A guide on purchasing doujinshi online

[Posted @ 3:00 PM]

As mentioned, I bought my Doropanda TOURS [どろぱんだTOURS] doujinshi from 3 places, Yahoo Japan Auction via buyee, Mandarake and Nagomi.


My first large purchase, thanks to shezaei-neko, was from an awesome Australian in Livejournal when I was studying there xD. So I guessed it was a one time thing.

Firstly, to buy anything online, you must have a credit card or debit card with VISA/MASTERCARD and it'll be easier if you used it to buy anything online before. It's important that your bank issuing the credit/debit card knows you're purchasing stuff online or allows it.Whenever I say debit card, I assume it has VISA/MASTERCARD, it's very vital.

I'll talk about Nagomi first since they have a roughly translated English page and they only accept payments via paypal for international buyers. The website is NOT SAFE FOR WORK, so beware!

They have kindly provided instructions on how to register and even list the conditions [perfect, good, bad] of the books they put online as they're mostly 'used'.

After you have registered and logged in, you add whatever you like by clicking on the '注文' to your cart. If there's no button, usually means it's out of stock, hence the X.

After sending your order, it might take a day or two for the person in charge to consolidate your items [check the stock and calculate your shipping charges] before sending you an email regarding paypal payment. Service is really fast for my purchase :)

Next up, Mandarake. Signing up at Mandarake is easy too since they have a full functional English website. Similarly to Nagomi, you add anything you like in your cart, send your order and they take up to 3 working days to check the stock and calculate your shipping charges before sending you an email with a link to make your payment.

Mandarake have several stores in Japan, hence it's better if you can purchase what you like from the same store or else you have to pay another shipping charge from another store. Oh Mandarake accepts credit/debit card and paypal but they only accept credit/debit card for 'adult' products. Please make sure your address name is similar to what is on the credit card for validation purposes, no using your parents', or friends' cards >.<


Lastly, to bid for items in Yahoo Japan Auction via buyee, you have to sign up for an account in buyee and to view 'adult' stuff in Yahoo Japan Auctions, a Japan yahoo account.



In my example, just type in 'どろぱんだTOURS' in the search bars and you get results as shown above. Sometimes you don't see results you see in YahooJA on the buyee page, so you can always copypaste the URL to buyee and then bid for it.

I'll recommend you to bid the highest amount you can afford to, in case you get outbid and then you don't have to keep bidding higher than the other person. Buyee will send an email to you if someone outbids you.


Everything is in English so it's very very easy, the payment modes are in credit/debit card and paypal. Before making any purchases, read their guide and FAQ section to make sure you understand the charges and shipping fees :)

Stuff on Yahoo Auctions Japan can be extremely marked up so you gotta be patient sometimes and wait for 'affordable' bids. Of course there are other ways of purchasing doujinshi but these are the ways I know besides getting someone in Japan to buy them for you xD which is the cheapest option IMO.

Any questions, just comment! I'll try to answer them.

Doropanda Tours - Mai HiME Volume 13/13.5

[Posted @ 7:38 PM]


Thanks to my friend, Hayashi, she scanned Doropanda TOURS' Mai-HiME FANBOOK Vol.13/13.5 優しいケモノのあやし方 [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata] for us. [SHOW HER YOUR LOVE BY COMMENTING!]

I've taken off the phone scans and replaced it with proper scans on my Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] Page and please do not share the links anywhere.

Also, she tried translating it but I think it needs a lot of PR and also help from a proper Japanese translator. plzhelp ;-;


Page 3
Yasashii Kemono no Ayashitkata
Presented by Doropanda TOURS

Page 4
---
N: "Un...hha"
:Suru...:
---
"Haa..."
:Kiss:
:pants...:
:flops:
---
"nn..."
"haa..."
---
"pu" (sound?)
"gaji"  (bites?)
"Ouch"
---
"Nnn..."
:Arara:
:nuzzles:
:squeezes:
:grabs:
Page 5
"Natsuki..."
:haa...:
---
"Catching my hand like that... I can't pass?" "uchi no yubi yawayawa ni nademou..." (Seriously... is she saying her finger is excited or is she feeling up something soft?)
:kiss:
---
"BITES"
"Ouchh!!" 'You bit my collarbone'
---
:licks:
"...gasp!! Aaa..."
---
"haa... hey..."
"Nn"
"Nnnn"
"sonomanma motsukaii...na" Do you have as it is
---
Page 6
:schick:
:schick:
"... ...hey
bite harder..."
:kiss:
---
"fuu...nn"
"It's ok (to bite) with all your strength?"
:scratches:
:hnnn...:
---
"The scratches on the back
are deeply engraved"
---
---Marked.
---
:ha:
"It's given by you"
"I'm happy with all of them"
:haaa...:
:nnn...:
---
Page 7
"ha..."
"haaa..."
"ahhaa..."
"ha..."
"haaa..."
---
"haa"
"haa"
"aaa..."
"nuru" (can be translated as wet or slimy)
"fufuu..." (trademark giggle)
---
"Finger or...tongue..."
"Can't decide which to eat"
---
"... ..."
"... ... sorry"
---
Page 8
"...What
are you... apologizing for"
"Unn...
Sorry"
---
:rubs:
:zoku...: (Like I have any idea how weird jpn sfx are.)
---
"Sorry...
the wound..." (mark)
[Cannot
...this]
---
"It's okay... Natsuki... haa..."
[In the end
That]
---
Page 9
:chichichi: (Birds chirping)
:ringggggggggg: (Alarm Ring)
---
:Ringgggggggggg:
:sits up:
:rubs:
"unn..."
---
"Aa...re... Shizu...?"
:RINGS:
---
[Good morning.
I went out early so please lock the door.
 I made light breakfast so please eat it.
 I'll contact you later.
Natsuki, make sure you go to school okay?
Shizuru]

