This week

Manga street datesElex: 9.17 · Level: 9.17 · m&c!: 9.17
Anime (on Animax Asia):
[Season Premiere] Chihayafuru Season 2, 17 September 2014, Wednesday, 10pm WIB (airs Mon – Fri)
The File of Young Kindaichi, 1030pm WIB (Mon – Wed)
Bleach Season 7, weekdays, 630pm WIB
Space Dandy Season 2, Sundays 9pm WIB

3.07.2012

Vampire Knight 8, Ouran High School Host Club 10, Here We Are 15 (Elex Media 7 March 2012 manga) [UPDATED]

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!

ヴァンパイア騎士 8 (JP cover)

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) Yuki, The Unwanted, 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).

Ouran High School Host Club vol 10 of 18
By Hatori Bisco

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.

This here Elex release overflows with shoujo manga goodness (the penultimate Here We Are and Here is Greenwood Deluxe!), but you'll have to scroll down for those previews. Highlighting first —

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.

Elex Media manga and manhwa (2012.03.07)

  1. Aoba Bicycle Shop (Namiki Bashidoori: Aoba Jitenshaten) vol 3 of 20 by Miyao Gaku
  2. Aoba Bicycle Shop 3 (Elex)

    Namiki Bashidoori: Aoba Jitenshaten
    並木橋通りアオバ自転車店
    by Miyao Gaku
    AKA Aoba Bicycle Shop on Namikibashi Street
    Shonen Gahousha Young King, seinen
    Volume 3 first published in Japan 2001.05

    Reissues
    Released in 12 Shonen Gahosha Bunko volumes from 2009.10 to 2010.12

    Related series
    Sequel: Aoba Jitenshaten (19 volumes per 2012.02.29, ongoing)

  3. The Best Skilled Surgeon (Saijou no Meii) vol 6 of 11 by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
  4. The Best Skilled Surgeon 6 (Elex)

    Saijou no Meii最上の命医
    by Irie Kenzo, Hashiguchi Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2009.07

    Related Series
    Sequel: Saijou no Meii - The King of Neet (eight volumes per 2012.02.17, ongoing)

    Adaptations
    A 10-episode live action adaptation aired from January to 14 March 2011 on TV Tokyo, starring Saito Takumi (Mitsurugi Reiji/Miles Edgeworth in Gyakuten Saiban/Ace Attorney) as Saijou Mikoto, Higa Manami as Sena Maria, Jinnai Takanori as Kiryu Sadame, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as Kiryu Ayame and Izumiya Shigeru as Shindo Mamoru.

  5. [Series Premiere] Creating Destiny vol 1 of 2 by Choi SooJeong & Hyun GoWoon
  6. Creating Destiny 1 (Elex)

    Inyeon Mandeulgi인연 만들기
    by Choi SooJeong & Hyun GoWoon
    AKA Making My Destiny
    Seoul Cultural Publishers
    Volume 1 first published in Korea 2010.02

    Adaptations
    The 31-episode live-action Inyeon Mandeulgi (Creating Destiny/Making Fate) drama broadcast on MBC from October 2009 to January 2010, starring 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.

  7. [Series Premiere] Eyes for Photography (Hitomi no Photograph) vol 1 of 3+ by GUNP (Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami)
  8. Eyes for Photography 1 (Elex)

    Hitomi no Photograph Their fresh photograph life瞳のフォトグラフ Their fresh photograph life
    by GUNP (Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami)
    Softbank Creative Flex Comix Blood, shounen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.05

  9. Here is Greenwood vol 5 of 6 Deluxe (Koko wa Greenwood [Bunko]) by Nasu Yukie
  10. Here is Greenwood 5 Deluxe (Elex)

    Koko wa Greenwood
    ここはグリーン・ウッド (白泉社文庫)
    by Nasu Yukie
    Hakusensha Bessatsu Hana to Yume and Hana to Yume, shoujo
    Bunko volume 5 first published in Japan 2001.06

    Other languages
    English Here is Greenwood (VIZ Media, nine volumes)

