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Manga street datesElex: 8.27 · Level: 8.27 · m&c!: 8.27
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Arpeggio of Blue Steel, weekdays, 10pm WIB [Series Finale] 28 August 2014, Thursday
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

6.22.2011

Ciuman Dewa 5, Spiral - The Bonds of Reason 13, Twinkle Stars 1 by Takaya Natsuki (Elex Media 22 June 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

07-Ghost 1 should've headlined this post as it led the 22 June DO WANT! by a   w—i—d—e   margin. But it got postponed to 6 July. So what emerges as the Most Wanted manga is Ciuman Tomoe, I mean, Ciuman Dewa :D

Ciuman Dewa 5 (Elex Media)

Kamisama Hajimemashita © Suzuki Julietta/Hakusensha
[Serialized in Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia as Ciuman Dewa by Elex Media

Thanks to Mizuki, Nanami gets Tomoe out of that giant oyster and free of the Dragon King's clutches. Tomoe, of course, is one unhappy camper, especially after learning that he's no longer Nanami's sole familiar. To stop Tomoe and Mizuki from drenching the temple with blood every day, Nanami drags her familiars off to a festival to ‘make nice.’

But the fox and snake refuse to cease bickering. What will it take to enforce a truce?

Tweep @freakenari-san was actually the first to rename this series Ciuman Tomoe (Tomoe's Kiss); I would add Ciuman Mizuki. :D

Later, Nanami has to face the truth that townsfolk consider her shrine “haunted” and regard it only good for kimodameshi. To banish that misconception, our teen deity decides to hold a festival of her own. This attracts the attention of a sissy god, and before Nanami can even master the kagura dance, she is flung into a dream world where Tomoe clings to her like...whatever it is that clings plus looks on adoringly.

Spiral - The Bonds of Reason 13 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita

Kirie tries to determine whether Ayumu and Hizumi are blood brothers to Narumi Kiyotaka and Mizushiro Yaiba. But the DNA test she conducts produces results beyond expectations...

I can add this bit from Yen Press's Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 13: Big brother Kiyotaka has always cast a shadow over Ayumu's life, but what kind of despair has Hizumi known that would make him so ready to die? Hizumi still hasn't laid all of his cards on the table, and his next play could take out one of the Blade Children for good.

Spiral The Bonds of Reason 13 spans chapters 62-66: Holy Invasion, Wing's Rustle, In a Graceful Hand That Can Go Out of Order, Toward the Zeroth Hour and The Lost World. [*NOT Elex Media's titles]

New Elex manga and manhwa

In addition to Twinkle Stars by Takaya Natsuki, Elex launches Casting by KITT & Park Sang-yong, the Comic Champ manhwa set in the world of showbiz and...wait for it...PSME Next Generation, I mean, The Moonlight That Surrounds Me, the sequel to Hiwatari Saki's Please Save My Earth science fiction classic. The Moonlight That Surrounds Me, originally Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari, top-bills Alice and Rin's son Ren. Longer previews for the latter two after the release list; Above The Cut is reserved for —

Twinkle Stars 1 (Elex Media)

Hoshi wa Utau
© Takaya Natsuki
Hakusensha [Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia as
Twinkle Stars by Elex Media

Shiina Sakuya has always turned to stargazing whenever she's down. Orphaned, she lives with her cousin Miyako Kanade. On her eighteenth birthday, a mysterious boy named Chihiro gifts her with a pink dress. Sakuya thinks Chihiro is Kanade's friend, while Kanade assumes that Chihiro is Sakuya's boyfriend.

So, who exactly is Chihiro?

Elex Book Reviews recommends Twinkle Stars (despite its Angst, Star Admirer, Unrequited Love, Painful Past, Absent Parents, Depression, Nice Girl, Tsundere Male Lead, Person with an Attitude baggage) for the art, the compelling story and Only 11 volumes! Though you don't really need the hype if you already followed Twinkle Stars before HanaLaLa was axed.

