This week

Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.27 · Elex: 10.29 · Level: 10.29 · m&c!: 10.29
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB, Mon–Wed[Season finale] 29 October 2014, Wed
Bleach Season 7, 630pm WIB, Weekdays
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, Weekdays
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan): tsuritama, 930pm WIB, Mon–Thu

9.06.2011

Love So Life 6, Idol's Love Story 6, Yona - The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 1 by Kusanagi Mizuho (m&c! 14 September 2011 manga and manhwa) [UPDATE3]

The We're There! Version — Final

Added m&c!'s I've Loved You Since So Long synopsis and cover.

Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 1 (m&c!)

Akatsuki no Yona © Kusanagi Mizuho/Hakusensha [Serialized in Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia as Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn by Gramedia/m&c!

So even in the absence of artwork, scored 100% on Kusanagi Mizuho's Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn, Saito Ken's My Pearl Girl, Wao Akira's Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl, Shiraishi Yuki's My Perfect Private Teacher and Kayoru's I've Loved You Since So Long. They are Akatsuki no Yona, Present wa Shinju, Tokkou Sayaka Tenkamuteki, Maruoka-san Chi no Kyouikugakari and Zutto Sukidatta Kuseni.

Princess, Betrayal, Beautiful Female Lead, Cool Male Lead, Childhood Friends, Korea, Past Plays a Big Role tagged Akatsuki no Yona is a historical shoujo fantasy serializing in Hana to Yume. The first volume came out in Japan January 2010, with the latest volume 6 slated for 20 September. Present wa Shinju is also a historical shoujo series, but the Comedy Couple, Older Female/Younger Male, Weak Male Lead appear in LaLa DX and LaLa Special. Two Present wa Shinju tankou have been released as at March 2011, and yes, the manga remains current. Meanwhile, Tokkou Sayaka Tenkamuteki is the fourth—last?—of the Tokkou Sayaka series that started with Tokkou Sayaka Yoroshiku (released in Japan 2007.07; published by m&c! as Yankee Girl), followed by Tokkou Sayaka I Love You (JP: 2007.12; as Sayaka I Love You) and then, Tokkou Sayaka Bucchigiri (JP: 2008.07; retitled Sayaka's Special Attack: Big Victory!).

I preview debuts After the Cut. For up here, top DO WANT!

Love So Life 6 of 8+ by Kouchi Kaede

Shiharu and Oikawa take the Angelic Twins™ out for strawberry picking, d'aww... Later, Matsunaga-san agrees to give Shiharu private lessons—is it any wonder then that she can't concentrate on her studies? The doki-doki is so deafening that before Shiharu-tan knows it..."accident"!

What, what, what "accident"?? Is it the kind that starts with a K and ends with a double S? Can't wait for the sixth Love So Life to find out ^^ [Babble resumes after the release lists.]

m&c! manga (2011.09.14)

  1. [Premiere] I've Loved You Since So Long (Zutto Sukidatta Kuseni) by Kayoru
  2. I've Loved You Since So Long (m&c!)

    Zutto Sukidatta Kuseni
    ずっと好きだったくせに」 by Kayoru
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    First published in Japan 2010.01

  3. Love So Life 6 of 8+ by Kouchi Kaede
  4. Love So Life 6 (m&c!)

    Love So LifeLOVE SO LIFE
    by Kouchi Kaede
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2011.01

    Adaptations
    Marine Entertainment released a drama CD in March 2010, starring seiyuu Noto Mamiko as Nakamura Shiharu and Ono Daisuke as Matsunaga Seiji.

  5. [Series Premiere] My Pearl Girl (Present wa Shinju) 1 of 2+ by Saito Ken
  6. My Pearl Girl 1 (m&c!)

    Present wa Shinjuプレゼントは真珠
    by Saito Ken
    Hakusensha LaLa DX and LaLa Special, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.06

  7. [Premiere] My Perfect Private Teacher (Maruoka-san Chi no Kyouikugakari) by Shiraishi Yuki
  8. My Perfect Private Teacher (m&c!)

    Maruoka-san Chi no Kyouikugakari
    丸岡さん家の教育係」 by Shiraishi Yuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    First published in Japan 2010.05

  9. Princess Gal Paradise (Himegal Paradise) 3 of 4+ by Wao Akira
  10. [Premiere] Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl (Tokkou Sayaka Tenkamuteki) by Wao Akira
  11. Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl (m&c!)

