Faster than a Kiss 1 by Tanaka Meca, Juvenile Remix 7, Yakitate Japan 24 (Elex Media 9 November 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Elex blurbs and covers thin on the ground, so for the interim, make do with MinimaList. «Edit: Eyecandy and NikBabble™ incoming!

キスよりも早く 1 (JP cover)

Kiss Yori mo Hayaku © Tanaka Meca/Hakusensha [Serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia as Faster than a Kiss by Elex Media

Sprawled on a park bench beside her only remaining family, her little brother, school girl Kaji Fumino finds herself picked up by her homeroom teacher Ojiro Kazuma who insists on taking her home. Fumino challenges Ojiro-sensei to marry her instead of simply adopting her and her sib like a couple of stray puppies. Imagine Fumino's consternation when Sensei actually agrees!

Secret Marriage that leapfrogs Student-Teacher Relationship, GO! Does Ojiro-sensei succeed in captivating his young wife? Of course! To the point where she cosplays for his homecoming everyday. That sed—and Faster than a Kiss–title notwithstanding—this here shoujo comedy is the Slowest Slow Romance. The Ma-kun × Fumino tease explains why FTAK or Kiss Yori mo Hayaku continues to serialize in LaLa (10th tankou skedded for 5 December): fans are still waiting for Moar Than Just a Kiss. Faster, preferably,

Other Tanaka Meca manga
It only needed Kiss Yori mo Hayaku for Indonesia to get all caught up with Tanaka Meca-sensei's current backlist. m&c! picked up one-shot tankou Shichigatsu no Mahoutsukai (rechristening it Wizard in July) and 7 Jikanme Rhapsody (7th Lesson Rhapsody). Elex, meanwhile, cornered the series market, publishing the five-volume Omukae desu (which became Pick Up Service when it migrated to these shores); the four-volume Tennen Pearl Pink or Natural Pearl Pink; and the likewise four-volume Sailor Fuku ni Onegai! or Sweet God.

More previews after the release list.

Shonen Star 20/2011 ☆ D-LIVE!!

Shonen Star 20/2011 - FC D-LIVE!!

D-LIVE!! © Minagawa Ryouji
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]

On the mangazine front, the latest Indonesian Shonen SundayShonen Star— streets, Minagawa Ryouji's D-LIVE!! on the cover. This time, the adventure zeroes in on Clever Owl, a spy who could give James Bond tips on espionage. Who knew a former Serbian refugee's life could change so much? But change it does, after he meets Perfect Owl and Makoto Ikaruga, an ASE multi driver, while on a mission in Yugoslavia.

Joining D-LIVE!! on the cover line-up: ARAGO by Arai Takahiro, Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl, The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki, Takkoku!!! by Fukuchi Tsubasa, Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu, Dr. Koto by Yamada Takatoshi, Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow, Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho, My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun, Magical Iroha by Inoue Kazurou and Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato.

For tankou collectors, these are the latest volumes available: Dr. Koto vol 8 (per 2011.11.02), Detektif Conan vol 64 (10.26), Kekkaishi vol 10 (10.19), Wild Life vol 20 (9.28), My First Mr. Akuno vol 5 (8.15), Defense Devil vol 5 (8.10) and Takkoku!!! vol 2 (7.20).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.11.09)

  1. Arsène Lupin (Kaitou Lupin Series) vol 5 of 5 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji [Finale]
  2. Arsène Lupin 5 (Elex)

    Kaitou Lupin 5
    怪盗ルパン 5 ブロンドの貴婦人
    Original story by Maurice Leblanc; Illustrations by Kazumine Daiji
    The Kumon Manga Library, educational manga
    Volume 5 first published in Japan in 1998.05

  3. Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) vol 8 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
  4. Dodge Fighters 8 (Elex)

    Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters
    by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2005.07

  5. [Series Finale] Faster than a Kiss (Kiss Yori mo Hayaku) vol 1 of 10+ by Tanaka Meca
  6. Faster than a Kiss 1 (Elex)

    Kiss Yori mo Hayakuキスよりも早く
    by Tanaka Meca
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.07

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 新娘16歲 8 released 2011.07)

    Faster than a Kiss drama CD included in LaLa's May 2008 and November 2009 issues.

  7. Juvenile Remix (Maou - Juvenile Remix) vol 7 of 10 by Isaka Kotaro & Osuga Megumi
  8. Juvenile Remix 7 (Elex)

    Maou - Juvenile Remix
    by Isaka Kotaro & Osuga Megumi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 (chapters 58-67) first published in Japan 2009.02

    Other languages
    English Maoh: Juvenile Remix (VIZ Media: seven volumes per 2011.10.11 • volume 8 street date: 2011.12.13), French (Kurokawa Le prince des ténèbres Tome 10 shipped 2011.02), traditional Chinese (Chingwin)

  9. Kariage Kun vol 46 of 51+ by Ueda Masashi «Ex-10.19
  10. Kariage kun 46 (Elex)

    Kariage-kunかりあげクン」 by Ueda Masashi
    Futabasha Action Comics, seinen
    Volume 46 first published in Japan 2008.11

    Ueda Masashi received the 28th Bungeishunjū Manga Award (1982) for Kariage-kun, Furiten-kun and Masashi-kun, along with Suzuki Yamato for Ai MY Tenrankai.

