Vampire Knight 6, Kungfu Boy Premium 1, Red Haired Anne 5: Anne of the Island (Elex Media 4 May 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Update | NikBabble™ returneth! Mwahahaha!

That Premium affixed to Kungfu Boy indicates a bunko release, presumably for shounen classics, in the same way Deluxe singles out shoujo ones (e.g., Topeng Kaca Deluxe, Here is Greenwood Deluxe, Harmoni Deluxe). Wonder when the top DO WANT! manga below will rate that honor? (Obviously, it has to bunkoban (dare I hope even...aizoban??) issue in Japan first.)

Vampire Knight 6 (Elex Media)

Vampire Knight © Hino Matsuri/Hakusensha [Serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

Contains   [SPOILERS!!!]

The file detailing the vampire attack on Yuki 10 years ago bursts into flames in Yuki's hands. Meanwhile, Aido begins to wonder about his liege Kaname and the true cause of Kaname's parents' mysterious deaths. What secret does Kaname hide from Yuki and Aido?

From Zero to Hero(ine). That's actually what I titled my Vampire Knight 6 review (based on the Chuang Yi English edition). Because not only does Yuki wrastle the spotlight back from Zero, she actually establishes that SHE's the VK pivot. Despite its Yuki-centric-ness, however, I ended up giving this tank a grade of 8 of 10.

Intrigued? Click the review link if you don't mind spoilage and/or have read the VK installments in (much-missed) HanaLaLa. The pertinent Nights/chapters are: 25th Night: Vampires & Evening Party (ex-HanaLaLa 47/2010); 26th Night: ‘Kaname...’ (HanaLaLa 48/2010); 27th Night: ‘Archive Room’ (HanaLaLa 49/2010); 28th Night: Kuran's Family (HanaLaLa 50/2010); and 29th Night: The Awakening of a Fetus (HanaLaLa 51/2010). Completing volume 6 is the tankou-only side story Master Kaname and Me (Chuang Yi's title) or Kaname-sama and I, Prior to the Night Class.

So the next volume should already surpass the farewell HanaLaLa edition's last 33rd Night, The Pure Blood Vampire's Lover.

New Elex manga

Premiering alongside Maekawa Takeshi's Kungfu Boy Premium are Igarashi Yumiko's Red Haired Anne 5—based on Anne of the Island, the third book in L.M. Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables series—and the horror josei mystery My 17th Spring by A-list author Ono Fuyumi & (predominantly yaoi and BL manga-ka) Yamamoto Kotetsuko.

Kungfu Boy 1 Premium (Elex)

Tekken Chinmi
© Maekawa Takeshi/
Published in Indonesia
as Kungfu Boy Premium
by Elex Media

I'm sure you already know what Kungfu Boy, originally Tekken Chinmi, is all about...what, you don't? OK, it follows this kungfu whiz foretold to perfect Dairin Temple's martial arts, who will supposedly appear in or around the temple's centennial. Fists of iron (the reason why the series is also called Ironfist Chinmi), legs capable of pulverizing rock, genius-level IQ and vision rivaling that of an eagle (he prolly has extremely large pupils that ensure minimal diffraction of light, too) designate the Prophesied One. He will hail from the west and sport a mole on his forehead. Oh, and he will still have to actually learn kungfu.

Meanwhile, in Red Haired Anne 5, Anne leaves Prince Edward Island and her work as a teacher in Avonlea for further education. Along with Gilbert, who continues his studies in in Nova Scotia, and Philip and new friends, Anne discovers what is precious to her.

I reserve the My 17th Spring preview for after the release list. Extended rambling dakara.

Naruto box set — No takers?

Wonder of eye-popping wonders, no LXO regular Snoopy danced at the prospect of the Naruto volumes 41 to 50 box set—at least, not when I checked. Now I doubt Naruto and Sasuke and Jiraiya and Pain have lost their appeal, but that IDR 160,000 price tag might've had something to do with the Let me count the money in my wallet caution. When Elex issued the earlier Naruto box sets, each 10-volume value bundle cost IDR 135,000, so the new price is up by some 18.5%.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.05.04)

  1. A Story of Heroes (Heroes) 35 of 37 by Choi Mir (Daiwon C.I.)
  2. Bakeru kun Pika-pika 4 of 5 by Fujiko F. Fujio
  3. Bakeru kun Pika-pika 4 (Elex)

