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While the Establishment packages Electric Town as a mecca for manga and anime obsessives, and a magnet for cameratoting tourists, the reality differs: ‘Akiba’ is alienating the geeks who once made it great

It’s a humid and gray day in Akihabara around high noon. The late summer is inviting lethargy and the Tokyo district’s neon colors will also be muted until nightfall.

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