This week

Manga street dates: Elex (4.23) · Level (4.23) · m&c! (4.23) · 3L Comic (4.25)
Hayate The Combat Butler! Cuties, Mon–Fri, 630pm WIB (Animax Asia)

It’s sunny side up manga + anime’s anniversary month!
Happy anniversary to Telor Ceplok, chuu
( ˘ ³˘)❤

Ittoki Otoya birthday card

And, of course, Happy Birthday to Ittoki-kun♥

1.26.2012

GTO 6, Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 7, Dolls of God 6 (Level Comics 25 January 2012 manga)

Some titles still use reference Japanese covers. Will replace with Level's when they become available. «Done

GTO 6 (Level Comics)

GTO © Fujisawa Toru/Kodansha
[First serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics

Teshigawara's plan to boot Onizuka out from Tokyo Kissho proceeds according to, well, plan! Except for a little (deliberate) hitch: Onizuka isn't immediately fired; instead, he's told to take the national middle school try-out exams. If Onizuka doesn't place first, he's out. Fuyutsuki, Murai, Kikuchi and almost everyone else scramble to make sure that Onizuka gets that. First. Place!

So how does Onizuka do in the try-outs? Let's see what GTO 6 has to say about it. (BTW, Level also publishes the sequel, which takes place directly after the Teshigawara arc. Volume 4 of GTO Shonan 14 Days streeted last December.)

GTO volume 6 compiles Lessons 42 to 50: Failure time and again, Onizuka's IQ, A perfect couple's life, On the way to the top, A second slave, Lick my feet, The examination, the school girl and the yakuza, Teaching methods? and College in peril! [Mechanical translation of Pika Édition's GTO, Tome 6 chapter titles]

Meanwhile, in the penultimate Oh Butterfly Oh Flower (volume 7) that ties with GTO 6 for top manga DO WANT! —

Oh Butterfly Oh Flower vol 7 of 8
By Yoshihara Yuki

Choko learns the reason behind Masayuki getting sweet on his ex and finally calms down. Meanwhile, Otani holds out for Choko's (affirmative) reply to his declaration of love. Which doesn't please Masayuki at all. Nor Choko for that matter who can't stand Masayuki's distrust. She then decides to accompany Otani on an out of town trip, leaving Masayuki to...

One more volume and it's an Oh Butterfly Oh Flower marathon for me :D. I wonder how long Level with make me wait for the finale though? Chaa-chaaan~! Bust out your Gund*m and do something to reduce the wait time!

Level Comics manga (2012.01.25)

  1. Blade of Immortal (Mugen no Juunin) vol 20 of 28+ by Samura Hiroaki
  2. LC: Blade of Immortal 20

    Mugen no Juunin無限の住人
    by Samura Hiroaki
    Kodansha Afternoon, seinen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2006.10

    Volume 20 chapters:
    Dai Hyaku Ni Jū Hachi Maku Oni no Su (Sono Nana)
    Dai Hyaku Ni Jū Kyū Maku Oni no Su (Sono Hachi)
    Dai Hyaku San Jū Maku Oni no Su (Sono Kyū)
    Dai Hyaku San Jū Ichi Maku Oni no Su (Sono Jū)
    Dai Hyaku San Jū Ni Maku Oni no Su (Sono Jū Ichi)
    Dai Hyaku San Jū San Maku Oni no Su (Sono Jū Ni)
    Dai Hyaku San Jū Yon Maku Kaizō Shigi (Shūshō)

    Awards
    1997 Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize

    Other languages
    English Blade of the Immortal (Dark Horse Comics: 24 volumes per 2011.11), French (Casterman: L'habitant de l'infini Tome 26 shipped 2011.06 • Tome 27 street date: 2012.05.02), Italian (Planet Manga), German and Polish (Egmont), Portuguese (Conrad Brazil) and Swedish (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB; serialized in Manga Mania)

    Adaptations
    A 13-episode anime starring seiyuu Seki Tomokazu (Manji) and Satou Rina (Rin) aired in Japan on AT-X from July to December 2008.

    Related
    The 小説無限の住人 刃獣異聞/Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon novel written by Ohsako Junichi and illustrated by Samura Hiroaki was published under the KC Novels imprint in 2008.07 and by Dark Horse Comics in 2009.11.

    The 艶(あだ)浪 「無限の住人」画集/The Art of Blade of the Immortal illustration book was released 2008.06 in Japan, 2010.06 in North America by Dark Horse.

  3. Dolls of God (Kamisama Dolls) vol 6 of 9+ by Yamamura Hajime
  4. LC: Dolls of God 6

    Kamisama Dolls神様ドォルズ
    by Yamamura Hajime
    Shogakukan Sunday GX, seinen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2010.02

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Ching Win Publishing Taiwan: 神樣DOLLS 8 per 2011.06)

    Adaptations
    The Kamisama Dolls anime aired from 6 July to 28 September 2011 in Japan. The TV series animated by Brains Base casts seiyuu Okamoto Nobuhiko as Kuga Kyōhei, Fukuen Misato as Kuga Utao and Kayano Ai as Shiba Hibino.

  5. GTO vol 6 of 25 by Fujisawa Toru
  6. LC: GTO 6

    GTOGTO」 by Fujisawa Toru
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 6 (Lessons 42-50) first published in Japan 1998.04

    Awards
    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 volumes) and Bad Company (one volume) and sequel GTO Shonan 14 Days (nine volumes as at 2011.11.17, concluded)

    Adaptations
    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.

