Archive for the ‘Manga’ Category

On my last entry, I said something about the manga I bought online. At that time, I was afraid that the Customs will charge me with insane amount once my manga landed in my country so I searched through Google on how to deal with my country’s Bureau of Customs. I found some people saying most people are “crocs” but if luck is on your side they won’t overcharge you. Uh oh–I had hope Luck will be beside me. And just few minutes ago, my manga finally arrived and it was delivered straight to our room! The postman was carrying a small box when he knocked. He said it is a delivery from Japan and asked for the payment of Php 45.00 (hoho, Luck was beside me! XD), I hurriedly grabbed my money and handed it out to him. He gave me my receipt and the box. Wohoo! Finally, I received the manga I purchased via an online store: an InuYasha Manga Volume 1 in its original Japanese language! Woot! I ordered it nine days ago from Nippon Export, an online store for any items from Japan and was alerted that it has been shipped out two days ago. I am very much contented so I am sharing my experience:

  • April 6, 2009 – I registered myself in their site.
  • April 12 up to the remaining days of the month – Inquiries. Then, I found out that I cannot pay through credit card because their site’s system for credit card payment is not available for my country. So, I am left with Paypal. I registered an account there and added one of my credit cards. I waited for my credit card statement to get the little confirmation code from Paypal.
  • May 16, 2009 – I sent an inquiry about the availability of the manga. Though their site’s FAQ says that for an old book it would take about 3 weeks at most to get a copy from the publisher, InuYasha manga is an exception because it is a successful one and I was informed a copy of the said manga can be ready within a week. So, I placed my order. Wee 😀

    I paid a total of 1468 Yen. 468 Yen for the manga + 1000 Yen for shipping (EMS). Unfortunately, EMS is the only option I can get. Oh well, at least the book will arrive fast due to this shipping method. I received an invoice and sent the payment right after.

  • May 17, 2009 – My Paypal payment has been confirmed. I have to wait at least a week for them to get a copy of the book from the publisher.
  • May 23, 2009 – My order has been shipped out.
  • May 25, 2009 – Manga has been received in very good condition! Woot!

So, what can I say about this? It was really a great online shopping experience! ^^ Below I listed my pros and cons. First, the cons.


  • Shipping cost– For my manga, it is 1000 Yen which is doubled the price of my manga.
  • Limited shipping method (for my country)– I was left with EMS. Though it is a good shipping method, I wasn’t given the chance to choose. But still I am happy with their service.
  • No other payment options for me– I am lucky that there is Paypal.


  • Great customer service – Very fast and kind response to all inquiries
  • Item has been packaged with care – Manga is in very good condition, no scratches, deformation, etc. Look at the pics below
  • Price is much lower compare to other online stores- Well, I compared it to two online stores and it is the cheapest among the three. But then again, the shipping cost is really a big ouch. >.<
  • No hidden costs or whatever – Very true. Just check out your item and whatever the price is, that’s it. No hidden charges etc. Thumbs up!


Rating: 10/10 Because I am contented and happy with my manga. 😀

Note: I am NOT affiliated with Nippon-Export. I am just a satisfied customer that wants to broadcast to everyone that it is a great online store for your otaku needs!


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Today, I tried to search for more information regarding customs and duties taxes for manga importation because I want to know how much I will be paying once it arrives in my country. But it seems that it is just a hit and miss method. According to some forums, “May tawaran” portion pa kung minsan. There is no definite or fixed price which concludes that it is not really based on a real computation. Argh, I hope they won’t overcharge me for a manga worth 468 Yen. -_-

Anyway, while searching for more customs related issues…I stumbled upon some news and articles about the Philippines Book Blockade. It seems that the Customs will now charge taxes for imported books. 1% for educational and 5% for non-educational. Only those “books or raw materials to be used in book publishing” are exempted, they say. WTH! This is pretty alarming! For sure if this persists, books will gradually drop in quantity. Importers will surely think twice before dealing with imported books. I think there are two possible options for importers: 1.) Do not import at all ; 2.) Increase the prices of imported books. Do not import at all is not good. I can’t imagine seeing nothing new in any local bookstore! (Imagine going to National Bookstore and see the same books you saw last month—how interesting no?) If they go with the first option, our country will be stagnant. Information coming from other countries will not reach our archipelago. With that, what are we going to do? Rely on illegal downloading of scanned versions of the books that we love to buy? That’s really ridiculous! The second one will surely hurt the pockets of buyers and only favors the rich class. Only them who are willing to shell out more money will be able to enrich their knowledge. How about the middle and lower class? Don’t they have the right to have access to these treasures? These taxes on imported books will surely have an impact on our education system. Didn’t we Filipinos believe that education is the key to poverty? So, without updated textbooks, imported reading materials and foreign books, how can we grow? How can we heighten our knowledge, creativity and relation to other countries? How can we understand the cultures of other countries? Just try to guess? By implementing these taxes, they are restricting us for information outside the country. It’s like putting us in a huge cage and banning us to reach out for more knowledge.

