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Manga street datesElex: 8.20 · Level: 8.20 · m&c!: 8.20
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Arpeggio of Blue Steel, weekdays, 10pm WIB
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB
Bleach Season 6, Weekdays 630pm WIB [Season finale] 19 August 2014, Tuesday
Bleach Season 7 [Season premiere] 20 August 2014, Wed, 630pm WIB (airs weekdays)

12.28.2011

Dawn Aria 8, Mail Girlfriend 2, Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil 3 (m&c! 28 December 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

The rest of m&c!'s covers and NikBabble™ later
Update: This thing wouldn't let me rest until I'd filled in the blanks :P

Dawn Aria 8 (m&c!)

Akatsuki no Aria © Akaishi Michiyo/Shogakukan [Serialized in Flowers]
Published in Indonesia as Dawn Aria by Gramedia/m&c!

Dedication to music finally allows Aria to pursue her dream of going abroad, and despite Nishimikado family opposition, Natsuo insists on accompaning Aria. But before Natsuo can even set sail, he is stabbed by his ex-fiancée Beniko.

Aria sets off, unaware of the tragedy that has befallen her husband. Upon her arrival in a foreign land, she is greeted by Tsukio in a state of distress.

We finally get Dawn Aria volume 8, even if we had to wait—oh, just over a year for it. Thank goodness Akaishi Michiyo's Taisho era josei manga also serializes in Cherry, otherwise... (cue ominous music here).

As for The girlfriend connected by e-mail

Mail Girlfriend vol 2 of 5
By Oshima Towa

Kakeru has been dating Haruka for a year, but their relationship appears to be going nowhere. In fact, they seem to be growing apart. In this kind of situation, can Kakeru refrain from taking comfort in the ‘arms’ of new online friend, Myuu?

Mail Girlfriend volume 2 compiles chapters 7 to 13: timeout, access point, security hole, cookie, response, buffer overrun and impedance. [Original Japanese titles]

New m&c! titles
m&c! introes three one-shot Betsucomi shoujo manga: The Flavor of Love by Taamo (Rifle Girl manga-ka), Love Drops by Konno Risa (Invincible Lover) and Yummy Love Cafe, the second in Washio Mie's popular Derakomi “Café love story” series (following Love Café). Previews behind the cut.

Cherry 60/2011 - Front cover: Suddenly in Love (m&c!)

Sweet Boy ni Goyoujin
© Konno Risa
Shogakukan [Betsucomi]
Published in Indonesia as
Suddenly in Love
by Gramedia/m&c!

Mangazines: Cherry 60/2011
Suddenly in Love by Konno Risa and Captured by Love by Ichikawa Show debut

m&c! adds Betsucomi manga to its Ciao/ChuChu/Sho-Comi/Flowers line-up. Cherry Issue 60 sees the premiere of Suddenly in Love, Konno Risa's Sweet Boy ni Goyoujin and while Ichikawa Show's Koakuma Lion is originally from Sho-Comi, it, too, debuts, retitled Captured by Love. The Childhood Friends, Tsundere, Christmas, Cool Boy, Unrequited Love Suddenly in Love and Childhood Friends, Modeling, Older Female/Younger Male, Childcare Captured by Love first chapter covers »here and »here.

As for other series still running in Cherry, I would assume: Dawn Aria by Akaishi Michiyo, I am not a Maid! by Iwaoka Meme, My Lovely Class Leader by Nishimura Tomoko and Yomogi Loves Money? by Arai Kiyoko. If I'm wrong and/or missed any title, please add/correct in the comments :)

m&c! manga (2011.12.28)

  1. Dawn Aria (Akatsuki no Aria) vol 8 of 13+ by Akaishi Michiyo
  2. Dawn Aria 8 (m&c!)

    Akatsuki no Aria暁のARIA
    by Akaishi Michiyo
    Shogakukan Flowers, josei
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2009.10

    Serializations
    Cherry (ongoing)

  3. [Premiere] The Flavor of Love (Onegai, Sensei) by Taamo
  4. The Flavor of Love (m&c!)

