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7.19.2011

Electric Daisy 8, Namida Usagi 2, Idol Shopping 10 (m&c! 20 July 2011 manga and manhwa) [UPDATED]

Update: Tweaked here and there because I can :D

Kurosaki! Narumi! SeRyun?! (Yeah, I prefer Hwang SeRyun over Seo GaYoon :P)

Electric Daisy 8 (m&c!)

Dengeki Daisy © Motomi Kyousuke/Shogakukan [Serialized in Betsucomi]
Published in Indonesia as Electric Daisy by Gramedia/m&c!

Teru emails Kurosaki, telling him to get lost. Kurosaki complies, but not before leaving Teru a message admitting that he killed Souichirou. Disbelieving, Teru pleads to hear about Kurosaki's "sin."

So in the latest Electric Daisy, we're finally treated to Kurosaki's backstory: why he became a hacker and the real deal behind Teru's brother's so-called murder. This particular volume is also responsible for (at least in Japan, 7net tells me) Dengeki Daisy sales topping a million copies. (100 (hyaku)-man = one million, ne?) Wonder how many m&c! has sold?

Going by the Japanese blurb again, this tank apparently includes the previously unreleased one-shot, Akira & Kurosaki Love-Love Shot. Will confirm once I have volume 8 in my greedy hands. »Edit Most likely misread Gugel's translation because the last File 39 is Daisy's Birth Day and what follows are end notes and a volume 9 preview. Unless it's one of the intervening chapters? Oh, well. *shrugs*

As if a new Electric Daisy weren't already such munificence, m&c! also reissues Motomi Kyousuke's Love Arrow, a shoujo manga fave 'round these parts, wubbed to the tune of 9.5 of 10 ♥. (If that isn't an exhortation to GET! I don't know what is. xD) Neway, more on manga new print runs below. For now... (I know you're (also) waiting for this.)

Namida Usagi -Tears of First Love- 2 of 7+ by Minase Ai

How many tears must I shed for you to consider me special?

Momoka couldn't be more surprised nor happier; Narumi shows up at the opening day ceremony. They're even classmates again. But the new Narumi has shed his gloomy geekness, much to the squeeing approval of the school's female cohort. Additionally, he and Momoko are no longer seatmates.

Can Momoko do anything to reduce the gap widening between herself and Narumi?

Kyaaa~ The Namida Usagi emotional stakes just went up-up-UP! with this Promised Angst xDDD. Can't wait to GET! volume two >.< What, you didn't get Namida Usagi 1 last January? Then I suggest snaffling a copy, restocked along with volume 2. This Minase Ai series is Pure Adowable!

New m&c! titles

m&c! launches yet another Tony Wong manhua (only two volumes long)—Chinese Heroes: Sang Legenda—about swordsman Dao Yi Lang who wants to reach the top, no matter what, even if it means leaving wife and kid behind, and Hua Ying Xiong who will do anything to free himself from the Black Dragon's clutches, objections and threats to life be d*mned.

This being my blog, however, My Beautiful Model by Yagami Rina, originally Emperor Limited, gets the Extended NikBabble™ Mix.

My Beautiful Model (m&c!)

Emperor Limited © Yagami Rina
Shogakukan [Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as
My Beautiful Model
by Gramedia/m&c!

People call Kou the "Emperor" of the modeling world. My twin brother Ao so reveres His Majesty, he decides to apply to Kou's modeling agency. But come audition day, Ao falls sick and who else but Big Sis has to sub for him (we look alike anyway).

Unfortunately, the Powers That Be discover I am NOT Ao. Fortunately, they give me a week's grace period, until Ao recovers. Can I survive this one week? More than that, what am I doing ogling Emperor Kou??

Baka-Updates Manga adds Adapted to Kdrama to My Beautiful Model AKA Koutei Gentei's Crossdressing, Twins, modeling tags. I don't know which drama they mean, but teh internets associates the superficial premise similarity with You're Beautiful. (No, Koutei Gentei is not credited.)

