kodansha
[Serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia as Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War by Gramedia/m&c!

Hyota (Yoshitsune) manages to prevent a war between Yoritomo and Yoshinaka's troops. His next challenge: an arranged marriage. His own to be exact :D

Doncha just wub his sweatdroppy droopy befuddlement, shown on the Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 12 above? I do ♡.

Jun★Ai Sensation 5 (m&c!)

Jun'ai Sensation
© Oobayashi Miyuki
Shogakukan [ChuChu]
Published as
Jun★Ai Sensation
by Gramedia/m&c!

Series finales

Two shoujo series finish — Arai Kiyoko's Beauty Pop (volume 10) and Oobayashi Miyuki's Jun★Ai Sensation (volume 5).

In the final Beauty Pop, can SP win the All Japan Beauty Contest when Narumi and Ochiai are feuding?

Meanwhile, as Jun★Ai Sensation counts down to wrap... Die, Fukunaga Ai! Whoops. Someone has it in for Ai who stars in a drama and inadvertently becomes famous. Someone who gives Ai's kissing scene two thumbs down.

New m&c! titles

One of these things is not like the others~♪, or so goes the Sesame Street song. First, m&c! lines up six omnibuses: Catwalk Romance by Shiraishi Yuki and To Love a Cool Boy by Sugishippo (both ex-Sho-Comi); Himegirl Attack by Wao Akira, Love Tricks by Ibuki Kaede × CHOCHO and Moriko in The Wonder Forest by Notoyama Keiko (from Ciao); and My Boyfriend in 16 by Yoshinaga Yuu (Betsucomi). And then it drags in Pedang Maha Dewa - Future 1 by Tony Wong. Can you spot the odd one out?

What else but the one that's not a manga and not a standalone.

According to m&c!, the Pedang Maha Dewa F manhua represents the final appearance of Weapons of the Gods characters Wen Tian and Tay Ping. The setting moves to the modern era, specifically, the WWI time window when foreign powers held Hong Kong as a concession territory. The story's main antagonists are the Demon forces, smaller in stature than the Sky Demons (the enemy in Pedang Maha Dewa 3 and 3.5), but more numerous and capable of transforming into humans. In Tony Wong's alternate history, they triggered the Great War and it is now up to Wen Tian and Tay Ping to rid the planet of these critters.

(For the new shoujo manga previews, scroll down.)

☂, VIII [RE-STO]: .hack anyone? Specifically, Hack XXXX and Hack// G.U.+? Complete sets on tap this week.

m&c! manga (2011.05.25)

  1. Beauty Pop 10 of 10 by Arai Kiyoko [Finale]
  2. Beauty Pop 10 (m&c!)

    Beauty Popビューティーポップ」 by Arai Kiyoko
    AKA Beauty Pop Stage 2
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2008.02

    Other languages
    Serialized in the Indonesian Cherry (concluded)
    English Beauty Pop (VIZ Media: 10 volumes), French (Soleil: tome 10 per 2010.04) and traditional Chinese 俏麗魔髮師 (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    A drama CD was released in November 2004, starring seiyuu Minagawa Junko (Koshiba Kiri), Seki Tomokazu (Narumi Shogo), Makoto Aoki (Ochiai Kazuhiko), Shimono Hiro (Minami Kei), Kurata Masayo (Aoyama Kanako), Shimozaki Hiroshi (Komatsu Taro) and Hoshino Mitsuaki (Koshiba Seiji).

  3. [Premiere] Catwalk Romance (Plastic Girl) by Shiraishi Yuki
  4. Catwalk Romance (m&c!)

    Plastic Girlプラスチック・ガール」 by Shiraishi Yuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.03

  5. [Premiere] Himegirl Attack (Himegal Yoroshiku) by Wao Akira
  6. Himegirl Attack (m&c!)

    Himegal Yoroshiku姫ギャル・夜露死苦
    by Wao Akira
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.10

  7. Jun★Ai Sensation (Jun'ai Sensation) 5 of 5 by Oobayashi Miyuki [Finale]
  8. [Premiere] Love Tricks (Koakuma 7) by Ibuki Kaede, CHOCHO
  9. Love Tricks (m&c!)

