My first order from honto came. Nothing really has changed. Similar shipping charges, similar preorder lock-out made me miss no less than 4 books in this past order. Waiting for the 500 pts from the campaign/or see if the 10000 yen/1000 pts took from the banner I saw intermittently. Just as slow as before, if not more so.. not very impressed with their point system so far. At least I got books.. sigh.
More pictures and some & spoilers (that you could have seen coming miles/volumes away) under the cut.
I grabbed some recent releases and worked on my Natsume Isaku collection.
- & 4
- Utsubora 2
- Junjou Drop
- Nijiiro Days 1 (already did a blog entry)
- BxP Anx 1
- Tsumasaki ni Kourozu
- Hayabusa 2
- Himegoto Asobi 1 (LOVE LOVE LOVE)
- Love Stage!! 2
- Unknown no Madousho
- Shitsuren Chocolatier 4-5
- Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun 1
- Free Punch
- Kiraboshi Dial
- Doushiyoumo Nai Keredo 1-2
I thought enough time had passed that I could get over my hate of a certain bitch in Shitsuren Chocolatier and catch up, but I forgot I didn’t have Vol 3 and got only 4-5. Not too bright… I need to check my own LibraryThing account more apparently. So much for catching up.
& 4 was why I placed the order and certainly not a disappointment. We get to see more of Kaoru and her growing sense of determination. Yagai voices his fears.. my heart almost broke when he made a comment that he’d be thrown away soon enough since he’s a man whose life is more than half over. But it’s such a good half!
Then there’s Shiro.. you could tell it was going to get much worse when a character was introduced with the role of being his dirty-little-secret-plaything at the end of the last volume. Sorry, I can’t sympathize him after his behavior towards that girl. Moments of weakness don’t give you a free pass to take advantage of someone else’s feelings and feeling bad about it doesn’t wipe away the mistake (that is then drawn out longer). Have a little class. At least the girl caused trouble herself.. if you use someone, don’t complain when they fuck you over~ I wasn’t even that mad that she was playing dirty at that point. But then it blows up. The wait for Vol 5 begins.
I picked up Suppli in English as an appetizer in the meantime. Although Tokyopop is gone, you can still find new copies online for normal prices, so it seemed like a good time to grab them. I’ll have to grab the rest as raw volumes. They are expensive and the language is likely going to be painful at times with the work jargon, which is why I put it off for so long. However, having the first half translated is a good advantage and sadly cheaper.
Random pic time~
The pacing is wonky in the beginning of BxP Anx. Lots of characters are introduced and the pacing/direction is seemingly aimless in the first 50-ish pages. Not much variation on the B-boy style that it touts.. clearly too spoiled by Tojitsuki Hajime. There’s more punk at least. It doesn’t feel like something I need to own.. that’s 2 for 2 of her latest works. I won’t be buying the third blindly… I should pick up a copy of Endless World instead.
Aoi Aki has an interesting style. She uses photos as backgrounds which isn’t too uncommon. Sometimes it just… doesn’t mesh well and looks like her characters aren’t a part of the world. Hyper detailed backgrounds, sparser, less-toned characters.. kinda throws me off. Maybe this panel can illustrate what I’m talking about?
Don’t get me wrong, there’s tons of gorgeous panels. Sometimes there’s just too much detail. Here’s something that looks great:
I haven’t really read it yet, so I can’t comment on the content. I was just gaping at the style.
I forgot to include Kakemakumo, Kashikoki in the photo, but I do have an inner photo. I’ve had a thing for foxes since I was little, so having foxes and fox-eared characters illustrated by Takarai Rihito is fantastic. Just started reading this one.. looks like nice shoujo fantasy eye candy manga.
Currently putting together a rather large July order that I want to place in about a week. I have that month off and I’m determined to do a lot of relaxing and less fretting. I’ve been posting a bunch of pretty covers on tumblr. I’m hoping honto will be more gracious with points.