This glorious stack of books you see in the picture above is not my t0-read list (which is about three times this size) and not my oh-no-I-bought-two-copies-of-this-manga list. It is my random-out-of-print manga list. Except for Gatcha Gacha and Bizenghast. I don’t know how those got in there, but they need to be shelved.
You see, my out of print manga shopping strategy is this: If you see it (at a convention or in a store or online), it’s out of print and you want to read it, buy it no matter what volume you’re on. If you see volume 5, grab it now and find volume 1, 2, 3 and 4 elsewhere when you can. You might never see it again and then you’ve lost the chance.
I began this tactic during last year’s summer con season in California, which is about when I got really into OOP manga. As you can see, I’ve done pretty well with “shopping ahead.” Since then, I’ve been able to get the first volumes of quite a few of these series or many of the preceding volumes, in some cases. Better yet, most of the manga on this list was gotten at a discount.
I don’t know why I do this, aside from the fact that I really just want to read these manga before it becomes totally impossible. I know I’m going to have more trouble finding volumes of Mars, Happy Mania, Cyborg 009 and Lagoon Engine, maybe even Boys Over Flowers too. My biggest OOP triumph is collecting all of Basara without having to spend hundreds of dollars for copies of the extremely OOP volumes.
Often times I feel that I missed out on a lot of good manga due to very biased tastes and lack of money. Sometimes I just want to collect these manga for the sake of having them in my collection (and reading them, of course.) Some have sentimental value to me. A few series made it into this pile because I worked on a volume at Tokyopop and decided to collect the entire run just because of that.
The only downside is that this pile has ballooned since the Tokyopop garage sale, not to mention Fanime, and I’m rapidly running out of book shelf space. So perhaps it’s a good thing these collections aren’t complete because then I’d have to shelve them.
So, my readers, do you ever buy OOP manga way ahead of what you’re actually reading? Or do you like to read everything in its proper order? What are your quirky OOP manga buying habits?