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1.17.2012

The Drops of God 10, Eternal Sabbath 7, Adamas 1 by Minagawa Ryouji (Level Comics 18 January 2012 manga)

Save for Adamas 1, still using reference Japanese covers. But only until Level's artwork becomes available (whenever that is). Update: Anyone say "whenever"?

Adamas 1 (Level Comics)

Adamas © Minagawa Ryouji/Kodansha
[Serialized in Evening]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics

Rich girl Ryuzaki Reika part-times at a department store, but let's just say sales is not her real calling. She possesses ‘jewelry master’ powers that allow her to use gemstones for something other than personal decoration. With some sparkling help, she solves criminal cases related to...well...gems!

So Level holds off licensing Psychometrist Eiji's seinen sequel Psychometrer after the shounen manga's conclusion last week to give way to Adamas, which it reckons should equally appeal to Eiji fans. Okay, that's a logical fallacy—one doesn't follow the other—but I had to work in Level's If You Liked Manga X, You Would Like Manga Y Adamas recommendation somehow. If Eiji uses psychometry to catch the bad guys, Reika uses precious stones, summoned jewel spirits (Baka-Updates Manga's exclusive Adamas tag) and, I assume, the ginormous knuckles she's wearing on the cover in her crime-fighting vocation.

Adamas continues to serialize in Evening; six tankou have been compiled in Japan as of August 2011. Scroll down if you need a refresher on other Minagawa Ryouji manga; I need to babble about top DO WANT! The Drops of God 10 nau.

The Drops of God vol 10 of 31+
by Agi Tadashi & Okimoto Shu

The hunt for the 3rd Apostle gets underway, with Shizuku clueless about the wine described in his father's will. To offset his lack of experience, Shizuku turns to another wine for insight...

Adding to Level's blurb: The mysterious wine is linked to Kanzaki Yutaka's childhood memories. [From Glénat's Les Gouttes de Dieu, Tome 10 description]

Thirty-one Kami no Shizuku: Les Gouttes de Dieu tankou have been compiled in Japan as of November 2011. The 32nd streets 23 February 2012..

Level Comics manga (2012.01.18)

  1. [Series Premiere] Adamas vol 1 of 6+ by Minagawa Ryouji
  2. LC: Adamas 1

    AdamasADAMAS」 by Minagawa Ryouji
    Kodansha Evening, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2008.04

  3. Devil Devil vol 7 of 15 by Miyoshi Yuuki
  4. LC: Devil Devil 7

    Devil Devilデビデビ」 by Miyoshi Yuuki
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 (10 episodes/chapters 57-66) first published in Japan 1999.05

    Other languages
    French (PIKA Édition: 15 volumes)

  5. The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) vol 10 of 31+ by Agi Tadashi & Okimoto Shu
  6. LC: The Drops of God 10

    Kami no Shizuku: Les Gouttes de Dieu
    神の雫」 by Agi Tadashi & Okimoto Shu
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Awards
    Special Award of the Year - La Revue du vin de France (French wine magazine); Nominee (Glénat's Les Gouttes de Dieu, tome 1), French Angoulême Comics Awards; Nominee, 1st Keitai Comic Taishō (Mobile Phone Comic Award, along with Hiura Satoru's Hotaru no Hikari, Miyasaka Kaho's Kare First Love and 17 other manga)

    Other languages
    French (Glénat: Les Gouttes de Dieu Tome 21 shipped 2011.10 • Tome 22 street date: 2012.02.08), traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan: 神之水滴 29 per 2011.09), English Drops of God (Vertical: two volumes per 2011.12.13 • volume 3 street date: 2012.03.13)

    Adaptations
    A live-action renzoku starring Kamenashi Kazuya as Kanzaki Shizuku aired from January to March 2009 in Japan on NTV.

  7. Eternal Sabbath (ES) vol 7 of 8 by Souryo Fuyumi
  8. LC: Eternal Sabbath 7

    ESES」 by Souryo Fuyumi
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2004.08

    Other languages/Reissues
    English ES (Del Rey: eight volumes), French (Glénat: eight volumes), Italian (Editions Star Comics)
    Re-released in five bunko volumes (2006.10 - 2007.02)

  9. Giant Killing vol 11 of 21+ by Tsujitomo & Tsunamoto Masaya
  10. LC: Giant Killing 11

    Giant KillingGIANT KILLING
    by Tsujitomo and Tsunamoto Masaya
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Awards
    34th Kodansha Manga Award for General Manga

    Adaptations
    Studio DEEN's 26-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Tatsumi Takeshi), Okiayu Ryotaro (Murakoshi Shigeyuki), Mizushima Takahiro (Tsubaki Daisuke) and Ono Daisuke (Yoshida Luigi) aired between April and September 2010 on NHK.

