I’ve asked a friend of mine to take a few pictures of an “otaku corner” within a Japanese bookstore. Of course it’s not called otaku corner, but light novel/manga corner or whatever. Let’s call it otaku corner nonetheless. Why? Because I enjoy looking at piles of stuff I like, you should know that feel, too. And I don’t know any place in Germany, where I could look at piles of light novels and manga. There are manga corners in bookstores, but 1) it’s that awful mainstream stuff like Naruto (I won’t even bold that) and 2) they even “localize” book formats. No nice high-luster covers, no removeable cover, no neutral paperback print, no handy format. They’re not sexy. The Japanese originals, however, are. And if there are such corners in a bookstore ’round here, they’re, of course, much smaller.
The shop’s situated in Osaka, if memory serves right. First, we see that that place looks awfully plain (in my opinion, anyway) but hey, at the end of the day it’s just a normal bookstore. And bookstores are supposed to have books. And there are. Second, I’m glad I’m not living in Japan, ’cause I’d sell my pants in those book stores once I set foot in it and I’d probably stand there roaming through all those yummy illustrations for hours. Literally. Third, how about a nice round of “What Series is it?” I’ve got 4 (with another picture of a hawt clerk. pant, pant.) pictures from which we can guess series. So I’ll do this in a few parts, since it’ll take me hours to go through them all. Hours that I love to spend. But not in one go.
So, here are my guesses (number indicates row, except for the “front stuff”):
Also: note the shelf on the far right of the picture. it’s quite nicely sorted by color. Looks like it at least. My OCD approves. pant, pant.