Bleach 43, Tabi and Fellow Travelers 2, Samurai Force 1 by Todono Seiuchiroh (m&c! 26 October 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

Also new: Roman Club 1 by Amano Kozue and 7 Centi! Love & Friendship 1-3 of 3 by Nanajima Kana.

Samurai Force 1 (m&c!)

Eleven Soul © Todono Seiuchiroh/Mag Garden
[Serialized in Comic Blade]
Published in Indonesia as Samurai Force by Gramedia/m&c!

Settle for MinimaList for nau~ Will be back later with deets AKA NikBabble™ and artwork. Done, albeit mucho, mucho delayed :P

Takemichi is suddenly promoted to the elite Samurai Force. With no military background whatsoever, can he survive?

Methinks we need a bit more background to Samurai Force than m&c!'s tease: Japan, mid-21st century: the government creates a "samurai" unit to challenge the dominance of the Shahel, immortality gene- and biohazard hybrids ravaging the North and South American continents. The Samurai Force deploys nano-machine-enhanced soldiers to combat the menace that wipes out even the United States. Tsukahara Takemichi finds himself the newest member of the 1st platoon. [Adapted from Baka-Updates Manga's Eleven Soul description]

Gene Splice × Uniforms Samurai Force debuted in 2006 in Comic Blade, and the shounen mecha action continues (to serialize) in that mangazine. The first tankou was compiled by August 2006, the latest volume 11 streeted as of 8 October.

Samurai Force represents the second Todono Seiuchiroh manga m&c! has licensed; the first, Innocent Blade Unveil, launched last September. For other Todono Seiuchiroh manga « click that link. I don't think any sea change swamped Todono-sensei's backlist since I last wrote about it.

Rest of the newbs below the release list. Up here, up next: top DO WANT!

Bleach vol 43: Kingdom of Hollows
By Kubo Tite

Aizen's ingress into battle pressures Gotei 13 to join forces with the Visored, if only for a shot at taking down the traitor. But before they can get to Aizen, they must first crush Barragan and Starrk, the Primera Espada.

Easier sed than done :P

Volume 43's front cover is Segunda Espada Baraggan Louisenbairn, so don't blame me for not leading with it/him, not when—Takemichi?—is too terribly bishie. Neway, Bleach 43: Kingdom of Hollows collates chapters 368 to 377: The Fearless Child, Spit On Your Own God, 神の視座にて 命を論ず or Debating Life From the Throne of God, Kingdom of Hollows, The Metal Cudgel Flinger, Wolves Ain't Howl Alone, 灰狼・赤血・黒衣・白骨 or Gray Wolf, Red Blood, Black Clothing, White Bone, EXecution, EXtinction, EXecution, EXtinction 2 and Shout at the Dark. [Obviously NOT m&c!'s chapter titles] The latest Bleach chapter bound in tankou is 459, Death & Strawberry 2, compiled in Volume 52: End of Bond (Japan release: 2011.10.04).

Mangazines: Cherry 58/2011

Cherry 58/2011 (m&c!)

Akatsuki no ARIA
© Akaishi Michiyo
[Serialized in Flowers]
Published in Indonesia as
Dawn Aria by m&c!

Dawn Aria, Akaishi Michiyo's ongoing Flowers josei manga is the cover of Cherry 58; within we get episode 35 ex-Akatsuki no ARIA volume 10, released in Japan September 2010. (Dawn Aria's most recent tankou here is volume 7, and that released December 2010.)

We also get the third (and last) eppie of Nakajima Yuka's My Mysterious Neighbor (Tonari no Obake-san, Ciao Comics 2011.02); also ex-Ciao I am not a Maid! episode 8 (from Iwaoka Meme's Maid ja Naimon! volume 2, JP release: 2010.02); episode 32 of My Lovely Class Leader by Nishimura Tomoko (from Ciao's Gokujou Mechamote Iinchou volume 10 published 2009.08; m&c!'s latest My Lovely Class Leader vol 3 released 19 September); Sweet Dog's Stories Episode 3: Dokter by Hotta Atsuko (from Tengoku no Monogatari ~Zutto, Zutto, Isshoni~, Flower Comics: 2011.04); Addicted to Love (Koi no Mayaku), the Extra Story in Nakamura Sayumi's Always by Your Side or Itsumo Soba ni Koi no Uta (ChuChu Comics: 2010.04); Ichikawa Show's Sweet Love or Amakuchi Koigokoro, one of two ex-Sho-Comi stories collected in the 2008.10 released Inu Jikan, retitled I Love Dog and You for Cherry serialization (the last Inu Jikan one-shot is Himitsu no Chikara, but that's not in this Cherry); episode 9 of Yomogi Loves Money? by Arai Kiyoko (from Yomogi Mochi Kaketa? volume 2, ChuChu Comics: 2009.04); and chapters 1 and 2 of Eleanora Ananda's Nan Nan's Daily Life, obviously a local serial.

m&c! manga (2011.10.26)

  1. [Series Premiere] 7 Centi! Love & Friendship (7 Centi!) vol 1 of 3 by Nanajima Kana
  2. 7 Centi! Love & Friendship 1 (m&c!)

