Mid-January Manga Order

The everything else order which will ship out sometime after 1/25.  Notice a HUGE lack of Butter!! (2).  bk1 was its usually pricky self about preorders and wouldn’t let me.  Since I had several other preorder titles that were okay, I had to go for it while they still were available.  Merry Checker > Butter!! (2) in this case.. forgive me, Yamashita Tomoko.  I’ll get you in February, along with new basso, Nishida Higashi, and more..


  • Merry Checker – #$@#
  • Mahiru no Koi – Kusama Sakae~
  • Hana no Mizo Shiru – Takarai Rihito
  • Chikatetsu no Inu – it took bk1 months to restock this *grabs*


  • Kamisama Hajimemashita (8) – Tomoe~
  • Risutora Host (1) – ❤
  • coda (1) – male prima dancer~
  • Akagami no Shirayukihime (5)
  • Toxic (1) – it’s like a cheezy, sexed-up Ilegenes so far, yet I still want to give it a proper go
  • Fetish Berry (1)
  • Chronos -Deep- (1)
  • Are You Alice? (3)
  • Heart no Kuni no Alice – My Fanatic Rabbit (1) – Alice series illustrated by Psyche Delico
  • Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (6) – the END
  • Goulart Kishidan (1)
  • Anoko ni Moratta Ongaku – more Katsuta Bun
  • Film Girl (1) – ready to give Takagi Shigeyoshi another chance after Hyakujuu Kingdom
  • Heart no Kuni no Alice – Boushiya to Shinya no Ochakai
  • Clover no Kuni no Alice – Cheshire Cat to Waltz (6)
  • Joker no Kuni no Alice – Mahiru ni Miru Yume – I technically haven’t played Joker yet, but the connections are loose in these anyway..


  • Sekine-kun no Koi (2) – Kawachi Haruka ❤
  • Chikutaku Bonbon (2) – I’ve been dying for this after the tiny taste in vol 1
  • Sayonara Caravan – Kusama Sakae josei?  *snatch*
  • Uranbana – another Katsuta Bun

11 responses to “Mid-January Manga Order

  1. Whoa, how did I not stumble across your blog earlier?! I was actually googling “Natsuyuki Rendezvous” and your site is pretty much one of two sites that pop up in Google. After reading that I heard it placed fourth in the “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” list, I have to say that it piqued my interest.

    So you like it quite a bit? I believe two volumes are out currently. My Japanese is definitely good enough to read most shoujo level manga, but without furigana my kanji is still pretty weak.

    Either way, it seems that we have very similar interests in manga, so I’m happy I happened across your site! I also have a growing collection of manga but the amount is no where near your’s.

    Keep up the great updates!! 🙂

    • Haha, glad you stumbled here then—I tend to hide in my little internet corner.

      You saw that list too? I was meaning to put that list here as they hit so many of my current favorite works that need a little more love in the west. I’ve been eyeballing some new-to-me titles on there myself. Out of the titles I do know, they sure picked some gems, so it really piques my interest.

      Natsuyuki Rendezvous is one of my current favorite works. And well, I read a lot of manga *cough*, so that’s saying something. It really struck a cord with me and I’m not easily moved by manga or other media. Yup, there’s two beautiful volumes out so far. My kanji is so out of practice that I normally struggle somewhat without furigana. However, one thing that makes Natsuyuki Rendezvous great is that it does what a manga should do—it conveys plot, emotions, and atmosphere often using pictures alone. With that, you can fill in some “what-was-that-kanji” gaps. It’s a very skilled piece of work that has a lovely story, which is why I’m crazy about it. It’s worth any attention it can get. 😀

      Great, I’m always excited to find others with similar tastes! I’m also eternally looking for ideas of good stuff to read. I hope you find some other interesting titles around here!

      • Yep, saw that list and saw that Yamashita Tomoko racked up the top two spots…Pretty amazing! I also am really interested (and started reading) the males’ top manga, Shingeki no Kyojin (it’s pretty darn good, so give it a go if you can). I recognize/am reading most of the manga on the list, but I had to go “WTF” at Usotsuki Lily being on the list!!! It’s cute but I don’t by any means find it THAT good.

