SNK Celebrates Mai Shiranui’s Birthday With A Family Friendly Pop-up Shop

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.

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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 ¥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 ¥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:

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

Author: Burhanudin Zamri

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

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