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Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.27 · Elex: 10.29 · Level: 10.29 · m&c!: 10.29
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB, Mon–Wed[Season finale] 29 October 2014, Wed
Bleach Season 7, 630pm WIB, Weekdays
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast 10pm WIB, Thursdays
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB, Weekdays
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan): tsuritama, 930pm WIB, Mon–Thu

2.28.2012

Dragon's Fiance 3, Popcorn 1 Deluxe by Shoji Yoko, Blooming Youth 11 (Elex Media 29 February 2012 manga)

Popcorn 1 Deluxe (Elex Media)

Seito Shokun! © Shoji Yoko/Kodansha
Published in Indonesia as Popcorn by Elex Media

I forgot which tweep mentioned it, but yes, it BOGGLES that Elex retitled Seito Shokun! Popcorn. Sure, the Deluxe reissue simply follows its predecessor tankou's naming, but still — Whyyyy? Ah, well, my curiosity will just have to go unsatisfied.

You might already know what Popcorn or Seito Shokun! is all about from the dorama AKA Attention Students! that DramaWiki tells me was actually based on the sequel Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen. But let's backtrack to the original manga classic before Kitashiro Naoko—Nakki—became a teacher:

Transfer student Nakki wins over friends and influences people in her new school, largely through her unfailing cheer. With Iwasaki, Nakki forms a group of five (pranksters) and later, meets her first love Tobishima-senpai.

Nakki not only makes a success of the the school Sports Week, she also helps Mr. Kaneda with his love life. If only her own would follow the same fast track: something happens to Tobishima-senpai when he hands over his painting to Nakki.

Elex urges you to follow the award-winning exploits of Nakki and friends (Seito Shokun! won the second Kodansha Manga Award in 1978 in the shoujo category), promising sweet and bitter, love and hope — everything that makes teenage life unforgettable. Especially if you missed the its initial 24-volume run. Except... each volume retails for IDR 28,500, and you will only have to shell that out...12 times. *sweatdrop*

Manga-ka Shoji Yoko followed up Seito Shokun! first serialized in Kodansha's Shoujo Friend with a side story, Seito Shokun! - Gaiden: Okita Narutoshi-hen - Broken Brothers in April 1984, before starting the sequel Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen in Be Love (home to 2nd Manga Taisho awardee Chihayafuru) in 2003. Twenty-five Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen have been collected as of August 2011. Nakki's story continues in Seito Shokun! - Saishuushou Tabidachi, also serialized in Be Love. (Three volumes have been published between August 2011 and February 2012.)

I continue with the other Shoji Yoko manga after the release list. (Warning: there are A LOT.) For now, the top DO WANT!

Dragon's Fiancé vol 3 of 7
By Kusakawa Nari

Shakuya's entourage arrives at an oasis where they are greeted by a mysterious sword dancer whom Lushin recognizes as his mentor. Lushin looks to ‘the teacher’ to reveal what happened to him during his lost years. But further investigation will have to wait as a group of thugs attacks and Kwan is stabbed!

Lushin-samaaaa~ *shoves Kwan outtadaway*

Elex Media manga (2012.02.29)

  1. Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) vol 11 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
  2. Blooming Youth 11 (Elex)

    Hanasakeru Seishounen花咲ける青少年
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 11 first published in Japan 1994.09

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in six aizōban from 2009.02 to 2009.03
    Traditional Chinese 天國少女 (Tong Li, 12 volumes)

    Related
    One-shot sequel (Melody 27 June 2009) and Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen (volume 2 per 2011.12.05). The Hanasakeru Seishounen Premium Fanbook also released on 2011.12.05.

    Adaptations
    A 39-episode anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot, starring seiyuu Endo Aya (Kajika Louisa Kugami Burnsworth), Morikawa Toshiyuki (Huang Li-Ren), Ono Daisuke (Eugene Alexandr De Volkan), Namikawa Daisuke (Rumaty Ivan Di Raginei) and Fukuyama Jun (Carl Rosenthal) that aired between April 2009 and February 2010 on NHK, and at least two stage adaptations, the first premiering 29 September 2010 in Tokyo

  3. Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) vol 3 of 7 by Kusakawa Nari
  4. Dragon's Fiancé 3 (Elex)

    Ryuu no Hanawazurai龍の花わずらい
    by Kusakawa Nari
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in Indonesian until chapter 26 (compiled in tankoubon #5) in HanaLaLa (magazine discontinued per December 2010)
    English Two Flowers for the Dragon (CMX: six volumes per 2010.06, cancelled), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 龍族花印記 7 per 2010.01), Vietnamese as Gia tộc rồng

