Tokyo’s Akihabara neighborhood is a mecca for anime and video game fans, with the next concentration of enthusiast oriented shops and venues than anywhere else within the country. But while the otaku flame burns vivid in Akihabara, that doesn’t mean every establishment lasts perpetually, and the lights are about to exit at Adores, a landmark arcade right next to the Akihabara Station constructing. The arcade opened in September of 2012.
The primary two floors of the intense red Adores Akihabara Constructing 2 are a game center filled exclusively with crane games/UFO catchers. This being Akihabara, quite a few the machines are stocked with plushies, figures, or other merch of popular game and anime characters. Floors 3-10, meanwhile, offer karaoke boxes in a convenient location for belting out a couple of anison numbers after a shopping trip with fellow fans.
Adores Akihabara Constructing 2’s official Twitter account keeps fans informed of recent arrivals, reminiscent of the chibi Akigumi plushies within the above notice. Their currently pinned, tweet, though, is something less prone to bring a smile to otaku faces, because it reads:
“Thanks very much on your continued patronage. Attributable to various circumstances, we might be closing on June 30. We wish to supply our deepest gratitude for our customers’ a few years of support.”
“Various circumstances” is about as vague as explanations get, however it’s almost certain that the pandemic is a contributing factor. Ordinarily Akihabara draws an enormous number of holiday makers from outside not only Tokyo but from outside Japan as well, and fewer tourists means fewer people putting coins into crane games. Karaoke, too, is something that many individuals feel is simply too dangerous to be indulging in nowadays, and Adores’ rent, with the constructing positioned along the district’s largest street, can’t be low-cost.
▼ Adores Akihabara Constructing 2 interior
Sadly, this doesn’t include any kind of silver lining along the lines of “We’ll see you at Constructing 1,” because Adores Akihabara Constructing 1 shut down back in early November, and shuffling down the road a pair blocks to the Sega Akihabara Constructing 2 game center isn’t an option anymore either. Granted, so many arcades in Akihabara going out of business is barely possible since the neighborhood had so many to start with, and possibly it was inevitable that such saturation was going to mean a couple of of them were going to should go ultimately, however it’s still sad to see it occur.
Adores Akihabara Constructing 2 / アドアーズ秋葉原2号店
Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Soto Kanda 1-13-1
Source: Twitter/@ad_akiba2 via Otakomu, Livedoor News/Akiba Soken
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