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Swag Bag – Gotta Catch ‘Em All

I still haven’t completely finished unpacking what I bought at the recent New York Anime Fest (or finished my write-up about it for that matter – eep!) but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from my weekly trips to Strange Adventures for all that’s new, shiny and on sale.

First off, I couldn’t help but pick up Dark Horse’s omnibus edition of Cardcaptor Sakura. I already own the floppies, Mixx tradebacks and Tokyopop editions of the series but this one was too shiny and high quality to ignore. If you’ve been looking to replace some old copies or haven’t had the pleasure of owning one of the most adorable and magical manga series ever made, then you owe it to yourself to pick this edition up. It’s printed on high-quality paper, has nice lettering work and a thus-smooth translation plus it’s stuffed with full colour illustration inserts. This is a beautiful book indeed!

Next I spelunked through the stack of new Yen Press books out this week and decided on the third volume of Black Butler. This series has so much fan-service that is absolutely, perfectly and deliberately tailored to me. Or at least that’s how it feels sometimes and judging by it’s time on the New York Time’s Best Sellers list, I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

Next to enter my awaiting arms was the omnibus edition of Strawberry Panic which looks super pretty. I’ve heard good things so hopefully I am rewarded! I’m really falling in love with these omnibus editions, they’re fantastic.

Viz Media had a whole bunch of new books to choose from and there seemed no solution other than picking up most of them. For a new series, I picked up March Story (Vol. 01) and continuing a personal-favourite, Pokemon Adventures (Vol. 09). Naturally I had to make sure I nabbed a copy of 20th Century Boys (Vol. 11) while there was still one remaining and I was happy to see the second volume of Kingyo Used Books.

And rounding off my purchase of new releases and a new edition of a series I already own, I bought volume of boys’ love classic, Kizuna. It’s another beautiful omnibus edition of a great series. I will be enjoying some nostalgic reading this week for sure!

Then there was the discount shelf, full of snazzy and affordable little surprises to round out my purchases of the day. I picked up the first two volumes of Aegis from NetComics. I don’t own many of their books but have bought a number lately and liked the majority (though I have my share of complaints about their lettering – pet peeve of mine!). That said though, the lettering in Aegis actually looks quite a bit tidier than the others of theirs I’ve read so good start! Apparently it’s “a heart-thobbing sci-fi epic that echoes Lord of the Flies!“.

Lastly I got La Corda d’Oro (Vol. 08) and Togainu no Chi (Vol. 02), both of which I felt sort of lukewarm about prior volumes but I’m always up for giving series another book to impress me! I had opposite thoughts on them both – La Corda d’Oro has fantastic art but a meh story, where as I really disliked the art of this Togainu no Chi manga but like the original story. We’ll see where these volumes lead!

And to top it all off, though not manga, I had to buy a copy of UDON’s Vent anthology. It’s a collection of artwork from their company’s collection of contributing artists and it’s gorgeous.

Those were my purchases this week – what about yours?

About the Author:

Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of Kuriousity.ca. Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia she takes great joy in collecting all manners of manga genres, regretting that there's never enough time in the day to review or share them all. Along with reviews, Lissa is responsible for all the news postings to the website and works full time as a web and graphic designer.



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6 Responses

  1. Andre says:

    They had the Strawberry Panic omnibus? I didn't even notice in your pile. The anime's wonderfully horrible and cheesy.

    Over the course of the week I nabbed-

    Gantz Vol.13- dinosaurs and ultraviolence! Picked up a few random volumes, and added it to my account. Like Berserk, not a manga for everyone.

    Cross Game Vol.1 (1-3 omnibus)

    NightSchool Vol.4 [final volume!]

    HON original anthology [Thanks Lissa! It's signed! so shiny!!!]

    And from the clearance rack-

    Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol.1

    Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol.2

    Yokai Doctor Vol.1 [read about 1/2 of it today, an odd mix of horror and mild fanservice, with some great art]

    Mikansei No.1 Vol.1

    Samurai Deeper Keyo Vol.1

    Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol.2

    07-Ghost Vol.2 [read vol.1, and I agree with Lissa, this is nonsense. Why didn't the church not remove the shackles?

    • I bought volume one of Gantz while I was at NYAF and read it the other night. It was definitely weird and messy but I'm really eager to read more. I've heard so much about the series yet somehow went all this time without ever knowing the plot. Not sure I understand it just yet but more than before.

      Cross Game was really charming, I look forward to hearing what you think about it. I think you'll like it though ^^ And yay for omnibus! So much manga for so cheap. And I was surprised to learn volume four was the end of NightSchool. I still haven't read volume three so I need to get caught up on that one.

  2. Aaron says:

    I just finished the Strawberry Panic Omnibus you wont be disappointed I was actually surprised to read a girl's Love manga that much sexual content in it. Some of the relationships came off as very Seme/Uke it's so worth it. I actually had to put it down because their where parts that where a little too "Strong" for me. I also bought Voiceful and both volumes of Kannazuki No Miko: Destiny of Shrine Maiden and the second omnibus of Chobits.

    • Oh? That's interesting to know about Strawberry Panic, I thought it'd be really tame for what I've heard. Then again, I've only really heard about the anime. I'm really eager to read this one though, not to mention just having another yuri title on my shelf. Not enough of them!

      And Voiceful is currently sitting in my RightStuf order waiting to be purchased – looks really cute ^^

  3. Aaron says:

    Yeah the stuff in Strawberry Panic isn't really "hardcore" but it does get the pulse racing. I thought Strawberry Panic was going to be like Marimite but let's just say Sachiko never treated Yumi the way Shizuma treats Aoi and Yaya really "likes" her roomate Hikari ;)

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