I’m a huge fan of videogame soundtracks, and I’ve amassed a pretty decent collection of tunes. Like a lot of people I started out listening to Nobuo Uematsu and moving from there. I started collecting back in 1999, and thanks to importing companies, it’s been getting easier and easier.
You’ve got plenty of choices if you want to order the Bayonetta soundtrack online. The most familiar option, and the one a lot of people tend to go with, is Amazon Japan. Get an auto-translating plugin for your web browser (Google Chrome has one built in) and search Amazon.co.jp for the CDs. The downside with Amazon is that there’s only one choice of shipping, and it’s expensive. Expect to pay over $20 for shipping on top of the $50 you’re already shelling out for the soundtrack.
Luckily, there are plenty of sites that will provide the same service without all the hassle. Play-Asia is a favorite, and they’ve got a huge selection to choose from. The site is in English and shipping is about half the price of Amazon. The downside is that what you want won’t always be in stock, so you’ll have to be a little patient.
Japanese Import Stores
When I started collecting Japanese game soundtracks in 1999, it wasn’t quite as easy to order from Japan online. Luckily, I’m about a half hour away from Ann Arbor, Michigan, a college town with a huge array of stores, including Wizzywig Collectibles - formerly my one stop shop for buying anything Japanese.
You’ll pay more for items in brick and mortar stores, but you won’t have to p
ay shipping or wait for the soundtrack to get to you. The real advantage though, is the staff. While most stores hire anyone who can do the job, specialty stores tend to hire the same people that frequent them. You’ll be able to get advice and opinions on purchases, and you’ll probably make a few friends while you’re at it.
If you’ve got a college town near you, shops that sell Japanese imports shouldn’t be too uncommon. The Bayonetta soundtrack is a popular one, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it, and if they don’t most import stores will be nice enough to special order products for customers.
Japanese Grocery Stores
If you don’t have any import stores in the area, you may also want to check Japanese grocery stores. They’re a great resource for everything Japanese, and they tend to have a selection of videos and CDs in addition to food and household items. A friend of mine was a regular at a Japanese grocery near his house because, for a small upcharge, they’d import Japanese wrestling tapes for him.
On the downside, Japanese grocery stores tend to be a little less English friendly. Most signs and titles will be written in Japanese so it might not hurt to learn the language before going, or take a translated list.
Your local import grocery may not have the Bayonetta soundtrack, or many game soundtracks at all, but that doesn’t mean it was a wasted trip. You may be able to work out a special order, or get some advice on where you might find imported CDs in the area. After all, they’re importers too, they just deal in different products.