"Aa... ..."
---

Page 10
"Your...
bean is energetic as usual..." (I donno if she's making a sexual pun...lol)
"I wish not have to worry about my breakfast..."
---
:scratches:
---
:ruffles: (sheets moving)
"maa...
A shower first..."
---
"... ... and"
[lots of it]
---
Page 11
[The uniform skirt is so short,
what am I going to do
 it will clearly show]

[Revenge for biting?
 Is that Revenge?]
"Shi..."
---
"SHIZURUUUU-----!!"
[Today's weather report. Strong winds]
:wind howling:
---
"Hey Shizuru-san!!"
"Aaa... Reito-san? Good morning."
---
Page 12
"Morning, you're early today?"
---
"Yea I got up early and took 2 trains earlier than usual."
"Hmmm" 'I've got something to do for the professor this morning'
:Damn that Kanzaki:
:Getting so close to Fujino-san:
---
"If I stayed in bed
I'll wake up feeling strange again
Such a tough choice" 
"Unn?"
"It's nothing..."
---
"You face and skin is looking radiant though
I'm not either between or in what" (<---googletranslatefail)
"fufuu<3 That's helpful" (idk... taskarimasuwa ??)
[Anything that he says]
'Those two are dating?'
'They are real close since high school'
'nn-- Kanzaki-kunnn'
'Fujino-san'
[This person is always fun to be with] (More like This person is fun with everything he say. rephrase)
---
Page 13
[These two are not (sexually) interested in each other]
---
"...Sorry, Shizuru-san"
"Ehh?"
"Ehh It's like I made use of you to avoid people"
---
"That makes us the same" (in terms of using each other as escape. Pls rephrase)
"Ehh?"
---
"Reito-san's partner 'if that person is me it's not bad' something like that
probably thought"
"Well certainly!! I agree
It's the same"
[...Just like in books]
---
Page 14
"When Shizuru-san loves with a girl
your eyes shine " 'Is that pervy look okay?'
:Must be tough on Natsuki-san:
---
"Reito-san is the same, it's terrible for the girl you've set your eyes on
unexpectedly straightforward"
:I feel sorry for Tokiha-san:

---
[I don’t really hate men]
[But (the inner me) I don’t want to be like him]
[But]
---
:How was last night's gokon?:
:Noisy-- Shutup and go away you:
---
[But I...]
"Say... Reito-san---"
---
Page 15
"Have you ever thought about why (I like girls)?"
---
"... ... who knows"
---
"I learned properly about [First love]
only recently"
"And when i realized ..."
---
Page 16
[here [Because I’m a guy] or]
:See you, I’ve reached my building:
---
[something like want to sleep]
"It's that same Obsidian Lord
that person..."
---
[His simple reason----]
---
"... ...
I guess so"
---
[When I realized it,
All I had in my mind was that girl]
---
Page 17
"---Things like 'like' "
"It can't be helped..."
:Ara it's snow:
---
"Snow...?"
: Shizuru... Is she wearing enough?:
---
"Natsukiii---"
:Ehh?:
---
Page 18
"Ohh... Mai
Morning"

"Good morning---
It's cold---"
---
"By the way you didn't come back last night
Here's the magazine you asked for before I left for work"
'Pay up'
:gasp:
:gives:
"Ahh... Sorry I was busy last night..."
"I expected that much" it smells like a different kind of shampoo from the usual'
---
"Natsuki... why are you wearing sports pants" (seriously... I think she used supaatsu for this word)
"!!"
---
"Ehh... What's this... Your panty got stolen again?" 'Well done Kaichou-san'
:stutters:
"N..Nooo!! It's cold that's all!!"
'Why did you suddenly think of Shizuru!!'
---
Page 19
"well... in various meaning I feel deprived..." 'something like that'
"Hmm?"
:Rings:
---
"Ahh..."
---
"Ohh? Mail from Kaichou-san?"
'Let’s go with beans, compared to Yuichi he always grumbles'
:Karage is in fashion:
[Did you get up properly? Pardon me from last night]
[It's snowing so don't catch a cold]
---
[Are you coming over tonight?]
---
Page 20
"... [I'm coming]"
:types:
"... ... Wow"
[If i don't go
I’ll constantly think of the urges]
---
"I caught a glimpse of Natsuki's girly expression "
:It's awkward:
:That's a first:
"Hey..."
' You're terrible'
[The human nature is said]
[Is telling you in the reverse way]
---
[This raw facts of this origin of impulse]
END


Oh, she didn't translate the side stories, anyone wanna take up this?

