World Embryo 1 by Moriyama Daisuke, Dr. Koto 10, Blooming Youth 12 of 12 (Elex Media 4 April 2012 manga)

Comic prices have gone up↑ as of April 2012, so what used to cost IDR 16,500 now retails for IDR 17,500 apiece. And that premiering World Embryo? Goes for IDR 20,000/volume.

World Embryo 1 (Elex Media)

World Embryo © Moriyama Daisuke/Shonen Gahosha
[Serialized in Young King Ours]
Published in Indonesia by Elex Media

A lethal virus ravages the planet, turning humans into monsters called Kanshu. Only FLAG, an organization created to trace the source and eliminate the contagion, knows about the Kanshu; FLAG members, possessed of special powers, are the only ones capable of exterminating the fiends.

Ordinary student Amami Riku receives a message from a dead relative Amane, which drops him smack in the middle of the FLAG–Kanshu conflict and leads him to a child born from a cocoon who would change his life...

Unique premise and loads of action and mystery! goes Elex's thumbs up of Moriyama Daisuke's supernatural seinen series World Embryo. The ongoing manga featuring Character Growth, Liar, Monsters, Special Abilities, Angst, Babies, Romantic Subplot, Teamwork, Antihero/Heroine, Unique Infected Protagonist (Baka-Updates users' categories for this title) serializes in Young King Ours and its ninth tankou streeted in Japan 7 March 2012.

Before the advent of World Embryo, you prolly already knew the name "Moriyama Daisuke" from the manga (or anime) Chrno Crusade, originally published by Kadokawa Shoten Dragon Comics and reissued—all eight volumes of it—by Shonen Gahosha's YK Comics in 2010. (Wish someone would reissue the series here; the—Pentamedia?—version I have is incomplete.) Other titles credited to Moriyama Daisuke-sensei are the one-volume Mousou Kikou - Adolescence Avatar published by ASCII Media Works in January 2012 and Koko ni Iru Suiren Moriyama Daisuke Tanpenshuu, a collection of short stories released by Kadokawa in September 2002.

Elex Media manga (2012.04.04)

  1. Blooming Youth (Hanasakeru Seishounen) vol 12 of 12 by Itsuki Natsumi [Finale]
  2. Blooming Youth 12 (Elex)

    Hanasakeru Seishounen花咲ける青少年
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa and LaLa DX, shoujo
    Volume 12 first published in Japan 1994.11

    Reissues/Other languages
    Reissued in six aizōban from 2009.02 to 2009.03
    Traditional Chinese 天國少女 (Tong Li, 12 volumes)

    One-shot sequel (Melody 27 June 2009) and Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen (volume 2 per 2011.12.05). The Hanasakeru Seishounen Premium Fanbook also released on 2011.12.05.

    A 39-episode anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot, starring seiyuu Endo Aya (Kajika Louisa Kugami Burnsworth), Morikawa Toshiyuki (Huang Li-Ren), Ono Daisuke (Eugene Alexandr De Volkan), Namikawa Daisuke (Rumaty Ivan Di Raginei) and Fukuyama Jun (Carl Rosenthal) that aired between April 2009 and February 2010 on NHK, and at least two stage adaptations, the first premiering 29 September 2010 in Tokyo

  3. Demon Sacred vol 2 of 11 by Itsuki Natsumi
  4. Demon Sacred 2 (Elex)

    Demon Seiten (Sacred)デーモン聖典
    by Itsuki Natsumi
    Hakusensha LaLa, shoujo
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2003.12

    Reissued in six Hakusensha Bunko volumes from 2010.07 to 2010.11

    Other languages
    English Demon Sacred (TOKYOPOP: four volumes per 2011.03), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 惡靈聖典, 11 volumes as of 2007.12)

