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3.14.2012

Bloody Monday 8, Ceres 5, Bronze Angel 7 of 7 (Level Comics 14 March 2012 manga) [UPDATED]

Shopping List version. NikBabble™...whenever, Part II
Update: You know the drill...

Bloody Monday 8, Ceres 5 (Level Comics)

Bloody Monday © Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji/Kodansha [First serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine] · Ayashi no Ceres: Tenkuu Otogizoushi © Watase Yuu/Shogakukan [First serialized in Sho-Comi]. Published in Indonesia as Bloody Monday and Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale by Level Comics

Not yet recovered from the shock of learning that Mauro is a terrorist, Hide has to face the harsher reality that he, too, is infected with BLOODY-X. Worse, he just might have infected both the Justice Minister, Otoya's grandfather, and Haruka with the killer virus.

Who survives, if any? Rush to Bloody Monday volume 8 to satisfy your (morbid) curiosity.

Tying with Bloody Monday 8 for top DO WANT! —

Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale vol 5 of 14
By Watase Yuu

Out of nowhere, Aya receives a phone call from Tohya. Even more surprising, Tohya says he chooses Aya over his past, and promises to snatch Aki from Mikage's clutches.

Can Tohya defeat Mikage and rescue Aki? What does the Ceres volume 5 sub-title Mikage tell you? :P (BTW, the volume sub-titled Tohya is still seven tankou away.)

New Level manga
Level has two series debuting this week, the shoujo Ami Non Stop by Kitagawa Miyuki (Tokyo Juliet and Hurt Me Softly manga-ka), ex-Sho-Comi, and the seinen Comic Birz manga Drug-On by Saitoh Misaki (Wolf's Sanctuary and Ultra Panic) that, for its Beautiful Female Lead and Handsome Male Lead (and par for a Saitoh Misaki manga), might have made you wonder «Shoujo?», too. [Continued...]

Level Comics manga (2012.03.14)

  1. [Series Premiere] Ami Non Stop vol 1 of 12 by Kitagawa Miyuki
  2. LC: Ami Non Stop 1

    Ami! Nonstop亜未!ノンストップ
    by Kitagawa Miyuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 1993.06

    Reissues
    Rereleased in six volumes under the Flower Comics Deluxe label from 2001.05 to 2001.09

  3. Bloody Monday vol 8 of 11 by Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
  4. LC: Bloody Monday 8

    Bloody Mondayブラッディ・マンデイ
    by Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2008.11

    Other languages
    English Bloody Monday: Season 1 (Chuang Yi: volume 8 per 2010.08 and Kodansha Comics: Bloody Monday: four volumes as of 2012.02.14 • volume 5 street date: 2012.04.10), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 11 volumes, concluded), traditional Chinese 血色星期一 (Tong Li Taiwan: 11 volumes), French (PIKA Édition: Tome 10 ships 2012.03.14 • Tome 11 street date: 2012.05.16)

    Related series
    Bloody Monday 0 (one volume; 2009.05) and sequels Bloody Monday Season 2 - Zetsubou no Kou (AKA Bloody Monday Season 2 ~Pandora no Hako~, eight volumes as at 2011.05.17) and Bloody Monday - Last Season (serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine beginning 2011.07.14; two volumes as of 2011.12.16 • volume 3 street date: 2012.02.17)

    Under Kodansha's KPC (Platinum Comics) imprint: Bloody Monday: Seinaru Chi no Shukusai... Hajimaru!! (2011.07.27); Bloody Monday: Kiba o Muku “BLOODY ‐ X”, Kansen Bakuhatsu!? (2011.06); Bloody Monday: Mogurikonde ita Supai no Shōtai (2011.05); Bloody Monday: Tensai Kōkōsei Hacker “Falcon” (2011.04)

    Hacking guides by FALCON: Bloody Monday Falcon no Conpi: Falcon's Computer Hacking (KCDX imprint: 2009.12) and Bloody Monday Falcon no Mobi: Falcon's Mobile Hacking (KCDX: 2011.01)

    Adaptations
    An 11-episode live-action renzoku aired from October through December 2008 on TBS, followed by a second season, Bloody Monday Season2 ~Pandora no Hako~ (January to March 2010, nine episodes). Actor/singer Miura Haruma returned as protagonist Fujimaru Takagi/Falcon in the sequel.