    Adaptations
    A six-episode anime OAV starring seiyuu Sasaki Nozomu (Hasukawa Kazuya), Sakamoto Chika (Kisaragi Shun), Iwata Mitsuo (Ikeda Mitsuru) and Seki Toshihiko (Tezuka Shinobu) released in Japan between November 1991 and March 1993. A 13-episode live-action renzoku aired on Tokyo MX from July to September 2008 (Cast: Izawa Yuki, Suzuki Hiroki, Miura Riki and Sato Yuuichi)

  11. Here we are (Bokura ga Ita) vol 15 of 16 by Obata Yuuki
  12. Here we are 15 (Elex)

    Bokura ga Ita僕等がいた」 by Obata Yuuki
    Shogakukan Betsucomi, shoujo
    Volume 15 first published in Japan 2011.06

    Awards
    Winner, 50th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shoujo category (tied with Ashihara Hinako's Sand's Chronicle)

    Other languages
    English We Were There (VIZ Media: 13 volumes per 2011.11 • volume 14 street date: 2012.05.01), French (Soleil: C'était Nous Tome 15 per 2012.02.08), German (EMA: Bokura ga Ita Band 14 shipped 2011.12.08 • Band 15 street date: 2012.09), Spanish (Editorial Ivrea Spain and Argentina), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 我們的存在 volume 14 per 2011.05).

    Adaptations
    ArtLand's 26-episode anime adaptation starring seiyuu Sasaki Nozomi (Takahashi Nanami), Yazaki Hiroshi (Yano Motoharu), Kawakubo Takuji (Takeuchi Masafumi) and Nakayama Erina (Yamamoto Yuri) aired between July and December 2006 in Japan.

    The two-part live-action film adaptation directed by Miki Takahiru and starring Ikuta Toma as Yano Motoharu and Yoshitaka Yuriko as Takahashi Nanami is scheduled for Japanese cinema premiere on 17 March 2012 (Part 1) and 21 April 2012 (Part 2).

    At least one light novel has been released: Bokura ga Ita - Kimi ga Ita Kisetsu - by Takase Yunoka & Obata Yuuki (Flower Comics Lululu Novels, 2010.08)

    Related
    Bokuga ga Ita Koushiki Fan Book (2005.11), Obata Yuuki Bokura ga Ita Postcard Book (2007.12), Bokura ga Ita Obata Yuuki Sakuhinshu (Flower Comics Special) (2010.08)

    Movie tie-in: Bokura ga Ita film novelization: Bokura ga Ita Tokyo-hen - Unmei - and Bokura ga Ita Kushiro-hen - Deai - by Miyazawa Miyuki, Obata Yuki, Yoshida Tomoko, Miki Takahiro (Shogakukan Junior Cinema Bunko: double-launch: 2012.02.22); another film novelization: Bokura ga Ita (Shogakukan Bunko) by Takase Yunoka, Obata Yuki, Yoshida Tomoko (Shogakukan Bunko: 2012.02.22); the Bokura ga Ita Koushiki Guidebook - Love to Infinity - (Flower Comics Special: 2012.02.24) and three commemorative special edition releases: Special Bokura ga Ita Eiga Kōkai Kinen Special-ban (Flower Comics Special triple-launch: 2012.03.02)

  13. Kungfu Boy vol 10 of 18 Premium (Tekken Chinmi [Bunko]) by Maekawa Takeshi
  14. Kungfu Boy 10 Premium (Elex)

    Tekken Chinmi
    鉄拳チンミ (講談社漫画文庫)
    by Maekawa Takeshi
    AKA Ironfist Chinmi
    Kodansha Manga Bunko, shounen
    Bunko volume 10 first published in Japan 2002.11

    Awards
    1987 Kodansha Manga Awardee for the Shounen Category

    Related series
    Sequels: Shin Tekken Chinmi AKA New Kungfu Boy (20 volumes), Tekken Chinmi Legends or Kungfu Boy Legends (volume 13 street date: 2012.03.16 (Japan); serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz, ongoing) and side story Tekken Chinmi Gaiden (3 volumes per 2010.04; serialized in Shonen Magz; Volume 3: Chinmi Other Story: Chinmi & Shie Fan published by Elex Media in 2011.06)

