Update: I've revised my initial verdict on Love Class by Ayumi Rin. Look for my longer (and fairer) review
shortly Done, reviewed here.
Bleach © Kubo Tite/Shueisha [Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump]
Published in Indonesia by Gramedia/m&c!
Fifty Bleach 40 volumes were delivered to my neighborhood Elex Comic Center on STO day. What's the big deal with 50 books? Well, the other m&c! titles only totaled 20 each, max. I'm sure Ulquiorra-sama is happy :D
Previously on Bleach...
May contain [SPOILERS!]
Back in Hueco Mundo, Ichigo fights Ulquiorra; although neither of them use all their powers, Ulquiorra continues overpowering Ichigo.
In Bleach 40: The Lust,
Ulquiorra releases his zanpakutō which increases his powers to the point that Ichigo is virtually helpless before him. As Ichigo refuses to give up, Ulquiorra makes a second zanpakutō release and blows a hole in Ichigo's chest.
Both synopses come from Wiki's Bleach summaries as m&c!'s only goes as far as
The battle between Ichigo and Ulquiorra continues! To bring Orihime out of Las Noches, Ichigo must fight desperately against Ulquiorra.
Bleach Volume 40: The Lust compiles chapters 341 through 349:
The Lust 2 and
The Lust 3.
Cha EunSoo is kidnapped again, and this time, her captors don't pull their punches. An already battered Gang JaeHee shields EunSoo from their blows; his former girlfriend cries her heart out when he falls unmoving on top of her...
So that's the lowdown, heading into Female Wolf's BOY, The End.
With the conclusion of FWB—and Sandwich Girl—that's a wrap for the 2 × Han YuRang series from the original 4 × 132 x 200mm soonjung manhwa m&c! launched under a year ago. Of the quartet, only Hwang MiRee's Idol Shopping and Ugly Duckling Become Swan remain current, although the latter only until next week. (UDBS 13 streets on the 8th.)
I preview the other series finales—Magical x Miracle (volume 6) and Out Code (volume 3)—after the release list.
Hey, today's Father's Day! 父の日、おめでとう。
Miiko was supposed to buy Daddy a gift, but she forgot. And now, all she has left is 32 yen [around IDR 3,400]. Can Miiko make her dad happy with spare change?
Elex's 6.01 STO excludes Hai, Miiko! 23 from the release list, an omission m&c! rectifies. I don't know when the Miiko Chichi no hi story first came out, but the tank streeted March 2010 in Japan. Japan celebrates Father's Day on the third Sunday in June, which means 19th June this year (the 20th last year).
© Minami Maki/
[Hana to Yume]
Seiyuu-Ka! Lovely Voice
Kino Hime enrolls into the voice acting department of Hiiragi Academy, the prestigious seiyuu high school famous for launching voice actors to stardom. Hime's dream is to become the lead CV (character voice) of the hit anime “Lovely Blazers.”
There's only one problem — a couple, actually: Hime's unlovely voice and her lack of grace, both of which land her in detention with three other delinquents.
If only to find out why this Hana to Yume series is listed under Gender Bender, am taking Seiyuu-Ka! Lovely Voice for a spin. (I lurve the Reverse Trap trope, though I could care less about
Tsundere, Tsundere Male Lead with which this manga is also tagged.
As for the other new titles, we get megane moe redux in Glasses Boys' Fans Club by Kawamaru Shin (Glasses Boys' Lovers' sib); Love Triangle, anyone? Heroine Complex by Naoda Tsuboko; Whoa! this Teacher is Scary! Love Class by Ayumi Rin (
I pan this below Prematurely, as it turns out.); “I will punish you in the name of Love!” Love Samurai by Aoi Michiru and Kleenex alert! My Tiger Boy by Sakisaka Mea (two-volume launch). All Shogakukan shoujo manga, all Sho-Comi alumni, except Ciao grad Love Samurai and ex-Betsucomi Glasses Boys' Fans Club. (I preview these manga below the release list.)
