This week

Manga street dates: Elex (4.23) · Level (4.23) · m&c! (4.23)
Hayate The Combat Butler! Cuties, Mon–Fri, 630pm WIB (Animax Asia)

It’s sunny side up manga + anime’s anniversary month!
Happy anniversary to Telor Ceplok, chuu
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Ittoki Otoya birthday card

And, of course, Happy Birthday to Ittoki-kun♥

9.20.2011

Kekkaishi 9, QED 37, Barista 1 by Muronaga Kumi & Hanagata Rei (Elex Media 22 September 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Update: Nau exclusively Elex covers (plus a few tweaks here and there)

Topeng Kaca Deluxe 17 doesn't appear on this list — postponed to the 28th. Look for it then.

Barista 1 (Elex Media)

Barista © Muronaga Kumi & Hanagata Rei/Houbunsha
[Serialized in Shuukan Manga Times]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

Before we start ordering some kohi, Houi! Jouso! Ketsu! first:

Yagyou sends Gen's master Hanashima Atora to train Karasumori's guardians, and Yoshimori, Gen and Tokine will have to show that they have teamwork in spades, or else. Meanwhile, Shigemori's pal Matsudo Heisuke registers on Kokuboro's radar and...

VIZ hints at a looming disaster for our three kekkaishi-in-arms in its Kekkaishi, Vol. 9 synop: Their loyalty to each other is really tested when the Kokuboro princess falls ill, and the ayakashi attempt to cure her! Plus, Gen receives a strange gift from an enemy—one that may reveal something about himself that he would prefer not to know! (Yeah, yeah, you saw it in the anime; now read the source manga.)

Kekkaishi 9 compiles chapters 76 through 85: Caged Bird, Hanashima Atora, Raizo, Dog Fight, Gagin and Hekian, A Rat, Assault, The Final Journey, The Master's Throne and Agony. [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

For more recent Kekkaishi chapters, check out the Indonesian Shonen SundayShonen Star—still running Tanabe Yellow's shounen award-winner. Issue 16/2011 streeted 14 September. Kekkaishi ended in Japan with the release of volume 35 on 18 August.

Q.E.D. 37 of 40+ by Katou Motohiro
Elex understates it when it describes Katou Motohiro's shounen tantei manga Q.E.D. (the other top DO WANT! this release sked) as just an exciting and compelling detective story. I wax eloquent about this manga Quite Elegantly Done here, but for those who don't need Q.E.D.'ing, blurb —

Murder strikes at the heart of the FBI. "Criminal Profiling" seminar participant Seto Koichi, lead investigator in the case of confiscated drug theft within the police force, is found dead in his room. Suspicion falls on his partner Arita Seiji. How will Toma solve this case?

Elex's Q.E.D. preview refers to Kuliah Pembunihan or Satsujin Kōgi (Murder Lecture) that first appeared in Magazine E-no's July 2010 issue. The other case collected in volume 37 is the anime-troped Anima (September 2010 issue).

And speaking of E-no, that mangazine ceased publication in June and was replaced by Monthly Shōnen Magazine +. Q.E.D. moves to the new mangazine, alongside a new Q.E.D./C.M.B. crossover starring Q.E.D.'s Touma Sou and his equally genius cousin, C.M.B.'s Sakaki Shinra this October. (Also speaking of C.M.B., volume 16 is scheduled for 28 September.)

New Elex titles: Barista by Muronaga Kumi & Hanagata Rei

Japanese Kouki Aoi works as a barista in an Italian bar in Rome. Because of his expertise, a major player invites him to establish an Italian bar back home.

(Yup, switched the former synopsis with the one on the back cover blurb.)

Elex focuses on the seinen manga's more mature and laid-back narrative style. My question: In comparison to what? (Starts thinking of other similarly-set titles and can only come up with...The Drops of God, the Coffee version :P)

Volume 1 spans eight episodes: Bicerin kenangan, Caffè latte ajaib, Caffè papa, Mocca harta karun, Cappuccino keberuntungan, Suka duka apprendista, Bar sejati and Harga diri primo.

Barista has compiled five volumes as at 16 July. It continues to serialize in Houbunsha's Shuukan Manga Times. For other works by writer Hanagata Rei and manga-ka Muronaga Kumi, scroll down.

