Monday, March 10, 2014
I'll be posting one of these courtesy alerts each time the Right Stuf starts a new sale. When the sale is over the alert shall be taken down to avoid cluttering up the blog.
For my own shopping I keep a list of items I want in the "Saved Items" part of my shopping cart until there is a sale.
Why do I do it this way rather than just ordering what my budget allows right away? Sales, different sales going on one after the other.
What I do when a particular sale is happening, for example books from Seven Seas Entertainment, is to then order the items I have in the list on sale at that time. This works well and my budget allows me to buy more that I could have afforded otherwise.
The sales usually include pre-orders for items that have yet to be released.
Where I shop is important to me. I'm one of those people who avoid big chains where possible and support smaller businesses which are more likely to treat their customers and staff well. For years my favorite online site has been The Right Stuf.
One of the great things about The Right Stuf is that they have an excellent advanced search feature for locating items. For example you can do a search for titles from a particular company that have yet to be released.
For US customers if you order more than $49.00 you qualify for free shipping. I always do it this way so I have even more money to spend on my orders. Not hard for me to do as I buy plenty of anime and manga. If you need something to fill out an order to get free shipping check out their Weekly Specials which often has some great titles. You can even save more if you get a Got Anime? membership, cheap enough to pay for itself on only one order.
So check The Right Stuf out. Create a "Saved Items" list for your future purchases and be ready for the next sale.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan
It is good to finally be getting works in English by this modern giant of the manga world.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Last night I saw The Wind Rises in San Francisco, the Sundance Kabuki has it in three theaters. Two for the subtitled version and one for the English re-dub.
Some of the more unusual planes we saw in the movie were real.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I have created a section on my recommended anime page devoted to various Lupin III anime.
Titles I recommend in the section include:
Lupin the 3rd: First TV Series [1971-1972]
Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo 
Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro 
Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy 
Lupin the 3rd: Crisis in Tokyo 
Lupin The 3rd Episode 0: The First Contact 
Lupin the 3rd: Green vs Red 
Lupin the Third: Woman Called Fujiko Mine 
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I have added the 2011 movie Wild 7 to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page.
This is a fun action film and very inexpensive from Japan, under $17.00 for the Blu-ray and under $11.00 for the DVD.
If you are a fan of the original manga, the anime, or totally new to the title consider this one as a fun action movie to add to your collection.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I have just added three releases of Studio Ghibli anime that are not available in the U.S. to my Recommended Anime list.
Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short
- a collection of shorts by the studio and a subsidiary.
Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru, a.k.a. I Can Hear the Sea)
- a wonderful slow paced film that is one of my favorites.
Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro)
- The Disney corporation acquired this title back in the mid 1990s and still has no plans for a U.S. release.
Only Yesterday is the only one out on both Blu-ray and DVD. Given how more of the Ghibli works are coming out on Blu-ray it may only be a mater of time before they are all on tha format.
Soon I plan to add more of the Ghibli documentaries to the recommended lists. For a list of Studio Ghibli titles I have on the recommended list check the listing on the Creators - Those Behind the Works I Recommend page.