Q-pot Cafe’s Dreamy Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea | Food Review

24.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

Hey, readers. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.

 

Sailor Moon fans are going to want to visit Q-pot right now―a cafe in Omotesando that makes desserts that look like real accessories―as the cafe is currently collaborating with the franchise. The inside of the cafe has been transformed into a cute and magical Sailor Moon world, the kind you could only imagine in your dreams. It has blown up since it opened on June 30 across Japanese social media.

 

There was no way I was going to miss a chance to eat here, so I took a trip to Q-pot to see what kind of kawaii things they had on the menu for the collaboration.

You’ll know Q-pot when you see it in Omotesando by the pouring teapot on the wall next to the menu outside.

Strung up at the entrance are lots of ema plaques where people write their wishes and goals.

As soon as you step inside the cafe you are transported into a world of cute. The various chocolate and biscuit decorations on the wall are just plain kawaii. It gets you excited to start eating♡

I started by ordering the drink set which comes with the Moon Twilight Soda and Tuxedo Night Mocha. The soda contains berries and its lemon and apple flavour gives it a sweet and sour taste. The pink gradation is cute too♡

 

The mocha takes inspiration from Tuxedo Mask flying through the city at night. The rim of the glass is lined with sparkly sugar. The drink isn’t just an ordinary cafe mocha – it secretly contains a sweet strawberry flavour which adds an enchanting aftertaste.

Next I tried the Transformation Brooch Macaron Cake. Shaped as a macaron, this cake is based by the brooch necklace which Usagi uses to transform into Sailor Moon. It’s served on a ribbon-shaped plate which you can take home with you. The cake is filled with apricot and mango mousse inside which is pineapple♡

 

On top of the macaron is another exquisite macaron containing lemon jelly. The jelly and fruit sparkle to create a girly and gorgeous dessert. After you’ve eaten you can take the plate back to use at home!

And now for the crowning jewel: the Sailor Moon Afternoon Tea Set! This is one that anybody is going to crave when seeing it. It comes with two plate packed with food and desserts. The ribbon at the top is cute too.

The upper tier is adorned with macarons, mousse cakes, cookie sandwiches, and glass desserts.

The lower tier has sandwiches, vichyssoise soup, and olive and tomato pinchos.

The glass dessert is a raspberry mousse topped with Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick. The mousse is fluffy and very tasty. The sourness of the berries isn’t too strong either – it’s a nice and light flavour.

When biting into the mousse cakes your mouth is filled with the gentle sweetness of the white chocolate.

 

Macarons are a popular dessert at Q-pot. The Sailor Moon ones are bite-sized and almost seem a waste to eat because of how cute they are. The cookie sandwiches, which are based on Luna and Artemis, are stuffed with lemon cream which has a refreshing taste. The cookies also have a delicious buttery flavour.

The lower tier sandwiches contain duck and broccoli. The sandwiches are small but you get a lot of veg so you won’t go hungry. The soup is great not just as a light meal but as a palate cleanser after the desserts too. Try eating some when your stomach says it’s full from all the sweet stuff!

My belly was pretty full after this afternoon tea set. I recommend ordering it for lunch.

 

If you’re looking for a place to eat out with your girl friends when why not enter the fairy tale world of Q-pot for the Sailor Moon collaboration? Q-pot even has its own merchandise too so be sure to check it out!

 

©Naoko Takeuchi・PNP・Toei Animation

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  • Dining on Sailor Moon-themed food while being entertained by a live Sailor Moon musical is a dream come true for many. On August 15, 2019, a show restaurant called Sailor Moon-SHINING MOON TOKYO will open in Azabu Juban, Tokyo. 

     

    Japan has already surprised many with the release of a Sailor Moon 2.5D Musical. This is a type of modern Japanese musical theatre based on anime where the characters are brought into the real world. This new show restaurant is aiming even higher, offering a completely new form of live entertainment. 

    There isn’t a better place for the restaurant to open than Azabu Juban, where the Sailor Moon characters are often seen in the anime. In fact, Azabu Juban is a holy land for all Sailor Moon fans, attracting fans from all over Japan and even from overseas. Once fans heard the news of the show restaurant, excitement spread like wildfire.

     

    There is no doubt that this original show is a fantastic opportunity to delve deep into the world of Sailor Moon. There will also be the opportunity to try meals and drinks that are based on the anime which is not sold anywhere else. Of course, there will also be an area dedicated to the sale of original goods. 