    Bakeru-kunバケルくん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Pikkapika Comics, kodomo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2007.05

  4. Detektif Conan Spesial 35 of 36+ (Meitantei Conan Special) by Aoyama Gosho, Abe Yutaka & Maru Denjiro
  5. Detektif Conan Spesial 35 (Elex)

    Meitantei Conan Tokubetsu hen
    名探偵コナン 特別編
    Concept by Aoyama Gosho
    Plot by Taira Takahisa
    Art by Abe Yutaka & Maru Denjiro
    Shogakukan Tentouchuu Comics, shounen
    Volume 35 first published in Japan 2009.12

    Related series
    Detektif Conan (main story)

  6. Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 5 of 10 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Shogakukan English Comics)
  7. Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) 5 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi
  8. Dr. Koto 5: Risau (Elex)

    Dr. Koto ShinryoujoDr.コトー診療所
    by Yamada Takatoshi
    Shogakukan Weekly Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Original in 2008), seinen
    Volume 5 (chapters 45-56) first published in Japan 2002.04

    Best General/Seinen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

    Other languages
    French (Kana: Dr Kotô tome 19 ships 2011.07.01) and traditional Chinese (Ching Win Taiwan: 離島大夫日誌 25 released 2010.11.08)

    The award-winning Dr. Coto's Clinic, an 11-episode live-action TV drama starring Yoshioka Hidetaka as Dr. Coto (Goto Kensuke) aired from July to September 2003 on Fuji TV, followed by two specials (the first aired between 9 and 10 January 2004 and the second from 12 to 13 December of the same year). A second also award-winning 11-episode season followed between October and December 2006.

    Dr. Koto My First BIG Specials: The Advent!, Miracle in the hand (2006.10) and My First BIG editions: Suspected, Despair (2006.11) and Consider (2006.12)

  9. Flash of Wind (Kaze Hikaru) 29 of 29+ by Watanabe Taeko
  10. Flash of Wind 29 (Elex Media)

    Kaze Hikaru風光る」 by Watanabe Taeko
    Shogakukan Flowers, josei
    Volume 29 first published in Japan 2010.11

    Best Shoujo Manga, 48th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Yazawa Ai's Nana)

    Other languages
    English Kaze Hikaru (18 volumes per 2010.08 • volume 19 street date: 2011.08.02; formerly serialized in Shojo Beat)

  11. Katsu! 11 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru
  12. Katsu! 11 (Elex)

    Katsu!KATSU!」 by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 11 (chapters 99-107) first published in Japan 2004.02

    Re-released in 8 volumes in Japan from 2009.07 to 2010.02.

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Star (concluded)
    French (Pika Édition: 16 volumes)

  13. Kekkaishi 5 of 33+ by Tanabe Yellow
  14. Kekkaishi 5 (Elex)

    Kekkaishi結界師」 by Tanabe Yellow
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 5 (chapters 36-45) first published in Japan 2004.11

    Best Shounen Manga, 52nd Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English Kekkaishi (VIZ Media: 25 volumes per 2011.04.12 • volume 26 street date: 2011.06.14), French (PIKA Édition: tome 26 per 2011.02.16), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 17 ships 2011.05.27), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 结界师 #33 released 2011.04.05), traditional Chinese (Rightman Publishing Limited HK and Tong Li Taiwan), Italian (Planet Manga), Malaysian (PCM Comics), Korean (Bookbox), Spanish (Editorial Ivrea Spain), Vietnamese (Kim Dong)

    Sunrise's 52-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yoshino Hiroyuki (Sumimura Yoshimori) and Saitou Rie (Yukimura Tokine), aired in Japan from October 2006 to February 2008. The anime aired on Animax Asia from 15 February to 27 April 2011.

