Anime is one of the Japan subculture that has already gained so much popularity around the globe. The anime itself is usually based on the manga, light novel, or games, but the most commonly anime adaptations are based on the manga. For example, the Naruto Shippuuden, Death Note, or Bleach. While anime adaptation that based on the light novel is Bakemonogatari, OregaIru, Re:Zero, and others.
So, the anime culture is not only affect the creator in the film industry, but also the creators from writing, drawing, and gaming industry, too. These industries tend to support each other to make the great results. In the end, many of anime series could be accepted by community around the world since it has the great foundation in the first place.
When we talk about anime, there are always fan and fan base. Usually, these fans won’t be satisfied by only watching their own favorite anime series. They will start to collect the light novel or manga for those who love reading, or they will start to play the game based on the anime in questions if they are a gamer. But, how about the others?
Some other fans will also choose the merchandise. You will find various anime products out there starting from officially licensed products to fan-made. If you’re going to travel to Japan, we recommend you to visit Akihabara since you will find lots of great anime merchandise there, despite the price is little high, or even too high.
But the quality itself is top-notch since – we already know that – the Akihabara could be the centers place or the heart of the anime subculture. So, it won’t so hard to find your anime merchandise from your favorite anime series in that place.
The anime merchandise usually consists of Gunpla, action figures, nendoroid, accessories, and others. The most famous one is action figures. You will find great collectible actions figures with great price starting from ¥2.000 (around $20) to hundreds of dollar. Even there is the real scale figure of Katou Megumi to be sold $17,000. What a crazy, right?
For those who doesn’t have time or doesn’t have enough money to visit the Akihabara, you can also find anime merchandise stores online. My favorite online stores that sell anime merchandise is amazon.com, Ebay.com, http://AnimeBibly.com, or AmiAmi.com.
If Amazon and Ebay tend to show a good display, information, and review of the anime merchandise, while the AmiAmi focuses on selling action figures, and AnimeBibly focuses on the review based on their view point. However, I still love to buy the anime merchandise from those 4 websites. If you want to buy something online, maybe those are the great anime merchandise place for you!