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We are Moving!!

Woohoo! The office has been busy all week packing, transporting and unpacking as we moved from our LJ to our new WP based home at Mangacast.net. I want to thank all of you for making us feel so comfortable here for the last 2+ years. But we are moving to a place with a little more room and lets robots... Well maybe smaller ones.

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Now I have a question for all of you. We will not be leaving this location. We are just moving our main office to another place. So to best help all of you on LJ please let me know how often you would like us to update this place. Or would you all be interested in a syndicated feed instead. The syndicated feed could send new posts to your friends page as well.

Please let me know and please join us at our new address. We wait to hear from you all!

Shocking Pink Sky #9 by AKISATO Wakuni

Shocking Pink Sky vol. 9 cover

Shocking Pink Sky vol. 9 by AKISATO Wakuni
Rated: Teens (to which I disagree)
Publisher: Elex Media Komputindo, Indonesia


MENOU Aoi pledged to be a great stewardess (or cabin attendant?) after Hanzo—her childhood love interest—said an ugly-looking girl cannot be a stewardess. She realized that pledge, but instead of being praised as great, she is often labeled as clumsy. She serves the Tokyo - New York leg with other 10 male cabin attendants who are good looking from head to toe. One of them, James, suspiciously has a face like Hanzo.


Flight 41 - Honeymoon New Caledonia
Rika (MENOU's former co-worker in another airlines called JIL) gave Aoi a pair of honeymoon tickets from for her and James. Unlucky for Aoi that her former "old maid" seniors in JIL are plotting plans to bully her when they saw her with James.
Flight 42 - Spring is Come*
Someone mysterious sends Aoi a teddy bear. James did not want to introduce Aoi to his parents, disappointed with the situation, she didn't realize the danger of keeping the teddy bear.
Last Flight - MAN's 21st Century
Packed with air turbulence, revelation, ex-girlfriend threat, murder on board, last wish, explosion, this is a perfect daytime soap drama materials condensed into two-chapters of the airline re-branding launch.


A great ending for a crack series! What do you think unthinkable in the air crews life is put blatantly in this manga. In a way that somewhat undeniable addicting. It's not a surprise coming from the mangaka who brought us Sore demo Chikyuu wa mawatteru (Indonesian title: Bumi masih berputar, lit. The world still turns). Just name your pick of a bizzare thing, it's in here. Trust me.

I'd say: 4/5 stars.
Target readers: Adult, but the publisher publish it as for teens.

*Pea's note: I know you're all twitched when you saw that, but it's printed like that.

What Manga is Like in Indonesia - Part I

Next month mark 17 years since Candy-candy was first published in Indonesia. 17 is also the legal age to obtain an ID card in Indonesia and get married. Considering that fact, an obvious thought crossed my mind: Have the market and its fan base matured with age itself? I am going to talk about that in this series of columns starting this week. I am not sure how many parts it will be (so far it's three), it'll depend on your attention span and my urge to write and be articulate. I am not a manga expert, so you are welcome to point my mistakes.

Part I: History

In 1990, Elex Media Komputindo published its first manga titled Candy-candy. Elex is a publishing company which was widely known as a computer book publisher. Of course, Elex was not the first publisher to try their hands on manga in Indonesia, but Elex is the most persistent and consistent publisher for this type of books. Someone must have foreseen the potential of a huge market in the coming future. But, I will cover that in Part II: Issues around publishing.

1990s – An Appealing Market

With the Candy-candy success, Elex focused on targeting the younger market, as Indonesians still perceived comics (including manga) are for children. During the period of 1990s, Elex began publishing more shojo titles about young boys and girls, and their epic lives like the Mari-chan ballet series, Pop Corn (Seito Shokun!) and Rose of Versailles. Meanwhile, the boys also enjoyed titles like Dragon Ball, Akira, Chinmi series (Hakkenden) and Natane. Doraemon was also published and its anime has been broadcast in Indonesia regularly since 1990.

