A Figure Buyer's Guide to Otaku Mecca Akihabara

So you've come to Japan and have even made your way to otaku mecca Akihabara. Since you've followed our guide, you already have all the Japanese games you could want! But that's not enough to satiate you: You want anime and game figures as well—but have no idea where to look. Don't worry. We're here to help. » 11/04/14 6:00am 11/04/14 6:00am

Vampire Stripping, Otaku, and Bland Combat Abound in Akiba’s Trip 2

Akiba’s Trip 2 is the story of a boy and his friends trying to keep Tokyo’s Akihabara safe—from vampires. The only way to beat the vampire menace? Strip them and expose them to the sun! …And that summary should be enough to tell you exactly what you are in for with Akiba’s Trip 2. » 11/22/13 5:30am 11/22/13 5:30am

Can't Go to the Real Akihabara? Try This Game!

Akiba's Trip 2 is about two things: stripping vampires (and thus exposing them to lethal amounts of sunlight) and the mecca for otaku worldwide: Akihabara. And as the game sports over 130 stores from the real world Akihabara, I went out and took a few pictures to see just how well the game captured real life. » 11/12/13 7:00am 11/12/13 7:00am

Five Words You Must Know Before Visiting Japan

Ah, Japan! On a regular basis, I get emails from readers wanting to know about where they should go on their trip to Japan. Where should I stay? What should I eat? Questions like that. For a moment, forget that.


I always feel like visitors to Japan are asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking what's already in… » 1/30/13 7:00am 1/30/13 7:00am