Saturday, December 13, 1997

Greetings from J-List December 13, 1997

Greetings from Japan. It's dojinshi time again around here, with about 45 new "one-shot" dojinshi added to the list. Competition is always fierce for these items, so check the list while you have time. There are some great items up, for fans of Sailor Moon and Evangelion and Plastic Little, and more. Better hurry!

J-List will be unable to process credit card orders sent through the secure server until Tuesday, December 16 (America time), due to an unfortunate event: the sudden death of my father, aged 70, in his home in Severna Park, MD. We'll be back up as soon as we can, to avoid inconveniencing anyone more than necessary. We're re-organizing our family slightly so that my sister can attend the funeral in my absense. We appreciate your understanding -- thanks.

My parents were divorced when I was two years old, so I didn't get many chances to spend time and get to know my father. My wife and I are really glad that we were able to spend the week we did with him back in the summer, when we had so many problems with the J-List email -- it meant a lot to us that he could hold Kazuki and little Rina on his lap, and get to know our children. All of that was indirectly thanks to all of you at J-List, so thanks, everyone. You never treasure the ones you love enough until they're not there anymore.

Thursday, December 11, 1997

Greetings from J-List December 11, 1997

Well, we've had a busy day, with no less than ten big boxes of videos showing up out of the blue.

I am happy to say that we finally have the problems with the elusive LD1 'High School Chiasa' videos resolved. The bad news is that LD1 has been determined to be a duplicate of the PER201/MV133 video -- those damn Japanese video makers are pretty shifty. People who were waiting for copies of LD1 will receive either PER201 or MV133, unless you have already bought one of these. Email us if you have any questions -- we apologize for the inconvenience. LD1 will not be coming in at all, so I have removed them from the page entirely.

For fans of J-List's Japanese adult videos, we have a treat -- a BUNCH of videos added to the Video Warehouse. All of these videos are in stock NOW, and ready to go out any time, without any waiting. New additions include lots of good MV and PER items, as well as the popular PEM series of "slightly odd" videos. There are about 100 new in-stock videos on the page now.
Some fans of J-List's anime toys page pointed out that not all the items I said were added to the page were actually posted. This was because I forgot to change one tiny field in the database. All the new items are up now.

J-List has a new mailing address in the U.S., for people mailing payment. It is

Peter R. Payne
P.O. Box 421106
San Diego, CA 92142

The reason for the change is an unhappy one -- my grandmother, who had been collecting and reporting the checks to me, had a mild stroke two weeks ago, and will be unable to continue helping out. If you have mailed anything to the old address recently, don't worry, all mail will be forwarded for six months. But try to use the new address from now on -- thanks.

Wednesday, December 10, 1997

Greetings from J-List December 10, 1997

Today was a Good Day. First and foremost, my Powerbook G3 show up -- ah, the joy of being "edge, even if for only a few months. The speed and power of this thing is incredible, though, consdiderably faster than all the 200 mhz 604e desktop Macs here at J-List. I will post some benchmarks to my personal homepage later.

But today was a Good Day for one other reason. For the past eight months, my wife and I have been working hard to get permission to build on a patch of land my Japanese family owns. The land was previously zoned as agricultural use" land, in an area that, for reasons of tradition and silly local politics -- could not be built upon. Finally, though, after many months and pulling of strings, permission to build on the land has been granted. This means that J-List will be moving out of our current small three rooms and into a medium-sized two-story office building sometime around May of next year -- a welcome change for all of us. This step has been the dream of my wife and I for most of the life of J-List, and we're taking everyone here out for sushi on the weekend. We couldn't be happier.

We have some nice new items for you today, mostly on the anime/toys page, where you'll find the GERWALK version of the great Macross "completed model" (really a detailed, moveable toy). Three different versions of the GERWALK Valkyrie are on the page. Also, you can see a slew of new models from Gundam, Macross and Macross 7.

Also new to the page are -- more magazines and shashinshus. We've got two new issues of Girls, a Big-4-style high-quality magazine, as well as a few Beppin Schools and more. Also, the cat-like Kitahara Rina has a softcover "mild mook" nude shashinshu on the photobooks page -- enjoy them.

Tuesday, December 09, 1997

Greetings from J-List December 9, 1997

Hope you are all having a nice Monday. It rained cold, drizzly rain here in central Japan all day, so it was a nice day to turn the heater up and work all day. One of the problems of places with great weather, such as San Diego (I hear it's in the balmy 70s this week) is how hard it is to make yourself work (or study, if you're in college) when the weather outside is fine.

We have some nice new things for you tonight. The new issues of Milky Tsushin and Sakuranbo Tsushin are in, as are January 1998 issues of Fantajenne. All are popular items, so take a look at the site to see the pictures that I've posted. We also have more issues of the very popular Photoshot on the shashinshu page.

Also in are more copies of the popular CD ROM Choice vol. 5, to go with the new copies of vol. 6 and 7, which we got in last week. These are top-quality CD ROMs featuring hundreds of samples of "hentai" games currently shipping here in Japan.

I am waiting with bated breath for my new baby, a Powerbook G3, the ultra-fast Macintosh notebook (http://www.powerbook.apple.com) that is on its way to me here from San Diego. This hot notebook is 74% faster than the 240 mhz Powerbook 3400, and even blows away all but the fastest desktop Macs, including my trusty Power Computing clone with a 200 eh 604e. I can't wait to take it for a spin.

Well, that's all for now. Take care, and enjoy your day.

Sunday, December 07, 1997

Greetings from J-List December 7, 1997

Just when you think that the world is going to be a peaceful place for a while, we go and get another 75-or-so dojinshi and throw them onto the list. Yes, it's time for the Dojinshi Wars again, folks, and we've got some nice ones. Anyone interested in dojinshi should probably check out the ones we're adding now, or risk being disappointed when the great books you want are gone.

While you're checking for that rare Rayearth dojinshi you've always wanted, be sure to scroll all the way down. We're trying to clear our our previous stock in anticipation of more dojinshi coming in at the end of the month, when the "Fuyu-komi" (Winter Comic Market) arrives. Thanks!

Other than that, we're all doing fine here in Japan. I have officially closed down all but one of my English conversations classes, which frees up about ten hours for me that I can devote to keeping things running smoothly around here. That a chapter in my life has ended gives me a little pause -- I was a teacher of English as a Second Language for 7 years -- but I am actually happy to be done with it. Incidentally, anyone interested in reading about teaching ESL in Japan should check out my personal homepage, where I have some comments.

That's all for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!