Everyone knows Takaya Natsuki-sensei, right? *cough*Fruits Basket*cough*

New serials also on tap on the mangazine side. Your Melody by Fukushima Haruka and Love is the Devil by Pedro Toriumi debut in Nakayoshi Gress! 6/2011 , while The World God Only Knows by Tamiki Wakaki starts its serial run in Indonesia's Shonen Sunday, Shonen Star, Issue 11/2011. [NikBabble™ continued after the release list]

Box sets: Moar Kariage kun Hilarity Ensues!

Volumes 21 to 30 of Ueda Masashi's 4-koma Kariage kun ships as a boxed set, but unlike the volumes 1-10 and 11-20 predecessors, this value bundle costs Rp 5,000 more (IDR 150,000). Oh, and Kariage kun 43? It's skedded for next week, 28 June.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.06.22)

  1. Arsène Lupin 2 (Kaitou Lupin Series 2. Fushigi na Ryokousha) of 5 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji
  2. Arsène Lupin 2 (Elex)

    Kaitou Lupin Series 2. Fushigi na Ryokousha
    怪盗ルパン
    Original story by Maurice Leblanc; Illustrations by Kazumine Daiji
    The Kumon Manga Library, educational manga
    Volume 2 first published in Japan in 1998

  3. [Series Premiere] Casting 1 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong (Daewon C.I./Comic Champ)
  4. Ciuman Dewa (Kamisama Hajimemashita) 5 of 9+ by Suzuki Julietta
  5. Ciuman Dewa 5 (Elex)

    Kamisama Hajimemashita神様はじめました
    by Suzuki Julietta
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 5 (chapters 25-30) first published in Japan 2010.01

    Other languages
    English Kamisama Kiss (VIZ Media: three volumes per 2011.06 • volume 4 street date: 2011.08.02)

  6. Doraemon 8 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (right-to-left edition)
  7. Doraemon 8 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Coro Coro Comics, kodomo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1975.07
    Premiered in Indonesia: 1994 (left-to-right format)

    Awards
    Best Children's Manga, 27th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Grand Prize, the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1997) and the Excellence Award, Japan Cartoonists Association Awards (1973)

    Related series
    Doraemon Plus (sequel; 5 of 5 volumes), Daichouhen Doraemon (side story; 24 of 24 volumes); Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden (spin-off; 22 volumes as at 2011.05, ongoing) and The Doraemon's Special (spin-off; 12 volumes)

    Adaptations
    A 52-episode anime adaptation by Nippon TV (1973.04 - 1973.09), a 1,787-episode series by Shin-Ei Animation (broadcast on TV Asahi from 1979.04 - 2005.03), a 2005 adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation and Studio Pierrot (premiered 2005.04.15; 300+ episodes) and numerous movies

  8. Hitohira 4 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
  9. Hitohira 4 (Elex)

    Hitohiraひとひら」 by Kirihara Idumi
    Futabasha Comic High!, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2007.06

    Other languages
    English Hitohira (Aurora Publishing: three volumes [hiatus]) and traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Publishing Taiwan: 女優大試煉 4 per 2008.02)

    Related series
    Sequels: Hitohira Encore (one volume, complete) and Sakaki Mirei no Tame nara Boku wa...!! (one volume per 2011.02.12, ongoing serialization in Comic High!)

    Adaptations
    A 12-episode anime adaptation by XEBEC M2, starring seiyuu Kimoto Orie (Asai Mugi), Kawasumi Ayako (Ichinose Nono), Narita Ken (Katsuragi Takashi), Hikami Kyoko (Nishida Risaki) and Kishio Daisuke (Nishida Kai), aired from March to June 2007 in Japan.