  11. Iliad vol 8 of 15 by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
  12. LC: Iliad 8

    ILIADイリヤッド~入矢堂見聞録~
    by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
    Shogakukan Big Comics, seinen
    Volume 8 (eight episodes/chapters 57-64) first published in Japan in 2005.06

  13. K2 vol 10 of 16+ by Mafune Kazuo
  14. LC: K2 vol 10

    K2K2」 by Mafune Kazuo
    Kodansha Evening, seinen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2009.03

  15. Karakuri Circus vol 7 of 43 by Fujita Kazuhiro
  16. LC: Karakuri Circus 7

    Karakuri Circusからくりサーカス
    by Fujita Kazuhiro
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 (10 episodes/chapters 56-65) first published in Japan 1999.04

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in shinsō-ban beginning July 2011 (Shonen Sunday Comics Special volume 6 street date: 2011.11.18) and in 16 wide-ban volumes (from 2008.11 to 2010.02)
    French (Delcourt: Karakuri Circus Tome 21 per 2007.12)

  17. Lost Man vol 7 of 14+ by Kusaba Michiteru
  18. LC: Lost Man 7

    Lost ManLOST MAN
    by Kusaba Michiteru
    Shogakukan Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Spirits after 31 July 2008), seinen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2010.02

  19. MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 3 of 9 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro
  20. LC: MOON 3

    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 3 (chapters 22-32) first published in Japan 2009.03

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

    Related series
    Subaru (prequel; 11 volumes)

  21. Zipang vol 11 of 43 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
  22. LC: Zipang 11

    Zipangジパング」 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 2003.05

    Awards
    Winner, 26th Kodansha Manga Awards (2002) in the General category

    Other language versions
    English (Kodansha Bilingual Comics; partial), French (Kana: Pack Fidelite Zipang Tome 30+T31 per 2011.08 • Pack Fidelite T32+33 street date: 2011.10.21) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press: 次元艦隊 43 per 2010.06)

    Adaptations
    Anime by Studio DEEN starring seiyuu Inada Tetsu (Executive Officer Kadomatsu Yosuke), Hoshino Takanori (Gunnery Officer Kikuchi Masayuki), Ueda Yuuji (Navigation Officer Oguri Kouhei), Yara Yuusaku (Captain Umezu Saburo) and Touchi Hiroki (Lt. Commander Kusaka Takumi) aired in Japan from October 2004 to March 2005

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European comics/BDs (2012.01.18)

  • Rantanplan: Sang Maskot (Rantanplan, Tome 1: La Mascotte) by Morris (Lucky Comics)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 18 January 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 18,500 each except Adamas 1 (IDR 19,500) and Eternal Sabbath 7 and Zipang 11 (IDR 20,000). ROMIC Rantanplan: Sang Maskot is priced at IDR 30,000/volume.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured ongoing series

Eternal Sabbath vol 7 of 8
By Souryo Fuyumi

No extant Level preview for the penultimate ES, so borrowing Del Rey's ES Vol. 7: Death Struggle blurb in the interim:

Shuro and Isaac are brothers who were created in a terrifying genetic engineering experiment. But now they're at war. Shuro wants to learn to live with humankind, while Isaac's rage is sending him on a murderous rampage. Can Shuro stop Isaac before he plunges the world plunges into chaos?

Giant Killing vol 11 of 21+
By Tsujitomo & Tsunamoto Masaya

The ETU-Kawasaki match heats up, and the outlook appears bleak for ETU. Kawasaki's ‘god savior’ Hoshino blocks ETU's attack at every turn; it doesn't help that Tsubaki hasn't regained his top form. Can the ETU veterans defeat the Kawasaki young guns? And what was Tatsumi's reason for fielding experienced players in the first place?

I wouldn't worry about ETU's fate yet. As Level highlights, Giant Killing is the story of how astute football management brings a losing team victory. So just sit back and enjoy the (bumpy) ride :D (It's also gonna be a long, the end is nowhere in sight ride: 21 Giant Killing tankou have been released in Japan as of October 2011. The 22nd streets 23 January 2012.)

New Level titles - Adamas continued
Other Minagawa Ryouji manga

Aside from Adamas, Level has published ARMS, Minagawa Ryouji's award-winning Alice in Wonderland-troped science fiction collab with Nanatsuki Kyouichi. Elex Media, meanwhile, serializes Minagawa Ryouji's (solo flight) D-LIVE!! in Shonen Star, the Indonesian Shonen Sunday.

Other series included in Minagawa Ryouji's backlist are the Police, Prodigy Kyo and more famous adventure/history/military Spriggan, both written by Takashige Hiroshi (Until Death Do Us Part) and first serialized in Shonen Sunday.

Ongoing like Adamas is Peace Maker, serialized in Ultra Jump (the eighth tankou streets 19 January 2012 in Japan).

Other 18 January 2012 highlights

  • K2 vol 10 by Mafune Kazuo: Takumi, the grandson of one of K village's residents, is injured while in Tokyo and even with antibiotics, his wound doesn't heal. Amputation becomes a real possibility. What will K do to save Takumi's foot?
  • MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 3 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro: A TV exposé of her past enrages Subaru, her fury threatening to cancel her first Japanese performance. Can Nico coax Subaru out of her ire?

Promise to add missing synopses/Level artwork (Done) if/when they're available.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 18 January 2012 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Hayate The Combat Butler 26 · Blooming Youth 9 · Traumeister 3 · Dear Boys Act 3 vol 7 · Dodge Fighters 9 · New Kobochan 14 · Shonen Star Issue 01/2012

m&c!: The Breaker 3 · Crazy Girl Shin BiaMy Lovely Class Leader 7 · First Love Lesson 1 by Yabuuchi Yuu · My Gentle Wolves by Shiiba Nana · Samurai Force 3 · Full House: Love Continues 3 | Reprints: Cherry Love by Shigano Iori · Go! Go! Ichigo by Yabuuchi Yuu · Guardian of the White Robe by Himekawa Kirara · Lovely Lesson by Sakisaka Mea · The Secret Prince In My Ring by Takamiya Satoru · The Underground Kids by Shiiba Nana

Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography

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