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.
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.)
- [Premiere] I Love the Yakuza Girl! (Gokujo!! ~Kumichou Hajimemashita~) by Asagi Hikaru
- Love in Cafe Cappuccino (Cafe Minamiaoyama Curio Street) vol 6 of 9+ by Kotokawa Aya
- [Series Premiere] Romance for My Lady (Ojosama no Untenshu) vol 1 of 2 by Ishihara Keiko
- [Premiere] Romance for My Lady vol 2 of 2 by Ishihara Keiko [Series Finale]
- 100% Perfect Girl vol 6 of 11 by Wann «Ex 2013.01.16
- A Bad Cinderella vol 7 of 10 by Hwang MiRee
- Bitter Sweet Love vol 6 of 10 by Han YuRang
- [Premiere] Goong [Palace Story] #The Side Story (Goong vol. 28) by Park SoHee «Ex 1.16
- Marry Me, Mary! (Mary Stayed Out All Night) vol 4 of 10 by Won SooYeon
- You Are My Everything vol 7 of 9 by Hwang MiRee «Ex 1.16
- Dewa Iblis Awan Api II vol 9: Harga Diri Iblis by Tony Wong
- Long Hu Men: The Next Battle vol 15: Pertarungan Berdarah Tanpa Akhir by Tony Wong
- Cherry Issue 71/2013 (January 2013) (Indonesian Ciao, ChuChu, Sho-Comi, Betsucomi, Flowers)
- Chocolate Magic ~Creamy Sugar~ (Chocolat no Mahou ~Creamy Sugar~) by Mizuho Rino
- Falling for Tsubaki-Chan (Tsubaki-chan no Nayamigoto) by YASUKO
- Love Drops (Katakoi Drops) by Konno Risa
- Love Share by Shiiba Nana
- Midnight Lolita (Mayonaka♡Lolita) by Shiumi Saki (NikGrade: 8/10♡, A-)
- My Handsome Butler (Bishounen Moraimashita) by Shiiba Nana (NikGrade: 7.25/10, B [ave.])
- My Kingdom (Ore-sama Kingdom) vol 1 (of 8+) by Yagami Chitose (Latest MC released: volume 6 [below])
- My Kingdom vol 2 by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 3 by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 4 by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 5 by Yagami Chitose
- My Kingdom vol 6 by Yagami Chitose
- My Nerdy Girl (Naisho no Jikan) by Aikawa Saki (NikGrade: 7/10, B)
- Please, My Prince! (Oujisama ni Onegai!) by Kumaki Eri
- The Reason for Falling in Love (Kanojo ga Kare ni Ochiru Wake) by Nanao Mio (NikGrade: 7.25/10, B [ave.])
- With You The First Time (Hajimete wo Anata to) by Kurumatani Haruko (NikGrade: 8/10♡, A- [ave.])
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 are commercial Amazon search and/or product links (other language versions).
© Asagi Hikaru
Published in Indonesia as
I Love the Yakuza Girl!
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…
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 vol 28
© Park SoHee
Seoul Cultural Publishers
Published in Indonesia
as Goong [Palace Story]
#The Side Story
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
Towards Mu Gyul.
(What Mae Ri does after fulfilling her duty to Jung In.)
Marry Me, Mary! volume 4 contains chapters 10 to 12,
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.
Nijiiro Prism Girl
© Nakahara An
Published in Indonesia as
Rainbow Prismatic Girl
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.)
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 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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