New stuff, not so new stuff and uh… old stuff

November 8, 2006 at 11:25 am 19 comments

I stirred myself tonight to drag out my new-ish manga, since I hadn’t posted my lists of new books lately.  But when I went through my blog it seems I’ve only done one week since early September.  Really?  I… don’t know how that happened.  I knew I was really busy in October, but don’t remember September being all that bad.  Of course, I was so pathetically grateful to be recovering from a hellish August I could have been doing anything in September.  Yes, my August was really that bad.  The only nice thing I can remember happening was finding out that I finished paying off one of my student loans.  (sob sob… finally!  One more to go!)  I think September ended up being more about new anime than manga.

So, tonight will be all about sorting out my new stuff and updating my manga list which I’ve also been neglecting.  I had kind of a crazy week for new manga.  I bought 12 today at lunch (I meant to get a max of ten if I needed them, but at that point, what’s 2 more??) and a couple more over the weekend at the store. 

Genshiken 6 – I should check and see how many volumes are in this series.  With so many members graduating and getting jobs, and the romantic pairing-offs it really feels like it’s coming to a close.  The focus lately has also shifted from the guys/porn games/anime to the girls and their cosplay and uh… girl porn.  heh.

Gatcha Gacha 3 – This volume goes into Motoko and Yabe’s history together as well as how Motoko hooked up with her #1 lackey Sekine.  The poor prez doesn’t have a great time of it in this volume.  I don’t care!  I’m rooting for him!  I’m also still loving the twisted characters and the fact that I haven’t figured out what the final pairings will be yet.  Usually it’s obvious at this point.

Beauty is the Beast 5 (final volume) – I loved this series.  It’s funny and weird but the art and characters are all so laid back it doesn’t make the leap into wacky.  I told a friend today that it’s one of the most relaxed romance manga I’ve ever read.  Even the resolution was kind of “oh, okay” and not entirely shown/spelled out until you read the “future” bits.  I thought it was compelling, though.  A bonus in this volume was the author writing little future bios for the characters…. only one ends up unhappy, poor guy.  (If you’re reading this series, you can probably guess who it is.  The author likes torturing him.)  One character completely disappears except for New Year’s cards.  heh.

Skip Beat! 3 – Still liking this series, which is nice.  I like that the heroine continues to be crazy mad and shows no sign of softening.  Also, she’s been exposed to her ex-boyfriend’s hot rival and hasn’t fallen in love with him yet, which is nice.  You know once she does she’s going to lose her edge.  :(  This volume continues the acting competition and Kyoko is determined to win, despite her broken ankle.

Tsubasa 11 – The Piffle World Dragonfly Race is still on but things are complicated by a cheater in their midst!  I love and adore the art and characters in Tsubasa but I find myself having to stop thinking about things like how they hell they learn to pilot foreign vehicles well enough to beat the natives in a race and where did they get the money to buy them in the first place.  My suspension of disbelief function is occasionally faulty.

Kissing – I loved this!  Kazushi and Haru are childhood friends who are now in college together.  A chance comment about love by Kazushi prompts Haru to start harassing him about who exactly Kazushi is in love with, and is stunned to find out it’s him!  (He’s the overly innocent, naive and clueless type of guy that’s so typical in shonen-ai books.)  Haru, however, is not gay and not interested in starting anything romantic with his best friend.  As the book goes on Haru starts to find out things about Kazushi he hadn’t known before and realizes just how much his friend has been looking out for him over the years.  Then his feelings slowly start to change…  I’ll say it again – I totally loved this book.  The art was expressive and cute and I loved the (totally consensual!!) relationship that existed between the two boys and watching it grow into something more.  

Hero Heel 1 – From the creator of Yellow.  I liked most of this one, but the problems I had with it are because of my personal quirks – other people will probably have a completely different reaction to it.  Minami is a young actor who was recently cast in the lead role in a live action superhero show.  He doesn’t take it very seriously until he meets his co-star Sawada, who plays the villain.  Sawada is cold and unsympathetic, but also prods Minami to improve his acting and take the show more seriously.  Minami is fascinated by Sawada and his interest is only heightened when he comes across Sawada kissing another man.  This shifts his growing obsession to a more romantic nature which (surprisingly) Sawada (seemingly) remains indifferent to.  The problem I had with the book that I mentioned earlier had much to do with the situations Minami would get himself into.  I have a low tolerance for characters suffering humiliation – I tend to cringe and skip over those bits or skim them.  I get too embarrassed for them, if that makes sense.  Minami was good at acting like an idiot, or getting chastised.  Even seeing him in his superhero get-up and acting out his role was vaguely embarrassing for some reason.  heh.  I need to get over that.

