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Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.27 · Elex: 10.29 · Level: 10.29 · m&c!: 10.29
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB, Mon–Wed[Season finale] 29 October 2014, Wed
Bleach Season 7, 630pm WIB, Weekdays
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, Weekdays
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan): tsuritama, 930pm WIB, Mon–Thu

12.21.2011

Yona The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 4, School Babysitters 2, Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 16 (m&c! 21 December 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

m&c! has covers and synopses if you don't wanna gamble on me filling in this MinimaList's blanks. Update: I now have my own version, belated though it is.

Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 16 (m&c!)

Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei no Kassen © Sawada Hirofumi
Kodansha [Serialized in Monthly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia as Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War by Gramedia/m&c!

Yoritomo defies Yoshinaka for threatening Lord Houou to issue an edict quelling Yoritomo. At the banks of River Rokujou, Yoshinaka challenges the Supreme Commander of the Shadow Forces Yoshitsune to a one-on-one duel.

I apologize for any misinterpretations of Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 16's original Indonesian synopsis; whatever I know of the Genpei War, Wiki supplied. I'm a bit more confident, though, with my adapt of m&c!'s Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn 4 blurb:

Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn vol 4 of 7+
By Kusanagi Mizuho

"A legend tells of Four Dragon Warriors sworn to serve and protect the first king of Kouka, the Scarlet Dragon God."

Yona, Haku and Yun journey in search of the legendary Dragon Warriors. They find the White Dragon who joins their quest. He possesses the power to detect the other dragons but upon the group's arrival at the village of the Blue Dragon, the Blue Dragon is nowhere to be found...

New m&c! manga
Three shoujo one-shot tankou street: Tokyo Rock Boy by Kikuchi Kamaro (My Very Dear Bad Boy manga-ka), originally Tokyo Rock Shounen first serialized in Betsucomi; ex-Sho-Comi Stylist of Love (Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru) by Sakisaka Mea (Lovely Lesson - Hair Make Episode); and Ciao serial Diamond Step by Iwaoka Meme (I am not a Maid!), retitled Ice Dancing with You. Must thank tweep, manga translator Nishi-san, for identifying Stylist of Love as Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru. (m&c!'s version has a different front cover; the original Japanese cover was demoted to first page — don't ask me why.)

I preview this newbie trio after the release list.

[Holiday restocks]
If you missed some of The Best m&c! Mini-series (Namida Usagi!), now's your chance to make up.

m&c! manga (2011.12.21)

  1. The Adventure of Yoshito-sama (Yoshito-sama!) vol 3 of 5+ by Shii Haruka
  2. Eighty Eight (88 Eighty Eight) vol 4 of 4 by Namiki Hiromi [Finale]
  3. [Premiere] Ice Dancing with You (Diamond Step) by Iwaoka Meme
  4. Ice Dancing with You (m&c!)

    Diamond Stepダイアモンド・ステップ
    by Iwaoka Meme
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.11

  5. School Babysitters (Gakuen Babysitters) vol 2 of 4+ by Tokeino Hari
  6. Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War (Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei no Kassen) vol 16 of 17+ by Sawada Hirofumi
  7. [Premiere] Stylist of Love (Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru) by Sakisaka Mea
  8. Stylist of Love (m&c!)

    Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru指先で恋、染まる
    by Sakisaka Mea
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.11

  9. [Premiere] Tokyo Rock Boy (Tokyo Rock Shounen) by Kikuchi Kamaro
  10. Tokyo Rock Boy (m&c!)

    Tokyo Rock Shounen東京ロック少年
    by Kikuchi Kamaro
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.10

    Related series
    Adapted from Nousatsu Rock Shounen (three of three volumes published between 2006.02 and 2011.05), in turn the sequel to the 2005 Betsucomi one-shot Nousatsu Rock Star. Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete (2008.12) is a side story.

