So, as you may recall (or not, if you don’t remember inconsequential things like when anime bloggers go on vacation), I was on hiatus not long ago doing the Grand Tour around Europe. I’m sure you’ll all be glad to hear that I had a lovely time, and that, of course, I didn’t forget about the blog or about anime while I was contemplating life in the mountains of Switzerland. Before I was in Switzerland, I spent several days in Paris, where I encountered a number of shops with anime/otaku-related merchandise. And, through these experiences, I came to realize: I’m not very hardcore. At all. What follows are some pictures of anime related shops and items that I encountered during my travels. I hope you enjoy!
I’m just not otaku enough for this nonsense.
The first thing I found (in one of the less scary shops) was the French translation of Silver Spoon. Someone explain why we don’t have this in the States?
I remember that shot…
And then, I was excited to find the first volume of Soul Eater NOT! with the anime starting to air.
Some people really like Saber, I guess.
Madoka Magica, too.
And I found this in the wild. No point in buying a French DVD, but it’s always cool to find little gems like this out and about.
A nice little shop near where I found some ramen.
Here’s where it gets scary.
The following shops are all on the Rue Keller in Paris.
Okay, not bad.
I can deal with this…
These shops look like the pictures I’ve seen online of Japanese hikkomoris’ rooms.
The Mike stuff was cute, though.
I couldn’t even get myself to entire this shop.
And this one was a real struggle.
I did have my first sighting of Soul Eater figures, though.
And then there was a long break from anime until I found this in Rome. Anime=soul in Latin, by the way.
I did a lot of hirigana drilling during the in-betweens. I think I got this streak in about 20 minutes.
The only thing I cam back with was a French version of the final volume of Blast of Tempest, with the intention of translating the ending chapters myself. I heard there was a bit more information in them than what was in the anime, and French should be fairly easy to translate to English.