NURA: Rise of The Yokai Clan 3, Kuroko's Basketball 2, My Handsome Brothers by Shiraishi Yuki (m&c! manga out nau~)

NURA: Rise of the Yokai Clan 3 emerged the Most Wanted 29 May 2013 Manga—yes, that's across the Elex-Level-m&c! board—so I couldn't let it go NikBabble™-less, no matter how overdue. :p

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NURA: Rise of the Yokai Clan 3 (m&c!)

Nurarihyon no Mago vol 3 © Shiibashi Hiroshi / Shueisha [First serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump]. Published in Indonesia as NURA: Rise of the Yokai Clan vol 3 by Gramedia/m&c!

“I did it out of love for the Nura Clan.”

Gyuki justifies his treason. Gyuki puts Rikuo to the test. Nuff sed.

(I won't subject you further to my personal NURA geographic, in which I dub the whole Gyuki/Nejireme arc—of the anime's, at least—the *Yawn~* arc...oops, I did.)

NURA: Rise of The Yokai Clan volume 3: Nura Clan Assemble covers chapters 16 to 25—Umewakamaru dan Gyuki, Klan Nura Yang Dicintai Gyuki, ‘Kana, 13 Tahun,’ Kana dan Siluman Ungaikyo, Ulang Tahun Kana, Klan Nura Berkumpul, Iblis Angin, Jurus Pembasmi Siluman dari Rumah Keikain and Kekuatan Nurarihyon—plus the Persaingan dalam Klub Paranormal Kiyo Juuji extra.

I got that NuraMago 3—and other m&c! volumes—at 20% off the cover price. Did you? The anniversary discount was good until 2 June 2013.

Now for m&c!'s first runner-up DO WANT! (In case you're curious, it tied with Elex' I Lied with a Kiss 1 in GET! votes at the time of writing.)

Kuroko's Basketball vol 2 (of 22+)
By Fujimaki Tadatoshi

Side by side, Kagami and Kuroko take on the Kaijou High cagers, the opposing team strengthened by Kise, the first Miracle Generation player they have the good fortune(?) to face.

Talk about morale boost for the opponent. Can our K×K tandem deal?

Kuroko's Basketball volume 2: Basketmu compiles chapters 8 to 16: I'm Off, I Made a Promise, Man Proposes, God Disposes, Your Basketball, Bring It Back, Let's Go!!, Two Things, Helluva Lot Stronger!! and We'll See Something Incredible. [Wikipedia chapter titles]

New m&c! manga
m&c! rolls out not one, not two, not three, but four new shoujo manga. Previews of Shiraishi Yuki's My Handsome Brothers, Yamanaka Rico's A Tricky Love, Satori Tae's I Love Cute Boy and Mino Nozomi's Shy Love after the release list.

m&c! manga (2013.05.29)

  1. [Premiere] I Love Cute Boy (Kawaii Ko ga Osuki) by Satori Tae
  2. I Love Cute Boy (m&c!)

    Kawaii Ko ga Osukiカワイイ男がお好き
    by Satori Tae
    Shogakukan Betsucomi Flower Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2010.12

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese 就愛卡哇伊男孩 (Ever Glory Publishing Taiwan per 2011.09)

  3. Kuroko's Basketball (Kuroko no Basket) vol 2 of 22+ by Fujimaki Tadatoshi
  4. Kuroko's Basketball 2 (m&c!)

    Kuroko no Basket黒子のバスケ
    by Fujimaki Tadatoshi
    AKA The Basketball which Kuroko Plays
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump, shounen
    Volume 2: Omae no Basuke (chapters 8–16) first published in Japan 2009.07

    Other languages
    French (Kazé Editions: Kuroko's Basket volume 9 shipped 2013.05.15 • volume 10 street date: 2013.07.03), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 影子籃球員 21 released 2013.05.08)

    The first season of Production I.G's Kuroko no Basuke anime began airing in Japan on 7 April 2012; the 25th telecast on 22 September 2012. Seiyuu Ono Kensho voiced Kuroko Tetsuya and Ono Yuuki, Kagami Taiga.

    The second season is scheduled to premiere in September 2013.

