Extensive tour of pop culture spots in Ikebukuro!

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Head to Ikebukuro to experience “Otaku Girls” world! There are plenty of facilities and events to capture the hearts of anime fans. This popular manga and anime “mecca” will host a large-scale anime event called the “Ikebukuro Anime Town Festival” on November 2 and 3, 2019. Anime fans Emi and Lisa walked around Ikebukuro.


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Must-see exhibits and merchandise for anime fans converge here! Ikebukuro Marui

Ikebukuro Marui
3-28-13, Nishi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.0101.co.jp.e.ex.hp.transer.com/048/access/?from=01_pc_st048_access_head_lang-en

From 2D to 3D … They might rediscover the charm of characters.

They first visited the Ikebukuro Marui department store in the Ikebukuro west exit area. Anime shops are on the 7th floor. Events are also held from time to time, so you can spend a blissful time surrounded by life-size figures and original drawings.

* Photographed with permission.

This is the original drawing of one of my favorite scenes! The exhibition changes once every three to four weeks, so check out the website!

A lot of anime merchandise can only be bought in Japan, which you may find hard to resist buying!

At a game shop on the 7th floor, Mazinger Z is also for sale. Overseas shipping is available, and about 60 have been sold so far


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Dive into the world of anime! Try out VR at MAZARIA

MAZARIA
3-1, Higashi ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Sunshine City World Import Mart Building 3F
https://bandainamco-am.co.jp/others/mazaria/en/

The staff are called “natives”, and everything about them from their manner of speaking to how they act is shaped by activities.

After a satisfying exhibition and shopping, go to the East Exit area and head to MAZARIA, which just opened in Sunshine City in July 2019. The facility is divided into four themes such as ADVENTURE ZONE and PANIC ZONE, and you can try out activities such as VR that immerses you in the world of 19 different anime and games. Be a hero and play like you mean it!

Image Evangelion VR from VR headseat
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A VR attraction based on “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. The “strongest angel” Zeruel appeared before us! Emi says “The formidable enemy suddenly appearared! It makes me sympathize with Shinji…”

Image Mario Kart from VR Headset Arcade Grand Prix VR

The car racing game “Mario Kart” lets you pick up and throw items. Aim for the goal while chatting with your opponent!


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In a “special” theater for far greater enjoyment of movies

Q Plaza Ikebukuro Grand Cinema Sunshine
1-30-3 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://cinemasunshine.co.jp/theater/gdcs/

In addition, they went to the Grand Cinema Sunshine in the multiplex “Q Plaza Ikebukuro” located in the East Exit area. This cineplex is also packed with other types of fun. The spacious entrance is an very instagramable. The escalator to the theater and the waiting space are like a museum with posters of past hits and film festival awards.

There is also the 4DXwithScreenX theater attraction, where images are projected on the front and sides, and the seat moves. The realism makes you feel as if you were immersed in the work.

4F entrance: The entrance chandelier evokes a digital kaleidoscope

It’s huge! The screen of the IMAX theater reaches up to the ceiling. There are fully reclining seats in the front row

Pasta and wine are available for purchase at the cafe “Bar Panorama” on the 12th floor, and can be brought into the venue. Watch an upscale movie with authentic cuisine.

*the pictured drink is in a store cup


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Spend time with your favorite character! ”IKEPRI25″ original space

Sunshine City Prince Hotel
3-1-5 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.princehotels.com/sunshine/

The theme changes every few months, and the interior is renewed. The aprons worn by characters in the series are available in the King of Prism room, and you can play on the mini panels of all characters in the DREAM!ing room! The experience of sleeping among your favorite characters is just like a dream

To wrap up your day of fun, head to Sunshine City Prince Hotel.The 25th floor is an entire floor of anime and game themed rooms.There are rooms decorated according to themes, and also 4 shared lounges where fans can communicate with each other.

IKEPRI25’s 2D concierge is a work drawn by Utako Yukihiro, a popular illustrator and manga artist! Already captivated by otaku girls at the entrance

Behind this door is a magnificent world…

The lounge with goods and figures is a space for fans to chat with each other

Immerse yourself in the world of anime and games all night after walking around the city

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How about a fun day in Ikebukuro immersed in the world of manga and anime pop culture?

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