Laid low with flu, so you might have to settle for just the shopping list this week, sawry. (I'll try my best to fill in the NikBabble™ when I feel better...)
Update: (Belated) NikBabble™, Incoming!
Vampire Knight © Hino Matsuri/Hakusensha
[Serialized in LaLa]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media
Yuki wanders inside a bloody nightmare when Kaname sinks his fangs into her throat... The veil over her memory lifts and the truth about Kaname—and Yuki's parents—is laid bare. Shocked, Zero points his gun at those he considers foe...
Zero can't afford to drop his guard, not when someone wants to put HIM away...for good. Meanwhile, not far, Lord Rido sets the wheels that bode Cross Academy's destruction in motion... [Additions from Marvel Panini France's Vampire Knight, Tome 8– and Chuang Yi's Vampire Knight Vol.8 synopses]
Vampire Knight volume 8 compiles 35th to 38th Nights (chapters)
Like a Sin and
Conspiracy, as well as two bonus stories
The Scarlet Cherry Blossoms Scattered Quietly and
The Secret I Don't Know. [*NOT Elex chapter titles]
The latest VK chapter compiled in tankoubon is 73rd Night:
The Relationship with Zero collected in volume 15 (JP release: 2011.12.05).
Haruhi's dad's friend Misuzu unexpectedly asks Haruhi a favor: keep Misuzu's problematic daughter Mei-chan company (and out of trouble). So at start of summer vacation off they go—the Ouran Host Club boys (Tamaki!) dogging their footsteps. Where else can they end up but in a karaoke?!
Host King Tamaki radiates pheromones and goodwill per usual, melting the ♡ of even rebel (without a cause) Mei-chan. So much lurve is in the air that Mei-chan asks Haruhi to matchmake her with... Meanwhile,
Reiko Kanazuki, the Black Magic Club Queen of Curses, has a new mission to hex the bejeezus out of the dashing Host Club gentleman who is stole her soul? Who could be so lucky?! asks Chuang Yi's Ouran High Host Club Vol.10 preview.
Ouran High School Host Club volume 10 collects chapters 41–46 and the
Egoistic Club extra. Ouran Koukou Host Club ended with volume 18, released in Japan on 5 April 2011.
New Elex titles
Elex launches Creating Destiny, the two-volume romance manhwa adapted into K-drama starring RL husband and wife Eugene and Ki Tae Young; the shounen shoujo-ai Eyes for Photography and a new cat manga Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima ex-Neko Panchi, the same mangazine that brings/brought you Kome si Belang, Manekineko Real Estate, Vitamin Cat, A Tale of The Cat Painter, Meat Q Family and Shinagawa Cat Story. [Continued...]
Mangazines: Shonen Star Issue 04/2012
The latest Shonen Star premieres Sushi Chef Tsukasa, Kaga Mitsuru & Kato Hirofumi's ongoing Shonen Sunday serial Osumoji! - Tsukasa no Ikkan. The lowdown after the release list.
- Aoba Bicycle Shop (Namiki Bashidoori: Aoba Jitenshaten) vol 3 of 20 by Miyao Gaku
- The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) vol 6 of 11 by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
- [Series Premiere] Creating Destiny vol 1 of 2 by Choi SooJeong & Hyun GoWoon
- [Series Premiere] Eyes for Photography (Hitomi no Photograph) vol 1 of 3+ by GUNP (Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami)
- Here is Greenwood vol 5 of 6 Deluxe (Koko wa Greenwood [Bunko]) by Nasu Yukie
- Here we are (Bokura ga Ita) vol 15 of 16 by Obata Yuuki
- Kungfu Boy vol 10 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi
- Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) vol 33 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
- Magical Iroha (Mahou no Iroha!) vol 2 of 3 by Inoue Kazurou
- Mixim 11 vol 8 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
- Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) vol 10 of 18 by Hatori Bisco
- Rinne (Kyoukai no Rinne) vol 7 of 11+ by Takahashi Rumiko
- School Rumble vol 14 of 22 by Kobayashi Jin
- Slam Dunk Deluxe (Slam Dunk Kanzenban) vol 5 of 24 by Inoue Takehiko
- Tokkyu! vol 16 of 20 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
- Vampire Knight vol 8 of 15+ by Hino Matsuri
- [Series Premiere] Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima (Enoshima Waikiki Shokudou) vol 1 of 3+ by Okai Haruko
- Yakitate!! Japan vol 26 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi [Finale]
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Postponed titles/New street date
Topeng Kaca vol 22 Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue: postponed to 7 April 2012
- Shonen Star Issue 04/2012 (Indonesian Shonen Sunday)
¹ Sources: Elex STO 7 March 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia Shop (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All GN are priced at IDR 16,500 each except manhwa Creating Destiny 1 (IDR 18,500/volume); Slam Dunk Deluxe 5 (IDR 20,000); and Here is Greenwood 5 Deluxe and Kungfu Boy 10 Premium (IDR 24,000 each). Shonen Star Issue 04/2012 retails for IDR 30,000/issue.
