about me an almost 50yo German (male), not much of a gamer, not much of an anime fan, who only lately - and more or less accidentally - got to watch Kara no Kyoukai.
This impressed me so much!
I mean - its qualities in narration, its overall complexity and multi-layer meanings everywhere, the surprisingly ambitious (meta-) subjects, ...
And now, maybe 4 weeks later, it is just as I feared - suffering from Kara-no-Kyoukai-withdrawal symptoms.
It's not funny.
So I went reading wikipedia, to find other works by same author, and afaiu. there basically is but Tsukihime and Fate/ stay night.
For the anime versions of these I do not see Kinoko Nasu mentioned with them (bar F/sn UBW). And since what impressed me with Kara no Kyoukai was what I would think the author was responsible for - I now slowly, reluctantly, am getting accustomed to the idea that I probably should get me these games.
And that's where the problems start for me.
Searching for "how to play Tsukihime in English" brought up this forum's excellent FAQ. thumbsup:
So that would be taken care of. great. )
Now for actually getting the game(s).
The links given in the FAQs sadly no longer are valid. However I found me a Japanese buyer/bidder agent website (Celga), and then on Yahoo Japan there was an advertisement for another one (Buyee). I liked the extensive FAQ on the Celga website, and it sounded as if I might actually be able to send money to them - I have no paypal, no creditcards. But if someone could share their experiences with either of the above, or recommend another service - that would be most welcome.
Then, the other thing is, when google-translating Yahoo Japan, the good thing is there actually are several auctions about Tsukihime for PC. The bad thing is the prices on many items. The first one I came by was listed for 40.000 Yen (Plus Disc Box) . The next one was a collection with Tsukibakko, Plus Disc Box and LOTS of other things 80,000 Yen .
Then I actually saw some auctions, not yet over, that atm stood at 5,500 / 13,500/ and 21,000 Yen respectively. Uff.
I could not find an auction for Fate /stay night for PC, only for PS2 and PSV. Maybe I was doing it wrong, though.
I am not going to bid on one of these auctions I found - once I decide for a bidder-agent service it will still take some time before my money arrives in my then-account with them.
But I really need advice about what is a "reasonable" (well...) price to pay for either a +disc box or a Tsukibakko ?
I mean 40,000 Yen, that's 300€, and, well - no. just no.
By German standards I am poor. I'd be willing to pay what I consider serious money, plus all the fees and shipping, and customs/VAT (19%), but not that.
And that is already a next potential problem German customs, resp. German censorship situation.
A lot of stuff and things is forbidden / banned here, to various degrees. Some is banned completely - you may not even own it; some is just banned from being distributed, but you may still own it; some is only banned from being advertised for. I don't usually have much to do with this, so no experience - actually I do not even really understand the regulations.
So it would be down to how "bad" are these "Ero"-scenes in Tsukihime, resp. it might be down to being lucky with German customs. I try to avoid reading too much about Tsukihime content, gameplay, characters, story/ies and such to not be all spoiler-ed beforehand. The downside of which is I can not even estimate if it might be problematic with German customs.
Would anyone here have experiences with importing Tsukihime or Fate/stay night into Germany ?
Ah, well, sorry for the long post, that's some sort of habit of mine - snork