Japan is wonderful country full of gifted individuals. With all that talented musicians that make their identities known there, sometimes various circumstances that I will hold my tongue back from speaking of for now can make it difficult for anyone outside of Japan to acquire their material goods. Doujinshi and Doujin related items are especially prone to this dilemma as they are not readily produced on the commercial level to big name labels.
What I’d like to cover in this post is explain how to order your favorite albums through a forwarding service. In this case, we will use Noppin. Before I do, however, I’d like to point out that mimmikutan has already written up an excellent guide for another service called i-tm4u.
STEP 1: FINDING WHAT YOU WANT TO ORDER
Obviously the first thing that you want to do is figure out what you want to order. Each of the Doujin sites listed above have a search feature to help aid you in finding the page of the item you want. However, sometimes not having the proper search filter selected can prevent those who cannot read Japanese from successfully finding their items even though their search criteria is correct.
The search tags you want to keep in mind for albums are “同人” and “音楽” which translate into Doujin and Music.
While you can sometimes get away with finding your items while a different category is selected (like depicted in this screenshot); for maximum findage, try to keep the doujin and music tags active. From there, it’s simply typing in your search criteria into the search bar, such as “IRON ATTACK!”. Keep in mind that just because one variation of your search produces no results, another variation might yield you success. An example would be searching “モヒカンサンドバッグ” instead of “Mohican Sandbag” and vice versa. From my experience, I get the best success from searching for the actual album names.
STEP 2: USING NOPPIN TO ORDER YOUR ITEMS
Once you have the URL to the item or items you’d like to order, it’s time to set up a Noppin account (assuming you don’t have one). I’m not going to go over how to register an account with a website. Noppin is in all English, so it should be easy enough.
Once you have your account created and set up with your payment options (can be done later at checkout), click Shopping Service and then Contact Board
Once on the contact board, just fill out the fields with the information of the album(s) you wish to order.
You don’t have to sound like a top notch professional to get what you want, just provide the basic info. Mainly the URL and quantity.
Click “Preview Post” and if it looks good, proceed to post it.
Congratulations, You just “ordered” your item. Usually within 24 hours, A Noppin employee will reply with a quote for how much yen you need to pay for them to order the item. Noppin charges commission on top of the price of the CD so that they can (obviously) make money. At first it may seem kind of steep, especially if you are only ordering 1 item. I’d recommend waiting until you have 4-6 cds you want to order at the same time, that way the commission isn’t 50% of the price.
I don’t currently have a quote open, so I can’t show you a pictorial of the next step of accepting the quote and paying for it, but the whole process on Noppin is very fluid, you shouldn’t have any trouble. If for some reason you lose a link to it, click “Shopping quote list” on the left side of the screen. Once you pay, allow up to 24 hours and Noppin will order the item(s) for you (usually within a couple hours assuming it is within regular operating hours in Japan).
Now we wait 3-5 business days for our item(s) to arrive there. Tick-tock….ding!
Once your item has arrived at Noppin’s facility, you have some options. You can either request it be packed for shipment under “Storage Space” from the left menu, or continue ordering more items to be placed in the same shipment. Assuming you want it to be shipped, head over to Storage Space and request it be packed for shipment. Allow another 24-36 hours for them prepare your package.
When it’s ready to be shipped, your order will be moved to “Shipping Status”
Click the checkbox of your shipment and click “Shipping/Handling Charge”
After you pay this second time, allow yet another 24-36 hours for them to ship your package to you.
Woohoo good job! You’ve completed the process on ordering your doujin items via Noppin! Now just wait dat 4-6 business days for you to act like a Japanese schoolgirl when it arrives.
Hope I have been of some assistance, happy listening!
If there’s one thing I have disagreed with technologically in the past 5 years, it’s this whole 3D craze.
What’s the hook? Why the craze? What is it about a blade of grass or spec of dirt that looks as it should be that causes people to freak the freak out. Do they really think it adds some new dimension to their movie watching experience? I have to give it multiple chances, and I can not objectively say that it does.
