By Faridah Dahalan on March 4, 2019
7 Places Otaku Must Visit
Otaku is a Japanese term for individuals who have an obsessive interest in anime and manga. Otaku are generally drawn to anime subculture that includes figurines, cosplay, toys, food and other collectible items. Of course, Japan is the center of anime and manga, particularly Tokyo. Here is a list of places Otaku must visit that will surely get their fandom worked up!
Feast on Kawaii Food at Maid Cafe
The bizarre culture of Maid Café originated from Akihabara, Tokyo. The appeal of these cafes are the waitresses dressed up in French Maid costumes and refer to their customers as Goshujin-sama (Master) and Ojou-sama (My Lady). Contrary to popular belief, Maid Cafes are famous not only among men but among women and children as well. The maids treat customers with gentle and care as they are considered to be the Masters of the house. One of the most popular maid cafés in Akihabara is Maid Dreamin with wide range of dishes with cute decoration. Always remember to bless the food before you eat! If you do not how to do it, the maid will teach you.
Tokyo One Piece Tower
Since its debut in 2000, One Piece has become top five manga for nearly two decades with over 400 million copies sold worldwide. Tokyo One Piece Tower is an indoor theme park equipped with interactive games based from the characters from the Straw Hat Pirate Crew. Otaku can either choose to watch an original short film that is only available at this theme park or play signature games designed for each character. From shooting game using Usopp’s iconic weapon, a slingshot, to slashing cannon balls flying from enemies’ warship using swords like Zoro. For non-anime fans, the theme park is a good opportunity for great photos with life-size statues, tour on Thousand Sunny ship and learn about the characters’ weapons.
Dine in Space at Gundam Café
This spaceship-like café based on the long-running anime Gundam can be easily spotted from a distance because of its iconic ‘V antenna’ at the entrance. The café provides a unique experience with its ambiance decor and signature menu. The staffs are dressed up in Gundam cosplay pulled customers even further into the Gundam world. The best selling menu at Gundam Café is the coffee that is topped with various Gundam characters. Even the coasters are designed in Gundam characters and travelers can take it home with them!
Experience Fine Dining at Butler Café
Now here’s a good news for all female travelers! Here at Butler Café, anyone can be a princess for a day! The concept of Butler Café is the same with Maid Café, only here travelers are served by uniform men butlers. In some Butler Cafés, you get to wear a tiara upon entering to amplify the princess experience. The butlers here are on your beck and call; they will take your coat for you, carry your bag for you even escort you to the washroom. All you have to do is ring the bell on your table and the butlers will say “Yes, my princess!” Travelers can live the princess dream at Swallowtail Butler Café and Butler Café Shibuya.
Website Butler Café Shibuya: http://www.butlerscafe.com/?fbclid=IwAR1EDhas1ARsi3_FdKsxLjmheZsOkvqFCy_L3LYBXzK8hhn8DRV8GRGcoSc
Shop Till You Drop at Mandarake, Akihabara
Mandarake, Akihabara is hands down the top shopping mecca for Otaku. Easily accessible via public transport from almost anywhere in Tokyo, the eight-storey building is filled with manga, anime DVDs, characters cosplay, shirts, figurines and games. If you’re looking for vintage manga, head on to level 3 to find stores that are packed with titles that perhaps are even older than Generation X. For travelers’ convenience in apparel shopping, Mandarake is split into two sections; men and women selling both new and preloved items.
Transform into Your Favourite Character at Studio Crown
Here at Studio Crown, you can become any anime character in just three hours. Do not worry if you are shy. The makeup you are going to wear is going to be your mask and the wig is your helmet. No one is going to recognize you after the bizarre transformation. To enjoy this experience, travelers can sign up for Tourist Service Cosplay Experience that includes full costume, makeup, a photoshoot session and roam around Akihabara. Travelers are advised to bring their own costume since the studio has limited sizes. If you are not sure how to pose, a professional photographer will guide you in anime-like setting. Do not forget to take home the pictures!
Go Pika Pika at Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo
If you think Pokemon hype is old news, think again because Pokemon Centre MEGA Tokyo is always packed with Otaku, especially with the new movie trailer Pokemon Detective Pikachu that just came out and garnered 11 million views on Youtube in just one day proof that Pokemon is without doubt timeless. If you are worried Pikachu might get burnt by Charizard like in the trailer, a life-size statue of Pikachu riding on the back of Charizard should comfort you. This building is entirely dedicated to Pokémon. Phone cases, cookies in shape of your favorite Pokemon, plush toys, shirts, even Pokemon ramen, are sold at the gift shop is guaranteeing you to bring back home something for someone you know who loves Pokemon.
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