  11. Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) vol 4 of 7+ by Kusanagi Mizuho

m&c! manhwa (2011.12.21)

  1. The Breaker vol 2 of 10 by Jeon KeukJin & Park JinHwan
  2. The Breaker 2 (m&c!)

    The Breaker브레이커 (THE BREAKER)
    by Jeon KeukJin & Park JinHwan
    Daiwon C.I. Young Daiwon, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2007.12

    Related series
    Sequel: The Breaker: New Waves (volume 1 per 2011.10 • volume 2 street date: 2011.12.28)

  3. Full House: Love Continues (Full House II) vol 2 of 5 by Won SooYeon
  4. Full House: Love Continues 2 (m&c!)

    Full House IIFULL HOUSE 풀 하우스 2부
    by Won SooYeon
    AKA Full House 2: Ally & Ryder's Second Story
    Chulganil (TBC), josei
    Volume 2 first published in Korea 2006.01

    Related series
    Prequel: Full House (16 volumes)

[RE-STO] - Individual volumes (2011.12.21)
The Best Mini Seri m&c! ‘TRULY HOLIDAY’

Note: Volume tallies represent original volume totals, not (necessarily) m&c!'s latest release.

¹ Source: m&c! (release schedule and artwork and synopses)
² Manga, including restocks, retail for IDR 16,500 each. The Breaker 2 and Full House: Love Continues 2 are priced at IDR 18,500 and 25,000 each respectively.

New m&c! titles - continued

Ice Dancing With You
By Iwaoka Meme

My name's Alice and I can't remember a time when I wasn't in love with Towa. After waiting and waiting, I finally see my childhood friend again...and he's my ice dancing partner. I actually can't ice skate anymore, but for Towa's sake, I will do my best!

Other Iwaoka Meme manga
Cherry mangazine regulars won't be strangers to the name Iwaoka Meme: her (his?) Maid ja Naimon!, first serialized in Ciao like Diamond Step/Ice Dancing With You, currently runs in Cherry as I am not a Maid! (three of three Maid ja Naimon! volumes published in Japan between July 2009 and June 2010).

But even if you don't read Cherry, you still might have come across other Iwaoka Meme titles m&c! has published, among them, the three-volumed Mahiru's Meteor (Mahiru no Nagareboshi), standalones Hold Me Guard Me (Gyu Gyutto Mamotte!), Let's Meet at the Clinic (Hokenshitsu de Aimashou!, Meong Meong (Nyan Nyga Nyan) and Mysterious Thief Milky Drop (Kaitou Thief Milky Drop).

Unless they slipped under my radar, only Dare ni mo naisho! Watashi no himitsu (Ciao Comics: 2009.04) and Doubutsu Suki desu Mimasen (Ciao Comics: 2007.11) have not yet been licensed.

Stylist of Love
By Sakisaka Mea

I'm Yuu and I'm so looking forward to having my hair cut by a top stylist. But my reservation got double-booked and now this creepy guy's fiddling with my hair! I bolt from the salon...without my purse. The Sinister Stylist Ogura runs after me and returns my things...maybe he's not so bad after all?

[Additions from Chibi Manga's Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

The Japanese synopsis babbles about popular nicola model Kawaguchi Haruna (Fujioka Haruhi, Ouran High School Host Club live-action) but I don't understand what's the connect with Love at your fingertips, stained Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru. In any case, m&c!'s Stylist of Love contains one-shots Serial Nicola Academy: Prince Charming and Serial Nicola Academy: Love Battle, as well as Unexpected Love, Shoot!!! and the title story.

Other Sakisaka Mea manga
Stylist of Love/Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru, check; above-the-cut mentioned Lovely Lesson - Hair Make Episode and its prequel Lovely Lesson, check. I don't know if m&c! ever released Lovely Lesson volume 2: Lovely Lesson: Chuukyuuhen (Flower Comics: 2006.11), but I do know that m&c! double-launched the 7 of 10-rated My Tiger Boy or Tora wa Amaku Kiba de Kamu (last June) and 9 of 10♥ Cute! Cute! Cute!, originally Kawaii dake ja Moto Tarinai! (last February).

For sure, these ex-Sho-Comi manga—Kitto, motto, sukininaru (Flower Comics tankou per 2011.12.26), Douzo, Meshiagare (Flower Comics: 2011.08) and Matataki suru Tabi, Koi o Suru AKA One More Time One More Chance (FC: 2011.02)—haven't been licensed yet, but I can't confirm whether these older titles ever released here: Gal Kadou (three of three volumes published in Japan between 2008.11 and 2009.03), the smut-tagged Himekei Doll (four volumes released from 2007.08 to 2008.04), sports-themed Saikyou Ace, Mai (2006.01) and 18 Eighteen (2005.10) and manga-bio Ueto Aya Monogatari (2005.06).

