(English) Tokyo Adventures: Animate Ikebukuro & Anime Corner

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Whaz dap!

It’s rainy season going on here in Japan at the moment, but it doesn’t matter as long as you have an umbrella with you and go visit some stores that have lots of awesome stuff waiting for you!

Few days ago I was in Ikebukuro to visit the Head Office of a store chain named Animate and to see what kind of place it is. Animate is focused on anime, manga and game products and it’s Japan’s largest retailer of the said things. You can find Animate stores all around Japan. It’s a really good shop for those who are looking to buy japanese manga books and magazines, light novels, anime, or anything that’s related to these two. That includes posters, pins, notebooks, illustration books, stuffed toys – anything you can think of. You can even find some snacks with these themes!

If you ever visit Japan, Animate is one of the shops that you should visit even if you aren’t interested in that kind of stuff, because it’s gives a good view to just how important part anime and manga are in the japanese culture and how popular it is. And you will be surprised how many different items you can find which are made to fit anime/manga format.

And next is time for «Anime Corner» which will tell you a little bit about the animes that are featured in the pictures at the end of this post 🙂

Anime Corner

Lovelive!
«LoveLive!» is a multimedia project built around a fictional school idol group μ’s. It’s really popular in Japan at the moment and this summer they released the first movie about it, and that’s why you can see lots of posters and advertisements everywhere. It started as a manga in Dengeki G’s magazine and later they have released two anime seasons and the movie mentioned above, rhythmic games and music CD’s. I liked the anime and I still play the tablet version of LoveLive!’s rhythm game. It’s really fun and there are new events to play almost on a weekly basis! (and most important it’s free :D) So check it out, there is a high chance you get hooked up if you are into that kind of stuff.

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka                          There Is as well a picture of the goddess Hestia who is one of the characters from anime/manga named Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka. (Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon). It’s one of my favorite animes at the moment and I hope that they will make a second season of it in the near future. The story is about a boy named Bell Cranel who wants to become the best adventurer in the world. (And of course become popular with girls :D) This anime reminds me a little about Sword Art Online, and the main characters voice actor (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) is also voicing the main character Kirito in Sword Art Online. I really recommend for you to check out this series if you like adventure/fantasy animes seasoned with little ecchi elements :3

That was all for today, see ya next time!

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