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So much for that

First of all, all of Monday's backup has been uploaded to Filespace. That means that all files that were up there on Monday are now there. As mentioned before, I've shut down all other functions of the site for now--you can view files that are currently there, but you can't browse them or upload new ones.

Well, I just got back from the Spectrum, and the Manga World store it contains.

I started around twelve-forty, and skated out to the bank. Cashed my $180 check, leaving my wallet full of twenties; also arranged for them to send me a new ATM card, since mine won't read for some reason.

I walked to the nearest bus stop from there, and waited perhaps twenty minutes. I've never used them before, but the buses aren't too bad around here. The only big problem with them is that they only visit each stop about once an hour. *sighs*

So, got on the bus. Because I had no idea what I was doing, I got off a stop after I should have. Thus, I ended up on the wrong side of the I5, and had to walk several blocks to get back to the Spectrum.

Ais is probably the only of my online friends who's ever been to the Irvine Spectrum. It's a rather large shopping and entertainment center--21-screen theater (including an IMAX screen), buncha resturaunts, bunch more shops. It's surrounded by what seems like miles of parking lots.

I walked in, found a directory, and found Manga World. It was in one of the shopping areas, which I'd actually never been in, perhaps half way across the Spectrum from where I was. So I walked to it.

The shop was small, but nice. Unfortunately, it was a bit too small, and had too much other stuff (lots of models and toys), meaning they didn't have much IY--2, 3, and 13 only.


I guess it was stupid of me to just assume that the minute I found a manga store, my search would be over. But I did, so I wasn't terribly happy. I bought two boxes of chocolate pocky and left.

BTW, you guys are right about pocky--this stuff is good. Gotta stop eating all of it, so I can stretch this supply at least a few days...

Anyway, I went to a B&N that was also in the center. It was a fairly large, two-story affair, and as a result had two bookcases of graphic novels. They had IY 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, which is the largest selection I've seen, but not four. I should probably just fly back to New York--that's where I found 2 and 3, after all...

Anyway, fed up with not having anything to read (besides Trek books--I'm reading an Enterprise book at the moment), I grabbed the first issues of Chobits and Oh My Goddess. We'll see if those were good choices.

On a whim, I stopped at the manga shop again. I asked the clerk if they had any other issues in the back, and his response was basically "what you see is what we have". Figured as much, but had to check anyway. The IY DVDs caught my eye, and I hovered over them for a bit, trying to decide whether to get the first one or the one that was closest to where I was in the manga.

In typical Brent fashion, I left the store without getting anything this time. *headdesk*

I had a bus schedule by now, but the second stop in the manga shop had made it hopeless, so I stopped for lunch at a Johnny Rocket's, at about 2:50. About half an hour later, I finished and walked to the bus stop.

I caught the bus (with a half-hour wait) and skated from the nearest stop back to my house.

What next? I'll probably stop by my local B&N tomorrow and ask them if they can put four and five on order. Meanwhile, I have an Enterprise book to finish and two other mangas to read and possibly like.

And pocky to munch...


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Aug. 18th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
If you're interesting in the Inu Yasha DVDs, I'd wait for this set to come out later this year. (25% off if you preorder more than 30 days before release date at TRSI).

I really like the Chobits and Oh! My Goddess manga, but OMG is rather...slow. Not much real story/character progression, and the art starts out rather fugly - it gets much, much better after the first few volumes.
Aug. 18th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC)
I think they are editing and reprinting the Inu-yasha manga. I looked at mine and 3 & 4 were printed in June 2003, 1&2 in March, so the reprint of 5 may not even be out yet. Might want to look at one of the higher numbers next time you see them and see if they say 1st or 2nd edition. (The 1st edition appears to have been printed in 1998.)

*looks at amazon.com* Apparently 13&14 were reprinted in April '03. I guess they are reprinting from the edges towards the middle, which makes no sense at all to me. Unless the original release only went up to volume 9 or something *shrugs and curses Viz*

The Chobits manga is good ^_^

Oh, if you'd like to *cough*aquire*cough* some of the Inu-yasha anime, Sango-chan has been sending it to me and I could get it to you ^__^
Aug. 19th, 2003 05:16 am (UTC)
Viz is reprinting most of their series in smaller format, with all *new* volumes (like IY 13&14). They're reprinting the beginning of the series in one or two volumes at a time. According to TRSI, IY 5 (reprint) is due out Sept 17, IY 6 (reprint) is due out Sept 17, IY 7 (reprint) is due out Dec 10, and TY 8 (reprint) is due out Dec 10 as well. No dates on reprints for the rest of the series yet. I might have to pick those up.

I wouldn't curse Viz too hard, as they've dropped their prices down from $15.95 a volume to $9.95 or less ($7.95 for Naruto!).
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