  15. [Premiere] Kungfu Boy 1 of 18 (Premium) by Maekawa Takeshi
  16. Kungfu Boy 1 Premium (Elex)

    Tekken Chinmi鉄拳チンミ (講談社漫画文庫)
    by Maekawa Takeshi
    AKA Ironfist Chinmi
    Kodansha Manga Bunko, shounen
    Bunko volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.07

    1987 Kodansha Manga Awardee for the Shounen Category

    Related series
    Sequels: New Kungfu Boy (20 volumes), Kungfu Boy Legends (10 volumes, ongoing; serialized in Shonen Magz) and Side story Chinmi: The Other Story (3 volumes per 2010.04; serialized in Shonen Magz)

  17. Legend of the Cursed Sword (Pageomgi) 33 of 37 by Yeo BeopRyong & Park HuiJin
  18. 파검기 33

    by Yeo BeopRyong & Park HuiJin
    AKA PaGumKi
    Daiwon C.I. Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 33 first published in Korea 2007.11

    Other languages
    English Chronicles of the Cursed Sword (TOKYOPOP: 22 volumes per 2008.08.05, cancelled), German (Egmont Manga & Anime: The Legend of the Sword) and Swedish (B. Wahlströms Bokförlag AB)

  19. [Series Premiere] My 17th Spring (Sugiru Juunana no Haru) 1 of 2 by Ono Fuyumi & Yamamoto Kotetsuko
  20. My 17th Spring 1 (Elex)

    Sugiru Juunana no Haru過ぎる十七の春
    by Ono Fuyumi & Yamamoto Kotetsuko
    Gentosha Spica, josei
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.11

  21. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 1 of 20+ by Ueda Masashi - Reprint
  22. New Kobochan 1 (terbit ulang) (Elex)

    Shin Kobo-chan新コボちゃん」 by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time Comics, seinen/4-koma
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2004.05

  23. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 2 of 20+ by Ueda Masashi - Reprint
  24. New Kobochan 2 (terbit ulang) (Elex)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2004.08

  25. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 3 of 20+ by Ueda Masashi - Reprint
  26. New Kobochan 3 (terbit ulang) (Elex)

    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2004.11

  27. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 4 of 20+ by Ueda Masashi - Reprint
  28. New Kobochan 4 (terbit ulang) (Elex)

    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2005.03

  29. Reborn Kumiho (Shin Gumiho) 20 of 21 by Han HyunDong
  30. Reborn Kumiho 20 (Elex)

    Shin Gumiho신 구미호」 by Han HyunDong
    Daiwon C.I., Pang Pang and Super Champ, sonyun
    Volume 20 first published in Korea 2007.07

  31. [Premiere] Red Haired Anne 5: Anne of the Island (Anne no Aijou) by Igarashi Yumiko
  32. Red Haired Anne 5: Anne of the Island (Elex)

    Anne no Aijou: The Kumon Manga Libary Anne Book 5アンの愛情 The Kumon manga library アン・ブックス 5
    by Igarashi Yumiko, L. M. Montgomery
    The Kumon Manga Library, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 1998.05

    Related series
    Akage no Anne and Anne no Seishun (prequels), released in Indonesia as Red Haired Anne 1-3 and Red Haired Anne 4
    Based on Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

  33. The Tyr Chronicles (Tireujeongi) 5 of 11+ by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo
  34. The Tyr Chronicles 5 (Elex)

    by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo
    AKA Legend of Tyr
    Daiwon C.I., Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 5 first published in Korea 2009.08

  35. Vampire Knight 6 of 13+ by Hino Matsuri
  36. Vampire Knight 6 (Elex)

    Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士」 by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 6 (chapters 25-29 + Extra story) first published in Japan 2007.10

    Other languages/serializations
    English Vampire Knight (VIZ Media: 11 volumes per 2010.12 • volume 12 street date: 2011.06.07 and Chuang Yi: volume 13 per 2011.03.22), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 吸血鬼骑士 #13 released 2011.03), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan 吸血鬼騎士 13 shipped 2011.02.02), Italian and Portuguese (Panini Comics), French (Marvel Panini France tome 13 ships 2011.05.11) and German (Carlsen Comics Vampire Knight Band 11 releases 2011.06.24; serialized in Daisuki)

    Studio DEEN's 13+13-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Horie Yui (Cross Yuki), Miyano Mamoru (Kiriyu Zero) and Kishio Daisuke (Kuran Kaname), aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from April through July 2008 (first season) and October through December 2008 (second season as Vampire Knight Guilty). The anime spanned manga chapters 1 through 46.