A friend of mine said this:
I genuinely feel bad that I know 100% I’ll end up getting a 3ds
but as soon as I buy it I’m turning 3d mode off before I even turn it on
and I’m never flipping the switch back
Marketing ploys are no new thing. 3D is just the newest. Screw technology and it’s perpetuating scheme to rob ignorant people of their money. Could be used for more useful things.
I will never put on a pair of 3D glasses ever again.
Well that certainly went quicker than expected. The Lyrica playlist has been fully restored. A huge thanks to all the youtubes who offered their assistance. You guys kept me supplied; therefore I kept at work. I apologize for the massive spam I have probably incurred on your poor subscription box. If it caused you to temporarily unsubscribe, it’s over now! Now we can get on to the real music, EH?
Haha, see you guys soon.
ChaosAngel: Nice post Moomaria, and thanks for your titanic work. Quick update on the poltergeist list, all the music and images from the metal channel, from 0 to 100 videos is online.
Thanks for watching.
Woah the blog looks a bit sad… Especially since Christmas came and went and this blog went unattended.
Well, since Chaos is away (and I actually just came back) I’ll take care of the blog. Here’s a Christmas tale for you all!
Courtesy of 85centimeters (THANK YOU VERY MUCH!)
<At the beginning I can imagine a little girl in her pajamas sitting on her bed. The room was bright and cozy; snow could be seen falling outside the window (it is nighttime). When she grew older she wanted to be a ventriloquist, her daddy was always making her laugh with his performances and she wanted to be just like him.>
He was sitting in a chair with his doll and giving a little performance before he tucked her away to bed (Kind of like reading a story to a child before you put them off to bed)~
“So what do you want for Christmas this year young lady?” Her dad inquired in a falsetto voice. He skillfully operated his Dolls mouth to mimic his voice.
The girl smiled at her Dads performance. She was holding her own Doll in her hands.
“I dont want anything for Christmas Mister” she replied with puckered lips as she directed her own doll. “All I want for Christmas is to be a great ventriloquist like my Daddy!”
“Hmm? Is that so little lady?” Her Dad asked with furrowed eyebrows.
“Yep!” The girl exclaimed. “I don’t want toys or candy or any of that other stuff!”
Her dad smiled and laughed in his normal voice.
“Well then, I guess Ill have to make sure to teach you well then little girl!”
“You’re going to teach me!? You promise dad?”
“Now, why would I lie?” He grinned widely, manipulating his doll to grin alongside with him.
They both laughed out loud
The scene fades away slowly, from the bright and warm laughing faces, another scene sets in.
0:42; The snowy landscape that we saw outside the window sets in It was no longer snowing though. The darkness of the night had settled in fully and fierce winds carried sheets of fine snow particle through the air as it howled. The girl suddenly comes running into view through the snow. Tears were streaming down her face and she shivered from the cold as she ran. The only thing she was carrying was her doll, which she grasped dearly.
Something had happened her dad was no longer with her anymore; he was dead. Murdered. No longer would he make her laugh with his performances.
All alone now, the girl trudged in solitude through the heavy snow. She gripped her doll tightly. Loneliness gripped her heart as the seemingly endless hours passed. She talked to her doll constantly about how lonely she was… about how painful it hurt. The doll would listen, but it would never talk back unless the girl made it. This only made her cry more. She wanted someone to talk to her; she wanted someone to answer her. The cold was eating away at her, from the inside and the out. She shivered as she walked aimlessly through the unforgiving land. The bright blue moon peered out from behind the clouds, laying silent witness to her suffering. The black clouds overhead drifted quickly, hiding the moon from view once again.
The biting cold had already claimed all feeling in her hands and feet. She couldn’t feel her face anymore and her teeth chattered as her body futilely tried to keep warm.
