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Phoenix area anime shop


#1 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 15 June 2006 - 12:19 AM

Hey folks.

I'm back in Phoenix area for the next week and I'm having a hard time remembering the name of a small anime shop in the Chandler/Mesa area. IIRC, it was somewhere around Guadalupe rd/st/whatever, but I'm not entirely sure about that.

I can say for a fact that I am not talking about Atomic Comics, as I was there earlier this afternoon. Nice place, but not the one I'm looking for.


Also, a bit of advice to anyone in the area. The EB games near the Target Greatland (Chandler West) is nice, but don't get the short guy talking. I was standing there for about 25-35 minutes listening to him go on.

No really, I was sorta hoping to do some sort of SHOPPING while I'm here, as wonderful as it is to listen to your monologue and all.

I know I was totally grumpy about it, but I even mentioned to him and the manager that I had a couple rough flights, I was tired, jet lag... and the guy wouldn't stop talking. argh! Leave me alone, I want to look at games.

#2 megaseadramon   I'm not a Eunuch! CAGiversary!   1135 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 07:31 PM

I think the one your talking about is a store just called Anime. Its on the corner of Guadelope/Rural. Its next to a golf shop and a mexican restaurant. I was in there once, very nice but a little to expensive for me.

#3 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 June 2006 - 09:55 PM

It's actually called Neo Planet. SW corner of Rural and Guadalupe. Also, if you want to drive out further into Phoenix, try Samurai comics on 7th st and and Indian school I believe. You can look them up online or on their site. Other than that, Atomic is really the biggest selection. How long are you in town for?

#4 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 18 June 2006 - 11:46 PM

Thanks guys!


Yes, Guadalupe and Rural, that was it! I'll try and find my way back there tomorrow. And with a name like Samurai Comics, I'll have to explore out there too. =)

I'm leaving this Thursday morning, so I have a good 3 weekdays left to venture around. I want to hit the Phoenix Desert Botanical garden some morning or evening. It sounds fascinating. Anything else worth checking into?The Zoo looked like it might be a tad small for the $14 entry fee.

#5 megaseadramon   I'm not a Eunuch! CAGiversary!   1135 Posts   Joined 15.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 01:56 AM

The zoo is fairly large. I loved it, and there is a wide arrange of animals there. The botanical gardens are nice thing to do early or late in the day when its semi-cool. Very fasinating stuff to read about the cacti and all of the natural flowers of the desert.

#6 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 19 June 2006 - 02:13 AM

Thanks for the input, Mega! Okay, I'll hit the zoo as well.


Zoo one afternoon, anime stores another afternoon with the garden either that morning or evening. One day left for... ? Well, a day of goofing off is brilliant if nothing else is worth doing. Posted Image

#7 kayabound   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   11 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 08:19 AM

Welcome to the desert. :)

#8 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 19 June 2006 - 06:31 PM

yeehaw!

#9 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 20 June 2006 - 04:30 AM

What I want to know after today's lovely 110 or so degrees, is who in their right mind decided to build a city in this valley/desert/oven?!

It's nice that we're able to do this sort of thing, but honestly. I see this as a sort of societal/engineering test/joke gone too far.

#10 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 20 June 2006 - 05:58 PM

It's the Legend of the Phoenix. Besides, we have the technology, why not mess with it? Not sure if they started yet, but at ASU East they're filming Kingdom with Jamie Foxx. There's supposed to be an area for people to watch the filming. You could go tubing. The Phoenix Art Museum is free on Thursdays. hmmm.... There's a sneak preview of Click at the Scottsdale Fashion Square tonight if you can get a ticket.

#11 kayabound   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   11 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 11:35 PM

What I want to know after today's lovely 110 or so degrees, is who in their right mind decided to build a city in this valley/desert/oven?!

It's nice that we're able to do this sort of thing, but honestly. I see this as a sort of societal/engineering test/joke gone too far.


