Tastes Like Happiness

October 21, 2010 at 1:14 am 14 comments

After a 2 week delay since I just missed out on the last copy of Gekkou, the latest shipment of books has arrived! And it’s not a moment too soon as I just finished up the last light novel that I had previously (Galge no Sekai v3). This time around, I tried using BK1 instead of Amazon Japan due to cheaper shipping. On a shipment of about 17,000 yen, I saved about 4000 yen in shipping since BK1 calculates it on weight instead of per shipment/item like Amazon JP does. Not only that but I didn’t have to pay duties on my EMS shipment! And there’s also a points system and occasional vouchers. That’s more money in the bank for the next shipment.

Another thing I was wondering about was their packaging. The package is smaller than Amazon JP’s and the books inside are actually kept in better condition since they put books of the same size in a plastic cover, which was sealed tightly shut. With Amazon JP, there were times when I had books which had creased or bent corners because of the wrapping that was used. It also felt like not enough care was put into the packaging process. This was not the case here. Great packaging. Great book smell when you unwrap it. Ahhhhhhhhh.

Manga

  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 1
  • Damekko Kissa Dear 2
  • Hidamari Sketch 5
  • Ichigo Mashimaro 6
  • Mashiroiro Symphony 1-2
  • Minami-ke 7
  • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai 2
  • Shukufuku no Campanella 3
  • Tenshin Ranman 1

Light Novels

  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai 4
  • D Sword of Legend 1
  • Famima! 2
  • Galge no Sekai yo, Youkoso! 4-5
  • Galge no Sekai yo, Youkoso! Fandisc
  • Gekkou 1
  • Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! 1
  • Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! 4
  • Prave! 2
  • Seitokai no Ichizon 1-4, side 1
  • Silver Blade 1 (Galge no Sekai yo, Youkoso! addon)

Miscellaneous

  • Koiiro Sora Moyou visual fan book

Stacking them up like Kirino’s eroge…

Out of all of these, I mainly wanted to read the latest volumes for BokutomoOreimo and Papa no Iu Koto. In addition, I picked up new volumes for other manga and LN I am following. Aside from new series D Sword of Legend and Gekkou which I had introduced before in the weekly news, I also picked up one that is relevant to my interests: Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!. It’s actually about a guy who has to fall in love with one of many girls at the school. However, one of them is his imouto (unknown to him), so he has to avoid her. However, they all act like imoutos! It’s like you can’t go wrong no matter what you do!

Then there’s this series which most of you should be familiar with. Seizon is one of those series that you either love or hate. The LN is mainly in dialogue format and full of gags, so I’m curious how it will go. My main reason for picking this up is because I want to know more about Key-kun’s past. That and more Aka-chan and Mafuyu never hurts. Tastes like happiness indeed.

Personally, I loved Koisora a lot because of the art and system (plot is cliched and predictable, but I won’t complain). So naturally, I had to pick the fanbook up so I can stare at Aya and Miko-chan all day long admire the cute art, check out the chara sketches and read all the extra materials, like the Kayoko short story (you know you want it Zen) and more chibi 4komas. I highly recommend this to Koisora fans!

That’s all for now. I’ll start reading Seizon tomorrow. I plan to order more books in December since Oreimo 7 will be out. Speaking of Oreimo

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  • 1. feal  |  October 21, 2010 at 2:17 am

    All thanks to my beta testing.
    Now make my state customs move fast with your powers to get my package too. :D

    Reply
  • 2. Amoirsp  |  October 21, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Let us know how seizon turns out, if there was an interesting part on the past, if you’re intending on doing a review.

    I’d also like to know if there was much deviation on the manga for mashifoni and tenshin ranman. Most likely not for the beginning but, linearizing the content always makes it different to some regard. I mean, imoutos are on the cover.

    For a second there I thought you said the shipping was 17000 yen not the order. I was like dying until I re-read that. Good to know that the packaging turned out nicer and cheaper. If it merely takes longer, it’s probably worthwhile.

    *I would have a field day with any bends, creases, or folds on shipping, mind you. Or just in general.*

    On Galge no Sekai, what exactly are the contents on the fandisc? Fandiscs on a VN are a bit obvious, but I wasn’t quite aware of fandiscs on an LN.