Digression done. This antho comprises two more stories: Your Naughty Eyes and
Kiss Kiss Kiss ~ My Little Honey. [Babble continued after the release list]

And while you can't really call 'em "new"—

New printing in addition to ☂ Restocks

m&c! reissues 3 Colors Signal by Obara Shou, Love Me by Aikawa Saki (both Love Triangled), Magical Sweet Mermaid by Minase Itsuru (which sounds nothing so much as a Little Mermaid retelling), the Wimp Bodyguard St. Valentine's Bodyguard by Takeuchi Masami and the Teacher/Student romance Sweet Words No Love by Fujita Nimi. These aside from Motomi Kyousuke's Love Arrow already noted above and the restocks listed below. (Shanaou Yoshitsune 11-16 or a couple of Love is Everywhere manga rated 8 of 10 ♥, anyone?)

I preview the recurrents after the release list, too, so you know what to do if you want moar babble. (Scroll down :D)

m&c! manga (2011.07.20)

  1. Electric Daisy (Dengeki Daisy) 8 of 9+ by Motomi Kyousuke
  2. Electric Daisy 8 (m&c!)

    Dengeki Daisy電撃デイジー」 by Motomi Kyousuke
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2010.10

    Volume 8 chapters:
    File 35. Be Happy
    File 36. Memory Song
    File 37. Two Men
    File 38. The Beginning of ‘Sin’
    File 39. Daisy's Birth Day

    Other languages
    English Dengeki Daisy (VIZ Media: five volumes per 2011.07.05 • volume 6 street date: 2011.09.06), French (Kazé Editions: Dengeki Daisy Tome 7 shipped 2011.05 • Tome 8 street date: 2011.08.18) and traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: 愛情接合器 7 released 2011.06)

  3. My Beautiful Model (Emperor Limited) by Yagami Rina
  4. My Beautiful Model (m&c!)

    Emperor Limited皇帝限定」 by Yagami Rina
    AKA Koutei Gentei
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This anthology (three one-shots) first published in Japan 2010.03

  5. Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ (Namida Usagi ~Seifuku no Kataomoi~) 2 of 7+ by Minase Ai

Reissues (2011.07.20)

  1. 3 Colors Signal (Saniro Signal) by Obara Shou
  2. 3 Colors Signal (m&c!)

    Saniro Signal3色♪シグナル」 by Obara Shou
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.12

  3. Love Arrow (Purikyuu) by Motomi Kyousuke
  4. Love Arrow (m&c!)

    Purikyuuプリキュウ」 by Motomi Kyousuke
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2005.09

  5. Love Me (Renai Joujou) by Aikawa Saki
  6. Love Me (m&c!)

    Renai Joujou恋愛上々↑↑」 by Aikawa Saki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.12

  7. Magical Sweet Mermaid by Minase Itsuru
  8. Magical Sweet Mermaid (m&c!)

    Magical☆Sweet☆Mermaid
    まじかる☆スイート☆マーメイド
    by Minase Itsuru
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.08

  9. St. Valentine's Bodyguard (St. Valentine no Bodyguard) by Takeuchi Masami
  10. St. Valentine's Bodyguard (m&c!)

    St. Valentine no Bodyguard
    St.バレンタインのボディーガード
    by Takeuchi Masami
    Shogakukan Flower Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 1999.11

  11. Sweet Words No Love (Hitotsu no Shigusamo) by Fujita Nimi
  12. Sweet Words No Love (m&c!)

    Hitotsu no Shigusamoひとつのしぐさも
    by Fujita Nimi
    Shogakukan ChuChu, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2006.09

Manhwa (2011.07.20)

  1. Crab Kiss 4 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  2. Crab Kiss 4 (m&c!)

    Crab KissCrab Kiss 크랩키스
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 4 first published in Korea 2006.01

  3. Idol Shopping 10 of 12 by Hwang MiRee
  4. Idol Shopping 10 (m&c!)

    Idol Shopping아이돌 쇼핑
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 10 first published in Korea 2009.01

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

Hong Kong manhua (2011.07.20)

[RE-STO] Restocks (2011.07.20)


¹ Source: m&c! (release advisory and covers)
² All GN, including reissues and restocks, are priced at IDR 16,500 each. Manhwa retail for IDR 19,900/volume. Chinese Heroes: Sang Legenda 1 SRP is IDR 95,000.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New manga continued: Yagami Rina - Other

Before My Beautiful Model, m&c! published Yagami Rina's Goodbye but I Love You (that I compared to Fujiwara Yoshiko's I Hate You But I Love You and found wanting). Other standalones awaiting their turn: the Transfer Student, Vampire Bloody Kiss (JP release: 2011.04); the Kissed by a Devil Yogoto Akuma to Kiss o Suru (2010.12); the Beauty Transformation Mitsukoi Honey (2010.08); the Boy Friend Younger Than Me shoujo smut Kareshi Toshishitakei (2009.11); and Kimi o Omou Toki (Yagami-sensei's debut tank; 2008.11).

