Edited Because I can't count >.< The first manga buy batch is 20, not 21...
The sitch: Following last week's "egregious" performance, my manga buy recovers, the latest posting a deceptive growth of 600%. "Deceptive" because in actual numbers, it only went up from one to seven—that number's still down by
67% 65% in comparison with the first acquisition figures.
Similar to what happened with the 12 January additions, total quantity would've been higher (or only
-47% -45% from the first buy batch) had I gotten the first of Tsuda Mikiyo-sensei's The Day of Revolution or Kakumei no Hi (Princess Princess main story), as well as the three volumes of Yagami Chitose-sensei's My Platinum Lady (this series appears to have been serialized in m&c!'s Cherry mangazine). I balked at getting MPL because I hadn't been too impressed with Yagami-sensei's Hijiri The Boy Next to Me or Tonari no Hijiri-kun (released April 2008) and hesitated to commit to three tankou in one go. On second thoughts though, I think I will get the entire My Platinum Lady series along with Kakumei no Hi the next time I go shopping.
- Full House Kiss volume 5 by Yuwa Shiori
- Master and I (Goshunjin-sama to Watashi) by Yamada Komomo
- Saruyama! volume 8 of 8 by Akira Shouko
- Tail of the Moon volume 12 by Ueda Rinko
3L releases: You might've noticed Master and I (Goshunjin-sama to Watashi) and thought:
Is that an Elex or m&c! manga? I don't remember seeing it in any of the recent release schedules. Youda been right in thinking that it hadn't been trumpeted; it's from the never releases any timetable imprint 3L, which came out with a couple new Shogakukan manga this week: (1) the already noted Master and I and (2) a new series by Kumagai Kyoko-sensei, the Indonesian title of which I can't remember (I think it's Houkago Orange originally).
Master and I
Goshunjin-sama to Watashi 「 御主人様と私 」 by Yamada Komomo
I would recommend getting the standalone Goshunjin-sama to Watashi by the manga-ka of Otona no Jikan AKA Adult Time. The four stories in the anthology—
- Master and I and the continuation, With Master (Goshunjin-sama to Issho)
- Right Manner of a Pet
- Whisper from the [sic] Far (Omo hiso sasaya)
- Night Before Love
—all feature stalker boy love interests. Is that a trope that appeals? It does to me. *sweatdrop* I get all weak-kneed and breathless when the bishounen lead grits his teeth, clenches his fist (love those aspect montages ^^) whenever he sees some other guy moving in on his girl.
The weakest story of the bunch, I feel, is Right Manner of a Pet (c'mon, who really wants BSDM—NOT the
brown stripe downy mildew kind— flavor in their shoujo?) As for teh strongest—it's a tie between the eponymous story and Night Before Love.
「 H2O(에이치투오) 」 by Hwang SookJi
It's the penultimate installment to this manhwa and Myeong Ah is torn between Ie Chan and Choi Taek Gang!
My OTP is Taek Gang x Myeong Ah—just like how I ship Shihu x Dabin instead of Eugene x Dabin in Neck and Neck—so this Get! recommendation should come as no surprise. I adore the pair so much that I'm eking out the read. (Don't want it to end too soon, not with volume 7 still outstanding.)
And to think I was so slow in buying this series at first (nearly didn't).
ASIDE | If Jasmine-san were to add to this Get! list, I'm sure Full House Kiss 5 would get the glowing, as good as after dermabration treatment. ^^
...and doesn't (at least, not yet?)
3L also released a new series by Kumagai Kyoko-sensei, the title of which I can't remember now. I only remember the orange color so I think (don't lock me in on this) it's Houkago Orange. The forgetting is only to be expected; despite the bishie Hajime-kun, I didn't enjoy (read: hated) Inventive Princess or Hatsumei Princess. That's largely why I skipped it.
If you want a more rewarding (guilty pleasure) read, try Ikeyamada Go-sensei's Midori is a Tomboy (Uwasa no Midori-kun!!) instead (although when 3L will deign to release volume 7, I don't know). Personally, I'm looking forward to the coming soon Today, the love begin [sic] again. It's originally Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu by Minami Kanan-sensei (Kyousou Heaven and Mitsu x Mitsu Drops).
tracking January 2009 to date
Total buys this week: 7 (5 shoujo, 2 soonjung)
+/- change from last week (1 volume): +600%
+/- change from first buy for January (20 volumes): -65%
Total 2009 to date: 32 (25 manga, seven manhwa; 25 shoujo, 7 soonjung)
Again with the preliminary January graphic (there's still Rasetsu no Hana 3 streeting on the 28th of January).
Someone's still not pleased with the trend; my already quailing before this book shelves, however, are.
The 19-25 January manga will make their way to my Ex libris master list later.
~niki DBA huamulan03 (花木蘭03) who will post the next toshokan update either on the 31st or February 1st
- huamulan03's manga library
- huamulan03's manga library additions (4 January 2009): Arakure, Canon, Ghost Hunt, Pick Up Service (Omukae desu), Penguin Revolution
- huamulan03's manga library additions (12 January 2009): We Experienced the Affair, Perfect Girl Evolution, Princess Princess, Tail of the Moon
- huamulan03's manga library addition (17 January 2009): Tokyo Juliet 2 by Kitagawa Miyuki