“I-Its so cold out here isn’t it?” She asked her doll. The doll stared back vacantly. It did not answer. The girl raised the doll to her numb face. “P-please answer me.” She wailed. “Talk to me!” But the doll could not talk back; it simply stared back into the girls tear stricken face. As the hours drew on, even the tears on the girls face begun to freeze.
The cold was too much. It brought her numb body down to her knees.
2:43; “H-He promised though” she murmured through frozen lips. She closed her eyes weakly, gripping her doll with frozen fingers. She fell down into the snow.
“Dad” Her voice was nothing but a whisper in the wind.
She finally succumbed to the freezing cold. Her body stopped shivering.
The girl was dead.
Her suffering had finally ended. But why? Why did she have to go through all of this in the first place?
A tear streaked down the dolls face, which was still wrapped tightly in the girls embrace. It was helpless to do anything but watch
3:09; The scene fades away again; the girls room sets back into place. The room was so warm and cozy The girl was smiling and laughing as she held the doll in her hands. The doll wasn’t able to show it, but it was also smiling inside. Her dad was motioning with his doll as he spoke with his silly accent. The girl was speaking back as she directed her own doll. They both smiled and laughed. How did this wonderland become wrenched out of existence? And why?
3:43; Suddenly the area around the girls body began glowing. The doll slowly floated out of the girls frozen arms. It floated into the air, stopping in the air before spreading its limbs out… It made a rattling sound as its body shook violently. The teeth in its mouth chattered as its mouth opened and shuddered. Its limbs writhed erratically as its gaping mouth screamed out silently Overhead the moon had emerged from the clouds. It continued to watch, bearing silent witness to the birth of the doll. The dolls lifeless eyes rolled back into its socket as the head fell forward.
4:16; The doll burst into life snapping its head back into the air, its eyes became animate as it fleshed out and settled back down onto the floor. The doll looked down upon its deceased owner. She had listened to her suffering unable to do anything at all. But now she could act. She vowed revenge upon the murderers. They would die.
And so Medicine Melancholy was born~
Merry (late) Christmas to everyone! Thank you for everything, and Chaos, really, stop thanking me, you are the one that I should thank, you and everyone out there.
Enjoy the story, and don’t forget to thank 85centimeters, the Poltergeist’s (unofficial) story writer. Don’t hesitate to comment! This blog NEEDS your comments! It’s a bit dead…
(Yes I know, I have to continue the Emiya Express stories, as soon as I can, really!)
I guess this is the best way to keep the blog as lively as possible, although it’s a day late here’s 85centimeters’ story based on the above piano arrange of Remilia.
<The mood of this song is pretty depressing. Feels like a gloomy, rainy day at the Scarlet Devil Mansion… I think I’m going to play this off of my last story>
The beginning scenario depicts Remilia standing alone in her room. Since it was raining and cloudy out, her curtains were opened, which was a rarity. Remilia was staring out of her window silently…~
It had been a couple days since Remilia had left that forsaken hallway. Now she couldn’t stop thinking about it… It had been hundreds of years since Remilia last saw Flandre… When Flandre was locked away, at first Remilia could hardly accept it. But now, after hundreds of years she had learned how to deal with it-
Forget all about it. Act like it never happened. Move on. There was nothing she could do about it… so why bother?…
Remilia had repressed it all entirely from her conscience and completely forgotten about her sister. As a result though, she had unknowingly formed a shell around herself. No-one ever got close to her again. It was all fine though since she was the widely feared and prestigious “Scarlet Devil”. . After all, she was far too powerful to possibly stoop herself to the level of petty little, emotions…But Remilia was really just playing with her own mind… that fearsome title was nothing but an excuse… an excuse for her loneliness, an excuse for her isolation.
Remilia was deeply pondering to herself when she was interrupted- she saw a reflection in the window she was staring through.
Sakuya had silently appeared in the doorway carrying a silver platter.
“Your tea, my lady.” Sakuya soundlessly put the platter down on the stand next to Remilia’s bed. Sakuya began to leave but stopped short just outside of the doorway.
“Is there anything else you need my lady?…” Remilia could hear the concern in Sakuya’s voice. Sakuya had noticed how Remilia was increasingly quiet as of late. Remilia usually made little quirks and teasing remarks, but lately she hadn’t been talking at all…
“That would be all Sakuya.”
Sakuya hesitated for a moment as if searching for something to say. But she couldn’t find any words …
Sakuya closed the door behind her leaving Remilia to herself.
1:49; Remilia let her breath go. She hadn’t even noticed she was holding it in the first place. She closed her eyes. She had been thinking too much lately… She took a deep breath and relaxed for a moment. In her mind a memory began forming again. Instead of resisting as usual she let it take hold…
2:19; Remilia opened her eyes to find herself in Flandre’s playroom again. It wasn’t the haunting, evil room that she had set foot in a couple days ago… It was the brightly colored room that Remilia, up until now, had locked away in her mind. Flandre was sitting at the little play table and motioning with her doll. Remilia was doing the same with her own doll.
“Sis’ I’m tired of playing with dolls…” Flandre groaned. She put down her little mimic doll.
“Why don’t we play hide and go seek again?!”
Flandre smiled that smile again, that same smile that Remilia loved so dearly. Her little fangs protruded from her mouth and Remilia just wanted to pinch those adorable little cheeks.
“How can I say no to that face?” Remilia inquired, smiling back.
“Yay!” Remilia was quickly rewarded with a even lovelier smile…
“You hide this time Sis’, when I hide you always find me so fast.”
Remilia frowned. Flandre was notorious for cheating… She was probably going to cheat again… “” Fine, but you better not peek this time.””
Flandre nodded eagerly and turned around to face the wall. 3:18; She began counting slowly. Remilia looked around scanning her surroundings. She saw a spot that met her conditions in a corner that was covered by stuffed animals. She quickly ran over and ducked in.
“18…19…20!” Flandre turned around and smiled….then she immediately started running towards Remilia’s hiding spot.
“Cheater!” Remilia yelled before bursting from her hiding spot and running to avoid Flandres outstretched arms. Stuffed animals flew into the air from the act. Flandre laughed as she chased Remilia around the room.
Flandre chased Remilia around the room a couple times smiling that stupid, little grin. Remilia ran awkwardly away from her little sister. Remilia’s face beamed red as she ran.
“Cheater! Cheater! Cheater! Che- Aahh!”
Remilia tripped over a stuffed animal as she was running and landed smack-dab on her face. Flandre ran over grinning and kneeled down. She poked Remilia in the back.
“Gotcha ” Flandre grinned devilishly.
Remilia turned her beet red face towards Flandre. “Your such a freaking cheater Flan…” They both laughed.
4:55; Remilia opened her eyes again, her heart pumping. But all there was to see was her own reflection in her window… Remilia closed her eyes, her lips quivering.
The rain pattered against the glass as she slowly began crying to herself…
No… The Poltergeist Mansion has not become “Emiya’s House of Fanfics”, I just thought it was a good way to keep it more lively
So, I’m sure some of you guys know about 85centimeters on youtube, for those of you who don’t know him he’s a regular follower of the poltergeist’s channels, and since he’s such a nice guy he likes to express his feelings that he gets from songs in certain “stories” that he takes his own free time to write out and some times has posted them in comments.
These stories are extremely nice to read while following the rhythm of the song that is supposed to be connected to the story, on an emotional level.
Well, rant aside, my point is that I find these stories pretty nice to read, and since reading them in Youtube comments can be pretty annoying we decided to use this (partially deserted) blog to put up these stories; I’ll mention it in the video descriptions, and a link to the post containing the story and the song will be provided.
Let’s all give 85centimeters our thanks, all credit for this story goes to him. Cue the story, Emiya.