     

    The official website was published ahead of the grand opening of the restaurant. General ticket sales will be launched at 10 am on July 21. Enjoying Sailor Moon-themed meals and drinks while being entertained by a Sailor Moon stage show is a completely unique experience that many are curious about.

     

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  • Sailor Moon Manga to be Released Digitally Worldwide

    01.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Sailor Moon themed event USAGI BIRTHDAY SPECIAL PARTY 2019 was held at Laforet Museum Harajuku on June 30. This event has become an annual celebration in recent years to honour the birthday of Usagi Tsukino, the main character of the series. The venue was packed by countless fans.

    It began with a video of the opening for the Sailor Moon musical “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” The Super Live after which its cast appeared on stage to open the event: Tomomi Kasai (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino), Momoko Kaechi (Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno), Kyoko Ninomiya (Sailor Mars/Rei Hino), Kanna Matsuzaki (Sailor Jupiter/Makoto Kino), and Yu Nakanishi (Sailor Venus/Minako Aino).

    They were followed by Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon/Usagi Tsukino) and Misato Fukuen (Sailor Chibi Moon/Chibiusa), voice cast from the TV anime series Sailor Moon Crystal. The two of them did a rerun of a radio show previously presented by Mitsuishi for members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” where they answered questions from fans.

     

    Legendary Sailor Moon composerAkiko Kosaka was then invited on stage to answer questions from listeners. She performed La Soldier and Tuxedo Mirage from the franchise’s 400+ track discography.

     

    The event didn’t end here however, things were just getting started as a string of announcements were about to commence. New information for the Sailor Moon 25th Anniversary Project was announced.

    Firstly, it was revealed that the Sailor Moon manga series will be released digitally worldwide in 10 languages. It began rolling out on July 1.

    To celebrate this, t-shirts with illustrations from Sailor Moon author will are being released exclusively at UNIQLO through their graphic t-shirt brand UT.

    It was also announced that the franchise will celebrate with Japanese jewellery company Samantha Thavasa this fall and that this year will see the return of the popular Sailor Moon Cafe from 2017 with the new theme “Girls Night Out” this October.

    An event will also be held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Akiko Kosaka titled “Sailor Moon x Akiko Kosaka 45h Anniversary Music History Supported by Pretty Guardians.” The line-up includes an appearance from ANZA, the first person to play Sailor Moon and Usagi in the Sailor Moon musicals back in the 90s. This two-day event will be held at Harajuku Quest Hall on November 9 and 10 with the first day focusing on piano performances and a talk and the second with a full backing band.

    The first ever Sailor Moon themed ice skating show is also set for June 2020 with a performance by Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva who made headlines for appearing as Usagi and Sailor Moon for Dreams on Ice at Nagaoka City Hall in July 2016 and again for the 2017 ISU World Team Trophy at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

     

    Medvedeva released the following video where she commented on the forthcoming performance.

     

     

    Pre-sale tickets for the ice skating show and Akiko Kosaka’s 45th anniversary event are now on sale over at the official Pretty Guardians fan club for 2019 members only.

    Finally, a new two-part film titled Sailor Moon Eternal. Kazuko Tadano, who was the original character designer 90’s series, is returning to work on the character design for the films. Check out the teaser below.

     

    The films are set to be released sometime next year and will be overseen by Naoko Takeuchi.

    At the end of the event, everybody sang Moonlight Densetsu together, drawing the info-packed event to a close.

     

     

    Photography: 佐藤里奈

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  • Universal Studio Japan’s Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon & Other New Attractions Now Open

    03.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    A special press preview and opening ceremony was held at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in the run up to the park’s Universal Cool Japan 2019 event.

     

    Universal Cool Japan is an annual event held at USJ where Japanese entertainment brands and companies who promote Japan’s “cool” culture to the world come together and turn the worlds they create into attractions. This year’s event will see attractions from “6 big franchises” including the first ever Lupin the Third attraction as well as Detective ConanAttack on TitanGodzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon. A total of eight attractions have arrived, the most in the event’s history.

     

    The opening ceremony was held at USJ’s 4D cinema theatre in the park’s Hollywood area. Japanese actor Yukiyoshi Ozawa, who has played roles in both the Japanese and Hollywood film industry, appeared as a special guest. The event was attended by a small selection of just 100 fans of the entertainment franchises introduced to this year’s Universal Cool Japan.

