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Posted 9/2/14
well i did. i bought ' the white witch' an gender swaped WW2 ace sniper, finnish.
yesaisa, hong kong.
and it got me wondering, does anyone else buy japanes manga, assuming you cant read it?
i figure me and google translate will be tight for a while...
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I don't but I might If the cover art looks better than the US/EU one. Or I might buy one if they don't release it in the UK.

But anyway why did you buy one that isn't in English? isn't that a lot of hassle having to translate it?
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My collection is pretty much entirely Japanese imports.


A number of the titles aren't/will never be licensed in English, or weren't when I started collecting. Not to mention I'm directly supporting the author with the purchase and keeping them serialized. Whereas overseas sales aren't a metric factored into their domestic rankings for the magazine, and the royalties are heavily diluted compared to a direct sale. And you never have to worry about the overseas company going bankrupt or cancelling translation of later volumes leaving it incomplete.

Even if you can't read it (I can), there is little difference between reading the scanlation and putting the original on the shelf, or reading the English one and putting it on the shelf.

Another option is to buy the ebook version of it from like Ebookjapan and using Kanjitomo OCR to translate the kanji and such for you. That's what I do to help read light novels and such.
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Posted 9/3/14

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My collection is pretty much entirely Japanese imports.


A number of the titles aren't/will never be licensed in English, or weren't when I started collecting. Not to mention I'm directly supporting the author with the purchase and keeping them serialized. Whereas overseas sales aren't a metric factored into their domestic rankings for the magazine, and the royalties are heavily diluted compared to a direct sale. And you never have to worry about the overseas company going bankrupt or cancelling translation of later volumes leaving it incomplete.

Even if you can't read it (I can), there is little difference between reading the scanlation and putting the original on the shelf, or reading the English one and putting it on the shelf.

Another option is to buy the ebook version of it from like Ebookjapan and using Kanjitomo OCR to translate the kanji and such for you. That's what I do to help read light novels and such.


That's a cool idea. I really prefer to help the artist and I understand overseas companies take a huge chunk of earnings out. Thanks for that info buddy! ^_^
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That's a cool idea. I really prefer to help the artist and I understand overseas companies take a huge chunk of earnings out. Thanks for that info buddy! ^_^


I recommend either CDjapan or Honto. CDjapan the site is in English, which can help, they charge regular list price which is good, and you can get SAL shipping. Honto the site is only in Japanese, but if you order monthly you can keep really nice discounts rolling on orders to the tune of 30% off give or take. (10x point comic sales + they offer 900pts bonus for orders $50 or more. Ends up ~1500pts earned off a 5000yen order then which is $15 off.)

Yesasia is okay, but their site search is the worst I've ever seen. The only way to find something is doing a site search of the title through Google itself. And even then, they put all the titles in romaji and frequently misspell it, so it can be hard to find things. Their prices are also quite expensive unless you get the "free shipping" but then you have to wait a month for delivery.

Amazon Japan is the worst option because they only ship EMS. The only exception is I hear manga sets count as 1 item, but I also vaguely remember hearing they may have closed that loophole as well.

Kinokuniya is an option in the US, but you need to spend $100 for free shipping, and you pay their import markup, so CDjapan or Honto direct shipping to yourself are still the cheaper options.
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Brainstamp
That's a cool idea. I really prefer to help the artist and I understand overseas companies take a huge chunk of earnings out. Thanks for that info buddy! ^_^


I recommend either CDjapan or Honto. CDjapan the site is in English, which can help, they charge regular list price which is good, and you can get SAL shipping. Honto the site is only in Japanese, but if you order monthly you can keep really nice discounts rolling on orders to the tune of 30% off give or take. (10x point comic sales + they offer 900pts bonus for orders $50 or more. Ends up ~1500pts earned off a 5000yen order then which is $15 off.)


Wowzers!!!! This is lots of golden information, I'll keep this on tab when I buy my next set of manga. I'm kind of forced to order online anyway since bookstores here carry little manga/anime selection. Maybe I'm shopping in the wrong area XD
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Wowzers!!!! This is lots of golden information, I'll keep this on tab when I buy my next set of manga. I'm kind of forced to order online anyway since bookstores here carry little manga/anime selection. Maybe I'm shopping in the wrong area XD


SAL shipping (Honto calls it Economy Air) takes about 14-21 days, but comes out to only around 225-250yen/volume if you're ordering like 9+ volumes. And Honto uses Printed Parcel SAL, which allows you to ignore the 2kg limit normally imposed on SAL small parcel pricing. Someone said since CDjapan sells a lot more than just books, their SAL shipping isn't marked as printed parcel, so you can get burned on that 2kg limit if you aren't careful. (2kg with Honto is 8-9 volumes depending on the publisher) I haven't verified that however.

My usual order is something like: 6500yen subtotal - 1500yen in points(to stay over 5000yen order) + ~2500yen shipping == ~625yen per volume all-told, assuming a mix of 400-650yen MSRP titles.

