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Swag Bag: Samurai, Incubus, Rabbits and Tyrants

Swag Bag

My bedroom is finally under control! A week of vacation as I transition to a new job plus a very release-heavy month, not to mention a few trips to my local library, have ensured every inch of my desk, floor and shelves were littered with material waiting to be read and watched. Upside to cleaning your room at least is there’s almost always something you’ll discover  you haven’t read yet, or perhaps just want to revisit.  Naturally among the now organized chaos are a bunch of the things I bought this past week:

For my birthday I received a gift card to Chapters. While I avoid buying from there in-store (too expensive!), their online prices are still pretty good, especially for the more niche material and some harder to find titles. Thus, it was just that I filled my digital shopping cart with.

Mister Mistress (Vol. 01)Boys’ love made up the bulk of my online purchase with my most eagerly awaited purchase being the hardcopy edition of Digital Manga‘s Rabbit Man, Tiger Man (Vol. 01). Second to that fun and charming tale of yakuza/doctor love, was Tyrant Who Falls In Love (Vol. 03). Never enough Hinako Takanaga on the bookshelves! Even Yen Press had some boys’ love to offer me with Tale of the Waning Moon (Vol. 02) and I picked up an older title I missed from Deux Press called Mister Mistress (Vol. 01). It’s almost unfortunate I enjoyed it so much since volume two is looking very tricky to find.

Using up the last pennies of my credit, I bought One Pound Gospel (Vol. 04) which is the end of the series. On the other end of series collection, I bought Descendants of Darkness (Vol. 01) which finishes off my collection of that series as well.

Next up it was into my local comic store, Strange Adventures, where I picked up the new releases (which if you’re curious about the complete recent lists for, check out my Otaku USA articles, On The Shelf). Viz Media dominated my purchasing stack, which I suppose by now should stop seeming like an anomaly.

I was really excited to get my hands on Kaze Hikaru (Vol. 19) – it’s one of my favourite series but there’s a long wait between books. It’s a really long series too so I’m always worried Viz Media will drop it. Everyone buy the series so this doesn’t happen! It’s really charming and wonderfully drawn.

Pokemon Adventures (Vol. 14)Also in the pile of awesome swag was 20th Century Boys (Vol. 16), Otomen (Vol. 11), Tenjo Tenge (Vol. 02) and Natsume’s Book of Friends (Vol. 08). A pleasant surprise was the size of Pokemon Adventures (Vol. 14). It’s notably thicker than past volumes and works really well with the content considering it’s the huge climax of all the plot lines coming together since volume one. Pokemon and trainers everywhere!

And lastly, to make my shopping bags all the heavier, a got a few volumes of manga from the library. Looking for something lighthearted and fluff-heavy, I borrowed Fall In Love Like A Comic (Vol. 01). A really fun discovery though was Saint Young Men (Vol. 01-03). I can’t read Japanese but that didn’t stop me from borrowing the books so I can oogle the amusing pictures and hope all the more someone licenses it. Buddha and Jesus living together in an apartment – how could you not be curious?

That was my Swag Bag this week – what about you?

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

  1. Monica says:

    Seeing how fond you are of the Pokemon Adventures manga and the fact that Viz replied to you quickly over the Black/White issue back then, don't suppose you can e-mail them asking for the volumes after the Gold/Silver arc and the Diamond/Pearl/Platinum arc? Viz currently has no plans to make volumes 15-29 available to us (another fan asked), but Viz also implied that if there was a lot of demand for it, they'd do it. A lot of other fans have already sent their e-mails. Can you do to? The Ruby/Sapphire, FireRed/LeafGreen, and Emerald arcs are big fan favorites, and it's not like kids are going to ask for things they don't know exist until said things actually come out.

    I don't expect that your e-mail alone will convince Viz, but it'll help the ones already sent. Thank you if you read this.

  2. Aaron says:

    I (Fineally!) got the second Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus my Mom pre-orderd for me for my Birthday back in Januray (my birthday wasy in Jaunary) Happy belated Birthday by the way. I also pre orderd both Sailor Moon omnibus and Codename Sailor V so it's kind of been a Magical Girl fest for me as of late.:)

    • Lissa says:

      Thanks for the happy b-day ^^

      Sounds like an amazing magical girl fest! All the absolute best :D I\’m so excited for Sailor Moon and Sailor V to come out!

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  4. Morgan says:

    Happy birthday! :)

    Let's see, in the past week:
    1) GoHastings.com had a 40% off used books coupon
    2) I visited a Borders that was going out of business and got around 50% off
    3) Totally re-realized that Akadot Retail and DMP are buddies, and that a lot of DMP manga was selling for $4 on Akadot's website…

    So, yeah. I bought… 66 manga in the last week? xD I won't see most of them for another week or so, but it's going to be like Christmas in my mailbox. #^_^#

    • Lissa says:

      Those kinds of weeks are so much fun – stacks of manga! What to read next?! And having them delivered to your doorstep is the icing on the cake. Congrats on the awesome deals – I\’m super curious what you bought :D

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