    Two drama CDs preceded the TV series. The first was Track 2 of the LaLa Kirameki Drama CD, produced for LaLa's 29th anniversary and given away as a freebie with the magazine's September 2005 issue. The second Vampire Knight Midnight CD-Pack (LaLa Oubosa Zenin Service CD Vampire Knight (Midnight CD Pack)) was exclusively released for mail order in 2006. The drama CDs feature the same cast as the anime's, with the exception of characters Headmaster Cross Kaien (Koyasu Takehito in the drama; VK anime sound director Gôda Hozumi in the anime), Hio Shizuka (Sonoda Keiko in the drama; Orikasa Fumiko in the anime) and Sayori Wakaba (Ueda Kana in the drama; Mizuno Risa in the anime).

    Two Hino Matsuri-illustrated light novels were written by Fujisaki Ayuna. The Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi and Vampire Knight: Noir no Wana side stories released in Japan 2008.04.05 and 2008.10.03 respectively. Chuang Yi published the first novel in English as Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin in July 2010. Marvel Panini France's Vampire Knight: Coeur de glace also shipped the same month. Carlsen published the German version as Vampire Knight: Eisblaues Verbrechen in November 2009, following that up with the second Noir's Trap novel (retitled Vampire Knight: Tiefschwarzer Hinterhalt) in May 2010.

    The official fanbook, Vampire Knight Fanbook: Cross, containing character and story information and details from Hino-sensei's storyboard, was published in November 2008 in Japan. (German Vampire Knight: X Official Fanbook released by Carlsen; VIZ Media launched the Vampire Knight Official Fanbook in October 2010.)

    The Vampire Knight artbook 「樋野まつりイラストレーションズ-ヴァンパイア騎士(ナイト)-」 streeted concurrently with volume 12 in Japan (2010.07.05).

  37. Want You 9 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  38. Want You 9 (Elex)

    Want you원츄(Want you)」 by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 9 first published in Korea 2004.09

  39. Yakitate!! Japan 21 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi
  40. Yakitate!! Japan 21 (Elex)

    Yakitate!! Japan焼きたて!!ジャぱん
    by Hashiguchi Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 21 (chapters 183-192) first published in Japan 2006.01

    Best Shounen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist)

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English Yakitate!! Japan (VIZ Media: 26 volumes per 2011.04.12), French (Delcourt/Akata; Yakitate Ja-Pan !! un pain c'est tout tome 26 released 2010.01), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa Spain), German (EMA) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 新鮮出爐﹗日式麵包王 26 per 2007.06)

    Sunrise's 69-episode anime adaptation starring seiyuu Kobayashi Yumiko as Azuma Kazuma aired from October 2004 to March 2006 on TV Tokyo.

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Box set (2011.05.04)

  • [Box set @ IDR 160,000] Naruto, Volumes 41-50 (of 55+) by Kishimoto Masashi

Non-fiction (2011.05.04)

Mangazines (2011.05.04)

  1. Shonen Magz 5/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Magazine [Kodansha])
  2. Shonen Star 8/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday [Shogakukan])

¹ Sources: Elex STO 4 May 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN retail for IDR 16,500 except Bakeru kun Pika-pika 4 (IDR 13,500), Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 5 (IDR 25,000), Kungfu Boy 1 [Premium] (IDR 24,000) and New Kobochan 1-4 (IDR 15,000 each). Project X: Seven-Eleven carries an IDR 38,800 price tag while Shonen Magz 5/2011 and Shonen Star 8/2011 retail for IDR 30,000 per issue. The Naruto volumes 41-50 box set is priced at IDR 160,000/set.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Elex manga continued

My 17th Spring 1 of 2 by Ono Fuyumi & Yamamoto Kotetsuko

Naoki and his younger sister Noriko vacation in their cousin Takashi's house for spring break. What they believe would be a relaxing holiday soon reshapes into a nightmare when the usually kind Takashi turns cold and irritable. What's worse, Takashi's mother, Aunt Mikiko, is found dead, an apparent suicide.

What exactly is haunting that house?

Baka-Updates Manga in its Sugiru Juunana no Haru synop clarifies the 17 in the title. Apparently, Takashi has always been plagued by visions, the specters growing unignorable as his 17th birthday looms. The same source adds Revenge and Ghosts to the tag smorgasbord already consisting of Personality Change, Cousins, Older Brother/Younger Sister and horror.

