[Tutorial] How to buy stuff on Amazon Japan

If you’ve followed me for a while on Twitter, you may know that in recent years I’ve bought most of my manga on Amazon Japan, be it physical copies or ebooks. They have pretty much every manga you can think of and provide super fast worldwide shipping with DHL (and if I say super fast, I mean 2-3 days fast!). Amazon and DHL will even handle customs for you, so you’ll never have to pay any extra fees or taxes for your packages again! Granted, CDJapan’s cheapest shipping option is VERY cheap indeed, but those packages can take up to 3 months to get to you and even then you can’t be sure if you don’t have to pay extra customs and taxes. And EMS is hella expensive compared to Amazon’s DHL shipping, not as fast and, you guessed it, customs and taxes aren’t taken care of either.

I know that most of you are intimidated by Japanese websites, even if Chrome browser has a built-in website translation feature. But be afraid no more! If you have a credit card or access to Amazon Japan gift cards, there’s literally no reason why you couldn’t buy from Amazon Japan!

What many don’t know is that you can set Amazon Japan to use English in just a couple of clicks!

Hover over JP and the globe in the right half of the top menu, then click on English

Hover over JP and the globe in the right half of the top menu, then click on English.

Now you can browse Amazon Japan in English!

Now you can browse Amazon Japan in English!

But how do you do that if you don’t know Japanese? Well, you’ll usually know how to write the Japanese title in western letters, right? Amazon has an incredibly useful feature that will try to convert anything you write in the search bar into Japanese, like so:

If you type letters into the search bar, Amazon will automatically try to convert it into Japanese for you! (not translate, just convert)

Here’s a few tips on what to look out for when you type in a title in letters:

  • Don’t use spaces! Japanese rarely uses blank space between words, so don’t press that space key!
  • Actually do use spaces! If a manga title has a comma, period or exclamation mark in it, leave the comma out and use the space key instead, since Amazon apparently has trouble converting these guys properly! Confusing, right? but you’ll get used to it!
  • Some western versions of Japanese titles use a slightly wrong version to make it easier for us to read, like there’s づ and ず which are both written and pronounced as “zu”, but a slightly more correct version would be “du” for づ and “zu” for ず. If that confuses you, try looking up the title in Japanese on websites like Baka-Updates Manga and copy-paste that into the Amazon search bar.

What about ebooks though? Well, ebooks are a GREAT way to read manga, if you want to save money, want to read the stuff you buy immediately anywhere and want to save space (and trees that won’t have to be cut down to print the manga instead) or you can simply support your favorite author after you’ve read a scanlation and there’s no official translation in your language yet! Some people are worried that the stores they buy from will be out of business at some point and the money they spent on their ebooks will be in vain and the books will be gone, but let’s be real: there’s no way Amazon will go out of business in the next 20 or so years, so it’s still a good investment!

You can read Amazon ebooks on either your Kindle (there’s even a special Kindle Paperwhite for Manga being sold in Japan), in the Kindle app on your smartphone, tablet or even computer, or, and this one’s new, in the browser. If you read in the browser, you won’t have to download additional software before reading, but I tried reading Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori on Safari/Mac and the browser reader was full of bugs, so I’d recommend using the Kindle or Kindle app instead!

I don’t have a Kindle, but here’s some tips for reading your ebooks from Amazon Japan on your Kindle app:
Before you start the app for the first time, set your device’s location to Japan (you don’t have to set the whole thing to Japanese, just the location is enough!) to make your app connect to your account on Amazon Japan instead of your country’s Amazon (in my case it would be Amazon Germany instead).

Once you’ve created your Amazon customer account and have added your credit card or gift card credit, you’ll be able to buy ebooks with just one click! Ebooks are usually a little (sometimes even a lot!) cheaper than physical copies, and if you want to save even more, you can sign up for kindle unlimited with a trial period of 30 days, after that it’s ¥980 a month for thousands of manga (granted, they’re not the latest or hottest shit, but they’re free entertainment 🤷).

Once you’ve purchased an ebook, it’ll show up in your app’s list and if you click on it, it’ll be downloaded to your device. Your reading progress will be saved online, so if you start reading it on your tablet, but have to take a break in the middle of reading because you have an appointment in town, you can just download it to your phone and continue reading on the train where you just left off without spending minutes looking for the last page you read!

And if you’ve made your account, but don’t know what to buy first, maybe check out the current Boys Love ebook ranking with both paid and free ebooks!

