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5.03.2011

Soul Eater 6, XBlade 3, Magister Negi Magi 25 (Level Comics 4 May 2011) [UPDATED]

Finally!

Also, omitted the Johan & Pirlouit - Seruling Enam Smurf BD from this list. It reskeds to the 18th.

XBLADE 3

XBlade © Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi/Kodansha
[Serialized in Shonen Sirius]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics

No big enuf XBlade 3 cover, but leading with the Japanese version because I now get Demonbasher-san's comment about the logo (and why bother with the additional processing that ups XBlade's price). Look at that there superimposed XBlade on the original tankou...oh, you wanted the preview?

Can Haru prevail against Seven Sheaths/Nanatsusaya's Sakura and her ojinto (Metamorphosing Guardian Blade) when he hasn't even recovered from the previous battle AND without harming bystanders?

As for the top DO WANT! manga (separated by one vote from XBlade 3) —

Soul Eater 6 of 19+ by Ohkubo Atsushi

Maka risks insanity to connect with Crona's soul as Death the Kid and Black*Star redouble efforts to halt Free and Eruka's attempt to awaken the First Kishin.

Soul Eater 6 compiles chapter 19 through 22, A Fight to the Death at the Anniversary Celebration, Parts 4 to 7.

Level Comics manga, manhwa and manhua (2011.05.04)

  1. 3x3 Eyes 39 of 40 by Takada Yuzo
  2. LC: 3x3 Eyes 39

    3×3 EYES3×3EYES」 by Takada Yuzo
    Kodansha Weekly Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 39 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. ARMS 19 of 22 by Minagawa Ryouji & Nanatsuki Kyouichi
  4. LC: ARMS 19

    ARMSARMS
    by Minagawa Ryouji & Nanatsuki Kyouichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 19 first published in Japan 2001.10

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 44th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Other languages
    English Project ARMS (VIZ Media: 22 volumes, French (Kana: 22 volumes), Italian (Panini Comics/Planet Manga), German (Planet Manga), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan).

    Adaptations
    TMS's 26-episode anime adaptation aired between TV Tokyo April and September 2001, starring seiyuu Canna Nobutoshi (Takatsuki Ryo), Takayama Minami (Kuruma Kei), Ueda Yuji (Tomoe Takeshi) and Miki Shinichiro (Shingu Hayato). The Project ARMS: The 2nd Chapter sequel (episodes 27-52) broadcast from October 2001 through March 2002.

  5. Basara 17 of 27 by Tamura Yumi
  6. LC: Basara 17

    BasaraBASARA」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 1996.02

    Awards
    Best Shoujo Manga, 38th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Other versions/languages
    Re-released in 16 bunko volumes
    English Basara (VIZ Media; 27 volumes), French (Kana; 27 volumes), German (EMA: Band 26 ships 2011.10), Danish (Mangismo Danmark) and Swedish (Mangismo Sverige)

    Adaptations
    A 13-episode Legend of Basara anime by KSS, starring seiyuu Kimura Akiko (Sarasa) and Inoue Kazuhiko (Shuri), aired in Japan from April to June 1998.

  7. The Fugitive Lawyer Makoto Narita (Toubou Bengoshi Narita Makoto) 5 of 6 by Takada Yu & Go Hideki
  8. LC: The Fugitive Lawyer Makoto Narita 5

    Toubou Bengoshi Narita Makoto
    逃亡弁護士 成田誠
    by Takada Yu & Go Hideki (Natsuhara Takeshi)
    Shogakukan Young Sunday (until July 2008 before moving to Big Comic Spirits), seinen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2008.09

    Related series
    Shin Toubou Bengoshi Narita Makoto (sequel by Okamoto Sou; three volumes as at 2011.04.28)

    Adaptations
    A live-action adaptation, Toubou Bengoshi, starring Kamiji Yusuke aired from July to September 2010 on Fuji TV.

