The Bride's Stories 2, Hikayat Genji 10, Hellsing 7 (Level Comics 6 July 2011 manga)

Also, the finale to Kubonouchi Eisaku's Chocolat (volume 7)

The Bride's Stories 2 (Level Comics)

Otoyome-Gatari © Mori Kaoru/Enterbrain
[Serialized in Fellows!]
Published in Indonesia as The Bride's Stories by Elex Media

Despite rejection of their request, the Hargal family envoys insist on forcing Amira to exchange her young husband for another. Fortunately, Smith manages to divert the Hargals' attention and protect Karluk and Amira's marriage. Still, with a land deal on the line, a feud between the two families is inevitable and the Ayhan family might not be able to stop Amira leaving.

Bride's Stories editor Lenny-san worries about the threat to Karluk and Amira's domestic harmony in the second volume, but distracts herself with studying the specifications and significance of embroidery for Persian women of the time. Me? I'm not reading, but if I were, I'd hang on to how Yen Press' A Bride's Story, Vol. 2 describes Karluk's love for his bride: a force to be reckoned with. ^^

Chocolat 7 of 7 by Kubonouchi Eisaku

Chiyoko is thrown into a tizzy by the sudden appearance of her real father, but her reluctance to let her father live alone makes up her mind. On the day of her departure, however, Inamushi's hired killer confronts Ichigo.

Chocolat's editor reveals that the climax and ending are so addictive, it makes you want to reread from volume 1 ^_^

Level Comics manga (2011.07.06)

  1. The Bride's Stories (Otoyome-Gatari) 2 of 3+ by Mori Kaoru
  2. LC: The Bride's Stories 2

    Otoyome-Gatari乙嫁語り」 by Mori Kaoru
    Enterbrain Fellows!, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.06

    Nominee, 4th Manga Taisho awards (2011), along with I am a Hero by Hanazawa Kengo; March comes in like a lion by Umino Chika (award winner); Hana no Zubora-Meshi by Kusumi Masayuki, Mizusawa Etsuko; Un chocolatier de l'amour perdu by Mizushiro Setona and eight other manga

    Other languages
    English A Bride's Story (Yen Press: one volume per 2011.05 • volume 2 street date: 2011.10.25) and traditional Chinese (Kadokawa Media Taiwan: 姊嫁物語 2 per 2010.10)

  3. Chocolat 7 of 7 by Kubonouchi Eisaku [Finale]
  4. LC: Chocolat 7

    Chocolatショコラ」 by Kubonouchi Eisaku
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 7 (10 episodes/chapters 64-73) first published in Japan 2003.10

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese 流氓蛋糕店 (Tong Li: seven volumes per 2004.07)

    Live-action adaptation starring Otsuka Chihiro, Natsuyagi Isao, Takahashi Kazuya and Ishii Teruyuki aired in Japan from May to July 2003

  5. Hellsing 7 of 10 by Hirano Kohta
  6. LC: Hellsing 7

    HellsingHELLSING」 by Hirano Kohta
    Shonen Gahosha Young King Ours, seinen
    Volume 7 (chapters 48-57) first published in Japan 2004.12

    Other languages
    English Hellsing (Dark Horse Comics: 10 volumes and Chuang Yi; 10 volumes), French (Tonkam, 10 volumes), Italian (Dynit), German (Planet Manga), Polish (Japonica Polonica Fantastica) and Denmark and Sweden (Mangismo)

    Related series
    Hellsing: The Dawn (prequel; serialized in Young King Ours special editions, six chapters as at 2008.09, on hiatus)

    A 13-episode anime adaptation by Gonzo aired on Fuji TV from October 2001 to January 2002, starring seiyuu Nakata Jouji (Alucard), Orikasa Fumiko (Seras Victoria) and Sakakibara Yoshiko (Sir Integra Hellsing). A Hellsing Ultimate OAV (starring the same voice cast) premiered in Japan in January 2006 and as of December 2009, seven episodes have been released. The first four episodes were produced by Satelight, with Madhouse taking over as of OAV V. Hellsing VIII is slated for a 27 July 2011 release.