    7 Centi!7センチ!
    by Nanajima Kana
    Shogakukan ChuChu, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.08

    Serialized in Cherry (concluded)

  3. [Premiere] 7 Centi! Love & Friendship vol 2 of 3 by Nanajima Kana
  4. 7 Centi! Love & Friendship 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.12

  5. [Premiere] 7 Centi! Love & Friendship vol 3 of 3 by Nanajima Kana [Finale]
  6. 7 Centi! Love & Friendship 3 (m&c!)

    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.06

  7. Bleach vol 43 of 52+ by Kubo Tite
  8. Bleach 43 (m&c!)

    by Kubo Tite
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 43 (chapters 368-377) first published in Japan 2010.02

    Winner, 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Other languages
    English Bleach (VIZ Media: 36 volumes per 2011.09 • volume 37 street date: 2011.12.06), French (Glénat; Tome 44 shipped 2011.09 • Tome 45 street date: 2011.12.01), Spanish (Glénat in Spain, Grupo Editorial Vid in Mexico), German (TOKYOPOP Germany: Band 48 per 2011.09 • Band 49 street date: 2011.12.15), Dutch (Kana), Russian (Эксмо), Polish (JPF), Portuguese (Planet Manga) and simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: Bleach #51: Love me Bitterly, Loth me Sweetly released 2011.10.04)

    Kubo Tite and Makoto Matsubara co-authored two Bleach novels: BLEACH-letters from the other side: The Death and The Strawberry (Japan release: 2004.12) and BLEACH: The Honey Dish Rhapsody (2006.10).

    The Bleach All Colour But The Black artbook, compiling color spreads from manga volumes 1 through 19 with original art and author annotations, released in Japan (2006.12), USA (The Art of Bleach, 2008.10) and France (All colour but the black: Recueil des illustrations de Bleach, 2008.11).

    Companion guidebooks have also been published: Bleach SOULs and Bleach VIBEs released 2006.02 in Japan (The English Bleach SOULs. Official Character Book shipped 2008.11 in North America, while the French version streeted 2009.11). A third Bleach Official Bootleg: KaraBuri+ guidebook released 2007.08 in Japan. (English Color Bleach+: The Bleach Official Bootleg released 2010.08.10.) The fourth and fifth Bleach: Official Character Book 2: MASKED and Official Character Book 3: UNMASKED streeted in Japan on 2010.08.04 (same day as Volume 46: Back From Blind) and 2011.06.03 (along with Volume 50: The Six Fullbringers).

    Studio Pierrot's anime adaptation first broadcast in October 2004 and continues to this day. Season 16: Lost Substitute Shinigami opened with episode 343 on 11 October 2011; latest episode 345 aired 2011.10.25). Seiyuu Morita Masakazu and Orikasa Fumiko star as Kurosaki Ichigo and Kuchiki Rukia, with Park Romi playing 10th Division captain Hitsugaya Toshiro. Two OAVs and four theatrical movies—Memories of Nobody; The DiamondDust Rebellion, Another Hyōrinmaru; Fade to Black, I Call Your Name; and Bleach: The Hell Verse—have been released. (Novelizations of these movies have also been published by JUMP J Books: Fade to Black, I Call Your Name in December 2008 and Bleach: The Hell Verse in December 2010.) Additionally, Warner Bros. has confirmed it will be producing a Bleach live-action film.

    At least eight drama CDs have been produced. Featuring the original anime cast, the drama CDs were bundled with the DVDs.

  9. Ignite Wedge vol 2 of 2 by Tutumi Yoshisada [Finale]
  10. Ignite Wedge 2 (m&c!)

    Ignite WedgeIGNITE WEDGE
    by Tutumi Yoshisada
    Mag Garden Comic Blade Masamune, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2005.08

  11. [Series Premiere] Roman Club (Rouman Kurabu) vol 1 of 6 by Amano Kozue
  12. Roman Club 1 (m&c!)

    Rouman Kurabu浪漫倶楽部
    by Amano Kozue
    Mag Garden (originally Square Enix, serialized in Shonen Gangan) shounen
    Volume 1 reissued in Japan 2005.08 under the Blade Comics imprint
    (First published in 1995.12 by Square Enix)

  13. [Series Premiere] Samurai Force (Eleven Soul) vol 1 of 11+ by Todono Seiuchiroh
  14. Samurai Force 1 (m&c!)

