RDrake’s anime roamings


Traveller notes part 2
December 11, 2006, 9:48 pm
Filed under: General Schtuff, Japan, Manga

Well, today went to Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Nto much to write about there, so I’ll do something on earlier stuff…

What in Japan is hard to get used to? Three things. And they never seem so bad in anime…

1. Japanese railway lines are utterly confusing. They crisscross all over the place, turn here, turn there, consist of several different private operating companies…well, let’s just say that SBS and SMRT are small fry compared to this mess…
2. Japanese smoke alot. Terribly so. Everywhere you go, there’s somebody blowing smoke into your face. NOOO! I don’t want to die so early from passive smoking! I haven’t watched enough anime yet.
3. Japanese must really love their cell phones. Everyone seems to have one…and uses it alot. Example? Heck, at USJ, most people used their phones to take their photos. The remainder probably accounts for all the foreigners, so…Really brings to mind DarkMirage’s statement that every Japanese has a cellphone surgically attached to his/her hand…

And wow, these Japanese must be crazy. Whatever fits into a vending machine goes…that explains the plentitude of cigarettes…I mean, come on, is that a ice cream vending machine over there?

Ok, for anyone who thinks that manga is cheaper in Japan than back home? Forget it. Most likely applicable only to Americans. Asian publishing houses go for roughly the same prices. Average yen price of manga here is 500 yen upwards, UPWARDS. So forget it. 500 yen is roughly 6.75 SGD. Chuang Yi does stuff cheaper, and in a more accessible language too.
Then again, I was looking at the more quality, well-known stuff. Totally skipped over all that yaoi…OMG! There must have been more shelf space devoted to yaoi than normal stuff…

Hmm, looking from my Nirgilis covers, well, if there’s still anyone thinking that Nirgilis is a solo female artiste, you’re wrong. Nirgilis is actually a group. I suppose that easily explains a very distnctive music style, rather than simply a distinct voice. Well, anyway, their website is over at www.nirgilis.com.

Ok, that’s it for today. More tomorrow, hopefully…

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Pre-vacation rushes
December 7, 2006, 1:00 am
Filed under: Figurines, General Schtuff, Manga

Well, today was the day I used to catch up with whatever anime/manga/figurine related issues I still have before I take off for Osaka. Sorry. This place doesn’t actually happen to be part of that list…

First up, I headed back to the Chuang Yi manga warehouse sale in an attempt to pick up some of those obscenely cheap VCDs. Unfortunately, my guess is that the sale of DVDs/VCDs was only on for mayb, the weekend. They were gone today, confirming a friend’s report that they were gone, and not all that likely to return. I suppose that it still is quite possible that it will return this coming weekend, but I’ll be gone before that. Now would be a good time to mutter several obscenities…

Since my shopping is pretty much done, ‘ll now announce the full haul…
1. Tenchi Muyo (English) 1-12end
2. Whatever books on Magic Knight Rayearth were around.
3. King of bandit Jing 1-7
4. Rahxephon 1-3end
5. Superpsychic Nanaki 1-3end
6. Zoids 1, 5
7. Voices of a distant star 1complete
8. Hayato the combat butler 1-7
9. Mystical Detective Loki 1-5

I think I’ll be lazy time-conscious since it’s past midnight now. I’ll put everything in a pile tomorrow and take one big photo…it’s going to be quite a pile, I guess…

Also, on my way back from Harbourfront, I stopped by at Dhoby Ghaut to try find this Sunshine Plaza place. Ok, successful, but only because of the helpful map at the MRT station. So I checked out La Tendo and the others…Fine, mainly La Tendo because they’ve got a sale on. Sadly, I saw little of interest. The Katase Shima (Stellvia) figure I noticed in a corner of Urban Attic was at a colossal price of $89. (Hey, I don’t have the same budget as other people. I already spent $83 on cheap manga…).

