Manga Shipment has Arrived!

February 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm 20 comments

It’s been almost 2 years since the last time I bought some manga, so I decided it was time to catch up on the series I was following and also to pick up some new series. I ended up dropping some series that I had lost interest in, like Negima! and Tsubasa, and picked up a few I had mentioned before in the blog, namely Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai, Dekotsun and Damekko Kissa Dear.

Here’s the view from the other side. This is the first time I picked up light novels; I’ve only bought novels before (D.C. and Shuffle! for the chars I liked). As you can see, they are more compact than regular tankoubon, but they are thicker. I started with Oreimo and will read it on the way to work and over lunch breaks.


  • Damekko Kissa Dear 1
  • D.C.II 2-5
  • D.C.II Imaginary Future 2-5
  • Hidamari Sketch 3-4
  • Hiro na ex. 2
  • Honoka Lv. Up! 3-4
  • Karin 13-14
  • Lucky☆Star 6-7
  • Minamike 5-6
  • Nanatsuiro☆Drops 2-5
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai 1
  • Puchi Hound 4-5
  • Really? Really! 2
  • Shina Dark 2-4
  • ToHeart2 colorful note 4-5

Light Novels

  • Dekotsun★ 1-5
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai 1-5

In particular, I like Honoka Lv. Up! since it’s about high school student Honoka becoming an illustrator in the gaming industry. I loved the MMO scene in volume 2. Zen has noted that I have too many D.C. related books. That is probably true. I thought that Puchi Hound had stopped, but was pleasantly surprised to see that two more volumes had been released. I can’t wait to start reading that.

Normally, the books have outer sleeves that promote related anime or manga by the same publisher or author. I spent a bit of time taking these off and threw them in a pile. The placement was not intentional. Really.

Within the light novels are mini pamphlets detailing current and upcoming light novels. It’s a pretty smart marketing tactic.

The main reason I stopped procrastinating and made this order: Oreimo.

Closeup of Kirino from the fold-out illustration in the first bunkobon. Just look at how cute she is!

After sorting the new books and starting to double stack on some shelves, I think I need to get more shelves soon.

Of course, I’m still spending time on eroge. It’s just nice to have something to read when you’re away from the computer or it’s not convenient to be intimate with cute imoutos. I highly suggest everyone to go and buy manga and light novels. Support your favorite authors and illustrators, while brushing up on your Japanese at the same time!


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  • 1. Reltair  |  February 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    That’s one large shipment! Now you’ve got lots of reading to do.

  • 2. enthor  |  February 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    See, I would love to go out to buy as many light novels as I can get my hands on, but lack of knowledge of Japanese kills that idea as soon as it spawns.

    All I can do is wait for BakaTsuki or someone else to translate… TT.TT

  • 3. nagiamatsu  |  February 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    oh well…I envy those who can buy things online…T_T
    all of those looks so tempting right now…

  • 4. Serenity  |  February 22, 2010 at 12:43 am

    :O <– my face

    on a side note. I am interested in one of these eroge's on your side pain. Tsubasa wo Kudasai. That girl looks sooo cuute.

  • 5. Kiku  |  February 23, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Omg Honoka Lv. Up! is about risa-chan!!! Kirino is really cute <3

  • 6. Amoirsp  |  February 23, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Nice variety. Enjoy them well! I gather this was a shipment from Japan. Since I can’t read Japanese, even if I attempted that kind of quantity, I still couldn’t read any of it. *Still has unopened light novels*

    Looks like a pool that would catch my eye though. Makes me wonder what’s the contents of DC II imaginary future due to the dire contrast in conditions. What … year/timespan are these series? I lose track rather easily.

  • 7. Kazuki  |  February 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Is there any light novels that are available with furigana? Had been looking around at my local Kinokuniya store for those but to no avail.

    My knowledge of kanji is limited and need those furiganas to guide me >.<!!!

  • 8. Micchi  |  February 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    @Reltair: And I already got started!

    @enthor: Don’t be afraid of Japanese, of course it might take some time, but it’s not that hard to learn enough to read!

    @nagiamatsu: Maybe you have a friend who can help buy for you?

    @Serenity: :Q Ya, she’s pretty cute. She has a twin too!

    @Kiku: I totally agree! Faito Risa-chan! Level up!

