This week

Manga street dates: Elex (4.16) · Level (4.16) · m&c! (4.16) · 3L Comic (4.18)
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♥

10.12.2011

Sable Prince 1 by Nesumi Chisato, Crab Kiss 7, Idol Shopping 12 of 12 (m&c! 12 October 2011 manga and manhwa) [UPDATED]

Took this long to stretch the MinimaList into NikBabble™, so some of you prolly already read (and wubbed) Pure Love Station by Tanaka Kei. Lemme just stress that Junai Station 2 already streeted in Japan last April. Better start begging m&c! for it.

Idol Shopping 12 (m&c!)

Idol Shopping © Hwang MiRee/Samyang
Published in Indonesia by Gramedia/m&c!

Kang Ahul is enraged to see just how much Seo GaYoon loves Kang Song Yie, so much so that Ahul connives with Han Yerim to separate Song Yie from her soul mate. What's worse, Ahul disguises himself as his twin to trap GaYoon.

W00t! I can finally read Idol Shopping vol 11, which I've kept shrink-wrapped all this time in angsticipation of the last volume. Didn't want to get caught in an evil Hwang MiRee cliffie.

I preview other HMR manhwa Crab Kiss 7, Crazy Girl Shin Bia 6 and My Own Princess 8 after the release lists.

With Idol Shopping's finale, m&c! wraps the Original Samyang Four it launched in July 2010. (Remember that Idol Shopping premiered with Female Wolf's BOY, Ugly Duckling Become Swan and Sandwich Girl? I do, especially as I have 12+17+13+8 volumes nau taking up fast dwindling bookshelf space.)

New m&c! titles
Six of nine manga are new: The Adventure of Yoshito-sama, a new shounen series from Shii Haruka, creator of Meteodo; Nesumi Chisato's Clock Maker's Love (that I've been waiting for since 28 September) and Sable Prince, both shoujo fantasies ex-Comic Blade Avarus; Next to You by Namba Atsuko (Sprout creator); the Pure WAFF Pure Love Station by Tanaka Kei (that I already noted has a volume 2); and Song of the Sky, the second Amano Kozue short story antho, likewise postponed from its original 9.28 street date.

I feature the Nesumi Chisato pair up here; scroll down for the rest of the newbies.

Clock Maker's Love (m&c!) Sable Prince 1 (m&c!)

crookclock and Sable Prince © Nesumi Chisato/Mag Garden [Blade Comics Avarus]
Published in Indonesia as Clock Maker's Love and Sable Prince by Gramedia/m&c!

In Clock Maker's Love, young master Hewlett devotes all his time to crafting timepieces for an appreciative few. His workaholic everyday is such that butler Gil fears for the watch-maker's health.

But one day, the gifted artisan meets a girl who upends his Don't bother me; I have work to do! routine. New maid Mulara surprises her employer by saying that her most precious possession is master Hewlett's clock.

Master and Maid trope, start-OH! :D Baka-Updates Manga users also heads-up: European Ambient, Male Lead Falling in Love First, Moe, Talented Male Lead, Tsundere Male Lead.

Clock Maker's Love spans four chapters. The tankou closes with The Cat's Hair Ornament, a nekomimi moe one-shot that's the last word in touching. I rate both 7 of 10.

Sable Prince vol 1, meanwhile, sees Prince Viloftira embark on a quest for a sword worthy of a future king. A new guard, Pierre, accompanies his majesty on his journey. What happens when you throw together a headstrong heir-apparent and a more than meets the eye companion? Also, what kind of sword is the prince seeking?

Baka-Updates Manga users warn: Lazy Character, Secret Identity, Master-Servant Relationship, Betrayal, the last already hinted at by the end of Tale or chapter 5 Fairies Cloth. (Chapters 1 to 4 are The Winged Prince, The Meat Dish Shop, The Prince and The Thief and Sopranino.)

I also rate the episodic Sable Prince vol 1 a 7 of 10.

Other Nesumi Chisato manga
Found only one other entry in addition to crookclock and Sable PrinceJauhara Genya, the Arabian Desert, Princes, Ruins, Thieves romance first serialized in Aria (two of two volumes published in Japan per May 2011).

m&c! manga (2011.10.12)

  1. [Series Premiere] The Adventure of Yoshito-sama (Yoshito-sama!) vol 1 of 5+ by Shii Haruka
  2. The Adventure of Yoshito-sama (m&c!)

