- For current songs, I use the lyrics from the booklet or jacket that comes with the CD.
- For slightly older songs, I use Anime Song no Kashi nara Koko ni O-makase? and goo Music.
- For the newest of new songs, like OP and EDs that only aired a day ago on TV, or doujin music, I use NicoNico Douga.
- For Vocaloid songs I use the Hatsune Miku Wiki.
Music News & Downloads
- I update the Upcoming Releases page according to Animate’s CD releases page.
- A good place to start looking for mp3 downloads is http://www.gendou.com/amusic, which has thousands of songs. Just register a free account and download one song at a time.
- For higher quality or the most recently released songs, try torrenting files from Tokyo Toshokan.
- If you’re looking for Digimon songs, try the forums known as DATS. Poke around and you’ll find links for every single Digimon song ever.
- I make downloads available for some certain songs. You can click on Entry with a Download under Categories menu to the right to see all lyrics that have some sort of song download available.
- I mainly use goo Dictionary and Tangorin to look up Japanese words.
- For sentences and longer passages, I use excite Translations. That is the best passage-translator I’ve come across so far. It’s a lot better than Google Translate or Babelfish.
Merchandise News & Purchases
- I follow Akiba Hobby, Moeyo, Famitsu, and Wcloux (kumo)’s Blog for most of my merchandise and figurine-related news.
- I buy most of my merchandise from AmiAmi, Animate, and HobbyLink Japan.
- For the rarer stuff or scoring secondhand goods at a discount I use Yahoo! Auction Japan and MobiAuc.
- For cosplay goods I follow and purchase from Animate’s ACOS and Cospa (and its branch companies, such as Cospatio).
- A quick guide:
- AmiAmi and HobbyLink Japan do have English sites and ship internationally.
- Animate, ACOS, and Cospa are all Japanese and do not ship internationally. You need to go through a proxy service if you want to order from them. However, some of their merchandise are also carried by AmiAmi and HobbyLink Japan mentioned above.
- Yahoo! Auction Japan and MobiAuc, for the most part, do not ship internationally. A few individual sellers do take PayPal and ship overseas, but you will have to check the product listing’s page for the specifics.
- Random Anime Characters Stats database page here. Be forewarned, this database is solely created to be a collection of characters with stats that I’m interested in. This will be updated irregularly. All heights are official or tediously calculated.
- Burda Style is really helpful for simple tutorials on a variety of sewing techniques and guides. I also ask around 4chan’s /cgl/ board when quick questions arise.
Art & Scans Resources
- The top source I use is the anime’s official (koushiki) book, also known as the guide/visual/fan/perfect (usually it’s two of those words in a combo) book. That carries the true color of outfits and will beat any printout anyday, and more-or-less convenient to take directly into a fabrics store and match colors right off the rack.
- I also look for magazine scans or poster art sometimes for cosplay references. The first site I usually check is moe.imouto, followed by danbooru and Konachan.
- If I’m unsatisfied with the results, I consult Anime Paper or Mini Tokyo, both of which have a pesky “this images costs XX to download” system, so usually I just grab the preview version, since I don’t need it for actually making a wallpaper or anything clean or hi-res. Aetherality is very nice, too, but the library is somewhat lacking in comparison.
- For vectors and custom paintbrushes and patterns I usually check on deviantART to see if there’s something useful.
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