Yeah, yeah, I listen to Britney, I confess. It’s inevitable when her songs pop up in my brain and doesn’t want to stop playing. My braincells throw parties sometimes and their music of choice is Britney and Spice Girls. Don’t ask, I was young and it was huge. “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends…” I mean, come on, “you gotta get with my friends” what? Snake pit, anyone? Did Backstreet Boys ever sing songs like that and shake their little tushes? Now, there’s a snake pit I would like to watch. Boys only of course.
Okey, I am not here to talk about sex, I am here to talk about my latest manga haul. Because let’s just face it, there will always be a latest manga haul. At least as long as there are Christmas money left or tax returns. All my money goes to manga at the moment. Call me crazy or stupid or irresponsible. Nah, I love manga. So, without further ado;
Meet the Urumas, a slightly dysfunctional family of four sorcerers. Mom, being the most powerful sorceress around, works away from home keeping the world safe. Dad picks up the slack and takes care of the family. Except when he’s out, which is when the older brother Jin finds himself in the unenviable position of keeping tabs on his sister Ran. Ran, the youngest, is a willful girl with too much power and too little wisdom. Let’s take a look at Ran’s everyday misadventures, shall we?
This is such a beautiful manga. It’s not licensed in English, which is such a mystery to me, but some awesome person decided that it was worth a Swedish licenses and for that I will be forever and eternally grateful. It is pure joy to flicker through the pages and just look at the pictures.
Punch Up! vol.1
Architect Maki Motoharu is hanging out at the construction site ogling a particular hunky, well-toned construction worker when he is unexpectedly reunited with his lost cat, Shinobu. The reunion is all thanks to Ohki Kouta, a foul-mouthed young ironworker who found and cared for the lost cat. Unfortunately for Ohki, this act of kindness led to his eviction! When Maki agrees to take in young Ohki, will he be able to tame this feisty stray?
Because I have planned to buy the whole series at some point and it was stupidly cheap (€2,50). It is a good enough reason to buy something. That it is cheap. A lot on this list (most of it actually) ended up in my basket because it was cheap. I love cheap. Also, it is always nice with some boys love. It is very little boys love in this haul. So yeah, Punch Up! was a must.
I-Doll vol 1 – 2
Four high-school students are forced to join a gangsters band as punishment for various misdeeds they committed during a concert. The problem is, they can’t get along.
That’s it. I have no idea about anything else than those two sentences above. All I know except for that is that there is 2 volumes printed but it seems like there is more than that. Baka Updates have no information about this manhwa. Mal had what is written above. The cover and what little I know intrigues me though (and also, it was cheap) so I thought “why not” and bought it. One have to live a little right?
The Knockout Makers vol. 1-3
The “legendary”, “mysterious” aesthetics group at school, known as The Knockout Makers (a.k.a. KOM), accept commissions/requests/jobs, for free, for pretty girls in need with a desire to be beautiful. Through their endeavors to achieve beauty, we learn a little more about their female clients and the trials and tribulations teenage girls must endure.
I’ve been complaining about shoujo manga for a while now; how I don’t read it and that I should probably try sometimes. Well, here we go. And this is only the first one on my list. *gasp* I would probably not have bought it if it weren’t for the price and the fact that there are cute boys in it styling mediocre girls. I like the whole Cinderella thing. So yeah, here goes nothing.
Phantom Dream vol. 1-5
Tamaki Otoya is the last in a line of ancient summoners tasked to battle evil forces that threaten mankind. Burdened by his duty as a summoner, Tamaki has always found strength from his childhood friend, Asahi, with whom he has a deep, emotional bond. So when Asahi’s friend is found out to be possessed by a demon, he awakens–as the one destined to exorcise demons out of tortured human souls.
Here comes the second shoujo. Although, this actually sounds a little bit more than “just” a shoujo to me with all that demons and tortured souls and whatnots. But, I don’t know too much about shoujo so who am I to say anything. In my mind shoujo is stuttering, blushing girls with a crush on the schools hottest boy. That’s why I have avoided the genre. Anyway, I like demons and threats to mankind and tortured souls, and I like the art to boot.
From Hee Jung Park comes ten stories of love, sadness, longing and alienation. A young man finds himself continuously drawn into the orbit of future suicide victims, while another finds redemption in an unlikely ally. And an apathetic lover can only enliven his pallid relationship with the crimson color of blood…
What can I say about this choice? I like tragedies. I like sadness. I like misery. This might be a trigger for me, I don’t know. Hopefully not. I read a lot about deeply disturbed people, mentally ill humans. It’s not just interesting but I can relate. Maybe that’s why I bought this one.
Clean-Freak Fully Equiped vol. 1
Because of a frightening experience three years ago, the boy Sata Senda became a compulsive cleanliness freak. As he has anti-bacterial spray and mask as standard equipment and doesn’t allow any form of close contact, he has no friends… Thus came the summer of sixth grade. Sata, who has been half forced to participate in the school trip, arrives to the meeting place completely wrapped in a protective suit?!
So, comedy maybe? After the previous one I might need it. Again, it was super cheap and I like the idea of a germophobe (my cousin is a cured one. She’s a doctor at a children’s hospital. Imagine just how troublesome that is. Well, that’s what made her ill in the first place. Anyway, she’s been in therapy and all’s (more or less) well now. So, I enjoy these kinds of manga/anime. Ok, sidetracked much…) Where was I? This yeah, there is a volume two too but they didn’t have it. It seems impossible to find so perhaps I will never get to buy it. It’s fully scanlated though so maybe I’ll just finish it that way if I like it. I’d rather own it of course because I am not good with not having finished series.
This is it. For now. I am out of shelves so I might have to wait for new buys for a while. Unless I find something interesting. Then I just might happen to let it slip into the shopping basket in some strange little web shop. Just like all these happened to. I love obscure web shops. They have such interesting stuff. Anyway, have you bought anything unusual lately? Or like, ever?