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Soul Eater © Ohkubo Atsushi/Square Enix [Serialized in Shonen Gangan] · Iryuu -Team Medical Dragon- © Nogizaka Taro, Nagai Akira/Shogakukan [First serialized in Big Comic Superior]. Published in Indonesia as Soul Eater and Team Medical Dragon by Level Comics
Maka, Soul and Medusa burst into the spider queen's lair after withstanding her mental blast, only to find Arachne prone on the floor—whut? Elsewhere, Kid, tailing Mosquito, stumbles across the latter's battle with Eibon and is spotted by the sorcerer. Meanwhile, Black☆Star's death match with
Sword God Mifune approaches climax.
Soul Eater volume 14 comprises chapters 53 through 57 —
Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle, Parts 8-12. The latest compiled chapter is 92,
War on the Moon (Part 2) bound in Soul Eater vol 21 released in Japan 22 February 2012.
In the middle of surgery, Professor Takeo's blood pressure spikes and his aneurysm bursts. Kunitachi panics, forcing Akira and the doctors observing the operation to intervene. Can they save Professor Takeo? Meanwhile, Shingo, stunned by his father's failure, chooses suicide...
I won't be blurbing the Sky of Love finale on grounds that Level's preview is the mother of all spoilers. In any case, if you followed the series religiously and constitute a percentage of the votes that propelled Sky of Love volume 10 to first runner-up DO WANT!, you prolly already know what to expect. Also, for your sake, I hope that last volume also contains Mika's
ＮＯＺＯＭＵ spin-off that I heard (read) was included in the Japanese edition.
New Level manga
So, instead, Imma highlight the other first runner-debut that squeezes in as a newbie, along with the other bonafide newbie. The fourth Yugo II arc, Yugo in Osaka, premieres, as does Souryo Fuyumi's
Bad Boy, Dark Past, Artist, Opposites Attract, Twins, Motorcycles, Suicide, Sociopath/Psychopath Mars. Deets after the release list.
- Air Gear vol 27 of 35+ by Oh!great
- Fight!! Ippo (Hajime no Ippo) vol 89 of 98+ by Morikawa Joji
- K2 vol 11 of 16+ by Mafune Kazuo
- [Series Premiere] Mars vol 1 of 15 by Souryo Fuyumi
- Nanase Fire Investigator (Kasai Chousakan Nanase) vol 6 of 7 by Hashimoto Izo & Ichikawa Tomoshige
- New Comic Bomber (Shin Hoero Pen) vol 10 of 11 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko
- Sky of Love (Koizora: Setsunai Koi Monogatari) vol 10 of 10 by Haneda Ibuki, Mika [Finale]
- Soul Eater vol 14 of 21+ by Ohkubo Atsushi
- Team Medical Dragon (Iryuu -Team Medical Dragon-) vol 22 of 25 by Nogizaka Taro/Nagai Akira
- [Premiere] Yugo in Osaka (Yugo: Osaka-hen) vol 1 of 2 by Akana Shu & Makari Shinji
- Zipang vol 12 of 43 by Kawaguchi Kaiji
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- Scrameustache: Totem Luar Angkasa (Le Scrameustache, Tome 4: Le totem de l'espace) by Gos (Glénat)
¹ Sources: Elex Media (release schedule) and Gramedia.com (artwork).
² All manga are (still) priced at IDR 18,500 each except Yugo in Osaka 1 (IDR IDR 19,000/volume) and Zipang 12 (IDR 20,000). ROMIC Scrameustache: Totem Luar Angkasa retails for IDR 30,000/volume.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Level manga - continued
Aso Kira just yearns to be left alone to draw. An introvert, she can't stand Kashino Rei, her handsome player classmate. But thanks to her drawing, Rei approaches her, and Kira's world begins to expand...
And when Rei
plants a kiss on a statue of Mars in the studio, Kira finds herself drawn in and even summons up the nerve to ask him to model for her, unaware that
problems already lurk on the horizon. [Additions from TOKYOPOP's MARS Volume 1 preview]
I hinted at some of those "problems" Above the Cut, but I'm guessing you already know about them—about Mars, in fact (even before I went through Baka-Updates's tag laundry list)—from the Taiwanese drama adapt. MARS, which starred Vic Zhou and Barbie Hsu as Chen Ling (Kashino Rei) and Han Qi Luo (Aso Kira), aired on the Chinese Television System network between 2004 and 2005, and a gloomier dorama you won't find. (But peeps obviously liked it; the series won the Favorite Drama of the Year award at the 40th Annual 2005 Golden Bell Awards.)
