Japanese Film Online

Frequently Asked Questions

    How long do I have to wait for a Japanese Anime film to be subtitled and streamed online?
    I love the series 'Library Wars' and the new film sequal was out on the 6th June 2012, Its now August and its still not on any streaming websites, how long before it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Have to wait to a few months for the DVD/BluRay to be released, mm... about 3-9 months. This is due to the fact that sub groups don't usually sub camrips.

    What is a good site to download a movie from online?
    I never usually do this and wouldn't make a habit out of it, but there's a certain Japanese film I want to see and can't find it on DVD

    • ANSWER:
      Legally, Amazon or ITunes. Less than legally and likely where you'd find something obscure would be on a torrent. download a bit torrent program. But be aware some internet companies track torrent movies. After you download unplug your internet because windows media player will report you.

    where can I watch Japanese exploitation films online?
    sorry I asked this a few days ago and it expired before I checked it since I went on vacation. More specifically though those films from the 70's and 80's, I know a little Japanese so translation isn't a big problem (especially since we're not looking at very dialogue driven movies). Cheers.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to http://www.movie-download-free.com

    What are good supernatural/ghost/folklore/ films?
    I really like Japanese films like 'Ugetsu', 'The Woman in The Dunes' and 'Kwaidan' kind of supernatural or offbeat magical-realism films, not technically horror but odd enough. Are there any good examples of other films like these out there? I'm a big fan of 'Pan's Labyrinth' too

    • ANSWER:
      You should watch the tv show 'supernatural' all there episodes are based on real folklore from different cultures, it's a great show. It's on friday evenings on cw or you can watch it online on tvduck.com.

    What do you guys think of the Dragonball evolution film?
    I watched it online and wasn't very pleased with it.

    What are your thoughts on it?

    • ANSWER:
      Based on the previews, it looks very disappointing.When I heard about the movie, I wasn't expecting to see a live action version of Dragonball Z or anything (b/c any fan of the show knows that the series did not become action oriented until DBZ and pulling off some of the stunts from the DBZ series would have been near impossible, although I would like to put that challenge to someone like Michael Bay) and I knew they would change some things (directors always do that when adapting television shows and books to the screen, often to the chagrin of fans of these books and shows) but again just based on the previews, they just are just butchering the series with this movie. I'm not referring to all of the little inconsistencies that other fan boys and fan girls keep bringing up (like Goku not being Japanese, which I don't get at all or the fact that Piccolo is yellow, Bulma not having blue hair and Piccolo not being from earth, which he wasn't because if I remember correctly, he was something that Kami who was not from earth but from the planet namek, though I don't think he or Piccolo knew this for a long while, spit out so that he could become supreme kai of earth) but the big ones like completely changing the personalities of every single major character in the series to such an extent that they are barely recognizable. Goku grew up in the wilderness away from civilization, so he was (excuse the cliche) pure as the driven snow, Chi Chi was was brash and loud and not some it girl in high school, Master Roshi was a huge lecher and so was Krillin as a kid. Why would they change that when it would have made the movie funnier? And they excluded major characters like Krillin (who played a major role in Goku's childhood and maybe his entire freaking life) and replaced them with nobodies.The depth of a main character depends as much on supporting characters like Krillin as it does on the main characters like Master Roshi. As a side not, why would they not include the part about Goku accidentally killing his grandfather when it would have added much needed depth to his character? Also, Krillin's death at the hands of Tambourine (another less crucial but cool character that could have been added) was what made Goku really want to take down Piccolo). As a final note, how did or do they intend to remake the sagas and/or movies in the series when Goku is so old already?

      I could go on and on about the stuff I think they should and shouldn't have done (based on the previews) to fill up a small novel but you get the point. They tried to make a movie with their own twist on it and based on the preview it looks like they twisted too far.

    Is Arabic the hardest language to learn,if not,what is?
    I think that despite all the Hanzi/Kanji memorization in Chinese and Japanese,Arabic is harder in pronunciation and alphabet.I've seen on "toughest language lists" that Finnish is one of the most difficult.I haven't really looked into learning Finnish,Bengali,Hindi or Hebrew.I am interested in many languages and still haven't come close to choosing which one to" go after".What are your thoughts on this? I know that these "toughest" languages to learn questions are really popular in this section.
    Just in case you were interested,I have narrowed my languages I want to learn down to six.I know it's alot,but there are countless languages out there.The six I am interested in are Japanese,Mandarin,Spanish,French,Russian and Arabic.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. I can see you have a great talent in learning language, then why not try to learn Chinese, since it is one of the hardest languages in the world? I recommend you to learn Chinese for several reasons:

      At first, China has a rich history and many tourist attractions, so learn Chinese is full of fun.

      What’s more, China is very popular all over the world. If you learn Chinese, you may have more opportunities to use it, even in your country.

      Besides, China is playing a more and more important role in global economy, so it is necessary to know views and information of China.

      If you are thinking about learning Chinese, I am happy to offer you some ways of learning Chinese:
      Since you are a beginner, I suggest you take Chinese lessons. Both local classes and online lessons are Ok. It depends on your free time. Here are the ways of learning Chinese.

      Firstly, keeping reading a short Chinese text and writing a new character every day.

      Secondly, add native Chinese speakers who want to learn English on your Skype and do language exchange with them. This is an effective way to practice your oral Chinese. Also, you can learn very authentic expression of words and slang.

      Thirdly, always visiting Chinese learning websites to know idioms, culture, custom and classic usage of Chinese. Do some exercises to strengthen what you’ve learned.

      Fourth, watching TV series, shows and films will practice your listening. You can also learn some fashionable words and good expressions.

      Besides, I would like to recommend you several videos of learning Chinese:
      http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ3MzEwODM2.html This video mainly deals with beginners.

      http://resources.echineselearning.com/general/?ecl=ptEEEyahooV122101 This website contains animated stories of Chinese words, expressions and culture. You can down e-books and materials of learning Chinese from this website, too.

      I hope it will help. You can also write to me at jennifer.zhu@echineselearning.com so that I send the materials of learning Chinese to you.

    Where can I purchase movies in Japanese with English subtitles as an option?
    I want to buy Hayao Miyazaki's amazing films on DVD in the Japanese form, but since I cannot speak the language I would need English subtitles as an option with the DVDs.
    Is there a store online or somewhere I can buy them in Japanese?

    • ANSWER:
      I get most of my anime movies from here:


      Spirited Away:

      Princess Mononoke:

      Most of the dvds from here include Japanese audio and English subtitles. You'll be able to find alot of other Miyazaki films on there as well ^^

    Where can I get a good film camera?
    Like the Japanese ones they sell at Urban Outfitters. I want one but don't want to buy from online and I don't want a crazy fancy expensive ones from UO, just one that can take old fashioned pictures.

