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10.12.2011

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 15 of 15, Ghost's Doctor 8, Q and A vol 1 by Adachi Mitsuru (Elex Media 12 October 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

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Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 15 (Elex Media)

Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna © Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
Square Enix [First serialized in Shonen Gangan]
Published in Indonesia as Spiral: The Bonds of Reason by Elex Media

As Spiral: The Bonds of Reason approaches climax, Hizumi can barely believe that Ayumu refuses to kill him, even as Hizumi readies for another fire fight. What's worse, Ayumu makes Hizumi realize that he is now alone. Hopes dashed, a desperate Hizumi leaps off a building...

Will Hizumi live? Or!?

As for Ayumu and Kiyotaka, Ayumu certainly intends to meet his brother, but will he face Kiyotaka in the name of defiant hope - or broken surrender? [Quoted from Yen Press' Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 15 description]

I still haven't found what I'm looking for. You know wat to do if you want to know how this boy detective story pans out. (*whispers* The key word is: touching.)

Spiral: The Bonds of Reason compiles chapters 72 through 77 (Final): Nyanyian di Hari Perpisahan (Bagian 2) or The Song Sung During the Day You Parted Ways (part 2), Di Seberang Menara Babel (Headed for Babel), Satu Hal yang Pasti (Only One Certain Thing), Dunia Indah Dewa (God's Beautiful World), Menghiasi Sayap dengan Lembut (Softly, The Wing's Decoration) and Spiral - Semoga Akan Banyak Hari-Hari Baik (If All Is As It Should Be, There Will Be Many Good Days) [English title equivalents excerpted from Wiki]

New Elex manga
Elex launches a shounen manga pair currently serializing in Gessan (Monthly Shonen Sunday): Q and A by Adachi Mitsuru (that you already saw in the post title) and Lindbergh by Ahndongshik, originally slated to debut last month. I preview the story of youth and bonds Q and A and I believe I can fly Lindbergh below the release list.

Gessan, alternatively known as Get the Sun, is kinda like Jump Square in that it targets readers in their late teens to early twenties. (Thanks, Wiki.)

Speaking of mangazines belonging to the Shonen Sunday family, the Indonesian version, Shonen Star, streets its Issue 18/2011 today, too. [Continued after the release list]

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.10.12)

  1. Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) vol 7 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
  2. Blooming Youth 7 (Elex)

    Hanasakeru Seishounen花咲ける青少年
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 1993.02

    Volume 7 chapters:
    Act.6 Three (2)
    Act.7 The Previous Night
    Act.8 All Gathered!
    Extra!? Costume Paradise
    Profile 6

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in six aizōban from 2009.02 to 2009.03
    Traditional Chinese 天國少女 (Tong Li, 12 volumes)

    Related
    One-shot sequel (Melody 27 June 2009) and Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen (one volume per 2011.03). A Hanasakeru Seishounen Premium Fanbook is scheduled to release 2011.12.05.

    Adaptations
    A 39-episode anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot, starring seiyuu Endo Aya (Kajika Louisa Kugami Burnsworth), Morikawa Toshiyuki (Huang Li-Ren), Ono Daisuke (Eugene Alexandr De Volkan), Namikawa Daisuke (Rumaty Ivan Di Raginei) and Fukuyama Jun (Carl Rosenthal) that aired between April 2009 and February 2010 on NHK, and at least two stage adaptations, the first premiering 29 September 2010 in Tokyo

  3. Casting vol 4 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong
  4. Crayon Shinchan vol 9 of 50 by Usui Yoshito «Ex-10.05
  5. Crayon Shinchan 9 (Elex)

    Crayon Shin-chanクレヨンしんちゃん
    by Usui Yoshito
    Futabasha Weekly Manga Action, seinen
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 1994.07

    Related
    Shin Crayon Shin-chan by UY Studio and Crayon Shin-chan Shin-Men by Usui Yoshito & UY Studio (volume 1 street date: 2011.11.17)

    Other languages
    English (partially translated by ComicsOne and CMX), French (J'ai Lu, then, Casterman), Spanish and Catalan (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain), German (EMA), Italian ( Panini Comics) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Shin'ei Doga's anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yajima Akiko (Shin-chan), ran from April 1992 to December 2010. At least 18 movie sequels have been released between July 1993 and April 2010.