Souryo Fuyumi's shoujo manga first serialized in Betsufure and was collected in 15 bound volumes from May 1996 to December 2000. Kodansha reissued it in eight bunko volumes between October 2006 and January 2007. I'm not quite convinced to GET! Mars yet, so will prolly just borrow volume 1 first and see from there.
Other Souryo Fuyumi manga
Before Mars (or its one-volume prequel, Mars Gaiden Namae no nai uma), you prolly ran into "Souryo Fuyumi" from ES, which Level published as Eternal Sabbath (eight volumes; concluded), and her current seinen series, Cesare: Hakai no Sōzōsha, ongoing serialization in Morning (JP volume 9 street date: 2012.04.23; latest Level Cesare: The Creator of Destruction volume 7 released September 2011).
Not yet licensed, I don't think, is Souryo Fuyumi's 33rd Shogakukan Manga Award-winning Boyfriend (10 volumes published in Japan between November 1985 and April 1988; reissued in six bunko volumes in December 1994).
You can find the 13 other titles in Souryo Fuyumi backlist »here.
An old college friend, fearing for his life, asks for Yugo's help. Sure enough, as Yugo is talking with him, the Nagamoto Fund director is shot by a sniper. Who is after the "darling of capitalism"? Could it really be the student carrying a violin case whom Yugo glimpsed just minutes before the shooting?
A trail of vengeance leads Yugo to a woman badly burned in a fire, a yakuza boss and and an insurance investigator.
Yugo in Osaka volume 1 forms half of the fourth Yugo II side story, succeeding Yugo: Shimokita Hantou-hen (published by Level Comics as Yugo - Shimokita Peninsula); Yugo: Kitakyushu Tsushima-hen (Yugo in Tsushima, Kitakyushu); Yugo: Tokyo Tanegashima-hen (Yugo in Tokyo - Tanegashima) and preceding Yugo: Yokohama Yokosuka-hen (two volumes); Yugo: Toyako Summit-hen (two volumes); Yugo: Philippines Oda-Hen (three volumes), Yugo: Taiwan-hen (two volumes as of 2011.10).
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Thanks to Aeon's info, Ikki learns of Rika's condition, and he and his teammates struggle to end the battle as quickly as possible so as to come to Rika's aid. But the advantage is clearly to the opponent. To blunt the other team's edge, Ikki turns to Kilik for some strategic pointers, and the battle between Kogarasumaru—under Kilik's direction—and Sleipnire is on!
Thirty-five Air Gear tankou have been published in Japan as of 16 March 2012.
Nanase is arrested on the strength of Hikawa's suspicions and Ogata's testimony. To prove her innocence, Nanase must delve into her elusive memories for the truth.
The next volume is the Nanase Fire Investigator finale. Aren't you glad?
Other 21 March 2012 highlights
- Fight!! Ippo vol 89 by Morikawa Joji: His suspension over, Mashiba immediately vies for the OPBF title. At first, things seem to be going Mashiba's way, but the champion pulling a fast one on Mashiba neutralizes the challenger's lead. Can the Grim Reaper Mashiba Ryo win the fight on fair play alone?
- K2 vol 11 by Mafune Kazuo: Dr. K's former patient Kawaguchi Seizo persists in fulfilling his war photographer calling. Even after his wife asked Dr. K to try to stop Kawaguchi, he still covers an outbreak of hostilities abroad and is caught in a molotov blast. Can Dr. K save Kawaguchi this time, too?
- New Comic Bomber vol 10 by Shimamoto Kazuhiko: The contest to crown the world's strongest comic artist heats up, and Hono makes it to the finals, despite not understanding how he even made it as a finalist. But that's neither here nor there. Now Hono has to face the mastermind of the contest. Who is he? And why did he hold this ridiculous contest to begin with?
- Zipang vol 12 by Kawaguchi Kaiji: To avoid enemy detection, the Mirai doesn't escort the ship bearing Japanese nationals, but when the vessel comes under fire from an American submarine, will the Mirai continue to hide?
Still not enuf? Here are the other 21 March 2012 manga and manhwa
Elex Media: The Best Skilled Surgeon 7 · Juvenile Remix 9 · Smash! 7 · Arakure: The Wild Ones 4 · Demon Sacred 1 by Itsuki Natsumi · Magical Iroha 3 of 3 · Metal Fight Beyblade 7 · Kariage Kun 48 · Lum, The Invader Girl 34 of 34 · Doraemon Movie: Nobita dan Kelahiran Jepang by Fujiko F. Fujio · The Way of Cat by Iwaoka Hisae · Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 03/2012
[Value sets] Crows Vols. 1–10 and 11–14 · The Little Detective Trickstar Hoshi Vols. 1–7 · My Adorable Fatty Girl Vols. 1–6 · YuYu Hakusho: Ghost Files Vols. 1–10 and 11–19
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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