First Hot Glimpses Inside Namco Akihabara’s Arcade in Electric Town

We got a an early glimpse in this photo gallery inside Namco Akihabara and how everything is laid out for gamers (of any time) to enjoy!

Namco Akihabara Front at NightAlthough the Sega GiGO Akihabara Building is long gone, Namco has taken over the space to open its own collective of products for gamers to enjoy. This six-floor game centre simply known as Namco Akihabara opened March 1st, and we are fortunate to have a friend who’s in Japan right now, willing to take snaps for us.

Special thanks go to Gerald Parkin for providing info and some insight to this new operation. He’s living an otaku’s dream in this trip and reported that not every floor here was open during opening week. These dedicated levels are for (collectable) trading card games on the fifth floor, capsule toys on the fourth, music based video games on the third, lots of claw machines for the second and first and your traditional arcade cabinets in the basement.

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[Akihabara, Tokyo] – S.H.Figuarts Exhibition

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

KingOfMonstersIn my mind there are pairings that seem so right that one wonders if they can exist without the other. Pairings that one never may question, because to do so would bring at best puzzled looks, and at worst scorn.

I can think of the famous pairings of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, chocolate and peanut butter, and Akihabara and collectible figures.

Okay, that last one was a bit a stretch. You can pair most anything with Akihabara and no one would bat an eye; Akihabara and cosplay, Akihabara and electronics, Akihabara and anime. You see, there is a lot we can pair with such a wonderful place.

And it is in this wonderful place in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, that you will find the latest thing to catch your eye. I dare you to walk past it.

The Tamashii Nations’ Akiba Showroom is having a S.H.Figuarts exhibition in the JR Akihabara Station. The exhibition spans two rooms and many recognizable brands can be seen. The Brands of Sailor Moon, Kamen Rider and Himitsu Sentai Goranger are just a sample of what can be viewed. There is even a figure dedicated to the late pop legend Michael Jackson.

The S.H.Figuarts exhibition started August 4, 2014.

Source: Dochi Hoko
YouTube Video: Jenny Silver

Akihabara Featured in PS3 Release

akiba3If you can’t afford to go to Akihabara in real life then I guess the next best thing is being there digitally. And that is what is possible with an upcoming PS3 release.

Akiba’s Trip 2 is an adventure game sequel from the original Playstation Portable (PSP) release of 2011. In this sequel, much as the original, the protagonist has to save Tokyo from blood sucking demons. The demons appear as normal people but only the player’s special cell phone, called Mirror Snap, can let you tell the evil beings from the innocents.akiba2

Once revealed the player will have to engage in close combat until the demon in question is weakened. And the only way to truly kill a blood sucking demon is by stripping them of their clothes, exposing them to sunlight and killing them.

We learn from recent reports that real Akihabara stores such as Karaoke Adores, Tsukumo, Dear Stage, Sutadonya and Go Go Curry are featured in the game.

Akiba’s Trip 2 will be released in Japan on November 7, 2013 for the PS Vita and PS3.

Source(s): YouTube user AcquireVideoOfficial, GadgetFreak, Giant Bomb and Gematsu.

[Chiyoda, Tokyo] Pretty Undead Maids All in a Row

What’s interesting is that the Undead Maids become more grotesque with each passing day as the virus progresses, eventually decaying.

Translation: "Warning! There is a zombie outbreak in this building!"
Translation: “Warning! There is a zombie outbreak in this building!”

Halloween isn’t widely celebrated in Japan but there is at least one place in Japan you can go to get your ghoul on, Schatzkiste, a Akihabara culture café is holding their fourth annual Maid of the Dead in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Schatzkiste is part of a franchise of maid cafés. And at the Akihabara location you’ll be treated to some fun in the form of zombie maids who’ll serve you some frighteningly fun food. Some of the tasty treats that will be featured are Nameless Horror Omurice, Smashed Brain Cheese Cake and Eyeball Juice.

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Akihabara: Playground and Home to Geeks

By James Shaw and Ed Sum


J: The documentary Akihabara Geeks follow the lives of a few of the inhabitants of Akihabara or as it’s been nicknamed “Electric Town.”

And as I like to call the inhabitants “damn lucky,” oh what I would not do to live there, where many geeks congregate. It would be like a large convention every day. The documentary is not hard-hitting by any means. In fact it could almost act as a holiday advertisement for Akihabara. We get to know some of the occupants and they seem to be like anyone else with their own dreams and their own little quirks, except for one resident who is painted as downright odd.

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