The success of these titles from Elex seems to inspired interest for Gramedia, a publishing company that publishes magazines and comics exclusively under the imprint name M&C. M&C had experience with comics - Donald Duck and Hong Kong kung fu comics - and they launched their manga line with AKAISHI Michiyo titles, such as Setinggi Langit dan Bintang (lit. As High as the Sky and Stars, 天よりも星よりも, Ten yori mo Hoshi yori mo) and Alpen Rose.

You may say that the mid-90s was the starting point for the manga culture in Indonesia. Many titles popped out and were snatched up from the bookstores immediately. The price range was IDR 3000 - 3500 (then USD 1.20 - 1.40) with dust covers, thus Indonesia was considered to be one of the places where readers could get some of the lowest-priced manga in the world with great packaging and sometimes excellent translation quality.

The titles Elex and M&C published around this period were carefully selected. They choose titles which would captivate most of their target readers. By publishing more mainstream manga they were able to stay clear of visually harmful content (to avoid getting censored!). The mainstream manga selections helped in establishing a faithful fan base that would continue to support the industry during the upcoming economic crisis.

1998 - Economic Crisis and Price Dive

With the arrival of an economic crisis in 1998, the manga industry was also hit severely. Manga is no longer available with jacket to cut printing costs and the price range shot up to an average of 9000 IDR. It was hard to buy manga during this period. No one could foresee what was going to happen with the Indonesian rupiah value at the time as its value kept on depreciating against the US dollar. The lowest dip was 15000, and manga publishers released fewer titles during this period to accommodate the purchasing power of their consumers.

As of today, the price range for a manga is fixed at 12.000-15.000 (USD 1.29 - 1.61). Meanwhile manga magazines are priced around 20.000 to 22.000 (USD 2.15 - 2.35). You can buy them cheaper in some places like the newsstand or manga rental. Both Elex and M&C have delivery service in major cities where they have branch offices.

2000s – Steady Growth

Since 2000, manga has enjoyed great popularity which in turn helped push many other elements of Japanese culture to be imported here. Not to mention the increase of interest in taking Japanese courses and JLPT every year. I will write about these subcultures in the Part III: Indonesians and Manga Culture.

Around 2002, businesses bounced back and people got on with their lives. And as purchasing power increased, so did the number of titles published - from 10-30 titles to nearly 70 titles per month. And after an unsuccessful attempt at a manga magazine called Candy back in the 90s, Elex braced themselves and launched Nakayoshi Gress in September 2003.

Manga themes also caught up with those who were kids in the 90s, and in September 2005, Elex hit another milestone by launching Level, an adult imprint. Advertised heavily in anime and manga communities, adult manga fans welcomed titles that were previously considered impossible to be published in Indonesia.

The manga market in Indonesia is maturing and has never been better. Publishers are also making a lot of money despite the lack of proper advertising initiatives and problems like preferences over scanlation and pirated copies of manga. These problems will be discussed more detailed in the next part.

That's it for this week, I leave you wondering with Elex enthrallment over the month of September, I am still figuring out the mystery myself. See you next week!
—Pea Rea (reapea@gmail.com)

New Manga Release List ~ Oct 24, 2007

The boss is out camping until Friday, so I'm in charge of posting this week's Comic List.

***Sensitive Pornograph GN, $15.95*** Cute Boys and Their Steamy Affairs Pick of the Week

***Cromartie High School Vol 12 #12, $10.95*** Manly Boys and Their Stupid Affairs Pick of the Week

Ghost Pirates Vs Ghost Ninjas Bride O/T Dead Sea, $2.99
Gold Digger Halloween Special 2007, $2.99

Eureka Seven Vol 1 Gravity Boys & Lifting Girl GN, $9.99

Es Broccoli Vol 4 GN, $9.99

Bride Of The Water God TP, $9.95

VS (versus) Vol 7, $9.99

***After School Nightmare Vol 5 GN, $10.99*** It's an Eisner Nominee Pick of the Week
Black Sun Silver Moon Vol 3 GN, $10.99
Night of the Beasts Vol 5 GN, $10.99
Train Plus Train Vol 4 GN, $10.99

Kanji De Manga Vol 5, $9.99

Art of Angel Sanctuary 2 Lost Angel, $19.99

Otaku USA 3 $9.99

Khursten weighed in first this week:

This will be a very manly manly week for me. :3 My picks...

