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3x3 Eyes is very much considered a 90's series and that means very little merchandise is imported or produced any more.  Still, it is still possible to pick up the art books and soundtracks, and even the games can be found if you look hard enough!
 


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Art Books:  There are a couple of artbooks available that feature 3x3 Eyes.  They are harder than most to get hold of now, but if you look hard enough you can sometimes find the Yuzo Takeda illustration books Aien Kien and Last Order.  Both also contain artwork from other Yuzo Takeda series.  Click on the image to the left to see a larger version.
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Soundtracks:  There are several Soundtracks available in Japan for 3x3 Eyes, ranging from music used in the anime to that composed for the many console games.  Stranger though are the CDs inspired by the manga and performed by the Takada Band.  Please click to see a larger image.
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Yakumo Fuji & Pai


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Stuffed Toys:
  Even with something relatively serious you can't escape the curse of cuddly toys.  Like pretty much every anime title ever made a series of stuffed toys were produced by Sega for 3x3 Eyes.  Like most these were made as prizes for 'UFO Catcher' arcade claw machines, and also like most they depict the characters in cutesy 'chibi' form.  There's something a bit odd about a cute Kaiyan Wang, but that's Japan for you.  Please click on the picture to the left to see a larger image.
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Computer Games:  Several 3x3 Eyes computer games were released on numerous systems in Japan, including the incredibly short lived FM Towns PC.  Unfortunately none made the leap to Western shores, even those on popular systems like the Sony PlayStation and Super Nintendo.  One of the reasons is that many of them were Role Playing Games (RPGs), a genre that has always been considered unpopular by game companies.  The image to the right is the cover of the Sega Mega CD game, which was quite highly rated in Japan.  Please click on the image to see a larger version.
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Obligatory Odd Merchandise!

3x3 Eyes Blank CD:Rs:
  Yes, you too can spend around 5 on two blank recordable CDs!  Technically these are just normal blank CDs, the only thing that's special about them is that they are printed with Yuzo Takada's excellent artwork on one side.  Admittedly they are from a time when recordable CDs were less common, but still, why bother?  Great though they look, there is no point to the art other than making the discs more expensive.  You'd be better off buying one of the soundtracks...
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Availability & Prices:

Artbooks:  The Yuzo Takada Art books (Aien Kien and Last Order) cost between 35 and 50 and can be purchased from online import retailers such as Otaku UK, Anime Online and CD Japan.  The books are getting a lot rarer but it is always an idea to check with your local sci-fi goods stores, particularly those that get a lot of Japanese goods in, as they can often order them for you.  Shops like Sheffield Space Centre and Forbidden Planet are good bets, although it is advisable to check the online prices for comparison. 

Soundtracks:  There are several soundtracks available but your best bet for buying them in the UK is through online websites such as Anime Online, Otaku UK or CD JapanAmazon sometimes have them listed but the availability varies.  Some large or particularly specialised sci-fi retailers stock them, or can order them, and it may be possible to order them through shops like Virgin, HMV or Tower Records - who all have large Japanese operations.  In all cases buying Japanese imported CDs in the UK is an expensive hobby, with import duties and postage knocking the price up to around 20 or more.

Stuffed Toys:  These toys are incredibly hard to get hold of as, to our knowledge, only one range was produced.  As they were only available for a limited time your best bet for picking them up are auction sites, where the price can vary depending on the level of interest.

Console Games:  The computer games are quite difficult to get hold of and remember that you will need the correct systems and import adaptors to play them.  As no 3x3 Eyes games were released in the west you'll be best off checking shops that sell imported 'retro' games or keeping an eye on auction sites like eBay*.  Please remember that these games are mostly text-heavy role playing games (RPGs) and that all the text will be in Japanese.  These games will probably set you back between 10-30, depending on the format, although some are very rare and could cost more.

Various:  The Japanese love merchandise, and as such there are plenty of other things that can be picked up.  They pop up on various sites from time to time but prices and selection vary a lot.  You are best off sticking to reputable retailers when looking for these goods, and err on the side of caution when you use auction sites as there is pirated merchandise about...

*Auction sites can be rife with unscrupulous individuals who will knowingly sell you pirated goods.  Although the risk with VHS tapes and old console games is minimal due to the small market for these formats, DVD and CD pirating has rocketed in recent years.  To minimise the risk of being ripped off make sure you check Digital Anime's excellent Piracy FAQ.
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