Vampire Knight 7, One Piece 59, Natsume Yujincho 1 by Midorikawa Yuki (Elex Media 27 July 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Blooming Youth 4 and Her Idol Boy 1 postponed to 3 August. (I have it on good authority that Natsume Yujincho 1 streets as planned.)

Update: Added s'more Elex covers and blurbs

Natsume Yujincho 1 (Elex Media)

Natsume Yujincho © Midorikawa Yuki/Hakusensha [Serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

Before Natsume Yujincho though, manga DO WANT! #1 and #2 first —

After her arduous research gets her nowhere, Yuki decides to ask Kaname about her past. Kaname reacts by dodging her question in various ways, and asks her to become his ‘lover’. She agrees, and from that moment on, her life changes... even though she doesn't know it yet....

The Vampire Knight 7 blurb above excerpted from Chuang Yi because I couldn't find Elex's version. »Edit: Eventually found one, but since it's more or less the same as what I have here, keeping mine :D Meanwhile, VIZ's Vampire Knight, Vol. 7 contributes that Yuki suspects Kaname of memory manipulation; when Zero tackles the Pur Sang (using the word in its original sense) about it, the two come to blows over Yuki. They not only struggle violently (as Panini's French Vampire Knight, Tome 7 blurb hints), Zero also ends up quaffing Kaname's blood. (Thanks, Wiki.)

Vampire Knight 7 compiles 30th through 34th Nights: For Whom the Blood Flows, The Answer's Whereabouts, False Miniature Garden, The Pure Blood Vampire's Lover (last chapter before HanaLaLa ceased publication) and Bloody World (the last NOT HanaLaLa's title, obviously). Rounding out the seventh VK tank is the Cross Family Vacation side story. With volume 7's release, Elex surpasses what it serialized via (poor, axed) HanaLaLa.

One Piece 59 of 62+ by Oda Eiichiro

The pirates' war with the Navy reaches its climax; what fate lies in store for Luffy, Ace and every other combatant?

I refuse to say moar on grounds of   [SPOILAGE]. That's why no One Piece 59 subtitle nor chapters 574 to 584 titles.

New Elex manga: Natsume Yujincho by Midorikawa Yuki

Two titles actually premiere, but I lob the NikBabble™ on proudly homegrown Geng Bokek Behind the Cut. Although I will say here that Annisa Nisfihani's art and Geng Bokek's premise, despite its Kalimantan setting, show Very Shoujo Sensibilities :D

Speaking of shoujo—with a male lead though—leads us to With friends like these, enemies are overkill Natsume Yujincho. I prolly don't need to babble, especially if you followed HanaLaLa (nine chapters serialized) and/or Brains Base's anime adapt (Natsume Yūjin-Chō, Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō and the ongoing Natsume Yūjin-Chō San). Enough to say that since childhood, Natsume has been able to see spirits and that one day, he discovers he has to undo what his grandmother accomplished with a certain book, "Yujincho." Meanwhile, a sealed feline spirit Nyanko-sensei ("Master Little Meow") eagerly waits for Natsume to die so that he can get paws on the problematic "Book of Friends." [Continued after release list]

In other LaLa manga, Tsuda Masami's Kisah Edo di Abad 21 (Chotto Edo Made) wraps in the Japanese mangazine's upcoming 24 August issue. The Elex Kisah Edo volume 3 streets this Wednesday. I still wrote of 5+ below because I don't know the final volume number yet. [More babble below]

Elex Media manga, manhwa and local comics (2011.07.27)

  1. A Story of Heroes (Heroes) 37 of 37 by Choi Mir (Daiwon C.I.) [Finale]
  2. Casting 2 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong (Daiwon C.I.)
  3. Crows 19 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  4. Crows 19 (Elex)

    Crowsクローズ」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 19 first published in Japan 1995.12

    Related series
    Main story: Crows Gaiden (three volumes: 1, 2 (Sono Go no Crows) and 3 (Zoku - Crows Gaiden))
    Sequel: Worst (27 volumes as at 2011.08.06)
    Spin-offs: Crows Zero (nine volumes as at 2010.08); Crows Gaiden: Linda Linda (two volumes); Suzuran Danshi Koukou Nyuugaku Annai (one volume)