Winner of citrus Manga Giveaway

[Posted @ 1:41 AM]


So, the winner of citrus V1 manga giveaway is deadfish!

And deadfish, if you're reading this, I've emailed you regarding the details. (under the email address you gave in the comment post).

To the others, thanks for participating! =D

Updates on Doropanda TOURS Vol13/13.5;
My friend has scanned it in record time =o and it looks really good. I'll post more about it soon! Look forward to it! Oh, I've also taken off the phone scans cos it's now an embarrassment LOL

Stefanie Sun Yan Zi - 1st and 2nd Albums Vinyl LP

[Posted @ 10:32 PM]

Stefanie Sun Yan Zi [孫燕姿] - 1st and 2nd Albums Vinyl LP
<3 got my copies today, her first 3 albums are the best. I remember the first album I bought was Kite [風箏 also her third album] and I was like, WHAT IS THIS AWESOMENESS!?!?!?! and bought her first two albums at one go. Madly in love with her music xD and I remember going to my first album autographing event ... it was tiring but memorable.

I even skipped tutorials just to attend her autographing session once =x  NO REGRETS.

Oh, updates on Doropanda Tours V13 ... eh I have yet to mail it to my friend, it's sitting on my desk ... nicely packaged LOL I'm lazy to go to the post office ;-; I'll mail it next week, when I announce the lucky winner for the citrus giveaway :D

Look forward to it!

Doropanda Tours Doujinshi Loot 2013 Part 4 Yahoo Japan Auctions & Mandarake

[Posted @ 11:07 PM]

So, I subscribed Mandarake to inform me any new items regarding any Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] related stuff and guess what? どろぱんだTOURS(南崎いく)「優しいケモノのあやし方」 コミケ84 SHOWED UP ... I squealed and quickly got to Mandarake to order a copy. I also googled Yahoo Japan Auctions and I was pleasantly surprised to see a live auction on the exact same copy [or buyee link] that is closing in about 4 hours.

There were two copies and I wanted to get both then get a friend of mine to scan it for me but alas, someone bought out a copy :< In the end, I had to buy the last copy for 1200YEN. Ugh, I wanted to wait until the auction ends in 3-4 hours [since I was the only bidder] and get a copy for only 500YEN, I took a gamble and lost one copy ;-;


Anyways, I googled more and I found out that the seller had already sold 5 copies [including mine] of Comiket 84 Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata [優しいケモノのあやし方]. So if you're looking to buy a copy, maybe the seller will post more tomorrow? since C84 is still on-going ... Or you can go over to Mandarake to get a copy if they're not sold out yet.

You have to sign in Yahoo Auctions Japan though to look at Adult or 18+ items and I suggest you google with keywords such as 'どろぱんだTOURS Yahoo Auction Japan' or 'コミケ84 どろぱんだTOURS'.

Good luck!

Oh yeah, I will update this post once I get my copies xD

Updated on 16/08/2013:
Got my shipping notice from Mandarake! Super excited, I think we can expect the parcel within this week or ;-; next Monday.  No news from buyee yet but soon, probably by this week as well and shipment next week =D Also I've noticed a seller putting up Doropanda Tours' Vocaloid LukaxMiku 'Love Match' Volume 1 [Not the 0.5 preview copy I own], Evangelion Asuka '幼年期の終わりに' and Evangelion MarixAsuka 'BEAST X BURST'. They all going for 2500 YEN each and 4000 YEN to buy out ... kind of expensive :\ so I'm waiting it out since I don't really NEED to get them heh.



Got my copy from Mandarake =D and also the shipping notice from buyee, expect arrival next week. Contents in 'どろぱんだTOURS(南崎いく)「優しいケモノのあやし方」 Vol.13.5' is roughly the same as Vol.13 but with 3 side stories as shown above.

I'm planning to send this copy to my friend for her to scan and translate but I think we need another Japanese translator to PR her translations :|  [I suspect she uses Google Translator LOL] anyways if you're interested, please post a comment and ah also we need an editor. Plans are still tentative until I see how the scans turn out. Until then, make do with the phone scans above xD


Honto Japan Purchases August 2013 and citrus Manga Giveaway

[Posted @ 6:17 PM]

HAY there, so I tried purchasing from Honto.jp instead of Amazon Japan on this purchase and it's pretty good. I saved almost 1000 YEN on shipping charges =O. Since citrus [シトラス] was out of stock in Amazon JP ;A; so I'm like what the heck, I'll just try honto.

