Manga order from honto

honto order July 2012Received my first order from honto without any problems, yay! It arrived on Friday, about 5.5 weeks since it shipped. That’s close to the average time it seems to take to ship the order from Japan to my place (using surface mail, the slowest and cheapest method). Previous orders from bk1 took around 6 weeks and one order took 2 months. According to the Japan postal service website, surface mail to the U.S. can take anywhere from 1 – 3 months, so I’m happy with 6 weeks.

I ordered 8 books and the cost of the shipping was 1080 yen, which is around $14… very reasonable for 8 books. If the exchange rate was different, I would probably switch to a faster method, but I just don’t want to pay that much for shipping right now. I like the way honto packs the books, too. Very neat with padding around all sides, so the books aren’t damaged during transit.

Here’s my stash of books that I received: Strobe Edge (vol 9 & 10), Aoharaido (vol 1), Chitose, etc. (vol 4), Love So Life (vol 9), Ishakoi (vol 3), Hakuouki anthology, and Hakuouki light novel (vol 1). Now I need to find more time to read, lol.

Adding to my favorite mangaka list

I keep discovering more mangaka to add to my favorites list… at this rate, I’m going to have to watch what I spend each month on manga, lol. Here are the names:

• Miyazono Izumi: I start reading her works when I subscribed to Petit Comic last year. I’m not a fan of her earlier works, but I like the artwork in her recent works, so I’m planning to buy a couple of her manga, Dare nimo Ienai Yoru o Ageru and Kinyoku no Hiru to Kanbi na Yoru. Her newest work, Renai Caffeine, looks good too.

• Mitsuki Miko: I bought Koi, Hirari last year and really liked the artwork… story was cute too. I just ordered the three volumes of Mitsu Aji Blood. Her main guy characters are definitely tsundere.

• Kouchi Kaede: The mangaka for Love So Life… cute story and artwork. The only other work that I’m aware of by this mangaka is a Christmas anthology. Definitely will be keeping an eye on this mangaka.