Iliad 6, The Black Swindler 14, Dark Edge 2 (Level Comics 28 September 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

No Longer Just a List Version

Reiterating that Red River 10 and Shattered Knife 9 appear in my Level 9.22 list—not here—regardless that they were re-advised for 9.28, because they were already available on the earlier street date.

Iliad 6, The Black Swindler 14, Dark Edge 2 (Level Comics)

ILIAD © Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku/Shogakukan [Big Comics] · Kurosagi © Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi/Shogakukan [First serialized in Young Sunday] · Dark Edge © Aikawa Yu/MediaWorks [First serialized in Dengeki Comic Gao!]. Published in Indonesia as Iliad, The Black Swindler and Dark Edge by Elex Media/Level Comics

In the Geek out! Iliad 6 —

Thanks to a forgetful Viennese professor, Iriya succeeds in extracting a name for he who accompanied the Nazis' Atlantis quest during WWII: "Rot Hase" or The Red Rabbit. Rot Hase hails from Izumo, prompting Iriya to fly to the so-called Land of the Gods, whence grew myths of Japan's deities. Little does Iriya expect that cornering The Red Rabbit in his den would pit him against a demon that devours humans.

(For another "human devourer"—of the female kind—check out Blue Seal vol. 3, also streeting on the 28th.)

The Black Swindler vol. 14 of 20 by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi

"The tenant's security deposit becomes collateral."

Kurosaki and Shiraishi cooperate to bust a tenant contract fraud. What trick will the pair use to counterswindle the fraudsters?

Above The Black Swindler synop refers to the eight-part Tenant contract fraud story that spans chapters 145 through 152. Volume 14 also wraps Debut swindle (chapters 142–144). [*NOT Level's chapter titles]

I preview the lone Level manga premiere—Akishige Manabu's Go-On!—below the release list.

Level Comics manga (2011.09.28)

  1. The Black Swindler (Kurosagi) vol. 14 of 20 by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi
  2. LC: The Black Swindler 14

    by Kuromaru & Natsuhara Takeshi
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 14 (chapters 142-152) first published in Japan 2007.07

    Best Seinen/General Manga, 53rd Shogakukan Manga Awards (2007), along with Sekiya Tetsuji's Bambino!

    Shin Kurosagi (sequel; 12 volumes per 2011.09.30)

    An 11-episode live-action renzoku starring Yamashita Tomohisa (Kurosaki) and Horikita Maki (Yoshikawa Tsurara) aired on TBS from April to June 2006. A movie starring the same leads premiered in Japan on 8 March 2008.

  3. Blue Seal (Ao no Fuuin [Bunko]) vol. 3 of 7 of 7 by Shinohara Chie
  4. LC: Blue Seal 3

    Ao no Fuuin蒼の封印 (小学館文庫)
    by Shinohara Chie
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Bunko volume 3 first published in Japan 1999.05 (originally published in 11 tankoubon from 1992.04 to 1994.12)

    An audio drama CD released by Shogakukan in May 1993 and light novels written by Yamamoto Natsumi and illustrated by Shinohara Chie were published under the KSS Comic Novels imprint (three volumes from September to December 1998)

  5. Dark Edge vol. 2 of 15 by Aikawa Yu «Ex-9.19
  6. LC: Dark Edge 2

    Dark EdgeDARK EDGE」 by Aikawa Yu
    Media Works Dengeki Comic Gao!, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1999.07

    Other languages
    English Dark Edge (ComicsOne then DrMaster: 10 volumes per 2009.03.03)

  7. [Series Premiere] Go-On! vol. 1 of 4+ by Akishige Manabu
  8. LC: Go-On! 1

    by Akishige Manabu
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-8) first published in Japan 2008.04

  9. Hellsing vol. 9 of 10 by Hirano Kohta
  10. LC: Hellsing 9

    HellsingHELLSING」 by Hirano Kohta
    Shonen Gahosha Young King Ours, seinen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2007.11

    Volume 9 chapters:
    71. Castle Vania 2
    72. Heart of Dream
    73. Heart of Dream 2
    74. Relics
    75. Heart of Iron
    76–80. Finest Hour 1–5
    81. Lunatic Dawn"
    82. Operation Wolf
    83–85. Warcraft 1–3 [*NOT Level's titles]

    Other languages
    English Hellsing (Dark Horse Comics: 10 volumes and Chuang Yi; 10 volumes), French (Tonkam, 10 volumes), Italian (Dynit), German (Planet Manga), Polish (Japonica Polonica Fantastica) and Denmark and Sweden (Mangismo)

    Related series
    Hellsing: The Dawn (prequel; serialized in Young King Ours special editions, six chapters as at 2008.09, on hiatus) and Crossfire (three-chapter side story)

    A 13-episode anime adaptation by Gonzo aired on Fuji TV from October 2001 to January 2002, starring seiyuu Nakata Jouji (Alucard), Orikasa Fumiko (Seras Victoria) and Sakakibara Yoshiko (Sir Integra Hellsing). A Hellsing Ultimate OAV (starring the same voice cast) premiered in Japan in January 2006. The first four episodes were produced by Satelight, with Madhouse taking over as of OAV V. Hellsing VIII premiered 27 July 2011, while Hellsing IX is slated for an early 2012 release, along with the first episode of The Dawn.

