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So what did you import in April 2014?

April 2014 Imports
BDs
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren, Vol. 2
Log Horizon, Vol. 4
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Hangyaku no Monogatari
Non Non Biyori, Vol. 5
Saki Zenkoku-hen, Vol. 2
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2 (#2)
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2 (#3)
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2 (#4)
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2 (#5)
Sakura Trick, Vol. 2 (#6)
Yozakura Quartet Hana no Uta, Vol. 5

Music CDs
Akuma no Riddle – Soushou Innocence OP Single
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie Part 3: Colorful OP Single
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie Part 3: Kimi no Gin no Niwa ED Single
Sakura Trick – Sakura Song 1 (Haruka and Yuu) (#2)
Sakura Trick – Sakura Song Album
Super Sonico – Heartmark OP
Vocaloid – EZFG – Cyber Thunder Cider
Vocaloid – SmileR – Melody Line

Print
Akuma no Riddle, Vol. 1
Citrus, Vol. 2
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, Vol. 1
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, Vol. 2
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?, Vol. 3
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Anthology
Hirari, Vol. 1
Hirari, Vol. 2
Hirari, Vol. 3
Hirari, Vol. 4
Hirari, Vol. 5
Hirari, Vol. 6
Hirari, Vol. 7
Hirari, Vol. 8
Hirari, Vol. 9
Hirari, Vol. 10
Hirari, Vol. 11
Hirari, Vol. 12
Hirari, Vol. 13
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, Vol. 1
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, Vol. 2
Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san, Vol. 3
Saki, Vol. 1
Saki, Vol. 2
Saki, Vol. 3
Saki, Vol. 4
Saki, Vol. 5
Saki, Vol. 6
Saki, Vol. 7
Saki, Vol. 8
Saki, Vol. 9
Saki, Vol. 10
Saki, Vol. 11
Saki, Vol. 12
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 1
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 2
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 3
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 4
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 5
Saki Achiga-hen, Vol. 6
Saki Biyori, Vol. 1
Saki Biyori, Vol. 2
Saki Biyori, Vol. 3
Saki Shinohayu, Vol. 1
Sakura Trick Guidebook

Shinkai Shoujo Miku DELAYED AGAIN ARE YOU SERIOUS. I’m never getting that figure at this rate.

Lots of Saki manga this month! As in all of it. I also bought the whole run of the yuri manga magazine, Hirari. Getting my Spring anime manga orders in for AnR, Gochiusa and Inuneko.

24 Responses to “Imports, 2014 April”

  1. Avatar hpulley says:

    I requested it so I guess I better use it!

    CDs

    LoveLive! School Idol Project u’s Memorial BOX II Solo live! Collection, 9 CDs (over 9 hours!) in a beautiful box
    Sukitte, Mimori Suzuko +music video BD +photo book +novel

    Print

    Kotoura-san 6
    Nozoki Ana Full Color 12

    Owarimonogatari Ge (last part) into here? It’s here!!! And it’s…. what I’ve been waiting for, amazing!!!!! 3 chapters, 3 heroines… I cannot wait for this to be animated!

    April 16th… Got Sakura Trick v2 today! The manga pack-on is simple, all pink with not much of a cover. Still cute but… a small bonus on the scale of bonus manga volumes. Shizuku and Kotone on the cover of the digipack slip cover plus a nice booklet.

    And I got the Sakura Saku Song Album which is great. I mostly wanted it for the Sakura Sweet Kiss song they used as an ED for one episode.

    Best yet on the Sakura Trick front, I got the CDJapan bonus with the song album which is a Tachi poster they called it. In fact it is a 25cm-ish wide 100cm long or so 4-koma strip! It is Shizuku and Kotone in a photo booth, so pleased with this! I thought I’d missed the bonus because I forgot to pre-order it early; CDJapan listed it as sold out and I was even thinking about skipping this CD since it is mostly just remixes of Won(*3*)Chu KissMe! and Kiss(and)Love but then I looked again and noticed it no longer said sold out. Did some people cancel their orders? Anyway, I ordered right away when I saw that. I wasn’t sure if I’d get the bonus or if the web site was just wrong (always subject to change of course) so I was really happy when I ripped open the box like Xmas morning and saw a poster tube in there. So pleased! I need to make a Sakura Trick shrine and this shall be above the altar… yes, I’m crazy… really crazy about this manga and anime!

    Also got the latest print volumes of Mondaiji-tachi (Usagi goes to Purgatory), Chihayafuru and Bambi & Dhole.

    • Avatar hpulley says:

      And I meant to add, Sakura Trick v2 includes a non-credit OP! I wasn’t expecting that!