    Two live-action prequel movies: Crows ZERO (Japan theatrical release: October 2007) and Crows ZERO II (April 2009), directed by Miike Takashi and starring Oguri Shun (GPS leader Takiya Genji) and Yamada Takayuki (Serizawa Tamao)

  5. Culdcept 6 of 6+ [Hiatus] by Kaneko Shinya & OMIYA Soft
  6. Culdcept 6 (Elex)

    by Kaneko Shinya & OMIYA Soft
    Kodansha Magazine Z, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2007.09
    (On hiatus at volume 6)

    Based on the Culdcept video game

    Other languages
    English Culdcept (TOKYOPOP: five volumes per 2006.06), Italian (Star Comics), Spanish (Norma Editorial Spain: volume 6 per 2009.02)

  7. Cute Children (Zettai Karen Children) 17 of 26+ by Shiina Takashi
  8. Cute Children (Elex)

    Zettai Karen Children絶対可憐チルドレン
    by Shiina Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Synergy SP's 51-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Hirano Aya (Akashi Kaoru), Tomatsu Haruka (Sannomiya Shiho), Shiraishi Ryoko (Nogami Aoi) and Nakamura Yuuichi (Minamoto Kōichi) aired in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009. A special episode Generous Treatment! Natsuko and Hotaru's B.A.B.E.L. Report aired 2009.01.04. An OAV released 2010.07.16.

    The Zettai Karen Children no Gōka Shinsaku Audio Drama "Tsuika kōen! Pati no hime rareta kōzen no jōnetsu" drama CD was bundled with the limited edition manga volume 26 (2011.06).

  9. Doraemon 10 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
  10. Doraemon 10 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1976.04
    Premiered in Indonesia in left-to-right format (vintage ca. 1994)

    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)

    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

  11. [Premiere] Geng Bokek by Annisa Nisfihani - SL
  12. Godhand Teru 33 of 58+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
  13. Godhand Teru 33 (Elex)

    GodHand Teruゴッドハンド輝
    by Yamamoto Kazuki
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 33 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Nominee, the first Keitai Comic Taishō/Mobile Phone Comic Award (along with Ghost Sweeper Mikami by Shiina Takashi, Itazura na Kiss by Tada Kaoru, The Drops of God by Agi Tadashi and 16 other manga titles)

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li 天生妙手 vol. 55 per 2011.04)

    Live-action adaptation starring Hiraoka Yuta (Mahigashi Teru) aired on TBS from 11 April to 16 May 2009.

    Godhand Teru novels (15 volumes as at 2009.01)
    Godhand Teru Complete Dictionary (2010.03); Godhand Teru Valhalla Perfect Guide (2010.03)

  14. Hitohira 5 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
  15. Hitohira (Elex)

    Hitohiraひとひら」 by Kirihara Idumi
    Futabasha Comic High!, seinen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2008.04

    Other languages
    English Hitohira (Aurora Publishing: three volumes/hiatus) and traditional Chinese (Ever Glory 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...!! (two volumes per 2011.08.11)

    XEBEC M2's 12-episode anime adaptation, 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.

  16. Inazuma Eleven 4 of 9+ by Yabuno Tenya
  17. Inazuma Eleven 4 (Elex)

    Inazuma Elevenイナズマイレブン
    by Yabuno Tenya
    Shogakukan Corocoro Comic, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Best Children's Manga, 34th Kodansha Manga Awards (2010)

    Based on the Nintendo DS game of the same name, from which an OLM anime, starring seiyuu Takeuchi Junko as Mark Evans (Endou Mamoru), Nojima Hirofumi as Axel Blaze (Gouenji Shuuya), Yoshino Hiroyuki as Jude Sharp (Yuuto Kidou) and Miyano Mamoru as Shawn Frost (Shirou Fubuki), was also adapted. The TV series premiered 2008.10.05 on TV Tokyo and its sequel, Inazuma Eleven GO, is still ongoing (episode 13 airs 2011.07.27); the Inazuma Eleven: Saikyō Gundan Ogre Shūrai sequel premiered 2010.12.23 in Japan, with Inazuma Eleven GO's movie sequel Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Griffon slated to premiere 2011.12.23.