  15. Lum, The Invader Girl (Urusei Yatsura) vol 33 of 34 by Takahashi Rumiko
  16. Lum, The Invader Girl 33 (Elex)

    Urusei Yatsura新装版 うる星やつら
    by Takahashi Rumiko
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    New edition (shinsoban) volume 33 released in Japan 2008.03

    Awards
    Winner, 26th Shogakukan Manga Awards, Shounen/Shoujo category

    Other languages
    English (VIZ Media), French and Spanish (Glenat)

    Adaptations
    A 195 episode-anime adaptation by Kitty Films, starring seiyuu Hirano Fumi (Lum) and Furukawa Toshio (Moroboshi Ataru), that aired from October 1981 through March 1986 on Fuji TV, 11 OAVs and six theatrical movies.

  17. Magical Iroha (Mahou no Iroha!) vol 2 of 3 by Inoue Kazurou
  18. Magical Iroha 2 (Elex)

    Mahou no Iroha!魔法のいろは!
    by Inoue Kazurou
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday Super, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2010.09

    Serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (concluded)

  19. Mixim 11 vol 8 of 12 by Anzai Nobuyuki
  20. Mixim 11 vol 8 (Elex)

    MIXIM 11MIXIM☆11
    by Anzai Nobuyuki
    AKA MiXiM♀12
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 8 first published in 2010.06

    Other languages
    English Mixim 11 (Chuang Yi: volume 5 released 2010.05)

  21. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) vol 10 of 18 by Hatori Bisco
  22. Ouran High School Host Club 10 (Elex)

    Ouran Koukou Host Club桜蘭高校ホスト部
    by Hatori Bisco
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 10 (chapters 41–46 and Egoistic Club) first published in Japan 2007.04

    Other languages/serializations
    Formerly serialized in the Indonesian HanaLaLa (discontinued)
    English Ouran High School Host Club (VIZ Media: 17 volumes as of 2011.12 • volume 18 street date: 2012.06.05 and Chuang Yi Singapore: 18 volumes per 2011.09), simplified Chinese (also by Chuang Yi: 樱兰高校男公关部 #17 released 2011.01), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 櫻蘭高校男公關部 18 as of 2011.08), French and Spanish (Panini Comics; Marvel Panini France Host Club: Le lycée de la séduction Tome 18 shipped 2012.02.08), German (Carlsen Comics: Band 18 released 2012.01.30), Polish (Japonica Polonica Fantastica/JPF)

    Adaptations
    BONES' 26-episode anime adaptation aired in Japan from April through September 2006, preceded by a mail-order only Host Club anime DVD from LaLa. The anime starred seiyuu Sakamoto Maaya (Fujioka Haruhi), Miyano Mamoru (Suou Tamaki), Matsukaze Masaya (Ootori Kyouya), Suzumura Kenichi and Fujita Yoshinori (twins Hitachiin Hikaru and Kaoru), Saito Ayaka (Haninozuka Mitsukuni) and Kirii Daisuke (Morinozuka Takashi). The cast reprised their roles in two anime drama CDs and a CD compile of fan favorite manga quotes to celebrate the manga finale in 2010.

    Three pre-anime audio dramas (2003 vintage) featured different actors: Hisakawa Aya (Haruhi), Midorikawa Hikaru (Tamaki), Suwabe Junichi (Kyouya), Hoshi Souichirou (Hikaru), Ohtani Ikue (Hani-senpai) and Tsuda Kenjirou (Mori-senpai). Suzumura Kenichi (Hikaru in the anime) portrayed Hitachiin Kaoru. The audio-only ensemble also recorded dramas for the LaLa 28th Anniversary LaLa Memorial Drama CD and LaLa 29th Anniversary LaLa Kirameki Drama CD.

