Oh, Hail The Anxiety – I Wasted Some Money

Yeah, I know I blame my shopping on anxiety often but, in 9 times out of 10 I actually do turn to my computer and push that little buy button when I need some anxiety relief. It beats cutting myself or slamming my hand into the sink hard enough for it to go black. The hand I mean, the sink stays white. The gratification when you get something beautiful a few days later in the mailbox trumps the shame when you try to hide your injured, smashed up, scarred hand inside the arm of your shirt.

Well, this wasn’t at all what I was gonna write about today, my weak mental health. What I was going to say was that I have been shopping some manga today again. I got Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi vol. 1 the other day and sweet cucumber am I happy I bought it. It is just so good. So, obviously have I ordered volume 2 now. I was pondering about whether or not to buy some more volumes while I was at it but then I felt the need to buy something else too.


I am collecting The World’s Greatest First Love and vol. 9 has just (tomorrow is publication date actually) been released so it had to be bought. There’s not really much to say about it, it’s boys love and is more known as Sekaiichi Hatsukoi. Most people probably associate it with the anime but I actually think I prefer it as a manga.

A fresh start turns sour after a manga editor’s new boss turns out to be his ill-fated first love! When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he’s not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu’s determined to leave all that in the past-but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future?


I Hear the Sunspot : Theory of HappinessThis is the sequel to I Hear the Sunspot, which I bought back in January. It’s a manga I already have read but I love immensely. Also just been released. Also boys love. (hey, I didn’t buy any in my last batch so I better make up for it this time. But really, this is the only two boys love I have bought.)

Because of a hearing disability, Kouhei is often misunderstood and has trouble integrating into life on campus, so he learns to keep his distance. That is until he meets the outspoken and cheerful Taichi. He tells Kouhei that his hearing loss is not his fault. Taichi’s words cut through Kouhei’s usual defense mechanisms and open his heart. More than friends, less than lovers, their relationship changes Kouhei forever.


You know how much I love Sengoku, right? My dancing ballerina boy. That hot mister hotness. No? Well, dude’s from Welcome to the Ballroom and I have not had enough of him or any of his friends so I just bought volume one of the manga. I picture googled Sengoku (hey, don’t judge me, you all know you do it) and stumbled upon some manga pages and well, the art is beautiful. What can I say, I love the anime and it is ballroom dancing and my man is in there.

Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something—anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood watch, though. He’s a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same


Finally; I needed some horror to go with all the sweat and tears, and hotness. I happened upon a review of Fire Punch and it intrigued me. The name is ridiculous but the story seems awesome and what I’ve seen of the art is smashing. There are currently only one volume translated (unless you want scanlations because I think it is completely scanlated but I am not gonna go there and ruin it with bad translations.) and two to pre-order. In total there is nine volumes, all done in Japanese. Well, I have hope for this one. I don’t have any proper horror in my collection so it should fit right in.

In a frozen dystopia where inhabitants eat flesh to survive, can the destructive powers of fire bring salvation? In the not-too-distant past, the Ice Witch blankets the world in snow, starvation, and madness, leading the inhabitants to seek their salvation in fire. With that, an unusual destiny unfolds for two young orphans, Agni and Luna, blessed with the ability to regenerate. But will this ability prove to be more of a curse than a blessing? Orphaned siblings Agni and Luna, like the Ice Witch who cursed their world, are two of the “blessed,” humans who hold special abilities. However, not all who are blessed are friendly, and after another of their kind attacks him and decimates his village, Agni fights to survive, vowing revenge.


So, there you have it. I probably will be back with another “manga Lina bought in a wave of anxiety” post in the near future. Until then, please enjoy the beautiful creature known as Sengoku.



32 thoughts on “Oh, Hail The Anxiety – I Wasted Some Money

  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed Of The Red, The Light and the Ayakashi. I might have to try The World’s Greatest First Love at some point. I didn’t mind the anime but I think getting more of the story might be interesting.

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    1. Oh, it is absolutely amazing. And of course it would end in the most exciting cliff hanger. Right now everything is so mysterious and I love it.

      The World’s Greatest First Love is a good anime but I feel like there’s more substance in the manga. It’s in the details you can’t translate to the screen.