  18. Kisah Edo di Abad 21 (Chotto Edo Made) 3 of 5+ by Tsuda Masami
  19. Mixim 11 volume 3 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
  20. Mixim 11 vol.3 (Elex)

    MiXiM 11MIXIM☆11
    by Anzai Nobuyuki
    AKA MiXiM♀12
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 3 (chapters 24-33) first published in 2009.03

    Other languages
    English Mixim 11 (Chuang Yi: volume 5 released 2010.05)

  21. [Series Premiere] Natsume Yujincho 1 of 12+ by Midorikawa Yuki »Ex-7.20
  22. Natsume Yujincho 1 (Elex)

    Natsume Yuujinchou夏目友人帳
    by Midorikawa Yuki
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, then LaLa (starting 2008), shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2005.10

    First Manga Taishō finalist (2008)

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian HanaLaLa (only until chapter 9 [ex-volume 9] in Issue 55/2010)
    English Natsume's Book of Friends (VIZ Media: seven volumes per 2011.06 • volume 8 street date: 2011.08.02), French (Delcourt: Le Pacte des yôkai Tome 10 shipped 2011.04), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 妖怪連絡簿 10 released 2010.11)

    Adapted into anime by Brains Base, featuring seiyuu Kamiya Hiroshi as Natsume Takashi and Inoue Kazuhiko as Nyanko-sensei. Thirteen episodes of Natsume Yūjin-Chō aired between July and September 2008; the second Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō season, also 13 episodes, aired from January to March 2009. The third 13-episode Natsume Yūjin-Chō San anime premiered 2011.07.04.

    Also adapted into audio drama, the drama CDs given away with LaLa issues: LaLa Treasure Drama CD (2007.10); LaLa Excellent Drama CD (2008.11); and LaLa Double Premiere Drama CD (2009.05). Another drama CD comes as a furoku in the September 2011 issue.

  23. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 8 of 21+ by Ueda Masashi
  24. New Kobochan 8 (Elex)

    Shin Kobo-chan新コボちゃん」 by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time Comics, seinen/4-koma
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2006.11

  25. One Piece 59 of 63+ by Oda Eiichiro »Ex-7.20
  26. One Piece 59 (Elex)

    One PieceONE PIECE」 by Oda Eiichiro
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 59 (chapters 574-584) first published in Japan 2010.08

    Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize finalist (2000-2002)

    Other languages
    English One Piece (VIZ Media: 57 volumes per 2011.06 • volume 58 street date: 2011.09.13), French and Dutch (Glenat: Tome 57: Bataille décisive au sommet per 2011.04 • Tome 58 street date: 2011.09.07), Spanish (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain, Editorial Toukan Mexico, LARP Editores S.A. Argentina), Italian (Editions Star Comics), German, Danish and Swedish (Carlsen Comics: German Band 58 shipped 2011.04 • Band 59 street date: 2011.07.29), Portuguese (Conrad), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 海賊王 One Piece volume 60 per 2010.12), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 62 released 2011.06)

    Adapted into a couple of OAVs before a full anime TV series that has aired over 500 episodes and is still ongoing (seiyuu Tanaka Mayumi plays Monkey D. Luffy). At least 10 animated movies have also been released.

    A series of light novels based on the anime, at least five art books and five guidebooks.

