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    Clement_TeaHaha, you are right actually about Ikebukuro still being a nice spot to drop by for both gender. But I guessed my problem was I had little time to spare, and I was travelling alone. It was rather "hard" for me to walk into a few of the stores without a female companion to not make me look awkward.
    I did remember seeing the Ghibli corner you mentioned in Animate, but there is also a Ghibli-specialized store over at Sunshine City, just across the street from Otome Road.


    I'm not sure if I stopped by the Ghibli-themed store there...I definitely made it through Sunshine City but don't recall seeing it. I'll have to keep that in mind next time; thanks! Speaking of Ghibli, the gift shop in the Ghibli museum is also awesome. Of course, so is the museum.
    6 years ago
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    AnachronismNoOre...
    Ah, get as much stuff when you are at Tokyo next week!

    I am alright with yaoi or shounen-ai, but even so I could not pluck up the courage to walk into any of the shops of that kind, at least not when I am alone. Ah...

    Yea! Sofmap got many good deals. The ones that have those low prices are most used goods though, and you might have seen those. Well, 2nd-hand stuff in Japan are almost always as good as new, so there's little to worry about. Oh well, at least prices in SG aren't too crazy... most of the time. =P
    6 years ago
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    Leaving for Tokyo next week on an exchange programme, and your post just made me even more excited than I already am haha. I went to Ikebukuro during my last trip in December, but seeing as the place was inundated with yaoi I didn't stay very long, except to pick up some doujinshi in Toranoana(which was absurdly difficult to locate, even with GPS as it was located in some alleyway off the main road). Visited pretty much every single Mandarake store in the Tokyo region as well, Ikebukuro's was the most disappointing, for obvious reasons lol. Doesn't matter if you're a guy, just walk in! Sofmap had some pretty good discounts on nendoroids as well, I saw Sendou Erika and Nymph going for as little as 2000 and 1500 yen respectively, which made me raging mad as I had Nymph preordered full price from Amiami. I remember thinking Japanese collectors have it so easy, compared to foreign collectors. =(
    6 years ago
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    Metrogenic...

    Haha, you are right actually about Ikebukuro still being a nice spot to drop by for both gender. But I guessed my problem was I had little time to spare, and I was travelling alone. It was rather "hard" for me to walk into a few of the stores without a female companion to not make me look awkward.
    I did remember seeing the Ghibli corner you mentioned in Animate, but there is also a Ghibli-specialized store over at Sunshine City, just across the street from Otome Road.
    6 years ago
    0pt
    Nice haul, first of all! It's always nice when people who visit Japan post pictures and advice for others -- I've tried to do this myself.

    I did want to point out that Ikebukuro can be a decent spot for guys too in some cases. The stores do generally cater to more feminine tastes, but there's definitely a selection of stuff that isn't gender-specific, and even some that is aimed at guys.

    For example, the Animate there had a nice collection of Ghibli memorabilia when I last went (if you're willing to skip the floors of Yaoi to get to it). The K-Books there had some scaled figures that would have been snatched up at any shop in Akihabara.

    Additionally (and a huge plus for me personally), while my wife often feels a little creeped by the atmosphere at some of the stores in Akiba, she's much more comfortable in the Ikebukuro shops. So if you're going with a girl, there's that!

    It doesn't hurt to hit both in the end, if you have the time.
    6 years ago
    0pt
    *bites lip*

    One day... TOKYO... I WILL LAND THERE!

    xD
    *cough*
    Great loot, by the way!
    6 years ago
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