Checking out Animate Akihabara now!
You can find out what Japanese otaku girls are interested in, by looking at Animate shelves all in one glance.
The current hot topic is Uta no Prince-sama (うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪). The special campaign is being conducted to mark the release of the new character song CD “Shining All Star CD.”
In front of the cash register is also completely full up with Utapri!
Utapri characters’ cookies. Is Len Jinguji the most popular?
The school seal accessory. Kawaii!
OH! Keigo Atobe (跡部景吾), the popular character of the Prince of Tennis (テニスの王子様) is picking up girls!
“俺様の美技に酔いな！ (Be awed at the sight of my prowess!)”
Unfortunately the anime of Gintama (銀魂) ended, but it is still very popular.
So many character goods are here…
Now we focus our eyes to manga for Otome & Yaoi fans.
Recently, Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ) is hot.
One of the big bestseller, “Junjo Romantica (純情ロマンチカ) series” has won enthusiastic support from many fans as a leading manga of Yaoi category over the past 10 years. The author, Shungiku Nakamura (中村春菊)’s other manga are very popular as well, especially “Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (世界一初恋)” is recent hottest one. It is partly linked “Junjo Romantica.”
Shungiku Nakamura’s illustrations are really attractive.
Today, my interest was “Iyayo Yameteyo (いやよやめてよ).” The author, Lalako Kojima (小嶋ララ子) is a new yaoi manga artist, but her illustrations are very pretty and the story also looks interesting. You can see her blog here. >> mim.vivian.discotica
These days you can often spot “Shirokuma Cafe (しろくまカフェ)” as well. (This is not yaoi manga!)
The anime has been on the air since April.
I found very very cute cosplay bears, “Kumamate (くまめいと)”! You can dress the bears in your favorite anime character’s costumes. The bears and costumes both are for about 800 yen. I wanted to buy a bear and Utapri’s costume, but bears are sold out because it is now becoming popular. What a pity!
K-On! (けいおん！) cosplayed black bear.
Nintama Rantaro (忍たま乱太郎). I could see only black colored bears, but there are other colored bears.
WOW! Various costumes! OHH I REALLY WANT THE BEAR!!!
Kumamate Official Website: くまめいと (Japanese only)
For your information, you can get your costumes in Animate Akihabara as well.