Sebas-chan's baaaaaack! (Oh, and me × Grell, too :P)
Kuroshitsuji © Toboso Yana/Square Enix [Serialized in GFantasy]
Published in Indonesia as Black Butler by Elex Media
Thanks to Aurora Society's ‘perfect resurrection,’ soulless corpses reanimate, and they begin attacking the passengers. A bespectacled man arrives to investigate the imperiled ship, and as far as his eyes can see — ice fragments like white mice.
Enter, stage left! Shinigami Ronald Knox into Black Butler's Ship Voyage arc, the sixth such (after the Kidnapping, Jack the Ripper, Curry Contest, Noah's Ark Circus and Phantomhive Manor Murder). Peeps over at Kuroshitsuji Wiki sum up Ronald Knox as
Grell Sutcliff's subordinate to collect souls and to investigate the mystery behind the bizarre dolls.
Black Butler XII compiles chapters 53 through 57:
That Butler, Brawl;
That Butler, Unparalleled;
That Butler, In Vain;
That Butler, Guess; and
That Butler, Struggle. [*NOT Elex chapter titles]
The latest Kuroshitsuji chapter is 63:
That Butler, Training. I don't know if this chapter, released 19 November, is included in volume 13 due to release in Japan this 27 December.
I preview the Exposing Game and The Recipe for Gertrude finales after the release list. Highlighting here the manga debuts — The Dog's Magical Touch and More a Flower Than a Flower. The first, originally Anisaki Yuna's Himitsu no Wantacchi, straddles the line between shoujo and kodomo, while the second, Narita Minako's ongoing Melody serial Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku was meant to premiere last 28 September and was first retitled
Beauty Beyond Flower. (I wish Elex had stayed with its first choice, or used the AKA
More Flowerlike than the Flowers :P) [Continued after the release list]
Mangazines: Shonen Star 21/2011
Shonen Star 21 marks The End of Takahashi Rumiko's Inuyasha in Indonesia; scroll down for other Shonen Sunday manga still running, as well as those you can look forward to to fill the vacuum left by concluded series.
☆ A little note on the special price packages included this street date. You see that The Fifth Columnist by Andrea Tezumo? Outstanding espionage thriller from a homegrown comic artist. GET! if you haven't already :D
- Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) vol 12 of 12+ by Toboso Yana
- [Series Premiere] The Dog's Magical Touch (Himitsu no Wantacchi) vol 1 of 3 by Anisaki Yuna
- Doraemon vol 13 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
- Exposing Game (Sarashi Asobi) vol 2 of 2 by Tobina Touya [Finale]
- Gogogo to the West (Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden) vol 3 of 7+ by Konishi Noriyuki
- Kojiro vol 4 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
- [Series Premiere] More a Flower than a Flower (Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku) vol 1 of 9+ by Narita Minako «Ex-9.28
- New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) vol 12 of 22+ by Ueda Masashi
- The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) vol 5 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari [Finale]
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- The Fifth Columnist, Vols. 1-2 of 2 by Andrea Tezumo –Complete– [IDR 16,000/set]
- A Promise about Glass Shoe, Vol. 1-2 of 2 by Selena Lin –Complete– [IDR 16,000/set]
- Shinagawa Cat Story, Vols. 1-2 (of 4+) by Nishida Kana (Shinagawajuku Nekogatari) [IDR 16,000/set]
Note: Volume tallies represent volume totals in country of origin, which may not coincide with Elex Media's latest releases. Elex's most recent Shinagawa Cat Story is volume 2 (released 2010.08.18); newest Japanese Shinagawajuku Nekogatari volume 4 streeted 2011.05.
- Shonen Star Issue 21/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex Media STO 23 November 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 each except 4-koma New Kobochan 12 (IDR 15,000). Shonen Star 21/2011 is priced at IDR 30,000/issue. Value set SRPs indicated beside their respective entries.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Elex titles
A magical puppy's powers allow ten-year-old Mao to leap forward seven years; as a 17-year-old, she can definitely date senior high-schoolers! The problem is her transformation only lasts seven minutes. Can Mao confess her love within seven minutes?
On reading the blurb, the first thing that came to mind was another Grade Schooler Age Transformation thingy — Fukushima Haruka's Otona ni Nuts (AKA Instant Teen - Just Add Nuts). Except in the case of The Dog's Magical Touch, apparently, you just add a puppy :D
I noted earlier that The Dog's Magical Touch dips into both shoujo—Elex hypes the thing as a
romantic comedy with cute and adowable art—and kodomo (Himitsu no Wantacchi first serialized in Tentoumushi Special, a publication for kids). Since Elex adds that the story is not only funny but also very romantic, I slot it under shoujo. (Just not Flower Comics-esque shoujo :D)
Noh actor Kento has been performing since he was a child. His days are filled with lessons from his grandfather and teacher, allowing him to play a god, a beautiful woman, even a demon on stage.
The charming story of a young Noh actor with a thousand dazzling masks, says Elex. It only needed
More a Flower than a Flower title notwithstanding. (As I sed above, I prefer the original
Beauty Beyond Flower or the more idiomatic
More Flowerlike than the Flowers.)
Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku runs in Melody mangazine; nine volumes have been compiled as of July 2011.