  7. Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) 10 of 13 by Yamato Waki
  8. あさきゆめみし 10

    by Yamato Waki
    Kodansha Mimi, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1990.01

    Adapted from Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu

    Other languages
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial)

  9. Iliad 4 of 15 by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
  10. LC: ILIAD 4

    by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
    Shogakukan Big Comics, seinen
    Volume 4 (8 episodes/chapters 25-32) first published in Japan in 2003.11

  11. Jepang Tenggelam! (Nihon Chinbotsu) 14 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou/Ishiki Tokihiko
  12. 日本沈没 14

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    by Komatsu Sakyou/Ishiki Tokihiko
    AKA Japan Falling, Japan Sinks
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 14 (chapters 113-121: Sinking country 1-9) first published in Japan 2009.01

    Based on the award-winning disaster novel by Komatsu Sakyou, also adapted into film and live-action TV.

  13. K2 volume 8 of 15+ by Mafune Kazuo
  14. LC: K2 vol.8

    K2K2」 by Mafune Kazuo
    Kodansha Evening, seinen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2008.02

  15. Lost Man 2 of 12+ by Kusaba Michiteru
  16. LC: Lost Man 2

    Lost ManLOST MAN」 by Kusaba Michiteru
    Shogakukan Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Spirits after 31 July 2008), shounen
    Volume 2 (chapters 9-18) first published in Japan 2008.09

  17. New Comic Bomber (Shin Hoero Pen) 7 of 11 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
  18. LC: New Comic Bomber 7

    Shin Hoero Pen新吼えろペン
    by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
    AKA New Be Growl, Pen
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 7 (chapters 24-27) first published in Japan 2007.04

    Related series
    Burning Pen and Comic Bomber (prequels)

  19. Rainbow 22 of 22 by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi [Finale]
  20. LC: Rainbow 22

    Rainbow - Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin
    RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人
    by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 22 first published in Japan 2010.02

    Best Seinen/General Manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards (2005), tied with Kawaguchi Kaiji's A Spirit of the Sun

    Other languages
    French (Kazé Editions: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin tome 17 shipped 2011.04 • tome 18 street date: 2011.07.13) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press: RAINBOW少年犯罪檔案 22 per 2011.05.23)

    A 26-episode anime adaptation by Madhouse, starring Oguri Shun (Minakami Mario), Kanjiya Shihori (Setsuko), Koyama Rikiya (Sakuragi Rokurouta/An-chan), Park Romi (Maeda Noboru AKA Suppon/Turtle), Fujiwara Keiji (Nomoto Ryuuji/Baremoto or Scam), Waki Tomohiro (Matsuura Mansaku/Cabbage), Kuroda Takaya (Tooyama Tadayoshi/Heitai or Soldier) and Hasome Tatsuya (Yokosuka Jou/Joe), aired in Japan between April and September 2010.

  21. Tomo'o (Danchi Tomoo) 12 of 18+ by Oda Tobira
  22. LC: Tomo'o 12

    Danchi Tomoo団地ともお」 by Oda Tobira
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2008.08

    Nominated for the 11th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

  23. Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy (Kachuu Hana) 6 of 14+ by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
  24. LC: Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 6

    Kachuu Hana華中華」 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji
    AKA Central China Blossom
    Shogakukan Big Comic, seinen
    Volume 6 (eight episodes/stories 36-43) first published in Japan 2008.07

European comics/BDs (2011.07.06)

  1. Boule & Bill - Geng Bill (Boule et Bill: La bande à Bill) by Verron, Roba (Dargaud)
  2. Johan & Pirlouit - Negeri Terkutuk (Johan et Pirlouit, tome 12: Le pays maudit) by Peyo (Dupuis)
  3. Marsupilami - Bayi dari Ujung Dunia (Le Marsupilami, tome 2: Le Bébé du bout du monde) by Batem, Greg, André Franquin (Dupuis)
  4. Spirou & Sang Ahli Waris (Spirou et Fantasio, tome 4: Spirou et les héritiers) by Franquin (Dupuis) »Ex-6.22
  5. Yakari - Yakari dan Burung Salju (Yakari, tome 18: L'Oiseau de neige) by Derib, Job, Dominique (Le Lombard)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 6 July 2011 (release schedule) and Level Comics, Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 18,500 except Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 7 (IDR 19,500). All ROMICs retail for IDR 30,000/volume, save Johan & Pirlouit - Negeri Terkutuk and Spirou & Sang Ahli Waris (IDR 38,000).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).


