Buy and Brag #9

February 14, 2010

Who am I kidding.

After seeing Up in the Air at the Ogden 6, I went next door to the same bargain bookstore I wrote about in Buy and Brag #6.  I didn’t buy any anime DVDs, mainly because they didn’t have any new ones, but I did pick up some comics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buy and Brag #8

January 14, 2010

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.

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Buy and Brag #7

January 13, 2010

Welcome to the first in a 2-part season finale of andrewreadscomics’ Buy and Brag.  It’s been about two months since my last update, so I’ll post everything I’ve gotten since the day after Thanksgiving.  Some of these pictures have been sitting in my camera for a while, so it’s time to unleash them.  First up is my December 2009 package of Viz Signature manga…

20th Century Boys vol. 6–  I’m a couple volumes behind, but this is still one of the best manga of 2009.

Children of the Sea vol. 2–  I read the first couple of chapters of this volume on Ikki, but I wanted to read the rest of it in print format.  Anime News Network lists the series as ending at two volumes, so I assumed this was it, but as it turns out there’s four volumes out in Japan and is ongoing.

Detroit Metal City vol. 3–  Go to DMC!

Go Go Monster– Seeing as this is the only one in this column I actually read so far, I’ll give a brief review.  Go Go Monster is about an awkward boy who “sees things” at his school.  He believes that someday soon, these things will take over the school.  Enter the new kid, who doesn’t really believe him, but is intrigued and follows him up to the abandoned fourth floor.  This is from the same author as Tekkon Kinkreet, and to be honest is almost the same story.  But I do like this one quite a bit more as it comes from a more psychological perspective.

Ooku vol. 2– Still haven’t gotten to the first volume, but I’ve heard good things.

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Buy and Brag #6: Cheap Anime

November 25, 2009

Andrew back here again to show you my cheap anime finds from last weekend at the bargain bookstore.  This was the first time I’ve seen anime, or DVDs in general at “Bargain Books.”  All DVDs were $5 new, including box sets.

Ah! My Goddess Season 1 Collection– This is something I’ve been wanting for a while.  Oh My Goddess! was one of the first manga series I read and I have many pleasant memories of it.  I did watch the first couple of episodes of the anime adaptation while it was being fansubbed, but lost track of it like I always do with fansubs. I was actually ready to order this for $30 on Rightstuf from the Media Blasters sale going on now, but 5 bucks sounds better to me.

Magic Knight Rayearth Season 1 Collection– I know absolutely nothing about this series, except that it’s from CLAMP and it looks like Sailor moon, but for 5 bucks I’ll give the complete first season a try.

Shaman King Uncut Volumes 1 and 2– Shaman King was one of those shows I used to watch on the FoxBox aka 4KidsTV.  As a 4Kids dub, Shaman King obviously received a lot of flack from the fans.  I won’t comment on the dub, but I did enjoy the anime to a degree.  I thought “Wooden Sword” Ryu was a great character.  These DVDs are uncut with the original Japanese dialogue.  Unfortunately, these are the only two Shaman King DVDs to come out in America.

Yu Yu Hakusho/Ninku Double Feature– I bought this mainly for Yu Yu Hakusho, like everybody else.  From what I heard, this has a completely different voice cast than the FUNimation dub.  But I’m OK with that.

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Buy and Brag #5

October 22, 2009

What did I get in the mail today?

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Buy and Brag #4

October 4, 2009

Back again to talk about the stuff I bought in the past week.  First up is manga and then DVDs.  There’s a lot of variety in this week’s DVD collection in terms of genre and demographic.  I’m just random like that.

Shonen Jump November 2009– On time with yet another Naruto cover.  This month’s issue contains the usual and a preview of Yu-Gi-Oh! R (surprisingly worse than GX).

Yen Plus October 2009–  For a magazine that supposedly ships the first week each month, it’s unacceptable receiving this on the last day of the month, ripped and bent no less.  I’m just letting you know Yen Plus has a shit ton of problems with their subscription service.  Subscribers constantly complain of receiving their issues weeks after bookstores if at all.  I’ll probably be canceling my subscription by the end of the year.

