Free eBooks from

Honto is giving away a large selection of their eBooks (including manga, light novels, novels, magazines, etc) for free to promote their eBook business for a limited time. Some popular titles include “Your Lie In April (四月は君の嘘),” “Attack on Titan – Before the fall (進撃の巨人),” “Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心 )”. They are mostly first volumes, but a great selection nonetheless.

For full download list, click here: For any catergories you’d like to view more of, click on the text “無料の電子書籍をすべて見る” underneath that section.

Honto’s eBooks are readable on PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android by downloading their proprietary app. Here is the download and details link to their apps: Mac is currently not supported so I cannot guide you past this point. I have a post of what works and what doesn’t from my previous findings here: and a follow-up of someone getting it working here: 

Either way, they’re free; no strings attached. All you have to do is add the eBooks that show up as 0 yen in cart, and go through checkout. (It takes 2 clicks). Afterward, you can access them by opening up the honto app on your device and it should show up on your shelf.

Happy Holidays!

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Tokyo Otaku Mode Holiday Edition

Here is a summary of all the deals going on at Tokyo Otaku Mode for the month of December.


Free Shipping For First-Time Customers On Qualifying Products


Buy 2 or More Items for 10x TOM Points! Dec. 3-13, 23:59 (PST)



This upcoming event is the TOM Santa giveaway which only accepts entries from Dec 7-9. Everyone who enters their giveaway will get a $5 coupon for orders with a total of at least $50 (coupon is automatically added after Dec. 9 and will expire on Dec. 31). Remember that if you use my referral link to register for an account, you get $5 in TOM Points as well.

In order to enter the giveaway, you need an account, then add at least $500 worth of in-stock products into your wish list (no pre-order or made-to-order; can be from any warehouse). Share the list on a social media site, and you have a chance to win up to $500 worth of products on your wish list!

Full event details here. Best of luck and Happy Holidays!

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CDJapan now has English eBooks

1_General CDJapan

A little late on the news, but CDJapan announced on June 9th that they now have translated to English ebooks/manga. There’s quite a variety; some popular titles include Deadman Wonderland,Welcome to the N.H.K., Tokyo Ravens, Eureka Seven, and others. The price is in Japanese yen, which makes it quite cheap.

You’d need to download their eBook Reader app available on both iPhone/iPad and Android. There is also a 5% rewards points bonus on all ebooks until Sept. 24th while the norm is usually 1%.


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Otaku Mode Sign Up Bonus

Looks like Otaku Mode is running a special invite campaign again, so if you haven’t already, sign up with this link, and you’d get $10 in TOM Points as opposed to the normal $5 :). If you haven’t heard about them, I’ve posted a review of my first order and have ordered a number of things there afterward. Great value and fast shipping!

Also, congratulations to all the new grads out there! It’s grad season and if you haven’t found a gift for your grad yet, Otaku Mode is running a sale from May 11th – May 31st on select items. See:

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Time of EVE International Release

A week late in posting this, but…

I backed Time of EVE: The Movie on Blu-ray by Pied Piper / DIRECTIONS / Studio Rikka last year and just recently received my Blu-ray with the extras :). They were behind schedule in delivering the product, but they were always connected with their fans and genuinely cared about what the fans wanted out of this project. Their commitment to the quality of the project and their fans have been amazing from start to finish. They’ve spent a lot of time refining everything from the obi down to the postcards. And I’m happy to share that they’ve started selling these Blu-rays to the public on Right Stuf.


This is an excellent anime movie that I highly recommend it. The storyline, concept, and art is very interesting and well-done. I only wish they would make a continuation for it, because their world has so much that can be explored. For those who’ve already bought the Blu-ray, isn’t it great?!

Both versions come with the Soundtrack CD and the Deluxe version comes with a bonus art book. They’ve also managed to get enough funding to support a long list of subtitles in multiple different languages, so a vast majority of the population can watch and enjoy this anime!

Right Stuf Links:
Standard Edition $34.95
Deluxe Edition $59.95

You could also pre-order it at their official site here:

If you are already a fan of the movie, they are also getting a light novel extra called, “Time of EVE: Another Act” translated, so don’t miss out on it. It’s a limited time offer.

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Free Shipping Over $100 at Otaku Mode!

Awesome news! Otaku Mode is offering free shipping on all orders over $100 now! This makes ordering a lot easier; previously, it was a $200 min. for free shipping. Now it’s $100. Plus, it’s EMS shipping from Japan and USPS if the products are in their US warehouse.


Using my link to register would give you $5 off your order :).

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Tokyo Otaku Mode Opening New Warehouse in US

Otaku Mode Announcement

Great news for US otaku fans! Otaku Mode has recently opened up a new warehouse in the US. This means that for US customers, it would be faster (and cheaper) if you buy products that are already in their US warehouse. I believe this would be mainly for products of popular series such as Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, and Gundam.

On the other hand, that also means that if you purchase products from both US and Japan in one order, the packages would have to be shipped separately (I imagine shipping costs would also cost more).

Again, if you register with my link, you could get $5 off your order :).

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Tokyo Otaku Mode Review

Hey guys,

I received my first order at Tokyo Otaku Mode and wanted to write about my experience here.

Tokyo Otaku Mode Review

I placed an order on 8/13 for two items:

  1. T-Shirt: 162nd Arpeggio of Blue Steel (Takao 02) Keep Cool Version
  2. Sumikko Gurashi Plushie Multi- Use Stand – Sumikko Sanpo

My Products

In terms of ordering experience, I’ve found the site to be appealing to browse through with lots of images and information on the products, but it is not the easiest to filter through/narrow down items and the 15 minute time limit for the items in your cart is a bit annoying.

