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EccmyEccmyhace 4 años
Hi everyone!

And yet another long overdue loot blog, although this one wasn't only delayed due to real life being busy on my side...

Indeed, this loot I got back in September, was a bit special. I acquired it through a trip to Paris. When I have the opportunity to go there, I always do my best to save some free time in my schedule to visit Book-Off Opera, the best place in Paris for Japanese goods in terms of quality, diversity, and price IMO.

Sadly, I've heard that they will close at the end of this year (if they haven't closed already: anyone living in Paris or having visited it recently have some fresh news?) so I went there fully intent on doing a shopping spree. It helped that since they were trying to clear some stock, a lot of stuff was sold at bargain prices.


Piece of warning regarding this blog:
* All items will be media ones. Sadly, there weren't any figures at the time of my visit (I've rarely seen figures at Book-Off Paris anyway). No goods either.
* Several items I'm displaying, namely the CDs and the DVDs, still don't have a database entry. Usually I make sure to add each item of my loots (well, the ones that can be added at least) before writing a blog, but I've delayed that blog for far too long and media items (especially CDs with all the composers and performers) take a lot of time to set-up, so I'm writing the blog now, and will make sure to amend it later when the items will be in the database. Thank you in advance for understanding.



With all that said, on to the loot.



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Actually, I've bought a whopping 6 bags worth of stuff in total. However, the 3 other bags not displayed are presents for relatives and friends.
You can imagine how difficult it was to bring all that stuff to the hotel, and then back home! Books and CD cases are heavy when stacked! O_O
Like last time, I've put Chloe Lemaire Nendoroid next to the bags for scale comparison.



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For starters, the artbooks! This is where I spent the most time during my visit. Hoo boy, as always there were a ton of artbooks available!

Thanks to the bargains sales, I've managed to snatch at last the Second Treasure, Favorite Dear, and Comic Party books at a reasonable price!

Also, I though I had gone through everything they had Tokimeki Memorial books-wise, but I was fortunate enough to find this Nijiiro no Seishun mook I didn't have in my collection so far! Lucky! ^_^

Toradora Portable and Amagami are games I'd like to get and play in the future, so having their strategy guides already will be handy.

The Virtuacall and Roommate books are curiosities (I'm a sucker for 90s dating sims and visual novels, and I already own a Virtuacall telephone card -although not intentionally, it was part of an auction bundle- and I had trouble getting info on that series so I thought it was a good opportunity), I got them for 2 Euros each.



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And now, some light novels! As you may have guessed seeing my database additions output and/or my frequent participation at the "Can you identify it" and "Translation help" forum threads, I can read, speak, write and understand Japanese. I was eager to get some new Japanese books to read!

Book-Off Opera's selection of light novels was pretty limited, unfortunately. Still, I've managed to find those four little gems. Eberouge was the only one I didn't know anything about before I saw that book, but it was a good grab as I later discovered it's from a 90s dating sim franchise! :p
Of those, the Ever17 light novel especially was an awesome catch IMO.



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Four Japanese novels. Clockwise, starting from the upper left book:
* Shiokaritouge, by Ayako Miura
* Yokohama QE2-go's Murder Case, by Sakae Saitou
* Something's Strange, by Aiko Satou
* The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker, by Koutarou Isaka.



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CD loot! Unfortunately, by the time I started checking the CD shelves, I was running out of time (despite having spent nearly half a day in the store!) so I had to do a mad dash check at the first things I could easily find. I thus focused my search on the anime/video game CDs shelves, and on CDs of Dreams Come True, Mariko Kouda, Mami Kingetsu, Sachiko Sugawara, and ZARD.
This is the results of that frantic search: three Mariko Kouda albums (My Best Friend, KISS, and Happy! Happy! Happy!), two Mami Kingetsu albums (Catchy and Touch and Go), four Dreams Come True albums (The Swinging Star, Magic, Love Unlimited, and Diamond15), a Konami album, and two Sakura Taisen CDs.

Of those CDs, Dreams Come True's "Love Unlimited" quickly became my favourite. I love pretty much all songs in there, with "Romance", "Shichigatsu Nanoka, Hare", and "Uchi e Kaerou" being my fave tracks!
("Shichigatsu Nanoka, Hare" is the ending theme of the J-Drama of the same name. I've read its synopsis, and it perked my interest. If I have an opportunity to get that J-Drama, I'll grab it!)

