Ordering from Japan - Help!

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  1. Richard Stammer

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    Can someone please give me any other on-line sources for orering from Japan, besides CD Japan? Thanks.
     
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    Use Amazon Japan. They are much cheaper than CDJapan and offer 15% discounts on most new titles, with some even 20% off (Spirited Away is one such title).
    Once you have clicked a DVD's link to view details of that title, you will notice towards the top right a link that says "Display in English" - this will give you an English language guide to pre-ordering/ordering and setting up your account (you will notice that the order/pre-order button changes from japanese language to English language.
    What titles are you specifically looking for? Perhaps I can provide you with links if you find you are having trouble navigating the Japanese language pages.
    regards, Tim...
     
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    Thanks Tim for the info. I tried your suggestion, but Amazon in Japan did not have the title I need. On CDJapan they have been advertising 3 collector sets of Ray Harryhausen movies with a collectable figure in each set. I fortunately got Set 1 and have ordered Set III, but Set II went out of print faster than I could order. Each one was limited to 5000 copies. I'm trying to find another distributer that might have some, but so far no luck. I wonder if the distribution is limited to CDJapan? Any other suggestions?
     
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    Richard, limited editions go fast, especially in Japan. I'd say you're pretty much screwed, as most of the places that deal with exports only deal in anime.
     
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    Richard,

    I have responded to you by email providing a link to HMV Japan who appear to still have this title up for order and at a much better price than CDJapan. These titles have all been available at Amazon Japan, but you need to be able to understand Japanese to be able to find them... If you select the following katakana text (assuming your browser can display Japanese fonts - make sure you have "auto select" on in the browser's View-Encoding menu option) and paste it in the Amazon Japan search field, you will find what you are looking for (it says Ray Harryhausen by the way):

    ƒŒƒCEƒnƒŠ[ƒnƒEƒ[ƒ“

    hope this helps.

    regards, Tim...

    Note: It appears that the forum display doesn't like Japanese language, so to view the katakana text above, go to the View-Encoding menu option and select the Japanese (Auto Select) font.
     
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    Personally, I've been longing to get my hands on the second movie of "Space Battleship Yamato" - alternately translated as "Arrivederci Yamato: Soldiers of Love" or "Farewell Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love". I've always been a fan of Starblazers, and I hear that this particular film is one of anime's best. Sadly, it only seems to be available in Japan, with no English subtitles, and at quite a price. That said, it's apparently anamorphic and in pretty good condition. I wouldn't mind having to guess at the plot if I didn't have to pay through my nose for the pleasure(!), so I was looking forward to trying Tim's links. Alas, the search engines don't seem to like my romaji.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]
     
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    Fredric, there will be a US issue soon enough, however it will be hard subbed and non-anamorphic because Voyager is run by a bunch of clueless fools. I'm betting their license even allows them to use the new anamorphic transfers, but it would take me 3 hours to even explain to them why they should get the new masters, and they probably still wouldn't do it
    *sigh*
    I believe there are DVD Subber scripts for all 5 movies, I don't have them all myself, but I've seen the discs and the transfers are gorgeous. You have seen most of Arrevederci Yamato, it was later expaneded into "The Comet Empire" series and the ending changed (ironically, the only main character that did NOT die in Arrevederci is the only one TO die in Final Yamato [​IMG] )
     
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    You can easily order them from either http://www.cdjapan.co.jp or http://www.amazon.co.jp. CD Japan would probably be much easier to navigate as you don't have to enter kanji. Amazon DOES have English checkout features however, and they have package deals.
    The entire saga, in the order it should be watched
    Space Battleship Yamato (TV series)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-530
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Space Battleship Yamato (Movie, compilation of series)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-250
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Arrevederci Yamato: Soldiers of Love(Should not be taken as canon, as Yamato 2 changes things)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-251
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Space Battleship Yamato 2 (The Comet Empire)(TV series)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-531
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage (TV movie)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-251
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Be Forever Yamato (Movie, historical as it's one of the only films to switch Aspect ratio in the middle)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-253
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Space Battleship Yamato III (The Bolar Wars)
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-532
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    Final Yamato
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=BCBA-254
    http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/...485140-4040322
    YAMATO 2520- Not on DVD, nor is it likely ever to be. An attempted "Yamato: The Next Generation" with a ship design by Syd Mead. The studio went bankrupt after Part 3 of 6 was completed. The same studio also has a half finished "Yamato Rebirth" movie
    COMING WHENEVER THEY GET OFF THEIR ASSES
    Great Yamato, which ties Yamato in with the rest of the Matsumotoverse (Harlock, 999 etc)
     
