The newest batch of manga has arrived, bloating my reading backlog to epic proportions.
Natsuyuki Rendezvous 3 was a great volume. It was very Shimao-centric, both past and present. However, Hazuki had a few shining moments, including an adorable gentlemanly gesture. :3 Minekura’s short story volume was conflicting–Hachi no Su is fantastic, but only about 100 pages of the tank. The rest are Minekura’s Arcana oneshots and if you’ve read them… well, the quality difference is very jarring when placed side-by-side. Still, with only so much material available for Hachi no Su, I’ll take whatever I can get to have a beautiful print copy! And it is gorgeous. I’ll have to listen to the included drama CD at some point. The Hakkenden reprints are still impressive as well.
Apparently my daunting backlog didn’t deter me from finally acting on a title I’ve been eyeballing for months: Eroica Yori Ai wo Komete. All of it. After regularly stalking yahoo.jp auctions for used sets for months (and keeping in mind I’d have to pay EMS shipping), nothing good ever came up. So I ordered volumes 1-37 as a set on bk1. My hope is that if they’re missing one of the volumes from the original release (I dislike bunko size, even if the covers for it look epic), the whole set will be cancelled and I’ll be back to hunting versus left with a couple randomly missing volumes. While I was at it, my love of shoujo pirates got me to order El Halcon 1-2 and Nanatsu no Umi, Nanatsu no Sora. And my love of the Major’s hair got me to order Madan no Shashu. It will be a great start to collecting Aoike Yasuko’s works. 7-21 days shipping, so hopefully they’ll have it and I’ll see it at some point! Now I just need to avoid the other long, old series I’ve been stalking for a while..