One day Remilia was wandering aimlessly through the mansion. The mansion was expanseless as a result of Sakuya’s abilities, so it wasn’t hard to find new halls that never seemed to have existed before. That day, Remilia happened upon a forgotten hall, an ancient hall~
Remilia pondered to herself as she walked through the hall. It was oddly normal sized so it had never been affected by Sakuya’s manipulation… Remilia wondered what it contained. The air of the hall was extremely musty and thick, as if no-one had disturbed it for centuries… The hall was very mysterious it intrigued Remilia. Remilia had little else to do so she went in to investigate. Remilia went to open the door to the closest room. The rusty doorknob creaked and the door groaned as it swung on its hinges 0:42; She walked inside and her eyes widened from what she saw. An ancient memory stirred in Remilias mind. She remembered sleeping in this room comforting Flandre one night during a thunderstorm…
It was Flandres old room.
0:55; Remilia quickly stepped out of the room and closed the door behind her. She was breathing heavily. She clutched at her throbbing head. Sweat traced her forehead as she leaned against the door. From behind her hand one could see her eyes flaring a bright red. 1:16; She wanted to leave but for some reason she had the urge to continue… Remilia regained her composure and slowly began walking down the hall again. Memories lingered and seemed to leak from every corner of the hall The time of this place felt distorted, frozen as if the past had come and claimed the place as its own. The floorboards creaked as Remilia continued on.
Remilia opened the next door, her bright eyes piercing the darkness of the room. It was Flandres playroom. Dusty, broken toys lay everywhere. Remilia looked at the closest table and saw two dolls. It was a little mimic doll of Flandre and Remilia 1:57; Another memory immediately attacked Remilias mind. She stumbled backwards as the memory gripped her mind.
2:10; The scenario changes. It was the same room except hundreds of years ago. It was no longer a dark, dank place. It was a bright, cheery room, filled with shelves crammed full of colorful toys. Flandre was sitting at one of the little play tables. Flandre was playing happily by herself when Remilia walked into the room. Then a huge smile came onto her face. Her little fangs showed when she grinned like that Remilia loved it when Flandre smiled like that.
“Cmon Sis!” Flandre was holding the Flandre doll in one hand and thrusting the Remilia doll at Remilia.
Remilia remembered herself taking the doll eagerly and playing with Flandre. They were both sitting at the table fantasizing about adventures they would take together. It was such a wonderful moment, Remilia loving playing with Flandre.
3:09; Remilia suddenly snapped out of the dream. Her head ached from the memory. Her mind burned from the memory. She was gripping her head and sweating profusely. Breathing deeply, she turned to leave the hall. At first she started out with a brisk walk but then she couldnt stand it anymore and burst out into a sprint. After what seemed like an eternity of running, she finally made it out of the oppressive air of the hallway.
She never wanted to go back here again.
Constructive criticism, although I’m not the one that wrote it, if there are some typos feel free to say so, I’ll correct them.
Thanks for reading and thanks for watching!
A tiny comment regarding the song is present on the video, but other then that everything else is written here. So, without further ado, after clicking the HQ button let’s click “Play” and read the story along with the amazing music:
Taking back from where we left off, the two girls find themselves currently in the mysterious train, conveniently named “Emiya Express”, they had just gotten aboard and currently find themselves in the cabin the mysterious man with white hair left them.
“Welcome to the Emiya express, I hope you enjoy your trip through what I called “ZUN’s wonderland”, I will be your guide and captain, my name? Hoho, such trivial things are not needed.”
Renko: “Hmph, what a weird guy”
Mary: “Haha… Well on the bright side the train is truly wondrous!”
Renko: “Yeah, no doubt about that, just check out this huge cabin that mister gave us.”
The two girls look around, the cabin, it truly was a luxurious and beautiful cabin. Like one you’d dream in staying in, only this one was free.
