Also, Hourai Girls, the double-launch. Supernatural shounen adventure, anyone?
Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo © Katou Motohiro/Kodansha [Serialized in Monthly Shōnen Magazine +] · Saijou no Meii © Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi/Shogakukan [First serialized in Shonen Sunday]. Published in Indonesia as Q.E.D. Quod Erat Demonstrandum and The Best Skilled Surgeon by Elex Media
The landlady of the Urban Hills apartment is found dead, hanging from the ceiling of Room No. 6. The tenants point fingers at one another. Who did it? The chef, the fortune teller, the medical student or the gold digger?
Touma, tell us who! (We've only been waiting three weeks... :P)
Elex's Q.E.D. volume 39 preview refers to
Insiden di Kamar 6 Urban Hills (
Urban Hills 6-gōshitsu jiken, chapter 77), that first appeared in Magazine E-no's March 2011 issue. The second compiled story is
Grand Tour, which—if I read the Japanese Wiki right—has MIT professors commemorating the Voyager program's—and the scuttled Solar Grand Tour's—35th anniversary with a postmortem of a professor's wife's “suicide” around the same time. (Reconfirm for yourself; I can't read Japanese.)
Grand Tour first appeared in the now-defunct E-no's May 2011 issue and is apparently set in Hawaii, accounting for Mizuhara in a bikini on the cover.
Forty Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo tankou have been compiled in Japan as of October 2011. The 41st streets this 17 February 2012.
The Best Skilled Surgeon vol 5 of 11
By Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
One word describes a top doctor, but it's neither skill nor speed. Neither is the elusive mot juste attention or diagnostic ability. So what is it?
My guess to Elex's riddle: Heart. Because Heart is an Awesome Power :P and Mikoto's, repaired by a leading cardiac surgeon, fuels Mikoto's desire to save others like himself. (If my reasoning isn't #lame, I don't know what is.)
Moar previews of ongoing series after the release list.
New Elex titles
Counting Hourai Girls by Yamada Row, we get three with Aoyama Gosho's Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target, also a double-launch, and the Meat Q Family doubutsu manga feat. Cats first serialized in Shonen Gahosha's Neko Panchi (kitty playground of Kome si Belang, Shinagawa Cat Story and Vitamin Cat) that—despite its insistence on
One Shot status—originally spanned at least two volumes. Scroll down for the lowdown on these new manga. [Continued...]
Mangazines: Shonen Magz 02/2012 and Shonen Star 02/2012
Kishimoto Seishi's Blazer Drive headlines Shonen Magz Issue 02/2012 but Mashima Hiro's Laxus clot, errr, plot thickens Fairy Tail nabs highlight limelight. Meanwhile, Mitsuda Takuya's Buyuden pats itself on the back for having commandeered both front cover and featured series centerstage of Shonen Star Issue 02/2012. Scroll down for deets. [Continued...]
- Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) vol 10 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko «Ex-2011.02.01
- The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) vol 5 of 11 by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
- Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) vol 10 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
- Chunchu vol 5 of 15+ (Hiatus) by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
- Claymore vol 17 of 21+ by Yagi Norihiro
- Defense Devil vol 6 of 10 by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
- [Series Premiere] Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target) by Aoyama Gosho
- [Premiere] Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - Last (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target) by Aoyama Gosho [Finale]
- [Series Premiere] Hourai Girls vol 1 of 2 by Yamada Row
- [Premiere] Hourai Girls vol 2 of 2 by Yamada Row [Finale]
- Kariage Kun vol 47 of 51+ by Ueda Masashi
- The Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) vol 3 of 29+ by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya
- Kojiro vol 6 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
- Kungfu Boy vol 9 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi «Ex-1.18
- [Series Premiere] Meat Q Family (Niku Q Ikka) by Tazima Taziko
- My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) vol 7 of 12+ by Fujiki Syun
- Natane vol 6 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru [Finale]
- Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 17 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
- Q and A vol 3 of 5+ by Adachi Mitsuru
- Q.E.D. Quod Erat Demonstrandum (Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo) vol 39 of 40+ by Katou Motohiro «Ex-1.18
- Topeng Kaca: Dua Akoya (Glass no Kamen) vol 2 (of 3+) by Miuchi Suzue «Ex-1.25
- Wild Life vol 21 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
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- Shonen Magz Issue 02/2012 (Indonesian Shonen Magazine)
- Shonen Star Issue 02/2012 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 8 February 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga and manhwa are priced at IDR 16,500 each except Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First and Last (IDR 42,000/volume), 4-koma Kariage Kun 47 and Otoboke Section Chief 17 (IDR 15,000) and bunko re-releases Kungfu Boy 9 Premium and Natane 6 Deluxe (IDR 24,000). Magazines retail for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Elex titles – continued
Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First
By Aoyama Gosho
People close to Kogoro are attacked one after another, according to a certain number sequence. In each case, the assailant leaves behind playing cards as clues. Kogoro suspects the perp to be someone he sent to jail while he was still on active police duty. Can Conan stop the body count from reaching 14?
