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October 18th, 2009

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June 20th, 2007

Where to buy raw manga

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A pair, since these are two branches of the same store.

Kinokuniya in Little Tokyo (Los Angeles)
123 Astronaut E Onizuka St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(2nd story of the plaza, above Marukai.)

Carries:
*New Japanese manga (~35% of the store)
*New Japanese books (~35% of the store)
*New Japanese CDs (10% of the store)
*New Region 2 DVDs (~2.5% of the store)
*New anime goodies (cell phone straps, pencil boards, gashapon, etc.) (~0.5% of the store)
*New stationery (manga tones, Copic markers, overpriced cute pens, stationery, origami paper, etc.) (3% of the store)
*New Japanese magazines (~4% of the store)
*New English books (Japanese language and culture focused) (~5% of the store)
*New English manga (~4% of the store)
*New Japanese artbooks (~1% of the store)

Prices:
*New Japanese manga: $5.50-$15
*New Japanese books: $4.50-$30
*New Japanese CDs: $12-$70
*New Region 2 DVDs: $40-$120
*New anime goodies: $2.50-$20
*New stationery: $4.50-$12.50
*New Japanese magazines: $7.50-$20 (back issues discounted)
*New English books: $10-$40
*New English manga: $10-$15
*New Japanese artbooks: $25-$70

Parking:
If you're planning to spend more than 2 hours in the area, I recommend the $5 all-day parking across the street. It's local to Kinokuniya and the rest of Little Tokyo, where you can find a wide variety of Japanese restaurants and souvenir stores, as well as the Japanese American National Museum, Geffen Contemporary Art Museum and the East West Players Theater Company.

If you're just trying to drop by the store for a quick purchase, good luck.

Kinokuniya store shares a small parking structure with Marukai (Japanese supermarket), Hurry Curry, a few small cafés, and Bank of the West. Ever since Bank of the West opened in the plaza, parking in that little structure has been a nightmare, no matter the time (but it's especially bad on weekends.). Even if the structure is full, they do not put up a "LOT FULL" sign. And there's no grace period, so if you go in and find no parking, you're still charged for the time you spent looking for it ($1 per 15 minutes). There's also metered street parking ($2 per hour), but that's quite rare to find too. If you do park on the street, remember to read and obey the signs because parking enforcement makes very frequent rounds.

Comments:
This store is HUGE, and all the books are organized so well that I can find whatever I want, and I don't even read Japanese. If you have trouble finding anything, all the employees are fluent in both Japanese and English. If you managed to get a spot in the parking structure, they validate up to two hours, but they seem to hesitate to give you the full two hours if you didn't buy a lot. >_>

By the way, Kinokuniya has online inventory, always handy if you want to check if they have the latest releases in stock yet. The inventory only covers books, though, not CDs or DVDs.

Overall Rating: 3/10 (9/10 for the store, but -6 for the parking situation, which I realize is not their fault, but it really is that awful.)

Kinokuniya in Costa Mesa
665 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(Inside the Mitsuwa mini-mall, right of the front entrance)

Carries:
*New Japanese manga (~35% of the store)
*New Japanese books (~35% of the store)
*New Japanese CDs (~5% of the store)
*New Region 2 DVDs (~1% of the store)
*New anime goodies (cell phone straps, pencil boards, gashapon, etc.) (~7.5% of the store)
*New stationery (manga tones, Copic markers, overpriced cute pens, stationery, origami paper, etc.) (~7.5% of the store)
*New Japanese magazines (~2% of the store)
*New English manga (~4% of the store)
*New Japanese artbooks (~3% of the store)

Prices:
*New Japanese manga: $5.50-$15
*New Japanese books: $4.50-$30
*New Japanese CDs: $12-$70
*New Region 2 DVDs: $40-$120
*New anime goodies: $2.50-$20
*New stationery: $4.50-$12.50
*New Japanese magazines: $7.50-$20 (back issues discounted)
*New English manga: $10-$15
*New Japanese artbooks: $25-$70

Parking:
This store is part of a mini-mall within Mitsuwa marketplace, which contains a gift shop, cosmetic shop, video rental shop, and Japanese fast food stands, and of course, Mitsuwa market. The parking lot here is always busy due to the market, and it's got particularly nightmarish narrow one-way lanes.

Comments:
This store is not as big as the branch in Little Tokyo, but they do seem to make better use of their floorspace. Of all the Kinokuniya branches in the USA, this one seems to get new publications the fastest (I judge by checking the online inventory).

If you have trouble finding anything, all the employees are fluent in both Japanese and English, and a few of them are very enthusiastic to chat and give personal recommendations.

Overall Rating: 4/10 (10/10 for the store, but -6 for the parking situation, which I realize is not their fault, but it really is that awful.)

June 18th, 2007

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Ok, I kinda forgot I was doing this, but the same person prodded me that I'm not telling her enough places to go shopping when she comes down for AX. So I'll see how many I can do until I forget again.

Book Off in Costa Mesa
2955 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92628

(South side of the plaza)

Carries:
*Used Japanese manga (~35% of the store)
*Used Japanese books (~20% of the store)
*Used Japanese/English CDs (15% of the store)
*Used Region 1 & Region 2 DVDs (~10% of the store)
*Used Japanese and English magazines and artbooks (~5% of the store)
*Used English books (~9.5% of the store)
*Used English manga (~5% of the store)
*Used English comic books (~0.5% of the store)

Prices:
*Used Japanese manga: $3-$8, clearance items $1
*Used Japanese books: $3-$15, clearance items $1
*Used Japanese/English CDs: $8-$30, clearance items $3
*Used Region 1 & Region 2 DVDs: $8-$70, no clearance items
*Used Japanese and English magazines and artbooks: $4-$45, clearance items $1
*Used English books: $3-$30, clearance items $1
*Used English manga: $6-$9, no clearance items
*Used English comic books: $1

Parking:
This store shares a small parking lot with Marukai (Japanese supermarket), a credit union, and a florist. The parking is ALWAYS rather busy, but it's mostly people who are making a quick visit to the credit union, so if you can't find a spot, wait for someone to leave, it never takes very long.

Comments:
I have found some nice things here, but nothing of the "Oh my god, this is so rare!" variety, all my best finds at this store have been of the "Oh my god, this is so NEW!" type. So if you want to try your luck finding new items for used prices, then you'll probably like this place a lot better than I do. I expect that most of their items are overstock from the nearby Kinokuniya rather than things that people have brought in to sell, hence the high volume of new stuff. They really are just like new, too, I've bought many things here that was even still in shrink-wrap.
(blatantly plagiarized from my previous review)
Book Off also buys used books, CDs, and DVDs, but I wouldn't recommend selling to them if you're hoping to make money: They give you approximately 1% of the purchase price on books, 10% on CDs, 25% on DVDs, and 10% on magazines and artbooks. The only time I bring books to sell is when I was going to donate them to charity anyway.

Book Off is similar to a vintage clothing store: They get new things all the time, and things get sold all the time. You can find wonderful things, but only if you look. Fortunately, the shelves are pretty well organized, so you don't have to spend hours inspecting every little thing (though everyone I've brought there HAS anyway).

Overall Rating: 6.5/10 (Good place to hunt for new stuff at good prices, but you'll probably make up the difference in gas to go there, so only go if it's on your way or not too far.)
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