This week

Manga street dates: Elex (4.23) · Level (4.23) · m&c! (4.23) · 3L Comic (4.25)
Hayate The Combat Butler! Cuties, Mon–Fri, 630pm WIB (Animax Asia)

It’s sunny side up manga + anime’s anniversary month!
Happy anniversary to Telor Ceplok, chuu
( ˘ ³˘)❤

Ittoki Otoya birthday card

And, of course, Happy Birthday to Ittoki-kun♥

1.31.2011

.hack/G.U.+ 5 of 5, The Ghost Conqueror 5 and Love is Everywhere manga, Part III (m&c! 2 February 2011 manga)

.hack/G.U.+ 5 (m&c!)

.hack//G.U.+ © Morita Yuzuka, Hamazaki Tatsuya
Kadokawa Shoten [First serialized in .hack//The World]
Published in Indonesia by Gramedia/m&c!

Once more Cubia wreaks havoc and Epitaph Users prove powerless, placing The World at the the brink of destruction and reprising the nightmare that was Network Crisis.

In the rubble of destruction, will Aura reappear? What destiny awaits because of Rebirth's failure to destroy AIDA? Find out the answers in the last volume of Haseo's adventures—.hack//G.U.+ 5 of 5—out now.

The Ghost Conqueror 5 of 9+ by Sakondou Eri

Fighting in Mammoth reaches fever pitch as Momotarou and friends battle the fourth monster, the purple demon who is actually the powerful and evil Grandpa Kobutori.

New m&c! titles and Love is Everywhere manga, Part III

Before I get to the next batch of Love is Everywhere Valentine manga (Love in the Sky IS Sora Log!!), lemme just note that m&c! slips Saint Beast into this schedule and goes on about the four youths tasked to rid the world of evil and save the humans, yada yada yada... Telling you now DO NOT GET! THIS unless all you want from your manga read are purty bishounen to slash. Yup, this is BL. Rent, if you must. (Thanks, Raven-san, for down and dirty on this standalone.)

Love in the Sky 1 (m&c!)

Sora Log © Mitsuki Kaco
Shogakukan [Betsucomi]
Published in Indonesia as
Love in the Sky
by Gramedia/m&c!

So I already gave away that the debuting Love in the Sky by Mitsuki Kaco is fan favorite Sora Log. In case you're not familiar with this Betsucomi title, it's the love story of astronomy club member Hikaru and Asou, the Bad Boy she met one starry night.

You prolly already know Mitsuki Kaco-sensei from The First One, Moon Light Dream, September Storm and Yearning Moon. Now all m&c! has to license are Kiss/Hug and Ai Hime ~ Ai to Himegoto to watch the number of happy campers spike.

Other premiering series include the Crossdressing, Idol, Revenge Prince x Princess by Kiritani Miki (volume 1 of 2), the Childhood Friends love triangle Rival Next Door by Shiraishi Yuki (volume 1 of 2) and the love letter-troped Smile, Himiko! by Nakajima Yuka on a three tankou launch. [Continued below the manga lists...]

m&c! Valentine manga: Love is Everywhere, Part III (2011.02.02)

  1. Boy Meets Girl (Boy×Mitsu×Girl) by Robico
  2. Boy Meets Girl (m&c!)

    Boy×Mitsu×Girlボーイ×ミーツ×ガール
    by Robico
    Kodansha Dessert, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2007.04

    Contains: Boy Meets Girl, Masamune-kun's Advice, Rainbow House and Twinkle Star

  3. The Cute One Beside Me (Watashi no Tonari ni Cute na Kimi) by Miyake Madoka
  4. The Cute One Beside Me (m&c!)

    Watashi no Tonari ni Cute na Kimi
    ワタシの隣にキュートな君
    by Miyake Madoka
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2009.04

    Contains: The Cute One Beside Me, Falling in Love With the King, 100% Love and More Than Brother and Sister

  5. Doctor's Naughty Kiss (Dr. wa Ijiwaru na Kiss de) by Kawamaru Shin
  6. Doctor's Naughty Kiss (m&c!)

    Dr. wa Ijiwaru na Kiss de
    Dr.はいじわるなキスで
    by Kawamaru Shin
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2007.12

    Contains: Doctor's Naughty Eyes, Doctor's Naughty Kiss, Doctor, Do You Like Lolita? and Always Together, Happy!