☂ [RE-STO]: If you missed some (or all) volumes of Fujieda Tohru's Dragon Girl, or Sakamoto Miku's Nekomachi Shop Guide, or Shigematsu Takako's Not An Angel, now's your chance to complete your collection.
- Bleach 40 of 50+ by Kubo Tite
- [Premiere] Glasses Boys' Fans Club (Moe Megane Danshi Kurabu) by Kawamaru Shin
- Hai, Miiko! (Kocchi Muite! Miiko) 23 of 23+ by Ono Eriko
- [Premiere] Heroine Complex by Naoda Tsuboko
- [Premiere] Love Class (Renai Kyoushuujo) by Ayumi Rin
- [Premiere] Love Samurai (Love Samurai Yuika) by Aoi Michiru
- Magical x Miracle 6 of 6 by Mizutani Yuzu [Finale]
- [Series Premiere] My Tiger Boy (Tora wa Amaku Kiba de Kamu) 1 of 2 by Sakisaka Mea
- [Premiere] My Tiger Boy (Tora wa Amaku Kiba de Kamu) 2 of 2 by Sakisaka Mea [Finale]
- Out Code 3 of 3 by Suzuragi Karin & Himenogi Haruhiko [Finale]
- [Series Premiere] Seiyuu-Ka! Lovely Voice (Seiyuu-ka!) 1 of 6+ by Minami Maki
- Sky Blue Beach (Sorairo Kaigan) 5 of 6 by Yamada Nanpei
- Female Wolf's BOY 17 of 17 by Han YuRang [Finale]
- My Own Princess (Personalized Princess) 3 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
- Say Say Say 2 of 7 by Hwang MiRee
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Monika dan Kawan-Kawan (Turma da Mônica) 141 by Mauricio De Sousa
- Dragon Girl 1 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru
- Dragon Girl 2 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru
- Dragon Girl 3 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru
- Dragon Girl 4 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru
- Dragon Girl 5 of 5 by Fujieda Tohru [Finale]
- Nekomachi Shop Guide 1 of 2 by Sakamoto Miku
- Nekomachi Shop Guide 2 of 2 by Sakamoto Miku [Finale]
- Not An Angel (Tenshi ja Nai!!) 1 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 2 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 3 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 4 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 5 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 6 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 7 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako
- Not An Angel 8 of 8 by Shigematsu Takako [Finale]
- Rainbow over Her Arms (Anoko no Ude wa Niji no Tsuzuki) by Suzuki Yufuko
¹ Source: m&c! (covers and release advisory)
² All (including restocked) are priced at IDR 16,500, except manhwa (IDR 19,900 each).
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New titles continued
Aotani High boasts of a secret photography club devoted to immortalizing guys in glasses. Here, files are kept on the Bespectacled Emperor, the Cool, the Galahad, the Timid, even the True Geek megane.
The follow-up to Glasses Boys' Lovers, Glasses Boys' Fans Club includes the
Love & Money one-shot in addition to the
Glasses Boys' Fans Club story.
Shy girl Koyuki, school beauty Nagisa and student council president Shin — each has a story to tell. In the upcoming cultural festival, who will emerge The Heroine?
Ran has been rejected by 18 guys already, but that's not stopping her from crushing on the school's most popular megane, Takashina. She's prepared to do anything to win Takashina's heart, even if she has to submit to a military-uniformed, whip-wielding Spartan's love training!
#Fail Overhasty *sweatdrop*
Here's a case of DJAMBIC (Don't Judge a Manga By Its Cover). I was totally taken in by the droolicious military uniform but I barely finished the tedious, incredible (as in NOT credible)
Love Class. (Never mind dipping into the other two stories,
Incomplete Love Song and
The Forgotten One.) In all fairness, because I didn't finish the volume, I'm not giving Love Class a grade, but the fact that I gave up on it implies...
