by Burhanudin Zamri in

There are a lot of reasons why Mai Shiranui is one of the most popular fighting game characters in the world. Well, a pair of reasons in particular. Her birthday is coming up really soon and SNK is celebrating it in a very awesome way.


From 26 December 2019 to 6 January 2020, SNK is opening an “all-ages” Mai Shiranui pop-up shop at The Akihabara Container in Tokyo, Japan. For those who don’t know, Mai was born on 1 January 1974.

The pop-up shop will mostly sell merchandise based on Mai but other Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters characters will also be featured. There are tote bags, t-shirts, posters, fans, and many other items that will be on sale.

If you spend more than Â¥6,000 (~RM227) on a single purchase at the pop-up shop, you’ll get a free small package of rice (around 180 ml). It’s a pun based on the word Mai which can also refer to rice. Customers who spend more than Â¥10,000 on 1 January 2020 will get a free limited edition tote bag.

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s going to be sold at the pop-up shop:

Mai Shiranui panel.
SNK T-shirts.
The punny rice bag.
Mai Shiranui moveset towel.
Mai Shiranui fan.
Mai Shiranui poster.
The limited edition tote bag.
Iori Yagami noodles.
SNK pin badges.
Event poster.
Mai Shiranui Kadomatsu.
SNK acrylic stands.
Mai Shiranui T-shirt.
Mai Shiranui Kagami Mochi.

Seeing as how Mai is pretty much SNK’s primary sex symbol, the ‘all-ages’ denomination is needed to show that the pop-up shop isn’t selling 18+ merchandise. It could also be a jab towards Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai’s reasoning on why she’s not allowed in his game.

Thanks, Silicon Era.

Byrgenwerth Scholar and occasional writer. Likes well-timed dodges. Dislikes dialogue wheels.
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