NEGIMA! #38 [END], Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink, 残光ノイズ, citrus,
Yuri Hime Wildrose #7, 名前はまだない, 前略、百合の園より #2
There are the two purchases from Amazon USA but I'm lazy to make it into another blog post so, I'll just slot them in xD  Also I'm satisfied with the order so I'll probably stick to honto now =P I chose the EMS shipping because ASIA IS AWESOME. We get good prices and fast delivery time, so gtfoSAL (sorry NA people).

DA-DA-DUM, I have a copy of citrus to give away :3 I'm feeling pretty generous these days lol. I'm making it a random commenter give away again so just post on how badly you want this copy of citrus xD I'll give this a month's deadline.

COPY GIVEN AWAY!!!!

Good luck!

PS: The list of mangaka from Yuri Hime Wildrose #7 and a SAFE page from Nanzaki Iku's story ;P Yeah it's the continuation from YH Wildrose #3 - Love Prep Room



Saburouta, Megane Otomo, Rokuroichi, Kodama Naoko, Chisako, Momono Moto, Amano Shuninta, Kurata Uso, Koruri and finally Nanzaki Iku [Do I even need to link her?].  Sources: Dynasty-Scans and pixiv.


Doropanda Tours Doujinshi Loot 2013 Part 3 Yahoo Japan Auctions

[Posted @ 5:34 PM]

Well, there're good news and bad news. Good news is that I have scanned Doropanda TOURS' 優しいケモノのあやし方 [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata]. Bad news is that it's a phone scan. Ugh, better than nothing I guess?

I've also acquired Vol 10 S&N and the Vol 10.5 (Green version)
In case you're wondering what's the difference between the red and green cover copies of 感情生物EX [Kanjou Seibutsu EX], the red one is the rough sketch copy while the green one has outlines drawn over the same images. So I assume the red version is rarer =P since it's the 'first sketch copy'.

I'm sorry if the images taken with my phone is blurrish, it looked fine on my phone D< You can find the download link at my Doropanda Tours Page.

Oh if you're interested on how I buy them from Yahoo Japan Auction. I used a forwarding service called Buyee. Their fees are very transparent as they break down charges for your viewing pleasure before bidding and during shipping. But they can get really expensive :|

Also, I can bid on items personally and they have auto emails to me if I get outbidded. You can hold your items in their warehouse for 30 days and they also provide consolidation services.

In my case, I bought two items from different auctions;

Item 1 (1000) + 2 (1800) = 2800 YEN | Weight = 340g
Service and Payment fee 700 YEN for each auction
2800 + 700 + 700 = 4200 YEN

Domestic shipping fee 80 YEN + 80 YEN = 160 YEN
International shipping fee 1100 YEN (to Singapore)
Consolidation fee 500 YEN

Shipping cost = 1760 YEN using EMS

The best thing about Buyee is that they're fast and reliable and depending on your budget, you can give them a try :)


Doropanda Tours - Mai HiME Volume 13 Teaser

[Posted @ 2:01PM]

Hey there, a quick update as I got my copy of Doropanda TOURS' 優しいケモノのあやし方 [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata] yesterday xD It's her 13th Volume of Mai HiME doujinshi and was released last year late December.

Here's a teaser page as I figure out how to scan it ;D

Oh Shizuru~ You're so possessive lol
Basically it continues from Volume 12.5 and it deals with the after-morning thoughts of my favourite characters :3



Puberty Organism Vega by Hayashiya Shizuru

[Posted @ 10:00 PM]

I got my parcel two days ago and only felt better to blog today ... yeah was down with slight flu :< but I can still game xD

Well, as mentioned in my previous blog post, I have two copies of Puberty Organism Vega with the Drama CD [思春期生命体ベガ ドラマCD付特装版] to give away [Yes, FOR FREE]. If enough people are interested in getting those babies, I'll award it to TWO random commenters in this blog post.

You don't have to do anything flashy, just comment 'I want a copy of Puberty Organism Vega!' will do.

Two copies are given away, thanks for the replies :D



I've also uploaded mp3 formats of the 4 tracks in the Drama CD, anyone interested in translating them? xD

Cast:
ベガ: 日笠陽子
鷲峰先輩: 矢作紗友里
アリーデ: 小林ゆう
田辺 : 早見沙織

I really want to give them away ... so just comment and don't forget to leave an email address in the column if you're posting as a guest.

Oh, I'm now bidding on a Doropanda Tours' Mai HIME doujinshi V13, 優しいケモノのあやし方 [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata]. So wish me luck xD

PS: Woots, got it for 1600 yen + shipping charges and fees, probably up to 2500+ yen. There was a bidder who kept bidding D< It was originally 600 yen then 1000 then 1500, I got anxious and threw out 2000 and he/she stopped :3





[Game] Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Tenshi no Akogare

[Posted @ 3:30 PM]

A quick update before I go prepare stuff for dinner :3
【天使のあこがれ】応援バナー
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Tenshi no Akogare [その花びらにくちづけを 天使のあこがれ]
The new Hanabira visual novel game is out! You can get your peelz at Tokyo Toshokan or this Yamibo thread. Just search for 'その花びらにくちづけを 天使のあこがれ' and you'll find it. Don't be lazy xD


I have not played the game yet ... I just got it mm but I managed to record the nice opening song/scene titled 'Darling [Heart] Goona ...'