I think it's too early to think of getting Sensei's latest fashion-troped Dekiai Oresama Tailor. It only streets in Japan this 26 August.

Featured

Crab Kiss 4 of 10 by Hwang MiRee

A leg injury incurred while saving Ryul put paid to Ji Hye's prima ballerina dreams. Learning of this tragedy, Hye Bin starts to feel that her crab kiss with Ryul can't compare with Ji Hye's sacrifice. And so Hye Bin erases all traces of the World's Most Beautiful Kiss.

♡ Idol Shopping 10 of 12 by Hwang MiRee

Kang Ahul (Song Yie) and Hwang SeRyun face greater danger now that their kidnappers know Ahul's real identity. But before Ahul's "honor" is threatened, here comes Seo GaYoon to save the day.

While GaYoon is off playing (not-so Super) Hero, his jilted fianceé, The Biatch Teacher©, tracks down the real Ahul and spills all about GaYoon and Ahul's twin's romance. How will Ahul react?

Much as I can't stand that cougar and her machinations, it was about time that Real!Ahul was reintroduced into the Idol Shopping picture.

3 Colors Signal by Obara Shou [Reissue]

Hikaru, Ryuuhei and Miyabi's houses abut one another and so the three kids have been close friends since childhood. They think that nothing will change, but that's just naiveté. When Hikaru learns that Miyabi likes Ryuuhei, he gets confused over his own feelings. Will the ties that bind the three hold fast, or corrode in jealousy?

Other Obara Shou manga
Aside from 3 Colors Signal, m&c! has also published The Ring of God, Twinkle Cherry, Minimum ☆ Mania and Strawberry Holiday, which accounts for Obara Shou-sensei's complete backlist, with the exception of the Sakura chiru natsu no yoru one-shot in the Ciao Horror Comics anthology Dare ka ga soko ni iru (JP release 2006.07).

Love Arrow by Motomi Kyousuke [Reissue]

Katsuragi Anna was once known as a prima ballerina, but not anymore. An accident ended her promising career. When she enters high school, Anna is invited to join the archery club by none other than her childhood nemesis, Jinnai Takeru. No one expects, least of all Anna, to find that Love Awaits.

So, Archery, Childhood Friends, Strong Female Lead, Clubs, Ballet, Rivals become Lovers. And don't forget, 9.5 of 10 ♥ XD.

Other Motomi Kyousuke manga
m&c! has been quite diligent in licensing Motomi Kyousuke manga; over the years, in addition to Electric Daisy and Love Arrow, we've gotten The Beads Club, Penguin Prince and Youth Survival, whence the Beads Club side story/sequel and the one-shot A Liar's Love Letter we rated 9 of 10 ♥.

The only outstanding is the two-volume Master-Pet Relationship, Naive Male Lead Beast Master.

Love Me by Aikawa Saki [Reissue]

In fulfilling her grandfather's last wish, Fujieda Tsubasa never imagined that she would find herself engaged, and with two fiancés to choose from!

Aside from the title story Love Me, this antho contains Prince's Secret, Love Star and Kiss Me, Please!

Other Aikawa Saki manga
m&c! has also published Aikawa Saki-sensei's 16 Life, You Can't Disappear From Me, Love After School and My Prince. I don't remember if m&c! already published Secret Kiss (JP release: 2007.11); it prolly did.

I'm still waiting for the Ex-BF/love triangled heart-heart-heart Kimi to Koi no Tochuu (three volumes, released in Japan from November 2010 to May 2011) and The Morning After the Night Before and She gets a Possessive Lover who's also a Yakuza Heir Iinchou no Himegoto (AKA The Committee Chairman's Secret; two volumes published between June and September 2008).

