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Otome Road 乙女ロード
This stretch of road near the Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro is home to a number of manga, anime and game stores. All the big name stores can be found here: Mandarake, Big K and Animate, among others. Known as Otome Road or "Maiden Road", the area even has its own souvenirs or omiyage.
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Rows of stores dedicated for (mostly) female anime/manga fans. Most stores carry shounen ai, reverse harem merch. Some store carry pre-owned items that are cheaper. Found some pre-owned/ old gashapon merch that I couldn't find.
The stores are small and during my visit it was a bit crowed.
I wasn't very impressed with Otome Road. I found that the bulk of merchandise available here was manga/doujin in Japanese, so if you cannot read Japanese fluently, there isn't much of a selection left to shop through. Most of the remaining merch was buttons and straps, not a lot of figures or plush. The Goodsmile cafe (which was Kuruko no Basket themed when we visited) was probably the highlight of the area for us.
Otome Road is like a smaller, female-oriented version of Akihabara. I recommend it for fujoshi and female otaku, as the area is more dense with women. The stores can be quite cramped, but there are good finds.