After 25 years in Houston/San Antonio I can honestly say I think this place rocks for weather. I can stand the heat a hell of a lot better than the wet dripping salt stained clothes I was used to from playing golf in 100 degree 100% humidity days of growing up.

I actually can walk outside after a shower here and get drier rather than immediately have to ring out my shirt again. :)

Yes, 110 starts to push it and we have the major disadvantage of too much concrete and steel so the nights dont get nicer, but its all worth while when I start watching the floods in the Gulf Coast or the snow in the north. Palm Springs is a nicer place though if you get over there sometime. Same kick ass weather, but the nights get nice and cool - or at least the did when I lived there for a short period.

#12 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 21 June 2006 - 12:20 AM

Besides, we have the technology, why not mess with it?

I get that. I see this city as very Ayn Rand in showing off just how man can overcome.

However, back when I was doing Interent Security, one of our clients had a bunch of server farms out here. One night their AC went down and every site and network they hosted went down. It wasn't my department, but it was quite the drama to watch as the company was frantically trying to get HVAC repair teams out there.

At the time I just thought to myself, of all the things not to put out in the desert, first would be anything to do with refrigeration, second would be anything to do with computers. Ironic how Intel is about 2 minutes away from me as I write this.

You could go tubing.

You tell me this NOW!?!? I have one day left, and that's scheduled to meet my big brothers boss for lunch. Unless I get out of there super early. Where do y'all go tubing?

The Phoenix Art Museum is free on Thursdays.

I'm leaving thusday, so that's another possibility for tomorrow afternoon. Modern? Classic? Regional?

After 25 years in Houston/San Antonio I can honestly say I think this place rocks for weather. I can stand the heat a hell of a lot better than the wet dripping salt stained clothes I was used to from playing golf in 100 degree 100% humidity days of growing up.

I actually can walk outside after a shower here and get drier rather than immediately have to ring out my shirt again. :)

You're telling me. Among the things I forgot to pack was conditioner, and my hair gets so dry outside that it's actually staticy (is that a word?).

Late this morning, I hit the Desert Botanical Garden (which by the way, is fascinating and you all should check it out some time. You guys, it's $10 per person... take your wives/girlfriends there some evening, just because). At around noon, the temperature on the ground was 123. In the sun, I was dry as a bone. In the shade I did sweat. It was the strangest thing.

You're right Kay, the humidity in most other parts of the country makes a huge difference. Aside from yesterday, I've found the heat here much more dealable.

And for the record, San Antionio and Fort Worth are two of my favorite cities in the US. Houston... is too busy for me.


all worth while when I start watching the floods in the Gulf Coast or the snow in the north.

I spent about 10 years in NH and I miss the snow. Even the blizzards. I was one of the few people living there who looked forward to winter storms.

Palm Springs is a nicer place though if you get over there sometime. Same kick ass weather, but the nights get nice and cool - or at least the did when I lived there for a short period.

My Nana lived there and I used to visit her when I was younger. Truthfully, aside from Disney World, I'm really not very big on Florida. But Disney rocks. okay, most theme parks rock, but Disney especially. =D


Oh, I should probably mention that I did find Planet Neo or Neo Planet (although seadramon was right, the sign on the buiding only says "ANIME") the other day. Y'all were right, it is very expensive. I mainly went there to see what toys they had, as last time I was there they had some great ones. All I picked up was a Hitomi (namco) figure.

#13 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 21 June 2006 - 07:26 PM

Tubing is done out north of Mesa. Take power rd and just head north. I haven't done it in over a decade.

As for the Art Museum, it depends what's there. I haven't been there since September when it was Surrealism. Hope you had a good trip out here.

#14 I AM WILLIAM H. MACY   William "Hog" Macy CAGiversary!   3539 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 08:30 PM

at ASU East they're filming Kingdom with Jamie Foxx. There's supposed to be an area for people to watch the filming.

What?

Damn, that's cool I might have to check that out.

#15 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 21 June 2006 - 09:13 PM

Yeah, also, it hasn't been confirmed, but they may close down a part of the 202 that was just opened in Chandler/gilbert to do some scenes there.

