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kirimi
November 10, 2007, 10:11 AM
Where to buy Japanese manga online

This is a guide to buying manga online, for the Japanese editions only. Whether you want to buy the Japanese manga to read, collect, or rip apart debind to scan, as long as you support the mangaka, that's a good thing. :amuse

Before reading further, please take note of the following for purchasing anything online.


1) You need a credit card. Without a credit card, you severely limit the number of places you can shop at. VISA or MasterCard are the best choices. I can't help you get a credit card, so if you don't have one or don't have access to one, please don't ask me.

2) You need to live in a country where the store will ship to. While this usually means anywhere in the world, if you live in the middle of Antarctica, that could be a problem.

3) The country you live in might restrict imports (for content), or tax you for importing goods (especially if you exceed a certain limit). Don't forget to take this into account in your purchases.

4) Shipping prices vary widely, depending on the store, where it ships from, and the speed at which you will receive your order. Decide for yourself if you really need something in 3 days, 3 weeks, or 3 months, then select the appropriate shipping option. Usually, the more you put in an order (up to a reasonable limit), the better the shipping deal you'll get. To convert Japanese yen to your home currency, try this currency exchange site (http://www.xe.com/).

5) Searching for a product may be a challenge because of the various different ways the store may romanise a Japanese title. Be patient and try all possibilities. If you have a ISBN, that would be the best! Note that for most stores, when searching by ISBN, you need to omit all the dashes. When all else fails, feel free to ask for help here. ^_^

Here are the stores recommended by various members of the MH staff from past experience. Enjoy shopping!

Amazon Japan (http://www.amazon.co.jp/)
Select the "Shop in English" option if you can't navigate in Japanese. Amazon JP probably has the widest selection out of all the stores, and if you run into trouble with your order, they have excellent customer support in English (even if everything they say is PR crap). However, Amazon JP has outrageous shipping rates outside of Japan as they no longer offer the economy shipping option.


Prices: All books are priced at the original published price and charged in Japanese yen. Of course, you don't pay the 5% Japanese tax unless you live in Japan.

Shipping: Very expensive. Ships anywhere in the world. See International Shipping Rates (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/help/customer/display.html/503-5631631-3489534?ie=UTF8&nodeId=1039606#international).

The Good: Great if you live in Japan, or are looking for a super rare book that is no longer in stock anywhere else.

The Bad: Personally, I don't recommend Amazon JP for manga. The shipping rates are too expensive for manga, which are relatively cheap items. Even if you combine the order with DVDs (unless it's with the 20% pre-order discounts) or CDs, you can get better deals elsewhere. Amazon JP does not ship video games overseas.


YesAsia.com (http://global.yesasia.com/en/index.aspx)
The web site actually works better on IE so use IE to browse, if it's really slow with Firefox. Go to the Japanese Comics section (http://global.yesasia.com/en/Japanese/Comics.aspx) if you want to browse, or just search for the title you're interested in. Be careful that you're not accidentally buying the Chinese-translated version of the manga. Sometimes, they'll indicate (Japan Version) in the title, or take note of the Language under the product information. Oh, and be aware that YesAsia has very... creative ways of romanising Japanese titles. The nice thing about YesAsia is it has free shipping to anywhere in the world for purchases above US$39 (conditions apply).


Prices: There is a considerable mark-up on the prices of manga by 30-50%, and you are charged in US dollars. For example, a standard Jump Comics tankoubon costs 390yen (~US$3.50) is sold at US$5.75.

Shipping: Free for large orders (> 8 books), but you make up for it with the marked-up prices. See information on free shipping (http://www.yesasia.com/global/customer-support/shipping-delivery/0-0-0-hsi.593-en/section.html) and help on shipping & delivery (http://www.yesasia.com/global/customer-support/shipping-delivery/0-0-0-hsi.592-en/section.html).

The Good: Excellent choice, especially if you live in Europe, or want to purchase other things besides manga (e.g. video games, toys, DVDs, CDs, etc.), or products from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Import (JP) video games, especially, are considerably cheaper here than almost anywhere else (that will ship overseas).

The Bad: Marked-up prices are really terrible if all you want to buy is manga. There are better places.


Sasuga Japanese Bookstore (http://www.sasugabooks.com/)
(also reccommended by fxu)
This is a real brick & mortar store in the US, so it's better for US or Canada buyers. I've heard that they have very good customer service and will special order books for you that are not in the catalog. But, you may have to wait a while for special orders, depending on the availability.


Prices: Very expensive. The mark-up is higher than even YesAsia. For example, a 390yen (~US$3.50) tankoubon costs US$6.20 here. You're also charged in US dollars.

Shipping: Ships to both North America and other countries. See shipping information here (http://www.sasugabooks.com/shipping.php?osCsid=bikmj15qkv6r87jr0veodmdcs5). Shipping costs are based on USPS rates, so it depends on how many books you buy. (Read this if you're thinking of Sasugabooks and live in the US (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1009427#post1009427).)

The Good: Real stores tend to have better customer service, and you feel like you're talking to people, rather than machines. LOL. Also, they accept payment methods other than credit cards.

The Bad: Marked-up prices on top of shipping charges are really high. There are better places if you can use a credit card.


Kinokuniya Bookstore (http://www.kinokuniya.com/)
Kinokuniya does accept mail orders but their system is a little clumsy to use. This is the help page (http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/ohb/02/files/riyou_2.htm) for the American stores (in English). All Kinokuniya BookWeb stores (except the one in Japan) will ship domestic only (i.e. BookWeb Australia within Australia, BookWeb USA within USA and Canada, etc.). BookWeb Japan ships everywhere in the world by DHL and charges according to weight. When ordering manga from BookWeb Japan, availability depends on what they have in stock in their Shinjuku store. If the book is out-of-stock in Shinjuku, you cannot order it.


Prices: All books in BookWeb Japan are priced at the original published price and charged in Japanese yen. For the other stores outside Japan, there is a considerable mark-up, but it's what you'd pay if you bought it in-store anyway.

Shipping (BookWeb Japan only): Processing the order (from receiving an order to shipping) can take a while, but once shipped, you get it as fast as DHL can deliver it (which is very fast). For a courier postage service, their shipping charges are actually quite cheap (especially compared to Amazon JP). The bad part is, you don't get a choice in shipping methods.

Shipping (BookWeb USA only): Shipping charges depends on the amount you spend, and it's free if you spend more than US$100 (scroll down to point #7 (http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/ohb/02/files/riyou_2.htm)). They use UPS for shipping.

The Good: Not counting the stock availability in the Shinjuku store, BookWeb Japan literally has the best selection for manga. They have manga that even Amazon JP don't have, which sounds strange, but it's true. By the way, the Shinjuku store has a whole floor for manga, so it -is- their biggest stock pile. They also sometimes carry a larger stock than other online stores for first-print and limited editions.

The Bad: Navigating and checking the order status is a real pain, as their system is woefully primitive. Sometimes, you're not even sure if they received your order or not. But, once they e-mail you, you know you're good to go. Oh, and if you order from BookWeb Japan, you really need to be able to read Japanese.


bk1 online bookstore (http://www.bk1.co.jp/)
This is an online bookstore in Japan and the entire site is only in Japanese. Customer service is also in Japanese, so if you're the sort who gets panicky over their online orders (e.g. cancellations) and cannot speak Japanese, this is not the place for you. But, if you know what you want, and you're not going to change your mind, I highly recommend bk1. There's a buying guide here (http://www.yaoi.ca/bgbk11.php) which translates the important pages to English to help you register an account and submit an order. They have an excellent selection, on par with Amazon JP, but they only sell books, of course. Unlike Amazon JP, however, you cannot pre-order most manga before their release dates. I have no idea why you can on some, but not on others. If you're a member though, they send you a reminder when new manga are about to be released and you can pre-order during a limited period of time. I tend to miss this period. >_>


Prices: All books are priced at the original published price and charged in Japanese yen. Of course, you don't pay the 5% Japanese tax unless you live in Japan.

