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December 3, 2009

Oops!! Turns out I forget some shojo works, so I compiled them into another list. And yes, attack of the tag cloud again. xD Hope you enjoy this third installment of manga coming out in 2010. It’s mostly CMX and Yen Press offerings (since I somehow forgot them the first time around…). I’m not sure when the next post will be out (it will be random other manga-related things), since I’m going to have a crazy rest of this week and next week is “dead week” at school, but hopefully it won’t take too long. After that is the final post (about light novels). Check out the manga after the cut!!

All My Darling Daughters (Aisubeki Musumetachi) by: Fumi Yoshinaga
Complete at 1 volume
January 2010
US publisher: Viz Media – Viz Signature imprint
Price: US $12.99
From the publisher: Yukiko, a salarywoman in her thirties, still lives with her mother Mari. But their relationship suffers a sudden change when Mari announces that she’s getting married–to an ex-host and aspiring actor who’s younger than Yukiko. Yukiko, convinced he’s out to fleece her mom, can’t stand to stay in the house and decides to move in with her boyfriend.
My ramblings: I think this looks fantastic, and I really want to try it. I haven’t heard anything about it online, but I still think it looks fantastic. Plus it’s on the Viz Signature line, which probably means that it is really good.

The World I Create (Boku no Tsukuru Sekai) by: Ayami Kazama
Complete at 1 volume
January 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: Collection of 4 episodes of students at a high school for “Projectionists,” people who can create four-dimensional illusions. Eight students form bonds and relationships while honing their skills for fame and fortune. Ritsuki and Yuzuru are in danger of failing their final exam until they practice together and bring out the best in each other, falling in love along the way. Kinoto is an introverted freshman who maintains equipment for Projectionists, but he ends up becoming a project partner with sassy Soyoka, a junior student who has lost almost all of their Projecting power. Imai is working on his senior project, but is continually sabotaged by Suzume, a girl he accidentally insulted. Imai’s powerless younger brother thinks Projectionists are elitist snob, and this convinces his Projectionist girlfriend to almost give up training – but later he changes his mind and supports her to becomes a Projectionist.
My ramblings: This sounds kind of strange, but cute at the same time. It doesn’t really sound like anything particularly inventive, but I might check it out anyway.

Alice in the Country of Hearts (Heart no Kuni no Alice) by: Quinrose and Hoshino Soumei
Ongoing with 4+ volumes
Volume 1 February 2010, Volume 2 March 2010, Volume 3 June 2010
US publisher: Tokyopop
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: In this inventive retelling of the “Alice in Wonderland” story – manga-style – Alice wakes up to find a white rabbit wearing clothes. The rabbit forcefully drags Alice into the rabbit hole, where he turns into a young man with rabbit ears and leads her into a frightful world, where the fairytale-like citizens wield dangerous weapons for an insidious cause…Unable to return home, will she be able to happiness in a world full of danger and beautiful young men?
My ramblings: This is one title I have heard good things about. I think Alice in Wonderland re-imaginings are fun, so this is probably a definite buy for me. And I’ve heard a lot of other people say that’s it’s a definite buy too.

Stolen Hearts (Toraware Gokko) by: Miku Sakamoto
Ongoing with 4+ volumes
Volume 1 February 2010, Volume 2 May 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: It was a simple accident. Shinobu spilled milk on Miharu’s bag that contained a kimono. All she had to do was apologize to him. But it’s a real challenge because Miharu is known as the tallest and meanest person in the class and everyone is afraid of him! Miharu tells Shinobu that the kimono is very expensive, so she must make it up to him. But how? Shinobu must wear a kimono and help Miharu to hand out advertisement of his grandmother’s antique kimono shop everyday after school. At first, she’s somewhat reluctant, but she begins to enjoy the experience and finds herself coming to like Miharu. Gradually, Shinobu notices how sensitive Miharu actually is, not the mean person that everyone–including herself–thought him to be. Soon, Shinobu realizes that she has fallen in love with Miharu.
My ramblings: This one sounds really cute! It seems like fairly typical shojo fare (the guy is scary, the girl ends up liking him), but I still think it sounds cute.
CMX is going out of business in July 2010.

