Naruto © Kishimoto Masashi/Shueisha [Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media
To obtain the power of Kyubi, Naruto trains on a remote isle of Kumogakure Village. But when he succeeds in breaking the demon fox's seal, the liberated Nine Tails poises to engulf him. Not even Bee can help.
Just as Naruto comes the closest to losing to Kyubi's corruption, a figure from the past intervenes...
Talk about facing your demons! That Naruto volume 53 is titled
Kelahiran Naruto or
The Birth of Naruto, however, hints at the identity of Naruto's savior. Prepare for poignant :D
Naruto 53 compiles chapters 495–504:
Dark Naruto, Defeated!! ·
Reunion with Nine Tails!! ·
Nine Tails vs. Naruto!! ·
My Ma's Red Hair ·
A New Seal!! ·
The Birth of Naruto ·
Nine-Tails Attacks!! ·
The Fourth Lord's Death Match!! ·
Minato's Reaper Death Seal!! ·
Thank You. [*NOT Elex chapter titles] (Btw, if you don't want [SPOILAGE], don't. Click. The Link!)
For other DO WANT! (Fullmetal Alchemist 27!), see after the release list.
Box sets: Too Terribly Tempting!
Elex boxes up droolicious that are Good Value — anyway you look at it (them). Volumes 1–3 of Tamura Yumi's Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji fantasy (reviewed »here by Raven-san) and the complete Beauty Honey (Vols. 1–3 of 3) by Matsumoto Tomo both go for IDR 24,000 a box set. The also complete Best Friend Survival! (Vols. 1–2 of 2) by Nakamura Seiko (originally Yuujou Survival!) and Vols. 1–2 of Kodama Yuki's set-in-1960s-Kyushu josei drama Apollon on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollo) retail for IDR 16,000/set. You can take Vols. 1–7 of Sasaki Noriko's Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) home for IDR 56,000 and I suggest you do as
From sticking an arm into a cow to check its internals, to fighting over which laboratory equipment to buy, to the territorial battles between chickens ... Doubutsu has it!
Per noted, Beauty Honey and Best Friend Survival! sets bundle complete series, but Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji remains current in Japan. Neko Mix Genkitan Toraji vol. 4 streeted February 2011; Elex's most recent release is volume 3 published April 2010. Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji 4, however, is advertised in the October Komikologi, if that entices you any.
While Doubutsu no Oishasan has finished in its home country (was even reissued in eight bunkoban between 1995.12 and 1996.06), Elex's latest is Animal Doctor 8, which streeted last August. This series has been healthily regular in its release sked, hint hint :D
© Konishi Noriyuki
Published in Indonesia as
GOGOGO to the West
by Elex Media
Manga premieres: GOGOGO to the West by Konishi Noriyuki
I'm sure most of us, if not all of us, have bumped into the monk Sanzo and the Monkey King on their Journey to the West sometime, somewhere along the manga road. Gogogo Saiyuki is Konishi Noriyuki's shounen spin on the popular classic. Elex promises a
hilarious! ride ahead.
Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden debuted in 2008 in Corocoro Comic (home of Inazuma Eleven and Dorabase, among others). Elex indicates the manga status in Japan as
1–12 (Ongoing) but I can only dig up to volume 7 (per 28 June 2011). So, that's the volume tally I use.
For other Konishi Noriyuki manga (including another Journey to the West fantasy), scroll down.
