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Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~ © Yasuda Suzuhito/Kodansha
[Serialized in Shonen Sirius]
Published in Indonesia as Yozakura Quartet by Elex Media
Aside from Yozakura Quartet above (the solo flight work of Durarara!! and Kamisama Kazoku light novel illustrator Yasuda Suzuhito), Elex reissues Natane—Adachi Mitsuru's Nijiiro Togarashi AKA Rainbow-Colored Chili Powder—in bunko. (Hello, IDR 24,000 price tag.)
The Yozakura Quartet AKA
Nighttime Cherry Blossom Quartet consists of Akina, Hime, Ao and Kotoha— teenaged guardians of Sakurashin, a town that reckons human and youkai of Japanese folklore in its population head count. (Still a contemporary fantasy, assures Baka-Updates Manga, but you might've known that already if you followed the anime.)
Meanwhile, also eponymous Natane is the beautiful but ferocious half-sister of Shichimi who moves to Karakuri village on the outskirts of Edo (yup, historical ninja/samurai story) after his mom passes away. Natane is just one of Shichimi's eccentric sibs: the others are genius Chinpi, mischief-prone youngest Shansho, formidable monk Keshi, rakugoka Goma and eldest Asa who's made a career of wandering to parts unknown.
Completing the debut circle are Kojiro, the kanji-nescient, blond, blue-eyed surfer dude star of Muraeda Kenichi's 1990s-vintage shounen manga, ‘kin’ (which is the spin-off here?) to the currently-serialized Imouto Sensei Nagisa AKA Hot for my samurai teacher! and lest I forget — the
3, 2, 1, GO...Shoot-OH! Metal Fight Beyblade by Adachi Takafumi. [Previews resume after the cut.]
[Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta!]
© Tamura Mitsuhisa/Shogakukan
[First serialized in
Shonen Sunday Super and
Published in Indonesia as
Appearance of the Yellow Dragon
by Elex Media
Tamura Mitsuhisa's Appearance of the Yellow Dragon appears for the last time in Shonen Star 15/2011. The rescue of Kimidori and Moegi gears up; Anji, do your best in the finale of Appearance of the Yellow Dragon!
Dunno what replaces Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta!—Ohtaka Shinobu's Magi doesn't even appear on the cover roll—but for sure these Shonen Sunday serials are present: ARAGO by Arai Takahiro, Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl, The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki, Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato, My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun, D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji, Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko, Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho, Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow, Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi and Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa.
The next issue is skedded for 14 September.
Latest volume compilations
If you're interested in the latest tankou of these ShoStars, Wild Life 19 released 10 August, as did Dr. Koto 6 and Defense Devil 5. Detektif Conan 63, Kekkaishi 8 and My First Mr. Akuno 5 streeted last 15 August. Inuyasha 53 came out 13 July and Takkoku!!! 2 followed a week later (20 July).
- Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) 3 of 4 by Ogura Akane
- Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) 16 of 25+ by Higuchi Tachibana
- Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) 8 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko
- Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) 5 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
- Global Garden 8 of 8 by Hiwatari Saki [Finale]
- Hitohira 6 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
- [Series Premiere] Kojiro 1 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
- [Series Premiere] Metal Fight Beyblade 1 of 9+ by Adachi Takafumi
- Mokke 4 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi
- [Premiere] Natane 1 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi) by Adachi Mitsuru
- New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 9 of 21+ by Ueda Masashi
- Topeng Kaca 16 of 24+ Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) by Miuchi Suzue
- [Series Premiere] Yozakura Quartet (Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~) 1 of 10+ by Yasuda Suzuhito
- Shonen Star 15/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 18 August 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 each except Natane 1 Deluxe and Topeng Kaca 16 Deluxe (IDR 24,000); and New Kobochan 9 (IDR 15,000). Shonen Star 15/2011 is priced at IDR 30,000/issue.
New titles - continued
Kojiro © Muraeda Kenichi
[Shonen Sunday Comics]
There's a new teacher in town. Sakaue's new teacher is blond and blue-eyed, and goes to work everyday riding the waves. He teaches a foreign language (of course) because he can't read kanji.
This is the story of free spirit Kojiro who comes to his mom's homeland to...get in touch with his Japanese side? Wherever that may be hiding?
