People who know me here on JGO might have realized that I watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga. I am currently living in Japan and studying Japanese full-time, perhaps mostly due to my interest in manga and anime. Last Sunday I went to Akihabara, the anime and manga center of Tokyo, just to look around in the stores for something interesting and maybe play some games in an arcade or so with a friend. Anime happens to be insanely expensive, but manga can be found in bigger book and manga stores for almost nothing (100 yen + 5 yen tax = $1,3), at least the not just released ones. Considering the insane amount of manga produced by the Japanese people only a very small selection get translated to English, either by companies in the West or by fans on the Internet, so I find it very enjoyable to just look around through the 5+ floor book stores for manga I either recognize or just think looks good. For 105 yen it's definitely worth it even if it turns out to be bad (or unreadable due to the lack of furigana
So why am I telling you this? Again, last Sunday I went to Akihabara and looked around in the stores. In the stores the books are placed in shelves so you have to take them out to see the front. From the top shelf, unreachable to the short Japanese people, I pulled out this:
NICE, but... I mean, I can't buy all mangas I see that have a cover like this, and it's not like I prefer fanservice mangas anyway. Well, if it's cheap I guess I can buy it, cough cough. >=D So I looked at the back.
Aww, it's 315 yen. Then I guess I won't bu--- Wait, what?
Click the image to make it bigger, and sorry for the strong specular lighting and shadow mapping from my arm, I forgot to glDisable those.
WHAT. THE. ****. I just literally randomly pulled out a manga which happened to HAVE JAVA CODE FOR A GAME ON THE BACK.
Again, WHAT THE... ?! No, seriously, WHAT?! By now the other people in the store were starting to wonder WTF was wrong with that foreigner (me). >_> Looking at the shelf again I found volume 1-6, grabbed them quickly and paid for them. 2000 yen or so later I am the proud owner of a manga with Java code on it. Some of them even had Hashmaps and ArrayLists!
I have yet to figure out what the kanjis in the manga's name means (it doesn't seem to be Mulciber which is written on the back) or even tear open the plastic around it since I've been busy with school, but damn, am I going to do so NOW! >=D
EDIT: The manga is called 失楽園, or Shitsurakuen
, which is the Japanese title of some old book called Paradise Lost. There only seems to be 6 volumes too, so I have them all! >=D Warning/Note: Wikipedia says it's yuri