    Related series
    Prequels: A Kiss from a Doctor (Dr. wa Amai Kiss wo Suru) and Gorgeous Doctors (Dr. wa Sotto Dakishimeru AKA Love Remedy, Chuang Yi's English version)

  7. First Love, Freckles and You (Hatsukoi to Sobakasu to Kimi) by Satori Tae
  8. First Love, Freckles and You (m&c!)

    Hatsukoi to Sobakasu to Kimi
    初恋とそばかすとキミ
    by Satori Tae
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2005.10

    Contains: First Love, Freckles, and You, Together After School, Sparkling Tears, I want to know his feeling and Love letter to the invisible you

  9. Flowers of Love (Momoiro Renka) by Mitsuha Yuu
  10. Flowers of Love (m&c!)

    Momoiro Renka桃色恋花
    by Mitsuha Yuu
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2009.06

    Contains: Flowers of Love and Love Sketch

  11. Glasses Boys' Lovers (Maruhi Megane Danshi Kurabu) by Kawamaru Shin
  12. Glasses Boys' Lovers (m&c!)

    Maruhi Megane Danshi Kurabu
    マル秘メガネ男子倶楽部
    by Kawamaru Shin
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2007.11

  13. Love Café (Kare ga Café ni Iru no nara) by Washio Mie
  14. Love Café (m&c!)

    Kare ga Café ni Iru no nara
    彼がカフェに居るのなら
    by Washio Mie
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2009.11

    Contains: Love Café Sweet time in White Day, Kiss for You, You are My Vitamin and Shooting Star on the Café

  15. Love Deco by Jinna Mai
  16. Love Deco (m&c!)

    Love Decoラブ・デコ
    by Jinna Mai
    Shogakukan ChuChu, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2008.11

    Contains: Love Deco and I Need You!

    Serializations
    Indonesian Cherry (concluded)

  17. [Series Premiere] Love in the Sky (Sora Log) 1 of 4 by Mitsuki Kaco
  18. Love in the Sky 1 (m&c!)

    Sora Logソラログ
    by Mitsuki Kaco
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.04

  19. Paradise Café (Gokujou no Yoru wo Ageru) by Morita Fuji
  20. Paradise Café (m&c!)

    Gokujou no Yoru wo Ageru
    極上の夜をあげる
    by Morita Fuji
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2008.07

    Contains: Paradise Café, Unlucky Star, Lost Child's Prince, Second Chance and Sparkling Night Sky

  21. [Series Premiere] Prince X Princess (Puri x Puri - Himegimi wa Oujisama) 1 of 2 by Kiritani Miki
  22. Prince X Princess 1 (m&c!)

    Puri x Puri - Himegimi wa Oujisama
    プリ×プリ~姫君は王子さま~
    by Kiritani Miki
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2008.04

  23. [Series Premiere] Rival Next Door (Tonari no Koigataki) 1 of 2 by Shiraishi Yuki
  24. Rival Next Door 1 (m&c!)

    Tonari no Koigatakiとなりの恋がたき
    by Shiraishi Yuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.08

  25. [Series Premiere] Smile, Himiko! (Waratte Himiko-san) 1 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka
  26. Smile, Himiko! 1 (m&c!)

    Waratte Himiko-sanわらってヒミコさん
    by Nakajima Yuka
    Shogakukan ChuChu, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.06

  27. [Premiere] Smile, Himiko! (Waratte Himiko-san) 2 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka
  28. Smile, Himiko! 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.10

  29. [Premiere] Smile, Himiko! (Waratte Himiko-san) 3 of 3 by Nakajima Yuka [Finale]
  30. Smile, Himiko! 3 (m&c!)

    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.04

  31. Together With You (Kimi to Issho!?) by Morita Yuki
  32. Together With You (m&c!)

    Kimi to Issho!?きみといっしょ!?
    by Morita Yuki
    Shogakukan Ciao, shoujo
    This anthology first published in Japan 2009.01

    Contains: Together With You, World in Two Desks, Things Until Summer Holiday and I Love With Cutie!

m&c! regular series (2011.02.02)

  1. The Ghost Conqueror (Momogumi Plus Senki) 5 of 9+ by Sakondou Eri
  2. The Ghost Conqueror 5 (m&c!)

    Momogumi Plus Senki桃組プラス戦記
    by Sakondou Eri
    Kadokawa Shoten Asuka, shoujo
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2008.07

    Other languages
    English Momogumi Plus Senki (TOKYOPOP: volume 4 released 2010.12)

  3. Go! Hiromi Go! 7 of 8 by Asou Mikoto
  4. Go! Hiromi Go! 7 (m&c!)

    Go! Hiromi Go!GO!ヒロミGO!
    by Asou Mikoto
    Hakusensha Melody, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2006.01

  5. .hack//G.U.+ 5 of 5 by Morita Yuzuka, Hamazaki Tatsuya [Finale]
  6. .hack//G.U.+ 5 (m&c!)

