Geek Spotlight: Anime Fans turned Store Owners

Ever liked something so much you took it to next level? Despite our economy in shambles, that hasn’t stopped one fan from pursuing his dreams. Meet the owner of DesuNation, Terry Chan, a humble otaku (japanese slang for geeks) from Los Angeles, California. Terry’s been an anime fanatic for as long as he can remember. The name came partly from a catch-phrase used by Suiseiseki, character in the Anime/Manga Rozen Maiden. (And to a lesser extent, now a known meme on a certain image board) At first, it was just a simple eBay store selling imported anime goods. However, with the growing popularity of Japanese Imports (Figures and Card Games among many other things) slowly growing in the states, there must be a niche to fill and he intends to do that. Now Terry and his partner Kevin Liu is stepping up their business by opening a brand new physical store right in Temple City. However, what makes this anime store different from all the others? I asked Terry directly.

Hi everybody! I’m Terry. The reason I wanted to open an anime store was to simply fulfill my passion for all things anime and manga. I want this to be more than simply an anime shop to buy your favorite merchandise, but a cool place for people to hang out. We have many events planned for our grand opening, but it doesn’t stop there. Every month, we”ll change to a new theme to keep things fresh and exciting. If you’re not doing anything this weekend, please come check us out! You won’t be disappointed!

Afterwards, I was able to get a sneak peek inside the store. Check out the gallery for all the cool things they’ll have at the store. For more information, see their website here.

Desu-Nation's Mascot designed by Belinda Liu


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