There is no filter options after you go into a sub-category within a category page. For example, I was looking through their t-shirts section within the Fashion category, but they were not categorized by series, so I had to look through 7 pages of t-shirts to see if I find anything I may be interested in. The good part about their product pages was that there were a lot of images and details for most of their products so you knew exactly what you were getting. Products are also genuine; don’t have to second-guess whether they’re fakes from China or not.

One annoying thing that I’ve found is that they give you a 15 minute hold for the items in your cart. There is a live “remaining time” counter that counts down from 15 minutes from when you last updated your cart that tells you the time you have remaining before all the items in your cart is removed because your hold is over. If you’re familiar with Gilt city, it’s kind of like that, but more annoying, because they remove all the items from your cart so you would have to go back and look for them again and add them to your cart again.

This is for them to keep track of stock in real time, but personally, I’ve just been frustrated with browsing through products and having to keep track of the counter and to have to consciously add/delete an item after some time just to keep the cart “active.”


The part that I liked was after I placed my order. Right after placing the order, I received a *Free Shipping Offer* that was valid for 3 hours from when I placed my order. If I placed another order within those 3 hours, I would get free shipping; no minimum. This seems to be a nice offer for people who forget things or like to shop around after.

At the time of my order, only EMS was available and for these two items, it was $12 base + $3 per extra item. If you are not in a rush for your items and want to save money, I strongly recommend using SAL Small Packet Registered (if possible), or SAL Parcel. The prices are all weight-based and if you’re ordering a lot of items, it could cost a lot. There is a price chart here on their FAQ page for comparison of how much it would cost.

My order was shipped via EMS on 8/18. Typically, orders should take 2 business days, but there was a notice that August orders would take longer due to “sudden increase of orders,” so my order took 5 days to ship, which is not bad.

I received my package on 8/20; I’m on the East Coast of USA. It was pretty fast. I also got some goodies, an Otaku Mode clear file and a fan, shown below.

Otaku Mode Package

Opening the Package

Otaku Mode Goodies

Otaku Mode Clear File

Otaku Mode Fan

In terms of price, the products are actually not as marked up as I imagined. The shirt I ordered had a price tag of 3990 yen, which is ~$38.42. The shirt is only available at Comiket 84 as written in this post, so I was super excited to be able to order and receive a legit version of it at this price. The other plushie stand had a price tag of 1200 yen, which is ~$11.57 at the time of the post. Little to no markup on the prices, maybe a dollar or two depending on how bad the exchange rate is.

Overall, I’m happy with my order/items. Checkout was simple; they take Paypal. Only complaint with the ordering process was the 15 minute limit item hold. I think they could improve in their inventory/stock, but they do have some niche/rare items that make shopping there quite worth it. I would recommend this place.

Anyone else have Tokyo Otaku Mode experiences they’d like to share?

If you register for Tokyo Otaku Mode with my link, you can get $5 in TOM points (as of Jan 2017), 5% off your first order.

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“Sakura Sale” on Tokyo Otaku Mode

Seems like Tokyo Otaku Mode is having a small sale of up to 70% off (though as expected mostly 20-30%) off some goods. Might be able to score some cheap anime goods. Again, if you register with my link, you’d get $5 in TOM Points (and so do I). Free shipping is available on orders over $100 now (as opposed to $200 before).

Sakura sale here.

Enjoy :).

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Recently, I exchanged emails with Fabio from Italy, who contacted me about’s eBooks, particularly regarding the legality of it. As it seems, he was able to buy and read eBooks/eMangas on honto’s PC program found here:

But his inquiry to me was how legal was it? Would just delete all your ebooks one day when they find out you don’t live in Japan?

I couldn’t find much information on the internet about this, only in their FAQs that it’s only supported within domestic Japan. As a result, he contacted honto’s customer service in English and honto replied back in Japanese. It seems that they understood his inquiry and he sent me their reply for translation. I am not going to copy and paste the email here, but the gist of it is that:

Their eBook service is limited to customers within domestic Japan. It is a possible to purchase eBooks from overseas, but using, or the means of using the computer/devices overseas is outside of their support (basically they are not subjected to providing support for their eBooks outside of their region).

They do not explicitly say it’s illegal or that it will someday disappear…just that if you buy and can’t read it for whatever reason (no supported devices), you would be on your own. For the most part, it should work! but only on the Windows app (no native Mac app at this time; you can Bootcamp or run Windows on a VM for Mac).

See Fabio’s screenshot below for what the Windows app looks like:


There is also a protection lock for the program that prevents you from using 3rd party programs to capture pages of the ebook.

Maybe the browser plugin works for reading honto ebooks as well. I do not sure

Don’t forget that you still would not be able to read the ebooks/emanga on a non-Japanese tablet/smartphone and quite possibly, if you’re not living in Japan (because of region lock for app store). It has been confirmed by ETf that the honto app on iOS does work; however, non-Japanese Android devices may not work. From my previous post, I mentioned that the honto app is not available for out of Japan devices to download (if you don’t own a device from a Japanese mobile provider). I have not tested installing the honto .apk file outside of the Play Store. If you haven’t read my previous post on what doesn’t work for honto’s eBooks, it’s at:

Hope this helps! Thanks again, Fabio!

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