Sakisaka Mea-sensei topbills the Flower Comics antho Koisuru Honey Coming! (2006.07) and shares the spotlight with Minami Kanan for Neko kare kūru (2010.07).

Tokyo Rock Boy
By Kikuchi Kamaro

Everyone has a dream. Some want to sing, others want to manage bands and still others just want to be with that special someone. This is the story of four girls struggling to achieve their dreams in music and love.

This antho's bishie love interests are the East Robo band members from Kikuchi Kamaro's three-volume Nousatsu Rock Shounen, in turn the continuation of the 2005 Betsucomi one-shot Nousatsu Rock Star. Their stories are told in Tokyo Rock Boy, Tokyo Rock Girl, Tokyo Rock School and Tokyo Rock League. While the stories aren't all that resonant, they are cute and competently told (around a 6 of 10, I would say).

Other Kikuchi Kamaro manga
In addition to Tokyo Rock Shounen and Nousatsu Rock Shounen (three volumes from 2006.02 to 2011.05), Kikuchi Kamaro also produced the Nousatsu Beat de Utawasete side story (2008.12). m&c! has only published Tokyo Rock Boy so far, but that doesn't mean it hasn't released other Kikuchi Kamaro titles. Earlier it published the already name-dropped My Very Dear Bad Boy or Akuma ga Hallelujah and I Love This Wolf (Ookamitachi no Tengoku), my gateway Kikuchi Kamaro shoujo manga.

Kikuchi Kamaro-sensei is also credited with the shoujo Cinderella no Jouken (Flower Comics: 2004.01) and the josei romance comedy Bakusou!! Platinum Idol, first serialized in Petit Comic (Flower Comics: 2007.04).

Featured ongoing series

The Adventure of Yoshito-Sama vol 3 of 5+
By Shii Haruka

Who should show up, bristling with hostility before Yoshito, but Yoshito's own little sister?! And as if one discontent weren't enough, that Yoshito had met Sabimaru before also comes out.

What secrets does Yoshito's first encounter with Sabimaru hold?

Five Yoshito-sama! volumes have been released in Japan as of October 2011.

The Breaker vol 2 of 10
By Jeon KeukJin & Park JinHwan

In Murim, only one name inspires fear and awe: Koo Moon Ryong. This is the name bestowed upon he who masters the ultimate martial arts, the Nine Dragon Stance. Could the lecherous teacher Han Chun Woo actually be Koo Moon Ryong?!

School Babysitters vol 2 of 4+
By Tokeino Hari

Put kids in a daycare and what do you get? Mayhem. Even with the help of Usaida, Ryuuichi scrambles to take care of his charges. The babysitters club tries to recruit new members, but will anyone come forward to apply?

Four Gakuen Babysitters volumes have been published in Japan as of September 2011.

Other 21 December 2011 highlights

  • Eighty Eight vol 4 of 4 by Namiki Hiromi: The Touhou ice hockey club finally get to participate in an official competition, but faces the fearsome Mizuto High team in its first game. Does Touhou even stand a chance?
  • Full House: Love Continues vol 2 by Won SooYeon: Why did you leave me and Full House, Elli? An explosion knocks Elli out, and when she comes to, she finds herself in a wholly different country, with no memory of the last two years. Despite knowing that Elli is already married, the Prince of Bartunia exploits the situation to make Elli his own. Meanwhile, what is Raider doing?

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

Elex Media: Durarara!! 4 of 4 · Natane 5 Deluxe · Conan Movie: The Last Wizard of the Century –First– and –Last– by Aoyama Gosho · Mr. Ermine 1 by Uno Ayumi · Crayon Shinchan 10 (Ex-12.14) · I Hate You More Than Anyone 8 (Ex-11.02) · Tale of the Sea King 40 · Nakayoshi Gress! 12/2011 · Shonen Star 22/2011 (Ex-12.14)

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

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

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