    Eleven Soulイレブンソウル
    by Todono Seiuchiroh
    Mag Garden Comic Blade, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.08

  15. Spray King vol 3 of 4 by Mikuni Shin
  16. Spray King 3 (m&c!)

    Spray KingSpray King
    by Mikuni Shin
    Kodansha Shonen Rival, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2009.11

  17. Tabi and Fellow Travelers (Tabi to Michizure) vol 2 of 6 by Tanakanoka
  18. Tokyo Angels vol 2 of 3 by Fujii Mihona
  19. Tokyo Angels 2 (m&c!)

    Tokyo Angels東京ANGELS
    by Fujii Mihona
    Shueisha Margaret, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2006.08

KOLONI local comics (2011.10.26)

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mangazines (2011.10.26)

  • Cherry Issue 58/2011 (Indonesian Ciao/ChuChu/Sho-Comi/Flowers shoujo and josei serials)

GTO 5, Soul Eater 11, Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale 1 by Watase Yuu (Level Comics 26 October 2011 manga) [UPDATED]

AKA No longer the WIP Version.

Yes, after a false start waaaay back, we finally GET Ayashi no Ceres! Sankyuuu, Level Comics ^^

Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale 1 (Level Comics)

Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi ©Watase Yuu/Shogakukan
[First serialized in Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale
by Elex Media/Level Comics

I know the world and her BFF already knows Ceres' plot, but here's my version of Level's series intro:

Aya and her twin Aki are summoned before their grandfather on their sixteenth birthday. [Having trouble continuing for all the giggling as you already know what comes next. Neway...] But the birthday party turns out to be no celebration. Before the entire Mikage assemblage, Aya is handed a mysterious box. When she opens it, her real identity is revealed. She is the reincarnation of a tennyo, a celestial maiden who has every reason to desire Clan Mikage's destruction. Before that happens, the family moves to eliminate Aya and appropriate tennyo Ceres' powers within her.

OK, some outside info worked its way into the above blurb, but can you blame me? As I sed, the world and her BFF knows Ceres' story. At any rate, Aya flees and receives help (and then some) from both Mystery Man Tooya and Shounen Martial Artist Yuuhi. As for Aki, he is named the Mikage heir for he's the reincarnation of Ceres' former husband, the man who hid Ceres' hagoromo or celestial robe and prevented her return to heaven.

Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi debuted in Sho-Comi. The first volume subtitled Aya was first published in Japan in December 1996; the 14th and last tankou Hagoromo released March 2000. If I'm not mistaken, Elex had already licensed Ceres, but reportedly dropped it for the smut, I mean, graphic, content. So, isn't it great that Elex now has the Level imprint to accommodate the shoujo classic, nookie 'n all?

Ayashi no Ceres won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award for the shoujo category.

Studio Pierrot, the same animation studio behind the Fushigi Yuugi anime, adapted Ayashi no Ceres into a 24-episode TV series. It aired on Japan's WOWOW from April to September 2000. (I believe AXN also telecast Ceres, but don't ask me when). Seiyuu Kakazu Yumi voiced Aya, Iwao Junko, Ceres. Konishi Katsuyuki and Itou Kentarou were Tooya and Yuuhi, while Chiba Susumu portrayed Aki, his sibcestuous performance propelling the voice actor to the top of my fave seiyuu list.

Other Watase Yuu manga
I'm pretty sure nobody needs an introduction to Watase Yuu-sensei, but if you're blanking out, I already mentioned one other above — MIAKA! TAMAHOME! MIAKA!! TAMAHOME!!!! (Fushigi Yuugi). I've listed the W is for Watase Yuu manga I wub here, but lemme just touch on more recent releases, here and abroad: Arata Kangatari (ongoing serialization in Shonen Sunday; still unlicensed for Indonesia AFAIK; volume 13 street date: 2011.11.18), Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden (also still unlicensed; latest JP tankou 10 released June 2011), Manga Yuugi (really a how to draw manga) and Watase Yuu the Best Selection anthologies, the latter two titles published here by m&c!

The rest of the previews after the release list.

Level Comics manga (2011.10.26)

  1. Air Gear vol 24 of 33+ by Oh!great
  2. LC: Air Gear 24

    AirGearエア・ギア」 by Oh! great
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 24 first published in Japan 2009.03

    Winner, 2006 Kodansha Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Other languages/serializations
    English Air Gear (Del Rey: until Volume 15/16/17 per 2010.08; Kodansha Comics: from volume 18; volume 20 shipped 2011.10.25 • volume 21 street date: 2011.12.13), Korean (Haksan), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 飛輪少年 #32 per 2011.10.12), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 28 per 2010.08), French (Pika Édition: Tome 29 shipped 2011.09 • Tome 30 street date: 2011.11.02), Italy (Planet Manga), Germany (Heyne) and Sweden (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB/serialized in Manga Mania)