    • ANSWER:
      Thrift stores and pawn shops you could also check your local antique store(s)

    Where can I read Japanese film reviews of "Letters from Iwo Jima?"?
    I just saw the film and enjoyed it, but had a few questions and reservations (e.g., only the most American-influenced Japanese soldiers seemed capable of mercy or compassion).

    I'd like to know how Japanese film critics have received the film. I know it's playing in Shibuya, for example, and was a box office hit in its first weekend, but can't find any reviews online.

    I am especially interested in finding professionally published film reviews on the film, available online, from Japanese media, i.e. newspapers, magazines, TV broadcasts.

    I'm posting this question here instead of under "film" in hopes of reaching more people who are in Japan, or who have more access than I do to Japanese media sources.

    • ANSWER:
      Like Alex says there are few actual film critics in Japan. Basically, a film critic's job in Japan is to get people to watch movies. Therefore being critical is not part of the job description. Typical Japanese "film critics" always find something nice to say about even the lamest flicks-"action fans will enjoy this one", or fans of so and so won't want to miss it.

      A film that is actually really good often just gets described with superlatives, not with any real description of why it's so good. Or else the reviewer just says he found the movie heartwarming or inspiring or something subjective like that. Thus all movies are above average in Japan according to the critics.

    Watch the Notebook online in english for free?
    I just can't seem to find it anywhere, but it has to be out there.
    I found a great version, but it had chinese or japanese subtitles :/
    any help?

    • ANSWER:
      I love the movie..

      Here are a few links where you have a direct view to the movie..




    Can anyone suggest a online site where I can read free stories from Japan?
    This is for a Assignment...a oral presentation == and Im thinking about comparing the genre horror with different cultures and countries. comparing the films is quite easy but I want to have a read of a horror story (preferably a short story) that was written by a Japanese person. So I can compare the stories and how theyre different. Are there any online sites u can suggest? Ive had a look but Im having trouble finding a site.

    • ANSWER:
      Since 1923, authors have the rights to decide if they want to give the books away or not. Most authors don't want to give their books away for free. So if the book is posted on the author's or publisher's website, then it is legal. File sharing sites do not have legal copies of books.

      Borders has a good selection of manga. Tokoyo Pop is a great publisher but they want to make money for their books.

    When will i APPROXIMATELY be able to watch the sixth film from Naruto?
    Six film from Naruto 3 film in Naruto shippuuden ( Inheritors of the will of fire ) ?
    ONLINE without downloading and with japanese dubbing and English subbing plzzzz

    • ANSWER:
      watch it here.

    Can u help me with my manual camera?
    I have a Minolta Maxxum 50 that came with no info guide and I don't understand all the buttons. The only guide I have is written in Japanese! It cam with my lenses. I have a 28-80 MM and a 100-300 MM Tokina Lensset. I have a Davis & Stanford Traveler Tripod. I have a Opteka five piece digital care kit. For the lenses I have two 3 piece filter kits. Each with a UV, PL, and a FLD filter. I have film and batteries for my camera. But I am still a beginner when it comes to camera functions and taking photographs. I would like to go professional one day. So if anyone can tell what else I need (besides a Digital camera). Or how to work my camera, they will be of a major assistance. Thanks!
    Thanks anyway guys, b/c I found all the information on my camera. Still if anyone can tell me on if I need anything else to help go professional, that will help. I will be nice and still pick a best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      you can get excellent photographs with a 35mm camera - for a beginner the quality is likely to far exceed what they could get with digital equipment.

      i don't know the minolta range (i have never heard of the maxxum 50) but you are likely to find several resources online (including the one i append).

      tokina lenses are easily good enough for magazine-quality pictures. the rule of thumb you need to remember is that you will get an 'ordinary' view of your subject at around 50mm focal length with widescreen type effects below this (28mm is near the limit of ordinary wide-angle usability) and telescopic effects above.

      if you are using telescopic lengths (75mm and above) you will nearly always need to have your camera on a tripod to avoid shake.

      your camera probably has an 'auto' setting on one of its dials. in 'auto' mode the camera does most of the thinking for you.

      you will get better pictures once you have mastered setting aperture and shutter speed yourself. any good 35mm camera book will explain the concepts involved (borrow one from a library, or if you are serious about one day being professional find one to buy (?secondhand?) and read it until it falls to bits). setting aperture and shutter speed manually is not difficult, but you need lots of practice before you get it quite right.

      you need to think a little about what speed film to use with your camera. 'ordinary' speeds go from about 64 to about 400 (mostly speeds go up in increments of x2) with higher speeds being easier to use, lower speeds giving higher quality. personally i shoot everything on 100.

      most of the skills you get from working with 35mm you will also be able to use if you transfer to digital photography.

      but you may find that you are so in love with the quality of conventional film you don't ever want to move.

    Japanese literature of the bombings of Hiroshima Nagasaki?
    I have to do an oral presentation about the Japanese literature of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The literature has to be from the Japanese's memory, not the American.

    I've been searching online for days for some things to use, and all I've found is one poem. Does anyone know where I could find some good sources?

    These could be short stories, poems, books, survivor stories, etc as long as it's from the Japanese memory.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of works by survivors of the atomic bombings. The keyword you may need to use is Hibakusha. Hibakusha (被爆者) is the term widely used in Japan referring to victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

      Hiroshima Maidens
      Sadako Sasaki - a girl famous for her story of Thousand origami cranes
      Tsutomu Yamaguchi - a double A-bomb survivor - both in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
      Keiji Nakazawa - an author of Barefoot Gen
      Takashi Nagai - a doctor and author of The Bells of Nagasaki

      List of works:
      Black Rain (1965 novel)
      Barefoot Gen (1973 manga series)
      Barefoot Gen (1976 film)
      Barefoot Gen: Explosion of Tears (1977 film)
      Barefoot Gen: Battle of Hiroshima (1980 film)
      Barefoot Gen (1983 anime)
      Barefoot Gen 2 (1986 anime)
      Barefoot Gen (2007 TV drama)
      No More Hiroshima (1984 documentary film)
      Hiroshima Witness (1986 documentary film)
      Black Rain (1989 film)
      Hiroshima (1995 film)
      Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (2003 manga, 2007 novel and film)
      Hiroshima (2005 documentary/docudrama film)
      White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007 documentary film)
      Boushi (2008 TV drama)

    What's the name of the asian film where a woman goes back in time to stop an alien invasion?
    She uses a watch to jump time and there's one memorable scene where she meets a man and puts a piece of tape on his neck and bluffs that if he doesn't co-operate with her, she'll blow him up with it (or something like that). He agrees to help her look for the alien and in the end they find it and give it back to the mothership to prevent the alien invasion from happening.

