Update: Added s'more Elex covers and blurbs
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: 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.
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.
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]
- A Story of Heroes (Heroes) 37 of 37 by Choi Mir (Daiwon C.I.) [Finale]
- Casting 2 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong (Daiwon C.I.)
- Crows 19 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
- Culdcept 6 of 6+ [Hiatus] by Kaneko Shinya & OMIYA Soft
- Cute Children (Zettai Karen Children) 17 of 26+ by Shiina Takashi
- Doraemon 10 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
- [Premiere] Geng Bokek by Annisa Nisfihani - SL
- Godhand Teru 33 of 58+ by Yamamoto Kazuki
- Hitohira 5 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
- Inazuma Eleven 4 of 9+ by Yabuno Tenya
- Kisah Edo di Abad 21 (Chotto Edo Made) 3 of 5+ by Tsuda Masami
- Mixim 11 volume 3 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
- [Series Premiere] Natsume Yujincho 1 of 12+ by Midorikawa Yuki »Ex-7.20
- New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 8 of 21+ by Ueda Masashi
- One Piece 59 of 63+ by Oda Eiichiro »Ex-7.20
- Princess Resurrection (Kaibutsu Oujo) 3 of 15+ by Mitsunaga Yasunori
- Smash! 3 of 18 by Saki Kaori
- Vampire Knight 7 of 14+ by Hino Matsuri
- Vinland Saga 5 of 10+ by Yukimura Makoto
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Nakayoshi Gress! 7/2011 (Kodansha)
- 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 are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
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).
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! (*≧▽≦)
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 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).
Heroes © Choi Mir/Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia as
A Story of Heroes
by Elex Media
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...
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 ^^
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!
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.
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,
Contact. [*NOT the Indonesian Shonen Magz chapter titles]
Other 27 July highlights
Please note that Culdcept 6 is the last volume, at least until the series gets out of HIATUS.
© KITT & Park SangYong
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...
Premieres My Teacher by Yamada Daisy and Angel or Devil by Moro Orie
Two new series in the latest NakaGress as noted above, but there's also a special story from Sakyo-sensei:
Kedama & si Aneh Dainagon.
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:
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~
© Aoyama Gosho
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. (ﾟﾍﾟ) 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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