Romance for My Lady 1 and 2 by Ishihara Keiko, Goong The Side Story by Park SoHee, Love in Cafe Cappuccino 6 (m&c! 23 January 2013 manga and manhwa) [UPDATED]

Street date: 23 January 2013
For sure, this list is gonna get the NikBabble™ treatment. I mean, c’mon, it’s Ojousama no Untenshu! O(≧∇≦)O

☞ Also, reminding that m&c! manhwa originally meant for 16 January—100% Perfect Girl 6, Goong #The Side Story and You Are My Everything 7—finally street this date.

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Romance for My Lady 1 (m&c! ) Romance for My Lady 2 (m&c! )

Ojosama no Untenshu vol 1 and 2 © Ishihara Keiko/Hakusensha [First serialized in Lala DX]. Published in Indonesia as Romance for My Lady vol 1 and 2 by Gramedia/m&c!

If you’re searching for some seriously sweet shoujo manga, look no further than the two-volume Romance for My Lady, Ishihara Keiko‘s Ojosama no Untenshu first serialized in Hakusensha‘s LaLa DX. Marry m&c!’s title with the original Japanese and you get a pretty good idea of what’s in store in “My Lady’s Chauffeur.” Except perhaps the Taisho era setting, and that milady Sayaka attends an exclusive girls’ school, which combined equals that droolicious Forbidden Love thing—oh, wait. That the bishie Male Lead Narutaki Falls in Love First, and that Sayaka’s disapproving father returns and her fiancé makes an appearance elevate Romance for My Lady to sublime.

The first volume also contains the one-shot Ruka & the Thief and an extra, 4 Tahun yang Lalu. The second volume spans chapters 5 through 9 and closes with another extra Hubungan yang Mengikat.

Romance for My Lady is m&c!’s first Ishihara Keiko manga. Not surprising as Ojosama no Untenshu represents the only completed series in her backlist. Everything else are LaLa, LaLa Special or LaLa DX one-shots, save the ongoing Teki wa Ousama, which debuted in LaLa Issue 2013/01 (street date: 2012.11.24).

If, however, you want your romance done! in under a handful of chapters—and you’re in the mood for some Arakure-Igarashi-esque devotion—then Asagi Hikaru‘s debut I Love the Yakuza Girl!‘s got you covered. But I babble about Gokujo!! ~Kumichou Hajimemashita~ ex Sho-Comi after the release list. (Look for the Goong Side Story down there, too.)

Mangazines: Cherry Issue 71/2013
Cherry‘s back – with the final stories from Goto Misaki‘s You are Like a Flower and the conclusion to Notoyama Keiko‘s Key of Love. [More...]

m&c! manga (2013.01.23)

  1. [Premiere] I Love the Yakuza Girl! (Gokujo!! ~Kumichou Hajimemashita~) by Asagi Hikaru
  2. Love in Cafe Cappuccino (Cafe Minamiaoyama Curio Street) vol 6 of 9+ by Kotokawa Aya
  3. Love in Cafe Cappuccino VI (m&c!)

    Cafe Minamiaoyama Curio Street
    Cafe南青山骨董通り」 by Kotokawa Aya
    AKA Cafe Minamiaoyama Kottou Toori
    Akita Shoten Petit Princess, shoujo/josei
    Volume 6 first published in Japan 2011.02

    Related series
    Adapted from Biyaku iri no Cappuccino, published by m&c! as Cappuccino Love Potion (one volume)

  4. [Series Premiere] Romance for My Lady (Ojosama no Untenshu) vol 1 of 2 by Ishihara Keiko
  5. Romance for My Lady 1 (m&c!)

    Ojosama no Untenshuお嬢様の運転手
    by Ishihara Keiko
    Hakusensha Lala DX, shoujo
    Volume 1 first published in Japan 2011.06

  6. [Premiere] Romance for My Lady vol 2 of 2 by Ishihara Keiko [Series Finale]
  7. Romance for My Lady 2 (m&c!)