The two-volume josei series originally serialized in the monthly shoujo web comic Spica, but Gentosha published it under its (seinen) Birz Comics imprint. It appears to be the mangafication of Ono Fuyumi's Sugiru Juunana no Haru Kodansha X Bunko White heart girls' horror light novel published April 1995 — if similarity of these synopses and the name-dropping are anything to go by. (Not beyond the realm of creepy possibility, what with the Akuryou/Ghosthunt precedent.) Even if not, it still belongs to the Sugiru Juunana no Haru 'verse by virtue of naming.

Although Ono Fuyumi-sensei is best known for The Twelve Kingdoms (illustrated by Yamada Akihiro) and Ghosthunt (manga by Inada Shiho), she collaborates with Fujisaki Ryu-sensei on Shiki, the ongoing supernatural shounen manga serialized in Jump SQ (the anime adaptation concluded last December). She and Yamamoto Kotetsuko-sensei have also produced another seinen horror mystery, Kokushi no Shima or Island of the Black Shrine (three tankou in regular release; two bunko). Ono-sensei is credited (along with manga-ka Kajiwara Niki) with yet another seinen horror series Toukei Ibun, published by Level Comics as Strange Tales of Tokyo.

Project X: Seven-Eleven by Project X Team

Project X: Seven-Eleven (Elex)

Project X: Seven-Eleven
© Project X Team/
Ohzora Shuppan
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

Albeit left out from Elex's 5.04 comics list (lobbed into the management books section), I include Project X: Seven-Eleven: Amateurs who Created Convenience Stores among the manga, not only because (1) I frequent 7-Eleven with alarming regularity (I'm addicted to the instapuccino) and (2) I've only reported this title as early as August 2009, but more because it really IS a manga, business reference notwithstanding.

Oh, synopsis? It details the struggle of Shimizu Hideo and Suzuki Toshifumi, the two businessmen behind Seven-Eleven in Japan, a concept they adopted from the United States so successfully, the Japanese franchisee eventually bought out the American chain.

The other Project X references (those Elex already published) include Project X -Shinkansen, Project X: CUP NOODLE, Project X: Digital Camera and Project X: HONDA: Conquer The World's Top Race.

Digital Manga Publishing, publisher of the English Project X: Challengers - Seven Eleven, credits the tome to Tadashi Ikuta and Namoi Kimura. (Couldn't see the names on the Elex cover.)


Three Shonen Star aces highlighted; the only 5.04 ShoStar omitted from here—and it's a alumnus at that—is Adachi Mitsuru's Katsu! (didn't garner enough GET! votes).

Dr. Koto 5 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi

Subtitle: Risau (Anxious)

Goto Kensuke alias Dr. Koto continues to devote himself to his job as the only physician on the remote island of Koshiki. But one day, a man suffering from terminal cancer travels to the island to spend his last days there. Apparently, the man also used to be a doctor detailed to the island 41 years ago. He refuses Dr. Koto's offer to undergo surgery, claiming that prolonging his life by a few more months is useless.

At that point, a female patient is rushed in, suffering from imminent abortion. And before a new life about to be born, Dr. Koto and the elderly doctor realize...

[Additions from Kana's Dr Kotô tome 5 synopsis]

Kekkaishi 5 of 33+ by Tanabe Yellow

Who could this big, donut-lurvin' god be? He hasn't been seen around around these parts in 50 years.

Kekkaishi 5 also contains, aside from Yang Mulia Uro (Lord Uro, chapter 37), Hari-Hari Toshimori (Toshimori's Days, chapter 41) and the story of three young ayakashi who infiltrate the sacred land Yoshimori and Tokine guard (White Feather Kids, chapter 44). The other chapters identified with Wiki's and PIKA Édition's help are: What is Karasumori? (chapter 36); Colorless Marsh (#38); Divine Field (#39); Footprints of the Divine (#40); Secrets (#42); Feathers (#43); and Tokine's Arrow (#45).

Yakitate!! Japan 21 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi

Who stands to get flattened in the final pancake battle between Azuma and He?

As if battling the champion pastry chef van der Hesselink in the seventh round of the Yakitate!! 25 weren't enough, Team Pantasia still has to hurdle yet another flatbread challenge: a pizza contest against the Italian Marco Ciccolini. [Additions from VIZ Media's English Yakitate!! Japan, Vol.21 blurb and Leroy Douresseaux-san's review of the same volume.]