  5. Love Lies (Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru) vol 7 of 11+ by Aoki Kotomi
  6. Love Lies 7 (m&c!)

    Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru
    カノジョは嘘を愛しすぎてる」 by Aoki Kotomi
    Shogakukan Cheese!, shoujo
    Volume 7 first published in Japan 2011.11

    Other languages
    French (Soleil Productions: Lovely Love Lie volume 10 shipped 2013.02), German (Egmont Manga: Liebeslügen Band 9 per 2013.04.11 • Band 10 street date: 2013.07) traditional Chinese (Ever Glory Publishing Taiwan: 她愛上了我的謊 9 released 2012.12)

    A Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru movie, directed by Koizumi Norihiro and produced by Fuji TV, is slated to premiere December 2013. Sato Takeru and Ohara Sakurako were cast as Ogasawara Aki and Koeda Riko.

  7. [Premiere] My Handsome Brothers (Futei de Furachi na Ani desuga.) by Shiraishi Yuki
  8. My Handsome Brothers (m&c!)

    Futei de Furachi na Ani desuga.
    不貞で不埒な兄ですが。」 by Shiraishi Yuki
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2012.08

    Other languages
    Traditional Chinese 我的野蠻哥哥 S (Ever Glory Publishing Taiwan per 2013.04.11)

  9. NURA: Rise of The Yokai Clan (Nurarihyon no Mago) vol 3 of 25 by Shiibashi Hiroshi
  10. NURA: Rise of The Yokai Clan 3 (m&c!)

    Nurarihyon no Magoぬらりひょんの孫
    by Shiibashi Hiroshi
    Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump (later moved to Jump Next!), shounen
    Volume 3: Nura-gumi Sōkai (chapters 16–25 + Extra) first published in Japan 2009.01

    Other languages
    English Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (VIZ Media: 14 volumes as of 2013.04.02 • volume 15 street date: 2013.06.04), French (Kana: Nura - Le seigneur des Yokaï volume 14 shipped 2013.05.24 • volume 15 street date: 2013.08.30), German (KAZÉ_VIZ Media: Nura - Herr der Yokai Band 8 released 2013.05.10 • Band 9 street date: 2013.07.11), traditional Chinese (Tong Li Taiwan: 妖怪少爺 25 per 2013.04.29)

    Related series
    Nurarihyon no Mago oneshot/pilot in 2007.

    Anime: The first season of Studio DEEN's Nurarihyon no Mago adaptation aired from 6 July to 21 December 2010 in Japan, and spanned 26 episodes. The second season, Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyō AKA Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital, also ran for 26 episodes from 3 July to 18 December 2011. Seiyuu Fukuyama Jun voiced Nura Rikuo, Hirano Aya - Ienaga Kana, Maeda Ai - Keikain Yura and Horie Yui - Yuki-Onna.

    Anime DVDs were bundled with the limited edition manga volumes 24 (street date: 2012.12.04) and 25 (2013.03.04).

    Drama CD: Shueisha issued the first Nurarihyon no Mago drama CD, featuring seiyuu Fukuyama Jun, Horie Yui and Sugita Tomokazu, on 18 December 2009.

    Light novels: Shueisha, under the JUMP j BOOKS label, published the Nurarihyon no Mago light novel side story series written by Osaki Tomohito:
    (1) Nurarihyon no Mago: Ukiyoe Machi Kitan or Nurarihyon no Mago: Obscure Tales of Ukiyoe Town (2009.12.04)
    (2) Nurarihyon no Mago: Ōedo Nuragumi Shimatsu or Nurarihyon no Mago: The Story of Edo's Nura Gumi (2010.09.03)
    (3) Nurarihyon no Mago: Kyōto Mugen Yawa (2010.12.29)
    (4) Nurarihyon no Mago: Teito Koi Monogatari (2011.09.02)

    The Nurarihyon no Mago: Official Character Data Book: Secret Ayakashi Notes released 2010.07.02; the Aizō-ban Comics art book Nurarihyon no Mago Illustrations was published by Shueisha 2013.03.05.

  11. [Premiere] Shy Love (Hanikami Children) by Mino Nozomi
  12. Shy Love (m&c!)

