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Demon Sacred © Itsuki Natsumi/Hakusensha [First serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media
Before I get to blurbing and babbling—blurbling? (I pride myself on the inarticulation heights I can reach)—about the debuting manga with which I led this post, top DO WANT!
What other tricks does the enemy plan to pull this time? Is Manaka the foe fated to take down Saijo? Grab volume 7 of The Best Skilled Surgeon for the "Trust no one" answers.
Meanwhile, the stakes are as high, if not higher, for Junya in the penultimate (first runner-up DO WANT!)
Even if only a "sea of red" awaits, Junya will not be swayed from visiting justice on those who involved his brother's friends. He discovers a new power and thus strengthened, heads for Nekota city where Fraulein plots Inukai's demise.
New Elex manga
Aside from ex-LaLa Demon Sacred by Itsuki Natsumi, Elex releases a new Doraemon Movie manga, Nobita dan Kelahiran Jepang, based on the Nobita no Nihon Tanjō film that premiered in Japanese theaters in 1989, and later aired on Indonesian TV (Elex sez RCTI), as well as the one-volume The Way of Cat that—despite its josei Nekopanchi Comics provenance (like co-cat manga Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima, Kome si Belang and A Tale of The Cat Painter)—first serialized in the seinen Gekkan Young King. Elex categorizes The Way of Cat as a Remaja Putri or shoujo read, though, proving without a doubt that we are NOT in Japan (anymore). At any rate, I preview the debuts after the release list (because I'm determined to go never-ending babble mode, ON! on the
Demons, Mysterious Illness, Bishounen, Possessive Lover Demon Sacred, from the manga-ka who conceived Rumaty-sama~! LiRen-sama~!, and need the blog real estate to do so.)
BTW, don't look for Divine Puzzle, Uchida Masahiro & Kimoto Shinji's Kamisama no Puzzle, here. That ex-Flex Comix Next manga—no relation to Sunrise's Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle anime nor its Newtype Ace manga adapt—has been postponed to...I dunno when.
Mangazines: Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 03/2012
Nature abhors a vacuum. Love & Warship by Nishi Keiko and The Gardening Boy by Morinaga Ai & Uozumi Naoko fill the vacancy left by recently-concluded Angel or Devil? by Moro Orie and A Gift For My Teacher by Yamada Daisy. Same drill. Scroll down for deets.
- Arakure - The Wild Ones (Arakure) vol 4 of 10 by Fujiwara Kiyo
- The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) vol 7 of 11 by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
- [Series Premiere] Demon Sacred vol 1 of 11 by Itsuki Natsumi
- [Premiere] Doraemon Movie: Nobita dan Kelahiran Jepang (Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Nihon Tanjō) by Fujiko F. Fujio
- Juvenile Remix (Maou - Juvenile Remix) vol 9 of 10 by Isaka Kotaro & Osuga Megumi
- Kariage kun vol 48 of 51+ by Ueda Masashi
- Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) vol 34 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko [Finale]
- Magical Iroha (Mahou no Iroha!) vol 3 of 3 by Inoue Kazurou [Finale]
- Metal Fight Beyblade vol 7 of 11 by Adachi Takafumi
- Smash! vol 7 of 18 by Saki Kaori
- [Premiere] The Way of Cat (Nekomichi) by Iwaoka Hisae
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
Postponed titles/New tentative street dates
Divine Puzzle volume 1 by Uchida Masahiro & Kimoto Shinji (pending new release date); Hayate The Combat Butler vol 27 (postponed to 2012.03.28); and Mokke vol 8 (pending new release date).
- Crows, Vols. 1–10 (of 26) by Takahashi Hiroshi [IDR 80,000/set]
- Crows, Vols. 11–14 (of 26) by Takahashi Hiroshi [IDR 32,000/set]
- The Little Detective Trickstar Hoshi, Vols. 1–7 of 7 by Seino Nana (Suiri no Hoshi-kun) –Complete– [IDR 56,000/set]
- My Adorable Fatty Girl, Vols. 1–6 of 6 by Lee HeeJong –Complete– [IDR 48,000/set]
- YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files, Vols. 1–10 of 19 by Togashi Yoshiriro [IDR 80,000/set]
- YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files, Vols. 11–19 of 19 by Togashi Yoshiriro [IDR 72,000/set]
- Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 03/2012 (Indonesian Nakayoshi)
¹ Sources: Elex Media (release schedule and artwork) and Gramedia.com (covers and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga are (still) priced at IDR 16,500 each except Doraemon Movie: Nobita dan Kelahiran Jepang (IDR 48,000) and Kariage Kun 48 (IDR 15,000). Mangazine Nakayoshi Gress! 03/2012 retails for IDR 30,000/issue. Value set SRPs are indicated beside their respective entries.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Elex manga - continued
Rina and Mona were but babes in the womb when their mother came into contact with something unearthly posing as Mika Valaska, a pianist who already passed away. The alien contact infected Rina with the Return Syndrome, a disease that makes her physically regress — all the way back to infancy and then, nothingness. To save Rina, Mona must seek out another spirit—one stronger than Mika—and bind it to her.