    A 25-episode anime by Toei Animation, starring Kamakari Kenta as Ikki; a series of Satelight-animated OADs shipped with the manga tankoubon (The first Air Gear: Kuro no Hane to Nemuri no Mori -Break on the Sky- OAD streeted with volume 30 in November 2010 with seiyuu Okamoto Nobuhiko as Ikki; the second OAD was bundled with volume 31 (2011.03.17), with a third released 2011.06.17); and a series of musicals

  3. Angel Heart vol 11 of 33 by Hojo Tsukasa
  4. LC: Angel Heart 11

    Angel Heartエンジェル・ハート
    by Hojo Tsukasa
    Coamix (Shinchosha) Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2004.06

    Related series
    Angel Heart 2nd Season (sequel; two volumes per 2011.09.20)

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued by Coamix under the ZENON Collection label from 2010.09 (18 volumes per 2011.05)
    French (Génération Comics and Panini Comics)

    Adapted into anime by TMS, starring seiyuu Kamiya Akira as Saeba Ryo and Kawasaki Mao as Shan-In Glass Heart Lee. Fifty episodes adapting manga volumes 1 to 18 aired in Japan from October 2005 to September 2006.

  5. Attack!! vol 8 of 11+ by Oshima Tsukasa
  6. [Series Premiere] Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale (Ayashi no Ceres) vol 1 of 14 by Watase Yuu
  7. LC: Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale 1

    Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi
    妖しのセレス 天空お伽草子」 by Watase Yuu
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 1996.12

    Winner, 43rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shoujo category

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in seven Shogakukan Bunko from 2005.11 to 2006.02
    English Ceres: Celestial Legend (VIZ Media: (14 volumes per 2006.02), French (Editions Tonkam: Ayashi no Ceres: Un conte de fée céleste: 14 volumes per 2002.01), German (EMA), Spanish (Glènat España: Ceres: La Leyenda Celestial), Italian (Play Press: La fiaba del cielo), Vietnamese Truyền Thuyết Thiên Nữ

    The 24-episode anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot aired in Japan on WOWOW from April to September 2000, with seiyuu Kakazu Yumi as Aya Mikage, Iwao Junko as Ceres, Konishi Katsuyuki as Tooya, Itou Kentarou as Yuuhi, Chiba Susumu as Aki, Miki Shinichiro as Mikagi and Sugita Tomokazu as Mikage Kagami.

    Light novels written by Nishizaki Megumi and illustrated by Watase Yuu: Ayashi no Ceres Episode of Tooya (one volume Palette bunko: 2000.06); Episode of Shuro (one volume Palette bunko: 2000.09); Episode of Aki (one volume Palette bunko: 2001.01); and Episode of Miku (Palette bunko, three volumes from 2001.06 to 2001.08)

    Sequel: Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden (side story included as furoku for Sho-Comi #18; also compiled in Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden vol 6)
    Watase Yuu Postcard Book Fushigi Yuugi Ayashi no Ceres Imadoki! (Japan release: 2001.01)

  8. GTO vol 5 of 25 by Fujisawa Toru
  9. LC: GTO 5

    GTOGTO」 by Fujisawa Toru
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 1998.01

    Winner, 1998 Kodansha Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Other languages
    Bilingual Japanese/English (Kodansha International, three volumes per 1999.12), English GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (TOKYOPOP: 25 volumes), French (PIKA Édition: 25 volumes), Italian (Dynamic Italia), German (EMA), Polish (Waneko), Swedish (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB; serialized in Manga Mania), traditional Chinese (Tong Li)

    Related series
    Prequels Shounan Junaigumi! AKA GTO: The Early Years (31 of 31 volumes) and Bad Company (1 of 1 volume) and sequel GTO Shonan 14 Days (nine volumes as at 2011.11.17, ongoing)

    A live-action GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka TV series, starring Sorimachi Takashi (Onizuka Eikichi) and Matsushima Nanako (Fuyutsuki Azusa) telecast from July to September 1998 on Fuji TV and Kansai TV, followed by GTO Drama Special (1999.08.28) and GTO: The Movie (1999) and Studio Pierrot's 43-episode Great Teacher Onizuka anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Takagi Wataru as Onizuka that aired between June 1999 and September 2000.

  10. Haruka 17 vol 14 of 19 by Yamazaki Sayaka
  11. LC: Haruka 17 vol14

    Haruka 17はるか17」 by Yamazaki Sayaka
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 14 first published in Japan 2007.01

    A 10-episode live-action drama starring Hirayama Aya (Miyamae Haruka) aired on TV Asahi from July to September 2005.