Shipping: Bk1 is the BEST for shipping options, as you can choose all the shipping options available from Japan Post, and you pay the Japan Post rates by weight. There are no additional handling charges even though they take good care of your books and protect them from both impact and wet weather. Here are the shipping charges for EMS (fastest) (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-02), SAL (economy air) (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-04), Air (more expensive without being necessarily faster) (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-03), and Sea (very cheap and slow) (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-05). Based on personal experience, SAL takes between 2-3 weeks for Asia and North America, and you have better luck if it's shipped in the first week of the month. I don't know why. (Read this if you're thinking of Bk1 and live in the US (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1009427#post1009427).)

The Good: Excellent selection (unless they're out-of-stock), best prices and shipping charges, and easy to use.

The Bad: Requires basic Japanese knowledge, and you often can't pre-order books.


HMV.jp (http://www.hmv.co.jp/)
HMV is a huge music store originating from the UK. This is the online site for the Japanese store. They've always sold music-related books, but for some reason, they also sell manga now. You can browse their comics collection here (http://www.hmv.co.jp/bestsellers/5_970_971/). I've never used HMV.jp to buy manga before, but I've used them for buying CDs and DVDs. I really like their point system too. HMV is probably good if you want to combine your manga order with CDs, DVDs, and video games, or even books on Japanese music artists (e.g. band scores), rather than resorting to amazon.jp's ridiculous shipping charges.


Prices: All books are priced at the original published price and charged in Japanese yen. Of course, you don't pay the 5% Japanese tax unless you live in Japan.

Shipping: HMV.jp has only one choice for international shipping (EMS), and the charges depend on the weight of the package.

The Good: The web site, though slow, is easy to use with a complete English interface. Even the search engine is useable in English (unlike amazon.jp). Customer service is also available in English, and cancelling items is easily done through the online system. Prices are excellent, since you pay the yen price, and shipping charges are probably more reasonable than amazon.jp.

The Bad: I don't know how much stock they carry of their manga, but it seems very little. If you don't pre-order, you might miss out on first-printings or experience unnecessary delays on your order. Also, because the shipping charges are based on weight, they don't tell you the exact postage until the package is sent.


Acclimate Solution Inc. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)
(also reccommended by GGpX)
Acclimate Solution has been around for over 10 years so don't be fooled by their primitive-looking web site; they are actually one of the first online shops that would ship manga overseas! I have only ordered from them once, and it went without a hitch. Friends of mine who ordered from them were also satisfied. Although their catalog looks very scant, you can ask them to look for titles that are not listed. In fact, that was how I ordered my books last time, and they found a book for me that was not listed available anywhere else! Another thing is, they also sell second-hand books at a lower price, as well as sets of series. (Note that I have not used them for a very long time so I don't know how their service is now.)


Prices: There is a slight mark-up on the prices of the books similar to overseas Japanese bookstores, and you pay in US dollars. But, you can also buy the second-hand copies, which are cheaper.

Shipping: They offer three choices of shipping and charge according to the weight of the books. Look here for shipping charges (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/order_temp.html).

The Good: Good service, and you have a choice for buying second hand books. They also accept payment options other than credit cards (money orders or Paypal).

The Bad: It's hard to tell what the conditions of the second hand books are, and if you want new books, there's an unnecessary mark-up in prices. For me though, the worst part is that the ordering system is not automated. I'm spoilt by other online stores. ^_^


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If you're interested in subscribing to Japanese magazines, read this post below (http://mangahelpers.com/forums/showthread.php?p=934929#post934929).

Gold Knight
November 10, 2007, 11:09 AM
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Thank you so much kirimi :love

_ATMA
November 10, 2007, 11:17 AM
another good place to get japanese imported goods is through a local store and warehouse here called WIZZYWIG collectibles u can find them here http://www.wizzywig.com though in recent months their product collection had gone fairly down hill but its worth taking a look at :P in past years they have been known to carry japnese books, manga, and imported dvds

Ueda
November 10, 2007, 12:52 PM
Kirimi is my goddess...

PaperYomiko
November 10, 2007, 01:26 PM
This is so awesome! Thanks so much for the info, kirimi! :hug

GGpX
November 10, 2007, 02:05 PM
Out of the sites you posted, YesAsia is the only one that's good and actually worth using.

I buy manga from here--The best place. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)

Rena Chan
November 10, 2007, 09:58 PM
I love bk1, I usually order from there when my local Kinokuniya store is out of stock for the manga I want to get.

Nami
November 11, 2007, 12:18 AM
Thanks a lot Kirimi for this guide and for introducing me more ways to spend money :kukuku
I think YesAsia might be useful for me considering it has some chinese books as well and some Jap dvds where i can't find anywhere near me! ^^

Gestern
May 03, 2008, 10:29 AM
Hey
Is there any shop that have the WSJ and delivere to Europe ?

GGpX
May 03, 2008, 12:15 PM
Hey
Is there any shop that have the WSJ and delivere to Europe ?


Out of the sites you posted, YesAsia is the only one that's good and actually worth using.

I buy manga from here--The best place. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)

Read that.

Waeyen
May 03, 2008, 04:31 PM
Out of the sites you posted, YesAsia is the only one that's good and actually worth using.

I buy manga from here--The best place. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)

I can`t find the WSJ on this site!

GGpX
May 03, 2008, 08:37 PM
I can`t find the WSJ on this site!

So?

They list what gets the most orders.

You could easily buy a WSJ Issue by emailing them...

Zoe
May 14, 2008, 05:47 PM
Does anybody in the US use bk1 for subscriptions to any of the monthly manga magazines? How much does it run on average after shipping?

Finestela
July 05, 2008, 07:56 PM
I think it's better to point out which vendor carries magazines and which one doesn't.

Here's my own experience with some of these vendors:

1. amazon.co.jp carries a lot of various magazines and books, but because of the high S&H, it's a bad idea to use it to buy magazines regularly. However, if you are to lump the stuff you're buying into one huge order, the cost would very likely to get cheaper than almost any other vendors out there. The down side? You won't get your books/magazines as soon as you might want them.

I'm currently using it to buy 3 different magazines (LaLa, LaLa DX, and Bessatsu Hana to Yume). If I place my order every 2~3 months (which would mean 2~3 issues of LaLa, 1~2 issues of LaLa DX, and 2~3 issues Bessatsu Hana to Yume), along with few tanks I'm interested in, the price is actually 30~50 dollars cheaper than other vendors out there. The downside? I won't be able to read the newest issue on time (which is actually fine with me, since these Shoujo manga magazines are monthly or bimonthly to begin with anyway...)

2. Sasuga Books. They have really nice magazine subscription plans, but because their delivery method is not directly from Japan, but rather going through their store/warehouse first, and then by first-class package... it takes about 7~10 days for the magazine to get to you after its publishing date. Another issue I had with Sasuga Books is that, after the passing of one of their manager (Ms. Karen), their e-mail response is a bit slow... couple that with the fact that you have to inquire most books, wait for them to update their website, and THEN order from the website, it takes a long time for you to place an order.