    Tokkou Sayaka Tenkamuteki
    特攻サヤカ☆天下無敵」 by Wao Akira
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    First published in Japan 2009.04

    Related series
    Fourth in the Tokkou Sayaka series that consists of (1) Tokkou Sayaka Yoroshiku (Japan release: 2007.07; published by m&c! as Yankee Girl); (2) Tokkou Sayaka I Love You (JP: 2007.12; as Sayaka I Love You); and (3) Tokkou Sayaka Bucchigiri (JP: 2008.07; retitled Sayaka's Special Attack: Big Victory!)

  12. [Series Premiere] Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) 1 of 6+ by Kusanagi Mizuho
  13. Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 1 (m&c!)

    Akatsuki no Yona暁のヨナ
    by Kusanagi Mizuho
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.01

m&c! manhwa (2011.09.14)

  1. Bittersweet High School (The friendly and vague harmony) 2 by Park SunKyung (Haksan)
  2. Crab Kiss 6 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  3. Crab Kiss 6 (m&c!)

    Crab KissCrab Kiss 크랩키스
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 6 first published in Korea 2006.01

  4. Crazy Girl Shin Bia 5 of 19 by Hwang MiRee
  5. Idol's Love Story (Idol's School of Noble's Story) 6 of 15 by Han YuRang
  6. My Own Princess (Personalized Princess) 7 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  7. Perfect Love Project (Nae Soong 9 Dan Project) 6 of 8 by Han YuRang
  8. Perfect Love Project 6 (m&c!)

    Nae Soong 9 Dan Project내숭 9단 프로젝트
    by Han YuRang
    AKA Nae-soong 9th Grade Project
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 6 first published in Korea 2009.10

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Hong Kong manhua (2011.09.14)

  1. Pedang Maha Dewa - fore story series V - God of the Gods 3 of 4 by Tony Wong (Jade Dynasty)
  2. The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 Book Three by Tony Wong and Dick Kwong (Jade Dynasty)

[RE-STO] Restocked (2011.09.14)

¹ Sources: m&c! (covers) and Elex Media (release schedule)
² Manga, including individual restocks, retail for IDR 16,500 each, and manhwa for IDR 19,900/volume except Bittersweet High School 2 (IDR 23,000). HK manhua are priced at IDR 95,000 each save the restocked The Story of Wang Xiao Long 1-3 (IDR 85,000/volume). Restocked Bleach sets (Volumes 1-6; 7-12; 13-18; 19-24; and 25-30), Goong sets (Volumes 1-6 and 7-12), Kirarin Revolution set (Volumes 1-6) and Shanaou Yoshitsune sets (Volumes 1-6 and 7-12) carry a set SRP of IDR 95,000/set. Other value sets (Love Sign Volumes 1-5 and Shanaou Yoshitsune Volumes 13-17 and 18-22) retail for IDR 80,000/set. The Historical Romance II set is priced at IDR 30,000/set.

New titles

Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 1 of 6+ by Kusanagi Mizuho

"I don't ask for much...
As long I can see Suwon smile, I'm happy..."

Yona, the only daughter of the Kouka royal family, has long harbored romantic feelings for her cousin Suwon. On her 16th birthday, Yona resolves to wed Suwon, rejecting the matches her father has arranged.

Little does the princess suspect that soon she will lose everything—her family, her kingdom, even her love...

Sounds like a prime candidate for GET!, doesn't it? ^^

Other Kusanagi Mizuho manga
You hear "Kusanagi Mizuho" and I'm sure what comes to mind is NG Life. The original Japanese already finished (volume 9 released 2009.06), but m&c!'s version has been stuck at volume 7 since March 2010. Let's hope that doesn't happen to Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn. m&c! had a better track record with Mugen Spiral. I don't remember gritting my teeth in the time window between volumes 1 and 2.

I don't know whether Game x Rush (JP volumes 1 and 2: 2005.08 and 2005.12) was published here, but m&c! definitely released Yoiko no Kokoroe (JP: 2004.03) as A Kind of Heart.

My Pearl Girl 1 of 2+ by Saito Ken

Edward, scion of the aristocratic Robell family, suffers from naiveté and shyness. His servants thus decide to present their master with a girl so that he can learn to deal with other people. But is Edward's "present" his dream girl?

