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Do you import merchandise from Japan?
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Posted 7/15/12
I buy official U.S. DVD or BR releases of series I like (plus a few blind buys occasionally; e.g. Madoka Magica), but all the figures are imports (most directly from Japan, though a few through U.S.-based retailers). I've also bought some guidebooks and artbooks, which are also all from Japan (though most of these I've gotten from the Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco, with a few mail-ordered from Japan). For figures, I tell myself "this will be the last one," but it never is...
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Oh yeah. My account at CDJapan has seen activity (though not as much recently with the poor yen > dollar exchange rate), and I lament the loss of JPQueen. Plus, there are imports I buy at cons... and again, I miss Kino... man, why do all my preferred importers close shop?
Posted 7/16/12
I'm poor. so no.
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Posted 7/16/12
yup~ dvds, posters, figures, toys, food~ all kinds of god stuff~

if there was a store in my town that sold these kinds of imports i would just go pick it up there but sadly there is not, so thank god for ordering online~
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Posted 7/16/12 , edited 7/16/12
I used buy anime discs, art books, and stuffs from all over the place. Now I'm more interested getting the best deal.

I used to buy region 2 anime DVD's from CD Japan, but I dropped CD Japan when I discovered far better price and quantity on Amazon Japan. I still buy limited edition Japanese BD/DVD's of favorite titles because US version doesn't offer anything good worth owning. Japanese folks sell used copies at good condition and great price, so I use proxy service to get the ones I want with cheapest shipping. I have very few US anime titles, but I only look out ones with great aesthetic value.

I don't buy figurines because they take up too much space.

I'm a serious Japanese art book collector, so I used to buy a lot from Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco. Now I use Amazon Japan for books. Some of the art books are limited to 5,000 copies. I use Brodart book covers to keep my books pristine as possible.
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Posted 7/16/12 , edited 7/16/12
I import doujinshi, rare manga, special character/series item(example todoro blanket), Art books, and figure. I also import some anime that you can't get here or never will come over.

Once Blue moon get CD and usually their drama CD

I forgot to add I have import some ps2 and computer game, I sure if I own ps3 I be importing more games.

If I had money I buy eureka seven blu-ray collector edition,

I like the quality and goodie that japanese dvd get. It make American counter part look like cheap shit.
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Posted 7/16/12
I basically get only CDs imported from Japan, although I have started to find some of them online through different vendors. I have been to Japan though and am planning to go back, so I more or less made/make a wish list and bring an empty suitcase,
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I've imported some merchandise, mostly through J-list and PlayAsia. Specifically, a few CDs (mostly Utawarerumono theme singles, but I've also purchased the full Heroman soundtrack), a figure and some manga, a special edition of NewType, and several iTunes Japan cards (though I'm not sure if that last one really qualifies for merchandise).
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Posted 7/16/12
I LOVE importing Japanese anime and gaming soundtracks.
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Posted 7/16/12 , edited 7/16/12

RickyFromVegas wrote:

Only Anime Merch I buy are Figures and Plushes.
As for buying anime, I don't need to since CR is an amazing way to stream anime. Disc media from Japan is overpriced compared to American media.

Figures aren't cheap either for us, but those are things you can't get anywhere else, so what can you do but treat it as luxury items?


You're making unfair comparison on Japanese DVD's versus figurines. American DVD's are dirt cheap because they're produced 10 times more than Japanese counterpart. A typical DVD title is printed at least 100,000 copies from Mexico versus 5,000~10,000 copies of anime printed in Japan.

Those PVC figurines that you consider as luxury item? They're all made in China. They're over $60 because quantity is limited and if it was mass produced in Japan, the price is likely to be 4 times more.



SamMan wrote:

I import doujinshi, rare manga, special character/series item(example todoro blanket), Art books, and figure. I also import some anime that you can't get here or never will come over.

Once Blue moon get CD and usually their drama CD

I forgot to add I have import some ps2 and computer game, I sure if I own ps3 I be importing more games.

If I had money I buy eureka seven blu-ray collector edition,

I like the quality and goodie that japanese dvd get. It make American counter part look like cheap shit.


It's good to know someone with the same taste as mine. Eureka 7 BD box is really nice although I don't own it.. Their graphic design really kick ass. Even the Japanese graphic design magazine, IDEA, featured the BD box package and graphic design.
I don't want to buy most US version because they're just discs in regular boring plastic DVD case without nice stuffs. I've bought NIS limited edition DVD's because they do nice job with packaging.

Drama CD's are awesome too. One thing that US anime industry lacks is audio drama voiced by American voice actors. We all know that there are tons of voice actor fans, but no one is doing a thing.



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Posted 7/16/12
lol the ones from Japan are worth collecting (but hella expensive)
Sentai and Funi are like stripped down (not really a collectible)
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Posted 7/20/12

bhl88 wrote:

lol the ones from Japan are worth collecting (but hella expensive)
Sentai and Funi are like stripped down (not really a collectible)


Oh definitely.
Sentai and Funi are not for collector's market. I do admit that they do have certain advantage of low cost, occasional dubs, and video extras though. To me, their packaging seems to devalue the overall value of anime.

I do miss the time when Japanese imports are little cheaper. Right now, strong Yen value is making it difficult to buy their nice stuffs. No one wants to import an item for $200 when it's sold in Japan for $100.


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yuma1234 wrote:
You're making unfair comparison on Japanese DVD's versus figurines. American DVD's are dirt cheap because they're produced 10 times more than Japanese counterpart. A typical DVD title is printed at least 100,000 copies from Mexico versus 5,000~10,000 copies of anime printed in Japan.


Wait, what?? It is true that the US economics of scale are larger, but they're nowhere near those numbers. Most series in Japan do not sell 5000 copies per volume. (Sad, but true.) The Japanese companies know this, and print accordingly based on preorder numbers. Nowadays, 5000 is a decent size print run in the US also, though there are still some series that do not reach these numbers. Even during the bubble for anime, LE releases would be in the 10,000-15,000 range, with singles also matching these numbers. So... 30,000 for a decent title. Maybe a huge blockbuster or 2 would hit the 100K level, but that's never been the standard for any anime print run.
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10,000 means success. 3000-4000 is the line of zero. 50000+ means the anime is a great otaku title (Glibhi sells for 100,000 copies).
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Posted 7/20/12

dunno001 wrote:


yuma1234 wrote:
You're making unfair comparison on Japanese DVD's versus figurines. American DVD's are dirt cheap because they're produced 10 times more than Japanese counterpart. A typical DVD title is printed at least 100,000 copies from Mexico versus 5,000~10,000 copies of anime printed in Japan.


Wait, what?? It is true that the US economics of scale are larger, but they're nowhere near those numbers. Most series in Japan do not sell 5000 copies per volume. (Sad, but true.) The Japanese companies know this, and print accordingly based on preorder numbers. Nowadays, 5000 is a decent size print run in the US also, though there are still some series that do not reach these numbers. Even during the bubble for anime, LE releases would be in the 10,000-15,000 range, with singles also matching these numbers. So... 30,000 for a decent title. Maybe a huge blockbuster or 2 would hit the 100K level, but that's never been the standard for any anime print run.


Sorry to confuse you. I was making comparison with typical Hollywood movie/TV DVD releases with anime DVDs in Japan.

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