Enjoy!

PS: I just realized YurinYurinSoft already have the OP out like weeks ago ;A; I'm so slow lol I'M SOHSOWEE


Amazon USA Purchases May 2013

[Posted @ 6:00 PM]

=o Wow, almost forgot about blogging again. Well, as the title suggested, I've received my package from Amazon USA =D along with my valve boomer and hunter plushies <3 They all look awesome.

[Left to Right] Negima! #28-#37, Ai Ore! #1-#8
Girl Friends #1-2 [END]
I'm still waiting for the release of Morinaga Miruku's Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom and my copies of Puberty Organism Vega (思春期生命体ベガ)  by Hayashiya Shizuru's (林家志弦).  The cover is out and it looks sweet. I'm sad that there were no interest in my contest :< Tomorrow is the deadline already ... so I'll pulling the contest out and making it a random giveaway. 

Hmmm, May was fun, I had the chance to stay/visit Resort World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands last week. The view from MBS is awesome, I even went to Gardens by the Bay for a walk :3 and then enjoy a long soak in the bath tub xD


That's all for this month, I'll do a blog post on Puberty Organism Vega giveaway when Amazon Japan delivers the copies to me. Until then!

Doropanda Tours Doujinshi Loot 2013 Part 2 Mandarake

[Posted @ 12:50 PM]

Woots! My Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] Part 2 Loot from Mandarake is here! Got kind of worried when I made my payment [on Monday/Tuesday] and the status didn't change until friday. This is my first time purchasing from Mandarake and according to reviews, they usually ship in 1-2 days after payment so I thought I screwed up with my payment ;A; I don't wanna be banned!!! But phew, all's fine.

[Left to Right] 感情生物EX, 狂わせたいの, On Your Mark
モコモコ73 1ST, 放課後ドルチェ (再版), フジノ式

My collection! My wallet is bleeding this month ... but worth it! Links to モコモコ73 2ND [MokoMoko73 2ND] and 優しいケモノのあやし方 [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata] are updated on my Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] Page =w= .

Also looking for translator and editor for these two titles, if you're interested in translating or editing them, head over to this thread at Yuri Project to volunteer! The scans on MokoMoko73 2ND can be horrible so if the translator can't make out the blurrish words, I can take a photo of that part with my digital camera.

Await any response! Oh I'm sad because there are no entries for my 'Puberty Organism Vega by Hayashiya Shizuru Contest' post :<  WHERE ARE YOU FANARTS/FICS!?

Doropanda Tours Doujinshi Loot 2013 Part 1 Nagomi

[Posted @ 5:06 PM]

Hey there! If you have been stalking my Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] Page, you should probably know that I've been sweeping all the DT doujinshi available online LOL. Without further ado, here's my loot! PART 1! YES. THERE IS A PART 2 OR EVEN 3 COMING SOON! Part 1 loot is purchased from Nagomi and Part 2 from Mandarake. My collection is almost complete -insert evilplankid meme- *chuckles wildly*.

[Right to Left] トリコ仕掛けと優しいケモノ V12, モコモコ73 2ND, オモテ無印*ナカは乙V3
A pamphlet from Nagomi, 優しいケモノのあやし方 -PREVIEW- V12.5, Love Match V0.5


Got them for around 1050yen each except MokoMoko 2ND :| which is 3150yen not including shipping charges ;A; [The 1000+yen one is out of stock] but it wasn't bad. Shipping cost is only 1240yen [250yen each] for all the above. Best of all, I ordered on Sunday 14/4, got order confirmation email on Monday 15/4, I paid, got the payment and shipment confirmation all on the same day. 2 days later 17/4, I has it! Super speedy! The instructions for overseas shipping is easy too, oh and I paid by paypal =)  Nagomi sells used doujinshi but the conditions are super A grade =o= Highly recommended!

 

I held my parcel up like Rafiki from Lion King when I got it LOL SO EXCITED! The packaging is good too but they should had given a plastic wrapper for each doujinshi I bought =P instead of stacking them in one big wrapper. I saw 'it contains goods' and loled xD



A few snapshots of モコモコ73 2ND [Mokomoko 73 2ND] by Nanzaki Iku & Hanamichi with my digital camera mmm but I'm not sure how to scan it ... uuuhh. 優しいケモノのあやし方 -PREVIEW- [Yasashii Kemono no Ayashikata -PREVIEW-] V12.5 is easier since it's a printer-copy stapled on the sides.

Also, in case you haven't noticed, I've updated my Doropanda Tours [どろぱんだTOURS] Page, check that page out while I figure out some way or another to do some good scans without killing my babies ;-; Don't expect too much! The sides will surely be blurry but better than nothing eh? =x I've uploaded links to both of them! Also looking for translator and editor for these two titles, if you're interested in translating or editing them, head over to this thread at Yuri Project to volunteer!

Until then!

