Is Akiba BUILDING?

Answer: Hell yes!

Compare this picture, that I took just yesterday when I was buying a Range Murata artbook from Comic Toranoana during the much-fabled (but poorly-documented) Japan Trip:

Animate and Comic Toranoana and empty lot

with this picture, taken by Shingo at Heisei Democracy (the actual link is here, but it’s not really work-safe), uh, actually yesterday while shopping in Akihabara:

Comic Toranoana and more Comic Toranoana

That building on the right has gone up in the eight months since I stood at that spot. Impressive.

[The cross-hatch on my photo, if you’re curious, indicates that it was taken from the second floor of the Mister Donut across the street. Apparently Shingo doesn’t value tasty donuts as much as I do.]

 

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