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Manga street dates: Elex (4.23) · Level (4.23) · m&c! (4.23)
Hayate The Combat Butler! Cuties, Mon–Fri, 630pm WIB (Animax Asia)

It’s sunny side up manga + anime’s anniversary month!
Happy anniversary to Telor Ceplok, chuu
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Ittoki Otoya birthday card

And, of course, Happy Birthday to Ittoki-kun♥

7.04.2011

07-GHOST 8, Karneval 4, Vagabond 25 (Chuang Yi 5 July 2011 English manga) [UPDATED]

Added late-breaking Pokémon - Giratina and The Sky Warrior, the mangafication of the second Diamond & Pearl movie that surprisingly reappears as a newb. (originally advised in September 2010; don't tell me it didn't issue then and is only releasing naaaw?)

07-GHOST 8, Karneval 4, Vagabond 25 (Chuang Yi 5 July 2011 English manga)

07-GHOST © Amemiya Yuki, Ichihara Yukino/Ichijinsha [Serialized in Comic Zero-Sum]
Karneval © Mikanagi Touya/Ichijinsha [Serialized in Comic Zero-Sum]
Vagabond © Inoue Takehiko/Kodansha [Serialized in Morning]
Published in Singapore by Chuang Yi

No one can convince me that this 07-GHOST latest wasn't prompted by the anime's upcoming Animax premiere (12 July). Not when Chuang Yi's prior advised sked was (also) the 12th. Yes, call me a conspiracy theorist :D

Also, the second to the last Kekkaishi (#34) over on the simplified Chinese manga side.

Protagonists of Chuang Yi's 7.05 manga have "Dates with Destiny": Teito comes face to face with his past and future in 07-GHOST 8; Nai and Gareki confront their helplessness in Karneval 4; and Musashi emerges from his one-year reprieve from Yoshioka in VAGABOND 25. (Longer previews after the release list.)

Chuang Yi English manga (2011.07.05)

  1. 07-GHOST 8 of 12+ by Amemiya Yuki, Ichihara Yukino
  2. 07-Ghost07‐GHOST」 by Amemiya Yuki, Ichihara Yukino
    Ichijinsha Comic Zero-Sum, josei
    Volume 8 (chapters 42-47) first published in Japan 2009.05

    Awards
    Double-first prize, 3rd Zero-Sum Comics Grand-Prix

    Other languages
    Alternative English 07-GHOST (Go! Comi: 7 volumes, dropped), French (Kazé Editions: Tome 4 shipped 2011.06 • Tome 5 street date: 2011.09.22), Indonesian (Elex Media: Series premiere: 2011.07.06)

    Related series
    07-GHOST CHILDREN (side story; one volume)
    A 07-GHOST Seal and Postcard Book was released by Gakken Marketing in 2009.09

    Adaptations
    Anime: Studio DEEN's 25-episode adaptation, starring seiyuu Mitsuki Saiga (Teito Klein), Namikawa Daisuke (Mikage) and Hayami Sho (Ayanami), aired in Japan from April through September 2009. Since the TV series' end, limited edition genteiiban have been bundled with the DVDs.

    Audio drama: The 07-Ghost: Kamisama ni Todoku Koibumi drama CD was released in Japan in 2007. The second 07-Ghost: Seventh District shipped February 2009 and a third special drama CD streeted the same year.

  3. Karneval 4 of 7+ by Mikanagi Touya
  4. Karnevalカーニヴァル」 by Mikanagi Touya
    AKA K∀RNEVAL
    Ichijinsha Comic Zero-Sum, josei
    Volume 4 (Scores 19-24) first published in Japan 2009.09

    Other languages
    French (Ki-Oon: Tome 1 and 2 double launch: 2011.10.13)

