My First Manga Haul of 2020!

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.

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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.

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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! ♥

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7 thoughts on “My First Manga Haul of 2020!

    • Yeah, you don’t see too much body horror, which is a shame because it’s definitely one of the most discomforting parts of horror that I feel has amazing potential for storytelling.

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