I Went Digital – My Latest Manga Haul

I found a nice little app for my iPad and couldn’t really resist when it turned out they had a sale on manga. Manga you can’t find scanlated because it has a license or printed because they only exist in a digital form or is out of print. Suddenly I realised the beauty of digitally printed manga. So, I have bought a whole lot of digital prints lately.

Oh, you wondered what the app is? BOOKWALKER. It’s a global internet store with a reading app (obviously) that belongs to KADOKAWA. Thus, they have loads of yummy manga and light novels to chose from. They constantly have some sort of sale or coinback (you earn coins everytime you shop which you can then  pay with the next time you buy something) and some manga and light novel’s are even free. You can chose to buy separate chapters too once they come out. I love it. The only thing I have noticed is that in some of the BL manga the translation is a bit subpar. Not that I care, scanlations are even below subpar, they can even be so bad you have no idea at all what the characters is trying to say. But, the regular manga hasn’t, what I’ve seen yet, had that problem. It is an app I recommend though. It’s just so easy to buy from and there is so much to chose from and the prices are very reasonable (read low in a lot of cases.)

Onto the manga then. This will be the regular digital manga, then comes the digital BL manga and then there will be a third post with paper back manga. Yeah, I couldn’t help myself. My go to shop for obscure and hard to find manga is too fun to not browse and when you find stuff you find stuff, and in the end, it is nice to flip through real pages. Anyway…

SAMURAI DRIVE vol. 1-8

In modern-day Japan, only the direct descendants of samurai are allowed to carry swords. In Takahara Ibuki’s neighbourhood, rumors have been spreading about Shiroyasha – a mysterious swordsman who is said to attack other swordsmen. Many skilled sword-fighters have converged in the city with the hope of hunting down Shiroyasha.

On his way home from school, Ibuki witnesses a fight involving his classmate, Haruma Kokonoe, who is the strongest swordsman in their kendo club. Intrigued by Kokonoe’s skill, he tries to discover more about this mysterious student…

I love this so far. Pretty high school boys (it’s an all boys school!!), samurais and sword fights with a little bit of a mystery and revenge. It can’t be better. I wish there was a paper back of this so I could put it on my bookshelf. As far as I can tell it only exist in Japanese. Maybe I should start buying Japanese manga?

Merman In My Tub vol. 1

When an aloof but kindly teenage boy named Tatsumi helps out someone who’d collapsed on the banks of a river close to his home, little does he realise that he’ll soon be sharing the bathroom of his modest town house with Wakasa, a self-obsessed and playful merman. Impromptu visits from Wakasa’s friends – all of whom are aquatic animals with human traits – while fun, don’t exactly make things easier.

Welcome to Tatsumi’s bathtub. It’s getting a bit crowded.

Some argue that this is boys love. Maybe it is borderlining it or maybe it is. I have no idea actually. I’m leaving it in this list however until I actually see any proof of it being boys love. So far they are just a couple of dudes hanging out in a bathroom, rubbing each others backs, lazying around with their tentacles occasionally bathing in champagne. Totally straight and all. I actually planned on buying this one as a paper copy but I wanted to try it out first because when i do buy it I’m just gonna buy all volumes at once. I tend to do that.

Starving Anonymous vol. 1 and 2

It’s a day like any other, and high school students I’e and Kazu are on the bus home from school when, suddenly, it floods with a mysterious gas. The pair pass out and wake up to find themselves aboard a truck packed full of human bodies. They’re surrounded by rows of frozen corpses â?¦ and a staff of living human beings sawing them into pieces. Where are they, and how can they escape from this nightmare?

This is another one that I based only on that little blurb and the art. I have no idea really what to think about it but the covers alone make me curious and an awesome feature at BOOKWALKER (it really sounds like they are my sponsor or something, I assure you, they are not) is that you can read a preview of most (probably all) their manga/light novels. And, yeah, I really like the art.

I also got some freebies. As in free of charge. As in, I didn’t pay for it, they just gave them to me. That’s yet another thing. They have a lot of those. They even encourage you to download a free manga to test out if you really like the app before you actually buy stuff. Sure, it might not be the newest stuff out there but just this morning I downloaded the complete series of the following…

Give My Regards to Black Jack vol. 1 – 13

Saitou is a young doctor who just graduated. Starting his career as a doctor he finds there is a lot more to this profession than one would think. An intense drama about the dark side of the medical world.

It has nothing to do with Black Jack at all, other than the medical aspect. Black Jack is not in it. What intrigues me is the medical aspect of it. So, I got hooked on that when I watched Young Black Jack and here comes a medical manga falling into my lap with, again, art that is absolutely beautiful.

The Challenger to Great Old Ones Vol.1

The legendary Japanese mystery comic about the Cthulhu mythos now comes in ebook! In volume one, the story of “Lamia and Chaos seeker” are included. After surviving a devastating motorcycle accident, Jun Tachikawa starts to hear mysterious voices (Lamia). When Nagisa Hoshima returned home, there was a mysterious creature awaiting (Chaos Seeker). This manga is for all the Cthulhu mythos fans around the world!

