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Post Reply Would you be interested in a Manga Cafe near you?
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Posted 1/4/16 , edited 1/11/16
I'm a simple small town kind of guy who grew up on cartoons and comics, but in recent years been drawn towards manga and anime. Last year I really looked into Japanese culture and art and was fascinated by all the things they had that I'd really want to do. One of them being a Manga Cafe. I look for ages for something similar to what they had in Japan, but there's nothing, NOTHING, in the U.S. that even comes close to what they have in Japan.

If I were to offer thousands of manga, internet, food, anime, movies, tv, video games, for hourly pricing and deals as low as $10, would anyone be interested in spending their time there?

And more importantly where would I start it? I've looked at locations and there are open spots next to convention centers where year-round there're conventions for comics, anime, manga and the likes; Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Francisco. These are the cities I'm looking at, but it comes at a risk if I do this. I would do a kickstarter, but even before kickstarter, I need to know if anyone would come.

Would you?

(UPDATE: I'm thinking Vegas. I'd like to keep the place open 24/7 and vegas would be the city to do so. I'd have a policy where you break it, you buy it. Ever book is check in and out and I found some great covers for paperback manga that protect from those sticky fingers.)
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Yes! I just probably wouldn't have enough money to go for long...
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Nah
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I always wanted to go to one

Edit: OOPS I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT A MAID CAFE
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Hell fucking yeah!!
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I'd rather just have a nerdy things of all types cafe.
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52 / M / Bay Area
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yes especially if you have a espresso machine and good tea
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23 / M / AZ
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I would love to go to one.
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this is a bad idea for several reasons:

1. running a business is expensive
2. anime/manga is a very small, niche thing in the US
3. there's a very good chance that the kids coming will ruin your anime/manga/game collection in one way or another, making it necessary to replace them with new ones
and of course, most people who like anime/manga already found ways to watch it / read it for free (legally or otherwise)

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Posted 1/4/16 , edited 1/4/16
No not really. Probably because I read actual books.
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27 / M / Definitely not EU
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Posted 1/4/16
I wouldn't mind maybe meet a cutie or two.
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Making an anime/manga specific place is probably too niche. I think it would make more sense to open a hobby store. We have places like that around here. They sell comics, manga, anime, etc. They also have a net cafe and places for people to do tabletop gaming, hang out/watch movies or TV, order snack food... Basically just a nerd store/hangout spot.

I think we have 2 of those in my town that are successful, which is a college town with 100,000+ people. Others have tried to open but failed quickly. I think it's a risky business, but it would be really cool if you could make it work. Maybe find one that is working and try to see what they are doing right.
Posted 1/4/16
There was one in L.A., but it is permanently closed. The nearest one is in Mexico City or France!
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Posted 1/4/16 , edited 1/4/16
I'd be more interested in a maid cafe to be honest.
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Posted 1/4/16 , edited 1/11/16
Who would leave their house... That's weird.
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