Follow-up III: Did This Thing

All right, I’ve mentioned about four times that I ordered a box of twenty manga for $20.

I feel like Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures: One more thing:

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Anyway, I’m still wading through the riches I received. Just for the record, they looked like this:

Manga

I’ve committed to reading all of them. It’s true, though, that I am slowing down. One reason is that I started with the ones I was more interested in, and so I’m less motivated to check them out now that I’m into genres I find less interesting. And for me it’s also the end of the semester, and so work is beginning to occupy my time.

But I did finish off four more.

Peace Maker Kurogane is actually the first volume of the sequel series to the original Peace Maker series. It is set in the 1860’s and the protagonists are members of the secret police, the Shinsengumi (who also play a role in Samurai Champloo). The antagonist is a man with cat qualities who murders his patron at the end of the episode.

Because of my interest in culture I was interested in this for the historical elements, but then at the end the author said she’d made them up. Flashing swords, at least one revolver (strangely enough, not a Colt Peacemaker); nice action story. Me, I’m not interested but it could be good.

Kouhime Soushi is about a spoiled little princess, Koiko, who has the koi koi power: she can made anyone adore her. She is in love with her childhood friend, Shiro. Alas, he’s a ninja and cannot stay. Oh, and he’s immune to koi koi.

This story is complete in one volume, because the plot is Koiko grows up. It’s kind of cute, actually, and there is a genuine affection between Koiko and Shiro even though she’s a spoiled little brat; the story has a strong emotional impact. I’ll put this one on my shelf, and maybe I’ll read it again.

Forget About Love: Yeah, Se-Lim Lee can forget about love, all right: She has amnesia! (Get it? Har de har har) But as she starts to get back into her old life she also discovers she can forget about love for another reason. Before the accident she lost her memory in, she was a totally manipulative, evil, blackmailing person. Now she doesn’t want to be that person any more, but doesn’t know how to get past her baggage.

As you can tell from Se-Lim’s name, this is a Korean book, if that matters, and after months of reading stories right-to-left, it almost drove me nuts to read left-to-right. Pre-accident Se-Lim was such a rotten person that I didn’t care about her, though, and there’s some social subtext about the children of important people literally getting away with murder that made me roll my eyes. It might have been a neat idea, but for me it played off the deep end into disbelief.

The Stellar Six of Gingacho all grew up together as kids, on the street their folks have market stalls in, but now that they’re in high school they don’t hang around so much any more. Well, you know what that means: got to get the band back together! (Not really a band, but one of the plots is they need to get an act together for the street fair.)

They’re good kids and they go on and do some nice things. I’ve used this rating before: If someone pushed volume two under my hand…it lasted to four volumes…I’d read it, but I’m not going to go out of my way to find it.

So that’s twelve out of the twenty. A few I’ve liked, a few I didn’t but other people might, a few that stank. Just about what you’d expect from a grab bag. Next up: Pilgrim Jager. Why that? It has a cool cover.

If anyone wants one of these, drop me a line. I have to restrict my offer to North America, I’m afraid. Postage is just outrageous for a one dollar book.

 

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