  12. Hikayat Genji (Asakiyumemishi) vol 12 of 13 by Yamato Waki
  13. LC: Hikayat Genji 12

    by Yamato Waki
    Kodansha Mimi, shoujo
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 1992.07

    Adapted from Genji Monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu
    Reissued in seven volumes in 1993 under the KCDX imprint. Also re-released in bunkoban (Asakiyumemishi Genji Monogatari Kodansha Manga bunko: seven volumes, 2001.08 and Asakiyumemishi Genji Monogatari Kodansha Aoi Tori bunko: five volumes, 2006.10–2008.02) and kanzenban (Kanzenban KCDX Asakiyumemishi The Tale of Genji: 10 volumes, 2008.04–2008.07)

    A Genji Monogatari Asakiyumemishi Illustrations book was published in December 1984, while the Asakiyumemishi no Sekai Genji Monogatari Navi BOOK guide was issued in April 2005.

    Other languages
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial)

  14. MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 2 of 9 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro
  15. LC: Moon 2

    MOON—Subaru Solitude Standing—
    MOON ―昴ソリチュードスタンディング
    by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 2 (chapters 11-21) first published in Japan 2008.08

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li: MOON~昴‧續篇~ 7 released 2011.08)

    Related series
    Subaru (prequel; 11 volumes)

  16. Soul Eater vol 11 of 20+ by Ohkubo Atsushi
  17. LC: Soul Eater 11

    Soul Eaterソウルイーター
    by Ohkubo Atsushi
    Square Enix Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 11 (chapters 40-44) first published in Japan 2008.03

    Related series
    First appeared as one-shots in two Gangan Powered special editions (Summer and Fall 2003) and Gangan Wing's 26 November 2003 issue. (Regular Monthly Shonen Gangan serialization commenced May 2004.)

    Other languages
    English Soul Eater (Yen Press: seven volumes as of 2011.10.25 • volume 8 street date: 2012.02.28), French (Kurokawa: Tome 17 per 2011.10.13 • Tome 18 street date: 2011.12.08), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 13 shipped 2011.10.28 • Band 14 street date: 2011.12.16) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan: SOUL EATER噬魂者 18 released 2011.08)

    Related series
    Soul Eater Not! (spin-off; began serialization in Shonen Gangan 2011.01.12; volume 1 released in Japan 2011.09.22)

    Manga volumes 1 to 12 adapted to anime by BONES. Fifty-one episodes starring seiyuu Omigawa Chiaki (Maka Alban) and Uchiyama Kouki (Soul Eater) aired in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009.

    Square Enix bundled an audio drama, Soul Eater (Vol. 1): Special Social Studies Field Trip, with an artbook in August 2005. The drama CD featured different actors (Takeuchi Junko as Maka; Hoshi Souichirou as Soul Eater); only Kobayashi Yumiko reprised her Black☆Star role in the TV series.

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Level Comics value sets [Paket] (2011.10.26)

  1. Diamond Life, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Fujiwara Akira  –Complete–  [IDR 27,000/set]
  2. Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker, Vols. 1–2 of 2 by manglobe and Harao Yumiko  –Complete–  [IDR 18,000/set]
  3. Fly, Daddy, Fly!, Vols. 1–2 of 2 by Kaneshiro Kazuki & Akishige Manabu  –Complete–  [IDR 18,000/set]
  4. Genius Family Company, Vols. 1–6 of 6 by Ninomiya Tomoko (Tensai Family Company)  –Complete–  [IDR 84,000/set]
  5. My Lovely Honey, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Ohmi Tomu (Barairo My Honey)  –Complete–  [IDR 27,000/set]
  6. New Comic Bomber, Vols. 1–5 (of 11) by Shimamoto Kazuhiko (Shin Hoero Pen) [IDR 45,000/set]
  7. Ole!, Vols. 1–5 of 5 by Nohda Tatsuki  –Complete–  [IDR 45,000/set]
  8. Onsen Paradise, Vols. 1–3 (of 9) by Kikuchi Shota (Kirikiritei no Brown Sensei) [IDR 27,000/set]

Note: Volume tallies represent original volume totals, not (necessarily) Level Comics' latest release. Most recent Level releases: New Comic Bomber vol 8 (9.14), Onsen Paradise vol 4 (7.20)

European comics/BDs (2011.10.26)

  1. Cubitus - Si Anjing Setia (Cubitus, Tome 13: Chien fidèle) by Dupa (Le Lombard)
  2. Rantanplan - Sang Buronan (Rantanplan, Tome 7: Le Fugitif) by Morris, Jean Léturgie & Xavier Fauche (Lucky Comics)
  3. Smurf - Para Smurf & Buku Serba Tahu (Les Schtroumpfs, Tome 26: Les Schtroumpfs et le livre qui dit tout) by Peyo (Le Lombard)
  4. Yakari - Kemarahan Langit (Yakari, Tome 22: La Fureur du Ciel) by Derib & Job (Le Lombard) «EX 10.12


Detektif Conan 64, One Piece 60, Barista 2 (Elex Media 26 October 2011 manga)

Elex's Detektif Conan vol 64 preview—Satu-satunya petunjuk adalah lagu Let It Be yang disiulkan oleh pelaku—sounded familiar and some flipping back to July answered the Why?