So on I went, over to Funan, thinking that I won’t be able to afford the same figure at Urban Attic either. Imagine my surprise when Weiye (the kind and noble guy who runs Urban Attic) mentioned that his was going for $30. 30 out of 89…hmm, almost one third the price. Ok, the box was slightly damaged at the top, looks like it may have been crushed, but for such a price difference, I can live with that…

Weiye says this figure happens to be his last piece and that he is desperately trying to rid himself of it. He appears to have alot of ‘last pieces’ though…(heard that? Bargain hunters?)

Oh, and his new namecards arrived or something. I think I’ll scan it in tomorrow…so funny…



Back broken, neck cramped, shoulders aching, leg muscle failure…
December 2, 2006, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Manga

End of the day. Time to report on the earlier manga warehouse sale Chuang Yi Publishing Pte Ltd held today. Actually, it’s still ongoing, but for lack of better phrasing…

Pardon if you notice grammar errors, but my body is extracting a heavy vengeance on me…

To start off, I’ll tell people how to get to the godforsaken no man’s land place where the sale is being held. Take the Nort-east line down to Harbourfront station. (In case you didn’t know, that’s the stop you get off to go to the grossly overpriced Vivocity). From there, find the bustop on the opposite side of the road from Seah Im Food Court next to the shuttle bus stop to Sentosa. From that bus stop, get on one of the following buses, 10, 30, 143. (Or at least I think it’s these ones, the number should be similar even if I’m wrong). Take them a few stops down to the PSA building. Alexandra Distripark is just after the PSA building, so you have to walk…be it hot sun or rain. Once you get there, just follow the address…or the posters…

Ok, now that recall work has calmed me down, I’ll give the actual lowdown on the place. The really cheap manga on sale part was no joke. The prices are truly low. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Chuang Yi must well and truly want to rid themselves of some huge backloads of REALLY OLD manga. No wonder they hold the thing right at their offices, would cost quite something to lug the stuff somewhere. I’m talking about stuff from one, maybe two decades ago. Early 90s publications, mostly. It’s not all bad though. Some english manga also being sold here. Time to fill up the gaps in your collections, people…This would be the warehouse sale as advertised in the poster. Held in an empty room on the sixth floor. Beware, don’t spend everything you have here. There’s a part two.

Part two is held in the wonderfully air-conditioned storage room upstairs on the seventh floor where Chuang Yi’s actual office is located. Here you find their newer releases, both English and Chinese. The problem now is that the new stuff has only a 20% discount, as compared to obscenely low prices downstairs. It’s still alot when you realize Chuang Yi books never have a sale unless held by Chuang Yi itself (very rare event). Now, be prepared to wait outside the room awhile. Bue to the small space in the storage room, only ten or so people are allowed inside at any one time. As a result, a queue is pretty much standard throughout the day…

I also got a call from my friend who went today, as opposed to my yesterday. He claims that anime VCDs are on sale there too, one set for $10, though I cannot confirm this at the moment. I will when I go there again.

Well, that’s pretty much all you need to know about the place for now. I’ll go over my haul another time. With photos, PHOTOS!…



Final heads up
November 30, 2006, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Manga

Well, this is the last chance I get to announce this before the whole thing actually starts.

Chuang Yi Publishing Pte Ltd will be holding a massive warehouse bazaar this year end (meaning tomorrow). According to their website, there will be ‘hard to find collections’ (i.e outdated and old beyond most stores’ willingness to keep stock), ‘massive discounts’ (this one you can believe, looking at their mid-year sale at expo), and ‘lots more’.

According to their poster/pamphlet, they’ve got more than 200 titles for sale, and prices start as low as 50 cents. Free gifts with every purchase.

Date: 1st to 10th December

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Blk 2 Pasir Panjang Road. Alexander Distripark. #06-15/17

Ok, my thoughts? Well, this isn’t quite the first time Chuang Yi would be having such a sale, even if I’ve only been to one other one. The time they set up a booth within the Singapore section of Popular Bookstore’s Chinese Book Fair at the Expo.