Everyone, please let us join our hands. We must do something with this! This is a serious matter. Please spread the word to your friends, relatives, colleagues, to everyone! Imagine our country without these imported books!

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InuYashaToday, I ordered the first volume of Inuyasha manga in its original Japanese text from an online store. It’s my very first time to order something online; I do hope to get the item that I bought! (._.) Right now, I am still keeping my fingers crossed hoping that it will be successful online shopping experience! Anyway, after that…I did some google search for more Inuyasha stuffs. I stumbled across the news dated just last month (April) at ANN. [I know I am so late XD but it’s better to be late than never! Haha] I am quoting the whole news below.

The North American publisher Viz Media has announced that it will “unflip” its English-language release of Rumiko Takahashi‘s Inuyasha manga, starting with volume 38 in July. Future volumes of the English edition will revert to the right-to-left page layout of the original Japanese edition and be published monthly. Starting this November, Viz will also reprint the entire series in VIZBIG editions. Each unflipped bumper volume of the VIZBIG edition will contain the contents of three of the original volumes.

Update: The remaining volumes of Inuyasha will be released monthly.

Original Link: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-23/viz-to-publish-inuyasha-with-unflipped-page-layout

Finally, my beloved series will be unflipped (Right to Left) just like the original! Upon knowing this news, I became so excited that I kept on searching for more information about this VizBig release for Inuyasha. So far, it seems that it will be a 3-in-1 edition scheduled to be released in November 2009. The price will be $17.99 based from TheRumicWorld and it’s $12.23 from Amazon. So the price range is $12-$18. Good deal, I believe. Considering that it will be a 3-in-1 release, unflipped…it’s a good pick especially for avid fans of the series! (Just like me! I will surely save up more money for these! I’m gonna collect the whole set! >:D) However, as I went on searching for more, I came across some blogs which discussed about a rumor. This and this are the blogs I am talking about. From the latter, it stated the following:

UPDATE: In the comments, Greg McElhatton shares a rumor that would explain why all of Rumiko Takahashi’s manga series have always appeared in flipped format, even when subsequent, smaller editions were released: Apparently Viz’s licenses were too specific and only granted the rights to publish Takahashi’s work in the flipped format. So to publish new, unflipped editions, Viz would have to renegotiate their contracts, which would add additional costs they probably don’t want to incur for a reprint project. So it looks like the VIZBIG edition of Inuyasha may be flipped after all, which just seems… odd. (Although Tekkon Kinkreet was reissued in a flipped format, so maybe it’s not such a big deal.)

Inuyasha Hanyou and Human Form So it seems that it is already stated in the contract between Viz and Rumiko Takahashi that the manga will be published in flipped format and to have it in unflipped editions would mean to have a new contract? That’s how I understand it. *sigh* Adding more to the disappointment, this Amazon Link‘s description for Inuyasha Volume 1 (VIZBIG EDITION) says

Product Description
L to R (Western Style). Quaeterly. Historical Action And Romance From One of Japan’s Most Beloved Creators Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she’s pulled out of herown time and into another! Removed the succeeding text

WTH! L to R! And here I thought it will be unflipped! So what’s with the Vizbig Unflipped News? I know this contract thing is a rumor and I hope it stays as it is. Surely this Amazon Product Description must be just a big typographical error! If ever the rumor is true, then the Vizbig Edition is actually a waste. It will be just a 3-in-1 release, that’s all. Nothing new, nothing to look forward to.

When I started to like this series, I never had the intention to purchase the English Version because it’s flipped (reading Left to Right)—it’s a really huge turn off because the drawing has lost its greatness due to the flipping. But now that they will be releasing unflipped versions, I will surely be one of your customers! So Viz, please do! *fingers crossed*

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