The first time I discovered anime was when I watched Pokemon, Yugioh, and Cardcaptors as a kid, but I didn’t know they were anime, they were simply “Saturday morning cartoons.” I never knew that Japanese anime had an entirely different feel than other countries’ cartoons. It was only until I met my friend Jeff, who introduced me to Yu Yu Hakusho, that I learned that there was a distinction between the two. Later, I discovered that many animes were adapted from their written counterparts, called manga.
Then, I realized I was hooked on anime and manga – and spent a huge chunk of my time watching and reading as much as I could. I was shamed (by my girlfriend at the time) for watching anime and reading manga. A few of my ice hockey teammates also made fun of me for my hobby, so I stopped talking about it. I hated liking anime/manga as much as I did. I became a closeted anime/manga enthusiast – but now…
I’M OUT AND PROUD, BABY
I really enjoy telling people what I’m reading/watching and I get incredibly excited when I see manga I’ve read turn into anime. I also love watching new shows with people (it’s happened like three times). I’ve learned to look past the character tropes and (occasional) predictable storylines and just enjoy myself. I’ve been living in Thailand for months now and have seen a nerd heaven, but haven’t seen any massive stores dedicated to my
guilty pleasures, until I passed by Animate, in the MBK mall.
This place was badass.
It has a crap-ton of manga to read. Sadly, from what I saw, most of it wasn’t in English – but still! I enjoyed seeing manga shops out in malls. Where I’m from, I don’t ever see this much manga in one place (for so cheap) – and it saddens me.
They also dabbled in some collectibles, figurines, and other sweet nerdorabilia.
They also had a section that appeared to be fairly scandalous.
X-Movie collection? If this isn’t porn – I don’t know what is. I’d google it, but porn is illegal in Thailand, which begs the question how this poster was even up inside of a Bangkok mall in the first place, but I digress.
I didn’t buy anything because I had been worried about my suitcase limit already (0.1kg under weight during my last flight). Sadly, I left without anything except an idea to google when I’m home. I’m not normally into collectibles… but there was one thing I regret not buying.
I now know what true regret feels like.