The two-volume manga adapts the second Meitantei Conan movie, Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target (Japan premiere: 18 April 1998). Earlier, Elex published manga versions of movies 1 and 3, The Time Bombed Skyscraper and The Last Wizard of the Century.
The nine people remaining on Murakami Jo's list gather in a fancy underwater restaurant, sitting ducks to the killer who might actually be hiding in plain sight.
Hourai Girls vol 1 of 2
by Yamada Row
The taboo Soma art reanimates corpses. Rinka, incarcerated since she was young by her father, only has Soma servant Yan-yan as her companion. Now grown up, Rinka yearns to exchange her prison for Hourai, a dream world where all wishes come true...
On their way to Hourai, Rinka and Yan-yan stop by a city besieged by Soma troops. They fight alongside the residents, all the while searching for clues to Hourai's location. Then, with a bond strengthened, they continue their journey to the land of dreams.
Other Yamada Row manga
So far, only Hourai Girls appears in Yamada Row-sensei's backlist.
Meat Q Family
by Tazima Taziko
The Nekojima family consists of Dad, Mom and daughter Chiro. And Chiro's older brother, Gon. Foodie Mom Tama is famous for her extreme stinginess, which annoys Chiro, whose everyday fare is cereal, cereal and moar cereal. Her disgruntlement peaks on Sports Week when Chiro can only drool at the sight of her friends' lunch boxes.
But what's this? Chiro's mom brings a bento that looks absolutely scrumptious! Suspicious, very suspicious...
In case you missed it, the Nekojimas are a family of cats. :3 Also, reiterating that the original Niku Q Ikka is not a one-shot; volume 2 streeted in Japan in February 2011. I don't think Elex' Meat Q Family is a bunko, considering it's priced at the regular IDR 16,500 reserved for tankoubon, so the fate of volume 2 Remains. A. Mystery.
Featured ongoing series
Kucabara and friends manage to defeat Brilhart and shatter "Salamander Hell." But as they continue to trek deeper into the demon world, they encounter the "Wall of Despair". The gatekeeper has but one stipulation to allow them in — Kucabara and Bichura must duel to the death...
What Elex forgot to mention is that before the Kucabara VS Bichura death match, Idamaria enters a berserk state and Kucabara tries
to return her back to normal by kissing her. (Thanks, Wiki.)
Defense Devil compiles Judgments 20 through 29 (chapters 48–57):
Advantage and Disadvantage,
Wall of Despair,
The Friend of the Prince,
Hole of Distress,
Death of Bichula,
The Promise that We Made that Time,
An Idiot Would Look That Way and
Idamaria's Dream. [*NOT Elex chapter titles] If you want Defense Devil chapters upwards of Judgment 29, go GET! Shonen Star (Issue 02/2012 releases the same day as DD6.)
Ando Atsushi would be living a normal life...if only his older brother's ghost weren't roaming around, making peace and quiet a rare commodity. Worse, Atsushi's hospitalized for a leg injury, but fortunately, childhood buddy Maezawa Yuho visits, accompanied by Atsushi's crush, Ouchi Shinobu. Unfortunately...
In the same volume, Yuho's novelist brother Kosei finally sees payback for all of his hard work...?
Tessho has to make use of whatever equipment is at hand to operate on Kuma's broken leg. The operation is a success...or is it?
Wild Life 21 compiles chapters 177 to 185; if you want more recent chapters, grab a Shonen Star.
Other 8 February 2012 highlights
- Animal Doctor vol 10 by Sasaki Noriko: This time H University hosts the veterinarian seminar. Professor Sugawara, Hamtel and Nikaido all know that the only way for the symposium to succeed is to prevent Professor Urushihara from interfering. What do they have planned for the troublemaker?
- Blooming Youth vol 10 by Itsuki Natsumi: Noei allows himself to be captured so that Kajika and Li-ren can escape. It seems no one can stop Quinza from putting his Machiavellian scheme into effect; Eugene, too, is captured. Meanwhile, not only Carl but Rumaty also sneaks into Raginei.
- Chunchu vol 5 by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin: Elphaso rejoices over Chunchu's death, but can't shake off resentment over his mother's increasing disregard. Amir grieves and vows to avenge Chunchu's killing, whatever the price. He goes after Sinji, believing that Sinji caused Chunchu's death.
- Claymore vol 17 by Yagi Norihiro: Helen and Deneve run into Isley in the south. They prepare to make their last stand, but Abyss Feeders appear to defeat Isley. Meanwhile, the Organization dispatches Alicia and Beth after Riful who plans to Awaken Rafaela. What awaits Clare and allies?
- Kariage Kun vol 47 by Ueda Masashi: LOL over the antics of Kariage, who apparently can't let a day pass without doing something outrageous.
- The Knight in The Area vol 3 by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya: Kakeru vows to continue playing soccer after learning of brother Suguru's feelings. But Kakeru hasn't, even once, made it as a reserve player; meanwhile, the day of last regular match is approaching fast. Kamakura Junior High faces a tough challenge, and Kakeru takes up his brother's challenge and takes his position on the pitch!
