Use all your money. Proceed to cry in both joy and sorrow as you hold
your loot in your arms and look at your credit card bill after the fact.
Step 3: Profit.
( • v • )
Of course, actual guide
to follow below. This is a bit like a more detailed continuation of an ask I answered a long time ago, but I thought it would be helpful to my followers and people who would like to purchase drama CDs and other merchandise from Stellaworth (ステラワース) and Animate Online Shop (アニメイトオンラインショップ), two major retailers of drama CD/anime/manga goods that us fangirls go crazy over (actually, tho). Please be aware that this method is only applicable to
those in possession of a credit card that works for international
online shopping, or can pay through other means like bank transfer or at the コンビニ.
This is also mainly targeted towards those who live outside of Japan, so if you do live within Japan, you can completely skip the section on forwarding (because you have an address in Japan)! Or, you can just visit any Animate near you, as well as Stellaworth in person (provided you can get to Ikebukuro).
So, without further ado!
1. Make sure you have what you need. (Getting a forwarding address, other credentials for account registration on other sites)
First thing’s first—if you live outside of Japan, you’re going to need a Japanese address. While Stellaworth and Animate Online JP both accept international credit cards as a means of payment, they do not ship overseas.
So, if you want to buy directly from the stores yourself, you’re going to need a forwarding address if you don’t have one already.
For this purpose, I’ll be using Tenso*, a forwarding service that can be utilized in English. I listed some alternatives to Tenso in the answered ask linked above.
*Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with Tenso in any way, I just use them
for my own forwarding needs when I’m in the US. They are a little on the
pricier side, but if you’re willing to pay a little more for the convenience and user-friendliness, I think it’s a solid choice. I haven’t had any problems with them (so far).
If you click on the link I provided, you should end up here.
To get you started with a Japanese forwarding address, click on “Free Registration” up in the top right corner.
You can continue registration in English (identity verification is a part of the process; be prepared to send them some sort of government-issued ID, like your driver’s license or your passport), so once you’re done, log in to your home page and you’ll see this.
It’s sort of self-explanatory, but see the address listed under
“shipping address for online shopping”? That’s the address you’ll be
using to register an account on both Stellaworth and Animate.
Now that you have your Japanese address, let’s proceed to the next step!
2. Let’s start with the basics. (Stellaworth and Animate Online Account Registration • 登録)
Stellaworth and Animate Online both require you to be a member of their sites in order for you to purchase their products. Naturally, they ask you to log in once you decide to check out.
First up is ステラワース (Stellaworth), a.k.a. otome goods paradise. (And where I buy most of my drama CDs.)
The highlighted link is for new member registration, which is what we want. **You can always turn on Google Translate to assist you with the input fields while registering if you don’t want to constantly refer to this guide.
(Right-click and select “view image” to see the image in detail.)
Once you click 「送信」(“Submit”), you’ll end up on this screen.
It’s a confirmation screen that basically lets you know that you should click on a link that Stellaworth sends to your email address to continue registration. The subject of the email should be “ステラワース 会員仮登録メール.” This link is temporary, so it’s best to be quick about your registration.
When you click on the link in the email they sent you, you’ll come across part two of registration, beginning with the following screen.
After you input your password, this is the next part.
Once you click on 「確認」(“Confirm”), you’ll be led to a summary screen that shows you everything you’ve inputted, and you’ll be asked to confirm again.
And that’s it! You’ve created your Stellaworth account. You can log in whenever now. The following screen is what you see when you log in.
*Almost typed Stellaworth as Steallaworth, which wouldn’t be that
far from the truth considering how much money they steal from me with
all their lovely merchandise… ( ´• ^ •` )
Now onto Animate, which is significantly easier.
First, click on the link for new member registration.
This screen is super straightforward with Google Translate, but here’s a quick translation just in case.
Once that’s done, congratulations! You now have an Animate Online account.
