Ryuu no Hanawazurai © Kusakawa Nari/Hakusensha
[First serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia as Dragon's Fiancé by Elex Media
Shakuya got into "marriage politics" early, but almost as soon as, lost her fiancé Lushin Rakka to a sandstorm. Now Shakuya is engaged to Kwan and she's not complainin' except...Lushin chooses this time to reappear to wrest back his fiancée!
The amnesiac Lushin succeeds in returning to his hometown, guided by the clue of the rose tattoo on his hand, a tattoo that marks him as the rightful fiancé of Shakuya—who bears the tattoo's magical twin on her right hand. Following his presumed death, Lushin's engagement to Shakuya was dissolved, his position replaced by Kwan who (unlike Lushin when he was younger) is apparently the only person capable of keeping his cool even when the power of Shakuya's emotions force her into dragon mode. Shakuya professes to like Kwan more; the five gentian tattoos on her left hand versus the one rose tattoo on her right for Lushin prove this (the more the tattoos, the greater the supposed affection Shakuya holds for the tattoo's "owner"). Her honesty, however, only spurs to Lushin confess that he likes Shakuya.
To settle the matter of two bridegrooms, the mate capable of making more of his tattoos bloom on Shakuya's hand after a year will become her husband.
If you're interested in what I had to say back then (especially about Shakuya's Lushin tattoos), go here »Dragon's Fiancé, A love triangle decided by who's got more tattoos.
Dragon's Fiancé debuted in the Indonesian Hana to Yume and LaLa in 2008. It serialized until chapter 26 (compiled in RyuuHana volume 5) and is prolly one of the most-missed HanaLaLa serials after the magazine was axed last December. The English Two Flowers for the Dragon fared not much better: CMX Manga managed only six volumes (of seven) before the company folded. But as Elex recommends collecting the manga because it doesn't span that many volumes, I think it's safe to say that Dragon's Fiancé won't suffer Two Flowers's fate and emerge like Tong Li's traditional Chinese version, the 龍族花印記 volume 7 of which released January 2010.
As for the Vietnamese Gia tộc rồng — Aki Shichiban-san? Care to help me out with the name of the publisher and how many volumes? Thank you~ :) »Edit: Seven volumes published by Kim Dong; Sankyuu, Aki Shichiban-san, for the info ^^
In case you missed it, it is Shakuya, not her fiancés; who is the titular dragon. Yup,
whenever Shakuya gets upset, she turns into a fearsome dragon.
The other premiere generating a lot of buzz is —
Chunchu © Kim SungJae
& Kim ByungJin/Haksan
In a barbarous age, twins are born, one of whom, prophecy says, is the devil's spawn. The parents abandon one child, hoping for his swift death, but the forsaken one lives.
What happens now to the devil's son Chunchu? Well...
saved from death by his mother, banished by his people, hunted by his brother, and tortured by the demons within. Living and fighting with a low-born warrior tribe who can never trust him, Chunchu lives a life of blood and violence, every day a struggle to survive. But something mysterious lurks within his cold exterior, something that could be awakened by the touch of a woman. (Thanks, Dark Horse, for teh lowdown on this 2003 Manhwa of the Year awardee [from Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend, Vol. 1 blurb].
Award-Winning Work, Prophecy, Twins, Baka-Updates Manga users tag ChunChu with the additional
Royal Family (that's a hint, gotta be!) and
a Modern Korean compound which literally means ‘a father who fights’. Intrigued yet? Let me just warn you though that Chunchu is 15 volumes long, and is on HIATUS.
Other debuts—another manhwa series, Be Good by Kim GiJung & Shin InChol that eludes even Gugel (save for hits pointing to Elex's version), the Crayon Shinchan World Heritage edu-manga Warisan Dunia and the Doraemon Movie Nobita Dalam Dunia Misteri mangafication—are previewed Below the Cut, as are top DO WANT! Ciuman Dewa (Kamisama Hajimemashita) volume 6, Ghost's Doctor (Youkai no Oishasan) 7 and the above-mentioned Kungfu Boy Premium 5.