  27. Princess Resurrection (Kaibutsu Oujo) 3 of 15+ by Mitsunaga Yasunori
  28. Princess Resurrection 3 (Elex)

    Kaibutsu Oujo怪物王女」 by Mitsunaga Yasunori
    Kodansha Shonen Sirius, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2006.12

    Other languages
    English Princess Resurrection (Del Rey: seven volumes per 2009.11), French (PIKA Édition: Princesse Résurrection Tome 10 shipped 2010.09 • Tome 11 street date: 2011.10.19), German (EMA: Band 7 released 2011.07.07 • Band 8 street date: 2011.09)

    A 26 (24 + 2 Extra) episode anime adaptation by Madhouse that aired April through September 2007 (starring seiyuu Kawasumi Ayako as Hime and Oura Fuyuka as Hiyorimi Hiro) and 2 OAV episodes animated by Tatsunoko, bundled with manga volumes 13 and 14 (released 2010.12.09 and 2011.03.09 respectively), with a different voice cast (Hayami Saori as Hime and Irino Miyu as Hiro)

  29. Smash! 3 of 18 by Saki Kaori
  30. Vampire Knight 7 of 14+ by Hino Matsuri
  31. Vampire Knight 7 (Elex)

    Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士」 by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 7 (chapters 30-34 + side story) first published in Japan 2008.04

    Other languages/serializations
    English Vampire Knight (VIZ Media: 12 volumes per 2011.06 • volume 13 street date: 2011.10.04 and Chuang Yi: volume 13 per 2011.03), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 吸血鬼骑士 #13 released 2011.03), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory: 吸血鬼騎士 13 shipped 2011.05), Italian and Portuguese (Panini Comics), French (Marvel Panini France tome 13 shipped 2011.05), German (Carlsen Comics Vampire Knight Band 11 released 2011.06 • Band 12 street date: 2011.11.18; serialized in Daisuki)

    Studio DEEN's 13+13-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Horie Yui (Cross Yuki), Miyano Mamoru (Kiriyu Zero) and Kishio Daisuke (Kuran Kaname), aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from April through July 2008 (first season) and October through December 2008 (second season as Vampire Knight Guilty). The anime spanned manga chapters 1 through 46.

    Two drama CDs preceded the TV series. The first was Track 2 of the LaLa Kirameki Drama CD, produced for LaLa's 29th anniversary and given away as a freebie with the magazine's September 2005 issue. The second Vampire Knight Midnight CD-Pack (LaLa Oubosa Zenin Service CD Vampire Knight (Midnight CD Pack)) was exclusively released for mail order in 2006. The drama CDs feature the same cast as the anime's, with the exception of characters Headmaster Cross Kaien (Koyasu Takehito in the drama; VK anime sound director Gôda Hozumi in the anime), Hio Shizuka (Sonoda Keiko in the drama; Orikasa Fumiko in the anime) and Sayori Wakaba (Ueda Kana in the drama; Mizuno Risa in the anime).

    Two Hino Matsuri-illustrated light novels were written by Fujisaki Ayuna. The Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi and Vampire Knight: Noir no Wana side stories released in Japan 2008.04.05 and 2008.10.03 respectively. Chuang Yi published the first novel in English as Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin in July 2010. Marvel Panini France's Vampire Knight: Coeur de glace also shipped the same month. Carlsen published the German version as Vampire Knight: Eisblaues Verbrechen in November 2009, following that up with the second Noir's Trap novel (retitled Vampire Knight: Tiefschwarzer Hinterhalt) in May 2010.

    The official fanbook, Vampire Knight Fanbook: Cross, containing character and story information and details from Hino-sensei's storyboard, was published in November 2008 in Japan. (German Vampire Knight: X Official Fanbook released by Carlsen; VIZ Media launched the Vampire Knight Official Fanbook in October 2010.)

    The Vampire Knight artbook 「樋野まつりイラストレーションズ-ヴァンパイア騎士(ナイト)-」 streeted concurrently with volume 12 in Japan (2010.07.05).

  32. Vinland Saga 5 of 10+ by Yukimura Makoto
  33. Vinland Saga 5 (Elex)

    Vinland Sagaヴィンランド・サガ
    by Yukimura Makoto
    Kodansha Afternoon (initially in Weekly Shonen Magazine), shounen/seinen
    Volume 5 (chapters 29-35) first published in Japan 2007.10

    Nominee, 2008 Manga Taisho award and Grand Prize winner, Manga division, Japan Media Arts awards

    Other languages/serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing serialization)
    French (Kurokawa: Tome 9 shipped 2011.03.10), Italian (Star Comics), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 海盜戰記 9 released 2011.03.)