3. mandarake.co.jp
This is probably the ONLY place you would be able to order doujinshi's outside of Japan (Too bad Tora no Ana doesn't take international orders...).
Warning: While they do sell non-ecchi doujinshi's, A LOT of them are R-rated, with about 60~80% of them being Yaoi...

They also have a special order system not unlike Acclimate, where you send your request, and they give you the quote. The person in charge of the special order (Ms. Eriko) usually responds in less than 3 days, and they also allow SAL along with EMS.

The only downside is that they don't carry any magazines.


Does anybody in the US use bk1 for subscriptions to any of the monthly manga magazines? How much does it run on average after shipping?

I don't think BK1 carries magazines. For subscriptions, you may want to try Sasuga Books, or do what I do on amazon.co.jp.

Zoe
July 05, 2008, 10:53 PM
I don't think BK1 carries magazines. For subscriptions, you may want to try Sasuga Books, or do what I do on amazon.co.jp.

They do, actually: http://www.bk1.jp/docs/kaigaiz/Index

You can set it to ship once a week or once a month, EMS or SAL.

Finestela
July 06, 2008, 07:20 AM
ooh, nice, thanks for letting me know!
I couldn't find any of the magazines with the search option, and thought that they didn't offer any.

Again, thank you Zoe :)

fxu
July 12, 2008, 09:14 PM
I have come to give my feedback on one of the sellers listed there.

Sasugabooks - They are awesome. They do special requests, so if they don't have it in the their listing, e-mail info@sasugabooks.com and request it... They'll give you a link within two days for you to buy. Then they order it from japan (1-2 weeks), then they send it to your house (1 week)... they only charge you for the shipping from their factory in the USA. So it's about $4+ for shipping.

Psyren volume 2 is currently on its way :]

About the "overpriced" prices... I think they're fair, considering how you are not paying for the shipping from Japan.. Psyren v1 on amazon was at 410yen, that's $3.82, I bought it from SB at $6, and $4 for shipping...

Better than paying $30+ for shipping from japan, which is what it showed when I tried to place an order :x

Their customer service is good and they answer within 1-2 days.

darkloid_zero
August 06, 2008, 08:22 AM
i was thinking aout buying manga from hmv, but i wanted to know how do you pay in yen... sorry if this is a simple question but im only 14

fxu
August 06, 2008, 11:19 AM
If it's by credit card, they do the conversions and you pay the equivalent in dollars.

(That's how it worked when I had to pay some euros)

darkloid_zero
August 08, 2008, 09:11 AM
k thanks!

prnoct90
August 11, 2008, 08:55 PM
I understand most of the stuff on bk1, but could someone walk me through how to make an account. I live in the US. Thanks!

kirimi
August 11, 2008, 10:04 PM
This guide (http://www.yaoi.ca/bgbk12.php) should help you create an account on bk1. If you don't understand anything, feel free to post back in this thread or PM me. :)

prnoct90
August 11, 2008, 11:27 PM
Also, which out of all of these options will be the cheapest if I live in the US?

GGpX
August 12, 2008, 02:36 AM
You'll have to look them up depending on what you're buying, whether it's new or not, and what type of shipping.

I'd recommend Aclimate Solutions. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)

Zoe
August 12, 2008, 11:17 AM
Free shipping at Yesasia has been raised to orders above $39.

prnoct90
August 12, 2008, 12:11 PM
If I dont care about time, is there a reason to go for SAL instead of Sea. Is SAL safer??? I'm trying 11 manga (xxxHOLiC) and I've calculated that it will be about 2880 grams. I want to do Sea, but Im scared it isn't safe.

kirimi
August 15, 2008, 08:55 PM
I've never had experience with sea shipments, but they're usually safe. It's just the anxiety of not receiving your items for 2-3 months.

SAL is economy air, which means they ship your items only when there's room for them in the air cargo. So, it's as good as air and it depends on your luck. With big orders like yours, it may be slower.

If your calculation on the weight is correct, compare the shipping charges between SAL (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-04) (3080yen) and Sea (http://www.bk1.jp/docs/help/He-0201-05) (2160yen). Personally, I'd pay the 960yen difference just to get my books a month faster. ^^ Especially when you think about it as less than 100yen per book. >D

Finestela
September 02, 2008, 12:06 AM
SAL's been pretty slow lately... I heard it has something to do with the airlines cutting flights :/ My magazines haven't arrived after 5 weeks from it was sent.

Here's my updated suggestions:

1. Get your monthly/bimonthly magazine subscriptions from Sasuga Books:
The magazines usually arrive 1 week to 10 days after the publish date. For the cost/speed consideration, it's pretty good deal.

2. Get your weekly magazine subscriptions from BK1, with EMS as delivery method:
If you're buying weekly magazines... chances are that you wouldn't want to have it arrive 1 week late... And since Sasuga Books doesn't offer EMS, the next best place is BK1.

3. Tanks, pick your bet between BK1 or Sasuga Books:
While Sasuga books allows you to special order, BK1 is faster with a bit more cost.
With the same order of:
D.Gray-man Guide Book (667 Yen)
3 Shonen Jump Tanks (390 Yen each)

Sasuga Books would cost about 32USD (ignoring the 7USD shipping, since it's likely that you'll try to get it to the 40 dollar order for free shipping), with the item arriving somewhere between a week to a month, depending on the availability of the items. And then you can take off 10% because you get to convert it with the frequent buyer program card... that's 29 dollars, with the books coming in a week to a month.

BK1 would cost about 3877 Yen if you use EMS, which is about 36 dollars. Your items would arrive in 3~5 days (assuming all of them are in-stock, otherwise it might take an extra day or two, or even weeks if the item is listed as needing weeks to restock). However, BK1 sends out coupons for 100 or 300 deduction off your 3000+ orders, and 1% of the cost would convert into usable "points". The end cost would be 3542 Yen, which would be 33 dollars, arriving in 3 days to 2 weeks

Bottom line: Depending on your need, I'd say pick between Sasuga Books and BK1. NEVER EVER ORDER FROM AMAZON UNLESS YOU REALLY HAVE TO!!! Amazon Japan really rips off international customers... = ="

roma
November 29, 2008, 07:55 AM
thanks for this thread i now have other options on where to buy mangas. i used to order from yesasia.com 'coz of the free shipping. but it took almost 2 mos. before i got my package.

zefur
December 10, 2008, 08:27 AM
hey what about if i wanted to get previous versions of magazines not the tankabons which would u say is the best for that? i live in the UK if that changes anything

natsq91
May 24, 2009, 01:46 PM
Hello, I have been looking for a specific manga for awhile now and while the first post has been very very helpful, I'm still having a lot of trouble, and I was wondering if anybody could help.

I'm looking for volume 1 of Rough (ラフ) by Mitsuru Adachi, but it's not a widely popular manga so it's not on a lot of websites. Also I can't seem to find the original Japanese version, except for on Amazon.co.jp, but S/H is over $30 for a $7 book and I was hoping I could find something a little bit cheaper. I can't read Japanese myself (the book is supposed to be a gift) so I've been translating the Japanese pages to help me get around. I checked out all the links on the first page, and the only other link other than amazon.co.jp that has any Rough mangas is sasugabooks.com, but they only have volume 7. Does anyone have any insight where I can get this manga preferably for under $30? Thank you so much for any help!!