    Also, do you ever run drama CDs and those other miscellaneous type items? With the fanbook, you get visuals. With the light novels, you get dialogue context. Etc etc etc basically these don’t have vocals, so I wonder.

    Hm Koisora sketches. The lineart was interesting, though the ones that show up on the book I’ve probably already seen before on their website. It didn’t feel like there was much on the sample images of the visual fanbook that the site didn’t have.

    Must feel good to have such a shipment arrive and in such a well packaged fashion. I can’t imagine. How long do these book contents take you to finish? You last shipment was some time ago earlier this year, but I was wondering if you had an estimate on it.

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    • 3. feal  |  October 21, 2010 at 2:39 am

      Nah, the shipping is usually 24 hours from order. But he picked up something that was 1-3 days (and magically become 7-21 days) after some hours. :D

      Reply
  • 4. seele00  |  October 21, 2010 at 7:01 am

    DEYAMN, that’s a lot. The closest I get to that is the Newtype Magazine I recently bought. January 2010 issue too.

    Reply
    • 5. Eyzs  |  October 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

      2010? Not 2011?

      Reply
  • 6. warum  |  October 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    The teddy on the box :DDDD.

    Anyways, thanks for sharing this happiness, now I feel all warm and fuzzy.

    Reply
  • 7. Chrouya  |  October 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Arigato ne, Aniki.

    Reply
  • 8. BedaBeda  |  October 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Nice, I really want that Koiiro Sora Moyou visual fan book!

    Reply
  • 9. Micchi  |  October 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    @feal: Thanks for being a guinea pig :3 Send pics of your shipment when you get it!

    @Amoirsp: Seizon’s going well so far. Amused at the Aka-chan teasing. Mashifoni follows Airi’s route, while Tenshin follows Hime’s. It’s pretty similar to the game, but cute pics. Especially Sana. So cute >w<

    I haven't started the Fandisc yet, but it's probably just side stories. I occasionally listen to drama CDs if they're out (Mashifoni in particular), but I don’t buy them as often since CDs are so expensive at 3000 yen each.

    Manga usually takes an hour or so. LN depends on the novel. I only read them at certain times, so I usually finish one volume per week.

    @seele00: Magazines are always nice. The reason I don’t usually get them is because I usually have seen the CGs and read the news already, and I don’t put up posters.

    @warum: You’re welcome. Maybe I’ll introduce something else in the next shipment write-up.

    @Chrouya: Here’s all 3 pics (LN, manga, anime) for comparison’s sake. I think I still like the LN’s version best.

    @BedaBeda: Yes, go get it! >w<b

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  • 10. Reltair  |  October 24, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Quite the large shipment you got there. It does make more sense to buy a lot at once to save on shipping though.

    I haven’t heard of BK1 before, but I’ll check them out instead of Amazon Japan next time I want something.

    Reply
  • 11. aquaspirit39  |  October 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    @Micchi: How much japanese knowledge do I need to read those??? and do you know any online shop that do not require me to have some japanese bank account ? I really want to try Japanese Light Novel. .

    I have feeling that I have ask these kind of question sometimes ago =,=” but somehow I cant remember the answer.

    Thanl you

    Reply
  • 12. Nis  |  December 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I hate to leave a comment on a post that’s so old, but is there any light novel series you can recommend to me?

    I’m currently reading the monogatari series (Nishinoshin’s, aka bakemonogatari and the rest of the books in that)

    I was browsing about on amazon and I saw Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is that a good book?

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    • 13. Micchi  |  December 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      Bokutomo/Haganai is a decent title, but it’s more because of the eccentric characters and the various events that they go to and do, than having to do with the story/writing. There’s some drama, but it’s mostly comedy. I like it, but it’s not the best I’ve read.

      Personally, I love Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! by Tomohiro Matsu (same author as Mayoi Neko Overrun!) because it’s an emotional family story, kinda slice of life. Other titles I read usually are comedy, eroge or imouto based.

      I heard that Golden Time by Takemiya Yuyuko (Toradora!) is also pretty good. The second volume is just about to come out.

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  • 14. Nis  |  February 21, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I’m sorry I keep commenting on this old thread Micchi, but since there hasn’t been any light novel posts by you lately, I thought it’s best I keep this on topic so I put it under this post.

    I’m burning through my light novels wayyy too fast, I’m caught up on Haganai. What was your impression on Seizon after reading more of it?

    Reply

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