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Mangazines (2011.07.27)

  1. Nakayoshi Gress! 7/2011 (Kodansha)
  2. Shonen Star 13/2011 (Shogakukan)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 27 July 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi/Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 except Culdcept 6 (IDR 18,500) and New Kobochan 8 (IDR 15,000). Nakayoshi Gress 7/2011 and Shonen Star 13/2011 retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Elex titles continued - Natsume Yujincho

While most write-ups play up Natsume Yujincho's Japanese folklore riches, Elex's editor adds a thumbs up for the quiet individual didacticism of Natsume Yujincho episodes and narrative breadth that promisez MAX! enjoyment per chapter (they regularly exceed 40 pages; for instance, the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th chapters all clock in at 49 pages).

Other Midorikawa Yuki manga
Natsume Yujincho isn't Midorikawa Yuki-sensei's only supernatural shoujo series, but it IS her longest to date (12 volumes as of July 2011 and still ongoing). Other paranormal/mystery manga ex-LaLa/LaLa DX include the Crime, ESP, Powerful Voice Akaku Saku Koe (three volumes released between 2000.01 and 2001.04; reissued in two hardcover volumes 2008.05); the Sword-Wielding Heroine, European Ambient, Royal Family Hiiro no Isu (three volumes published between 2002.12 and 2004.09); the one-volume likewise spirits-troped Hotarubi no Mori e (published 2003.07; adapted to movie and slated to premiere 2011.09.17, featuring seiyuu Sakura Ayane (Merry Nightmare, Dream Eater Merry) as Hotaru and Uchiyama Kouki (Yūki Natsuno, Shiki) as Gin); and the Murder, she wrote Atsui Hibi (2002.06). Plus there's the uncompiled Hana Oi Hito that serialized in three parts in LaLa (ca. 2001).

SL: Geng Bokek by Annisa Nisfihani

SL: Geng Bokek 1 (Elex Media)

Geng Bokek © Annisa Nisfihani/Elex Media

While scurrying to school after her public transport went around in circles, Ana bumps into a boy, apparently a transfer student who, for some strange reason, has the student council chasing him. Ana helps him out by dragging him through a short cut.

Once inside the school, they go their separate ways, but Ana can't help but wonder why the student council was after him.

All I can say is: Megane moe is GO! (*≧▽≦)

♡ Kisah Edo di Abad 21 Vol. 3 of 5+ by Tsuda Masami

Over four hundred years after Edo Bakufu... Sobi, adopted into the Sakurai clan, has just gotten used to life constantly in the company of Mito clan scion Michisato, alias Michelle, when along comes a new student into their midst. The third daughter of Satsuma's daimyo idolizes Michelle; is there a love triangle in the making? Among Michelle, Sobi and the tuff Sawa?

About Kisah Edo di Abad 21...and Chotto Kare Kano
Before I get into (the rest of) this week's Elex Featured Manga (ranked fourth and up in the GET! votes), lemme indulge s'more in Kisah Edo di Abad 21 digression. Chotto Edo Made 5 splashes Kisah Edo di Abad 21 on its JP front cover; how will Elex's version look? Tweep @coffeewing speculates that fair play demands that Kisah Edo di Abad 21 volume 5 have ちょっと江戸まで on its front cover. I concur ^^ »Edit: Only belatedly realized that *ALL* Chotto Edo Made volumes feature other language title equivalents on their covers... *sweatdrop*

Not acquainted with Tsuda Masami's What if the Meiji Restoration never happened? alternate Japanese history? It's not too late to GET! Kisah Edo di Abad 21 and get to know Sobi and Michelle; only three volumes to catch up on.

