Basara 21, Shattered Knife 11, Scrameustache by Gos & Walt (Level Comics 4 January 2012 manga and BDs) [UPDATED]

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Basara 21 and Shattered Knife 11 (Level Comics)

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.

Shattered Knife vol 11 of 12+
By George Asakura

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

Scrameustache: Pewaris Bangsa Inca (Level Comics)

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.

Level Comics manga and manhua (2012.01.04)

  1. Basara vol 21 of 27 by Tamura Yumi
  2. LC: Basara 21

    BasaraBASARA」 by Tamura Yumi
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 21 first published in Japan 1997.08

    Winner, 38th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shoujo category

    Other versions/languages
    Re-released in 16 bunko volumes (2002.03 to 2002.10)
    English Basara (VIZ Media: 27 volumes), French (Kana: 27 volumes), German (EMA: Band 26 ships 2011.10; Band 27 per 2012.01), Danish (Mangismo Danmark), Swedish (Mangismo Sverige) and Vietnamese (Kim Dong: 27 volumes)

    A 13-episode Legend of Basara anime by KSS, starring seiyuu Kimura Akiko (Sarasa) and Inoue Kazuhiko (Shuri), aired on Chiba TV from April to June 1998.

  3. Brave Story (Brave Story - Shinsetsu) vol 7 of 20 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
  4. LC: Brave Story 7

    Brave Story - Shinsetsu
    by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
    AKA Brave Story: A Retelling of a Classic
    Shinchosha Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2005.05

    Adapted from Miyabe Miyuki-sensei's Brave Story light novel

    Other languages
    English Brave Story (TOKYOPOP: five volumes; the Brave Story novel was published by VIZ Media 2009.11), French (Kurokawa: Tome 20 shipped 2011.02) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

  5. Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) vol 87 of 98+ by Morikawa Joji
  6. LC: Fight!! Ippo 87

    Hajime no Ippoはじめの一歩
    by Morikawa Joji
    AKA Fighting Spirit
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 87 first published in Japan 2009.03

    Volume 87 chapters:
    Round 827: Best In The World
    Round 828: Right Jabs
    Round 829: Switch
    Round 830: The Source of the Static
    Round 831: Eyes of the Champion
    Round 832: The Lightning God's Fists
    Round 833: A Big Deal
    Round 834: Miyata's Hang Up
    Round 835: Payoff Of Courage
    Round 836: Abnormality
    [*NOT Level chapter titles]

    Winner, 1991 Kodansha Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Related series
    Hajime no Ippo Gaiden (one-shot prequel)

    Other languages
    French (Kurokawa: Ippo, Saison 2 Tome 16 per 2011.09) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 第一神拳 97 per 2011.12.21)

    A 76-episode anime by Madhouse, starring seiyuu Kiyasu Kohei (Makunouchi Ippo), aired on NTV from October 2000 to March 2002. A sequel/special, Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road, came out in June 2003, followed by the spinoff Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura OAV (2003.09). The 26-episode second season Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger was telecast from January to June 2009.

  7. Go-On! vol 3 of 4 by Akishige Manabu
  8. LC: Go-On! 3

    by Akishige Manabu
    Shogakukan Young Sunday, seinen
    Volume 3 (chapters 20–27) first published in Japan 2008.11

  9. The Ravages of Time (Huo Feng Liao Yuan) vol 15 of 44+ by Chan Mou
  10. LC: The Ravages of Time 15

    Sanguozhi Qunxiongzhuan: Huo Feng Liao Yuan火鳳燎原
    by Chan Mou
    AKA Fiery Phoenix Burns Steppes
    Tong Li New Youth, seinen

    Other languages/serializations
    Simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 火凤燎原 #42 released 2011.09.05), Japanese (Media Factory 三国志群雄伝 火鳳燎原 9 per 2009.12), Vietnamese Hỏa Phụng Liêu Nguyên. The manhua is also published in Mainland China, Korea and Thailand.

  11. Shattered Knife (Oboreru Knife) vol 11 of 12+ by George Asakura

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

European comics (ROMICs)/BDs (2012.01.04

  1. Lanfeust of Troy: Paladin dari Eckmul (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 4: Le paladin d'eckmül) by Arleston & Tarquin (Soleil)
  2. [Series Premiere] Scrameustache: Pewaris Bangsa Inca (Le Scrameustache, Tome 1: L'héritier de l'Inca) by Gos & Walt (Glénat)
  3. [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 Links like this 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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