Where to buy manga (Japanese, not English translated) online:
- honto (paper and digital manga): Great selection of manga (tankobon); popular manga magazines seem to go out of stock quickly; no mark-up added to price, however, you have to pay for shipping which ranges from very expensive for air to reasonable for shipping by boat (but very slow, 1 -3 months, according to their website); I usually select the SAL method, which is reasonable and fairly quick (around 10 – 14 days delivery time); great e-manga selection and they offer discounts or point accumulation campaigns often; site in Japanese. Helpful advice for registering at honto: Without Restraints
- Yesasia: (paper) Good selection of manga (magazine and tankobon); some mark-up added to price but reasonable enough for tankobons (not for magazines though because of their weight), especially if your order qualifies for free shipping; site in English (you may have to select your language preference).
- CD Japan (paper and digital): Good selection of manga magazines and decent selection of tankobons. Various shipping and payment options (credit cards, PayPal, money orders); site in English. Their digital manga selection is small compared to honto, ebookjapan, Sokuyomi, and cmoa.
- Amazon Japan (paper and digital): Great selection of manga (magazine and tankobon); shipping used to be pretty expensive, but it seems more reasonable now; site in Japanese and English; it appears that a lot of manga is also available for Kindle, but I haven’t bought any e-manga from them. So, I just made my first purchase with them in over 3 years and bought Petit Comic magazine and two tankobons… shipping was okay, cheaper than CD Japan but a little more expensive than honto (SAL). However, my order will arrive in 4-5 business days, so that’s quick!🙂
- Club Japan (paper): I just discovered this site, so I don’t know much about it yet. It looks like they offer all the popular shoujo and josei manga magazines for overseas shipping, yay! You can buy single issues or subscription service. Good selection of manga, as well. There are four shipping options: boat, SAL, airmail, and EMS and they do accept foreign credit cards. They have some instructions in English. If I order anything from this site, I’ll post an update.
- Fujisan (paper): Small selection of manga magazines; they used to have a lot more choices, but I guess they cut back on what they offer; most magazines have a minimum 6 month subscription; some mark-up added to price; shipping is very expensive, but you receive the magazine within a week or two after it’s released in Japan; site in Japanese.
- Akadot Retail: (paper) Decent selection of manga magazines and related goods, although they appear to have less shoujo magazines than before. They have both current and some back issues of various magazines… not all of the current issues are available, but if you check regularly, you may find the ones you’re looking for. Some mark-up added to price, but more reasonable than YesAsia. For US customers, free shipping to the 48 contiguous states if order is $60 or more and Media Mail rate (very reasonable) is available for Hawaii and Alaska.
- HMV Online (paper): They seem to have a good selection of magazines and tankobons, but tbh, I never paid attention to this site because they only use EMS to ship overseas and don’t offer any other shipping options… EMS is pretty expensive. Site is in Japanese and English.
- EbookJapan (digital): Great selection of e-manga; no mark-up added to price and no shipping cost; site in Japanese. They don’t seem to offer as many discounts or points campaigns as some of the other digital manga stores, though.
- Sokuyomi (digital): Great selection of e-manga; they used to have a 180-day time limit on manga, but I guess they did away with that to keep up with the competition, lol; site in Japanese. I’m pretty sure that Sokuyomi takes foreign credit cards now, and not just Japanese ones. If not, you can still use Japanese webmoney. To purchase Japanese webmoney, I found that the webmoney – Paypal option works best.
- cmoa (digital): Great selection of e-manga; no mark-up added to price and no shipping cost; site in Japanese. They post lots of special offers and discounts throughout the month.
- Shogakukan (digital): Good selection of Shogakukan e-manga; I haven’t purchased anything from this site, but I heard that they accept foreign credit cards. Hopefully, Shogakukan will start offering digital versions of their magazines one day.
- Margaret (digital): Offers e-manga (tankobon) that appear(ed) in Ribon, Margaret, Bessatsu Margaret, Cookie, Cocohana, and You magazines. Unfortunately, only the Cookie and Margaret magazines are available digitally though, but hopefully they will start offering more digital magazines later. I haven’t bought anything from this site, so I am not sure if they take foreign credit cards. They do accept webmoney.