Mangazines: Nakayoshi 9/2011 and Shonen Star 17/2011
I fill in the shoujo debuts Elex teases in its Nakayoshi Gress! 9/2011 blurb: Kami Kami Kaeshi by Toyama Ema (Unyuuu~) and SGC! Survival Game Club or Sabagebu by Matsumoto Hideyoshi. No such premieres on the Shonen Star 17/2011 front, but the star in the spotlight is twins-troped AR∀GO by Arai Takahiro. [Babble continued behind the cut]
- Arsène Lupin (Kaitou Lupin Series) vol. 4 of 5 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji
- Be Good vol. 2 of 6+ by Kim GiJung & Shin InChol (Orange Agency)
- Bride of the Water God (Habaek-eui Shinbu) vol. 4 of 15+ by Yun MiKyung
- C.M.B. (C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku) vol. 16 of 18+ by Katou Motohiro
- Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) vol. 27 of 27 by Arakawa Hiromu [Finale]
- [Series Premiere] GOGOGO to the West (Gogogo Saiyuki) vol. 1 of 7+ by Konishi Noriyuki
- Inuyasha vol. 54 of 56 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Naruto vol. 53 of 57+ by Kishimoto Masashi
- New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) vol. 10 of 21+ by Ueda Masashi
- Topeng Kaca vol. 17 of 24+ Deluxe (Glass no Kamen [Bunko]) by Miuchi Suzue »Ex-9.22
- Wild Life vol. 20 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Adventure of Cat Mix Toraji, Vols. 1-3 (of 4+) by Tamura Yumi (Neko Mix Genkitan Toraji) [IDR 24,000/set]
- Animal Doctor, Vols. 1-7 (of 12) by Sasaki Noriko (Doubutsu no Oishasan) [IDR 56,000/set]
- Apollon on the Slope, Vols. 1-2 (of 7+) by Kodama Yuki (Sakamichi no Apollo) [IDR 16,000/set]
- Beauty Honey, Vols. 1-3 of 3 by Matsumoto Tomo –Complete– [IDR 24,000/set]
- Best Friend Survival!, Vols. 1-2 of 2 by Nakamura Seiko (Yuujou Survival!) –Complete– [IDR 16,000/set]
- Nakayoshi Gress! 9/2011 (Kodansha Nakayoshi)
- Shonen Star 17/2011 (Shogakukan Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 28 September 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Listed GN retail for IDR 16,500 save the 4-koma New Kobochan 10 (IDR 15,000) and bunko Topeng Kaca 17 Deluxe (IDR 28,000 - 20% more pages than usual). Nakayoshi Gress! 9/2011 and Shonen Star 17/2011 are priced at IDR 30,000 per issue. Value set SRPs are indicated beside their respective entries.
² are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange.
To retrieve his brother's soul, Edward Elric sacrifices his right arm. But what, Elex asks, is the price for bringing someone back from the dead, without leaving traces of regret in solitude? Yup, Elex waxes poetic as the Indonesian version of Fullmetal Alchemist curtains with volume 27. If you want a non-generic (but still spoil-free) synopsis, here's what VIZ Media sez in its Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 27 description:
With the help of Hohenheim and their allies, the Elric brothers launch a desperate final attack against the homunculus ‘father.’ But to claim victory, some may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
FMA 27 contains chapters 107 and 108,
The Final Battle and
The Journey's End. To ameliorate the “pain” of Hagaren concluding, you get a bonus: the
Another Journey's End side story or gaiden. [*NOT Elex chapter titles] (Same [SPOILER] T&C about the link apply)
New series – GOGOGO to the West – continued
Other Konishi Noriyuki manga
Earlier than Gogogo Saiyuki, Konishi Noriyuki worked on one moar Journey to the West-inspired manga: Saiyuki Hero Gokuuden!, serialized in Corocoro Comic and Corocoro Dragon and compiled in four volumes between December 2006 and June 2008.
Even earlier are these one-tankers: Ossu! Mushi Kings!! (CoroCoro Dragon Comics imprint: 2006.10); Amudoraiba Jiyunasu Bakutouden (Tentoumushi Comics: 2005.02); and Little - Kamisama Shugyouchuu), illustrated by Endo Koichi (Jump Comics: 2001.04).
Another current series is Kudo Senshi Kamen Riders or Card Warrior Masked Riders, serialized in Corocoro Ichiban! beginning 2007. Albeit ongoing, it also appears to be slow-going, with only one volume published per 2009.02.
An old house is burglarized, and the thief leaves behind one calling card: a seven of hearts punched with seven holes. The investigation turns up a connection to a classified military weapon. Exactly what is the link between the burglary and state secrets? Lupin employs his larceny skills for the sake of the nation.
One more Arsène Lupin mystery to go after this heist that apparently reaches all the way up the halls of government power.
Soah has forgotten her stay in the Water Kingdom, what more husband Habaek. She agrees to wed childhood friend Dongyong but Mui bursts into Soah's room the night before The Bride, Part II's big day and whisks her back to the Water Kingdom. Mui's behavior unsettles Soah, and Taeuljinin saying that Mui confuses Soah with Nakbin only intensifies the uncertainty plaguing the Bride of the Water God redux.