Judging from that experience, bring lots of cash. Lots of it, you’ll need it. The poster says prices as low as 50 cents, it is most likely true. The problem will be that you’ll have to buy the books by series, which well, adds up the cost somewhat…

Given that this is more a warehouse sale than a promotional booth, it should be pretty safe to assume that Chuang Yi’s very old titles will be appearing. If there was ever anything you missed out in the past, take this oppurtunity to grab it.

There may be a chance that Chuang Yi will also hold a small manga/anime merchandise auction at the place. If so, you’ll need even more money. The last time they had an auction, they even sold off figurines…means you need double, no, triple digit amounts of cash…But the small stuff, some of it is pretty worth it as well, especially if you snag it at a much lower price than original.



OOH! Manga sale again!
November 10, 2006, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Manga

Nice. Chuang Yi is holding another manga sale…(Somebody is going to get hurt. For not telling me about this earlier…)

Apparently those idiots stuffed the adverts into their manga. Do they actually think that only the regular buyers of their books will be interested?

Well, all the same, I’ve got half a month to save money. And since I’m not a hikkikomori, I can oh, so easily walk down to grab some good deals…

Well, here’s the link to Chuag Yi’s event page…
http://www.chuangyi.com.sg/events.html



I’m Chinese through and through, but this is going too far…
October 7, 2006, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Manga, Rants

Rant of the day, or perhaps a long, long time, given that I’m probably going to be stuck with this problem for a long, long time…

Damn my ability to read, write, speak Chinese. Is it a blessing or a curse. Yes, all non-Chinese are going to raise the issue of Taiwanese manga.

For those who are slow: Current NT:SGD rate is 20:1. So NT100 = SGD5. Some of the Taiwan books aren’t even NT100. This means that Taiwanese manga is dirt cheap. Not as dirt cheap as in Japan, but still compared to everywhere else, super cheap.

In that case, what happens to the price after the lot is transported here to Singapore? Yes, the price goes up. What I want to know is how much profit is involved. The average selling price for Taiwan manga (without the varying membership discounts from shop to shop) is around SGD8 at least to SGD15, though most are around 9 dollars. That’s about twice the cost price. Minus certain fees and all that, how much profit is there?

All this calculation on the low value of Taiwanese manga is really making me want to go there for no other reason then a manga shopping spree…



Hiatus? Maybe…
October 6, 2006, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Anime, D-Grayman, Manga, Rants, Shin Angyo Onshin, Web

Eh, yes, I might not be around for a while. So maybe I won’t be putting up any new posts, until mid-November maybe. Could be gone awhile. all because of the exam, see.

In other news. I want to rant against the Indonesians…Just give me a line or two, won’t take long. CAN’T YOU GUYS DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE HAZE?!!! I INTEND TO KEEP AS MANY OF MY BRAIN CELLS AS POSSIBLE! DON’T KILL THEM WITH YOUR GIANT BONFIRES!!

In any case, I’ve been going through quite a bit of manga recently. I’ve taken the time to go through almost 10 books of Shin Angyo Onshin. Mistake. Do not read Shin Angyo Onshin when you are tittering into depression. It’s not exactly very happy a series. It was just so emotional, and not just because certain people die and all that. It’s one big bandwagon of disillusionment in a country fallen into chaos…But enough of that. I want to read more before going on.

Also, in response to the latest hype over the new D-Grayman anime, I went over to the bookshop to read the manga. It caught my eye before, but not enough until now. Well, what can I say. It’s WAY better than Bleach at least. The art can get slightly messy, especially during action scenes, but that’s very well made up for by the sheer emotional play inside (which was sorely lacking in Bleach…). Also, it also pawns Bleach thanks to this simple equation. Linali>Orihime. Don’t kill me for that…