  6. Cute Children (Zettai Karen Children) vol 18 of 27+ by Shiina Takashi «Ex-9.28
  7. Cute Children 18 (Elex)

    Zettai Karen Children絶対可憐チルドレン
    by Shiina Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2009.09

    Volume 18 chapters:
    Chapters 1-7 Pandra Returns (1-7)
    Chapters 8-10 Phantom In The Mist (1-3) [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

    Adaptations
    Synergy SP's 51-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Hirano Aya (Akashi Kaoru), Tomatsu Haruka (Sannomiya Shiho), Shiraishi Ryoko (Nogami Aoi) and Nakamura Yuuichi (Minamoto Kōichi) aired in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009. A special episode Generous Treatment! Natsuko and Hotaru's B.A.B.E.L. Report aired 2009.01.04. An OAV released 2010.07.16.

    The Zettai Karen Children no Gōka Shinsaku Audio Drama "Tsuika kōen! Pati no hime rareta kōzen no jōnetsu" drama CD was bundled with the limited edition manga volume 26 (2011.06).

  8. Ghost's Doctor (Youkai no Oishasan) vol 8 of 15 by Sato Yuki
  9. Ghost's Doctor 8 (Elex)

    Youkai no Oishasan妖怪のお医者さん
    by Sato Yuki
    Kodansha Magazine Special, Shonen Sirius and Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2008.09

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing)
    English Yokai Doctor (Del Rey: three volumes per 2009.08), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 妖怪醫生 15 released 2011.06)

  10. [Series Premiere] Lindbergh vol 1 of 4+ by Ahndongshik «Ex-9.28
  11. Lindbergh 1 (Elex)

    Lindberghリンドバーグ
    by Ahndongshik
    Shogakukan Gessan, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.12

  12. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 14 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi «Ex-9.28
  13. Otoboke Section Chief 14 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2001.02

  14. [Series Premiere] Q and A vol 1 of 5+ by Adachi Mitsuru
  15. Q and A 1 (Elex)

    Q and AQあんどA
    by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Gessan, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.11

  16. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason (Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) vol 15 of 15 by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita [Finale]
  17. Spiral: The Bonds of Reason 15 (Elex)

    Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna
    スパイラル 推理の絆
    by Shirodaira Kyo & Mizuno Eita
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 14 (chapters 72-77) first published in Japan 2006.01

    Other languages
    English Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (Yen Press: 15 volumes per 2011.04) and German (Carlsen Comics: Spiral - Gefährliche Wahrheit: Band 13 shipped 2011.09.29 • Band 14 street date: 2011.12.16)

    Related
    Spiral Alive (prequel; five volumes); a series of light novels; Mizuno Eita artbooks: SPIRAL Mizuno Eita Gashuu (2003.03) and Spiral All Along (2006.02; released with volume 15); and the Life is Spiralスパイラル完全解説本 ライフ・イズ・スパ」 guide, which includes the first draft of the Spiral: Suiri no KizunaSore sae mo toutoki hibi de」 drama (2003.03)

    Adaptations
    A series of audio dramas and a 25-episode anime adaptation by J.C. Staff, based on the first six volumes of the manga, with an alternate ending that aired on TV Tokyo from October 2002 to March 2003, starring seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi (Narumi Ayumu), Asano Masumi (Yuizaki Hiyono) and Ishida Akira (Eyes Rutherford).

  18. Tena on S-string (S-Senjou no Tena) vol 8 of 9 by Mikabe Sesuna «Ex-9.28
  19. Tena on S-string 8 (Elex)

    S-Senjou no TenaS線上のテナ
    by Mikabe Sesuna
    Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara Forward, seinen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2010.06

    Other languages
    English Tena on S-string (Yen Press: five volumes per 2010.12)

  20. Welcome to Host Detective Agency (Host-tan e Youkoso) vol 5 of 5 by Tateno Makoto [Finale]

Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.
Postponed titles and new tentative street dates
La Corda D'Oro vol 8, Ouran High School Host Club vol 9 and Toradora! vol 3 postponed to 10.19; Princess Resurrection vol 4 to 10.26.

