For the month of June, at least, Tokyo’s fashion capital Shibuya gave Akihabara a run for its otaku money.
Aside from the recent opening of Production I.G’s retail store, this month Shibuya was also host to no less than three anime-related shops, devoted to old favorite One Piece plus newcomers Mr. Osomatsu and Kiznaiver. What’s more, they were all located in the Marui building, making it a one-stop shop for all your anime needs.
We recently popped over with camera in hand to give you a look at why Shibs is (temporarily, at least) the new Akiba.
The One Piece Mugiwara Store recently moved from another Shibuya location to Marui, opening up in late April. The store claims to have over 10,000 One Piece-related items, including some stuff that’s only available in-store.
Unlike the One Piece shop, which appears to be a permanent fixture, Kiznaiver: Premium Shop in Shibuya was a pop-up affair, running from June 10 to 27. Merchandise from the popular Trigger series included badges, mini-cushions and a replica of Tenga’s signature yellow shirt, which I kind of regret not snatching.
On the same floor was another pop-up shop, this one devoted to the smash hit Mr. Osomatsu. The shop, titled Shibumatsusan (Shibuya plus Omomatsu, see?) was open from June 3 to 26. While plenty of merchandise was also on hand, the main attraction at this shop were all the life-size cardboard cutouts on display.
Shibuya isn’t normally the hood we visit to get our anime shopping on, but for one bright shining moment in June, Shibs was the otaku place to be.