This week

Manga street datesElex: 9.24 · Level: 9.24 · m&c!: 9.24
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB (airs Mon–Fri)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB (Mon–Wed)
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

1.30.2012

Kekkaishi 12, V.B. Rose 9, Piano Hutan 20 (Elex Media 1 February 2012 manga) [UPDATED]

Update2: Of course there's no Animal Doctor 10 preview. It's been postponed to next week! Also, can anyone confirm that value sets (Paket) Hell Girl, Vols. 1–9 and Ouran High School Host Club, Vols. 1–8 have been postponed to 22 Feb? (the word from Angelzon; forgot to check in the wild)

Couldn't find a big enuf Kekkaishi 12 cover, so leading with runner-up DO WANT! V.B. Rose 9. (Will replace reference Japanese covers with Elex's once they're available.) «Done as per obvious

Kekkaishi 12, V.B. Rose 9 (Elex Media)

Kekkaishi © Tanabe Yellow/Shogakukan [First serialized in Shonen Sunday] · V.B. Rose © Hidaka Banri/Hakusensha [First serialized in Hana to Yume]. Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

It's the end of the VBR world as we know it when Sakura's cat shreds the wedding gown Ageha was supposed to show off at the Bridal Fair. Arisaka scrambles to design a replacement, and to shore up Ageha's spirits, presents her with...

And as the TOKYOPOP V.B. Rose, Vol. 9 preview muses: Can Ageha control her nerves when faced with Arisaka at his most handsome and princely? :D

For Ageha (and the rest of us) to geek out on: Your cat's clawing behavior may raise your blood pressure, but it relieves feline stress, sort of like the kitty equivalent to human nail biting. In fact, upset cats often target items that smell like their beloved human (your bed, your favorite chair), not because they're angry or vindictive, but because they love you so much and scent-sharing makes them feel better. [–Animal behavior consultant and award-winning author Amy D. Shojai]

After that feline psychology digression, back to the Most Wanted Manga. (I would've followed up with the Animal Doctor 10 preview—especially as that tankou has a cat on the cover—but No. Preview!) Edit: See NikBabble™ at the top of the post.

Kekkaishi vol 12 of 35
by Tanabe Yellow

Duel to the death in Kurosusuki!

Yoshimori agrees to be brought to Kokuboro as a hostage to confront Kaguro and avenge Shishio. While imprisoned, he meets "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" Matsudo Heisuke who has also infiltrated the ayakashi stronghold to settle a festering score with a certain "Shiranuma."

Kekkaishi volume 12 compiles chapters 106 through 115: The Castle, Rescue, Byaku and Matsudo, Hollow Man, Advance Payment, Aihi, Flower Ayakashi, The Man Who Would Not Die, Outside the Other World and Achilles Heel. [*NOT Elex chapter titles].

For Kekkaishi chapters upwards of 115, check out Shonen Star.

New Elex titles
19 Nineteen
by Inoue Yumiko, Han KyungMi

19 Nineteen (Elex Media)

The death of a girl made them suspects. The death of a girl brought them closer. The death of a girl taught them the meaning of life.

The story of three 19-y.o.'s struggling to uncover the truth! So sez Elex, adding that the standalone murder mystery AKA 나의 19세, I'm 19, My 19 Years and 19 Years Old has been made into a movie starring T.O.P and Big Bang's Seung Ri as Seo Jung Hoon and Park Min Seo, wanted for murder along with Cha Eun Young, portrayed by Heo Yi Jae. (Thanks, DramaWiki.) No cover yet; maybe later. «Done, see right.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2012.02.01)

  1. [Premiere] 19 Nineteen by Inoue Yumiko, Han KyungMi
  2. Dodge Fighters (Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters) vol 10 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo [Finale]
  3. Dodge Fighters 10 (Elex)

    Ganbare! Dodgeball Fighters
    がんばれ!ドッジファイターズ
    by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo
    Shogakukan Tentoumushi Comics, kodomo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2006.03

  4. Kekkaishi vol 12 of 35 by Tanabe Yellow
  5. Kekkaishi 12 (Elex)

    Kekkaishi結界師」 by Tanabe Yellow
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 12 (chapters 106-115) first published in Japan 2006.05

    Awards
    Winner, 52nd Shogakukan Manga Awards for the Shounen category

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English Kekkaishi (VIZ Media: 29 volumes per 2011.12.13 • volume 30 street date: 2012.02.14), French (PIKA Édition: Tome 27 shipped 2011.06 • Tome 28 street date: 2012.02.15), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 18 released 2011.11 • Band 19 street date: 2012.07.03), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 结界师 #35 released 2011.11), traditional Chinese (Rightman Publishing Limited Hong Kong and Tong Li Taiwan), Italian (Planet Manga), Malaysian (PCM Comics), Korean (Bookbox), Spanish (Editorial Ivrea Spain), Vietnamese (Kim Dong)

    Adaptations
    Sunrise's 52-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Yoshino Hiroyuki (Sumimura Yoshimori) and Saitou Rie (Yukimura Tokine), aired in Japan from October 2006 to February 2008. The anime aired on Animax Asia from 15 February to 27 April 2011.

