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BIG MAGIC Akihabara is located on the 9th floor of the Akihabara Radio Kaikan building, which is right outside of Akihabara Station. As you might have guessed from the name, BIG MAGIC specializes in trading cards from Magic: The Gathering (abbreviated MTG), as well as other popular trading card games. BIG MAGIC is extremely well-known for its extensive collection of rare cards that are almost impossible to find at other stores, which has apparently attracted a large following of customers from outside of Japan as well.
40% of BIG MAGIC’s inventory is dedicated to MTG cards. MTG is one of the original pioneers of trading card games, and it has a wide following of players from all over the world. As BIG MAGIC’s manager told me, “customers visiting from abroad are especially fond of our Japanese Foil Cards, which are premium cards printed with a special finish that changes the card’s color when you tilt it.”
These are cards like the Goblin Matron card, pictured here.
Some of their rare cards can go up to one million yen for just a single card. This card in particular is pretty rare to begin with, and it also features a black border that signifies that it’s a first edition card, which seems to be why it goes for such a large sum.
MTG cards are available in many different languages, so even if the card is in a language that the player can’t read, they can still use the card if they know what it does. Therefore, a lot of players like to also play with cards printed in different languages, even if they don’t actually know the language. The manager says that “there are quite a few customers from overseas that come in and take the time to sort through cards in Japanese to find what they are looking for.”
In addition to MTG cards, BIG MAGIC has cards from the English edition of the game Vanguard, as well as cards from the popular card game and anime series Buddyfight. I was also told that they carry cards from the game WIXOSS, which has become a big hit recently among customers visiting from other Asian countries.
Although their focus is on MTG cards, BIG MAGIC also carries a substantial amount of Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Among their selection you can find this ultra rare 2011 World Championship commemorative prize card for sale. The card is encased in a trophy since it’s meant to be a commemorative item, which means you can’t actually play the card. Apparently this card is incredibly hard to find.
BIG MAGIC also features a play area for customers to try their new cards out right after they buy them.
- NAME：BIG MAGIC Akihabara
- ADDRESS：Akihabara Radio-Kaikan 9F, 1-15-16, Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
- HOURS OF OPERATION：10:00 - 20:00