    • ANSWER:
      It's Japanese and called The Returner with the handsome Takeshi Kaneshiro. If you want you can watch it online on Veoh. I didn't like how it ended, so ok she saved his life but romantic me wanted them to be together.


    What are some good Tagalog movies with subtitles?
    where on some good places online to purchase some tagalog movies with english subtitles?? I tried to check on eBay but I couldn't find any that were in the US or Canada because buying from Manila takes a while to get here. Please let me know... and also what are some good movies to get??

    i just purchases Lovestruck and Close to You and Anak. Are these even any good??

    • ANSWER:
      like what he said Feng Shui is a good one...i'm not fond of Filipino horror movies but this one is different, it actually made me scream, (i'm a japanese horror film freak!)
      Anak(Son/child), that's another one...i cried on that film!

      You could also try Ang Cute ng ina mo(Your mom is cute), really funny, i mean all Ai-ai's films are funny!

    Where can I watch Miyazaki's Ponyo in Japanese with English subtitles in the Los Angeles/Orange County area?
    I LOVE Miyazaki and would like to watch the original version in Japanese, but not sure where they are playing it.

    • ANSWER:
      i know what you mean XD
      Miyazaki makes the best films and are better in jap. but i HIGHLY doubt that they'll actually play the japanese version in theatres in LA.it's best to watch it online. or wait 'til the DVD comes out.
      here's the link to watch it online:

      you can find other versions on:

    What are some popular animes for each genre I listed?
    I am currently doing a presentation on Japanese animation for my film class so I need a very popular anime for each genre I lest below:
    -A comedy anime
    -A drama anime
    -A fantasy anime
    -A hentai anime
    - and two classic animes
    ~ You don't need to give me the full list but you could give me one of those and I will really appreciate it ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      These are the first series that come to mind
      Golden boy,seitokai yakuindomo, baka and test
      Clannad,Kanon,Toradora,Amagami SS
      Sword Art Online, Accel World
      Kiss X Sis, Highschool DXD, Sora no Otoshimono
      Spirited Away, My neighbor Totoro.

    What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?
    All the so-called scary movies today are not creepy at all and just have a startle here or there. I want to find a movie that will just freak me the f out for a couple of days. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I think age has a lot to do with your ability to be scared. I remember being scared the most (even creeped out weeks later) with Stephen King's It (1990) and The Exorcist (1973), which I watched when I was 10. Nevertheless, some other, newer movies that I found scary are The Ring (2002), Freddy vs Jason (2003), and Insidious (2010). Other "creepy" movies were Cabin Fever (2002), Paranormal Activity (2007), House of Wax (2005), Apollo 18 (2011).

      I haven't seen any Chinese/Japanese films but I hear they are scarier than the American remakes. Here are some from a list I found online (see website for pics and description; includes other foreign films): Ju-on (Japan, 2000), Rampo Noir (Japan, 2005), Ringu (Japan, 1998), Shutter (Thailand, 2004), Save the Green Planet! (South Korea, 2003), The Eye (Hong Kong, 2002), Dumplings (Hong Kon, 2004) Odishon/Audition (Japan 1999), A tale of Two Sisters (South Korea, 2003), Old Boy (South Korea, 2003).

      I recommend trying some google seaches for other scary movie lists. (Tip: if you type "scariest movies of all time" old classics might come up, so if you want to avoid that make sure to add "of the 2000s" )

      I don't know about you but I find real-life paranormal stories to be pretty interesting and creepy at the same time. There's something about the possibility of it being real. If you are into that, I would recommend Paranormal Witness on the SyFy channel. It's documentary-style with clips of people telling their story and reenactments of events.

      Hope that helps! Good luck!

    Is reading onlire manga scans that are translated from Japanese legal?
    I'm applying for college essays and I wanted to cite IS as a meaningful book for me. I have only read the scanned versions (because I can only read English) and I was wondering if that violates copyright laws? I've been searching for the laws, but I haven't had any luck. Any help you could give would really be appretiated.
    The series is called "IS" (Aiesu) or "Intersexuality" by Chiyo Rokuhana.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless the site hosting the scans has explicit permission from the original creator to post the work online, the site is indeed violating international copyright law if their country is a party to the Berne Convention, the World Trade Organization's TRIPS Agreement and/or the WIPO Copyright Treaty.


      In particular, the site would be breaking Article 6 of the WIPO. The Right of Distribution states that "authors of literary and artistic works shall enjoy the exclusive right of authorizing the making available to the public of the original and copies of their works through sale or other transfer of ownership." If the site isn't authorized by the original creator to distribute online copies of the manga (a digital transfer of ownership), regardless of whether they are making a profit or indicating non-ownership/affiliation to the original works, they would still be breaking International Copyright Law.

      The Berne Convention was an international agreement involving copyright that took place in 1886. It was a means for countries to officially respect one another's copyrights. If you are living in the U.S., for example, you would have to respect Japanese copyright since the United States and Japan are both parties to the Berne Convention.

      The Japanese copyright law that would be broken falls under Economic rights for reproduction. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_copyright_law As previously stated, unless the author has relinquished his/her rights to reproduction, the scans are being posted illegally.

      Depending on the country you live in, physically reading these illegally posted scans may or may not be legal. If you live in the U.S., it would in fact be illegal. In the case of manga scans, what you're technically reading would be called a bootleg. The following (transitive) definition would best describe it:


      Although it's legal to own a bootleg in the United States, it's not legal to 'play' it. The terminology is a bit fuzzy here, as bootlegging has traditionally focused on the music and film industry as opposed to literary works like manga, but the standard legal interpretation would still apply. According to Doug Sulpy, an expert on unreleased Beatle's recordings, "U.S. federal law states that it is illegal to buy, sell, manufacture, play, broadcast, transmit or trade bootleg or counterfeit recordings (the citation is in 17 CFR, Vol. 17 of "Codes Of Federal Regulations" [...]) Possession of bootleg or counterfeit recordings is considered by the courts to be intent to commit all or part of the above. Thus, although ownership per se is not mentioned, ownership for all but strictly regulated purposes is forbidden by law. " http://www.recmusicbeatles.com/public/files/faqs/rare.html

      This corresponds in the following way: once the content of the manga scan has been downloaded to your computer (you might be surprised to hear this ~ even if you're just viewing the scans through the website you are in fact downloading the files to your computer's temporary internet cache), you would technically be considered in possession, i.e. ownership, of a copy of the manga. At that point, reading the manga would be considered the 'playing' or 'performance' of bootlegged material, which by American bootlegging laws is considered illegal.

