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Contributing to the database - where to look for information

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone happened to want to add items to the database but doesn't know where to find (additional) information.

If that's the case, have this list of sites I recommend using for your search:


For media:

-CDJapan
-Amazon
-Suruga-ya
-Alicebooks


For Doujin books:

-Toranoana
-Melonbooks
-Suruga-ya
-Otakurepublic
-Doujinrepublic
-Alicebooks
-Doujinshi Lexicon


For figures and goods:

-Manufacturers websites (the manufacturers known to have made goods from the series you're looking for)
-AmiAmi
-Milestone (!for JAN codes!)
-CDJapan (!for JAN codes!; less listings on merch than Milestone)
-Suruga-ya


There might also be exclusive items which are harder to find information on/ do not appear in regular shop listings). Try using:

-Animate (for exclusive goods bundled with the manga; if applicable)
-Comic Gene Blog (if the manga belongs to the Gene Series; the exclusive postcards, illustration cards, etc. are mostly exclusive to Miraiya Shoten, Kumazawa Shoten, WonderGOO, Animate and Comira Project; they are listed by the release of the book, so look for each of your books release date or a month before for the listing of the bonus goods; there might as well be appendixes (of your favourite series) bundled with the Comic Gene Magazine)
-Official Twitter, etc. blog of your series
->if you find an indicator for a release, go to the shop or event site for more information

!for exclusive goods and appendixes: NO posters, NO leaflets/bonus books/etc.; other goods such as clearfiles, postcards, pencilboards, illustration cards, etc. are okay!


Events/ exclusive sales/ other goods that don't show up in most shops regular listings:

(I cannot guarantee that you will find something of the series you're looking for, but these sites are quite interesting)

-Princess Cafe
-Bushiroad Creative
-Comiket
-Comic City and others
-Animate Girls Festival

(there are of course many many more events where anime goods/books/etc. are sold)


Helpful links:

-Chart about paper sizes (if you are using Amazon to look for manga and you need to convert the paper size in mm into ISO (B6, A5, etc.)
-Google Translator (if you have trouble with Japanese; for site orientation only; for romanization of Doujinshis titles, please ask someone who knows Japanese)


Hints:

-if you want to make sure there ARE items unknown to you (mostly for exclusive stuff) before you go look for information, try using Otamart, Yahoo Auctions, or Mandarake, etc.
-if you are missing important information, try searching in japanese keywords
-if you find an item you don't know of yet, but you are unsure of the origin/manufacturer or even the authenticity, try searching for more info or ask for help
-if you still need help on how to add to the database, go to the help page or ask! :)
-always double or even triple check the information for verification


That was it for now. If you have a contribution to the list, feel free to suggest and I will verify and add the site! :)
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1pt
I love using Cafe Reo www.cafereo.co...., they do not feature all the merch but always have good pictures of items, info about materials, prices, and in case of box sets both JAN codes: one for the whole box and the second one for a single item.

Amiami's normal site doesn't have JAN codes, but they can be found on their Rakuten www.rakuten.ne....

As for gacha items, e-alamode www.e-alamode.c... and Kids Room www.rakuten.ne.... are good places to look for info.

Soundtracks/OPs/EDs/etc. - VGMdb vgmdb.net/ is a godsend.
14 days ago
1pt
Thank you so much for helpful... most hobby search is really help me to find JAN CODE.. c:

I was little confused into curious about bonus book what this look like? :o
14 days ago
1pt
When adding items produced by Square Enix, they often like to discount items on their own site by a little off the actual list price. Do not use the prices shown on Square's merch site. Check another site like AmiAmi and use their "original list price" for the databse.
14 days ago
1pt
Thank you very much, very helpful! :)

Oh maybe, for collab's items, you can also check (surely) the collaborator site. Search for collab page on their website. Such as LAWSON, Tokyu, IOIO, etc. For lawson, you can also check www.hmv.co.jp/e...

Also, anyone can try using FromJapan's search bar, since it combined results from some site, including YAJ, Otamart, Amazon, Rakuten.
14 days ago
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Moribundead orðabók
Ruttsu (14 days ago) #29087323IMHO the manufacturer's website should be the first place to look for info.

Makes sense.^^' Updated! :)
14 days ago
5pt
Ruttsu as Ruttsu
IMHO the manufacturer's website should be the first place to look for info.
14 days ago
0pt
Moribundead orðabók
ney (14 days ago) #29087282For Doujinshi :
OtakuRepublic and DoujinRepublic aren't reliable source for adding new content. Doujinshi Lexicon is a good source but not 100% accurate.
Toranoana/Melonbook are the most accurate and you can find additionnal information on the pixiv of the author/circle.


Added Toranoana and Melonbooks to the list! Since the information on older doujins is mostly on Otaku-, DoujinRepublic and Suruga-ya, I added "please triple-check information" to the hint section. :)
14 days ago
6pt
For Doujinshi :
OtakuRepublic and DoujinRepublic aren't reliable source for adding new content. Doujinshi Lexicon is a good source but not 100% accurate.
Toranoana/Melonbook are the most accurate and you can find additionnal information on the pixiv of the author/circle.
14 days ago
Buy from Japan. Easier than ever.

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