Even if you already know Sobi and Michelle, have you read Chotto Kare Kano Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou Tokubetsu-Hen yet? The one-shot appeared in the June LaLa. Yup, a historical (hysterical :D) Kare Kano. I've read it and while it does pique interest in Chotto Edo Made, it made me want see Arima × Miyazawa's story retold in CEM's Edo period moar. Barring that, revisit Kare Kano (which is Hakusensha's real agenda, as it began reissuing Kare Kano bunko the same month Chotto Kare Kano came out/last April).


A Story of Heroes 37 (Elex Media)

Heroes © Choi Mir/Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia as
A Story of Heroes
by Elex Media

☆ A Story of Heroes 37 of 37 by Choi Mir

Yushin finally faces off against Dumyo. Father and son lay their lives on the line in the ultimate showdown.

So A Story of Heroes ends without me ever discovering its original Korean title...

☆ Godhand Teru 33 of 58+ by Yamamoto Kazuki

Shinomiya Kei disappears the night before Ukai's heart valve surgery. None knows where the doctor went. As Shinomiya isn't the type to desert patients in need, suspicion turns to...

I wonder if Elex can see its way to publishing an Indonesian version of the Godhand Teru Complete Dictionary (JP release: 2010.03)? That'd be kewl ^^

☆ Mixim 11 Vol.3 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki

The enemy has revealed itself. BIG BANG ZERO! BB0 plans to seize POLARIS's light by destroying the princes and the 12 Constellations. Can Ichimatsu, Takezo and Koume protect Aquarius and the other maidens from BB0's assassins?

From Chuang Yi's Mixim 11 Vol.3 blurb, I can add: the assassins from Big Bang Zero are more badass than previous opponents, and Ichimatsu is going to need to awaken all of his powers to take on the big baddies!

☆ Smash! 3 of 18 by Saki Kaori

Shota wins the Beginner Doubles Tournament, but more daunting opponents await. The one Shota wants most to beat is Kamio. Kamio apparently knows Yuhi very well, almost to the point of intimacy. He offers to reveal Yuhi's past to Shota whilst simultaneously threatening to propose to Yuhi if he wins in the upcoming Interhigh.

☆ Vinland Saga 5 of 10+ by Yukimura Makoto

A blizzard cuts short the troops' long march, forcing Ash Lad (Askeladd) to seize a small English village and hunker down until spring. Thorkell's forces, however, manage to find the temporary sanctuary. Ash Lad is left with no choice but to run, before he and his men are trapped.

Kurokawa's Vinland Saga, Tome 5 blurb supplies that to ensure that their position would remain secret, Askeladd does not hesitate to massacre all the villagers, men, women and children.

Vinland Saga 5 compiles chapters 29 through 35: Father and Son, Master and Servant's Dining Table, History of Beasts, Deserters, Betrayal, Avalon and Contact. [*NOT the Indonesian Shonen Magz chapter titles]

Vinland Saga 6 has been penciled in for this coming 10 August.

Other 27 July highlights

Please note that Culdcept 6 is the last volume, at least until the series gets out of HIATUS.

Casting 2 (Elex Media)

© KITT & Park SangYong
Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

  • Casting 2 by KITT & Park SangYong: An upcoming film competition catches the interest of Kang Woo, prompting the outpouring of blood, sweat and tears over a script draft. Just when desperation hits its peak, along comes a cute girl named Baek Yeon Ha who apparently can crank scripts out. Can the pair's collaboration give birth to an award-winning story?
  • Crows 19 by Takahashi Hiroshi: Teru is stabbed, the attack apparently launched by a middle schooler attracted to Hachima Chouji and the Snake Heads' reward for anyone who can eliminate Teru, Kouki and Parko. On Parko's request, Harumichi, Bitoh and Ryushin prepare to avenge Teru. They reach Snake Heads' lair, but...
  • Culdcept 6 by Kaneko Shinya & OMIYA Soft: Baltheas doesn't fall to the Goddess Culdra's sword. The body that repeatedly weakens repeatedly revives, as if unto infinity, thanks to the power of Culdcept. From the darkness, he continues to curse the gods and anticipate final resurrection.
  • Cute Children 17 by Shiina Takashi: Minamoto returns to his parents' home to meet a prospective bride. To enliven proceedings, Babel members tag along; even Pandra gets in on the act. Amidst the chaos, Minamoto and Kaoru's relationship goes a little weird...
  • Hitohira 5 by Kirihara Idumi: The Cinderella comedy enjoys a successful run, allowing Mugi the confidence to pursue acting. Additionally, Mugi becomes close to the new member Kyou, which just might lead to...a love triangle within the theater club's confines.
  • Inazuma Eleven 4 by Yabuno Tenya: Raimon Junior High takes on Royal Academy, the winner of the Soccer Frontier for 40 years straight. Mark and his friends all want to put Royal Academy away, especially after they learn of Coach Ray Dark's dirty tricks.
  • Princess Resurrection 3 by Mitsunaga Yasunori: Unlike werewolves who are virtually invincible under the light of the moon, vampires rule the night's darkness. Despite their weaknesses, the undead remain terrible adversaries. But the royal family will never choose its servants from their ranks...