PS: Ah forgot to mention about this Shoujo one-shot titled 'Kokuban' [Blackboard] by Saburouta [サブロウタ] also the mangaka behind the currently popular Citrus.

This is probably one of Saburouta's earlier works [judging by the art style] and it was complied inside Choukyou Kareshi [調教カレシ] along with the rest of his/her other straight-smut stories. Saburouta's plot style kind of reminds me of Shinjo Mayu's. The innocent virgin schoolgirl gets assaulted by the usually dark-haired, sinister-looking popular and not to mention horny guy LOL. That's basically what happened in Choukyou Kareshi if you're interested =P.

If not, just download the family-friendly shoujo one-shot I have provided via mediafire link. The subtle friendship bonding between the two girls is pretty sweet =w= Anyone care to translate this one-shot? xD Enjoy!

IchigoYuri TGIF Updates 24 + ChuangYi Purchases April 2013

[Posted @ 10:45 PM]

TGIF! Well, a day [or two] late but I don't care lol. Gonna finish what I have started, starting from the series I have on hand. So, yesterday I went over to ChuangYi's office at;

IchigoYuri TGIF Updates.Walter Agency Pte Ltd / Chuang Yi Publishing Pte Ltd  
Blk 1003 Bukit Merah Central
#02-01/02/03/04
Redhill Industrial Estate
Singapore 159836
(Operating hours: 9:00am - 6:30pm, Monday to Friday.)

And purchase the backlogs from 2 years ago xD Took me an hour plus to get there from my jungle orz. It was tiring but I got what I wanted except for 2 books which are out of stock. Whelp, I'll just pop by Comics Connection to see if they have what I want available there.

[Left to Right] Vampire Knight, La Corda d' Oro, Twinkle Stars, Otomen
Full Metal Panic! Sigma, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, World Embryo, S.A
Full Metal Alchemist, Fushigi Yuugi - Genbu Kaiden, Ouran High Host Club, Neon Genesis Evangelion





The nice guy gave me a 20% discount \O/ so I pretty much got a dollar plus off each book. Kinda disappointed that they have issues with continuing Magister Negi Magi. After all I own 27 volumes published by them and now I have to turn to the Kodansha Comics version. Anyways, I got the rest via Amazon along with Ai Ore! [HEHE] and Morinaga Miruku's Girl Friends! Ugh, I can feel the headache coming with the shipping charges vPOST is gonna bill me. My boomer and hunter plushies [already own the tank] I ordered from Valve Store already costed me $50+ in shipping .. another 20 books is gonna be double or triple that amount ;A; Oh well, I'll post more about it once the parcel arrives =D

Now on to updates, as you can see, I changed the template which I hope is tidier and better looking :3

Oh I did this screenshot last week, I've added icon links to my twitch, youtube and steam accounts next to the top banner. Sometimes I'll broadcast a game or two of my plays in Island's L4D1/2 servers, you can join us if you like xD. Youtube has the collection of my Hanabira tutorials and random L4D or League of Legends recordings.

I have MIA for so long and still gotta update my links page and stuff, meh I'll get to them when I remember to hehe. [Probably neber] 

Hmm, you can read Tsubomi's webcomic here, [like Ch8 of Notes from the Garden of Lilies and finale of The Secret Recipe] There's also a new yuri title named Citrus which is currently serialized in Yuri Hime with really nice artwork. I've 'stolen' an image from the author's tweet [Saburouta] on the side --> There are 5 images and they're all worth a save in your Citrus folder ;D But I like this image the most haha, Yuzu sure is stronger than she looks lol. You can grab chapter 1 and 2 from your friendly Dynasty Reader.

Not too long ago, I've finished PSYCHO-PASS and I'm pleased to see a canon yuri couple =O after tons of speculations from a certain episode 2 xD.  There are quite a bit of fan arts and short strips revolving around Shion x Yayoi like this by Mutou and more at this yamibo thread.

That's all I have for today. See ya!


[Game] Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier

[Posted @ 3:40 PM]

Tons of updates this week, I'm on a roll! There are a lot of feelings in me waiting to be burst out and I want to blog about it =D. 

Moving on, I get to finish Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier [その花びらにくちづけを アトリエの恋人たち] last week even though I got the game on xxx in the middle of the night. I was holding enter until I got a half-way end and then I got lazy to play it again xD

I have also updated the Hanabira Page with all the links to the video tutorials and guide to installing most of the series. For downloads to the visual games, just go to Yi's blog at Listless Ink.  For updates on the releases of anything related to Hanabira and the English patches, bookmark Axypb's Petals' Garden.
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier.
Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier

 

If you have problems extracting or installing the game ... no fear! For I've uploaded two video tutorials on How to Install Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier. There are two options to extract the bin file. You can use WinRAR or Virtual CloneDrive to extract the file. I highly recommend you to watch both tutorials in 720p/1080p xD.


If you encounter this blue screen of error, that means you did not change your language settings from Default [English] to Japanese. Watch the tutorials and check out my guide to solve the problem.

