Saturday June 26, Otaku Cafe, the central destination for San Antonio anime nerds and a Japanese-inspired arcade, reopened after closing in March 2020 – this time to a bigger, more ambitious location.
The new space in Bandera Road eclipses the charms of the old one, with almost double the area and 25 new games in its catalog. Although similar storefronts exist in the city, Otaku is the largest and the only one to offer a lounge atmosphere. To the uninitiated, an Otaku, descriptive of a trapped, is a derogatory remark in Japan, but according to Otaku Cafe co-owner Rick Polendo, he has come here to conjure up an affable mega-nerd, with an affinity. particular. for the anime and the desire to “have fun and be part of the community”.