Little Tokyo’s anime mega-store, Jungle Special Collectors Shop, is split into two downtown locations. Jungle 1st is located on 2nd Street, inside the neighborhood’s main shopping plaza. Here you’ll find collectibles ranging from action figures to large sculpture-like renditions of popular anime characters. Jungle 2nd, on 1st Street, carries a nice selection of manga and anime DVD releases, along with clothing and CDs from popular Japanese rock and pop artists. Jungle 2nd frequently hosts special events and is well known for its J-rock artist in-stores. GPKism, Seileen, DJ SiSeN and Moon Kana all stopped by here in the past year. Jungle 2nd also offers occasional signings and panels from Japanese film stars and animators, as well as fan gatherings. 319 E. 2nd St., #103, dwntwn, (213) 621-1661; 325 E. 1st St., dwntwn, (213) 617-1661; —Liz Ohanesian

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