Top 5 Popular Revival Anime

dragon ball

Hi, it’s Mr. Wada on duty. The other day I overheard kids talking about Dragon Ball at the supermarket. Why the hell is Dragon Ball still around? It’s surprising that kids today know what I grew up with. However, it doesn’t seem to be only Dragon Ball. There have been old anime revival for the past years. Let’s take a look at some of them.


5 Popular Revival Anime

Dragon Ball Z

Original

Its manga started in 1983, and anime version started in 1986. As it adapted battle scenes in the story, it rapidly gain popularity and later spread worldwide as well. It’s probably the most well-known Japanese anime.
Dragon Ball Z OP song

Revival

Its rerun called Dragon Ball Kai (edited version without fillers) was made in 2009-2010 and 2014-2015, and new films also have been made last few years. Plus another BRAND NEW TV SERIES named Dragon Ball Super will be starting in July, 2015. I bet its movement will continue for a while.

 

Saint Seiya

Original

It’s also one of the most popular ones from the mid 80’s. Both manga and TV series were made in 1986. Another battle anime like Dragon Ball (they were from the same era and on the same magazine as well).

Original OP song

Revival

A new TV series was made in 2012-2014 named Saint Seiya Omega.

Wow. The same theme song with the original singer! It was linked to the first Saint Seiya and some of the original characters even showed up in the story. So this would hook their parents who watched the original and then watch it together with their kids.

Sailor Moon

Original

Its manga and the first anime series were made in 1992. It’s absolutely the very fist girl battle anime. Five girls (Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus) fight for their fate. My sister read and watched this, so I naturally followed. Can’t recall the story much though.

Revival

A new TV series based on the original comics began in 2014 named Sailor Moon Crystal. Its character design has changed quite a bit. I prefer the original one personally.

They look different…

Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers)

Original

Broadcasted as Star Blazers in North America. There are several series of TV and movies. The first series was made in 1974. The chosen crews go on a trip to outer space to save the earth from pollution crisis.

Revival

A remake of the first TV series was made in 2013. There seems to be some changes but it follows the original story.
Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy)

Original

The classic of classics. Its anime started in 1963 as the first TV animation in Japan, broadcasted as Astro Boy in English-speaking countries.

Original of 1963

Revival

It was made for anniversary of Astro Boy’s official birthday (April 7, 2003). I watched partially but the story didn’t seem to be related to the original.
A new series of 2003

 

A 3D animation film was also made by American creators in 2009.

Lastly

What’s in common between these anime is, the target viewers are those who watched the original and their kids. Simple math, it doubles the number of viewers! It sounds quite ideal for business (am I talking nasty? hehe). So perhaps the parents wouldn’t mind watching and even spending on anime goods for kids (or for themselves). Also, since these anime from the past are classic in many countries, marketing would be easier than new anime because they are already known.

Whether you have watched it or not, it’s interesting to see these comparisons like this, don’t you think? Know anything else like this? Please share with me. See you around!


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Popular Second-hand Stores in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely

CD

Hi there it’s Mr. Wada on duty. I’d like to share a little bit about second-hand stores in Japan this time. When you look for anything to purchase, would you consider second-hand? I would, at least in Japan. Does second-hand sound dirty or crappy to you? Good news. You may have more chances to encounter good stuff here.

How is Second-hand like in Japan?

I’m not sure if people really think of Eco but there’s always been demand and supply. Plus generally speaking second-hand comes in good condition. Well, they are often categorized in different grades like A, B, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan guitar store

 

Why in Good Conditions?

Good question. Probably a reason why they look good is at the very beginning, some people might be thinking of selling it later on when purchasing, so they try not to damage or scratch to keep stuff look good. Me? Yeah, I also feel that way sometimes. The more damaged your stuff is, the lesser worth your stuff would be when it comes to selling it.

 

What About Prices?

It all depends on what kind of product you are looking, and condition matters as well. Some items could be less than half of the original prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan price

 

Popular Second-Hand Stores in Japan

Let me introduce you some stores where we often use. You may see them all over the county.

BOOK OFF (ブックオフ)

BOOK OFF sells books, CDs, DVDs, Records, etc. Super cheap.

Second-hand Stores in Japan bookoff

I’ve got this CD(s) for 200 yen! Books are from 50 JPY-ish.

Second-hand Stores in Japan CD

 

Locations

Find a BOOK OFF store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE   *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

 

OFF HOUSE (オフハウス)

OFF HOUSE is the same chain of BOOK OFF. This place though sells more varieties of stuff like furniture, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, etc.

Second-hand Stores in Japan OFFHOUSE

 

We bought our kitchen table and chairs at OFF HOUSE. It is originally about 20,000 yen, and it was like 3,000 yen at OFF HOUSE. Well, it was a little old but still a great deal, don’t you think?

Second-hand Stores in Japan table

Locations

Find a OFF HOUSE store near your place HERE (in JP).

or go to the ONLINE STORE *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

 

2ND STREET/JUMBLE STORE (セカンドストリート)

2ND STREET is Mrs. Wada’s hangout. This store sells more branded products for affordable prices.

Second-hand Stores in Japan jumble

 

Our jackets from 2nd street. Pretty cool huh? Hehe.

Second-hand Stores in Japan jacket

Locations

Find a 2ND STREET store near your place HERE (in JP).

Or go to the online store. *Domestic Shipping (Japan Only)

*To support this blog (the-wadas.com), we would highly appreciate shopping through the link below which gives us commission, however, it does NOT charge you any extra cost.

Here’s a post for guide to shopping at 2ND STREET online store.

 

King Family (キングファミリー)

King Family sells second-hand clothing and some other different items like bags, accessories etc, including branded stuff. General impression I have for this store is quite reasonable. Also I often see some unusual stuff like concert T-shirts. Quite interesting.

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Mrs. Wada’s summer hat from King Family (100 yen!)

second-hand stores in Japan

Find a King Family store near your palace HERE.

 

 

TREASURE FACTORY (トレジャーファクトリー)

This store is similar to Off House which sells electronics, furniture, clothing, etc.

second-hand stores in Japan

 

The Takoyaki machine introduced in the previous post was actually from a recycle store called Treasure Factory.

Second-hand Stores in Japan takoyaki hotplate

It was about 1,000 yen. A brand new one would’ve been 2,000 JPY-ish. Big saving.

 

Locations

Find a TREASURE FACTORY store near your place HERE (in JP).

 

Thrift Stores

Great deals offered at thrift stores as well.

Find Thrift Shops in Japan: Be eco-friendly, Save up wisely

 

Looking for International Shipping?

If you would like to purchase from overseas, try this website called rakuten market offers a service for you. Open the link and go to ‘global‘ on the upper-right of the window. You have opportunities for international shipping.

 

Sell your stuff

These stores also buy your stuff. Normally just drop-in and inform the staff that you want to sell. They would estimate and let you know how much it would be. Oh, don’t forget to take your ID though (foreigner card, driver’s license, etc). Some stores even visit your place for things you can’t take to the store. That’d be quite convenient for selling stuff like furniture (some conditions apply). Check this for the details.

 

Lastly

To be frank, I used to dislike second-hand. But it was my first time selling my video games, I got chunk of cash and bought some other games, I felt I liked it! (hehe). Since then I wouldn’t mind it. Well, of course not all stuff is great and in perfect conditions. Such items like electronics, instruments, you should try out first before purchasing (ask staff though).

Why don’t you go check second-hand stores in Japan? You may encounter unexpected deals somewhere. (>v・)

See you around!