It was Shonen Star 13's Detektif Conan preview.

Detektif Conan 64 (Elex Media)

Meitantei Conan © Aoyama Gosho/Shogakukan
[Serialized in Shonen Sunday]
Published in Indonesia as Detektif Conan by Elex Media

I'm still no lawyer (not to mention remain a Conan virgin), so that

The statute of limitations on the unsolved 20-year old murder of Detective Morimura, Commissioner Matsumoto's subordinate, is set to expire. But a string of copycat killings extends the deadline. With clues thin on the ground—only the killer's Let It Be whistling as guide—Conan aids the police in tracking down the perp.

continues to be problematic. As I mentioned in that July post, apparently, Japan abolished the statute of limitations for murder in 2010, leading me to wonder whether that Under the new Law, the statute of limitations is not applied for crimes that are subject to the death penalty, such as murder and robbery that result in death amendment had been Aoyama Gosho-sensei's inspiration. (Prolly not cuz volume 64 streeted April 2009.) In any case, not much has changed since I adapted the blurb, or in short, I still don't know what I'm talkin' about. >.<

The one certain thing: There's also the case of Saba, Koi, Tai and Hirame, and the beginning of another run in with Phantom Thief Kid, the latter previewed in Wiki's Case Closed volume 64 summary.

Conan volume 64 compiles chapters 664 through 674: Ikkaku Rock, Mackerel Carp Sea Bream Flounder (that's Saba Koi Tai Hirame), Thirst for Blood, Scar, The Boy of Memory, Gari-kun, The One Who Whistles, The Connection, ESWN, The Common Pattern and Iron Tanuki. [*NOT Elex/Shonen Star chapter titles]

For up-to-the-minute Conan installments, bring home Shonen Star. The Indonesian Shonen Sunday Issue 19 streets the same day as Detektif Conan volume 64. The most recent Meitantei Conan chapter compiled in a tankou is 773: Possible Sniping! (collected in volume 73; JP release: 2011.09.16).

NikOvershare® took up too much Above the Cut space, so look for One Piece 60 and other featured manga blurbs below the release list.

New Elex titles
Despite being credited to Kiuchi Tatsuya (on the cover), Exposing Game or Sarashi Asobi, one of three newbs this release, is by Tobina Toya, manga-ka of the mysophobic Keppeki Shounen Kanzen Soubi or Mr. Super Clean (m&c! license). Another premiere is Dalam Atap di Bawah Langit, the Manga Time Kirara 4-koma Sora no Shita Yane no Naka by Futami Sui. Look for the latter's preview after the release list. Imma expose Exposing Game up here. (For the lowdown on local comic Bengal: Circle of Crime, check out LXO's thread. You already know Bayu Indie's Bengal, don't you?)

Exposing Game vol 1 of 2 by Tobina Toya

Exposing Game 1 (Elex Media)

Sarashi Asobi © Tobina Toya
Hakusensha [Hana to Yume]
Published in Indonesia as
Exposing Game by Elex Media

Her student constituency fears council president Ooba Ren. Too bad because despite her sharp tongue and bad reputation, the prez actually possesses a gooood heart.

A bored Shinigami knows how long Ren has left to live and possesses her — to expose all that Ren holds dear.

While Shinigami Ai enjoys his Exposing Game, he also grows interested (infatuated?) in Ren. [Addition from Karma Falls Scanslations' Sarashi Asobi description excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

Sarashi Asobi started its Hana to Yume serialization in 2008. Volume 1 was published in Japan in March 2009, the second and final tankou in April 2010.

Other Tobina Toya manga
Sarashi Asobi and Keppeki Shounen Kanzen Soubi represent Tobina Toya (or Touya)-sensei's completed shoujo series. Currently s/he's working on the Werewolves, Atypical Art Style Jiujiu, likewise serialized in HanaYume (four volumes released in Japan as of 2011.10.20).

Nakayoshi Gress! 10 streets with Shonen Star 19. Deets waaay below.

Elex Media manga and local comics (2011.10.26)

  1. Barista vol 2 of 6+ by Muronaga Kumi & Hanagata Rei «EX 10.19
  2. BECK vol 28 of 34 by Harold Sakuishi
  3. BECK 28 (Elex)

    BECKBECK」 by Harold Sakuishi
    Kodansha Monthly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 28 first published in Japan 2006.11

    Winner, 2002 Kodansha Manga Awards for the Shounen category (tied with Nonaka Eiji's Cromartie High School)

    Serializations/Other languages
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing)
    English BECK:Mongolian Chop Squad (TOKYOPOP: till volume 12), French (Akata/Delcourt: 34 volumes per 2010.03), Italian (Dynit), German (Tokyopop Germany; lapsed) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

    Anime adaptation (till manga volume 11) by Madhouse featuring seiyuu Namikawa Daisuke (Tanaka Yukio/Koyuki), Ueno Yuuma (Minami Ryuusuke) and Saiki Miho (Minami Maho). Twenty-six episodes aired from October 2004 to March 2005 on TV Tokyo.

