Once again I used Otsukai service to buy used Ruki Makino and Renamon's Best Tamer CD - it only has a few scratches on the cover, the CD is fine (I planned to buy the same cover and just replace it but it's actually really hard to get the same cover in 2021 so I've decided to just leave the original cover on (I also tried to remove the scratches with some youtube tutorials but no luck)). I actually bought it for my sister's birthday present since it's her favourite Digimon Best Tamer CD. I was searching for a new one but since the CD came out in 2001 I could only find from a second hand. The CD is really nice tho - it's transparent and for a second I thought that this Otsukai person only sent me the cover, haha. I was listening to all Digimon Best Tamer CDs recently and I have to say Ryo's is my favourite. I like his rockish style and I think I listened to his and Ruki's songs the most so it's also a bit of nostalgic.
Every time I find a website with Anime (mostly Digimon) merchandise the shipping is either very expensive or they don't ship to my country - all around just not to us, haha. So I was trying to buy a Chinese Digimon Manga I found on yesasia.com to help me with my learning Chinese. After buying it the support send me an email saying that they can't get the Manga from their distributor so they gave me the money back. They really have a lot of products (mostly Asian, not just Chinese or Japanese) from comics to home decor. I think it's one of my fav page when I have to find something Asian that I can't find in my country or Europe. Even tho I'm a bit lazy lately and use Otsukai a lot and let other people find things I'm searching for. The shipping there is also cheaper than on a lot of other websites. So win win.
Lately I'm into Detective Conan again (I started re-watching it again; only 900 more episode to go ) because my sister was watching it and I kinda wanted to watch it too? She graduated in Japanese language and she is basically refreshing her Japanese knowledge with it and since it's her birthday soon I bought her a light novel made after 2017 Detective Conan movie: Crimson Love Letter. We watched the movie this New year's eve and I think it's easier to read about the story you already know and the characters you already like. I found the book on cdjapan.co.jp with not so expensive shipping (you have more options, I chose the cheapest one but you still get the tracking number and only 3 weeks to get it - which is really fast ). This website is also one of my favourite. You can get a lot of things here that has been released in Japan (Japanese stuff only!). I always check for Digimon stuff here but am usually always too late and everything is already sold out.
Last website I found not so long ago - I think I saw the ads already before but never really clicked on them - is japanhaul.com where you can find the newest items released in Japan - mostly food, anime items and beauty products. I was searching for a Detective Conan or Digimon sweets to give to my sister as part of her birthday present and I found a Detective Conan Chocolate Egg here on this website. I ordered 2 - one for me and one for her and I planned to buy more when I receive the first two but they were sold out a few days later. The shipping is also cheap (once again you can choose between different shipping) and the delivery is very fast.
I have to say I'm really happy with all the orders I bought and can't wait to open the chocolate egg to see what figure I got.
I don't really know how I found this app/website but I have to tell you, it's one of my favourite right now. Otsukai is actually a service that helps you to get a hold of a japanese only items that can't be found elsewhere.
I use this service for a lot of things. For example when I was in Japan I bought this really cute tote bag in Kyoto (in a really small shop next to the monkey park). After a year of using it the bag tore and I couldn't find another one. I was searching on the internet a lot but all the websites were only shipping it to Japan or Asia. So I decided to use Otsukai and see what will happen. I got a lot of offers with different prices and I chose the cheapest one and voila, 2 weeks later I had the bag I was looking for. No complications. I don't know the cost of the shipping but I think it's pretty cheap because everything I ordered wasn't really expensive - It's not like you pay 10€ for the item and another 10€ for the shipping. It's really low budget.
On my last order I thought they charged me twice for the same item and they have such a nice support group and we managed to solve the problem really quick (it was my bank's fault in the end).
The only thing I kinda dislike is that they only accept the request for Japanese language only items. I tried to order some Digimon comics that are actually part of Japanese firm - Bandai and were also released in Japan (or so I think) but because of Chinese author/language they removed my request. It's actually not a big deal or anything but I was sure someone from Japan could find these comics sooner than I would.
I actually wanted to talk about my latest order because it's connected to Digimon. I live in a small country in the central Europe and while growing up there were no Digimon related merchandise here - just Digimon cards and Digimon Album. Everything else I own was found in our neighbour countries by pure luck. When I was a child there was no internet to buy it from. Right now it's a lot easier to find things you like online and just buy it.
In 2019 they released this special Tai and Sora CD at DigiFes 2019. It's actually a celebration CD for Tai and Sora's voice actors (Toshiko Fujita & Yuko Mizutani) that passed away a few years ago. It has 10 songs featuring Toshiko Fujita & Yuko Mizutani singing songs in character as Tai and Sora. The 4th track of the album is one of my favourite of all of Digimon songs - Tai's theme by Toshiko Fujita (I'll turn my courage into wings) - the same song I have under the "about" section.
I love the art for this CD, the four of them sitting on a hill with nice blue cloudy sky. They all look so happy. And the details are so cute - right next to the credits there is this line ".. 太一の バーカ。" that translates to "... Stupid Taichi." and it just reminds me on the second movie Our war game. And also on the left side of the CD there is a text that says "If it's with you, I can fly to the other side of that sky. That sky-blue wind, I will blow one day, to bring courage to everyone. Taichi Yagami & Sora Takenouchi. Taichi and Sora." And it just makes your eyes all teary, right?
I finally watched it! I know the movie has been out for some time now - the one with the "SAMPLE 3" sign all over the screen and a lot of people have been watching it like this but I decided to wait for the original release day. Even though there were spoilers everywhere!
I know a lot of people hated the movie, like they did the Tri season and I kinda understand why, but I still liked the movie a lot. It was a bit of a shock to see them bit older and acting older - like drinking beer, watching "dirty" magazines. I really appreciated to see the 02 cast in the movie even though they were separated from the others.
And ending was actually just what I was expecting - sad at the time but since the 02 season ends with them back together with their Digimon partners let's pretend that Tai managed to solve how to bring their Digimon partners back!
Anyhow, I once again tried to locate all the real life locations we can see in the movie and pin them on the maps - you can find the link under "navigation".
I know I said it already many times but in 2017 I was in Japan for one month and I had a hostel in Nakano city and while searching for the real locations I realised a lot of things are actually happening in Nakano city or around. We can see the station and the street I was walking through at least twice a day for 2 weeks! I have to find the old pictures and see if I have some pictures of the scenery shown in the movie. Even though I didn't realise it till I started researching it it's a nice feeling to see a place you know in a Digimon movie.
It's almost November and I still didn't completely cancel my plans to visit Japan in March even though it doesn't look good. I'm still hoping that maybe this corona situation will go away soon. I was planning this trip for a long time and it sucks that I have to cancel it for I don't know how much time.
Okay, enough of my whining. Check the movie, it's a must! See you,