      According to Stephen Fosketts, Publisher and Editor at Gestalt IT and Director of Nirvanix Consulting, copyright infringement isn't necessarily a crime, but rather a civil wrong that carries civil liability. http://stephen.fosketts.net/music/bootlegal.html The gist is that the act of copyright infringement only becomes criminal when a party claims to have been wronged by the action. This means that law officials won't initiate action against copyright offenders unless either local laws specifically prohibit the act, or they are specifically instructed by the original copyright-holder to press charges.

      It is in fact true that copyright laws such as these are rarely enforced against individuals, largely because of the cost of litigation and the perceived lack of reparations on the part of the original copyright holder. This is slowly changing as technology improves and companies better mobilize to address copyright infringement head on.

    Does anyone know where can i watch Kill Bill with english subs?
    I'd like to see the movie kill bill volume 1and2 for free, without have to download it.

    I found the movies in youtube, the problem is that they don't have subs; the movies have allot of japanese and i can understand it.

    So if you know where i can watch the movie for free with english subs please tell me... Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      have you tried

      i always use that, also if that doesnt work, just type "watch kill bill online free"

      or if you want to watch a random foreign film you add " eng subs" to the end of the search. ull usually find something



    What are some good LIVE ACTION anime based movies?
    * Japanese is fine as long as there are good English subtitles. Preferably ones I can find DVDs for, but online sources are alright, too.

    * Live Action means real human being actors on film, but set in an anime stories universe.

    • ANSWER:
      Azumi and Azumi Death or Love (not based on anime, but the fights reminded me of those samurai animes)
      Cutie Honey
      Death Note
      Death Note 2 - the last name
      Death Note L changes the world
      Kamen rider the next
      Shinobi (arrgh I can't remember the anime that is based on this movie or vice versa)

      you can watch them subbed on here http://www.dramaclick.com just search in the Japanese category, if you can't see them there at least you'll read the summary. You might also want to check the Chinese movies category as well.

      Then these are kind of like those samurai fantasy kick ass animes if you like this genre.
      Death trance (Jap)
      Arahan (it's Korean and found on that link I think, it's more about this goofy cop who finds out he has this super powers)
      The storm riders (Chinese)

    Could someone point me to a Korean and/or Chinese online poster store?
    I'm trying to find a movie poster for the movie War Of The Arrows (Korean film) but I can't on any English sites (except for one that carries really small English versions).
    Same for another Chinese film.
    I don't want the English versions, and I'm pretty sure that there will be a better selection on native sites.. I just can't find any. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Try yesasia.com . They have lots of posters and memorabilia in addition to movies, music and books. You can search in English, Chinese, and Japanese. They do have a lot of Korean stuff as well.

      The shipping time varies though - it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a month or so.

    Where can i watch the notebook for free online?
    NO japanese subtitles or
    "Congratulations you are the 999,999 visitor"PLEASE!!!!

    • ANSWER:

      use this site for ALL the movie you ever want to watch

      its like the mother of all movie sites

      EVERY movie hosting site you can think of is on there

      just search at the top and a list of sites you can watch the movie on comes up

      some take time to load the whole film
      some arnt good quality
      some are good quality
      it all depends what site you choose from the list they give you


    What type of special effects make up do u use to make some one go from young to old?
    Im looking at making my friend go from young to old for a little project where working on im just wondering what type of make up i can use to do so and what steps i would need to take to use it?

    • ANSWER:

      I work as a makeup effects artist in the UK and have a website with some free tutorials and articles for you to view/download here, plus a free online mini ecourse which you can have if you are interested in creating prosthetic makeup:

      Understand that aging someone well with makeup (ie, so that it looks realistic and not like they are wearing makeup) is hard to do - it is really easy to do a bad job! A great age makeup is one of the benchmark tests of makeup skill. I have put together a series of images together for you to see how an old age prosthetic that I did some while ago is put together. Get it by clicking here:

      It all depends on how much age you want to add, and the actual age of your subject. Making an eighteen year old look ninety is harder than making a fifty five year old look ninety, for example. Also, adding twenty years to a subject can be more easily achieved than adding forty, so maybe start with a 'lower age' age makeup to start with, and practice on different aged people.

      Subtle age effects can be created with theatrical makeup using highlight and shadow to create the illusion of shape and form. You can also use a technique called 'stretch and stipple', which can create direct applied wrinkle effects. Check out this tutorial on The Effects Lab, a great makeup effects resource:

      Whatever methods you use to create the effect, I strongly suggest you get reference images of real old people, don't look at age makeups to get your information as to what aging actually looks like. Reference is essential. There are obviously online sources, and some great books I use which I recommend are:

      By Nick Sinclair
      ISBN-13: 978-0948797194

      By Andrew Zuckerman
      ISBN-13: 978-0810983724

      1000 ON 42ND STREET
      By Myra Kalman and Neil Selkirk
      ISBN: 978-1576870457

      A lot of prosthetic work takes place in a workshop environment rather than the set, which is a completely different world. It is messy, smelly and often long hours-not at all glamorous. But if you like sculpting, painting and making monsters then it should be your natural habitat!

      Many makeup artists will be expected to do some 'special effects' such as straightforward casualty makeup, illnesses and subtle aging. Specialist makeup effects departments step in when the skills needed are more extensive.

      Some courses can be expensive ways to learn unless you are totally set on doing it as part of a career move. The best teaching will come from those who make their living from it, and naturally there should be an emphasis on film quality work.

      If you can't find what you want near you, I suggest getting a good book, and spending the money on some kit and practice, which you clearly are already doing. This will also give you a good idea of what is involved, and give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the subject before investing a lot of time and money on a course of study. Good books include:

      By Todd Debreceni
      ISBN: 978-0240809960

      By Graphic Sha
      ISBN-13: 978-4766118339

      By Vincent Kehoe
      ISBN: 0-240-51244-8

      By Richard Corson
      ISBN: 0-13-840521-2

      By Kevyn Aucoin
      ISBN: 0-316-28705-9

      By Kevyn Aucoin
      ISBN: 1-85375-263-0

      By Lee Baygan
      ISBN: 0-8230-5261-3

      by Make-up Designery
      ISBN: 978-0974950006

      Hope this helps


    How many Death Note episodes and specials are there all together?
    I have finally decided to watch death note and i am half way through the series but i was wondering how many actual episodes/specials/ovas and movies there are, also it would be great if you could tell me which ones were dubbed.

