Wild Life 19, Dr. Koto 6, Defense Devil 5 (Elex Media 10 August 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Also, a couple of (Shueisha!) manga we haven't seen for a year: Real by Inoue Takehiko (volume 10) and Claymore by Yagi Norihiro (volume 16).

Wild Life 19, Dr. Koto 6, Defense Devil 5 (Elex Media)

Wild Life © Fujisaki Masato/Shogakukan [First serialized in Shonen Sunday]; Dr. Koto Shinryoujo © Yamada Takatoshi/Shogakukan [First serialized in Weekly Young Sunday, currently in Big Comic Original]; Defense Devil © Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl/Shogakukan [First serialized in Shonen Sunday]. Published in Indonesia as Wild Life, Dr. Koto and Defense Devil by Elex Media

Updated with Elex artwork and blurbs and substantial NikBabble™

Tessho treats poor people's pets for free, but his goodness of   just lands him in hot water with Kanebakari, Meio University's stingy administrative chief. Kanebakari demands sanctions against Tessho for his sans university permission pro bono vet care.

Yup, Tessho and 2005 Shogakukan Manga Awardee Wild Life 19 are this week's hottest Elex GET!

And from vet, we move on to another manner of doctor, the middle of nowhere kind:

Dr. Koto 6 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi

Goto Kensuke alias Dr. Koto is the only doctor on the remote island of Koshiki, and it's to his credit that he can even perform surgery in such an isolated place.

One day, Dr. Koto gets into an accident in the mountains. He suffers from compartment syndrome, dislocated shoulder and loses consciousness because of his internal injuries.

Who's going to treat the doctor when the doctor himself is out?

Oh, dear. Dr. Koto's sitch goes way beyond a big pinch...Will a scream in his ear rouse the good doctor? I'm convinced that everything will turn out all right — and with no busted eardrums to additionally plague our heroic doctor. (I look to volumes 7 through 25+ for 100% confirmation that Dr. Koto survives.)

Elex notes that the 2003 Shogakukan Manga Awardee Dr. Koto Shinryoujo has sold as many as nine million copies in its home country. Wonder if/when local Dr. Koto will reach an equivalent sales milestone?

More previews after the release list.

Mangazines: Shonen Magz 8/2011 and Shonen Star 14/2011

Fairy Tail's Elsa (Erza) and Natsu headline the latest Shonen Magz, albeit BECK's guitarist/singer Koyuki part-times as cover boy. Meanwhile, Idamaria is Shonen Star 14's cover exorcist nun because Defense Devil is apparently not content with just the volume 5 release this street date. [Moar babble on the Indonesian Shonen Magazine and Shonen Sunday serials (waay) below.]

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.08.10)

  1. Bride of the Water God (Habaek-eui Shinbu) 3 of 15+ by Yun MiKyung
  2. Bride of the Water God 3 (Elex)

    Habaek-eui Shinbu하백의 신부
    by Yun MiKyung
    Seoul Cultural Publishers Wink, soonjung
    Volume 3 first published in Korea 2007.02

    Other languages/serializations
    English Bride of the Water God (Dark Horse: eight volumes per 2011.05 • volume 9 street date: 2011.11.01), French L'épouse du dieu de l'eau (Editions Clair de Lune: Tome 4 shipped 2011.06 • Tome 5 street date: 2011.08.18)

  3. Claymore 16 of 20+ by Yagi Norihiro
  4. Claymore 16 (Elex)

    by Yagi Norihiro
    Shueisha Jump Square (previously serialized in Monthly and Weekly Shonen Jump), shounen
    Volume 16 first published in Japan 2009.05

    Volume 16: Daichi no Kikoku (The Lamentation of the Earth) chapters:
    84. Daichi no Kikoku Ⅱ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 2)
    85. "Daichi no Kikoku Ⅲ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 3)
    86. Daichi no Kikoku Ⅳ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 4)
    87. Daichi no Kikoku Ⅴ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 5)
    88. Daichi no Kikoku Ⅵ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 6)
    89. Daichi no Kikoku Ⅶ (The Lamentation of the Earth, Part 7)
    *NOT Elex chapter titles

