After 8 million years of waiting, Dauri’s here to finally enable you into purchasing items from DLsite JP, just in case you haven’t been spending enough money on “legit” drama CDs already. 😇
I’m a registered affiliate for DLsite JP, so purchases you make via the links to DLsite JP on this page will go towards supporting this blog,
feeding my questionable DLsite doujin CD addiction, and to me. Thank you in advance, dear reader! 🙇🏻♀️❤️
TL;DR Incoming, So…
Wait, Dauri. Isn’t there already an English portal for DLsite? Why are you making a guide for the JP portal?
While I do appreciate the fact that DLsite has an English portal (NSFW warning), there’s a couple less than ideal things, with the three biggest dealbreakers being the following:
- New releases take a few days to show up in DLsite Eng (because someone has to translate those descriptions first 🙃)
- DLsite JP has a section dedicated to digital versions of “official” drama CDs, like Reverse or Hyouhen Kareshi. These digital versions also sometimes have DLsite JP/digital edition exclusive short stories and/or tokutens. This section is unavailable on DLsite Eng.
- A select few doujin items are unavailable on DLsite Eng (tbh it’s like the difference between e.g. 1272 and 1167, so it’s not terrible.)
If those three reasons are enough for you to want to join the DLsite JP bandwagon, then follow me
to the dark side.
…In which Dauri shows you a whole new world (to DLsite JP)
The good thing about DLsite JP is that if you have experience using DLsite Eng, things are located in about the same places.
However, you can’t use your DLsite Eng account for DLsite JP if you have one already. But no worries! It’s pretty easy to get set up with a JP one.
Setting up a DLsite JP account
When you land on the registration page, you’ll see that you have several other services you can use to register an account, if you don’t want to register via email. For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be registering for a new account using an email address, which is the method on the right.
In the field above the blue button, input your email address. You’ll receive a confirmation screen like the following.
Check your inbox afterwards. You should see an email that looks something like the following.
Click on the blue button 「ユーザー登録：情報入力ページへ」/ “Member registration: information input page” in the email to proceed with the rest of the registration process.
After clicking the link/button, you’ll be brought to the following screen, where you’ll be asked to create a password, and give them your birthday. (They send you a coupon on your birthday, iirc.)
Once you’ve filled in all the fields, press the blue button that says 「登録する」to finalize this part of registration.
After you’ve clicked that blue button, you should land on a screen that is similar to the image above. The only option to tick here that’s of any importance is whether or not you want coupon email notifications. I’ve left that notification on.
Once you click on the green button at the bottom of the page, you should be at the end of registration! DLsite JP also gives you a 300 yen coupon upon completing registration
, so spend it all in one place!
Navigating DLsite JP
Congrats! You’re all set, and can now log in with the email address and password you used during registration.
Need help with something specific?
Shopping is pretty straightforward, even though all the clutter might make it seem intimidating at first glance.
If you’re looking for a specific item on DLsite JP, use the search bar at the top. If you’re just browsing, I’d recommend taking a look at recent releases and the 24 hour ranking, if you’re interested in what everyone else is having. 😉
Once you’ve found an item to your liking, put it in your shopping cart with the big yellow button that says 「カートに入れる」and click on the cart icon at the top of the page. The rest of the shopping flow should follow the screens below.
Credit Card Registration
If it’s your first time shopping on DLsite JP, you’ll be asked to input your credit card information when you click that「購入を確定する」button on the purchase confirmation screen.
DLsite does not skimp out on giving coupons to its users from time to time, esp. to encourage them to drop ridiculous amounts of money on the CDs just sitting in their carts. It’s a mixed blessing, honestly. But when (not if) you receive a coupon, you’ll get an email for it and also see the following notification on your homepage.
When you click on that small indicator, you’ll be brought to your coupons page, where you’ll see a page with coupons like the following:
Besides the date listed next to 有効期間 (valid period), which is the coupon’s expiry date, you probably want to take a look at what the coupon is valid for, which could be categories like the following:
- 乙女向け同人 (Otome Doujin)
- BL同人 (BL Doujin)
- 乙女向けドラマCD (Otome Drama CDs)
- BLドラマCD (BL Drama CDs)
- 音声作品 (CDs/Voice Works, in general)
- 漫画 (Manga)
- ゲーム (Games)
When you’d like to use a coupon, head over to your shopping cart. If you have any coupons that can be applied to items in your cart, a green button that states 「クーポンを確認する」(“confirm available coupons”) on the right, above the ‘pay by credit card’ button, and a button that states 「利用可能なクーポンを選択する」(“select an applicable coupon”) will appear below the ‘use points’ section.
Points & Point History
DLsite provides a variety of ways for users to earn points to use towards their purchases. Since 1 pt = 1 yen, they can tally up for a good discount. Purchasing works off DLsite JP will give you points off the bat, and you can see the amount you’ll get on the product page itself, or when you’re about to checkout. Points do have an expiry date, but since the expiration date is usually 1+ year out from when you first received the points, you can keep them for a while
if you can even manage to restrain yourself from purchasing everything in sight in the first place.
Generally speaking, the more expensive the item is, the more points you’ll get. Think of it as a
sinful cashback program, of sorts.
Rating Items (for Points)
In addition to getting points just for purchasing things, you’ll also get points if you take a moment to rate your purchases, which you can do on your 「マイ評価」(My Ratings) page.
Pro-tip: Rate early! Rating purchases earlier (e.g. right after they release) will yield more points than if you wait to rate it a few weeks after the work was released, and already has ratings.
It’s worth noting that you can also get up to 150 points per purchase for writing reviews… if you can do so in Japanese, and also abide by their guidelines at the same time. (Worth trying if you want to flex those 日本語 skills!)
I believe this “rating purchases for points” mechanism works the same way in DLsite Eng, so if you’re familiar with the system there, this is the same deal.
The Daily Plant Draw
You might be wondering, what’s this plant doing here in the corner of the screen?
Turns out it’s a cute way to get anywhere from 1-100 free points if you poke it on the daily. Give it a try!
Miscellaneous Tips & Tricks
If you don’t want to download your purchases to your computer’s hard drive, DLsite has a cloud player of its own that you can use to access your purchases. If you have CDs or manga purchased from DLsite, you can listen to or read those works directly from DLsite Play’s portal.
Updating your purchases
DLsite creators sometimes update their works with extras after publishing. For example, Dusk (
our notorious Makino and Co.-centric drama CD label), often gives owners of their CDs extra short stories when their CDs hit certain DLsite download milestones. You can verify if one of your purchases has been updated by visiting the 「バージョンアップ情報」(“Updated version information”) page of your マイページ (my page).
That’s it for the guide! Have fun tossing money at DLsite JP!