Well, really, this is just another one of those “Lina went on another shopping spree” kind of posts. I did do it in a moment of darkness though and now life is kind of light so yeah, there was indeed some light coming my way as the manga arrived in my post box.
I haven’t bought something really unusual this time, only stuff you can find at Book Depository or any other regular book store. I have forgiven BD for having a crappy customer service way back in February when they most reluctantly, after a month of more or less pleasant email conversations, they sent me a new copy of a manga I never received. There was also, at the same time, an issue with a manga they refused to send me even though they had it in store. Well, anyway, I have accepted that they are by far the cheapest dealer when it comes to books so I gave in and buy my manga there.
So, what did I buy then? I complemented a few series I have started to collect, I started up some new series and I bought some single volumes.
The Promised Neverland vol. 3-5
At Grace Field House, life couldn’t be better for the orphans! Though they have no parents, together with the other kids and a kind “Mama” who cares for them, they form one big, happy family. No child is ever overlooked, especially since they are all adopted by the age of 12. Their daily lives involve rigorous tests, but afterwards, they are allowed to play outside.
There is only one rule they must obey: do not leave the orphanage. But one day, two top-scoring orphans, Emma and Norman, venture past the gate and unearth the horrifying reality behind their entire existence: they are all livestock, and their orphanage is a farm to cultivate food for a mysterious race of demons. With only a few months left to pull off an escape plan, the children must somehow change their predetermined fate.
Bloody Mary vol. 1-5
Set in Yokohama, this is the story of a vampire with a death wish and a priest with a “survival wish.”
After hundreds of years, Mary – an immortal vampire who wants nothing more than to go to his final rest in peace – manages to discover the whereabouts of Maria, a legendary exorcist who has “Maria’s Blood,” which can be used to kill immortals, running through his veins.
However, this particular Maria is merely a descendent, and is himself clueless about vampire hunting. Despite that, having inherited Maria’s Blood means he’s constantly being targeted by vampires. Mary thus makes a deal with Maria: in exchange for Maria’s discovering a way to kill him, he will protect him from those who’re after his life.
Finder Deluxe vol. 6-7
While out on assignment trying to document the illegal activities of the Japanese underworld, photographer Takaba crosses paths with the dark and mysterious leader Asami. Asami takes Takaba captive in an attempt to subjugate and possess him. But when the son of the Chinese mafia enters demanding evidence that Takaba may have, will Takaba be able to survive being caught in the crosshairs of a deadly underworld feud?
And here, Takaba’s adventure, begins!
Yokai Rental Shop vol. 3
A young man named Hiiragi has recently learned that he has a half-brother. Seeking him out, he not only finds the brother he never knew, but discovers he is a mysterious individual covered in bandages who runs an exclusive rare animal pet shop. But this unique shop is itself a front for something even more mysterious: a secret shop where customers in-the-know can sign a contract forged in blood and rent out yokai for their own singular purposes.
World’s Greatest First Love vol. 10
Onodera Ritsu quits his job and transfers to the publishing company Marukawa Shoten. Sadly, he gets assigned to the editing department that handles shoujo manga; and Ritsu, who vowed to never fall in love again, working on love stories is impossible. Panic ensues when he realises that the arrogant and tyrannical head editor turns out to be his former first love!
The setting: A boys’ boarding school in Germany, sometime in the latter 20th Century. Fourteen year-old Thomas Werner falls from a lonely pedestrian overpass to his death immediately after sending a single, brief letter to a schoolmate:
To Juli, one last time
This is my love
This is the sound of my heart
Surely you must understand
Betrayal Knows My Name vol. 1-7
Abandoned as a baby and raised in an orphanage, the kind-hearted high-schooler Sakuragi Yuuki is driven by a need to find the reason for his existence. Plagued by mysterious dreams, Yuuki also possesses the strange ability to read the deepest, darkest thoughts of anyone he touches.
As both the dreams and his powers intensify, there appears before him a beautiful young man named Zess, whose face tugs on Yuuki’s memory. He warns Yuuki not to venture outside on Walpurgis Night, the eve of the blood-red moon, which invites death.
But when Yuuki’s compassion leads him to disobey Zess’s order, has he carelessly thrown his life away before he’s even given himself the chance to find out the very reason for it?
That’s the end of it for this time. I suspect it won’t be too long before I order another batch of nice and shiny manga. But for now, I better find myself a larger bookshelf because I am officially out of space. I have started to stack them on top of each other now and my brain doesn’t like it at all. So yeah, there’s that. Anyway, this is it folks.