Our Story

Otaku world was born from two synergies coming together for the love of anime and the animation community, Manny Giacone and Mayumi Ito.

Manny was born in the UK and lived in Italy as a child and travelled Europe in a car with his father buying and selling British and Japanese collectable toys. He was exposed to Japanese anime in Italy as a child and watched numerous early Japanese animation series dating back to the 1960`s, 70`s and 80`s such as Astro boy, Tiger mask, Sasuke, Sampei, Daitarn 3, Mazinger Z, Gaiking, Kamen Rider.

Mayumi was born in Japan to a family of business owners. Mayumi's vast knowledge of Japanese Manga started from an early age and is very extensive as she would read up to one hundred manga titles a month. From an early age she was brought into her family business as a stylist and a business director. Her work would take her into the Japanese cosplay community being involved with creating the latest trends in hairstyling and makeup. Their dream was to bring a little bit of Japan to Derby and open an anime shop and start a community to share their love of Anime.

In 2021 these two synergies made their this dream into reality when they opened up the first Otaku World store in the Eagle Market, Derby. Since then other team members who share a similar burning passion for anime and the community have been brought on board to help continue to make Manny’s and Maiyumi’s Otaku World vision come to life.

This about us page will continue to evolve as new milestones are hit. Below is a list of current employees and a bit of information about their experience with anime.

We hope to see you in store soon :)

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Mayumi, Operations Director and Buyer

Hi, my names Maiyumi. I am in charge of purchasing and finance's. I have loved Manga from a young age, at one point I was reading 100 a month. 

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Manny, CEO

Hi my names Manny. I oversee the Retail and expansion of the business. I grew up watching anime in Italy when I was younger and have had  a passion for it ever since.

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Rhys, Social Media

Hi! My names Rhys and I am the head of marketing. I have a degree in International Business focused around marketing. I have been watching anime consistently for around 7 years. My favourite anime is a tie between Baccano and Death Note.

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Natasha, Store Manager

Hi! My names Natasha. I am the store manager in charge of the day to day running of the shop and of the people who the store employees. I have been watching anime for over 10 years and absolutely love Naruto and one piece.