  5. Dr. Koto (Dr. Koto Shinryoujo) vol 10 of 25+ by Yamada Takatoshi
  6. Dr. Koto 10 (Elex)

    Dr. Koto ShinryoujoDr.コトー診療所
    by Yamada Takatoshi
    Shogakukan Weekly Young Sunday (later moved to Big Comic Original in 2008), seinen
    Volume 10 (chapters 103–111 + two Specials) first published in Japan 2003.08

    Winner, 49th Shogakukan Manga Awards in the General category

    Other languages/Serializations
    Serialized in the Indonesian Shonen Star (ongoing)
    French (Kana: Dr Kotô Tome 24 ships 2012.04.06), traditional Chinese (Ching Win Taiwan: 離島大夫日誌 25 released 2010.11)

    The award-winning Dr. Coto's Clinic, an 11-episode live-action TV drama starring Yoshioka Hidetaka as Dr. Coto/Goto Kensuke aired from July to September 2003 on Fuji TV, followed by two specials (the first aired between 9 and 10 January 2004 and the second from 12 to 13 December of the same year). A second also award-winning 11-episode season followed between October and December 2006.

    Dr. Koto Shinryoujo Tokubetsuhen: Shima no Kodomotachi (one volume spin-off; 2011.11)
    Dr. Koto My First BIG Specials: The Advent!, Miracle in the hand (2006.10) and My First BIG editions: Suspected, Despair (2006.11) and Consider (2006.12)
    My First WIDE reissues from 2011.06 (10 volumes as of 2012.03.13)

  7. Inazuma Eleven vol 7 of 10 by Yabuno Tenya
  8. Inazuma Eleven 7 (Elex)

    Inazuma Elevenイナズマイレブン
    by Yabuno Tenya
    Shogakukan Monthly CoroCoro Comic, shounen
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2010.10

    Winner, 34th Kodansha Manga Awards (2010) in the Children's category

    Based on LEVEL-5's soccer RPG game, from which an Oriental Light and Magic anime, starring seiyuu Takeuchi Junko as Mark Evans (Endou Mamoru), Nojima Hirofumi as Axel Blaze (Gouenji Shuuya), Yoshino Hiroyuki as Jude Sharp (Yuuto Kidou) and Miyano Mamoru as Shawn Frost (Shirou Fubuki), was also adapted. The TV series premiered 2008.10.05 on TV Tokyo and its sequel, Inazuma Eleven GO, aired episode 14 on 2011.08.03; the Inazuma Eleven: Saikyō Gundan Ogre Shūrai sequel premiered 2010.12.23 in Japan, with Inazuma Eleven GO's movie sequel Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyūkyoku no Kizuna Griffon premiered 2011.12.23.

  9. Over Drive vol 2 of 17 by Yasuda Tsuyoshi
  10. OverDrive 2 (Elex)

    by Yasuda Tsuyoshi
    Kodansha Weekly Shonen Magazine, shounen
    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2005.10

    A 26-episode anime adaptation by XEBEC that aired between April and September 2007 with seiyuu Kaji Yuuki (Shinozaki Mikoto), Nazuka Kaori (Fukazawa Yuki), Yasumura Makoto (Fukazawa Yousuke) and Nojima Kenji (Terao Kouichi)

    OverDrive novels: OverDrive Tour de France e no Michi Novel (KC Novels: 2007.05) and OverDrive Novel 2: Champs Elysees o! Tour o mezase!! (KC Novels 2008.06)

  11. [Series Premiere] World Embryo vol 1 of 9+ by Moriyama Daisuke
  12. World Embryo 1 (Elex)

    World Embryoワールドエンブリオ
    by Moriyama Daisuke
    Shonen Gahosha Young King Ours, seinen
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2006.03

    Other languages
    English World Embryo (Chuang Yi Singapore: volume 8 per 2011.10), French (Kazé Editions: Tome 7 per 2011.09), traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Taiwan: World Embryo 救世之繭 5 released 2009.10), Italian (J-POP)

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Postponed titles
These manga have been postponed, with no new street dates yet advised: Defense Devil vol 7; Mixim 11 vol 9; More a Flower than a Flower vol 4; Rockman The Shooting Star vol 2; and Tale of the Sea King vol 43. Otoboke Section Chief vol 19 has been tentatively rescheduled to 11 April.

