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Basara © Tamura Yumi/Shogakukan [First serialized in Betsucomi] · Oboreru Knife © George Asakura/Kodansha [Serialized in Betsufure]. Published in Indonesia as Basara and Shattered Knife by Elex Media/Level Comics
Tatara succeeds in forging alliances with the other regional commanders, swelling the rebel troops' ranks, even as Shuri takes command of the royal soldiers and declares war against Tatara. Meanwhile, Taro uncovers the Zakuro Plan and hastens to return to Kyoto, but is wounded along the way by Hagiwara's warriors. Can Taro make it back to the capital?
I noted after catching up on Level's Basara that you'd be forgiven for expecting that volume 21 would be the ultimate if not the penultimate volume. Especially after how the action has built up and the prospect of a divided Japan's unity all but sniffable. You already know that's not so, right? Five more Basara volumes sneak in between the 21st and The End.
Oji, the son of Ko's mother's half-sib, learns just how intractable Ko can be, after Ko underestimates him on their first meeting. Oji struggles to make Ko see him as a worthy rival, little realizing that they have more in common than differences.
Assuming Oji is a guy—not reading Shattered Knife—so if I'm mistaken, please be so good as to call me on it. Comment box's down there :)
Twelve Oboreru Knife tankou have been compiled in Japan as of May 2011.
New Level titles
Scrameustache By Gos & Walt
Le Scrameustache, Tome 1:
L'héritier de l'Inca
© Gos & Walt/Glénat
Published in Indonesia as
Pewaris Bangsa Inca
by Elex Media/Level Comics
Level double-launches the Franco-Belgian science fiction BD Scrameustache with volumes 1 and 2, Scrameustache: Pewaris Bangsa Inca (Le Scrameustache: L'héritier de l'Inca) and Scrameustache: Penyihir Ursa Mayor (Le Scrameustache: Le magicien de la Grande Ourse).
The adopted son of a European archeologist, Khena meets a extraterrestrial named Scrameustache, drawn to Khena by the medallion he wears. Before encountering Scrameustache, Khena never thought about where he came from, or life before his adoption by Uncle Georges. Khena and the cat-like alien soon become friends and Scrameustache takes Khena off to Peru, where Khena was first found.
What distinguishes Khena and Scrameustache's story, according to Wiki, is that
a certain amount of mystery surrounded Khena himself. As a toddler he had been found in the remains of an earthquake in Peru. He was then adopted by Georges Caillau, a European scholar, archaeologist and ethnologist. Some ten years later, Khena met the Scrameustache and proved himself resistant to the alien's (non-lethal) weapons and other technology. This resistance made the Scrameustache curious and he stuck around hoping that time would provide an explanation.
Maybe the "mystery" has something to do with that "Heir to the Inca" title?
Khena and Scrameustache continue their exploits in Penyihir Ursa Mayor, in which Uncle Georges' friend inexplicably grows a bull's head, and Scrameustache runs into an alien friend who needs help defeating an evil wizard.
- Basara vol 21 of 27 by Tamura Yumi
- Brave Story (Brave Story - Shinsetsu) vol 7 of 20 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
- Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) vol 87 of 98+ by Morikawa Joji
- Go-On! vol 3 of 4 by Akishige Manabu
- The Ravages of Time (Huo Feng Liao Yuan) vol 15 of 44+ by Chan Mou
- Shattered Knife (Oboreru Knife) vol 11 of 12+ by George Asakura
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- Lanfeust of Troy: Paladin dari Eckmul (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 4: Le paladin d'eckmül) by Arleston & Tarquin (Soleil)
- [Series Premiere] Scrameustache: Pewaris Bangsa Inca (Le Scrameustache, Tome 1: L'héritier de l'Inca) by Gos & Walt (Glénat)
- [Premiere] Scrameustache: Penyihir Ursa Mayor (Le Scrameustache, Tome 2: Le magicien de la Grande Ourse) by Gos & Walt (Glénat) «Ex-2011.12.21
¹ Sources: Elex STO 4 January 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses and cover art, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga and manhua are priced at IDR 18,500 each, all ROMIC at IDR 30,000.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Other 4 January 2012 highlights
- Brave Story vol 7 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro: After suffering defeat at the hands of Sigdra's Hade, Wataru and friends head for the Undoor plateau. Rumors say that whoever encounters the hermit of Undoor will gain two-fold strength. But along the way, a black cloud darkens the skies and lightning strikes the group. [Additions from Kurokawa's Brave Story, Tome 7 description]
- Fight!! Ippo vol 87 by Morikawa Joji: Miyata dominates the bout against Randy, but reliance on maximum speed depletes his strength, weakening him to Randy's Switch. How will Miyata compensate? And will Randy just take the lightning god's jabs?
- Go-On! vol 3 by Akishige Manabu: The contest fixed regardless, Katase and buddies are all fired up for the coming school hymn competition. They want everyone to hear Yomogida's composition and acknowledge it as the new school song. Can the group touch their schoolmates' hearts with their spirit and song?
- The Ravages of Time vol 15 by Chan Mou: The tide of the Puyang war turns. Outside the city, before he can set him army's formation, Chen Gong meets the crafty merchant, while within the city, the god of victory deserts Lu Bu and a splinter group of Cao Cao's subordinates launch a successful counterattack. Does any hope of reversing the situation remain?
Still not enuf? Here are the other 4 January 2012 manga and manhwa
Elex Media: Detektif Conan 65 · Dr. Koto 9 · Faster than a Kiss 2 · Arakure - The Wild Ones 2 · Topeng Kaca 20 Deluxe · Twinkle Stars 2 · Gogogo to the West 4 · Metal Fight Beyblade 5 · Rinne 6 · Slam Dunk Deluxe 3 · Shonen Star Issue 24/2011
m&c!: Erementar Gerad 3 · Gamaran 2 · Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ 5 · Idol's Love Story 10 · Next To You 4 · Crab Kiss 10 of 10 · Always by Your Side by Nakamura Sayumi · I Love Dog and You by Ichikawa Show · Secret 9 · Long Hu Men - The Next Battle 4
[Reprints] Cokelat & Mint by Fujita Nimi · A Heart for Money and To Get Him in 10 Days by Usami Tae · Kurumitic Miracle by Yagami Chitose · Miiko Zaman Edo by Ono Eriko · Suki Suki Darling by Seino Shizuru
Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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