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On my last day in Tokyo I just didn’t feel like going back to the apartment where I was staying a) because the friend I was staying with was at work and b) it was my last day in Tokyo for awhile.  I was looking for the manga outpost Mandrake, but I couldn’t find it (probably walked right past it) and was lazy, so I just went to Book Off.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle by CLAMP is one of those series that went on and on and on and if I had known it was going to be 28 volumes I probably wouldn’t have started it, but being the crazy that I am, once I started I had to finish it.  Finally at volume 28.

Tokyo Alice was an impulse buy.  I bought it because its opening line was: “My love, passion, my reason for living…is shopping!” Enough said.

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I finished Gokinjo Monogatari as well as my book in English, The American (both the movie and the book ended up being disappointing after such a cool-sounding premise), so I needed something new to read.  Foreign books in Japan are ridiculously expensive, so I wasn’t about to shell out $20 for a book that costs $10 in the US and my Japanese isn’t up to reading an actual novel.  Looked in the use foreign bookstore and have two conclusions to draw: foreigners in the Kyoto area have really bad taste in books, or they’re holding onto all the good ones (for good reason if they paid $20 for them here).  So here we are.  Soul Eater, which I picked entirely because of its aesthetic (obviously the best way to pick reading material).  It looks vaguely Halloween-y/Tim Burton-y and that’s all I need.

Also, pretty sure the guy at the local used manga store thinks I’m a crazy.  After buying this book, I got on the bus, went to peruse it and…..it was gone.  Nowhere to be found.  So I ran back to the store and asked the guy working if I had taken the bag.  Made more confusing by the fact that I used the word fukuro (literally, bag), which I guess you can’t use in this instance in Japanese the way you can in English.  So then he kept asking me if I needed a bag, to which my response was no.  So then it was pretty established that I did in fact take the bag/book/whatever with me and I was left wondering how the hell one could lose a book in under 5 minutes and lamenting my lost 290yen.  Also he and the other employee at the counter looked at me like I was a complete crazy.  So then I went to go back to the bus and saw it departing, so I had to haul ass to the next bus stop on the next block.  I get on the bus and behold (!) on the floor of the seat behind the one that I was originally sitting in, was the book, in its bag.  I guess I dropped it and didn’t realize.  So…..yeah.

I realize I’m skipping a few installments since my last post about this series.  I did buy them and simply forgot to post them.  About 1/3 of the way through this, the last volume.  I made a concerted effort to not rush through books here to try to prevent myself from buying a lot of them and then facing the problem of getting them home.  Still, I’m surprised that I was able to pace myself to one per month.  Am fairly confident in saying that if you’re a fan of Paradise Kiss, which is more famous in the US, then you should read this one too.  Also, it is not a sequel, Paradise Kiss is the sequel to this.

Yep, more manga…also by Ai Yazawa.  I said before it was all going to go downhill.  Picked these up for 150yen ($1.80usd) a piece at the used manga/game/dvd store.  Kagen no Tsuki, another one of her older works.  Was also made into a movie starring Chiaki Kuriyama (Battle Royale, Kill Bill Vol. 1) and Hyde (L’arc~en~Ciel, VAMPS).  Hyde would also later compose the theme song for the movie adaptation of NANA, also written by Ai Yazawa.

It was only a matter of time until I started buying manga.  It’s all downhill from here.  Gokinjo Monogatari vol. 1 full version reissue.  The original Gokinjo Monogatari has seven volumes, but this full version reissue only has four…and has cuter covers.  My favorite manga, Paradise Kiss, is the sequel to this series.

Ashley

Grew up in philly, used to live in nyc, spent a year in japan. I like shopping. Gotta figure out what to do with this blog now...

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