Nakano Broadway — Crazy vintage anime stuff town!

Whenever you hear manga/ anime / video games / whatever, you probably think of Akihabara, right? Don’t worry, I was also one of those people who thought that only Akihabara deserved the title of otaku heaven. But a couple of weeks ago I met my friend Myriam, who’s been living in Japan for over 5 years now, and she took me to a place that turned out to be even better than the slightly overrated AKB.

Vintage games, anime stuff, manga, dolls, accessories, CDs, consoles, cosplay, robots, toys, collectibles, some creepy stuff, some awesome stuff, unique photo albums, simply everything.

If you’re brave enough, follow me and see for yourself.

Nakano Broadway 中野ブロードウェイ

 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo

Nakano Station, Chuo Line (中央線) and Tozai Line (東西線), take the north exit

website in English:  http://www.nbw.jp/index_e.html

website in Japanese: http://www.nbw.jp/

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  And here’s the lovely lady who showed me around the place! Thanks a million!

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Nakano Broadway – Otaku’s Paradise

 

image from: otapark.com

Looking for creepy cute dolls covered in blood? No problem. Gremlins driving a pink cabrio? Step right up, you can get’em here. You have always dreamt about owning your very own wrestling mask? Your dreams will finally come true!  Collecting frog skeletons? You just found another specimen! Wanna put your hands on [any anime ever produced] merchandise? Bingo.

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First thing I saw when I got there was these horridly anatomically inaccurate ball jointed dolls. I know that there are many people who collect these beauties, name them, make clothes for them, organize photo shoots and meetings etc. I can understand that, there’s some mysterious cold beauty in them indeed. Their little bodies wrapped in foil reminded me of a classic of the sci-fi anime genre — Ghost in the Shell.

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If you ever decide to splurge on one of the dolls (2000 dollars eeep!) you can buy a whole set of adorable little wigs and outfits.

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Nakano Broadway is seventh heaven for Sailor Moon fans. These items must be really rare, just look at the prices. Sailor Moon figurine for a 1000 dollars, Sailor Warrior plastic wands for 600 dollars…I can imagine how some really dedicated fans could have spent quite a fortune here.

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I’m a fan of Sailor Moon myself (in my case though, it’s more of a sentimental thing from my childhood), but dolls with price tags showing a big share of my monthly salary don’t appeal to me. But wait, what is that over there? Sailor Moon key chain machine? And you need only 300 yen to get one? Now we’re talking!

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…it’s Mamoru! This guy surely set the bar really high for future boyfriends.

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 Mandarake store

Mangas, magazines, books, photo albums…Most of which were rather unique. There’s too many to list, so just take a look at their website and you’ll get an idea of what treasures you can find there.

Mandarake store website in English: http://ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en/

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A cheki pic of a kneeling school girl wearing panties and a harness on her thigh and some S&M stuff by Kuniyoshi Kaneko 

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A tattooed lady took a photo of a tattooed lady looking at pictures of tattooed ladies. Photo-ception? Tattoo-ception? Tatooed ladies-ception?

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3 aliens in Japan *dry joke alert*

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 Here we have some little panties, bras and swimwear worn by anime characters and they can be yours for only 980 yen! I’m wondering what happens with them after the purchase…OK, OK, I better just stop that line of thought here.

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Nakano Broadway has a few floors with countless second-hand shops. You’ll get lost in this mish-mash of toys, accessories and dolls. We didn’t understand why someone would want to part ways with this gloriously giant pink poop, but well, one person’s loss is another’s gain and you can get this dramatic plush-toy for only 1200 yen. I admit we were kind of tempted by this one.

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Got brains?

 

Okay, so this store took the creepy factor to a whole new level for me. All I could think of while browsing items this store had to offer was “W-T-F ? ? ?”. Their display says much about the content, but I wouldn’t be myself if I hadn’t checked it. Saying it was interesting doesn’t even begin to describe it. Unique..? Amusing in a peculiar way..? I found it really interesting how they described themselves on their website:

“Many item from all kinds of genres (comics, literatures, arts, sub culture, a genre, music and theatrical play) and we have more than 1million books. Some of them are not as sophisticated as the books in the regular bookstores because they are hand-made, but put aside your prejudice and take a look at these. You will meet your favorite one.”

Yeah, sophisticated would be the last word I would use here.

check it →here←

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A brain pouch. A kappa with a septum piercing doing things to a poor lady with a turtle between her legs. Yay!

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I have seen hundreds of horror movies and other disturbing stuff, but these photos looked so real, I actually had to redefine my perception of what was ‘disturbing’ for me . These photos were “What kind of sick mind created these?” kind of disturbing.

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  It doesn’t mean that the whole store was like this. Of course, it wasn’t like any other regular bookstore, but there were some regular titles. Though “Lil Miss Sticky Kiss” and “Rubber Doll” by Trevor Brown don’t confirm what I just said (I googled these books, and let me just warn you that you might think it’s “I better clear my Google Search history” kind of disturbing).

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  The only summary I can think of:

You just gotta love Japan.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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4 thoughts on “Nakano Broadway — Crazy vintage anime stuff town!

  1. Looks like you had fun! New places where there aren’t *as many* tourists are always a gem as it feels like unexplored treasure for you only (: Very interesting range of weird and wonderful but like you I’d go for the 300 yen keychain figures over those ridiculous priced models! Crazy!

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