#16 I AM WILLIAM H. MACY   William "Hog" Macy CAGiversary!   3539 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 10:00 PM

Yeah, also, it hasn't been confirmed, but they may close down a part of the 202 that was just opened in Chandler/gilbert to do some scenes there.

Yeah I did a little look around the internet and found an extras casting call for any Middle-Eastern looking people, I think I'm gonna try to do it (I could look vaguely Middle-Eastern).

EDIT:
Wait, what?

That really sucks for people driving up there. Traffic's gonna be a bitch (even more so than it is now).

#17 SithFran   Baweep granaweep ninibong CAGiversary!   1076 Posts   Joined 13.6 Years Ago  

Posted 21 June 2006 - 10:19 PM

well, it's not confirmed. starting on monday for a week or two, the entrance to east campus, power and williams field, will be one lane each and possibly blocked on some days for a scene. The rest of the scenes are on the south end of the campus, past the housing. If you go south of williams field on power, you'll see the sets on the left. if they haven't finished building the wall yet.

#18 I AM WILLIAM H. MACY   William "Hog" Macy CAGiversary!   3539 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 10:25 PM

well, it's not confirmed. starting on monday for a week or two, the entrance to east campus, power and williams field, will be one lane each and possibly blocked on some days for a scene. The rest of the scenes are on the south end of the campus, past the housing. If you go south of williams field on power, you'll see the sets on the left. if they haven't finished building the wall yet.

Ah okay, that's not nearly as bad as blocking off that part of the 202.

#19 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 22 June 2006 - 01:23 AM

Ah okay, that's not nearly as bad as blocking off that part of the 202.

*chuckles*


I'm not sure why, but adding articles and determiners for highway routes is adorable.


And for what it's worth, there were signs either on 202 or 101 south of Phoenix noting that the highway would be shut down over some upcoming time span (I didn't note the dates as I won't be here). I put it up to construction work, which this may very well be, but your roads are so nice around here (honestly, it's like driving around a breathing SimCity. I could kiss y'alls civil engineers for building roads not for the traffic NOW, but the traffic that will be) I couldn't see any need for it.


But excuse me, I have to take the hallway bipass towards the kitchen loop for a drink.

#20 guinaevere   the incredible disappearing moderator CAGiversary!   7465 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2006 - 01:34 AM

Just a note to thank y'all for your hospitality while I was visiting your fine town.



Same time next year? Posted Image

#21 travathian   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1891 Posts   Joined 14.7 Years Ago  

Posted 02 July 2006 - 07:13 PM

You owe it to yourself to come out in the winter. Nothing beats sunny with a light cool breeze in December or January. The only thing on your list you cant do in the winter is go tubing down the Salt River.

FWIW, all the guys at EB/Gamestop in Chandler have diarrhea of the mouth. There's 5 stores within 2 miles of me and all of them have reps that just wont shut up. "So, what systems do you have?", "What kinds of games do you like?", "Have you played game X?". Dude, seriously, I probably know more about these games than you do, now bugger off and go harass that lady and her 10 year old!!!

#22 john_locksmith   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   1 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 02:13 PM

GameStop in Chandler has a great selection of new and used games at fantastic prices

#23 FrankCastleAZ   AZHP Gaming Founder CAGiversary!   197 Posts   Joined 10.1 Years Ago  

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Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:02 AM

GameStop in Chandler has a great selection of new and used games at fantastic prices


You posted in a 3+ year thread. :-/

And AZ locals should be shopping at Play N Trade stores instead of GameStop as they're privately owned rather than corporate and all money will be (of course) put back into the state instead of in a rich man's pocket.

The anime store referenced in the first post doesn't even exist anymore as the owner Matt Solberg is now the convention director of ConNichiwa Anime Convention in Tucson, Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix and SabotenCon Anime Convention in Phoenix.

Try to keep an eye on post dates next time.

-FrankCastleAZ