Monday, September 15, 2014

The Right Stuf is having a sale on select NIS America items.

The Right Stuf  is having a sale on select NIS America items. This sale includes pre-orders.

This sale ends on September 22

They have some great titles, check it out.


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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Directed by Anno, Produced by Ghibli

I have added a new live action movie to my recommended title lists.

This one is Shiki-Jitsu  the second live action movie directed by Anno Hideaki, who is better known for his animated work, and produced by Studio Kajino, a branch of Studio Ghibli.

I was very impressed with this work which won an award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 13th International Film Festival in Tokyo.

Shiki-Jitsu, which came out in 2000, has yet to receive a DVD release in the U.S. but the Japanese region 2 DVD has English subtitles. I link to the CD Japan page for the movie in the web page entry.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Turtles No Ninjas

I have added two titles to my recommended title list for live action movies. While they are Japanese films they have no ninjas, but they do have turtles.

What are these shelled films?

They are:

Gamera: The Giant Monster


Bushido Man

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sleepy Edits of Life

I have just added a 12 films series to my recommended live action movie list.

This is the famous Sleepy Eyes of Death series staring kabuki actor Ichikawa Raizō as Nemuri Kyoshiro. While there were many films series made regarding Nemuri Kyoshiro the films with Ichikawa Raizō are among the most famous.

I have also done a major edit to the recommended pages. When an individual is credited with two or more titles in the Creators - Those Behind the Works I Recommend page I will have links from those titles back to that person's entry. This is handy as some creators work in more than one medium and it is a good way to track down some works involving the same person.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Bad Sleep Well

The latest title I have added to my recommended live action movie list is The Bad Sleep Well , one of Kurosawa's most powerful films.

I have a special liking of his films set in contemporary Japan as they have an edge of social commentary that enhances the story.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fools on the road

Many of you are familiar with Jippensha Ikku's comedic classic Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige known in the West as Shank's Mare. If not you are in for a treat if you decide to read the book.

My latest addition to my recommended title lists is a movie adaptation of, or more accurately a movie inspired by the story of two travelers on the road in Edo Period Japan. In this case there are three travelers, and that just adds to the humor.

This is Yajikita Dochu Teresuko - Hana no Oedo Ban. The main reason I bought this movie is that Yaji is played by Nakamura Kanzaburō, one of my favorite actors. This particular movie has yet to get a U.S. release but the Japanese DVD has excellent subtitles.

This funny and gentle film is a worthy addition to any serious collection of Japanese cinema.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Kabuki Revenge

Again I post a recommended live action film in my recommended title lists.

This time one that hits several buttons for me:

1. Set in the Edo Period.

2. Involves kabuki.

3. Directed by Ichikawa Kon

The film is his 1963 classic Revenge of a Kabuki Actor. This one I especially recommend as one of his best films.