1F: This is where you’ll find comics, magazines, and souvenir sweets! It also carries essential items such as lumica lights and glow sticks.
2F: This is where the newly published books are! Find the latest comics and light novels!
3F: Even more books! The third floor focuses on series of books that aren’t brand new. New and old, it posts over 100,000 books, including art books, female oriented, doujins, and art tutorials.
4F: The character goods floor! This floor carries various goods, focused on popular anime titles. There’s also a museum space here. That’s where you’ll find all sorts of limited time exclusive shops!
5F: The second character goods floor! It also has light novel goods, mainly from Dengeki Bunko series, and bishoujo game goods! This floor also sells figures!
6F: The audio, visual and game floor. Mainly focusing on the latest anime openings, it has an anime adaptation corner, vocaloid goods, game soundtracks, and plenty of doujins, including Touhou works.
I paid ANIMATE, Japan's largest anime shop chain with over 120 branches nationwide, a visit!
The Akihabara shop is open from 10 in the morning to 9 at night, so I caught sight of suit-clad office workers stopping by after work.
There were some Moe-Moe sweets that looked like they would make wonderful souvenirs on the first floor. If you're out here on a trip and need some souvenirs, check out ANIMATE!
Another appeal is the limited time exclusive shops. While they offer up limited edition goods, they also plaster their walls with key frames from the anime, as well as life-sized panels of all the characters, making them just fun to be in.
Plenty of the staff are anime fans, too, so you'll more often than not find yourself curious about badge your cashier is wearing!