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December 14, 2009

My computer works!! Apparently the IT at school is actually good for something, haha. I lied…my computer died again, so I have to take it back to IT tomorrow… BUT I GOT MY JOB BACK!! Another company bought the theatre that I used to work at and the new manager called and asked if I wanted my job back (which of course I did!). So basically I’m going on a manga/light novel spending spree the day after Christmas in Borders, haha.
I wasn’t really sure what to call this, but basically this part is series that are ending that are exciting, artbooks, special manga compilations, etc. Basically everything that isn’t a new manga series/oneshot coming out. Oh, and a warning for lots and lots of CLAMP. xD

Akira by: Katsuhiro Otomo
Complete at 6 volumes
volume 2 January 2010
US publisher: Kodnasha Comics
Price: US $24.99
From the publisher: IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Neo-Tokyo has risen from the ashes of a Tokyo obliterated by a monstrous psychokinetic power known only as Akira, a being who yet lives, secretly imprisoned in frozen stasis. Those who stand guard know that Akira’s awakening is a terrifying inevitability. Tetsuo, an angry young man with immense—and rapidly growing—psychic abilities, may be their only hope to control Akira when he wakes. But Tetsuo is becoming increasingly unstable and harbors a growing obsession to confront Akira face to face. A clandestine group including his former best friend sets out to destroy Tetsuo before he can release Akira—or before Tetsuo himself becomes so powerful that no force on Earth can stop him.
My ramblings: From reviews I read of the first volume, Kodansha’s new version of this series is basically the same as the old Dark Horse version, but it’s still nice that it’s being reprinted if you didn’t get it the first time around.

Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition by: Natsuki Takaya
Complete at 23 volumes (assumed 11/12 omnibus volumes)
Volume 4 January 2010, Volume 5 June 2010, Volume 6 November 2010
US publisher: Tokyopop
Price: US $14.99
From the publisher: Can’t Miss Collector’s Item: It’s Furuba–The Ultimate Edition! Featuring a premium hardcover treatment with Fruits Basket Volumes 1 & 2, this beautiful hardcover includes interior color art and a new cover.
My ramblings: Heck yes! I have the first three of the Ultimate Editions and I’m so glad that Tokyopop will be publishing more of them, since I love the hardback and having my manga all the same format, haha. The color pages are also a definite plus for the so-called “Ultimate Editions” (they are nice, but there are some things that Tokyopop could have done to fix them up a little more, like do some reworking on the translations and type-setting). I really hope that people continue to buy the Ultimate Editions, since Tokyopop said in one of their Tokyopop Insider webcasts that they are pretty much dependent upon if they sell well (which I know is usually the case, but especially so for something that was on hiatus).

V.B. Rose by: Banri Hidaka
Complete at 14 volumes
Volume 7 January 2010, Volume 8 May 2010
US publisher: Tokyopop
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: Something old, something new, something velvet, something blue…Shocked and heartbroken when her beloved older sister announces that she’s pregnant and getting married to (in Ageha’s mind) the most boring man alive, Ageha stumbles onto the job of a lifetime–helping to make her sister’s wedding dress. Velvet Blue Rose is a super-exclusive bridal design shop run by Yukari and Mitsuya, two super-hot guys. When Mitsuya, the pattern-maker at V.B. Rose, hurts his hand, will Ageha jump in to save her sister’s happy dream of marriage, in spite of her own reservations? Frills and fancy fill this blissful new series from the creator of I Hate You More Than Anyone and Tears of a Lamb!
My ramblings: I’ve read so many good reviews of this series, and I know plenty of people will be glad to know that the series is off of the semi-hiatus Tokyopop had put it on.