      And Sakura Trick 2, the live action segment was much more fun this time. I was going to skip it but I started watching it and it was the Sakura Festival in Shizuoka which was much more fun that the martial arts stuff in Tokyo. Girls sharing Sakura Beer, feeding each other soft serve ice cream sharing one cone, lots of ahn… Still not a super bonus but fun.

      Episodes 3 and 4 themselves were just wonderful of course. So rewatchable and re-listenable this series! Just like volume 1, the sound is 96KHz 24-bit stereo, 4.6Mbps so it sounds great. The non-credit OP is also that sound quality. Oh and the commentary audio track with Mai and Megumi is good but not as good as the first one with Yuka and Haruka.

      • Avatar hpulley says:

        Final manga volume of Rozen Maiden, #10 arrived yesterday along with the first novel volume. Will see if it is worth continuing though it is nice, like Chihayafuru they matched the form factor of the manga for the novel, it is NOT in bunko format.

        Also the latest Oregairu novel, #9 with the announcement of the second season.

        And the May issue of Earth Star, chock full of great stuff though it has become more graphic than it used to be.

        • Avatar hpulley says:

          Onimonogatari v1 (Monogatari SS v7), Non Non Biyori v5, UMD v5, WA2 v5, NouCome v5, all Blurays are here!

          White Lies is good! And the “Araragi’s Absent” cast talk with 4 of the girls and no Koyomi is very funny.

          NNB v5 cover and booklet are gorgeous.

          Will watch them all tonight hopefully, yes ten episodes! I shall try…

          • Avatar hpulley says:

            They put the Non Non Dayori! Radio show first on the bonus CD and it is really good! Renge’s song is cute too but more comedy / cute than something I’ll listen to for musical enjoyment. So the whole thing is more of a comedy disc this time.

          • Avatar hpulley says:

            Today’s April imports…

            Robico’s Artbook is freaking gorgeous! It was delayed and then the price went up so I admit I did think about cancelling it but I am so glad I didn’t! For 2500 yen it is 152 pages, 30cm lengthwise and full color! Absolutely gorgeous! I pad 2300 yen for a softcover one from Kanae Hazuki and while I love that one too, it’s softcover and man fewer pages so for 200 yen less it really isn’t a deal. Mostly TnKk stuff but also some early work. Did I say it was freaking gorgeous??? It is!!!

            Not surprising really and no details yet but the inner back portion of the big obi says perhaps the best news there, new Robico story starting in the fall in Dessert magazine! Oh man, she’s going to make me buy that magazine again…

            Also got Iori’s DARAKENA and the 6th volume of Ran to Haiiro no Sekai which looks really good.

            • Avatar hpulley says:

              Oh and somehow I forgot to say but perhaps you could infer that the Robico Artbook is Hardcover! Hardcover! Love it!

  2. Avatar Nico says:

    I posted all my April stuff in the March thread but I guess I can copy everything there!

    April:

    BD:

    AnoHana Movie LE
    THE IDOLM@STER vol. 2
    Sakura Trick vol. 1
    Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren vol. 1
    Little Busters! ~Refrain~ vol. 3
    Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta vol. 4
    Log Horizon vol. 3
    WHITE ALBUM2 vol. 4
    Nagi no Asukara vol. 3
    HenNeko vol. 2
    Non Non Biyori vol. 1
    Madoka Movie III: Hangyaku no Monogatari LE
    Silver Spoon vols. 2-6
    JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken vols. 1-9
    Dog Days’ vols. 1-6
    Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi vols. 3-5

    I also bought Madoka Movie III: Hangyaku no Monogatari LE from Aniplex+. It came with a clear file folder and a bonus box to hold the two movie sets.

    Unboxing!

    http://sk8tokyo.com/shmup/images/shifty/04.JPG
    http://sk8tokyo.com/shmup/images/shifty/05.JPG
    http://sk8tokyo.com/shmup/images/shifty/06.JPG
    http://sk8tokyo.com/shmup/images/shifty/07.JPG

  3. Avatar Siliziumleben says:

    Blu Ray:
    Mushishi TV Special
    Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road
    Samurai Flamenco Vol. 4 & 5
    4 Volumes of Shinsekai Yori (I don’t know which Volumes amazon shipped)
    Madoka Movie 3 (aniplex+ Edition)
    Nobunagun Box 1
    SAO Extra Edition LE
    Kill la Kill Vol.4
    Space Dandy Vol.1
    Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil Vol.1
    Gundam Seed Destiny HD Remaster Vol.4 LE

  4. Avatar Progeusz says:

    I supported the idea so I better participate as well!

    “Happy importing!!”
    I’m incredibly happy, hpulley!