Nakayoshi Gress! 7/2011 ♡

Premieres My Teacher by Yamada Daisy and Angel or Devil by Moro Orie

Nakayoshi Gress! 7/2011 front cover (Elex Media)

Couldn't ID the Kodansha shoujo series on NakaGress 7's cover, sawry~ If you know, please leave me a comment (box is down there :))

Two new series in the latest NakaGress as noted above, but there's also a special story from Sakyo-sensei: Kedama & si Aneh Dainagon.

My Teacher by Yamada Daisy

Shy Girl Azami meets a biseinen during summer and ends up idolizing him. Azami realizes that an unbridgeable distance yawns between them, age-wise, but that doesn't stop her from hoping...

So My Teacher is Yamada Daisy's Sensei ni, Ageru.先生に、あげる。」. Baka-Updates' Sensei ni, Ageru entry talks about Azami kissing her idol and then running into him again come new school term. (He's prolly her homeroom teacher. :D) The Age Gap, Shy Girl, Older Male/Younger Female, Student-Teacher Relationship manga continues to serialize in Nakayoshi; two volumes have been collected (in December 2010 and last March).

♡ Other Yamada Daisy manga
Aside from Sensei ni, Ageru. which is Sensei's latest, Elex has also serialized Boy Friend (JP tankou release: 2009.07 to 2010.04; triple-launched by Elex last March) and Love Honor (JP Giri Koi published 2008.08 and 2009.02; two volumes published by Elex in April 2010). I don't know whether Elex has gotten around to releasing one-volumers Kinou, Ie Nakatta Koto (2006.09) or Candy Flower (2005.06), but it definitely published Innocent World (original JP release: 2007.09) as a Serial Cantik standalone in December 2009. Elex also published Yamada Daisy's My Prince one-shot in Nakayoshi Lovely 9/2010: Starfruits.

Also discovered Koi wa, inosento, apparently a collaboration with Hara Asumi-sensei (Tsuba Kiyo - 28K4 and School x Fight manga-ka). Love is Innocent was published under the KCDX imprint in 2009.08.

Angel or Devil by Moro Orie

Meanwhile, Angel or Devil was originally Moro Orie's Love = Curse? Kami ka Akuma ka, the two-volume series AKA God Doesn't Play Dice concluded in Japan last February. Elex doesn't provide a summary, so borrowing Chibi Manga's Kami ka Akuma ka description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga:

A girl who dreams of fated meetings - Kizuna. The one she met in a suspicious western-style house, the "Yuurei Library", was a good-looking but demon-like young man - Ruu. On top of that, Ruu has an unbelievable secret...! A cursed love hidden in the masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet". Searching for a new ending, the gears of fate have started to move—!?

♡ Other Moro Orie manga
Before Angel or Devil, Elex serialized Moro Orie-sensei's Wolves and sheep under one roof Counting Sheep. CMIIW, but I think that's her Indonesian debut...? No Elex tankou yet of Hitsuji ga Ippiki which was published in 2009.11 in Japan.

Moro Orie's latest is the Body Swap gender bender Futari no Himitsu serialized in Nakayoshi (volume 1 streets in Japan 2011.08.05).