  9. Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) 8 of 13 by Yamato Waki
  10. LC: Hikayat Genji 8

    Asakiyumemishiあさきゆめみし
    by Yamato Waki
    Kodansha Mimi, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1987.12

    Related
    Adapted from Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu

    Other languages
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial)

  11. Magister Negi Magi (Mahou Sensei Negima!) 25 of 33+ by Akamatsu Ken
  12. LC: Magister Negi Magi 25

    Mahou Sensei Negima!魔法先生ネギま!
    by Akamatsu Ken
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 25 (chapters 223-231) first published in Japan 2009.02

    Other languages
    English Negima! (Del Rey: 28 volumes and Kodansha Comics: volume 29 street date: 2011.05.17 (US) and Chuang Yi Singapore), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: volume 31 per 2010.10), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan), French (Pika Édition: Tome 28 shipped 2010.12), Spain (Glènat España), Germany (Egmont Manga & Anime; Band 30 ships 2011.05), Norway (Schibsted Forlag), Brazil (Editora JBC) and Croatia (Algoritam).

    Adaptations
    A 26-episode anime TV series starring seiyuu Satou Rina as Negi Springfield (January-June 2005), three pre-anime OAVs (2004), two post TV series OAVs (Mahou Sensei Negima!: Haru and Mahou Sensei Negima!: Natsu, 2006.10.25 and 2006.11.22), an alternate retelling anime series (Negima!?, 2006.10-2007.03), OADs or Original Animation Disc bundled with the manga (Mahou Sensei Negima!: Shiroki Tsubasa Ala Alba, 2008.08.17-2009.02.17; Mahou Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai, 2009.09.17, 2009.12.17, 2010.05.17 and 2010.07.17; and Mahou Sensei Negima! ~Ariadone-hen~ per 2010.11.17), an anime movie for the Magic World arc expected to premiere in 2011 and a live-action drama (TV Tokyo, 2007.10-2008.03)

  13. Priest 16 of 16+ by Hyung MinWoo
  14. LC: Priest 16

    Priest프리스트」 by Hyung MinWoo
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, seinen
    Volume 16 first published in Korea 2006.01
    Series on hiatus from volume 16

    Other languages
    English Priest (TOKYOPOP: 16 volumes), French (Tokebi; 16 volumes), German (Tokyopop Germany), Polish (Kasen Comics), Italian (J POP), Portuguese (Lumus Brazil) and Japanese (Enterbrain Beam comix)

    Adaptations
    A film adaptation starring Paul Bettany premieres on 13 May 2011 in the U.S.

  15. The Ravages of Time (Huo Feng Liao Yuan) 9 of 41+ by Chan Mou
  16. LC: The Ravages of Time 9

    Sanguozhi Qunxiongzhuan: Huo Feng Liao Yuan
    火鳳燎原」 by Chan Mou
    AKA Fiery Phoenix Burns Steppes
    Tong Li New Youth, seinen

    Other languages/serializations
    Simplified Chinese 火凤燎原 (Chuang Yi: 火凤燎原 41 released 2011.05.03) and Japanese (Media Factory 三国志群雄伝 火鳳燎原 volume 9 per 2009.12; serialized in Comic Sangokushi). The manhua is also released in Mainland China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

  17. Soul Eater 6 of 19+ by Ohkubo Atsushi
  18. LC: Soul Eater 6

    Soul Eaterソウルイーター」 by Ohkubo Atsushi
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 6 (chapters 19-22) first published in Japan 2006.04

    Related series
    First appeared as one-shots in two Gangan Powered special editions (Summer and Fall 2003) and Gangan Wing's 26 November 2003 issue. (Regular Monthly Shonen Gangan serialization commenced May 2004.)

    Other languages
    English Soul Eater (Yen Press: five volumes per 2011.02 • volume 6 street date: 2011.06.28), French (Kurokawa tome 15 ships 2011.05.12), German (Carlsen Comics Band 11 street date: 2011.06.24) and traditional Chinese 噬魂者 (Sharp Point Press Taiwan)

    Related series
    Soul Eater Not! (side story; began serialization in Shonen Gangan 2011.01.12)

    Adaptations
    Manga volumes 1 to 12 adapted to anime by BONES. Fifty-one episodes starring seiyuu Omigawa Chiaki (Maka Alban) and Uchiyama Kouki (Soul Eater) aired in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009.

    Square Enix bundled an audio drama, Soul Eater (Vol. 1): Special Social Studies Field Trip, with an artbook in August 2005. The drama CD featured different actors (Takeuchi Junko as Maka; Hoshi Souichirou as Soul Eater); only Kobayashi Yumiko reprised her Black☆Star role in the TV series.