Sensitive Pornograph for those cute boys and their steamy affairs. Match it with Cromartie High School for those manly boys and their stupid affairs! Yay! <3 <3

Honestly, it's not bad for a girl to mix Cromartie with BL right? *w*

I'm sure someone will also grab Eureka 7. I heard it's good... But my muscly men got me first. *w*

Then I totally totally backed her up (Erin):

I'm going to back up Khursten on this one - Sensitive Pornograph made it into anime-form, and it's available from Media Blasters. So few yaoi titles make the jump to anime that it's probably work checking out.

Cromartie also has an anime version, and although the anime is not nearly as hilarious as the manga, it is still hilarious, and it's pretty easy get non-anime watching friends to watch it.

Eva had a soapbox announcement to make:

If Kursten can pick three, so can I. Two of these I read when they were in scanlation and I'm really excited that publishers took note of their popularity and went after the licenses. (I'm even happier that the groups scanning them STOPPED once the licenses were announced -- you can't claim to be supporting the mangaka/manhwaga if you are still translating a book that's already available in English. OK, I'm off my soapbox now.) Bride of the Water God is simply beautiful. Written in the style of a folktale, the romantic artwork is a perfect fit. Sensitive Pornograph is beautiful too, but in a different way, if you know what I mean... After School Nightmare is as good as you've heard and deserving of its Eisner nomination. Check it out if you haven't already.

Finally, Julie agreed:

I cast a vote for After School Nightmare, too. It’s so bizarre. And Night of the Beasts, which doesn’t seem to be getting any love. How can you pass up hunky guys possessed by evil, blood-thirsty demons? Oh, and it’s the last chance to experience the extreme angst of the too often overlooked VS (Versus), so go pick it up!

Well, the formatting isn't quite right... but the picks are there. Where's Ed's pick, anyway? And what about Jack?


Kyouhaku Delays from Infinity

After a solid start to 2007, I thought Bay Area based publisher Infinity was going to finally get rolling. It took a little bit of time for BroBooks to do it. DrMaster seems to have finally bucked off their problems as their production has improved (translations still need work though). And even Icarus has seen a bump in production this year. With a mature market you'd think Infinity would get on track and flourish.

Well I was checking out the Infinity site today and I noticed the pub has quietly posted information notifying readers that a few of their Fall releases will see some delays. This isn't a rip against Infinity, printer problems are serious and there were complaints about binding problems over at their forums. Still, it is unfortunate how every year something seems to come up for this pub.

Ninin ga Shinobuden - This item was originally to go on sale on 8/24/07, however, due to issues we had with our old overseas printshop we had to reprint & reschedule this title with our new North American printshop. This title will begin printing in late October and is expected to arrive towards the end of November 2007. We apologize to our customers in regards to this unexpected delay, but it is our sincerest wish to make available only the highest quality error-free graphic novels on the market.

-Infinity Studios

Ninin was originally scheduled for an August 24th release. Along with HoiHoi-san, Ninin was supposed to be the launch titles for Infinity's new pre-order system they announced in July. Sadly both pre-orders for both will likely go out in November (and hit stores up to 5 weeks later).

Furthermore, the change in printers has pushed back releases for the rest of their catalog as well. I checked the rest of their line-up and all future titles (except A Kiss from My Prince) have the same message with their respective new printing/arrival dates. Here is the new schedule:

Unbalance X2 #2 & Kyouhaku DOGS! (from Sept 14 to late Oct)
Chun Rhang Yhur Jhun #4 (from Oct 17 to late Oct)
Ninin ga Shinobuden #3 & Ichigeki Satchu! Hoihoi-san (from Aug 24 to Late Nov)
Zero #4 (from Oct 17 to Dec)
BLOOD ALONE #4 (from Nov 14 to Dec)
SWEETY #3 (from Nov 14 to Jan 08)
A Kiss from My Prince #3 (no date yet)


Babysitter Gin #4 by YAMATO Waki

Manga: The Complete Guide cover

Babysitter Gin! by YAMATO Waki
Rated: Adult
Publisher: Level Comics, Indonesia


Since neither the series nor the manga-ka is known in US, I'd like to introduce the story.

