Updated: August 24, 2017
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Animate Main Store In Ikebukuro: Japan's Hugest Anime And Manga Store!

Many people think of Akihabara exclusively when it comes to anime and manga-related goods. However, Ikebukuro is a great spot to explore because among other things, it's where you'll find the main store of Animate, a huge tower dedicated to anime and manga merchandise! This is a true paradise for anime and manga lovers, and it's still very interesting to visit even if you don't know much about that part of Japanese culture.

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Animate Ikebukuro Main Store

Animate is said to be the largest anime and manga merchandise store in Japan. Its impressive main store is located in Ikebukuro, at a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of the Ikebukuro Station. It has nine floors of books, CDs, DVDs and so many other anime-related merchandise. This place is a must-see for anime and manga fans! Here is a quick guide of what you'll find by floor.

Manga: Floors 2 to 4

These three floors are entirely dedicated to manga books and magazines. You'll find them divided by genres. You'll, of course, find all the famous titles but you'll also find some obscure dojinshi (self-published works).
Floors 3 and 4 are mangas targeting a primarily a male readership.
Floor 4 contains a lot of more female-oriented merchandise such as boy's love mangas and more romantic-themed content.

Manga and Anime Goods: Floors 5 and 6

These two floors are entirely for anime and manga merchandise. You can buy figurines, cards, key chains and so many rare and interesting anime goods. The two floors are also divided by genre and manga or anime titles. One Piece merchandise is all located in the same section for example.
You can get uchiwa (fans) with a print of your favorite characters.
Limited edition goods such as Final Fantasy or Pokemon plush toys.
All kinds of figurines at a wide range of price. Rare models can be very expensive but the cheaper ones sell for a few hundred yens.

Video Games, CDs and DVD: Floor 7

On the 7th floor, you'll find lots of anime DVDs, video games and also CDs with compilations of anime songs.

Anime Exhibitions and Events: Floor 8 and 9

The last two floors are kept for exhibitions or special events such as performances by voice actors.

Address and Opening Hours

Address: 1-20-7 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Animate Cafe

Lastly, if you're done exploring the complex and feel a little hungry, why not go to the Animate Cafe nearby?
Close to the Animate Main Store in Ikebukuro, you can find the manga-anime themed cafes by the same company. The drinks and food items are really colorful and the decor of the store is all about manga and anime.
There are 3 cafes just in Ikebukuro. Here is the location of one of them.
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Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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