Q.E.D. 39, The Best Skilled Surgeon 5, Defense Devil 6 (Elex Media 8 February 2012 manga)

Also, Hourai Girls, the double-launch. Supernatural shounen adventure, anyone?

Q.E.D. 39, The Best Skilled Surgeon 5 (Elex Media)

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

Before I get to the Elex newbies, Most Wanted Manga

Q.E.D. vol 39 of 40+
By Katou Motohiro

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...]

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2012.02.08)

  1. Animal Doctor (Doubutsu no Oishasan) vol 10 of 12 by Sasaki Noriko «Ex-2011.02.01
  2. Animal Doctor 10 (Elex)

    Doubutsu no Oishasan動物のお医者さん
    by Sasaki Noriko
    AKA Mr. Veterinarian
    Hakusensha Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1993.08

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in eight bunkoban between 1995.12 and 1996.06
    Traditional Chinese Ai Xin Dong Wu Yi Yuan (Tong Li Taiwan; 12 volumes)

  3. The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) vol 5 of 11 by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
  4. The Best Skilled Surgeon 5 (Elex)

    Saijou no Meii最上の命医
    by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 5 first published in Japan 2009.04

    Related Series
    Saijou no Meii - The King of Neet (sequel; seven volumes per 2011.11 • volume 8 street date: 2012.02.17)

    A 10-episode live action adaptation aired from January to 14 March 2011 on TV Tokyo, starring Saito Takumi (Mitsurugi Reiji (Miles Edgeworth) in Gyakuten Saiban (Ace Attorney) as Saijou Mikoto, Higa Manami as Sena Maria, Jinnai Takanori as Kiryu Sadame, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as Kiryu Ayame and Izumiya Shigeru as Shindo Mamoru.

  5. Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) vol 10 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi
  6. Blooming Youth 10 (Elex)

    Hanasakeru Seishounen花咲ける青少年
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 1994.04

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

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

    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

  7. Chunchu vol 5 of 15+ (Hiatus) by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
  8. Chunchu 5 (Elex)

    by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
    Haksan Booking, seinen

    Other languages
    English Chunchu: The Genocide Fiend (Dark Horse Comics: four volumes as at 2009.01), French (Tokebi: Chonchu, Tome 15 per 2005.10), German (Tokyopop Germany: Chonchu - Der Erbe des Teufelssteins 15: Abschlussband shipped 2010.05), Spanish (Notorious Ediciones), Polish Chonchu: Syn Demona (Mandragora)

  9. Claymore vol 17 of 21+ by Yagi Norihiro
  10. Claymore 17 (Elex)

    by Yagi Norihiro
    Shueisha Jump Square (previously serialized in Monthly and Weekly Shonen Jump), shounen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2009.11

    Volume 17: Kioku no Sōga (The Claws of Memory) chapters:
    Scene 90. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 1
    Scene 91. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 2
    Scene 92. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 3
    Scene 93. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 4
    Scene 94. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 5
    Scene 95. Claws and Fangs of Memory, Part 6
    [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

    Other languages
    English Claymore (VIZ Media: 19 volumes per 2011.11 • volume 20 street date: 2012.07.03), German (Tokyopop Germany: Band 19 shipped 2011.08 • Band 20 street date: 2012.02.08), French (Glenat; latest French Tome 19 pe 2011.10) and Spanish (Glenat Espana and Grupo Editorial Vid Mexico), Italian (Star Comics), Russian (Comix-ART), Portuguese (Panini Comics Brasil), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: 獵魔戰記 18 released 2010.11)

    Madhouse's 26-episode anime adapted the first 11 manga volumes and aired on Japan's NTV between April and September 2007, with seiyuu Kuwashima Houko as Clare.

  11. Defense Devil vol 6 of 10 by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
  12. Defense Devil 6 (Elex)

    Defense DevilDEFENSE DEVIL
    by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 6 (chapters 48–57) first published in Japan 2010.09

    Adapted from the Sunday GX Akuma Bengoshi Kucabara one-shot

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    English and simplified Chinese volumes (Chuang Yi: English volume 2 released 2010.09 • simplified Chinese #10 per 2011.12)

  13. [Series Premiere] Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target) by Aoyama Gosho
  14. Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - First (Elex)

    Gekijouban Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target
    名探偵コナン 劇場版 14番目の標的
    by Aoyama Gosho
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics Visual Selection, shounen
    Volume 1 of 2 first published in Japan 1998.09

    Based on the second Meitantei Conan movie Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target that premiered 18 April 1998 in Japan

  15. [Premiere] Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - Last (Gekijouban Meitantei Conan 14-banme no Target) by Aoyama Gosho [Finale]
  16. Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - Last (Elex)

    Volume 2 of 2 first published in Japan 1998.11

  17. [Series Premiere] Hourai Girls vol 1 of 2 by Yamada Row
  18. Hourai Girls 1 (Elex)

    Hourai Girls蓬莱ガールズ
    by Yamada Row
    Kodansha Bessatsu Shounen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2010.04

  19. [Premiere] Hourai Girls vol 2 of 2 by Yamada Row [Finale]
  20. Hourai Girls 2 (Elex)

    Volume 2 of 2 first published in Japan 2010.07

  21. Kariage Kun vol 47 of 51+ by Ueda Masashi
  22. Kariage Kun 47 (Elex)

    Kariage-kunかりあげクン」 by Ueda Masashi
    Futabasha Action Comics, seinen
    Volume 47 first published in Japan 2009.09

    Ueda Masashi received the 28th Bungeishunjū Manga Award (1982) for Kariage-kun, Furiten-kun and Masashi-kun, along with Suzuki Yamato for Ai MY Tenrankai.