    • ANSWER:
      Wikipedia is probably the best way to go got questions like this in the future, but to answer your question there are 37 episodes all dubbed as well OVA and a good website to watch them for free is at www.animeultima.com

      There are 3 major films, the first is simply titled Death Note(2006) the second is Death Note: The Last Name(also came out in 2006) there was also a spinoff called L: Change the world that focuses on a very particular part of the story which I shall not spoil for you, you have to watch to find out! =), all three films are Japanese dubbed and English subbed and can be purchased in stores or online.

      Finally there are two rewrites that condense the story into particular arcs or sagas, these are Death Note Rewrite: Visions of a god which was supposed to be told from the character Ryuk's point of view but actually was told from the same point of view but with updated dialogue and a few new scenes. And the second is Death Note Rewrite: L's Successor, I shall resist revealing and plot details about that also as it would spoil the story. These are both in Japanese and have only been aired by the way.

      So there you have it, that encompasses all Death Note material that has ever been broadcast on tv

    Where can you buy cute cheap writing paper?
    Basically, I got a few new pen pals and I want some really cute writing paper and envelopes (A4) to write the letters on.
    I live in Bournemouth so if anyone knows any shops here that would be fantastic! But online is just as good.
    Ive tried Paperchase, Waterstones and Whsmiths with no luck:(
    Under 10£ would be great!
    Thank you so much ox

    • ANSWER:
      After researching your question, realized the true difficulty you had encountered when seeking writing paper. Here in the United States, there are so many options for patterned or colored A4 paper and envelopes, along with stationery packets containing the smaller sized matching envelopes and writing paper.

      Have you tried one of the bigger Asda stores which carry clothing and general merchandise? Their office supply section and card/paper section might have some packets of novelty paper. Problem with most stationery sized paper is the smaller than A4 size which your posted questions mentioned. An alternative to consider might be selecting a solid color A4 sized paper and a package of stickers for embellishment at top or bottom or each sheet.

      There are origami papers which come in various sizes and are often only patterned on one side. The Roze website lists some 7.8 inch squares in small quantity packages.

      Another thought...
      Have you considered using a computer and color printer to print a bright design on A4 paper and envelopes? There are free patterns available and software to support this effort, and might be worth investigating.


    Can someone please provide me a personal account of a surviving POW?
    I am having trouble finding one.

    It would also be nice if you could provide a personal account of a captor (e.g. Japanese guard)


    • ANSWER:
      If you're looking solely online, then it's no wonder you're having trouble. You need to go to a major public library and use the library's catalogue.

      Believe it or not, most important books and journals are not available online and will not be for years. You must still use libraries.

      Enter "POW memoirs" into Google. You can qualify the search with "World War II" or "Vietnam" or "Korea," if you wish, or use the names of people you know were POWs. Once you find books, you will either have to find them in libraries or go to yoru local library and ask a reference librarian how to order a book through interlibrary loan.

      See below for a list turned up by one quick Google search.

      I also suggest that you read James Bradley's book "Flyboys," for which I've given you a site. It's difficult to read, but it's also worth reading.

      You might also consider reading J.G. Ballard's novel, "Empire of the Sun," based on his experience as a child prisoner in a Japanese internment camp (no, not the camps into which Japanese were herded in the U.S, but the prison camps in which the Japanese held westerners in Asia.) The book was made into a problematic film, but it's interesting reading.

    What are the best agencys for modelling in Auckland, New Zealand?
    Im starting modelling, and i was wondering what was the best modelling agencys for a 13 year old in Auckland, New Zealand?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to YELP or Craigslist and read reviews or post on their message boards there from your city, or search name of agency under Better Business Bureau.

      In Vogue UK, now hires 13-14 year old models. But there's a documentary "Girl Model" too young, too thin on Vogue models, shown at SXSW and the Toronto International Film festival, highlights the search and scouting of young girls in the modeling industry. Teen models have no clue what they're getting themselves into. They're naive. They get free food, free alcohol, they are forced into prostitution, too many abuses, sexual, physical, emotional you just can't believe.
      Watch "Girl Model" https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/yqg8b
      If you're a model, and are shipped to Japan, would you be able to understand Japanese, to sign the contract? One model in Japan, gained 2", was sent home. "the modeling business is corrupt.'
      They also took a bunch of her photos, and she never got paid, nor did she ever saw them! She had to borrow money to support herself, pay rent, food, to survive!

      I went to a Charm & Poise school, when I was in HS in hopes to land a modeling job someday . . . and that's something I carried with me all my life. Some agencies don't give you jobs!

      The best way to deal with modeling agencies is by contacting your area that is local and have a good record through the Better Business Bureau, not online. I went to a poise & charm school, back in the 70's, and wasted my money because they didn't promise they'll give me a job, but I learned something from it. I learned how to be poise, presentable, and walk like a model, and that is not something you won't ever forget, to look like a model.

    What are good facts about manga or info on it please help?
    Please can you give me information on manga its for my art homework but i cant really find anything, Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Here's an interesting PDF Booklet online with facts about Manga.


      Here's some interesting information:

      *In Japanese manga means 'whimsical pictures'.
      *There is manga for children and specific manga for adults. Manga was made for children during the 1970s.
      *manga are like comics that tells stories through pictures and words.
      *TEZUKA Osamu is the most famous manga artist in Japan.
      *You read manga like Japanese, from right to left.
      *some manga has been made into film called anime.
      *all manga is drawn by hand.
      *manga often tells the story of the struggle between good and evil.
      *manga characters can be a mix of things (human, animal, robot etc.)
      *manga is presented part color, part black and white
      *manga was most commonly in use during the 18th century.
      *main qualities of manga was the emphasis on a story.
      *An example of American manga is Sailor Moon.

    What is the differences manga and anime?
    PS I might have spelled some things wrong sorry.
    PPS. Manga and anime really look the same.

    • ANSWER:
      --> Manga consist of comics and print cartoons (sometimes also called komikku コミック), in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan in the late 20th century. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II, but they have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.

      In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The genre includes a broad range of subjects: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business and commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 481 billion yen market in Japan in 2006 (approximately .4 billion dollars). Manga have also become increasingly popular worldwide. In 2006, the United States manga market was 5–200 million. Manga are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist (e.g. Colorful). In Japan, manga are usually serialized in telephone book-size manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books called tankōbon. A manga artist (mangaka in Japanese) typically works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated after or even during its run, although sometimes manga are drawn centering on previously existing live-action or animated films .

      "Manga" as a term used outside Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan. However, manga and manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world, particularly in Taiwan ("manhua"), South Korea ("manhwa"), and the People's Republic of China, notably Hong Kong ("manhua"). In France, "la nouvelle manga" has developed as a form of bande dessinée drawn in styles influenced by Japanese manga. In the U.S., people refer to manga-like comics as Amerimanga, world manga, or original English-language manga (OEL manga).