Gods and mortals alike are in love with Soah! as Dark Horse trumpets in its Bride of the Water God volume 4 description. The drama escalates as the magic kingdom's denizens again toy with mortal Soah's feelings.
C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan
no Jiken Mokuroku
© Katou Motohiro/Kodansha
[Monthly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia as
C.M.B. by Elex Media
In Bali, fabled Island of the Gods, residents believe in the existence of Leak, creatures that impersonate humans and bring misfortune.
A Balinese dancer is killed by someone in Leak disguise, and it is up to Shinra to uncover the face behind the mask.
Above Elex synopsis refers to Op.44
Reyakku in katakana) that first appeared in Monthly Shonen Magazine's September 2010 edition. It is the second story compiled in C.M.B. volume 16, which not only features Nanase in Balinese dancer costume on the cover, but also Shinra posing with a barong mask in the background.
The other mysteries collected in this volume are
Garis-garis Nazca: The Lines and Geoglyphs of Nazca and Pampas de Jumana (Op.43 C.M.B.'s take on
Tujuh Keajaiban Sekolah: The Seven Mysteries of High School (Op.45
Gakkou no Nanafushigi, October 2010) and
クファンジャル, November 2010) in which Shinra is called in to authenticate a dubious dagger. [Original titles lifted from the Japanese Wiki
Ｃ．Ｍ．Ｂ． article.] Wunderkammer's Khanjar museum tag is actually the back cover blurb of Elex's C.M.B. volume 16.
C.M.B. Shinra Hakubutsukan no Jiken Mokuroku will have released 18 tankou by 17 October 2011. C.M.B. and its Q.E.D. cousin have proven so popular that a new Q.E.D./C.M.B. crossover series launches this October in Magazine E-no's replacement and is one of the new Monthly Shōnen Magazine + premiere highlights. (Btw, Q.E.D. also makes the move to Monthly Shōnen Magazine +.)
Not only does Maya regain confidence after her success as Princess Aldis in "The Two Princesses," she also resolves to move forward. There's no shortage of offers, and Maya chooses that of A-list director Kuronuma Ryuzo. Kuronuma sets Maya the challenge of playing she-wolf Jane opposite co-star Sakurakoji Yu...
Dr. Hachibe's cockatoo suffers from an unknown disease and Tessho's radical treatment involves...everyday objects?!
Exhibit A: A bottle to collect phlegm for microscopic examination is washed and used for medical diagnosis. To find out what other seemingly useless articles Tessho pulls out of his unique vet med arsenal, check out Wild Life volume 8.
Other 28 September 2011 highlights
Be Good © Kim GiJung
& Shin InChol/
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media
- Be Good 2 by Kim GiJung & Shin InChol: Tongsu, still unwilling to accept his defeat at Kanghun's hands, chances on monk brawling on the street and begs the streetfighter to teach him martial arts. The monk rejects. As Tongsu ponders how to sway his would-be master, Kanghun labors under the suspicion that Tongsu is his son.
- Inuyasha 54 by Takahashi Rumiko: Naraku evolves to the final stage using the tainted Shikon no Tama. Inuyasha and allies scramble to stop the demon, but the darkness in their own hearts, resonating with the evil within Naraku, threaten to consume them. [Additions from VIZ's Inuyasha, Vol. 54: United Front description and Wikipedia's synopsis of the same volume]
- New Kobochan 10 by Ueda Masashi: Kobo's Cute and Adorable reaches MAX! levels, as do Grandpa and Grandma's Delightful.
Ru is immortal? He has lived for centuries, physically unchanging... Who IS he?? Hans lets Kizuna in on the real Ru deets because, well, Hans knows everything!
Moro Orie's Angel or Devil? headlines the latest Indonesian Nakayoshi, portending important developments in the
Love = Curse? shoujo romance that otherwise geeks out as God Doesn't Play Dice when it's not asking Kami ka Akuma ka.
Elex hints at Naka's newbies and after squint mode ON! on the cover, I ID'd Kami Kami Kaeshi 「かみかみかえし」 by Toyama Ema and SGC! Survival Game Club, originally Sabagebu 「さばげぶっ！」 by Matsumoto Hideyoshi. Hauling out what teh internets can offer because of Elex's omission.
