For five years, Aniplex+ has been providing anime goods to fans in Japan -- and, with the opening of the US website, in the West as well. To celebrate five years in business, the store is rolling out a variety of big surprises and offers for its loyal customers.
Biggest of all is the opening of its antenna shop in Akihabara. Opening this summer, the brick-and-mortar store will offer much of the same merchandise as the website. More information on the shop is expected to become available in the coming months.
From now until August 31, Aniplex+ will also be taking customer suggestions for future merchandise. Their special landing page for the campaign details how to contact them via Twitter. Users whose ideas are implemented will receive the first draft of the new product for inspection.
The Aniplex brand WAHOO! -- devoted to reimagining anime and game characters in traditional Japanese clothing -- will be releasing a line of SD Fate/Grand Order goodies. The line includes shirts, fans, pins, and acrylic standees featuring Mash Kyrielight, Altria Pendragon, Ishtar, Gilgamesh, and Ozymandias in traditional kimono. The items will only be available via Aniplex+, and only for a limited time.
Finally, callers to Aniplex+ customer service after-hours will get assistance from Sakura Matou herself! In honor of Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] and Sakura's status as the company's fifth anniversary image girl, she'll be the new voice of their automated help line. Note that Sakura will only be featured for a limited time, and will only be working when the Aniplex+ offices are closed; if you call during business hours, you'll get an actual operator.
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