Beast Master by: Kyousuke Motomi
Complete at 2 volumes
Volume 2 February 2010
US publisher: Viz Media – Shojo Beat imprint
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: Leo’s 18th birthday is around the corner, but celebrating seems impossible as someone is after Leo’s life! Can Leo overcome the dangers of his past? Or will this beast-like boy be separated from his beloved “master”…forever?
My ramblings: This is one of the series that I plan to buy on my post-Christmas manga binge, as I haven’t seen a bad review of the series yet! Everyone seems to love it, and I wanted to be able to include it on this list somehow, though it doesn’t really need the publicity, since like I said, it’s gotten plenty of great reviews. I hope if it is as good as everyone says that this will lead to more Kyousuke Motomi series being licensed, as I’ve heard great things about their (from what I’ve heard, it’s a male mangaka writing shojo, but for some reason Viz has him listed as a her on their site?) newest series Dengeki Daisy too.

Chobits (omnibus edition) by: CLAMP
Complete at 8 volumes (2 omnibus volumes)
Volume 1 February 2010, Volume 2 May 2010
US publisher: Dark Horse
Price: US $24.99
From the publisher: Some people buy their personal computers based on style . . . and in near-future Japan, the hottest style for your persocom is shaped like an attractive android! Poor student Hideki, fresh off the farm and trying to get into a Tokyo university, has neither money nor a girlfriend — then finds a persocom seemingly discarded in an alley. Taking the cute robot home and activating it, Hideki finds her affectionate, but amnesiac, able only to say the word “Chi” — and so he names her. But who is this strange new persocom in his life? Instead of being his digital assistant, Hideki finds himself having to teach Chi how to get along in the everyday world, even while he and his friends try to solve the mystery of her origins. Is she one of the urban-legendary Chobits — persocoms built to have the riskiest functions of all: real emotions, and free will?
My ramblings: I’m going to buy this right when it is available, because I absolutely love the series and don’t have it and because the Clover omnibus put out by Dark Horse was so amazingly top-notch it’s not funny. This is the perfect way to get even more fans for this series.

High school Debut by: Kazune Kawahara
Complete at 13 volumes
Volume 13 February 2010
US publisher: Viz Media – Shojo Beat imprint
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: When Haruna Nagashima was in junior high her life consisted of playing softball and reading comics. But now that she’s going to high school, Haruna decides to put all of her energy towards getting a boyfriend and having the high school romance of a lifetime. To help in her quest, she enlists cute upperclassman Yoh Komiyama to coach her as she eschews her jock tendencies and turns herself into the kind of girl who can catch a guy. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
Yoh faces a difficult choice: should he go to university all the way in Tokyo or stay near Haruna? Haruna wants to support Yoh’s decision no matter what, but will her high school romance end with his graduation?
My ramblings: This series is absolutely fantastic! If you haven’t read it, you should definitely get on that! And now that the whole thing will be available in English legally, you can go marathon the series quickly. I really hope that Viz licenses Kazune Kawahara’s newest series Aozora Yell, as it’s really good too from the few chapters I’ve seen of it.

Karakuri Odette by: Julietta Suzuki
Complete at 6 volumes
Volume 2 February 2010, Volume 3 June 2010
US publisher: Tokyopop
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: What does it mean to be truly human?…Odette is a lovely android built by Professor Yoshizawa. Curious to find out what it’s like to be human, she convinces the Professor to enroll her in high school. And thus, with a new group of friends in tow, Odette sets out to discover the true meaning of life as a human, where even the simple stuff is an adventure! A touching slice-of-life comedy, Karakuri Odette does nothing If not uncover the incredible possibilities of the “human” spirit!
My ramblings: Another series that I plan of getting in my after-Christmas manga binge, this series didn’t get a lot of attention when it was first licensed (or at least, I don’t remember it getting any sort of attention when it was), but people have gushed over the series since reading the first volume, and Viz even picked up on that and licensed Suzuki’s newest series Nice to Meet You, Kamisama. From what I’ve heard this is definitely a series not to be missed.

Remember by: Benjamin
Complete at 1 volume
February 2010
US publisher: Tokyopop
Price: US $14.99
From the publisher: When is letting go of your inhibitions worth the risk? International graphic novel artist Benjamin uses his trademark painterly style to depict moving portrayals of love and loss that get at the heart of what it means to throw your heart into life, no matter the consequences.
My ramblings: The first few pages of this are already up on Tokyopop’s website, and while it’s kind of hard to read them due to the fact that they’re so small (even when using the full screen function), the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! I’m pretty sure this will be a full color publication (the preview is full color, and I don’t think it would be quite the same without the colors). Tokyopop has apparently published other works by this artist and my interest has definitely been piqued, as it’s beyond lovely work!