    Volume 2 first published in Japan 2012.03

m&c! manhwa (2013.01.23)

  1. 100% Perfect Girl vol 6 of 11 by Wann «Ex 2013.01.16
  2. 100% Perfect Girl 6 (m&c!)

    100% Perfect Girl100%의 그녀」 by Wann
    eComiX, soonjung
    Volume 6 first published in Korea 2008.11

    Other languages
    English 100% Perfect Girl (NETCOMICS: 11 volumes)

  3. A Bad Cinderella vol 7 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
  4. A Bad Cinderella 7 (m&c!)

    A Bad Cinderella불량 신데렐라
    by Hwang MiRee
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 7 first published in Korea 2010.10

  5. Bitter Sweet Love vol 6 of 10 by Han YuRang
  6. Bitter Sweet Love 6 (m&c!)

    Bitter Sweet Love비터 스위트 러브
    by Han YuRang
    Samyang, soonjung
    Volume 6 first published in Korea 2009.02

  7. [Premiere] Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story (Goong vol. 28) by Park SoHee «Ex 1.16
  8. Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story (m&c!)

    Goong궁(宮)」 by Park SoHee
    Seoul Cultural Publishers Wink, soonjung
    Volume 28 first published in Korea 2012.06

    Other languages
    English Goong: The Royal Palace (Yen Press: volume 12 omnibus (contains volumes 15–16) as of 2011.09), French (Samji Editions: Palais Tome 13 per 2012.01), Japanese (Shinshokan: らぶきょん LOVE in景福宮; Un Poco Comics volume 28 released 2012.09)

    Live-action Princess Hours, starring Yoon EunHye (ChaeKyeong), Joo JiHoon (Shin), Kim JeongHoon (Yul) and Song Ji Hyo (HyoRin) aired in Korea from January to March 2006. The Goong S spin-off aired on the same MBC network from January to March 2007.

  9. Marry Me, Mary! (Mary Stayed Out All Night) vol 4 of 10 by Won SooYeon
  10. Marry Me, Mary! 4 (m&c!)

    Mary Stayed Out All Night매리는 외박중
    by Won SooYeon
    AKA Maerineun Uibakjoong
    Anibooks (originally published by Daum as a web comic), soonjung
    Volume 4 first published in Korea 2010.11

    Adapted into a 16-episode live-action TV series, Mary Stayed Out All Night, which aired from November to December 2010 on KBS2, starring Moon Geun Young as Wi Mae Ri, Jang Geun Suk as Kang Moo Gyul and Kim Jae Wook as Byun Jung In.

  11. You Are My Everything vol 7 of 9 by Hwang MiRee «Ex 1.16

m&c! manhua (2013.01.23)

  1. Dewa Iblis Awan Api II vol 9: Harga Diri Iblis by Tony Wong
  2. Dewa Iblis Awan Api II No. 9: Harga Diri Iblis (m&c!)

    Dewa Iblis Awan Api II by Tony Wong
    First published in Hong Kong by Jade Dynasty

  3. Long Hu Men: The Next Battle vol 15: Pertarungan Berdarah Tanpa Akhir by Tony Wong
  4. Long Hu Men: The Next Battle 15 (m&c!)

    Long Hu Men: The Next Battle
    by Tony Wong
    First published in Hong Kong by Jade Dynasty

Mangazines (2013.01.23)

Restocked – Individual volumes (2013.01.23)

¹ Source: m&c! (release schedule, artwork and synopses).
² All manga including restocks are priced at IDR 17,500 each, and all manhwa at IDR 22,000 except 100% Perfect Girl 6 and Marry Me, Mary! 4 (IDR 25,000/volume) and Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story (IDR 17,500). Hong Kong manhua Dewa Iblis Awan Api II vol 9 and Long Hu Men – The Next Battle vol 15 retail for IDR 100,000 and 90,000 respectively. Mangazine Cherry 17 carries an SRP of IDR 30,000/issue.
³ Links like this are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).