      So, Manga is a Japanese Comic . It's a book

      --> Anime, like manga (Japanese comics), has a large audience in Japan and high recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online.

      Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. Anime, popular in Asian countries such as Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia has also become widespread in countries in the Western World such as United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Russia, and Sweden.

      So, Anime is Japanese Animation . It's a cartoon in TV ^^

    I heard about a new Gurren Lagann movie, can someone help me?
    I know there was one movie, I read on wiki that the second was in Japanese theaters April 25, 2009.
    My main question is this: Is there anywhere online that you know of where i can go to watch it?
    I believe the title is Gekijōban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Lagann Hen
    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to summaries for both movies.

      First movie


      Second movie


      second one hasn't been subbed yet. I think sub groups wait until the dvd is out before they do that.

      Here's a link to watch the first film. Be warned though, neither of these films continues the story (that i'm aware of). The story was pretty com plete by the end of the series. It's a retelling of the events with some new footage.


    Koreans, from a neutral viewpoint, is it good or bad that China bans Japan's violent movies and porn?
    Some Chinese people (at least online) have insisted that China is a "harmonious society" and that, well, basically the "vulgar violence" of Japan cannot poison Chinese society. Other people say that these films might stimulate the Japanese to more violence or something...well, I'm just curious - what does Korea - the nation between China and Japan - think of this? Do you think this is right or wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      i think its right

    What are the Magna and Anime cartoons about?
    What are they, I hear there is a show for it. What are they about?

    • ANSWER:
      ~ MANGA~
      -Manga Consist of comics and print cartoons in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II, but they have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.

      In Japan, people of all ages read manga. The genre includes a broad range of subjects: action-adventure, romance, sports and games, historical drama, comedy, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sexuality, and business/commerce, among others. Since the 1950s, manga have steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry, representing a 406 billion yen market in Japan in 2007 (approximately .6 billion). Manga have also become increasingly[vague] popular worldwide.In 2008, the U.S. and Canadian manga market was 5 million. Manga are typically printed in black-and-white, although some full-color manga exist (e.g. Colorful). In Japan, manga are usually serialized in telephone book-size[vague] manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode to be continued in the next issue. If the series is successful, collected chapters may be republished in paperback books called tankōbon. A manga artist (mangaka in Japanese) typically works with a few assistants in a small studio and is associated with a creative editor from a commercial publishing company. If a manga series is popular enough, it may be animated after or even during its run, although sometimes manga are drawn centering on previously existing live-action or animated films (e.g. Star Wars).

      "Manga" as a term used outside Japan refers specifically to comics originally published in Japan. However, manga-influenced comics, among original works, exist in other parts of the world, particularly in Taiwan ("manhua"), South Korea ("manhwa"), and the People's Republic of China, notably Hong Kong ("manhua"). In France, "la nouvelle manga" has developed as a form of bande dessinée (literally drawn strip) drawn in styles influenced by Japanese manga. In the United States, people refer to manga-like comics as Amerimanga, world manga, or original English-language manga.

      -Anime is commonly defined as animation originating in Japan. (アニメ?, an abbreviated pronunciation in Japanese of "animation") The definition sometimes changes depending on the context. In English-speaking countries, anime is also referred to as "Japanese animation".

      While the earliest known Japanese animation dates to 1917, and many original Japanese cartoons were produced in the ensuing decades, the characteristic anime style developed in the 1960s—notably with the work of Osamu Tezuka—and became known outside Japan in the 1980s.

      Anime, like manga, has a large audience in Japan and recognition throughout the world. Distributors can release anime via television broadcasts, directly to video, or theatrically, as well as online.

      Both hand-drawn and computer-animated anime exist. It is used in television series, films, video, video games, commercials, and internet-based releases, and represents most, if not all, genres of fiction. Anime gained early[when?] popularity in East and Southeast Asia and has garnered more-recent popularity in the Western World.[citation needed]

    Does the Donguri Garden Store have an online website?
    I LOVE studio Ghibli and I know that the Donguri Garden store in Japan sells just about everything from their films. However, I can't afford a trip to Japan, so I was hoping that they had a website. I think I may have found it, but I'm not entirely sure because it's in Japanese, and I don't speak Japanese!

    It'd be great if someone could help me out 😀 thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      They not have an online shop.
      Here is Japanese Only.
      How about Amazon?

    Has there ever been any American/Non-Japanese Mangakas who actually made a popular series?
    Because I know there are a lot of "mangakas" online who are not Japanese but I meen has any non Japanese mangakas actually "made it" as a mangaka in Japan?

    • ANSWER:
      manga: A Japanese genre of cartoons, (comic books), and animated films, typically having a science-fiction or fantasy theme... ^
      comic books...........animated films..........sooooo........the american version would be....spider-man.....super man......bat man.........etc.........
      there is a german animated series kampfer that is some what popular.

    What's the best supplement to studying Cantonese?
    I'll be studying Mandarin and Cantonese in ShenZhen this february, and I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for supplementary study materials for cantonese. I already speak some mandarin and can write a thousand or so simplified characters so an introduction to the written language isn't necessary. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      it's hard to find books to study cantonese. i'd say get out there and start talking to people, listen to music and translate it, watch HK comedies and triad films haha

      I love listening to asian pop (japanese, korean, mando, and canto) at afradio.com and they also have a message board with downloads so you can translate songs like that. translating songs, dramas, and movies give you good colloquial phrases to use. it's usually pretty easy to find the lyrics online, then print it out and start translating. i like a lot of songs from taiwan, but i learned short form, so i'd go from long to short, maybe pinyin and then english.

      Come up with your own vocab lists ie, names of fruits or pieces of furniture, useful stuff and try to learn the words
      it will be helpful when you go to the market or those kinds of daily use situations.

      good dictionary: http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php
      I also found this, but it's not that great http://www.cantonese.ca/

      881- do you know the meaning of this 😉

    Why do some actors seem to pronounce the Japanese "-nai" as "ne"?
    I have noticed this in several films. One example would be the final line of Kurosawa's Rashomon where the woodcutter seems to be saying "Tan dewa ne." I am familiar with the dewa nai contraction but, after hours of online research, have made little headway into understanding the origin and use of "-ne" as a negative ending or alternate pronunciation of "nai." Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.

    • ANSWER:
      -nai → -ne
      omoshiroi → omoshire
      kowai → kowe

      Those are the rough shortened forms that were used only by male.
      When formal dialogue, nobody use those.

      Nee in place of nai is used in some local dialects. It is also used by members of the working class such as peasants, fishermen, day laborers, etc. and by uneducated men in casual conversations.

