In honor of Birthday Day Every Month
and in an attempt to get my spending habits a little more in check, I only purchase anime/manga on the 22nd of every month. This February was my actual birthday and I picked up a lot of personally notable things from importing and stateside. To start off...
Naruto Uncut (Season 1 vol 1, Season 2 vol 1 & 2, and Season 3 vol 1)
I remember telling myself that I wasn't going to pick up anymore Naruto sets until I got my Bleach collection up to snuff. That all went out the window when I woke up on the 22nd, checked my Amazon cart and saw that they were selling these sets for $14-$19 each. With this, I now own every canon Naruto episode and I feel like my Naruto collection accurately reflects my fandom for the show. I also feel like I can safely say that, barring a miracle sale of Shippuden boxes, I won't be purchasing any more Naruto stuff until my Bleach collection actually looks like I like Bleach.
Katanagatari vol 11 (Outside)
Katanagatari vol 11 (Inside)
This and the following episode are my favorites of the series and the ones that really pushed me over the tipping point of not only buying the series, but finally getting into importing anime. The packaging and bonus items were pretty much the same as usual (dangerously hard cardboard, 4-panel brochure, character and character CD) but this one came with two Kabuto cards: Houou Maniwa
and Emonzaemon Souda
. It'll be interesting to see how many cards they can throw into the final volume, which could potentially be a crap ton since
Panty & Stocking vol 3 (Outside)
Panty & Stocking vol 3 (Inside)
This is my first purchase for the series and contains my 2nd favorite episode: Les Diaboliques
. The cover is pretty nice with a shot of Scanty
and the actual Blu-ray has a more risque version of the image. The bonus items included are a DVD that I can't watch (boo hiss @ region locking and not putting this on the BD) with behind the scenes footage of the sentai-esque explosions and something else, some stickers of Scanty and her accessories and a pretty nice mini-magazine that has episode descriptions, character write-ups and a bunch of fanservice pics of Scanty and Kneesocks
with the words, "for your happy time... we are coming." Classy. The paper stock on the magazine is pretty thick and the layout reminds me of a tabloid combined with US Weekly. One bad thing though is that the magazine can't actually fit inside the BD case so I'm not sure how exactly I'm going to keep it in good condition or not misplace it.
Collection So Far
Next month is going to force me to super grind at work in order to not go broke buying anime. US releases with Working!!
in a super cheap SAVE set, and Evangelion 2.22
all feel like must grabs and there's still some back log titles that I might pick up depending on what sales are going on or how the money flows. For imports, I plan on getting back in on School Days, finishing up Katanagatari and grabbing the next PaSwG set, which has my favorite episode: 1 Angry Ghost