¹ Sources: Elex STO 4 April 2012 (release schedule) and Komikologi and Gramedia.com (artwork and synopses, unless indicated otherwise).
² All manga now retail for IDR 17,500 each (up from IDR 16,500) except World Embryo 1 (IDR 20,000/volume).
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

Featured series

Blooming Youth vol 12 of 12
By Itsuki Natsumi

Rumaty has finally returned to Raginei and for his king's homecoming, devoted Machiavellian retainer Quinza prepares to deploy his final weapon.

Meanwhile, Li-ren who has ditched the leadership of the Fan clan for Kajika's sake faces an extreme reaction from his subordinate Zao.

Everyone is grasping for his/her future.

Needless to say, don't miss the touching climax.

Haven't had enough of our HanaSei bishies? With Blooming Youth's wrap, now might be the time to remind Elex of the Hanasakeru Seishounen: Tokubetsuhen sequel. Two volumes—the first featuring Eugene on the cover and the second, Rumaty—have been published in Japan as of December 2011, and the manga is ongoing serialization in Melody.

Dr. Koto vol 10 of 25+
By Yamada Takatoshi

Despite the odds, Dr. Koto manages to provide commendable medical care to the residents of the remote island Koshiki where he practices. Mikami Shinichi, a doctor on another isolated isle, admires Dr. Koto and decides to emulate his idol by trying to give a ‘shock’ treatment to a patient who has lost all zest for life because of a debilitating illness.

Dr. Koto volume 10 compiles chapters 103 to 111. The original Japanese volume sub-titled Dr. Koto, michibiku. included two Special Reports on the Dr. Koto Shinryoujo TV drama cast and the real island model for Koshiki island, but I don't know if the Indonesian version retains these specials. (It prolly does.)

Dr. Koto is also ongoing serialization in the Indonesian Shonen Star, so grab the magazine for chapters upwards of 111.

Other 4 April 2012 highlights

  • Demon Sacred vol 2 by Itsuki Natsumi: Mika forbids K2 from stepping out of the house on grounds that he could harm others and for his eerie resemblance to Kate, Mona and Rina's idol. Mona and Rina unexpectedly meet the real Kate, but K2 who trails them to Kate's photo shoot is offered a modeling gig?!
  • Inazuma Eleven vol 7 by Yabuno Tenya: Mark and his Raimon teammates get the chance to represent Japan and compete in the FFI, but only if they can qualify against other powerhouse athletes considered for the national team.
  • Over Drive vol 2 by Yasuda Tsuyoshi: Shinozaki's crush on Fukazawa and his efforts to get close to her lead Shinozaki to the cycling club. After finding his dream, Shinozaki feels like each day is an adventure!

Still not enuf? Here are the other 4 April 2012 manga and manhwa

Level Comics: The Black Swindler 17 · Bambino! Secondo 1 by Sekiya Tetsuji · The Drops of God 11 · GTO Shonan 14 Days vol 5 · GTO 7 · Ami Non Stop 2 · Blue Seal 6 · Holy Talker 1 by Ayamine Rando · Onsen Paradise 5 · Agatha Christie: The Secret Adversary Musuh Dalam Selimut · Smurf: Kekacauan di Desa Smurf

m&c!: Goong [Palace Story] 25 · Idol's Love Story 13 · He Doesn't Belong to Me by Kayoru · Sweet Dog's Stories by Hotta Atsuko · Platonic Form by Ikeda Takashi · Long Hu Men: The Next Battle 7 | Reprints: Kabuki Prince by Sakurakouji Kanoko · The Secret Kiss in a Fairy Tale by Takamiya Satoru · September Storm by Mitsuki Kaco

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