A quick summary/rundown as to why the following items are cool and not so much.
Translated mangas from Hong Kong could be a strange bunch.
For one, they usually have an oversized poster of a previous cover.
Yeah, but these sorts of treatment are usually reserved for film books.
The only other time I've seen free posters like these are on Evangelion and Ah! My Goddess tankobons.
Ok, enough about the appearance of the book. Let's talk about it's content.
And more importantly our newest favorite character, Paninya.
And you know who else is a big FMA fan?
It's none other than "Bayaw Ng Bayan", Jun Sabayton!
And even though our copy doesn't really have a dust jacket on.
But this volume is the shiznits right here!
Man-o-man, where do we even begin???
First off, the table of content is being introduced by a urinating Krillin.
No more Androids and no more Mr Satan's filler antics just a good ol' fashioned brawl between two of the best, A Super Saiyaned Son Goku and Perfect Cell.
It's 180++ pages of unapologetic fight scenes.
This was such a big deal during the 90's. I used to own a copy of this very same volume and had immediately worn out it's condition due to my voracious reading. If you are planning to buy only one DBZ tankobon in your entire life (why would EVEN you do that???) then might I suggest it to be this one!
The two other smaller DBZ tankobons are considerably bootleg copies of the real deal.
Darn it, I was ACTUALLY hoping it to be one of these books:
Maybe I was setting my hopes way too high, I guess?
The Vegeta cover features the arrival of the Ginyu Forces in Planet Namek.
And there was also THIS rather suggestive scene,
And believe it or not, they made an entire filler episode based on this one gimmick cover alone.
Now, on to the Z-Warrior + Frieza one.
There were no Frieza chapters at all.
Just Piccolo duking it out with Android 17.
And a surprise appearance of Cell in his imperfect form.
I've read about this elsewhere. It's either the pirates are scanning via Shonen Jump or the said tankobon is yet to be released.
Either way, the second half of the book contained Osamu Tezuka's The Three-Eyed One.
TOTALLY NOT DRAGON BALL!
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean #7
Bleach #19: Black Moon Rising
Tite Kubo in the house!
This was actually my very first Bleach tankobon.
And despite the heavy criticisms on Kubo's overall laziness in drawing backgrounds, this surprisingly enough, does not contain any of that said problem.
I guess his artwork works best when colored. Observe!
So the reason as to why his art looks kinda lazy and uninspired is probably because he's anticipating to color them in later on. Yun na yun, TITEEEEE!
666 Satan or (O-Parts Hunter for all you overly sensitive foreign devils of the west)#8
Again, this contained an oversized poster of the current cover.
Again, I am not familiar with any of the characters but the volume I had looked and felt like the earlier chapters of Naruto. My favorite character based on appearance alone:
It comes with a notepad, I guess????
But then again, the art is no longer being done by Toriyama hence my interest for it isn't really that high. I bought one just for the sake of owning one and based on a personal experience that of #1 of any kind would eventually be collector's item and difficult to find later on.
Yes, I'm looking at you, Dragon Ball Vol#1!!!!
Courtesy of EmmAParty:
Courtesy of Clark's Comics:
I also purchased these things:
Best purchase of the day!
There's something about these Ben10 toys that are strikingly appealing to me. I guess it has something to do with all those Kirby inspired anatomy (square fingers, square jaw, Darkseid-ish lines on his face), I dunno?
Speaking of things that work, hopefully the Dredd & Space Jam one works as well.
WHAT DOESN'T WORK are THESE!!!!!
GOD DAMN THEM ALL!
These are supposed to be my pasalubong for all my komikero/komikera friends and what not but turns out....these things are bogus products! If you ever see one on Temple Street or anywhere else. Don't buy'em! Warn your family and friends. I guess my point is best explained by this link I found:
And remember to be more careful when buying products in Hong Kong. Stuffs like pirated CDs and books are now subject for inspection or worst confiscation. So are canned goods and shampoo bottles. T'would be best NOT to store these things on your hand carry baggage. Most especially Ivories.
But then again, who the hell keeps elephant tusks in their hand carries.
Either way those are some of the prohibited items despite being sold absolutely everywhere else in HongKong.
That's that! Just wanted to remind everyone, is all!
So stay safe, stay happy and before we forget.....
HAPPY NEW YEAR!