Kuroko’s Basketball Pop-Up Shop in Akihabara to Features New Illustrations

17.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

BANDAI NAMCO Amusement is hosting a character pop-up store for anime ‘Kuroko’s Basketball,’ featuring new illustrations of the characters dressed in trad style. The shop will be open from September 16 2021 at the Atre Akihabara Store, stocking original goods using the new artwork.

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Stand trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,980 each (Tax Incl.)

Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥540 each (Tax Incl.)

 

Kuroko’s Basketball A4 Acrylic File trad style ver.: ¥550 (Tax Incl.)

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Cloth Poster trad style ver.: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Spoon trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Fork trad style ver. (7 types): ¥1,200 each (Tax Incl.)

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Acrylic Board trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, A Prize

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Jacket Style Acrylic Keychain trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, B Prize

Kuroko’s Basketball Can Badge trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, C Prize

 

Kuroko’s Basketball Die-cut Illustration Sheet trad style ver. (7 types): ¥530 per lottery ticket, D Prize (random)

 

 

 

Be sure to check out this limited shop to immerse yourself in the world of Kuroko’s Basketball!

 

 

 

©Fujimaki Tadatoshi / Shueisha, Kuroko’s Basketball Production Committee 

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    Embroidered Handkerchief (5 varieties): ¥770 (Tax Included)

     

    *Available while supplies last.

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