Anime suggestions with Japanese subtitles?
October 5, 2016 6:01 PM   Subscribe

Looking for recommendations on good anime series in Japanese with Japanese subtitles. Any ideas where I might be able to find 'em? (More than happy to pay for the content)
posted by sirion to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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posted by Bruce H. at 6:22 PM on October 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Short of importing physical Blu-Ray discs from Japan, I don't know of any legal sources that include Japanese subtitles. But if you can get your hands on the video files themselves through other means, has Japanese subtitles for practically anything you might want to watch.

It's hard to give recommendations for specific shows without knowing what you're interested in, but a few from that list that I've enjoyed are: Ping Pong the Animation, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Kino no Tabi, Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, and (if movies are OK too) Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo.
posted by teraflop at 8:16 PM on October 5, 2016

Depending on your location, used DVDs at Book Off. They usually sell region free players as well. Otherwise, eBay.

Are you studying Japanese? Dramas tend to be better listening practice than anime.
posted by betweenthebars at 9:06 PM on October 5, 2016

If you buy BluRays or DVDs (if you're in the US, BluRays will work on US players but youll need a region 2 DVD player) from Amazon Japan, they should have JP subtitles (and it will say on the description so you can check).

I buy a lot of movies from Amazon Japan, shipping is not too bad especially if you're buying in batches.
posted by thefoxgod at 3:40 AM on October 6, 2016

Response by poster: Do you need a proxy service to buy off of Amazon Japan, or can you buy with a US billing address/credit card?
posted by sirion at 6:41 AM on October 6, 2016

Response by poster: @Betweenthebars: Happy to take drama suggestions!
posted by sirion at 6:43 AM on October 6, 2016

Amazon Japan is happy to sell to Americans.

Also check out CDJapan.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:23 AM on October 6, 2016

If you have enough Japanese knowledge to order from other merchants you could use a service like Tenso. They give you a Japanese mailing address that you can use to order from pretty much any online merchant and will receive and forward on your stuff to you for a pretty reasonable fee.
posted by Gev at 8:14 AM on October 6, 2016

Amazon Japan will sell media (CDs, Books, Movies, and Video Games) to US addresses/credit cards with no issues.

You need to create a account, but I use the exact same shipping/billing info I do for my US Amazon account. (Even though I actually have access to Japanese bank/shipping info if I really needed it, there's no need with Amazon)
posted by thefoxgod at 7:59 PM on October 7, 2016

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