GGpX
May 24, 2009, 02:15 PM
Did you bother to email AcclimateSolutions?

Like I said, their list on the site just has the most frequently requested mangas. If you email them and request for specific volumes, they will look for them.

natsq91
May 24, 2009, 02:32 PM
Did you bother to email AcclimateSolutions?

Like I said, their list on the site just has the most frequently requested mangas. If you email them and request for specific volumes, they will look for them.

Thanks for the info, I've just emailed them now. If I may ask, how much do you usually buy your mangas from them for? (If you request them, do they charge extra for having to look, etc?) Thanks.

GGpX
May 24, 2009, 03:40 PM
New book, around ~6-7 $US.

Used book, depends on how used.

The prices are inflated a little bit, but the searching & work done to find the books is paid for in the price you pay the books.

Finestela
May 24, 2009, 04:37 PM
Well... as long as it's still in print, the "cheapest" option in my opinion is to find enough of other books (2 or 3 more should be enough) that you're buying, and send the list as special order request/quote to Sasugabooks. If the whole thing exceeds 40 dollars, there will not be any shipping, but just a bit of handling (around 1 dollar per book).

I mean if you don't mind slower transit, then AcclimateSolutions is probably the cheapest choice. Otherwise, give Sasuga Books an e-mail. :)

If I may ask, is the book you're looking for a the "New Edition" with 350+ pages or older print of ~200 pages?

natsq91
May 25, 2009, 08:25 PM
Thanks for your info, GGpX and Finestela ^^ I emailed Acclimate Solutions and they emailed me back with an estimate that should cost around $12-15 total, which is pretty sweet (considering that Amazon Japan said $40 T_T) I might shoot off an email to Sasuga too to see what they say, but unfortunately I have no idea what you mean by "new edition" and older print...does that have something to do with the Special Edition versus Bunko?

Acclimate gave me a quote on the Special edition ($1 more) versus the Bunko edition, and I looked up bunko on wiki (apparently the "typical" release and has more pages?) but I don't know what the Special edition entails...unfortunately I'm just a very casual manga reader and am quite clueless, but if anyone could fill me in I'd be extremely grateful. Thanks<33

Finestela
May 26, 2009, 02:04 AM
Original Print (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%A9%E3%83%95-1-%E5%B0%91%E5%B9%B4%E3%82%B5%E3%83%B3%E3%83%87%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9-%E3%81%82%E3%81%A0%E3%81%A1-%E5%85%85/dp/4091217311/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243320242&sr=1-3): 1987, 181 Pages, Out of Print

Bunko (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%A9%E3%83%95-1-%E5%B0%8F%E5%AD%A6%E9%A4%A8%E6%96%87%E5%BA%AB-%E3%81%82%E3%81%A0%E3%81%A1-%E5%85%85/dp/4091933610/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243320242&sr=1-2): 2001, 313 Pages, 610 Yen

New Edition (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%A9%E3%83%95-1-%E5%B0%91%E5%B9%B4%E3%82%B5%E3%83%B3%E3%83%87%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B9%E3%83%9A%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A3%E3%83%AB-%E3%81%82%E3%81%A0%E3%81%A1-%E5%85%85/dp/4091205194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243320242&sr=1-1): 2006, 350 Pages, 710 Yen

It's just that if you're buying volume 1 to sort of "complete your collection", it's best to try to figure out with format you're looking for ;)

Also, is the $15 from Acclimate with shipping? If so, what kind of shipping did you ask for?

If the $12~15 is including shipping, and the shipping method is EMS, then it'd be a great deal, and you should go ahead and take it. For SAL, it's not bad if you're not in a rush to get the book. If it's sea... then try to request for at least SAL unless you're paitent enough ;)

From my experience with various shipping methods (this is within a year):

EMS: Usually 3~4 days after your order, if it's in stock in Japan. SUPER expensive.

Sasuga Books: The way they work is that they have their own air cargo, and ships from Japan every few days to their warehouse in the US. They then ship it domestically to you with either UPS or USPS. If you order $40+ and take the free shipping option, it's usually 2~3 weeks after order.

SAL: I don't care what those SAL promoter said how fast it is... but with the number of international flights getting cut each day, your package is usually queued up really far in the back, and the best time I'm getting is 3 weeks, with the longest being 6 weeks (which lead to my cancelation of subscription with BK1...;)).

Sea: I was getting about 8~10 weeks before I say screw sea packages forever... :p

GGpX
May 26, 2009, 03:22 AM
Well, EMS isn't super expensive (Unless you're dirt poor or cheap as hell), but it usually comes out to ~650 yen / book (Roughly).

But you do get your books pretty fast.

Finestela
May 26, 2009, 03:43 AM
Well... if you put it THAT way, then yeah, it's not spectacularly expensive... but when you're looking for places to save, every bit counts :p

[hr]

natsq91, forgot to explain something else regarding Amazon.co.jp...
It's always expensive to buy one or two books there, because of the way they calculate shipping for oversea orders.

Basicly, on top of the price, they charge a base charge according to country (2.7k yen, or ~$27 for North America), and then a per item charge (300 yen, or ~$3 per item). As GGpX noted above, EMS costs around 650~700 per item (magazines would cost more). So what happens is that, when you buy A LOT from Amazon, then shipping cost is actually less than normal rate because the the base cost stays the same.

Anyway, unless you're trying to buy a whole bunch of books (like an entire series), don't bother with Amazon :p You're better off asking Acclimate or buy from BK1/SasugaBooks.

GGpX
May 26, 2009, 05:36 AM
(Or be like me and bother a certain administrator here to buy you books through BookOff. It's a slow and uncertain method, though. `-')

natsq91
May 26, 2009, 07:13 AM
Ah, you guys are fantastic :hearts: I had been lurking this thread before in my search and finally thought to join.

In any case, Sasuga said the bunko version is $11 + $7.75 S/H. Acclimate quotes $9.50 for the special version + $5 SAL shipping, or $8 AIR shipping (is that EMS shipping or slower? o_O) They don't have an EMS option...Also the bunko version is $8.50 + $4.50 SAL shipping, or $8 AIR shipping. The guy said this is the difference between the two versions,


Special version is bigger and more pages comparing to original version.
And, Bunko version is smaller but more pages in one volume. It is something like paperback comparing to hardcover.

Also I'm looking to start a collection, not complete one, so it's really just a matter of trying to figure out which one is nicest :P Heh. I want this within a month, but I guess it's no biggie, unless it takes like 3 months. XD Which do you think is best? It seems bunko is the most common, but special just sounds so...special...which seems like it should be special T_T haha

Finestela
May 26, 2009, 08:46 AM
I guess it's just personally preference on which edition you'd want to go for... From what I can tell, the "new edition" is the same length and width as normal tanks, so it's slightly bigger print than bunko edition. It also contains more pages (about 50 more pages). There are total of 7 volumes for bunko and 6 volumes of "new edition". So really, it comes down to which you prefer ;)

If you're not buying more books in the same order so that you'd get to 40 for Sasuga, then take the Acclimate offer :p

Air mail is slower than EMS... but faster and at least more predictable than SAL.
Think of EMS, Air, and SAL as 2nd day/Overnight delivery, priority mail, and first-class package :)

Jouki
May 28, 2009, 10:54 PM
I want to buy from BK1. I don't have a Credit Card! Can they accept Paypal?
Sorry, my English is very bad! T_T

Finestela
May 29, 2009, 03:35 PM
I want to buy from BK1. I don't have a Credit Card! Can they accept Paypal?
Sorry, my English is very bad! T_T

I don't think so :/ They only accept credit card and Japanese internet banking service (as well as various pre-paid points/cards)...

natsq91
June 20, 2009, 03:23 PM
I just wanted to once again thank GGpX and Finestela for their wonderful advice and help; without you guys I probably would have still been milling around in confusion and I'm very thankful. I would also like to let anyone else who is contemplating a RAW manga purchase to seriously consider Acclimate Solution. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/) I ordered a not very well known manga from them (as you can probably see from the posts above this) and received it a mere 9 days from ordering via SAL shipping. Fantastic service, exactly as I ordered, I couldn't be more pleased.

