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Swag Bag: Squeaky Clean Exorcists and Pocket Monsters

It was so nice outside today! It’s great to be able to shed off the winter coat and boats and head downtown for some new comics wearing a light hoodie and a comfy pair of sneakers. I didn’t come home with a huge pile of stuff but that makes them all no less awesome.

I bought three books from Viz Media this week – Pokemon Adventures (Vol. 12), Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Vol. 02) and Blue Exorcist (Vol. 01). Upon flipping through Pokemon Adventures, I’m most excited to read this volume – there’s a whole bunch of previous characters returning such as Misty, Brock and Sabrina so I’m really to see why and under what circumstances. Blue Exorcist (Vol. 01) caught my eye with its shiny cover and I’ve heard a lot about it lately because of its upcoming anime release. It’ll almost be like I’m up to date on anime playing these days!

One title from Tokyopop this week as I start up another new manga series –¬†Clean Freak: Fully Equipped (Vol. 01). My first impression is that the art is really rough and rather unappealing but hopefully the rather quirky sounding plot can overcome that. We shall see! It’s about a boy with a huge germophobe problem and the friends he makes who help him overcome it.

Topping off my purchases with a trip to the discount bin, I purchased¬†From Erocia With Love (Vol. 14). I only own the first three volumes and honestly didn’t like them very much. But I’ve heard lots of good things about the series so we’ll see how a random dip in the middle fares!

Lastly, and though not manga, I’m also going to mention my purchase of Bone (One Volume Edition). For a mere $20, I was able to buy the entire Bone graphic novel series in a single book! I’ve never had an opportunity to read the entire series before so I was really happy to find this book for sale.

Now I’m off to read! What did you purchase this week?

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Lissa Pattillo is the owner and editor of 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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5 Responses

  1. CRO says:

    I also bought Blue Exorcist and Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan vol.2 plus I got Pandora Hearts vol 1.(I heard good things). I'll see how it goes…

  2. Andre says:

    Didn't nab any manga at the comic shop last week [though the combined awesomeness of Art Adams' Ultimate X —everyone needs more Art Adams comics— and Nick Spencer's Jimmy Olsen 1-shot made up for that]. I did pick up the 2nd Story of Saiunkoku at Chapters today [hadn't read all of vol.1 yet, but have always heard good stuff about the anime].

    Should be getting a nice big pile of Manga at the comic shop this week though, as Tokyopop titles are finally in :)

    Also finally read Kurazakuro vol.3 and Dorohedoro Vol.3- really great reads, and Dorohedoro had so much colour! Between it, Saiunkoku and a few other recent buys, VIZ has really stepped up the amount of colour pages/inserts they put in their books

  3. Aaron says:

    I got volume 18 of Full Metal Alchmist and the first volume of Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura wich was supriseinglly dark considering the humor of the first chapter. But than agian Gentleman's Allince Cross ended up haveing some really dark moments also.

    But it's good to see Tanemura do another Magical Girl seris since I have been in a real Magicl girl mood what with the upcomeing release of Tokyo MEw Mew and Saiolr Moon.

    • I was really surprised at how dark Sakura-Hime got too! The first chapter seemed like such light-hearted fare. Then it suddenly turned into a magical girl series – definitely a very confused series I found. I'm hoping to get a review done for it soon.

  4. ~Dakota says:

    Have you gotten volume 1 of Pokemon Adventures: Diamond, Pearl and Platinum yet? You still definitely need to do that, and more volumes will be coming out before too long of it so it'd be a good idea to get a head start. XD

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