Durarara!! 4 of 4, Natane 5 Deluxe, Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century by Aoyama Gosho (Elex Media 21 December 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Rather strike out on the weekly shopping list altogether, posting a MinimaList. (But then again, you're prolly ecstatic at the absence of NikBabble™ :P) Update: Corrected the post title and added synopses and artwork

Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century - First (Elex Media)

Gekijouban Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi © Aoyama Gosho/Shogakukan (Shonen Sunday Comics Visual Selection). Published in Indonesia as Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century by Elex Media

Elex jumps from the first Conan Movie (The Time Bombed Skyscraper) to the third, The Last Wizard of the Century, without so much as a Why leapfrog The Fourteenth Target. Is it because Phantom Thief Kid's a bigger draw than random victims killed in no particular order in the second The Fourteenth Target? Your guess is as good as mine.

At any rate, in The Last Wizard of the Century manga, based on the Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi feature that premiered on 17 April 1999 in Japan, Phantom Thief Kid targets a newly-discovered Fabergé egg on display at Osaka's Suzuki Modern Art Museum. In his notice, he IDs himself The Last Wizard of the Century. Conan joins the chase after the Magic Thief disappears after being shot in the eye as he tries to make his getaway. [Additions from Wikipedia] (I preview to the finale, The Last Wizard of the Century - Last—and the other debut, Mr. Ermine by Uno Ayumi—after the release list; up next, the top DO WANT!)

DRRR!! [Durarara!!] vol 4 of 4
By Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo

Telor Ceplok blog regular Junya-san infoes that this fourth Durarara!! volume is the last. Thank you for the heads-up :)

Members of the underground Dollars convene; the unprecedented F2F gathering promises to shed light on the gang's origins.

But what is Mikado's connection to the Dollars?

Yeah, yeah, you know the answer if you watched the anime; just don't spoil it for those who are following the manga exclusively :)

Mangazines: Nakayoshi Gress! 12/2011 and Shonen Star 22/2011
Previews of featured series—Yamada Daisy's Innocent World and Aso Haro's premiering Alice in Borderland—after the release list.

Elex Media manga (2011.12.21)

  1. [Series Premiere] Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century - First (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi) by Aoyama Gosho
  2. Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century - First (Elex)

    Gekijouban Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi
    劇場版 名探偵コナン 世紀末の魔術師
    by Aoyama Gosho
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics Visual Selection, shounen
    Volume 1 of 2 first published in Japan 1999.10

    Based on the third Meitantei Conan movie, Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi that premiered 19 April 1999 in Japan

  3. [Premiere] Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century - Last (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi) by Aoyama Gosho [Finale]
  4. Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century - Last (Elex)

    Volume 2 of 2 first published in Japan 1999.11

  5. Crayon Shinchan vol 10 of 50+ by Usui Yoshito «Ex-12.14
  6. Crayon Shinchan 10 (Elex)

    Crayon Shin-chanクレヨンしんちゃん
    by Usui Yoshito
    Futabasha Weekly Manga Action, seinen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1994.12

    Shin Crayon Shin-chan by UY Studio and Crayon Shin-chan Shin-Men by Usui Yoshito & UY Studio (volume 1 street date: 2011.11.17)

    Other languages
    English (partially translated by ComicsOne and CMX), French (J'ai Lu, then, Casterman), Spanish and Catalan (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain), German (EMA), Italian ( Panini Comics) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Shin'ei Doga's anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yajima Akiko (Shin-chan), ran from April 1992 to December 2010. At least 18 movie sequels have been released between July 1993 and April 2010.

  7. DRRR!! [Durarara!!] vol 4 of 4 by Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo [Finale]
  8. Durarara!! 4 (Elex)

    by Satorigi Akiyo, Narita Ryohgo
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2011.06

    Related series
    Adapted from the Durarara!! light novel series by Narita Ryohgo, illustrated by Yasuda Suzuhito (10 volumes published by ASCII Media Works under the Dengeki Bunko imprint per 2011.08), the basis of Brains Base's 26-episode 2010-vintage anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Sawashiro Miyuki (Celty Sturluson) and Toyonaga Toshiyuki (Ryūgamine Mikado).

    Other languages
    English Durarara!! (Yen Press: volume 1 street date: 2012.01.24)

  9. I Hate You More Than Anyone (Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai) vol 8 of 13 by Hidaka Banri «Ex-11.02
  10. I Hate You More Than Anyone 8 (Elex)

    Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai
    世界でいちばん大嫌い」 by Hidaka Banri
    AKA Akiyoshi Family Series 5
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2000.05

    Related series
    Akiyoshi Family Series 1-4 (Pacar 365 Hari, For Endless Love, Stay the Same, Let Me Hear the Lyric), Oki ni Mesu Mama? (one volume prequel released 2010.09) and Tenshi 1/2 Houteishiki (alternate story serialized in Hana to Yume; tankoubon release: 2011.08).