  10. Mokke 3 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi
  11. Mokke 3 (Elex)

    Mokkeもっけ」 by Kumakura Takatoshi
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2004.03

  12. [Series Premiere] The Moonlight That Surrounds Me (Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari) 1 of 10+ by Hiwatari Saki
  13. The Moonlight That Surrounds Me 1 (Elex)

    Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari
    ボクを包む月の光」 by Hiwatari Saki
    AKA PSME Next Generation and Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari - Boku Tama Jisedai-hen
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-3) first published in Japan 2005.06

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press: 包圍我的月光 4 per 2011.03)

    Related series
    Please Save My Earth/Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte (prequel; 21 of 21 volumes per 1994.08)

  14. Mystery Bride 4 of 5 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin
  15. Mystery Bride 4 (Elex)

    Jeongchebulmyeong Saesaegsi [Unknown New Bride]정체불명새색시
    by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin
    AKA Pig Bride
    Haksan Party, soonjung
    Volume 4 first published in Korea 2008.07

    Other languages/serializations
    English Pig Bride (Yen Press: five volumes per 2010.07; serialized in Yen Plus)

  16. Ruler of The Land (Yul Hyul Gang Ho) 52 of 54+ by Jeon KeukJin & Yang JaeHyun
  17. Ruler of The Land 52 (Elex)

    Yul Hyul Gang Ho열혈강호
    by Jeon KeukJin & Yang JaeHyun
    AKA Yul Hyul Kang Ho or Yulgang
    Daiwon C.I. Young Champ, seinen
    Volume 52 first published in Korea 2010.05

    Other languages
    English (ADV Manga; till volume 8), French Sabre et Dragon (Tokebi) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 热血江湖 volume 40 per 2008.03.04)

    Adaptations
    MMORPG Yulgang or Scions of Fate (US)

  18. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 13 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
  19. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 13 (Elex)

    Spiral: Suiri no Kizunaスパイラル 推理の絆
    by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 13 (chapters 62-66) first published in Japan 2005.04

    Other languages
    English Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Yen Press: 15 volumes per 2011.04) and German (Carlsen Comics; Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit: Band 12 ships 2011.06.24 • Band 13 street date: 2011.09.29)

    Related
    Spiral Alive (prequel; five volumes); a series of light novels; Mizuno Eita artbooks: SPIRAL Mizuno Eita Gashuu (2003.03) and Spiral All Along (2006.02; released with volume 15); and the Life is Spiralスパイラル完全解説本 ライフ・イズ・スパ」 guide, which includes the first draft of the Spiral: Suiri no KizunaSore sae mo toutoki hibi de」 drama (2003.03)

    Adaptations
    A series of audio dramas and a 25-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, based on the first six volumes of the manga, with an alternate ending that aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003, starring seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi (Narumi Ayumu), Asano Masumi (Yuizaki Hiyono) and Ishida Akira (Eyes Rutherford).

  20. [Series Premiere] Twinkle Stars (Hoshi wa Utau) 1 of 11 by Takaya Natsuki
  21. Twinkle Stars 1 (Elex)

    Hoshi wa Utau星は歌う」 by Takaya Natsuki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-5 and Twinkle Ponta omake) first published in Japan 2008.01

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized until chapter 7 in the Indonesian HanaLaLa [discontinued])
    English and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: English volume 5 per 2010.12; 星歌恋曲 #6 per 2010.06), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan; 星歌戀曲 9 released 2011.03), French (Delcourt Twinkle Stars: Le Chant des Etoiles tome 9 per 2011.04 • tome 10 street date: 2011.07.01), German (Carlsen Comics Band 3 street date: 2011.10.28), Italian Le stelle cantano (Panini Comics) and Spanish La melodía de las estrellas (Norma Editorial Spain)

    Adaptations
    Geneon Entertainment's Hoshi wa Utau drama CD, starring seiyuu Tomatsu Haruka, Kondo Takashi and Takahashi Hiroki, released 2010.02 in Japan.