    Related series
    Sequels: Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Chinan dake no Kuchikara Otoko! Hen (JP release: 2004.01), Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Itazura Meichin Bamenhen (2004.04) and Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Makenai Onnatachihen (2004.06) and Chotto ecchina Kariage kun PINK and and Chotto kagekina Kariage kun BLACK and Kariage-kun Best Selection (published 2010.12 (PINK and BLACK) and 2011.01 (Best Selection) for the 30th anniversary)

    Adapted into anime by Toei Animation (1989-1990)

  11. Natane vol 4 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru
  12. Natane 4 Deluxe (Elex)

    Nijiiro Togarashi (bunko)
    虹色とうがらし (小学館文庫)
    by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Bunko volume 4 first published in Japan 2002.08

  13. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 15 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
  14. Otoboke Section Chief 15 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2002.02

  15. Western Shotgun vol 38 of 40 by Park MinSeo
  16. Western Shotgun 38 (Elex)

    Western Shotgun웨스턴 샷건
    by Park MinSeo
    AKA Blazin' Barrels (TOKYOPOP, discontinued)
    Daiwon C.I., Comic Champ, sonyun
    Volume 38 first published in Korea 2009.10

  17. Yakitate!! Japan vol 24 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi
  18. Yakitate!! Japan 24 (Elex)

    Yakitate!! Japan焼きたて!!ジャぱん
    by Hashiguchi Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 24 (chapters 213-222) first published in Japan 2006.10

    Best Shounen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist)

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (concluded)
    English Yakitate!! Japan (VIZ Media: 26 volumes per 2011.04), French (Delcourt/Akata; Yakitate Ja-Pan !! un pain c'est tout tome 26 per 2010.01), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa Spain), German (EMA) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 新鮮出爐﹗日式麵包王 26 released 2007.06)

    Sunrise's 69-episode anime adaptation starring seiyuu Kobayashi Yumiko as Azuma Kazuma aired from October 2004 to March 2006 on TV Tokyo.

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[Value sets] Paket Komik *Harga Spesial*

  1. Let's Play!, Vols. 1-3 (of 8+) by 888 & Kamino Okina (Asobi ni Iku yo!) [IDR 24,000/set]
  2. Library War Love & War, Vols. 1-3 (of 8+) by Yumi Kiiro & Arikawa Hiro (Toshokan Sensou: Love & War) [IDR 24,000/set]
  3. Mystery Bride, Vols. 1-5 of 5 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin   –Complete–  [IDR 40,000/set]
  4. Natural Honey Dormitory, Vols. 1-5 (of 7) by Oda Aya (Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou) [IDR 40,000/set]
  5. Peter Panda, Vols. 1-4 of 4 by Na YeRi   –Complete–  [IDR 32,000/set]

Note: Volume tallies represent original volume totals, not (necessarily) Elex Media' latest release(s). Most recent Elex releases of ongoings: Let's Play! vol 3 (2010.06.23) and Library War Love & War vol 5 (11.02). Elex concluded Natural Honey Dormitory with volume 7 in March 2011. Mystery Bride and Peter Panda concluded in July 2011 and June 2009 respectively.


  • Shonen Star Issue 20/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 9 November 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² Manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each except 4-koma Kariage Kun 46 and Otoboke Section Chief 15 (IDR 15,000) and bunko Natane 4 Deluxe (IDR 24,000). Shonen Star 20/2011 retails for 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).

Featured ongoing series

Juvenile Remix vol 7 of 10
By Isaka Kotaro & Osuga Megumi

Ultimate showdown with Inukai! Ando uses everything in his ventriloquist arsenal to put away Inukai for good.

And when the dust settles, the world will be changed forever [from VIZ Media's Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 7 synopsis] and new chapter for Junya will begin.

Natane vol 4 of 6 Deluxe
By Adachi Mitsuru

The seven siblings continue their pilgrimage to their mothers' graves. After paying their respects to Sansho's mom, they head for Kizu Oshima, hometown of eldest bro Goma. They manage to dodge the assassins on their tail, but miss one who hypnotizes Natane and orders her to off her sibs.

Yakitate!! Japan vol 24 of 26
By Hashiguchi Takashi

Yakitate!! 25 judge Kuroyanagi transforms into Azuma's arch-foe Kirisaki Yuichi! Can Azuma return Kuro-yan to his original form AND stave off an impending rout? It will take some smarts, more than a pinch of bravery and everyone's feelings for Team Pantasia to open the door to a felicitous reaction.

Yakitate!! Japan 24 compiles chapters 213 through 222. If you can't wait for chapters 223 to 242 (finale) to make it into tankou, check out back issues of Shonen Star. YJ finished its Indonesian serialization there.

Other 9 November 2011 highlights

  • Arsène Lupin vol 5 of 5 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji: Gentleman thief Lupin has the uncanny ability to vanish from locked rooms, and not just once or twice. Victims who've given up on the police's helplessness turn to the greatest detective Sherlock Holmes to put a stop to Lupin once and for all.
  • Dodge Fighters vol 8 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo: Team Dodge Fighters handily won over last year's champ, Team God Hands, so taking on Team Super Catch Powers shouldn't pose that much of a problem, right? Famous last words...
  • Otoboke Section Chief vol 15 by Ueda Masashi: Section Chief Otoboke proves that cheer DOESN'T lose out to an economy in recession.
  • Western Shotgun vol 38 by Park MinSeo: Amita and Tammy finally reunite, just in time to face Kelly. However, Sting who breaks away from the group is captured...

Still not enuf? Here are the other 9 November 2011 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: The Drops of God 9 · Love Affair 11 · The Black Swindler 15 · Brave Story 6 · Lost Man 5 · Over Rev 21 · Ranko the Governor 1 by Takahashi Noboru · The Ravages of Time 14 · Marsupilami - Fordlandia Leonard - Jenius Tingkat Tinggi

m&c!: Crazy Girl Shin Bia 7 · Mysterious Joker 5 · Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 3 · Crab Kiss 8 · My Lovely Class Leader 5 · School Babysitters 1 by Tokeino Hari · Country Dog & Seoul Cat 2 of 2 · Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 4 · Long Hu Men - The Next Battle 2

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

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