I Love the Yakuza Girl! (m&c!)

Gokujo!! ~Kumichou

© Asagi Hikaru
Shogakukan [Sho-Comi]
Published in Indonesia as
I Love the Yakuza Girl!
by Gramedia/m&c!

New m&c! manga – continued
I Love the Yakuza Girl!
By Asagi Hikaru

Sugawara Himeno’s beloved father suddenly passed away, leaving her all alone in this world…

…or not.

At her dad’s funeral, 23 y.o. Goto Shuji presents himself before her and pleads that she lead the group her father headed.

A 16-year-old schoolgirl is a gangster boss??

(Himeno really shouldn’t worry; the yakuza gang she inherits is crammed with drool-worthy bishies (except Nobu), with Shuji the fairest bishounen of them all.)

Per note above, I Love the Yakuza Girl! gives off Arakure-esque vibes and, just like Fujiwara Kiyo‘s The Wild Ones, guaranteed to make your tooth ache ^^. It’s so May I swoon? romantic sweet. I mean, how else would you describe something that has the gorjus! male lead going, Kalau sudah lulus nanti, nggak akan cukup sampai di sini saja lho. Silakan persiapkan diri Nona (Once you graduate, things won’t stop here, you know. Prepare yourself, my lady)?

Nik sez… I give the I started the being a yakuza boss thing an 8 of 10♡, A-, bumped up to 8.5♡, A with the “You haven’t kissed yet??” I Love the Yakuza Girl! ~Extended~ epilogue. Asagi Hikaru’s first ever manga Your Precious, which first appeared in Sho-Comi‘s 15 April 2010 special edition, also gets an 8, but the last one-shot, First Love Engine—despite its Sho-Comi Valentine 2011 creds—is slightly less engrossing and only rates a 7.75, B+.

Other Asagi Hikaru manga
I mentioned that I Love the Yakuza Girl! or Gokujo!! ~Kumichou Hajimemashita~ is Asagi Hikaru’s debut Sho-Comi Flower Comics, so of course, it’s also m&c!’s first title from the manga-ka. I am sooo looking forward to m&c! also licensing her second Himitsu no Dan’na-sama AKA Secret Husband (streets in Japan on 26 February 2013).

Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story
By Park SoHee

Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story (m&c!)

Goong vol 28
© Park SoHee
Seoul Cultural Publishers
Published in Indonesia
as Goong [Palace Story]
#The Side Story

by Gramedia/m&c!

m&c! finally makes good on its promise to tie up Goong loose ends with its release of Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story AKA Goong volume 28.

Ever wondered what happened on ChaeKyeong and Shin’s first night? Or why Yul is so…Yul? These and other questions answered in The Side Story, which collects the “confidential” files Pengakuan seorang Selir Raja, Buku Harian Rahasia Sang Putri, Debat Dengan Musuh -Pertarungan 108 Menit- (Yul’s story), Catatan Sejarah Sekamar -Hal yang Terjadi di Luar Kamar Itu- and Catatan Hari H!! -Apa yang Terjadi di Kamar Itu-. The volume closes with creator Park SoHee‘s Catatan Peristiwa #1 Memalukan di Hukuoka.

Featured ongoing series
Love in Cafe Cappuccino vol 6 (of 9+)
by Kotokawa Aya

Higashihara Kirihito spends hours in Master’s café, nursing only coffee and wool-gathering. So it seems to Natsu who can’t quite believe that the young man heads up a big company and has thousands depending upon him.

Natsu, however, can’t afford to worry over Higashihara; she’s got problems of her own. Her patron, back when she was still a maiko, has resurfaced, insisting that she become his mistress. If she doesn’t, Higashihara’s company will pay the price.

Nik sez… I consider Reaching for a Dream synopsized above the weakest of the Love in Cafe Cappuccino VI offerings, Natsu’s LMAO! Matikan komputermu! (Shut down your computer!) to Higashihara regardless. (I give Dream 7 of 10, B.) Grades climb with the second through fourth stories, Your Light (7.75, B+), Make-up Master and Starlit Garden (both 8/10♡, A-), so Cappuccino 6 is still collection-worthy.