    Adaptations
    Adapted into a series of drama CDs: the first Karneval - Flightless Wings / Mermaid's Bottle, spanning Scores 12 through 15 was first offered only to Zero-Sum readers in late 2009, but eventually made commercially available. Frontier Works released the second Karneval Circus CD, covering Scores 3-8 in March 2010 (the same street date as volume 5). The drama starred seiyuu Shimono Hiro (Nai), Kamiya Hiroshi (Gareki), Miyano Mamoru (Yogi), Ono Daisuke (Hirato) and Endou Aya (Tsukumo). A third drama CD Karneval Rinoru (Scores 16-20) featuring the same voice cast, in addition to Hirakawa Daisuke (Akari) and Suwabe Junichi (Uro), went on sale in Japan 2010.09. A fourth drama CD Vinto streeted 2011.04.27. [Info from karnevalesque, the Karneval manga community]

  5. Pokémon - Giratina and The Sky Warrior (Pokémon: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Shaymin) by Hijioka Makoto
  6. Pokémon: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Shaymin
    ポケモン ギラティナと氷空の花束シェイミ」 by Hijioka Makoto
    Shogakukan Coro Coro Dragon Comics, kodomo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.07

    Other languages
    Alternative English Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior! (VIZ Media/Viz Kids)

    Related
    Based on the Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior movie, the 11th film in the Pokémon franchise and the second movie in the Diamond & Pearl trilogy (sequel to Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai)

  7. VAGABOND 25 of 33+ by Inoue Takehiko
  8. Vagabondバガボンド」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 25 (chapters 216-224) first published in Japan 2007.03

    Related
    Based on the novel Musashi by Yoshikawa Eiji

    Awards
    Grand Prize for manga, 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival
    Best Seinen/General Manga, 24th Kodansha Manga Awards
    2002 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

    Other languages
    Alternative English Vagabond (VIZ Media: 33 volumes per 2010.10), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 流浪汉 #32 per 2010.04), Indonesian (Level Comics: 33 volumes per 2010.10), French (Tonkam; tome 33 shipped 2010.12), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa Argentina), German (EMA; Band 32 per 2011.06.09 • Band 33 street date: 2012.01), Polish (Mandragora) and Portuguese (Conrad Brazil)

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

Simplified Chinese manga (2011.07.05)

  1. 结界师 (Kekkaishi) #34 of 35 by Tanabe Yellow
  2. 史上最强之弟子兼一 (Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi) #42 of 43+ by Matsuena Syun

¹ Source: Chuang Yi per 4 July 2011
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Chuang Yi previews

(Chapter titles are *NOT* Chuang Yi's; only provided for reference)

07-GHOST 8 of 12+ by Amemiya Yuki, Ichihara Yukino

ISBN: 978-981-4297-94-3
SRP: SGD 8.90

Teito's lost memories are finally unlocked in the Kingdom of Raggs. With his destiny revealed, Teito is more determined than ever to fight for his salvation. Elsewhere, Castor and the others begin to question the motives behind Fia Kreuz's movements, and with Lance's power, enter the Memoirs of Cuvere in search of the real truth, one that could shatter the very core of their beliefs...

07-GHOST 8 compiles chapters 42-47: Relikt, Pandora's Box, Fate, The Unattainable Madness, Kagome, Kagome and The Same Hands.

Karneval 4 of 7+ by Mikanagi Touya

ISBN: 978-981-4323-21-5
SRP: SGD 8.90

Yogi goes berserk in the battle of Rinole, driving the enemies away. However, in the chaos, Tsukumo is kidnapped before Nai's eyes, and Yogi eventually collapses into a coma, driving home to Nai and Gareki just how helpless they are. In light of Airship Two's losses, Nai and Gareki are reassigned to Airship One, and Gareki takes the chance to learn more about the secret behind the powers wielded by the members of Circus. In the meantime, as Tsukumo attempts to escape from her captors, she encounters the person whom Nai has been looking for all this time...!

Karneval 4 collates Scores 19 through 24: Oath, Small Voices, First Ship, Unique Environment, Gentle Person and Your Own Place.

