This week

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)

12.14.2011

Pandora Hearts 15, Kungfu Boy 8 Premium, Kome Si Belang 4 (Elex Media 14 December 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Added missing synopses

And for you Emil Chronicle Online gamers out there, the manga premiere you've been waiting for — Delta Saga.

Delta Saga 1 (Elex Media)

Emile Chronicle Online Gaiden Delta Saga © Tsutsumi Aya, Broccoli · GungHo Online entertainment, Inc. · Headlock Inc. Published by Flex Comix (Softbank Creative)
Published in Indonesia as Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga by Elex Media

Revenge drives Delta, one of the few survivors of a village massacre, to hunt down who orchestrated the attack. The quest to avenge Delta's loved ones has begun...

To ECO players, the Delta Saga manga won't be a total stranger like the guy who wiped out Delta's hometown. So let me pose this question to you: how game-faithful is the manga? (The Japanese blurb I found warns about this.)

Other Tsutsumi Aya manga
If you want titles beyond Delta Saga, toggle this link; I don't want to keep peeps drooling for the latest Pandora Hearts waiting.

Tsutsumi Aya is also credited with the shounen romance comedy Akuma de Moteru xxx, currently serialized in Jive's Comic Rush (two CR COMICS volumes per 2011.08), 12C -Twelve Crysis- (running in Enterbrain's Famitsu Comic Clear; two volumes as of 2011.02), the ongoing shoujo series Kosu*puri!, written by Hamada Shouko (two Flex Comix Flare volumes between 2009.09 and 2010.03) and the shoujo fantasy/romance Love Root Zero (five Fairbell Comics volumes from 2007.09 to 2010.02).

Tsutsumi Aya collaborated with Takemura Youhei in I-Revo -Ice Revolution-, first serialized in Jump SQ (three of three Jump Comics tankou published between 2009.03 and 2009.11).

Most recently (as in fresh from the press) is the game strategy guide, Monhan-mochi ga dekimasen. “Monsutāhantā” Purei Manga, published by Enterbrain that streeted in Japan just last Friday (9 December).

Pandora Hearts vol 15 of 16+
By Mochizuki Jun

A sinful soul trapped in the darkness of Sabrie seeks redemption in a contract with Humpty Dumpty. After realizing the truth hidden behind uncertainty, the master follows the dictates of conscience. This all to save a soul...

Yup, Elex went literary on us again with the Pandora Hearts 15 preview. So let me quote what Pandora Hearts Wiki sez about this volume:

As Elliot regains his true memories by rejecting Humpty Dumpty as his Chain, Isla Yura's attempt to recreate the Tragedy of Sablier comes to it's climax. The mystery of the The Head Hunter unfolds...

Pandora Hearts 15 compiles Retrace LVIII through LXI: Puddle of blood, Couldn't Put Humpty Together Again, Egg Shell and Demios. [Not Elex's chapter titles] The latest chapter bound in a tankou is Retrace LXV: Collapse, collected in volume 16 (streeted in Japan 2011.11.26).

Mangazines: Shonen Magz 12/2011: Tokkyu! and Fairy Tail

Shonen Magz 12/2011 - FC: Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail © Mashima Hiro
Kodansha
[Weekly Shonen Magazine]

Erza (Elsa), Natsu and Jellal (Gerald) from Mashima Hiro's Fairy Tail strut their stuff on the cover of the latest Shonen Magz, but Komori Yoichi- & Kubo Mitsuro's elite SAR team Tokkyu! grabs the featured series spotlight:

Just as Hyogo's relationship with Yuri (remember her?) looks like it's actually going somewhere, a strong earthquake rocks Indonesia, and Hyogo is dispatched to Jakarta!

Needless to say, this assignment is not usual Hyogo fare, but the split-up? Let's just say fate wants Hyogo to get used to separation. .:straight face:.

In addition to Fairy Tail and Tokkyu!, these serials also continue: BECK by Harold Sakuishi, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP, School Rumble by Kobayashi Jin, Code:Breaker by Kamijyo Akimine, Ghost's Doctor by Sato Yuki, Blazer Drive by Kishimoto Seishi, Kungfu Boy Legends by Maekawa Takeshi, Vinland Saga by Yukimura Makoto and Ninja Clan by Shigahaku.