The rest of the ongoing series

A Story of Heroes 35 (Elex)

A Story of Heroes 35
© Choi Mir/Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

  • A Story of Heroes 35 by Choi Mir: Sami's Kwima suddenly appears as the Moon God takes the golden pearl of the sky. Kwima is accompanied by the Battle God who is none other than the brother of the Sojang party head, who must now kill his brother to save Yushin and his friends.
  • Detektif Conan Spesial 35 by Aoyama Gosho, Abe Yutaka & Maru Denjiro: Conan, along with his classmates and friends, attend a film premiere on board the luxury liner Ekaterina II, little knowing that the ship incubates a virus created by the Black Organization. Can Conan, Professor Agasa and Ai foil the syndicate's evil plans?
  • Flash of Wind 29 by Watanabe Taeko: Hitotsubashi Yoshinobu stands firm in refusing the title of Shogun, preferring to simply head the Tokugawa clan. But will resolve be enough to quell the discontent of the Ito faction within the Shinsengumi?
  • Katsu! 11 by Adachi Mitsuru: Katsuki trains for the Inter High as Misaki and Uchida discover that not only did they meet (and become friends) in childhood, they both idolized Akamatsu Ryusuke. Katsuki, too, decides to finally watch the match between Rabbit Sakaguchi and Akamatsu and learns one surprising fact.
  • Reborn Kumiho 20 by Han HyunDong: Kumiho awakens to her evil instincts, forcing Maru to try returning her to consciousness. But his efforts appear doomed as Black Kumiho tempts him to commit evil.
  • The Tyr Chronicles 5 by Ra InSoo & Son ChangHo: Can Tyr and his allies defeat Herion, the monster who can turn humans into zombies?
  • Want You 9 by Hwang MiRee: Just as Herem realizes her feelings for Changnok, Changnok starts to avoid her. His cryptic behavior pushes Herem to leave Seoul and return to Kangwondo. Changnok simply watches as Herem walks away...

And in Legend of the Cursed Sword 33 by Yeo BeopRyong & Park HuiJin, Yong gun and Nahu meet and clash. (Why are all the manhwa down here? Because the GET! pledges for them came in trickles.)


Shonen Magz 5/2011 — Syaoran, I mean, Shie Fan!

Shonen Magz 5/2011 - Front cover: Tsubasa - Reservoir Chronicle

© CLAMP/Kodansha
[Weekly Shonen

CLAMP's Tsubasa is the cover of Shonen Magz 5/2011, a not-so small mercy as the hyped series is Chinmi: The Other Story, the Kungfu Boy side story.

Some time before the martial arts tournament, who should present herself before Chinmi's strongest rival Shie Fan but a girl named Fu Ren. What lessons can Shie Fan teach this disciple?

Aside from Tsubasa (most recent Elex tankou #17 released 2010.10.27) and Chinmi: TOS, these Kodansha shounen manga also continue their serial runs:

What's missing from the cover line-up? Yup, Kobayashi Jin's School Rumble, volume 11 of which last came out 2010.06.16.

Shonen Star 8/2011 ☆ Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko

Shonen Star 8/2011 - FC: Inuyasha

© Takahashi Rumiko/
[Shonen Sunday]

The scrambling for Kohaku's Shikon no Tama peaks, with Kohaku choosing to give up the shard to Naraku to save Kagome, even if it means losing his life. Kohaku tries to purify Naraku's shard in his final moments but fails. What's going to happen to Kagome now?

Yeah, yeah, you already know how Inuyasha plays out till the end, but we're still at this juncture in Shonen Star 8. (We're even more behind with the tankou; Elex is only up to volume 51.)

Keeping company with Inuyasha are these other Shonen Sunday stars:

What's Missing from the cover line-up, The Latter Part: Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho (volume 60 per 3.16); D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji; Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi (volume 5 scheduled 5.04) and Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow (volume 5 scheduled for 5.04). Considering these serials (save D-LIVE!!) are still ongoing in Japan, I expect they'll pop up again in other issues, if they really aren't in this one.

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

  • Level Comics: Soul Eater 6 · XBlade 3 · Hikayat Genji 8 · Magister Negi Magi 25 · Basara 17 · The Fugitive Lawyer Makoto Narita 5 · Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 5 · 3X3 Eyes 39 · Arms 19 · The Ravages of Time 9 · Priest 16 · Cubitus - Kena Kau! · Michel Vaillant - Operation Mirage
  • 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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