Shigahaku's Ninja Clan (Shiinake no Hitobito) premieres in Shonen Magz Issue 9 of 2011, and while no new serials appear in Shonen Star 16 to replace just-concluded Appearance of the Yellow Dragon by Tamura Mitsuhisa, Magical Iroha by Inoue Kazurou returns. [moar (waaay) below]
- [Series Premiere] Be Good 1 of 6+ by Kim GiJung & Shin InChol (Orange Agency)
- [Series Premiere] Chunchu 1 of 15 (Hiatus) by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
- Ciuman Dewa (Kamisama Hajimemashita) 6 of 10+ by Suzuki Julietta
- [Premiere] Crayon Shinchan - Warisan Dunia by Usui Yoshito
- Doraemon 12 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
- Doraemon: Gadget Cat from The Future 9 of 10 by Fujiko F. Fujio
- [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: Nobita Dalam Dunia Misteri (Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Daimakyō) by Fujiko F. Fujio
- [Series Premiere] Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) 1 of 7 by Kusakawa Nari
- Ghost's Doctor (Youkai no Oishasan) 7 of 15 by Sato Yuki
- Inazuma Eleven 5 of 10 by Yabuno Tenya
- Katsu! 13 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru
- Kungfu Boy Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) 5 of 18 by Maekawa Takeshi
- Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) 31 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Princess & The 3 Beasts (Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono) 3 of 4 by Miyuki Mitsubachi
- V.B. Rose 8 of 14 by Hidaka Banri
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- Shonen Magz 9/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Magazine)
- Shonen Star 16/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 14 September 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Crayon Shinchan - Warisan Dunia (IDR 25,800), Doraemon: Gadget Cat from The Future 9 (IDR 25,000), Doraemon Movie: Nobita Dalam Dunia Misteri (IDR 48,000) and Kungfu Boy Premium 5 (IDR 24,000). Shonen Magz 9/2011 and Shonen Star 16/2011 retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
² are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Top DO WANT!
Every year, kami from all over Japan gather in Izumo for a sort of divine convention. One of Mikage's friends comes to the shrine to invite Nanami to the retreat, but it turns out most of the other kami and Tomoe don't want her to go.
Picking up with Elex's version:
Just to attend the general assembly, Nanami has to compete against Kayako, the girl dubbed "The Living God from Kyoto." Not only must Nanami win the entry ticket, she also has to stop Kayako from filching Tomoe!
Delighted, also a little embarrassed, and then a volume 7 surprise! Even I'm amazed that I produced this many volumes. I'm very grateful to you all. But I still want to draw more ghosts. So, I will be overjoyed if you keep Kuro company a little while longer...
Yup, Elex reverts to another short missive from the manga-ka for the back cover blurb of Ghost's Doctor 7. Sato Yuki-sensei should also be elated because Youkai no Oishasan continues to serialize in the Indonesian ShoMagz.
Chinmi has to master the "one hit attack" if he seriously wants to become a disciple of Tourin Temple's Master Yosen. Chinmi gets the chance to show off his earnestness when he faces a foreign sailor named Strainer. Can Chinmi defeat the boxer?
Despite his confession, Nacchan asks Ageha to act like normal because nothing has really changed. Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Arisaka also 'fesses up and...
We get The Kiss ^^
New titles - continued
Other Kusakawa Nari manga
Elex published Kusakawa Nari's standalone Meguru Kakuutei (Japan release: 2004.04) as Overhead Cottage in August 2007. Before Dragon's Fiancé or Ryuu no Hanawazurai "ended" in HanaLaLa, Elex issued Juuni Hizoku no Palette (Japanese volumes 1-6 released between 2004.11 and 2009.01) as Palette of 12 Secret Colors (latest Elex volume 4 released mid-June) and followed that up with Gertrude no Recipe (Japanese volume 1-2 bunko release: 2011.01) as The Recipe for Gertrude (latest Elex volume 4 of 5 per 1st June).
Kim ByungJin manhwa/manga
Reportedly after dropping Chunchu, Kim ByungJin (also Kim HyungJin) worked on Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI: The Out of Orders (also in collaboration with Kim SungJae, eventually cancelled), and then on Jackals, serialized in Young Gangan, with Murata Shinya (7 of 7 bound volumes released in Japan per 2008.10). Kim ByungJin's one-volume Valhalla - Honda Tadakatsu Den was issued by Square Enix in 2010.09.
Wanting to change his past, a middle-aged man decides to repeat senior high. Huge and older than he looks Kanghun pretends to be an 18yo high school student. He runs into trouble quickly — with delinquent Tongsu whom Kanghun suspects is his son...
Can't find the original manhwa, so you'll hafta settle for Elex's (sparse) deets and cover.
Here, Shinchan takes you on a romp of World Heritage sites, Borobudur in Indonesia, among them. I assume this edu-manga comes complete with "color commentary." :)
Crayon Shinchan - Warisan Dunia or Crayon Shin-chan no Manga Sekai Isan Omoshiro Bukku is part of the Crayon Shin-chan no Nandemo Hyakka encyclopedia series (going by gugel's romanization of クレヨンしんちゃんのまんが世界遺産おもしろブック (クレヨンしんちゃんのなんでも百科シリーズ)). But for sure the series also includes Crayon Shinchan: Jalan-Jalan Keliling Dunia that Elex issued last July (Crayon Shin-chan no Manga Sekai no Kuni Omoshiro Bukku; JP: 2005.07), and at least 23 more titles.
Bored, Giant and Suneo ask Nobita to find them an alien world, and with Doraemon's help, they discover it in deepest Africa. Nobita also meets a weird dog named Peko that acts like a human!
This latest Doraemon Movie manga adapts the 1982-vintage Doraemon: Nobita and the Haunts of Evil or Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Daimakyō film.
