So you’re an anime fan and want to get the latest goods, then you have to hit up Japan. Not only did anime and gaming flourish in Japan, its practically embedded in their mainstream and pop culture. Areas like Akihabara have streets, stores, and even restaurants dedicated to otaku, anime and games. Here is a list of places I shopped at as well as random cool stuff I found during my week in Tokyo.
Dragonball Z Hair Wax
In the cosmetics section of a department store in Shibuya, we found this gem. Now you too can have Super Saiyan hair like you’ve always wanted!
Dragonball Zero soda
Or perhaps you just want to drink some Dragonball Zero soda instead. Although I will say, the drink was very underwhelming. Maybe they’ll come out with a Dragonball Great Taste drink later.
Snake knows whats up. Super Potato is one of the best locations you can go in Tokyo for all things gaming related. From retro to current, this place has almost anything you could think of in terms of gaming merchandise.
Think of this place like a flea market for otaku. Not only does it house the largest location for Mandarake, it also hosts countless other shops containing older anime toys, books and other retro items sure to catch your imagination.
Akihabara is home to many many shops filled with anime and games. Filled to the brim you may say, so much that they resort to sidewalk sales to get rid of merchandise. Pretty much like shops here, except with much cooler stuff.
Neon Genesis Evangeleon is huge in Japan. So huge they dedicated a whole campaign of cosmetics including razors, body spray and other items. You can find these items in almost every drug store in Tokyo.
Ranma 1/2 Sake
Ranma 1/2 was pretty much the first anime I ever got hooked on. But that was 20 years ago. So imagine my surprise finding this gem in the local Don Quijote store. With the 25th anniversary coming up, there is sure to be more stuff coming out.
Not in Employment Education or Training. Fans of anime and Japanese pop culture will recognize this instantly. Either as a joke or a true way of life, you can find clothing and paraphernalia related to this in Akiba stores.
Fans of Pokemon should recognize this name instantly. As the home of the original Pokemon protagonist, this area in Odaiba is the inspiration for the video game location.
Japan loves their Gundams. Here you can see a display of model kits from different Gundam series. Not only can these be found in Akiba, but other areas of Tokyo as well.
Gundams, Gundams everywhere
If Hello Kitty is the official mascot of Japan, then Gundams are the official toy. Model kits can be found everywhere, from specialty stores, to department stores, and even grocery stores.
Located in front of the Capcom store in Odaiba, the lovable little helper for Tron Bonne, Servebot(Kobun in Japan). He appears happy that you are here to buy some stuff.
Capcom stores are all over the city, but vary in size and content. This one in Odaiba had mostly Monster Hunter merchandise. Very little for Street Fighter, Megaman, and others.
Continuing the love for Gundams that Japan has, they built the largest model kit ever. Standing at a full scale 1/1, this huge statue stands in front of the Diver City Mall in Odaiba and has a light and fog show every night.
Official Kotobukiya store
Fans of the Bishojo figure line from Kotobukiya and other figures would absolutely love this store. Almost everything in their lineup is either sold, or can be ordered from this location in Akiba.
With so many new anime and products coming out, what’s an otaku supposed to do in order to afford and make room for the new stuff. The answer is sell your stuff to your fellow otaku. In Akiba, there are a number of shops dedicated to consignment sells. Here you can find old treasures or even the newest UFO prizes before sold off by the arcade experts.
Arcade UFO catchers
Or you can try your luck yourself in trying to obtain UFO prizes. Usually set at 100 to 200 yen a chance, experts can usually get these prizes for less than $5. Of course if you aren’t an expert, you could be paying quite a bit in order to get that giant stuffed plushie.
Akiba Showcase 1
Near the Akiba train station is a display of anime figures and models called the Akiba Showcase. Here they showed some of the latest figures including Gundams, Saint Seiya, Mazinger, and Bonta Kun from Full Metal Panic.
Akiba Showcase – Rockman
This display was obviously one of my favorites. Here we have the full lineup of Bandai D-Arts Rockman series poseable toys. Many are available in the US.
Initial D coffee toys
I’m unsure of the brand of coffee, but in local Circle K convenience stores, they sold this brand of canned coffee with special Initial D cars as bonus prizes.