    Later LaLa furoku audio dramas featured the anime cast: LaLa Gorgeous Drama CD (November 2006 issue), LaLa Treasure Drama CD (October 2007), LaLa Premium Drama CD (May 2008), LaLa Excellent Drama CD (November 2008). [Info from For Richer or Poorer, an Ouran High School Host Club fansite]

    The 11-episode live-action Ouran High School Host Club aired from 22 July to 30 September 2011 on TBS starring Kawaguchi Haruna (Haruhi), Yamamoto Yusuke (Tamaki), Daito Shunsuke (Kyouya), Nakamura Masaya (Mori-senpai), Chiba Yudai (Hani-senpai), Takagi Shinpei (Hikaru) and Takagi Manpei (Kaoru). A live-action movie is expected to cap the TV series (theatrical release in 17 March 2012).

    An Ouran High School Host Club PlayStation 2 visual novel, featuring four new characters, was released in April 2007 by Idea Factory. A Nintendo DS port of the game shipped March 2009.

  23. Rinne (Kyoukai no Rinne) vol 7 of 11+ by Takahashi Rumiko
  24. Rinne 7 (Elex)

    Kyoukai no Rinne境界のRINNE
    by Takahashi Rumiko
    AKA Circle of Reincarnation Rinne
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 7 (chapters 59–68) first published in Japan 2011.03

    Other languages/serializations
    English Rin-ne (VIZ Media: eight volumes as of 2012.03.06 • volume 9 street date: 2012.07.03; serialized in ShonenSunday.com) and Chuang Yi: volume 6 per 2011.11), French (Kazé Editions: Tome 7 per 2011.10), German (EMA: Kyokai no RINNE Band 7 shipped 2012.03) and traditional Chinese (Sharp Point Press: 境界之輪迴 8 released 2011.12)

  25. School Rumble vol 14 of 22 by Kobayashi Jin
  26. School Rumble 14 (Elex)

    School RumbleSchool Rumble
    by Kobayashi Jin
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 14 (chapters 165–178 and ♭37–38) first published in Japan 2006.09

    Serializations/Other languages
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing)
    English School Rumble (Del Rey: volume 14/15/16 released 2010.07), French (Pika Édition: Tome 22 shipped 2011.11); Spanish (Norma Editorial), German (Egmont Manga & Anime; from volume 19 onwards), Swedish (Schibsted Förlagen Sverige AB; serialized in Manga Mania) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 校園迷糊大王 22 released 2008.11)

    Related
    School Rumble Z (sequel, one volume)

    The series also has four guidebooks: School Rumble: Private File (published 2004.03), School Rumble: Official File (2004.11), School Rumble: Pleasure File (2006.09) and School Rumble: Treasure File (2006.03)

    Adaptations
    The 26-episode anime adaptation by Studio Comet aired in Japan from October 2004 to March 2005, followed by the second season School Rumble Nigakki in 2006. Two OAVs (School Rumble Ichigakki Hoshū and School Rumble Sangakki) were released in 2005.12 and 2008 respectively. The School Rumble: Third Semester episodes, were bundled with the Japanese manga volumes 21 (2008.07) and 22 (2008.09).

    At least two novels: School Rumble: Koi, Shirisomeshi koro ni and School Rumble: Me wa Megalodon no Me, written by Tokita Hiroko and illustrated by Kobayashi Jin, published in April 2004 and December 2007 respectively.

  27. Slam Dunk Deluxe (Slam Dunk Kanzenban) vol 5 of 24 by Inoue Takehiko
  28. Slam Dunk Deluxe 5 (Elex)

    Slam Dunk (Kanzenban)
    SLAM DUNK 完全版
    by Inoue Takehiko
    Shueisha Jump Comics Deluxe, shounen
    Kanzenban volume 5 first published in Japan 2001.05

    Related series
    Slam Dunk tankoubon (31 volumes, originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump
    Kaede Purple (1998 one-shot Slam Dunk alternate story)

    Awards
    Winner, 40th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the Shounen category

