Saturday, October 3, 2015

An Afternoon In Akihabara Part 2

Continuing my trip through Akihabara I'll keep heading north parallel to Chuo Dori past that Akiba Culture Center, but I detour for half a block east back to Chuo Dori to the Akiba Base (exhibition space) on the main floor of the Sumitomo Building on the corner.  I see that a 15th Anniversary Festival for Key is going on.  Key makes visual novels for computers and a number of their games have been made into anime.  I've seen the anime and really like the shows like Angel Beats and Clannad, but have never played the games.
I saw these banners and went to investigate.  Gotta keep your eyes open!
It's a Key Festival.
Angel Beats wall posters.
Angel Beasts Wall Posters and guy's school uniform.
Angel Beats girls school uniform.
Lots of attendees for stage events where you needed to buy more tickets.
They had some awesome Itasha cars outside!




Yet another building with anime pictures on it.
Lots of tasty places to eat at.
Gyros! Not donair.  Real stacks of meat like you get in Turkey and Greece.
Back up the back street.
Coco Curry.  I never did get a chance to try all the chains again.
Yummy looking curry menu.
I did eat at Sukiya though on Chuo Dori.
Yummy beef bowl.  I make it myself.  Sukiya definitely adds ginger to their recipe.
Plenty of choices on the menu and you can just point and order if you need to.
I had a extra large beef bowl with miso soup and some pickled vegetables.
Three block up from the Key exhibit is this little gashapon hall.  They have hundreds of machines and you can find capsule toys that are no longer in some of the other stores or some of the more oddball items.  I like the place.
Some of the many gashapon machines inside.

Some closeups of a few machines.
The Cospa store on the second floor.  Found some merchandise and a t-shirt here.  Further up in the building is the Cure Maid Cafe.
Lots of anime merchandise.
It was later on in the afternoon and they close off the Chuo Dori main street for awhile so it becomes a big pedestrian walk.  Lots of people down here on a Saturday.
The Don Quijote department store.  Lots of cool stuff, some at good prices and they have cosplay costumes and accessories for sale in this branch in Akihabara.  Love the narrow little aisles just jammed with stuff.
The @Home Cafe is here too.

Mogu cushions.  Very comfy.
Look at all the stuff in here.
Lots of AKB48 posters and such inside the store.  Their theatre is on the top floor and you need a ticket to go up there.
More AKB48 Posters in the escalator well.

The little tiny space by the back of the Animate store was a pit stop for the Amazing Race.  I found it, now where is Phil?
Flea Market by the UDX Building.
The UDX Building which shows up in Love Live and other shows.  You see it a lot in the Akiba's Trip Videogame.  I really like that game and how it simulated walking around Akihabara.
Anime Center at the UDX.  They have some unique merchandise and maps and such.
Anime Center t-shirts.
Anime Center merchandise.
An upcoming event.

Up on the 4th floor of the UDX is the Anime Center exhibit space.  Usually something on there every week.  There is a nice food court in this building too!
Animator's desk on display.
On the other side of the UDX building are the Gundam Cafe and the AKB48 Cafe under the Yamanote Line rail tracks.  Gundam Cafe is cool and there is plenty of fan goods in the AKB48 Cafe.
The Crossfield UDX.  You see the big screen that shows up in anime all the time.
Gundam merchandise in the store at the Gundam Cafe.  I like those Gundam mugs.
Gundam snacks.  Pretty tasty actually!
Gundam Statue
Gundam Cafe Sign

That's all for the second installment.  I'll get moving on the third and last one soon.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Akihabara is really a pretty cool neighbourhood if you like anime.

Here is another post about Akihabara I did awhile back.
A Morning At Kanda Myojin Shrine before visiting Akihabara
An Afternoon In Akihabara Part 1
An Afternoon in Akihabara Part 2
An Afternoon in Akihabara Part 3

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