Box sets AKA Paket Komik *Harga Spesial* (2011.10.12)

  1. Hello Master, Vols. 1-3 of 3 by Tsukuba Sakura (Yoroshiku Master) –Complete– [IDR 24,000/set]
  2. Here is Greenwood Deluxe, Bunko Vols. 1-3 (of 6) by Nasu Yukie (Koko wa Greenwood) [IDR 36,000/set]
  3. Katsu!, Vols. 1-10 (of 16) by Adachi Mitsuru [IDR 80,000/set]
  4. Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati, Vols. 1-2 (of 2+) by Kiyuduki Satoko (Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro.) [IDR 16,000/set]
  5. Kurozakuro, Vols. 1-7 of 7 by Natsume Yoshinori –Complete– [IDR 56,000/set]
  6. Wazabo, Vols. 1-4 (of 6+) by Soyama Kazutoshi [IDR 32,000/set]

Note: Volume tallies represent Japanese volume totals, not (necessarily) Elex's latest release. Most recent Elex releases: Here is Greenwood Deluxe bunko vol 4 (per 8.15), Katsu! vol 14 (10.05), Kuro Memanggul Peti Mati vol 2 (2010.05.26) and Wazabo vol 5 (7.06).

Mangazines (2011.10.12)

  • Shonen Star Issue 18/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 12 October 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500/volume except Crayon Shinchan vol 9 (IDR 21,800 each) and 4-koma Otoboke Section Chief vol 14 (IDR 15,000). Shonen Star Issue 18/2011 retails for IDR 30,000/issue. Box set SRPs are indicated beside their respective items.
² Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Elex titles

Lindbergh vol 1 of 4+
By Ahndongshik

Lindbergh 1 (Elex Media)

Lindbergh © Ahndongshik
Shogakukan [Gessan]

Eldura, a country hemmed in by steep walls. In this land where "Flight" is the most taboo of all taboos live Knit and his weird companion Parumo.

No Flying zone regardless, Knit continues to dream of conquering the skies. And that fated day when he soars above the clouds has dawned...

Elex thumbs ups the story of a boy destined to fly as one heck of an compelling ride!

Lindbergh began its Gessan serialization in June 2009. The first tankou was released in December of that year. Four volumes have been published as of June 2011.

Other Ahndongshik manga
Only found one other series aside from Lindbergh: Gagoze, a seinen horror manga first serialized in Genzo and Genzo EX and collected into five volumes from August 2006 to December 2008 under Gentosha's BIRZ Comics imprint.

Q and A vol 1 of 5+
By Adachi Mitsuru

Q and A 1 (Elex Media)

Q and A © Adachi Mitsuru
Shogakukan [Gessan]

Ando Atsushi returns to the hometown he abandoned six years ago, the same city in which he lost his older brother to an accident. Imagine Atsushi's shock when he runs into the ghost of his dead brother.

What awaits Atsushi after this extraordinary sibling reunion?

Poignant, avers Elex. Clubs, Track and Field, add Baka-Updates Manga users to the manga resource's Q and A entry. The same source identifies the eponymous “Q” — Hisashi AKA Q-Chan, which leaves the “A” in the title for Atsushi, the only person who can see his brother's ghost.

Q and A, like Lindbergh, began its Gessan serial run in June 2009. The first tankou was compiled in November 2009. By November of this year (the 11th), Q and A will have reached five volumes.

Other Adachi Mitsuru manga
The name Adachi Mitsuru prolly needs no introduction to long-time (even newbie) manga readers, so I'll just mention a handful of Adachi Mitsuru series Elex has published/is publishing: Touch,H2, Rough, Katsu! (the 10-volume box set also releases 10.12), Cross Game and Natane Deluxe (the Nijiiro Togarashi bunko).

If you need a refresher on what else Adachi Mitsuru-sensei attached his name to, go here or here.

