Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Where to Buy Sugar Apple Fairytale Light Novels

All links here are to online stores that ship internationally, with the exception of Kinokuniya USA, which as far as I know only ships to addresses in the United States. I've used all of these sites and personally recommend them all.

Here is a brief summary of each site's shipping policies and good and bad points:

Yes Asia: They jack up the prices of the actual books, but if you order more than $40 worth of items at once you get free shipping. They are really slow to prepare the package (it usually takes about a week before they ship out your order) but then the shipping is pretty fast (usually takes about a week for me). The site is all in English, but they have a strange way of listing book titles so it's hard to find what you're looking for. I always search by the author's name. 

Honto.jp: They charge the Japanese list price for all books, and they only charge you exactly what it costs them for shipping, with no handling fee. You can chose from among six different shipping methods including EMS, Airmail, Economy Airmail and Surface Mail. The only problem with this site is that it's all in Japanese and registering an account might be difficult for people who don't know Japanese.

Amazon Japan: This site is the most professional, with the respected Amazon brand name backing it up. It's easy to navigate and the site works exactly like the English version. You can even press a button and have the Japanese site displayed in English. Registration and purchasing procedures are also straight-forward. The only negative point is shipping: Amazon Japan only ships overseas using EMS, which is ridiculously fast but ridiculously expensive. Even if you buy only 1 volume it will cost around $35 for shipping, so you need to buy a lot for the shipping costs to level out to $1-per-$1 purchase costs to shipping cost ratio.

Kinokuniya USA: Shipping starts at $8 for one volume, and I think it's $6 per additional volume, but don't quote me on that! However they are running a campaign on their site that if you spend over $50 shipping is free. They don't sell magazines online, but apparently if you call or email the store nearest you they will sell them to you directly. 

Overall, my personal favorite is Honto.jp, but I've been using Yes Asia a lot recently too. I can't afford to use Amazon Japan, but when I was in Japan I used it a lot because it got books in first and shipped preorders out early. I haven't used Kinokuniya recently because for a while it had a limited selection, but it looks like they've improved their inventory in recent years.



Volume 1: 銀砂糖師と黒の妖精 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Black Fairy)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 2: 銀砂糖師と青の公爵 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Blue Duke)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 3: 銀砂糖師と白の貴公子 (The Silver Sugar Master and The White Nobleman)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 4: 銀砂糖師と緑の工房 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Green Workshop)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 5: 銀砂糖師と紫の約束 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Purple Promise)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 6: 銀砂糖師と赤の王国 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Red Kingdom)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 7: 銀砂糖師と黄の花冠 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Yellow Garland)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 8: 銀砂糖師と灰の狼 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Ashen Wolf)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 9: 銀砂糖師と虹の後継者 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Rainbow Successor) 
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 10: 銀砂糖師と水の王様 (The Silver Sugar Master and The King of Water)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 11: 銀砂糖師と金の繭 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Golden Cocoon)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 12: 王国の銀砂糖師たち (Silver Sugar Masters of the Kingdom)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 13: 銀砂糖師と紺の宰相 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Navy Blue Prime Minister)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya



Volume 14: 銀砂糖師と銀の保護者 (The Silver Sugar Master and The Silver Guardian)
Yes Asia // Honto.jp // Amazon Japan // Kinokuniya

11 comments:

  1. Urgh!! You can even tell from the novel covers when they'll get together.

    Oh, well. it's not a very surprising spoiler. Ann's obviously starting to fall for him, and Shall's starting to care about her, when his body just moved to protect her from the wolves.

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    1. It's really obvious, right? Suddenly from volume 10 on it's all lovey-dovey Ann and Shall covers!
      At least we have 10 volumes to see how it develops :D

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    2. Oh, does "something" happen in volume 6 that brings Ann and Shall closer? The volume cover looks a bit different than the other first ten volumes.

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    3. I haven't read it yet, but according to some spoilers I read on the internet they do face a dramatic challenge in that volume. I can't wait to read it!

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    4. Volume 5-6 arc is so ridiculously epic and intense! The start of that volume (5) is a bit slow but it scaltes to stratosferic levels at the last pages... (it's the moment you realize: oh shit, so this wasn't a cooking manga afterall... ).... And volume 6 is the immediate continuation of that arc. I think half of novel 6 is a huge amount of things happening in the same day. You'll adore it all! Just like I did. :D

      (So will you, Ica~ hohoho~).

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    5. Hohoho yourself Mizuchan! I foiled your evil scheme to never tell me what happens by looking up the spoilers online. I know everything! Or, maybe not everything but the majority of things!!!

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  2. how difficult is this series to read in Japanese? would it be good for a beginning to learn the language?

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    1. It's really easy to read in Japanese compared to other light novels. A lot of words have furigana. I think it's written to a junior high school reading level, whereas other light novels are written to a high school reading level.

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  3. Thanks for the link!
    The covers are all so colorful ^.^
    I think when I'm finally able to buy a volume in the future, then I will definitely get volumes 4-10 because the pictures I have seen looked really interesting. Maybe I'll actually manage to translate them somehow.
    Which of these websites is the best to use in Canada?


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    1. Maybe Yes Asia. They seem to ship all over the world pretty easily.

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