I have been back from Taiwan for about ten days. As break ends and school soon begins, I am glad I have some great memories and fun stuff to help get me through yet another routine listless semester. Just kidding. I am actually kind of looking forward to my last semester as an undergraduate and hope to try some new things.
Anyway, the anime scene in Taiwan is much more robust than here in California. As such, every time I go back to Taiwan, I make sure to at least take a full day to shop. Taipei Underground Mall is especially nice and has been one of my favorite sites simply for the numerous shops selling figure, art book, games, and other various anime related merchandise. They have a much better and larger selection than any store around here.
There are a lot of stores that sell a myriad of figures from GSC, Kotobukiya, and Max Factory. Many also carry several lesser known figures, ones I have never seen on the internet.
I really enjoyed casually walking and browsing through the various shops. I have always preferred to buy figures personally rather than online, so this was lovely.
This store sells a lot of doujinshi and artbooks. I spent quite a bit of money here.
Of course, I had to end the day with some tea at a maid cafe.