Elex Media manga (2011.09.22)

  1. [Series Premiere] Barista 1 of 5+ by Muronaga Kumi and Hanagata Rei
  2. Barista 1 (Elex)

    Baristaバリスタ
    by Muronaga Kumi and Hanagata Rei
    Houbunsha Shuukan Manga Times, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.03

  3. BECK 27 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
  4. BECK 27 (Elex)

    BECKBECK」 by Harold Sakuishi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 27 first published in Japan 2006.08

    Awards
    Winner, 2002 Kodansha Manga Awards for the Shounen category (tied with Nonaka Eiji's Cromartie High School)

    Serializations/Other languages
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing)
    English BECK:Mongolian Chop Squad (TOKYOPOP: till volume 12), French (Akata/Delcourt: 34 volumes per 2010.03), Italian (Dynit), German (Tokyopop Germany; lapsed) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Anime adaptation (till manga volume 11) by Madhouse featuring seiyuu Namikawa Daisuke (Tanaka Yukio/Koyuki), Ueno Yuuma (Minami Ryuusuke) and Saiki Miho (Minami Maho). Twenty-six episodes aired from October 2004 to March 2005 on TV Tokyo.

    A BECK live-action film directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, starring Mizushima Hiro (Ryuusuke) and Satoh Takeru (Koyuki), premiered 4 September 2010 in Japan.

    Related
    Guidebooks: BECK The Guidebook Complete Edition (Japan release: 2010.08); BECK Live! -Festival & Movie Guide- (2010.07); BECK At Last 33 1/3 (2008.10); BECK Music Guide (2005.10); BECK Volume 00 The Guidebook (2004.03); BECK Volume 0 The Guidebook (2002.11)

  5. Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) 7 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
  6. Dodge Fighters 7 (Elex)

    Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters
    がんばれ!ドッジファイターズ
    by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2005.03

  7. Kekkaishi 9 of 35 by Tanabe Yellow
  8. Kekkaishi 9 (Elex)

    Kekkaishi結界師」 by Tanabe Yellow
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 9 (chapters 76-85) first published in Japan 2005.09

    Awards
    Winner, 52nd Shogakukan Manga Awards for the Shounen category

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English Kekkaishi (VIZ Media: 27 volumes per 2011.08 • volume 28 street date: 2011.10.11), French (PIKA Édition: tome 27 shipped 2011.06), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 17 released 2011.05 • Band 18 per 2011.11.18), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 结界师 #34 released 2011.07), traditional Chinese (Rightman Publishing Limited Hong Kong and Tong Li Taiwan), Italian (Planet Manga), Malaysian (PCM Comics), Korean (Bookbox), Spanish (Editorial Ivrea Spain), Vietnamese (Kim Dong)

    Adaptations
    Sunrise's 52-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yoshino Hiroyuki (Sumimura Yoshimori) and Saitou Rie (Yukimura Tokine), aired in Japan from October 2006 to February 2008. The anime aired on Animax Asia from 15 February to 27 April 2011.

    Related
    An official TV animation guide book (released 2006.12 under the Shonen Sunday Comics Special imprint) and two official strategy guides for Wii and Nintendo DS (Wonderlife Special: 2007.06 (Nintendo DS), 2007.11 (Wii))

  9. Kojiro 2 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  10. Kojiro 2 (Elex)

    Kojiro光路郎
    by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1991.06

    Reissues
    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)
    Titles published under Shimanaka Shoten's Island Comics Primo imprint: Koujiro: Dai unabara o koete (Japan release: 2004.11); Koujiro: Tatta hitori no onīsan (2004.10); Koujiro: Totte oki no hankachīfu (2004.09); Koujiro: Sensei janē, Koujiro da! (2004.08)

  11. Mixim 11 volume 5 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
  12. Mixim 11 vol.15 (Elex)

    MiXiM 11MIXIM☆11
    by Anzai Nobuyuki
    AKA MiXiM♀12
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 5 (chapters 44-53) first published in 2009.09

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

  13. Natane 2 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru
  14. Natane 2 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 2 first published in Japan 2002.06

  15. Q.E.D. Quod Erat Demonstrandum (Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo) 37 of 40+ by Katou Motohiro
  16. Q.E.D. 37 (Elex)

    Q.E.D. Shomei ShuryoQ.E.D.証明終了
    by Katou Motohiro
    Kodansha Magazine E-no (formerly Magazine GREAT), shounen
    Volume 37 (chapters 73-74) first published in Japan 2010.10

    Awards
    Winner, 2009 Kodansha Manga Awards for the Shounen category (tied with Mashima Hiro's Fairy Tail)

    Other language versions
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 神通小偵探 Wonder Little Detective volume 37 released 2011.03)

    Related series
    C.M.B. (side story, ongoing, 18 volumes as at 2011.10.17) and the upcoming Q.E.D./C.M.B. crossover manga to premiere in Monthly Shōnen Magazine + on 20 October.

