As this topic has gone on for quite some time now, and there was a sizable gap between posts, it is now time for this topic to be locked.
At this point everything has been addressed, yes not everyone will agree with, or accept what has happened, but there does not seem to be any need to keep coming back to this subject here on the J-Novel Club forums.
Is the product in question shipped and sold by Amazon Japan? They should have included an import fees deposit if there's supposed to be any fees since I believe amazon takes care of all the brokerage for you.
If the product is being shipped and sold by a marketplace seller however, they'll only charge you shipping and the receiving party is responsible for all clearance fees.
Can't really help you on the UK part, but that's generally how it should work, so maybe double check who the seller is.
@Lex If it‘s only a change in price, then I won‘t complain. I just hope that the overseas amazon sites won‘t stop selling/shipping to the EU altogether, like they did with Switzerland and Australia.
...Nah, time will tell and maybe there will be other possibilities to get foreign-language books (in this case mangas, novels etc.) by then.
I don't think I could make a list of how many different titles I'm following at the moment without looking at a list. It has to be around 25 or 30 currently, though several of those aren't finished but may never get a continuation.
And that's only here, that's not including physical books. Which is where I'm actually very far behind...
Thankfully, I am a very fast reader. I also have read at least some before I go to sleep every night for as far back as my memory goes. And even as a kid, it made perfect sense to me to be reading 4 or 5 different books at once... one I would take to school, one in my mom's car, one at my bed, one in the living room, etc. So I am rather uniquely well suited for J-Novel's format.
As much as I read, I haven't dropped too many series. I have a good feel for what titles I'm probably not going to enjoy so 1 part is plenty to make the call. The ones I have dropped were all because the protagonist bored me or because I simply couldn't build any sense of being invested in what was going on.
@Icerius I'll try to add that soon along with some other sorting options. Probably not for manga, though, because it's been like half a year and I still don't know how I want to implement chapter's length/percentage storage (it stores read pages count instead of % because that's how JNC's reader does it for some reason).
@SomeOldGuy Yes, that happened... I believe they sent an email about it shortly after it happened with warnings about changing passwords.
That said, I haven't received any spam/phishing/social engineering emails sent to my Funimation alias. I'm actually kind of surprised it's still in use since I know it's been compromised, however, since it hasn't received emails to that address I haven't yet encountered a reason to switch out the alias. I do know that there's at least one botnet is trying to login to my email server and it makes some attempts using that alias.
@Eternal-Wanderer idk man. It was my third at that day. I finished Marielle, Biblo. Princess and Whats goin... so they all looked same to me. Maybe you are right. I just got bored reading "similar" stories over and over again. Especially if its not isekai :D
I think I mostly fall into the camp of slavery in LN just feels like (potentially) pretty lazy trope like harems, OP protagonists, rape, or isekai. It's not to say those topics can't be tackled in meaningful ways that enhance the story, but usually, they are just an excuse to ignore having to set up something more intricate.
In that sense, I usually don't think much about it when it comes up instead of having any kind of visceral reaction to it.
Though if people are interested in this topic and why the Japanese seem to minimize slavery's effect a lot compared to other places I suggest you look up comfort women and Japan's activities in continental Asia in the first half of the 20th century. The TL;DR is that Japan invaded the continent and enslaved people by forcing them to work for a pittance or by calling them political prisoners/POWs and forced women into sexual slavery. Historically when confronted with this the official Japanese stance is that they were volunteers or prostitutes whose lives were bettered by what happened. When I was stationed in Korea (about 10 years ago), the Japanese government still never really accepted that any of this happened/took responsibility.
Lazy maybe... but in the case of some of the NEETS or socially awkward characters, you can almost expect it... its hard to change, and it would make it more understandable why you would need a blank slate as a rule in a re-incarnation system. Damage to the brain and the spirit is something that can be really hard to break out of... (Doesn't explain the 'well adjusted' characters that seem to end up with 'slaves'.)
...Some pointless info... Sam(JNC founder) said he really wanted and tried to get Average but ended up loosing out to SS. For some reason I want to say it was because SS was able to offer print unlike JNC(at the time).