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Exterior images of an Animate store in Tokyo

The anime shop "animate" is a specialty store expanding nationwide in Japan, specializing in the sale of anime and manga merchandise. There are several large stores in Tokyo, and among them, the Ikebukuro main store is one of the largest of its kind in Japan, always crowded with anime fans due to its extensive range of anime and manga goods. Each floor of the store sells software and merchandise related to manga, anime, and games. Furthermore, some stores host events featuring voice actors and anime song singers. To participate in these events, it's necessary to reserve or purchase related products and obtain a participation ticket. Among anime shops in Japan, Animate is notable for offering a wide range of products geared towards women, with most of its doujinshi (fan-made publications) and doujin software being targeted at a female audience. The Ikebukuro main store, in particular, sees a high number of female customers, and it's common to observe that a majority of the floors are occupied by female patrons.


Animate Akihabara is a specialty store for anime, comics, and games. It's one of the most famous anime merchandise shops in Akihabara, bustling with many fans every day. The store spans eight floors, from Basement Level 1 to the 7th Floor. Basement Level 1 is dedicated to audio, visual, and games, while Floors 1 through 6 offer merchandise of trending anime works and popular character goods. The store is crammed with character goods from popular Weekly Shonen Jump series, including ONE PIECE, My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, Jujutsu Kaisen, SPY×FAMILY, and NARUTO.
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Animate Shinjuku is located on the 7th floor of a building about a 15-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station. The store is vibrant and frequented by many young Japanese female anime fans. Inside the store, you can find official merchandise from popular series featured in magazines like Weekly Shonen Jump, including One Piece, NARUTO, Jujutsu Kaisen, Golden Kamuy, Gintama, DRAGON BALL, HUNTER×HUNTER, and My Hero Academia. The official merchandise available at this store includes stationery, stickers, figures, trading cards, and more.
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Animate Ikebukuro Main Store is the most famous and spacious anime shop in Japan. It can be considered the epicenter of Japanese anime, and the store is always crowded, with its floors filled with young women in their teens to twenties. The store sells official merchandise from well-known anime and manga series such as One Piece, NARUTO, Jujutsu Kaisen, Golden Kamuy, Gintama, DRAGON BALL, HUNTER×HUNTER, My Hero Academia, as well as Pokémon and Studio Ghibli works like Kiki's Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro, all of which are featured in magazines like Weekly Shonen Jump.
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