The Q & A Thread (for questions that do not need a thread)

Shadow Cat

Stand User
I'd say definitely play it.

Danganronpa: The Animation (the anime adaptation of the first game) isn't very good at all. Too much story was jammed into 13 episodes and it just didn't work. It's all very rushed and flimsy.

2, V3 (the third game in the main series) and Ultra Despair Girls (a third-person shooter spinoff) haven't been animated, but references are made to them in the two Danganronpa 3 anime series (which are both good).

To get the full/best experience, I'd recommend playing all the games in release order (S/Ultimate Summer Camp is non-canon and not vital to play), then watching both of the Danganronpa 3 anime series (they won't make much sense without knowing what happened before).

There's a manga version of Danganronpa: The Animation available in English from Dark Horse, which is very good - that pretty much covers the first game faithfully if you don't feel like playing it. Manga adaptations of Ultra Despair Girls and 2 (two versions, from different points of view) are available too.
Thank you for replying, I will have a look at the games :)

It looks like the Switch Ver. includes most of the games, excluding Ultra Despair Girls so unless they have managed to destroy the port then it might be my best option
 

Takei Daloui

Adventurer
I'd say definitely play it.

Danganronpa: The Animation (the anime adaptation of the first game) isn't very good at all. Too much story was jammed into 13 episodes and it just didn't work. It's all very rushed and flimsy.

2, V3 (the third game in the main series) and Ultra Despair Girls (a third-person shooter spinoff) haven't been animated, but references are made to them in the two Danganronpa 3 anime series (which are both good).

To get the full/best experience, I'd recommend playing all the games in release order (S/Ultimate Summer Camp is non-canon and not vital to play), then watching both of the Danganronpa 3 anime series (they won't make much sense without knowing what happened before).

There's a manga version of Danganronpa: The Animation available in English from Dark Horse, which is very good - that pretty much covers the first game faithfully if you don't feel like playing it. Manga adaptations of Ultra Despair Girls and 2 (two versions, from different points of view) are available too.
Would you recommend the manga? I saw it recently in Forbidden Planet, with tons of volumes of the various series, but I'm a newcomer to the series.
 

awadama fever

Cardcaptor
Would you recommend the manga? I saw it recently in Forbidden Planet, with tons of volumes of the various series, but I'm a newcomer to the series.
Yep, I've really enjoyed the series I've read so far! (I've not got around to Ultra Despair Girls yet)

The manga version of The Animation (four volumes) is a lot better than the anime - the story and characters are given more room to breathe and it's much more satisfying.

The second game has two series available in English - Goodbye Despair and Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair (three volumes each). They originally ran at the same time, so it doesn't really matter which one you read first (or you could alternate volumes or whatever).

Even if you've never played any of the games, I really think the manga is definitely worth checking out. None of them are dependent on you having any existing knowledge of the games, so anyone could pick them up and be able to work out what's going on. If you don't feel like investing 24+ hours into each game, the manga is a great way to experience the story!
 

Takei Daloui

Adventurer
Yep, I've really enjoyed the series I've read so far! (I've not got around to Ultra Despair Girls yet)

The manga version of The Animation (four volumes) is a lot better than the anime - the story and characters are given more room to breathe and it's much more satisfying.

The second game has two series available in English - Goodbye Despair and Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair (three volumes each). They originally ran at the same time, so it doesn't really matter which one you read first (or you could alternate volumes or whatever).

Even if you've never played any of the games, I really think the manga is definitely worth checking out. None of them are dependent on you having any existing knowledge of the games, so anyone could pick them up and be able to work out what's going on. If you don't feel like investing 24+ hours into each game, the manga is a great way to experience the story!

I might give it a try then. It looked around skimming through it in the shop (art seemed alright, nothing seemed weird at a glance but I don't tend to take in story points when I skim them quickly, I'm just looking to see if anything seems off or weird like weird phrasing for plot stuff, or weird story points that don't click with me) so I'll see if I can find the first few chapters online somewhere. Normally you can find the first 2-3 chapters as previews for a series so that might be a good way to see how the story flows.
Thanks for the advice.
 

