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Buying Character Goods

An Invitation to an 'Otaku' Tour

The prosperity of anime & comics has produced an enormous number of businesses dealing with related items. When it concerns popular works, character goods of all genres are sold, and Otaku (obsessed fans of anime & comics) will go all out to buy rare items of limited edition.

Animate Ikebukuro Head Store

We recommend Animate if you are planning to buy anime & comic character goods. Located very near Ikebukuro Sunshine City, the Ikebukuro Head Store holds many sales and events and has a wide selection of not only goods related to popular works, but also books, AV software, games and trading cards, to satisfy the most fervent fans. Here, you will also find lineups of exclusive items that can only be purchased at Animate stores. There are some 70 shops nationwide, in Sapporo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other cities.

Place:3-2-1, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 170-0013
Tel: 03-3988-1351
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Open all year round (with the exception of year-end through the New Year holidays)

Access:About 10 minutes' walk in the direction of "Sunshine 60 Building", from the East Exit (Higashi-guchi) of JR Ikebukuro Station.

Mandarake Nakano

"Nakano Broadway", lined with many stores offering products for anime & comic maniacs, is a popular spot among the "Otaku", together with Akihabara. "Mandarake", which started off as a small store in one corner of this district, is well known not only for anime & comic goods, but also for rare items in a wide range of genres. The products sold include second-hand dojin-shi, posters, autographed shikishi (paperboards), AV software, games, figures, and so on. Mandarake is growing fast, and currently has 11 stores nationwide.

Place:5-52-15, Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
Tel: 03-3228-0007
Languages spoken: French, Japanese, English (Nicolas PUJOL)
Business hours: 12:00-20:00
Open all year round

Access:2nd -4th Floors of Nakano Broadway Building , about 5 minute's walk from the North Exit (Kita-guchi) of Nakano Station.
Nakano Station is approx. 4 minutes from Shinjuku Station on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service).

Pokémon Center Tokyo

The tiny little "Pokémons" in the popular game software "Pocket Monster" immediately captivated the hearts of children. And Pokémon Center specializes in related goods. You"ll find all kinds of Pokémon products including, of course, game software, but also cards, stuffed dolls, stationary, clothes, CDs and DVDs. You should also check out the original goods only available at Pokémon Center! Besides Tokyo, there are outlets in Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.

Place: 2nd Fl., Shiodome Shibarikyu Bldg., 1-2-3, Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0022
Tel: 03-6430-7733
Business hours: 11:00-20:00(Weekday),10:00-19:00(Weekend & NH)
Closed: Irregular

Access:About 2 minutes' walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station on JR Line.

*Photo (C) 2006 Pokémon. (C) 1995-2006 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

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