Other Narita Minako manga
Yes, Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku is Narita Minako's newest shoujo serial, but she's prolly most known for the
Acting, America, Androgynous Male Lead, Crossdressing comedy/slice of life Alien Street (eight of eight volumes published in Japan between 1981.05 and 1993.06) and the
America, Twins, Acting Cipher (12 of 12 volumes published between 1985.07 and 1990.12.) Both were serialized in LaLa (in Cipher's case, also in LaLa DX) and reissued in bunko: Alien Street rereleased in four bunko volumes in 1995.12; Cipher in seven bunko volumes from 1997.03 to 1997.09.
Actually, everything in Narita Minako-sensei's backlist has been reissued in bunko. Everything, except one-volumers Mezase Shōjo Manga-ka!! (Jets Comics: 1992.04) and Welcome (Hana to Yume Comics: 1978.08). Proof: the Cipher spin-off Alexandrite (seven of seven volumes between 1991.11 and 1994.12; Alexandrite bunko (four of four volumes from 2000.06 to 2000.09); Natural (11 volumes from 1998.03 to 2001.12); Natural bunko (five volumes between 2003.09 and 2004.07); Aitsu (two volumes between 1980.03 and 1980.08); Aitsu bunko (2001.06); Miki & Yuutei (two volumes from 1979.04 to 1979.10); Miki & Yuutei bunko (2001.03); and Sora no Shinwa Chi no Shinwa (Jets Comics: 1988.07); Sora no Shinwa Chi no Shinwa bunko (2001.09).
Now, THAT'S lasting power!
Shinigami Ai lengthens Ooba Ren's lifespan beyond Ren's quota, and even falls in lurve with the student council prez.
What's going to happen when another Grim Reaper is dispatched to snatch Ren—and Masaoka's—lives? Can Ai still save them, or has he, too, run out of time?
Gertrude, Sahara and demons Mariotte and Puppen continue with their daily routine, and even Sahara's demon friends are beginning to adapt to life in the human world.
The Recipe for Gertrude 5 also includes a look-see into Gertrude's days before the demon-construct met Sahara.
Other 23 November 2011 highlights
- Doraemon vol 13 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition): Wouldn't it be great if we had a clone? The dupe can do stuff we don't want to do. But something's just wrong with having a duplicate. Because it's just not possible that someone else could be our exact copy.
- Gogogo to the West vol 3 by Konishi Noriyuki: Someone joins Sanzou's group? Who could it be?!
- Kojiro vol 4 by Muraeda Kenichi: Friendship is a wonderful thing, because it's not something that goes away. And a friend is not just someone close, but someone extraordinary.
Inuyasha © Takahashi Rumiko
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday
Three years have passed since Inuyasha and allies defeated Naraku. Kagome has graduated and the Bone-Eater's well, the portal that Kagome used to go back and forth to the feudal age has vanished. Or has it? When the gateway reopens, Kagome has to decide: stay in present-day Japan or return to Inuyasha's side...
Yeah, yeah, you know what she chooses, especially if you watched InuYasha The Final Act :) Still, the Inuyasha epilogue demands hyping, if only to cap an emotional investment that carbon dates back to 2003 (mine; that's the year I began reading Inuyasha).
To save you going squint mode, ON!, these other ShoStars join Inuyasha on Issue 21's cover line-up:
- ARAGO by Arai Takahiro
- D-LIVE!! by Minagawa Ryouji
- Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu
- Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi
- Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow
- Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa
- Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
- The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki
- Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho
- My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun
- Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato
Collecting the tankou? Most recent volumes: Inuyasha 55 (per 2011.11.16), Dr. Koto 8 (11.02), Detektif Conan 64 (10.26), Kekkaishi 10 (10.19), Wild Life 20 (9.28), My First Mr. Akuno 5 (8.15), Defense Devil 5 (8.10) and Takkoku!!! 2 (7.20).
So there goes Inuyasha (and likely Magical Iroha by Inoue Kazurou because it doesn't appear on Issue 21's cover). What comes next? According to Elex, Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice) by Aso Haro (Hyde & Closer manga-ka), BUYUDEN by Mitsuda Takuya (Major) aaaaand Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji: Silver Spoon) by Arakawa Hiromu (needs no intro/refresher).
Still not enuf? Here are the other 23 November 2011 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: Dawn of the Arcana 4 · Soul Eater 12 · Under The Rose 5 (Ex-11.16) · Yugo in Tsushima, Kitakyushu by Makari Shinji and Akana Shu
[Value sets] Paket: Half an Apple, Vols. 1-5 · Happy Hello Work at Age 21, Vols. 1-4 · Hikayat Genji, Vols. 1-5 · Honey Hunt, Vols. 1-5 · Hurt Me Softly, Vols. 1-2 of 2 · Officer Monju, Vols. 1-6 · Red River, Vols. 1-5 · Revolution No.3, Vols. 1-3 of 3 · Rumiko Takahashi's Best Short Story Collection, Vols. 1-2· Show Me The Money, Vols. 1-2 of 2 · Wilderness, Vols. 1-4 · Zenith, Vols 1-6 of 6 by Yoshida Satoshi & Big O
m&c!: Bleach 44 · Tabi and Fellow Travelers 3 · Mail Girlfriend 1 by Oshima Towa · Say Say Say 6 · Images of You 1 by Goto Junpei · Tokyo Angels 3 of 3 · Our Gentle Love by Satsuki Mikiko · Suddenly Kiss by Kurumatani Haruko · Pedang MahaDewa - Future 4
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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