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21st-Aug-2005 09:48 pm
Golden
Are arguing a position and occasional outright ranting (usually in writing) and reading (which is why I believe academia is my vocation).

Anyway, I did quite the bookstore run today. I returned the Del Rey manga to Barnes & Noble in Ledgewood this afternoon, and then this evening, I returned home briefly (and spent a few minutes painting my mother's nails for her), picking up Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson off of the bargain table at the Bridgewater Barnes & Noble on the way. Heading back to Long Valley, I stopped at the Bridgewater Borders before getting onto Route 287...and to my absolute shock, they had TOTALLY rearranged the store! Higher shelves mean more floorspace, and the feeling has changed from book forest to book canyon.

Yes, I finished up the manga before returning them. Bad Kethylia! :P

Tsubasa Vol.5-6 by CLAMP
Ironically enough, I've read up to Vol.6 in the Japanese version. But then I gave up. Why? Because the title strikes me as the most insincere CLAMP title ever. Worse even than Chobits. Tsubasa is a market animal, a stock shounen plot a la Inu-Yasha in every way, with the only thing to draw the old-timers in the possibility that their favorite characters from *another* series might make an appearance. Not to mention that I figure the title will continue for a little bit longer only than it remains popular with the Japanese readers. In any case, Vol.5 concludes the Country of Jade arc (*gasp* Sakura sees ghosts, too, Watanuki!) and begins the Outo arc. In Outo, we discover that Syaoran is blind in one eye (What??? Again!?) and that his mentor was Seishiro. Seishiro sure does get around with the little boys, doesn't he? ^^;; At least Del Rey's translation and endnotes make this English release a relatively polished one. Oh, and am I the only one who wants to do serious bodily harm to Fai? He's of the cheerful CLAMP type, but thus far, there just isn't enough going on underneath...
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22nd-Aug-2005 02:24 am (UTC)
THAT is the reason I love buying my French manga at Renaud-Bray. You cannot return manga... so I'm sure the volume is brand-new (they wrap ALL their manga in plastic and you can't read the books in store)...

I have this weird thing that when I buy a manga that cost me nearly $20 with tax, I WANT the book to be new :P
22nd-Aug-2005 02:31 am (UTC)
*laughs* I nearly always purchase my books online; so when I buy them new (as opposed to used or remainder), I know that all they've been doing is collecting dust in a warehouse and that they've never been read.

As for buying books in bookstores, if I'm paying full price the book *better* look like brand-spanking new. ^^;

I rarely return books, even if after reading them I don't like them, but this is an exception. I needed the English-language editions as reference materials for that article I was writing. No way to get around it, and I sure as heck didn't want to keep them, especially considering I have the Japanese versions. Not to mention that the Del Rey books are all so expensive! *winces*
22nd-Aug-2005 02:34 am (UTC)
Yeah... I know why you got them. But I'm still happy for my French ones :P

As for the English ones... as they are NOT wrapped in Indigo or Chapters and people read there? I don't buy them in stores anymore and order them online too...

That reminds me that Amazon.ca told me today they just shipped the rest of Immortal Rain :P (I sure hope I'll like the other 5 volumes... I liked vol. 1).
22nd-Aug-2005 02:47 am (UTC)
I'm terrible, really. I got to the B&N and Borders in my area with a little pocket notebook and browse for hours, taking notes about books I want...and then I go home and order them online at unaffiliated stores. >_< I like that they don't shrinkwrap their manga; that way, I can browse and decide if I really want to buy x or y title. Later. XD

That reminds me that Amazon.ca told me today they just shipped the rest of Immortal Rain :P (I sure hope I'll like the other 5 volumes... I liked vol. 1).

Heh, heh, heh...can't wait to find out what you think of Vol.3. I didn't really start liking the series until that one, actually. ^__^


22nd-Aug-2005 02:28 am (UTC)
Hey, if it saves you money and you dont bend the spine, go for it XD
22nd-Aug-2005 02:32 am (UTC)
No one will ever know. *chuckles* I just needed them as reference for my article, anyway. :P
22nd-Aug-2005 06:12 am (UTC)
*dies laughing*
Yeah, you think Subaru might get jealous^_^

Fai is even worse in the anime. His seiyuu is very annoying and the whole character is so shallow you can see right through him.

BTW, the anime is currently airing the Seishirou arc beginning with episode.17 if you want to get them. I can't wait to see Seishirou's Tsubasa incarnation after the TB and X ones^_~
22nd-Aug-2005 11:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, you think Subaru might get jealous^_^

And if Subaru's a vampire, he may have powers to make Syaoran's life miserable... XD

BTW, the anime is currently airing the Seishirou arc beginning with episode.17 if you want to get them.

Hmm. >_<

Not especially...
22nd-Aug-2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd say that^_^ I'm only watching the anime for Seishirou. Oh and I want to see the Yasha/Ashura arc. They have a kiss in the Tsubasa manga but I'm sure that'll be cut from the anime^^
22nd-Aug-2005 12:14 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said, I had given up on the Japanese version after Vol.6. Even the prospect of Seishiro wasn't enough to hold me. :P xxxHOLiC isn't that bad, really; kind of like Tokyo Babylon done over seinen. But Tsubasa, no matter which way I slice it in my brain, comes across as so insincere.

They have a kiss in the Tsubasa manga but I'm sure that'll be cut from the anime^^

Why would they do that?
22nd-Aug-2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
XXXholic feels like a half-hearted effort by Clamp. I can't muster any interest for it. Except when its artbook comes out maybe^_^

I don't think they'd include a m/m kiss in such a mainstream anime for kiddies like Tsubasa.
22nd-Aug-2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
I don't think they'd include a m/m kiss in such a mainstream anime for kiddies like Tsubasa.

*shrugs* Who knows? Japan's much more liberal when it comes to things like that, especially if it goes no further than a kiss and overly especially sentimental.
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