My Darling! Miss Bancho (Ah! Itoshi no Banchousama) by: Mayu Fujikata
Ongoing with 5+ volumes
Volume 1 March 2010, Volume 2 July 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: Souka and her recently divorced mother move to a new place to start over. In looking for a school to enroll in, Souka decides to leave her preppy, private high school behind and transfers into a technical high school. To her surprise, she’s the only girl student in the entire school! The first day of school is nothing like she ever imagined — boys crashing through the window, fighting for all they are worth. One day, the school’s current “Bancho” (a term for a gang leader) ambushes Souka. Determined to protect her, Yu, one of the classmates, comes to her rescue, but Yu ends up in a struggle. Trying to help, Souka swings her book bag and ends up taking down the Bancho herself! What Souka didn’t know was that when someone takes down the class’ leader, you became the leader of that class. This wasn’t a role she was expecting for herself, but will she be able to relinquish it?
My ramblings: This kind of reminds me of a reverse AAA, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (I tend to like Haruka Fukushima), and it looks really cute, so I think I’m going to try at least the first volume. I find it hard to believe that she’d really be the only girl in the school, but hopefully it’s played off better than it seems.
CMX is going out of business in July 2010.

Dragon Girl by Toru Fujieda
Complete at 5 volumes
volume 1 May 2010, Volume 2 August 2010, Volume 3 November 2010, Volume 4 February 2011, Volume 5 May 2011
US publisher: Yen Press
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: An all-boys high school goes co-ed, and though the boys are excited to have girls in their midst, they’re still a little wary about the girls horning in on previously all-male territory. But fiesty, fierce Rinna Aizome won’t take no for an answer; as the daughter of the school’s most legendary ouendan (cheerleading squad) member, she’s determined to show the boys and her father that anything they can do, she can do better! But the road to the ouendan is full of hurdles…can Rinna clear them all?
My ramblings: I know some people would complain about the title (apparently the whole “dragon girl” thing is offensive? I wasn’t aware until I read a rant somewhere), but I think it looks alright. I’m not so sure how trying to make a cheerleading squad relates to dragons or dragon girls, but I’m willing to give it a try based on the cute cover.

Nadeshiko Club by: Miku Sakamoto
Complete at 7 volumes
Volume 1 June 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: Reo is a clumsy high school girl who can’t cook, sew, or clean, as good home-making ladies should be able to. One day, her boyfriend breaks up with her because she’s not skilled in the home economics traits women should possess in his mind. He tells Reo to join the “Homemaking Club” if she wants him to give her a second chance. Disappointed, yet determined, Reo decides to join the school’s infamous “Homemaking Club” to learn and polish up her ‘homeliness’ to win her boyfriend back. Among the students, the club in question is known for the merciless members who demand extreme patience and strict discipline to learn etiquette. Needless to say, Reo is reluctant and intimidated to attend the first club meeting, but when she gets there, she is surprised. The only four club members who await her are all gorgeous boys. It’s no joke, these four guys are tough, and they make sure Reo learns everything she needs!
My ramblings: I’m pretty sure I’ve heard good things about this series online, or at the very least I’ve heard things about it, and it sure sounds like fun.
CMX is going out of business in July 2010.

Beyond Twilight (Hyakki Yakoushou) by: Ichiko Ima
Ongoing with 18+ volumes
Volume 1 June 2010
US publisher: Aurora Publishing
Price: US $10.95
From the publisher: Since birth, Ritsu has inherited the ability to see spirits and demons from his novelist grandfather, a sort of sixth sense. However, when his grandfather passes away, he loses the protection he had when under his care and ends up forming a contract with a demon named Blue Storm.
My ramblings: I have quite a few reservations about this…first off, I’m almost positive that the only thing Aurora has published this year has been the first volume of Queen of Ragtonia and that’s not very promising for them. To go along with that, I’m afraid that Aurora wouldn’t be able to put out all 18+ volumes, and it’s always depressing to have to stop a series mid-way (Tokyopop I’m looking at you!). And also, this doesn’t really seem like the kind of manga I normally read. It does kind of remind me of Natsume Yuujincho in some ways based on the summary, but it seems different enough that it’s not the kind of thing I’d normally pick up.
Aurora seems to be completely dead at this point.