beyond human means for help might not be such a hard thing to do when, as TOKYOPOP's Demon Sacred Volume 1 description points out,
the inhuman comes in such gorgeous packaging, it might be hard to resist! A
leading corporation researching a cure—the same company that seems suspiciously unwilling to share any knowledge it possesses about the sickness, even with its own workers seems par for the course, but a dragonslayer??
Intrigued? Now might be a good time to point you to ☞ baka-girl's Demon Sacred review, if you haven't already fallen in lurve with Itsuki Natsumi-sensei's Blooming Youth or Jyu Oh Sei and need moar persuasion :D.
The first four Demon Sacred Acts (chapters) are:
Demon Sacred spans 11 volumes, first released in Japan from August 2003 to September 2007. We're getting that version, not the six bunko reissues published in Japan between July and November 2010. I don't know whether to call that good news or not, in light of the upcoming April price hike. While I'm not sure how much "Deluxe" editions would be marked up, if the regular comics go up to IDR
20,000 17,500/volume, you're looking at, at least, an IDR 16,500 + 10 × IDR 20,000 17,500 outlay for the entire series.
Other Itsuki Natsumi manga
In addition to Demon Sacred, Hanasakeru Seishounen (that's Blooming Youth) and Jyu Oh Sei triple-launched by m&c! back in July 2008, Itsuki Natsumi also created the historical, martial arts, supernatural shoujo manga series, Yakumo Tatsu, which you might've run down as its Eight Clouds Rising anime adapt. (I know I did.) The HanaYume manga was collected in 19 tankoubon between October 1992 and November 2002, and subsequently reissued in 10 bunkoban from 2008.07 to 2009.03. I don't think it's been licensed here.
Other shoujo series, published by Hakusensha, include: Eccentric City (one volume, 1989.01); Oz (four tankou between 1990.03 and 1992.08 and five Hana to Yume Comics Special volumes from 2004.11 to 2005.03); Tokiiro Triangle (five volumes from 1985.08 to 1987.03; reissued in three bunko volumes in 1997.12) and its sequel Passion Parade (six tankoubon published between 1987.10 and 1989.09; reissued in three bunko volumes in 1998.06); Transylvania Apple (one volume: 1983.10; 2007.03 bunko reissue); Marccero Monogatari AKA Marccero Storia (eight tankoubon published between 1982.04 and 1985.09; reissued in four bunko volumes from 1999.12 to 2000.03 and in two aizoban in 1991.12 and 1992.01); and Otoko to Onna ni Sasageru Comedy (Hana to Yume Comics tankou: 1981.07).
Current works include the HanaSei sequel, Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen (two volumes published as of December 2011; ongoing serialization in Melody) and the seinen Vampir (five tankou per June 2010; ongoing serialization in Afternoon).
Doraemon Movie: Nobita dan Kelahiran Jepang
By Fujiko F. Fujio
Miffed at always being scolded at home, Nobita decides to run away. He's not the only one to have come up with this (not-so bright) idea; Giant, Suneo and Shizuka arrive at the same decision. With Doraemon's help, they traverse time and space, looking for a new place to start anew. They end up in...the Stone Age?!
You can hazard a guess as to what "terrors" await our intrepid time-travelers.
I don't think I need to belabor the fact that this animanga is based on the film of the same name. I do need someone to confirm that this IDR 48,000 compile originally released in two volumes in Japan back in the 1989 day.
If you live with cat[s], you can enjoy your life more.
At first, mom refuses to keep a cat for a pet, but the feline eventually wears down her stubborness, to the point where she even names the cat "Tights." And one day, Tights disappears!
Despite (or because of) the missing pet drama, Elex assures us that The Way of Cat is a
relaxing read. Baka-Updates Manga in its Nekomichi description concurs in its fashion: the antho apparently collects
sweet, realistic tales about the everyday lives of various cats and the people who come to associate them. Telor Ceplok reviewer Lina-chan recommends this volume to the tune 7 of 10 cat lurvin love.
