The official website for Gundam Cafe's in Japan announced yesterday that all the themed restaurants around the country will be closing by March 31, ending more than a decade of Gundam eateries throughout Japan. The first store in Akihabara, which opened in April 2010, only finished being renovated in July 2020. More details after the jump!
The first collaboration café featuring four voice actresses/anisong singers who were born from the Horipro Talent Scout Caravan - Ayaka Ohashi, Machico, Azusa Tadokoro, and Ibuki Kido - will open at STELLAMAP CAFE in Akihabara, Tokyo, on October 5, 2021. Hit the jump for more details.
The Twitter account for Sega Ikebukuro GiGO, one of the most iconic buildings on Sunshine Street in the heart of downtown Ikebukuro, revealed yesterday that it will be closing up shop on September 20, 2021. This is just the latest Sega arcade to close in Tokyo, with one of Akihabara's own iconic Sega arcades closing last August. Learn more after the jump.
Arma Bianca, a Tokyo-based company that offers original anime/manga merchandise, will open a Christmas-themed pop-up shop dedicated to the TV anime Uzaki-Chan Wants to Hang Out! on the seventh floor of Gamer's Akihabara main store from December 12 to 27, 2020. Check out more information including the lineup of its limited items after the jump!
As the PlayStation 5 rolls out around the world, celebrations began in full, with the Japanese celebrations being conducted in the heart of Akihabara's own Kanda Myojin Shrine, the same shrine that features in TV anime such as Love Live! School Idol Project and Steins;Gate! See the shrine lit up in blue after the jump!
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Sega Akihabara Building 2 Arcade was closing its doors on August 30 after donning the Akihabara cityscape for 17 years. In the closing hours of the arcade, a group gathered in front of the building to say sayonara as the staff waved a tearful thank you and goodbye. See the love after the jump!
"ComicVket 1," a doujinshi event held in a virtual reality space between August 13 and 16, 2020, attracted 104,546 visitors from all over Japan and the world. In the "Virtual Akihabara," a VR recreation of the real Akihabara town, participants were able to check the latest doujinshi, limited-edition merchandise, and interact with each other. Hit the jump for more details.
Sega Entertainment will open a new cafe in collaboration with the ongoing TV anime Sword Art Online : Alicization - War of Underworld- on the fifth floor of the SEGA Akihabara Building 4 from September 12 to October 25, 2020. Check out part of the special collaboration menu and items after the jump!
Tokyo-based company HIKKY will hold a doujinshi event "ComicVket 1" in a virtual reality space between August 13 and 16, 2020. During the four-day period, the Akihabara town in Tokyo, often called a Mecca for otaku, will be recreated in a virtual world as "Virtual Akihabara." Check out its image visuals after the jump.