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Anime (on Animax Asia):
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB
Bleach Season 6, Weekdays 630pm WIB
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Weekdays 10pm WIB (airs weekdays) [Series Finale] 25 July 2014, Friday

11.23.2011

Black Butler 12, The Recipe for Gertrude 5/5, Exposing Game 2/2 (Elex Media 23 November 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Sebas-chan's baaaaaack! (Oh, and me × Grell, too :P)

Black Butler 12 (Elex Media)

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

Elex Media manga (2011.11.23)

  1. Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) vol 12 of 12+ by Toboso Yana
  2. Black Butler 12 (Elex)

    Kuroshitsuji黒執事」 by Toboso Yana
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 12 (chapters 53-57) first published in Japan 2011.07

    Other languages
    English Black Butler (Yen Press: seven volumes per 2011.10.25 • volume 8 street date: 2012.01.24 and Chuang Yi: volume 6 released 2011.10.18), French (Kana: Black Butler Tome 8 shipped 2011.10.07 • Tome 9 street date: 2012.02.17), German (Carlsen Comics: Black Butler Band 10 street date: 2012.01.30), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 黑執事 XII per 2011.09) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 黑执事 #8 released 2010.02)

    Adaptations
    The 24-episode A-1 Pictures anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Ono Daisuke (Sebastian Michaelis) and Sakamoto Maaya (Ciel Phantomhive), aired in Japan from October 2008 to March 2009 (premiered 11 January 2011 on Animax Asia). An unaired OAV side story, Kuroshitsuji: Sono Shitsuji, Kōgyō, shipped with DVD volume 9.

    A 12-episode second series—Kuroshitsuji II—aired between July and September 2010. The new master and butler pair designed by Toboso Yana, butler Claude Faustus and master Alois Trancy, were voiced by Sakurai Takahiro and Mizuki Nana. At least six OAVs have been released since the Season 2 finale: Ciel in Wonderland Part 1 (2010.10.27), Welcome to the Phantomhive's (2010.11.24), The Making of Kuroshitsuji II (2011.01.26), Ciel in Wonderland Part 2 (2011.02.23), The Tale of Will the Shinigami (2011.04.27) and Spiders Intention (2011.05.25).

    Two audio dramas preceded the anime. The first Kuroshitsuji Drama CD, released August 2007 by Geneon Entertainment, featured seiyuu Morikawa Toshiyuki, Takashiro Genki, Suzuki Chihiro, and Seki Tomokazu. The second Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) Karei Naru Drama CD, released November 2008 by Sony Music Entertainment, featured the anime cast.

    A musical adaptationThat Butler, Friendship—enjoyed a theater run from May 28, 2009 to June 7, 2009. The second Musical Black Butler, The Most Beautiful Death in The World, A Thousand Soul and The Fallen Grim Reapers stage musical had Matsushita Yuya reprising his role as Sebastian Michaelis. Nishii Yukito replaced Sakamoto Shougo as Ciel Phantomhive in the second musical that ran between 3 and 23 May 2010 in Japan.

    Related
    Black Butler Character Guide “That Butler, Assembles” (2008.02) • The TV Animation Black Butler Black Record (2009.03) • Rainbow Butler official comics anthology (2009.03) • TV Animation Kuroshitsuji II Final Record (2010.10)

  3. [Series Premiere] The Dog's Magical Touch (Himitsu no Wantacchi) vol 1 of 3 by Anisaki Yuna
  4. The Dog's Magical Touch 1 (Elex)

    Himitsu no Wantacchiヒミツのわんタッチ」 by Anisaki Yuna
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Special, kodomo/shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.06

  5. Doraemon vol 13 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Right-to-left edition)
  6. Doraemon 13 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 13 first published in Japan 1977.03
    Premiered in Indonesia in left-to-right format (vintage ca. 1994)

    Awards
    Winner, 27th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Children's category, Grand Prize, the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1997) and the Excellence Award, Japan Cartoonists Association Awards (1973)

