Tenso package, Pilot Candidate OST, and Fruits Basket OST arrive

My Tenso package arrived 2 days after it was shipped from Japan.  It came in what looks like a paper bag/Fed Ex package.  The Amazon package was unopened inside.  So far I’m happy with Tenso and plan to use them for more purchases.

EMS Package
EMS Package from Tenso

Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE was the CD that arrived by Tenso.  It’s one of my favorite songs.  It’s the ED to Happy Lesson where the chibified characters dance around.  Candidate For Goddess Sound Track arrived too.  It came used in very good condtion.  The front cover doubles as I booklet with information about the anime.  Too bad it was cancelled.  I loved the music and the show.  Fruit’s Basket OST arrived yesterday as well.

Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE
Yume no Miyako TOKYO LIFE
Fruits Basket CD
Fruits Basket CD
Pilot Candidate CD
Pilot Candidate CD

USPS can track your packages from Japan

I just found out.  Tenso had sent me a EMS tracking number along with a link to the JP Post to track it.  Well, following your package through JP Post dead ends once it leaves Japan.  USPS can track your package too using the same tracking number.  USPS can even track your package in Japan.  Just enter your EMS tracking number on USPS’s Track & Confirm page.

USPS Tracking
USPS Tracking Japanese package

Gmail translates from Japanese to English

They just added this feature recently.  Gmail automatically detects what language the email was sent in and is preset to translate into English.  It’s handy for me since I can’t read Japanese.  Normally, I would guess what it was or copy and paste it into Google Translate.

Before using translate feature

Gmail: Japanese email

After

Gmail: Translated email

 

Tenso received my Amazon Japan order

May 1, 2012

Amazon notified me they shipped my order.

May 2, 2012

Tenso notified me they received my Amazon CD. My shipment will cost $20 U.S. I was surprised it was so much. That’s the same shipping fee Amazon Japan charges for Express Mail Service. From the testimonials, I’ve heard shipping was $5 dollars. Later that day I logged on to their site and paid for my shipping.

Tenso site: Package arrival
Tenso site: Package arrival

May 3, 2012

Tenso ships my order. They gave me a tracking number along with link to track it. I couldn’t get the link to work so I navigated the JP Post office site. This is the link to enter your tracking number: Individual International Mail Search by Item Number.  As of now my package is still at the Tokyo post office. Tenso has a shipping calculator at the bottom of their page.  I’ll keep posting Tenso follow ups.

JP post office tracking
JP post office tracking

Megumi and Haruhi Suzumiya CDs arrived yesterday

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya CD
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya CD

The Haruhi CD has the popular “God knows…” along with two other tracks. Buxom Mikuru does one of the other songs.  You’ll recognize it as soon as you hear it.  I also bought Megumi Hayashibara’s Iravati after someone on AN’s forum recommended Tamashii no Refrain.  I recognized it as Refrain of Soul the theme song from Evangelion Death & Rebirth.  I’m looking forward to listening to Megumi’s CD.

Megumi Hayashibara's Iravati
Megumi Hayashibara's Iravati

How to reset iTunes retrieved CD track names

itunes multiple matches dialog box

Many times I have chosen the wrong CD title when given the option to choose one. There have also been times when I have accidentally rewritten and lost a track’s title by clicking on it. If iTunes retrieved more than one possible title for your CD and you chose the wrong one or iTunes retrieved your CD information but you manually entered your own, you can reset it. From the toolbar select Advanced then choose Get Track Names.

iTunes Advanced Menu

My first order using Tenso

I’ve been frustrated that certain Amazon Japan orders won’t ship to the U.S.  (i.e. used CDs through 3rd parties).  I found a service called Tenso.com that gives you a Japanese mailing address and ships your items to the U.S.  I just placed my first Amazon Japan order using my new Tenso address.  I’m not sure if I entered my Tenso address correctly at Amazon. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Bandai music collections on iTunes Japan

Outlaw Star - Single
Bandai Channel Special Selection

I’m not good at navigating iTunes Japan yet let alone iTunes.  I just found a bunch of Bandai collections.  They’re called Bandai Channel Special Selection.  Searching “Bandai” doesn’t give you much.  This link to the King Gainer Pack will pull up some more Bandai collections.  These links will help you find anime on iTunes U.S. and iTunes Japan.

http://itunes.apple.com/jp/genre/music-anime/id29?l=en
http://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/music-anime/id29

Chobits OST 001 Arrives!

Three great reason to hear Chobits 001:

  1. Chobits has great music
  2. Chii sings Raison D’être (Chobits ED)
  3. Chii says “pantsu”

Many of the songs begin with Chii saying cute phrases.  There’s also a mix version of Let Me Be With You by Round Table.  It’s a shame Pioneer Music went out of business here in the U.S.  I wish I would have started my collection earlier.  I bought this CD used.  I buy my CDs used if they’re cheaper.

Chobits Original Soundtrack 001
Chobits Original Soundtrack 001

Live Action Dramas

Shin Hye Park: Prince Hours
Shin Hye Park: Prince Hours

I didn’t think I’d like live action dramas. I’ve been engrossed in anime until recently. I gave them a try early this year and was pleasantly surprised. I think of them as live action anime. I started watching them on Crunchyroll and have made some DVD purchases as well. Coffee Prince has been my favorite so far which introduced me the actress Yoon Eun Hye. Her character is very moe.

Right now I’m watching Prince Hours and Jumong on Crunchyroll.

My Drama History:

  • Country Princess (Korea, 2003)
  • Princess Hours (Korea, 2004)
  • 1 Litre of Tears (Japan, 2005)
  • Return of the Condor Heroes* (China, 2006)
  • Coffee Prince (Korea, 2007)
  • Boys Over Flowers (Korea, 2009)
  • My Fair Lady (Korea, 2011)

*AKA Legend of the Condor Hero (Crunchyroll)