Animate just announced that their anime store in Ikebukuro will be expanded to become the “World’s Biggest Anime Shop”. The new, expanded shop will hold its grand opening in the Spring of 2023, on the 40th anniversary of Animate. The new expansion will be built at the site of the former Public Health Center, and will also be integrated with the current store.
Animate opened its first store in Ikebukuro, in front of the Ikebukuro Sunshine Building, in March 1983. The original store was also the headquarters of Animate, which was then reopened in the November of 2012.
Animate hopes to expand its store and connect more people who love anime in Japan. The Ikebukuro Animate Store is one of the best anime-themed stores in the world and is regarded as a must-visit store for any anime fan going to Japan.