Looking to scratch that Otaku itch? It’s no surprise Tokyo is the perfect place to do just that. But perusing the countless Anime shops in Tokyo can be quite the daunting task. That’s where Animate comes in. This multi-chain Anime giant has locations scattered all throughout Tokyo. It’s flagship store in Ikebukuro, though, carries perhaps the company’s most extensive collection (Aside from its sister store which carries all things cosplay). With 8 floors filled with everything you need to Otaku-fy your life, Animate caters to all tastes. Be it current manga, classic anime, or collectible figurines, Animate has it all.
From top to bottom, Animate’s eighth floor serves as an event space for popular Anime themed events such as product launches or signings. The seventh floor is dedicated entirely to CD’s, DVD’s and Games. Floors five and six host a wide array of character goods, some of which can only be found within the walls of Animate. Floors two to four are where you can find Animate’s impressive collection of comics/manga. Finally, the first floor is where you’ll find a plethora of anime character based sweets as well as a large collection of magazines.
Located in what many consider to be one of Tokyo’s Anime havens, Animate carries perhaps the most impressive collection of anime goodies. For any Anime fans out there, or for anyone simply looking for that perfect gift, Animate will most certainly have something for everybody.
Photo credit: Japan080 by Ben Loomis
- Address:3-2-1 Higashi-ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
- GPS:35.7377967, 139.707781813
- Monday:10:00 – 20:30
- Tuesday:10:00 – 20:30
- Wednesday:10:00 – 20:30
- Thursday:10:00 – 20:30
- Friday:10:00 – 20:30
- Saturday:10:00 – 20:00
- Sunday:10:00 – 20:00