    A Hidaka Banri artbook, Hitsuji no Namida/Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai Hidaka Banri Gashuu, was released 2004.03.

    Other languages
    English I Hate You More Than Anyone (CMX: nine volumes per 2010.03; cancelled)

  11. [Series Premiere] Mr. Ermine (Okojosan) vol 1 of 8 by Uno Ayumi
  12. Mr. Ermine 1 (Elex)

    Okojosanオコジョさん」 by Uno Ayumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2001.10

    Serialized in HanaLaLa, along with Mr. ERMINE - The Other Legend (Okojosan Gaiden) and Mr. ERMINE - Si Penguasa (Okojobanchou)
    Shiawase Sou no Okojo-san (Hakusensha Jets Comics: 2001.10)

    Radix's 51-episode anime adaptation aired on TV Tokyo from 2 October 2001 to 24 September 2002, with seiyuu Sawashiro Miyuki (Kojopii or Okojosan) and Koizumi Yutaka (Tsuchiya Haruka)

  13. Natane vol 5 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru
  14. Natane 5 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 5 first published in Japan 2002.10

  15. Tale of the Sea King (Kaiouki) vol 40 of 45 by Kawahara Masatoshi
  16. Tale of the Sea King 40 (Elex)

    Kaiouki海皇紀」 by Kawahara Masatoshi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 40 first published in Japan 2009.06

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 海皇紀 45 per 2011.05)

Mangazines (2011.12.21)

  1. Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 12/2011 (Indonesian Nakayoshi)
  2. Shonen Star Issue 22/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday) «Ex-12.14

¹ Sources: Elex STO 21 December 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 each except Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century First and Last (IDR 42,000/volume), Crayon Shinchan 10 (IDR 21,800) and bunko Natane 5 Deluxe (IDR 24,000). Magazines Nakayoshi Gress! 12/2011 and Shonen Star 22/2011 are priced at for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles - continued

Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century (Last)
By Aoyama Gosho

The mystery of the stolen Fabergé Egg brings Conan, Ran and Kogoro to a castle built by Kousaka Kiichi, a Japanese who once worked for Fabergé, now suspected of having produced the jeweled egg.

The riddle of why Kid wanted the egg promises to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding one of history's mysteries, guarantees Elex. Me? I just want to know why Kaitou Kid was calling himself The Last Wizard of the Century.

Mr. Ermine vol 1 of 8
By Uno Ayumi

Indifferent college student Tsuchiya gets an unexpected roommate. The pet that arbitrarily decides to live with him at his apartment is not a dog, not a cat, not even a (non-venomous) snake. It's a Mustela erminea (an okojo in Japanese), and boy, does he ever have attitude!

Uno Ayumi's Mr. Ermine (Okojosan) serialized in the now-defunct HanaLaLa, the Indonesian Hana to Yume/LaLa. According to Wiki, as quoted by Baka-Updates Manga, Okojo struggles to adapt to life with humans, vacuum cleaners, and all the other things that come with human society. Mr. ERMINE - The Other Legend (Okojosan Gaiden) and Mr. ERMINE - Si Penguasa (Okojobanchou) also serialized in HanaLaLa.

The LaLa and LaLa DX manga also got the anime treatment. Shiawase Sou no Okojosan aired on TV Tokyo from October 2001 to September 2002, a total of 51 episodes. Seiyuu Sawashiro Miyuki (Beelzebub/Berubō in Beelzebub) voiced Kojopii or Okojosan and Koizumi Yutaka (Sato Tatsuhiro in Welcome to the NHK), Tsuchiya Haruka.

Other Uno Ayumi manga
Other than the shoujo slice-of-life Okojosan (eight Hana to Yume Comics tankou from 2001.10 to 2005.05) and Shiawase Sou no Okojo-san (Hakusensha Jets Comics: 2001.10), Uno Ayumi-sensei also created the josei Konatsu Fighter, first serialized in Shueisha's Chorus (two of two Queens Comics volumes between 2010.12 and 2011.09), the comics essay compile Burari Saiban Bocho (first serialized in Akita Shoten's Elegance Eve; compiled in tankou by Asahi Shimbunsha: Asahi Comics: 2010.03), Koujitsukan no Hitobito (first serialized in Chorus; Queens Comics: 2007.08), Muriyari Oshikakema Show (Jets Comics: 2005.04), Resort Ikasare Makuri (Jets Comics: 2000.01) and Asia Ikasare Makuri (Jets Comics 1999.04).

Featured ongoing series
Natane vol 5 of 6 Deluxe
By Adachi Mitsuru

The seven sibs' pilgrimage continues. Next stop: Nagoyama, the territory of the shogun's little bro Takamitsu. Little do the sibs realize as they make their way to Asajiro's mother's grave that the enemy is already in front of them.

