Friday, May 26, 2006

Amazon Japan Marketplace

Today I made my first order in which I bought used books from Amazon Japan. After receiving them, I believe I will continue buying more on the second hand marketplace. It's amazing how pristine Japanese collectors keep their books and DVDs.

One of the differences about buying in this marketplace is that the owner himself ships the product and Amazon just acts as an intermediary, so full shipping cost must be paid for each item. If the items are not very expensive it's a good option though. The most important reason to buy those used items instead of brand new ones is that all of them are out of stock. They are not on sale on the main store anymore making the marketplace the only place to find this items you can't find anywhere else. 

You have to make sure though, that the seller ships internationally. Check for the phrase: 海外向け&国内向け発送料金 in the item specifications. This means overseas shipment is available, only then it's possible to proceed and place the order to an international address. I have realized that it could be pretty annoying having to check for this phrase every-time. It would be great if Amazon Japan improves its  system some day letting the customer search only for items that are available to ship overseas.


AKIRA e-konte 1

The continuity of AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo. The firts of two books that collect the complete storyboard drawn by Otomo for the AKIRA he directed in 1988.






Robot Carnival DVD Special Edition

Nine japanese animaton directors: Katsuhiro Otomo, Takashi nakamura, Koji Morimoto among others...joined their shorts about robots under the same title.


Palme no Ki script


Written and directed by Takashi Nakamura. Palme no Ki is a nice great animation film.
Sarutan bōeitai

Three manga short stories published in 1984, one of them written by Katsuhiro Otomo