For a lot people the three most satisfying things in life start with a “S”, sleeping, sex and shopping, for my wife it’s four since my name is Serge…(get disapproving look from wife and pitiful look from co-workers..). We can’t help you with the sex and sleep part, actually we are probably going to ruin that with the introduction of these awesome shopping sites. We will separate this story into four parts, because there are just too many good sites here in Japan selling just so much amazing stuff…
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Anyways have fun and if you find some websites which could be interesting for other folks, then please let us know and we’ll put it up.
Super Groupies, the site to visit when you’re looking for anime or manga related fashion or collectibles. They give you points which you can use on your next purchase.
Runatown is a great, be it a little cluttered, website selling anime inspired gadgets and collectibles. There is an option to choose English or other languages, but these provide just a slightly amusing google translation.
The place to go if you want to get this limited R2-Q5 virtual keyboard…only a few remaining.
Tamashi Nations or the Bandai Japan Collectors Division Official Site (wait that doesn’t spell Tamashi.!.?). They sell everything made by Premium Bandai, Bandai for grown ups as we like to call it.
Their biggest seller must be the S.H.Figurearts line which mostly consists out of limited figures based on characters of Japanese and foreign anime, kamen rider series and movies…but also pop stars like Michael Jackson
And now up for pre-order is Freddy Mercury from Queen!
Don’t forget the “body kun” series for aspiring animators!
Other shops specialized in Bandai products are:
Hobby Online Shop which is slightly more Gundam orientated but also sells other products but more “toy like” than the offerings on Tamashi.
Megatore has a lot of female figures, slightly so sexy if I may say so. When you click on Space ship Yamato in Hobby online, you’ll get a list of pre-fabricated models like:
But if you click on the link in Megatore, you’ll get something like this:
Finally for all you “kawaii”lovers, there is the Sanrio shop with enough Hello Kitty ,Little twin stars, and my melody to last you for months of clicking and drooling.
And for the first person to react we will give you 500 points present! Yes we can sign up on more of our staff and she will give you her 500 points (of course we had to pressure her..hard)
So there you have it, the first of four, let us know what genre you’re interested in and we’ll find the best site according to your interest.