Other Iwaoka Hisae manga
To borrow Inui Sadaharu's catchphrase, probability that The Way of Cat or Nekomichi is the first Iwaoka Hisae manga licensed for Indonesia: 99%. She's prolly more famous though for her Ikki-serialized manga, among them, Dosei Mansion AKA Saturn Apartments (seven volumes published between 2006.10 and 2011.08); Hana Bolo (2005.11); Shiroi Kumo (2004.11); and Permanent - Manga no Tsumeawase (2010.12). Another seinen title, Yume no Soko, was published by Ohzora Shuppan (2005.12), but her josei manga, Oto no Hako, first serialized in Kodansha's now-defunct BETH magazine (Kiss KCDX tankou: 2008.03).
Iwaoka Hisae-sensei's ongoing Hoshigahara Ao Manjuu no Mori josei manga serializes in Asahi Shinbunsha's Nemuki (two volumes published under the Sonorama Comics label between 2009.12 and 2011.07).
Featured ongoing series
Class 3-F vows revenge on Igarashi, Sachie and Azuma's class in the upcoming sports festival, determined to collect payback on its loss (to Igarashi) the previous year. 3-F students woo Azuma to co-opt him in their plan to trap Igarashi. Will Azuma take them up on humiliating his lurve rival?
More importantly, Igarashi has a more formidable foe to face than Azuma — Kou, the son of the Osaka yakuza boss, who seems to have taken to Sachie, so much that his father invites Sachie to Osaka. Will Igarashi
simply let her go? asks VIZ's Wild Ones, Vol. 4 blurb. Me, I ask: What do you think? :P
Now that the seniors have left, relations between the first- and second-years have soured. To restore harmony, new captain Nohara and Azuma hatch up a plan, together with the upperclassmen. But Yoshikawa senpai-tachi propose a penalty: "Whoever loses has to confess his love to a girls' badminton team member." To prevent that from happening, Anan pulls out all the stops in his match against Yoshikawa.
Can Anan avert an unwanted fate? Let's see what Smash! volume 7 has to say...
Other 21 March 2012 highlights
- Lum, The Invader Girl vol 34 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko: A mystery man pops up, claiming to be Lum's fiancé, and on his trusty porcine steed, whisks Lum off to the Planet of Darkness. There's only one way to bring Lum back (and save the world increasingly wrapped in darkness): Ataru must confess to Lum. Whoever thought the fate of an entire planet would hinge on a declaration of lurve?
- Magical Iroha vol 3 of 3 by Inoue Kazurou: Present-day Naoki betters himself, thanks to Iroha's influence, but the once and future king returns to torment him. When his future self begins to hurt his own daughters, Naoki takes desperate action. Can Naoki change his own future?
- Metal Fight Beyblade vol 7 by Adachi Takafumi:
The Bey of Hell: The Hell Kerbecs, awakening!An unexpected development! What is Ryuuga planning, showing up before Ginga, struggling against his opponent in the Big Bang Bladers quarter-finals? The foe proves formidable. Damian, the American representative, exposes his fangs!
Mangazines - continued
Nakayoshi Gress! 03/2012 ♥ Love & Warship and The Gardening Boy debut
Watashi ni xx Shinasai!!
© Toyama Ema/Kodansha
Published in Indonesia
as XX Me! by Elex Media
Per above-mentioned, Love & Warship by Nishi Keiko and The Gardening Boy by Morinaga Ai & Uozumi Naoko premiere in the latest NakaGress, replacing Moro Orie's Angel or Devil? (Kamika Akumaka) and Yamada Daisy's A Gift For My Teacher (Senseini Ageru.). Albeit both are Nakayoshi serials, The Gardening Boy—originally Engei Shounen—has already been compiled into one volume (2011.04), but Love & Warship or Koi to Gunkan hasn't finished its Naka run (two volumes as of 6 March 2012).
The eponymous Gardening Boy (boys?) discovers that wilting plants revive if you water them after accidentally spilling mineral water on one such unfortunate. Which sends him investigating...and eventually joining the school's gardening club. Thus begins a
pure (but clumsy) gardening life.
The story, apparently a coming of age (for three gardening club members, at least) is based off the original story by Uozumi Naoko, whose Engei Shounen novel first released in Japan in August 2009, almost two years before Morinaga Ai's manga version.
✐Other Morinaga Ai manga
You prolly know The Gardening Boy's manga-ka from the ex-Betsufure manga Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Club AKA My Heavenly Hockey Club published here by m&c! and the adapted into live-action comedies Boku to Kanojo no XXX and Yamada Tarou Monogatari. Morinaga Ai's latest/ongoing work is the
Debt, Idols, Talent Agency Kirara no Hoshi, serialized in Betsufure (five volumes compiled between 2010.07 and 2012.03.13).
