Be back later to replace reference JP covers with Level's (when they're available.) «Done. Also added Level's synopses.
xxxHOLiC © CLAMP/Kodansha
[First serialized in Young Magazine and Bessatsu Shonen Magazine]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media/Level Comics
When Watanuki rouses, Yuko, Mokona, Maru and Moro are nowhere to be found. He continues to wait for them to come home, but nobody returns. Even people around say there's no Yuko; only Watanuki has been minding the shop all this time. As his confusion deepens, Yuko appears to Watanuki in a dream...
So the drama Levels *cough* up in CLAMP's xxxHOLiC volume 15:
Sō, Yume wa mō Owaru. or
Yes, the dream is already ending. Be sure you don't miss this watershed tank, which collects chapters 92 to 95. (Too bad Level's volume 15 doesn't come with the anime DVD like the Japanese xxxHolic 15 limited edition.)
Surprisingly, Blood Alone volume 4 overtakes Until Death Do Us Part 10 for runner-up DO WANT!, which means it gets Above the Cut blurb real estate and UDDUP has to settle for a scroll down. (Don't worry, Mamoru. You—and your sweet tooth—are still Bad*ss wub♡.)
Kuroe to Misaki no Deai-hen “LONDON WALTZ” sutāto!
London, some years earlier. Then vampire hunter Kuroe is assigned to guard Misaki, left to fend for herself by her father. Vampires prey on Misaki on orders from an old blood. Can Kuroe keep Misaki safe?
The key thing to the “London Waltz” arc is that
At last, the poignant details unfold of how mystery writer turned supernatural investigator Kuroe Kurose first met the young vampire Misaki, as Seven Seas' Blood Alone, Vol. 4 description corroborates. The same source continues:
Surrounded by Renfields, magicians, and sinister vampires, suspense and violence abound as the true depth of Kurose's feelings for Misaki is revealed.
- Blood Alone vol 4 of 7+ by Takano Masayuki
- Haruka 17 vol 15 of 19 by Yamazaki Sayaka
- Karakuri Circus vol 8 of 43 by Fujita Kazuhiro
- Magister Negi Magi (Mahou Sensei Negima!) vol 29 of 36+ by Akamatsu Ken
- New Comic Bomber (Shin Hoero Pen) vol 9 of 11 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
- Officer Monju (Seigi Keikan Monju) vol 11 of 12 by Miyashita Hiroki
- Ranko The Governor (Chiji Ranko) vol 2 of 4 by Takahashi Noboru
- Red River (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) vol 12 of 28 by Shinohara Chie
- Sky of Love (Koizora: Setsunai Koi Monogatari) vol 9 of 10 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika
- Until Death Do Us Part (Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made) vol 10 of 16+ by Takashige Hiroshi & DOUBLE-S
- xxxHOLiC vol 15 of 19 by CLAMP
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- Life Existence, Vols. 1–3 of 3 by Fukumoto Nobuyuki, Kawaguchi Kaiji (Seizon - Life) –Complete– [IDR 27,000/set]
- Miso-Com, Vols. 1–5 (of 13+) by Yonezawa Rika (30 Kon Miso-com) [IDR 45,000/set]
- Zipang, Vols 1–6 (of 43) by Kawaguchi Kaiji [IDR 54,000/set]
*Volume tallies represent volume totals in country of origin, which may not coincide with Level Comic' latest releases. Level's most recent volume for Miso-Com is volume 12 (2011.11.02 street date), while Zipang's is volume 11 (2012.01.18).
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 18,500 each except Haruka 17 vol 15 and Until Death Do Us Part 10 (IDR 19,500). Value set SRPs indicated beside their respective entries.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
Featured ongoing series
The 3-A students Pal forces into pactios panic, from Natsumi who struggles to avoid Kotaro, to Gu Fei who challenges Negi in single combat if he wants to form a pactio with her, to Chachamaru who despairs over her soul or lack thereof. Meanwhile, Kurt Godel allows Negi a peek into his parents' murky past...