Other 21 December 2011 highlights

  • Crayon Shin-chan vol 10 by Usui Yoshito: Shinchan, a...savior?? He rescues a sparrow, a snake, even helps out Aunt Okei in delivering a baby! Does this mean Shinchan has morphed into a good boy??
  • I Hate You More Than Anyone vol 8 by Hidaka Banri: Saki gets in Maki's face just as Maki is arguing with Kazuha. How will the reunion of these two who loathe each go? What of Kazuha, caught between the squabbling sibs?
  • Tale of the Sea King vol 40 by Kawahara Masatoshi: The battle between Fan and Forest ends in Fan's defeat. Unable to resupply, the Wolhan troops waste no time in assaulting the capital of Ronaldia. But the warriors run out of steam, forcing Fan to reattempt breaking through the sea blockade.

Mangazines - continued

Nakayoshi Gress! 12/2011 Innocent World

Nakayoshi Gress! 12/2011

Kami ka Akuma ka © Moro Orie
Kodansha [Nakayoshi]
Published in Indonesia as
Angel or Devil? by Elex Media

I thought Yamada Daisy's Innocent World was over? How come it lands the Featured spot again in this latest Indonesian Nakayoshi? Is it a special, like the one in NakaGress 10? Well, whatever. Blurb:

Azuma suddenly grabs Kinoshita's hand and volunteers to organize the culture weekend. How much fun can it be without proper preps?

Joining Innocent World is another Yamada Daisy serial—A Gift For My Teacher—in which an incriminating picture of Azumi and Mizusawa-sensei lands the teacher in deep trouble with the school principal.

The third and last Sensei, ni Ageru. volume released in Japan last September.

Front cover Angel or Devil? by Moro Orie, meanwhile, has Kizuna realizing her true feelings? Who abides in her heart?

Kami ka Akuma ka concluded in two volumes; the finale streeted in Japan in February 2011.

These other NakaGress! pals also appear in Issue 12/2011:

  • Love is the Devil (Amai Akuma ga Warau) by Toriumi Pedoro: Haruru invites Isshin to a party, but he's turned away at the door because he's just a servant??
  • Arisa by Ando Natsumi: Apparently, the secret Arisa hides involves Tsubasa
  • XX Me! (Watashi ni xx Shinasai!!) by Toyama Ema: Mami declares her love for Shigure; Shigure is stunned, to say the least.
  • Your Melody (Kimi no Neiro) by Fukushima Haruka: Suzuki likes Otoha??
  • Little Shugo Chara! (Shugo Chara-chan!) by PEACH-PIT, Napthalene Mizushima: Fun and more fun by the river
  • Kami Kami Kaeshi by Toyama Ema: Sealed in a room, Mashiro should be safe, but someone comes knocking...
  • SGC! Survival Game Club! (Sabagebu!) by Matsumoto Hidekichi: Momoka trails Kamo, hoping to get rid of her pet peeve, but...
  • Hell Girl Return (Jigoku Shoujo R) by Eto Miyuki & Jigoku Shojo Project: Nanako is in love with Takuya, and her feelings are reciprocated. Until someone from Takuya's past starts to interfere...

Shonen Star 22/2011 ☆ Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu

Shonen Star 22/2011 - FC Magi

Magi © Ohtaka Shinobu
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday

The ruler mistakes Aladdin for a magi and begs Aladdin to make him a king. Even the dungeon watchman salutes Aladdin when he approaches the treasure room. Who is Aladdin really? And can he bring home the treasure in the dungeon?

Aside from Magi, which lands the cover, the other Shonen Star 22 highlight is the premiere of Aso Haro's Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice), in which Alice Ryouhei and two friends are whisked off to the nightmarish Borderland where people are forced to either participate in potentially deadly games or simply die.

Imawa no Kuni no Alice serializes in Shonen Sunday Super; two volumes have been released as of last September, with the third streeting in Japan this 2012.01.18. Aso Haro is the manga-ka of Hyde & Closer.

Before I talk about the other Shonen Sunday serials running in Shonen Star, allow me to mention the other upcomings: Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji: Silver Spoon) by Arakawa Hiromu (premieres in Shonen Star 1/2012) and BUYUDEN by Mitsuda Takuya.

The other current ShoStars:

Collecting the tankou? Most recent volumes: Dr. Koto 8 (2011.11.02 release), 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).

Still not enuf? Here are the other 21 December 2011 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: Ceres 3 · GTO Shonan 14 Days 4 · Last Inning 10 · Nurse Aoi 19 · Ric Hochet: Ric Hochet vs Sherlock · Smurf: Smurf dan Telur Ajaib and Smurf: Smurf Liar

m&c!: Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 4 · School Babysitters 2 · Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 16 · The Adventure of Yoshito-Sama 3 · The Breaker 2 · Eighty Eight 4 of 4 · Full House: Love Continues 2 · Tokyo Rock Boy by Kikuchi Kamaro · Ice Dancing with You by Iwaoka Meme · Stylist of Love by Sakisaka Mea

Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography who wishes you "Happy Holidays!"

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