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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
Goodies received and on order.
I recently got a shipment of manga from Sasuga Books -- G-Defend 24, Silver Diamond 3-4, and Saiyuki Reload 4.

G-Defend 24 - Delightful as always. Fortunately, I came across the g_defend LJ community, so now I've got a much better idea of what the heck's going on and the cast of characters. Morimoto Shuw uses the most godawful adventure cliches (e.g., bombs defused with 2 seconds left on the clock; amnesia; etc.) but she gets away with it because the characters are so damn adorable! Volume 25 is due out in late March. ::makes note in calendar::

Silver Diamond 3-4 - It just gets yummier every time I see it. Chigusa gets several opportunities to hold Rakan tightly/firmly in his arms. ::snerk:: And I simply adore Kou (Narushige's pet snake/sword). It's amazing how expressive a few squiggly lines can be, especially when Kou smooches Narushige -- complete with little floating hearts! *__* Then again, I don't expect anything less from Sugiura Shiho (she of "Ice-Cold Demon's Tale" fame). Volume 5 is due sometime in late April. ::makes yet another note in calendar::

Saiyuki Reload 4 - OH MY GOD. Young Goku (when he was first rescued by Sanzou) is so DAMN cute! ::squees, then passes out from cuteness overload:: This volume has a series of flashback stories. One story involves the first time Sanzou encounters the unleashed, undiademed Son Goku. Aside for the appearance of the uber-cute young Goku and the uber-powerful Son Goku, we get to see Sanzou genuinely and affectionately smile. This being Sanzou, it's a very small, very fleeting, and rather wry sort of smile, but nevertheless, it's a real smile, and not one of his downright scary "I'm going to make you so friggin' sorry" types of grins. As an added bonus, we get to see a fleeting glimpse of Hakkai removing his limiters and going youkai! ::evil laugh::

I just placed my order for volume 5 (special edition) of Loveless, along with vol. 9 of the FMA manga. ::rubbing hands in anticipation:: I also saw what are probably new artbooks and/or fan guides for FMA, but I'll probably wait until Otakon to pick them up because I prefer to thumb through those sorts of books before buying.

On the videogame front, after playing way too much Devil May Cry 3, I ended up getting the OSTs for DMC 1 and 2. The OST for DMC 3 won't be out until early April. ::sigh:: Must... resist... urge... to preorder....

I really shouldn't listen to the DMC OSTs while driving. The soundtracks are positively designed to make the listener feel like an absolute badass. Which is all fine and dandy while playing the game and blasting/hacking demon butt, but perhaps not conducive to courteous, cool-headed driving. ::massive sweatdrop::
6 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
noooodley From: noooodley Date: March 15th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooooo, quite a collection you have there! :D Me wants the Saiyuki Reload, although I have seen some translations running around online. and yes, it's weird to see Sanzo actually smile (not that I'm complaining XD). I also want to get as much as I can for FMA as well. I think those two are my obsession series right now.

LOL about the soundtracks. There are some FMA and Wolf's Rain songs I listen to that make me go about 15 over the speed limit ^^;;;; I can sympathize...

<3 Eryne
From: joasakura Date: March 15th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


I loooooove g-defend. :swoon:

did you get the DMC OSTs through sausaga? 0.o;
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: March 16th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)


Errr.... no. From other ::cough:: 'cheaper' ::double cough:: anime/game CD sources. Yes, yes, beat me with stale pocky for being a bad hydra. ^_^;;;;

::brightly:: However, the DMC 3 appears to be the actual Japanese release. God knows it's priced like it ($70+ with shipping/handling, etc.).

I found it at Cocoebiz. They also have DMC 1 and 2 OSTs as well.
kikotei From: kikotei Date: March 15th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that scene with Sanzou looking in on Sleepy!Goku. I have to double check the translation on there, but if Manga City did it right, Sanzou said something that, for him, in wretchly sappy.

Manga City translated that to be something along the lines of Sanzou comparing Goku's pudgy-babyfat cheeks to a daifuku, those little dessert sweet rice cakes.

Whatever he did in fact say, with that smile, it it had to have been at least mildly sappy.

madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: March 16th, 2005 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Normally, 'sappy' and 'Sanzou' would appear to be mutually exclusive terms. However, since Goku is involved -- and especially young Goku -- it's delightful to see a benevolent, kindly smile on Sanzou's face.

You realize, of course, that if confronted with this information, Sanzou would most likely snarl and perforate you with his pistol.
kikotei From: kikotei Date: March 17th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You realize, of course, that if confronted with this information, Sanzou would most likely snarl and perforate you with his pistol.

I live dangerously. ::cackles::

But yes, it is nice to see a slightly gentler side of Sanzou. Even if no one is awake to see it too.
6 hisses or Hiss in my ear....