        Hmm, I’m definitely going to have to check out Natsuyuki Rendezvous! You speak so highly of it and I definitely trust your taste given your long history with manga, LOL. I, too, have a pretty long history…Been reading since I was…Geeze…fourth grade and took a hiatus in college + after for several years but got back into it with gusto recently. I’ve read many manga, just like you, across all genres. My favorite remains shoujo/josei for the most part but BL is definitely A-OK, too! My two favorite BL titles are the ones ongoing by Hidaka Shouko (GAAHHH I love her!), Yuuutsu na Asa and Hana wa Saku ka.

        OH and I AM INFATUATED with Kamisama Hajimemashita!!! I try to buy Hana to Yume whenever Kami Haji is on the cover or if it has a color page, LOL. In fact, it’s the kantou color for the latest issue, and I encourage you to go to the website and pick up the wallpaper…IT’S GORGEOUS. 😉

        I actually subscribe to two manga magazines, and just buy others on the fly: Bessatsu Margaret & Sho Comi (ONLY for Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu…But I’m not sure if I like the way the story’s going right now). I’m pretty darn happy these days because Sakisaka Io (author of Strobe Edge) just started her new serialization, Aoharaido, in Betsuma…Hope the story will shape up well!

        Hmm I now realize this reply is getting WAY too long! Either way, yay! I’m happy to have found you & your blog! 🙂

    • Haha, I just put the list up and mentioned how I also checked out Usotsuki Lily due to the list. While cute, it wasn’t awesome by any means. So Shingeki no Kyojin is pretty good? I’ll have to give it a look then. It certainly appeared unique. :3

      Ooo, yay! Let me know what you think of Natsuyuki Rendezvous. I desperately need other people to appreciate and validate it, haha. I started writing up an entry before, but can’t properly express it. I’ll probably just throw something out there at some point anyway. The books are large and gorgeous btw—very high quality that suit her work.

      That’s great experience—it can be hard to find people who regularly dance between shoujo/josei and BL—I often find full-on-fujoshi or BL-haters lol. Hana wa Saku ka—guh, I do love that title. I need to buy print copies badly. She and Kusama Sakae have been really catching my attention lately.

      I’m the same with Kamisama Hajimemashita (and all her other books!). It feels like such a guilty pleasure and then I notice it’s rather well-done and that makes me feel a bit better about my obsession. :3 I’ll have to grab that wallpaper, thanks for the heads-up!

      Nice—I don’t do any magazines (although Opera tempts me *terribly*). I have a hard time watching stories develop chapter by chapter. It takes patience!

      Lol, a long reply is okay—I like the titles you’re dropping. We do have some shared taste and can both benefit from it. 😀

      • Yep, I read your latest post and I realized that you like Usotsuki Lily (*hangs head in shame*), LOL, actually I don’t think it’s bad by any means, and I find it very cute & light, but was just surprised to see it in the same list with greats such as 7 Seeds, Kiyoku Yawaku, etc…Ya know what I mean?

        And actually, I also love Kusama Sakae’s work! The oddly-sketchy art is super-sexy…Go figure! I picked up Match-uri and Chikatetsu no Inu recently, but haven’t yet been able to get the latest tankoubon! >_<

        To be totally honest, when I first started reading some of your entries, I thought it was more BL-oriented, then I saw Kamisama Hajimemashita and I was like, "WHOA!" LOL. So yes, I'm happy that our interests kinda cross, since I like all genres and do read many BL titles with much enthusiasm. 😉

        And yes, I highly, highly recommend Shingeki no Kyojin. There are three books out so far and and it's kinda filled with a lot of despair (not unlike Berserk…In a way), especially in the beginning, and keeps up the anxious atmosphere. If you're fine with that, then totally go for it!

        I live in Los Angeles so I have some big Japanese bookstores nearby I can go to, but for other harder-to-find books, I use BK1 (so far, only ordered via EMS or FedEx)…You're right…They are SO perfect with how they pack the books!

        OH and I also read that you got "&" by Okazaki Mari…How is that one? I was thinking of getting it recently. 🙂

    • I appreciate Usotsuki Lily it for what it is and the fact that the two main characters aren’t big shoujo clichés. I was guessing that’s why it made it on the list, but there are certainly some titles that stick out as perhaps not worthy. It also seems like something that will get stale pretty quickly.

