Update: No longer "just a list" :p
Ryuu no Hanawazurai © Kusakawa Nari/Hakusensha [First serialized in LaLa]. Published in Indonesia as Dragon's Fiancé by Elex Media
Meanwhile, our anxious dragon's other—first—fiancé Lushin suffers from sudden pains. Whether these stem from heartache or something else remains to be seen, but for sure, they bode...
Lushin recovering his memories? :P
For those of you who followed Dragon's Fiancé in HanaLaLa, this fourth volume compiles chapters 15 through 20, which means you're safe if you've read all the way till HanaLaLa's last issue (Indonesian serialization only reached up to chapter 26, bound in volume 5).
As for the top DO WANT!, a "Devil"’s whisker's vote more than Dragon's Fiancé 4—
Newly-married Fumino and Ojiro-sensei should be living teh happy life, but RL chaos puts paid to any shot at wedded bliss. What's more, Ojiro-sensei's little brother Shoma shows up at the school cultural festival, and relations between the siblings seem somewhat...strained.
It's gonna get stranger when Shoma pays a visit to Ojiro mansion and finds... «!!!» (Catch the fireworks exploding in Faster than a Kiss vol 3, finally streeting after a two-week delay.)
Faster than a Kiss 3 compiles (slow) Love.8 through 12. Ten Kiss Yori mo Hayaku tankou have been published in Japan as of December 2011.
New Elex titles
Elex finally releases March Komikologi-advised The Future of Iris, originally Okano Fumika's Iris no Tamago, also an ex-LaLa shoujo manga like FTAK and RyuuHana, but one that spins its fantasy out in only two volumes. Elex also picks up another lifted from the classics Capstone graphic novel, Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, following up the Komik Legenda Ternama series launched with L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jules Verne's 60000 mil di bawah laut and Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. Newbie babble after the release list.
- Domitor Leo vol 2 (of 6): Air Mata Dewi Kebebasan (Mahō Konchūtsukai Domitā Reo 2: Jiyū no Megami no Namida) by Kushima Michie
- Casting vol 7 of 8 by KITT & Park SangYong
- Chunchu vol 6 of 15+ (Hiatus) by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin
- Ciuman Dewa (Kamisama Hajimemashita) vol 9 of 11+ by Suzuki Julietta
- Creating Destiny vol 2 of 2 by Choi SooJeong & Hyun GoWoon [Finale]
- Dragon's Fiancé (Ryuu no Hanawazurai) vol 4 of 7 by Kusakawa Nari
- Faster than a Kiss (Kiss Yori mo Hayaku) vol 3 of 10+ by Tanaka Meca «Ex-2012.03.14
- [Series Premiere] The Future of Iris (Iris no Tamago) vol 1 of 2 by Okano Fumika
- Hayate The Combat Butler (Hayate no Gotoku) vol 27 of 31+ by Hata Kenjiro «Ex-3.21
- I Hate You More Than Anyone (Sekai de Ichiban Daikirai) vol 9 of 13 by Hidaka Banri
- [Premiere] Komik Legenda Ternama: Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
- La Corda D'Oro (Kiniro no Corda) vol 10 of 17 by Kure Yuki
- Lindbergh vol 3 of 5+ by Ahndongshik
- Mokke vol 8 of 9 by Kumakura Takatoshi «Ex-3.21
- Moonlight Act (Gekkou Jourei) vol 3 of 17+ by Fujita Kazuhiro
- Tale of the Sea King (Kaiouki) vol 42 of 45 by Kawahara Masatoshi «Ex-3.14
- Topeng Kaca vol 22 of 24+ Deluxe (Glass no Kamen [Bunko]) by Miuchi Suzue «Ex-3.07
- Yozakura Quartet (Yozakura Shijuusou ~Yozakura Quartet~) vol 4 of 11+ by Yasuda Suzuhito «Ex-3.14
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- Shonen Star Issue 05/2012 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 28 March 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia.com (synopses and artwork, unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN are (still) priced at IDR 16,500 each except light novel Domitor Leo: Air Mata Dewi Kebebasan (IDR 32,800 each), manhwa Creating Destiny vol 2 (IDR 18,500), graphic novel Komik Legenda Ternama: Jungle Book (IDR 25,000) and bunko Topeng Kaca vol 22 Deluxe (IDR 28,000). Shonen Star 05/2012 retails for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
After an emergency landing in the jungle, Feilin stumbles across Jura, a humanoid crystal the locals call ‘Iris’. Gem traders pursue Iris for her [his? –Ed.] jewel eyes. Unwilling to see Jura's eyes gouged out, Feilin escapes with Jura.
Sawry, I didn't GET! The Future of Iris, so not sure who's the guy and girl. Right now, going with Jura/Iris as the she and Feilin as the he; if I'm wrong, just gender swap 'em :D
Elex touts The Future of Iris as
a classic with a unique theme. You be the judge if you grab and read this first volume before I do.
The Future of Iris or Iris no Tamago, for all that it spans only two volumes, made serial appearances in LaLa, LaLa DX, LaLa SF Special and LaLa Spring Club, or so sez Baka-Updates Manga. Its two tankou were published between January 1995 and August 1996.
Other Okano Fumika manga
Aside from Iris no Tamago, Okano Fumika is credited with these shoujo titles (I don't which, if any, were licensed for Indonesia), published under Hakusensha's Hana to Yume Comics imprint (unless otherwise indicated): Fruits Kajuu 100% (seven volumes published between July 1988 and July 1990; reissued in three bunko volumes from September 2007 to January 2008); Lovely Hyakkajiten (two Hana to Yume Comics tankoubon published in February 1997 and May 1998; reissued by Square Enix's Stencil Comics in June 2002 and November 2003); the shoujo love story feat. Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Yoshitsune Den Sakura Fubuki ni Chiri Yuku Koi (released by Gakken Publishing's Pichi Comics in December 2004); Gekkou Shou: first serialized in Kadokawa's (now defunct) Shoujo Teikoku (two volumes published under the Asuka Comics imprint in March 2002); Te no Hira ni Hoshi: first serialized in Bessatsu Hana to Yume (two volumes compiled between July 2000 and January 2001) [Read more...]
As for Okano Fumika-sensei's josei manga (you thought I was done, didn't you?), there's Kimi ga Diamond, published under Hakusensha's Missy Comics HWC (Happy Wedding Comics) imprint—just last 1st March (yup, this year) and Tenshi no Nemuru Aidani, the manga version of Leigh Michaels's Harlequin series romance The Tycoon's Baby, published by Ohzora Shuppan's Emerald Comics Harlequin Comics Series label in July 2007.
S/he also contributed to the Gensō Fantasy vol 1 Mugen Yawa josei anthology published by Shueisha's EYES COMICS in April 2003.
Komik Legenda Ternama: Jungle Book
By Rudyard Kipling
I truly doubt anyone doesn't know what Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is all about, but just in the percentage is not zero! case, excerpting the original Capstone description:
In the jungles of India, a pack of wolves discover a young boy. They name the boy Mowgli and protect him against dangers, including Shere Kan, the most savage tiger in the jungle. As Mowgli grows up, he learns the ways of the jungle from Bagheera the panther, the wise bear, Baloo, and other animals. Soon, he must decide whether to remain among beasts or embrace his own kind.
Featured ongoing series
The kami convention over, Nanami returns to her regular school life. That is, if ‘regular’ includes meeting a wee tengu on the road home. Nanami can't resist quizzing the tengu tyke, apparently on a mission to locate ‘Shinjuro’ who left the tengu village for the human world some 17 years ago...
I'm guessing you already know who ‘Shinjuro’ is *cough*lookathecover*cough*; if (still) not, Elex's Ciuman Dewa vol 9 blurb continues:
Tengu village Mt. Kurama episode, start-OH! (If you've ever wondered why Kurama can live happily among humans, you've come to the right place.)
If you're not at all interested in Kurama (who sometimes turns into an ostrich) and just want moar Tomoe-sama, lemme tease with something VIZ's Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 9 description hints at, after Nanami realizes that a romance between a human and a youkai is destined for tragic #Fail:
Should she [Nanami] be true to her heart or cut Tomoe loose for his own good? Either way, getting dragged into a group date isn't going to help matters at all! (Kyaaa~! Can't wait for Tomoe to go teh usual Crazy Jealous Guy mode, ON!)