SHIMOOCHIAI Gin is a nanny living in the body of a guy. Throughout the series, he insist that he is straight, only that he has this urge to make all the little angels (babies) of the world smile ever after by his tender care.

He idolized Mary Poppins, hence the name for his babysitting service is Shimoochiai Poppins Club. He has a sister named Mimiko who handles the administration.

All the stories are separate chapters that can be read independently. And chapters are called Baby.


Baby 13 - Angel's Fruit
An independent girl trying to cultivate a vast land left by her late mother alone. Meanwhile her new stepmother is trying hard to be her mother.
Baby 14 - Man's Rule
An Anego has back pain, so the Kodangumi hired Shimoochiai Poppins Club for the baby Sandaime while the Anego stays in the hospital.
Baby 15 - Angel's Smile
Gin is a fan of NOMURA Ichigo and had the good luck to babysit in the household, but he is not given the assignment to take care of Ichigo.
Baby 16 - A Little Big Journey
HONDA Riku told Gin that he wants to see his grandfather and take him on the train to the southernmost part of Japan.


Warning: May contain spoiler.

The girl's character in Angel's Fruit reminds me of the attribute of another girl in a oneshot manga from the same manga-ka, but the whole story is different. Man's Rule was surprisingly funny because the focus is on the adult's childhood and not the baby. Again, the adult focus is still brought up in Angel's Smile, this time it brings out the obsessive parents who want their kids to be famous idols, common in Indonesia. A Little Big Journey touched me deeply, just like it touched Gin's heart.


YAMATO Waki-sensei still is best at surprising readers. She is popular among older manga readers in Indonesia, as a number of her works were published in 1990s. Most of the theme of her work are not related to one another. But they're filled with great stories that leave an impression in our hearts. I am sure you're going to enjoy this series if you like any of her stories. I hope the US readers will someday be able to read her work.

The Crimson Spell #1 by Ayano Yamane

The graphic novels stacks rebelled today, and several of them tipped over.  I don't know if it was due to Buu charging about the house, or the crushing weight of dust that finally scattered them about the floor.  As I tidied them up and moved the read piles into a box, I uncovered Crimson Spell.  I had purchased this at AX07, and completely forgot about it.  What a perfect time to read it!  I guess the piles need to be rearranged occasionally, so I am reminded of what's sitting, unread, in the library.

クリムゾン・スぺル Vol #1 by: やまねあやの

The Crimson Spell Vol 1 by: Ayano Yamane

Rated:  Mature

Price:  11.99

Kitty - BL - Fantasy/Romance

Review May Contain Spoilers

When demons attack his kingdom, young prince Bald is forced to take up the forbidden Crimson Sword.  The sword is cursed, and it turns its wielder into a terrible beast.  While it allows Bald to defeat the demons, he has no recollection of the battle, in which he also slaughtered innocent humans.  Now the kingdom's wizards have temporarily contained the beast, but Bald needs to journey south and beseech the wizard, Halvir, to break the curse.  Halvir is a mercenary sort, and he demands a high price for the prince's cure.  Will the cost prove too dear for Bald?


For a fun, fast-paced romp through a fantasy world, complete with drool-inducing demons and cute talking rabbit critters, grab a copy of Crimson Wind

Grade: B+

This review was written by Julie for the MangaCast. Please drop by the Manga Maniac Cafe and check out the menu.  There's always tasty reviews on display!