    Other languages
    English Claymore (VIZ Media: 18 volumes per 2011.06 • volume 19 street date: 2011.11.01), German (Tokyopop Germany: Band 19 ships 2011.08.11), France and Spain (Glenat; latest French tome 18 per 2011.06), Italy (Star Comics), Russia (Comix-ART), Mexico (Grupo Editorial Vid), Brazil (Panini Comics Brasil) and Taiwan (Ever Glory: 獵魔戰記 18 released 2010.11)

    Madhouse's 26-episode anime adapted the first 11 manga volumes and aired on Japan's NTV between April and September 2007, with seiyuu Kuwashima Houko as Clare.

  5. Defense Devil 5 of 10 by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
  6. Defense Devil 5 (Elex)

    Defense DevilDEFENSE DEVIL
    by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 5 (chapters 38-47) first published in Japan 2010.06

    Adapted from the Sunday GX Akuma Bengoshi Kucabara one-shot

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English and simplified Chinese volumes (Chuang Yi: English volume 2 released 2010.09 • simplified Chinese #8 per 2011.06)

  7. Demon King (Majeh) 34 of 38+ by Ra InSoo & Kim JaeHwan
  8. Demon King 34 (Elex)

    by Ra InSoo & Kim JaeHwan
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, sonyun
    Volume 34 first published in Korea 2009.12

    Other languages
    English King of Hell (TOKYOPOP: 25 volumes per 2009.08.04) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 魔帝 #35 per 2011.06)

  9. Doraemon 11 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
  10. Doraemon 11 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 1976.07
    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. Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) 6 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi
  12. Dr. Koto 6: Kecelakaan (Elex)

    Dr. Koto ShinryoujoDr.コトー診療所
    by Yamada Takatoshi
    Shogakukan Weekly Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Original in 2008), seinen
    Volume 6 (chapters 57-67) first published in Japan 2002.07

    Best General/Seinen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

    Other languages
    French (Kana: Dr Kotô tome 19 and 20 shipped 2011.07 • Tome 21-22 street date: 2011.10.21) and traditional Chinese (Ching Win Taiwan: 離島大夫日誌 25 released 2010.11)

    The award-winning Dr. Coto's Clinic, an 11-episode live-action TV drama starring Yoshioka Hidetaka as Dr. Coto/Goto Kensuke aired from July to September 2003 on Fuji TV, followed by two specials (the first aired between 9 and 10 January 2004 and the second from 12 to 13 December of the same year). A second also award-winning 11-episode season followed between October and December 2006.

    Dr. Koto My First BIG Specials: The Advent!, Miracle in the hand (2006.10) and My First BIG editions: Suspected, Despair (2006.11) and Consider (2006.12)

  13. Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 30 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
  14. Lum, The Invader Girl 30 (Elex)

    Urusei Yatsura新装版 うる星やつら
    by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    New edition (shinsoban) volume 30 released in Japan 2008.01

    Winner, 26th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Shounen/Shoujo category

    Other languages
    English (VIZ Media), French and Spanish (Glenat)

    A 195 episode-anime adaptation by Kitty Films, starring seiyuu Hirano Fumi (Lum) and Furukawa Toshio (Moroboshi Ataru), that aired from October 1981 through March 1986 on Fuji TV, 11 OAVs and six theatrical movies.