CLAMP in America by: CLAMP and Shaenon Garrity
Complete at 1 volume
March 23, 2010
US publisher: Del Rey Manga
Price: US $27.99
From the publisher: CLAMP in America is a history of CLAMP from their humble beginnings as doujinshi (fanzine) creators to international manga superstars, including: a detailed guide to their work, from RG Veda to Tsubasa, and beyond; behind-the-scenes looks at how the members of CLAMP work, together and separately; CLAMP’s part in the explosive success of manga in America, and the effect of their manga on U.S. distribution and marketing; their work with American publishers; their 2006 visit to America; interviews with the American manga creators they’ve influenced; and interviews with the editors and publishers who have had the opportunity to work with CLAMP.
My ramblings: I’m personally really interested getting this, I think it’ll be really, really interesting to see basically everything about CLAMP in one book. Plus, from what I’ve heard Del Rey went directly to CLAMP for the idea, and they were all for it (the cover is even a CLAMP original).

Itazura na Kiss by: Kaoru Tada
Incomplete at 12 omnibus editions
Volume 2 March 2010, volume 3 August 2010
US publisher: DMP
Price: US $16.95
From the publisher: Kotoko passes the college entrance exam and gets accepted to the same college as Naoki and their first semester has just begun. Kotoko’s excited and looking forward to spending more time with Naoki, thinking it’s the beginning of her new and happy school life! But no! Now she has competition! And her competition is tall and beautiful, smart, good at sports…Oh my god, she’s practically perfect!…and she is also after Naoki! Is Kotoko ready to take on a nemesis?
My ramblings: I loved the anime for this series, but I’m a little learey about getting into the manga, because I know I’ll like it and then be left hanging due to the author’s untimely death…but I do know that it’s a great series other than the probable cliff-hanger ending, and DMP is doing this in omnibus versions, so you’ll be able to get more Itazura na Kiss goodness in one go.

The Gentlemen’s Alliance† by: Arina Tanemura
Complete at 11 volumes
Volume 11 April 2010
US publisher: Viz Media – Shojo Beat imprint
Price: US $9.99
From the publisher: Haine goes to Shizumasa and Takanari’s grandfather, the head of the Togu family, to ask him to release the twins from their fate. He tells her she must pass the same trial the twins went through for determining the Togu heir. Haine agrees, but little does she know that a former friend is now out for her life.
My ramblings: It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that I would include the last volume of The Gentlemen’s Alliance in my list of manga. I just love the series, and I really, really want Viz to license more Arina goodness too!! (Please, please get MisuFo and Sakura Hime Kaden!) The ending of this series is almost bittersweet. It’s the first Arina series that I really followed (I got KKJ after they were all released), from the preview in Shojo Beat to the final volume, it makes me kinda sad actually…but the first editions come with a special postcard!!

The Ghost in the Shell volume 2: Man-Machine Interface by: Shirow Masamune
Complete at 1 volume
April 2010
US publisher: Kodansha Comics
Price: US $26.99
From ANN: Taking place a few years after the first Ghost In The Shell manga. The Major has been missing since then and Ghost in the Shell 2 follows the mysterious Motoko Aramaki as she runs an investigation into a incident at an organ factory and it’s consequences. she’s on the run to clean up the mess and save herself in the process Meanwhile the former members of section 9 investigate Motoko to find out who she really is.
My ramblings: Again, from what I’ve heard, this is probably going to be the same as the Dark Horse version, but it’s still Ghost in the Shell, and therefor worth getting if you don’t have it already (which I don’t). I am a little scared by the price though…It only has 320 pages (a normal volume of manga usually has around 200), which makes me wonder what exactly you’re paying for…