    .hack//G.U.+.hack//G.U.+
    by Morita Yuzuka, Hamazaki Tatsuya
    Kadokawa Shoten .hack//The World, shounen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2009.03

    Related series
    Adapted from the .hack//G.U. PS2 games and novel retelling.
    Prequels: .hack//AI Buster (novel) and .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu. Sequel: .hack//Link.
    Side stories: .hack//4 koma, .hack//Alcor and .hack//GnU

    Other languages
    English .hack//G.U.+ (TOKYOPOP: five volumes), Spanish (Norma Editorial: five volumes) and German (Carlsen Comics: five volumes)

  7. [Premiere] Saint Beast (Saint Beast - Shiseijuu) by Kaoru Yaezaki
  8. Saint Beast (m&c!)

    Saint Beast - Shiseijuu
    セイント・ビースト 四聖獣
    by Kaoru Yaezaki (Original story by Arisugawa Kei; Original character by Asagi Sakura)
    Ichijinsha Zero-Sum Comics, shoujo/BL
    This volume first published in Japan 2004.02

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Team Medical Dragon 14, Red River 3, Rainbow 20 (Level Comics 2 February 2011 manga)

Team Medical Dragon 14 (Level Comics)

Iryuu -Team Medical Dragon- © Nogizaka Taro & Nagai Akira/Shogakukan
[Serialized in Big Comic Superior]
Published in Indonesia as Team Medical Dragon by Elex Media/Level Comics

In his quest to become the ideal physician, Noboru opts out of Team Batista and joins the surgical team of Kirishima Gunji as second assistant. Problems arise when Noboru finds anomalies in the decision to take a graft in the operation. Professor Takeo then capitalizes on Noboru's “findings” to discredit Gunji.

Can Gunji acquit himself of the allegations against him? More importantly, can they save the patient? Find out in Team Medical Dragon 14, out now.

Red River 3 of 28 by Shinohara Chie

Yuri regains consciousness after having been poisoned and manages to evade the pursuit of Zuwa. But Talos blocks her way and demands that Yuri stand and fight against Zuwa. What is Talos' intention? And can Yuri win against Zuwa?

Rainbow 20 of 22 by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi

Mario, trying to save Setsuko from the criminals of M Loan, suffers severe beating at the hands of the boss. Bob, too, fails to eliminate the other juvies in Building 2 Cell 6 and Mario himself refuses to yield. Mario threatens to counter with a grenade, but in their escape, Mario and Setsuko are checked by the flames enveloping the hangar, prompting Mario to tell Setsuko, Save yourself...

Level Comics manga and manhwa (2011.02.02)

  1. [RESKED] Brave Story (Brave Story - Shinsetsu) 4 of 20 by Miyabe Miyuki
  2. LC: Brave Story 4

    Brave Story - Shinsetsu
    ブレイブ・ストーリー~新説~
    by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
    AKA Brave Story: A Retelling of a Classic
    Shinchosha Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2004.09

    Volume 4 chapters:
    29. Ashikawa of the Shigdra
    30. The Five Orbs
    31. The Mirror of Enternal Darkness
    32. Not Alone
    33. The Unluckiest Assassin
    34. The Act
    35. The Girl Who Hungered for Love
    36. Beserker
    37. Answer
    38. Demon

    Related
    Adapted from Miyabe Miyuki-sensei's Brave Story light novel, post its winning the Batchelder Award (for Most Outstanding children's book originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English).

    Other languages
    English Brave Story (TOKYOPOP: five volumes; the Brave Story novel was published by VIZ Media 2009.11), French (Kurokawa: Tome 19 shipped 2010.12) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li)

    Adaptations
    The novel was adapted into an anime feature by Gonzo, which premiered in Japan on 2006.07.08. Actress/singer Matsu Takako was cast as Mitani Wataru, Wentz Eiji as Ashikawa Mitsuru, Oizumi Yo as Ki-kima, and Imai Miki as the Goddess of Destiny. The film was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 2007 Japanese Academy Awards.

