Fanamanga: For All the Otakus in Quebec
If you’re attracted to Japanese culture and you’re visiting Quebec, it would be heresy not to visit Fanamanga. This boutique, karaoke bar, and restoration center is the nerve center of all Quebecois “otakus” (otaku = someone with a specific obsession, i.e. manga or anime).6 years ago, Sonia and Jany, both fans of Asian culture, literature, and cuisine, decided one fateful night at the Parc du Bic to start this enterprise. After 4 years of preparation and intensive research, they opened Fanamanga on August 22, 2010.
Their success was immediate, and with absolutely no advertising coverage, the Otakus in all their glory, finally realized their dreams. After 3 months of hysteria, crowds, and late closings, they were finally able to set their speed to cruise control.
At Fanamanga, there is plenty to please every visitor:
- Manga: an extensive selection is available for purchase
- Clothing: mainly Gothic Lolita and Visual Key
- Goodies: for all tastes and budgets
- Music: a perfectly-sized Karaoke bar in the basement
- Food: Bento boxes and onigiri house, the madness of bubble tea and a wide selection of imported Japanese products, including ramen that can be consumed immediately thanks to the hot water kettle available on site.
But what gives Fanamanga its substance is that it isn’t just a shop, but rather a hub for exchanges and gatherings.
Many designers have come to offer their achievements (clothing, accessories, posters, etc), which are now sold within.
It became a veritable trend lab.
As many events are organized, the store is equipped with rolling shelves and modular racks, making it an ideal place to host Maid Café, Gangam Style and others in the evenings.
Sonia and Jany promised me that they still have a lot of ideas in mind for the future. So, what do you think they should do next? A Purikura (photo sticker booth)? Japanese sound-effects toilets? I vote for both!
Address: 383 Rue du Pont, Québec, QC G1K 8M8
Phone #: +1 (418) 614-5052