Side Note: Animate is arguably the most prominent anime/manga goods chain retailer in Japan, and its online store’s selection is impressive as well. It’s my second-go-to place to buy drama CDs, and while I do personally order things from Stellaworth more often than I do at Animate (mostly because the tokuten I want is usually the Stellaworth one), Animate is more budget friendly and also has a great point system (T-point). Each point that you collect is equivalent to 1¥, so those points quickly add up to give you nice discounts on your merchandise. (It’s worth noting that Amazon JP also uses a point system. Japan’s definitely a big fan of point systems, my point card collection can attest to that. > v < )
Now that the formalities are over, time to fill that shopping cart like…
( ◉ ‿ ◉ ) YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH
3. Time to shop! (Actually buying stuff)
First, back to Stellaworth. I have a few things to pre-order for January, so I’ll be using some of those CDs as examples.
Buying things is just technically clicking the “pre-order” or “purchase” button to add the item to your cart, but the following screens provide more information on item details.
Once all your items are in your cart, you can proceed to the レジ (Register/Checkout)!
If you’ve never shopped with Stellaworth and don’t have a credit card registered, it’ll prompt you to do so when you get to this screen.
Click 「次へ」once you’ve checked the blue box (terms of agreement).
Once you’ve made sure your order is correct, you can click on 「注文する」(Order) to confirm your purchase.
After confirming your purchase, you’ll be redirected to a screen showing your order number. You can now check your “to be shipped” list on My Page to see the information about your order.
And that’s it for Stellaworth!
**Stellaworth’s pages time out after a certain period of time has
elapsed on a webpage without you doing anything (it’s super annoying).
If this happens, just refresh the page. Also, on occasion, adding items
to your cart will result in a redirect stating that your request was
invalid. In this case, also refresh the page and attempt to place the
item in your cart again until it actually shows up in your cart. (Be
careful not to place too many of the same thing in your cart, though!
Confirm the amount before purchasing.) If this still doesn’t work, wait
for a while before reattempting.
Time for Animate.
Before we start looking for items, though, you should register your credit card in preparation for checkout.
Once you’ve found the item your looking for via that 「検索」(Search) bar, click your item of choice to get to this screen.
To add the item to your cart, just click the blue (it’s a pre-order) button.
The colors of the purchase buttons on Animate actually correspond to the stock status of the product.
For example, blue is for 予約 (Pre-order), grey is 品切れ中 (Sold Out), yellow is just カートに入れる (In stock, place into cart), while red (即時に取り寄せる) and orange (お取り寄せる) both refer to backorder statuses (but are slightly different).
Once you’ve placed the item you want in your cart, click on the cart button to get to this screen and proceed with your order. You’ll see the following screens.
Clicking “check out” will prompt you to log in first.
After this, your order is set!
**I don’t really remember how I initially enrolled for the T-Point system, given that I registered a long time ago, but I do know it is linked to my Yahoo JP account. If anyone encounters issues with enrolling for the point system, please let me know. Screenshots would help too.
4. Shipping, the sequel. (Forwarding items from your Japanese holding address to your actual address)
Another straightforward process, especially if your forwarding service is in a language you can fully understand. We’ve made it through the technical stuff now, so all that’s left is to wait for your goods to arrive once you’re done with this step!
5. Actually profit!*
*Shame we’re actually losing money when we buy stuff…
Useful terms (a really brief Japanese lesson for online shopping terms you see often):
特典 = とくてん — Special benefits; an extra thing included with your purchase (Think of it as a pre-order bonus, except it’s not usually restricted to pre-orders. Included tokutens often vary from store to store.) *One of my favorite terms.
連動特典 = れんどうとくてん — Linked benefits; an extra thing included with your purchase when you purchase multiple things in a select series or multiple target products
発送 = はっそう — Shipping
発売 ・発売日 = はつばい・はつばいひ — Sale (date)/release (date)
登録（する）= とうろく — Registration
確認（する）= かくにん — Confirmation
宅配 = たくはい — Home delivery
予約（する）= よやく — Pre-order/reserve
通販 = つうはん — Mail order
カートに入れる = かーとにいれる — To place (sth) in your cart
購入（する）= こうにゅう — Purchase
品切れ中 = しなぎれちゅう — Out of stock
在庫あり = ざいこあり — In stock
個数・数・枚 = こすう・すう・まい — Amount/Number
物価・価格・値段 = ぶっか・かかく・ねだん — Price
税 ・税金 = ぜい・ぜいきん — Tax
税込 = ぜいこみ — Tax included
商品 = しょうひん — Product
小計 = しょうけい — Subtotal
合計 = ごうけい — Total