Mashiro has spent the last thirteen years of her life locked away in a room as she protects the, being slowly restored. However, when the door opens to the room and she stumbles outside, she finds that things are not how they seem, and the gods are unleashed.
[From Baka-Updates Manga's Kamikami Kaeshi description]
The underscoring is mine. That bit deserved it （＾ ＾） The ongoing
Deities, Shinto, Transformations Kami Kami Kaeshi serializes in Nakayoshi Lovely and by June this year, managed one volume compile.
Other Toyama Ema manga
Kami Kami Kaeshi's manga-ka needs no intro. If you didn't already adore her for the Blackmail, therefore, Lurve Watashi ni xx Shinasai!—which also currently serializes, albeit highly-sanitized, in NakaGress! as XX Me!!—then you most likely fell for Gokkun! Pucho,
considered her best representative work. (Glek! Pucho debuted in February 2007.)
Dragging in Mamacolle (an Elex bestseller) and Koko ni Iru yo! (retitled I am Here!) is prolly overkill, but lemme overkill. AND overkill, with Toyama Ema ongoings not limited to Naka serialization: Hyakuen!, a Square Enix Gangan Online Shounen with Female Lead (volumes 1-4 released in Japan between 2009.12 – 2011.08.22); the seinen Pocha Pocha Suieibu (Houbunsha Manga Time Family, one volume per 2011.05); GDGD-DOGS (serialized in Kodansha Aria, one volume by 2011.10.06); and 1 Love 9 (ASCII Media Works Dengeki Maoh 4-koma, volumes 1-3 released from 2008.11 – 2010.03).
So your synopsis guess is as good as mine.
Other Matsumoto Hideyoshi manga
In addition to the elusive Sabagebu, the 2011 Kodansha Manga Awardee in the Children's category, Honto ni Atta! Reibai-Sensei, ongoing serialization in Shonen Rival (latest tankou 9 per 2011.09.02).
Other ongoing series
Aside from already mentioned Nakayoshi pals, Your Melody and Animal Official, both from Fukushima Haruka, Hell Girl Return by Eto Miyuki & Jigoku Shojo Project, Arisa by Ando Natsumi, Love is the Devil by Toriumi Pedoro, A Gift for My Teacher by Yamada Daisy and Little Shugo Chara! by PEACH-PIT & Naphthalene Mizushima continue their serial runs.
AR∀GO © Arai Takahiro
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
Before I get into Shonen Star 17's ARAGO preview, Imma reprise the series intro I wrote in January: ARAGO (AR∀GO - London Shikei Tokushu Hanzai Sousakan) is a supernatural action mystery in which Arago Hunt is driven to revenge against the monster that killed his parents, even as police officer twin Ewan upholds the side of the law.
Where we are nau~
Rio suspects Arago's sustained lies hide something dark. Meanwhile, Arago can't open up, fearing to invite danger. They quarrel again, and this scrabble comes at a most unfortunate time as Rio afterwards encounters a dangerous adversary Lucian Gardner and his shadow canine, Hades. [Additions from the ARAGO Wiki]
Alongside Arai Takahiro's ARAGO are these Shonen Sunday stars:
- Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato
- D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji
- Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa (I guess in place of Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu, missing from Issue 17's cover line-up)
- 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
- Magical Iroha by Inoue Kazurou
- The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki
- Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
Shonen Star 18 is skedded for a 12 October release. If you're interested in the latest volume compilations (Elex's, of course), Wild Life 20 and Inuyasha 54 release the same day as ShoStar 17, while Kekkaishi 9 streeted the week before, on 22 September. Detektif Conan 63 and My First Mr. Akuno 5 went on sale 15 August, Defense Devil 5 and Dr. Koto 6 on the 10th of the same month. Takkoku!!! 2 shipped 20 July.
Still not enuf? Here are the other 28 September 2011 manga
Level Comics: Iliad 6 · The Black Swindler 14 · Dark Edge 2 · Hellsing 9 · Hikayat Genji 11 · Blue Seal 3 · Sky of Love 7 · Go-On! 1 by Akishige Manabu · Rantanplan - Badut Sirkus · Smurf - Pengacau di Desa Smurf · Boule & Bill - Sahabat Setia
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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