I finally reached Tokyo! Today was going to be a dedicated shopping day for me. First I took the Yamanote Line from Ueno to Hamamatsuchou for the Tokyo Pokemon Center! No pictures inside though. Remember, I am cowardly. DX
After walking around in disbelief of all the Pokemon merchandise, I headed off for the second Akihabara, Nakano Broadway. Took Yamanote Line again to Shinjuku and switched to the Chuo-Sobu Line and reached Nakano Broadway! It is a MUST visit for any otaku. It is great for finding older merchandise and price cuts on things.
This time, I technically could have taken pictures but I was too busy shopping. I did grab a guide map though and may put up pictures of it later. SO MANY MANDARAKE STORES! Basically, after you ascend the stairs to the second floor, about 80% of the stores are all hobby related. I recommend Mandarake Gachapon because I found a lot of figmas, Nendoroids, and other PVC figures too. There are a lot of used CD stores and you can find A LOT of AMAZING deals. The chain store is called Recomints and there is even a specific one for anime related CDs/DVDs/Blu-rays. After leaving the wonderland called Nakano Broadway, I had to go back to my hostel (the Oak Hotel in Ueno) to drop off my stuff. Then, I made a beeline for Akihabara, which is only 5 minutes away from Ueno by train. I arrived Akihabara Station and quickly made my way to the Denkigai (Electric Town) Exit. I saw this. I seriously could not believe I was actually seeing this with my own eyes.
The main Gamers store was a little creepy. Just a little since there were a lot of salarymen still in their office dress buying magazines with super moe characters on the cover. It isn’t as family-friendly as Animate, but is still passable.
Next, I visited Radio Kaikan and again, was too buzy dazed at the fact I was actually in Akihabara and buying things to take pictures. Kotobukiya on the ground floor has a lot of mugs/COSPA items and they were having a sale on some Play Arts figures too! Only 1000 yen each from the regular 3990 yen.
After Radio Kaikan, I made my way to Animate.
As I stated above, Animate is more family-friendly than Gamers is and it basically carries the same stock of merchandise as Gamers so this place is definitely worth a visit. Plus, the lines are shorter. 😄 Since it is also further along Chuo-dori in Akihabara, more older merchandise is still in stock here. I went to Gamers looking for Chihara Minori singles and the only older one I could find was Kimi ga Kureta Anohi. I went to Animate and found all her old singles, including Paradise Lost (which had like 3 copies left).
After I was finished fapping over the big anime stores, I walked back along Chuo-dori and visited some smaller anime shops and electronic shops.
I have decided that if I can’t get a job, I’ll work at Akihabara as one of the salespeople who can speak multiple languages. Good plan. 😄
I didn’t buy as much in Akihabara as I did in Nakano so I directly went to Shibuya Station for the famed crossing. When I was walking towards the exit for the crossing, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise.
W00t! Nana is making her way into the mainstream! Now onto the crossing.