Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Right Stuf is having a sale on Yen Press titles

The Right Stuf  is having a sale on Yen Press titles, this sale ends on May 1st.

Included are items that are pre-order, in stock or our of stock.

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scrambled Recommendations

I have added a three film science fiction anime feature series and the three novels it was based on to my recommended titles listings.

These are for the Mardock Scramble novels, released in English as one large volume, and the three animated features of the same name.

An interesting read and viewing, plus Hayashibara Megumi does a great playing the main role in the anime. I hope folks will find these interesting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I have added another recommended title to my live action movie recommendation lists. This one is Dora-Heita, directed by Ichikawa Kon. If you are looking for a fun character driven film set in the Edo Period this is a good choice.

Still not convinced? Check out who co-wrote the screenplay: Ichikawa Kon, Kinoshita Keisuke, Kobayashi Masaki, Kurosawa Akira.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Japanese Animation Guide: The History of Robot Anime

Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs has published a report on super robots written by nime critic Ryusuke Hikawa. An English translation was done by Matt Alt.

The original and translation are available at:

I've downloaded it an put it on my iPad for commute reading.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Scoundrel of a Barber

I have just added a new title to my recommended live action movie page. This one a recording of a kabuki play Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachijō - Kamiyui Shinza.

Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, one of my favorite actors in kabuki and movies, is so good as the villainous main character that you want to grab the nearest stick and smash him on the head with it. The play was written by Kawatake Mokuami  who also scripted the masterpiece Shiranami Gonin Otoko 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mizuki x 4

I have added four manga by Mizuki Shigeru to my recommended manga page.

These are:
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

Planes of The Wind Rises

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.

Caproni Ca.60.

Caproni Ca.90.

Junkers G.38.