Purchases during March 2015

Everything ordered in February has arrived, as did OreTwi volume 3. PSYREN volume 11 was classed as lost in the post. I asked for a replacement but haven’t heard anything since. I’ll just ask for a refund if I don’t et anything over the next week or so.
Everything from this month except the preordered yuuki yuuna volume arrived as well, incidentally, although one order only came today.

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Purchases during February 2015

A rather one-sided month, this. As you can probably see. February is not a purchasing month*, which means that unless something comes out that I really want to buy, I won’t go out of my way to buy any English language releases. Still, they’re not usually quite this one-sided.

Everything ordered in January has arrived, apart from Psyren volume 11 (which I will probably try chasing up on soon) and OreTwi volume 3 (which I wouldn’t have expected to receive yet as it only came out on Wednesday).

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Purchases during January 2015

I decided that rather than doing a blog post every time I bought something, it would be better to do a regular post every month listing the things I bought during that month. Note that this is “bought” rather than “arrived”. Some of these items haven’t been released yet, let alone come through the post box. A big month such as this one is a good one to start with – most months won’t have anywhere near this much.

Note also that on this occasion only this blog post overlaps with an earlier blog post.

Items that are struckthrough are items that have been removed from the order due to being unavailable. Items that I cancel myself are not included.

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Inou Twintail wa Yuusha de Aru

No it isn’t some weird new series (I wonder what such a series would be like) but a Japan manga and light novel order (from honto.jp) placed on 6th January 2015.

First Japanese order of the new year. A lot of this order is not immediately available… I wonder how much of it won’t end up getting shipped. Whatever doesn’t will just get placed in the next order. Not quite balanced between Light novels and manga this time, unlike usual.

Light novels:
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 2-9
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu 8
Washio Sumi wa Yuusha de Aru
Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai 4

Nukoduke! 3
Zettai Reiiki 8-9 END (*sniffle*)
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii 3
Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai 25-26 END
Morita-san wa Mukuchi 9
Aizawa-san Zoushoku 1
Sakura Trick 3

Manga and Light Novel order from Japan (honto.jp) – 10th December 2014

Last order of the year. Everything should ship within 3 days, but I still don’t expect to actually receive this until probably the first week of 2015, what with the Christmas period making postal deliveries slower. Unfortunately, the latest volume of Nukoduke! is currently OOS so that will have to wait until next time. Everything else I tried was in stock, though, and I managed to fill in a few awkward gaps in my collection.

Light novels:
Aoi Haruno Subete 2
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora 3-4
Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 1
Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu 1-3
Rokujouma no Shinryakusha!? 4
Strike the Blood 3
Tsurugi no Joou to Rakuin no Ko 3

Hanayamata 4
Isshuukan Friends 1-2
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku 4-5 END
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei 4
Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku 1
Teekyuu 3
Yama no Susume 6
Zettai Reiiki 7

Total cost = 9227 yen (£49.34) plus shipping for 20 books.
Admittedly that does include over 2000 yen saved in points used. I should get about 800 more from this order.

100% foolproof way to make me import an anime from Japan

Here is a simple, five-step guide for any anime production committee on a way to be 100% confident of getting me to import your anime:

Step 1 – Pick your series to adapt so that it is one that I already know about, have looked into in depth/read and either love or have right at the top of my plan-to-get list.

Step 2 – Make sure the anime does the series full justice and presents it in such a way as to make it by far my favourite anime of the season. If you have done step 1 and the series is as good as I expect it to be then this shouldn’t be too hard. Even if creating an anime with the god-tier artwork that the original illustrations have is impossible.

Step 3 – Pick a season to air the anime when there’s no other anime that I’m importing.

Step 4 – Have the packaging artwork done by the series’ original illustrator.

Step 5 – Include an original story written by the original creator as a bonus for the anime release.

Follow these five simple steps and you can guarantee that I’ll be buying your anime.

And, as such, I have just preordered volume Tail 1 of Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu.