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 © 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 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..
- [Series Premiere] Adamas vol 1 of 6+ by Minagawa Ryouji
- Devil Devil vol 7 of 15 by Miyoshi Yuuki
- The Drops of God (Kami no Shizuku) vol 10 of 31+ by Agi Tadashi & Okimoto Shu
- Eternal Sabbath (ES) vol 7 of 8 by Souryo Fuyumi
- Giant Killing vol 11 of 21+ by Tsujitomo & Tsunamoto Masaya
- Iliad vol 8 of 15 by Uoto Osamu & Toshusai Garaku
- K2 vol 10 of 16+ by Mafune Kazuo
- Karakuri Circus vol 7 of 43 by Fujita Kazuhiro
- Lost Man vol 7 of 14+ by Kusaba Michiteru
- MOON - Subaru Solitude Standing vol 3 of 9 by Soda Masahito & Tomiyama Kuro
- Zipang vol 11 of 43 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
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- 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 are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
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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 Bia 9· My 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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