Collecting any of the above series? Reminding the latest tankou releases: Kungfu Boy Legends volume 10 and BECK 29 (released 2011.11.30), Ghost's Doctor 8 (10.12), Fairy Tail 11 and Vinland Saga 7 (9.19), Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 17 (2010.10.27), Tokkyu! 15 (2010.10.06) and School Rumble 11 (2010.06.16).

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2011.12.27)

  1. Casting vol 5 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong
  2. Casting 5 (Elex)

    Casting by KITT & Park SangYong
    Daiwon C.I. Comic Champ, sonyun

  3. Chunchu vol 3 of 15 (Hiatus) by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
  4. Chunchu 3 (Elex)

    Chunchu천추
    by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
    Haksan Booking, seinen

    Other languages
    English Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend (Dark Horse Comics: four volumes as at 2009.01), French (Tokebi: 15 volumes per 2005.10), German (Tokyopop Germany: Chonchu - Der Erbe des Teufelssteins 15: Abschlussband shipped 2010.05), Polish Chonchu: Syn Demona (Mandragora)

  5. Crows vol 21 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  6. Crows 21 (Elex)

    Crowsクローズ」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 21 first published in Japan 1996.09

    Related series
    Main story: Crows Gaiden (three volumes: 1, 2 (Sono Go no Crows) and 3 (Zoku - Crows Gaiden))
    Sequel: Worst (volume 28 street date: 2012.01.06)
    Spin-offs: Crows Zero (nine volumes as at 2010.08); Crows Gaiden: Linda Linda (two volumes); Suzuran Danshi Koukou Nyuugaku Annai (one volume)

    Adaptations
    Two live-action prequel movies: Crows ZERO (Japan theatrical release: October 2007) and Crows ZERO II (April 2009), directed by Miike Takashi and starring Oguri Shun (GPS leader Takiya Genji) and Yamada Takayuki (Serizawa Tamao)

  7. [Series Premiere] Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga (Emile Chronicle Online Gaiden Delta Saga) vol 1 of 3 by Tsutsumi Aya
  8. Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga 1 (Elex)

    Emile Chronicle Online Gaiden Delta Saga
    エミル・クロニクル・オンライン外伝デルタサーガ」 by Tsutsumi Aya, Broccoli · GungHo Online entertainment, Inc. · Headlock
    Flex Comix (Softbank Creative), shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.12

    Related
    Based on the Emile Chronicle Online game

  9. [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: Petualangan Nobita di Dasar Laut (Nobita no Kaitei Kiganjō) by Fujiko F. Fujio
  10. Doraemon Movie: Petualangan Nobita di Dasar Laut (Elex)

    Nobita no Kaitei Kiganjō
    のび太の海底鬼岩城」 by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics Anime-ban, kodomo
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.03

    Related
    Based on the Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil movie that premiered in Japan 1983.03.12.

  11. Katsu! vol 16 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru [Finale]
  12. Katsu! 16 (Elex)

    Katsu!KATSU!」 by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 16 (chapters 148-156 + the Hydrangea final episode) first published in Japan 2005.04

    Reissues
    Re-released in 8 volumes in Japan from 2009.07 to 2010.02.

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in Indonesian in Shonen Star (concluded)
    French (Pika Édition: 16 volumes)

  13. Kojiro vol 5 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  14. Kojiro 5 (Elex)

    Kojiro光路郎」 by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1992.05

    Reissues
    Rereleased in four wide-ban from 1999.03 to 1999.09 and in four bunkoban from 2010.04 to 2010.07

    Related series
    Imouto Sensei Nagisa AKA Hot for my samurai teacher! (ongoing serialization in Monthly Shonen Sunday)
    Titles published under Shimanaka Shoten's Island Comics Primo imprint: Koujiro: Dai unabara o koete (Japan release: 2004.11); Koujiro: Tatta hitori no onīsan (2004.10); Koujiro: Totte oki no hankachīfu (2004.09); Koujiro: Sensei janē, Koujiro da! (2004.08)

