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Manga street dates3L Comic: 10.20 · Elex: 10.22 · Level: 10.22 · m&c!: 10.22
Anime (on Animax Asia):
Parasyte –the maxim– simulcast Thursdays, 10pm
Chihayafuru Season 2, 10pm WIB (Mon–Wed)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB (Mon–Fri)
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Anime (on WakuWaku Japan):
tsuritama [Series Premiere] 23 October 2014, Thursday, 930pm WIB (Mon–Thu)

2.07.2012

In Love with You 1-3 of 3 by Aikawa Saki (m&c! 8 February 2012 manga)

In Love with You 1-3 (m&c!)

Kimi to Koi no Tochuu © Aikawa Saki/Shogakukan
[First serialized in Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as In Love with You by Gramedia/m&c!

True, m&c! doesn't have an extensive Love is Everywhere shoujo manga line-up like last year, but a week before Valentine's Day, it compensates by triple-launching Aikawa Saki's Kimi to Koi no Tochuu. Which is , MAX!

I reserve the NikBabble™ for the Ex-Boyfriend, Love Triangle, Finding Love Again, First Love, Male Lead Falling in Love First Kimi to Koi no Tochuu, retitled In Love with You, in my upcoming Valentine Special review. Yes, I've been waiting to fangirl Kimi to Koi for ages, but I still have beef with its shaky Big Mis(understanding) foundation that threatens to bring the entire series down—the Big Mis/Big Secret is the most egregious of all romance tropes—but don't worry, Imma still blurb this ex-Sho-Comi serial:

"You're my first love. I never thought you would leave me."

So traumatized is Yuna by her first boyfriend Takumi breaking up with her that she shies away from love and boys thereafter. But when classmate Hayato confesses to her for the second time, Yuna accepts, reasoning it's about time she forgot Takumi.

Just when Yuna begins to think she can finally move on, Takumi reappears...

As In Love with You enters its second tank —

“War” breaks out between Takumi and Hayato. Takumi resolves to win back Yuna, who despite actually liking Hayato, can't erase her feelings for Takumi...

So who does torn between two lovers Yuna choose? The last line of m&c!'s In Love with You 3 preview teases: Step by step, we move forward. Because we love each other.

One-shots Twinkling Lucky Charm and Sparkling 17 cap the last In Love with You tankou.

So yeah, m&c! ONLY has In Love with You as its pre-Valentine 2012 offering, but what a rabu rabu munificence. Aikawa Saki da yo! She only created You Can't Disappear From Me and 16 Life :P. (Moar on other m&c!-published Aikawa Saki shoujo manga after the release list.) Still, I cannot overemphasize: GET!, GET!, GET!

If you don't want In Love with You, you prolly belong to the non-shoujo camp and might be more interested in the series finale to Tony Wong and Dick Kwong's manhua, The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2, which ends with Black Fenglei's unprecendented metamorphosis in Book Eight.

m&c! manga (2012.02.08)

  1. [Series Premiere] In Love with You (Kimi to Koi no Tochuu) vol 1 of 3 by Aikawa Saki
  2. In Love with You 1 (m&c!)

    Kimi to Koi no Tochuuキミと恋の途中
    by Aikawa Saki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.11

  3. [Premiere] In Love with You vol 2 of 3 by Aikawa Saki
  4. In Love with You 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2011.03

  5. [Premiere] In Love with You vol 3 of 3 by Aikawa Saki [Finale]
  6. In Love with You 3 (m&c!)

    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2011.05
    Contains:
    In Love with You
    Twinkling Lucky Charm
    Sparkling 17

Hong Kong manhua (2012.02.08)

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

Reprints and Restocks
m&c! continues to reprint one-shot shoujo tankou; this batch includes two Ciao titles from Kohara Yuko, Children of Heaven (Paradise Kids) and Ramalan Cinta Teru Teru (Teruteru Koiyohou), as well as two from ChuChu and Betsucomi: 3 Star Love Days (Mitsuboshi Love Days) by Sugiyama Miwako and Story About You (Anata ni Ateta Monogatari) by Ozaki Ira.

Restocked (Individual volumes) —

¹ Source: m&c! (release schedule and artwork/synopses).
² All manga, including restocks, are priced at IDR 16,500. Manhua The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 Book Eight carries an IDR 95,000 SRP.

In Love with You — continued
Other Aikawa Saki manga
Already mentioned two other series besides In Love with You or Kimi to Koi no Tochuu — the four-volume You Can't Disappear From Me (Boku kara Kimi ga Kienai) and 16 Life.

m&c! has also published these Aikawa Saki anthologies: Secret Kiss, Love Me (Renai Joujou), Love After School (Houkago, Sensei to Koi ni Ochiru) and My Prince (Oresama Ouji).

I'm still waiting for m&c! to license The Morning After the Night Before and She Wakes up Beside a Mafia heir Iinchou no Himegoto (AKA The Committee Chairman's Secret; two volumes published in Japan between June and September 2008), but considering the racy premise—the first Iinchou no Himegoto is actually one of Six adult love stories in the Slip off a uniform after school Houkago, Seifuku o Nui de antho top-billed by Kurumatani Haruko—I'm not holding my breath.

Aikawa Saki-sensei also contributed one-shots to two other Sho-Comi Pink Label smut anthologies. Love Princess and W Prince appeared in the Dame Ijiwaru H antho top-billed by Shinjo Mayu (JP release: 2004.12), while Suki ga tomaranai! was included in Honnou - Motto Midaretai top-billed by Shigano Iori (published 2005.12).

Her latest completed Sho-Comi serial is Naisho no Jikan, which, from these Smart Female Lead, Smart Male Lead, Café, Cosplay, Hidden Identity, Male Lead Falling in Love First, Rivalry, Rivals become Lovers tags sounds like a My Sweet Kaicho rip-off. Naisho no Jikan, compiled in tankou last November, differs only in its meganekko protagonist :P. Rant regardless, Imma getting when m&c! publishes it.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 8 February 2012 manga

Elex Media: Q.E.D. 39 · The Best Skilled Surgeon 5 · Defense Devil 6 · Q and A 3 · Wild Life 21 · Kungfu Boy 9 Premium · Claymore 17 · Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First and Last by Aoyama Gosho · The Knight in the Area 3 · Animal Doctor 10 · Hourai Girls 1 and 2 of 2 by Yamada Row · Kariage Kun 47 · My First Mr. Akuno 7 · Natane 6 of 6 Deluxe · Topeng Kaca: Dua Akoya 2 · Blooming Youth 10 · Chunchu 5 · Otoboke Section Chief 17 · Kojiro 6 · Meat Q Family by Tazima Taziko · Shonen Star Issue 02/2012 · Shonen Magz Issue 02/2012

Level Comics: X Blade 9 · Death's Notice 8 · Devil Devil 8 · Adamas 2 · Fight!! Ippo 88 · RRR 6 · Marsupilami: Kuil Boavista (Ex-2012.01.25) · Lucky Luke: Si Kaki Halus (Ex-1.25)

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

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you a foreigner? how can you read kimi to koi no tochuu in indonesian version but you talk english? or maybe you're an english teacher? o_o'''

Niki C said...

@Anonymous-san,
Hi-mit-su! ^^

aaayureginamp said...

are youe sure this comic is going out on 8 feb 2012??
but when i check it at gramedia, there is no one :'(

Niki C said...

@aaayureginamp-san,
Yup, I'm sure. I got my copies of In Love with You the same day they released ^^v
Thanks for commenting!

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