  3. Go Go Hanasaki Detective Office (Go-Go Kochira Shiritsu Hanasaki Tantei Jimusho) 3 of 4 by Watanabe Wataru
  4. Priest 14 of 16+ by Hyung MinWoo
  5. LC: Priest 14

    Priest프리스트」 by Hyung MinWoo
    Daiwon C.I. Champ Comics, seinen
    Volume 14 first published in Korea 2003.11
    Series on hiatus from volume 16

    Other languages
    English Priest (TOKYOPOP: 16 volumes), French (Tokebi; 16 volumes), German (Tokyopop Germany), Polish (Kasen Comics), Italian (J POP), Portuguese (Lumus Brazil) and Japanese (Enterbrain Beam comix)

    Adaptations
    A film adaptation starring Cam Gigandet, Paul Bettany and Maggie Q is expected to premiere on 13 May 2011 in the U.S. (Indonesian screening is slated to begin 12 May 2011.)

  6. Rainbow 20 of 22 by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi
  7. LC: Rainbow 20

    Rainbow - Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin
    RAINBOW 二舎六房の七人
    by Abe George & Kakizaki Masasumi
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2008.05

    Volume 20 chapters:
    205. You are the one
    206. Zoom
    207. A new religion
    208. Breakdown
    209. Children of the dawn
    210. Drifting
    211. End of all hope
    212. Firestorm
    213. Gate of heaven
    214. Home sweet home
    215. I can

    Awards
    Best Seinen/General Manga, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards (2005), tied with Kawaguchi Kaiji's A Spirit of the Sun

    Other languages
    French (Kazé: Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin tome 16 shipped 2011.01.13) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan RAINBOW少年犯罪檔案 21 per 2010.12)

    Adaptations
    A 26-episode anime adaptation by Madhouse, starring Oguri Shun (Minakami Mario), Kanjiya Shihori (Setsuko), Koyama Rikiya (Sakuragi Rokurouta/An-chan), Park Romi (Maeda Noboru AKA Suppon/Turtle), Fujiwara Keiji (Nomoto Ryuuji/Baremoto or Scam), Waki Tomohiro (Matsuura Mansaku/Cabbage), Kuroda Takaya (Tooyama Tadayoshi/Heitai or Soldier) and Hasome Tatsuya (Yokosuka Jou/Joe), aired in Japan between April and September 2010.

  8. Red River (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) 3 of 28 by Shinohara Chie
  9. LC: Red River 3

    Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori
    天は赤い河のほとり
    by Shinohara Chie
    AKA Anatolia Story
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 3 (chapters 8-10) first published in Japan 1995.11

    Awards
    Best Shoujo Manga, 46th Shogakukan Manga Awards (2000)

    Other languages
    English Red River (VIZ Media; 28 volumes), Italian Anatolia Story (Editions Star Comics; 28 volumes), German (EMA/Egmont Manga and Anime), Vietnamese Dòng Sông Huyền Bí (Tre Publishing House) and traditional Chinese 赤河戀影 (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Eight drama CDs were released between 1997 and 2003.

    Related
    An artbook (Japan release: 1999.02.24), fanbook (2002.07.26) and a two-volume novel adaptation 天は赤い河のほとり 外伝 魔が時代の黎明 written and illustrated by Shinohara Chie-sensei (2007.05 and 2007.09)

  10. Team Medical Dragon 14 of 25+ by Nogizaka Taro & Nagai Akira
  11. LC: Team Medical Dragon 14

    Iryuu -Team Medical Dragon-医龍
    by Nogizaka Taro, Nagai Akira, Yoshinuma Mie (Medical Supervisor)
    Shogakukan Big Comic Superior, seinen
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2007.07

    Volume 14 chapters:
    107. 最強の鎧
    108. お返し
    109. 意見
    110. 口止め
    111. ミルク
    112. 欲しいもの
    113. 弔い
    114. 特権

    Awards
    Winner, Best Seinen/General Manga, 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards

    Other languages
    French (Glénat: tome 14 per 2010.11 • tome 15 street date: 2011.02.16)

    Adaptations
    Two seasons of the live-action adaptation, starring Sakaguchi Kenji (Asada Ryutaro), aired on Fuji TV (Season 1: April to June 2006; Season 2: October to December 2007). The series won the Best Drama award at the 49th Television Drama Academy Awards.

