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:
"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.
- The Adventure of Yoshito-sama (Yoshito-sama!) vol 3 of 5+ by Shii Haruka
- Eighty Eight (88 Eighty Eight) vol 4 of 4 by Namiki Hiromi [Finale]
- [Premiere] Ice Dancing with You (Diamond Step) by Iwaoka Meme
- School Babysitters (Gakuen Babysitters) vol 2 of 4+ by Tokeino Hari
- Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War (Shanaou Yoshitsune: Genpei no Kassen) vol 16 of 17+ by Sawada Hirofumi
- [Premiere] Stylist of Love (Yubisaki de Koi, Somaru) by Sakisaka Mea
- [Premiere] Tokyo Rock Boy (Tokyo Rock Shounen) by Kikuchi Kamaro
- Yona, The Girl Standing in the Blush of Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) vol 4 of 7+ by Kusanagi Mizuho
- The Breaker vol 2 of 10 by Jeon KeukJin & Park JinHwan
- Full House: Love Continues (Full House II) vol 2 of 5 by Won SooYeon
[RE-STO] - Individual volumes (2011.12.21)
The Best Mini Seri m&c! ‘TRULY HOLIDAY’
- Cute! Cute! Cute! (Kawaii dake ja Moto Tarinai!) vol 1 of 2 by Sakisaka Mea
- Cute! Cute! Cute! vol 2 of 2 by Sakisaka Mea [Finale] | Series reviewed: 9 of 10 ♥
- Give Me All Your Love (Zenbu Chodai) vol 1 of 2 by Kurumatani Haruko
- Give Me All Your Love vol 2 of 2 by Kurumatani Haruko [Finale]
- Last Summer Cinema (Gunjou Cinema) vol 1 of 2 by Miyako Ritsu
- Last Summer Cinema vol 2 of 2 by Miyako Ritsu [Finale]
- Lieru's Love Power (Kururun Rieru Change!) vol 1 of 2 by Nakahara An
- Lieru's Love Power vol 2 of 2 by Nakahara An [Finale]
- Lonely Without You (Hitori Bocchi wa Samishikute) vol 1 of 3 by Chiba Kozue
- Lonely Without You vol 2 of 3 by Chiba Kozue
- Lonely Without You vol 3 of 3 by Chiba Kozue [Finale]
- Love, Romance and the World (Orera Kourin! ~Ai toka, Koi toka, Sekai toka~) vol 1 of 3 by Sugiyama Miwako
- Love, Romance and the World vol 2 of 3 by Sugiyama Miwako
- Love, Romance and the World vol 3 of 3 by Sugiyama Miwako [Finale]
- My Clumsy Boy (My Hero!) vol 1 of 2 by Kumaoka Fuyu
- My Clumsy Boy vol 2 of 2 by Kumaoka Fuyu [Finale]
- My Kingdom (Ore-sama Kingdom) vol 1 (of 5+) by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 2 by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 3 by Yagami Chitose
- Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ (Namida Usagi ~Seifuku no Kataomoi~) vol 1 (of 8+) by Minase Ai
- Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ vol 2 by Minase Ai
- Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ vol 3 by Minase Ai
- Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ vol 4 by Minase Ai
- Princess Gal Paradise (Himegal Paradise) vol 1 (of 4+) by Wao Akira
- Princess Gal Paradise vol 2 by Wao Akira
- Princess Gal Paradise vol 3 by Wao Akira
- Pudding in Love (Koisuru Purin!) vol 1 of 5 by Shinozuka Hiromu | m&c! vol 5 of 5: 2011.12.14
- Pudding in Love vol 2 of 5 by Shinozuka Hiromu
- Smile, Himiko! (Waratte Himiko-san) vol 1 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka
- Smile, Himiko! vol 2 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka
- Smile, Himiko! vol 3 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka [Finale]
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
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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?!
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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