  5. Brave Story (Brave Story - Shinsetsu) vol 8 of 20 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
  6. LC: Brave Story 8

    Brave Story - Shinsetsu
    ブレイブ・ストーリー~新説~
    by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
    AKA Brave Story: A Retelling of a Classic
    Shinchosha Comic Bunch, seinen
    Volume 8 first published in Japan 2005.08

    Related
    Adapted from Miyabe Miyuki-sensei's Brave Story light novel

    Other languages
    English Brave Story (TOKYOPOP: five volumes; the Brave Story novel was published by VIZ Media 2009.11), French (Kurokawa: Tome 20 shipped 2011.02) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan)

  7. Bronze Angel (Bronze no Tenshi) vol 7 of 7 by Saito Chiho [Finale]
  8. LC: Bronze Angel 7

    Bronze no Tenshiブロンズの天使
    by Saito Chiho
    Shogakukan Flowers, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2007.02

    Other versions
    Rereleased in five bunko volumes (per 2011.03)

    Related series
    Bronze no Tenshi Gaiden (one volume spin-off; 2009.01)

  9. Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale (Ayashi no Ceres) vol 5 of 14 by Watase Yuu
  10. LC: Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale 5

    Ayashi no Ceres Tenkuu Otogizoushi
    妖しのセレス 天空お伽草子」 by Watase Yuu
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    Volume 5: Mikage first published in Japan 1997.12

    Awards
    Winner, 43rd Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shoujo category

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in seven Shogakukan Bunko from 2005.11 to 2006.02
    English Ceres: Celestial Legend (VIZ Media: (14 volumes per 2006.02), French (Editions Tonkam: Ayashi no Ceres: Un conte de fée céleste: 14 volumes per 2002.01), German (EMA), Spanish (Glènat España: Ceres: La Leyenda Celestial), Italian (Play Press: La fiaba del cielo), Vietnamese Truyền Thuyết Thiên Nữ

    Adaptations
    Studio Pierrot's 24-episode anime adaptation aired in Japan on WOWOW from April to September 2000, with seiyuu Kakazu Yumi as Aya Mikage, Iwao Junko as Ceres, Konishi Katsuyuki as Tooya, Itou Kentarou as Yuuhi, Chiba Susumu as Aki, Miki Shinichiro as Mikagi and Sugita Tomokazu as Mikage Kagami.

    Light novels written by Nishizaki Megumi and illustrated by Watase Yuu: Ayashi no Ceres Episode of Tooya (one volume Palette bunko: 2000.06); Episode of Shuro (Palette bunko: 2000.09); Episode of Aki (Palette bunko: 2001.01); and Episode of Miku (Palette bunko, three volumes from 2001.06 to 2001.08)

    Related
    Sequel: Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden (side story included as furoku for Sho-Comi #18; also compiled in Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden vol 6)
    Watase Yuu Postcard Book Fushigi Yuugi Ayashi no Ceres Imadoki! (Japan release: 2001.01)

  11. Dark Edge vol 4 of 15 by Aikawa Yu
  12. LC: Dark Edge 4

    Dark EdgeDARK EDGE」 by Aikawa Yu
    Media Works Dengeki Comic Gao!, shounen
    Volume 4: Miseinen no Niwa first published in Japan 2000.08

    Other languages
    English Dark Edge (ComicsOne then DrMaster: 10 volumes per 2009.03.03)

  13. [Series Premiere] Drug-On vol 1 of 5 by Saitoh Misaki
  14. LC: Drug-On 1

    Drug-OnDRUG‐ON ドラゴン
    by Saitoh Misaki
    Gentosha Comic Birz, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2007.03

