Bambino 14, Black Lagoon 8, Jepang Tenggelam 15 of 15 (Level Comics 22 September 2011 manga) [UPDATE3]

The Gave In to Anality Version — Final

Update 3: Reinstated Red River 10 and Shattered Knife 9—with details—as both ARE already available in stores, even if they still appear in the 28 September STO. (But for sure, Sky of Love 7 has been reskedded to the above street date.)

Also replaced the lead cover (formerly Lanfeust of Troy - Gading Magohamoth) because that Arleston & Tarquin ROMIC was also postponed (word is it streets on 12 October). Needless to say, I chose to omit its synopsis from this release list. So if it's a Then you saw it, now you don't, you know what happened.

Bambino 14, Black Lagoon 8, Jepang Tenggelam 15 (Level Comics)

Bambino! © Sekiya Tetsuji/Shogakukan [First serialized in Big Comic Spirits] · Black Lagoon © Hiroe Rei/Shogakukan [Serialized in Sunday GX] · Nihon Chinbotsu © Komatsu Sakyou and Ishiki Tokihiko/Shogakukan [First serialized in Big Comic Spirits]. Published in Indonesia as Bambino!, Black Lagoon and Jepang Tenggelam by Elex Media/Level Comics

In the penultimate Bambino!

Ban's still trying to win over mafiosi palates, but Coyote's cowardly brother Lorenzo interferes!

Above Bambino! preview extracted from a mechanical translation of バンビ~ノ! 14 episode 143 sneak peek. Level's late-breaking version —

Ban returns to Japan, only to be told by Chef Tekkan to swing by Fukuoka. There Ban finds that his parents are getting a divorce, the apartment he calls home is up for sale, his ex-girlfriend is getting married and his best friend has become little more than a thug. Talk about problems! Can Ban overcome these non-food challenges?

Bambino! concluded in Japan with volume 15's April 2009 release. Bambino! Secondo's first tankou premiered in August that same year. Eight volumes of the sequel have been compiled as at August 2011.

More previews after the release list.

Level Comics manga (2011.09.22)

  1. Bambino! 14 of 15 by Sekiya Tetsuji
  2. LC: Bambino! 14

    Bambino!バンビ~ノ!」 by Sekiya Tetsuji
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 14 (chapters 143-153) first published in Japan 2008.12

    Winner, 53rd Shogakukan Manga Awards for the Seinen/General category, tied with Kuromaru- & Natsuhara Takeshi's The Black Swindler (Kurosagi).

    Related series
    Bambino! Secondo (sequel; eight volumes as at 2011.08.30)

    An 11-episode live-action adaptation starring Matsumoto Jun (Shogo Ban) and Kitamura Kazuki (Yonamine Tsukasa/Yona-san) aired on NTV from April to June 2007. The TV series reaped four awards at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor (Matsumoto Jun), Supporting Actor (Kazuki Kitamura), Best Director and a Special Award.

  3. Black Lagoon 8 of 9+ by Hiroe Rei
  4. LC: Black Lagoon 8

    Black LagoonBLACK LAGOON
    by Hiroe Rei
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 8 (chapters 56-64) first published in Japan 2008.07

    Other languages
    English Black Lagoon (VIZ Media: nine volumes per 2010.07) and Chuang Yi: nine volumes as at 2010.10), French (Kazé Manga: tome 9 shipped 2010.10), Spanish (Norma Editorial Spain), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 9 per 2010.07), Polish (Waneko).

    The 12-episode Madhouse anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Toyoguchi Megumi (Revy) and Namikawa Daisuke (Rock), aired in Japan from April to June 2006. The Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage second season (episodes 13 to 24) was telecast from October through December of the same year. The OAV sequel, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, premiered 17 July 2010, with the fifth Roberta's Blood Trail Blu-ray/DVD released 2011.06.22.

    The Sunday GX Comics 10YEAR'S CHRONICLE: Black Lagoon 1: Born to Rock (JP release: 2011.01), which contains the Black Lagoon Gaiden, and Black Lagoon 2: Rock to the Core (2011.02)

    The Black Lagoon: Shaitane Badi light novel written by Urobuchi Gen and illustrated by Hiroe Rei (Black Lagoon side story; Shogakukan Gagaga Bunko, 2008.07)

  5. Eternal Sabbath (ES) 6 of 8 by Souryo Fuyumi
  6. LC: Eternal Sabbath 6

    ESES」 ES 6 by Souryo Fuyumi
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2004.05

    Other languages/Reissues
    English ES (Del Rey: eight volumes), French (Glénat: eight volumes), Italian (Editions Star Comics)
    Re-released in five bunko volumes (2006.10 - 2007.02)

  7. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) 84 of 97+ by Morikawa Joji
  8. LC: Fight!! Ippo 84

    Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩
    by Morikawa Joji
    AKA Fighting Spirit
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 84 first published in Japan 2008.06

    Volume 84 chapters:
    Round 799: The Remaining Round
    Round 800: That is Ippo Makunouchi
    Round 801: Right and Left
    Round 802: An Enviable Pit
    Round 803: The Main Event and the Main Event
    Round 804: A Higher Level
    Round 805: Because of Their Meeting
    Round 806: The Unexpected Possibility
    Hajime No Ippo Gaiden: Naniwa Tiger
    *NOT Level chapter titles

    Best Shounen Manga, 1991 Kodansha Manga Awards

    Related series
    Hajime no Ippo Gaiden (one-shot prequel)

    Other languages
    French (Kurokawa: Ippo, Saison 2: Destins de Boxeurs Tome 16 shipped 2011.09.08) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 第一神拳 96 per 2011.08)

    A 76-episode anime by Madhouse, starring seiyuu Kiyasu Kohei (Makunouchi Ippo), aired on NTV from October 2000 to March 2002. A sequel/special, Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road, came out in June 2003, followed by the spinoff Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura OAV (2003.09). The 26-episode second season Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger was telecast from January to June 2009.

  9. Giant Killing 7 of 21+ by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
  10. LC: Giant Killing 7

    Giant KillingGIANT KILLING
    by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2008.10

    34th Kodansha Manga Award for General Manga

    Studio DEEN's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Tatsumi Takeshi), Okiayu Ryotaro (Murakoshi Shigeyuki), Mizushima Takahiro (Tsubaki Daisuke) and Ono Daisuke (Yoshida Luigi) aired between April and September 2010 on NHK.

  11. Jepang Tenggelam (Nihon Chinbotsu) 15 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou/Ishiki Tokihiko [Finale]
  12. LC: Jepang Tenggelam 15

    Nihon Chinbotsu日本沈没
    by Komatsu Sakyou/Ishiki Tokihiko
    AKA Japan Sinks
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 15 (chapters 122-130: Nihon Chinbotsu, Parts 1-9) first published in Japan 2009.02

    Based on the award-winning disaster novel by Komatsu Sakyou, also adapted into film and live-action TV.

  13. Jio 18 of 19 by Kishimoto Seishi
  14. LC: Jio 18

    Jio666~サタン~」 by Kishimoto Seishi
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 18 (chapters 69-72) first published in Japan 2007.10

    Other languages
    English O-Parts Hunter (VIZ Media: 19 volumes), French (Kurokawa: 19 volumes) and Italian (JPOP)

  15. Miso-Com (30 Kon Miso-com) 11 of 13+ by Yonezawa Rika
  16. LC: Miso-Com 11

    30 Kon Miso-com30婚 miso‐com
    by Yonezawa Rika
    Kodansha Kiss, josei
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2010.10

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 待嫁熟女 11 per 2011.02)

  17. Red River (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) 10 of 28 by Shinohara Chie »Not postponed
  18. LC: Red River 10

    Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
    by Shinohara Chie
    AKA Anatolia Story
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 10 (chapter 23 and Illustration Gallery) first published in Japan 1997.08

    Best Shoujo Manga, 46th Shogakukan Manga Awards (2000)

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in 16 bunko volumes between 2006.11 and V16 2007.05
    English Red River (VIZ Media: 28 volumes), Italian Anatolia Story (Editions Star Comics: 28 volumes), German (EMA/Egmont Manga and Anime), Vietnamese Dòng Sông Huyền Bí (Tre Publishing House) and traditional Chinese 赤河戀影 (Tong Li)

    Eight drama CDs were released between 1997 and 2003.

    An artbook (Japan release: 1999.02.24), fanbook (2002.07.26) and a two-volume novel adaptation Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori Gaiden Ma ga Jidai no Reimei written and illustrated by Shinohara Chie-sensei (2007.05 and 2007.09)

    In addition, the following novels were published under Shogakukan's Lululu Bunko Novels label: Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori Gaiden Tsuitachi no Tsuki (Japan release: 2008.10); Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori Gaiden Mayu tsuki (JP: 2010.01); and Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori Gaiden Jōgen (2010.06).

  19. Shattered Knife (Oboreru Knife) 9 of 12+ by George Asakura »Not postponed

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European comics/BDs (2011.09.22)

  1. [Series Premiere] Lanfeust of Troy - Gading Magohamoth (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 1: L'ivoire du Magohamoth) by Christophe Arleston, Didier Tarquin (Soleil) »Postponed to 10.12
  2. Marsupilami - Serbuk Sari Urticando (Le Marsupilami, Tome 4: Le Pollen du Monte Urticando) by Franquin, Batem, Yann (Marsu Production)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 22 September 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Manga retail for IDR 18,500 except Eternal Sabbath 6 (IDR 20,000). ROMIC Marsupilami - Serbuk Sari Urticando is priced at IDR 30,000/volume.
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).


