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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.
D-LIVE!! © Minagawa Ryouji
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
On the mangazine front, the latest Indonesian Shonen Sunday—Shonen 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).
- Arsène Lupin (Kaitou Lupin Series) vol 5 of 5 by Maurice Leblanc and Kazumine Daiji [Finale]
- Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) vol 8 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
- [Series Finale] Faster than a Kiss (Kiss Yori mo Hayaku) vol 1 of 10+ by Tanaka Meca
- Juvenile Remix (Maou - Juvenile Remix) vol 7 of 10 by Isaka Kotaro & Osuga Megumi
- Kariage Kun vol 46 of 51+ by Ueda Masashi «Ex-10.19
- Natane vol 4 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru
- Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 15 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
- Western Shotgun vol 38 of 40 by Park MinSeo
- Yakitate!! Japan vol 24 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi
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- Let's Play!, Vols. 1-3 (of 8+) by 888 & Kamino Okina (Asobi ni Iku yo!) [IDR 24,000/set]
- Library War Love & War, Vols. 1-3 (of 8+) by Yumi Kiiro & Arikawa Hiro (Toshokan Sensou: Love & War) [IDR 24,000/set]
- Mystery Bride, Vols. 1-5 of 5 by Huh KookHwa & Kim SuJin –Complete– [IDR 40,000/set]
- Natural Honey Dormitory, Vols. 1-5 (of 7) by Oda Aya (Tennen Hachimitsu Ryou) [IDR 40,000/set]
- 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 are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Featured ongoing series
Ultimate showdown with Inukai! Ando uses everything in his ventriloquist arsenal to put away Inukai for good.
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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