Aah ~ I’m broke again.
Christmas has passed and so has half of my vacation. I’ve already spent every cent I’ve received for the holidays. I’m not sure whether I regret it or not. I don’t think I do. I’m actually quite happy. I probably won’t be later on though. But for the moment, I’ll enjoy my state of bliss.
(Much to my surprise, my dad bought me a frikken flatscreen for x-mas. I never expected that, considering how he’s the one complaining about the bills all the time. And yes, I’m enjoying my newfound space amd 22 inch goodness)
I had about 300$ to spend. Not much, but hey, I’m poor. I can’t wait ’til I’m old enough to get a part-time job. It sucks when your parents don’t even give you an allowance. Anyways, more than half of the money had to go to buying a new coat and a new pair of boots. I only had about a 100$ or so to myself so I went and got myself “Chrono Trigger” because I know it’s an awesome game. I had tried it beforehand already so I knew I wanted it. Plus, I’ve got a thing for classics. I spent the rest of my money on manga.
I need to ask my dad to make a shelf for my manga. They’re all cooped up in my old room and it’s a nag to have to go there to get my manga. I need in my room whithin my reach. And plus, they don’t all fit on my old shelves anyway.
Actually, I already had “After School Nightmare” v.01 and 02. I just put ’em side by side because it looked cooler. I’ve got ’em in French because Chapters (here) hasn’t got ’em. The title is “L’Infirmerie après les Cours“, which is a crappy title if you ask me. French manga titles tend to suck more because they are most often translated horribly … they’re worst off than most English titles.
Anyways, six more volumes of After School Nightmare and it’ll the become the second series I bought all the volumes of. Chobits is the first and that was six or seven years ago. I’ll admit I like this series more though. Murder game, people vanishing, a love triangle, a half-man/woman … Wow, I’d love if this had a Drama CD. The other French-translated manga I bought is “Si ton Rêve se réalise …” which is “If you dream comes true …” I think it’s a compilation of one-shots. I didn’t read it yet.
But on an awesome note. Rénaud-Bray (a french bookstore here) is widening their stock. They never sold anything remotely close to BL before (or was I just blind?) and just a couple of fanservice/ecchi manga (or were they hidden from sight?). I mean now, I’m seeing BL everywhere and bunch of other titles I don’t even see available in the English bookstores here (I found Dogs: bullets and carnage …ultimate surprise). Thank you Asuka for publishing many of the BL titles in French I see! I think I’ve just found newfound love for French manga. I mean, they’re cheaper than the English ones and some of them pwn English translations.
Okay wow, I ranted a little too much.
The other two were worth my money too. I’m surprised I didn’t find a Drama CD for “Alley of First Love” … Maybe there are enough childhood friends falling in love stories out there. Still, it was cute. “Fallen Love” was great too. It had bishies and fantasy-storyline. It was a compilation of one-shots more or less related. I absolutely loved the one with the magic user who wanted to die but couldn’t.
Death Note vol.01 was a gift. I read it even though I already did online. It just goes to show I like reading manga with the volume in my hands rather than online. I feel like I can appreciate the art more when I own it. I can spend more time staring at the art, that is, because my eyes won’t turn red.
and something I drew because I love plugging myself
A lot of my friends tell me I’m wasting money because I can read manga online for free. But I don’t think that’s really right. I don’t think I need to explain myself on this either since I think most understand already. On one hand, I buy manga because I like owning the volume. I also buy them because I love the fun of going to a bookstore and browsing for a manga. I love spending hours deciding on which one I should spend my money on and which manga can wait until I’ve got more money. I normally go to the store intent on buying something but I always change my mind and try something else. It’s fun and I’m helping the industry. I don’t think it’s a waste at all. The only time I did was when I bought “Twelve”. Gods, that was an utter waste of money.
Well, my mom thinks it’s a waste of money to buy manga. I think she’d rather I buy new clothes to wear and stuff. But honestly, what lasts longer? The manga or the clothes? (IT’S THE MANGA!!! And besides, I wear a uniform to school)
Okay, wow. I wrote too much. Apologies.