Renko: “Oh yeah, Mary, do you remember if it was written on the flier how long this journey is? We actually should be at university right now…”
Mary: “Now that you mention it…”
“Length of this journey? Hah! What a foolish question, ZUN’s wonderland is limitless!” Says a voice
Renko: “!! Wha-? Who-? Where are you?”
“My, my, calm down madam.”
The two girls look frantically around the room, searching for the origin of the voice who just spoke.
“Well, don’t bother you won’t find me”
Renko: “Wait, you’re the guy from earlier…”
Mary: “Are you using the train’s broadcast…? Won’t the whole train hear what you are saying?”
“Hoho, I wonder, maybe I’m talking directly with you girls? Anyways…” The man clears his throat “Lady’s and gentlemen, let us begin our marvelous trip through an unimaginable wonderland that none of you have ever dreamed of visiting. For starters I would advise you to take a look out of the window”
Along with the gentle flow of some classical music playing in the background the two girls can hear the splashing of waves from the outside. Renko quickly gets up and opens up the curtains. The two girls gasp in awe.
What they see truly is a beautiful sight. Sea, as far as the eye can see. The only fact that makes it seem even more beautiful is that it’s in the middle of the night.
Renko opens up the windows to get a better look. It was a tranquil night, a gentle breeze was blowing, Renko and Mary leaned out to get a better view, of course the train was not going at a considerably fast speed. From the back side of the train they could see a small train station which was getting smaller and smaller…
The sea at night truly is a beautiful sight.
Upon closing the windows Renko realizes something.
Renko: “Where are we exactly? This makes no sense, 20 minutes ago we were at Tokyo!”
Mary: “I wonder… That boundary seems to have taken us to quite a far place… And I never recall seeing such a beautiful sea there.”
Suddenly they hear a knock on the door *Knock, knock*. Mary opens the door and they see the mister from before in front of them.
“Hoho, I see you’ve already pulled open the curtains. Truly beautiful, is it not.”
Renko: “Wait a sec, if you are here then who’s-”
“Don’t worry, that’s all taken care of, I came here to inform you 2 that there are various services around the Express you might want to take a look at. Have you had your dinners yet by any chance?”
Mary: “Actually, no, we haven’t, and now that you mention it, I’m quite famished…”
“Excellent. Why don’t you go have a bite to eat? I must say our food is quite delicious.”
Renko: *sigh* “Heck, why not, might as well have fun since we’re all the way out here in some unknown place.”
“Down the hall, then take a right, you’ll see a slightly japanesque looking door, that’s what you’re looking for. Now if you excuse me, I’ve got some other matters to attend.”
The man rushes off. The two girls look at each other.
Mary: “He seems like a rather busy man, always off in a hurry”
Renko: “He’s a weirdo if you ask me. Well let’s go have something to eat, I could eat a whole horse!”
The two girls direct themselves down the hall and taking their first right they see two doors, to their right is a normal door with a “Staff Only” sign, to the left was a typical Japanese door. Next to the door was a big sign on which the words “Welcome to the Bamboo Cutter’s Restaurant” could be read.
The two girls can hear some slightly jazzy music coming from the interior……
Note that the wondrous views that are viewable from the Emiya Express are not the work of some kaleidoscopic scenery, like in ZUN’s original CD:
“The left side of a blond-haired girl sitting against the running direction was a beautiful blue sea coast; the right side was awesome plain with no buildings and pine wood.”
“Hiroshige has large seats and runs very quickly, so it’s convenient…
But to me, it’s dull to see just a ‘fake’ scenery through Kaleido-screen.”
-ZUN, Translated by Toho wiki, from “Retrospective 53 Minutes: Story”
I think the kaleidoscopic windows are a very futuristic and interesting touch ZUN gave to the original, but what we are seeing are REAL wonders, not some fakes.
Thanks for reading, please do comment, tell me what you guys think, constructive criticism on maybe some ways I might be able to improve the story is welcome.