  15. Kome Si Belang (Kijitora Neko no Koume-san) vol 4 of 5+ by Hoshino Natsumi
  16. Kome Si Belang 4 (Elex)

    Kijitora Neko no Koume-san
    キジトラ猫の小梅さん」 by Hoshino Natsumi
    Shonen Gahosha Neko Panchi, josei
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2010.12

  17. Kungfu Boy vol 8 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi
  18. Kungfu Boy 8 Premium (Elex)

    Tekken Chinmi鉄拳チンミ (講談社漫画文庫)
    by Maekawa Takeshi
    AKA Ironfist Chinmi
    Kodansha Manga Bunko, shounen
    Bunko volume 8 first published in Japan 2002.10

    Awards
    1987 Kodansha Manga Awardee for the Shounen Category

    Related series
    Sequels: New Kungfu Boy (20 volumes), Kungfu Boy Legends (12 volumes per 2011.10.17 in Japan; serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz, ongoing) and side story Tekken Chinmi Gaiden (3 volumes per 2010.04; serialized in Shonen Magz; Chinmi Other Story: Chinmi & Shie Fan released 2011.06)

  19. Metal Fight Beyblade vol 4 of 9+ by Adachi Takafumi
  20. Metal Fight Beyblade 4 (Elex)

    Metal Fight Beyblade
    メタルファイト ベイブレード
    by Adachi Takafumi
    AKA Beyblade: Metal Fusion
    Shogakukan Monthly CoroCoro Comic, shounen
    Shinsōban volume 4 first published in Japan 2010.03

    Volume 4 chapters:
    15. The Ultimate Dragon Awakes!!
    16. Ultimate Special Move: Galaxy Nova!!
    17. Winner of the Semi-Finals!!
    18. Final Match - Gingka VS Ryuga!!
    19. The Dragon Emperor Goes Berserk!!
    SP. Sora's Side Story - The Birth of Cyber Pegasus!
    [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

    Other languages
    English Metal Fight Beyblade (Chuang Yi Singapore: five volumes as of 2011.11.08)

    Adaptations
    Tatsunoko Pro, Synergy SP and Nelvana collaborated on a Metal Fight Beyblade anime adaptation. Fifty-one episodes comprising Season 1 and the follow-up Battle Bladers aired on TV Tokyo from April 2009 to March 2010.

    The Metal Fight Beyblade VS the Sun - The Movie: Sol Blaze, the Scorching-hot Invader animated feature premiered in Japan in August 2010.

  21. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 16 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
  22. Otoboke Section Chief 16 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 16 first published in Japan 2003.02

  23. Pandora Hearts vol 15 of 16+ by Mochizuki Jun
  24. Pandora Hearts 15 (Elex)

    Pandora Hearts
    Pandora Hearts
    by Mochizuki Jun
    Square Enix GFantasy, shounen
    Volume 15 (Retrace LVIII-LXI) first published in Japan 2011.07

    Other languages
    English Pandora Hearts (Broccoli Books (dropped) and Yen Press: seven volumes per 2011.10.25 • volume 8 street date: 2012.01.24), French (Ki-oon: Tome 10 shipped 2011.11.10 “ Tome 11 street date: 2012.01.12), traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan: 潘朵拉之心 14 released 2011.10)

    Adaptations
    A 25-episode XEBEC anime adaptation starring seiyuu Minagawa Junko (Oz Vessalius), Kawasumi Ayako (Alice) and Toriumi Kousuke (Raven) that aired in Japan from April to September 2009 and a Pandora Hearts Drama CD released by Frontier works in December 2007

    The first Pandora Hearts ~Caucus race~ novel released 2011.03.26.

    Related
    Pandora Hearts Official Guide 8.5 mine of mine guide book (2009.03) and Pandora Hearts Official Animation Guide and the 望月 淳 画集 Pandora Hearts~odds and ends~ artbook (both released 2009.09).