Eleven Kamisama Hajimemashita volumes have been published in Japan as of January this year; the 12th is scheduled for a 20 April 2012 release.
Ojou-sama no mangadō...Shikamo ikinari dekkai yama!?
It seems our young lady's road to manga-ka fame led to—CRASH!—a mountain. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's Elex's preview:
Once free of her family's clutches, Nagi steams ahead with her big plan to conquer the manga world. Oh, the life she would lead, bankrolled by the ginormous royalties she would receive!
Unfortunately, the big bad world doesn't know—nor care—about Nagi's Dream. Will anyone actually BUY her comic? Plus, she didn't even factor in rivals!
Hayate The Combat Butler vol 27 consists of chapters 284 to 294:
Trouble, Shock, Suspense ·
No Matter How Far You Go, You Will Never Be High End, But... ·
She Has Come to Steal Something Precious of Mine ·
Challenge at 13 Years Old ·
I'd Like For You to Think That All Manga Artists Are Like This! ·
If I Sought After the Gandhara Kingdom, I Could Go Far Far Away ·
Anyone Worries When They Are Out of Sight of Others ·
I Meet You,
Renaissance Passion [*NOT Elex chapter titles]
The latest Hayate no Gotoku chapter compiled in tankoubon is #338:
Hehe, Shuddup! collected in volume 31 (Japan release: 2011.12.16).
Seiso VIP Kira pressures the concours powers that be to change the Final Selection performance order, starting with the contender with the highest average. The stress skyrockets as none of the other participants know who will be called next.
Can Kahoko, now a virtual newb, sway the audience with her love for music and the violin? As Chuang Yi's La Corda d Oro Vol.10 preview notes:
The concours may have ended, but her life of music is only just beginning! (Adds VIZ' La Corda d'Oro, Vol. 10 blurb:
Is...love...in the future for Kahoko and her friends?)
Mokke vol 8 of 9
By Kumakura Takatoshi
Since her sister's move to the school dorm, Mizuki has grown in self-confidence. She can now deal with spirits who want to possess her, to the point where Atsushi, who suffers the same possession-inviting problem, asks for her help.
Next up, the Mokke finale on...I dunno know when.
Moonlight Act vol 3 of 17+
By Fujita Kazuhiro
Moonstruck Cinderella invades the human world and challenges Gekko to a Move over F1! race. The fairy tale world, missing one of its venerable heroines, urges Engekibu to understudy Cinderella, but a misunderstanding causes even Engekibu to wreak havoc!?
Moonlight Act vol 3 comprises Article 4
Cinderella  to .
Seventeen Gekkou Jourei tankou have been published in Japan as of 16 March 2012. (That's a lot of catching up to do...)
Saat ini, Carol tengah mengendarai kapal uap yang berlayar menuju teluk yang diapit oleh dua buah pulau. Di sekitar teluk itu terlihat banyak kapal layar dan kapal uap, dimana warna putih asap dari kapal-kapal itu mewarnai langit yang dipenuhi awan kelabu.
Tapi, perlahan-lahan asap itu pun menipis, dan menampilkan siluet raksasa di kejauhan. Itu dia! Carol merasakan gairah luar biasa memenuhi dadanya tatkala melihat siluet tersebut. Tapi, dia masih tetap mengeluh karena Tuhan menurunkan hujan, sehingga dia hanya bisa melihat siluet benda itu. Kalau saja hujan berhenti...
Mendadak, seberkas cahaya memancar dari kedalaman kabut. Carol menelengkan kepala, menyangka doanya terkabul. Tapi, ketika cahaya itu kembali memancar, sebuah kecemasan mulai merayapi punggungnya. Kilat...?
☞I would've included the Creating Destiny finale (volume 2) here, except its preview is the same as volume one's. Click »this for a refresher on the Forced Marriage Who-What-When-Where-Why and Wow (How) :P
Other 28 March 2012 highlights
- Casting vol 7 by KITT & Park SangYong: Cho Ah invites Kang Woo and friends to hang out. Da Yin runs into Si Yun who turns out to be none other than her older brother. Kang Woo, however, has a green-eyed epiphany, thinking that Si Yun is Da Yin's ex and...