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    Thanks, Jeff! That is VERY interesting information. I'm going to see what Amazon Japan would charge for the disc. I'm not too worried about continuity, I'm just in love with the whole concept, with the art design etc.
    Actually, I doubt whether the series has ever been shown in continental Europe (I was introduced to it in the Philippines) - Harlock, on the other hand, is well known, especially in France, where the appreciation for anime has always been a lot higher. In fact, 'Daft Punk', a well known French House band, were such big fans of Leiji Matsumoto that they contracted him to do the videos for their entire album, not so long ago. I'd say his work is definitely 'hip' enough to sell to the under 30 crowd here in Europe.
    Alas, I'm well acquainted with the trade barriers for Region 1 DVDs. Very frustrating, seeing that most of the movies out there are in American hands, and they only care to sell a fraction of their titles in Europe.
    Once again, thank you for your trouble! [​IMG]
     
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    Well, I've already managed to get a hold of a fansub script on the #Fansubs File Archive. It's in *.js format - hope that works with the DVDsubber, but it looks like it. [​IMG]
    Farewell Yamato doesn't come any cheaper than 8'700 Yen, though. Jeff, sorry to bother you about this again, but you couldn't confirm whether it's an anamorphic transfer, could you? Or would you know where I might find that information? The one review that I've found doesn't mention it.
     
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    .js is JACOSub, the original fansubbing script format. Worse comes to worse, DVD Subber is Sub Station Alpha compatible, and Sub Station Alpha will convert JACOSub scripts

    I should warn you that you may need to tweak the start time for the DVD, as it's designed to be used with a Genlock and the Laserdisc.

    I don't have the DVD personally, hoping to pick up my set when I go to Japan next from a used shop, but the proper ARs (pretty sure these are right are as follows. All are anamorphic widescreen where applicable.

    Space Battleship Yamato (Movie) 1.33:1
    Arrevederci Yamato: 1.66:1
    Yamato: The New Voyage: 1.33:1
    Be Forever Yamato: 1.66:1 AND 2.35:1(2nd half of the movie)
    Final Yamato: 1.66:1 or 1.85:1 (I'd have to ask, something is saying 1.85:1 to me)

    BTW: I personally think that Be Forever and Final Yamato are better movies than Arrevederci, and if you're looking for higher quality animation they're where you want to go.
     
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    It was definitely Yamato 2520 that I saw:
    http://dougd.hispeed.com/ym21.jpg
    Lacks everything I like about Matsumoto's designs, IMHO.
    Great Yamato, on the other hand, retains the curvy, sexy design of the original - I have nothing against that one:
    http://www.spacecruiseryamato.com/gr...cs/insert6.gif
    In fact, I've been having a look at a few images, and revisited what turn out to be YOUR summaries on Otaku no DVD [​IMG] - and I must say, Be Forever Yamato especially looks very interesting indeed. And the funkiness seems to be there all through Final Yamato.
    If it really isn't too much of a hassle, I would certainly appreciate any verification on the anamorphic front [​IMG]
     
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    I love Syd Mead's redesign, but only as a standalone. A friend of mine knows Syd, I've been dying to ask him to ask Mr. Mead for a sketch [​IMG]
    That, and ask him what he was smoking when he redesigned Gundam (Turn-A, also known as "mustache" Gundam)
    I'll throw out an email, and Ill let you you know when I get an answer. Or you could just email CD Japan and they'd tell you.
    Oh, just FYI, Be Forever builds directly off of the events in The New Voyage
     
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    That's a Syd Mead design? Well, if I look at it that way, it's actually pretty interesting - though as not more than a standalone, as you say. Matsumoto's vehicles are practically his most distinctive designs. Funny, I had heard about Syd Mead in connection with Blade Runner, but I wasn't aware of the fact that he's been involved in so many movies - let alone anime redesigns! I distinctly remember the various cool craft in Aliens. I took a look at a few online images of the Turn-A, and to tell you the truth I wouldn't have guessed that that is Mead's design. Reminds me of the fake moustaches on Samurai helmets. [​IMG]
    I've sent CD Japan an e-mail today, and I noticed that they have '4:3' listed for Be Forever. Hope that turns out to be false. [​IMG]
     
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    I've seen the Be Forever Disc, it's definately widescreen

     

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