Thanks a lot manga helpers!! :hug

Finestela
June 20, 2009, 04:36 PM
I'm glad you got your SAL package so soon! ^^
My experience with SAL had been... rather horrible... but it's good to know that someone is able to get it in 9 days :p

GGpX
June 20, 2009, 05:16 PM
You're very welcome.

Yeah, I bought some volumes from Acclimate Solutions this week. Boku to Issho & a Hideo Yamamoto manga.

aurickandrien
June 27, 2009, 04:09 AM
Hi all,

I just wanted to say thanks for the advice. I'm in Australia and Japanese websites and preorders don't really worry me, but I do like a decent interface so I think I'll be giving bk1 a go. :)

ikcud
July 18, 2009, 06:51 PM
tell me how you go =] thanks. Gonna use ggpx advice first before using something I'm not comfortable with yet.

coinanmat
July 25, 2009, 12:12 PM
another good place to get japanese imported goods is through a local store and warehouse here called WIZZYWIG collectibles u can find them here http://www.wizzywig.com though in recent months their product collection had gone fairly down hill but its worth taking a look at :P in past years they have been known to carry japnese books, manga, and imported dvds

I also want to point out there's another Japanese collectibles/ entertaiment store in the Southeastern Michigan area, its called Mirai and its located on 42705 Grand River Ave # B, Novi, MI‎ - (248) 374-3200‎
They used to have a website but it was taken down I believe, anyways this is where I go on a regular basis because they Sell Weekly Shonen Jump there. I even picked up issue 33 just the other day and that just came out last week! so they get in new merchandise very quickly.

naruto+4s
July 27, 2009, 10:54 AM
Alot of the raw provides ain't from japan, so does that mean you can order manga to other contries and how?

Nami
July 27, 2009, 11:11 AM
Hi naruto+4s, moved your query to this thread.

If you are in US, you can try Yesasia (http://global.yesasia.com/en/index.aspx) and Sasuga Japanese Bookstore (http://www.sasugabooks.com/), Kinokuniya USA websites (http://www.kinokuniya.com/) for online orders. More details as listed on the first post of this thread, which also has some small comparison notes which is useful :)

coinanmat
July 27, 2009, 11:25 AM
Well a lot of the anime and manga releases from Japan are exported all over the world. As far as raws not coming from Japan, weekly magazines like Shonen Jump are not only sold in Japan but are exported to other countries. How do I know this, well thats because there is an actuall brick and mortar store near where I live that sells the magazine.

aurickandrien
August 06, 2009, 12:50 AM
ikcud: I got my shipment from bk1 last week and I'd have to say that I'm pretty happy:

Their range is quite extensive
I haven't had any problems with the website interface
I was very happy with the range of shipping options offered
The manga arrived fairly promptly (in the same post as an order of DS softs from Yesasia that I'd made the same day)
They were definitely well-packaged
They were reasonably priced :amuse

Barring anything unforeseen it's pretty certain that I'll be using them again. :)

peachrules
August 12, 2009, 09:07 PM
Hi. This is very helpful. The only thing I need to know is if I buy some mangas from a Japanese store and they are sent to the US, how much would the US Customs charge me? Would I have to pay anything? I'm very confused about this. No one from the US on this thread has mentioned anything about it...

Please help! Thanks!

GGpX
August 12, 2009, 09:51 PM
For Canada, I just had the book prices and the shipping price AcclimateSolutions told me and that was it. No additional costs.

peachrules
August 13, 2009, 08:28 AM
That kind of helps. I don't know if this is true or not, but someone told me that since the US and Japan have tense relationships when it comes to importing/exporting, the fees are high. Can anyone in the US tell me if they have to pay customs fines or something that isn't price of books + shipping?

ikcud
August 16, 2009, 12:11 PM
aurickandrien - Which shipping option you use? I'm gonna start using them since it went smoothly with you.

aurickandrien
September 06, 2009, 11:45 PM
ikcud - I used SAL (economy air)

S4KuR4
September 14, 2009, 03:01 PM
Anyone knows if I can order Shonen Magazine ? If yes, where ?! (I don't understand their website T.T)

Edit: I've read the posts above, I think I can find where to go !! Thanks Kaiten.Sama for moving my post and all of you for your informations !!!! :D

Heiji-sama
September 15, 2009, 06:05 AM
Anyone knows if I can order Young Jump ? (except amazon.co.jp)

ahoyazi
September 15, 2009, 07:44 AM
Anyone knows if I can order Young Jump ? (except amazon.co.jp)

this one?

http://www.clubjapan.jp/exec/_magazine/detail.php?fItemCode=28171&fOrderPage=0

puremadniss
September 16, 2009, 03:15 AM
ane1 noe where i culd buy wsm magazines
need to buy raws for the manga good ending thank you ^^

ship to us

daigo
February 19, 2010, 09:24 PM
I want to order the manhwa The Breaker (브레이커) online but I live in the U.S. and I can't order from Korea because International shipping is expensive. Does anyone know where I can buy online maybe from a local/domestic U.S. online store? Or if you guys know any stores in the Lower East Side Manhattan or Queens area of New York City to buy this series from.

Bugzee
February 22, 2010, 12:28 AM
Hmm that's a tough one dude! I'm so bored I tried finding it on every possible outlet online lol with no results! :s

Maybe you could try ebay? :blink Keep checking everyday and I'm sure someone will put it up for sale/auction. You could try the Korean version of ebay...which is http://www.gmarket.co.kr/index_eng.asp

Why don't you try Forbidden Planet NYC (http://www.fpnyc.com/) store? :blink We have one here in London and they stock both manga & manhwa titles! You could always phone them in advance to see if they have it or if they could order it in for you! ;)

Good luck!

Mushashi
February 22, 2010, 03:56 AM
http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/indexohb.cgi?AREA=03

A walmart sized bookstore filled with mangas and manwhas. ull find what you need there. if you live around ny its probably worth going in and checking it out. Inoue Sensei did a muriel there which is quite awe inspiring. i am 90% sure they will have the breaker at the NY store because they have it at the sydney store so if you cant get it there idk what hope you have.

yasuimanga
March 14, 2010, 08:19 AM
You can buy original Japanese manga at yasuimanga.com
Their prices start from 4.95USD (+4.95USD worldwide shipping)

gianglh
March 22, 2010, 02:38 AM
Can anyone tell me about the subscription of G-fantasy in Bk1. I've found the page, chosen the magazine, and then a page appears asking me to fill in my email and chose the shipping methods as well as the delivery time.
After I've filled in everything and pressed complete, a page like this appear which I understand nothing about
http://c.upanh.com/upload/4/166/ZX0.8296977_1_1.jpg
So if anyone have already subscribed for any magazines in this page, please help me explain this. About the cost, shipping fees, how and when they will charge me for the subscription and how can choose the length of my subscription?

