I will be a guest at Anime Los Angeles again. I am looking to add a few people to the Parody Fan Dubs panel.
Here is my schedule:
Saturday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Buying anime and manga from Japan
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Cover: Online & Stores
For most searches, you will want the Japanese title of what you're looking for. Try Wikipedia or other sites to copy the Japanese title from if you can't type it in Japanese.
amazon.jp: You can click "In English" but still need some Japanese. Shipping is only express, so expensive. Buy a few things together and/or go in with friends so shipping per item goes down.
cdjapan.co.jp: The whole site is in English. Search in English. The prices tend to be higher.
auctions.yahoo.co.jp: It's all in Japanese, and you have to find sellers that will ship internationally (海外発送). You can use a site translation like Google Language Tools to help.
jlist: Site is in English. A variety of stuff.
www.bk1.jp: I haven't used it yet, but a friend recommended it. All in Japanese, cheaper shipping than Amazon.
kinokuniya.com: Site is in English. Search in Japanese. You can order by mail or see what's available in stores.
In the Los Angeles area, there are Book Off and Kinokuniya, and probably others.
Book Off deals in used books, and you'll find it in Japan and L.A. Try it first for the prices.
Kinokuniya is in several major cities in the U.S. West Coast and East Coast, and Australia, Japan, and other Asian countries. They have a great selection. You can see what they have online. They will also order books for you, which can save you on shipping if you have time to spare.
Notes from the panel, stuff I'll be adding:
La Puente, general Asian stuff
Little Osaka: North of LAX off 405
Coming soon? Rakuten bought Buy.com
Right Stuf for figures
Feel free to add more in the comments!
Saturday 1:30 - 2:30 PM: Your First Trip to Japan
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"Join travel veterans as they guide you through do's and don'ts of your first trip to Japan."
JR rail pass
Bring cash (yen)
Research before you go
Plan to allow for changes in your plan
Go to onsen (hot springs)
Get a cell phone or rent one. Buying through gaijinpot or craigslist can be cheaper, but it's more work, and you won't know the number ahead of time.
Bring a GPS with Japanese maps, or buy one there. Your smartphone's data probably won't work in Japan. Walking to a place from a train station can be confusing.
Get out of the big city for part of the time if you can.
Expect to use credit
Try to withdraw too much from an ATM at once
About my own first trip:
My first trip was in 2007. I went to Comiket and Worldcon/Nippon 2007. I stayed in Tokyo, Sapporo, an onsen at Touyako (Hokkaido), Kitakyushu (Kyushu), and Yokohama. My friends in Kitakyushu took me to see Mount Aso and Jigoku Onsen (Hot Springs of Hell), and Sanai Kogen Hotel & onsen in Minamioguni.
I spent a few nights on the train, which was pretty nice. I was surprised to find pay phones and vending machines, but few power outlets and no wifi. I watched a lot of "Letters from Iwo Jima" on a TV on the train, with Japanese subtitles for the English parts.
Rail pass was great, though I had to take and pay for a few non-JR lines. I loved the hostels, great prices and some good conversations with people from all over the world. I paid more for half of a party room at Worldcon than I paid for the rest of my hotels and hostels. Onsen was fun and relaxing. The hostels and cheap hotels had Japanese baths too. I so want one at home. Toilet seats with bidet/washlet were great too, and I have one at home now.
The Japanese I knew came in handy.
Saturday 8:00 - 9:00 PM: Parody fan dubs: Clips and discussion
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Gotta find/make some clips.
Nescaflowne battle from 14:00 is pretty funny.
Sunday 12:00 - 1:00 PM: What show or manga got you hooked?
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For me it was Robotech, 1985. From there I went straight into Nth generation VHS tapes of raw anime and C/FO meetings and my own monthly anime meeting and club and fan dubs.