    Yoshito-sama!よしとおさま!
    by Shii Haruka
    Shogakukan Gessan, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.12

  3. Blizzard Axel vol 11 of 11 by Suzuki Nakaba [Finale]
  4. Blizzard Axel 11 (m&c!)

    Blizzard Axelブリザードアクセル
    by Suzuki Nakaba
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 11 (chapters 99-108) first published in Japan 2007.09

  5. [Premiere] Clock Maker's Love (crookclock) by Nesumi Chisato «Ex-9.28
  6. Clock Maker's Love (m&c!)

    crookclockcrookclock
    by Nesumi Chisato
    Mag Garden Comic Blade Avarus, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.07

  7. Kitchen Palette (Kitchen Palette ~Komugi no Renai Fuumi Shuugyou Shitate~) vol 3 of 3 by Takada Rie [Finale]
  8. My Lovely Class Leader (Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou) vol 4 of 15+ by Nishimura Tomoko
  9. My Lovely Class Leader 4 (m&c!)

    Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou
    極上!!めちゃモテ委員長
    by Nishimura Tomoko
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2007.05

    Serializations/Other languages
    Serialized in Cherry (ongoing)
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 戀愛班長 12 per 2011.04)

    Adaptations
    The 51-episode Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou anime produced by Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment, starring seiyuu Ogawa Mana (Kitagawa Mimi) and Oshima Ryo (Toujou Ushio) aired from April 2009 to March 2010 in Japan. The Gokujou!! Mecha Mote Iinchou Second Collection sequel premiered 2010.04.03; episode 51 finale aired 2011.04.10.

  10. [Series Premiere] Next to You (Tonari no Atashi) vol 1 of 8+ by Namba Atsuko
  11. Next to You 1 (m&c!)

    Tonari no Atashi隣のあたし
    by Namba Atsuko
    Kodansha Betsufure, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.06

  12. [Series Premiere] Pure Love Station (Junai Station) by Tanaka Kei
  13. Pure Love Station (m&c!)

    Junai Station純愛ステーション
    by Tanaka Kei
    Hakusensha LaLa DX and LaLa Special, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.04

    Related series
    Junai Station volume 2 of 2 (Japan release: 2011.04.05)

  14. [Series Premiere] Sable Prince vol 1 of 2 by Nesumi Chisato
  15. Sable Prince 1 (m&c!)

    Sable PrinceBLE PRINCE
    by Nesumi Chisato
    Mag Garden Comic Avarus and Comic Blade Avarus, shoujo
    Volume 1 (chapters 1-5) first published in Japan 2009.08

  16. [Premiere] Song of the Sky (Sora no Uta: Amano Kozue Tanpenshuu 2) by Amano Kozue «Ex-9.28
  17. Song of the Sky (m&c!)

    Sora no Uta: Amano Kozue Tanpenshuu 2
    空の謳 天野こずえ短編集 2
    by Amano Kozue
    Mag Garden Blade Comics, shounen
    Re-released 2004.03 in Japan by Mag Garden (First published in 1999.03 by Square Enix)

    Related
    Volumes 1 and 3 of Amano Kozue Tanpenshuu: Mukuukai (Square Enix: 1996.07; Mag Garden: 2004.03; licensed for Indonesia as World of Dreams) and Himawari (Mag Garden: 2011.02)

m&c! manhwa (2011.10.12)

  1. Crab Kiss vol 7 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  2. Crab Kiss 7 (m&c!)

    Crab KissCrab Kiss 크랩키스
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 7 first published in Korea 2006.01

  3. Crazy Girl Shin Bia vol 6 of 19 by Hwang MiRee
  4. Idol Shopping vol 12 of 12 by Hwang MiRee [Finale]
  5. Idol Shopping 12 (m&c!)

    Idol Shopping아이돌 쇼핑
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang (Kkonnim), soonjung
    Volume 12 first published in Korea 2009.02

  6. My Own Princess (Personalized Princess) vol 8 of 10 by Hwang MiRee

Hong Kong manhua (2011.10.12)

  1. Dewa Iblis Awan Api II No. 3: 10 Matahari vs Avici by Tony Wong (Jade Dynasty)
  2. The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters vol 20 of 20: Dalang Iblis (bagian pamungkas) by Khu Lung/Cai Jing Dong (Culture Com) [Finale]

[RE-STO] Restocked - Individual volumes (2011.10.12)

Note: Volume tallies represent Japanese volume totals, not (necessarily) m&c!'s latest release.

¹ Source: m&c! (covers and synopses)
² All manga, restocks included, are priced at IDR 16,500, and all manhwa and manhua at IDR 19,900 except except Dewa Iblis Awan Api II No. 3 (IDR 95,000 each) and restocked The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters vols 11-13 (IDR 17,500 per volume). Restocked local comic Best Friends and Malaysian comic Call from the Grave are priced at IDR 12,500 and 20,000 respectively.

New titles - continued

The Adventure of Yoshito-sama vol 1 of 5+
By Shii Haruka

As far as genki senior high student Fuji Yoshito knows, he's an orphan. His mom already passed away and his dad has gone...who knows where. So who could possibly want to snuff him out, which is exactly what happened one fine day?