Okimono Kimono by: Mokona of CLAMP
Complete at 1 volume
April 21, 2010
US publisher: Dark Horse
Price: US $12.99
From the publisher: Here’s an exciting and charming addition to the CLAMP collection of works! CLAMP artist Mokona loves the art of traditional Japanese kimono. In fact, she designs kimono and kimono accessories herself and shares her love in Okimono Kimono, a fun and lavishly illustrated book full of drawings and illustrations, interviews (including an interview with Ami of the J-pop duo Puffy AmiYumi!), and even short manga stories from the CLAMP artists.
Fans of CLAMP will love Okimono Kimono for the personal glimpse of Mokona’s kimono obsession, and people who love the traditional Japanese arts will appreciate the love and detail Mokona puts into her work.
My ramblings: This is basically Mokona’s excuse to show off her extensive kimono collection, with Kobato on the cover (side note, there’s going to be a Kobato figure based on the cover image, which isn’t really news, but still fun). I’m certainly not complaining, because it looks fun, and the few inside scans I’ve seen (on the Japanese site for the book) are really neat!

YOTSUBA&! volume 8 by: Kiyohiko Azuma
Ongoing with 9+ volumes
Volume 8 April 2010
US publisher: Yen Press
Price: US $10.99
From the publisher: Yotsuba is a strange little girl with a big personality! Even in the most trivial, unremarkable encounters, Yotsuba’s curiosity and enthusiasm quickly turn the everyday into the extraordinary!
My ramblings: I haven’t read any of this series, but it seems like the general consensus that Yen Press saved a great series. I did read Azumanga Daioh, so I can have a sort of general idea of the series, and I’m guessing that it’s absolutely hilarious. Plus, good ole Yen Press has re-published the first 5 volumes, plus published volumes 6 and 7, which fans were waiting for since ADV (who had the original license and stopped after volume 5) went under. On a side note, Yen Press is also releasing an omnibus version of Azumanga Daioh sometime this month, with a brand new cover (it looks super nice and the image wraps around the whole thing, front and back).

AX: A Collection of Alternative Manga by: Various artists
Anthology with an unknown number of volumes
Volume 1 July 2010
US publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Price: US $29.95
From the publisher: A groundbreaking introduction to the most creative and cutting-edge works of Japanese independent comics, presented in English for the first time, AX is the premier Japanese magazine for alternative comics. Published bi-monthly for over ten years, the pages of AX contain the most creative and cutting-edge works of independent comics in the world’s largest comics industry. Now, Top Shelf presents this collection of stories from ten years of AX history, and features work by such visionaries as Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Akino Kondoh, Kazuichi Hanawa, and Shinichi Abe.
My ramblings: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Top Shelf Productions before finding this on Amazon, but this looks like it could turn out to be a really interesting and well done publication. It seems to me to be the equivalent of many of the IKKI manga, or the manga version of FAUST, both of which I highly suggest.

Cardcaptor Sakura (omnibus edition) by: CLAMP
Complete at 12 volumes (4 omnibus volumes)
Volume 1 July 2010, others TBD
US publisher: Dark Horse
Price: US $19.99
From ANN: One day Sakura Kinomoto accidentally opened a book containing dozens of magical cards called Clow Cards, and they scattered around her hometown of Tomoeda. Sakura was chosen to be the master of these cards and has been enlisted by the sun-based guardian Kerberos to use her magic and reclaim these cards before they make any more trouble in town. She is encouraged by her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and she meets a rival cardcaptor, Syaoran Li, who is a direct descendant of the creator of the Clow Cards.
My ramblings: I can’t wait to get this series! I’m a terrible fan and only have like 3 random volumes of the original 12 (granted I did read most of them in the library, so I’m not that terrible of a fan). Also, it makes me happy that this will be 4 omnibus version instead of 3 (with 3-in-1 instead of 4-in-1), for a few reasons; first the binding on Clover is not great, so I don’t think it could handle it unless they improve that in future versions…and also since that puts the first half of the series in 2 volumes and the second half in another 2 volumes. I’m really excited to see the covers that Dark Horse puts on these, since I didn’t realize how different the Tokyopop versions were from the originals until I saw the original, and I think the original looks a whole lot better (though I don’t really mind the Tokyopop version)!

