Alice Academy 16, Natane 1 Deluxe by Adachi Mitsuru, Yozakura Quartet 1 by Yasuda Suzuhito (Elex Media 18 August 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Updated with blurbs, artwork and NikBabble™

So this is Elex's second release for the third week of August. Per advised, the coming Idul Fitri holiday presents us with 2×skeds. Expect another twice-weekly in September after the Lebaran hiatus.

Yozakura Quartet 1 (Elex Media)

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 NataneAdachi 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.]

Shonen Star 15/2011 ☆ Appearance of the Yellow Dragon

Shonen Star 15/2011 - Front cover: Appearance of the Yellow Dragon

[Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta!]
© Tamura Mitsuhisa/Shogakukan
[First serialized in
Shonen Sunday Super and
Club Sunday]
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).

Elex Media manga (2011.08.18)

  1. Absolute Peace Strategy (Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen) 3 of 4 by Ogura Akane
  2. Absolute Peace Strategy 3 (Elex)

    Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen絶対平和大作戦
    by Ogura Akane
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 3 (chapters 10-14 + Extra) first published in Japan 2010.04

  3. Alice Academy (Gakuen Alice) 16 of 25+ by Higuchi Tachibana
  4. Alice Academy 16 (Elex)

    Gakuen Alice学園アリス
    by Higuchi Tachibana
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 16 (Story 89-94) first published in Japan 2008.07

    Other languages/Serializations
    English Gakuen Alice (TOKYOPOP: 16 volumes per 2011.04; as at May 2011, no North American publisher has picked up the license), French (Glénat: L'académie Alice Tome 22 shipped 2011.06 • Tome 23 street date: 2011.08.24), German (Carlsen Comics: latest Band 13 • Band 14 street date: 2012.01.30; serialized in Daisuki), Spanish (Glénat Espagne: Alice Escuela de Magia, latest volume 19), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: 學園愛麗絲 22 per 2011.08.12). Previously serialized in the Indonesian HanaLaLa (discontinued).

    Aniplex and Group TAC's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Ueda Kana (Sakura Mikan), Park Romi (Hyuuga Natsume), Kugimiya Rie (Imai Hotaru) and Yasuda Miwa (Nogi Ruka), aired in Japan on NHK BS-2 from October 2004 to May 2005. Animax Asia's initial telecast ran from March to May 2006.

    The anime cast also recorded dramas first broadcast on web radio. Sony Music Entertainment released Gakuen Alice Love Potion Chuiho, the first web radio CD recording, in January 2006. The second and third radio CDs Gakuen Alice Mono Wasure Machine and Gakuen Alice Chocolate Holic followed in February and March of the same year.

    An official Gakuen Alice Fanbook (released 2007.05), a special Pika Pika SP Fanbook given away as a Hana to Yume furoku and the Gakuen Alice 25. 5 Koushiki Fanbook scheduled for 2011.09.20.

  5. Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) 8 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko
  6. Animal Doctor 8 (Elex)

    Doubutsu no Oishasan動物のお医者さん
    by Sasaki Noriko
    AKA Mr. Veterinarian
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 1992.07

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in eight bunkoban between 1995.12 and 1996.06
    Traditional Chinese Ai Xin Dong Wu Yi Yuan (Tong Li Taiwan; 12 volumes)

  7. Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) 5 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
  8. Blooming Youth 5 (Elex)

    Hanasakeru Seishounen花咲ける青少年
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1991.08

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in six aizōban from 2009.02 to 2009.03
    Traditional Chinese 天國少女 (Tong Li, 12 volumes)

    Related series
    One-shot sequel (Melody 27 June 2009) and Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen (one volume per 2011.03)

    A 39-episode anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot, starring seiyuu Endo Aya (Kajika Louisa Kugami Burnsworth), Morikawa Toshiyuki (Huang Li-Ren), Ono Daisuke (Eugene Alexandr De Volkan), Namikawa Daisuke (Rumaty Ivan Di Raginei) and Fukuyama Jun (Carl Rosenthal) that aired between April 2009 and February 2010 on NHK, and at least two stage adaptations, the first premiering 29 September 2010 in Tokyo

  9. Global Garden 8 of 8 by Hiwatari Saki [Finale]
  10. Global Garden 8 (Elex)

    Global GardenGLOBAL GARDEN
    by Hiwatari Saki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2005.03

  11. Hitohira 6 of 7 by Kirihara Idumi
  12. Hitohira 6 (Elex)

    Hitohiraひとひら」 by Kirihara Idumi
    Futabasha Comic High!, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2008.12

    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.

