6.07.2011

GTO 3, Perfect Girl Evolution 24, Gurren Lagann 001 (Level Comics 8 June 2011 manga)

Maybe, but it isn't zero. As far as I'm concerned, that makes it the same as a 100% chance.

It's still a while before Simon sez the quotable above, but we're one tankou closer with Level Comics's premiere of buxom babes, beastmen, and giant mechs Gurren Lagann.

Gurren Lagann 1 (Level Comics)

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann © by Mori Kotaro/MediaWorks [Dengeki Comics]
Published in Indonesia as Gurren Lagann by Elex Media/Level Comics

Simon the Digger and the Giha villagers only know an underground cavern as their world and believe that one day, they will all perish in a landslide triggered by an earthquake. Into this hope-deprived hole bursts Kamina who coaxes Simon to break through to a surface world beyond their dreams.

And before Simon knows it, the “sky” above literally crashes on his and Kamina's heads, bringing with it a monster that only a glowing drill-bit and the man-sized mech it activates can overcome. [Additions from Bandai Entertainment's Gurren Lagann Manga Volume 1 summary]

Of course, you already know that the Gurren Lagann manga is based on the award-winning Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime by GAINAX. I think you can even find Gurren Lagann under the proverbial rock, because that's just how (early) Simon works, LOL.

Now for DO WANT! #1 and 2...

GTO 3 of 25 by Fujisawa Toru

Onizuka lands a teaching stint at Tokyo Kissho, but not at the senior high. He is appointed homeroom teacher of class 3-4, notorious for its punk students. Class 3-4's trouble-making is gonna test Onizuka's confidence to the limits!

Perfect Girl Evolution 24 of 28+ by Hayakawa Tomoko

Not having given up on his perfect mate, Grimmel's dark, cadaverous prince tracks Sunako all the way to Japan. But for some strange reason, Sunako is acting weird(er) than usual and is channeling a cat! Kyohei realizes something's up, but his resistance is mistaken for jealousy over Sunako and the prince.

Perfect Girl Evolution 24 compiles chapters 96 through 99: I Want To See You (Parts 1 and 2), Burn!! Sebastian! and The Great Bond. [*NOT Level's chapter titles]

Level Comics manga (2011.06.08)

  1. Dolls of God (Kamisama Dolls) 3 of 9+ by Yamamura Hajime
  2. LC: Dolls of God 3

    Kamisama Dolls神様ドォルズ
    by Yamamura Hajime
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 3 (chapters 13-18) first published in Japan 2008.09

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Ching Win Publishing Taiwan: 神樣DOLLS 7 per 2010.11 • volume 8 street date: 2011.06.13)

    Adaptations
    The Kamisama Dolls anime premieres this 7 July 2011 in Japan. The TV series animated by Brains Base casts seiyuu Okamoto Nobuhiko as Kuga Kyōhei, Fukuen Misato as Kuga Utao and Kayano Ai as Shiba Hibino.

  3. Giant Killing 4 of 20+ by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
  4. LC: Giant Killing 4

    Giant KillingGIANT KILLING
    by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2008.01

    Awards
    34th Kodansha Manga Award for General Manga

    Adaptations
    Studio DEEN's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Tatsumi Takeshi), Okiayu Ryotaro (Murakoshi Shigeyuki), Mizushima Takahiro (Tsubaki Daisuke) and Ono Daisuke (Yoshida Luigi) aired between April and September 2010 on NHK.

  5. GTO 3 of 25 by Fujisawa Toru
  6. LC: GTO 3

    GTOGTO」 by Fujisawa Toru
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 1997.09

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 1998 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Other languages
    Bilingual Japanese/English (Kodansha International, three volumes per 1999.12), English GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (TOKYOPOP: 25 volumes), French (PIKA Édition: 25 volumes), Italian (Dynamic Italia), German (EMA), Polish (Waneko), Swedish (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB; serialized in Manga Mania), traditional Chinese (Tong Li)

    Related series
    Prequels: Shounan Junaigumi! AKA GTO: The Early Years (31 of 31 volumes) and Bad Company (1 of 1 volume) and GTO Shonan 14 Days (sequel, six volumes as at 2011.02, ongoing)

    Adaptations
    A live-action GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka TV series, starring Sorimachi Takashi (Onizuka Eikichi) and Matsushima Nanako (Fuyutsuki Azusa) telecast from July to September 1998 on Fuji TV and Kansai TV (followed by GTO Drama Special; 1999.08.28 and GTO: The Movie; 1991) and Studio Pierrot's 43-episode Great Teacher Onizuka anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Takagi Wataru as Onizuka, that aired between June 1999 and September 2000.