It looks shiny, what else can I say. Also, I love Cthulhu.

Crying Freeman vol. 1

Yo Hinomura was an ordinary Japanese potter when a run-in with a Chinese mafia changed his life forever. Now an assassin for the 108 Dragons, Yo is the perfect killing machine. As a sign for remorse over his victims, he sheds tears after eliminating his targets. Because of this, he is infamously known by the Dragons and every other crime gang as “Crying Freeman”.

Look at him! Just look at him. He’s goregous. Absolutely, utterly gorgeous. Also, assassins  are kind of awesome. And it’s old school. The rest of the volumes are not that expensive either, not even 3 dollars each. If I like the first volume I might just buy the rest.

COBRA: The Psychogun vol. 1

The Knobby nose ..the drooping eyes.. The cigar always on his mouth that floated the smile. All of you may think he is an effeminate man. He cruises around Galaxy looking for exciting adventures with his ship ‘The Turtle’. Also with ‘Psychogun’ in his left arm and his beautiful partner “Armaroid Lady”. However, nobody in the galaxy doesn’t know his name. His name is COBRA, COBRA the space pirate.From the intel acquired from Miss Maddow,Cobra had aimed his price for the “Nile of tears”.However, after sneaking into the New York museum after closing,the alarm set off and Cobra ends up running away without the jewelry in his hands.The armed group of what seems to be The Pirate Guild had barged in the museum.Doctor Utopia More,the biologist has been targeted by the Gypsy Dog, but Cobra saves the Doctor and escapes.

What can I say? I like silly. For God’s sake, she is more or less naked. And it’s full color. And his arm is a stupid gun. And I have Cobra on DVD. I by the way love the OP, especially in English. Oh, how I wished I had the DVD in English. i have it in Japanese and Swedish. Ah well, you can’t have it all.

Well, that was the first part of my digital haul. Next up is my boys love haul. I’ll be back with that. For now, please enjoy some Cobra.

 

20 thoughts on “I Went Digital – My Latest Manga Haul

  1. I’ve often been tempted to read digital manga, there’s so many I’d like to read that don’t have physical copies but I don’t know if I can, I know it’d be a slippery slope if I did…

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    1. I’ve been very hesitant too because I know I can easily go overboard but I have come to realise that I go overboard anyway. But yeah, the amount of manga they have is amazing and it is hard to stop once you have discovered them all. It feels like they have everything. And the instant gratification when you get the manga immediately is too nice. On the other hand, it is a different kind of gratification to actually have the book in your hand too. Ugh, it’s hard. I get you.

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    1. I see your reasoning but some manga only exist in digital form. If I would have bought it in physical form I don’t see why I wouldn’t do it in digital form. You are on a whole other budget than I so I can understand why you would put your money on only physical copies now, but if you had the money would you still reason like that?

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  2. I’ve been attempting to start reading manga online, but every time I do I end up buying it physically before I’m very far in. Although, I’ve never really been a fan of digital books in general. There’s just something so enjoyable about opening a new (or old) book and flipping through the pages.

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    1. I don’t read digital books either. I have read a lot of digital manga though (a lot of good bl never gets a license). I prefer paperback copies though but some manga are never printed, they only come in digital form unfortunately and it’s them I’ll buy. Except the merman then and the free stuff. But I actually am considering buying SAMURAI DRIVE in japanese just because I want it in my book shelf. I love books too much to let digital copies take over completely. If they exist in paper back I will most likely buy them in paper back.

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    1. I do prefer physical books too but some manga you can’t get in a physical copy like Starving Anonymous and Samurai Drive. I don’t mind reading digitally but I love to collect books and I would love to have both of those on a shelf in my living room. I am even thinking that I might buy SD in Japanese just because. But so long as I can’t have the physical copy I have to settle for the digital. I like to pay for what I read if I can.

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      1. Yeh I get there aren’t some you can get physical copies. Any manga titles I want to read I admit use an app then if I like it enough. I’ll hunt down for the physical copy 🙂

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  3. There’s a couple of series you’ve listed in there which perked my interest – Gonna check if these are available in my local bookstores soon 🙂
    Quote(“It is nice to flip through real pages”), Yea right? And the smell too ^^. I tend to put the books next to my pillow and hope to subconsciously connect with the story. XD

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    1. That subconscious though. Wouldn’t that be the greatest super power. 😁 And flipping through pages beats a digital book/manga all day of the week.

      I think it’s hard to find any of them, except Merman, in the book store. Samurai Drive and Starving Anonymous are exclusively digital and the others are old. The Black Jack one is in Amazon I think though.

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    1. Yes, there is one with Black Jack and one with Young Black Jack. I just saw that one and I am in the search for (well, soon at least) the one with Black Jack. Thanks, there will be another post soonish with the rest of my buys.

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