Any other problems, just ask away!

Amazon Japan Purchases April 2013

[Posted @ 11:46 PM]

Hey there! Changed the blog template, it looks kinda like before but the sidebar is now on the left hand side HEHE. The rest are basically the same, I'm lazy to edit the template anymore. Maybe when I'm free in the next free days, I'll update some of the the pages.

So I has some stuff I got from Amazon Japan and boy, Amazon Japan sure is fast, I will never use vPOST Japan again LOL. I ordered on Monday and by Thursday, I got everything :| The shipping charges are around the same, maybe $10+/- more than vPOST charges. I'm willing to pay that amount to get it in 3 days =^=

Amazon Japan Purchases April 2013.
[Top Left to Right]: 前略、百合の園より [Zenryaku, Yuri no Sono Yori aka Notes From The Garden Of Lilies] #1,  あさがおと加瀬さん [Asagao to Kase-san], Girls Love -strawberry milk shake-
[Mid Left to Right]:  失楽園 [Shitsurakuen] #5, #6 [END], くちびるためいきさくらいろ [Kuchibiru Tameiki Sakurairo aka Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossoms Pink]  #1, #2
[Bottom Left to Right]: キャンディ [Candy] #1, #2, ブルーフレンド [Blue Friend] #2, #3, あいがある-I girl- [Ai Gaaru -I girl-] #1

Mostly old stuff from last year to finish up my series collection. So, I'll just talk a little about Ai Gaaru and the extras of Candy since the scanlations of the rest can be found on Dynasty Reader =w= 


Snippet of あいがある-I girl- [Ai Gaaru -I girl- 1.=o The artwork is not bad, shoujo-ish, kinda reminds me of Takahashi Itsumi's [Mangaka of Love Flag Girls! and Itoshi o Tome - Kimi ga Kokoro wa] art but better xD  The story started with this 26 year old psstvirginpsst OL [Office Lady], Kaga Maki who has never fallen in love before in her life. One day, she was suddenly asked by her twin brother, Kaga Miki to take over his job as a teacher in a girls' school. Dressed up and hair styled like her brother, Maki made her way to girls' school entrance and almost chickened out. But for her brother! She persevered.

However, before the day even started, she realized her brother is a horny bastard LOL who made the students call 'I love you' a pun on 'Here' during roll call. As the day went on, she was pushed down and confessed by girls left and right who were seemly seduced by her dear brother lol. For example, her brother offered to take one of his student's virginity! And now the girl is here to redeem that offer xD Well, it's still too early to see how this story is going but it's just full of fluffy fan service :3

And you can preview a free Chapter 1 of Ai Gaaru here.

Snippet of キャンディ [Candy] 1.
The extras from Candy kinda reveals a little bit more on the daily lives of Miyamoto Kanan and Bessho Chiaki as they grew up and pursue their dreams. In one of the extras, Chiaki came home late from work that night and found Kanan fast asleep. As she was warming up her dinner, Kanan woke up and hugged her. As expected, it felt way better awake than when Chiaki's asleep xD


Snippet of キャンディ [Candy] 2. This extra kinda warps up the love triangle between Kanan, Chiaki and Nonomiya. We see Nonomiya who had pushed Kanan down and straddled on top of her. Nonomiya is happy that Chiaki is now of out the picture as she has graduated and that Kanan looks good with her hair grown out. However Kanan is willing to wait for Chiaki who has given her a ring as a promise to return after her studies overseas. It was then that Nonomiya realized that she could never steal the heart of Kanan from Chiaki and well .. -insert cries and tears-


Snippet of キャンディ [Candy] 3.
A cute young Kanan! Ichijou is pissed because she was asked by the teacher to return a music score. As she made her way to the music room, she remembered that Kanan used to hate piano lessons and wanted to give up. Nearing the music room, she heard piano sounds and was surprised to see Kanan and Chiaki in there. It seems like Kanan never gave up on piano and played well, impressing Chiaki. While Chiaki plays, Kanan is enthralled by Chiaki's hair and softly kissed her cheek.

Snippet of キャンディ [Candy] 4.
Snippet of キャンディ [Candy] 5.
Well, I don't need to say what happened here <3 xD

Needless to say, Ichijou got pissed at the lovey-dovey scene, slotted the music score in between the doors and went home.




Eh, sorry for the dates on the images, I used my digital camera to take them since my iphone died. Which is a pretty good thing since I started re-reading some of my manga haha and it gave me a hard kick to start blogging again. I also went on a 'add EVERYTHING to shopping cart' spree :| I have my eyes set on the English versions of Girl Friends and also up coming Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossoms Pink by Morinaga Miruku. The Amazon links are on the top right hand side listed as my Must/Recommended buys :3 So get them if you haven't!

Hmmm that's it I guess, I have quite a few planned blog posts for the next few weeks like a review of Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o - Lovers of the Atelier, my not very otaku? corner part 3, the return of IchigoYuri TGIF Updates with reviews on random yurilicious scanlations and maybe PSYCHO-PASS [Shion x Yayoi cannon made my day].