I hope this article helped you out and will make it easier for you get your hands on the manga, anime and other merchandise you’ve always wanted! 😀
If there is anything that’s unclear or if you have further questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me a tweet!
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[News] Scarlet Beriko’s Jealousy erscheint in Deutschland

Was lange währt, wird endlich gut: Auch die neuste Serie der Boys Love-Zeichnerin Scarlet Beriko (Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, Jackass) erscheint nächstes Jahr endlich auf Deutsch! Auch diesmal wird wieder Egmont der Verleger sein und gleich beide bereits in Japan erschienenen Bände innerhalb weniger Monate veröffentlichen.

Jealousy Band 1 erscheint am 2. Mai und Band 2 am 4. Juli 2019 und beide sind derzeit für 8€ vorbestellbar.

Wer sich die vergangenen deutschen Releases von Scarlet Beriko schon gesichert hat, dem wird vielleicht aufgefallen sein, dass dieses Mal der Originaltitel übernommen würde, was man von den vorherigen Manga leider nicht behaupten kann 😛
Da ich persönlich leider immer noch psychisch unter Touch my Jackass (statt einfach nur Jackass [was ist ein Jackass und wie fasse ich es an?!]) leide und viele mein Schicksal teilen, wollen wir auf Twitter den Sieger krönen! Macht doch mit:

[News] Yarichin Bitch Bu Anime Main Theme on Spotify

That Yarichin Bitch Bu by Ogeretsu Tanaka is getting an anime OAD adaption in a special edition bundle with the upcoming third volume of the manga might not be news to you anymore, as it’s only less than a month away, being released on 21st September 2018.

The OAD is being animated by new animation Studio Grizzly which was founded by the end of last year and luckily for us overseas fans also does an unusual amount of their online marketing in English. Thanks to their affection for overseas boys love/yaoi fans they also made the main theme of the anime, “Touch You” performed by the anime’s cast in various versions, available on Spotify!

As stated in the tweet, you can find the whole album here, but they had trouble making it available globally, so if you find that you can’t access the album, drop them a tweet with the country you live in and if you don’t have twitter, feel free to comment with the same content on this post and I will let them know about it for you!

Get the anime DVD on CDJapan or Amazon Japan!

[Sale] Second-hand Manga, Magazines, Doujinshi for Sale

As you all know, living costs money, so I’ll try to get rid of as many books as I can here.
All manga and manga magazinesare in very good condition unless otherwise specified.

I’ll update this list in the coming weeks because there’s just too much stuff to do it all at once, so make sure to check back regularly!

4€ per manga
4.50€ per magazine
Doujinshi prices start at ~4€
plus shipping

You can contact me via comment under this post, email at ore@sareru.net, Twitter DMs or my Facebook page!


[Manga News] Fudanshi x Fudanshi in Pesotarou’s latest work

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Most of us know what a Fujoshi is. A girl who enjoys Yaoi or Boys Love works. But what’s a Fudanshi? A BOY who enjoys Yaoi or Boys Love works.

We all might have read the one or other work about Fudanshi, such as Mashita no Fudanshi-kun by Kuroiwa Chihaya, or Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu/The High School Life of a Fudanshi by Michinoku Atami which also got an anime adaption a while back. But those only had one Fudanshi main character.

Now what would happen if you have two of them? Who are very much each other’s type? That’s the theme of Ore Seme x Kimi Uke ~Risou no Oshi Zokusei~ by Pesotarou.

This manga will be released on August 17, 2018.

Tankobon: Amazon or CDJapan

Ebook: link will follow

[News] New Manga Releases in English

I’ve been doing lists of new German Boys Love releases for a while already and just realized that I never did one for English releases, what the heck?!

To atone for my sin, I’ve sat down and checked what upcoming releases I could find on Amazon.

Escape Journey by Ogeretsu Tanaka

Best news for all Ogeretsu Tanaka fans! Escape Journey is her longest and probably also most-wanted series and it’s finally getting an English release in September this year.

Naoto and Taichi’s turbulent high school love crashed and burned, but a reunion in college puts love back in the air.
Naoto and Taichi’s first try at love during their high school days crashed and burned. Years later the two unexpectedly reunite on their first day of college. Tumultuous love often burns hot, and the glowing embers of their previous relationship reignite into a second try at love.
It’s Naoto’s first day of college, and the last person he expected to see was his high school ex Taichi, who he’d dumped after a huge argument. Even though years have passed, Naoto finds he’s still steamed over some of the harsh words that were exchanged, but he also recognizes how much Taichi has matured since then and can’t help getting pulled back in. Will the discovery of his friend’s crush on Taichi fray the fragile threads of this mending relationship?