³ are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
New Elex titles - continued
Creating Destiny vol 1 of 2
By Choi SooJeong & Hyun GoWoon
Sang Eun was minding her own business in Australia when suddenly, she's summoned home to Korea to meet her husband-to-be. Daddy totally disapproves of Sang Eun marrying her Caucasian boyfriend and pairs her up with his own pick, Yeo Jun. Yeo Jun doesn't want to wed Sang Eun either, so the two hatch up a plan to foil their ‘forced marriage.’
As noted above, Creating Destiny was adapted into a K-drama starring real life wife and husband Eugene (Princess Hwapyung in Princess Hwapyung's Weight Loss) as Han Sang Eun and husband Ki Tae Young (Choi Shin Hyung, Live in Style) as Kim Yeo Joon.
DramaWiki tells me that the live-action or the manhwa (or both) adapts romance author Hyun GoWoon's Creating Destiny novels 인연 찾기 (Finding Destiny) and 운명 사랑하기 (To Love Destiny) first published in Korea in September 2009. If you're interested in other works by Hyun GoWoon and/or artist Choi SooJeong (and can read Korean), go »here and »here.
Haruka just transferred schools. She decides to keep a diary and fill it with photographs depicting daily life. Thanks to her new hobby, she's invited to join the photography club. Together with her new friends, Haruka begins to see a different world.
I already warned you above that this
Bishoujo cameraman-tachi shounen manga has
shoujo ai written all over it.
Eyes for Photography—or Hitomi no Photograph Their fresh photograph life to give it its original title—serializes in Softbank Creative's Flex Comix Blood. Three Flex Comix volumes have been published as of June 2010.
Other GUNP (Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami) manga
GUNP/Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami's backlist consists only of Hitomi no Photograph and the First Kiss shoujo ai one-shot that first appeared in Rice River Comics' Comic Lily. Before that, Mori Kohichiro contributed to the Lucky Star doujinshi Brilliant Star in 2009. He is also credited for the CHAOS;HEAD Love Chu☆Chu! manga (two Famitsu Clear Comics volumes from 2011.03 to 2011.12) based on the romantic comedy visual novel of the same name.
Odori is a cat that calls the Waikiki restaurant on Enoshima home. Unlike other cats, Odori is fluent in human-speak and can't stand how oblivious her (his?) master is, especially of girls, one of whom likes him. Odori tries his/her paws at matchmaking, all the while keeping mouth shut and secret ability hidden. Unfortunately, the girl in question, Hikaru, suspects that Odori's not your average cat...
Okai Haruko's Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima is Elex's latest cat manga series after those I already mentioned Above the Cat. I mean, Cut. Three Enoshima Waikiki Shokudou volumes have been compiled between October 2009 and July 2011. The fourth Neko Panchi Comics volume streets on 12th March.
Other Okai Haruko manga
Enoshima Waikiki Shokudou represents Okai Haruko's latest series, but before this s/he illustrated several Kodansha Dessert manga, among them, Shashin no Kamisama, the shoujo romance written by Yamazaki Yumi (Dessert KC tankou: 2007.05); Winter Song, a josei shoujo ai romance, vintage 2006 (Dessert KC 2006.11) and the shoujo, shoujo ai, slice of life tragedy Hyakuoku Nengo no Kimi no Koe mo written by Akiyama Maiko (Dessert KC 2004.11).