Fortunately, a certain Sabimaru Shibuya saves Yoshito. Sabimaru, it turns out, has been assigned to guard Yoshito, who, it also turns out, is the heir to his dad's riches.

Can Sabimaru alone keep Yoshito out of the enemies' crosshairs?

Buzz on The Adventure of Yoshito-sama is positive, which makes me want to say, Sasuga Shii Haruka-sensei. Yoshito-sama! premiered in Gessan in 2009; the first tankou came out by December that year. The series in ongoing, with the fifth JP tankou streeting the same day that The Adventure of Yoshito-sama premiered in Indonesia.

Other Shii Haruka manga
Already mentioned Meteodo, the Shonen Sunday science fiction action/adventure Elex licensed. It premiered here in December 2008 and concluded April 2009. Yoshito-sama! is the only other manga I was able to unearth for Shii Haruka-sensei.

Next to You vol 1 of 8+
By Namba Atsuko

Nina has loved her cool and good-hearted neighbor Kyousuke from childhood. She finally screws up the courage to confess to him, but Kyousuke kissing someone from school stops Nina in her tracks.

Is Nina fated to forever harbor an unrequited love for Kyousuke?

Backgrounder on Nina and Kyousuke from Baka-Updates Manga: Kyousuke is starting high school while [Nina]'s still stuck in junior high. Completing the Love Triangle (Love Polygon??) is Yuiko, a beautiful, outgoing girl in Kyousuke's grade who also seems to harbor feelings for Nina's next-door neighbor.

Aside from Neighbors, Childhood Friends, Older Male/Younger Female, Unrequited Love, Next to You or Tonari no Atashi also sprouted Friends Become Lovers (Friends Grow Distant) and Baseball tags. (Yup, baseball.)

Tonari no Atashi debuted in Betsufure in 2008. Eight tankou will have been published in Japan by the 13th of October. From Amazon JP's volume 8 synopsis, I infer that the series is ongoing.

Initial reax on Next to You have been mixed, so if you're reading this series, do share your impreshuns, k? Comment box's down there. Thanks~ (I'm staying away from it because I'm not a Namba Atsuko manga fan.)

Other Namba Atsuko manga
I kept sprinkling Sprout in or around the Tonari no Atashi debut, because that 2005-vintage series is the most recent Namba (or Nanba) Atsuko manga we saw in these parts. m&c!'s Sprout premiered in June 2008 and finished its Indonesian run February 2009.

Other Namba Atsuko manga m&c! licensed are the two-volume Senpai to Kanojo (retitled My Senior) and these one-shot tankou: the "Say I'm Cute" Kawaiitte Itteyo (as Cherry Blossom) and Taiyou wa Kimi ni Kagayaku (as Sun Shines on You).

Namba Atsuko also top-bills these anthologies (I don't think m&c! or any other Indonesian publisher has licensed them yet):

  • Sekai de Ichiban Sukina Hito, the 2011.08.11 KC BETSUFURE LOVE antho with Kumaoka Fuyu (My Clumsy Boy), Kitagawa Yuka (You Are My Wing), Anri Yuka (Isourou Okotowari), Ishiko and Higuchi Nichiho (Koharu Biyori)
  • Zutto zutto Sukina Hito. , 2009.12 Betsufure KC BF Love Collection omnibus with Ame Arare (Kimi ga Tame ni - Kusunoki Masashige Emaki), Takahashi Rie (HOLE), Higurashi Kinoko (Ume ni Uguisu) and Koyama Kariko (Sheryl - Kiss in the Galaxy)
  • Ichiban Daisukina Kare., 2008.12 Betsufure KCDX BF Love Collection with Mikimoto Rin (Kinkyori Renai), Sakurai Machiko (Number Girl), Takahashi Rie and Kumaoka Fuyu
  • Kono Koi wo Wasurenai., 2006.12 Betsufure KCDX BF Love Collection anthology with Yoshii Yuu (My Sweet Honey?), Kuramochi Mari (Ikenai Kiss o Shiyou), Mitsuya Omi (Koi Kyokusei), Torikai Akane (Ohayou Okaeri) and Kimura Ayako (Koiiro Tenki)
  • Korae Kirenai Namida, 2004.02 Betsufure KC omnibus with Sakurai Machiko, Ikezawa Satomi (Othello.), Minato Suzu (Pearl Garden) and Sakura Iro (Kimi no Sei)

Yeah, you can tell I had fun with that ↑ list.

Pure Love Station
By Tanaka Kei

Guys would be all over pretty Himeno Mai if only she weren't a tetsu, a train otaku, with a uniform fetish to boot. Well, Mai doesn't really need them; she's got train guard Kunimi Haru to drool over.