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      1. I had the best surprise waiting for me when I got home today. Book 3 of Of the Red, The Light and The Ayakashi had arrived. So happy right now.
        I’ll definitely add World’s Greatest First Love to my list of books to look out for in the future.

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  2. Yes, it seems that you have made your decisions, and made some good choices judging from these. Shopping can definitely help you with some anxiety relief (yes, I do that myself as well sometimes (whoaaa..shock: Raistlin does this too?? Really? Yup…he does). I like the premise for that Fire Punch manga. Never even heard of it, but flesh eating inhabitants, Ice Witch blankets..and all sorts of other goodness?? Cooooollll. Hopefully you will do a review for that one, as it sounds pretty great!!.
    Also love the covers for I hear the Sunspot. Those really look astounding, and the storyline sounds beautiful. Well…either way: these all look cool!.
    Now….I have to start containing myself..and not be tempted to buy these…so…covering my eyes in three, two, one…zero…..minus one…minus two…..🙈🙈

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    1. Of course you do. I knew it before you knew it yourself. 😎 Your little shopping spree the other day tells me that you might be one of us. 🤗 I’m not sure it’s too good though, it would be better if the soul reason was only shopping without the anxiety though but hey, one can’t have it all. 🤔😎

      Spot is an amazing manga, the art is beautiful and the story very engaging. It’s very little bl. I would hardly call it bl actually.

      Yeah I am terribly curious about FP. I can probably manage a review of it when I’ve read it. I have never written a review of a manga so that can be fun.

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      1. Naw…I guess it isn’t good all the time, I guess I agree on that. But still…it’s sometimes nice to do, and it does really help at times…of only to put a smile back on the face. Because that usually happens when I go on these little sprees 😊
        Hmm..well I have made on oath to try out some more manga this year, so who know, I might even check Spot out.
        And yay! That would be awesome if you were to write a review about that one. Can’t wait to read it 😀😀

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    1. Oh, that’s exactly what I hope for when I read that first volume. That I will feel like that. That is normally how I shop my manga, I buy them all at once so chances are I do once I read it. Fortunately there’s only 9 so far. Not too expensive.

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      1. Yeah! Saddly, the creator has been through a lot of hiatus due to his poor health, so the story doesn’t really progress that much 😦

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      2. That is sad. I saw that the anime is based on all the volumes that are published so I guess there won’t be a second season which pains me. I love that anime so much.

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  3. I’ve started looking for Fire Punch on manga shelves when I can, but because it’s still a fairly recent release Platinum End seems more common than it in my neck of the woods. (In case you’re wondering why I didn’t splurge online instead, I don’t purchase stuff online for multiple reasons, one of which is buying too much at once.) Oh well, just gotta keep waiting until I can buy both of them…

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    1. If I could I would love to buy manga in store but we don’t have any bookstores close by who sells manga. I want to support physical bookstores as much as I can because they are slowly disappearing, especially the small, no chain ones, but it isn’t easy where I live. Well, the perks of online stores are it’s cheaper and easier access I guess but I would love to pay a little bit more to have it my hand the moment I pay for it.


    1. Oh, me too. I love getting those little brown packets. My man knows about my manga shopping. He just shakes his head when I tell. A while back I realised my shelves are filled so tomorrow he’s going to IKEA to buy new shelves for me. 🤗

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  4. Great choices Lina. I hear the sunspot one has intrigued me immensely thankyou for that. welcome to the ballroom Ive wanted to collect to broaden my collection as all I have is shoujo first world problems. Worlds first love I saw the anime a long time I honestly had forgot about this anime until recently. The anime is enjoyable and I’m sure the manga is as well XD

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    1. I like the anime The world first love a lot. I think it is better than the anime and I do like that a lot too. You get more out of the manga I think. I am curious about Welcome to the ballroom. I am still waiting for it to come. 🙄 I hope it will be smashing. Oh yeah, the sunspot is amazing, I can really recommend it. It’s such a sweet story.

      I haven’t really read any shoujo manga but I have been thinking about if i should. I just don’t know where to start, there is so much to chose from.


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