Seattle-Area Manga, Anime, and Hobby Shopping

Anime, manga, and other Japanese pop-culture goods are scattered around the greater Seattle area in increasing numbers, from the obligatory “Pocky” sticks and Sanrio “Hello Kitty” goods to the latest import videos and DVDs. If you know of locations not on this list, or can help verify addresses, phone numbers, and the like, please drop me a line. Thanks!

Arcadia Comics & Games (?)
5228 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
206-522-6575

Anime Kingdom
4224 University Way NE #H, Seattle, WA 98105
206-675-8365

Anime Raku
10627 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
425-454-0112
Anime Raku is the new name of Anime Kingdom in Bellevue.

Bigfoot’s Cards & Comics (?)
9794 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, WA 98020
425-672-0429

Best Buy
(National chain, address varies)
National chain with anime DVDs and video games, all domestically released. Typically found in or near malls. Anime prices are typically discounted 10-20% without need for a club-card.

Corner Comics (?)
5226 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98015
206-525-9394

Display & Costume
11201 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98125
206-362-4810
Costume and party supplies, and prop rentals. A good selection of stage makeup and fabrics as well.

Golden Age Collectables
(inside Pike Place Market), Seattle, WA
206-622-9799
Domestic releases of translated manga, in both the monthly and trade-paperback formats, models, trading cards, a few art books, and other collectables. Their available back issues can be a bit pricier than Zanadu (Seattle), which is a few blocks away.

Hai Yang Co (?)
647 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
206-622-5225

International Model Toys
601 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
206-682-8534
Import models, figurines, plush toys, and other collectables.

Kicks Hobby Japan
543L NE Northgate WA, Seattle, WA 98125
206-306-9060
Domestic and imported anime for rental. They also feature imported models, video games, and other collectables. Anime soundtrack albums had been SonMay (bootleg) editions on my previous visits, so be wary of these. Saved receipts totalling $100 receives $5 discount on next purchase.

Kinokuniya Bookstore
525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
206-587-2477
Seattle’s Kinokuniya Bookstore has a large imported manga section as well as art books, domestic releases, a few imported DVDs (remember that these are Region-2 encoded, though), magazines, language-learning resources, and imported music CDs for both the J-Pop and Anime Soundtrack fans. Stamp-card (no signing up needed) discounts for music CDs, with up to 20% discounts, and a free CD, etc.

Sam Goody
(National chain, address varies)
National chain with anime DVDs, soundtrack albums, and a few collectables, all domestically released. Typically found in or near malls. Club-card members receive 5-15% of purchases in coupons on further purchases.

Scarecrow Video
5030 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle 98105
206-524-8554
Originally a rental store specializing in rare and hard to find videos, their rental section of anime is quite large (a room of its own upstairs); they also carry videos and DVDs for sale, and are one of the few places in the city for import disks (and players to play them).

Suncoast
(National chain, address varies)
National chain with anime VHS and DVD, as well as manga, a few collectables, and soundtrack albums, all domestically released. Typically found in or near malls. Club-card members receive 5-15% of puchases in coupons on further purchases.

Uwajimaya – Bellevue
15555 NE 24th, Bellevue, WA 98007
425-747-9012

Uwajimaya – Seattle
600 5th Ave S #110, Seattle, WA 98104
206-624-6248
The flagship store of Uwajimaya, “Uwajimaya Village” is right across the street from the International District Bus Tunnel. An Asian grocery and gifts supermarket (including a lot of Sanrio “Hello Kitty” items), with the two-floor Seattle Kinokuniya Bookstore branch enterance on the main floor. It also features an asian food court for quick lunches and dinners.

Video Hop – International District
601 S King St #101, Seattle, WA 98104
206-587-4037
Video rentals for Anime, Japanese TV programs and movies, and an adult section.

Video Hop – Shoreline
16300 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
206-533-8126

Videophile Inc
1028 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115
206-522-3035

Video Nippon (?)
22315 Hwy 99, Edmonds, WA …
425-672-0407

Zanadu Comics – Downtown Seattle
1923 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
206-443-1316
Domestic releases of translated manga, art books, trading cards, models, and other collectables. Zanadu also features an adult section and has a few untranslated manga from time to time.

Zanadu Comics – University District
1307 NE 45th, Seattle, WA 98105
206-632-0989
Domestic releases of translated manga, art books, trading cards, models, and other collectables. Zanadu also features an adult section and has a few untranslated manga from time to time.