    Hanikami Childrenはにかみチルドレン
    by Mino Nozomi
    Shogakukan Cheese!, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2009.04

  13. [Premiere] A Tricky Love (Nante Zurui Otoko) by Yamanaka Rico
  14. A Tricky Love (m&c!)

    Nante Zurui Otokoなんてズルイ男
    by Yamanaka Rico
    Shogakukan Sho-Comi Flower Comics, shoujo
    This volume first published in Japan 2007.06

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Restocked – Individual volumes (2013.05.29)
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¹ Source: m&c! (release schedule, artwork and synopses).
² Manga are priced at IDR 17,500 each, except the restocked Resident Evil: Marhawa Desire volumes 1 and 2 (IDR 25,000 per volume).
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New m&c! manga – continued
My Handsome Brothers
By Shiraishi Yuki

My Handsome Brothers (m&c!)

Futei de Furachi na
Ani desuga.

© Shiraishi Yuki
Shogakukan [Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as
My Handsome Brothers
by Gramedia/m&c!

Which brother does she marry?

Trust me; you only need that to enjoy this Suspend All Disbelief romp.

Futei de Furachi na Ani desuga. or My Handsome Brothers first serialized in Sho-Comi. It spans five chapters and an extra; I gave the “Don't pose as a fake bridegroom!” sibcest fest a 7.75 of 10, B+, which puts this Shiraishi Yuki manga in the middle, between revisit faves and misses.

Other Shiraishi Yuki manga
Preceding My Handsome Brothers by two months is Sensei I Once Loved, originally titled Daisuki Datta yo, Sensei.... Before that Teacher/Student Romance was Love Me, If You Dare or Ookamidomo no Shitsukekata. I noted when Love Me, If You Dare premiered that the 8/10♡ Fast Romance was the latest in a fairly long list of Shiraishi Yuki manga to which m&c! has introed us. That long list is »here. I just want to update that:

Then ongoing Are ← Nochi Kareshi has wrapped (the tank came out in November 2012).

Shiraishi Yuki-sensei also finished Kaoru-kun to Hana no Mori (two volumes published between November 2012 and February 2013, prepublished in Sho-Comi).

Her latest is Nishiki-kun no Nasugamama (Japan street date: 2013.06.26).

She contributed to three more Sho-Comi omnibuses? omnibi? Whatev. They are:

  1. Ne~e, Atashi no Koto Sukina ndesho? ~Koakuma Selection~ (JP release: 2011.03), headlined by Ichikawa Show and Nanajima Kana
  2. Hajimete no Chuu (2012.07) top-billed by KAYORU
  3. Amai Haru - Kyun to Naru Ryouomoi (2013.03) led by Hoshimori Yukimo

I Love Cute Boy
By Satori Tae
m&c! was nice enuf to snap synopsize all five stories in I Love Cute Boy:

Princess and The Prince
When the chance to sit next to her crush Shuuhei comes, Ayumi doesn't waste the opportunity to plonk herself down beside him. Pitter patter and happiness, however, don't last as Ayumi's friend—also in lurve with Shuuhei—begs to exchange seats.
NikGrade: 8/10♡, A-

But I Love You
The tallest girl in school, Sae hopes that at the very least, she gets a boyfriend who's taller. Too bad Sae falls for Yuuta. Cute. Short. Yuuta.
NikGrade: 7.75/10, B+

Sweet X Hot Lover
Since grade school, Souta has been taking care of Eri, much to Eri's irritation. But nothing beats the annoyance she feels when another girl tries to get close to Eri.
NikGrade: 8.25/10♡, A-

Unhappy Birthday?
Iori is a premature (Un)Happy Homemaker who has all but given up on finding a perfect boyfriend who not only confesses that she's his everything, but also proves it by taking out the garbage. Here comes Yamada, who does exactly that. How does Iori react?
NikGrade: 8.25/10♡, A-

Spring Love
Nishida performs acts of not-so random kindness because her grandfather once told her: Good things come to those who do good. Classmate Fujita, however, can't stand Nishida and her do-goodery.
NikGrade: 8.5/10♡, A

Not sure which magazine serialized these Kawaii Ko ga Osuki oneshots but if my squint mode, ON! isn't #Fail, they're ex Betsucomi (or DeraKomi).