More than that, Pearl (the girl's name) conceals an amazing secret! Or so sez Aerandria in its Present wa Shinju description (excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga). Wonder what is Pearl's skeleton in the closet?

Within eight months, only two Present wa Shinju have been released in Japan, the slow release sked prolly because the manga serializes in LaLa DX, which only comes out bi-monthly on the tenth of odd-numbered months. (The same mangazine is the home of similarly-leisurely movers Red Haired Snow White and Ah! Dear Banchou!.)

Other Saito Ken manga
Pre My Pearl Girl, m&c! published Saito Ken's Blooming Sakura (Nakizakura Kitan; Japan release: 2009.02), and while it also issued another antho, Moonlight Spice (Gekkou Spice; JP: 2008.02), Saito Ken wub ♥ here is largely founded on the oh-so-poignant Hana no Namae retitled Flowers in the Heart (JP run from June 2005 to November 2007; ID: between April and August 2008) and the genderbender comedy With!! (original JP release: from 2006.07 to 2009.08).

Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl by Wao Akira

So as not to be bullied in her new school, Sayaka transforms herself into a Yankee Girl, ready to take on all comers. And as one "delinquent" deserves another, Sayaka dates the kind (but still Tuff Guy) Aoi. Their blooming romance is threatened when a real Yankee arrives from the States and gets in Sayaka's face as a love rival!

As mentioned above, Sayaka, The Unbeatable Yankee Girl or Tokkou Sayaka Tenkamuteki represents the fourth installment in Sayaka's saga to protect her relationship with Aoi.

Other Wao Akira manga
Aside from the Sayaka series, Wao Akira created Himegal Yoroshiku (JP: 2010.10), released here as Himegirl Attack and Himegal Paradise (Princess Gal Paradise 3 also streets on 9.14).

My Perfect Private Teacher by Shiraishi Yuki

Hatsune can't lay claim to obvious femininity nor brains, but she can boast of a private tutor, Kaede, who lives with her. That's cause for envy as people look on smart, athletic Kaede as an all-around perfect prince. To Hatsune, however, he's just a stiff, emotionless automaton. Despite dissing Kaede, Hatsune melts whenever he reveals his gentle side (which ain't often).

Does a cold droid's heart pound when he falls in love, muses Hatsune.

Let's hope that this particular Perfect-kun won't disappoint like another Kanpeki-kun who only rates a 6 of 10 :P (I'm looking at you, Perfect Boy Falls in Love.) Still in Kaede-kun's defense, he appears to be galaxies away from Perfect Boy Idol Natsuki. Baka-Updates Manga users tag Maruoka-san Chi no Kyouikugakari Cold Character, Tutor, Live-in Lover. Also, Glasses. Let's not forget the glasses and the potential for megane moe ^^

Other Shiraishi Yuki manga
m&c! has been quite diligent licensing Shiraishi Yuki manga, starting with Princess Love Secret (originally Ojousama no Himitsu; JP release: 2008.01). It went on to publish Shiraishi Yuki's Rival Next Door series (Tonari no Koigataki; JP volumes 1 and 2: 2009.08 and 2009.11) and then Catwalk Romance (Plastic Girl; JP: 2009.03), Naughty Boyfriend (Akuma de Koibito; JP: 2008.04) and most recently, Let Me Kiss You (Sono Kuchibiru, Itadakimasu; JP: 2009.12). All within a seven-month span.

With the addition of My Perfect Private Teacher to m&c!'s roster, we have two more to anticipate: the Reverse Harem, Animal Transformation, Cat Girls Bokura no Himitsu wo Kyouyuu shiyou ka? (includes the Colorful Shounen to Monochrome na Atashi and Itoshi no Himeko-chan one-shots; JP release: 2011.05) and the Childhood friends, Tomboy, Twins Love Zipper (2010.11).

It's too soon for us to drool over the How to Tame the Wolves Fast Romance Ookamidomo no Shitsukekata; it just started serializing in Sho-Comi. So, we're still counting chapters, not tallying tankou ^^

I've Loved You Since So Long (m&c!)

Zutto Sukidatta Kuseni © Kayoru
Shogakukan [Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as
I've Loved You Since So Long
by Gramedia/m&c!

