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340. Giant Robot Magazine – No Gundams Here

Posted on December 12, 2006 at 5:24 am by ()
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If you come here enough, you know that I frequent my local Borders bookstore quite… frequently. Seeing as I was there with a friend and we had a prior arrangement, I took him there so I could get some hot chocolate and so that I could check to see if there was Genshiken v7 and then bolt -we were already late-. So as I stood in line, conviniently next to the magazine racks, something caught my eye. It wasn’t that hard to miss, really. It’s got a giant pink font reading “Giant Robot” on a baby blue background with god knows what on the cover. Come on, how can you miss that?

It was really the fine print in the upper right corner that made me really want to read it: “Asian pop culture and beyond”. BEYOND, they say. This is going to be hardcore.So, judging a book by it’s cover, I thought that it’d be the most awesome magazine ever and grabbed it. (Read More »»»)

337. My Ordeal with Strawberry Marshmallow Volume 2

Posted on December 9, 2006 at 6:00 am by ()
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Some of you may recall Os’s earlier ordeal concerning his purchase of Volume 2 of Strawberry Marshmallow (Ichigo Mashimaro) at his Borders. At the time, I laughed at him and mocked him severely for not doing the smart thing and just ordering it online, like I did with volume one. Well, here’s the part where I eat my words. I was at my local Borders Express at the Mall earlier today to seek out some Ranma 1/2 early volumes (It’s a classic and I’m missing a few). Then I see two offers, one for double Rewards points, and another that said buy 4 get 1 free. Let me just make a few things clear here, I’m 21 years old, The way I act and dress outside wouldn’t lead people to think I’m a fan of anime or manga, all throughout high school I was a proud headbanger and metal head. In fact, I hardly ever reveal my fandom to anyone, I’m just paranoid/insecure like that. From this point on, anything you see in italics is what I was thinking at the moment and of course the *’s indicate actions. But anyway, here’s how the trip went:

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334. It’s Too Late for the Children. Leave Them

Posted on December 5, 2006 at 5:32 am by ()
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Picture from Part-Time Otaku. Find yourself a better Borders.

I have to get started on my Film Internal Assessment soon and I also have to check up on that. After entering Borders, I make my usual bee-line to the manga section to see if the signs are up.

Nothing, Thank God… for now. But it seems I was not alone. Aren’t these kids a bit too young? What time is it?

2:45. How many are there?

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332. Time’s A Wastin’, Reading Manga

Posted on December 3, 2006 at 5:21 am by ()
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Find yourself a good chair and read there

I have mixed feelings about this. Now, I’ve already confessed that I’m one of those people who go to Borders alot -sometimes even spending more time there than at home- to read free manga in my other “bookstore posts“. I justify this action to myself by saying that I always end up buying 1 volume of anything every other week or so anyways so either way, they’ll end up with my money.

When I read the title of the above mentioned post, I got a bit angry. I thought “Why the hell would they do that?” Then when I got to the comments, it sorta made sense. I read my manga in sofa chairs rather than in the damn aisles and I’m always complaining about that problem so it makes sense to give it a time limit to solve all that cluster. Sure, I would rather have a sign that says “Do not read in the aisles” but I guess if this solves the problem, I would welcome it… half heartedly. This would really kill my manga time experience. If this happened at my Borders, it would almost be as if they stabbed me. (Read More »»»)

307. Holy Crap, They’re Here.”Believe It”

Posted on November 11, 2006 at 10:06 am by ()
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Rumor has it that my Borders has a copy of Genshiken volume 7.. well, the store computer said so, at least. I check the computer and I see “In Store.”

Period. I go check. Genshiken… G…. G… Galaxy Angel… God damn it. It’s not here. There’s volume 4-6, though. After going three of the past five days hoping volume 7 would magically appear back up on the shelf, I grab volume 4 and I decide to go ask the damn clerk.

Hi, I’m looking for this series but volume 7.
“Hi, okay, let me check it up” and she grabs my copy. “It seems here that it’s in store”.
Yes, I tried looking, but it’s not there. Can you go check the back?
“Oh, okay, sure.” and she goes.
About an infinity later she comes back, “Sorry, it looks like we don’t have it”.

I thank her and cursing to myself, I go back and look at those carts where people return books with a faint hope. The front has nothing and when I turn to the back, the bottom is scattered with manga. There was no Genshiken but there was a large stack of them. No, they couldn’t be. (Read More »»»)

303. Damn Those Cute Lolis. Good Thing I Didn’t Have To Go To Jail

Posted on November 5, 2006 at 5:19 am by ()
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Me: Man, it’s one of those hefty girls that was blocking the lanes as I was trying to look for manga. Damn you. I had to rush through those shelves. *sigh* There are still two people ahead of me, might as well read the back cover… Oh crap! Miu’s in her bathing suit. Oh crap, this makes me look like a giant perver!. Crap. Crap. Crap. Should I put it back? Crap, I have a coupon, though. Crap. Crap. WHY DO THEY HAVE TO PUT THE PRICE TAGS ON THE BACK?!
Cashier: Next Please! (Read More »»»)

250. Bookstore Tips That Make Everybody’s Time More Enjoyable Part 2

Posted on October 14, 2006 at 5:34 am by ()
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The Ultimate Goal

“Part 2? Was there a Part 1?” you may be asking. Eh, technically this was part 1, but let me just recap. DONT READ IN THE AISLES.

When people are looking for books and there is a body just taking up about two or three of the four shelves -all four if you like yaoi-, it’s pretty awkward to ask someone to “please get the hell out of the way so I can get that copy of Loveless NANA”. If you’re at a major book store, say Borders or Barnes and Nobles, there are sofa chairs littered around the store. Plus, odds are they have a cafe which is SURE to have a couple tables and chairs. Just pull one of those up.

Or even worse, just recently I encountered someone just laying in the aisles. I kid you not. THIS IS NOT YOUR HOME. Dont sprawl yourself all over my aisles… unless you are a loli. Your type is acceptable. (Read More »»»)

204. Necessities for a Good Manga Session; Enviroment is Key

Posted on August 27, 2006 at 5:07 am by ()
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Borders book store has been one of my favorite places to go since I was a wee lad. What started out from just reading video game magazines evolved to anime magazines and eventually manga. Pretty soon I made it a ritual to go every Friday, pick up a volume of whatever I feel like reading that day, find an open chair -or my little corner of the store-, plop down, and start reading.

I never really put a lot of thought about why I enjoyed this so much until I saw JP and TJ‘s post. Why has every Friday night become my most looked forward moment of the week? Of course, from the title, you can guess that the answer I came up with is “the enviroment”. There I am surrounded by new books and people who wont give me weird looks -unless I’m reading Ichigo Mashimaro-. Screw college apps, I’m going to Borders!
Note: despite the second to last sentence above, I’m not much of a reader. Pff, who reads anyways? Eggheads, that’s who. In this case books = manga. Duh. (Read More »»»)

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