      But according to my experience, it is used in very wide area including Tokyo. And also it is used even by middle class. Espesialy all boys like to use rough words among friends.

    Tell me the names of some good animation movies?
    guys i want a good animation movie which is interesting to watch!!! it should NOT be chinese or japanese film ..the graphics should not look like shrek,toy story etc..and the graphics should be like normal cartoon shows..any category like horror,mystery,adventure

    • ANSWER:
      Plague Dogs (1983) - depressing but good story
      Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) - cool looking Star warsesque sci fi cartoon
      Rock and Rule (1985) - post apocalyptic rock and roll cartoon
      Secret of NIMH (1982) - animation trying to move beyond cutesy Disney fair
      The Triplettes of Belleville (2003) - interesting storytelling

      These are all on DVD with the possible exception of Plague Dogs, which you can find on a variety of online streams.

      And, of course, some of the best Warner Premiere DC movies (these move beyond the basic-looking designs of the TV cartoons and are just plain good movies).

      Justice League: New Frontiers (2008)
      Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
      Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
      Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
      All-Star Superman (2011)
      Batman: Year One (2011)

    Where can I watch subtitled Hayao Miyazaki movies online?
    I can find the films fine, but they're all english dubbed.
    I would like to find a site where I can watch Japanese versions of the films with english subtitles.
    I am english, but I'm trying to learn Japanese and the Japanese audio with english subtitles really help me. :)
    I know its a bit of a funny question, and it might not make sense.
    It would be great if you could help :)

    • ANSWER:
      lifesgreatest.co.uk - they have a few links to some miyazaki movies that are subbed NOT dubbed.

      http://www.onlygoodanimes.com/listing/movies.php#movies has a bunch of links too.

    Does anyone know how much a Japanese Battle Royale Card Game would be worth?
    This is it: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11255/battle-royale

    I want to sell it but I don't know what it's worth. You can't buy it anywhere online.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd buy it for 30-40 pounds because I don't have much money, However I've seen cult board games like this on the market for £99.99. It depends really upon who wants to buy it, I wouldn't buy it because I'm the only one I know who likes the film :L

      You should get a fair amount for it though, Just hold out for the best price.

    where can i watch Spirited Away with english subtitles?
    i don't want an english dubbed version coz the voices they use are incredibly annoying, but i can't seem to find any japanese versions of the film online :s:s

    • ANSWER:

    Can anyone advise me about online make-up courses?
    I am trying to figure out if I need to do a beauty therapy course when all I really want to do is make-up (eventually theatre and special effects make-up) and not salon treatments. There are no beauty schools where I live so I would have to resort to an online course for make-up. Can anyone recommend a good course? If you have experience with an online course please offer some details and advice. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ciara

      There is a difference between 'makeup effects' and effects done by conventional makeup artists, as the skills sets do overlap, but once you get into makeup effects and prosthetics to an advanced level, the skills branch off into a completely different path involving sculpting, making moulds and working with materials.

      To the eye, seeing this work taking place appears at first more akin with construction and sculpture. Most makeup artists would be able to do minor casualty effects, but the more involved stuff using extensive prosthetics or creature suits is a different department.

      I would suggest getting a book first, as this get you up to speed and give you a broader view of the work and what would be required of you. Good books include:

      By Todd Debreceni
      ISBN: 978-0240809960

      By Graphic Sha
      ISBN-13: 978-4766118339

      By Vincent Kehoe
      ISBN: 0-240-51244-8

      By Richard Corson
      ISBN: 0-13-840521-2

      By Kevyn Aucoin
      ISBN: 0-316-28705-9

      By Kevyn Aucoin
      ISBN: 1-85375-263-0

      By Lee Baygan
      ISBN: 0-8230-5261-3

      by Make-up Designery
      ISBN: 978-0974950006

      People who do runway stuff rarely get their hands covered in plaster to make moulds, and vice versa. Its not that you can't mix and match runway, effects and theatre - its more that the further you go down a particular makeup route the more involved you become in that niche, and become more specialised.

      You can be 'certified' by a governing body and still be utterly unemployable. Naturally makeup schools who make money from you doing the courses will neglect to focus on this. If you wanted to specialise in makeup effects and prosthetics for example, much of the work happens off the set and away from the actor in a workshop or industrial unit. The final on-set application on the person is a small part of a much bigger process, yet is usually the only bit that people focus on.

      I have some free tutorials and a mini ecourse about prosthetics which you are welcome to:

      Also, my new site has a blog which I love posting on:

      I also have a downloadable ecourse about making prosthetics which may be of interest to you also:

      Like any career, there is the 'on paper' route but this must be supported by a realistic and knowledgeable approach to the industry to which it pertains. Makeup effects and prosthetics is a completely different job to that of a conventional makeup artist. There are of course 'makeup effects' that all makeup artists should be able to do such as sweat, minor injuries and the effects of a disease for example. However, once this becomes more severe and requires prosthetics or more serious distortions, it is usually sub contracted out to a specialist. This subcontracted specialist will probably never have waxed an armpit or tinted an eyelash in their lives.

      I think it would be best to speak to working professionals and ensure the training is relevant, and see what else is advisable to learn aside from the conventional academic qualifications. It will vary from region to region. I work and live in the UK, and the way the industry works is different from the States. Also, unions often will decide who can work on set or in a workshop and to what degree they are involved. These safeguards are in place to maintain skill levels, but will also make it hard to get a foot in the door.

      Check http://makeupmag.com/faqmain/. They also host trade shows several times a year all over the world (check http://www.makeupartistshow.com/). They are worth going to, so you can meet and speak to people face to face about your intentions. It is great meeting like minded souls, and most of the big schools are there giving demos and often have 'show' offers and discounts. There is also a schools link on the makeup mag page.

      Whoever you go with, check them out online, see if anyone has anything bad to say about them. If you want a career in film and TV I also suggest you run the tutors name through http://www.imdb.com/, and see what credits they have to their name. Many teach it although they haven't actually done it themselves in industry. Nothing beats getting some basic kit and trying stuff out, because if you enjoy it then you will practice a lot and build up a folio.


    any good japanese movies similar to house of flying daggers?
    i love japanese movies and my favourite one is house of flying daggers. anyone know any similar movies that are also recent. not old ones. i have watched memoirs of a geisha btw. also i try to search for movies online and im sick of seeraching through endless pages. could anyone send me a link of webpage were the list is all just on one page thank u. no subtitle films. must be in english

    • ANSWER:
      Well, firstly -- House of Flying Daggers isn't Japanese. It's Chinese.

