Buy and Brag #8

Welcome.  This is the second part of the Buy and Brag season finale.  The theme of this column is good deals.

The good news, all of this manga was 50% off.  The bad news, WaldenBooks has officially left the Midwestern suburbs.  This place was my gateway into the world of manga.  I used to pick up a volume just about every week at my local Waldens (which closed last year).  Now their Aurora location bit the dust.  I still have Borders to browse, for now, but it’s not the same.

10 Beautiful Assassins vol. 1– Another OEL manga from Seven Seas Entertainment.  Just like their other OEL manga, this is printed in right to left format, which always puzzled me since none of them are Japanese to begin with.

Astr0 Boy: Official Movie Prequel (not pictured):  I didn’t have room in the picture for this one.  And I also forgot.  This was not written by Tezuka, obviously, but rather a full-color comic prequel by IDW Publishing to the CGI animated Astro Boy movie.

Future Diary vol. 4– If you’re into Death Note, you’ll like this one.  It’s basically about this guy who has a cell phone diary that tells him what’s going to happen in the future.  Then he meets other people with similar cell phone diaries who want to kill him and finds out that they’re all playing a sick game to see who will be the next god.

Kurohime vol. 1-2–  I’m somewhat of a big boob fan and Kurohime’s knockers are definitely appealing.  Sex sells huh.

Pokemon Adventures vol. 1-4– ^that was somewhat inappropriate.  Pokemon Adventures was one of the first manga I read 10 odd years ago.  It’s nice to see Viz rerelease it complete and at a cheap price.

Yotsuba&! vol. 3-6–  Everyone’s crazy for Yotsuba&!  I did find the first volume of the ADV release for a couple bucks at a Scholastic Book Fair some time ago and enjoyed it.  It’s very pure.  An example of the joy and wonder a child can bring.

For those fortunate enough to have a Half Price Books in the area, they had a 20% off everything sale at the end of the year.  This is what I picked up.

That would be volume 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the 4kids DVD release of One Piece.  I know what the fans will say, “the dub sucks!”  But to be honest, I don’t mind it.  Except for Sanji.  I rather enjoyed the rap theme song, DINO DINO!  The five volumes were $4.98 each originally and came down to about $4 because of the sale.  For some reason they didn’t have volume 3 or anything after 6.

I also bought five anime VHS during the sale that I didn’t feel like taking a picture of, two random volumes of Ranma 1/2 and all three volumes of Dirty Pair Flash.  They cost 40 cents each after the sale.

So why is this the season finale?

I just don’t know if I want to continue doing this.  For starters, all the Buy and Brag columns rank dead last in number of views.  I can live with that.  I’ve had niche hobbies my entire life, I’m used to no one giving a crap about what I’m into, let alone what I’m buying.  The internet has allowed me to get the “OMG look what I just got!” off my chest many times.  But if no one is reading it, then it’s the same as if I just kept it to myself.

The other reason is that I’m simply not a braggart.  I am somewhat embarrassed when I think back on how much money I wasted in these 8 columns alone.  Someday I’ll look back on this and be amused, but for now I’m tired of seeing andrewreadscomics turn into a useless “see what I got and be jealous” blog.

Buy and Brag may come back in the future, but for now I want to focus on doing reviews and news, what I planned to do to begin with.

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