    @Amoirsp: Ya, it’s a shipment from Japan. Manga’s around the same price, so maybe get manga instead? Those you kinda understand what’s going on just with a little bit of Japanese knowledge (or pure guesswork).

    DCII imaginary future is based on Nanaka and Koko’s story (as opposed to the other series, which is about Otome and Yume). I think the timespan is concurrent to the DCII game, albeit alternate realities.

    @Kazuki: Well, I haven’t read light novels before, but Oreimo and Dekotsun don’t really have that many furigana. Maybe you could pick up a kanji dictionary or something. I usually use those if I can’t figure out how to say a specific kanji.

  • 9. Wrathkal  |  February 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Hmm, I haven’t updated my collection of Shuffle! yet. You said there are novels for the characters you liked, which ones did you get?

  • 10. H.Jakoko  |  February 24, 2010 at 7:09 am

    O.o Ichika Nitta ^^

  • 11. Micchi  |  February 24, 2010 at 7:46 am

    @Wrathkal: Sia and Kareha/Tsubomi. I think I wanted to get Kaede, but it was out of stock when I was ordering so I didn’t end up getting it.

    @H.Jakoko: Haha, you recognized her! Nice. I’m anxiously waiting for Kisaragi Gold Star. I’ve become a Saga Planets fan after Natsunagi.

  • 12. Zeroblade  |  February 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    You throw away those little outer sleeves? I like to keep them for kicks lol. And I see what you meant by the inner pamphlet – a friend bought me a copy of the CANAAN light novel adaptation while he was there and there was this huge pamphlet inside with a ton of other light novels, though there wasn’t really anything that caught my eye.
    Also it is a pain to even try to read :(

    • 13. Micchi  |  February 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      I used to keep them, until I had hundreds and it became a mess. I still keep a few that make me laugh though.

  • 14. Accany  |  February 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

    light novels!

    I’m still trying to find interesting titles that don’t go more than 3 books since storylines tend to go haywire when they drag.
    Even though I’m collecting the whole of 半分の月がのぼる空…

    Still, that selection is very much what I expected from you micchi XD.

  • 15. Amoirsp  |  February 26, 2010 at 2:23 am

    I thought manga would be cheaper. Well, I bought from Taiwan physically, so maybe that’s why. The pool of choices were significantly lower too (some games and posters I were looking for possibly didn’t even exist there).

    What I did want to inquire is how do you determine that your selection would be satisfactory? One time I bought the Shana manga but it was redundant due to having the light novel and watching the anime. Your selection looks like either base manga or manga of visual novels. I’ll probably look into the DC II Yume manga due to favorite character bias for now.

    Okay the simple fact that I can’t read any of the books is the main source of the restriction. I struggled with purchasing too for say, artbooks, because either I didn’t want to see the same CGs from the corresponding eroge, or that it wasn’t up to par.

    I better start upping my Japanese to enjoy the books then. Your choices look like fun reads (well, mainly Oreimo).

  • 16. Fabrice  |  March 16, 2010 at 3:06 am

    pure jealousy..but that must have cost as well.
    lol im happy to see im not the only one buying stuff when my japanese is not that great XD

  • 17. subarusumeragi22  |  March 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Great collection! Btw. can you tell me where I can get this wallpaper in the first picture (the cute blonde girl)?

  • 18. Micchi  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:36 am

    @Accany: The cuter the better!

    @Amiorsp: Well, it’s true that some light novels and manga overlap in terms of content. However, I believe that light novels can flesh out the story and ambiance better than manga. In that regard, it’s more bang for your buck. The reason why I buy so many VN adaptations is because of the drawings even though the story may be the same (usually there are differences). Oreimo has been absolute pleasure to read. I like all the characters ^^

    @Fabrice: The costs add up, but there’s no problem with spending your own money on things you love! :3

    @subarusumeragi22: That is Ichika from SAGA PLANETS’ upcoming title Kisaragi GOLD STAR. You can get the V-day wallpaper from the download page.

  • 19. joshua  |  March 5, 2012 at 12:59 am

    hi my name is joshua. i am a huge anime manga fan i have down it for a long time. i want to now where did you get those copy of those. i been looking for some anime/manga books in japanese. could you give me a hint., thx
    xio xio


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