Regarding the other DCT albums, "Magic" and "Diamond15" are so-so as a whole as far as I'm concerned, but they have a few awesome songs I really love: "Ame no Owaru Basho", "Iron'na Kimochi", and the cheerful, full-of-energy "Happy Happy Birthday" (that song never fails to perk my spirits each time I hear it!) for the former, and "Hajimari no La", "Olá! Vitória!", "Innocent", and the inspired by Sonic 2's Final Boss theme "Yasashii Kiss o Shite" for the latter.
As for "The Swinging Star", sadly I'm not digging it at all aside from the awesome "Sweet Sweet Sweet" (vocalized version of Sonic 2's ending theme). And to say it's one of DCT's most successful albums...



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And now, some DVDs! You can see by the store stickers that a good chunk of them went through a drastic bargain. :p

Top one is a J-Drama called "Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu" (I'll go and meet you now). Synopsis seemed interesting and price was okay, so I picked it.
Below are the 1st DVD of Excel Saga, a series I always was curious to watch so, at 2 Euros, I grabbed the chance; and a Sakura Taisen OVA.
And finally, volume 5 of Ginban Kaleidoscope, a nice little anime series (inspired from a light novel series) I've seen a few years ago and really enjoyed back then; as well as a Kaleido Star OVA (another series I'm curious to discover, so seeing that DVD at 2 Euros, I thought: "Why not?" and picked it).



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And finally, video games! Unfortunately, the video games' shelves were drained out of good titles by the time I visited Book-Off Opera: all was left was basically shitty educational titles and sports games. I still managed to find this little gem: Growlanser III on PS2 ITEM #303545 . I also picked up a hockey game for cheap, but only because it's for my collection of Japanese PS1 Konami games.



I've also checked the manga section, but I wasn't able to find anything to my tastes or the titles I was seeking for.
I also looked at the magazines and found some daily life stuff, but I don't think they're relevant enough to this blog to display them (I prefer to focus on anime / manga / video games / movie retaled items in my blogs).


So, that's all for this loot blog. Another one featuring things I got between late November and early December is on the rails (finally got ITEM #183892 and ITEM #257209, among others), so stay tuned for it!

I hope you enjoyed this blog! Please feel free to comment if you wish! See you soon! -_^
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Have you ever visited a Book-Off store?

19%Yes, in Japan
5%Yes, at Paris, France
20%Yes, in the United States
0%Yes, in South Korea
1%Yes, at the late Vancouver store in Canada
6%Yes, in several of those countries
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jkbhace 4 años#5381014Ok, first, wow ! There is a Book-Off in Paris ? I live in Paris and never heard of it, and it's closing at the end of the year ?! Man !
Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu... Oh good good memories, so much feels, I loved the movie and the drama version. (FYI, the one you got is the movie, this is the drama version cover www.nautiljon.c... they did use the same kid in both).
All in all : Great loot !

In fact, there are three Book-Off in Paris: one near the Opera station, one near Quatre-Septembre station, and another next to Ledru-Rollin station www.bookoff.co.... . However, only the Opera one sells imported Japanese goods, the other two sell French and French-translated items. Sadly, it's the Opera one alone that's going to be shut down, the other two will remain open.

If you have the opportunity to go at Book-Off Opera in the future, may I ask you to tell me if it's still open? That would be awesome of you! ^_^

Didn't know that Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu had both move and drama versions! Thanks for the info! :)

Razehace 4 años#5381116View spoilerHide spoilerAw, nostalgia. I miss Book-Off. I used to visit there a lot around this time of year. Got me some wishlist books which was great. The shop was about an hour's drive away so it was always a big deal whenever I went, let alone got anything since I didn't always. I had a tradition of taking photos of the books before taking off price stickers just to remember how cheap I found books for, as if I went to Japan myself.
I'm so glad the Japanese books were in better condition than the English ones. I picked up some English titles and they were typically in so-so shape.
I remember wanting to get ITEM #44611 but wasn't sure what kind of book it was, like a guide or whatnot. I remember thinking how cool it'd be if during one of my trips I'd see the book and wouldn't I know it, there it was! I thought I was imagining seeing the spine on the shelf; how often does a wishlist book "appear" in the bookcase like that after thinking about it?
ITEM #43809 has got to be my best find. I really wanted this but along with the crazy prices, shipping scared me so I didn't get around to ordering it online. I never expected to see the book let alone see it twice.
I saw this title and practically facepalmed. I had just gotten ITEM #43623 online for way more than I intended to spend on it since it was so hard to find. Then during a Book-Off trip I saw the book for retail price! Some books have come and gone and thank goodness I still like this one after all this time.
A fun find was ITEM #44232. I don't usually get screenshot books but I liked these. They weren't manga size. I was also able to finish my Japanese manga which was awesome as I had wanted to but the books just cost a lot online per volume.
I cozied up to the otome and mook section of the shop after finding ITEM #59458. Thanks to the shop I finally understood what kind of material "mooks" really had. I also indulged in flipping through all these gaming mooks I wouldn't get, like from Final Fantasies.
I didn't get much media in all my visits. Memorable finds were a really immaculately minty copy of Parasite Eve and Electroplankton which is great to play with headphones on.