Naka's preview of Nishi Keiko's Love & Warship—
even though she has transferred schools, Kana still hasn't made any friends—is a masterpiece of minimal (and doesn't even hint at the titular "Warship"), so let me borrow Aerandria's Koi to Gunkan synops:
Endou Kana is a cheerful schoolgirl who has a secret crush on... the mayor, Minato Kouichi, a perfect gentleman and well-liked leader of the post-war town. With the help of her friend Akira, she investigates him, until the trail leads her to an abandoned-looking house where a strange and scary foreigner lives. He and Kouichi seem to have some kind of relationship, but what is it? Kana’s and Akira's take on that question are completely different and the's still a chance both of them are wrong!
Kana has a friend! And when did that Older Male/Younger Female trope sneak in? Is this even the same manga? Apparently so, as the
Endō-san no koi ni mirai wa aru no!? Japanese blurb combines elements found in the Indo Naka and Aerandria previews.
I'm still waiting for why "Warship" though...
✐Other Nishi Keiko manga
Outside of Koi to Gunkan, I only know of one—Stay Pretty First Love that Elex (unhelpfully) titled First Love back in March 2010—but her Baka-Updates Manga author page lists some 41 titles including the two I noted, plus the ongoing josei romance Ane no Kekkon that debuted in Shogakukan's Flowers in 2010 (two volumes compiled as of November 2011), the already concluded Anisan to Boku, first serialized in Melody and 3rd Manga Taishō nominee Otoko no Isshou, also first serialized in Flowers (three of three volumes as of March 2010).
Getting all friendly with Love & Warship and The Gardening Boy is Toyama Ema's XX Me! or Watashi ni xx Shinasai!!—bet you forgot about the other Nakayoshi pals for the length of the premiere overshare, didn't you?—the front cover of this issue. In Mission.28 ("Yukina's Reward") has Mami suspecting Yukina of modeling her Ensnare Shigure! scheme on Lilia's ‘tactics’ in Yupina's novel. More significant, however, than Mami's suspicions is Shigure telling Yukina:
Just for one hour...become mine. Kyaaaa~!
Meanwhile, just because Angel or Devil? is over and done with doesn't mean there's no more Moro Orie manga to be had. In Secret (chapter) 3:
Our Promise of What Makes Two of Us (Futari no Himitsu), Kiki, having body swapped with Igarashi Teppei, is still trying to deal with life as the best bud of crush Takumi. Not really a hardship except...will Takumi ever make move on Igarashi? (If he does, we're gonna get some atsui BL action going... :p)
- Your Melody (Kimi no Neiro) by Fukushima Haruka: Neiro claims s/he and Tsubakiya are now good friends. FRIENDS? Since when?? That's what Tsubakiya wants to know!
- Little Shugo Chara! (Shugo Chara-chan!) by PEACH-PIT & Mizushima Napthalene: The challenges of homework!
- Arisa by Ando Natsumi: Chapter 32
The Truth about Arisa's Memory: Midori calls Tsubasa and asks to meet up in Garden Square. But when Tsubasa goes, Midori visits Arisa... Has Arisa really lost her memory?
- Love is the Devil (Amai Akuma ga Warau) by Toriumi Pedoro: An borrows Isshin?! Whadaheck...
- The Great Detective Kiyoshiro Yumemizu (Meitantei Yumemizu Kiyoshirou Jiken Note) by Enue Kei & Hayamine Kaoru: In the continuation of Vol. 11
Boneka Tak Akan Tertawa,while the Professor sleeps on the job of investigating Marine village's mysterious doll tower, the triplets and Reiichi are busy on their mystery movie. When will the nonchalant Professor get back to cracking the case?
- Hell Girl Return (Jigoku Shoujo Return) by Eto Miyuki & Jigoku Shojo Project: TV show host Kurumi is assigned to investigate "Hell Communication." Does she succeed in unraveling the mystery? (Aside from Cerita 20:
Pencarian Dalam Kegelapan,this issue also contains the 21st story,
Ungkapan Cinta dari Senior.)
Still not enuf? Here are the other 21 March 2012 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: Soul Eater 14 · Team Medical Dragon 22 · Sky of Love 10 of 10 · Yugo in Osaka 1 by Akana Shu & Makari Shinji · Air Gear 27 · Mars 1 by Souryo Fuyumi · Nanase Fire Investigator 6 · K2 vol 11 · Zipang 12 · Fight!! Ippo 89 · New Comic Bomber 10 · Scrameustache: Totem Luar Angkasa
m&c!: The Breaker 5 · Shanaou Yoshitsune Genpei War 17 · My Lovely Class Leader 9 · First Love Lesson 2 | Reprints: Anger, Laugh, and Love by Satori Tae · Ninja Girl by Nishimura Tomoko · No Secret in 1.8m² by Ozaki Ira · Please, Stop the Time by Nakamura Sayumi · Secret of the 7th Lesson by Chiba Kozue · The Secret Message by Akaishi Michiyo
Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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