I've Loved You Since So Long by Kayoru

When she was still in grade school, Saki got rejected by Chikage, the guy she thought was her soul mate. No real surprise there as Chikage is eight years older than Saki.

Now in senior high, Saki is determined to find a new love. Fate presents her with...Chikage, now teaching at the same school.

So the reason why it look so long for I've Loved You Since So Long's cover to come out is its difference from the Japanese tankou's; that racier artwork is hidden inside m&c!'s version (the first page)

Aside from the three-chaptered I've Loved You Since So Long—tagged Age Gap, Childhood Love, Student-Teacher Relationship, Crybaby Heroine/Teary Eyes Character by Baka-Updates Manga users—this anthology collects one-shots Beast in Love, Love at Finger Tips and You & Your Sparkling Eyes.

Other Kayoru manga
Before I've Loved You Since so Long, m&c! published Yukisaki Koisaki (Japan release: 2009.05) as Love Blooms.

Kayoru-sensei's other ex-Sho-Comi anthologies include 1/2 Love! (JP: 2011.04), about plain Akari's rise to singing idol sensation, and the love-triangled Kare wa, Ano Ko no Mono (2010.06). Her latest compilation is the ballet-troped Kaname étoile, scheduled to street 2011.09.26 in Japan.

Ongoing series

Crab Kiss 6 of 10 by Hwang MiRee

Hye Bin's mama and Choe Gang are getting buddy-buddy? Initially worried that Mama has something special going with Choe Gang, Hye Bin heaves a sigh of relief after learning that Mama and Choe Gang are just shooting a movie together. With Ryul. Wait—Ryul? Hye Bin's first love never ceases to bring her heartache, especially now that he's become so much closer to Eun Ji.

Crazy Girl Shin Bia 5 of 19 by Hwang MiRee

We've seen our Crazy Girl in a pinch before, but

This time, Shin Bia lands herself in truly hot water. Prince Yoo Hui tries to shield Bia from the King's wrath and punishment, but...

Meanwhile, news of Bia kicking concubine Mae Yoo in front of the king reaches Crown Prince Yoo Baek. How will a disgusted Yoo Baek react?

My advice to Yoo Baek: just give Bia over to the "Black Tiger." (Me likes him ^^)

Idol's Love Story 6 of 15 by Han YuRang

Lang Land seriously tries to like Jang Gun and agrees to date him again, but will her resolve be enough to make her forget her feelings for step-brother Ian?

Sibcest is teh wub ♡ and I can't wait to see what Ian will do in this Idol's Love Story.

Bittersweet High School 2 (m&c!)

The friendly and
vague harmony

© Park SunKyung/Haksan
Published in Indonesia as
Bittersweet High School
by Gramedia/m&c!

Other 14 September highlights

  • Bittersweet High School 2 by Park SunKyung: Despite being co-ed, Hwa Mok High School separates female and male students, and division sparks hostility and competitiveness among the student populace. But even in the midst of so-called hate, love...
  • My Own Princess 7 by Hwang MiRee: Bayu commits to Nuri, prompting Asyu to console the devastated Princess Aris.
  • Perfect Love Project 6 by Han YuRang: In Young tails Eun Chae to her house to confirm whether Eun Chae lives with Jung Daum. Will In Young find out Eun Chae's real identity?
  • Princess Gal Paradise 3 by Wao Akira: Himeko enrolls in Cho-Shibuya High, which is full of Gals, and ever since meeting Tochiotome, the pretty boy who insists on princess cross-dressing, discovers her feminine side. But Himeko's got a long way to go before achieving Tochiotomesque Gal style!

Still not enuf? Here are the other 14 September 2011 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Ciuman Dewa 6 · Ghost's Doctor 7 · Dragon's Fiancé 1 by Kusakawa Nari · Kungfu Boy Premium 5 · V.B. Rose 8 · Princess & The 3 Beasts 3 · Be Good 1 by Kim GiJung & Shin InChol · Chunchu 1 by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin · Doraemon 12 · Inazuma Eleven 5 · Katsu! 13 · Lum, The Invader Girl 31 · Crayon Shinchan - Warisan Dunia by Usui Yoshito · Doraemon: Gadget Cat from The Future 9 · Doraemon Movie: Nobita Dalam Dunia Misteri by Fujiko F. Fujio · Shonen Star 16/2011 · Shonen Magz 9/2011

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

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

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