I have noticed that Comiket tends to cover the most popular anime and manga genres. While there are plenty of obscure properties covered as well a large number of original concepts, the titles that sell the most are parodies of big name "brands". Looking at the Toranoana Top 10 post Sunshine Creation and I have noticed that a number of well known properties are also covered but there seems to be more range in regard to what sells well.

Lets look at this week's fan comics... the IdolM@ster, Super Robot Wars, School Days, and even Yotsuba. Random titles like Little Busters, Super BlackJack Pachinko and MuchiMuchi Pork are also doing quite well. Weird, but what would you expect from doujins.

Uniform Heaven #19
by: Nakajima Yuka
Circle: Digital Lover
Category: uniforms
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 735円

signpost again

by: Shinano Yura
Category: Super Robot Wars
Age Rating: 18+

Ichigo Milk no Yuuwaku
by: Sorimura Yoji
Cricle: Misty Isle
Category: Zero TsukaiMa
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 525円

by: Naruse Hirofumi
Cricle: Renai Mangaka
Category: Yotsuba&!n
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 578円

Anata no Nozomu Watashi ni
by: Kotobuki Utage
Circle: Studio★ParM
Category: School Days
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 675円


by: Misaki Gurehito
Circle: Cradle
Category: Little Busters!
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 315円

Muchi Muchi! PorkPai
by: Onome Shin & Mike
Cricle: Freaks
Category: MuchiMuchi Pork! (Pig-eared Girl 2-D Shooter)
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 450円

Light R

by: Rustle
Circle: Mieow
Category: Original Loli
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 441円


by: Serebee Ryousankei
Circle: S-FORCE
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 630円


by: Iruma Kamari
Cricle: HellaBunna
Category: Super BlackJack Pachinko
Age Rating: 18+
Price: 840円


Broccoli Hearts Manga (Rumored New Title)

I really do think there is a link between Icarus and BroBooks. Yet again, hours after one announces a new license, rumors from the other pop up around the internets. This time AoD staff member Noodle informs forum members of a new license found over at Amazon this weekend.

Now I remember BroBooks hinting at a few new licenses. This one isn't one I was anxiously expecting though. I also found it funny that this is listed Amazon before NUI! was. Curious. So is this Do re mi, Melazoma or something completely different?

Kou Cupid is published by Broccoli's manga magazine ComiDegi+ so logically BroBooks should have had an option for it (or at least I would think so after what I heard about KonKon Kokon).


by: 征海未亜

Koi KyuHeart
by: Ikumi Mia

Broccoli/ComiDeji Comics
shounen/2+ vol

Weekly Gamers Novel Rankings ~ Oct 18, 2007

Couple old faces make an appearance on this week's Gamers rankings. I haven't read the Gunparade March books but I sure enjoyed the anime enough. I wonder how these stories from Sakaki Ryousuke stand up.

Rankings for 2007/10/12 ~ 2007/10/18:

キノの旅XI -the Beautiful World-
Kino no Tabi 12 ~the Beautiful World~
by: 時雨沢恵一
(Shigusawa Keiichi)
Price: 578円
ISBN : 978-4-8402-4025-3
Publisher: MediaWorks
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan #10
by: おかゆまさき
(Akayu Masaki)
Price: 599円
ISBN : 978-4-8402-4030-7
Publisher: Media Factory
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

ガンパレード・マーチ 山口防衛戦4
Gunparade March Yamaguchi Boueisen #4
by: 榊涼介
(Sakaki Ryousuke)
Price: 620円
ISBN : 978-4-8402-4077-2
Publisher: MediaFactory
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

マリア様がみてる ~薔薇の花かんむり~
Maria-sama ga Miteru ~Bara no Hana Kanmuri~
by: 今野 緒雪
(Konno Yuuki)
ISBN: 9784086010757
Price: 460円
Publisher: Shueisha
Release Date: 2007/10/02

Akuma no Mikata 666 #4
by: うえお久光
(Ueno Hisamitsu)
Price: 578円
ISBN: 978-4-8402-4060-4
Publisher: MediaWorks
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