    A Crossfire drama CD has also been released.

  11. Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) vol. 11 of 13 by Yamato Waki
  12. LC: Hikayat Genji 11

    by Yamato Waki
    Kodansha Mimi, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1991.07

    Adapted from Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu
    Reissued in seven volumes in 1993 under the KCDX imprint. Also re-released in bunkoban (Asakiyumemishi Genji Monogatari Kodansha Manga bunko: seven volumes, 2001.08 and Asakiyumemishi Genji Monogatari Kodansha Aoi Tori bunko: five volumes, 2006.10–2008.02) and kanzenban (Kanzenban KCDX Asakiyumemishi The Tale of Genji: 10 volumes, 2008.04–2008.07)

    A Genji Monogatari Asakiyumemishi Illustrations book was published in December 1984, while the Asakiyumemishi no Sekai Genji Monogatari Navi BOOK guide was issued in April 2005.

    Other languages
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial)

  13. Iliad vol. 6 of 15 by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
  14. LC: Iliad 6

    ILIAD ~Nyuu ya dou kenbun roku~
    by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
    Shogakukan Big Comics, seinen
    Volume 6 (eight episodes/chapters 41-48) first published in Japan in 2004.10

  15. Sky of Love (Koizora: Setsunai Koi Monogatari) vol. 7 of 10 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika «Ex-9.22
  16. LC: Sky of Love 7

    Koizora: Setsunai Koi Monogatari
    by Haneda Ibuki, Mika
    Futabasha Comic Mahou no iland, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2008.12

    Based on the best-selling coming of age/romance novel written by Mika (two volumes published by Starts Publications), originally posted on the cell phone website "Mahou no iLand."

    Loosely adapted into a movie (2007.11.03 premiere), starring Aragaki Yui as Mika and Miura Haruma as Hiro, and a six-episode live-action series on TBS from August to September 2008 with Mizusawa Erena as Mika and Seto Koji as Hiro.

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

European comics/BDs (2011.09.28)

  1. Boule & Bill - Sahabat Setia (Boule et Bill, Tome 3: Les copains dabord) by Roba (Dupuis)
  2. Rantanplan - Badut Sirkus (Rantanplan, Tome 4: Le Clown) by Morris, Jean Léturgie, Xavier Fauche (Lucky Comics)
  3. Smurf - Pengacau di Desa Smurf (Les Schtroumpfs, Tome 25: Un enfant chez les Schtroumpfs) by Peyo (Le Lombard)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 28 September 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Listed GN retail for IDR 18,500 except The Black Swindler 14 (IDR 19,500) and bunko Blue Seal 3 (IDR 22,000). ROMICs Boule & Bill - Sahabat Setia, Rantanplan - Badut Sirkus and Smurf - Pengacau di Desa Smurf are priced at IDR 30,000 per volume.
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Level titles

Go-On! vol. 1 of 4+ by Akishige Manabu

High school senior Katase Ryo gets no respect. His juniors in the baseball club treat him like a flunky and his homeroom teacher can't even remember his name.

Ryo's life undergoes a 180 when meets the school beauty Nagano, who lends him a CD, and Yomogida, inarguably the weirdest guy around.

Ryo's escape from humdrum everyday, start-OH!

Go-On!, which debuted in Young Sunday in 2008, is classed as an ongoing. Its latest tankou 4, however, went on sale in March 2009.

Other Akishige Manabu manga
The name "Akishige Manabu" should be familiar if you've read the Zombies trilogy written by Kaneshiro Kazuki: Revolution No.3 (three volumes released in Japan from 2004.03 to 2004.08), Fly, Daddy, Fly (two volumes published in Japan between 2005.05 and 2005.07) and Speed (volumes 1–4 published from 2006.05 to 2007.04). Level licensed all three. Revolution No.3 concluded in July 2010, Fly, Daddy, Fly in November 2009 and Speed in February 2010. (Yeah, Level sometimes does that. Release the sequels before the prequels, I mean.)