  22. Western Shotgun 37 of 40 by Park MinSeo
  23. Western Shotgun 37 (Elex)

    Western Shotgun웨스턴 샷건
    by Park MinSeo
    AKA Blazin' Barrels (TOKYOPOP, discontinued)
    Daiwon C.I., Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 37 first published in Korea 2009.07

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Box sets (2011.06.22)

  • [Box set @ IDR 150,000] Kariage kun, Vols. 21-30 (of 50+) by Ueda Masashi

Mangazines (2011.06.22)

  1. Nakayoshi Gress! 6/2011
  2. Shonen Star 11/2011

¹ Sources: Elex STO 22 June 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN retail for IDR 16,500. The Kariage kun Volumes 21-30 box set is priced at IDR 150,000/set. Nakayoshi Gress! 6/2011 and Shonen Star 11/2011 retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles continued

Casting 1 (Elex Media)

Casting © KITT &
Park Sang-yong
Daiwon C.I. [Comic Champ]

Casting 1 of 8 by KITT & Park Sang-yong

Waiting for the bus brought them together: Han Kang Woo, a senior high student who loves cinema and dreams of one day directing his own movie, and Seong Da Yin, a beautiful girl who hates movies because of some childhood trauma.

Can Opposites Attract, if not the promise of stardom, work its magic here?

Elex Book Reviews thumbs up the eight-volume (Hurray for Hollyweird?) series for its fresh humor inserts.

The Moonlight That Surrounds Me 1 of 10+ by Hiwatari Saki

The Moonlight That Surrounds Me 1 (Elex Media)

Boku wo Tsutsumu Tsuki no Hikari
© Hiwatari Saki
Hakusensha
[Bessatsu Hana to Yume]
Published as
The Moonlight That Surrounds Me
by Elex Media

Having resolved their past life issues, Rin and Arisu are rewarded with halcyon days and an adorable son. Ren appears to be a regular boy, but one day, a pair of guardian angels appear before Ren.

Could Ren have inherited his parents' powers?

The Moonlight That Surrounds Me takes place post-Please Save My Earth. Wiki notes that it reprises a lot of the ESP-related themes, in addition to bringing back many of the original characters. I tried out the first story in the tank, and found that you DO need to read PSME first for maximum enjoyment. *prepares to hunt down all 21 PSME volumes*

Elex also publishes (about to wrap) Hiwatari Saki-sensei's Global Garden.

Featured

Mystery Bride 4 of 5 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin

Can Si Jun, faced with 2×Park Mu Yeon, pick out the genuine article from the fake? He bets his life on his choice and...

The gloves (and mask!) are off in the final showdown, as Yen Press puts it in its Pig Bride, Vol. 4 blurb.

The rest of the ongoing series

  • Arsène Lupin 2 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji: Lupin eyes Castle Thibermesnil, but not only for the treasure it holds. The one ingress is a secret path that has baffled many before Lupin. The master of the castle invites Lupin to try and match wits with the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.
  • Hitohira 4 by Kirihara Idumi: Mugi is now in her junior year. The theater club still tries to recruit new members, while the theater research club disbands. A new member, claiming to be Mugi's fan, tries to get a confused Mugi to join the theater club.
  • Mokke 3 by Kumakura Takatoshi: As with humans, spirits have their own community, bound by their own rules. Only by understanding can one realize the limits of human-spiritual coexistence.
  • Ruler of The Land 52 by Jeon KeukJin & Yang JaeHyun: Han Bikwang risks outing his identity if he jumps into combat with the Dong Ryong warriors, but battle might already be inevitable as one of the Dong Ryong warriors, Salsung, recognizes him as a Sinji swordsman.
  • Western Shotgun 37 by Park MinSeo: Troops storm Paradox and capture Amita. Tammy and Sting go off in pursuit, but it is Clint who manages to rescue Amita.