    Related
    An official TV animation guide book (released 2006.12 under the Shonen Sunday Comics Special imprint) and two official strategy guides for Wii and Nintendo DS (Wonderlife Special: 2007.06 (Nintendo DS), 2007.11 (Wii))

  6. Piano Hutan (Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai) vol 20 of 21+ by Isshiki Makoto
  7. Piano Hutan 20 (Elex)

    Piano no Mori: The Perfect World of Kai
    ピアノの森 The perfect world of KAI」 by Isshiki Makoto
    Kodansha Morning (formerly in Uppers), seinen
    Volume 20 first published in Japan 2011.09

    Awards
    Recipient, Grand Prize for Best Manga, 2008 Japan Media Arts Festival

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press Taiwan: 琴之森 18 per 2011.06)

    Adaptations
    Madhouse animated movie adaptation starring Ueto Aya (Ichinose Kai) and Kamiki Ryunosuke (Amamiya Shuuhei) premiered 2007.07.21 in Japan. The film was nominated for the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and in the Theatrical Film category at the 2008 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The anime spans manga volumes 1–6 (until chapter 41).

  8. V.B. Rose vol 9 of 14 by Hidaka Banri
  9. V.B. Rose 9 (Elex)

    V.B. RoseV・B・ローズ」 by Hidaka Banri
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 9 first published in Japan 2007.04

    Other languages/serialization
    Serialized until chapter 56 in HanaLaLa (discontinued)
    English V.B. Rose (TOKYOPOP: 12 volumes per 2011.04), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: V.B.R 絲絨藍玫瑰 14 per 2009.10)

    Adaptations
    A V.B. Rose drama CD was released in Japan in 2006.12, starring seiyuu Mizuki Nana as Shiroi Ageha, Sakurai Takahiro as Arisaka Yukari, and Suwabe Junichi as Kuromine Mitsuya.

    Related
    The Hana to Yume Comics Special V.B. Rose Illustration Fan Book streeted in Japan 2009.05

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[Value sets] Paket Komik *Harga Spesial* (2012.02.01)

  1. English School Wars, Vols. 1–2 of 2 by Matsumoto Tomo (Eikaiwa School Wars) –Complete– [IDR 16,000/set]
  2. Golden Days, Vols. 1–8 of 8 by Takao Shigeru –Complete– [IDR 64,000/set]
  3. Hell Girl, Vols. 1–9 of 9 by Eto Miyuki & Jigoku Shoujo Project (Jigoku Shoujo) –Complete– [IDR 72,000/set] «Postponed to 2012.02.22?
  4. Kämpfer, Vols. 1–2 (of 7+) by Tatibana Yu, Tsukiji Toshihiko [IDR 16,000/set]
  5. Legend of Nereid, Vols. 1–10 of 15 by Hwang MiRee [IDR 80,000/set]
  6. Maria Holic, Vols. 1–3 (of 8+) by Endou Minari [IDR 24,000/set]
  7. Mixim 11, Vols. 1–2 (of 12) by Anzai Nobuyuki [IDR 16,000/set]
  8. Ouran High School Host Club, Vols. 1–8 (of 18) by Hatori Bisco (Ouran Koukou Host Club) [IDR 64,000/set] «Postponed to 2012.02.22?

*Volume tallies represent volume totals in country of origin, which may not coincide with Elex Media's latest releases. Elex's most recent volume for Mixim 11: volume 7 (2012.01.25 street date) and Ouran High School Host Club: volume 9 (2011.11.02). Legend of Nereid concluded in February 2011; the volume 11–15 value set streeted last week (1.25).

¹ Sources: Elex STO 30 January - 1 February 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and/or Gramedia Shop (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga retail for IDR 16,500 each. Value set SRPs indicated beside their respective entries.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured ongoing series
Piano Hutan vol 20 of 21+
By Isshiki Makoto

Kai-kun gomen...... Boku wa kimi ga kiraidatta zutto......

Despondent over his loss, Amamiya Shuhei vents his frustration and hurt at Ichinose Kai. Will Shuhei's anger ruin Kai's upcoming performance?

Meanwhile, another contestant faces a shocking setback. What exactly happened to Pang Wei!?

Other 1 February 2012 highlights

  • Dodge Fighters vol 10 of 10 by Murakami Toshiya & Saito Muneo: The Dodge Fighters look defeat straight in the eye as they face off against Hokkaido's Team Douou Farms in the final eight. Douou Farms manages to suppress the Fighters with its superlative teamwork, but a glitch in the apparently flimsy cooperation threatens the almost there victory.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 1 February 2012 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: xxxHOLiC 15 · Blood Alone 4 · Until Death Do Us Part 10 · Magister Negi Magi 29 · Karakuri Circus 8 · New Comic Bomber 9 · Red River 12 · Sky of Love 9 · Haruka 17 V15 · Ranko the Governor 2 · Officer Monju 11 | [Paket] Value sets: Life Existence, Vols. 1–3 of 3 · Miso-Com Vols. 1–5 · Zipang Vols 1–6

m&c!: Goong [Palace Story] 23 · Next To You 5 · My Kingdom 4 · Idol's Love Story 11 · Long Hu Men: The Next Battle 5

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

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