    Related series
    Sequels: Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Chinan dake no Kuchikara Otoko! Hen (JP release: 2004.01), Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Itazura Meichin Bamenhen (2004.04) and Heinetsu no Salaryman Kariage-kun: Makenai Onnatachihen (2004.06) and Chotto ecchina Kariage kun PINK and and Chotto kagekina Kariage kun BLACK and Kariage-kun Best Selection (published 2010.12 (PINK and BLACK) and 2011.01 (Best Selection) for the 30th anniversary)

    Adapted into anime by Toei Animation (1989-1990)

  23. The Knight in the Area (Area no Kishi) vol 3 of 29+ by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya
  24. The Knight in the Area 3 (Elex)

    Area no Kishiエリアの騎士
    by Igano Hiroaki & Tsukiyama Kaya
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2006.11

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 足球騎士 24 released 2011.11)

    Shin-Ei Animation's The Knight in the Area anime adaptation premiered 7 January 2012 with seiyuu Fukuyama Jun as Aizawa Suguru, Itou Shizuka as Mishima Nana and Sanpei Yuko as Aizawa Kakeru.

  25. Kojiro vol 6 of 7 by Muraeda Kenichi
  26. Kojiro 6 (Elex)

    Kojiro光路郎」 by Muraeda Kenichi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Comics, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 1992.12

    Rereleased in four wide-ban from 1999.03 to 1999.09 and in four bunkoban from 2010.04 to 2010.07

    Related series
    Imouto Sensei Nagisa AKA Hot for my samurai teacher! (ongoing serialization in Monthly Shonen Sunday, two Gessan Shonen Sunday Comics Special volumes per 2012.01.12)
    Titles published under Shimanaka Shoten's Island Comics Primo imprint: Koujiro: Dai unabara o koete (Japan release: 2004.11); Koujiro: Tatta hitori no onīsan (2004.10); Koujiro: Totte oki no hankachīfu (2004.09); Koujiro: Sensei janē, Koujiro da! (2004.08)

  27. Kungfu Boy vol 9 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi «Ex-1.18
  28. Kungfu Boy 9 Premium (Elex)

    Tekken Chinmi
    鉄拳チンミ (講談社漫画文庫)
    by Maekawa Takeshi
    AKA Ironfist Chinmi
    Kodansha Manga Bunko, shounen
    Bunko volume 9 first published in Japan 2002.11

    1987 Kodansha Manga Awardee for the Shounen Category

    Related series
    Sequels: Shin Tekken Chinmi AKA New Kungfu Boy (20 volumes), Tekken Chinmi Legends or Kungfu Boy Legends (12 volumes per 2011.10.17 in Japan; serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz, ongoing) and side story Tekken Chinmi Gaiden (3 volumes per 2010.04; serialized in Shonen Magz; Volume 3: Chinmi Other Story: Chinmi & Shie Fan published by Elex Media in 2011.06)

  29. [Series Premiere] Meat Q Family (Niku Q Ikka) by Tazima Taziko
  30. Meat Q Family (Elex)

    Niku Q Ikka肉Q一家」 by Tazima Taziko
    Shonen Gahosha Neko Panchi, doubutsu manga
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.07

  31. My First Mr. Akuno (Hajimete no Aku) vol 7 of 12+ by Fujiki Syun
  32. My First Mr. Akuno 7 (Elex)

    Hajimete no Akuはじめてのあく
    by Fujiki Syun
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2010.11

    Other Serializations
    Serialized in Shonen Star (ongoing)

  33. Natane vol 6 of 6 Deluxe (Nijiiro Togarashi [Bunko]) by Adachi Mitsuru [Finale]
  34. Natane 6 Deluxe (Elex)

    Nijiiro Togarashi (bunko)
    虹色とうがらし (小学館文庫)
    by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Bunko volume 6 first published in Japan 2002.10

  35. Otoboke Section Chief (Otoboke Kachou) vol 17 of 23+ by Ueda Masashi
  36. Otoboke Section Chief 17 (Elex)

    Otoboke Kachouおとぼけ課長
    by Ueda Masashi
    Houbunsha Manga Time, seinen
    Volume 17 first published in Japan 2004.02