    My very first import (order placed on March 31st, arrived on April 4th) consisted of:
    Madoka Rebellion Limited Edition – I wanted to start off with some BD and what’s a better choice than something which completely amazed me even in a camprip form? And to top it off is a sequel of my favorite TV show?
    To LOVE-Ru Darkness manga volumes 1-9 (set) – I worship Yabuki. This manga is truly a work of God. No other artist can draw girls (and avoid censorship) as well as him. What’s more, they’re all great, Mikan and Momo are easily among my very top. Darkness even has some nice plot (thank you Hasemi) so the manga is even more super interesting to read.
    Sakura Trick manga volumes 1-4 (1-3 set + 4) – what’s there to say? It’s yuri. Real yuri, not some subtext. Positive yuri. The thing I was waiting for. For years.
    I was so ecstatic when this order arrived!
    I confirmed that Rebellion is the best anime movie I have ever seen, TLR Darkness has gorgeous art and Sakura Trick is great with bigger format!

    “And enjoy never having money again!”
    Haha, your words are so true it hurts (my wallet), jmal!

    This time I decided to order:
    ef – a tale of memories BD v1 – I absolutely love the series and first BD was just ¥4,647 (43% drop), I couldn’t ignore such a bargain! I was watching it over last few weeks and right when I decided that if price remains below 5k I’m going to buy it, it dropped 2% more! And it was definitely a good decision as just after I placed my order, the price skyrocketed to 6,845 (just a 16% discount instead of 43% I got) – I think it’s an automatic mechanism at amazon? I wanted to purchase v2 and v3 too but decided to wait and see if they drop in the future, hopefully below 6k (both are ~6,8k right now).
    To LOVE-Ru Darkness artbook Venus – it was out of stock when I was placing my first order and in general it seems to have some stock issues (8 -> 6 -> … -> 1 -> 0 -> 3 -> 2 -> …) so I decided to wait till next time. Now it’s simply in stock so I got it as well to spread the shipping cost (1k) and be able to tell myself I’m “saving up” by adding ¥3k product with additional 0.5k for being a book.
    To LOVE-Ru Darkness manga volume 10 – I’m not sure why I didn’t order it last time
    Saki manga volumes 1-12 (set) – ¥7k for manga. I don’t even want to think about planned Berserk in the future. Anyway, I found myself liking this series more and more with every new season, year, volume, chapter, month, episode, week, day… Two re-watches so far, one re-read, Achiga read and watched, Biyori and Shinohayu reading, gotta show my love to Ritz-sensei.
    Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan manga – I read it ~6 years ago and remember it was a wonderful story, definitely something I’d like to own.

    I thought my previous order was ridiculous for me but this one turned out to be ¥344 bigger… so yeah, I’m eagerly awaiting the package!

    • Avatar hpulley says:

      Glad you’re enjoying it!

      I got ef – tale of memories, one of my favorite ever, on DVD. Always wondered if I should re-buy it on Bluray… really should have but never got around to it.

  5. Avatar Nico says:

    Progeusz: There’s a BD box out as well just in case you didn’t know!

  6. Avatar Nico says:

    And yeah, Amazon usually mark up items when the stock is low.

    • Avatar Progeusz says:

      Don’t worry, I checked out everything related to memories over past few weeks. BD Box, even after 15% discount, is still more expensive than full price BDs v1-3. I got v1 with 43% discount. v2 and v3 have 16% but I hope they’ll drop more in the future, I can wait.

      This beautiful thing is pretty interesting case of amazon’s fluctuating price:
      http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798606251/
      Its price was slowly dropping for weeks, to the point of 2.7k but then (near the end of March) started slowly rising again and now it’s at ¥7,714. What’s special about this figure is that it’s treated as bonus to the magazine so it can be shipped overseas.

  7. something something says:

    Amazon Japan is currently in the middle of a pretty big fuckup in their billing dept.

    They’re not supposed to charge Japanese consumption tax to international customers. When they accidentally do, they’ll refund you the overcharged amount. So far so good.

    The issue? They seem to be processing refunds over and over and over. Since April 18, I’ve received 10 refunds on my credit card: 2 x $1 and 8 x $11 for about $90 total. Lucky them they did it on my small orders! If they refunded 8% on a $1k order with 20+ items, I’d be making money to buy anime!

    I’d wondered why I was getting so many emails about refunds for the same order, each mentioning a different item. I thought it was their email system glitching. But now we know why!

    I’ve confirmed it’s not just me, this was actually pointed out to me by Damius first, and he’s been credited too.

    I have no idea if Amazon can go pull this money back. it’s already credited to my card, and since I do weekly credit card payments, I’ve already made a payment that takes the refunds into account. No idea what the law says on this, but someone at Amazon has a huge headache to sort out right now.