Pokémon - Giratina and The Sky Warrior by Hijioka Makoto

ISBN: 978-981-4306-82-9
SRP: SGD 8.90

Pokémon - Giratina and The Sky Warrior (Chuang Yi)

Shaymin, the peaceful Gratitude Pokemon, lives happily in forests and fields of flowers. But one day Shaymin is accidentally drawn into a battle between the Legendary Pokemon Giratina and Diala. Whisked away far from home, Shaymin is found by Ash, Dawn and Brock, who soon discover that this new Pokemon is full of surprises! Of course Team Rocket wants to get their hands on Shaymin, and so does a mysterious man named Zero. Even Giratina is in hot pursuit of this little Pokemon - and just what do Giratina and Shaymin have to do with the dimension known as the Reverse World?

VAGABOND 25 of 33+ by Inoue Takehiko

ISBN: 978-981-4341-35-6
SRP: SGD 10.90

Miyamoto Musashi, a man striving for enlightenment by the way of the sword, is destined to become the most renowned samurai of all time. At last, the long-awaited rematch between Musashi and the leader of the mighty Yoshioka School is at hand. Literally head and shoulders above Musashi, Yoshioka Denshichiro granted Musashi a reprieve of one year for a rematch. Now the time is up, and the climax to Musashi's epic clash with the Yoshioka is about to come to a bloody finale - or will it? Within one year's time, Musashi has grown wise and stronger, but can he really bring this spiral of blood and killing to an end?

VAGABOND 25 compiles chapters 216 to 224: A Year After, Denshichiro Advances, Demise, Unbreakable Bonds, Admiration and Hate, Old Friends, Friends, From the Treetop and Ichijoji Sagarimatsu.

Simplified Chinese manga: Kekkaishi and Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi

结界师 #34 and 史上最强之弟子兼一 #42 (Chuang Yi 5 July 2011 simplified Chinese manga)

Kekkaishi © Tanabe Yellow/Shogakukan [First serialized in Shonen Sunday]
Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi © Matsuena Syun/Shogakukan [Serialized in Shonen Sunday]
Published in Singapore as 结界师 and 史上最强之弟子兼一 by Chuang Yi

结界师 (Kekkaishi) 34 of 35 by Tanabe Yellow

Here's Chuang Yi's synopsis:

时音单独潜入间穗罗大人的异界。如果无法完成“说服最高位的土地神”这困难重重的任务,之前所有人的牺牲都将化成泡沫......,时音的肩上背负着非常沉重的责任。在这样的情况下,应该顺从总帅的水月却做出了出人意料的行为......!?故事的最终章将朝着出人意料之外的方向展开!

I don't have an English equivalent, but I do have Kekkaishi's chapter 326-335 titles: Persuasion, Utsusemi, The Night Before, The Truth, Battle Start, Ogre Princess, Guidance, The Plan, Tsukihisa and A Sudden Change.

So Chuang Yi only has one more volume to go. What's betting you get 结界师 #35 in or around October? (Basing my speculation on the May to July lag between the Japanese 結界師 34 and Chuang Yi's 结界师 第34 集. Kekkaishi 35 is scheduled for a 2011.08.18 release in Japan.)

史上最强之弟子兼一 (Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi) #42 of 43+ by Matsuena Syun

梁山泊总动员,潜入位于冲绳美军基地的“暗冥”据点!阿巴将和阿戈道进行的“地下泰拳对决”终于迎向壮烈的结尾!幸存下来的人是......?化愤怒为力量的兼一对上寇金的雪耻战也将堂堂划下句点!连载史上呼声最高的最佳生死斗将在第43集完全收录!!

As with Kekkaishi, don't have the English translation of the 史上最强之弟子兼一 #42 preview (but then, if you're reading the Chinese version, you don't really need it, do you? :D). Still, can't pass up on supplying volume 42's Battles 388-397 titles: Spirit Of Disciple, Screams Of The Heart, The Grand Conclusion, Broken Soul, The Depths of The Heart, Those Forced To Stand Up, The Absolute Basics, The Conclusion, The Path Of Power and Farewell To The Death God.

The Japanese Shijou Saikyou no Denshi Kenichi 42 streeted last April; the succeeding volume came out a month later.

Next Chuang Yi release: 19 July 2011 (Tuesday)

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