The problem is, Haru always turns down girls who confess to him. Will Mai suffer the same fate?

That this ex-LaLa DX and LaLa Special surfeit of sweetness ran for two volumes either means Mai is really persistent in her pursuit of Haru, or... (Occam's razor your conclusion) :P

I wasn't expecting to like Pure Love Station, but the Pure Love Fluffy drew me in and made me ♡ wub the micro-managed geek heroine who taught me more about train otaku than I ever wanted to know. I rate it 7 of 10.

Other Tanaka Kei manga
Junai Station is Tanaka Kei's debut (and so far, only) series. Volume 2 streeted in Japan 2011.04.05.

Song of the Sky
By Amano Kozue

Selena, a singer from the upper world, delights dwellers below with her songs. But the etherial Selena is not as happy as one might imagine. Why?

Above synopsis refers to antho-christener Song of the Sky, the first story in the second Amano Kozue Tanpenshuu collection. The other stories are Magical Letter Drop, Angel Voice and Earth (go »here for complete synopses). m&c! guarantees that all the stories aren't your typical mushy and ‘girly’ stories.

Like World of Dreams or Mukuukai, Sora no Uta was actually published first by Square Enix (in March 1999), but m&c!'s version is the Mag Garden Blade Comics March 2004 reissue. There's still one more short story collection to go (although I don't know if m&c! has already licensed it): Himawari: Amano Kozue Tanpenshuu 3, published by Mag Garden in February 2011.

Other Amano Kozue manga
No new additions to Amano Kozue's backlist since I wrote about last month, but I just have to note that m&c! has licensed Rouman Kurabu, originally published in six volumes by Square Enix from 1995.12 to 1998.03 and reissued by Mag Garden from 2005.08 to 2005.10. m&c!'s Roman Club volume 1 is skedded for release this 26 October.

Featured ongoing Hwang MiRee manhwa

Crab Kiss vol 7 of 10
By Hwang MiRee

Hye Bin loses her home after her step-mother and step-sib accuse her of theft and boot her out. At a loss over what to do, Hye Bin finds herself in front of Yeon Ji's boarding house and winds up living with Yeon Ji. To help Ryul, Hye Bin does Yeon Ji's household chores and also helps out at an ice cream shop.

Crazy Girl Shin Bia vol 6 of 19
By Hwang MiRee

Shin Bia wheedles and whines to see princes Yoo Hui and Mu Young duel. Not content with forcing the princes' parrying with swords, she also pressures Crown Prince Yoo Baek to allow her to learn martial arts from Mu Young.

Shin Bia can't best Mu Young, but regains the original Bia's divine powers and sees a village ravaged by a mysterious epidemic.

Bia and Yoo Baek successfully track down the source of the contagion, and on the way home, Bia chances upon a bee-yoo-ti-ful bishie bathed in moonlight...

My Own Princess vol 8 of 10
By Hwang MiRee

Bayu's clan attacks Asyu's clan! Bayu even orders his troops to obliterate Asyu's family. In the midst of confusion, Princess Aris appears, shooting arrows at Nuri. Asyu and Bayu attempt to protect Nuri and... "clep!" An arrow embeds itself in Bayu's chest. Bayu falls, bleeding...

Other 12 October 2011 highlights

Still not enuf? Here are the other 12 October 2011 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 15 of 15 · Ghost's Doctor 8 · Tena on S-string 8 · Welcome to Host Detective Agency 5 of 5 · Q and A 1 by Adachi Mitsuru · Cute Children 18 · Otoboke Section Chief 14 · Blooming Youth 7 · Casting 4 · Lindbergh 1 by Ahndongshik · Crayon Shinchan 9 · Shonen Sunday 18/2011 | Box sets: Hello Master, Vols. 1-3 of 3 –Complete– · Here is Greenwood Deluxe, Vols. 1-3 · Katsu!, Vols. 1-10 · Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati, Vols. 1-2 · Kurozakuro, Vols. 1-7 of 7 –Complete– · Wazabo, Vols. 1-4

Level Comics: xxxHOLiC 14 · X Blade 7 · Perfect Girl Evolution 26 · Hellsing 10 of 10 · Blue Seal 4 · Shattered Knife 10 · Giant Killing 8 · Misaki No. 1!! V1 · The Ravages of Time 13 · Lanfeust of Troy - Gading Magohamoth [Ex-9.22] and Thanos Si Pengacau by Christophe Arleston & Didier Tarquin | Box sets: Exit, Vols. 1-5 · Glass Chair, Vols. 1-6 · Gun Smith Cats, Vols. 1-8 of 8 –Complete– · Nanase Fire Investigator, Vols. 1-5

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