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

Mangazines (2011.11.30)

  • Shonen Magz Issue 12/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Magazine) «Ex-12.07

Postponed titles
Crayon Shinchan vol 10 and Shonen Star Issue 22/2011 (new street date: 21 December 2011)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 14 December 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each except bunko Kungfu Boy 8 Premium (IDR 24,000), the full-color Doraemon Movie: Petualangan Nobita di Dasar Laut (IDR 48,000) and 4-koma Otoboke Section Chief 16 (IDR 15,000). Shonen Magz 12/2011 retails for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New titles - continued
Doraemon Movie: Petualangan Nobita di Dasar Laut
By Fujiko F. Fujio

The best summer vacations are spent either up in the mountains or down by the sea, but Nobita and friends are split on the issue. Nobita and Shizuka want to go to the beach, while Suneo and Giant want to climb mountains. (Or at least one.) So Doraemon proposes a visit to a mountain...on the sea-floor. Nobita and pals get more adventure than they bargained for this holiday!

The manga adapts the Doraemon: Nobita and the Castle of the Undersea Devil movie that premiered in Japan in March 1983. Wiki sez the movie is based on the Western myth of Atlantis, the lost city.

Finales
Katsu! vol 16 of 16 by Adachi Mitsuru

The two Katsuki's relationship seems destined for even more closeness, even as Guy Katsuki has to accept a battle challenge from Misaki Shinichi, whose friend Uchida Jin has just been arrested by the police.

The final showdown between two people fated to compete with each other in Katsu! 16! (See where the two Katsuki's relationship leads, too.)

Featured ongoing series

Kome Si Belang vol 4 of 5+
By Hoshino Natsumi

Kome, Koyuki, Hime and Gon are always adowable, but imagine how much keeyooter they can be if Koyuki's plan to study "adult cat language" pans out?

I can already see a huge sweatdrop forming beside Kome ^^

Five Kijitora Neko no Koume-san tankou have been released in Japan as of 14 November.

Kungfu Boy vol 8 of 18 Premium
By Maekawa Takeshi

On his way back to Dairin Temple, Chinmi bumps into a certain Dr. Loe who is able to knock down opponents with just one finger. Chinmi gets a chance to study kungfu under Dr. Loe, on the condition that he doesn't show others what he has learned.

What's the use of that? :P

Other 14 December 2011 highlights

  • Casting vol 5 by KITT & Park SangYong: "Be my boyfriend for today!" So goes Cho Ah's plea to Kang Woo on her birthday. Kang Woo agrees to escort Cho Ah to the party masterminded by Cho Ah's friend, little realizing that he will run into Seon Ji there...
  • Chunchu vol 3 by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin: Chunchu lives as a man possessed by a curse, fighting for a kingdom that should be his to rule. But who is this mysterious man who knows of Chunchu's curse, and just may have the means to take him down? And will Chunchu fight him or welcome death? [Excerpted from Dark Horse's Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend Volume 3 description]
  • Crows vol 21 by Takahashi Hiroshi: Harumichi joins the side of Snake Heads' rival and heads for Nakazaki's factory with Bitoh and Ryushin, straight into a confrontation with Snake Heads! Meanwhile, the Suzuran freshmen wait impatiently for reinforcements.
  • Kojiro vol 5 by Muraeda Kenichi: Another sister descends upon Kojiro! Sure, Jacky Brown is not his blood sib, but the beautiful blonde refuses to let Nagisa monopolize her beloved Big Bro.
  • Metal Fight Beyblade vol 4 by Adachi Takafumi: It's the Battle Bladers semi-finals, and Kyoya is up against Ryuga!! But Leone's intense fight with L-Drago causes the dragon to power-up yet again, and Ginga can only watch as his friend is buried alive! Can Pegasis stand up to L-Drago's Ultimate form when others have failed? [Excerpted from Chuang Yi's Metal Fight Beyblade Vol.4 synopsis]
  • Otoboke Section Chief vol 16 by Ueda Masashi: You can't really call Section Chief Otoboke kewl, but he does have the ability to cool any situation. And that's just why we love him.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 14 December 2011 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: X Blade 8 · Blood Alone 3 · Perfect Girl Evolution 27 · Angel Heart 12 · Red River 11 · Lost Man 6 · Go-On! 2 · Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 8 · Blue Flame: Comic Bomber Early Years 1 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko · Zipang 10 · Marsupilami: Emas Boavista

m&c!: My Pearl Girl 2 · Crazy Girl Shin Bia 8 · Lost Seven 2 · Love Zipper by Shiraishi Yuki · Born To Cook 9 · Samurai Force 2 · Pudding in Love 5 of 5 · The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 Book Six

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

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