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Ordering October 2007 Manga
2007.09.07. (Fri) | Edit |
It's the manga ordering time of the month!

October 2007 manga I'm ordering...

Houkago Hokenshitsu vol 9
Is this the last volume? I usually forget what's happening whenever a new volume comes out, so I have to re-read all the previous books. There isn't a whole lot of text, so it doesn't take me too long to re-read. I'm a slow manga reader, so that's one thing I'm always happy about.

Himawari Ken'ichi Legend vol 5
I like the stories that revolve around Ken'ichi #2 (the gardener). Why does this book come out so quickly? Is it because it runs on a weekly magazine?

Kisekae Yuka-chan vol 11
I stopped getting Cookie monthly, so all the stories are new to me.

Kira Kira 100% vol 5
It's getting a bit young for my tastes. I'm just continuing, since I already started.

Ice Age vol 8
Yay! I stopped getting Chorus monthly too, so I'm really looking forward to this volume.

Omukae Made 8-Jikan vol 2
Yoko Gendai finally has a new book out! I support manga artists who only earn about an normal salary.

Ren'ai Catalog vol 34
Also getting a bit too young, but I already have the rest of the series...

Shanimuni Go vol 27
IH starts! I have to re-read all 26 volumes and get pumped up for this volume. Kyaa!

Detective Conan vol 59
I heard that Gosho Aoyama is taking a break for a while. I keep skipping volumes when I order Conan. And I have a lot of doubles too. What to do?

October is a pretty good month.

2007/09/07 16:26 | Manga Ordering | Comment (1) | Trackback (0) | Top▲
Hataraki Man vol 4
2007.09.07. (Fri) | Edit |
I ordered Hataraki Man (働きマン)vol 4 on a whim.

I liked some of the previous Moyoco Anno manga. Well, only Happy Mania. But I noticed Hataraki Man was a Morning comic, so I thought it should be interesting. I've liked a lot of the seinen manga that shoujo manga artists worked on, so it was a hunch.

I liked it.

The story is about Hiroko, a writer/editor for a weekly magazine "Jidai." Hiroko switches to her "male mode" whenever she gets into work. In her late 20s, she's in a phase where she has more responsibilities at work & it's getting fun... meanwhile her social life is taking a bit of a toll.

It didn't matter that I started on vol 4. The stories are individual mini stories, so you can just start reading at any chapter.

One of company B staffers recognized the book (long story), so he lent me vol 1 and vol 2. I read through them during work hours (bad employee). Not to worry, I shared them with my boss.

Staffer J who lent me the books was explaining the story to the other staff... and staffer G said she thought he was describing me. But my boss said, "She doesn't have a guy though."


Yes, I work in publishing. And I'm a workaholic. And I don't have a social life. And I don't have a boyfriend (Hiroko does... at least in the first two volumes).

But I'm always looking for kirameki.
That's why I read manga.
Especially shoujo manga.

Hataraki Man
Author: Moyoco Anno
Volumes: 4 (on going)
Publisher: Kodansha

I heard it was animated before. And there's going to be a drama series (starring Miho Kanno... who doesn't sound like she would fit the role). So maybe company D would pick it up. Although there really isn't a market for this type of manga just yet.

It's a fun read if you're a single late 20-early 30 workaholic in the publishing world.

2007/09/07 16:15 | Seinen Manga | Comment (2) | Trackback (0) | Top▲