    Related series
    Doraemon Plus (sequel; 5 of 5 volumes), Daichouhen Doraemon (side story; 24 of 24 volumes); Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden (spin-off; 23 volumes as at 2011.10.28, ongoing) and The Doraemon's Special (spin-off; 12 volumes)

    Adaptations
    A 52-episode anime adaptation by Nippon TV (1973.04 - 1973.09), a 1,787-episode series by Shin-Ei Animation (broadcast on TV Asahi from 1979.04 - 2005.03), a 2005 adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation and Studio Pierrot (premiered 2005.04.15; 300+ episodes) and numerous movies

  7. Exposing Game (Sarashi Asobi) vol 2 of 2 by Tobina Touya [Finale]
  8. Gogogo to the West (Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden) vol 3 of 7+ by Konishi Noriyuki
  9. Gogogo to the West 3 (Elex)

    Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden
    ゴゴゴ西遊記-新悟空伝-
    by Konishi Noriyuki
    Shogakukan Corocoro Comic, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2009.09

  10. Kojiro vol 4 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  11. Kojiro 4 (Elex)

    Kojiro光路郎
    by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 1991.09

    Reissues
    Rereleased in four wide-ban from 1999.03 to 1999.09 and in four bunkoban from 2010.04 to 2010.07

    Related series
    Imouto Sensei Nagisa AKA Hot for my samurai teacher! (ongoing serialization in Monthly Shonen Sunday)
    Titles published under Shimanaka Shoten's Island Comics Primo imprint: Koujiro: Dai unabara o koete (Japan release: 2004.11); Koujiro: Tatta hitori no onīsan (2004.10); Koujiro: Totte oki no hankachīfu (2004.09); Koujiro: Sensei janē, Koujiro da! (2004.08)

  12. [Series Premiere] More a Flower than a Flower (Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku) vol 1 of 9+ by Narita Minako «Ex-9.28
  13. More a Flower than a Flower 1 (Elex)

    Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku
    花よりも花の如く」 by Narita Minako
    Hakusensha Melody, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2003.07

  14. New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) vol 12 of 22+ by Ueda Masashi
  15. New Kobochan 12 (Elex)

    Shin Kobo-chan新コボちゃん
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time Comics, seinen/4-koma
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 2008.02

  16. The Recipe For Gertrude (Gertrude no Recipe) vol 5 of 5 by Kusakawa Nari [Finale]
  17. The Recipe For Gertrude 5 (Elex)

    Gertrude no Recipeガートルードのレシピ
    by Kusakawa Nari
    Hakusensha LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2003.10

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in two bunko volumes per 2011.01
    English The Recipe For Gertrude (CMX: five volumes)

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

[Value sets] Paket Komik *Harga Spesial*

  1. The Fifth Columnist, Vols. 1-2 of 2 by Andrea Tezumo –Complete–  [IDR 16,000/set]
  2. A Promise about Glass Shoe, Vol. 1-2 of 2 by Selena Lin –Complete–  [IDR 16,000/set]
  3. 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.

Mangazines (2011.11.23)

  • 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 Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Elex titles

The Dog's Magical Touch vol 1 of 3
By Anisaki Yuna

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)

Other Anisaki Yuna manga
This section is hella  l—o—n—g  so [click] only if reaaally interested.

Himitsu no Wantacchi isn't the only canine-friendly manga Anisaki Yuna has produced; there's also the two-volume Shippo de Happy!!, also published by Tentoumushi Comics. m&c released it here as Happy Tail!

Anisaki Yuna-sensei is prolly more famed for her shoujo smut, largely featuring megane bishies, though that's not why I stalk her (OK, that's why ^^;;). Still, Elex has managed to publish a couple of her ‘safe’ shoujo romances: LUV ~Ai toka Koi toka~, retitled LUV ~Suka Apa Cinta?~ that headlines one of this blog's most popular posts, The ABCs of Manga: Shoujo Manga-ka version, and Muteki na Diva! released here as Invincible Diva.