Other Satori Tae manga
Before I Love Cute Boy, m&c! published Satori Tae's Girl's Love Story. Titles even earlier than Kanojo to Kanojo no Renai are listed »here.

Shy Love
By Mino Nozomi

High school would be perfect...if only Yuuko didn't find it so hard to get along with boys. Her BFF Ey-chan, however, has no such problem. She has her sights set on their classmate Ichiyama, and asks Yuuko to get close to Ichiyama's best bud Sanoo.

What's going to happen when Shy Girl Meets Shy Guy?

Nik sez... Shy Love or Hanikami Children is a Cheese! manga — the dramatic variety (read: not a sm*t panel in sight). The story proceeds as slice-of-life-ish leisurely as the title hints, and finishes with a 7.25/10, B grade. That's the highest score, because I gave the second (somewhat silly) oneshot Love is Love! a 7/10, also a B. This volume seems to have suffered from the law of diminishing returns because the last story Love Kilometer could only manage a 6.75/10, B-.

Verdict, therefore, is Borrow before committing to a GET!

Other Mino Nozomi manga
While m&c! published Shy Love or Hanikami Children, another publisher—3L—released Mino Nozomi's debut tank, Kimi ga Daisuki Nanda (as I Like You Most).

Not yet licensed are Mino Nozomi's Itoshi Nuite mo Ii desu ka (Japan release: 2008.01); First Love - Zutto Daisuki (2008.10); Shakaijin no Kare (2009.10); and Hatsukoi, Hatsutaiken. (2011.02). These titles all serialized in Cheese!.

Mino Nozomi-sensei also contributed to the Cheese! Best Selection anthology, Romi Juri [Romeo and Juliet] Shiki - Retsuai Collection (2011.09) top-billed by Doumoto Nao (Cosplay Deka manga-ka).

A Tricky Love
By Yamanaka Rico

Sixteen y.o. Nene falls at first sight for Fukazu Kyouya, who is nine years older. Nene tries everything—including out and out “seduction” to get Fukazu's attention—all to epic #Fail. In fact, Fukazu tells Nene, “I'm never falling in love again.”

Does Nene back off?

The above refers to the antho christener A Tricky Love, one of the two weakest stories in this compile. That the guy is named Kyouya constitutes at least a full band of my 7/10, B grade ought to speak volumes.

That sed, A Tricky Love remains a defo GET! if only for the fourth oneshot, I Accept You, which earned a 10/10♡A+ without even trying. (It's a Childhood Friends/Rivals Turned Lovers story.)

I gave the second I Give It To You the other 7/10, B, but the third Come To My Side and the fifth Cherry Wolf both nab 8/10♡, A-.

I'm not sure in which Shogakukan mangazine these one-shots first appeared, but I'm betting Sho-Comi.

Other Yamanaka Rico manga
I'm not a fan, but I do know that aside from made-me-reconsider A Tricky Love, m&c! published Yamanaka Rico-sensei's Unlucky Girl, Ennui na Kanojo (as Romance of Herself), Triple Honey and Sayonara no Jikan (Time to Say Goodbye).

I don't think either Kanojo no Tomodachi (Japan release: 2005.12) or Momoiro Punch (2006.10) have been released here.

Other 29 May 2013 snaps

  • Love Lies vol 7 by Aoki Kotomi: Life changes drastically after her debut, but when Riko finds herself unable to sing Aki's song, she realizes just how much she has to sacrifice, even if all she wants in her life is Aki...

Still not enuf? Here are the other 29 May 2013 manga

Elex Media: I Lied with a Kiss 1 by Toma Rei · Pui Pui! 1–2 by Namori · Vampire Knight 15 · New Kungfu Boy 2 Premium · A town where you live 4 · Doraemon 21 · Demon King 36 · Wild School 4 of 4 · Shonen Star Issue #09/2013 · Slam Dunk Deluxe Vols. 1–5 [Box set]

Level Comics: Ouroboros vol 2 · New Black Swindler 6 · Waltz 3 · The Arms Peddler 5 · La Mosca 2 · Veritas 2

Iamque opus exegi,
~niki DBA 30uɐlnɯɐnɥ (花木蘭03)
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