Mangettes: Gate 7 by: CLAMP
Yet to start
Volume 1 August (?) 2010
US publisher: Dark Horse
Price: TBD
From the publisher: Between our conscious, waking world and the subconscious state of slumber, there is a thinly veiled plane of lucid dreaming. While the conscious state belongs to individuals, the hidden plane of dreams is one shared by all human minds, past, present, and future. Yet only a few have ever possessed the power to enter this secret realm at will – where a war is being waged to control the waking world. For our earthly wishes and desires are not our own, but under the manipulation of these unseen masters of dreams. The heroine of Gate 7 is Hana, a high-school girl hailing from Kyoto, the daughter of a temple caretaker. Her peaceful ways give her the self-control to act in the hidden realm. But Hana can only reach it through the strange beast that acts as her totem in the world of dreams – and her companion on a journey to confront the puppeteers of our reality!
My ramblings: Last I heard, Dark Horse doesn’t even know when this will come out. It basically hangs on whenever CLAMP feels like doing it…It was first announced in 2007, so here’s hoping it will really come out sometime in 2010!

Magic Knight Rayearth (omnibus edition) by: CLAMP
Complete at 6 volumes (2 omnibus volumes)
Volume 1 September 29, 2010, Volume 2 TBD
US publisher: Dark Horse
Price: US $19.99
From the publisher: Umi, Hikaru, and Fuu are three schoolgirls out on a field trip to Tokyo Tower, whisked suddenly away by a strange voice and light to Cephiro, a world full of spirits and sorcery. They were summoned here through the last remaining strength of the Princess Emeraude, who hopes that they are the trio destined to become the magic knights legend says can save her realm! But how are a bunch of junior-high-school kids supposed to defeat the dark might of the sinister Lord Zagato…with only an exceedingly strange bunny creature named Mokona as their guide…?
My ramblings: Since I only have one random volume of this series, I’m especially glad that this is one of the series that Dark Horse will be giving the omnibus treatment. Apparently Dark Horse has decided to publish Magic Knight Rayearth as one omnibus (3-in-1), and then Magic Knight Rayearth II as another omnibus (3-in-1), which I love, since it’s the most logical thing to do with the series, and it gives you what I’m assuming is a full story in each volume. Also (and this is a little ridiculous), but I’m excited to see Mokona’s original appearance (even if it can’t talk in this series). And good timing on the part of Dark Horse, since the remastered anime is being released on DVD sometime this year (here on Amazon).

Vampire Knight Official Fanbook by: Matsuri Hino
Complete at 1 volume
October 19, 2010
US publisher: Viz Media – Shojo Beat imprint
Price: US $14.99
From the publisher: Can’t get enough of Vampire Knight?
Delve into the world of your favorite vampires with this official fanbook filled with insider information about the hit series. Includes a Cross Academy student ID card, glossy color pages, character design sketches, storyboards and an exclusive interview with Vampire Knight creator Matsuri Hino!
My ramblings: I’m certainly getting fed up with the most recent chapters of Vampire Knight, but it’s pretty awesome that Viz is bringing over the fanbook for the series, since I do love Hino’s artwork and am looking forward to seeing the other things that are included in the fanbook (I think there are color pages in the Japanese version, and really hope they’re in the Viz version if that’s true). Here’s hoping Viz will get the novels too (since it’s the goodness that was Vampire Knight [theoretically without the emo-ness that it’s become]).

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  1. December 14, 2009 11:20 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    The reason you haven’t heard of Top Shelf is that AX will be our first book of Japanese material! But we’ve been around for quite a while, publishing some of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the last ten years. Check us out sometime. Glad you’re excited about AX! We are too.


    • December 15, 2009 1:21 pm

      Oh, I see! I’ll definitely have to check out some of your other stuff too then!

  2. December 15, 2009 9:31 am

    Congrats on your job! At least that’ll be some good news just in time for the holidays!

    Mmmh, didn’t even know about VK artbooks floating around, gonna have to do a bit of research but chances are Matsuri Hino’s artwork is too good to miss out on.

