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JobPosted: Tue Jul 05 2022 11:01 PM Reply with a quote

Dang, seeing a store like this close, I can’t even imagine what Akihabara will be like when I can finally go back -_-

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sakura blossom143

Date of registration: March 30, 2007
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JobPosted: Tue Jul 05 2022 11:06 PM Reply with a quote

I’m just thankful the mail order site is still in good standing

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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 12:53 AM Reply with a quote
It’s really a shame, but I admit it: I go MUCH less often to Toranoana stores, not because of the pandemic, but… because there is nothing left.

The girls’ branch of Ikebukuro, for example, had two entire floors, with only one floor dedicated to doujinshi, and another entire floor for manga and artbooks to peruse!

Now, however, it’s just a paltry floor, availability is garbage, and it’s not the kind of place you roam around anymore.

I love Toranoana, but cutting back stores so drastically (understandable since so few people are coming due to the pandemic) has made it a place I only go to if there’s something I’ve seen advertised online as ONLY available there. I can’t navigate anymore, so I rarely enter.

I’m glad the only store that stays open is the one I usually go to, but how long until that closes too…?

Kbooks doesn’t have a manga or DVD store for used sale anymore, so it’s very hard to find good used specialty stores these days :/


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kuma991

Registration: Jan 20, 2021
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 8:29 AM Reply with a quote

But, but– Now, Steins;Gate won’t make sense…

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Hoppy800

Registration: August 09, 2013
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:33 AM Reply with a quote

At least the digital store exists, which pretty much means digital is pretty much confirmed as the future of doujinshi outside of events like the Comiket, which continue despite both factors.

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R. Kasahara

Registration date: 19 Feb. 2013
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:38 AM Reply with a quote
End of an era. I will especially miss the Akihabara store, which was one of my most memorable shopping experiences in Japan. You have some great foodie doujins there!
fencer_x wrote:

It’s really a shame, but I admit it: I go MUCH less often to Toranoana stores, not because of the pandemic, but… because there is nothing left.

Do you think it was, in fact, due to the pandemic in that fewer doujinshi were coming out (thanks to canceled events)?


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Registration: 06 Sep 2017
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:49 AM Reply with a quote
R. Kasahara wrote:

Do you think it was, in fact, due to the pandemic in that fewer doujinshi were coming out (thanks to canceled events)?

Yes, Japanese fans have a strong tradition of selling their doujins in person only. Often with emphasis, meaning that if you don’t come to this event, you will NEVER get a copy. They don’t do pre-orders or mail order or anything, just the events. Less these days, but I still come across artists quite frequently who advertise a doujin, but it turns out it’s only in-person sales.


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sakura blossom143

Date of registration: March 30, 2007
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 10:12 AM Reply with a quote
xxmsxx wrote:

Yes, Japanese fans have a strong tradition of selling their doujins in person only. Often with emphasis, meaning that if you don’t come to this event, you will NEVER get a copy. They don’t do pre-orders or mail order or anything, just the events. Less these days, but I still come across artists quite frequently who advertise a doujin, but it turns out it’s only in-person sales.

I want to say that in the last couple of years web-only events have been popping up. (Using PictSquare)…and I’ve purchased about 5-10 new doujins over the past couple of years, just through online mail order.

Of course, they also sell location-only doujins. Which is understandable. But mail order is becoming more and more convenient.


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Registration: 06 Sep 2017
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JobPosted: Wed Jul 06 2022 11:45 AM Reply with a quote
sakurablossom143 wrote:
I want to say that in the last couple of years web-only events have been popping up. (Using PictSquare)…and I’ve purchased about 5-10 new doujins over the past couple of years, just through online mail order.

Of course, they also sell location-only doujins. Which is understandable. But mail order is becoming more and more convenient.

I’ve been buying mail order doujinshi regularly online since 2013 and the options have definitely increased. But I know for a fact that even artists who have already sold online will outright refuse mail order for some of their doujinshi. They love, LOVE the idea of ​​exclusivity and seasonality in general. Understandable but sometimes frustrating. It has nothing to do with the ease of shopping online or reaching an international audience.


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TarsTarkas

Registration date: 20 Dec. 2007
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Location: Virginia, United States

JobPosted: Wed 06 Jul 2022 14:49 Reply with a quote
End of an era, I suppose.

I have loved browsing through these stores during my visits to Japan. Although it was often difficult to find particular things as an English only speaker. Google translate wasn’t much help at times, even worse if you didn’t have a good signal inside the store.


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