Wow, that's quite some great finds you had back then indeed. Thank you for sharing your experiences, I enjoyed reading it! ^_^
hace 4 años
Aw, nostalgia. I miss Book-Off. I used to visit there a lot around this time of year. Got me some wishlist books which was great. The shop was about an hour's drive away so it was always a big deal whenever I went, let alone got anything since I didn't always. I had a tradition of taking photos of the books before taking off price stickers just to remember how cheap I found books for, as if I went to Japan myself.

I'm so glad the Japanese books were in better condition than the English ones. I picked up some English titles and they were typically in so-so shape.

I remember wanting to get ITEM #44611 but wasn't sure what kind of book it was, like a guide or whatnot. I remember thinking how cool it'd be if during one of my trips I'd see the book and wouldn't I know it, there it was! I thought I was imagining seeing the spine on the shelf; how often does a wishlist book "appear" in the bookcase like that after thinking about it?

ITEM #43809 has got to be my best find. I really wanted this but along with the crazy prices, shipping scared me so I didn't get around to ordering it online. I never expected to see the book let alone see it twice.

I saw this title and practically facepalmed. I had just gotten ITEM #43623 online for way more than I intended to spend on it since it was so hard to find. Then during a Book-Off trip I saw the book for retail price! Some books have come and gone and thank goodness I still like this one after all this time.

A fun find was ITEM #44232. I don't usually get screenshot books but I liked these. They weren't manga size. I was also able to finish my Japanese manga which was awesome as I had wanted to but the books just cost a lot online per volume.

I cozied up to the otome and mook section of the shop after finding ITEM #59458. Thanks to the shop I finally understood what kind of material "mooks" really had. I also indulged in flipping through all these gaming mooks I wouldn't get, like from Final Fantasies.

I didn't get much media in all my visits. Memorable finds were a really immaculately minty copy of Parasite Eve and Electroplankton which is great to play with headphones on.
hace 4 años
Ok, first, wow ! There is a Book-Off in Paris ? I live in Paris and never heard of it, and it's closing at the end of the year ?! Man !

Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu... Oh good good memories, so much feels, I loved the movie and the drama version. (FYI, the one you got is the movie, this is the drama version cover www.nautiljon.c... they did use the same kid in both).

All in all : Great loot !
hace 4 años
satsuyuramihace 4 años#5357286Haven't visited Book-Off. Because I live in Indonesia, I just know they open branch at Paris after reading your blog.
More like they're about (if they haven't already) to close that branch. :(

Leo_Otakuhace 4 años#5357660Book Off is AMAZING. Some of them in Japan have figures and merch at AMAZING prices. There are many different kinds of Book offs. Book off bizarre and plus have figures (you can check on their website for details). I bought Ojamajo Doremi items with boxes for 1/4 the price that Mandarake or K-books had, same condition too. They have so much amazing stuff. It reminds me of thrift store shopping, but like way cleaner and so much cooler.
I found WAY more stuff at Book Off (outside tokyo) than in Akiba. I feel i should have done a blog about what I bought. Though I shipped 10 pounds of it away :(
Edit: Ever17 is a great visual novel.

Never had a chance to find figures at Book-Off, maybe I haven't visited the ones holding them the most. I did find a few old Tokimeki Memorial prize figures at a Garage-Off (one of the company's spin-offs) once though.
And yes, it's indeed really worth it to have a check at Book-Offs / Hard-Offs / Garage-Offs outside of the inner Tokyo, they often hold a ton of gems.

HobbyCentrichace 4 años#5357917Boy, you had me very curious ( well actually still have me curious ) about Book Off and so I looked them up to see about any online shopping. They have it, there is even U.S. based stores but none near me.
I went to the online ones though and unfortunately they end up transferring you to their Amazon pages. Yep, I get that it's easy to use Amazon for such a business ( you can sell your stuff to them as well ), but it can make it very hard to weed through what they have. Especially if you go to the Japanese website and try and use it.....I know the American one has primarily American merchandise and most of the products you will find even remotely related to this hobby are Marvel and DC comics type stuff.