Name that manga!
As for the Sakyo Kedama & si Aneh Dainagon special, I haven't the slightest clue, but I suppose its appearance is to make up for the temporary disappearance(?) of Ogawa and Team Saito (see other serials list below) and...hello, but has Little Marchen ended? Never got around to checking Issue 6/2011 that sold out the day it streeted.

Also have no inkling about A Gift for My Teacher, also on Issue 7's cover, because I can't make out the manga-ka's name, even with zoom-zoom-in!

Other continuing series
The other Nakayoshi pals this issue are Animal Official by Fukushima Haruka; Arisa by Ando Natsumi; Hell Girl Return by Eto Miyuki and Jigoku Shojo Project; Little Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT & Naphthalene Mizushima; Love is the Devil by Pedro Toriumi; XX Me! by Toyama Ema; and Your Melody, also by Fukushima Haruka.

Can anyone tell me the fate of the missing(?) Navi Runa by Kikuta Michiyo & Ikeda Miyoko? It's supposed to be seven volumes long, and it's likewise not on the cover line-up; has it finished already? If you don't want to do that, at least tell me what's the free gift from Japan that's supposed to be given away this issue? Thanks~

Shonen Star 13/2011 ☆ Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho

Shonen Star 13/2011 - Front cover: Detektif Conan

Meitantei Conan
© Aoyama Gosho
[Shonen Sunday]
Published in Indonesia
as Detektif Conan
by Elex Media

My caveat for this Shonen Star's Detektif Conan synop: I'm no lawyer. So I ask you to ignore translation errors that may have cropped up and excuse them as "Ah, well, she's talking about fiction anyway." (Pwease? :D)

The statute of limitations on the unsolved 20-year old murder of Detective Morimura, Commissioner Matsumoto's subordinate, is set to expire. But a string of copycat killings extends the deadline.

With clues thin on the ground—only the killer's Let It Be whistling as guide—Conan aids the police in tracking down the perp.

To cover my a*se, excerpting teh original Indonesian synopsis:

Kasus pembunuhan 20 tahun lalu yang menewaskan Detektif Morimura, rekan kerja Komisaris Matsumoto, akan kadaluwarsa. Tapi kembali terjadi pembunuhan serupa yang menyebabkan batas kadaluwarsa kasus bertambah lama.

Dengan sedikit petunjuk, siulan Let It Be si pelaku, kepolisian dibantu Conan berusaha melacak si pelaku. (from DETEKTIF CONAN by AOYAMA Gosho)

Conan reverting back to Shinichi, I can handle (see Detektif Conan 62 summary). But this blurb left me completely confounded. (゚ペ) So, apparently, Japan abolished the statute of limitations for murder in 2010. Under the new Law, the statute of limitations is not applied for crimes that are subject to the death penalty, such as murder and robbery that result in death, sez the article I linked. Was this amendment Aoyama Gosho-sensei's inspiration for this Detektif Conan installment?

Other ongoing series
On to less bewildering thoughts — here are the other ShoStars in this issue (and their latest released tankou, if you're interested): Appearance of the Yellow Dragon by Tamura Mitsuhisa; ARAGO by Arai Takahiro; Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl (volume 5 scheduled for 10 August); D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji; Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi (volume 6 scheduled for 10 August); Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko (volume 53 released 13 July); Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow (volume 7 released 13 July); My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun (volume 4 per 20 April); Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa (volume 2 per 20 July); Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato (volume 19 scheduled for 10 August); and The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki.

Meanwhile, I can't find Ohtaka Shinobu's Magi on ShoStar 13's cover, even if I squint.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 27 July 2011 manga and manhua

Level Comics: Bronze Angel 4 · Magister Negi Magi 26 · Hotaru's Light 12 · Lost Man 3 · Blade of Immortal 17 · Kowloon's Seekers 2 · Haruka 17 V12 · Karakuri Circus 3 · The Ravages of Time 11

m&c!: Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 14 · My Life 4 · Long Hu Men - Next Level 5 · The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 Book Two · Cherry 55/2011

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


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