    Onegai, Senseiお願い、せんせい
    by Taamo
    Shogakukan Betsucomi and Deluxe Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2008.07

  5. Images of You (Ginen Shounen) vol 2 of 4 by Goto Junpei
  6. Images of You 2 (m&c!)

    Ginen Shounen銀塩少年
    by Goto Junpei
    AKA Gelatin Boy
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Super, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.03

  7. [Premiere] Love Drops (Katakoi Drops) by Konno Risa
  8. Love Drops (m&c!)

    Katakoi Drops片恋ドロップス
    by Konno Risa
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.08

  9. Mail Girlfriend (Mel Kano.) vol 2 of 5 by Oshima Towa
  10. Mail Girlfriend 2 (m&c!)

    Mel Kano.メルカノ。
    by Oshima Towa
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 2 (chapters 7–13 + Afterword) first published in Japan 2008.04

  11. Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil (Takeru - SUSANOH Mashō no Ken yori) vol 3 of 4 by Nakashima Kazuki & Karakara Kemuri
  12. Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil 3 (m&c!)

    Takeru - SUSANOH Mashō no Ken yori
    takeru-SUSANOH魔性の剣より
    by Nakashima Kazuki & Karakara Kemuri
    Mag Garden Comic Blade Zebel, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2006.11

    Related series
    Oguna - Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil (one-volume prequel; Japan release: 2007.06)

    Other languages
    English takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil (TOKYOPOP: four volumes)

  13. [Premiere] Yummy Love Cafe (Oishii Koi Café) by Washio Mie
  14. Yummy Love Cafe (m&c!)

    Oishii Koi Café美味しい恋カフェ
    by Washio Mie
    Shogakukan Deluxe Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.11

    Related series
    Washio Mie's "Café love story" series including Kare ga Café ni Iru no nara (Japan release: 2009.11, published by m&c! as Love Café) and Café ni wa Amai Wana (Flower Comics: 2011.09)

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Magazines (2011.12.28)

  • Cherry Issue 60/2011 (Indonesian Ciao/ChuChu/Sho-Comi/Betsucomi/Flowers)

AMERO comics (2011.12.28)

  • [Premiere] Monika dan Kawan-kawan: Putri Duyung di Taman Bermain Monika by Mauricio De Sousa (MSP)

Hong Kong manhua (2011.12.28)

[Holiday restocks] - Individual volumes (2011.12.28)
The Best Comics m&c! ‘TRULY HOLIDAY’

¹ Sources: m&c! (release schedule and artwork and synopses).
² All GN, including restocks, are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Monika dan Kawan-kawan: Putri Duyung di Taman Bermain Monika (IDR 19,500) and manhua Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade (IDR 80,000). Cherry 60/2011 retails for IDR 27,500/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New m&c! titles - continued

The Flavor of Love
By Taamo

What is love, and how does it feel?

Tani has lately found it easy to confess to boys, but the minute the guy reciprocates her ‘love,’ she goes and breaks off with him. Now she has a new guy in her sights, the oh-so-elusive Tanabe-sensei. But has she underestimated her ‘opponent’ this time?

This blurb refers to the title story, The Flavor of Love — wait! Before you roll your eyes and say "Doh," two more one-shots—Altair's Love Letter and The Boy from the Sleeping Country—make up Onegai, Sensei, this tankou's original Japanese title.

Other Taamo manga
The Flavor of Love, check. Rifle Girl (Rifle Shoujo), check. m&c! has also published Taamo's Koitsukiyo no Himegoto as Moon Love's Secret, Wagahai wa Yome de Aru as I Still Love You and Isshoni Ofuro as Love in Ofuro.

Now, can someone please tell me whether any of these Taamo romances, first serialized in Betsucomi, have been released here: Ano Ko to Boku no Ie (Flower Comics compile: 2006.09), Hatsukoi Rocket (FC: 2005.05) and Shoujo no Melancholy (FC: 2006.03).

Pretty sure the two-volume Sunu Sumu Muriku no Koibito shounen ai gender bender written by Nojima Shinji, hasn't been published here, nor Taiyou no Ie AKA House of the Sun, serialized in Kodansha's Dessert (four Dessert KC volumes released between 2010.09 and 2011.10, ongoing).