    Koakuma 7 JS no tame no atarashii renai kyouka
    小悪魔7 JSのためのアタラシイ恋愛教科
    by Ibuki Kaede, CHOCHO
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.07

  10. [Premiere] Moriko in The Wonder Forest (Fushigi no Mori no Moriko) by Notoyama Keiko
  11. Moriko in The Wonder Forest (m&c!)

    Fushigi no Mori no Morikoふしぎの森のモリコ
    by Notoyama Keiko
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.07

  12. [Premiere] My Boyfriend in 16 (Koibito wa 16-sai) by Yoshinaga Yuu
  13. My Boyfriend in 16 (m&c!)

    Koibito wa 16-sai恋人は16さい
    by Yoshinaga Yuu
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.05

  14. Neon Genesis Evangelion Iron Maiden the 2nd (Shinseiki Evangelion: Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd) 5 of 6 by Hayashi Fumino/GAINAX · khara
  15. Neon Genesis Evangelion Iron Maiden the 2nd 5 (m&c!)

    Shinseiki Evangelion: Koutetsu no Girlfriend 2nd
    新世紀エヴァンゲリオン 鋼鉄のガールフレンド2nd
    by Hayashi Fumino/GAINAX · khara
    Kadokawa Shoten Asuka, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2005.07

    Other languages
    English Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days (ADV; six volumes)

    Related
    Neon Genesis Evangelion (adapted from; 12 volumes as at 2010.04)

  16. Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War (Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei no Kassen) 12 of 15+ by Sawada Hirofumi
  17. [Premiere] To Love a Cool Boy (Hieshou Danshi Kouryakuhou) by Sugishippo
  18. To Love a Cool Boy (m&c!)

    Hieshou Danshi Kouryakuhou
    冷え性男子攻略法」 by Sugishippo
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.09

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Hong Kong manhua (2011.05.25)

  1. The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 17 of 20: Dalang Iblis (bagian keenam) by Khu Lung, Cai Jing Dong (Culturecom) [IDR 19,900]
  2. Long Hu Men - The Next Level 3: Jurus Nadi Setan by Tony Wong (Jade Dynasty) [IDR 70,000]
  3. [Series Premiere] Pedang Maha Dewa - Future 1 of 6 by Tony Wong (Jade Dynasty) [IDR 95,000]
  4. Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 2 by Tony Wong (Jade Dynasty) [IDR 80,000]

[RESTO] Restocked (2011.05.25)

¹ Source: m&c! (covers and release advisory)
² GN (including restocked) are priced at IDR 16,500 each unless noted otherwise.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles continued

Catwalk Romance by Shiraishi Yuki

Maya just started her modeling career. She freezes everytime the camera snaps her photo, so pics of her always turn out ugly. Only the bento lunch boy “Pierre” can make her relax when she's at the studio. Despite her ePIC #Fail, however, Maya is entered into a modeling contest by her boss. But come competition day, Maya's partner drops out because of an injury. Who should fill in but...Pierre!

Tags: Modeling, Foreigner

I give Catwalk Romance (originally Plastic Girl, first serialized in Sho-Comi) a grade of 5.75 of 10 ♥. I'll tell you why in my review later.

m&c! has already published Shiraishi Yuki's Rival Next Door series and Princess Love Secret, but more Sho-Comi compiles (hopefully) await their turn: the Reverse Harem, Animal Transformation, Cat Girls Bokura no Himitsu wo Kyouyuu shiyou ka? (includes the one-shots Colorful Shounen to Monochrome na Atashi and Itoshi no Hime-chan); the Childhood friends, Tomboy, Twins Love Zipper; the megane, live in lover, tutor Maruoka-san Chi no Kyouikugakari; the temptingly-titled Sono Kuchibiru, Itadakimasu (includes the Narabuna Kiken!! one-shot); and the Akuma de Koibito school life comedy.

Himegirl Attack by Wao Akira

Sayaka and Aoi go shopping in Shibuya. By chance they meet Tochiotome. Sayaka and Tochiotome fall for the same outfit and Himegirl Attack... Start-OH!

Himegirl Attack, originally Himegal Yoroshiku, apparently brings together for a fight-OH! Sayaka from Wao Akira-sensei's Tokkou Sayaka series (Yankee Girl, Sayaka, I Love You!, Sayaka's Special Attack, Big Victory!) and Tochiotome from Princess Gal Paradise. Don't quote me though; never read any of them.