  37. Q and A vol 3 of 5+ by Adachi Mitsuru
  38. Q and A 3 (Elex)

    Q and AQあんどA
    by Adachi Mitsuru
    Shogakukan Gessan, shounen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2010.10

  39. Q.E.D. Quod Erat Demonstrandum (Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo) vol 39 of 40+ by Katou Motohiro «Ex-1.18
  40. Q.E.D. 39 (Elex)

    Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo
    Q.E.D.証明終了」 by Katou Motohiro
    Kodansha Monthly Shōnen Magazine + (formerly in Magazine E-no and Magazine GREAT), shounen
    Volume 39 (chapters 77–78) first published in Japan 2011.06

    Winner, 2009 Kodansha Manga Awards for the Shounen category (tied with Mashima Hiro's Fairy Tail)

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan/HK: 神通小偵探 (AKA Wonder Little Detective) vol 39 released 2012.01.13)

    Related series
    C.M.B. (side story, ongoing, 18 volumes as at 2011.10 • volume 19 street date: 2012.02.17) and the Q.E.D./C.M.B. crossover (premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine + on 20 October 2011)

    Two official guidebooks have been published: Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo The Trick Note (Japan release: 2004.10) and Q.E.D. Shomei Shuryo The Trick File (2009.01)

    A 10-episode live action renzoku starring Nakamura Aoi as Touma Sou and Takahashi Ai as Mizuhara Kana aired in Japan from January to March 2009 on NHK.

  41. Topeng Kaca: Dua Akoya (Glass no Kamen) vol 2 (of 3+) by Miuchi Suzue «Ex-1.25
  42. Topeng Kaca: Dua Akoya 2 (Elex)

    Glass no Kamenガラスの仮面
    by Miuchi Suzue
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Volume 46 first published in Japan 2010.10

    Rereleased in bunko (24 volumes as at 2010.01, ongoing; Indonesian release as Topeng Kaca Deluxe)

    Other languages/serializations
    Italian (Editions Star Comics; serialized in Orion) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan and Hong Kong)

    At least three Glass no Kamen anime adaptations have been produced: The first by Eiken, spanning 23 episodes, aired between April and September 1984 on Japan's NTV. Seiyuu Katsuki Masako voiced Kitajima Maya, Matsushima Minori as Maya's rival Himekawa Ayumi, Nakanishi Taeko as Maya's mentor Tsukikage Chigusa and Nozawa Nachi as businessman Hayami Masumi.

    TMS Entertainment produced the next anime, a three-episode OAV Garasu no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shōjo (Glass Mask: The Girl Who Wears A Thousand Masks), released December 1998. The OAV retelling of the first three manga arcs featured a different voice cast: Ogata Megumi (Maya), Matsui Naoko (Ayumi), Toda Keiko (Tsukikage) and Kosugi Juurouta (Hayami).

    TMS remade the series in 2005, this time casting Kobayashi Sanae, Yajima Akiko, Fujita Toshiko and Morikawa Toshiyuki as Maya, Ayumi, Tsukikage and Hayami, with the 1984 anime Maya returning as Ayumi's mother, Himekawa Utako. Fifty-one episodes aired between April 2005 and March 2006 on TV Tokyo.

    The live-action version adapting the first 38 manga volumes ran for two seasons on TV Asahi (Season 1: July to September 1997, 11 episodes; Season 2: April to June 1998, 12 episodes), with the Season 1 episode 12 airing on 30 September 1999 (the Special Ending). The TV drama Seasons 1-2 cast comprised Adachi Yumi as Maya, Matsumoto Megumi as Ayumi, Nogiwa Yoko as Tsukikage and Tanabe Seiichi as Hayami. All reprised their roles for the Special Ending except Ayumi's actor (replaced by Nakamura Aimi).

  43. Wild Life vol 21 of 27 by Fujisaki Masato
  44. Wild Life 21 (Elex)

    Wild Lifeワイルドライフ」 by Fujisaki Masato
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 21 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Winner, 51st Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shounen category (2005)

    Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)

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Mangazines (2012.02.08)

  1. Shonen Magz Issue 02/2012 (Indonesian Shonen Magazine)
  2. 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 Links like this 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.

Detektif Conan Movie: The 14th Target - Last

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...

Hourai Girls vol 2 of 2

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.

Other Tazima Taziko manga
Similar to Yamada Row-sensei's case, only managed to unearth the Niku Q Ikka series.

Featured ongoing series

Defense Devil vol 6 of 10
By Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl

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, Discord, The Friend of the Prince, Coliseum, 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.)

Q and A vol 3 of 5+
By Adachi Mitsuru

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...?

Wild Life vol 21 of 27
By Fujisaki Masato

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...
Shonen Magz 02/2012 - FC: Blazer Drive

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 endlessly generate electricity—finally gets 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?

Joining Fairy Tail and Blazer Drive on the cover line-up are these Shonen Magazine (and one Afternoon) serials:

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).

Shonen Star Issue 02/2012 ☆ Buyuden by Mitsuda Takuya

Shonen Star 02/2012 - Front cover: Buyuden

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:

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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