Ugly Duckling’s Love Revolution (Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!!) by: Yuuki Fujinari
Complete at 4 volumes
Volume 1 July 2010
US publisher: Yen Press
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: Everything is pretty average about Hitomi; she’s an average student, has an average brother, average looks …the only thing that makes her stand out is her weight. Weighing in at 220lbs, she’s no elegant swan. But this wasn’t always the case! When she was younger, she would take part in children’s beauty contests and bring home all sorts of prizes. It was only when her sweet tooth took over that she gained all the weight. So when Hitomi moves into her older brother’s apartment, she discovers that his neighbours are the five hottest boys at her school! And when they decide to get Hitomi back to her cute and pretty roots by helping her stay away from sweets and lose weight, it’s a recipe …for disaster!
My ramblings: I’m not going to lie, this one just looks rather weird… I’m not going to lie, I’m overweight, and it’s cool that the big girl is getting some hot guys (cuz trust me, it doesn’t happen in real life :[ ), but it still sounds just really weird…

The Phantom Guesthouse (Meguru Kakuutei) by: Nari Kusakawa
Complete at 1 volume
August 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: One summer day, Sasafune visits his grandfather’s house and finds an unfamiliar manuscript left on the desk. He starts reading it and all of a sudden he is transported to a strange place where his grandfather is waiting. His grandfather explains that they are at the “inn of imagination”–the hotel written in the script. Whoever reads it is invited to this imaginary place for a reason. Sasafune proceeds to experiences the novel as a live show: he sees and feels what’s written in the script, but he learns upon check-out that he must pay the hotel charge by giving a little bit of his soul. By doing so, his presence will be inked into the novel and he becomes part of the tale. Whatever is written on the manuscript happens in this imaginary place and whatever happens at the guesthouse will automatically be added to the manuscript to ensure that the story continues.
My ramblings: I think the art on this is kind of cute, in a strange way. Apparently CMX has a lot of Naru Kusakawa’s works and I think I’m going to have to try this oneshot so I can see if the longer series are worth getting into.
CMX is going out of business in July 2010.

Tableau Gate by: Rika Suzuki
Ongoing with 4+ volumes
Volume 1 August 2010
US publisher: CMX
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: High school student Satsuki Hikawa lives alone in a mansion while his grandfather, who is his only other living family member and an art dealer, travels all over the country. One day Satsuki’s grandfather sends him an art book that is called Tablet. Each page in the book seems to represent different tarot cards, but most of the symbols are missing. Soon after receiving the book a mysterious girl storms in to Satsuki’s home and claims that she is the owner of the Tablet and tells Satsuki all of the missing symbols must be found and returned to the book before “they” make any mischief. In order to find and return the symbols, Satsuki must call out the right symbols to defeat the escaped ones. Any symbols that he returns to the book will become his servants. Will Satsuki be able to find and capture all of the symbols that ran away?
My ramblings: I always love a good fantasy, and though the first cover looks a little strange, I might just check this out to see how the story goes.
CMX is going out of business in July 2010.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2009 9:22 pm

    Sweet! Heart no Kuni no Alice! You better not stop releasing the series halfway Tokyopop *shakes an angry fist* Don’t deny the world its bishis. ^o^

    Stolen Hearts sounds so cute! I might check series out in the future =D

    Ah! Itoshi no Banchousama! I didn’t know this got licensed! I only saw the first few chapters from scanlations but I liked what I saw. =3

    Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo!!
    Hmm…well, it’s based off an Otome game…and I like Otome games…I tried playing the DS version awhile back. But my Japanese sucked at that time so I had no idea what was going on. I remember the guys were kind of rude in the beginning. One guy I totally wanted to impale with the DS stylus. >:( I may have not understood what he was saying but I could tell he was being an ass to the girl character. Only one of the guys was a real sweetie.
    This will go into the “maybe” pile.

    Thanks again for the info ^o^

  2. warriorhope permalink
    December 5, 2009 4:30 pm

    Nadeshiko Club sounds interesting~

    Alice in the country of hearts looks great! Lol they should release it in March when the new alice in wonderland movie is coming out. Tie ins.

    OTOME (yen press manga) offends me. It’s implying that girls should only loose weight to attract boys (rather than to be healthly) and also that girls who weigh a bit more aren’t attractive. Might buy to rage at.

    Thanks again. These are always awesome~

    • warriorhope permalink
      December 5, 2009 4:31 pm

      oh they are releasing it in March and before. My mistake.

  3. Rin permalink
    December 19, 2009 1:21 am

    YES! I can read Heart no Kuni no Alice at stores now!

  4. March 10, 2010 11:43 am

    yay I love ah! itoshi no banchosama glad it got a mention =^__^=

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