Otomo

Brigade Leader
Sorry for this late question but I've just realised that the AoL sale ends tomorrow morning.
There's not a lot I want but
wondered if I should get Astra Lost in Space?
Is it exciting? Fast paced?

I've read the site review which doesn't make me jump either way.
 

WMD

Mad Scientist
Sorry for this late question but I've just realised that the AoL sale ends tomorrow morning.
There's not a lot I want but
wondered if I should get Astra Lost in Space?
Is it exciting? Fast paced?

I've read the site review which doesn't make me jump either way.
This was my personal review I put in the rate anime thread. Personally I loved it. Great mystery show:

Astra Lost In Space

This show absolutely pressed all the right buttons with me. I loved each and every second if it. I thought it was just going to be a bit if a sci fi romp but it was so much more than that. The mystery, who-done-it vibe that the narrative was built on was so interesting. I love murder mysteries so having a mystery element was something I was definitely down for. Also with the cest lost in space and trying to get home there was this locked room vibe where they have to work together but not sure of they can really trust one another. It was very cool.

The characters and cast were also a big plus. There was a lot of drama to be dived into and basically everyone had something going on to be uncovered. They were also all very distinct from one another in design and personality. The dub cast were also fantastic. Not a weak link on the show.

It's also a great looking show. Its not necessarily pushing the boat out or anything but each planet they land on was original and fun to explore and each offered new and distinct challenges for the team.

It's only 12 episodes long but it tells a complete story in that time and the mystery elements are all nicely answered and resolved by the end which makes it a very satisfying show to watch. For me personally it's a 10/10
 

crashb648

Student Council President
Sorry for this late question but I've just realised that the AoL sale ends tomorrow morning.
There's not a lot I want but
wondered if I should get Astra Lost in Space?
Is it exciting? Fast paced?

I've read the site review which doesn't make me jump either way.
For me, it had a great mix of drama, action, humor and character development.
The story keeps you on your toes, and does have Star Trek vibes (if that’s a good thing or not depends on your taste)

I watched it on dub and that’s was excellent 😄

tr lr, excellent show. I rated it 9/10 🙂
 

Gemsy-chan

Soul Reaper
Can anyone else get on to Nippon Yasan https://www.nippon-yasan.com/ i've tried both my computer, phone and ipad and this is all i keep getting. also tried different browers.

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Looking at trustpilot doesn't feel me with cheer 株式会社 Nippon-Yasan.Com is rated "Bad" with 1.4 / 5 on Trustpilot. Luckily the stuff i had on pre-order wasn't paid for. Now have to find to see if they are in stock elsewhere. I've never had a problem with NY in the past but i shall not be using them again if their site comes back up.
It looks completely gone as the as it now takes you to here https://materialmatcha.com/
 

Shadow Cat

Stand User
So in Cardcaptor Sakura is the boys name Syaoran or Xiaolang


Only asking as Xiaolang looks a more Chinese name (Trying not to be rude saying that).

And Sakura seems to say something closer to Shaolang/Xiaolang rather than Syaoran
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
So in Cardcaptor Sakura is the boys name Syaoran or Xiaolang


Only asking as Xiaolang looks a more Chinese name (Trying not to be rude saying that).

And Sakura seems to say something closer to Shaolang/Xiaolang rather than Syaoran

They're exactly the same name. Japanese phonetics can't render Li Xiaolang the same way English script can - the name is written in katakana as a foreign name rather than a port of the Chinese characters, which would be pronounced more like Li Shoulou in Japanese and be harder to recognise as the same word. Pronounced phonetically, the equivalent of Li Xiaolang written in Japanese characters is Ri Shaoran (using Hepburn romanisation). The decision was made to romanise it as Li Syaoran instead for reasons only known to the original translator; 'Li' is easier for western speakers to read than 'Ri' and presumably they thought that 'Syaoran' was the same (the Japanese character for 'sha' can also be rendered as 'sya', much like 'l' and 'r' sounds; there's no pronunciation difference between them whatsoever). 'Syaoran' in Japanese is pretty much the closest you can get to the original Mandarin name, accounting for the different way the two languages are structured.