Collaborations with other writers include Ai to Seishun no Naritachi (Big Comics, 2005.08, one volume) and Nina Leica (one volume published Kawade's Kowloon Comics in 2001.05 and two volumes under Cosmic Shuppan Kyun! Comics in 2006.04 and 2006.05), both written by Kawasaki Bura. With Kitazawa Miya was D-ASH (Big Comic Spirits, five volumes between 1997.05 and 1998.02.)

Apparently, Tanpen Renai is Akishige Manabu's most recent (2011) joint effort. He tandems with Kanai Fumio. Akita Shoten publishes the manga.

Solo flight works encompass not only Go-On!, but also Manabi no Kuni (Young Sunday Comics, four volumes from 2002.04 to 2002.12) and equally ongoing Anri the Blood, serialized in Shogakukan's Moba Man (volume 1 per 2010.01).


Blue Seal vol. 3 of 7 by Shinohara Chie

The mystery of the ancient Saionji Record zealously guarded by the Sei clan for generations unfolds. As expected, the document chronicles the protracted war between humans and demons. It also depicts a way for Kiryu Soko, the demon queen Soryu, to return to life as a human. Valuable information indeed that would allow Soko to remain with Saionji Akira, her arch-nemesis Byakko reincarnated.

But Soko and Akira's union will have to wait until they defeat Genbu, the Ferocious Shadow from Clan Hotsu, whose powers equal our couple's combined.

Despite initial Geh. Human devourer. Nasty. misgivings, I'm now lurvin' the Folkore of Darkness Blue Seal because, Kyaaa~! Akira-sama~ O(≧∇≦)O Shoulda known I could trust Shinohara Chie-sensei for May I swoon? I will swoon... Alpha Male bishies. No one does 'em—as well as breakneck narrative pacing—better ^^ That it's based on the tale of Four Gods in oriental cultures, namely the Azure Dragon (east), the White Tiger (west), the Black Turtle (north) and the Red Phoenix (south) is largely icing on an already scrumptious cake.

A definite GET!

Dark Edge vol. 2 of 15 by Aikawa Yu

The six students who stumbled on to Yotsuji High's macabre secret now pursue their respective agenda. Akasaka refuses Okamoto's conditions and directs her revenge against Mr. Tsuchiya, even as Shimizu itches to yield to her beloved biology teacher. Yoshikuni joins for the adrenalin rush, Nishiwaki, to calm an agitated sense of justice. Ise, meanwhile, yearns to learn the secret behind the teachers' immortality.

As for Takagi, he finds himself wondering who his father was, really?

Lina-chan reviewed Dark Edge vol. 1 and gave it a meh 6 of 10 rating. She definitely belongs to the ranks of those not interested in learning What would you do if you realized your busty new substitute teacher was feasting on classmates?, as ComicsOne poses in its Dark Edge, Volume 2 blurb.

Other 28 September 2011 highlights

  • Hellsing vol. 9 by Hirano Kohta: Alucard's duel to the death against Father Anderson ends, but another awaits — the final reckoning with the treacherous Walter.
  • Hikayat Genji vol. 11 by Yamato Waki: Years after Genji's departure, two princes remain linked to Genji. The first is his son Kaoru, the second, Nio no Miya, his grandson, who seeks love on Mt. Uji.
  • Sky of Love vol. 7 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika: Mika's high school graduation present is the prospect of her parents' divorce and who should offer comfort but Yuu? Meanwhile, Aya goes weird mode, ON! on campus and starts spilling all about Yuu? How will Mika take it?

Still not enuf? Here are the other 28 September 2011 manga

Elex Media: Naruto 53 · Fullmetal Alchemist 27 of 27 · C.M.B. 16 · Wild Life 20 · Arsène Lupin 4 · Bride of the Water God 4 · Inuyasha 54 · Topeng Kaca vol. 17 Deluxe · GOGOGO to the West 1 by Konishi Noriyuki · New Kobochan 10 · Be Good 2 | Paket (Box sets): Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji, Vols. 1-3 · Animal Doctor, Vols. 1-7 · Apollon on the Slope, Vols. 1-2 · Beauty Honey, Vols. 1-3 of 3 · Best Friend Survival!, Vols. 1-2 of 2 | Magazines: Shonen Star 17/2011 · Nakayoshi Gress! 9/2011

m&c!: Bleach 42 · Pluto 8 of 8 · Meet the Banchou 9 · Fragments of Summer by Amano Shinobu · My Dearest Pochi 2 · Ignite Wedge 1 by Tutumi Yoshisada · Innocent Blade Unveil by Todono Seiuchiroh · My Lovely Chef by Hirama Kaname · Tabi and Fellow Travelers 1 by Tanakanoka · World of Dreams by Amano Kozue · Crown Latte by Odagiri Nagisa · Pudding in Love 4 · Endang Soekamti · Cherry Issue 57/2011

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


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