Today I was a bit disappointed I had to spend my last free day running errands, but on the way back to my apartment I discovered this little gem: Shin Machi Atrium. Near Tokushima Station by my workplace and the most prominent shopping malls in the city, there is a little entrance to an outdoor shopping mall. And within that series of stores are Animate and the ufotable cinema! As a huge fan of ufotable’s animation works (Fate/Stay Night, the Tales of Series, Kara no Kyoukai), I simply had to check it out! Outside of the store front were hand prints of presumably famous staff and life-size cutouts of anime characters. When I went inside, I saw a TV playing Fate Series footage and variety of character goods, most notably a section of goods from the Tales of Shop that I visited in Akihabara last week!
Surprisingly the Tales of Shop here had slightly different items than the one in Akihabara. Though this one was smaller, it had different T-shirts available for purchase as well as some notepads, kitchenware, and accessories that weren’t available in the other shop. I will be sure to check both from now on! I explored the cinema to see more goods for sale and then noticed that the chairs in front of the projector had a Fate/Stay Night manga printed on them. It was so cool to see! After I took some pictures and watched a bit of what was playing, I went over to Animate to see what was new there. There was a display setup promoting Heavy Object that I enjoyed seeing. There were also a lot of T-shirts, bags, plush dolls, and manga that were awesome but I am trying to save money to travel and go out with my friends. Perhaps another time! I am so happy to know that these stores exist in my town because I know I will be back to visit soon! Can’t wait to explore more of Tokushima next time!