  5. Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga (Emile Chronicle Online Gaiden Delta Saga) vol 3 of 3 by Tsutsumi Aya [Finale]
  6. エミル・クロニクル・オンライン外伝デルタサーガ 3 (JP cover)

    Emile Chronicle Online Gaiden Delta Saga
    エミル・クロニクル・オンライン外伝デルタサーガ」 by Tsutsumi Aya, Broccoli · GungHo Online entertainment, Inc. · Headlock
    Flex Comix (Softbank Creative), shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2007.12

    Related
    Based on the Emile Chronicle Online game

  7. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 18 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
  8. Otoboke Section Chief 18 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 18 first published in Japan 2005.02

  9. [Premiere] Popcorn vol 1 of 12 Deluxe (Seito Shokun!) by Shoji Yoko
  10. Popcorn 1 Deluxe (Elex)

    Seito Shokun!生徒諸君! (講談社漫画文庫)
    by Shoji Yoko
    Kodansha Shoujo Friend, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1995.12

    Awards
    Winner, 1978 Kodansha Manga Awards in the shoujo category

    Other languages
    Partially translated into English as Eigo Seito Shokun! (four Kodansha Eigo Comics from 1983.09 to 1984.03)

    Related series
    Seito Shokun! tankoubon (24 volumes), side story Seito Shokun! - Gaiden: Okita Narutoshi-hen - Broken Brothers (1984.04), sequels Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen (25 volumes per 2011.08) and Seito Shokun! - Saishuushou Tabidachi (three volumes from 2011.08 to 2012.02)

    Adaptations
    Adapted into an OAV by Ashi Productions. The anime directed by Kusakabe Mitsuo aired on Fuji TV on 23 February 1986.

    The 10-episode live-action Seito Shokun! AKA Attention Students! (based on Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen) broadcast on TV Asahi from April to June 2007, starring Uchiyama Rina as Nakki, Shiina Kippei as Hyuga Yuichiro and Horikita Maki as Kimura Juria

[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]

¹ Sources: Elex STO 29 February 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga are priced at IDR 16,500 each except 4-koma Otoboke Section Chief 18 (IDR 15,000) and Deluxe Popcorn 1 (IDR 28,500).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured series

Blooming Youth vol 11 of 12
By Itsuki Natsumi

As predicted, the Raginei conflict escalates. Quinza plots to get rid of Kajika, now that he knows that she is the first heir to the throne. At the same time, Quinza's beloved Prince Rumaty lands in Raginei. What awaits Kajika, Li-ren, Rumaty — and Raginei?

Emile Chronicle Online Delta Saga vol 3 of 3
By Tsutsumi Aya

Delta is tormented by the knowledge that the ‘strength’ his left arm possesses may spell his end. As menace threatens, can Delta still protect those important to him? Especially a friendship that's beginning to fray...?

The story of Acronia where dwell three races, the humans or Emils, the angel-like Titanias and the demon-like Dominions, concludes...at least Delta's part in it.

Otoboke Section Chief vol 18 of 23+
By Ueda Masashi

Global warming or other climate anomalies? Not a big deal for Otoboke Section Chief whose laid-back attitude allows him to set his own (comfortable) internal thermostat.

Twenty-three Otoboke Kachou have been published in Japan as of April 2011; the 24th streets on 7 March 2012.

New Elex titles - Popcorn Deluxe continued
Other Shoji Yoko manga
So I already mentioned Popcorn or Seito Shokun! and its gaiden and sequels Seito Shokun! - Gaiden: Okita Narutoshi-hen - Broken Brothers, Seito Shokun! - Kyoushihen and Seito Shokun! - Saishuushou Tabidachi; you can find these with the 45 entries that comprise Shoji Yoko/Shouji Youko's entry in Baka-Updates Manga. Imma just list what else is credited to Shoji Yoko-sensei that I found, that MU didn't include on that page:

  1. Kekkon Densetsu Bouquet - Ai no Hanataba - (Be Love KC: 2006.06); Kekkon Densetsu Platinum-hen (FairBell Comics: 2007.03); Kekkon Densetsu Daiya-hen (FairBell Comics: 2008.01)
  2. Takatobi (three Be Love Comics volumes from 1998.06 to 1999.01; reissued in two volumes under the FairBell Comics imprint on 2005.04)
  3. Reset Out (four Be Love Comics volumes from 1997.03 to 1998.01; reissued in two volumes by FairBell Comics on 2004.12)
  4. Yuki Onna Shoji Yoko Mystery Kessaku-shū (Be Love KC: 1994.11; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 4 under the Kodansha Manga Bunko label 1998.10)
  5. Hana no Utage (Be Love Comics: 1994.08; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 2 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1998.09)
  6. Kaze no Fukuin (Be Love Comics: 1993.09; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 1 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1998.09)
  7. Tenka Gomen! (nine Be Love Comics volumes from 1993.02 to 1994.10; reissued by Chūōkōron-sha in five Chūkō Bunko Comic-ban volumes between 1998.11 and 1999.03 and again in six volumes by FairBell from 2004.08 to 2004.11)
  8. Pulse - Myaku - (Be Love Comics: 1992.04; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 3 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1998.10)
  9. Tempest (two Be Love Comics volumes published 1993.01; FairBell Comics reissue: 2007.01)
  10. Kaze o Miru Hito (Be Love KC: 1992.03; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 1 by Kodansha Manga Bunko [1998.09] and in one volume by FairBell Comics in 2006.07)
  11. Bunsuirei (Be Love Comics: 1990.12; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 3 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1998.10)
  12. Okinosawa Graffiti (three Be Love KC volumes published between 1988.10 and 1989.07; rereleased by Be Love KC in three volumes from 1990.09 to 1991.03; FairBell Comics' two-volume reissue from 2007.11 to 2007.12)
  13. Onna wa Minna sore ga suki, collaboration with Nishiwaki Miyuki (Be Love KC: 1988.01 and rerelease in 1989.11)
  14. Natsu Monogatari, collaboration with TEN&G (Friend KC: 1987.12; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 2 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1998.09)
  15. Epitaph (Friend KC: 1983.10)
  16. Let's Gotokuji (eight Be Love volumes from 1982.05 to 1988.02 or 1989.12; reissued in four Kodansha Manga Bunko on 1996.05; rereleased in six volumes under the FairBell Comics (Classico) imprint from 2007.01 to 2007.06
  17. Tekireiki (Be Love KC: 1981.04; reissued under Be Love Comics imprint 1990.02)
  18. Mezameyo! Namida-kko (Friend KC: 1980.05)
  19. Hana Jurin (Mimi KC: 1980.04)
  20. Mitcha Mix (Mimi KC: 1979.01; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 8 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1999.09)
  21. Rūmii Angel (Friend KC: 1978.12)
  22. Otome no Magarikado (Mimi KC: 1978.06)
  23. Niisama Donata? (Friend KC: 1977.09; rereleased in Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 13 by Kodansha Manga Bunko 1999.12)
  24. P. S. Aishiteimasu (Friend KC: 1977.07)

Then there are the anthologies Shoji Yoko Special Selection (FairBell Comics: 2007.02), Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 5 (Kodansha Manga Bunko: 1999.07), Shoji Yoko Kessaku-sen 6 (Kodansha Manga Bunko: 1999.07) and Shoji Yoko - Jisen Meisaku-shū (Futabasha Nihon Mangaka Taizen: 1998.04).

Shoji Yoko-sensei also headlines Be Love's Mystery Kessaku-sen series (six Be Love Comics volumes from 1992.07 to 1994.03).

Still not enuf? Here are the other 29 February 2012 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: Dawn of the Arcana 5 · Eternal Sabbath 8 of 8 · Blade of Immortal 21 · Gun Smith Cats Burst 3 · Have a Good Night! 1 by Yamazaki Sayaka · Lost Man 8 · Yokohama Chinatown Fantasy 9 · Boule & Bill: Album Kenangan · Suske & Wiske: Setengah Havelaar by Willy Vandersteen (Ex-2011.12.28)

m&c!: Electric Daisy 10 · Canvas ~ Rainbow Sketch 1 by Kodama Miki · Images of You 4 of 4 · Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 6 · Cherry Issue 62/2012 | Reprints: A Girl's Melancholy by TAAMO · First Romance by Morie Mako · Hold Me, Noir! by Iisaka Yukako · I Love This Wolf by Kikuchi Kamaro · Just Between You and Me by Kawamaru Shin · Love Cupid by Kiritani Miki · My Venus Lady by Usami Maki

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