Monday, November 18, 2013
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.
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.
That I do is keep a list of items I want in the "Saved Items" part of my shopping cart.
The sales usually include pre-orders for items that have yet to be released.
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.
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, September 21, 2013
I hope folks find it useful.
Deserved thanks go to those who made suggestions.
This page was promised some months ago when I did my Navigating Tokyo presentation at FanimeCon2013.
Additional suggestions corrections etc are most welcome.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Here is what I wrote on the recommended page:
McLelland, Mark J.
Love, Sex, and Democracy in Japan during the American Occupation
The post WWII Allied Occupation of Japan is often blamed for modern censorship in Japan. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the publications of that time would have been illegal in the US until the later 1960s and even 1970s. McLelland provides us with a great study of how the Japanese redefined gender relations and sex in the post war period after over 15 years of increasing censorship and suppression under the wartime government.
Monday, July 1, 2013
- Kids on the Slope
When I sat down to watch Kids on the Slope last week I had my dinner and planned to only view the first episode. After the eighth episode I decided it was time to get to bed. This is an interesting drama about three high school students and set in Kyushu. You really don't know when as the show starts but there are clues set throughout the series, things that are there and things that are not there. For Japanese some of these would be obvious but for non-Japanese they are not, eventually you see a calendar. Don't worry too much about the time period, just enjoy the series and the great music.
- Samurai Champloo
When I first heard of Samurai Champloo being a samurai story mixed with hip hop my first thought was "What a stupid idea." However presentation and story quality are separate from that basic idea. An associate dropped by at one of my potlucks with the first DVD and insisted we watch it. After the first episode I said "I'M BUYING THIS SERIES."
OK that does it. From now on if Watanabe Shinichiro is directing something I am buying it.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
The manga is Anno Moyoko's Sakuran which is available in translation from Vertical Inc.
The movie of Sakuran stars Tsuchiya Anna, while not available in a U.S. release the Japanese blu-ray disc has excellent subtitles.
The story is set in Edo Period, specifically in Edo's Yoshiwara district and tells the tale of a young woman who starts out as a girl serving an oiran, the highest rank a prostitute could attain in Edo, to becoming an oiran herself without losing her rebellious spirit, in fact that spirit contributes to her popularity.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have just added three mysteries plus two manga, however one manga is an adaptation of one of the mysteries. I hope these provide interesting entertainment for readers.
- Strange Tale of Panorama Island [novel]
- Strange Tale of Panorama Island [manga]
- Pro Bono (novel)
- Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin (Manga)
- The Inugami Clan (Novel)