»Edit As I noted above, I was rash in panning this manga. The other two stories,
Incomplete Love Song and
The Forgotten One, redeem this omnibus. To make up, I will review this separately. »Edit2 Reviewed here.
m&c! published Ayumi Rin-sensei's Salon for a Broken Heart last September. Her other works include Usotsuki na Kanojo; Kiss Yori mo Ijiwaru; and Hoshii no wa, Anata Dake, also one-volume anthologies. Her current Sho-Comi serial is Taiyou wo Tsukamaete!
Hi, I'm Yuika! I'm head over heels over Youta who's in my kendo class. I have trouble telling him how I feel, but I still hate to see people underestimate love.
“People who laugh at love will cry for love! I am the Love Samurai!”
Misaki has missed a lot of classes because of her illness. She has logged so many absences, she's in danger of being held back. Her teacher suggests makeup lessons for Misaki to catch up.
Imagine Misaki's consternation when she finds out she's not the only one taking extra lessons. Class Badass Taiga is, too!
But Taiga-kun ain't so bad.
He's like a tiger, yet he envelopes me with such gentleness..., or so goes Shinnen's Tora wa Amaku Kiba de Kamu opener, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga.
Misaki screws up her courage to confess to Taiga...and Taiga accepts. Their happy time together shatters when a doctor tells Misaki she doesn't have long to live.
What will the tiger that bites sweetly by the fang do? What hand or eye can dare frame his fearful symmetry? Keep a handkerchief or tissues handy, just in case.
Sakisaka Mea's Cute! Cute! Cute! also double launched, back in February. Her other Sho-Comi completed series include Gal Kadou, Himekei Doll and Lovely Lesson.
Several years have passed since the Master Wizard's departure. The protectors are forging their own paths, including Mel, now a wizard school graduate. Still, the Master Wizard's ideals hold sway, keeping another war at bay.
Will anyone actually replace the Master Wizard?
m&c!'s Magical x Miracle 6 synopsis seems so much Happy Ever After epilogue, I have to excerpt from TOKYOPOP's Magical x Miracle, Vol. 6 for some pre-curtains excitement:
[P]eace is about to be rudely interrupted by the King of Caldia. Merleawe must put her master's wizardry to work one last time.
To help Hinako, Kirio takes on the core members of Helios. Can Kirio and Hinako save the world from the Helios threat?
The rest of the ongoing series
- My Own Princess 3 by Hwang MiRee: Nuri learns she has a younger sister. Aris turns out to be the true princess Bayu and Asyu are fighting over. The suitor Princess Aris chooses will reign as the next king and odds favor Asyu wearing the crown. Unwilling to accept defeat, Bayu takes advantage of Nuri to...
- Say Say Say 2 by Hwang MiRee: Yun Say meets Seo Young Won more often because of Jun Hwi and Young Won's friendship. The more frequently they meet, the more curious Say gets. She definitely feels something for Young Won, a feeling Jun Hwi, her boyfriend, doesn't inspire.
- Sky Blue Beach 5 by Yamada Nanpei: Tento likes Tomo but Tomo likes Tento's older brother Riku. Riku refuses Tomo, telling her he can't have a relationship with his student. What's going to happen to this love triangle now?
Still not enuf? Here are the other 1 June 2011 manga
Elex Media: One Piece 58 · Dream Eater Merry 2 · Kome Si Belang 3 · Kariage kun 42 · The Recipe For Gertrude 4 · V.B. Rose 7 · The Tyr Chronicles 6 · Crows 18 · Inazuma Eleven 3 · Lum, The Invader Girl 29 · Tena on S-string 7 · Doraemon: Gadget Cat from the Future 6
Level Comics: Soul Eater 7 · Dawn of The Arcana 1 by Toma Rei · Blade of Immortal 16 · A Spirit of The Sun 11 · Dark Edge 1 by Aikawa Yu · Attack!! 7 · Ghost Mum Investigator 3 · Rantanplan - Biang Masalah · Rantanplan - Natal Bersama · Spirou dan Fantasio - Jamur dan Sang Diktator
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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