    When Yukiyoshi Ozawa stepped onto the dark stage donning a very stylish outfit, the crowd erupted with surprise and a flurry of cheers. When asked about struggles that have been important to him, the San Francisco-born actor responded: “When I was accepted for the Hollywood film audition, I was trembling with excitement. I thought to myself, ‘This will help me grow, and I will be able to express myself to the world.’ On the first day of shooting [the Hollywood film], I was so nervous I was shaking, but when the first day ended, I realised that the entire system for shooting films was all the same, the only difference being whether it’s in English or Japanese. That relieved my tension and I was able to concentrate on the film shoot thereafter. You only have to step outside to see, but I think that more and more of the wonderful brands and works of Japan want to be received well around the world, and I believe that Universal Studios Japan is making that big chance possible.”

     

    Dramatic music played as gigantic visuals of Attack on TitanGodzillaNeon Genesis Evangelion and Salior Moon appeared. Ozawa spoke of his experience seeing three 4D attractions that are running for the event for a limited time, praising their high quality.

     

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    Available at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the online shop

    Free character cards with every purchase

    Red Rilakkuma zabuton floor cushion

    For this year’s campaign, Rilakkuma fans can win themselves a zabuton floor cushion too. For a chance to win, you need to sign up online.

    Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD cover

    Postcard included with CD

    The eighth Tower Records x Rilakkuma CD includes background music for doing yoga. There are 15 popular J-pop tracks in total which can be enjoyed for just chilling out to as w2ell.

     

    Themed cafe menu

    The cafe collaboration at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando takes on an American diner theme. Takeout drinks will also be available at the Nagoya Sakae SKYLE and Umeda NU Chayamachi branches too.

    At Tower Records Omotesando

    Table mats at Tower Records Omotesando

    Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, Chairokoguma, and Kiiroitori themed dishes, drinks, and desserts

    Receive a free fan when you book a table in advance

    Receive a free postcard when you order from the collab menu

    Set of 3 original stickers

    Free postcard when ordering from the Special Menu

    Free postcard when you order a takeout bottle

    Collect all six stamps in the stamp rally to win a poster

    During the campaign, for every piece of merchandise ordered, you’ll receive one of four possible character cards. 20 people who also scan the QR codes included on the cards by September 12 will be randomly chosen to win either a white Rilakkuma zabuton cushion or a ¥3,000 Tower Records gift card.

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  • Manga Artist Arina Tanemura Opens Cafes Based On Seven of Her Series Including Phantom Thief Jeanne

    19.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Two branches of Animate Cafe in Ikebukuro and Nagoya are celebrating seven manga works of manga artist Arina Tanemura including I.O.NPhantom Thief JeanneTime Stranger KyokoFull Moon o SagashiteSakura Hime: The Legend of Princess SakuraThe Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross, and Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi.

     

    The collaboration will run from July 28 to August 23. Table reservations must be made for those wanting to dine from July 28 to August 1 as well as on weekends and public holidays. Reservations are not required for all other days.

    Arina Tanemura Precious Wedding Party at Animate Cafe

     

     

    The Menu Line-Up (Excerpt)

     

    Full Moon o Sagashite: Negi Ramen Lunch | ¥980 (Tax Included)

    Arina’s Precious Wedding Plate | ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

    Phantom Thief Jeanne: Tiramisu | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Glass Dessert | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    I.O.N: Drink | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Phantom Thief Jeanne: Sindbad | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Time Stranger Kyoko: Crystal Stranger | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Full Moon o Sagashite: Honey Hot Milk | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Espresso | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura: Soda | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Neko to Watashi no Kinyōbi: Curry Soup With Bread | ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Free coaster with every menu order

     

    Exclusive Merchandise (Excerpt)

    Big Acrylic Stand (Wedding Ver.) | ¥1,600 (Tax Included)

    Wedding Card | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    CoLotta Acrylic Plate Keyrings | ¥800 (Tax Included)

    Big Ribbon Pouch | ¥2,500 (Tax Included)

    Stamp Card Campaign

    Arina Tanemura made her debut in the shojo manga magazine Ribbon Original in 1996 with her short manga The Style of the Second Love. In 1998, she garnered mainstream popularity when her work Phantom Thief Jeanne began serialisation which has over 5.5 million copies in circulation. Some of her other famous works including Full Moon o SagashiteSakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, and The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross. In 2015, she worked as the character designer for the smartphone game IDOLiSH7.



    This marks her third cafe collaboration, and this time it’s themed on a ‘Precious Wedding Party’ with food inspired by the characters from her stories as well as exclusive merchandise.

     

    ©種村有菜/集英社

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