From 5 to 9 (Miki Aihara)

Song of the Day – “My Way” by Paul Anka while I’m writing this.

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Am reading the latest series from Miki Aihara -5-ji kara 9-ji made! I actually bought the manga without knowing what it is, at this low period where i don’t know what shoujo should i be reading next.

She was always writing all these harem themes that after a while it got predictable (e.g. So Bad! Hot Gimmick, Honey Hunt ), and yeah, blame me for still reading them even though I kind of know how the ending will be. Teacher’s Pet was juicy in a way but that is another story.

‘From 5 to 9’ is a refreshing change, at least I don’t see any harem romance coming up in a way yet.  It is more josei, written to target young working girls who are faced with the dilemma of getting married at the ‘xxx’ date. 3 girls form the main leads in this series. I can totally see this being a drama series since it’s quite ‘real’.

My favourite couple in this series is actually Momoe and Arthur. Maybe I can relate to this particular hobby of hers. You must read to find out what exactly it is.  Anyway, I like the above cover, set in the Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter party backdrop, and just peeve that we don’t get to see such covers in the tankobon. Credits to the chinese team who did this.

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Savage Garden by Lee Hyeon Sook

After the controversial Flowers of Evil , I am soooo eager to read Savage Garden. The title implies wild beastly behaviour and maybe some more incestous relationships?! Probably???!  *eyes gleam*

Turns out it’s  NOT. It’s about a girl Gabriel who impersonates her dead friend’s identity to study in a prestigious boys school where it’s filled with brats, not one, but lots of them. It’s your typical gender bender story with the usual yaoiness and love confusion thrown in here and there. There are some hot scenes in the first few volumes,  between Gabriel and one of the brothers – Euan.  I wish her identity was discovered by Euan and figured how disastrous it would be for Euan to discover his usual taste turns out to be a girl. Hahaha.

Thanks to JanimeS, I get to read this series.  Its enjoyable in the beginning but ends up flat on your face. Am disappointed with the ending or maybe I’m just bias.  It’s as if the mangaka rushed through the ending, probably another new series in the making ? Hopefully.

Old Manga

Hmm..just when I feel like writing something, WordPress is slow. What a bummer >.<

My love for manga has not waned yet…Looking back, it’s been almost 5 years since I first watched my first anime Inuyasha (sailormoon isn’t counted since it did not kick off any addicition) and started seriously reading Bleach. Now, after such a long span, I’ve actually accumulated quite a number of series and am wondering what to do with them, esp. since i’ve outgrown them – Naruto, Bleach, Deathnote Tactics, Vampire Knight, Koukou Debut to name a few. They took up so much of my space tat i’ve got to sell or get rid of them at one point. There goes my savings *poof*

And those i am still holding on includes Nana. Urghh..when is Yazawa sensei going to recover?  I do wonder what is she down with, does anyone else has a clue? Nana may be one of those unfortuncate series that is on hiatus for a longest time. Either I’ve not been reading enough shoujo but I can’t find any series that is angst and more adult enough. Yaoi series, yes, quite a number but definetely not shoujo.  And did I mention why I’m such a sucker for Nana? Yes.. that’s the reason.

Manga – For Sale!

Time to part away with some manga which I know I’ve outgrown them.  Need to make space for new series although having a bookcase of 3/4 filled with manga never fail to give puzzling looks on relatives and friends who visited my home. Hohoho…the worst and neverending complaint would be from my mum.

Anyway, here’s the list. Note they are mostly in CHINESE, mainly published by Tongli or Chuangyi, unless stated otherwise. They are already listed in ebay and I think I’m able to ship overseas, but do leave a message here to enquire about overseas rates and more details as payment is by Paypal only. Will update more pictures and manga later on.

SHOUJO SERIES

1) Koukou Debut

2) Chains of Love by Shinjo Mayu (1 Volume Complete)

3) Sex = Love 2 by Shinjo Mayu (2 Volumes Complete) – Sold

4) Blaue Rosen by Shinjo Mayu

5) Hot Gimmick by Miki Aihara (12 Volumes Complete)

6) Tonari no Shugoshin (2 Volumes Complete), Triple Kiss (2 Vols Complete), Hikitateyaku no Koi by Ako Shimaki

7) Seduction More Beautiful than Love (Vol 4 & 5 only) by Lee Hyeon Soek

8) H20 by Hwang Sook Ji

9) Nightmare after School by Setona Mizushiro (Complete)

10) 100% PErfect Girl by Wann (Vol 1-8 ongoing In English)

11) Nodame Cantabile (Vol 1-24)

12) Ludwig Kakumei by Kaori Yuki (Vol 1-4 Complete)

13) Love Letters (Vol 1 & 2), Heibon Punch (Vol 1-4), Oboreru Knife (Vol 1 -6) by George Asakura

Shonen Series

1) Switch by Naked Ape

2) Dolls by Naked Ape

3) Illustration Book by Naked Ape

4) Chobits by Clamp (8 volume Complete)

5) Tactics (Vol 1-9 ongoing)

6) Basilisk (Vol 1-5 Complete)

Yaoi Series

1) Name of Love by Miyamato Kano (in Japanese)

2) Yebisu Celebrities by Fuwa Shinri (Vol 1 – 4)

3) Empty Heart by Minase Masara (Vol 1 Complete)

4) Totally Captivated (Vol 1-5 in English) – sold

5) To Love a Man like Him by Honjou Rie (Vol 1 complete)