Anime Sources List

The Anime Sources List was last updated April 5, 1997 by Will Suvak.


This source list adapted from a FAQ by Steve Pearl :

Comments marked SP are his, RM are from Richard Murdey ( However this resource list is here primarily as just that, a list: any comments, recommendations, or suggestions are our opinions and should not be considered definitive.



If you are considering buying anime, there are many choices to be made. But what it all comes down to, in the end, is how to get the most anime out of your money. The answer to that is shop around! There is no single 'best place' to buy anime - that I've found, anyway - and there is nothing worse than finding the anime you just bought for $60 priced at $40 at another store.

Some considerations, warnings, etc:

Imports are expensive. CDs run around $30 US, LD's $65 and up! There is no such thing as import anime on VHS. While import LDs are the purvey of die-hards, the soundtrack CDs are worth looking into.

Domestic anime is released on VHS tape, and almost always, Laserdisc. Prices are variable, $20-$65. Dubbed VHS tapes are the cheapest, while subtitled LDs are the most expensive. Given the superior video and sound quality, longevity, and cover art of LDs, the extra cost is usually worth paying. Whether to buy dubbed or subtitled is a matter of personal preference, but most anime fans prefer to read the subtitles...

Now, anime companies provide a source of high quality domestic releases, and you should, if at all possible, support them. That said, if money is tight the most efficient way of building up an anime collection is by getting fan-subtitled tapes. The video quality will not be so hot, but lets face it, they're cheap - no more than the cost of the tapes and postage. The selection is also much larger, as long TV series which would never be economically viable in America are available: vis Maison Ikkoku in all 96 glorious episodes and the final movie!

Note that it is much easier to get 2nd or 3rd generation copies - a copy of a copy of a copy - than it is to get a fansub directly from the people who produce them. The best place to start is probably your local anime club.


In St John's

Timemasters, Inc.
182-A Duckworth

(709) 754-3654

A great selection of anime tapes. Manga also available.

Certain other video rental stores also carry a wide selection of anime, and not only "Just for Kids" stuff either. Video Inc. is one store to try. Blockbuster Video is another.


North American Mail Order

AnimEigo, Inc.
PO Box 989
Wilmington, NC 28402-0989

(910) 251-1850
(910) 763-2376 (fax)

email: Janice Hindle at

Anime LD's and tapes. Some character goods. Obviously they only sell their own releases. Order by phone or mail: the email account is for correspondence only.

Books Nippan
532 West 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 687 7400

Hours: M-F 10-7; Sat. 11-5; Closed Sun.

Books, posters, etc. Some VHS tapes. Catalog available.
UCI Bookstore
RM - Anime shopping on the Web. Way cool.
Formosa Inc DBA Anime Market
PO Box 8126
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46898-8126


SP - Carries domestically available Anime at nicely discounted prices. Free catalog available.
Kimono My House
1424 62nd Street (at Hollis)
Emeryville, CA 94608

(415) 654-4627

Anime paraphernalia. Also have an exclusive line of anime T-shirts.
Kinokuniya Bookstores of America, Ltd.
Japan Center
1581 Webster St.
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 567-7625

San Jose Yaohan
675 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA 95129

(408) 252 1300

Manga and various anime magazines, books, posters, calendars, and CDs.
The Laser Alliance
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
(613) 841-8942

email: Philip Renda at

A Canadian source for anime Laserdiscs, click here for a price list.

Laser Craze
349 Newbury Street, Boston.
Boston, MA 02111

(800) 888-6086 - Orders Only
(617) 338-9820 - Questions
(617) 338-8098 (fax)

Carry both imported and domestic LDs. Free UPS Shipping. Accept all major credit cards.

RM - This address and phone No. may well be out of date. Try (617) 267-3311 or 1-800-828-3472 instead.

Laser Media
15932 West State Rd 84
Box 129
Sunrise, FL 33326

(305) 384-9566 (voice/BBS)
(305) 384-9416 (fax)

SP - Anime CDs and LDs. Do not accept credit cards. Generally faster and cheaper than Laser Perceptions.
Laser Perceptions
1739 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 753 2016
(415) 564 3821 (fax)

Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm (Pacific)

SP - Domestic and Imported LDs and CDs. Orders accepted by mail, phone or Fax with credit card (MC/Visa/AmEx) for immediate shipping if in stock. Annual catalog.
Mikado-Laser Japan
Japan Center, Kintetsu Bldg.
1737 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115-3698

(415) 922-9450
(415) 922-1682 (fax)

SP - Good choice for anime laserdisks. They don't take credit cards for mail order, though. Only money orders or cashier's check.
Nichibei Anime Club
P.O. Box 12783
La Jolla, CA 92039-2783
(619) 558-8978 (24 hours).

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10:00am-8:00pm, Sat & Sun. 9:00am-6:00pm


Cels, LDs, CDs and character goods.
Nikaku Animart
615 North 6th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 971 2822

email:, and type catalogue or newstuff as the subject heading for automated response.

Laser Disks, CDs, Books, Posters, etc. Catalog available.

SP - The best all-around anime store.
RM - However, since slapping a $100 minimum order for all foreign customers, Canadian anime shoppers are somewhat miffed.

Paradigm Japanese Animation
2425 B Channing Way
Suite 357
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 649-5954

RM - LD's and VHS tapes.
Sight & Sound
27 Jones Road
Waltham, MA 02154

(617) 894 8633
(617) 894 9329 (fax)
(617) 894-5990 (BBS)

Hours: Mon-Wed, Sat 10am-7pm, Thu-Fri 10am-9pm (Eastern)

LDs and CDs. Orders accepted by mail, phone or Fax with credit card (MC/Visa) for immediate shipping if in stock. Monthly catalog.

SP - One of the best all-around laserdisk stores.
RM - True.


Fan Subtitled Anime

A title listing from vaious fansub groups is available.

Arctic Animation
Attn: William Chow (Project Coordinator)
2830 East 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Canada, V5M 1W9

email: William Chow at or

Fansub tapes available, email or write for details.

RM - If Arctic sometimes favor quantity over quality, give thanks that they make themselves available to the anime proletariat. Email or write to them for a list of current titles, and ordering details. But BE PATIENT!!! these guys are busy! It may take upwards of 10 weeks for delivery, but you will get what you asked for eventually.

The Nexus Studio Homepage

Seishun Shitemasu Productions
Adam Chaney
P.O. Box: 261702
San Diego, CA 92126

RM - Not fansubs, but fan parodies. If "Voltron, Hell bent for Leather" sounds like fun to you, you should investigate these guys further.

Corn Pone
Matt Murray
4860 Angers Ct.
Lithonia, GA 30058

RM - More guys with serious editing equipment and too much time on their hands, Corn Pone is responsible for the classic "Captain Harlock vs The Galactic Empire." Also Available are refurbished Starblazers episodes, and music videos.