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Fullmetal Alchemist 26, Topeng Kaca 6 Deluxe, Otomen 10 (Elex Media 2 February 2011 manga)

Fullmetal Alchemist 26 (Elex)

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi © Arakawa Hiromu
Square Enix [First serialized in Shonen Gangan]
Published in Indonesia as Fullmetal Alchemist by Elex Media

The dwarf in the test tube finally captures his prize. Sacrificing the five who opened the Gate of Truth—Edward, Alphonse, Mustang, Izumi and Hohenheim—he seizes god-like powers. But the people have not been idle in the centuries of darkness...

Find out if Father succeeds in absorbing all the souls in Amestris in the penultimate Fullmetal Alchemist, compiling chapters 104 through 106, The Center of the World, The Throne of God and The Abyss of Pride.

Topeng Kaca 6 of 24+ Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue

Fresh from the success of “Hurricane Hill” and “A Rock Smiles,” Maya takes on the supporting role of Chie in the drama Muenzakura. Despite having to go on-stage with a draft script, Maya manages to wing it with the help of co-star Himekawa Ayumi.

But the challenges won't desist. Now Maya has to unleash another storm in Topeng Kaca 6 Deluxe: Badai Panggung (2) by joining the audition for the role of Helen Keller.

Otomen 10 of 12+ by Kanno Aya

Actually, the two Hakusensha shoujo manga in this Elex release—Ciuman Dewa 2 and Otomen 10—tied for third place in the DO WANT! stakes. But since Otomen 10 has been on the back burner since September 2010, blurbing that:

All masks melt in the summer heat, making anti-otomen enforcer Kasuga's blood pressure rise as he sees just how far from the stereotypical ideal the students are. Chemistry teacher Kibino steps up with a wonder drug that promises to make Asuka-chan forget his otomen hobbies and transform Ryo into a girly girl.

NEW ELEX TITLES: Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot

Elex double launches Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot [First] and [Last], based on the Doraemon: Nobita and the Robot Kingdom feature film that premiered in Japan March 2002. Nobita and Doraemon help out a young robot Poko and the robots who have had their emotions excised from them by the cruel Empress Janne.

Each compilation retails for IDR 24,000.

Reissues

After the recent volumes 1-10 and 11-20 box sets, Elex reissues the Detektif Conan volumes 41-50 box set. Still costs IDR 160,000/set.

Mangazines: Shonen Magz 2/2011

Shonen Magz 2/2011 - School Rumble front cover

School Rumble
© Kobayashi Jin
Kodansha
[Weekly Shonen
Magazine
]

Despite the latest Shonen Magz spotlighting Kobayashi Jin's School Rumble on the cover (right), the featured serial for Issue 2/2011 is Kindaichi Case Files by Amagi Seimaru & Sato Fumiya:

Someone whispers from the sidelines: his head will be cut off and placed in Chidamari.

And true to that legend in the Igo world, a decapitated head is found atop a reversed Igo board during an Igo club training camp.

Other shounen (and seinen) manga in serialization: BECK by Harold Sakuishi, Blazer Drive by Kishimoto Seishi, Code:Breaker by Kamijyo Akimine, Fairy Tail by Mashima Hiro, Ghost's Doctor by Sato Yuki, Tokkyu! by Kubo Mitsuro & Komori Yoichi, Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP and Vinland Saga by Yukimura Makoto.

Elex Media manga (2011.02.02)

  1. Ciuman Dewa (Kamisama Hajimemashita) 2 of 8+ by Suzuki Julietta
  2. Ciuman Dewa 2 (Elex)

    Kamisama Hajimemashita神様はじめました
    by Suzuki Julietta
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.01

    Other languages
    English Kamisama Hajimemashita (VIZ Media; volume 1 per 2010.12.07 • volume 2 street date: 2011.03.01)

  3. Crayon Shinchan 2 of 50 by Usui Yoshito
  4. Crayon Shinchan 2 (Elex)

    Crayon Shin-chanクレヨンしんちゃん
    by Usui Yoshito (deceased)
    Futabasha Weekly Manga Action, seinen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1992.06

    Other languages
    English (partially translated by ComicsOne and CMX), French (J'ai Lu, then, Casterman), Spanish and Catalan (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain), German (EMA), Italian ( Panini Comics) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Shin'ei Doga's anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yajima Akiko (Shin-chan), has been running since April 1992, with the 699th episode airing on 2010.05.07. At least 18 movie sequels have been released between July 1993 and April 2010.

