Manga is the one thing that is almost impossible to find on sale, at least in the physical stores around my neighbourhood, which blows because it’s the one medium that I would love to expand my personal collection of. So, when I came across a stack of manga volumes from my To-Buy list discounted to 50-60% off, I used the remainder of my seasonal fun money to snag them all up! There was a moment of buyer’s regret afterwards, but in hindsight, I saved so much money on them that the unplanned indulgence was totally worth it to me.
I ended up with sixteen volumes total, from four separate serials. A big chunk of the loot is 60% of a manga series that I’ve been wanting for ages, so the glee and fan-humaning was pretty damn strong when I found ‘em. Check ‘em out down below. Feel free to click the titles for their respective AniList pages.
Deadman Wonderland (デッドマンワンダーランド) by Jinsen Kotaoka & Kazuma Kondō: I snagged the first eight volumes of this shōnen, post-apocalyptic thriller series. It takes place ten years after the Great Tokyo Earthquake as people are trying to get their lives back to normal. Among those people, there’s a middle-schooler named Ganta Igarashi, who is just starting to find comfort when the “Red Man” suddenly appears at his school and changes his fate drastically.
Inuyashiki (いぬやしき) by Hiroyo Ono: A seinen, sci-fi, body horror series, I found the first four instalments and was positively stoked as this is one of my most-anticipated franchises to check-out. The story is about a 58-year-old dude named Ichirō Inuyashiki, who’s been getting a load of bad luck recently with being treated like trash by his family and learning that he’s got a terminal illness. Just when things can’t seem to get worse, a blinding light from the sky strikes him where he’s standing. When he awakes, he finds that he’s been altered in unimaginable ways.
Prophecy (予告犯) by Tetsuya Tsutsui: Okay, so this wasn’t on my list, but it had a really fascinating premise, so I grabbed all three volumes of the serial. It’s a seinen thriller about a vigilante of justice that wears a newspaper mask. Seeing the issues with modern society, he decides to give the power to the people to make the changes necessary for a “better” future. The only person who may be able to stop him is the head of the Tokyo PD Cybercrime division, Yoshino Erika.
Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami (PSYCHO-PASS 監視官 狡噛慎也) by Midori Gotō & Natsuo Sai: A shōnen, spin-off of the anime, the series takes place before the events of season one of Psycho-Pass, following Inspector Shinya Kōgami as he pursues criminals during his time as a detective. I know the series is completed in Japan with six volumes, but so far only four volumes have been released in the US. I have the first three but was lucky enough to find Volume 4 after a long time of searching. I went ahead and picked it up so that my collection of it would be complete. I hope they release the last two sometime in the near future because I’d love to finish off the narrative.
That does it for my first manga haul of the year. I don’t expect to have too many of these because, as I’ve mentioned, cheap manga is difficult to come by in my town. But I always keep an eye out for deals or marked-down items because you never know when you’re going to encounter a bitchin’ awesome sale!
So, have y’all read or heard any of these manga? Would you recommend one over the others? Please, come chat with me in the comments! ♥