2000 queue Glasgow streets for new anime store

UK manga and gaming company, Tokyo Toys has opened a new store in Glasgow.

The store held its grand opening on Saturday April 20 and saw more than 2000 anime and manga fans queue up on Union Street, Glasgow.


Tokyo Toys Glasgow

After attending Glasgow’s MCM Comic Con for many years, the company decided to set up shop in the countries largest city.

Regional manager Jon Drew said: “From attending MCM Glasgow Comic Con, we realised how cool Glasgow and the people really are and how deprived of anime goodness they were.

“We were looking to expand and the city caught our hearts. Whilst out for food one evening after a Comic Con day, we stumbled across the shop location and that was it!”

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Tokyo Toys has been in business for 17 years and opened their first store in London in 2008.

Jon said: “It started as a bedroom business with a loan of £1000 from the manager’s brother to buy stock to sell on a market stall and eBay.”

Anime (Japanese animation) gained interest in the UK after the release of the popular Pokemon in 1997. Since then its popularity has expanded into a widely recognized culture.

In 2014, sales for anime sold between 150,000 and a quarter of a million units. While 2015 unit sales are 50 to 100,00 thousand.

The store has a lot to offer anime fans including a club area where they can hang out, read their manga, play card games

Co-founder of Tokyo Toys, Itachi said: “We are going to have the Maids of Scotland here every month doing events and maybe have other events like manga days, drawing clubs and gaming.

“We want to make this a community place for Glasgow.”


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