  5. Crows 16 of 26 by Takahashi Hiroshi
  6. Crows 16 (Elex)

    Crowsクローズ」 by Takahashi Hiroshi
    AKA Crows: Busou Sensen Reimeihen
    Akita Shoten Monthly Shounen Champion, shounen
    Volume 16 first published in Japan 1995.02

    Related series

    Worst (sequel, 25 volumes as at 2010.11) and Crows Zero (spin-off; nine volumes as at 2010.08)

    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. Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV 24 by Aoyama Gosho
  8. Detektif Conan Spesial 34 of 36+ (Meitantei Conan Special) by Aoyama Gosho, Abe Yutaka & Maru Denjiro
  9. Detektif Conan Spesial 34 (Elex)

    Meitantei Conan Special名探偵コナン 特別編
    Concept by Aoyama Gosho
    Art by Abe Yutaka & Maru Denjiro
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, shounen
    Volume 34 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Related
    Detektif Conan (main story) and the special editions drawn by Aoyama-sensei's assistants that diverge from the main plot

  10. Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) 2 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
  11. Dodge Fighters 2 (Elex)

    Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters
    がんばれ!ドッジファイターズ
    by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2003.10

    Volume 2 chapters:
    13. おそるべし忍術ドッジ!
    14. ファイターズの弱点
    15. ターゲットは美々ちゃん
    16. レギュラーはわたさない!
    17. 変幻自在!嵐山三人衆
    18. 森の中の死闘!
    19. オレは死んじゃいない!
    20. まんが家チームの挑戦状
    21. 魂のユニフォーム!
    22. 勝利のデザイン
    23. 嵐を呼ぶルイナママ!
    24. サポーター第1号!
    25. 海から来た強力コンビ!
    26. 決着は全力対全力!!

  12. Doraemon 2 of 45 by Fujiko F. Fujio (Japanese binding re-release)
  13. Doraemon 2 (Elex)

    Doraemonドラえもん
    by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 1974.09
    (First released in Indonesia in 1994)

    Awards
    Best Children's Manga, 27th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Grand Prize, the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award (1997) and the Excellence Award, Japan Cartoonists Association Awards (1973)

    Related series
    Doraemon Plus (sequel; 5 of 5 volumes), Daichouhen Doraemon (side story; 24 of 24 volumes); Dorabase: Doraemon Chouyakyuu Gaiden (spin-off; 21 volumes, ongoing) and The Doraemon's Special (spin-off; 12 volumes)

    Adaptations
    A 52-episode anime adaptation by Nippon TV (1973.04 - 1973.09), a 1,787-episode series by Shin-Ei Animation (broadcast on TV Asahi from 1979.04 - 2005.03), a 2005 adaptation by Shin-Ei Animation and Studio Pierrot (premiered 2005.04.15; 300+ episodes) and numerous movies

  14. [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot (First) by Fujiko F. Fujio
  15. Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot - First (Elex)

    Doraemon Movie: Nobita and the Robot Kingdom
    映画ドラえもん のび太とロボット王国 上
    by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Anime Comics, kodomo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2003.01

  16. [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot (Last) by Fujiko F. Fujio [Finale]
  17. Doraemon Movie: Nobita & Kerajaan Robot - Last (Elex)

    Doraemon Movie: Nobita and the Robot Kingdom
    映画ドラえもん のび太とロボット王国 下
    by Fujiko F. Fujio
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Anime Comics, kodomo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2003.01

  18. Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) 26 of 27 by Arakawa Hiromu
  19. Fullmetal Alchemist 26 (Elex)

    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi鋼の錬金術師
    by Arakawa Hiromu
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 26 (chapters 104-106) first published in Japan 2010.08

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Hashiguchi Takashi's Yakitate!! Japan [volume 19 streets concurrently with FMA 25])