Love Drops
By Konno Risa

Guys adore pretty and cheerful Sanae; girls idolize Taishi, the athletic club's ace and all-around nice guy. Ordinary Yui is proud of her two friends, and despite secretly liking Taishi, she hides her feelings, unwilling to ruin their friendship. But the friendship already show cracks, which widen after Sanae tells Yui that she likes Taishi.

Does Yui have any other choice but to support Sanae?

Snap Review: Love Drops
Telor Ceplok contributor Kia-chan recommends Love Drops as a second-tier read. As in, take for a spin when you run out of other shoujo manga. She gives it a 6.9 of 10. Meanwhile, Lina-chan takes the opposite view, granting the love triangle-troped story an 8 of 10 ♡ for the cute story. (That translates to a definite GET!)

Other Konno Risa manga
So we have Love Drops or Katakoi Drops, as well as Invincible Lover or Muteki Kareshi that I snap reviewed back in August to the tune of 7 of 10, and the "Beware the Sweet Boy" Suddenly in Love (Sweet Boy ni Goyoujin) that premieres in Cherry 60. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the first Konno Risa manga released here was I Love You, Sensei! (Sensei Datte Otoshigoro ).

With m&c! having published these four, that means we can still look forward to Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka, first serialized in Betsucomi (Japan release: 2011.08).

Yummy Love Cafe
By Washio Mie

Hi, Hatsuyuki here! I part-time in a café where all the wait staff are hawt! Only one catches my eye, though — Misawa. Sadly (sniff), he seems to hate me...

So Washio Mie's “Café love story” series continues with Yummy Love Cafe. It follows the recently-restocked Love Café (Kare ga Café ni Iru no nara) that Lina-chan rates an 8 of 10 ♡ read. After Oishii Koi Café there's still Café ni wa Amai Wana.

Snap Review: Yummy Love Cafe
Lina-chan sez Yummy Love Cafe is a fun read and gives it a 7 of 10, suggesting you rent it first before committing to a Buy.

Other Washio Mie manga
In addition to Yummy Love Cafe, Love Café and Café ni wa Amai Wana, Washio Mie also created Atsu Atsu Trattoria that m&c! published as Love in Trattoria and Kanojo ga Café ni Kayou Wake released in English by Chuang Yi Singapore as Great Waiters (in 2008.07.22). Both aren't related to the Café series, I don't think.

m&c! also published Washio Mie's Kimi to Ao Bara Ryou de as With You at Blue Rose, Himitsu no Shitsuji-kun as My Secret Guy, the two-volume Otome, Sakazuni Chirunakare as Don't Fall Before Bloom and Anchoko! Anti-Chocolate as (what else but) Anti-chocolate.

I don't know if m&c!, or any other Indonesian publisher, ever got around to releasing Washio Mie's Otona no Shoumei, first serialized in Betsucomi (Flower Comics: 2008.05). The cover looks familiar.

Featured ongoing series
Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil vol 3 of 4
By Nakashima Kazuki & Karakara Kemuri

Izumo and Oguna finally break away from Kumaso, now possessed by the devil sword Kusanagi. Together with Jagara's queen, they strive to locate the sword of Susanoh, the only blade that can rival the sword of Kusanagi. If they fail, Amamikado will surely fall under Kusanagi's control.

Other 28 December 2011 highlights

  • Images of You vol 2 by Goto Junpei: Mirai holidays abroad with Koda-senpai, Matataki's love rival. Matataki, meanwhile, joins the analog photo club's training camp, but not before he sees a picture of himself ‘kissing’ Niimi, the girl crushing on him. Will the future in the photo come true?

Still not enuf? Here are the other 28 December 2011 manga

Elex Media: Nodame Cantabile 25 of 25: Encore Opera Edition · Yakitate!! Japan 25 · Yozakura Quartet 2 · Bride of the Water God 7 · More a Flower than a Flower 2 · A Tale of The Cat Painter 2 · Beck 30 · The Dog's Magical Touch 2 · New Kobochan 13 · Shonen Star Issue 23/2011

Level Comics: Soul Eater 13 · Yugo in Tokyo - Tanegashima by Akana Shu & Makari Shinji · Giant Killing 10 · Red Eyes 15 · Leonard: Jenius Selamanya

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