Shopping List version. NikBabble™...whenever, Part II
Update: You know the drill...
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! —
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...]
- [Series Premiere] Ami Non Stop vol 1 of 12 by Kitagawa Miyuki
- Bloody Monday vol 8 of 11 by Ryumon Ryou & Megumi Kouji
- Brave Story (Brave Story - Shinsetsu) vol 8 of 20 by Miyabe Miyuki and Ono Yoichiro
- Bronze Angel (Bronze no Tenshi) vol 7 of 7 by Saito Chiho [Finale]
- Ceres: A Heaven's Fairy Tale (Ayashi no Ceres) vol 5 of 14 by Watase Yuu
- Dark Edge vol 4 of 15 by Aikawa Yu
- [Series Premiere] Drug-On vol 1 of 5 by Saitoh Misaki
- Last Inning vol 12 of 32+ by Nakahara Yu, Kamio Ryu
- X Blade vol 10 of 12 by Ida Tatsuhiko & Shiki Satoshi
[Release links are hide/unhide. Click for more details.]
- Lanfeust of Troy: Permaisuri Cixi (Lanfeust de Troy, Tome 6: Cixi Impératrice) by Christophe Arleston & Didier Tarquin (Soleil)
- 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 are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Level manga - continued
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.]
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).
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)?
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
Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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