Since I stalk Anisaki Yuna-sensei, listing here what I've collated of her backlist (it's grown—and how!—since I last wrote about it in July 2007):

Shoujo unless noted otherwise.

Ongoing

  • S Kareshi Joujou AKA My Sadistic Boyfriend: written by MOMOSHIRO, serialized in Comic Mahou no iland (Futabasha). Latest Japanese release: volume 7 per March 2011
  • Heta Men AKA Hetare Men: Serialized in Dessert (Kodansha); Dessert KC volume 1: 2011.09.13
  • Seikaku Do S but Seiteki ni Do M: serialized in Dessert; Dessert KC volume 2: 2010.08

Smut

The Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume josei series first serialized in Petit Comic Zoukan (Shogakukan):

  1. Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume: Flower Comics: 2008.05
  2. Yozakura - Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume 2: Flower Comics Alpha: 2009.03
  3. Kiniro - Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume 3: FC Alpha: 2010.03
  4. Hatsuhana - Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume: FC Alpha: 2011.02
  5. Hatsuhana - Shin Tokyo Kuruwa no Koi no Yoiyume 2: FC Alpha: 2011.09.09

Also:

  • Tsundere! - Megane Café e Youkoso: Serialized in Cheese! (Shogakukan); Flower Comics: 2007.04
  • Lose Control: Josei, serialized in Judy (Shogakukan); Judy Comics: 2007.04
  • Raku Mote: Serialized in Cheese!; two of two Flower Comics volumes between 2006.06 and 2006.09
  • Boku no Tenohira de Odore: Serialized in Cheese!; FC: 2006.03
  • Megaren - Megane x Koi: Serialized in Cheese!; FC: 2005.11
  • Dekiai Paradox: Serialized in Cheese!; FC: 2005.04
  • Taiken: Serialized in Sho-Comi (Shogakukan); FC: 2005.03
  • Tensai Megane ni Kime!: Serialized in Sho-Comi; FC: 2003.09
  • Kinku - Don't Say “I Love You”: Serialized in Sho-Comi; FC: 2002.11

Not!Smut (at least, not obviously)

  • DoS-sama no Iutoori!: serialized in Kaguya (Shinshokan); Spade Comics tankou: 2011.04
  • Taiyou Ouji: Serialized in Sho-Comi; two of two Flower Comics volumes from 2002.12 to 2003.03
  • Anata no, Toriko.: Two of two FC volumes between 2002.01 and 2002.04
  • Lovers Flowers: Serialized in Sho-Comi; FC: 2001.07
  • Love Beast: FC: 2001.05
  • ’99 Junjou Kakumei: Serialized in Sho-Comi; FC: 2000.08
  • Millennium Kiss: Two of two FC volumes from 2000.04 to 2000.07
  • Mermaid: FC: 1999.12

Also, the Anisaki Yuna Kessakushuu short story anthologies:

  1. Happy no Recipe (Flower Comics: 1997.09)
  2. Check!! (FC: 1998.07)
  3. H2→R Hot heart→rhythm (FC: 2001.04)

Anisaki Yuna top-bills the Darenimo Ienai Rabu&H ~Ikenai Ren'ai~ Dessert KC anthology (2010.05) with Tsukishima Haru (Oni Kare, Suki Kirai Suki manga).

I think that's about it, barring inclusions in other shoujo anthologies and uncompiled one-shots :D (Sawry for going overboard. I warned you about the stalkage.)

More a Flower than a Flower vol 1 of 9+
By Narita Minako

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 Noh for me to be sold, Japanese grammar-constructed 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!

Finales

Exposing Game vol 2 of 2
By Tobina Touya

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?

Ai-sama, ganbatte~!

The Recipe for Gertrude vol 5 of 5
By Kusakawa Nari

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.

Shonen Star 21/2011 ☆ Inuyasha finale

Shonen Star 21/2011 - FC Inuyasha

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:

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).

Upcoming series
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).

(Imma still cherish hopes that Watase Yuu's Arata Kangatari makes it into ShoStar.)

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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