Nakayoshi 6/2011 premieres Your Melody and Love is the Devil ♡

Nakayoshi Gress! 6/2011

Watashi ni xx Shinasai!
© Toyama Ema/Kodansha

As noted above, we get two new Nakayoshi series: Your Melody and Love is the Devil. Your Melody, originally Kimi no Neiro, by Fukushima Haruka has our heroine Akira fretting over how ungirly she is. She's super tall and people mistake her for a guy, despite her long hair. So she can be forgiven for reacting a little extreme when she enters high school: chopping off her long locks, wearing a boy's shirt over her skirt and becoming the fangirl idol Prince Akira.

But has Akira really given up on her dream guy Haru, who, along with his super-cute, girly, long-haired girlfriend were the reason for Akira's radical makeover? [Adapted from Ai's Bookshelf's Kimi no Neiro description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

Love is the Devil (Amai Akuma ga Warau), meanwhile, is a Pure Pure Oujo × Demon Butler romance, apparently Pedro Toriumi-sensei's supernova debut (volume 1 JP release: 2011.03; the second tankou streets this 6 July).

The other Nakayoshi pals this issue are Animal Official, also by Fukushima Haruka; XX Me! by Toyama Ema (Yukina lands the front cover again); Arisa by Ando Natsumi (there's also an Arisa Special this edition); Hell Girl Return by Eto Miyuki and Jigoku Shojo Project; Little Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT & Naphthalene Mizushima; Navi Runa by Kikuta Michiyo & Ikeda Miyoko; and Ogawa and Team Saito by Sakyo, volume 6 of which released 2011.05.11.

I can't see Sakyo's Little Marchen on Issue 6's cover; has it ended already? I couldn't check out Issue 6 because it sold out on the STO day.

Shonen Star 11/2011 ☆ The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki premieres

Shonen Star 11/2011

Takkoku!!!
© Fukuchi Tsubasa
Shogakukan
[Shonen Sunday]

Don't think Otamegane × Harem The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki needs an intro, but in case you don't follow the anime, Kaminomi or Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai details the adventures of misogynist otaku Katsuragi Keima, pressed for help by the devil Elsie to collar fugitive spirits who hide inside girls' hearts. The only way to kick the spirit out is to make the girl fall in love. And he's not allowed to fail or he will lose his head, as Baka-Updates Manga points out.

Elsewhere, the high-staked game between Gaku and Kako continues in Fukuchi Tsubasa's Takkoku!!! (Issue 11 cover): Gaku wins against Chiena, Kako shows up and Misaki, who has fallen for Gaku, challenges Gaku to takkoku!!! (Btw, the first Takkoku!!! tank streeted last 8 June.)

The other ShoStars: Appearance of the Yellow Dragon by Tamura Mitsuhisa; ARAGO by Arai Takahiro; Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl (volume 4 per 8 June); Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho (volume 61 per 11 May); D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji; Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi (volume 5 per 4 May); Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko (volume 52 per 25 May); Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow (volume 6 per 25 May); My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun (volume 4 per 20 April); and Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato (volume 17 per 15 June).

(I don't wonder about the missing Yakitate!! Japan on the cover, but I can't see a hint of Ohtaka Shinobu's Magi. Funny that, because it premiered in Issue 10. Whahappened?)

Still not enuf? Here are the other 22 June 2011 manga, manhwa and manhua

Level Comics: The Black Swindler 13 · The Drops of God 5 · Air Gear 22 · Eternal Sabbath 3 · Rainbow 21 · Homunculus 11 · Blue Seal 1 by Shinohara Chie · Karakuri Circus 2 · Zipang 6 · Smurf Reporter · Jojo - Janji Persahabatan

m&c!: Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 13 · Song of Love 8 of 8 · My Life 3 · Neon Genesis Evangelion Iron Maiden the 2nd 6 of 6 · Film Girl 1 by Takagi Shigeyoshi · Pudding in Love 2 of 5 · When Love Is Blooming by Shiumi Saki · Aoizaka Baseball Club 20 of 26 · Bleach Volumes 25-30 box set · Long Hu Men - Next Level 4 by Tony Wong· The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 No. 1 by Tony Wong and Dick Kwong

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography

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