      That said, if you liked that movie then you'll probably love these:

      Hero - with Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Cheung
      Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - with Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi (in fact of all the films I'm listing, this is an absolute must-see)
      Butterfly and Sword - with Michelle Yeoh and Tony Leung
      Curse of the Golden Flower - with Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li

      Amazing, beautiful films all.

    What is the average height for a lolita girl?
    I think like 5'2? or is that too tall? or short? idk...
    ...what? me and 2 friends are cosplaying as lolitas for a con...we're in 8th grade and i wanna know if our height is lolita-ish
    lolitas in ANIMES not in real life. for gods sake how simple is it to just say a number!! idc about the other stuff i care about my question.
    i didn't say that u can't if ur too tall or short i was just WONDERING

    • ANSWER:

      I'm sorry to laugh about this situation and I don't mean to make fun of you, but there are no lolita specific things like height, weight, measurements, music and hair style. I've run into a lot of new lolitas asking about these sort of things, and I don't know where the assumption comes from that we're all alike or that there are specific rules that constitute a person as a "true lolita" (then again, if someone tries to tell newbies about these myths and misconceptions, I'll bust a cap at those people for lying).

      Lolitas around the world come from different places around the world, come in all shapes and sizes (heck, one of lolita friends is 5'2" and the other is 5'8" while I'm in the middle at 5'5"), are young and old (I can tell you that most lolitas who are active in the egl community, range from 18-22 years old), and well, we like to do our own thing while being united at the fact that we love the frilly clothes.

      By the way, lolita fashion is kinda out there, but it's not cosplay. Cosplaying means that you are intentionally dressing up as a character from a film, (graphic) novel, show, etc. . Lolita, however, is mainly just clothes, and the people who wear them are, hopefully, being themselves. Since you're pretty new to the fashion, let me give you a few sources to help you and your friend get started and understand what is and what isn't lolita:


      Out of the articles mentioned and for new comers, I highly recommend reading:
      - How to avoid being an Ita
      - Lolita glossery
      -Gothic Lolita starter coordinates (keep in mind that there are other styles than Gothic)
      - Bodyline for Beginners

      Places to buy (and not to buy from):
      You probably have realized by now that putting together an outfit takes a lot more effort than just throwing on a dress, and this is true to why lolita is known to be expensive (aside of the quality matter, shipping when shopping online, and sometimes items are overpriced when sold brand new). In the second link I gave you should include a brand and shopping list, and well as advice on how to shop on a budget. It's not quite complete or updated. La Dauphine and In the Starlight are not running anymore, but you can still find ITS items in the egl_comm_sales.

      If you're ready to take the plunge to buy overseas and use auction sites, a shopping service that a lot of egl members are using is JaponicaMarket.com. I have not had the chance to use it myself, but apparently, it's reliable, fast, and doesn't charge much for service. I believe that it can also be used for shopping at Japanese stores that do not offer overseas shipping/an English site for Western customers.

      Another place to buy on a budget while getting a bang for your buck (quality wise) are the taobao shops. Many of these stores have a physical shop in China and in spite of the Western fear of poor quality for everything made in China, the taobao shops generally make lolita items with high quality and unique designs.

      This should include reviews and shopping services

      Where to avoid:
      (includes "lolitashow.com)

      Going back to the height issue....in spite of the recent movement of Japanese brands catering to the Western market, often times, they do make items that don't fit most people from America or Europe, and are better for most East Asian figures. Whenever you're shopping online, what you really want to do is get an accurate measurement of your body. Have you and your friend create accounts for myshape.com, and go through the measurement guide which you can keep to use when you order lolita clothing (remember that skirts sit at your waist, not your hips, and should be around knee length!).

      A sizing guide to Japanese brands

    Where can I find Miyasaki films in Japanese online?
    Help please? Mostly I'd like to see Ponyo in Japanese or Nauticaa or Porco Rosso

    • ANSWER:
      Try this.


    Will the Kimi Ni Todoke Live action movie ever be available in the U.S?
    I really want to see it, like really badly. Will it ever be available in the U.S? I can't really fly all the way to Japan to see it on the 25th, or anytime. And will it ever be subbed or dubbed (the live action movie)? I mean, I can speak some Japanese, but it would be better in english. Does anyone know if it will be available in the U.S? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      That would be a no. Really. Has any Live Action J-film been released State-side? Maybe like 3. Face it, they're not popular and they wouldn't make any money here so they don't bother releasing it.

      You can wait for the movie to go to DVD/Bluray. People will then sub it and post it online so you can download it and watch it at home for free. If you're really lucky, crunchyroll might get it. Otherwise, you'll have to wait.

    Where can I download Japanese subtitles for new American films that are downloaded online?

    • ANSWER:
      That is impossible.

    What's the easiest way to learn a language?
    I was thinking either Japanese or Chinese.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello! I am a Chinese teacher and I don’t speak Japanese, so I merely offer you my opinion about learning Chinese. If you are a beginner, following a professional Chinese teacher is the easiest way to learn Chinese. But if you are an advanced learner, I think you can teach and practice Chinese by yourself. For beginner, learning Chinese from a teacher will make you learn basic rules of grammar, tone and character formation steadily and fast. Of course, both local classes and online lessons are OK and it depends on your free time. There some easy ways suitable for both beginners and advanced learners.
      Firstly, keeping reading a short Chinese text and writing a new character every day.
      Secondly, add those who are Chinese native and want to learn English to your Skype. This is an effective way to practice your oral Chinese. Also, you can learn very authentic expression of words and slang.
      Thirdly, always visiting Chinese learning websites to know idioms, culture, custom and classic usage of Chinese. Do some exercise to help you strengthen what you’ve learned.
      Four, watching TV series, shows and films will practice your listening. You can also learn some fashionable words and good expressions.
      I think if you continuously learning Chinese, you will master it one day. Though I don’t know the easiest way to learn Chinese, I do hope these methods can help you. What do you think? My E-mail is jennifer.zhu@echineselearning.com and I am happy to help you with every question related to Chinese learning.

    how should i start learning korean ?
    all the awesome ppl are in south korea , so i plan on living there , so how should i start learning korean ? how hard is it ? how long does it take ?
    i see boxes instead of korean letters , how do i fix this ?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd suggest using some of the free online resources to start with:
      http://korean.sogang.ac.kr/ - basic beginner lessons
      http://talktomeinkorean.com/ - good for vocabulary building
      http://www.learnkoreanonline.net/ - good for useful grammatical patterns
      http://www.mysoju.com - serialised Korean (and Japanese) TV shows and films

      And then moving on to other books/magazines/CDs/podcasts/dictionaries/songs, etc

      Korean is a lot more difficult than, say, Spanish which has lots of words in common with English. But it's doable. Remember, you don't 'learn' a language, you get used to it. 😉

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