Marry Me, Mary! vol 4 of 10
By Won SooYeon

I run.
Towards Mu Gyul.

(What Mae Ri does after fulfilling her duty to Jung In.)

Marry Me, Mary! volume 4 contains chapters 10 to 12, Unexpected Meeting, The Range of Understanding and Tolerance and Afternoon Begins The Day.

Other 23 January 2013 snaps
In 100% Perfect Girl volume 6, grief shrouds Jarte’s heart; even so, the monarch struggles to save his soul mate’s life.

In A Bad Cinderella volume 7, Cha Gong Myung is furious that Lee Nan Hee has gone to Tongyeong with Han Ji Oh, and follows them, intending to…

Elsewhere, Yuri disses the part Miso gets in Won TaeRyong’s movie, but the witch’s role allows Miso to officially join WooJin’s agency in Bitter Sweet Love volume 6.

Lastly, jealous rage paralyzes Bakha after he finds out that Jin Hong is dating his rival Sin HeeWon in You Are My Everything volume 7.

Mangazines – continued
Cherry Issue 71/2013 (January 2013)

Cherry 71/2013 (m&c!)

Nijiiro Prism Girl
© Nakahara An
Shogakukan [Ciao]
Published in Indonesia as
Rainbow Prismatic Girl
by Gramedia/m&c!

Goto Misaki’s You are Like a Flower may have ended, but in this issue, we get bonuses: the one-shot Love is Blue Than Indigo (Ai wa Ai Yori Aoku) and the Like a Flower extra story (~Bangaihen~ Sono Go no Futari~) as the second and eighth Cherry stories. (Both obviously ex the Kimi wa Maru de, Ano Hana no You de tank, and no, that Blue Than is not my typo.)

Also new (sorta) is YASUKO‘s Summer Look extra Extra Summer (Hashigatsu no Extra from Hashigatsu no Manazashi), which opens Issue 71.

This issue also wraps Notoyama Keiko’s Key of Love with The Last Episode (chapter 6) ex Koi x Kagi volume 2, but Nakahara An‘s Rainbow Prismatic Girl (on the cover) continues with Episode 6 (and 7?) from Nijiiro Prism Girl volume 2. Also ongoing — Nishimura Tomoko‘s My Lovely Class Leader, with episode 47 lifted from Gokujou! Mechamote Iinchou volume 12; Nanajima Kana‘s Natsumeki!! (episode 4 from Natsumeki!! volume 1); and Akaishi Michiyo‘s Dawn Aria (episode 48 from Akatsuki no Aria volume 13).

Bookending Cherry 71 is a 2013 local comic, Gita Juwita’s Alice, the art style of which reminds me of Tobina Touya’s Jiujiu. (Gita Juwita is the komikus of Best Friends and Pakai Baju Apa Hari Ini? compiled in Cinta Sang Fashionista.)

Still not enuf? Here are the other 23 January 2013 manga

Elex Media: Pandora Hearts 18 · Magic Peddler Roma 5 of 5 · Alice Academy 19 · Aoba Bicycle Shop 10 · Inazuma Eleven 10 of 10 · Crayon Shinchan 16 · Godhand Teru 39 · Popcorn 7 Deluxe · Nakayoshi Lovely Issue 11 · Nakayoshi Gress! Issue 1/2013
Reissues (STO Ulang): Serial Cantik: Zodiac Love by Asagiri Yu (Ex 2012.12.19) and Serial Misteri: Door House by Matsumoto Yoko & Akagawa Jiro

Level Comics: March Story 3 · Jekyll & Hyde and The Citizen Judges 2 · Ceres 10 · Drug-On 4 · Red River 15 · Haruka 17 vol 19 of 19 · Love Blog!! 2

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

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