Akito
April 14, 2010, 08:26 AM
http://666kb.com/i/bictg39m20o4ksuoa.jpg

I found this on Raw Paradise but I seem not able to find it even on amazon.co.jp. Has it yet to be released or did I overlook something?

Akiyama
April 21, 2010, 04:19 PM
I think it's a special item that comes as a special bundle version of volume 17. Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A0-17-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A0%E5%85%A8%E3%82%AB%E3%83%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%82%A4%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88%E9%9B%86-%E8%B6%85%E9%99%90%E5%AE%9A%E7%89%88-%E5%B0%8F%E5%AD%A6%E9%A4%A8%E3%83%97%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B7%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA/dp/4091590764%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJSQMJQVNAZ56DHYQ%26tag%3Doriconstyle07-22%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D4091590764) I don't know the answer, just a guess.

Akito
April 21, 2010, 06:21 PM
I think it's a special item that comes as a special bundle version of volume 17. Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A0-17-%E3%82%AF%E3%83%AD%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B2%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A0%E5%85%A8%E3%82%AB%E3%83%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%82%A4%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88%E9%9B%86-%E8%B6%85%E9%99%90%E5%AE%9A%E7%89%88-%E5%B0%8F%E5%AD%A6%E9%A4%A8%E3%83%97%E3%83%A9%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B7%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA/dp/4091590764%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJSQMJQVNAZ56DHYQ%26tag%3Doriconstyle07-22%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D4091590764) I don't know the answer, just a guess.
Yeah, I've just seen it on the current Oricon Comic Ranking. Pretty sweet since it contains as I see all the color illustration of CG and it's definitely much cheaper than a regular artbook. So bought:amuse

Astria
April 28, 2010, 08:56 PM
Does anyone have any experience buying from Asahiyausa.com (www.asahiyausa.com)? I'm thinking of getting a magazine subscription there since the prices aren't that bad and it seems to be a US-located store, so the shipping prices are lower for me. But I haven't seen much mention about them so no clue what their service is like...

topnet2008
June 04, 2010, 11:48 AM
you can buy Japanese manga from amazon.http://pregnancycorner.net/banner.png:)

loempiavreter
June 21, 2010, 01:59 PM
I'm looking to purchase to series from artist ASADA Torao, Koga Ninpocho: Aratame (adapted from the same stories as Basilisk, but sci-fi version) and QUIZ 下巻.

It's hard to get them, and I think the only way to get them is if someone residing from Japan orders them and send them to me. So if there's someone who wants to help me out with this (if wanted, I'll pay extra money for your service). Payment by paypal...

I also want to buy an extra copy of Koga Ninpocho: Aratame Volume 2, so I can get it scanned since I know their are quite a few Basilisk fans (Volume 1 has been scanned). Maybe evenget it translated who knows, how it wil work out.

I've put the links here (I don't know how reliable amazon.co.jp 2nd hand copies are, 1 yen!, so I've als oput up an Jbook link):

Koga Ninpocho: Aratame
Volume 1
Amazon.co.jp
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E7%94%B2%E8%B3%80%E5%BF%8D%E6%B3%95%E5%B8%96%E3%83%BB%E6%94%B9-1-%E8%A7%92%E5%B7%9D%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A8%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9-%E6%B5%85%E7%94%B0-%E5%AF%85%E3%83%B2/dp/4047136743
jbook.co.jp
http://www.jbook.co.jp/p/p.aspx/2569477/s

Volume 2
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E7%94%B2%E8%B3%80%E5%BF%8D%E6%B3%95%E5%B8%96%E3%83%BB%E6%94%B9-2-%E3%82%AB%E3%83%89%E3%82%AB%E3%83%AF%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9A%E3%82%A8%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9-%E6%B5%85%E7%94%B0-%E5%AF%85%E3%83%B2/dp/4047137545/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277144336&sr=1-18
jbook.co.jp
http://www.jbook.co.jp/p/p.aspx/3016423/s/

QUIZ 下巻
Volume 1
Amazon.co.jp
http://www.amazon.co.jp/Quiz-%E4%B8%8A%E5%B7%BB-%E8%A7%92%E5%B7%9D%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B9%E3%83%BB%E3%82%A8%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B9-%E6%B5%85%E7%94%B0-%E5%AF%85%E3%83%B2/dp/4047133523/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277143603&sr=1-12
jbook.co.jp
http://www.jbook.jp/p/p.aspx/1605292/s/~6b19cf0ce

Volume 2
Amazon.co.jp
http://www.amazon.co.jp/QUIZ-%E5%85%A82%E5%B7%BB%E5%AE%8C%E7%B5%90-%E3%83%9E%E3%83%BC%E3%82%B1%E3%83%83%E3%83%88%E3%83%97%E3%83%AC%E3%82%A4%E3%82%B9%E3%82%B3%E3%83%9F%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%82%BB%E3%83%83%E3%83%88-%E6%B5%85%E7%94%B0%E5%AF%85%E3%83%B2/dp/B002JTVFKO/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1277146005&sr=1-23
jbook.co.jp
http://www.jbook.co.jp/p/p.aspx/1654692/s/

Kaiten
June 22, 2010, 08:48 AM
It's probably unnecessary to have someone order something for you, and would be rather unwise of them, as any major credit card can be used at amazon japan. The purchase will automatically be converted to Yen. You certainly don't need to go to the trouble of having a stranger in Japan order for you :amuse

loempiavreter
June 22, 2010, 12:39 PM
Amazon.co.jp won't ship the items to my country :/
It's all 2nd hand, from subsidiary retailers it seems.

xVongola77x
June 24, 2010, 01:32 PM
how good is BK1 for US orders? I'm new to the forums. I was wondering which is the best shipping method for BK1 to US, and how much a GFantasy (1) Gangan comic (1), and a DN. ANGEL (1) tankobon cost?

Finestela
July 27, 2010, 08:24 AM
A Few updates:
1. Sasuga Books has closed its doors... Sigh...

2. Other than the books they have in stock/listed in Ebay and second-hand copies, I would suggest people NOT to use Acclimate Solution. Their "special orders" is simply buying from Amazon.co.jp and reship it overseas to you... With an overhead on top of Amazon's price. It pains me to say this, but you're better off to place small orders on BK1 and big orders (over 10 items) on Amazon.co.jp.

3. Order from BK1 ONLY when you have received a BK1 coupon. They send them out every now and then, so you should get one every 1~2 months. Also, they give out free BK1 points (cash) everyday, and you also get a bonus for completing the daily "task" every day for an entire month.

4. I have not yet find a good replacement for buying Japanese Manga Magazines right now... So if you have a good place to check out, let me know.

That's it for now!

P.S. For those wondering where I've been for the past few months... I've given up on Translating series to English for now, and only a few series to Chinese. I'm planning on finishing up my doctorate by the end of Fall Semester, so... ;)

Anyway, good luck guys!

Bell79
August 17, 2010, 11:26 AM
3. Order from BK1 ONLY when you have received a BK1 coupon. They send them out every now and then, so you should get one every 1~2 months.

sorry, but what that mean? I can put a order only if i received a coupon and not when i want? :blink

kewl0210
August 17, 2010, 11:36 AM
Fujisan.com is good for magazines. It's what I use.

loempiavreter
September 05, 2010, 05:11 AM
Is there a shop (in Japan) that sells old issues from magazines?