    Warning: I do not recommend anyone try to “game the system”! There is no way to reliably predict which orders will trigger a refund, for how much, how many times. Hitting the threshold where Amazon is paying you would be pretty hard. And if they can reverse the refund transactions you’d be paying the full price.

    And besides, while I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for global megacorporations, it’s just kinda not a cool thing to do. I’m not going to go out of my way to say “Please take the money back, Amazon!” (that’s their job) but I’m not going to intentionally screw them either. Last thing we need is to give Amazon a reason to stop shipping anime to int’l customers, forcing us to fall back on significantly more expensive alternatives. …Even if it is fun to joke about essentially forcing Jeff Bezos to fund a second season of Sakura Trick by buying thousands upon thousands of copies and getting all the money back in refunds!

    (Ok it actually wouldn’t work because you’re limited to 3 copies per order, and the only way to “break even” is to make large orders.)

    • Avatar hpulley says:

      Yes, and for Canadians this ALSO means that DHL is still sending out envelopes to collect taxes and duties at source plus the $10 processing fee, plus tax on THAT fee since the taxes Amazon was supposed to collect at source are all being refunded. So I am still not using Amazon. Fedex continues to be the only sane way for me to ship stuff from Japan. When I get billed, they bill the fees directly to my card ONCE and don’t charge me handling fees or taxes on them. This is the only way I can do this as EMS turns into the Canada Post which is slower and also charges a handling fee to collect any taxes.

      So while I would love to get the Amazon discount again, I still can’t trust their logistics at the moment with Amazon Global SNAFU shipping. Since I’m not even buying that many Blurays going forward it isn’t as much of an issue anyway. Buying just 2 series per season lately (Sakura Trick and WUG now, LoveLive!2 and Gochiusa in spring, shorts don’t count) the loss of the discount doesn’t hurt nearly as much as it would have in 2012/13…

    • Avatar Siliziumleben says:

      Yeah, same “problem” here. As of now they refunded me over 11000 Yen.
      And it seems like they tend to split orders more often. I pre-ordered several articles and on some they stated that they will tell me a delivery date later and that they will send it separately. I have a shipment which they splitted in three shipments. And two of the three shipments include only one item with their release dates only a couple of days apart.

      Further amazon.co.jp calculates the import fee deposit wrong, at least for Germany. At the moment I pay around half of what I usually would have to pay.
      I made two orders on the same day in December. One was calculated correctly, the other one wasn’t. All of my orders from 2014 are calculated wrong.
      But I already received 4 orders with the wrong import fee deposit and DHL did not want additional money. Never imported that cheap, hopefully the german customs authority will not bitch about that in the future.

      • something something says:

        I’ve definitely noticed an increase in the splits. I’m up to 12 April shipments I’ve got tracking numbers for, I think, although that is across about 4-5 orders rather one one big one.

        They still managed to sit on Madoka Hangyaku BD for nearly 4 weeks after release though…

  8. Avatar Progeusz says:

    I wonder why is it taking them so long. I placed my order on Thursday (Japanese Friday), this time properly payed instantly. It was “shipped” on Saturday but only left the Japan on Tuesday evening. I though they were working 24/7. Is it because of Golden Week? I guess they printed the waybill on Saturday but actually sent the order on Monday? When trying to track the package nothing would show up until Monday afternoon, that wasn’t the case with my previous order where I could keep track of package real-time since it was shipped. I thought it would arrive on Tuesday/Wednesday… And we have public holiday on May 1st so I’ll probably get it the day after tomorrow. My timing sucks so far. But well, Friday should be a happy day, Madoka movies marathon with friends incoming.

    • Avatar Progeusz says:

      It finally arrived today!
      Whole order: http://i5.minus.com/ib0Gqsr8UFqNld.jpg
      So yeah, Darkness manga is finally completed. Watashitachi is an old-time favorite. ef – the road begins. Saki – I wanted to show how much I love you(r works), Ritz-sensei!
      Venus – the art is truly Godly. Only Yabuki can draw girls this well. This is genius: http://i.minus.com/ib06xuM0Esxhth.jpg http://i.minus.com/iSZgLG1D8Z1JP.jpg (third page would be too lewd so I left it out). The real cover beneath the dust jacket is simply amazing (dat Momo, Lala and Mikan), just a teaser: http://i.minus.com/itbaEJagKyUZx.jpg
      Nothing in English this time but I’m just as happy!

      By the way I was waiting whole Friday at home but guy from DHL chose this short period when I had to pick up friends from bus station and bastard didn’t even call me. In the end we only watched Rebellion but immediately after that rewatched half of the scenes while discussing it because it was just too good.

  9. something something says:

    Finally got all my imports this month recorded and posted! May thread will be starting in a moment.

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