    A BECK live-action film directed by Tsutsumi Yukihiko, starring Mizushima Hiro (Ryuusuke) and Satoh Takeru (Koyuki), premiered 4 September 2010 in Japan.

    Guidebooks: BECK The Guidebook Complete Edition (Japan release: 2010.08); BECK Live! -Festival & Movie Guide- (2010.07); BECK At Last 33 1/3 (2008.10); BECK Music Guide (2005.10); BECK Volume 00 The Guidebook (2004.03); BECK Volume 0 The Guidebook (2002.11)

  4. [Premiere] Bengal: Circle of Crime by Bayu Indie - SL
  5. Bengal: Circle of Crime (Elex)

    Bengal: Circle of Crime by Bayu Indie
    Elex Media, Young Adult
    First published in Indonesia 2011.10

  6. [Series Premiere] Dalam Atap di Bawah Langit (Sora no Shita Yane no Naka) vol 1 of 2 by Futami Sui
  7. Dalam Atap di Bawah Langit 1 (Elex)

    Sora no Shita Yane no Naka空の下屋根の中
    by Futami Sui
    Houbunsha Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Carat , seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.07

  8. Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) vol 64 of 73+ by Aoyama Gosho
  9. Detektif Conan 64 (Elex)

    Meitantei Conan名探偵コナン
    by Aoyama Gosho
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 64 (chapters 664-674) first published in Japan 2009.04

    Winner, 46th Shogakukan Manga Awards, in the Shounen category (tied with Nishimori Hiroyuki's Cheeky Angel)

    Other languages/serializations
    Ongoing serialization in the Indonesian Shonen Star
    English Case Closed (VIZ Media: 40 volumes per 2011.10.11 • volume 41 street date: 2012.01.10), French (Kana: Détective Conan Tome 65 shipped 2011.08 • Tome 66 street date: 2011.12.02), Dutch (Kana), Spanish (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain), German and Swedish (Egmont), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: 名侦探柯南 #72 per 2011.08.16)

    Detektif Conan Seri Animasi TV (based on the TV series) and Detektif Conan Spesial (special editions by Aoyama-sensei's assistants that diverge from the main plot)

    Ongoing anime (episode 634 aired 2011.10.15), starring seiyuu Takayama Minami (Edogawa Conan) and Yamazaki Wakana (Mori Ran), at least 21 OAVs (Shonen Sunday Original animation, Magic File and Phantom Thief Kid specials, with the latest Phantom Thief Kid special, Detective Conan Special: Lapis Lazuli-Blue Colored Birthday scheduled for 29 October 2011), 15 animated films (the 15th Quarter of Silence released 2011.04.16) and four live-action TV drama, including the prequel Detective Conan: Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge - The Good-bye Prologue (Oguri Shun as Kudo Shinichi and Kurokawa Tomoka as Ran), the follow-up Shinichi Kudo Returns! Showdown with the Black Organization (Fujisaki Nao as Conan), the third Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge! The Mystery of the Legendary Strange Bird special (aired 2011.04.15 starring Mizobata Junpei as Kudo Shinichi) and the Kudo Shinichi he no Chosenjo TV drama that premiered 7 July 2011 and ended 29 September (also stars Mizobata Junpei as Kudo Shinichi).

  10. [Series Premiere] Exposing Game (Sarashi Asobi) vol 1 of 2 by Tobina Toya
  11. Exposing Game 1 (Elex)

    Sarashi Asobiさらしあそび
    by Tobina Toya
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.03

  12. Godhand Teru vol 34 of 59+ by Yamamoto Kazuki «EX 10.19
  13. Godhand Teru 34 (Elex)

    GodHand Teruゴッドハンド輝
    by Yamamoto Kazuki
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 34 first published in Japan 2007.04

    Nominee, the first Keitai Comic Taishō/Mobile Phone Comic Award (along with Ghost Sweeper Mikami by Shiina Takashi, Itazura na Kiss by Tada Kaoru, The Drops of God by Agi Tadashi and 16 other manga titles)

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li 天生妙手 vol. 56 per 2011.08)

    Live-action adaptation starring Hiraoka Yuta (Mahigashi Teru) aired on TBS from 11 April to 16 May 2009.