EDIT: I'm looking for Young King #10 (not Young King Ours) #10 2010/04/26
http://www.shonengahosha.jp/youngking/index.php?y=2010&m=10

For Boichi's Trigun: The Lost Plant. I can't find this issue anywhere.

melfra
November 10, 2010, 01:05 PM
I'm sorry this is such a broad question... well, Beans A(ce?) is was a shoujo magazine, so I suppose it's slightly on topic...

I was reading Golden Corridor in Asuka before it switched over to Beans, and because I was late on the uptake I only have issue #19, while I know Beans started carrying the series at #17. I'm having a heck of a time finding these books online, so I was wondering if anyone knew of any stores that carry older magazines like this, or perhaps of someone willing to sell/trade for these magazines?

There was supposed to be a volume 2 release of the manga (Amazon even had it listed ;_;), but Yuiga Satol decided to put the series on hiatus with one chapter to spare. Please, if anyone could help, I would be immensely grateful!

Yagami121
December 19, 2010, 09:41 PM
Does anyone know a good or a few good sites that sell magazine Big Comic Spirits?

It has to sell older issues of it too, not that old but a few monts back

Name-Undecided
January 14, 2011, 04:01 PM
You can get a subscription to it from Fujisan: http://www.fujisan.com/control/category/~category_id=1799?CURRENT_CATALOG_ID=magazine
You're probably out of luck for older issues, though.

CreepyUncle
May 31, 2011, 06:56 PM
Hello. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong section for this thread, but does anyone here know of a website thats sells YJ?
I figure this is the right section, seeing that YJ is a seinen mag.
(Ebay's alright, but from what I've seen the sellers are never up-to-date with the latest issue.)

moved to otaku cafe

unc0mm0n
June 02, 2012, 05:01 PM
Well the reason I registered to this site is to say "Thank you" to this topic. Thanks to it I found honto and was able to finally purchase myself some Japanese Manga.

Just one thing:
BK1 was reopened as Honto, and now ordering from there is not as simple as before, This (http://blmangaka.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/honto-guide-31.png) might be helpful if you can't get around with the Japanese

Ryuma00
March 26, 2013, 08:35 AM
Hi, I wanna buy some ebooks from WSJ, but i can't find a site where they accept credit card from other country than japan... Do someone know some sited that it is available? Thanks

neroxyr
April 08, 2013, 02:16 PM
In the beginning of the post found this site: http://www.kinokuniya.com, if you buy more than 1 the shipping is not that expensive. BTW, the accept international cards

Ryuma00
April 13, 2013, 12:39 PM
In the beginning of the post found this site: http://www.kinokuniya.com, if you buy more than 1 the shipping is not that expensive. BTW, the accept international cards

Thanks, but I already tried that but i can't register my caredit card there so... I have to search elsewhere
PS. I am searching for e-books so no shipping only download from net...

ruze33
April 28, 2013, 09:22 PM
Hello guys :)
I registered to help you with Japanese manga!
There's a site called 'Akiba-Market' with 300+ manga complete sets.
I bought a few sets there and the prices are always lower than Amazon or any other sites. I used E-Bay to buy City Hunter in Japanese but it was like half price on Akiba-Market so...
Anyway, I'd recommend that site if you want to buy Japanese manga set at low price.

kewl0210
April 28, 2013, 11:20 PM
Could you give a link? Any searches for that, Japanese or English, aren't yielding anything like what you're saying.

Netorare
April 29, 2013, 04:16 AM
http://akiba-market.com

redcorpse
May 03, 2013, 03:53 PM
http://akiba-market.com

that website seems to have some difficulties/lots of broken links ^^ or maybe its just not displaying correctly in my browser..

Jidan
May 14, 2013, 09:45 AM
I wanted to order the first volume of Suisei no Gargantia. First I tried Yesasia and it looked like it worked fine. After a while I got a message that the order got cancelled. I tried using the some other sites which were suggested here. The only other site which got Gargantia vol.01 is amazon.co.jp BUT the shipment cost way too much (while the manga itseld costs only 580 yen...). The other sites didnt really had it (at least I couldnt find it using the 4 different names given on mangaupdates).
So does anyone know some other site where I can order Suisei no Gargantia Volume 01. I am living in europe, cant speak/read japanese at all and I dont really care about the shipment&manga prize as long the overall prize can be under/about 25 USD.

its was a long post but thanks in advance for any help.

Ikari
May 14, 2013, 09:55 AM
Try CDJapan says 5-7 days for a restock, Honto says 7-21 days.. other choice is MangaOh. You'll have to use a guide for the last two shops though since they are in Japanese.

Jidan
May 14, 2013, 11:24 AM
@Ikari
Thank you very much.
PS. Also found it on HMV now but not through there search machine but via google and they stated that the volume appears in may (if i understood it right) but yesasia and wikipedia say april... kinda weird, but I am ordering it now and hope thats it.

SO thank you very much, you really helped me out :)

Ikari
May 14, 2013, 11:41 AM
The may release might be the novel, you should usually double check with the ISBN number.

https://www.mangaoh.co.jp/catalog/317703/
http://honto.jp/netstore/pd-book_25578096.html

Jidan
May 14, 2013, 11:49 AM
Oh you might be right. The page Ive found (via google) looked different. Well Ill just order the manga (check ISBN now).
Once again...
Thank you.

BanishingSorrow
May 19, 2013, 10:32 PM
How can i buy digital Mangas? Amazon Jp just don't let me.

Bomber D Rufi
March 09, 2014, 04:08 PM
Question for you guys and gals...where would one purchase older manga? Stuff that came out back in 2000-2005 ish? I'm looking to finish up my collections of Nakayama and Fukuchi works but am finding older series by the two are hard to get...specifically Ueki no Hosoku plus by Fukuchi, and Astral Engine by Nakayama. I'm sure I won't get shiny new copies of these manga which is fine, but is there anywhere that would ship used copies to the US?

jagman1x3
March 09, 2014, 04:37 PM
Question for you guys and gals...where would one purchase older manga? Stuff that came out back in 2000-2005 ish? I'm looking to finish up my collections of Nakayama and Fukuchi works but am finding older series by the two are hard to get...specifically Ueki no Hosoku plus by Fukuchi, and Astral Engine by Nakayama. I'm sure I won't get shiny new copies of these manga which is fine, but is there anywhere that would ship used copies to the US?

I usually get sets of used stuff on Amazon Japan. It's kind of a pain to find a used seller that'll actually ship to the US, but once you find one they're insanely cheap; I got a full 9-volume set of Nora for about 400 yen plus shipping. Shipping is 3000 yen flat fee plus 400 yen per book, but a set of books is technically one item so that helps a lot. As for finding out which ones will ship to the US, just add a bunch of them to your cart, then go to checkout and see which ones don't whine at you about shipping.

There's a set of Ueki Plus volumes here that'll ship to the US, it's the second one on the list. Anything that says Fulfilled by Amazon is usually more likely to have international shipping, in my experience.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B0010MK4L2/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

There's also a chain of Book-off stores in the US that have tons of used manga. I go to the one in NYC (it's right around the corner from Kinokuniya, actually) and raid the $1 volume section. They actually did have Ueki Plus v1 there for $1 last time I went, although who knows if it's still there. I did pick up Ueki 1-2, but they're just sitting on my shelf unread at the moment.