Release dates:

Volume 1: September 11, 2018
Volume 2: December 11, 2018
Volume 3: April 9, 2019

I Hear The Sunspot: Limit by Fumino Yuki

The third volume of this series about a hearing-impaired student and the boy who lights up his world is actually the first volume of the Limit arc which is still ongoing, but the second volume still hasn’t been released in Japan.

“You rescued me from a world without sound. If it wasn’t for you, I never would’ve known the world was such an amazing place!”
Because of a hearing disability, university student Kohei had made a habit of distancing himself from those around him. But after meeting the exceedingly cheerful Taichi, he gradually begins to embrace a more positive outlook on life. Kohei eventually begins to see Taichi as more than a friend, and after he finally confesses his love to Taichi, the feelings become mutual.
In this new addition to the I Hear the Sunspot series, Kohei continues on as a student, while Taichi makes his way out into the working world to pursue his own calling and the two begin a new life together!

Release date: November 20, 2018

Ten Count volume 6 by Takarai Rihito

Finally the last volume of the Ten Count series is up for preorder in English! The series took a pretty sudden end in Japan early this year which still feels a bit incomplete, to be honest. Probably not because of popularity issues though, since a web game was released, a smartphone game announced and a TV anime is also in the works.

Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder in this doctor-patient romance fraught with compulsion!
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani’s attraction to his counselor grows.

Quick note though: Kurose is a therapist, but not Shirotani’s doctor. He agrees to help his as a friend, which for some reason even the publishers like to mix up, probably because it sounds so kinky.

Release date: December 11, 2018

Hitorijime My Hero by Arii Memeko

I fell in love with this series thanks to its anime which aired exactly a year ago last year. And the summary holds the key to the “why”:

A yaoi romance between a good boy who didn’t know he was waiting for a hero, and a bad boy who comes to his rescue! Now a hit anime on Amazon Prime!

“I don’t like caramel sauce. I prefer something bitter…”
Masahiro Setagawa doesn’t believe in heroes, but wishes he could: He’s found himself in a gang of small-time street bullies who use him to run errands. But when high school teacher (and scourge of the streets) Kousuke Ohshiba comes to his rescue, he finds he may need to start believing after all…and as their relationship deepens, he realizes a hero might be just what he was looking for this whole time.

A good boy and a bad boy, what could possibly go wrong??

Release dates:
Volume 1: January 1, 2019
Volume 2: March 5, 2019

Go for it, Nakamura! by Syundei

This one is a bit of a blue-baller, but still caused a little hype when it came out. It’s really funny and I enjoyed it a lot and to my surprise, without ever finding out about it on social media, this one is already released!

Nakamura loves a boy in his class–now he just has to keep himself together!
Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with another boy–his dreamy high school classmate Hirose. But there’s a problem: they haven’t met yet. And Nakamura is a total spaz who might bungle things before they even begin! In this endearing Boy’s Love comedy about the trials of high school, follow Nakamura’s hilarious attempts to cling to happiness.

Release date: July 3, 2018

And last but not least…

Prince Bari by Solanine and Maki

This is actually the only one on this list I haven’t read yet, but the cover and plot look very interesting, so I’ll give it a go once I can get my hands on it! The only downside here is that I can’t read the original since the author-artist-duo seems to be Korean ;w;

Yohan is a celebrated shaman with a lazy spirit in the form of a boy named Donga. One day, Yoonsung, the CEO of a successful IT venture firm visits Yohan’s shop with a request to remove the powerful spirit that is Chunho. Tensions build up as the two men and the two spirits get to live together at the same place.

Release date: September 18, 2018

[News] My Brother’s Husband by Tagame Gengoroh wins Eisner Award

Tagame Gengoroh’s 2 volume manga My Brother’s Husband won the award for “Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia” at this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry awards presented last weekend at SDCC.

The manga is about Yaichi, a single dad living with his daughter, who is suddenly visited by his gay twin’s Canadian husband. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.

Unlike most manga, this one is available as a really pretty hard-cover edition, and also inspired a live-action mini-series which aired in spring this year.

The U.S. edition of the manga was released in two volumes and both volume 1 and volume 2 are available as hardcover or ebook editions on Amazon.

The original Japanese edition of Otouto no Otto was released in four volumes and is available on CDJapan:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4

[News] Ten Count and More Boys Love Anime announced

This week in yaoi anime: ALL OF THEM ANNOUNCEMENTS!