- Chunchu vol 6 by Kim SungJae & Kim ByungJin: The Patriot troops appear out of nowhere, the elite force created to rival the five tribes in strength descending upon Pasha on orders of Lord Elphaso.
- I Hate You More Than Anyone vol 9 by Hidaka Banri: Maki finally comes clean about his past, covering bitter memories of his father, Saki and Azumi. After knowing everything, Kazuha attempts to heal Maki's heartache...Does she succeed?
- Lindbergh vol 3 by Ahndongshik: Knit and his beloved lindbergh Parumo soar into the Elduran skies and catch the attention of the mysterious Shark. But thanks to their meeting a girl named Tilda, the pair manages to enter the biggest lindbergh competition, throwing open wide the door to a brand-new adventure.
- Tale of the Sea King vol 42 by Kawahara Masatoshi: Touban Sanoo manages to defeat enchanted sword-wielding Diabras on strength alone. The Ronaldia navy's loss means Wolhan can resupply and, armed with just mundane items, challenge the magic-armed troops.
- Topeng Kaca vol 22 Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue: Tsukikage Chigusa must decide who should play the part of the Crimson Angel, Himekawa Ayumi or Kitajima Maya. After the Plum Valley performance, the die is all but cast, when suddenly, Tsukikage collapses!
- Yozakura Quartet vol 4 by Yasuda Suzuhito:
Akina has the power to send the demons of Sakurashin Town to the Afterworld. But Akina dreams of a day when humans and demons can coexist peacefully. When a powerful mystery man invades the town, the road to that dream becomes very dangerous.[Excerpted from Del Rey's Yozakura Quartet 4: Rocky Road description]
Here's Elex' Yozakura Quartet vol 4 preview, so dropped smack in the middle of things that I can't understand, let alone adapt:
Sosok asli sang kakek adalah seorang pemuda Satori. Itu adalah tubuh Gin, kakak Ao yang dikirim oleh Akina ke Dunia Sana. Tetapi yang ada di dalam adalah jiwa orang lain. Enjin Hiizumi, keturunan dari keluarga cabang Hiizumi yang mendendam karena dikirim paksa ke dunia lain.
Mangazines - continued
Shonen Star Issue 05/2012 ☆ Defense Devil
© Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
Kucabara VS Legato, the final battle! As the mother of all sibling showdowns gets underway, Elimona stops Idamaria from returning home by revealing her (Elimona's) divine origins. But how could an angel survive hell?
ARAGO by Arai Takahiro
Buyuden by Mitsuda Takuya
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
Sushi Chef Tsukasa (Osumoji! - Tsukasa no Ikkan) by Kaga Mitsuru & Kato Hirofumi
The World God Only Knows (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai) by Wakaki Tamiki
Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji: Silver Spoon) by Arakawa Hiromu
Latest manga volumes
Collecting the tankou? Latest Elex volumes: Detektif Conan volume 66, Kekkaishi vol 13 and Wild Life vol 22 (2012.03.14 release); Defense Devil vol 6 and My First Mr. Akuno vol 7 (per 2.08); and Dr. Koto 9 (1.04).
Still not enuf? Here are the other 28 March 2012 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: Blood Alone 5 · Iliad 10 · Adamas 3 · Lost Man 9 · Giant Killing 12 · RRR 7 · Leonard: Tamasya Naik Gondola · Lucky Luke: Dalton City · Suske & Wiske: Gameguru
m&c!: Crazy Girl Shin Bia 11 · Mail Girlfriend 4 · My Handsome Butler by Shiiba Nana · 1/2 Love by Kayoru · Canvas ~ Rainbow Sketch 2 · Pedang Maha Dewa 4: Amazing Weapons - The Lost Blade 7 · Cherry March 2012 edition
Reprints: The Crescendo Memory by Yabuuchi Yuu · Summer Kiss by Takeuchi Masami · Yearning Moon by Mitsuki Kako
Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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