- Kojiro vol 6 by Muraeda Kenichi: Jacky's father flies in from America, and just as Nagisa expected, he's one tough cookie. But unnoticed by Nagisa, she has changed just by living with her brother. She doesn't faint anymore when a foreigner is near. Maybe now, she can also accept dad?
- My First Mr. Akuno vol 7 by Fujiki Syun: Although still socially-clueless, Jiro and friends manage to make it to second year of senior high where more pretty girls and stranger classmates await. Jiro's family, too, swells with the sudden addition of little brother...!?
- Natane vol 6 of 6 Deluxe by Adachi Mitsuru: Even without their other sibs from whom they've been separated, Shichimi and Natane continue their pilgrimage to Shichimi's mother's grave in Nikoedo. Without Shichimi noticing it, the hired assassin shadows them, and manages to snatch Natane...
- Otoboke Section Chief vol 17 by Ueda Masashi: Neither an economic crisis nor retrenchment can drag Otoboke down, prolly because you can't really expect much from the Section Chief except smiles.
- Topeng Kaca: Dua Akoya vol 2 by Miuchi Suzue: Himekawa Ayumi undergoes grueling practice to prepare for the part of the Crimson Angel. With her mother's help, she practices on the stage of Theatre X, the place of the test performance. Meanwhile, rival Kitajima Maya struggles to get her feelings under control, after her falling-out with Masumi because of a misunderstanding...
Blazer Drive © Kishimoto Seishi
Kodansha [Shonen Rival]
Shonen Magz 02/2012: Blazer Drive and Fairy Tail
As noted (waaay) above, Kishimoto Seishi's futuristic Blazer Drive—revolving around Mystickers or tattoo stickers that unleash their powers when stuck on everyday objects (cars, your blender) or chosen "Blazers"— like uncool, Is he a battery?! Daichi who can Shonen Magz cover time, but Mashima Hiro's Fairy Tail nudges it out of the Featured Spotlight running:
Magnolia's harvest festival this year won't resemble previous celebrations, what with Laxus inaugurating the "Battle of Fairy Tail" to determine the magic guild's strongest wizard. Laxus and Team Thunder God pit comrades against comrades in a deadly And Then There Were None game; can Natsu and friends stop Laxus before Fairy Tail is history?
- Code:Breaker by Kamijyo Akimine
- Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE by CLAMP
- Tokkyu! by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
- Ghost's Doctor (Youkai no Oisha-san) by Sato Yuki
- Vinland Saga by Yukimura Makoto
- Kungfu Boy Legends (Tekken Chinmi Legends) by Maekawa Takeshi
- Ninja Clan (Shiinake no Hitobito) by Shigahaku
- Beck by Harold Sakuishi
- School Rumble by Kobayashi Jin
Latest manga volumes
Collecting the tankou? Latest Elex compiles for School Rumble: volume 13 (released 2012.01.25); Fairy Tail: volume 12 (1.11); Beck: volume 30 (2011.12.28), Kungfu Boy Legends: volume 10 (11.30), Tokkyu!: volume 15 (value bundle re-release per 11.30), Ghost's Doctor: volume 8 (10.12), Vinland Saga: volume 7 (9.19) and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: volume 17 (2010.10.27).
Buyuden © Mitsuda Takuya
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
Despite efforts to shut Moka up, news of Take's cowardice spreads throughout the school. But around the mortification, Take realizes his feelings for Moka, and decides to teach himself boxing to Get. The. Girl!
Too bad Moka has already crashed into Take's clueless arrogance AND has already made friends with other boxers.
Can love still bloom between the two? See the latest Buyuden installment for the Long Road Ahead :D
☛ Buyuden serializes in Shonen Sunday and has compiled three tankou in Japan as of 18 January 2012.
Keeping Take and Buyuden company in this ShoStar issue:
- ARAGO by Arai Takahiro
- Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
- The World God Only Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai) by Wakaki Tamiki
- Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji: Silver Spoon) by Arakawa Hiromu
- Magi by Ohtaka Shinobu
- Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) by Yamada Takatoshi
- Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice: Alice in Borderland) by Aso Haro
- Kekkaishi by Tanabe Yellow
- Detektif Conan (Meitantei Conan) by Aoyama Gosho
- My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) by Fujiki Syun
- Wild Life by Fujisaki Masato
Latest manga volumes
Latest Elex volumes to street in addition to Defense Devil volume 6, My First Mr. Akuno 7 and Wild Life 21 releasing the same day as Shonen Star Issue 02/2012: Kekkaishi 12 (per 2012.02.01) and Detektif Conan 65 and Dr. Koto 9 (1.04).
Still not enuf? Here are the other 8 February 2012 manga
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)
m&c!: In Love With You 1–3 of 3 by Aikawa Saki · The Story of Wang Fenglei Season 2 Book Eight of Eight
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