At Anime Japan 2018, an event for anime creators, marketers and fans, two yaoi anime were announced:

The first one, which probably surprised us all the most, is Yarichin☆Bitch-bu by Ogeretsu Tanaka!
Yaribu will get an OVA episode which will be included in the special edition of the third volume of the manga, coming out in September this year.
The project’s official twitter account already posted a trailer:

Another announcement was made for the manga Dakaretai Otoko 1-i ni Odosarete Imasu by Sakurabi Hashigo! This one will receive a full TV series sometime this year.

And last but not least there’s Ten Count by Takarai Rihito, which announced plans for an anime on the obi of the last manga volume which came out today.

There’s no information on the format or when it will come out, but Takarai mentioned that it might take a while.

The Ten Count smartphone game, which was in development much longer than expected, was also finally released last week. Learn here how to play the game!

And if you’re looking for goods to celebrate this announcement, check out my Ten Count Goods post 😀

[How To] Ten Count Smartphone Game “Another Days”

After the release of the Ten Count smartphone game “Another Days” for Ameba (a Japanese social media/blogging platform) got postponed again and again, the developers dropped the bomb and released the game without any prior notice yesterday. Instead of making it an app on its own, the game was built as a website and can be played if you have an Ameba account. In this short(!) How-To I’ll show you how to make an account and how the basic functions of the game work. The game works pretty much like your regular Dating Sim for the story part, so there’s a lot of clicking and reading involved, but the bad news for some of you is that the game is entirely in Japanese. I’m not sure if anyone will translate the game’s main story or not, but I’m too busy and will not.

Create your Ameba account

First you need to click on this link: a1-341-6-sp.arithgame.jp/index.php

From there you’ll scroll down a little and see this page:

The easiest way to create a new account is to login with facebook/twitter/whatever else is available on there. Creating an Ameba account is free, you will only be charged if you want to buy extra content.

After you’ve given Ameba permission to access the info of your social media account for the login, you’ll be prompted to complete your profile:

Your icon and username will be taken from your social media. Next are your date of birth (year/month/day!), gender (the first one is female, the second one is male) and the last field is for your email address. Once you’ve completed inserting your information you’ll be able to press the grey button and proceed to the game’s page.


Once you’ve finished making your account, you’ll be directed to this page:

Click the green button to get to the game’s page. Click the pink button on the next site to start the game:

The game will ask you how you want to be called. The first field is for your last name, the second field is for your first name:

Next you will be asked if you want to turn on the sound, this will likely increase the load times for the game, but you will be able to change your decision again later in the settings:

The options are: ON, OFF or SKIP

And now you finally get to start with a bit of story!

Navigating through the conversations is done by tapping the screen, if you are prompted to make a decision during the conversation, you can do so by tapping on it directly.

Your first task in the game is to dress up Shirotani-san! You can choose his facial expression and which shoes he’s supposed to wear with his usual suit!

Click the upper button on the last page to go with your decision, click the second button to go back and choose again.
Afterwards Kurose-kun explains that you can only dress up Shirotani-san, but you can receive other characters in various matching outfits you can add to Shirotani-san as decoration (lmao).

You’ll then receive 5 scenario tickets. These are used to proceed in the main stories. You’ll receive free tickets at 4 am Japan time per day, but they’ll expire after a day!

You can make Shirotani-san take “lessons” in order to raise his charm points. These lessons are exhausting and burn up stamina points, so you there’s only a limited number of times you can take them per day! To be very honest, I’m not very sure how they work: You’re presented with two differently dressed Shirotanis and are then supposed to click one of the two icons under them. Just know that 大成功 means success and 失敗 means failure. Sometimes if you’re successful you will sometimes receive “Dias”(?) (Google translates this as “deer”, but they’re basically in-game coins you can use to buy items) and will be able to raise your lesson level.

Then it’s time for your first mission! Your first mission is to buy Shirotani-san’s “normal coat” for 600 Dia which will increase your charm by 10 points. Well done, you did a shop!

As a reward for this you’ll receive more scenario tickets. Reward items are sent to your inbox and you can either accept them one by one by clicking the tiny pink button right next to the item, or you can be a smart person and receive them all at once by clicking the big buttons at the top or bottom of the item list.

In raising mode you can use your raise points to raise Shirotani-san! By raising your affection level in the examination room you’ll be able to receive special avatars and voice scenarios! Your affection level also helps you make up for wrong decisions you make during the story play. These invested affection points will not be reset if you switch between two stories, but there are special reset tickets which will be able to do that for you if you’re not satisfied with your progress.

