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Anime shopping in Japan – Shibuya Mandarake

Previous anime shopping posts:
Shibuya Animate

Continuing the previous post where I explained about the best place to purchase new anime goods in Shibuya, here is their counterpart:

The best place to purchase used anime goods in Shibuya: Mandarake! Mandarake is another chain store, and they carry some new goods, but their focus is new and/or retired anime/manga goods!

It’s a veritable mecca of anime/manga awesomeness! Chances are, whatever you are looking for, there is a chance of finding it here!

Here is the info and come pictures (not allowed) of their Shibuya branch:

Homepage: http://www.mandarake.co.jp/shop/index.html
東京都渋谷区宇田川町31-2 渋谷BEAM B2F
Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Udagawa-cho 31-2 Shibuya BEAM B2F
Phone number: 03-3477-0777
Google maps: http://maps.google.com…

And finally…. a tour, anyone?

Mandarake is actually underground, but it’s perfectly visible from the street. 🙂 You can find it via the map above, about a 5-minute walk from the famous Hachiko exit of Shibuya station.

The outside of the building is somewhat… interesting 😀

As is the staircase down..

Down one flight of stairs, you’ll pass some eerie mannequins.

And go deeper..

And deeper, into the bowels of darkness…… finally you see some gachapon machines (machines where you put in a few coins and get a random character item).

Finally, the dimly-lit store is in front of you. Loud music is playing.

Rows and rows of old manga greet you. The manga in this section tends to be cheap. Behind this are doujinshi (fan-made comics). Lots and lots of doujinshi of all kinds, including yaoi (gay) and yuri (lesbian).

More manga.

Artbooks below the glass cases, and various goods inside. It changes almost every day based on what stock comes in. Mandarak operates by a “sellback” policy. They buy items from people who bring them in, and then resell them to everyone else. So, if you see something, grab it up while you can!

More manga and display cases.

Old issues of Shonen Sunday, one of the big shonen manga magazines aside from JUMP. By old, I mean 1985 old! I was only 5 years old!

Some artbooks at a good price!

Model kits.

The cashier. You take items here if you want to sell or buy!

There is a LOT of manga! Including old, really expensive volumes (near the register).

There are also… rather odd things as well. XD

And thankfully, an elevator to get back up to the surface world!

And that concludes my introduction/tour of Shibuya Mandarake! Tell me what you think, if you plan to go, and if you’ve been there before! Bought anything interesting?

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.

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