    Godhand Teru novels (15 volumes as at 2009.01)
    Godhand Teru Complete Dictionary (2010.03); Godhand Teru Valhalla Perfect Guide (2010.03)

  14. GOGOGO to the West (Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden) vol 2 of 7+ by Konishi Noriyuki
  15. GOGOGO to the West 2 (Elex)

    Gogogo Saiyuki Shin Gokuden
    by Konishi Noriyuki
    Shogakukan Corocoro Comic, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.06

  16. Hero Tales (Juushin Enbu Hero Tales) vol 4 of 5 by Huang Jin Zhou & Arakawa Hiromu
  17. Hero Tales 4 (Elex)

    Juushin Enbu Hero Tales
    獣神演武 HERO TALES
    by Huang Jin Zhou & Arakawa Hiromu
    Square Enix, Gangan Powered and Shonen Gangan, shounen
    Volume 4 first published in Japan 2009.06

    Volume 4 chapters:
    12. [untitled]
    13. People Made Anew
    14. Falling Feathers
    15. Arika
    [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

    Other languages
    English Hero Tales (Yen Press: five volumes per 2011.10.25), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 兽神演武 #3 per 2010.06).

    A 26-episode anime adaptation produced by Studio Flag aired in Japan between October 2007 and March 2008, starring seiyuu Suzumura Kenichi and Ginga Banjou as the Two Noble Spirits Taitou and Keirō, and Sakurai Takahiro, Tai Yuuki, Koyama Rikiya, Hayami Sho and Kaida Yuko as the Five Divine Warriors Ryūkō, Hyōsei, Koyō, Shōkaku and Rinmei.

  18. Kojiro vol 3 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  19. Kojiro 3 (Elex)

    by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 3 (chapters 11-16) first published in Japan 1991.07

    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)

  20. Kungfu Boy vol 6 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi
  21. Kungfu Boy 6 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 6 first published in Japan 2002.09

    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 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)

  22. Metal Fight Beyblade vol 2 of 9+ by Adachi Takafumi
  23. Metal Fight Beyblade 2 (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 CoroCoro Comic, shounen
    Shinsōban volume 2 first published in Japan 2009.06

    Volume 2 chapters:
    5. Get Up, Gingka!
    6. Revive, Pegasus!
    7. Pegasus Reborn!
    8. ‘Battle Bladers’ Unveiled!
    9. The Real Battle Begins
    [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

    Spin-off of the original Beyblade anime series

    Other languages
    English Metal Fight Beyblade (Chuang Yi Singapore: five volumes as of 2011.10.18)

    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.

  24. Moonlight Act (Gekkou Jourei) vol 2 of 15+ by Fujita Kazuhiro
  25. Moonlight Act 2 (Elex)

    Gekkou Jourei月光条例」 by Fujita Kazuhiro
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2008.09

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Ching Win Taiwan: 世界童話 新約 月光條例 13 released 2011.10.13)

  26. One Piece vol 60 of 64+ by Oda Eiichiro
  27. One Piece 60 (Elex)

    One PieceONE PIECE
    by Oda Eiichiro
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 60 (chapters 585-594) first published in Japan 2010.11

    Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize finalist (2000-2002)

    Other languages
    English One Piece (VIZ Media: 58 volumes per 2011.09 • volume 59 street date: 2011.12.06), French and Dutch (Glenat: Tome 58 shipped 2011.09 • Tome 59 street date: 2011.12.01), Spanish (Planeta DeAgostini Comics Spain, Editorial Toukan Mexico, LARP Editores S.A. Argentina), Italian (Editions Star Comics), German, Danish and Swedish (Carlsen Comics: German Band 59 per 2011.07 • Band 60 street date: 2011.10.28), Portuguese (Conrad), traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 海賊王 One Piece volume 60 per 2010.12), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 63 released 2011.10.04)

    Adapted into a couple of OAVs before a full anime TV series that has aired over 500 episodes and is still ongoing (seiyuu Tanaka Mayumi plays Monkey D. Luffy). At least 11 animated movies have also been released, the eleventh Straw Hat Chase premiered 19 March 2011 in Japan.

    A series of light novels based on the anime, at least five art books and five guidebooks.

  28. Topeng Kaca 18 of 24+ Deluxe (Glass no Kamen [Bunko]) by Miuchi Suzue «EX 10.19
  29. Topeng Kaca 18 Deluxe (Elex)

    Glass no Kamenガラスの仮面 白泉社文庫
    by Miuchi Suzue
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Bunko volume 18 first published in Japan 1995.03

    Glass no Kamen tankoubon (47 volumes per 2011.07.26)

    The Glass Mask Comic Fanbook was released in Japan 2010.09 under the Hana to Yume Comics Special label.

    Three anime series and two live-action drama seasons

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Postponed title(s)
Princess Resurrection vol 4; pending new street date.

Mangazines (2011.10.26)

  1. Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 10/2011 (Indonesian Nakayoshi)
  2. Shonen Star Issue 19/2011 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)

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