Bomber D Rufi
March 09, 2014, 04:53 PM
I usually get sets of used stuff on Amazon Japan. It's kind of a pain to find a used seller that'll actually ship to the US, but once you find one they're insanely cheap; I got a full 9-volume set of Nora for about 400 yen plus shipping. Shipping is 3000 yen flat fee plus 400 yen per book, but a set of books is technically one item so that helps a lot. As for finding out which ones will ship to the US, just add a bunch of them to your cart, then go to checkout and see which ones don't whine at you about shipping.

There's a set of Ueki Plus volumes here that'll ship to the US, it's the second one on the list. Anything that says Fulfilled by Amazon is usually more likely to have international shipping, in my experience.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B0010MK4L2/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

There's also a chain of Book-off stores in the US that have tons of used manga. I go to the one in NYC (it's right around the corner from Kinokuniya, actually) and raid the $1 volume section. They actually did have Ueki Plus v1 there for $1 last time I went, although who knows if it's still there. I did pick up Ueki 1-2, but they're just sitting on my shelf unread at the moment.

Thanks. Ironically I just went there and bought Astral Engine 1 & 2, but didn't go further to look for Ueki. I'll probably do that now. I didn't know a set is considered one book....that actually kicks ass. Maybe I'll see if they have Artist Acro and Takkoku as well. I've been meaning to pick those up too. :-P I see you forgot that I can read Japanese, but thanks for the detailed instructions.

And you go to Kino in NY? Kewl and I meet there every so often. Maybe we should have some sort of nerd convention with the three of us. I don't live too far from NY (about a three hour bus ride.) I didn't know about the book off....I'm totally going to have to go there next time I'm in town.

jagman1x3
March 09, 2014, 05:28 PM
Thanks. Ironically I just went there and bought Astral Engine 1 & 2, but didn't go further to look for Ueki. I'll probably do that now. I didn't know a set is considered one book....that actually kicks ass. Maybe I'll see if they have Artist Acro and Takkoku as well. I've been meaning to pick those up too. :-P I see you forgot that I can read Japanese, but thanks for the detailed instructions.

And you go to Kino in NY? Kewl and I meet there every so often. Maybe we should have some sort of nerd convention with the three of us. I don't live too far from NY (about a three hour bus ride.) I didn't know about the book off....I'm totally going to have to go there next time I'm in town.

Eh, maybe... you'd be surprised how anti-social I can be in real life. Kino's about a 30-minute subway ride away from my dorm, but classes go pretty late so I can't really go whenever I want. If the timing actually worked out though, why not?
On a related note, Book off also lets you sell stuff there. They give you pretty much nothing for used manga, but you can get a decent amount by selling old video games and the like. Main reason to do so is that they'll give you a 10% off coupon.

Bomber D Rufi
March 09, 2014, 05:50 PM
Eh, maybe... you'd be surprised how anti-social I can be in real life. Kino's about a 30-minute subway ride away from my dorm, but classes go pretty late so I can't really go whenever I want. If the timing actually worked out though, why not?
On a related note, Book off also lets you sell stuff there. They give you pretty much nothing for used manga, but you can get a decent amount by selling old video games and the like. Main reason to do so is that they'll give you a 10% off coupon.

Oh we'd probably do it on a weekend or something. We both work so that's usually more convenient. I'm fairly antisocial too, but manga has been bringing nerds together for centuries. Look at this grand website I'm casually mocking and posting on simultaneously!

I've sold most of my old video games so...yeah. Still 10 percent off isn't bad at all.

jagman1x3
March 09, 2014, 06:18 PM
Oh we'd probably do it on a weekend or something. We both work so that's usually more convenient. I'm fairly antisocial too, but manga has been bringing nerds together for centuries. Look at this grand website I'm casually mocking and posting on simultaneously!

I've sold most of my old video games so...yeah. Still 10 percent off isn't bad at all.

Annoyingly enough, I actually can't really do anything on weekends since I'm only in the dorms during the week, I go home Thursday nights. My job is a Friday-only thing, too. I guess I could try and get back to the city early on Sunday some time, but Saturday's a no-go for religious reasons. I think I might be one of, if not the only orthodox Jewish scanlator... Anyway, weekdays are usually easier for me. Yay for screwed-up schedules.

Bomber D Rufi
March 09, 2014, 06:26 PM
Annoyingly enough, I actually can't really do anything on weekends since I'm only in the dorms during the week, I go home Thursday nights. My job is a Friday-only thing, too. I guess I could try and get back to the city early on Sunday some time, but Saturday's a no-go for religious reasons. I think I might be one of, if not the only orthodox Jewish scanlator... Anyway, weekdays are usually easier for me. Yay for screwed-up schedules.

Ah. Yeah I have a buddy who's an orthodox Jew so I know how that is. Well I'm sure we could do something on the weekday sometime too. Sadly it's easier for me to get around on Friday-Sun than the rest of the week. Though I could swing a Monday....I dunno. I don't have much of anything going on since I'm religiously without a religion or friends or a significant other (by choice mind you. Born to die alone and such.) Yet I'm ironically sponsoring a hookup.....er....

...Lets quit the offtopic spiral. This sucks, I can't find anything other than Ueki in sets on Amazon. I'll try Takkoku next I guess. I'm glad I got Astral Engine at least. I think I now officially own everything Nakayama has ever drawn. (Well I will once I get the AE in the mail.)

kewl0210
March 09, 2014, 11:18 PM
Yay for bonding over the love of manga and being asocial.

I thought I'd mention, they've definitely got Law of Ueki at honto.co.jp
http://honto.jp/netstore/search_10%E3%81%86%E3%81%88%E3%81%8D%E3%81%AE%E6%B3%95%E5%89%87.html?srchf=1

Bomber D Rufi
March 09, 2014, 11:35 PM
Yay for bonding over the love of manga and being asocial.

I thought I'd mention, they've definitely got Law of Ueki at honto.co.jp
http://honto.jp/netstore/search_10%E3%81%86%E3%81%88%E3%81%8D%E3%81%AE%E6%B3%95%E5%89%87.html?srchf=1

Yes indeedy. Social and...stuff.

I'm looking for Law of Ueki Plus though Shifu, not the first series which is what you linked to. I checked Honto first, and they've only got the first two volumes there.

zogobob
March 10, 2014, 12:13 AM
I'm looking for Law of Ueki Plus.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B0010MK4L2/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

Bomber D Rufi
March 10, 2014, 09:33 PM
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B0010MK4L2/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used




There's a set of Ueki Plus volumes here that'll ship to the US, it's the second one on the list. Anything that says Fulfilled by Amazon is usually more likely to have international shipping, in my experience.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/offer-listing/B0010MK4L2/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all


Thanks for taking the time out to reply though.

jagman1x3
March 13, 2014, 05:28 PM
I've sold most of my old video games so...yeah. Still 10 percent off isn't bad at all.

Bit of a late reply, but I just went there today and according to the flyers all over the store, the list of things you can sell there now includes headphones, cameras, toasters, blenders, and rice cookers. So... might not be totally out of luck if you don't have any games yet, although I have quite literally no clue why anyone would bring a toaster into a bookstore.

Kyoya27
March 20, 2014, 10:35 AM
Out of the sites you posted, YesAsia is the only one that's good and actually worth using.

I buy manga from here--The best place. (http://www.aclimatesolution.com/manga/)

Does this site/shop is still alive ?