Wagaya no Oinari-sama. #7
by: 柴村仁
(Shibamura Jin)
Price: 515円
ISBN : 978-4-8402-403
Publisher: MEdiaWorks
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

ウィザーズ・ブレインVI #2
Wizard's Brain VI #2
by: 三枝零一
(Saegusa Reiichi)
Price: 620円
ISBN : 978-4-8402-3973-8
Publisher: MediaWorks
Release Date: Oct 4, 2007

Arianrhod Replay Rouge #4
by: 菊池たけし & F.E.A.R.
by: FEAR and Kikuchi Takeshi
ISBN: 978-4-8291-4511-1
Price: 693円
Publisher: Fujimi Shobo
Release Date: Sept 20, 2007

ROOM NO.1301 #9

by: 新井輝
(Arai Teru)
Price: 588円
ISBN 978-4-8291-6401-3
Publisher: Fujimi Shobo
Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

ひぐらしのなく頃に 第ニ話 ~綿流し編~(上)
Higuarshi no Nako Koro ni Chapter 2 ~WataNagashi arc~ (start)
by: 竜騎士07
(Ryuushiki Zeronana)
ISBN: 978-4-06-283646-3
Price: 1,575円
Publihser: Kodansha
Release Date: Oct 01, 2007
Over at the IKI Blog, Simon Jones informs his fellow eromanga aficionados of the tentative licenses from Akaneshinsha.

Sanka no Koku (is that the right reading Simon?) is another title from the creator of Icarus' Taboo District - YUUKI. Call this one confirmed according to Mr Jones. The other two are still up in the air.

Read Me! by Hinemosu Notari is a very new title from Akaneshinsha's Tenma (released in Japan at the end of August). This collection features ten stories (two of them two chapters long) and according to the description at Akaneshinsha this book should have a little futanari action going on.

Erect Touch's Mazo Chichi was recently reviewed at figure site HD and currently looks like a "big maybe" to Mr Jones. To me it looks like big bosoms but then again my glasses might need to be checked.

Icarus Pub

by: エレクトさわる

by: Erect Touch

Akaneshinsha/Tenma Comics
eromanga/1 vol
Read me!
by: ひねもすのたり

Read Me!
by: Hinemosu Notari

Akaneshinsha/Tenma Comics
eromanga/1 vol
by: 悠宇樹

Sanka no Koku
by: Yuuki

Akaneshinsha/Tenma Comics
eromanga/1 vol

If you are reading Simon, if you can't get Read Me! locked up, could you consider going after Hinemosu-sensei's Uniform Devotion from Fujimi Shuppan?

Who Will Win the BL Wars! (Press Release)

With YaoiCon only a week away, YaoiSuki's annual Awards are building up to their climatic conclusion - BL Manga of the Year! This years award will be announced next Friday (at YaoiCon... Not sure) but I do know that voting closes Thursday. Go to http://www.YaoiSuki.net for more details.

I wonder what these awards look like?


YaoiSuki's Annual Awards Are Under Way, And Voting Is Open for User's Choice Award!

October 19th, 2007

-Yaoi news and review site YaoiSuki has announced their second annual Yaoi Awards as the lead-in to the site's extensive coverage of Yaoi Con in late October. This year's lofty awards include the "Read On Mute" award for bad dialogue, the "Most Unpronounceable Title" award, and the "Thank God It's Over" award, among other prizes of varying sincerity.

On October 19th, the site opened voting for the biggest award of the series: the User's Choice Award for Best BL Book. With eleven main contenders from such BL creators as Fumi Yoshinaga, Toko Kawai, and Ayano Yamane, it may be the hardest decision and BL fan has to make -- but readers can submit additional nominations, so it's a wide-open game!

Voting closes at 12pm Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, October 25th, with the final awards presented on Friday, October 26th.

About YaoiSuki: Established in February of 2006, YaoiSuki is one of the premiere English-language sites for yaoi and boys love. The site, run by Jen Parker and Jordan Marks, features reviews, news, contests, convention coverage, forums, and the YaoiWiki.


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