  7. Last Inning vol 11 of 31+ by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu
  8. LC: Last Inning 11

    Last Inningラストイニング
    by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu, Katou Kiyoshi (Supervisor)
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 11 (chapters 98-107) first published in Japan 2006.10

  9. Nurse Aoi (Ns' Aoi) vol 20 of 32 by Koshino Ryo
  10. LC: Nurse Aoi 20

    Ns' AoiNs’あおい」 by Koshino Ryo
    Kodansha Morning, seinen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2008.08

    Recognitions
    Jury Recommended Work for Story Manga, 12th Japan Media Arts Festival

    Related
    Ns' Aoi - Those Days (side story; two volumes)

    Adaptations
    Live-action renzoku starring Ishihara Satomi (Misora Aoi) aired on Fuji TV from January to March 2006, followed by a special in September the same year.

  11. Oh Butterfly Oh Flower (Chou yo Hana yo) vol 7 of 8 by Yoshihara Yuki
  12. LC: Oh Butterfly Oh Flower 7

    Chou yo Hana yo蝶よ花よ
    by Yoshihara Yuki
    Shogakukan Petit Comic, josei
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2008.11

    Other languages
    English Butterflies, Flowers (VIZ Media: eight volumes per 2011.09), French (Soleil: Ma petite maîtresse tome 8 released 2010.05) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

  13. RRR vol 5 of 10 by Watanabe Jun
  14. LC: RRR 5

    RRRRRR」 by Watanabe Jun
    AKA Rock 'n' Roll Ricky
    Kodansha Young Magazine, seinen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2008.07

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European comics/BDs (2012.01.25)

  • Leonard: Keliling Dunia (Léonard, Tome 6: Génie en balade) by Turk - De Groot (Le Lombard)

Postponed titles
ROMICs Lucky Luke: Si Kaki Halus by Morris & Goscinny and Marsupilami: Kuil Boavista by André Franquin, Batem, Yann (pending new street dates)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 24-25 January 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 18,500 each except Blade of Immortal 20 (IDR 19,500). ROMIC Leonard: Keliling Dunia 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

Blade of Immortal vol 20 of 28+
By Samura Hiroaki

As Manji faces the ‘executioner’ in single combat, Burando exerts every effort to ensure no one escapes the dungeon. Trapped, Doa and Isaku come face to face with a strange masked individual, also a product of the surgeon's madness. Another pitched battle looms, but time is running out; the underground will soon be flooded! Will our heroes meet their end in this labyrinth of death and desolation?

I padded Level's Blade of Immortal 20 blurb with additions from Casterman's French L'habitant de l'infini, Tome 20 synopsis. Level's version abbreviates to The End of the Immortality chapter!

Dolls of God vol 6 of 9+
By Yamamura Hajime

Kyohei finally reveals what happened eight years ago to him, Aki and Mahiru, involving an eldritch abomination Kakashi secreted in the woods. Meanwhile, the third of the trio to survive the nightmare, Mahiru, acts without Hirashiro's consent and kidnaps Hibino.

I've sed it before and I'll say it again: I lurve Mahiru. That's prolly because she's as Ax Crazy as Aki-sama~ (and You Know Who :D). (DON'T click the link if you don't know who and don't want your illusions shattered.   [SPOILAGE!] you know.

Nurse Aoi vol 20 of 32
By Koshino Ryo

Are you serious!? You'll never work as a nurse again!

Aoi and Ryusei, the mystery man dubbed the Commander, work together to save victims of a traffic accident. But no hospital wants to receive the patients whose conditions are worsening fast. Desperate, Aoi calls Akane Regional Hospital ER to beg for Dr. Oda's help. Can the doctor arrive in time? Before Aoi is pushed into a reckless act that just might end her nursing career?

Other 25 January 2012 highlights

  • Last Inning vol 11 by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu: Parents of the club members insist that Keisuke come clean about the rumors circulating the Internet. What's worse, Mrs. Hidaka demands that Keisuke be fired. Faced with the clamorous throng, Keisuke reveals the secret of his past, but who actually leaked the info in the first place?
  • RRR vol 5 by Watanabe Jun: Rikitaro meets up with his senior at the gym, Isotani Kazuhiko. Isotani plans to win the Japanese national title, and he's up against Kurimoto Takashi, hailed as "a boxing genius that appears only once every decade." Isotani asks Rikitaro to be his sparring partner. Why does a pro ask an amateur to spar with him? Can Rikitaro actually be of any use in Isotani's upcoming title bout?

Still not enuf? Here are the other 25 January 2012 manga

Elex Media: Inuyasha 56 of 56 · Mixim 11 volume 7 · Over Drive 1 by Yasuda Tsuyoshi · Dragon's Fiancé 2 · School Rumble 13 · Smash! 6 · Topeng Kaca 21 Deluxe · Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga 2 · Aoba Bicycle Shop 1 Miyao Gaku · Cute Children 19 · The Knight in the Area 2 · The Tyr Chronicles 10 · Domitor Leo 1: Pulihkan Segel Waktu! by Kushima Michie (2012.01.24) · Tale of the Sea King 41 · Nakayoshi Gress! 01/2012
Paket Harga Spesial: Caramel Boy Vols. 1–2 · Fruits Vol. 1–3 of 3 · Juvenile Remix Vols. 1–5 · Kunai Legend Vols. 1–4 of 4 · Legend of Nereid Vols. 11–15 of 15 · Want You Vols. 1–5

m&c!: Images of You 3 · Lost Seven 3 · Pedang MahaDewa: Future 5 · Distance to a Kiss by Yoshinaga Yuu · Princess Gal Paradise 4 · Cherry Issue 61/2012 | Reprints: Crazy Love Game by Nanajima Kana · Mama Trouble by Kohara Yuko · Say You Love Me by Jinna Mai · Whistle In The Heart by Miyawaki Yukino

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