Anime shops


I’ve been wondering lately what I want to do with this blog. Personally I feel guilty for neglecting it. It feels as if the blog is incomplete. Because of this, I decided to continue blogging what I saw/experienced while I was in Japan. Of course since I am not in Japan anymore, what you read is no longer up to date. But I don’t think it matters, at least not for me. I simply want to turn this into some kind of journal which I can read back and reminiscence. Hopefully by the time I almost run out of things to talk about, it’ll be time for me to go back to Japan again. :)

With that in mind, I’ll just start with a post about anime shops. The first anime shop I visited was Soft in Akihabara. Since that was the first time I entered a full-on anime store, I was a bit shocked to see a store full of nothing but anime and anime related goods. If I remember correctly, the first level is dedicated to manga, the second level is for anime and games, the third level is for hobby kits, and I can’t remember what’s on the fourth and fifth or if those levels actually exist. Either way, it was one hell of an eye opener for me.

When I think about it, it’s weird that I didn’t buy anything back then. I was probably a bit overwhelmed by the sights and too busy looking for a PSP. In addition to this, I had to spent 2.5 months in Okazaki, so I was afraid that I’d run out of money unless I only buy what I really needed. However, during the four days of my stay in Tokyo, I went at least 3 times to Akihabara just to look around the stores. I managed to get some photos but since I was always in a hurry and tried not to use flash, the pictures ended up blurry.

Lamtara shopCapsule toys
Capsule toysBleach fans

My second visit to an anime shop happened when I went to Nagoya with a friend. We were actually looking for a denshi-jisho (electronic dictionary) and a digital camera. However, on our way to the electronic shop, we got lost and stumbled upon a big Animate shop. He’s actually not a big anime fan since the only anime he’s seen were Full Metal Alchemist and Honey and Clover. Nevertheless, he’s nice enough to put up with me when I told him that I want to see the shop for ’5 minutes’. In reality, we probably spent at least 20 minutes inside the shop since the shop is quite big.

The first floor contains mostly manga and I wasn’t in the mood to buy any so we went to the second floor which has a lot of Shitajiki (Pencil Board). Looking back, I really regret the fact that I didn’t buy the Yakitate!! Japan pencilboard while I was there. I wanted to buy the Tsukino and Kawachi one but once again, my tight budget forced me to think “I’ll buy it later before I leave Japan”. I never did. I saw a lot of Mai-Hime pencilboard but the pictures don’t look that special to me and I was still bitter from the ending, so they didn’t register on my ‘must-purchase list’.

Anyway, we then went to the anime section of the shop. I noticed a lot of Air boxsets. Who the hell said that this thing is hard to get? There were a lot of unsold Air boxsets in almost every anime shop I went to. There are also a lot of other rare boxsets there, but strangely, I didn’t feel the desire to purchase any of them. Maybe the amount of anime available in that shop took its toll on me. It started to become not special anymore. By the time we got to the figurine section in the third or fourth floor (can’t remember), I felt that I’ve had enough and we both exited the shop without buying anything.

DVD boxsetsIn front of Animate shopCapsule stations
Jump ShopJump ShopJump Shop

When we got out of the shop, we noticed that there are a lot of capsule stations lining up in front of the shops. Capsule station is basically a mini vending machine device that offers various mini-figurines/keychains. Some of these are quite cheap (around 100 Yen) while others can cost you up to 300 Yen. I noticed that there were some Range Murata-designed figurines inside one of those capsules. However, when I found out that they’re not painted, I decided not to waste my 300 Yen on it. I didn’t bother to check the rest of the capsules since by then, I felt bad for my friend who have been patiently following me around while I was browsing the shop.

I actually made a lot of trips back to Nagoya every week while I was in Japan. However, it’s not until the last few weeks before I left the country that I found this nifty little shop called Jump Shop. Judging from the name, I’m sure everyone can guess that this is a shop that specifically sells various goods related to Shounen Jump series such as Naruto, Bleach, and Death Note. One of the things that immediately attracted my attention was this nice-looking figurines of both Ichigo and Orihime. I can’t exactly remember the price but I remember it being quite affordable, had I still have a lot of money. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much left.

It was definitely not fun being in this kind of shop and not having much money. Unfortunately, after buying digital camera, PSP, electronic dictionary, and lots of manga, there’s not much left for other types of souvenirs. Nevertheless, I couldn’t stop my spending mentality when I saw these nice-looking Zangetsu and Zabimaru keychains. There are a lot of keychains being sold inside this store but none of them looks like they worth the price that you have to pay. These two, however, look so detailed and exceptional that I ended up buying them despite the relatively expensive price (700 Yen each) in comparison to other keychains (which usually only cost around 200 Yen each).


8 Comments so far

  1. Pauline August 15th, 2005 10:39 am

    Ohh yes! You have finally updated! I really like those bleach keychains of Ichigo and Renji’s sword. They do look quite detailed and affordable.

  2. jonske August 15th, 2005 7:16 pm

    hehe, i bought that Zangetsu keychain in Hong Kong and it got confiscated at the airport when i stupidly left it on my onboard luggage. I was pretty devastated, was such a nice keychain :(

  3. Menouthis August 16th, 2005 8:01 am

    Jonske, I’m sorry to hear that. Airport screening can be really tight these days. I was quite lucky that a friend reminded me to put them into the non-onboard luggage.

  4. Aisha August 20th, 2005 6:35 pm


    I found your blog while looking through google searching for “Going to Japan” tips and such, and I was so happy to find your blog, your pictures are just so georgous, I love photographing and I can tell you are so good at it. While thinking to go to Japan, what to buy and such I was trying so hard not to get involved with Anime/Dolls/Figuring/Anything cute as I wanted to be on budget, but now, after looking at this post..I just CANT~~~ I can’t resist, if I see those in the shop I’ll go crazy, and I love Jump a lot, I never thought there was a shop exclusively for it. Thank you for posting such a photo’s and informations!

  5. Shiroi Tsubasa August 23rd, 2005 7:27 pm

    This site is amazing and well constructed. Keep up the excellent work – don’t let anyone down!

  6. alasking August 24th, 2005 9:05 pm

    hi i was wondering what is the website to order the bleach key chains if any 1 sees this can you plz tell me or write to my email plz i realy wanna get 1 well thanks and anime is cool i am into lots of it :)

    well thanks

  7. Menouthis September 1st, 2005 11:44 pm

    alasking, I’m sorry that I didn’t notice this earlier. If you google ‘Zangetsu keychain’, you should get some shops that sell them. Be aware though, I never buy anything from these shops before so I don’t know their reliability and can’t endorse them. But here’s one of them if you really one the key chains:

  8. Rana February 11th, 2006 12:22 pm

    aw man! i want to go to japan one day it seems so kewl

    ^_^ i love ur site the pictures are awesome

    i wish i could go to japan instead of looking at pictures =(

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