There's an argument for using the more typical Chinese romanisation for the English version, but either way people are going to complain since pinyin is quite hard to read for those unfamiliar with its quirks. Since the only truly correct way to spell Chinese and Japanese names is to use the original characters, you can go ahead and use whichever version of his name you find most comfortable.

R
 

AHA-Lambda

Student Council President
Hi, can anyone advise as to their experience with using CDJapan before?
I'm looking to buy the Utada Hikaru vinyls from them and want to understand what sort of import fees etc I'm likely to get hit with

It's already rather expensive after shipping already so I want to fully understand as much as I can before jumping in
 

Gemsy-chan

Soul Reaper
Hi, can anyone advise as to their experience with using CDJapan before?
I'm looking to buy the Utada Hikaru vinyls from them and want to understand what sort of import fees etc I'm likely to get hit with

It's already rather expensive after shipping already so I want to fully understand as much as I can before jumping in
I've used them plenty of times (they are my go to site for blu rays) and never had a problem. Always packaged well. I've always had my orders marked down as gift (this shows up as you go through the ordering process, I think when you choose what shipping - not 100%) and I've never got charged any customs and this has been on orders over £100, but then I know a very few who have done the same get caught by customs. All I can say is that I've never had to pay customs on anything over ordered from CDJAPAN.
 

Relaxo

Straw Hat Pirate
The total amount depends on the number of items ordered - but yes, the cheapest option for small orders to UK/EU is around $30.
Medium or large orders are way cheaper (per item)

If you live in the UK, you should consider checking https://www.up1.co.uk/ - they offer most of Rightstufs Catalogue. Slightly higher prices but way cheaper shipping.
 

awadama fever

Cardcaptor
Has anyone had any experience with cancelling early bird orders on Anime On-line (MVM)?

Did you get a refund back on Paypal or did you get a credit slip instead?

I see there's a "Credit slips" link on every page that says "Credit slips you have received after canceled orders." - so I'm guessing that's what happens, but hopefully someone can confirm!

Edit: ...and while I'm asking, has anyone had any experience with the same situation with Alltheanime/Anime Ltd?
 

Gemsy-chan

Soul Reaper
Has anyone had any experience with cancelling early bird orders on Anime On-line (MVM)?

Did you get a refund back on Paypal or did you get a credit slip instead?

I see there's a "Credit slips" link on every page that says "Credit slips you have received after canceled orders." - so I'm guessing that's what happens, but hopefully someone can confirm!

Edit: ...and while I'm asking, has anyone had any experience with the same situation with Alltheanime/Anime Ltd?
For MVM you might be best asking them. As for AL they refund you through the payment method you used to order the item.
 

Emulsion

Pokémon Master
The total amount depends on the number of items ordered - but yes, the cheapest option for small orders to UK/EU is around $30.
Medium or large orders are way cheaper (per item)
Thanks.

I've order from up1 many times before. What I was looking at works out the same as up1 once you add that $30 shipping. Just wanted to check there wasn't a cheaper shipping option available at rightstuf.
 

Relaxo

Straw Hat Pirate
Thanks.

I've order from up1 many times before. What I was looking at works out the same as up1 once you add that $30 shipping. Just wanted to check there wasn't a cheaper shipping option available at rightstuf.
Ordering multiple items at right stuff only slightly increases shipping fees - e.g. 5 items are only $37, 10 items only $47. So finding someone to combine orders might save a lot.
Keep in mind that Rightstuf will add the import VAT later during checkouts (0% for books, 20% for everything else) - whilest UP1 already includes UK VAT.

Another option would be using a forwarder.
https://www.myus.com/ would charge e.g. $15.99 for 2 lbs (+ small extra fee for insurance, and import VAT of course).
 
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