Okay, I'm going to be honest with you, Akihabara is not my kind of place. That doesn't mean it's not awesome, and should definitely be witnessed by anyone who wants to take in all aspects of Tokyo - but sadly my Sailor Moon nerdom days are [mostly] behind me, and much of Akiba's comic and video game scene was lost on me.
I do love video games - Grim Fandango, Mario Bros. (25th Anniversary!) Kirby, Secret of Mana - and absolutely the Nancy Drew PC games when I have a chunk of free time. (Have I told you guys I've always wanted to be spunky girl detective?) I also am mostly into manga published in the 80s and 90s, like Psychic Girl Mai, Black Jack, Kaisha-in no Merodii among others - so for to the rest of Akiba, I was kind of old.
But that's not a problem there! There are lots of really cool vintage toy and comic stores to experience, like Mandarake and Supa Potato.
oh the bizarre irony of this picture...
Yodobashi cameraThis place is special to me because it was one of my first times having a complete Japanese conversation with a sales person without having to resort to and English word!
"電源 ケ-ブルを さがして います"
[I'm looking for a charger]
For Lindsay! The table-flip game!
This game is so fun - you choose one of three scenarios wherein you (the main character) are very, very upset about something or other. As your character talks, you have to slam your fists on the table accordingly, then finally at the climax of your pissed-off'ed-ness, you flip the table as hard as you can, getting points based on how much stuff you break. It's really, really great for stress...