  15. Last Inning vol 12 of 32+ by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu
  16. LC: Last Inning 12

    Last Inningラストイニング
    by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu, Katou Kiyoshi (Supervisor)
    Shogakukan Big Comic Spirits, seinen
    Volume 12 (chapters 108–116) first published in Japan 2007.01

  17. X Blade vol 10 of 12 by Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi
  18. LC: X Blade 10

    XBladeXBLADE
    by Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi
    Kodansha Shonen Sirius, shounen
    Volume 10 first published in Japan 2010.07

    Related series
    Sequel: XBlade Cross (three volumes as of 2012.03.09)

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European comics/BDs (2012.03.14)

  1. Lanfeust of Troy: Permaisuri Cixi (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 6: Cixi Impératrice) by Christophe Arleston & Didier Tarquin (Soleil)
  2. Rantanplan: Pembawa Pesan (Rantanplan, Tome 9: Le Messager) by Morris, X. Fauche J. Léturgie (Lucky Comics)

¹ Sources: Elex STO 14 March 2012 (release schedule and selected artwork) and Komikologi and Gramedia.com (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga (still) retail for IDR 18,500 and ROMICs at IDR 30,000 each, except X Blade 10 (IDR 20,000/volume).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

New Level manga - continued

Ami Non Stop vol 1 of 12
By Kitagawa Miyuki

Sweet Sixteen Misasagi Ami faces the dilemma of a lifetime: Which of two guys she likes—schoolmate Mizukami Nozomu whom she sees daily (and seems to like her back), or Mido Nozomu whom she just met at a concert—is going to end up her boyfriend?

As if a pair of ‘problems’ weren't enough, it turns out that Mido is half of the idol duo Darwin, and after watching a Darwin live, Ami herself is offered a chance at a showbiz debut.

[Additions from MangaArt's Ami! Nonstop description, excerpted by Baka-Updates Manga]

Can Ami juggle romance and superstardom? The ups-and-downs answer (we're talking Kitagawa Miyuki manga here) lies in the 12 volumes comprising Ami Non Stop, a funny and romantic story (Level) about celebrities and love triangles.

Other Kitagawa Miyuki manga
Aside from Ami Non Stop and the Level-published manga I mentioned above the cut, Tokyo Juliet and Hurt Me Softly (originally Shinayaka ni Kizutsuite, first serialized in Cheese!) there's also She's Kids published by Elex ice ages ago (the Japanese original came out in July 1996).

[The following sub-section panders to my anality. Toggle »this only if you stalk Kitagawa Miyuki-sensei and/or rival me in anal.]

At last check, veteran/A-lister Kitagawa Miyuki boasts a 35-title body of work at Baka-Updates Manga—she's Author #346—mostly ex-Sho-Comi and *cough*smut*cough* Cheese!, but her later manga have graduated to josei and are/were serialized in Petit Comic, among them: Manatsu no Eden (two Flower Comics Alpha volumes double-launched on 10 February 2012, ongoing); Boku dake no Butterfly, first serialized in Anekei Petit Comic in 2010 (FC Alpha: 2011.09); Kimi no Hada o Kowasu Yoru (FC Alpha: 2010.01), the title story of which also appears in the Petit Comic Love Collection anthology Kinjirareta Koi ni Ochite top-billed by Kitagawa Miyuki (2007.01); Majo wa Nido Aegu (six FC Alpha volumes published between 2009.07 and 2011.05); and Seisei Suruhodo, Aishiteru (seven FC Alpha volumes from 2006.10 to 2009.02).

Kitagawa Miyuki Cheese! manga

  1. Manatsu no Yoru no Binetsu AKA A Midsummer Night's Mild Fever (Flower Comics: 2005.12)
  2. Nude na Kajitsutachi AKA Nude Fruits (three FC volumes from 2005.05 to 2005.12)
  3. Fukigen na Aibu (FC: 2001.04)
  4. Tsumi ni Nureta Futari (18 Sho-Comi Cheese! Flower Comics volumes published between 1999.06 and 2004.12; rereleased in nine Shogakukan bunko from 2007.06 to 2007.10)
  5. Nemurenai Yoru wo Kazoete: Sho-Comi Cheese! Flower Comics Pure Love Stories 1 (1998.12)
  6. Tsuki ni Kiss no Hanataba wo (three Sho-Comi Cheese! Flowers Comics from 1997.02 to 1998.01; rereleased in two Flower Comics Deluxe volumes in 2004.05 and again in two Shogakukan Bunko (double volume street date: 2012.04.14)
  7. Kitagawa Miyuki also headlines the following FC Cheese! Best Selection anthologies:

  8. Chokotto H na Koimonogatari (2000.10)
  9. Oya Niwa Naisho no Koimonogatari (2001.04)
  10. Yaki Mochi Yaki na Koimonogatari(2001.11)
  11. Dare Nimo Himitsu no Koi Monogatari (2004.09)

Sho-Comi/Flower Comics

  1. Princess Army: 12 FC volumes from 1990.06 to 1993.04 (reissued in six FC Deluxe bunko from 1999.07 to 1999.11)
  2. Lettuce to Ken AKA Lettuce and Swords from the original story of Kitajima Takashi: two FC volumes published between 1988.08 and 1988.10 (rereleased in one Shogakukan Bunko volume in 2002.07)
  3. Harajuku Pop Beat: three FC volumes from 1987.04 to 1987.10
  4. The Kimagure series:

  5. Kimagure Growing Up: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 3 published 1988.01 (rereleased under the FC Deluxe label in 2002.03)
  6. Kimagure Grafitti: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 5 in 1989.07 (Kimagure Growing Up sequel)
  7. Kimagure Engage: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 6 in 1992.08
  8. Kimagure Wedding: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 7 in 1993.10 (Kimagure Engage sequel)
  9. Alternate story to Kimagure Growing Up and EngageAnoko ni 1000%: five FC volumes released between 1989.05 and 1990.03 (rereleased in two FC Deluxe volumes from 2000.09 to 2000.11, and in three Shogakukan Bunko volumes from 2010.01 to 2010.02)
  10. Alternate Story Kimagure Growing UpKimagure Scandal: FC Deluxe 2002.05
  11. Other Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory anthologies (there were seven volumes in total)

  12. Sneaker Age!!: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 1 in 1987.01 (rereleased under FC Deluxe: 2002.03)
  13. Nanami Scramble: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 2 in 1987.05
  14. Anokoni Wawawa: Miyuki no Tokimeki Love Memory 4 in 1988.04
  15. Other anthologies

  16. Kitagawa Miyuki The Best Selection: Flower Comics Special: 2007.12
  17. Kitagawa Miyuki The Best Selection 2: FC Special: 2008.12

Other other (that don't fit any of the above)
Kitagawa Miyuki no Manga Academia (Flower Comics Special 1996.04) and Dare Nimo, Himitsu ga aru., published under Shogakukan's My First Casual imprint (2005.02)

Kitagawa Miyuki's newest series is Uso, Tokidoki Binetsu that began serialization this year in Anekei Petit Comic.

Drug-On vol 1 of 5
By Saitoh Misaki

Legend has it that anyone who makes it to the forbidden island Dragon's Beak—where resides the “power of the gods”—stands to gain his or heart's desire. Three high-schoolers land on the island, little expecting to face monster attacks, nor obstruction from a monster hunter, Taker.

What's the real deal with Dragon's Beak? You'll have to get paws on Drug-On (Dragon) for answers—and even then, it might (or not) take five volumes to get satisfactory answers. Imma speculate though that Taker is one of the special Dragon's Beak guardians the Level editor mentions in the Komikologi blurb. If I'm wrong, the comment box is all yours ^^

Aside from Beautiful Female Lead and Handsome Male Lead, Baka-Updates Manga users tag the five-volume Drug-On horror mystery Guardians, Super Powers, Contemporary Fantasy, Immortality, Monsters, Romantic Subplot, Mysterious Protagonist, Gothic.

Other Saitoh Misaki manga
Drug-On, check✓, Wolf's Sanctuary or Hinata no Ookami - Shinsengumi Kidan, check✓, Ultra Panic, check✓ (albeit, the latter two were published by Elex), all of which share the industrial-strength pretty chara design.