In any case, Himegirl Attack contains: Special Attack from Aoi, Special Attack from Aoi's Mother, Big Mission of Sayaka's Magic Spell and Special Attack from Fred.

Love Tricks by Ibuki Kaede, CHOCHO

Ran-chan, nicknamed “Little Devil,” transfers to a new school and immediately, has the school up in arms. The boys all turn into weaklings, infuriating the girls. As the diligent female students' rep, Aoi scolds Ran; Ran, instead of being chastised, decides to help Aoi with her crush Kenichi.

Love Tricks or Ciao Comics' Koakuma 7 contains The Little Devil and Little Devil Ran's After School Lesson.

Like Kurumatani Haruko-sensei (Give Me All Your Love), I consider Ibuki Kaede-sensei a Smut Clubber but this comedy collaboration with CHOCHO-sensei sounds safe. (It's Ciao, after all.)

Moriko in the Wonder Forest by Notoyama Keiko

After moving to a village in Tohoku, Koyoi encounters a mysterious but funny and smart creature called Moriko. Only Koyoi and someone she met in the woods, Tenma, can see Moriko. Bit by bit, Koyoi falls for Tenma. She also learns Moriko's sad secret.

Moriko in the Wonder Forest (Fushigi no Mori no Moriko) contains two other stories, A Merman Prince and Town Association Squadron Okamenger!, aside from the Moriko in the Wonder Forest cover story.

Notoyama Keiko is also the manga-ka of Waiwai Hey! Say! Jump.

My Boyfriend in 16 by Yoshinaga Yuu

Twenty-year old Sawaguchi Ruka has been staying away from love ever since she got her heart broken back in high school. One day, she meets the annoying Soushiro. Slowly, Ruka's affection for Soushiro grows, Soushiro who is...only 16 years old.

Tag(s): Older Female Younger Male

There are two other stories in My Boyfriend in 16 (Koibito wa 16-sai): Prince K and Trouble Maker Girlfriend. Lina-chan's 7 of 10 review is upcoming.

m&c! has published Yoshinaga Yuu's First Love Stories, One sided Love and Sinful Love but not yet Kiss made no Kyori. Yoshinaga-sensei's current Betsucomi serial is Kimi to Koi o Shitta starring a megane chara.

To Love a Cool Boy by Sugishippo

Azusa, who has always had a higher than normal body temperature, is suddenly embraced by Satsuki, whose blood runs colder than the average boy. From now on, you're my personal heater! he tells Azusa. So begins Azusa's tortured days with selfish and arrogant Satsuki now stuck to her almost all hours of the school day. But it is true that Satsuki only thinks of her in that way?

The Opposites Attract To Love a Cool Boy or Hieshou Danshi Kouryakuhou is Sugishippo's first manga compilation. It contains, aside from To Love A Cool Boy, My Lovely Alien and Suzuko's Room. My and Lina-chan's combined review coming soon, but to give you a grade preview, Lina-chan gives it a 6 of 10; my ratings for the three stories average to about the same.

Featured

Neon Genesis Evangelion the Iron Maiden 2nd 5 by Hayashi Fumino

Original Story: GAINAX · khara

Thirty four years before the Angels' invasion, an abandoned Gendou wishes for the world to end. At the depths of depression, he meets the mysterious transfer student Kaworu Nagisa. Nagisa offers Gendou the choice of living alone in a dark world or wounded along with the girl he loves, Yui.

Is that even a choice?? (No, that last isn't part of m&c!'s summary.)

Still not enuf? Here are the other 25 May 2011 manga

  • Elex Media: DRRR!! [Durarara!!] 1 by Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo · Kungfu Boy Premium 2 · Topeng Kaca Deluxe 12 · Kekkaishi 6 · Welcome to Host Detective Agency 3 · Inuyasha 52 · Bride of the Water God 1 by Yun MiKyung · Culdcept 4 · Princess & The 3 Beasts 2 · Vinland Saga 3 · Global Garden 7 · Otoboke Section Chief 11 · Witch Hunter 2 · Doraemon 7 · Hidamari Sketch 5 · Rakka Ryuusui 5 · Reborn Kumiho 21 of 21 · Nakayoshi 5/2011 · Shonen Star 9/2011
  • 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

Iamque opus exegi,
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