    Adaptations
    A 10-episode live action renzoku starring Nakamura Aoi as Touma Sou and Takahashi Ai as Mizuhara Kana aired in Japan from January to March 2009 on NHK.

  17. RAVE - Plue's Dog Diaries (Rave: Plue no Inu Nikki) 3 of 3 by Mashima Hiro [Finale]
  18. RAVE - Plue's Dog Diaries 3 (Elex)

    Rave: Plue no Inu Nikki
    RAVE プルーの犬日記
    by Mashima Hiro
    Kodansha BonBon, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Related series
    Groove Adventure RAVE (main story; 35 volumes)

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

¹ Sources: Elex STO 22 September 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 except Natane 2 Deluxe (IDR 24,000).
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New title - Barista - continued

Other Hanagata Rei manga
Barista appears to be the second coffee-centric seinen manga written by Hanagata Rei: the first, Coffee Dream, was illustrated by Hiramasu Osamu. Five (of 5) volumes were published in Japan between August 2006 and June 2008.

His/her backlist also includes the cooking manga Don-na-Mondai! (art by Yoshikai Kanji), first serialized in 2009 in Nihon Bungeisha's Shokuman and compiled in two volumes as at December 2010; the ex-Shuukan Manga Times A Time for Cheese Cheese no Jikan (with Yamaguchi Yoshinobu; five volumes published between February 2009.02 and April 2010); the one-volume romance comedy amid Chinese food and language barriers China Girl, drawn by Aoyama Kei and serialized in Big Comic Superior (compiled into one volume 2009.07). And starting from volume 3 (published 2008.07), Hanagata Rei shares credit with Imatani Tecchuu for Big Comics' Ojuken no Hoshi (volume 4 per 2008.11).

Nihon Bungeisha released Hanagata Rei- and Yoshikai Kanji's Gattsuri Donburi Special under the G Comics imprint on 2011.09.17.

Other Muronaga Kumi manga
Before Barista, Muronaga Kumi drew Cut - Katsujin, the seinen manga starring a "Hair Magician" working in upscale Omotesando, first serialized in Young Sunday. Two volumes have been released in Japan between August 2007 and April 2008.

Finales

RAVE - Plue's Dog Diaries 3 of 3 by Mashima Hiro

Plue started his adventures surrounded by friends; guess how our dog ends his exploits?

The number of Plue's homies continues to grow and per usual, Plue spends days with Paper, Roji, Tamiko in all manner of silliness. But what's this? It's Plue's birthday? What kind of celebration has his friends lined up?

Other 22 September 2011 highlights

  • Beck 27 by Harold Sakuishi: The Avalon Festival shortlist is set to be announced, and rumor has it that a big-name band that has never performed at the festival will participate. Room 13's up on the board, but still no mention of BECK...
  • Dodge Fighters 7 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo: Super Catch Powers' coach Ohta accuses Coach Kamiguro of having sabotaged his former dodge ball team. The situation worsens when the Dodge Fighters face off against Super Catch Powers in the second game.
  • Kojiro 2 by Muraeda Kenichi: Kojiro's younger sister Nagisa attends the same school in which he teaches and has never imagined that she has a brother, let alone one like Kojiro. To her, he's nothing more than an eyesore; virtually a xenophobe, she detests anything connected to the west, be it appearance or language. (Imma assume this Nagisa is THE Imouto Sensei Nagisa.)
  • Mixim 11 Vol. 5 by Anzai Nobuyuki: With Ichimatsu's death match with Pandora abruptly halted, a mysterious girl suddenly appears to challenge Ichimatsu, but is she friend or foe? Can Ichimatsu and friends trust the mysterious Momoko as they embark on a thirty-day plan to shape up? [Excerpted from Chuang Yi's Mixim 11 Vol.5 description] » Apparently, Mysterious Momoko is Gemini, the constellation under whom Ichimatsu takes...training lessons.
  • Natane 2 Deluxe by Adachi Mitsuru: Shichimi runs into his dad but of course doesn't know that that was his father. One day, the six siblings decide to visit their mom's grave. The trip to remember the past begins!

I will be back to replace with Elex covers when they become available. » Done

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

Level Comics: Bambino! 14 · Black Lagoon 8 · Giant Killing 7 · Jepang Tenggelam 15 of 15 · Jio 18 · Miso Com 11 · Eternal Sabbath 6 · Fight!! Ippo 84 · Marsupilami - Serbuk Sari Urticando · Lanfeust of Troy - Gading Magohamoth by Arleston - Tarquin

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,
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