Magister Negi Magi volume 29 collects chapters 259 to 267:
Outburst!? The Top Elites of the Magical World do Battle!,
Top Battle & Top Class Dance ♥,
Smooch Smooch Carnival ♥,
Smooch Smooch Carnival ♥ Episode 2,
Smooch Smooch Carnival ♥ Episode 3,
The Door of Truth!!,
Encroachment of Darkness!,
Facing the Truth! and
Tale of a Father and a Mother's Fate. [*NOT Level's chapter titles]
Thirty-six Mahou Sensei Negima tankou have been compiled in Japan as of November 2011. Volume 37 streets 17 February 2012.
Ibuki Dai explodes over Mamoru going MIA and challenges his co-Blade member to a duel. Using Dai's special motorbike, of course. The Element Network also resists letting Mamoru's insubordination go unpunished. As Mamoru is besieged from all sides, Element Network manager Daiba Tatsumi pressures Haruka into accepting an onerous assignment. What does Daiba Tatsumi want from Haruka?
Sixteen Shi ga Futari wo Wakatsu Made tankou have been published in Japan as of 25 January 2012.
Other 1 February 2012 highlights
- Haruka 17 vol 15 by Yamazaki Sayaka: After Haruka's Hollywood audition, Fine Pro finds itself increasingly scrapping with rival agency Get On, whose strategy seems to comprise pirating Fine Pro's rising stars. Boss Yukiaki's worsening health also exacerbates the talent agency's problems, causing Haruka to lose out on showbiz opportunities. Can Haruka overturn the situation? And what about her Hollywood audition?
- Karakuri Circus vol 8 by Fujita Kazuhiro: Narumi returns! Narumi, who sacrificed himself to protect Masaru, apparently survived, but doesn't remember either Masaru or Shirogane. Guy, the one person privy to Narumi's past, reveals the face of the enemy, the Automatons, plunging Narumi back into a cruel fate, memories or no.
- New Comic Bomber vol 9 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko: Editor Kikkumi once again pressures Hono-sensei into agreeing to a "dangerous" book-signing. But talk about an anticlimax: on D-Day, only a handful of people queue up for Hono-sensei's autograph. The artist's dejection amplifies when a fellow manga-ka, holding a similar signing event, ridicules Hono. But, hey, what's this...!?
- Officer Monju vol 11 by Miyashita Hiroki: Shino gets into an accident at home and is knocked out. When she comes to, she suffers memory loss. Can Monju and Junpei help?
- Ranko the Governor vol 2 by Takahashi Noboru: Ranko finds an imposing rival in the equally young and beautiful Ubukata Konatsu. Their only difference — Konatsu targets becoming Japan's first woman prime minister, and her first step on the chief executive ladder is to sideline Ranko. When Konatsu's bid to shame Ranko on a televised debate fails, she challenges her opponent on the racetrack, counting on an easy victory as Ranko has never once ridden a horse.
- Red River vol 12 by Shinohara Chie: Prince Kail is crowned the Hittite king, and his coronation firms up Yuri's resolve to bury her feelings for him. She commits to returning to Japan when Ishtar rises six months hence. But war breaks out, and with an invasion from the east and west, from Egypt and Arzawa, looming, what choice does Kail have but to agree to Yuri's offer to lead half the Hittite troops into battle against Arzawa while Kail takes care of the Egyptians? [Additions from Wikipedia]
- Sky of Love vol 9 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika: Will cancer separate newly-weds Mika and Hiro forever? Or does a miracle await?
Still not enuf? Here are the other 1 February 2012 manga and manhwa
Elex Media: Kekkaishi 12 · V.B. Rose 9 · Piano Hutan 20 · 19 Nineteen by Inoue Yumiko, Han KyungMi · Dodge Fighters 10 of 10 | [Paket] Value sets: Ouran High School Host Club Vols. 1–8 · Maria Holic Vols. 1–3 · Golden Days Vols. 1–8 of 8 · English School Wars Vols. 1–2 of 2 · Hell Girl Vols. 1–9 of 9 · Kämpfer Vols. 1–2 · Legend of Nereid, Vols. 1–10 · Mixim 11 Vols. 1–2
Note: Possibility of Ouran High School Host Club Vols. 1–8 and Hell Girl Vols. 1–9 postponement to 2012.02.22
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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