S/he is solo credited for Hashire Okusan!! first serialized in Dessert (Dessert KC: 2003.02).
Chairman Taira requests Saijo to handle the grandchild of his ex-fiancée. Saijo agrees, little knowing it's actually a test of his skills. At any rate, Saijo passes. However, a conspiracy to overthrow the commissioner gains ground...
An unknown woman forces her way into Greenwood dorm and only later is her identity revealed: she's Mitsuru's junior from middle school. Sniffing something fishy, Kazuya eavesdrops on Mitsuru's convo with the surprise guest.
When Nanami discovers that Yuri and Yano are living together, she decides to leave without trying to learn more. Yano then speaks of the past, and begs Nanami to reconsider, prompting Nanami to part with Takeuchi. Later, Takeuchi and Yano go on a fishing trip; after throwing his engagement ring into the sea, Takeuchi tells Yano, "Nanami is drowning."
I would ask: "What did Takeuchi mean?" except I'm already tired of the Bokura ga Ita drama. Still, I'll prolly GET! the penultimate Here we are...when the finale comes out :P Hopefully that won't take another year reckoned from volume 16's Japan street date (2012.03.26) or from the Bokura ga Ita movie Part 2's cinema premiere (2012.04.21).
Chinmi arrives in Keirin, where a temple that teaches doctrines similar to Dairin Temple's is located. Almost all the town residents believe in The Way of Happiness propounded by the Keirin temple's head Yumari — who can heal 10,000 sicknesses using a special “efficacious” incense. However, something's suspect about those supposedly healed: they recover, only to die suddenly shortly after.
Sakura calls on Rinne to rid her house of spirits that have mysteriously moved in. Rinne can't be happier at the invite, but Jumonji and Ageha also show up. How will this ghost-busting go?
In this latest Rinne tankou, aside from guiding lost souls congregating in the Mamiya house to the hereafter, our Shinigami Rinne also faces problems ranging from ghost cats and...cursed sweet potato fields?!
Rinne volume 7 collects chapters 59 through 68:
The Summer Festival Mystery,
The Teddy Bear Memory,
Welcome To Nirvana House!,
The Spirit Way Stone,
The Voices from the Shrine,
The House Where Ghosts Don't Tread,
The Horticulture Club Incident and
How The Curse Was Cast. [*NOT Elex chapter titles]
KUTAPANDA!!! A strange creature named KUTAPANDA appears! What is it!? A panda from Kuta beach or something???
School Rumble 14 collects these chapters and side stories:
Love on the Run
Love at Large
The Next Best Thing
An Officer and a Gentlemen
The Invinsible Circus
Out on a Limb
My Funny Valentine
[*NOT Elex chapter titles]
A passenger remains unaccounted for from a cargo ship that sank 2.5 kilometers off the coast of Atami. Chances are high that the missing person remains on the ship — and even higher that he is no longer alive. Tokkyu's mission: to search and retrieve the body.
Yakitate!! Japan vol 26 of 26
By Hashiguchi Takashi
The ultimate showdown! Can Azuma perfect his true Ja-pan and save the planet!?
Check out this last Yakitate!! Japan, capped by Kawachi's final
Nan'yate!? (chapter 242).
Other 7 March 2012 highlights
- Aoba Bicycle Shop vol 3 by Miyao Gaku: Habu Kaori is a dedicated career woman dubbed ‘Viper’ by her subordinates. Who would've thought that the workaholic cherishes dreams of one day being swept off her feet by a prince?
- Lum, The Invader Girl vol 33 by Takahashi Rumiko: Bunny man Inaba asks Shinobu to be his girlfriend. Shinobu is touched by his sincerity, but ends up broken-hearted after learning that Inaba is only after someone to help him in the upcoming level up test. Whether out of pity or whatever, Shinobu agrees to partner up, and finds out that the challenges ahead aren't as simple as she first thought.
