Before the Autumn ended, I went on a trip to Osaka, specifically in Den Den Town (literally Electric Town). It is dubbed as the Akihabara of Osaka, streets littered with gaming, collection and mobile stores. It is also colorfully laden with game centers, manga shops, toy stores and media stores, and it was perfect for any shopping quest.
My hotel is conveniently located right in front of this Gunpla store, and my window view was a delight.
I only spent three days in Osaka, but it was really memorable. It’s not everyday that you are in Japan so, why would I pass up this chance to shop around?
I know it is kinda rude to take pictures inside a store, but I don’t see why. I went to Pokemon Center in Umeda and everyone was just taking photos, so… eh.
The first thing that caught my eye was this Kaito Kid dakimakura (body pillow). It is pretty expensive (I am pretty sure it is 16,000¥) for me but I think a standard price for dakimakura. I genuinely love the design because it is not naked like most dakimakura and Kaito Kid would be just laying there on your bed with you. Beside it is a Ran magic pillow that costs 3,000¥.
After walking around, the ground floor of this building is actually filled with random anime goodies, but unfortunately I cannot take photos as there were a lot of people and many staff that may kick me out of the store if I do.
So I just left and walked around the gaming centers when I spotted these Amuro and Akai merchandise posters. Apprently, you can win these in one of the machines, but yeah, I can’t take photos because of the staff. Anyway, it is worth checking out if you do plan to go to Osaka.
And last but not the least are doujinshi. They are literally fan fictions and apparently a lot of publishers produce them for the fans. I am not quite familiar with licensure or anything, but I guess that is also one reason why they prohibit pictures (but heck, you can Google everything now). I won’t be naming the shop, but, hello, it’s not like it’s not everywhere.
Standard price of each book is 380¥ and I would have bought a lot if I was not living with kids at home. So I’ll save it for some other time. And of course, it is in Japanese. Better work that language skills if you want to fully enjoy the experience.
And back in my hotel, they also have the complete collection of the Detective Conan manga, free for everyone to read. It is conveniently located near the laundry area and I only saw it while doing my laundry on my last day. If I only knew it earlier. I don’t have a decent photo of it but apparently you can see it on Google.
Well, don’t be sad if you can’t visit Japan any time soon because here in the Philippines we can find thrift shops and conventions where they sell Detectove Conan merchandise. A good example of thrift shop that sells authentic Detective Conan manga for 100 pesos can be found in Araneta Square in Monumento, Caloocan City (one ride from any LRT-1 station). But be reminded that they are all in Japanese.
If Japanese is something that you are not willing to learn anytime soon, you can check out the licensed version here in the Philippines… in our very own language! J-Line Comics is too kind to bring us Volume 1 – 10 of the manga. Click here to know more about J-Line and their titles, but basically you can find it in bookstores nationwide.
Speaking of which, would you like to know more about Japanese animation and the whole process of making an anime episode like Detective Conan? We are having a talk on that exact same topic in collaboration with J-Line Comics and SEACAT. Click here for information and free registration. See you there!