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

A 21-year-old man was arrested in Tokyo's geek and gaming district Akihabara for allegedly robbing a maid cafe. Before committing the robbery, the suspect apparently got his photo taken with a maid. » 10/20/14 6:30am 10/20/14 6:30am

A Look Back at Geek Fashion in Japan

Remember the 1990s? I do! While there were some very cool styles, there were some truly awful ones, too. Then, there's this: 1990s Akihbara fashion. » 8/18/14 5:00am 8/18/14 5:00am

The Destruction of Tokyo's Geek District Looks Like This

One day, this will all end. All of it. Even Tokyo's geek center, Akihabara. But what will that day look like? Perhaps, something like this. » 6/27/14 5:30am 6/27/14 5:30am

A Gamer Buyer's Guide to Otaku Mecca Akihabara

So, you're planning to visit Japan and want to come home with a pile of Japanese games. There's only one place to go, the cultural hub of otaku everywhere, Tokyo's Akihabara. But there are hundreds of stores in Akihabara, so where exactly should you go to find the cheapest prices or the rarest finds? » 5/27/14 6:40am 5/27/14 6:40am

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

The "World's First" Thigh-High Sock Store Opening in Tokyo

Young Couple Funded Gaming Habit By... Robbing Gamers

Twenty-four year-old Jun Kanemaru met his girlfriend, a runaway, via an online dating site. Once a couple, they allegedly stole from arcade gamers in Tokyo's geek mecca Akihabara. » 1/14/14 7:40am 1/14/14 7:40am

It Just Wouldn't Be New Year's Without Anime Girls on Wooden Plaques

In Japan, New Year's isn't just about the dropping of the ball. It's the turning of a new leaf, and with it come numerous traditions from fortune telling to warding off evil spirits and drawing cute anime girls on wooden plaques... Wait, what? » 1/02/14 6:00am 1/02/14 6:00am

Female Ninja Serve Up Noodles Amidst Silly Complaints

Men no Sato (麺の里) or "Noodle Village" is a female ninja, or kunoichi (くノ一), restaurant. The restaurant originally opened last year in Tokyo's Tachikawa, but recently announced it was reopening in nerd paradise Akihabara. » 12/09/13 6:30am 12/09/13 6:30am

For a Limited Time, This Cafe Will Kick Hentai Customers

Some cafes serve good coffee. Others have delicious sweets. For the next three days, this cafe will dish out pervert attacks. » 11/29/13 7:30am 11/29/13 7:30am

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

Watch Us Strip Vampires for Fun and Profit

Last week, we showed you one side of the PS3/Vita title Akiba's Trip 2: its faithful reconstruction of otaku mecca Akihabara. Today we're going to look at the other side of the game. So watch us as we strip vampires, expose them to lethal amounts of sunlight, and then loot their corpses. » 11/19/13 6:00am 11/19/13 6:00am

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

Rent Go-Karts in Tokyo's Geekiest Neighborhood

Ah yes, Akihabara. When you think of Tokyo's "Electric Town", you probably think of retro game shops, arcades, and a sea of anime, manga, and collectible figurines. Add go-karts to that list. » 4/19/13 8:00am 4/19/13 8:00am

Japan's Most Dangerous Hacker Served with a Wanted Poster and a Bounty

Mugshots. Artist's sketches. Physical descriptions. Those are what you see on typical wanted posters in Japan. But this is not your typical wanted poster. It's not even your typical crime. » 2/04/13 6:30am 2/04/13 6:30am