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Swag Bag: All The RightStuf With BL, Kai and Viz

Canada Post recently announcing their rotating strike was already bad news on its own but I was doubly cranky about it as my box of RightStuf goodies was presumably trapped somewhere between here and there. Luck was on my side though and on the morning the strike was set to start, my box arrived!

Replica (Vol. 01)Taking advantage of their Digital Manga sale a little while back, I picked up a bunch of my must-have titles at prices I couldn’t possibly refuse! Paying their sale price on the US price, and the Canadian dollar as it is, I got each book for 50% off what I would’ve paid here.

Continuing current series, I bought Target in the Finder (Vol. 03), Kizuna Omnibus (Vol. 02) and Tyrant Who Falls In Love (Vol. 02). Now that I’ve got a couple volmes of Kizuna and Finder, it’s time to retire my BeBeautiful version to the storage bins. I also purchased Replica (Vol. 01) and Countdown 7 Days (Vol. 01). Both are shonen (I think?) series that I was able to get an early preview of from Digital Manga. I really liked them both and hope they still get a chance to impress people despite being hidden within DM’s big boys’ love library.

Back to the boys’ love, I got one of BLU’s final publications: Crimson Snow. It’s a one-shot title that I’ve been dying to have in my hand since I saw the gorgeous cover on Amazon last year. Learning the plot only furthered my want so it was the first to have its plastic covering ripped off. I also picked up the last two volumes of breath – a five volume BL series by the so far one-series company Yaoi Generation who’s been disappointedly quiet since last year.

Crimson SnowAnd because a RightStuf purchase isn’t complete without some anime, I happily took advantage of the Funimation sale to buy Dragonball Z Kai Parts 2-4 and the second half of the series Welcome to the NHK.

Buying back on more local soil, I visited our big bookstore Chapters as the customary before-and-after seeing a movie ritual (aka, it’s right next door to the biggest theatre). Last week I was thrilled to get a copy of A Bride’s Story from Yen Press. It’s a really gorgeous book and you’ll want to spend some time oogling the hard cover design before  you even crack it open.

This upcoming week is Viz Media‘s huge shipping list, which generally always happens the first week of the month. This often means a big armful of books for me and this month was no exception, especially with some of my absolute favourites out. Books carried to the check-out included Pokemon Adventures (Vol. 13), Bleach (Vol. 35), Blue Excorcist (Vol. 02) and Toriko (Vol. 05). I also bought Full Metal Alchemist 3-in-1 (Vol. 01) because of a friends’ recommendation. To try and round out the shonen just a little, I also bought Grand Guignol Orchestra (Vol. 03) – battling doll-like zombies with music while wearing Victorian gothic attire!

Thankfully I just finished a big Spring cleaning revamp of my manga bookshelves (which of course included adding a new one), so there’s plenty of space to start adding in my new goodies. That said, I’ll be selling a couple boxes full at this upcoming Animaritime so East Coast Canadians have another reason to come enjoy the event ;)

So what was in your swag bag this week?

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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7 Responses

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  2. Aaron says:

    I got volumes 5-9 of Blade of The Immortal and volumes 1-3 of The PRince of Tennis (a sereis I plan to review every volume of.)

    • Lissa says:

      Nice find with Blade of the Immortal! That series is a work of art, I love going through the books just to stare at the artwork (I love that painting-style sketchiness!) not to mention the great story.

      I\’ve never read any Prince of Tennis – hard to get past my lack of caring for the sport. Still I\’ve found several series exciting that were about sports I didn\’t care about (which is most sports really…), so I look forward to seeing what you think of it. I may check it out!

  3. Bob says:

    You still need to get Pokemon Adventures, Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. The first two volumes of it are already out. And you won't have to worry about any previous arc spoilers until volumes 37 and 38, or volumes 8 and 9 of DPPt in Viz's release.

    • Lissa says:

      I bought the new Pokemon Adventures a few days ago (and it was \’fantastic\’). I still haven\’t bought any Pearl and Platinum but I likely will once Adventures is finished. I think it\’s the artwork of the other series I don\’t find as appealing so I\’ve put off trying them.

      • Bob says:

        I noticed that, and I'm glad to hear you thought it was fantastic. I did as well. Kusaka is a genius and both artists are always on point! As for Diamond/Pearl, you might as well buy them now because Adventures is one of those things that's still on-going today, and will likely never finish unless Pokemon in general does at some point. I do understand wanting to wait until Viz catches up though, but Viz recently confirmed that they have currently have no plans to release the arcs between it and Gold/Silver/Crystal, aka Ruby/Sapphire, FireRed/LeafGreen and Emerald so don't bother. We may never get them or if we do, it'll be a long time away, so you might as well. And shouldn't you actually try them before just assuming you won't like the artwork? Not only that, but if you love Adventures the Diamond and Pearl arc is part of it so I do think it's worth a shot.

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