    Other languages (Tankoubon release)
    Indonesian (Elex Media, 31 volumes), English Slam Dunk (Gutsoon! Entertainment [2003-2004; Dropped]; VIZ Media: from 2008 - 20 volumes per 2012.02.07 • volume 21 street date: 2012.04.03; and Chuang Yi Singapore: 31 volumes; and Summit Media Publishing Philippines), French (Kana: 31 volumes), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa and Grupo Editorial Vid México), German (Planet Manga), Portuguese (Conrad Brazil), traditional Chinese (Da Ran Culture Enterprise Co., Ltd. (forfeited); Sharp Point Press Taiwan)

    Adaptations
    Toei Animation's 101-episode anime TV series adapting manga volumes 1-22 aired from October 1993 to March 1996 in Japan, starring seiyuu Kusao Takeshi (Sakuragi Hanamichi), Hiramatsu Akiko (Akagi Haruko), Midorikawa Hikaru (Rukawa Kaede), Yanada Kiyoyuki (Akagi Takenori), Okiayu Ryotaro (Mitsui Hisashi) and Shioya Yoku (Miyagi Ryouta). At least five anime film sequels were also produced: Slam Dunk (Japan premiere: 1994.03.12), Slam Dunk: Zenkoku Seiha da! Sakuragi Hanamichi (1994.07.09), Slam Dunk: Shōhoku Saidai no Kiki! Moero Sakuragi Hanamichi (1995.03.04) and Slam Dunk: Hoero Basketman Tamashii! Hanamichi to Rukawa no Atsuki Natsu (1995.07.15)

  29. Tokkyu! vol 16 of 20 by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
  30. Tokkyu! 16 (Elex)

    Tokkyu!!トッキュー!!
    by Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 16 first published in Japan 2007.09

    Reissues
    Seven bunko volume rereleased from 2010.01 to 2010.07

    Serializations
    Indonesian Shonen Magz (ongoing)

  31. Vampire Knight vol 8 of 15+ by Hino Matsuri
  32. Vampire Knight 8 (Elex)

    Vampire Knightヴァンパイア騎士
    by Hino Matsuri
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 8 (chapters 35–38 + two bonus stories) first published in Japan 2008.10

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian HanaLaLa until Thirty Third Night: The Pure Blood Vampire's Lover
    English Vampire Knight (VIZ Media: 13 volumes as of 2011.10 • volume 14 street date: 2012.07.03 and Chuang Yi: volume 14 released 2011.08), simplified Chinese (Chuang Yi: 吸血鬼骑士 #14 per 2011.09), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory: 吸血鬼騎士 14 shipped 2011.08), Italian and Portuguese (Panini Comics), French (Marvel Panini France Tome 14 shipped 2011.11), German (Carlsen Comics Vampire Knight Band 12 released 2011.11; Band 13 street date: 2012.04.30; serialized in Daisuki)

    Adaptations
    Studio DEEN's 13+13-episode anime adaptation, starring seiyuu Horie Yui (Cross Yuki), Miyano Mamoru (Kiriyu Zero) and Kishio Daisuke (Kuran Kaname), aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from April through July 2008 (first season) and October through December 2008 (second season as Vampire Knight Guilty). The anime spanned manga chapters 1 through 46.

    Two drama CDs preceded the TV series. The first was Track 2 of the LaLa Kirameki Drama CD, produced for LaLa's 29th anniversary and given away as a freebie with the magazine's September 2005 issue. The second Vampire Knight Midnight CD-Pack (LaLa Oubosa Zenin Service CD Vampire Knight (Midnight CD Pack)) was exclusively released for mail order in 2006. The drama CDs feature the same cast as the anime's, with the exception of characters Headmaster Cross Kaien (Koyasu Takehito in the drama; VK anime sound director Gôda Hozumi in the anime), Hio Shizuka (Sonoda Keiko in the drama; Orikasa Fumiko in the anime) and Sayori Wakaba (Ueda Kana in the drama; Mizuno Risa in the anime).

