I actually overhauled the “Where can you buy Shinra Bansho cards?” guide about two…uhhh, maybe even three weeks ago, but was otherwise so busy I forg0t to mention it here. I also added info about Rakuten just today, now that I’ve more or less figured out how to navigate the thing.
“God Luo Various Forms” is my favorite machine translation for the title so far.
It wasn’t worth mentioning there, but for some reason Plamoya, who otherwise hasn’t been selling Shinra Bansho anything for a while, put up a Yama Ou Belferia card(s?) at an astonishingly hilarious price. Her average elsewhere seems to be 1,200 to 1,800 Yen. Why they suddenly have the one card and no others…hmmm…
In other news, I’ve bought and received copies of the Card Encyclopedia and Perfect Encyclopedia thanks to the generous help of a friend in Japan, so I might do overviews of each of those if I get the chance. Don’t be expecting legit scans or anything though, they’re for otaku dork collector purposes, so I don’t want to break the spine to do it proper or anything. I might do some ghetto shadow-where-the-page-bends scans of select pages though, in particular some very nice story art in the Card Encyclopedia featuring the likes of everyone’s favorite Smurf, Astaroth.
nerds readers may have noted in previous post comments I’ve been looking into getting some card translations done. To be more specific, I’ve been talking to some friends, contacts and other leads about commissioning translations. So far, no luck due to various reasons. I’m still working on it, but at this point I might as well put it out there – if anyone else happens to have any suggestions or is a translator willing to negotiate some kind of reasonable rate, do let me know.