The first thing I’m gonna say is that I’m glad I don’t live in Tokyo – Too congested, too-unfriendly (because of all the stress), and of course, too many goods to buy which will ensure I go down to Ikebukuro every weekend just staring at all the 2D men and their goods. I didn’t take too many pictures, because honestly, snapping pictures in that endless stream of pushing fangirls was both embarassing and positionally difficult. Nevertheless, here’s some shots from my short wonderland.
I’m not exactly sure where I was clearly, since at every corner there would be a store to browse old games and CDs. The corner for PSP otoges were frighteningly huge at every store: (I think this was Akihabara)
This is the annex Animate at Ikebukuro which I went to by mistake, but stepped in to peek anyway. 8 stories both Honten and Annex. They were having the animate cafe for Ace of Diamond and something else but I have zero interest in sports manga, so I didn’t go in.
And at Honten, I was just standing there like a gaping idiot by the rows and rows of otome game related stuff:
And Kabe-don, anyone?
Oh and I gotta mention that there were different Kaleidoeve life-sized guys posters on the lift doors of each level, and in the lifts, they were playing voice messages by the Kaleidoeve guys about getting squeezed in the lifts, which had the girls in the lift with me giggling at the conversations. It was just, 2D men so close to you.
Forget the Butler Cafe; I didn’t have enough courage to waltz in alone and sit there for 2 hours. I would certainly be making a pervy face at every turn. I headed to their Annex to get a lemon tart and read manga. The waitresses were cosplayed completely as maids, and cute too.
I didn’t get a chance to go down to Rejet shop before Christmas Eve, which was a slight disappointment, but after walking through Ikebukuro for 6 hours straight on the first day and Shinjuku on the second, I was completely worn out. I just comfort myself that the Tokyo Rejet shop isn’t going to be any much more interesting than the Osaka anyway.
And tralala, my treasures from Ikebukuro, Otome Road!~~
A Hakuouki Hijikata perfume which I had no idea existed was totally going into my perfume collection, and a Haginosuke Rubber Strap!!! (Which means I don’t have to order the whole box from Honeybee.) Couldn’t find Suou, which was a big disappointment though.
I must mention I love Norn9 and these biscuits were absolutely yummy.
I saw the Cd for Jyuza and Otoko Yuukaku (Kagerou: Nojima Kenji) and was like “WANT. Sorry wallet, but WANT.” (Never intended to buy them by preorder but….!!!) I then popped into a secondhand store to see a completely new norn9 djcd 1 (which I was been hunting for 3 months with no luck) for 1500 yen, and second-hand Senjou’s Deluxe soundtrack and drama CD set which I got as well. (Senjou no Waltz’s music, not one to be missed!!)
It’d be good for every Otogemer to visit Ikebukuro one day to just get swarmed in the 2D culture, but honestly, lying on the couch with a game or earphones plugged into the CD of the month is still my favourite pastime. When there’s too many screaming fangirls around, I don’t feel like I own my 2D guys that much than when I have them in the quiet of my home. 😉
And right till New Years, Happy Holidays all, and have fun with your 2D sexies! :p