  15. Mixim 11 volume 4 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
  16. Mixim 11 vol.4 (Elex)

    MiXiM 11MIXIM☆11
    by Anzai Nobuyuki
    AKA MiXiM♀12
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in 2009.06

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

  17. Real 10 of 10+ by Inoue Takehiko
  18. Real 10 (Elex)

    Realリアル」 by Inoue Takehiko
    Shueisha Young Jump, seinen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2010.11

    Excellence Prize, 2001 Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other languages
    English Real VIZ Media (nine volumes per 2010.11 • volume 10 street date: 2011.11.15), French (Kana: Tome 9 shipped 2010.08 • Tome 10 street date: 2011.12.02), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa;), Italian (Panini)

  19. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) 14 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
  20. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 14 (Elex)

    Spiral: Suiri no Kizunaスパイラル 推理の絆
    by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 14 (chapters 67-71) first published in Japan 2005.09

    Other languages
    English Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Yen Press: 15 volumes per 2011.04) and German (Carlsen Comics; Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit: Band 12 shipped 2011.06 • Band 13 street date: 2011.09.29)

    Spiral Alive (prequel; five volumes); a series of light novels; Mizuno Eita artbooks: SPIRAL Mizuno Eita Gashuu (2003.03) and Spiral All Along (2006.02; released with volume 15); and the Life is Spiralスパイラル完全解説本 ライフ・イズ・スパ」 guide, which includes the first draft of the Spiral: Suiri no KizunaSore sae mo toutoki hibi de」 drama (2003.03)

    A series of audio dramas and a 25-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, based on the first six volumes of the manga, with an alternate ending that aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003, starring seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi (Narumi Ayumu), Asano Masumi (Yuizaki Hiyono) and Ishida Akira (Eyes Rutherford).

  21. Vinland Saga 6 of 10+ by Yukimura Makoto
  22. Vinland Saga 6 (Elex)

    Vinland Sagaヴィンランド・サガ
    by Yukimura Makoto
    Kodansha Afternoon (initially in Weekly Shonen Magazine), shounen/seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2008.06

    Volume 6 chapters:
    36. The Two on the Battlefield
    37. The Meaning of Love
    38. Outside the Cradle
    39. The King Awakens
    40. The Story of Thors
    41. Joint Battle
    42. Your Life or Death Is in My Hands
    [*NOT Elex/Shonen Magz chapter titles]

    Nominee, 2008 Manga Taisho award and Grand Prize winner, Manga division, Japan Media Arts Festival 2009

    Other languages/serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing serialization)
    French (Kurokawa: Tome 9 shipped 2011.03 • Tome 10 street date: 2011.10.13), Italian (Star Comics), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 海盜戰記 9 released 2011.03)

  23. Wild Life 19 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  24. Wild Life 19 (Elex)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 19 (chapters 159-167) first published in Japan 2006.09

    Winner, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shounen category (2005)

    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

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Mangazines (2011.08.10)

  1. Shonen Magz 8/2011 (Kodansha Shonen Magazine)
  2. Shonen Star 14/2011 (Shogakukan Shonen Sunday)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 10 August 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi/Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Real 10 (IDR 18,500). Shonen Magz and Shonen Star retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).


♡ Bride of the Water God 3 of 15+ by Yun MiKyung

Soah eventually returns to the human world — minus her memories. She has forgotten everything about the Water Kingdom, including Habaek. Old friend Dongyong shows up, intending to wed the one-time sacrificial maiden.

Will Soah accept Dongyong's proposal and leave Habaek behind for good?

While I agree with Elex that this mystical Korean fairy tale features beautiful, sigh-worthy art, I can't quite work up the effort to fangirl Habaek, what more Soah, the titular, she remains the Bride of the Water God.

☆ Defense Devil 5 of 10 by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl

Excerpting the original Indonesian blurb because I have a point to make:

Awalnya, mereka sulit sekali kerjasama, tapi akhirnya Kucabara berhasil melepaskan Dark Matter yang tersegel dalam Idamaria, dan mendapatkan kekuatan yang besar. Lalu, mereka berdua akhirnya akan membuka gerbang menuju dunia iblis. Apakah mereka bisa menghadapi segala masalah yang terjadi di dunia iblis?
Gramedia Shop synopsis

After I got through with it —

They couldn't work together in the beginning, but finally Kucabara manages to unseal the Dark Matter within Idamaria to fuel his powers. With this great power, Kucabara—and Idamaria—now attempt to open the gate to the demon world. Little do they expect the extent of the horror they will face.