Detroit Metal City vol. 2– Krauser II saves this week’s pick-ups.  Nothing like 200 pages of rape jokes and heavy metal.  Unfortunately, no tattoos in this volume.

Battle For Terra– This was one of those movies I wanted to see in theatres but never got around to.  I believe it was even in 3D.  So I picked this up when I saw it at Borders for 10 bucks. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s supposed to be a reverse invasion film, with the humans taking over an alien planet.

Ghost Hound: Collection 1– I knew nothing about this before, except that it’s from the creator of Ghost in the Shell and the 20th anniversary project from Production I.G. Pretty big names there, and a big price tag.  This set retails for $60 (half season sets from Sentai Filmworks are usually $40).  But I watched the first disc last night and it’s really good.  Very spooky.  Thanks you Right Stuf for sending this a month before release date.

See Dick Run– Kel Mitchell in a new movie?  Sold.  I grew up on Kenan & Kel and I’ve been dying to see Kel in something new for years.  Kel stars as Dick, a playa who lost his manhood after a night with a succubus.  He has to find his manhood within 24 hours or it’s gone forever.  So he sets out with his best friend to question his top 5 one-night-stands to see who put the hex on him.  This movie is so low-budget, but it adds to the hilarity. It’s not the best script, but it’s so good to see Kel in the movies again.

The Wizard of Oz– Believe it or not, The Wizard of Oz was my favorite film as a kid.  I used to watch it everyday.  Since I missed out on the past 2 or 3 DVD releases of this movie, I decided to pick up this new edition.  Still one of the best films of all time.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Special Edition– I’m a big fan of Batman.  Superman not so much.  But I still wanted to check out this team-up film, adapted from the graphic novel.

That’s all for now.  Right Stuf finally has their Viz Media sale up, so I’m going to put in 2 or 3 orders in the following week.  Viz simply has the most series that I’m collecting and I’m behind on a few.  Unfortunately, the sale is only good for manga.  I guess I’ll have to order Hunter x Hunter Collection 4 and the 20th Century Boys movies some other time.


Buy and Brag #3

September 24, 2009

Who needs reviews when I can just talk about the crap I buy?  I’ve actually been watching a lot of “unboxing” videos on YouTube lately.  Channels like Gigafrosty and BDUBTheAnimeMaster.  It got me in the mood to make my own, but I don’t own a video camera.  That’s probably for the best.  If I learned one thing from working on my campus news program last year, I’m a terrible host.

Aquarion Parts 1 and 2–  I got a really good deal on these.  They were $14.99 each on Right Stuf (compared to $59.98 retail).  The reason I went with these instead of the complete collection, aside from price, is the fact that FUNimation stripped the extras off the complete collection. I doubt the extras were all that interesting to begin with, but it’s the principal of the thing.  Don’t strip extras!  Right Stuf still has a few copies left so order it ASAP if you’re interested.  Part 1 came with a really cool pencil board.

Ghost Stories: Complete Collection– I ordered this during Right Stuf’s Section 23 sale.  I’ve just been looking for something funny to watch and everyone says it’s hilarious.

Lupin the 3rd toys– Right Stuf is selling Lupin and Fujiko toys for 99 cents each?!?!  Sold!  I might buy another pair to play with.

X-Men Volumes 3 and 4–  I buy American cartoons, too.  X-Men was one of my favorite shows on Fox Kids when I was little.  I still have my action figures and assorted comic books.  I’m glad that Disney finally decided to release this on DVD.  And shocked that they’ve released this much.  Volume 5 should be the last to complete this series.

There’s a few things not pictured here, such as Future Diary volume 3, Fullmetal Alchemist volume 20, and some things I picked up at Half Price Books during the sale I mentioned earlier.  I didn’t feel like digging them out from the pile so that’s it for this week.