Buying japanese anime videogames online
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Hay well I know this is a videogame question but I thought it would be better if I asked this here. I'm trying to figure out websites where I can buy Japanese videogames about anime. I'm looking for games like Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Happy End that's really the only one I can think of but if you know a website where you can order them from Japan that would be great.


Oh and please no websites like eBay
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Hey there! Could you let me know for which platform? PC or Console? I'll toss this into PC for now, but if you want it moved to console please let me know Anime forum is more for anime though ^_^
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Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Happy End is a PS3 game, MikiSayaka.

If you're confident enough in your Japanese to make an order yourself, you can use a forwarding service. How it works... well crap, it's late and I want sleep. It's time for some copy-paste.

Most these places have an online site. Use the internet and you'll probably be able to find directions to physical locations, or their online shop.

(*) Retailers marked with a star have been personally tried and found reliable by at least one person on this forum (price notwithstanding). Keep in mind, this is word of mouth, and your mileage may vary.

Online import retailers (will ship internationally)
www.amiami.com (*) - Based in Japan, ships internationally.
www.play-asia.com (*) - Most everything gaming related, not really for doujin stuff.
www.yesasia.com
www.cdjapan.co.jp (*)
www.paletweb.com (*) - Doujin stuff (especially doujin games, and everything Touhou), a few vintage games
www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Certain items only (CDs, manga, light novels), and only if stocked in an official Amazon warehouse. Compulsory 2/3-day FedEx international shipping, requires signature.
Mandarake's Online Store (http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/) (*) - Mostly doujinshi.
www.bk1.jp (*)
www.hmv.co.jp (*) - EMS only, Lawson apparently uses it for their promos (like first run bonus goods).
www.hlj.com (*)
www.hobbymoe.com (*)
www.kinokuniya.com (*) - Still must be searched using Japanese.
White Canvas (www.w-canvas.com) (*) - Doujin stuff. Japanese site, will ship internationally. Click for ordering procedures.
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books, but not all items can be sent overseas.

Ordering stuff from a Japanese website that does not ship internationally: You can do this, but it requires, if not a friend or family member, a deputy/proxy service, or a mail forwarding service. A deputy service (as I understand it), may attempt to communicate on your behalf to get you the item you want. A mail forwarding service leaves that up to you. Either way, both involve mailing a package to the service, which will then mail it to you.

Deputy services
Celga (*)
Goody Japan (*)

Mail Forwarding services
JShoppers (*) - 5% discount EMS

Stores found everywhere in Japan (some have online stores): arranged by major item
Anime Fandom (Mainstream): Gamers, Animate
Anime Fandom (Used): Mandarake
Card Games: Hobby Station
Doujin: Lashinbang, D-Stage, White Canvas, Messe-Sanno, Toranoana, Melon Books, Akibaoo
Figures: Liberty, Kotobukiya, Sofmap, Mandarake
Games (New): Sofmap, Gamers, Mag-Mani
Games (Used): Trader, Sofmap
Games (Retro, Vintage): Super Potato
Manga/Magazines (New/Used): Book-Off, K-Books, Super Potato, Mag-Mani, Comic Zin

Japan-only online retailers (will not ship outside of Japan, not listed above, use with deputy services)
http://www.amazon.co.jp (*) - Some items can't be shipped outside of Japan.
http://www.suruga-ya.jp (*) - Bunches of used games, and others.
Alice Books (alice-books.com) - Doujin books. Don't know if they specifically check for forwarding services, but you can try.

Original post: http://forum.project-imas.com/index.php/topic,1108.0.html

I personally use JShoppers as a forwarding service. They've been really great for me so far, and assuming that I pay for everything the moment they say it's ready, stuff usually gets to me no later than a week and a half after ordering from Japan.
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MikiSayaka wrote:



Hey there! Could you let me know for which platform? PC or Console? I'll toss this into PC for now, but if you want it moved to console please let me know Anime forum is more for anime though ^_^



It's for console and being more Specific it's for ps 3
Posted 12/13/13

Cosmicaliens wrote:


MikiSayaka wrote:



Hey there! Could you let me know for which platform? PC or Console? I'll toss this into PC for now, but if you want it moved to console please let me know Anime forum is more for anime though ^_^



It's for console and being more Specific it's for ps 3


Amazon ships to only Japan lie 99% of the time, use Play-asia


Also I Don't know why "no ebay?"

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-LIMITED-EDITION-Ore-no-Imouto-Happy-End-PS3-Japanese-Playstation-3-LE-OreImo-/141123795903?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item20dba23bbf
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Kk, moved it for ya! I think this thread can be helpful to tons of people, so I'm not gonna be closing it despite the wording.
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I usually buy from amazon.com or cdjapan and play-asia.com...

I just don't like both cdjapan and play-asia because of the money conversion. since Yen and dollars differ day by day, usually the charges change most of the time, which annoys me.. Oh, and also, the import tax gets me all the time... my calculations are always wrong because of the tax...

Try looking for a local online store that you can trust if you can, it's much easier
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Pretty much what everybody else is saying. Play-asia.com is the best site for videogame imports. Just research your games, because japanese games can get kinda weird. lol. Just sayin.
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