Book-Off's Japanese website is not only great for their selection and prices, but, in my case, also as a source of data for database additions. :p Never used it for orders directly though, only through proxies.

pyrocasehace 4 años#5358142I didn't know it was closing!
Well, for future reference and anyone in Paris interested in artbooks there's the Junkudo library around Opera/Pyramides. They have loads of stuff and I've heard they can order things for you. I like to go there regularly because they often get new things.

The problem with Junkudo is, they're not exactly cheap. More often than not, you're better off ordering at Japanese websites and import yourself (especially if you're aiming for newly released stuff). This is why Book-Off Opera is my shop of choice, not only they have quality and diversity, they also have a good price tag.
hace 4 años
I didn't know it was closing!

Well, for future reference and anyone in Paris interested in artbooks there's the Junkudo library around Opera/Pyramides. They have loads of stuff and I've heard they can order things for you. I like to go there regularly because they often get new things.
hace 4 años
Boy, you had me very curious ( well actually still have me curious ) about Book Off and so I looked them up to see about any online shopping. They have it, there is even U.S. based stores but none near me.

I went to the online ones though and unfortunately they end up transferring you to their Amazon pages. Yep, I get that it's easy to use Amazon for such a business ( you can sell your stuff to them as well ), but it can make it very hard to weed through what they have. Especially if you go to the Japanese website and try and use it.....I know the American one has primarily American merchandise and most of the products you will find even remotely related to this hobby are Marvel and DC comics type stuff.
hace 4 años
Book Off is AMAZING. Some of them in Japan have figures and merch at AMAZING prices. There are many different kinds of Book offs. Book off bizarre and plus have figures (you can check on their website for details). I bought Ojamajo Doremi items with boxes for 1/4 the price that Mandarake or K-books had, same condition too. They have so much amazing stuff. It reminds me of thrift store shopping, but like way cleaner and so much cooler.

I found WAY more stuff at Book Off (outside tokyo) than in Akiba. I feel i should have done a blog about what I bought. Though I shipped 10 pounds of it away :(


Edit: Ever17 is a great visual novel.
hace 4 años
Haven't visited Book-Off. Because I live in Indonesia, I just know they open branch at Paris after reading your blog.
hace 4 años
Eccmyhace 4 años#5357118Sadly, I'm unable to give you an answer. I haven't read it yet (seriously, I've got such a backlist of things to do, it's not funny), and I haven't played the VN either (it's very high in my VN list priority though) so I can't make comparisons between the two.

No problem! PM me when you get around to reading it if that isn't too much trouble! I'm learning Japanese and I really look forward to the (distant) day when I can read books like that!
hace 4 años
Ricottahace 4 años#5357122While I've not been living in Paris anymore since September, I've seen the downfall of the store for the past year, with the slow shrinkage of the sections (noticeably the artbooks) and less new stuff. Last time I went there in October, it was so sad to see, half of the store was empty and unused. I was very disappointed when I heard about the upcoming closing, I loved going to that store because it was very close to my home and I found very nice stuff for fair prices (while they were very expensive online, if not unobtainable). Apparently, they are closing because more people went there to sell stuff rather than buy. At least, the two stores which had French stuff are staying open.
With that being said, when I went to Tokyo, I came across Book-off anywhere I went, and I really liked to take a walk inside to see what it had, not necessarily to buy stuff. Funnily enough, the smallest Book-off I "visited" was at least three times as big as the one in Paris.

Unfortunately, I don't see much of a point with the other two Book-Off stores. :/ If one's want to get French or French-translated books/manga/anime (well, for those who can read French, that is: no point in that kind of goods for European tourists who can't, or speak badly that language), any second-hand store in the vein of Cash Converters do the trick. Book-Off's point and charm in Paris really is its Opera store and its stock of original Japanese goods.

victorviperhace 4 años#5357134Hmm, I didn't even know the Book Off franchise existed.
You got some stuff I'd never expect to find out in the wild, ever more so in Paris. The Comic Party artbook and the Sakura Taisen CD's were nice finds!

Surprisingly, the Comic Party artbook was very common in the store. There were 3 other copies of it in the shelves! Prices varied between them though, my copy and another cost 7 Euros, another one 14 Euros, and another 21 Euros. And to be frank, all of them were in pretty much in the same condition, so I can't see a justification for such a difference in price.
hace 4 años
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