  19. X Blade 3 of 12+ by Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi
  20. Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy (Kachuu Hana) 5 of 13+ by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
  21. LC: Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 5

    Kachuu Hana華中華」 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
    AKA Central China Blossom
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 5 (stories 29-35) first published in Japan 2008.03

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European comics/ROMICs (2011.05.04)

  1. Cubitus - Kena Kau! by Dupa
  2. Michel Vaillant - Operation Mirage by Philippe & Jean Graton

¹ Sources: Elex STO 4 May 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 18,500 each, except 3x3 Eyes 39 and Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 5 (IDR 19,500 each) and XBlade 3 (IDR 20,000). ROMICs retail for IDR 30,000/volume.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured

The Fugitive Lawyer Makoto Narita 5 of 6 by Takada Yu & Go Hideki

Makoto Narita is a lawyer framed for murder, but his sense of justice remains intact. He refuses to accept a respected teacher submitting to a false accusation and resolves to help, even if it means placing his own life in danger.

Hikayat Genji 8 of 13 by Yamato Waki

Genji weds San no Miya, but his new official wife's childishness only makes Genji yearn for Murasaki no Ue.

Magister Negi Magi 25 of 33+ by Akamatsu Ken

Negi has to decide whether to accept Fate's offer of a truce and the possibility of a safe return home for him and his students. Why is he even hesitating?

Answer: Fate dakara.

Negima! 25 compiles chapters:
223. Negi's Party vs Fate's Party
224. Incredible Skills! Fate's Army of Beautiful Girls
225. Proclamation of War!!
226. Wish Upon a Pair of Pants ♥
227. All Out Showdown!! Negi's Party vs Fate's Party
228. Negi's Party Assembled!
229. Fate's True Colors!
230. EP1: 'Rakan Sets Out ♥'
231. EP1: 'Rakan Sets Out ♥' - Continued
*NOT Level's titles

Teh rest

  • 3x3 Eyes 39 by Takada Yuzo: Yakumo blames Pai for the disappearance of Sanjiyan, but later backtracks and vows to save Pai after learning that she entered the Samhara core alone.
  • Arms 19 by Minagawa Ryouji & Nanatsuki Kyouichi: Thanks to his friends, Ryou manages to overcome despair, even if it means sacrificing Yugo. Alice herself ends the chaos by destroying her evil side. So how come Katsumi still feels uneasy?
  • Basara 17 by Tamura Yumi: With the help of Empress Murasaki, Sarasa infiltrates the capital to free slaves about to be buried alive for the giant Buddha statue's eye opening ceremony.
  • Priest 16 by Hyung MinWoo: The Order of Saint Vertinez baptizes Windtale City in blood. Only Coburn and his men can stop the annihilation...or can they? Especially when those killed rise once more as zombies?
  • The Ravages of Time 9 by Chan Mou: A twist of fate renders Dong Zhuo's efforts to battle Lu Bu pointless. Lu Bu, having calmed the local officials and the military, anticipates expanding his control. But someone more powerful slowly steers the peerless God of War towards a dead end.
  • Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 5 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji: Who sez fly lice and Christmas don't mix? Concubine Yang challenges Hana to disprove the misconception by creating yet another unique fried rice.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 4 May 2011 manga and manhwa:

Elex Media: Vampire Knight 6 · Kungfu Boy 1 Premium by Maekawa Takeshi · Red Haired Anne 5: Anne of the Island by Igarashi Yumiko · Dr. Koto 5 · Kekkaishi 5 · Yakitate!! Japan 21 · My 17th Spring 1 by Ono Fuyumi & Yamamoto Kotetsuko · Flash of Wind 29 · The Tyr Chronicles 5 · Katsu! 11 · Bakeru kun Pika-pika 4 · Detektif Conan Spesial 35 · Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 5 · New Kobochan 1-4 (Reprint) · Want You 9 · Project X: Seven-Eleven by Project X Team · A Story of Heroes 35 · Legend of the Cursed Sword 33 · Reborn Kumiho 20 · Naruto Volumes 41-50 box set · Shonen Star 8/2011 · Shonen Magz 5/2011

m&c!: My Own Princess 2 · Magical X Miracle 5 · Aoizaka Baseball Club 19 · Give Me All Your Love 1 and 2 of 2 by Kurumatani Haruko · My Sweet Kaicho, Volumes 1-8 and You Can't Disappear from Me, Volumes 1-4 (of 4) RE-STO

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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