No less comely are the protagonists of Saitoh Misaki- (or Saitou Misaki-) sensei's other seinen and josei Birz manga: Totsugami (five Birz Comics volumes published between 2009.10 and 2011.10, ongoing serialization in Comic Birz); the Shinigami Tantei series consisting of Shinigami Tantei to Yuuutsu Onsen (published first by Sony Magazines in September 2001 and then by Gentosha Birz Comics in February 2002) and its side story, Shinigami Tantei to Yuurei Gakuen, serialized in Genzo and Web Spica (three volumes published between 2003.08 and 2011.02.24); and Masatsu Note Taimashin (11 Birz Comics tankou per 2001.04; reissued in seven bunkoban from 2001.12 to 2002.06, and again from 2007.06 to 2008.03) and its sequel Masatsu Note Taimashin Toudouhen (six Birz Comics volumes published between 2001.12 and 2004.04; rereleased in three bunkoban from 2008.03 to 2008.06).

Featured series

Bronze Angel vol 7 of 7
By Saito Chiho

Marriage to another hasn't let d'Anthes forget Natalya. Meanwhile, seeing d'Anthes sticking to Natalya's side at a ball, Pushkin grows furious and reconsiders throwing down the gauntlet. To Pushkin, only a duel to the death can resolve their unbearable triangle.

Would the love of these two passionate men end in tragedy? (As I wrote that, I unaccountably wanted to slash 'em *sweatdrop*.)

In any case, the question to ask, now that Bronze Angel has wrapped (and you still want moar d'Antes and Pushkin, is: Has Level licensed the Bronze no Tenshi Gaiden (one volume; published in Japan 2009.01)?

X Blade vol 10 of 12
By Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi

To help save Kaya, Haru follows Fujimaru, only to find Fujimaru overpowered by Suoh wielding the stronger Shin Kesho Ojinto.

Other 14 March 2012 highlights

  • Brave Story vol 8 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro: Brave License in hand, Wataru informs the others of the danger that threatens Vision. The darkness plaguing Vision traces back to Souha, and the looming war. Wataru and friends depart for Zakrheim to prevent hostilities from breaking out.
  • Dark Edge vol 4 by Aikawa Yu: Without their realizing it, bonds have formed between Takagi and his new comrades. Which makes their situation all the more untenable, because to save Nishiwaki, one of them must take his place inside the mysterious coffin. But who would be that self-sacrificing, especially when, whoever the prisoner is, s/he will be slowly erased from everyone's memory?
  • Last Inning vol 12 by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu: Apparently, reports of Keisuke's past indiscretions had been greatly exaggerated, but which part didn't happen? Meanwhile, Hidaka learns that ‘partner’ Yasuo and Steve had an affair. Hidaka trains secretly so as not to lose on all fronts to the new pitcher. The other team-members, too, are all thinking about the upcoming summer tournament, including Namekawa, the captain with confidence issues.

Still not enuf? Here are the other 14 March 2012 manga and manhwa

Elex Media: Detektif Conan 66 · The Ruler of Nabari 14 of 14 Alice Academy 17 · Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 19 · Wild Life 22 · Kekkaishi 13 · Kungfu Boy 11 Premium · Ghost's Doctor 9 · The Knight in The Area 4 · New Kobochan 16 · Kojiro 7 of 7 · Rockman the Shooting Star 1 by Itagaki Masaya · Shonen Magz Issue 03/2012

m&c!: Namida Usagi ~Tears of First Love~ 6 · Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives 1 by Ellen Schreiber · Born To Cook 11 · Full House: Love Continues 5 of 5 · Secret 10 of 10 · Pedang MahaDewa: Future 6 of 6 | Reprints: Pure Love Junky by Shiumi Saki · Rhapsody in July by Kuze Mizuki · The Rival by Amane Yuko · Romance of Herself by Yamanaka Rico · Say It Marin Chan by Oobayashi Miyuki

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