Aikawa Saki-sensei's current Sho-Comi serial is Naisho no Jikan, the Café, Cosplay premise sounding uncomfortably like My Sweet Kaicho.

Magical Sweet Mermaid by Minase Itsuru [Reissue]

"I intend to repay his kindness."

Mermaid Mei vows before the Mermaid Elder to find Kanata who once helped her when she was hurt. She transforms into a human and leaves the sea, but will Kanata welcome her, let alone fall in love with her?

I said Little Mermaid, yes, I did.

Other Minase Itsuru manga
Minase Itsuru-sensei doesn't seem to be very prolific. I could only unearth Raburi Ice Cream that m&c! released here as Lovely Ice Cream.

St. Valentine's Bodyguard by Takeuchi Masami [Reissue]

Up-and-coming model Ikenami Mana starts receiving threats from a stalker and her manager hires her a bodyguard. But why pick the wimpy and scaredy cat Yamada out of so many applicants?

It turns out that Yamada possesses a strength that makes even thugs quail!

Other Takeuchi Masami titles
I've been wondering why Takeuchi Masami manga after +ONE, St. Valentine's Bodyguard and Summer Kiss have been rare, except for the odd Ciao Novels collaboration with Igarashi Kaoru (Ijime Makenai Yūki published by m&c! as IJIME: Undefeated Guts and Ijime Mō Namida wa iranai or IJIME: No Need to Cry). Baka-Updates Manga lists some 30+ titles, among them, josei manga published under Judy Comics (or Flower Comics) imprint such as Otome no Inori/A Prayer of Maiden (JP release: 2008.09); Watashi na Nakanai (2006.09); Tenshi no Wink (two volumes, concluded 2004.12); Moon House e Youkoso (smut; two volumes, concluded 2003.11); Paradise ni Ikimasen ka? (smut; two volumes, concluded 2003.02); Mitsu no Destiny (2001.12); and Arikitari na Koi (Flower Comics; 2004.09).

Takeuchi Masami-sensei also wrote for the now defunct shoujo Palette Bunko light novel label: Dark Phantom (2003.10); Tenshi no Trill (2002.03); Naki Ouji no tame no Pavane (2001.05); Paradise = Shadow (1999.04); Hikari no ōkoku Ultra C Boys (volume 5 per 1995.10), among others. But her most recent are children's books published under the Ciao Novels imprint, the latest being 3 Shimai Monogatari - Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsuna Kimi e (JP release: 2011.06); Setsunai, koishii, daisuki. (2010.11); and Kokoro Ami → Go Hajimete no Ryō Omoi (2010.03).

Then there are the conventional shoujo manga like Oshaberi na Amadeus (six volumes as new Flower Comics Deluxe release per 2005.04); Lovers' Concerto (Flower Comics; smut; two volumes, concluded 2003.04); or Moon Drop ni Oyasumi (Flower Comics, two volumes, concluded 1987.03), so...

Why?

Sweet Words No Love by Fujita Nimi [Reissue]

His name is Ito Hiroyuki, but we usually call him Hiro. He's fairly young, tall and handsome. He's my homeroom teacher. His smiles and kindness have made me fall for him and I don't think I can stand being just another student in his eyes...

I know that Sweet Words No Love premiered here on 21 August 2007; I just wasn't able to write the post. (Yes, I've been blogging these things for That. Long.)

Other Fujita Nimi manga
I forgot what m&c! titled Choco to Mint to but I'm sure it released, as did Rokka-chan's Love, Rokka-chan's Love Another Story and You Are Mine.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 20 July 2011 manga and manhua

Elex Media: Pandora Hearts 14 · Fairy Tail 10 · RAVE - Plue's Dog Diaries 1 by Mashima Hiro · Nodame Cantabile 24 · Ghost's Doctor 6 · Steel Rose 2 · Dorabase 20 · SC: The Heroine is not suitable for me by Shimaki Ako · Stand Up! 3 of 3 · Takkoku!!! 2

Level Comics: The Drops of God 6 · Perfect Girl Evolution 25 · Gurren Lagann 2 · Eternal Sabbath 4 · Hellsing 8 · Psychometrist Eiji 22 · Arms 21 · Officer Monju 8 · Onsen Paradise 4 · Lucky Luke - Kota Hantu · Rantanplan - Waktunya Beraksi!

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