Black Lagoon 8 of 9+ by Hiroe Rei

Rock and Revy decide to help Garcia Lovelace find Roberta and for that murderous maid hunt, they turn to Shen hua, Sawyer and Lotton for backup. They head for the main stage where Roberta is hunting down the U.S. black ops unit. Can R&R (and reinforcements) find Roberta before the Americans do?

I still like Chuang Yi's lock and load Black lagoon Vol.8 preview that mirrors VIZ Media's synop for the same volume »here (or is that the other way around?), so keeping it here.

Roberta's vendetta continues as Rock and Revy enlist some old acquaintances to try and catch up with the Killer Maid before it's too late. They're going to have to get in line since Roberta's got everyone from a U.S. military black ops unit to her ex-F.A.R.C. comrades gunning for her, not to mention the CIA and the NSA. When the turmoil becomes more than the city's criminal underworld can bear, Balalaika and Hotel Moscow enter the game. With so many players at the table, it's winner take all, and the stakes couldn't be higher!

Black Lagoon 8 collects chapters 56-64: El Baile de la muerte Parts 13-21, animated as Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (OAV). Roberta's "Dance of Death" spans 33 parts (until volume 9).

Jio 18 of 19 by Kishimoto Seishi

Jio, Jin and Zero run afoul of Samael and Astaroth who attack with berserker-eque rage. Jio and friends have no choice but to pull out all stops if they want to live to fight and finish off the Zenom Syndicate.

Jio 17 compiles chapters 69 through 72: Life, The Heart of a Woman, Devil's Summoner and 2 Battles. [*NOT Level's chapter titles]

Jepang Tenggelam 15 of 15 by Komatsu Sakyou/Ishiki Tokihiko

That the manga is titled Japan sinks implies...so I guess the question for the final Jepang Tenggelam should be: And then? (trying for optimism here).

Red River 10 of 28 by Shinohara Chie

Amid the commotion caused by Guzel's claim to have given birth to Kail's son, Emperor Arnuwanda II is assassinated. Fingers point to Yuri, forcing her to hide out with the Hatti tribe on Kail's orders. The Queen's troops, however, track Yuri down to her temporary sanctuary.

Shattered Knife 9 of 12+ by George Asakura

Natsume and Otomo start the summer holidays on ‘friends’ only terms. Meanwhile, Ko doesn't prevaricate and tells Natsume to stay away from him. A distraught Natsume runs to Otomo for solace.

Other 22 September 2011 highlights

  • Eternal Sabbath 6 by Souryo Fuyumi: Yuri starts to fear Isaac, especially after he swears to kill Akiba. Meanwhile, Yuri's mother decides to seek treatment and asks Dr. Mine for help. It turns out she's pregnant with a second child; how will this affect her relationship with Yuri?
  • Fight!! Ippo 84 by Morikawa Joji: Manabu loses by knock out to Randy Boy Jr., despite the former giving it his all. Meanwhile, Miyata, whose father was forced to retire from boxing by Randy Boy's dad, prepares to take on Randy. What kind of training does Miyata need to wipe the floor with the so-called switch-hitting "Asura"? And what weakness does Miyata's father mean, that Miyata must first eliminate before the match?
  • Giant Killing 7 by Tsunamoto Masaya & Tsujitomo: ETU's next opponent is the Osaka Gunners team led by manager Dulfer from Holland. The previous season, the Osaka Gunners emerged the league runner-up; this season, the club hasn't lost a match and holds the record for most goals. Despite the opposing team's daunting stats, Tatsumi appears unfazed. What is he planning?
  • Miso Com 11 by Yonezawa Rika: Choko is determined to prevent 30-something females from achieving happiness, while Yuze hankers for the unattainable. With their similar agenda, Choko and Yuze try to bring down a clueless Emi.

Be back later to replace artwork with Level covers (when they're available). »Done

Still not enuf? Here are the other 22 September 2011 manga

Elex Media: Kekkaishi 9 · Q.E.D. 37 · RAVE - Plue's Dog Diaries 3 of 3 · Barista 1 by Muronaga Kumi & Hanagata Rei · Mixim 11 Vol. 5 · Natane 2 Deluxe · BECK 27 · Dodge Fighters 7 · Kojiro 2

m&c!: Love Button 4 · Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ 4 · ASSASSINS by Satogane Shou · Eighty Eight 1 by Namiki Hiromi · Love, Romance and the World 2 · My Clumsy Boy 1-2 of 2 by Kumaoka Fuyu · Long Hu Men - Next Level 7

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