    Other languages
    English Fullmetal Alchemist (VIZ Media: volume 24 per 2011.01.18 and Chuang Yi: volume 23 released 2010.03), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi 钢之炼金术师 #27 per 2011.01.18), French (Kurokawa tome 25 per 2011.01.13), Italian (Panini Comics/Planet Manga), German (Planet Manga), Spanish (Norma Editorial Spain; latest volume 25), Polish (Japonica Polonica Fantastica), Swedish (Bonnier Carlsen) and Portuguese (JBC Brazil)

    Adaptations
    A 51-episode anime adaptation by Bones aired between October 2003 and October 2004, followed by a film sequel (Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, July 2005) and a second 64-episode series Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood that aired between April 2009 and July 2010. A handful of OAVs were also released. The latest Fullmetal Alchemist: Mitos no Sei-Naru Hoshi movie is scheduled to premiere on 2 July 2011. Seiyuu Park Romi and Kugimiya Rie play brothers Edward and Alphone Elric in all the Hagaren adaptations.

    Two Fullmetal Alchemist audio drama series have been produced. Three volumes comprise the pre-anime first series: The Land of Sand, False Light, Truth's Shadow and Criminals' Scar. The second series, bundled with Shonen Gangan, consists of Ogutāre of the Fog (Shonen Gangan April and May 2004 issues) and Fullmetal Alchemist: Crown of Heaven (November and December issues).

    Related
    Spin-off light novels written by Inoue Makoto and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. First serialized in Shonen Gangan, six volumes have been released: The Land of Sand (2003.02; source material for anime episodes 11 and 12) · The Abducted Alchemist (2003.09) · The Valley of White Petals (2004.04) · Under the Faraway Sky (2004.10) · The Ties That Bind (2005.06) · A New Beginning (2007.03).

    A pair of The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist manga artbooks and three manga guidebooks, as well as three The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Anime artbooks, a Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Profiles character guide book, and six fanbooks (TV Anime Fullmetal Alchemist Official Fanbooks for the first series and one for the second) have also been released.

  20. Here is Greenwood (Deluxe) 2 of 6 (Koko wa Greenwood) by Nasu Yukie
  21. Here is Greenwood 2 (Elex)

    Koko wa Greenwoodここはグリーン・ウッド
    by Nasu Yukie
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume and Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 2 (bunko) first published in Japan 2000.12

    Other languages
    English Here is Greenwood (VIZ Media; nine volumes)

    Adaptations
    A six-episode anime OAV starring seiyuu Sasaki Nozomu (Hasukawa Kazuya), Sakamoto Chika (Kisaragi Shun), Iwata Mitsuo (Ikeda Mitsuru) and Seki Toshihiko (Tezuka Shinobu) released in Japan between November 1991 and March 1993 and a 13-episode live-action renzoku that aired on Tokyo MX from July to September 2008 (Cast: Izawa Yuki, Suzuki Hiroki, Miura Riki and Sato Yuuichi)

  22. Otomen 10 of 12+ by Kanno Aya
  23. Otomen 10 (Elex)

    Otomenオトメン(乙男) 」by Kanno Aya
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2010.02

    Other languages
    English Otomen (VIZ Media: volume 9 per 2011.02.01 • volume 10 street date: 2011.05.03 and Chuang Yi: volume 10 per 2010.09), French (Akata/Delcourt: tome 10 per 2010.06 • tome 11 street date: 2011.03.09), German (Carlsen Verlag: Band 3 ships 2011.02.25), Spanish (Planeta DeAgostini) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 乙男 -粉紅系男孩 10 per 2010.02)

    Adaptations
    Live-action adaptation starring Okada Masaki (Asuka) and Kaho (Ryo) aired on Fuji TV from 1 August to 3 November 2009.

  24. Piano Hutan (Piano no Mori) 18 of 19+ by Isshiki Makoto
  25. Piano Hutan 18 (Elex)

    Piano no Moriピアノの森」 by Isshiki Makoto
    AKA Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai
    Kodansha Morning (formerly in Uppers), seinen
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2010.07

    Awards
    Recipient, Grand Prize for Best Manga, 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other language versions
    Published in traditional Chinese by Sharp Point Press (Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    The Piano Forest, an animated movie adaptation by Madhouse, starring Kamiki Ryunosuke (Kyuu, Tantei Gakuen Q live-action drama) as Amamiya Shuuhei and Ueto Aya (Azumi, Azumi) as Ichinose Kai premiered 2007.07.21 in Japan. The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and in the Theatrical Film category at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