      I’m such a sucker for sketchy art styles—I just ordered Chikatetsu no Inu and the newest tank myself, so I’m very excited to get them. I’m really curious about her josei title Sayonara Caravan and got it too–I don’t think any of her titles I’ve read so far had women in main roles.

      Haha, that’s okay—I’ve had many initially assume I’m a HUGE fangirl that reads nothing besides BL.. only a few manage to get past that. :3 I liken manga to movies—lots of variety makes the best experience. 😀

      I’m so jealous that you live near some bookstores.. I’ve never lived near one and currently there’s not one for hundreds of miles. Book-Off was great fuel for my shoujo reading habit.. I miss it a lot.

      I have a terrible love for oyaji, so this might make me ridiculously biased when it comes to & because it features an unsociable, yet hot 45 year old doctor as (hopefully) the main love interest. Frankly, I think the young rival guy is boring (most people seem to like him though—no taste for oyaji!). This manga could either be fantastic and touching if it stays with the surgeon or turn into a boring disappointment with pretty art if it goes with the other guy. I’ll be ordering Vol 2 as soon as it’s out to find out more, of course haha.

  2. Yes! I noticed that Kusama Sakae does some josei stories, and was pretty shocked/thrilled! I haven’t checked any of them out yet, but I’m confident that she won’t disappoint. 🙂

    I noticed that you have massive orders to BK1 and my jaw just dropped, LOL. You gotta appreciate most of the big publishers these days since they provide a few pages for you to read so you don’t technically have to buy unseen.

    And I noticed your primer on oyaji. ^_^;; LOL, no worries, I actually love (most) oyaji, as well! Heck, the main pairing in Hana wa Sakuka is technically an oyaji (a young one…36) x college student, so…Bring ’em on!!!

    Heck, if the oyaji in & is pleasant to look at (so long as he doesn’t look like a grandpa), sign me up! 😉 Did you read Nishi Keiko’s Otoko no Isshou? I believe that’s definitely an oyaji story (I haven’t checked it out yet).

    • I wish more publishers gave previews–ones I’m interested in often don’t so it becomes a big risk. With the strong yen/weak dollar, my risk-taking is getting smaller.. as are my bk1 orders (or more like the bill is getting bigger lol).

      Haha, yeees. A little oyaji appreciation is always good. I’m a big fan of Hana wa Sakuka’s oyaji ❤

      I think the oyaji in & is hot. I have yet another skeletal entry of it around here I never finished.. I might post more pics someday, but he's in this one: http://shinkeikaku.tumblr.com/post/1522215846/theres-even-oyaji-points-d-from-by Short hair, glasses, doctor, confident, sharp, and very ornery. All traits I find endearing :3 I think it's worth a read for the interaction between him and the female lead.

      Nishi Keiko did an oyaji story? OOOOOOO /adds to shopping list Fantastic XD

  3. Thanks for the link to the & pic! I like how all the characters look (and thankfully the oyaji is as hot as you say he is!). 🙂 Hmm, yes, I love oyaji who are confident, sharp, and ornery, as well!

    Yep, Nishi Keiko’s main work in the last couple years has been Otoko no Isshou. It’s 3-volumes long (completed) and the main gist of the story is that a woman in her mid-30s (Tsukumi) has been so focused on work & career that she hasn’t had time to get married/start a family. She then finds out that her grandmother passed away in the countryside, so she treks there and ends up living at her grandmother’s home while taking care of all the executor-ship duties. She then meets Kaieda (an oyaji college professor in his 50s), who has a key to the grandma’s home and starts living there with Tsukumi…And yes, there’s a romantic tilt, apparently.

    So that’s it in a nutshell…I believe it’s been nominated for several awards, but I also hear that the last volume (3) doesn’t quite live up to expectations, so that kinda put a damper on me wanting to read this one. Let me know if you do get it, though! 🙂

    • No problem, he’s great to look at imo 😀

      Now that I look at it, I recognize the covers of Otoko no Isshou but I never delved deep enough to notice it’s an oyaji-fest. Thanks for the info! I love professor/doctor/politician oyaji, so that’s right up my alley 😀 Honestly, as long as I don’t forget, all 3 volumes will be on my Feb order lol.. so I’ll read it at some point then.

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