Finding Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou and its merchandise
Where to read and watch YKK?
YKK was never officially translated, so we rely on fan translations. Read on to the next section if you are interested in buying untranslated media!
The current best English scanlation for the manga is Yugen's by far. You can download the scanlation on Yugen's website, or read it online on MangaDex.
For the anime, both OVAs are conveniently viewable on YouTube at the moment. Higher-quality downloads can be found around the web -- feel free to ask on Discord for guidance.
Where to buy YKK merchandise?
This section summarizes DangeresqueIII's reddit guide with his permission.
As you will be buying from Japanese websites, remember to search for the Japanese title ヨコハマ買い出し紀行.
Here are Danger's favourite sites to buy YKK merch.
- Manga, art book, postcard book, DVDs. Other merch rare.
- Sometimes cheaper than eBay and slightly more merch, e.g. OSTs, drama CDs, novel.
- This is where you'll find most of the derivative merchandise as seen in the list below, e.g. cels, figurines, doujin, etc. Browse through Google Translate or a browser translation extension.
Many items do not ship outside of Japan, so you will need to use a proxy service such as Jauce, Buyee.jp or Zenmarket.jp. Here are Danger's pointers for Jauce:
- Deposit money into your Jauce account. (As much as you're willing to bid on the item you're interested in)
- Place your max bid and wait. If you win the auction with a lower amount than your maximum, you can get the difference refunded (with a fee) or keep it to bid on other items.
- As an example, shipping to California takes about a week.
List of YKK merchandise
This section is copied from DangeresqueIII's reddit guide with his permission. Click on the links for pictures.
- 1 novel with a few illustrations from Ashinano, called Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou Novel: Seeing, Walking, Being Glad 小説 ヨコハマ買い出し紀行―見て、歩き、よろこぶ者
- 2 VHS releases, one for each episode of the first OVA
- 1 VHS release for the second episode of the second OVA (extremely rare)
- 2 Laserdisc releases, one for each episode of the first OVA
- 3 DVD releases, one disc that contains both episodes of the first OVA, and two discs that contain one episode each of the second OVA
- 6 different versions found so far. 5 traditional that you hang on your wall (one not pictured), and 1 that is more of a notebook style
- Animation Sketches and Cels:
- These are hard to find but they do pop up once in a while. But be prepared to spend some money, especially for cels from the first OVA.
- 1 key chain that I've seen so far, it is of the iconic fish design.
- 1 tea set (cup, saucer, spoon)
- Phone cards: there are 8 "normal" ones, and 1 special edition that comes in fancy packaging, making 9 total.
- Multiple doujinshi, with several containing sketches and interviews from Ashinano
- 1 tote bag
- 3 coasters: 2 which were available to the public and 1 that was intended for promotional use only.
- 1 mug (I've only seen one of these sold and it was last week for 24,300 yen)
- 1 dakimakura (this is extremely rare, be prepared to pay through the nose if you find one for sale)
- And lastly these are the super rare items that I have never seen for sale:
- 1 Alpha stamp
- 1 watch
- 1 jacket
- 1 backpack
- 2 t-shirts