I used a scale at work and figured out a Honto SAL small parcel box+packaging is 450grams, Jump titles are 140grams, the slightly larger dimensions used by most other publishers fall in the 165gram range, and Akame ga Kill (same dimensions but 200pgs a vol instead of the usual 180pgs) weigh in at 200grams each. I haven't weighed 4koma titles, but those print in a larger format similar to American comic graphic novels, so I imagine they're in the 170-180gram range. (They tend to be only 120-140pgs)

PS: Well if you're in Cali, there should be a decent number of bookstores like Kinokuniya or Sanseido. They will special order anything you want as long as you give them the title and ISBN#. I used to do that before I started ordering from Honto. Their markup usually amounts to about the cost of SAL shipping, so if you can do instore pickup, the prices are acceptable. It's if you then want to get it shipped that you are being hit with double shipping basically.
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SAL shipping (Honto calls it Economy Air) takes about 14-21 days, but comes out to only around 225-250yen/volume if you're ordering like 9+ volumes. And Honto uses Printed Parcel SAL, which allows you to ignore the 2kg limit normally imposed on SAL small parcel pricing. Someone said since CDjapan sells a lot more than just books, their SAL shipping isn't marked as printed parcel, so you can get burned on that 2kg limit if you aren't careful. (2kg with Honto is 8-9 volumes depending on the publisher) I haven't verified that however.

My usual order is something like: 6500yen subtotal - 1500yen in points(to stay over 5000yen order) + ~2500yen shipping == ~625yen per volume all-told, assuming a mix of 400-650yen MSRP titles.

I used a scale at work and figured out a Honto SAL small parcel box+packaging is 450grams, Jump titles are 140grams, the slightly larger dimensions used by most other publishers fall in the 165gram range, and Akame ga Kill (same dimensions but 200pgs a vol instead of the usual 180pgs) weigh in at 200grams each. I haven't weighed 4koma titles, but those print in a larger format similar to American comic graphic novels, so I imagine they're in the 170-180gram range. (They tend to be only 120-140pgs)

PS: Well if you're in Cali, there should be a decent number of bookstores like Kinokuniya or Sanseido. They will special order anything you want as long as you give them the title and ISBN#. I used to do that before I started ordering from Honto. Their markup usually amounts to about the cost of SAL shipping, so if you can do instore pickup, the prices are acceptable. It's if you then want to get it shipped that you are being hit with double shipping basically.


Where do you work to know all this? Must be UPS or FedEx lol
That's still very affordable nonetheless. Considering you get a ton of stuff each time.
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It's just info I've gleaned from my own orders. They all fell within a 14-21 day window. And we have a precision scale at work, so I brought in my order one time to weigh each part so I could have a better idea of the weights when ordering again. (At least before I knew I could exceed 2kg without the price doubling)

Page counts are just something you become aware of after reading them for awhile.
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Posted 9/3/14
wow, nice to know other site! yesaisa has the crappiest site ever. i usualy have to google , the search for the japanese char to find anything..
as to why? support for the author.
and there is no way im passing up a hotter version of Simo Häyhä.
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just started collecting Japanese language manga myself. I take Japanese in school, so I can sort of read them, but not perfectly yet. There's a Kinokuniya bookstore a few hours from where I live, and they also have an online store which has a bigger selection.

I like to buy the imported manga because it's a more affordable way to support the creators than to buy imported anime. It seems to be that while Japanese DVDs are hella more expensive than in the US, Japanese manga costs half as much as the English translations.

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with shipping from china, i pay 15 shipped, while the local book store had them at 10, + tax. so 11 local vs 15 shipped. tho if i bought 4, free shipping.
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Well, I don't import manga but I do import light novels. I have most of the SAO LN. Wanting to buy the Monogatari + NGNL + Log Horizon ones too.
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I sometimes import manga if I know there's not a snowflake's chance in a fiery hell of them being legally translated into a language I can read (English or French). I can't really read them, but it kind of makes for good practice. The shipping price is usually offputting, though...

I have some volumes of the Valkyrie Profile manga and one volume of the manga adaption of The Weathering Continent in Japanese. Finding The Weathering Continent as a manga was kind of a happy accident, because I had only ever found information on the original light novels before. I didn't know there was a manga adaption. I've tried looking up info on it afterwards for years, to see if there were any more volumes, but no luck. With the manga, I kind of stand a bit more of a chance of understanding the story...

@Maea2016
Wow, that's some seriously detailed information. I used to buy my imports mostly off of eBay for a while, because I'd found a seller who had a very good shipping discount. Also, buying them used sometimes discounted the price a little further... I could take a scratch or dent on the cover if the insides were intact. It doesn't seem like quite as good a deal now, though, and it's too much work, haha...
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I couldn't imagine buying something I can't read, no matter how much I want to support them.


I also wouldn't buy imports whether I can read them or not, to go read it online somewhere, seems to defeat the purpose to me...


I will just continue buying my physical copies that come out in English that I enjoy, while keeping up with the few series here on CR and a few elsewhere that I am actually actively keeping up with.


Now of course I do plan to eventually start learning Japanese, when I start doing that, then MAYBE I might. It'd make for good practice at least.
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