Elex's summary sounds more like Wiki's volume 6 summary, which includes this provocative line that explains(?) what unsealing the Dark Matter entails: Kucabara attempts to absorb the Dark Matter from Idamaria to return her back to normal by kissing her...

\(^ ^)/

I only need that *chuu* to want to read this series. (Elex tries to persuade by emphasizing that Defense Devil is the brainchild of the duo that brought us Shin Angyo Onshi or Blade of the Phantom Master.)

Volume 5 collects Judgments 10 through 19 (chapters 38-47): A Promise and a Contract, Kucabara's brother, Man and Woman, Zodi, Brillheart, Kelsa, Catfight, To Each Their Own Battle, Old Woman and Little Girl and A Gift From Jupiter. [*NOT Elex/Shonen Star chapter titles]

☆ Real 10 of 10+ by Inoue Takehiko

Athlete - non-athlete. Does this division figure in human classification? They who are confined to wheelchairs break through barriers one at a time, and this time, they must conquer the devil ramp.

So the Indonesian Real catches up with the latest Japanese tank. Wiki observes that while it's not-quite Slam Dunk-popular, Real surpasses in eye-opening and poignant.

☆ Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 14 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita

Elex's summary is   SPOILAGE MAX!, so borrowing Yen Press' Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 14 blurb:

When Kirie's DNA tests on Ayumu, Hizumi, and their respective older brothers yield shocking results, the disgruntled Watcher confronts the only two people who can confirm the truth of Ayumu's parentage: his mom and dad. What she learns shakes her to the core, but how will Ayumu react when Hizumi reveals how science has warped their fates? Will Ayumu's resolve to save the Blade Children remain firm, or will anger and despair cause him to waver?

One more volume to go, but after the egregious spoi ( ̄へ ̄) , I've lost all enthusiasm to marathon this shounen tantei/mystery series when it finishes, no matter how bishieful it is. Halp, Ayumu 八(^□^*) タノム!!

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 14 compiles chapters 67-71: The Paradox of the Twins, The Freedom of Happiness, The Duo's Sky, In Your Darkness and The Song Sung During the Day You Parted Ways (part 1). [*NOT Elex chapter titles

Other 10 August highlights

  • Claymore 16 by Yagi Norihiro: The seven warriors are disheartened after Millia reveals the Yoma's true genesis. Claire travels west with Cynthia and Uma in search of Raki, and along the way, they meet Louvre again.
  • Demon King 34 by Ra InSoo & Kim JaeHwan: To open the door to the hereafter, Murin gathers a thousand sacrifices, forcing the Demon King to a life and death match against Murin whose true plan is to eliminate the King of the Afterlife's position.
  • Doraemon 11 by Fujiko F. Fujio: Nobita wants to do his homework the easy way, so he borrows Shizuka's head. Afterwards, Doraemon borrows Shizuka's foot. Not long after, everyone is borrowing something from Shizuka. Who's going to put Shizuka back together again??
  • Lum, The Invader Girl 30 by Takahashi Rumiko: A super turkey escapes from the Turkey Research Institute. Whoever finds it stands to receive a handsome reward. The turkey finds its way into Ataru's house and the question on everyone's mind is: Should Ataru return the turkey or serve it up for Christmas dinner?
  • Mixim 11 Vol. 4 by Anzai Nobuyuki: Virgo and Taurus, extinguished by Shadow-Matter's minions, flare back to life. Ichimatsu, Takezo and Koume hasten to save the other girl constellations. In the middle of a fierce battle, Ichimatsu activates his second NOVA.
  • Vinland Saga 6 by Yukimura Makoto: The Maldon battle wages fierce, and the enemy commander Byrtnoth appears invincible. Even the formidable Thorkell is brought to his knees.


Shonen Magz 8/2011: Pray to the holy light!

Elsa Scarlet and Blue-haired Bishie Gerald and Ethelion, oh my!

Shonen Magz 8/2011 - FC: BECK

BECK © Harold Sakuishi
Kodansha [First serialized in
Monthly Shonen Magazine]

To stop Zelf rising, the Mage Council agrees to deploy Ethelion. Elsa, meanwhile, yields to Gerald. Ethelion is fired even as Natsu and Elsa remain in the Tower of Heaven. A demon smiles at Gerald for but a heartbeat; does this bode more ill than Elsa and Natsu can imagine?

As mentioned Above the Cut, Mashima Hiro's Fairy Tail is Shonen Magz 8's featured serial, but, but, Koyuki, what do you think you're doing with that guitar?? Don't throw a fit just because Harold Sakuishi's BECK's ‘latest’ tankou—volume 25—came out in December; volume 26 is skedded for 15th August.

According to the cover line-up, these Absolutely Kewl! series also continue:

As you can see, Kindaichi Case Files by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya is absent.

With the exception of Fairy Tail (volume 10 released 20 July), Ghost's Doctor (volume 6 per 7.20), Vinland Saga (volume 6 streets with ShoMagz 8) and BECK (volume 26 skedded 18 August), other series compiles were last seen in 2010: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle (volume 17 per 2010.10.27); School Rumble (volume 11 per 2010.06.16); Kungfu Boy Legends (volume 9 released 2010.09.22); and Tokkyu! (volume 15 per 2010.10.06).

Shonen Star 14/2011 ☆ Defense Devil

Shonen Star 14/2011 - FC: Defense Devil

Defense Devil © Youn InWan
& Yang KyungIl/Shogakukan
[Shonen Sunday]

Kucabara meets the relationship-destroying demon who entraps him into a duel with Bichura at the Wall of Regret. Can Kucabara escape fighting Bichura?

Similar to what I noted in Defense Devil 5, this here blurb also reads like Wiki's volume 6 synop. So assuming that it refers to one (or more) of that tank's chapters (Judgments 20-29). If I'm wrong, then... *shrugs* But more than Mephisto Barto Dertov Reffertlark Kucabara having to duel with Bichura, I wanna know what's happening with our Defense Devil and love interest Idamaria. She looks a tad wistful.

The other ShoStars per cover roll call:

Elex claims that Shonen Star compiles more series, but that doesn't preclude temporary disappearances here and there. I don't see Fukuchi Tsubasa's Takkoku!!! in the line-up, for one. But I will grant that SS compilation is more diligent: Wild Life 19 streets with the Shonen Star 14, as does Dr. Koto 6. Detektif Conan 63, Kekkaishi 8 and My First Mr. Akuno 5 are penciled for 15 August. Inuyasha 53 came out 13 July and even the pro tem missing Takkoku!!! released volume 2 on 20 July.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 10 August 2011 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: GTO Shonan 14 Days 2 · Team Medical Dragon 18 · Bambino! 13 · Love Affair 10 · Jio 17 · Kowloon's Seekers 3 of 3 · Shattered Knife 8 · Karakuri Circus 4 · Devil Devil 4 · Officer Monju 9 · Tanguy & Laverdure - Bahaya Di Angkasa · Boule & Bill - Sirkus Keren! · Yakari - Yakari dan Si Tanduk Bercabang

m&c!: Love Button 3 · My Life 5 of 5 · Crab Kiss 5 · Cherry is Everywhere 2 of 2 · Meet the Banchou 8 · My Lovely Class Leader 2 · Spray King 1 by Mikuni Shin · Princess Gal Paradise 2 · Dewa Iblis Awan Api II No. 1 by Tony Wong

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


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