    My friend just got the Rayearth Omnibus edition and goddarn it is the thickest book of its size I’ve ever seen (O_O)

    • December 15, 2009 1:23 pm

      Exactly! It was the perfect news to make my holiday better!
      Well, it’s not exactly an artbook, it’s more like Hino’s notes and sketches from the series, but I’m pretty sure it does have some art too.

      Really? Did she get the old Tokyopop omnibus? Cuz the new one shouldn’t be out for ages. But I’m sure it is massive…I can’t wait to see the Chobits one, since it’s 4-in-1!

  3. December 15, 2009 1:36 pm

    Sorry to hear about your laptop going flop again (see! IT always lies to you! They never get things right! >:( )but yay! for getting your job back! Lol I’d so go on that manga-shopping spree, too. xD;

    ARGH! They didn’t change the Chobits cover to something better?! …Well, it’s only 2 volumes so it doesn’t matter much, I guess, but still~ I wanted a prettier (less naked white) for the cover. =3= But woot! Coming out in January! I have like 3 weeks off just to do nothing so it’s all good. xDD

    Oooo, add CLAMP in America to that list. Haha, I can’t believe Del Ray actually got lucky enough to meet CLAMP for their approval. That’s so awesome. Got some respect points back from me at least.
    Anyways, finally! It’s too much of hassle to go around looking for translations of their magazine interviews so this is great for me. Haha

    Woohoo! Shinkuro finally complete! I see big stack purchase ahead. ^^

    And damn, Mokona must be filthy rich to have a collection of kimonos. I heard that just buying one was expensive enough over there! o.O;

    Mangettes: Gate 7…omg, Watanuki-hijacked the cover no matter how much I think otherwise. xD;
    But yay, finally something new to read from CLAMP and they’re still obsessed with the lotus-motifs as ever. The description is so vague and CLAMP-like so I’ll bother understanding it when it comes out.

    CCS & MKR Omnibus = GETTING! I can’t wait~! X3

    Thanks for doing this as always! ^^

    • December 15, 2009 2:14 pm

      I know! D:< And I have to type up a paper today too! What crap timing my laptop has! I know I'm getting some manga for Christmas or else I'd go spend money before then, haha.

      I know, I wanted something a little more different too…but at least they changed the title art back to the pretty Japanese one (cuz it's a lot better than the Tokyopop version, though I don't hate the Tokyopop one).

      I'm super excited about CLAMP in America too! Del Rey definitely got points back from me too! I really hope that all the delays on it are worth it.

      It makes me a little sad that it's taken so long for Viz to put out all of ShinKuro, but since they claim on twitter that SHK is the most wanted manga from SB in the future, things are looking up and I'm willing to forgive them. xD

      Agreed. Though I'm not surprised that CLAMP is filthy rich, and I really want to see all her kimonos!!

      hahaha, it really does look like Watanuki, but apparently it's a chick…I love the little lamb-type-thing-creature. Apparently they're supposed to be 80 pages a month, but who knows when they'll actually happen. :[

      omnibus versions are one thing that I'm pretty sure the economy caused that I'm not complaing a bit about! Cuz I love them! They're perfect for the consumer since we're getting more for so much less!!

      You're so very welcome! Next (and last) is light novels. ;]

  4. Rebecca permalink
    December 15, 2009 8:42 pm

    Congrats on getting your job back! I see a lot of manga on your list that I’m hoping to get and a few that I forgot like the omni versions of Cardcaptor Sakura. I didn’t know about the Clamp in American book, I’m definately getting it!

  5. December 16, 2009 12:45 pm

    Thinking of IT, next time they give you your computer back, try doing a few basic things they never seem to do. Sorry if the basics offends your IT knowledge in any way but the way you speak of it gives me the idea…

    1. Reformat with the OS disk: IT rarely does this since it involves erasing the harddrive, but it’s surprising how many errors caused by bloated registry or windows startup settings (which progressive gets worse unless you’ve never had a crash) this fixes. It also covers up just about any software related error.
    2. Run a checkdisk full harddrive error-check: Most hardware errors that actually hurts your OS’ ability to function will leave its mark on the HD. If a full HD scan turns up any “surface errors” or “external hard errors” is probably the worst type of news, but the info does help IT a lot: assuming they don’t do something stupid like just swap the HD instead of running a proper scan on the other components, the motherboard in particular.