  13. [Series Premiere] Kojiro 1 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  14. Kojiro 1 (Elex)

    by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 1991.04

    Rereleased in four wide-ban from 1999.03 to 1999.09 and in four bunkoban from 2010.04 to 2010.07

    Related series
    Imouto Sensei Nagisa AKA Hot for my samurai teacher! (ongoing serialization in Monthly Shonen Sunday)

  15. [Series Premiere] Metal Fight Beyblade 1 of 9+ by Adachi Takafumi
  16. Metal Fight Beyblade 1 (Elex)

    Metal Fight Beyblade
    メタルファイト ベイブレード
    by Adachi Takafumi
    AKA Beyblade: Metal Fusion
    Shogakukan CoroCoro Comic, shounen
    Shinsōban volume 1 (chapters 1-4 and 0) first published in Japan 2009.03

    Spin-off of the original Beyblade anime series

    Tatsunoko Pro, Synergy SP and Nelvana collaborated on a Metal Fight Beyblade anime adaptation. Fifty-one episodes comprising Season 1 and the follow-up Battle Bladers aired on TV Tokyo from April 2009 to March 2010.

    The Metal Fight Beyblade VS the Sun - The Movie: Sol Blaze, the Scorching-hot Invader animated feature premiered in Japan in August 2010.

  17. Mokke 4 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi
  18. Mokke 4 (Elex)

    Mokkeもっけ」 by Kumakura Takatoshi
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2005.03

  19. [Premiere] Natane 1 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi) by Adachi Mitsuru
  20. Natane 1 Deluxe (Elex)

    Nijiiro Togarashi (bunko)
    虹色とうがらし (小学館文庫)
    by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Bunko volume 1 first published in Japan 2002.06

  21. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) 9 of 21+ by Ueda Masashi
  22. New Kobochan 9 (Elex)

    Shin Kobo-chan新コボちゃん
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time Comics, seinen/4-koma
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2007.02

  23. Topeng Kaca 16 of 24+ Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) by Miuchi Suzue
  24. Topeng Kaca 16 Deluxe (Elex)

    Glass no Kamenガラスの仮面 白泉社文庫
    by Miuchi Suzue
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Bunko volume 16 first published in Japan 1994.12

    Glass no Kamen tankoubon (47 volumes per 2011.07.26)

    The Glass Mask Comic Fanbook was released in Japan 2010.09 under the Hana to Yume Comics Special label.

    Three anime series and two live-action drama seasons

  25. [Series Premiere] Yozakura Quartet (Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~) 1 of 10+ by Yasuda Suzuhito
  26. Yozakura Quartet 1 (Elex)

    Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~
    夜桜四重奏 ヨザクラカルテット
    by Yasuda Suzuhito
    Kodansha Shonen Sirius, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.09

    Other languages
    English Yozakura Quartet (Del Rey: five volumes per 2009.09), traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan: 夜櫻四重奏 7 per 2011.07 • Volume 8 street date: 2011.09.01)

    A 12-episode anime produced by Nomad, starring seiyuu Kaji Yuuki (Hiizumi Akina), Fukuen Misato (Yarizakura Hime), Fujita Saki (Nanami Ao) and Sawashiro Miyuki (Isone Kotoha), aired from October to December 2008, followed by the Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~ OAVs (two DVDs released October 2010 and April 2011; the third is scheduled for 2011.09.09)

    Shooting Star Carnaval Side: Yozakura Quarter Yasuda Suzuhito Illustrations artbook (published in Japan 2011.06)

Mangazines (2011.08.18)

  • 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 1 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi

Kojiro 1

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?

Other Muraeda Kenichi manga
If you've read Masked Rider Spirits and RED Living On the Edge, you know Muraeda Kenichi-sensei's work.

Metal Fight Beyblade 1 of 9+ by Adachi Takafumi

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!

Excerpted Chuang Yi's Metal Fight Beyblade Vol.1 synop because all Elex suggests is that you get out your own Beyblade and join the adventure.

Metal Fight Beyblade 1 contains chapters 01 to 04 and 00: Pegasus Has Landed!; Leone's Roar!; 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

Absolute Peace Strategy 3 of 4 by Ogura Akane

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.

Alice Academy 16 of 25+ by Higuchi Tachibana

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.

Animal Doctor 8 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko

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?

Global Garden 8 of 8 by Hiwatari Saki

Hikaru unexpectedly mutates, forcing Ruika to exert every effort to restore his original form.

Finale da yo.

Mokke 4 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi

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

The summary for Topeng Kaca Deluxe 16 doesn't change from volume 15's, so just go »here. (Conserving blog real estate ^^)

  • 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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