The anti-immigrant and anti-ethnic Korean demonstrations of Zaitokukai (short for Zainichi Tokken o Yurusanai Shimin no Kai - Association of Citizens against the Special Privileges of the Zainichi) have raised debates about hate speech and Japanese identity. And, this weekend, they raised the ire of otaku who organized to stage an anti-racism counter-demonstration in Akihabara this weekend. Get a look after the jump.
The Animax Cafe in Akihabara is joining forces with the 2014 TV anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero for a special anime cafe collaboration. Hit the jump to learn more.
As reported many times, Japanese character figure/toy maker Kotobukiya has its own five-story store building in Akihabara, the mecca of otaku culture. The first things you can find on its third floor now are a big load of Kantai Collection/KanColle goods. Check some of the items after the jump.
The current main feature of Tamashii Nations AKIBA Showroom, Bandai's exhibition space for its various anime/game/tokusatsu character figures located in the JR Akihabara station's East-West Hall, are the successive Saint Seiya products from 1980s to the latest. Check their new exhibits after the jump.
During my stay in Tokyo for AnimeJapan 2015, I again had an opportunity to visit the Akihabara town. As always, the street was decorated with big ads for the latest anime/game titles. Check the March 2015 photo report after the jump!
Special themed menus, posters, and coasters, it's all part of the Gourmet Girl Graffiti x Akiba Ichi promotional campaign. Hit the jump to learn more.
The AKB48 Theater in Akihabara has been in business since 2005. They've just celebrated a milestone by admitting their one-millionth customer. Hit the jump to learn more.
Paying underage girls to slap male customers in the face can land you on the wrong side of the law. Hit the jump to find out more.
For my last reports of this year from the Mecca of the otaku culture, I visited the Akihabara district in Tokyo one more time yesterday afternoon on December 24. As always, the streets and buildings are decorated with colorful ads featuring popular anime/game characters. Check the latest photo report after the jump!
The first DVD/Blu-ray volume of the Trinity Seven TV anime is just released in Japan Today on December 19. As a Christmas present from the franchise, all of the purchasers at the four stores in Akihabara can receive a special card featuring the three main heroines. Check the image of the card after the jump.
Noticing your Sword Art Online merchandise collection is looking a little threadbare? Animate Akihabara seeks to change all that, by opening up a limited-time Sword Art Online Only Shop. There, on the Basement 1 floor of Animate Akihabara, you’ll find a plethora of Sword Art Online merchandise and a special exhibit. Hit the jump for more!
Counting 16 episodes now, the ongoing TV anime adaptation of the dark fantasy action manga Akame ga KILL! still keeps high popularity among the fans. In commemoration of the start of its second cour, Gamers' Akihabara store has been holding a special exhibition for the series on the fifth floor. Check the photo report after the jump.
The TV anime adaptation of Yu Shimizu's popular action fantasy light novel series Bladedance of Elementalers was aired from July to September of this year. To promote the recently-released 1st volume of its Blu-ray/DVD, Gamers' Akihabara store has been holding a special exhibition featuring various items from the series. Check the photo report after the jump!
For my regular photo report, I again checked street ads and displays featuring the latest anime/game titles in Akihabara, the world-famous otaku city in Tokyo, on Friday afternoon. As always, the street was filled with people including many foreign tourists taking pictures around. Check the photos after the jump.