Until then!

Puberty Organism Vega by Hayashiya Shizuru Contest!

[Posted @ 2:40 AM]

So uh, after that sad post, I decided to post something happy!

Puberty Organism Vega Tankoubon & Drama CD Give Away!

Firstly, sorry to those who voted in the contest poll and that I never followed up. But I has something better!

A tankoubon of Puberty Organism Vega (思春期生命体ベガ)  by Hayashiya Shizuru's (林家志弦) also the mangaka of Hayate x Blade will be released on 29th June 2013. 

So what? You say.

Well, if you pre-order before 8th April, you GETS A LIMITED EDITION DRAMA CD along with the tankoubon on 31st May instead of June! I have pre-ordered two extra copies to give out to you guys YAY. I'm not sure how it will be packaged but I intend to give out both the manga and drama cd as a set. Splitting them defeats the purpose pfft, you should be able to listen and look at the images at the same time!

-CANCELLED-

So may I see fanarts and fanfics of any of Hayashiya Shizuru's works?! There will be a winner for each category. 1 from fanarts and another from fanfics, so choose each side wisely lol.

Uh a few rules:

1. SHOUJO-AI/YURI only! No H/futa/tentacles or whatever. 

2. No pornography/explicit fanarts/fic, maybe tastefully artistic ones lol (itz a grey line)

3. Pairings and stories can be whoever/wherever/whenever/AU, even crossovers (Hayate from HayatexBlade with Ran from Strawberry Sweet Shake!? Although Julia might have a say in it lol) as long they are created by Hayashiya Shizuru. 

4. Please state disclaimers in any of your fanarts and fanfics. Give credits =)

5. Please don't steal fanarts/fanfics from others, it must be your work of art!

6. Winners will be decided by me. (I has the last say)

7. Submit your entries to my email address at stefanie_yz@hotmail dot com but if you want to upload them somewhere (deviantART/fanfiction) and then copy/paste the url on the comments section is fine too. Readers will be able to appreciate your works and I MIGHT be swayed by their reactions xD

8. Deadline will be on 31st May 2013, 11:59PM, Singapore Time.

9. Winners will be announced on 2nd June 2013 and after I get the shipment confirmation from amazon, it'll probably be 2-3 weeks before I can repackage it and send it to the winners. Depending on where the winners live =o

Guess that's all. I can't think of anything else.


Also, I managed to finish Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o 12 - Atelier no Koibito-tachi (その花びらにくちづけを アトリエの恋人たち) after getting a halfway-end LOL.

Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke o 12 - Atelier no Koibito-tachi.

愛でたし. 愛でたし. =D

My Mummy

[Posted @ 1:32 AM]
So. Hi. I'M BACK LOL kinda. Wow. I can't remember exactly what happened for the past two years that made me stop blogging but partly due to family-related reasons.

Eh sad rants in this post. I just want to get this off my chest, it has been staying inside for almost half a year.

As you know my mum had cancer and she wasn't doing so well in the late 2011, we almost lost her that December (our oncologist told us to be prepared for the worst) however the last chemotherapy worked and the tumor shrank. But we know her quality of life is not as good as before and it wasn't long that she had to move around in a wheelchair. We didn't lose hope and my strong mother continued her chemos despite the agony she suffered in each session. She had to be hospitalized a day or two for her chemo drips every month and she never complained (although we know she hated staying in the hospital and always had a great smile whenever we leave the place).

The end of last year was especially hard because she don't even have the energy to get out of bed and move around our own home. It took a toll on her pride. My proud mother's will broke. She wanted to stop chemotherapy but we encouraged her not to give up since the blood test results were always good whenever we went to the oncologist. But then even if the spirit is willing, the body is not. Her liver failed and she was in great pain. Sometimes I will blame myself for not being considerate of her pain and feelings during her last moments. Till now I still ask myself, how can I treat her that way?

The days she spent in the hospital, her eyes were wide and glazed, she wasn't lucid. I was so scared to see her like that and we had to stay overnight to make sure she doesn't pluck the breathing tube off. When arrangements were made to bring my mother back home, I can't bring myself to go see her. I'm so afraid that I will break down and cry in front of her and then make her even sadder or weaken her resolve to survive. After the morphine wore off (a lesser dosage), it was agonizing to see her mind and spirit strong but body weak. At least she wasn't in pain anymore. The night before, she was happily chit chatting with my uncle and the next she never opened her eyes again.

She suffered for 9 months to bring us to this world (my birth wasn't an easy one) and for the next 26 years I have made her sad and cry with my stupid actions and ways. She loved (and worried about) us the most nevertheless and always remind me to take care of dad once she's gone. She often joked that we loved her more than dad. I just felt it is so unfair that she wasn't able to enjoy the fruits she had reaped with dad. Parents are supposed to stay together until they're in their 80s or something but fate had something else for mum. It was not to be.

I love you, mummy. I wish you're in a better place now and you will always be in our hearts as the strongest woman we have ever known. And yes, I will go find a job lol.