☆ Hellsing 7 of 10 by Hirano Kohta

Fighting alongside The Geese mercs led by Captain Pip Bernadotte, Seras tries to defend Hellsing HQ from Zorin Blitz's assault. But Zorin proves too strong, prompting Captain Bernadotte to sacrifice his life to save Seras'. Meanwhile, Alucard faces off with archbishop Maxwell...

Chuang Yi's HELLSING 7 summary mentions that as Captain Bernadotte lies bleeding to his death, he asks Sara to drink his blood...

Hellsing 7 compiles chapters 48 through 57: Soldier of Fortune 4-6, Last Mission, Get Away, Yaksa, The Man I Love, Orge Battle, Angelous and Wizardry 1. [*NOT Level's chapter titles]

FYI, Hellsing 8 is scheduled to street 20 July.

☆ Iliad 4 of 15 by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku

Iriya and Yuri's search for Atlantis takes them to Kyushu where Iriya is fazed to note the similarities between the medieval Japanese Yuriwaka Daijin and The Odyssey.

Iliad editor Nickyta-san promises that you will geek out with Plato, Ulysses and moar, including (presumably ^^) Yuriwaka of the legend. (See this Yuriwaka and Ulysses. The Homeric Epics at the Court of Ouchi Yoshitaka by James T. Araki article from Monumenta Nipponica Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring, 1978.)

☆ K2 Vol. 8 of 15+ by Mafune Kazuo

A heart transplant that proceeds too smoothly at the Kurazu University Hospital piques Dr. Kariya's interest. K, who hears of the story, immediately thinks of the covert organ cloning organization, the same one that attempted to kidnap Kazunari. Could the university hospital be in collusion with the shady group?

K2 editor Adisti-san assures potential readers that it's not too late to follow this compelling medical drama. ^^

☆ Rainbow 22 of 22 by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi

"The next time we meet will be in the pro ring."

Penyu (Turtle) and the others struggle to coax Sakota into making good on his promise to Abang (An-chan), also for the sake of realizing Mario's dreams with Abang. After ten years, the former Cell 2-6 inmates of Shonan Special Reform School start a new chapter in their lives...

Rainbow editor Adisti-san promises, too. To give you full-color inserts in the final volume ^^

The rest of the ongoing series

  • Lost Man 2 by Kusaba Michiteru: Matsumoto and his manager Sakazaki manage to persuade Tiago to let Matsumoto join Fazenda FC, albeit as a keeper. His task ahead: to help the club win every match and foil unscrupulous corporations from devastating the city. The entire population relies on Matsumoto, but can Matsumoto meet their expectations when the club faces a formidable team?
  • New Comic Bomber 7 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko: Hono-sensei meets the Jigza princess once again at a comics festival. The Princess offers Hono the chance to design her kingdom's new currency and promises five billion within half a year as compensation. Will Hono-sensei move to Jigza and say good-bye to his manga-ka profession?
  • Tomo'o 12 by Oda Tobira: "Solve your own problems using your own knowledge." So goes Tomoo's mom's advice to her son. But Tomo'o applies her teaching to help a friend, whose hand got caught in a wire, using lessons learned from unsticking a finger out of a bottle.
  • Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 6 by Nishi Yuuji & Hikino Shinji: Hana gives her dad, the Shanghai shop proprietor and the dorm head Valentine chocolates. But she forgets Yasuhiko! She manages to buy chocolates with money left over, only to lose sed candy to one of her seniors in Manten restaurant. So for Yasuhiko, Valentine fly lice?

Still not enuf? Here are the other 6 July 2011 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Black Butler 11 · 07-GHOST 1 by Amemiya Yuki & Ichihara Yukino · Hero Tales 3 · Topeng Kaca 14 Deluxe · Yakitate!! Japan 22 · Wild Life 18 · Crayon Shinchan 7 · Wazabo 5 · Crayon Shinchan: Jalan-Jalan Keliling Dunia by Usui Yoshito · Dodge Fighters 6 · Doraemon: Gadget Cat from The Future 7 · Shonen Star 12/2011

m&c!: Sky Blue Beach 6 of 6 · Let Me Kiss You by Shiraishi Yuki · My Own Princess 5 · Say Say Say 3 · Pedang MahaDewa - Forestory V -God of The Gods 2

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


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