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13 May 2013 @ 03:06 pm
manga loot: shounen oujo  
i feel so poor =<
i've been buying less, but for some reason i have less money? D:
i just had to buy clothes ~_~ dam u, real life!

these 2 come from my last purchase from cdjapan after discovering honto.jp and verifying their shipping costs, which is lot cheaper! i'm no longer going over to cdjapan >_> the difference is so big i feel a bit scammed -.-

Shounen Oujo! Vol 1 and Vol 2! *-*

a big thanks to Sylphalchemist! [ http://sylphalchemist.wordpress.com/ ] for letting me know about this wonderful manga *-*
what was it that i was doing when i bumped into her blog... ...it was something... but i don't remember... mmm 3_3
anyways, lurking around, i found her reviews on Shounen Oujo.
Interesting plot + pretty art + cool review = no. it does not equal buy!
Equals = let's go look if it has a scanlation! woot~

*warning: rant ahead*
hahaha. i know we need to support authors and stuff, and i'm not a hypocrite (at least not in this area lol) that i'm not going to admit that i like/want scanlations for free e_eU who doesn't anyways >_>
it aint raining money. who the fk has money to buy every single manga they like, even more, who would buy manga just by a review and not in a language they understand?! actually, i have come across this girl who said she bought manga (in english) based on the intro summary, cos if she read the scanlation, she wasnt going to buy it cos she wasnt going to re-read the book. so i'm like... after you read the manga you bought what are you going to do with it then?????? bleh, it her money w/e ...
/*kinda end of rant.*

anyways... for me, i must read the scanlation to buy a manga. i have to know if i'll like it or not. if the manga has been completed, i'll want to read the ending. cos sometimes the manga starts really good, but end real krap usagi drop, thank god i didn't buy it. and because i really like it, i buy the books :3 the licensed ones.
in the case of manga in japanese... then i must LOVE the series. enjoy it to a point where i actually feel that i want to support this mangaka's work, and show it by paying for said work, because it is indeed worth it, and that i wont ever regret doing so. i have a requirement tho, and that is that it has to have furigana =w= because even tho i don't speak japanese, i do get at least 20%?? thats a lot already xd since i'm still in the beginners stage i need furigana in order to look for the meaning of the words faster, or at least practice my reading o.-

So i read the scanlation and fell in love with this manga :3
many thanks to Hachimitsu Scans for adding this manga to their project list! [ http://hachimitsu-scans.blogspot.com.es/ ]
Vol 1 and 2 have been scanlated (only those two are out in japan), so go read them~

Shounen Oujo
Authors: Musashino Zenko, Yukihiro Utako
Artist: Yukihiro Utako
Description (not by me): In a country where women rule supreme lives a poor but happy boy named Albert. An excursion to the city turns dangerous when he and his friend are abducted by slave traders, and later purchased by a noblewoman's servant. If this wasn't crazy enough, it turns out Albert looks exactly like the noblewoman who purchased him. But she's no ordinary aristocrat. She's a princess! And he's to act as her double from today on!?

color pages from both vols :3
i cant wait for shounen oujo to have its own artbook *-*
i hope that is not too much to ask Q.Q

crosspost: http://nadelynlyn.wordpress.com/
Nachibldl on May 13th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
I have yet to read this manga (but its on my list) so I won't comment on that part.

But arghs... this is exactly why i feel so bad for all the people buying form CDjapan. honto is so much cheaper... even mangaoh and hmv are cheaper with there ESM shipping. Not to mention all stores have bigger and better collection (adt least for books).

One advise though, if you'll ever feel like buying limited edition you should hurry with honto... they sell out those pretty fast ^^;;

Yeah kinda random comment, but I had to say it ^^
Droggiemydroggie on May 13th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
ya! i learned that the hard way D:
i was waiting for the release of karneval's limited vol 11 release cos i wanted to bulk it with other books, and then it sold out >.>
so i mailed them with google translate! lol i think i used another online translator... anyways! i asked them if they would have it in stock again, they said no, its soldout at publisher =<
so i bought it on amiami and combined it with other stuff >.> just to find out a week later that they had it on stock again D<<<<<
ugh -.-

btw, do you know whats the policy on honto about combining books? i mean, if i make an order, do all of the books in that order have to be released in the same month if i chose combined shipping?
if i preorder something and i add more books to that order later?
i couldnt find anything on their FAQ >_
Nachibldl on May 13th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah that hapends from time to time. But it's pretty rare. It happend to me only once that after a week of initial release they got the stock again. I usually check mangaoh (but sometimes they're even faster in selling out, sometimes not) and HMV, or yesasia (but lately i found them to be completely useless).

As for combining books... I really wouldn't know. I bought a lot more back when there was still hon-to and bk1. And now my list of wanted books is pretty short, not to mention i usually do bulk orders with only 1 or 2 books to be released (in the following month or so).
But since they closely cooperate with HMV I'll have to say that as long as you see it in the store and that you can order it than there shouldn't be any problem. I've ordered some stuff at HMV with one item in the order 4 months before release date and another 5 months. And there was no problem.
I don't remember ever having any problems with honto (but like I said I've orders just few books since they combined) and back in the bk1 days I had no problems with different preorders in same package either.

When it comes to Japanese stores.... i think this is only Amazon.jp thing that they can keep your items only for a while. Sure there is a limit how long they keep your items in basket (on the site) but once you've placed teh order you've place it and thats it.... accept if you're using Amazon... and i guess CD japan was like that as well (either way any store that primarily targets foreign costumers is like that).
Droggiemydroggie on May 13th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
mmm, i see.
i'll try to combine next time there's a limited, and see what happns e_eU

thank you for your reply!