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New: Ichinensei ni Nacchattara v8 ch52-53

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Ichinensei ni Nacchattara v8 ch52
Ichinensei ni Nacchattara v8 ch53

Special thanks to Jonathan for scanning this volume for me. Ichinensei v9 is due to be released on the 12th of February. Koi Neko ch60-62 are in the proofreading stage.

Well, we’re approaching a new year. There were a lot of set-backs, and things that demotivated me from accomplishing what I wished to finish this year. I had to replace a monitor, and I’m barely starting to get used to this new one. I also built a new PC, which has taken away a lot of my time, though I selected a new motherboard, CPU, and memory with an emphasis on low memory latency, which is a vast improvement over my previous one that was around a decade old. Decided to get 16gb of memory (previously 4gb), and found that 12gb is sufficient for the way I normally use my computer (I like to multi-task).

The lack of a niche manga-related community in line with the themes of my projects that isn’t run by unfair, greedy administrators, and apathetic or greedy members does sour my mood when I work on certain projects, and I don’t know what I can do so I can forget about those kinds of people. I’ll be honest in saying what happens is that instead of focusing on how to write dialogue, I keep entertaining negative and destructive thoughts of empowering the people these people are being unfair towards, which has a high likelihood of ultimately inconveniencing everyone else. Finding a community that doesn’t upset my sensibilities would help in allowing me to focus properly. Since good communities don’t seem to exist, I’m going to be experimenting on this blog to see if there’s any other ways I can distract and motivate myself.

Lately, I’m starting to notice a lot of manga that are similar to “Ichinensei ni Nacchattara”. Like on Nicovideo, there’s a free digital manga called “Joshi Shougakusei Hajimemashita”. Unlike Ichinensei, which is a gag and social commentary (was a slice-of-life) manga, this is more of a wish-fulfillment-type manga. When I read comments on 4chan through an archive service concerning InN, there’s a lot of people openly expressing autogynephiliac fantasies about becoming young girls, and having platonic/yuri relationships with other girls, and this Nicovideo manga seems to be specifically aimed towards those kinds of people.

After purchasing a PSP over a year ago, I noticed that a lot of people are using an import store called Playasia, who are advertised just about everywhere (their gimmick is that they have free international standard shipping). I don’t know how many readers will benefit from this, but there are cheaper, faster, and safer alternative to Playasia if you want to import games. Just to give an example, Amazon.co.jp usually sells new games for at least 18% off their standard price; however, amazon.co.jp won’t ship games overseas, which isn’t a problem because there are forwarding services (also amazon.co.jp’s shipping sucks for light things like games). Just to give an example of a good forwarding service is J-shoppers because they don’t have a handling charge, and their EMS shipping is 5% off.

Here’s an example, an 8,190 JPY PSP game from amazon.co.jp has a 1,491 JPY discount at 18% off. A single PSP game generally weighs 200g and the shipping costs 1500 JPY (1425 5% off) for Europe and 1200 JPY (1140 5% off) for North America. Of course, this is with one game. If you buy two at 400g, then the shipping is 1800 JPY (1710 5% off) to Europe, and 1500 JPY (1425 5% off) to North America. Limited Edition boxsets with artbooks and soundtracks tend to weigh around 1000g (2800 Europe/2400 NA), which means you’ll have to do a bulk order to beat Playasia’s free international standard shipping for these kinds of games, but the extra you have to pay is still more than worth having EMS shipping over free standard shipping without tracking. Also, Playasia is pretty bad for preorders and popular limited edition titles; they have a stupid tendency to accept orders and then only ship with a first-come-first-served policy with little communication (amazon.co.jp has a better understanding of how many units they’re going to stock and close preorders as soon as this total is met).

The only caveat with using amazon.co.jp+jshoppers is that amazon.co.jp does have a tendency of splitting orders. So, if you order 5 titles, there’s a chance amazon.co.jp will decide to split them into 5 packages that you have to pay the shipping for separately since jshoppers does not consolidate multiple packages. In any case, I hope this is useful for at least someone out there. Once you start using a forwarding service, you then have access to most Japanese online stores if you’re interested in tokuten (shop specials) and the like, though some shops like Toranoana will not ship to a forwarding service, but they’re one of the few exceptions that I know of.

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@weasel, Tsu, Anonymous, viaggero, Kay, Met, PPHifi, Ultimate, anne, asda, uli, and Masashi: Thank you very much for the birthday wishes. I hope you all have a merry Newtonmas, and a happy New Years.

@Archer: I don’t do the cake-thing for birthdays. Hahaha. More like another day where I have to consider when to lop off my head and have it cryogenically frozen.

Greenie: Thank you. You don’t have to worry about me stuffing myself on cake. Actually, you should be more worried that I don’t eat enough. I’m on the lower end of a healthy weight; I tend to forget that there is a concept called eating when I preoccupy myself with things that are interesting. As for your request, I only have personal copies of “Nyatto” and “Okasu Bekarazu!! Junketsu Tokku!”. I would have to order additional copies if I were to scan them, and I’m currently strapped for cash in my frivolous item budget with my recent computer part purchases and the myriad of book titles coming out. With that out of the way, I believe that I saw a digital version for “Okasu Bekarazu!! Junketsu Tokku!”, so I don’t think you would need to wait for someone to scan a copy of that series.

@Anonymous: Thank you for the moral support, Anonymous. You’re welcome, I’ll try and do my best this year, and try not to let things distract me as much.

@sensualaoi: Wow, how many books is a year’s supply for you? I generally do 10-20 books a month. Koi Neko is also the first manga I read out of all the books in my orders.