Kenta is a young Blader at the mercy of the Face Hunter Gang, who preys on weak Bladers to steal their Beyblades! That is, until the appearance of Ginka and his Beyblade, Pegasus! As Kenta befriends Ginka, he learns about the secrets to Beyblade and more about his mentor... including Ginka's dark part involving the evil organization Dark Nebula and the forbidden Beyblade, L-Draco!
Metal Fight Beyblade 1 contains chapters 01 to 04 and 00:
Pegasus Has Landed!;
The Forbidden Beyblade, L-Drago!;
A Heated Battle! Gingka VS Ryuga!; and 00.
Metal Fight Beyblade [*NOT Elex chapter titles].
Other Adachi Takafumi manga
Adachi Takafumi has another shounen manga based on a game, specifically, the Duel Masters trading card game: D.M Fighter Honoo (two volumes per 2007.08; serialized in Bessatsu Corocoro Comic Special). He also illustrated the movie-based Kung-Fu Panda, written by Okuma Hanten and first serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace (volume published February 2009 in Japan).
Featured ongoing series
Despite opposition from nearly all quarters, the engagement of Meteora's Prince Johanne to Cannan's Princess Euda pushes through. The prince and princess no longer bicker; in fact, these days they're well-nigh inseparable. But when Princess Euda visits the belligerent Meteora kingdom for the first time, she realizes just how unwelcome she is. Will Prince Johanne arrive in time to save The Future Mother of His Children?
What do you think? :P
Absolute Peace Strategy 3 compiles chapters 10 through 14 and throws in the
Rebecca and Raquel Throbbing Shopping extra.
Weirdness never ceases to plague Alice Gakuen. After the sports festival, Mikan and pals take a whiff of "Aroma Shuffle," and their spirits flee their bodies and find different anatomies to inhabit. The bizarre soul swap, however, paves the way to uncovering even more secrets...
Alice Academy 16 collects Stories 89 to 94.
Every morning before work, Professor Urushihara practices driving. But on this particular morning, the professor finds a motorcycle parked in his usual spot. A spot of sleuthing yields the identity of the culprits — students from a neighboring high school. What will Professor Urushihara do to teach these kids a lesson they will never forget?
Hikaru unexpectedly mutates, forcing Ruika to exert every effort to restore his original form.
Finale da yo.
Enenra, the youkai of mist, veils human eyes, makes humans seek answers to unanswerable questions and forget everything. Evil wind Jaki creeps into cracks in the human heart and whispers madness. Just because they're destructive doesn't mean humans can't co-exist with them. With the help of pure souls, they pass without claiming any victim.
Other 18 August highlights
- Blooming Youth 5 by Itsuki Natsumi: Kajika departs for Raginei with Eugene and Toranosuke to find out what is happening in that middle eastern kingdom. With whom do they consult? And what of Rumaty, ‘imprisoned’ in Burnsworth manor?
- Hitohira 6 by Kirihara Idumi: The fall festival drama has been decided, and Kanna deliberately chooses to play the same role as Mugi. Has their contest gone beyond mere stage rivalry?
Still not enuf? Here are the other 18 August 2011 manga
Level Comics: Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 5 · X Blade 6 · Red River 9 · Glass Chair 8 of 8 · A Spirit of the Sun 12 · RRR 3 · Exit 6 · Smurf - Salad Smurf · Cubitus - Wisata Kuliner Dunia · Leonard - Si Jenius by Turk - De Groot
m&c!: Love in the Sky 3 · Song For My Sweet Home 2 · Secret Kiss by Aikawa Saki · Invicible Lover by Konno Risa · Chocolate Magic by Mizuho Rino · Doctor's Gentle Love by Kawamaru Shin · Honey Love by Yagami Rina · Honey Love Dandy Teachers by Kawamaru Shin · Ijime - If I Have Enough Courage by Igarashi Kaoru · Lovely Lesson - Hair Make Episode by Sakisaka Mea · Ultra Z Class by Kosaka Mariko · A Witch Who Looks For Love by Kumaki Eri · Long Hu Men - The Next Level 6 · Chinese Heroes: Sang Legenda 2 of 2 · Cherry 56/2011
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who wishes you Happy Independence Day!
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