It’s then time for you first lesson. As previously explained, you will see two sometimes differently dressed Shirotanis and have to choose one of the two icons below as your lesson partner to raise your “Ten Count Level”. Below the two icons you will see your left stamina points and how many stamina points will be deleted during the lesson in the brackets.

Afterwards Shirotani-san explains that during the story play your lesson level influences if you will enter the normal ending route or the happy ending route of the story. Which ending you receive depends on your choices during the story, your lesson level and your avatar’s dress up which will gain you items needed for the story’s progress.

The game’s twitter account mentioned earlier today that you will receive bonus stills for completing both endings!

Congratulations, you’ve completed the tutorial!

How To Play

After completing the tutorial you get to choose one of two storylines for the story mode: Shirotani Tadaomi: Lost Child (top) and Shirotani Tadaomi: Dinner (bottom). Confirm your choice by a click on the pink button, change your choice by a click on the blue button.

There are a bunch of items you might receive after this, they’re free login bonus items you will receive for logging in for days in a row and items that are given out during campaigns. While I’m writing this post you will receive a complete wedding dress up set to celebrate 80,000 pre-release registered users (The set also comes with a dressed up Kurose-kun)! You will be able to accept the items you received in your inbox.

Here’s what your main page looks like. In the top bar you see your icon, the name of the story you chose, your current progress in the story, your affection level in the heart and a menu button. Under it you see your current dress-up, the present button in the top right corner is your inbox where you can accept and receive items. Under that are the buttons which will get you to the lesson mode, raising mode and story mode.

The menu has the following buttons:

My Page, [in preparation]

Shop, Chip, Gacha, Dress up
My Data, Inventory, Scenario album, Change route
Friends Top, Ranking, Login sheet, Change name

Gacha currently has two themes: Japanese tea house in spring and Ornaments!

After choosing one theme you’ll learn how long the theme will be available, the Japanese tea house in spring theme will be available until April 8, 2018. Under the pink button you’ll see how many gacha tickets you have left.
Click the pink button to turn the gacha, the left grey button to view the items and the right button to buy tickets (probably with real money, I’m not sure how you buy items on Ameba though…).
After clicking the pink button you need to confirm that you want to spend your gacka ticket.
If you scroll down you’ll see a list of the theme’s available items divided into a first section with rare items and a second section with normal items. Scroll down a bit further to see a list that tells you how likely each item will drop. (I suggest copy-pasting this list into Google Translate)

Dressing up Shirotani-san is fairly easy. Under the avatar you see how high you charm points are and how many slots in your closet are occupied. Seems like you can only carry 20 items, but since some of them may be relevant to the story you need to choose well which ones to keep and which ones to delete.
The two pink button direct you to either the avatar shop (left) or the gacha (right).

To dress Shirotani-san in an item, click on it and choose the bigger pink button. Choose the smaller button to throw away this item!
To take off an item you’re already wearing just click on the item and then the one button displayed.
When you click on an item, you’ll also see how many charm points the item will add to your outfit.

And lastly, to change your sound setting, go to My Data in the menu, then click the grey button at the bottom of the page and click the grey button on the following page to turn on the sound.

I hope this will be of help to some of you guys!

[Drama CD] Jackass!

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My wonderful dudes, dudettes and friends of stockings, it’s finally time!

The Jackass! by Scarlet Beriko Drama CD is about to be released, on November 17th to be precise, and I couldn’t be more excited, because I get to hear my sweet son Miyoshi Haruomi speak real words into my ear. Who’s that, you ask? Read the manga and then listen to the CD and fall in love with the boy like I did!

Look at that precious smile ?

ANYWAY, MY POINT IS: go buy the drama CD. With any extra you like. There’s three extras actually. Plus one bonus comic of 8 pages as a first press bonus. How? Take one of these:


(Drama CD Cover)


Drama CD First Press Edition with Toranoana Bonus, 4536 yen + service fee

Toranoana bonus: Illustrated clearfile with printed message by Scarlet Beriko


Drama CD First Press Edition with Comicomi Bonus, 4536 yen + service fee

Comicomi bonus: Illustrated clearfile with printed message by Scarlet Beriko


Drama CD First Press Edition with Clubmail Bonus, 4536 yen + service fee

Clubmail bonus: Illustrated postcard with printed message by Scarlet Beriko


This drama CD actually comes with TWO disks, hence the price. (Shipping NOT included)

Here’s the cover of the first press edition bonus comic, “Cry Marries High”, spanning 8 pages: