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Area no Kishi © by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya/Kodansha
[Serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia as The Knight in the Area by Elex Media Komputindo
Slam Dunk Deluxe volume 2 (Rukawa!!) is the top DO WANT! of this Elex release, but the debuting The Knight in the Area wasn't too far behind. Hence, leading with the licensed Area no Kishi (unfortunately, there's a pirated version running around :P).
The story centers around Kakeru Aizawa, the younger brother of the Kamakura School soccer team captain Suguru. While Suguru is so talented in soccer that he has been made part of Japan's national under-15 team, Kakeru is so weak at the sport that he is nicknamed “Mr. No Goal.” Kakeru's life changes however, after a tragic accident.
The soccer manga serializes in Weekly Shonen Magazine. The 28th tankou shipped in Japan last 17 November; the 29th is skedded for 17 January 2012. The
Teamwork, Character Growth, Siblings, Mourning, Rivalry, Romantic Subplot, Strong Female Side Character story is written by Igano Hiroaki. What's in a name? How about Agi Tadashi (The Drops of God), Amagi Seimaru (Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo), Ando Yuma (Psychometrer Eiji), Ryuumon Ryou (Bloody Monday) and Aoki Yuya (GetBackers)? Yup, same person.
More previews (and NikBabble™) after the release list.
- [Series Premiere] Appearance of the Yellow Dragon (Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta!) vol 1 of 2 by Tamura Mitsuhisa
- [Premiere] Appearance of the Yellow Dragon (Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta!) vol 2 of 2 by Tamura Mitsuhisa [Finale]
- Demon King (Majeh) vol 35 of 40+ by Ra InSoo & Kim JaeHwan
- [Premiere] Hantu Wanita Bermulut Lebar (Senritsu! Ooguchi Onna) by Makihara Wakana
- [Series Premiere] The Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) vol 1 of 28+ by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya
- Slam Dunk Deluxe (Slam Dunk Kanzenban) vol 2 of 24 by Inoue Takehiko
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- Libero Revolution!!, Vols. 1–7 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki (Libero Kakumei!!) [IDR 56,000/set]
- Libero Revolution!!, Vols. 8–13 of 13 by Tanaka Motoyuki –Complete– [IDR 48,000/set]
- Look Up!, Vols. 1–8 of 8 by Kusaba Michiteru (Miagete Goran) –Complete– [IDR 64,000/set]
- Ogawa and Team Saito, Vols. 1–5 (of 8+) by Sakyo (Ogawa to Yukai na Saitoutachi) [IDR 40,000/set]
- Railroad, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Yun MiKyung –Complete– [IDR 24,000/set]
- With My Brothers, Vols. 1–10 (of 11) by Tokeino Hari (Oniichan to Issho) [IDR 80,000/set]
*Volume tallies represent volume totals in country of origin, which may not coincide with Elex Media's latest releases. Elex's most recent volume for Ogawa and Team Saito is volume 6, released 2011.05.11. (Latest Japanese tankou 8 streeted November 2010.) With My Brothers concluded with the release of finale volume 11 last April.
¹ Sources: Elex STO 7 December 2011 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 each except Slam Dunk Deluxe 2 (IDR 20,000). Value set SRPs indicated beside their respective entries.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Sakuragi is eventually allowed on the court, even getting some practice free throws in. Akagi orders the team's super play Rukawa to give Sakuragi some shooting tips, but a jealous Sakuragi refuses to follow Rukawa's pointers. What else is left but a Sakuragi and Rukawa showdown?
New Elex titles - continued
Self-proclaimed genius Anji summons the all-powerful Yellow Dragon, planning to make it his pet. He succeeds but the sacred beast appears as...a little girl?! What's worse, Anji seems to have reversed the spell and he ends up HER pet!
Other Tamura Mitsuhisa manga
Elex actually hypes Yellow Dragon ga Arawareta! as the brainchild of the Game Monster manga-ka; I assume that title refers to Bakegyamon, Tamura Mitsuhisa-sensei's collab with Fujita Kazuhiro.
With author Kusude Jun, Tamura Mitsuhisa-sensei produces Pocket Monster Réburst, currently serialized in Shonen Sunday (volume 2 published in Japan last 18 October 2011; volume 3 scheduled for 18 January 2012).
Satomi's love for Tsukamoto appears destined to remain unrequited, what with him rejecting her because she's fat. And no matter how hard she tries, she simply can't lose weight.
One day, as she is out jogging, she stumbles across a grimy doll on which is written: whoever brings this doll home will become slender and beautiful.
Elex promises a real scary read with Hantu Wanita Bermulut Lebar, which also compiles one-shots
Maneki kotatsu and
Sono-kao kudasai, in addition to title story
Senritsu! Ooguchi Onna and epilogue
Zoku Ooguchi Onna.
Other Makihara Wakana manga
Aside from Senritsu! Ooguchi Onna, Makihara Wakana also released Ciao Horror Comics anthologies, Senritsu! Flower Market (Japan release: 2010.07) and Norowareta Shinrei Game (JP: 2008.12). S/he also contributed the
Noroi no Tatebue horror one-shot to the Ciao Comics Special omnibus Gakkou de Atta Kowai Hanashi (JP: 2006.06). I don't know if these titles ever released here.
Other 7 December 2011 highlights
- Demon King 35 by Ra InSoo & Kim JaeHwan: Thanks to "Grandfather Snow," Demon King lives, and he's now bent on tracking down Murin — even to the Afterlife. But in pursuing Murin, Demon King must bid long-time companions farewell...
Still not enuf? Here are the other 7 December 2011 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: Sky of Love 8 · Team Medical Dragon 21 · Blade of Immortal 19 · Fight!! Ippo 86 · Boule & Bill - Sama Saja · Jojo - Jojo di Asrama · Rantanplan - Korban Sandera | [Paket] Angel Heart Vols. 1–5 · Harlequin: On the Way to a Wedding (four books) · Subaru Vols. 1–10 · To Be Beautiful Vols. 1–6 of 6 · Tomo'o Vols. 1–10 · Until Death Do Us Part Vols. 1–5
m&c!: Erementar Gerad 2 · Gamaran 1 by Nakamaru Yosuke · Love Sick 3 of 3 · Dear! 1 and 2 of 2 by Mitsuki Kaco · My Lovely Class Leader 6 · Next To You 3 · How to be a Man 8 of 8 · Idol's Love Story 9 · My Own Princess 10 of 10 · Crab Kiss 9 · Long Hu Men - The Next Battle 3
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
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