Sumire's Guide to
The only significant anime shop in Shinjuku is Anime Police Pero
(possibly Animepolis Pero, or something--the katakana is "animeporisupero"),
but they're cool, because they have a lot of goods for the kind of
older anime series that are popular in America, like Ranma 1/2,
Record of Lodoss War, and Irresponsible Captain Tyler. They also
carry newer stuff as well, of course. It's kind of trippy the way
they manage to cram so many little things into such a tiny basement
Note: bright green dots indicate Studio Alta, Kinokuniya Bookstore,
Anime Police Pero, and Manga no Mori.
How to Get There:
Take the East Exit (Higashiguchi) out of Shinjuku Station (the
big yellow block on the left side of the map). See the giant video
screen on the wall of Studio Alta? The spot right across the street
from it is your starting point. Facing the screen, turn right and
start walking down Shinjuku Doori. You'll pass lots of shops--the
famous bookstore Kinokuniya and the huge department store Isetan on
your left; the men's section of Marui department store on your right.
Marui Men's has big red signs with "OIOI MEN'S" in white. Anime
Police Pero is not far past Marui Men's--the sidewalk will widen in
front of the Toei Gekijo movie theater, and there, on your right, will
be a window full of anime posters and a little door with stairs going
down. That's Anime Police Pero.
There's also a Manga no Mori in Shinjuku,
but I've never been there.