2023.4.28 Animate Akihabara grand opening! Voice actor Kaori Ishihara “Animate Akihabara is a place like a dream!” Tape cutting & mini talk opening event report


Animate Co., Ltd. has renewed and grand opened Animate Akihabara on April 28, 2023.

Animate, a store specializing in anime, comics, and games, has 122 stores in 47 prefectures in Japan and overseas. Relocated to the location of the former Building No. 1 on Showa-dori, it has been loved by many people for many years as a mecca for anime in the Akihabara area. Following the refurbishment of Building No. 2 in December 2022, the No. 1 store moved to its grand opening on April 28. It consists of two buildings. Building 1 has character goods, audiovisual products, and game products from basement 1st to 7th floor. Latte Akihabara has been added, and not only shopping but also hands-on facilities have been added, making it a facility where everyone's "fun" gathers.

To commemorate the grand opening, an opening event was held at Animate Akihabara on April 28th.

Kaori Ishihara, who is active as a voice actor and artist, will be on stage, and we will send you an official report summarizing the opening event and the state of Animate Akihabara, where we held a ribbon cutting and a mini talk, so please introduce us. Thank you very much.


At the "Animate Akihabara Opening Event" held on April 28th, Kaori Ishihara and Junnosuke Morita, the manager of Animate Akihabara, took the stage to cut the tape, followed by a talk event with Kaori Ishihara. The event was also broadcast live on the Animate Times YouTube channel.

Kaori Ishihara said, “Congratulations on the grand opening of Animate Akihabara. It's a memorable place. I'm very happy that this Animate will power up even more." I want to aim to be a store that all customers, including overseas customers and tourists, can enjoy more than ever before.”

Kaori Ishihara used to come to Animate Akihabara with her friends to buy manga and goods when she was a junior high school student. At the release event for the "Koi no Overtake" CD, she said, "It was my first release event, so I still have the image of being very nervous. Thankfully, I think I was able to sing the song there as well. In that sense, I was able to do a lot of things here, learn a lot, and build a bridge with the fans, which left a deep impression on me." .

 When asked what he would like to do at Animate in the future, Ishihara said, "Since I made my debut in junior high school, I've never had a part-time job. I'm interested in registering, so I'd like to try [a part-time job for a day]." After that, I told all the anime and game fans, "If you come to Animate, you can get your favorite works for the time being. I think it's a [dream place]. If you think about it, please come and visit Animate first. Personally, I think it's a place where you can make the most of your day, so please make a lot of memories at Animate." .

The store opened at 11:00, and the store was bustling with customers, and from around 13:30, the TV anime "I don't want to get hurt, so I want to maximize my defense. 2" OP theme "This shield, Hidden.” Was distributed by Asami Komiyama and Miharu Shirayuki of “ Junjou no Afilia '', a school-type girls vocal unit. Yuna Satsuki and Kotori Kusumoto will also distribute leaflets on April 29th.

■ Store information

Animate Akihabara

Address: 4-3-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021

Business hours: Weekdays: 11:00 to 21:00

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 10:00 to 20:00

<Building No. 1 floor composition>

7th floor: event space

6th floor: Character goods

5th floor: Character goods

4th floor: Character goods

3rd floor: Character goods, Space A la mode

2nd floor: Character goods

1F: Audio/Visual/Character Goods

B1F: Audio Visual Games

<Building No. 2 floor composition>

7th floor: Only shop space

6th floor: Only shop space

5th Floor: Books

4th Floor: Books

3rd Floor: Books

2nd Floor: Animate Cafe Gratte Akihabara

1st floor: Books

Basement 1st floor: Only shop space

Animate Cafe Gratte Akihabara

Address: 4-3-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021

Business hours: Weekdays: 12:00-20:00 (LO 19:30)

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 11:00-19:00 (LO 18:30)

*The content may be changed, postponed, or canceled due to various circumstances.

■ Related URLs

“Animate Akihabara” store website: https://www.animate.co.jp/shop/akihabara/

“Animate Akihabara” store Twitter: https://twitter.com/animateakiba