Black Knight 2 – Feel free to ignore the mature content sticker on this volume.  Yes, there’s a scene at the beginning that’s risque, but really this second volume is less about Prince Christian/Chris/Jeremy/Whoever and his knight and more about the politics and intrigues surrounding the kingdom.  There was a lot of backstory about how the king came to power in the country – he was branded as a traitor to his brother when he was sixteen and sent to fight on the front lines of the war and ended up taking over the country they were fighting against.  I think.  It was kind of unclear how he eventually took over another country (or united a bunch of smaller areas to make one big country).  Anyway, the king’s nephews are currently in the same situation as their elders were years ago, and nephew #2 has come to ask for Chris’ help in returning to his country.  The last half of the volume is about the king as a young man, his rise to kingship and how he met and fell in love with a princess who rejected his marriage proposal.  Aww.  I like Black Knight, but yes, the politics are hard to follow, what with all the dukes and changing names of countries and double crosses.  I thought I should reread the first one to see if that helped straighten anything out, but I can’t find it.  It’s either buried in my stacks of manga or I’ve lent it to someone. 

Le Portrait de Petite Cossette 2 (final volume)
Whistle! 14
Sugar Sugar Rune 4
Moon Boy 1
Princess Princess 1
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden 5

I’m so not doing a list for the older stuff.  Instead, I’m taking shameless advantage of my new camera and just posting gratuitous pictures.  :)



Yeah, I bought more than that.  Just can’t remember what they were right now.  And these are a little blurry/glare-y aren’t they?  Some of the numbers and titles are hard to make out.  Oops!  Taking pictures of manga is harder than it looks.  :P


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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ama  |  November 11, 2006 at 10:13 am

    You know, if I had a job, I’d buy lots of manga too. ;_;
    It’s not fair because all I get is… well yeah I won’t whine.
    On the upside… I just got 1-10 of Hot Gimmick! :D Yay Hot Gimmick!
    On the downside, or well, upside for you… you still have more manga.

  • 2. pajcat  |  November 11, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    I have *too* much manga! But I also have two jobs, which helps. I definitely wouldn’t buy as much as I do if I didn’t have both. I also have a few friends I trade manga with, which means I get to read more and don’t have to buy it all. (Unless I really like it. I initially borrowed Hot Gimmick 1 from a friend.)
    Congrats on your Hot Gimmick score, though. Such an awesome series! Do you get manga and anime from the library? Free manga is nice, even if you do have to wait forever for it! :)
    My sister in law was in town a couple of weeks ago. I had fun dragging her to the comic store to pick out Christmas manga and anime for my nephew. Heh. That way *I* don’t have to buy it all for him!

  • 3. melrose plant  |  November 11, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    I love the pics of the manga. Modern art, I say

    oh, by the way, in your honour, I have ordered a range of manga for my tiny literary bookstore ( for Christmas presents I suspect ) Usually we just special order the titles we need for people when requested, but I ordered a couple of titles for the shelf…. I shall dedicate it to the glory of PAJCAT ! :)

    ( p.s. last night I watched Wallace and Gromit curse of the Were- Rabbit …and thought of when I saw it with you and Bucky… and of the fantastic bunnies howling to the moon…. awooowoooowoooo! )

  • 4. pajcat  |  November 11, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    There should be all sorts of things dedicated to my glory. I’m glad you realize that.


    I hope you ordered some cool stuff for your shelves.

  • 5. Ama  |  November 12, 2006 at 1:20 pm

    I have *too* much manga!

    I would agree with you, but only because my three shelves are crammed with it. D:

    As for manga, I get a lot from the library. :3 Especially anime. But I was very happy with my Hot Gimmick score :D So thank you. I’m also going to get Marmalade Boy and Tokyo Boys&Girls~ Yay :D

  • 6. Niki  |  November 17, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    Post some more pix and lemme drool wail over them, before I go rushing to Kinokuniya, begging them tearfully to get the manga in your pictures in ^^ (I’ll actually settle for them getting the new Hana-Kimi in store…)

  • 7. pajcat  |  November 17, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    I think if my comic store ever delayed getting a new Hana-Kimi volume in it would drive me nuts. Then I would have to troll all over Toronto until I found it. I did that once for Decendants of Darkness… and after the fifth comic store finally decided that *no one* got it in. I can be obsessive…

  • 8. pajcat  |  November 18, 2006 at 12:57 am

    Speaking of Hana-Kimi, right now I’m trying to resist buying the art book. It’s sooo pretty!

