AKA No longer the WIP Version.
Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi ©Watase Yuu/Shogakukan
[First serialized in Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale
by Elex Media/Level Comics
I know the world and her BFF already knows Ceres' plot, but here's my version of Level's series intro:
Aya and her twin Aki are summoned before their grandfather on their sixteenth birthday. [Having trouble continuing for all the giggling as you already know what comes next. Neway...] But the birthday party turns out to be no celebration. Before the entire Mikage assemblage, Aya is handed a mysterious box. When she opens it, her real identity is revealed. She is the reincarnation of a tennyo, a celestial maiden who has every reason to desire Clan Mikage's destruction. Before that happens, the family moves to eliminate Aya and appropriate tennyo Ceres' powers within her.
OK, some outside info worked its way into the above blurb, but can you blame me? As I sed, the world and her BFF knows Ceres' story. At any rate, Aya flees and receives help (and then some) from both Mystery Man Tooya and Shounen Martial Artist Yuuhi. As for Aki, he is named the Mikage heir for he's the reincarnation of Ceres' former husband, the man who hid Ceres' hagoromo or celestial robe and prevented her return to heaven.
Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi debuted in Sho-Comi. The first volume subtitled
Aya was first published in Japan in December 1996; the 14th and last tankou
Hagoromo released March 2000. If I'm not mistaken, Elex had already licensed Ceres, but reportedly dropped it for the smut, I mean, graphic, content. So, isn't it great that Elex now has the Level imprint to accommodate the shoujo classic, nookie 'n all?
Ayashi no Ceres won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award for the shoujo category.
Studio Pierrot, the same animation studio behind the Fushigi Yuugi anime, adapted Ayashi no Ceres into a 24-episode TV series. It aired on Japan's WOWOW from April to September 2000. (I believe AXN also telecast Ceres, but don't ask me when). Seiyuu Kakazu Yumi voiced Aya, Iwao Junko, Ceres. Konishi Katsuyuki and Itou Kentarou were Tooya and Yuuhi, while Chiba Susumu portrayed Aki, his sibcestuous performance propelling the voice actor to the top of my fave seiyuu list.
Other Watase Yuu manga
I'm pretty sure nobody needs an introduction to Watase Yuu-sensei, but if you're blanking out, I already mentioned one other above — MIAKA! TAMAHOME! MIAKA!! TAMAHOME!!!! (Fushigi Yuugi). I've listed the
W is for Watase Yuu manga I wub here, but lemme just touch on more recent releases, here and abroad: Arata Kangatari (ongoing serialization in Shonen Sunday; still unlicensed for Indonesia AFAIK; volume 13 street date: 2011.11.18), Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden (also still unlicensed; latest JP tankou 10 released June 2011), Manga Yuugi (really a how to draw manga) and Watase Yuu the Best Selection anthologies, the latter two titles published here by m&c!
The rest of the previews after the release list.
- Air Gear vol 24 of 33+ by Oh!great
- Angel Heart vol 11 of 33 by Hojo Tsukasa
- Attack!! vol 8 of 11+ by Oshima Tsukasa
- [Series Premiere] Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale (Ayashi no Ceres) vol 1 of 14 by Watase Yuu
- GTO vol 5 of 25 by Fujisawa Toru
- Haruka 17 vol 14 of 19 by Yamazaki Sayaka
- Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) vol 12 of 13 by Yamato Waki
- MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 2 of 9 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro
- Soul Eater vol 11 of 20+ by Ohkubo Atsushi
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Diamond Life, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Fujiwara Akira –Complete– [IDR 27,000/set]
- Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker, Vols. 1–2 of 2 by manglobe and Harao Yumiko –Complete– [IDR 18,000/set]
- Fly, Daddy, Fly!, Vols. 1–2 of 2 by Kaneshiro Kazuki & Akishige Manabu –Complete– [IDR 18,000/set]
- Genius Family Company, Vols. 1–6 of 6 by Ninomiya Tomoko (Tensai Family Company) –Complete– [IDR 84,000/set]
- My Lovely Honey, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Ohmi Tomu (Barairo My Honey) –Complete– [IDR 27,000/set]
- New Comic Bomber, Vols. 1–5 (of 11) by Shimamoto Kazuhiko (Shin Hoero Pen) [IDR 45,000/set]
- Ole!, Vols. 1–5 of 5 by Nohda Tatsuki –Complete– [IDR 45,000/set]
- Onsen Paradise, Vols. 1–3 (of 9) by Kikuchi Shota (Kirikiritei no Brown Sensei) [IDR 27,000/set]
- Cubitus - Si Anjing Setia (Cubitus, Tome 13: Chien fidèle) by Dupa (Le Lombard)
- Rantanplan - Sang Buronan (Rantanplan, Tome 7: Le Fugitif) by Morris, Jean Léturgie & Xavier Fauche (Lucky Comics)
- Smurf - Para Smurf & Buku Serba Tahu (Les Schtroumpfs, Tome 26: Les Schtroumpfs et le livre qui dit tout) by Peyo (Le Lombard)
- Yakari - Kemarahan Langit (Yakari, Tome 22: La Fureur du Ciel) by Derib & Job (Le Lombard) «EX 10.12
¹ Sources: Elex STO 26 October 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses and covers unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN are priced at IDR 18,500 each except Angel Heart 11 and Haruka 17 vol 14 (IDR 19,500). European comics/ROMICs retail for IDR 30,000/volume. Box set SRPs are indicated beside their respective items.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
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Soul Eater vol 11 compiles chapters 40 through 44:
The Clown (Parts 1-3) and
Deal. [*NOT Level chapter titles] The latest chapter compiled in tankou is 87:
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Other 26 October 2011 highlights
- Attack!! vol 8 by Oshima Tsukasa: The semi-finals! Kakegawa finds its attacks sealed by Ikezato's "giant wall" and "speed attack."
- Haruka 17 vol 14 by Yamazaki Sayaka: Haruka pulls off the Cinderella performance, catapulting her to the heights of Hollywood offers. On the personal front, she faces a more serious Tsubasa who wants to take their relationship to the next level...
- Hikayat Genji vol 12 by Yamato Waki: Kaoru's love is rejected and Oigimi passes away. Naka no Kimi, Oigimi's sister, weds Nio no Miya. With no place left to turn, Kaoru plunges into despair...until word comes of a princess resembling Oigimi...
- MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 2 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro: Subaru finally partners with Nico and the resulting performance garners plaudits all around. Their triumph generates offers to perform in Japan; albeit reluctant, Subaru accepts. But despite the warm welcome, her homeland only reminds Subaru of old wounds...
Still not enuf? Here are the other 26 October 2011 manga
Elex Media: Detektif Conan 64 · One Piece 60 · Barista 2 · Moonlight Act 2 · Hero Tales 4 · Kungfu Boy 6 Premium · Topeng Kaca 18 Deluxe · Exposing Game 1 by Tobina Toya · BECK 28 · GOGOGO to the West 2 · Kojiro 3 · Bengal: Circle of Crime by Bayu Indie · Dalam Atap di Bawah Langit 1 by Futami Sui · Godhand Teru 34 · Metal Fight Beyblade 2 · Nakayoshi Gress! 10/2011 · Shonen Star 19/2011
m&c!: Bleach 43 · Tabi and Fellow Travelers 2 · Samurai Force 1 by Todono Seiuchiroh · Roman Club 1 by Amano Kozue · Spray King 3 · 7 Centi! Love & Friendship 1–3 of 3 by Nanajima Kana · Ignite Wedge 2 of 2 · Tokyo Angels 2 · Cherry Issue 58/2011 · Intan Permata Rimba 4
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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