Finales

Welcome to Host Detective Agency vol 5 of 5
By Tateno Makoto

Who knows who's behind the conspiracy, but the police arrest Shiranui, forced into protecting his ex-wife. The law enforcers also raid the Lady Killer, jeopardizing the host club's continued existence.

Can Kobayashi and the other host/detectives bust the perp responsible?

For sure, our host-tan will have to tune in to each another's feelings to present a touchy, I mean, touching, united front.

Featured series

Ghost's Doctor vol 8 of 15
By Sato Yuki

Kuro sneaks into the four Ghost Elders' lair, ignoring the spirit VVIPs' objections.

Tena on S-string vol 8 of 9
By Mikabe Sesuna

Duon rescues Ostina from exile, even threatening tuners who would oppose with world destruction. Amazing what a bond of friendship can do for one so self-effacing and clumsy.

But is Duon's option the only remaining alternative?

Casting 4 (Elex Media)

Casting
© KITT & Park SangYong
Daiwon C.I.
Published in Indonesia
by Elex Media

Other 12 October 2011 highlights

  • Blooming Youth vol 7 by Itsuki Natsumi: The day of coronation dawns, and exiled prince Rumaty can only witness the proceedings via TV. Will the Raginei populace take to their new king? What changes are in store for the oil-rich nation? Also, what's happening to the Find a Husband for Kajika game?
  • Casting vol 4 by KITT & Park SangYong: Da Yin overcomes her slump and returns to acting. Kang Woo is ecstatic over his film's new leading lady. Too bad, the production side can't enjoy a similar good fortune, as no one can draft a workable storyboard. Fortunately, a myterious artist shows up to help Kang Woo...
  • Crayon Shinchan vol 9 by Usui Yoshito: After much blood, sweat and practice, Shin-chan's mom finally gets her driver's license and for the first time, drives Shin-chan to school. But how come they can't seem to reach the kindergarten? Even after traveling this much?
  • Cute Children vol 18 by Shiina Takashi: Minamoto, Shiho and Sakaki converge on Pandra's HQ, but Patty loses control of her teleportation ability, scattering the group to who knows where. Hyobu suggests a temporary truce to concentrate on the search, but will that proposal fly?
  • Otoboke Section Chief vol 14 by Ueda Masashi: There's no other person more cheerful than Section Chief Otoboke at his office nor anyone sillier or funnier as a father. Is it any wonder that stress keeps away from Section Chief Otoboke's workplace and home?

Shonen Star 18/2011 ☆ The World God Only Knows

Shonen Star 18/2011 - FC The World God Only Knows

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
© Wakaki Tamiki
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]

The next target: Library Committee secretary, Shiomiya Shiori. Capturing God Keima has difficulty handling the Can Not Spit It Out! bibliophile (and the spirit inside her) until one day, the Library Comittee decides to set up a media room and throw out the books Shiori loves. [Additions from Wikipedia]

So Shonen Star has reached the Shiomiya Shiori arc (collected in volume 2) of Wakaki Tamiki's The World God Only Knows.

These ShoStars join Kaminomi in latest Issue 18:

For tank collectors, Dr. Koto vol 7 streeted on 5 October. The week before, Inuyasha vol 54 and Wild Life vol 20. Kekkaishi vol 9 released on 22 September, while Detektif Conan vol 63 and My First Mr. Akuno vol 5 went on sale 15 August. Defense Devil vol 5 came out on 10 August and Takkoku!!! vol 2 shipped 20 July.

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

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

m&c!: Idol Shopping 12 of 12 · Sable Prince 1 by Nesumi Chisato · The Adventure of Yoshito-Sama 1 by Shii Haruka · Crab Kiss 7 · Clock Maker's Love by Nesumi Chisato [Ex-9.28] · Crazy Girl Shin Bia 6 · Kitchen Palette 3 of 3 · My Own Princess 8 · Song of the Sky by Amano Kozue [Ex-9.28] · My Lovely Class Leader 4 · Pure Love Station by Tanaka Kei · Blizzard Axel 11 of 11 · Next to You 1 by Namba Atsuko · The Impeccable Twins Final Chapters 20 of 20 · Dewa Iblis Awan Api II 3

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

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