    Related
    Two Hino Matsuri-illustrated light novels were written by Fujisaki Ayuna. The Vampire Knight: Ice Blue no Tsumi and Vampire Knight: Noir no Wana side stories released in Japan 2008.04.05 and 2008.10.03 respectively. Chuang Yi published the first novel in English as Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin in July 2010. Marvel Panini France's Vampire Knight: Coeur de glace also shipped the same month. Carlsen published the German version as Vampire Knight: Eisblaues Verbrechen in November 2009, following that up with the second Noir's Trap novel (retitled Vampire Knight: Tiefschwarzer Hinterhalt) in May 2010.

    The official fanbook, Vampire Knight Fanbook: Cross, containing character and story information and details from Hino-sensei's storyboard, was published in November 2008 in Japan. (German Vampire Knight: X Official Fanbook released by Carlsen; VIZ Media launched the Vampire Knight Official Fanbook in October 2010.)

    The Vampire Knight artbook 「樋野まつりイラストレーションズ-ヴァンパイア騎士(ナイト)-」 streeted concurrently with volume 12 in Japan (2010.07.05).

  33. [Series Premiere] Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima (Enoshima Waikiki Shokudou) vol 1 of 3+ by Okai Haruko
  34. Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima 1 (Elex)

    Enoshima Waikiki Shokudou
    江の島ワイキキ食堂
    by Okai Haruko
    Shonen Gahosha Neko Panchi, josei
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2009.10

  35. Yakitate!! Japan vol 26 of 26 by Hashiguchi Takashi [Finale]
  36. Yakitate!! Japan 26 (Elex)

    Yakitate!! Japan焼きたて!!ジャぱん
    by Hashiguchi Takashi
    Shogakukan Shonen Sunday, shounen
    Volume 26 (chapters 232–242) first published in Japan 2007.04

    Awards
    Best Shounen Manga, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards (tied with Arakawa Hiromu's Fullmetal Alchemist)

    Other languages/serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (concluded)
    English Yakitate!! Japan (VIZ Media: 26 volumes per 2011.04), French (Delcourt/Akata; Yakitate Ja-Pan !! un pain c'est tout Tome 26 per 2010.01), Spanish (Editorial Ivréa Spain), German (EMA) and traditional Chinese (Tong Li: 新鮮出爐﹗日式麵包王 26 released 2007.06)

    Adaptations
    Sunrise's 69-episode anime adaptation starring seiyuu Kobayashi Yumiko as Azuma Kazuma aired from October 2004 to March 2006 on TV Tokyo.

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Postponed titles/New street date
Topeng Kaca vol 22 Deluxe by Miuchi Suzue: postponed to 7 April 2012

Mangazines (2012.03.07)

  • 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 Links like this 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.

Eyes for Photography vol 1 of 3+
By GUNP (Mori Kohichiro × Sakura Akami)

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.

Waikiki Restaurant in Enoshima vol 1 of 3+
By Okai Haruko

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...

Nyaaan~?!

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).

Featured series

The Best Skilled Surgeon vol 6 of 11
By Irie Kenzo & Hashiguchi Takashi

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...

Here is Greenwood vol 5 of 6 Deluxe
By Nasu Yukie

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.

Here We Are vol 15 of 16
By Obata Yuuki

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).

Kungfu Boy vol 10 of 18 Premium
By Maekawa Takeshi

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.

Rinne vol 7 of 11+
By Takahashi Rumiko

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, Bakeneko, The House Where Ghosts Don't Tread, Expired, The Horticulture Club Incident and How The Curse Was Cast. [*NOT Elex chapter titles]

School Rumble vol 14 of 22
By Kobayashi Jin

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:
165. Aspen Extreme
166. Love on the Run
167. Love at Large
168. Stakeout
169. Gigi
170. The Next Best Thing
171. An Officer and a Gentlemen
172. Lo Straniero
173. Sayuri
174. The Invinsible Circus
175. The Thing
176. Sin City
177. Out on a Limb
178. The Replacements
♭37. My Funny Valentine
♭38. Stacy's Knights
[*NOT Elex chapter titles]

Tokkyu! vol 16 of 20
By Komori Yoichi & Kubo Mitsuro

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

Shonen Star 04/2012 - Front cover: Sushi Chef Tsukasa

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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