Jikai web page has been launched, well It’s not the final version more like an alpha/beta, there’s still a lot to do like putting the stock material online, arranging the transportation prices and other stuff. If you don’t know what I’m talking then here goes, Jikai is a small shop in Lisbon that deals anime merchandise in a wide variety, from manga, PVC figures, Gunpla and others plamos, magazines, art books, trading figures, figmas, revoltechs, gashapons, cosplay, that’s pretty much it.
Currently the shop only sells stuff in Lisbon area since it’s an only man shop (only one person, the owner, manages everything). Sometimes you can find rare figures in there that sold out everywhere, why does this happen, well because the Portuguese anime fans (the majority of them) are not very familiar with many series or are only interested in the current most famous ones leaving others behind and only purchase stuff related to those series they know, not caring if the figure is good or not, this also happens because there’s not enough publicity about the shop, I managed to find it almost two years ago when I asked in a forum where could I get the Aya Natsume figure and they pointed me there, after that I became a customer of that shop, purchasing 90% of my stuff there and also became a good friend of the owner.
My current role at Jikai is basically being a customer and try to spread the word as much as I can, I also “analyze” the prices of figures, plamos and other stuff to see if they are acceptable to the audience, of course he has the last word and he practices the prices he want because he’s the boss. The prices at the Portuguese market are great being the cheapest I found so far but still there are some (you’ll excuse me the word) assholes and find the prices high and they don’t even know what prices are made out there and sometimes they’re so stupid they purchase them even more expensive and then they won’t even say a word because of the mistake they just did. At European level the prices are still nice especially on the plamos, seen gunpla on both French and Italian online stores sometimes 3 times higher than he’s selling. So make yourself helpfull and take a look at the page itself, if you want to visit the physical shop look at me Euro shops page (top) and check for it’s directions.