T'is the season of hectic—I need a holiday from the holidays—but I managed to sneak away to post this MinimaList. Artwork and NikBabble™ when I can next snatch another time window. Update: Snatched enuf albeit very, VERY belated
Nodame Cantabile © by Ninomiya Tomoko/Kodansha
[First serialized in Kiss]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo
Even if Chiaki is still wrasslin' with White Rose until the last dress rehearsal, on D-Day, the performance stuns the audience with perfection. Chiaki, too, gets a sweet surprise smack in the middle of The Magic Flute opera.
But what about Nodame?
Well, just like Chiaki, Nodame, too, receives a delightful gift in the Nodame Cantabile finale, which means everyone who invested in our couple and the kooky cast supporting them can close their personal Nodame Cantabile chapter with goony grins and/or satisfied sighs :) (Telor Ceplok contributor Lina-chan in the comments gives the finale a 9 of 10 ♥ and deems it a Must-Have in your manga library.)
Dr. Koto Shinryoujo
© Yamada Takatoshi
[Young Sunday Comics]
Dr. Koto's guilt over having neglected his family melts after he calls his mom and she tells him she doesn't blame him at all. The mood on Koshiki island, too, lightens. In contrast to the levity, Nurse Hoshino's attitude changes, after she discovers a lump in her chest...
These serials also run in the Indonesian Shonen Sunday: ARAGO by Arai Takahiro, Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl, The World God Only Knows by Wakaki Tamiki, Alice in Borderland by Aso Haro, Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato, Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu, Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow, Detektif Conan by Aoyama Gosho and My First Mr. Akuno by Fujiki Syun.
Collecting the tankou? Reminding most recently released volumes: Dr. Koto 8 (2011.11.02), Detektif Conan 64 (10.26), Kekkaishi 10 (10.19), Wild Life 20 (9.28), My First Mr. Akuno 5 (8.15) and Defense Devil 5 (8.10).
The next issue of Shonen Star streets on the 4th of January 2012.
- Beck vol 30 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
- Bride of the Water God (Habaek-eui Shinbu) vol 7 of 16+ by Yun MiKyung
- The Dog's Magical Touch (Himitsu no Wantacchi) vol 2 of 3 by Anisaki Yuna
- More a Flower than a Flower (Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku) vol 2 of 9+ by Narita Minako
- New Kobochan (Shin Kobo-chan) vol 13 of 22+ by Ueda Masashi
- Nodame Cantabile vol 25 of 25: Encore Opera Edition by Ninomiya Tomoko [Finale]
- A Tale of The Cat Painter (Nekoe Jubei Otogizoshi) vol 2 of 4+ by Nagao Maru
- Yakitate!! Japan vol 25 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi
- Yozakura Quartet (Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~) vol 2 of 11+ by Yasuda Suzuhito
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The Knight in the Area vol 2 (pending new street date)
- Shonen Star Issue 23/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 28 December 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each except 4-koma New Kobochan 13 (IDR 15,000). Shonen Star 23/2011 retails for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Yakitate!! Japan vol 25 of 26
By Hashiguchi Takashi
Azuma and Kawachi duke it out, trying to get their hands on the ancient Daruma flour.
Though he's played the fool all along, Kawachi picks up a handy skill that just might give his creation the edge over his old friend's dutiful dough, shares VIZ Media's Yakitate!! Japan, Vol. 25 synops.
Can't wait for the last volume? Then check out back issues of Shonen Star.
Why is Sakurashin such a hotbed of youkai activity, more so than any other city in the world? Would you believe the spirits converge on the town so that they can go home? One family is tasked with this all-important duty — Akina's family, Clan Hiizumi.
Eleven Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~ have been compiled in Japan as of November 2011.
Featured ongoing series
Bride of the Water God vol 7 of 16+
By Yun MiKyung
Habaek, with Yowa, finally arrives at the Imperial palace. A light shines on Habaek, Nakbin and Hooye's shared past, Habaek's first meeting with Nakbin and how Nakbin came to be a sacrifice to and bride of Habaek.
Lina-chan again comes through with a snap review of Bride of the Water God 7, giving the thumbs up to the slow reveal of secrets and the (expected) beautiful artwork. She gives volume 7 an 8 of 10 ♥ and recommends it as a GET!
Sixteen Habaek-eui Shinbu volumes have been released in Korea as of November 2011.
Kento devotes himself to his Noh training, especially in perfecting Shite (main character) acting. Calm Kento transforms once he dons the Noh mask — ghosts, the elderly, goddesses — he performs them all, and performs them well.
So what challenges can he expect?
Nine Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku tankou have been published in Japan as of July 2011.
Other 28 December 2011 highlights
- Beck vol 30 by Harold Sakuishi: Who has heard of Eddie Lee's last song, and can rumors that some Japanese are in the know propel Mongolian Chop Squad to the top?
- The Dog's Magical Touch vol 2 by Anisaki Yuna: Once Nuu paws the medallion Mao wears, the grade-schooler transforms into a 17-y.o. for seven minutes. More than enough time for her to confess to idol Hayato. But Hayato's sister suspects that Mao is not who she pretends to be.*
- New Kobochan vol 13 by Ueda Masashi: Cute and adorable story about Kobo and his family!
- A Tale of The Cat Painter vol 2 by Nagao Maru: Builder Sasuke and his fat cat Kuro live in Nekocho Nagaya with Jube and the rest. Right now, Sasuke is working on a rich merchant's warehouse and falls in love with the merchant's daughter who won't give him the time of day. One rainy night, rats overrun the merchant's house, but don't dare enter just one place. Why? And how to get rid of these rats?
*I have this beef about The Dog's Magical Touch volume 2: What. Ever. Happened. To. Jin!!? (The senior high-schooler Mao was crushing on in the first volume.)
Still not enuf? Here are the other 28 December 2011 manga
Level Comics: Soul Eater 13 · Yugo in Tokyo - Tanegashima by Akana Shu & Makari Shinji · Giant Killing 10 · Red Eyes 15 · Leonard: Jenius Selamanya
m&c!: Dawn Aria 8 · Mail Girlfriend 2 · Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil · Monika dan Kawan-kawan: Putri Duyung di Taman Bermain Monika · Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 5 · The Flavor of Love by Taamo · Images of You 2 · Love Drops by Konno Risa · Yummy Love Cafe by Washio Mie · Cherry Issue 60/2011
Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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