  7. [Series Premiere] Gurren Lagann (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) 1 of 7+ by Mori Kotaro
  8. LC: Gurren Lagann 1

    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    天元突破グレンラガン
    by Mori Kotaro, GAINAX, Nakashima Kazuki
    MediaWorks Dengeki Comic Gao! and Dengeki Daioh (starting 2008.04.21), shounen
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-5) first published in Japan 2007.09

    Related series
    Based on the GAINAX anime that aired between April to September 2007 in Japan, starring seiyuu Kakihara Tetsuya (Simon), Konishi Katsuyuki (Kamina), Inoue Marina (Yoko), Fukui Yukari (Nia Teppelin) and Hiyama Nobuyuki (Viral).

    Alternate stories: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren Gakuenhen (one volume; 2009.03), Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Yoko no Obeso-hen (one volume, 4-koma; 2008) and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Rasen Shounentan (one volume; 2010.02).

    Other languages
    English Gurren Lagann (Bandai Entertainment: six volumes per 2010.10 • volume 7 street date: 2011.07.12), French (Glénat: tome 4 ships 2011.06.08)

  9. Perfect Girl Evolution (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge) 24 of 28+ by Hayakawa Tomoko
  10. LC: Perfect Girl Evolution 24

    Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge
    ヤマトナデシコ七変化
    by Hayakawa Tomoko
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 24 (chapters 96-99) first published in Japan 2009.09

    Other languages
    English The Wallflower (Del Rey: volumes 22/23/24 per 2010.10; Kodansha Comics volume 25 street date: 2011.06.21 and Chuang Yi (as My Fair Lady; volume 26 per 2011.02), French (Pika Édition: Yamato Nadeshiko tome 14 per 2011.04), German (EMA/Egmont Manga & Anime from volume 21 onwards)

    Adaptations
    Anime by Nippon Animation featuring seiyuu Takaguchi Yukiko (Nakahara Sunako), Morikubo Showtaro (Takano Kyohei), Yamauchi Yuuya (Toyama Yukinojo), Sugita Tomokazu (Oda Takenaga) and Nojima Hirofumi (Mori Ranmaru) aired from October 2006 to March 2007 on Japan's TV Aichi. A live-action renzoku starring Kamenashi Kazuya (Kyohei), Oomasa Aya (Sunako), Tegoshi Yuya (Yukinojo), Uchi Hiroki (Takenaga) and Miyao Shuntaro (Ranmaru) was telecast on TBS from January to March 2010.

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European comics/BDs (2011.06.08)

  1. Johan & Pirlouit - Serangan Pasukan Gagak (Johan et Pirlouit, tome 14: La horde du corbeau) by Alain Maury, Yvan Delporte, Thierry Culliford
  2. Smurf - Dokter Smurf (Une histoires des Schtroumpfs - Le Docteur Schtroumpf, tome 18) by Peyo

¹ Sources: Elex STO 8 June 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).

² Manga retails for IDR 18,500/volume, ROMICs at IDR 30,000 apiece.

³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

The rest of the ongoing series

  • Dolls of God 3 by Yamamura Hajime: To repair a damaged Kukuri, Kyohei, Utao and Hibino make the trip to Karakami village. There, Kyohei tells his and Aki's story to Hibino: what Aki did six years ago and why Kyohei stopped being a seki.
  • Giant Killing 4 by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo: ETU suffers a five-game losing streak, this after Tatsumi promises to liven up Japanese soccer. But instead of training harder for the next match, the team is dragged into a game by Tatsumi. Whoever wins can compete. Kuroda and Sugi rebel, threatening to destroy the team altogether.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 8 June 2011 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Defense Devil 4 · Topeng Kaca 13 Deluxe · Princess Resurrection 2 · Dragon Ball, Vol. 31-42 box set · Masked Rider Spirits 15 · The New Kobochan 6 · Rinne 5 · Takkoku!!! 1 by Fukuchi Tsubasa · Bakeru kun Pika-pika 5 of 5 · Crayon Shinchan 6 · Fantastic Tales 4 · Shonen Star 10/2011

m&c!: Love So Life 4 · Crab Kiss 3 · Crazy Girl Shin Bia 2 · Ugly Duckling Become Swan 13 of 13 · Idol's Love Story 3 · Meet the Banchou 6 · Perfect Love Project 3 · S.O.S. After School Kohaku Naoto · My Devilish Love by Shiumi Saki · Secret 7 · Petualangan Hebring: Si Jagoan Lokal Baru by Main Studios Production (KOLONI) · Who? Barack Obama by Ahn, Hyeong-mo and Studio Chung Bi · Who? Oprah Winfrey by Ahn, Hyeong-mo and Studio Chung Bi · Pedang Maha Dewa fore story V: God of the Gods 1 by Tony Wong

Iamque opus exegi,

~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)

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