  • 9. Niki  |  November 20, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Well, the online blurb for The Art of Hana-Kimi does say:

    For anyone who is in full bloom, this book’s for you.

    I guess that’s a good enuf reason ^^

  • 10. pajcat  |  November 20, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    ha ha ha ha ha! That’s awesome. I don’t think I’m in full bloom though… What the hell does that even mean??

  • 11. badtzphoto  |  April 25, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    I’m not sure if you checked back on old posts. I found this post via googling for “gatcha gacha” :)

    “The poor prez doesn’t have a great time of it in this volume. I don’t care! I’m rooting for him! ”
    Me, too. The poor guy…

    You once told that Gatcha gacha is one of the series that are in the front space of your bookshelf. So I checked it out. I have to admit that reading the blurb about this series doesn’t appeal to me. Anyway, when bookclosedouts had a sale on tokyopop manga for $2.50/book. I got volumes 1& 2 and I like it. But then I read from TP website on later volumes – Yabe and Yuri are a couple – (sob!) I’d hate if if Yuri ends up with the prez when Yabe is unavailable and goes back to Yabe later. I’m thinking too much about fictional characters… I need to have a live ;)

  • 12. pajcat  |  April 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Oh yeah. You can comment on anything and WordPress will tell me. It doesn’t matter when I wrote it.

    I have a bad habit of rooting for the underdog characters who never seem to get the girls. What’s up with that? I just always like the serious best friends for some reason. :)

    I’m glad you got a chance to read it – stick with it if you like it. The series gets better, if for no other reason it’s not horribly predicable like most shojo series are. (I had the best time reading the first Peach Girl series because I couldn’t figure out if Momo was going to go for Kiley or Toji. The tension was killing me.) The relationships become quite interesting as the series goes on and Pasts Are Revealed. And the Prez (sort of) grows a spine! heh. There’s hope for him yet! (I hope!)

  • 13. pajcat  |  April 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Okay, I went back after I commented and realized a lot of what I said now echoed what I said then.

    Gatcha Gacha is still a great series. :)

  • 14. badtzphoto  |  April 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    “I have a bad habit of rooting for the underdog characters who never seem to get the girls. What’s up with that? I just always like the serious best friends for some reason. :)”
    Me, too. Like Soshi in “Absolute boyfriend,” Yuhi in “Ceres”, or Horitori in Fushigi to name a few …

    “And the Prez (sort of) grows a spine! heh.”
    I do hope that his love is not unrequited :(

    It seems that there are 8 volumes in this series???

  • 15. pajcat  |  April 25, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Ah, Yuhi doesn’t exactly count, now does he? :P

    Also throw in what’s his name from Tokyo Boys and Girls, the one from Doubt!! the one from…

    And they’re all brunettes, too.

    I’m not sure how many books are in Gatcha Gacha. I admit I’ve never been curious enough to check. It comes out rather slowly, though. I think I have 6 volumes right now, so if there are two left I guess there’s lots of time for more angst. heh.

    And I think Soshi should get the girl in Absolute Boyfriend. Tho maybe Watase can pull another Ceres ending out of her hat…

  • 16. badtzphoto  |  April 25, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    well, yeah, technically Yuhi isn’t, but it did seem hopeless most of the time…

    oh, I forgot the guy from Doubt. I think that series was cut short – the ending was a bit rush, don’t you?

    “And they’re all brunettes, too.”
    Oh no, just realize Ren from Skip beat has dark hair and Shou has lighter hair. Nooooooo … Just remember Hana-kimi isn’t following this. So there is still hope.

  • 17. pajcat  |  April 27, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Ah, I was teasing about Yuhi. My mind was kind of boggled when I found out the ending of Ceres. I like to point it out to people who read Watase’s work to show them that you never know who’s going to end up with who at the end of her series. :)

    I liked Doubt, but I haven’t exactly rushed to reread any of it, either. It’s one of those one off series for me.

    Sano’s victory in Hana Kimi was never in doubt, thank goodness!

  • 18. yuhi  |  November 25, 2009 at 1:06 am

    manga -what is the 4th one down on in the 1st pic called?

  • 19. pajcat  |  November 25, 2009 at 8:46 am

    That one is I Can’t Stop Loving You. It’s a yaoi title.


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