    My general experience is that IT depts are extremely lazy and will throw a computer back at you at the first sign that it’s working. Unfortunately, I also can’t blame them since my friends who do work at IT always whines about all the stupid things people do (e.g. putting toast in the CD drive, not even kidding). Therefore the only way to get them to fix major problems at the root properly seem to be showing them that you actually know a thing or two, to narrow down for them what’s wrong and inform them what fixes won’t work for say, longer than a week.

    • December 16, 2009 2:05 pm

      No offense taken at all! I have little to no computer skills other than how to use it…I sure can’t fix it! xD And I’m definitely going to upgrade to Windows 7 as soon as I get home, I just need the computer to turn on, so I can download the upgrade (you can get it a whole lot cheaper if you’re a student, which is awesome!!), and I need to be home so I can use my dad’s external hard drive to save my stuff!! (another thing I should probably get that would help with my poor computer…).

      And I agree…they are lazy and just seemed to hand it back as soon as it sort of worked. :[

  6. December 17, 2009 12:14 am

    Congratulations on getting your job back :D That’s great news! *throws confetti*

    Beast Master looks really good. I liked this manga-ka’s other work (something about a bead club). I was totally surprised to find out the manga-ka was a dude (no offense to dudes who write shojo – it’s all good).

    High School Debut is another series I read in the beginning and sort of forgot about XD Now that almost all of it has been released I have no excuse not to grab the rest!

    Definitely looking forward to your light novel update! =D Light novels FTW!

    • December 17, 2009 1:50 am

      Thanks!! :D

      I’ll definitely let you know how Beast Master is when I get a copy of the first volume (I’m planning on hopefully getting one on Friday when I go shopping, haha). And I know, I was surprised to find it was a guy, but more power to him, since everyone seems to really like his stuff!

      Light novels most definitely for the win!! It’s almost done already (probably because it’s the one I’ve been looking forward to the most, since I like getting the word out for them).

      • December 17, 2009 3:10 pm

        Bless you child and your love for the light novels XD
        I wonder if maybe the light novel business might be turning around? Tokyopop is actually releasing some more of their stuff (be shocked people *jk*). Haikasoru is getting new stuff. It makes me happy to think so =3

        Good luck shopping out there. Esp on a Friday! I tried checking out my Borders just for fun today and nearly died trying to get there. >_< However, once you get indoors and away from the cars, then it's all good. There were barely any people inside so you don't have to worry about getting bitten or how ever they do it in Wal-mart ^o^ *jk*.

        • December 17, 2009 3:58 pm

          xD I think it’s definitely turning around (at least somewhat), mostly since publishers like Yen Press and Viz/Haikasoru are trying new ways of getting the novels out, and Tokyopop is following (after all that restructuring, I think they are finally starting to get it together again). And my light novel post is already done, but I’m keeping you all in suspense until Saturday at noon~ ;] (aka I scheduled it for Saturday so this post would stay at the top for a while, haha.)

          oh…I totally didn’t even think about that… ho shit! It’ll be the Friday before Christmas! D: But I think where I’m going shopping should be ok… I hope… since it’s a giant open shopping center and not like a mall or anything…

  7. December 17, 2009 5:28 pm

    HECKYEAH@ more FB omnibuses~ I really love the cover on the 4th one too (almost as awesome as the FY 4th cover) It was always one of my fave orignal arts. Sigh I really wish I hadn’t sold 9-17 of FB a few years back. Otherwise after I got the new omnibus I’d have the entire series.

    Also yeah on all the CLAMP. Remember looks interesting too.

    • December 18, 2009 12:16 am

      I know!! I love omnibuses~ They’re just glorious. :D Oh, that sucks…I only have like 3 random volumes of the series (I bought some remainder copies from a website one time when I was buying a bunch of manga in bulk) other than the Ultimate Editions vol 1-3, and 23 volumes is intimidating when you have to buy them all singly! D:

      CLAMP is always win. :]

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