Once again, not all the stores sell anime, but anime goods and other merchandise. I will specify what they sell under each store. Also not all the stores are actually IN Vancouver, but cities surrounding Vancouver. If there are local people who've seen both posts and I'm missing a store, do let me know and I'll add them in.
Before I start: These are my general impression of the stores and I haven't been paid by any of them to advertise their store on this blog. I do tend to visit some of them a lot and may have some bias, but I try to be as neutral as possible and be informative as possible about the product that each store sell. You may have to judge to your standards accordingly. I only wish to inform anyone looking for anime products around Vancouver and I hope you find what you're looking for.
From the outside it doesn't look like much, but once you're inside this warehouse, you'll be in awe as well. Shelves and shelves of manga and anime DVDs (amongst normal DVDs). They have the biggest anime DVDs/Blu-Ray collection for sale. The prices are quite low compared to retail and they tend to have discount during every statutory holidays. You'll find DVDs from Aa! Megami-sama to Zenki! The only drawback is you have to be a member and have to buy a lot from them to get the best prices.
Sorry for the bad angle of the picture. I tried to be as incognito as possible. This place has a lot of Gundams. Some are pretty good priced, but a lot of them are quite high. They don't charge tax, if I read it correctly though. There are a lot of shokugan (trading figures) and completed sales for sale as well. Of course there are the modeling kit tools as well. One of the employees here can actually fix figures as well. I got one of my figures fixed here when Lacus' ponytail ripped off.
Another mixed store of manga & American comic books. However the manga collection is almost as big as the comics! About 1/3 of the store is manga/anime related. The person who's in charge of the manga insisted on the needed shelves. She also knows a lot of series and knows how many volumes are in a manga. There are also a few anime figures, but the prices are bit high, but you can order figures from this store as well. I found a hard-to-find Hatsune Miku Figma from here. They don't regularly order figures though, so you'll have to take what you can get. The focus of the store may still be American comics, but very up to date with the manga section.
Lastly is this second hand book store, but unlike Book-Off, there are a lot more older books here. They sell all sorts of old Japanese VHS, DVDs, books, games, etc. It was really hard for me to take an impression of this store. For one thing there are a lot of authentic Japanese products here, but some of them are decades old... If you like your old school stuff then this is your place to be.
That concludes this post and maybe this series, unless I find other anime-related stores that I haven't seen yet.
Before I go, you may notice the "shopping" pictures of Mahoro at the top and Nodame above... I planned out the last 5 posts to spell out the first (or last) name of one of my favourite voice actresses, Ayako Kawasumi. She is the reason for a lot of my anime/anime-related purchases ^^;
Anyhow... that's it for me! I've been up for almost 36 hours now from Boxing Day shopping. Started up early so I thought it's easier to not just sleep... but I'll leave that story for another post... tomorrow.