While there are many Mandarake stores scattered throughout Tokyo (Most notably Nakano and Shibuya), the Akihabara branch is most certainly one of the larger stores. With eight stories filled with primarily used anime, manga, action figures, games, mascots, and other collectibles, Mandarake is sure to cater to the Otaku in all of us. Each floor offers something different in this shopping complex located in the heart of Tokyo’s electronics district.
Beginning from the top (its best to begin at the top and make your way down to the first floor), Mandarake’s seventh and eighth floor are devoted almost entirely to Toys. One of these two floors even further emphasizes mech type toys. A majority of these collectibles are used, however most (if not all) are in near mint condition. Even more impressive is the timeline of the wide selection of toys available at Mandarake. Toys from as far back as the original Lupin III can be found hidden among the countless toys lining Mandarake’s counters.
Mandarake’s sixth floor is dedicated entirely to CD’s and DVD’s. This floor is quite self-explanatory, with countless new and used CD’s and DVD’s lining its shelves. The following two floors are perhaps the most intriguing. One is dedicated entirely to Yaoi (erotic boys-love anime) and the other is dedicated entirely to Hentai (strong sexual anime). Everything from manga, to DVD’s, to plush pillows can be found in this quite extensive collection of Yaoi/Hentai. The remaining floors are dedicated to video games (Mandarake does have a somewhat impressive collection of games to search through) and general anime goods, with the final (first) floor serving primarily for checking out all of your Anime/Manga goodies.
Mandarake Complex is definitely one of the top ten locations to check out while walking through the streets of Akihabara. Whether you are an Otaku or not, this impressive collection of anime/manga goods is definitely a sight worth seeing.
- Address:3-11-12 Soto-Kanda, Tokyo
- GPS:35.6894875, 139.692038212
- Monday:12:00 – 20:00
- Tuesday:12:00 – 20:00
- Wednesday:12:00 – 20:00
- Thursday:12:00 – 20:00
- Friday:12:00 – 20:00
- Saturday:12:00 – 20:00
- Sunday:12:00 – 20:00