Other 14 September 2011 highlights
- Doraemon 12 by Fujiko F. Fujio: There are cakes that can make its owner resemble his or her beloved pet, but how come Doraemon looks like...a mouse?
- Inazuma Eleven 5 by Yabuno Tenya: At the national Football Frontier, Royal Academy suffers a tragic defeat before it can challenge Mark and the Raimon team. To whom did Royal Academy lose? (The Inazuma Eleven manga ends in the October issue of Monthly CoroCoro Comic; I'm assuming the volume 10 I found (street date: 2011.10.28) is the last tankou. If it's not...*shrugs*)
- Katsu! 13 by Adachi Mitsuru: The Interhigh is all abuzz with Misaki's confession — "The girl I like is Katsuki." So now all Japan focuses its eyes on Misaki and Katsuki, the girl. Meanwhile, Katsuki the boy has trouble putting away his opponent, and lands on the ropes!
- Lum, The Invader Girl 31 by Takahashi Rumiko: Lum, Ataru and Shinobu are trapped in a sub-dimension after using the "destiny key" rabbit Inaba dropped. There the three gaze in horror at their future selves. It's a future they can't accept! What else to do but take a trip to their desired tomorrow?
- Princess & The 3 Beasts 3 by Miyuki Mitsubachi: Jack Hound returns! What does he mean to accomplish by whispering to Violet "the Felux plains" and "the death of the King"?
Shiinake no Hitobito
[Monthly Shonen Magazine]
A female ninja goes on a mission to locate her master, little knowing that he refuses to have a shinobi retainer trailing him. What happens now?
Ninja Clan or Shiinake no Hitobito continues to serialize in Kodansha's Gekkan Shounen Magazine. Volume 1 (from where Shonen Magz 9's cover comes) was first released in Japan October 2009; volume 6, last April.
Baka-Updates users file Shiinake no Hitobito under
Devoted Followers, Past Plays a Big Role, promise, in addition to the obvious
Promise apparently has something to do with Moon Village ninja Utsuki's It's been 7 years, master greeting to Todai-bound hero Haruhiko. [From Nigihana's Shiinake no Hitobito description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]
Aside from the premiering Ninja Clan, these
Absolutely Kewl ShoMagz manga also continue their serial runs:
- Blazer Drive by Kishimoto Seishi
- School Rumble by Kobayashi Jin
- Fairy Tail by Mashima Hiro
- Ghost's Doctor by Sato Yuki
- Kungfu Boy Legends by Maekawa Takeshi
- Tokkyu! by Kubo Mitsuro & Komori Yoichi
- Vinland Saga by Yukimura Makoto
- Code:Breaker by Kamijyo Akimine
- Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP
Latest volume compilations
Ghost's Doctor 7 streets 14 September (same day as ShoMagz 9); Vinland Saga 6 released 10 August; Fairy Tail 10 per 20 July; Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 17 (2010.10.27); Tokkyu! 15 (2010.10.06); Kungfu Boy Legends 9 (2010.09.22); and School Rumble 11 (2010.06.16). Harold Sakuishi's BECK—absent from Issue 9's cover line-up— came out with volume 26 last 15 August.
Wild Life © Fujisaki Masato
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
Per above-mentioned, you can enjoy the adventures of middle-schooler Naoki and his daughter from the future Iroha again in Shonen Star 16 with the resumption of Magical Iroha, but Tessho gets top billing, with Wild Life nabbing the cover and main featured serial spot:
The mysterious death of the deer is finally explained, thanks to Tessho's hard work. Apparently, the deer suffered from copper poisoning. What will Tessho do to save the remaining wildlife?
- ARAGO by Arai Takahiro
- D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji
- Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu
- Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi
- Inuyasha by Takahashi Rumiko
- Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow
- Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho
- My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun
- The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki
- Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
Latest volume compilations
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 still missing from the cover line-up Takkoku!!! 2 followed a week later (20 July).
Still not enuf? Here are the other 14 September 2011 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: The Drops of God 7 · Soul Eater 10 · Team Medical Dragon 19 · Magister Negi Magi 27 · Angel Heart 10 · Basara 19 · Jormungand 4 · Blade of Immortal 18 · Lost Man 4 · New Comic Bomber 8 · Blue Seal 2 · Officer Monju 10 · Over Rev 20 · Lucky Luke - Kavaleri ke 20 · Spirou & Fantasio - Tora Torapa by Fournier · Jojo - Tuan Serba Tahu
m&c!: Love So Life 6 · Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 1 by Kusanagi Mizuho · Crazy Girl Shin Bia 5 · Idol's Love Story 6 · My Pearl Girl 1 by Saito Ken · Crab Kiss 6 · My Own Princess 7 · My Perfect Private Teacher by Shiraishi Yuki · Princess Gal Paradise 3 · Perfect Love Project 6 · I've Loved You Since So Long by Kayoru · Bittersweet High School 2 · Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl by Wao Akira · Pedang MahaDewa -Forestory V- God of The Gods 3 · The Story of Wang Fenglei II No. 3
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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