- Magical Iroha vol 2 by Inoue Kazurou: To safeguard Naoki's neck and guarantee that he lives to see a future, Iroha works hard to ensure that he lives a healthy and cheery life. The problem: Naoki has been contaminated with worldly thoughts from the beginning. What's worse, Naoki's son returns to the past to execute Naoki. Naoki and Iroha, PINCH!
- Mixim 11 vol 8 by Anzai Nobuyuki: The battle against the 12 Penances reaches its climax. Even the two Nova Ichimatsu invokes can't take down Zero. Only Lucky Leo's Nova remains. What will Ichimatsu do? And what about Takezo, Koume, Momoko, Nero and Juzo?
- Slam Dunk Deluxe vol 5 by Inoue Takehiko: Miyagi Ryota is discharged from the hospital after recovering from injuries sustained in a fight, and returns to Shohoku's basketball club. But his opponent Mitsui is not about to let matters rest, and his gang recommences harassment. What will Sakuragi do to uphold peace and protect his all-important club?
Mangazines - continued
Shonen Star Issue 04/2012 ☆ Sushi Chef Tsukasa premieres
Osumoji! - Tsukasa no Ikkan
© Kaga Mitsuru, Kato Hirofumi
Shogakukan [Shonen Sunday]
Another new title in Shonen Star, this one about sushi—and reverse traps. Yum.
Out-of-work Hisashi gets dumped for another man who turns out to be a famous chef. Propelled by revenge (and dwindling funds), Hisashi applies as a sushi chef at Tsukasa's sushi-ya, only to find that his sushi chef boss is a girl disguised as a man. Moreover, preparing sushi proves more difficult than Hisashi thought!
Why does Tsukasa pose as a man? Find out in Kaga Mitsuru- & Kato Hirofumi's gender bender, slice of life comedy Sushi Chef Tsukasa.
Osumoji! - Tsukasa no Ikkan serializes in Shonen Sunday; the first tankou was published in August 2011, the second following four months after. Volume 3 is slated to street in Japan this 16th of March.
Other Kaga Mitsuru & Kato Hirofumi manga
Osumoji! - Tsukasa no Ikkan appears to be Kato Hirofumi's debut series, but Kaga Mitsuru is also credited with Gamble!, the psychological shounen manga first serialized in Shonen Sunday in 2007 (11 Shonen Sunday Comics volumes published between 2007.07 and 2009.06) and Gambler!, the ongoing psychological seinen manga about the
Legend of crackerjack gambler exploring the devilishness of the mah-jong world that debuted in Takeshobo's Kindai Mahjong magazine in 2010 (two Kindai Mahjong Comics volumes published as of 2011.10).
Other Shonen Sunday manga serializing:
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
Defense Devil by Youn InWan & Yang KyungIl
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: Defense Devil volume 6, My First Mr. Akuno 7 and Wild Life 21 (2012.02.08 release), Kekkaishi 12 (per 2012.02.01) and Detektif Conan 65 and Dr. Koto 9 (1.04).
Still not enuf? Here are the other 7 March 2012 manga and manhwa
Level Comics: The Black Swindler 16 · Magister Negi Magi 30 · Haruka 17 vol 16 · Devil Devil 9 · A Spirit of the Sun 14 · Gun Smith Cats Burst 4 · Over Rev 22 · Ranko the Governor 3 · Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express · Petualangan Spirou & Fantasio: Tembo Tabou
m&c!: Psychic Detective Yakumo: The Alternate Story 1 by Oda Suzuka & Kaminaga Manabu · Erementar Gerad 4 · Gamaran 4 · Goong [Palace Story] 24 · Idol's Love Story 12 · My Kingdom 5 · Crazy Girl Shin Bia 10 · Long Hu Men: The Next Battle 6 | Reprints: Don't Fall Before Bloom vols 1–2 of 2 by Washio Mie · Dream Kirakirado by Mizuto Aqua · Don't Let Me Awake If This Is a Dream by YASUKO · Fun Fan Princess by Kitamura Yuuka · My Medicine by Takamiya Satoru
Iamque opus exegi,
~Niki C. DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
Mistress of Adoxography
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