  26. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 10 of 13 by Sawada Hirofumi
  27. Sanzoku Ou: King of Bandits 10 (Elex)

    Sanzoku Ou山賊王」 by Sawada Hirofumi
    Kodansha Magazine Great, shounen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2007.06

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (concluded)

  28. Topeng Kaca Deluxe (Glass no Kamen) 6 of 24+ by Miuchi Suzue
  29. Topeng Kaca 6 Deluxe (Elex)

    Glass no Kamenガラスの仮面」 by Miuchi Suzue
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Bunko volume 6 first published in Japan 1994.03

    Related
    Glass no Kamen tankoubon

    Adaptations
    Three anime and two seasons of a live-action drama

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1.28.2011

I Love You Suzuki kun 7 by Ikeyamada Go and Four Pure Loves by Yokoyama Mayumi (3L shoujo manga out now)

I Love You, Suzuki kun!! 7 (Tiga Lancar Comic)

Suki desu, Suzuki-kun!! © Ikeyamada Go/Shogakukan [Serialized in Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as I Love You, Suzuki kun!!
by Tiga Lancar Comic/3L

If you follow me on Twitter, you knew from yesterday that Ikeyamada Go's I Love You, Suzuki kun!! volume 7 was already out and that I already snagged my copy. 3L's back cover blurb goes on about how Sayaka has to move to Kyushu, the date at the beach with Hikaru and Hikaru's confession at a nearly-botched drama performance, yada yada yada...

But the most important thing to warn about is that Suzuki kun!! 7's first chapter (31) opens with smut, smut, smut! (So, if you're going to buy this installment, make sure you're already   DEWASA-eligible.)

Four Pure Loves by Yokoyama Mayumi

Four Pure Loves (Tiga Lancar Comic)

Atashi ga Hamatta
Yottsu no Junai
© Yokoyama Mayumi
Shogakukan [Betsucomi]
Published in Indonesia as
Four Pure Loves
by Tiga Lancar Comic

I passed up on Four Pure Loves, not realizing it was actually legit because it looked like one of those bootleg manga you usually find at news stands. The anthology compiles four love stories: that of Mai who pines for Amano who already has a girlfriend; Rian and her romantic escapades at a summer training camp; Nao and her unintentional “H” with a friend; and Wakana, torn between two (childhood pal) lovers. How this Childhood Friends, Drunk Sex antho can even lay claim to Pure Love boggles, but there you go. (Again, make sure you're mature enough to handle this if you decide to buy.)

Have to admit that even if I knew this was a 3L manga, I still wouldn't have gotten it. SO not impressed with Yokoyama Mayumi's Boy's Story and M's Dilemma that I passed up on I Love High School, Galism and now this omnibus.

3L shoujo manga (2011.01.21)

  1. [Premiere] Four Pure Loves (Atashi ga Hamatta Yottsu no Junai) by Yokoyama Mayumi
  2. Atashi ga Hamatta Yottsu no Junaiアタシがハマった4つの純愛」 by Yokoyama Mayumi
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 7 (chapters 31-35 + Side story) first published in Japan 2005.11

  3. I Love You, Suzuki kun!! (Suki desu Suzuki-kun!!) 7 of 10+ by Ikeyamada Go
  4. Suki desu Suzuki-kun!!好きです鈴木くん!!」 by Ikeyamada Go
    AKA The Lovin' “S”
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2010.03

    Adaptations
    The first anime OAD was bundled with Sho-Comi's first 2010 issue (released 2009.12; chapter 1 reenactment), the second with the Suzuki-kun!! Official Fanbook (shipped 2010.07; chapters 15 and 16 re-enactment).

    Two light novels written by Tokiumi Yui and illustrated by Ikeyamada Go have also been released. The first, Suki desu Suzuki-kun!! Pure White Love (2009.12.24), detailed Hikaru and Sayaka's relationship during the couple's last year of middle school. The second Suki desu Suzuki-kun!! With Precious Heart light novel (2010.07.26) is set before the high school arc/between manga volumes 7 and 8.

    A Nintendo DS game—Suki desu Suzuki-kun!! ~Yo-nin no Suzuki-kun—released in 2010.07. Per the title, the game introduces two new Ikeyamada-sensei designed characters also surnamed Suzuki: Suzuki Michiru and Suzuki Hiroto. A limited edition of the Idea Factory game came with a drama CD featuring a story about the four main characters.

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