Chibi Maruko-chan Themed Cafe Heading to Tower Records Cafe Omotesando

23.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chibi Maruko-chan anime series, Tower Records Cafe in Omotesando is collaborating with the franchise to turn its establishment into all things Maruko-chan for a limited time from September 5 to 29. Also, 22 branches of Tower Records as well as the Tower Records online store will sell collaborative merchandise.

Maruko-chan’s Hamburger Plate – ¥1,500

The hamburger plate will be served throughout the entire collaboration. Hamburgers are Maruko-chan’s favourite meal, and this one is served with vegetables and a rice ball with her adorable face on it.

 

The collaboration will be split into two different periods with different food and merchandise line-ups. The food in the second period has yet to be unveiled, so we will take a look at some of the things for the first period.

 

Collaboration Period ①

Nagasawa-kun’s Onion Soup Pasta – ¥1,500

Served with a whole onion, this soup seeped vongole pasta is inspired by the onion-head himself Nagasawa-kun.

Chi Chicken Sandwich – ¥1,500

This dish is  inspired by the scene in the anime series when Maruko fights with her sister over who gets to have a notebook as there is only one of them. When her sister claims ownership, Maruko proceeds to write “idiot” on the front cover while she’s asleep and slips it back onto her bookshelf. This tuna mayo packed sandwich comes with a sandwich bag featuring the design of the notebook.

Noguchi-san’s Birthday Cake – ¥1,200

Celebrate Noguchi-san’s birthday (September 9) with this very special blueberry and milk crepe birthday cake.

30th Anniversary Melon Soda Float – ¥800

Topped with a dollop of ice cream and a cherry, the melon soda comes with a special 30th anniversary straw tag.

Chibi Maruko-chan Lattes – ¥700

The character lattes will have different character designs for each period as pictured above with the top row being the first collaboration and the bottom the second.

For every menu item ordered, customers will receive a random postcard. The postcards above feature the designs from the first collaboration period.

And the ones above here are those in the second.

And if you order a set of three items (food, drink and dessert), you’ll receive an exclusive lunch mat. All of these items are first-come, first-served so you’ll want to get to the cafe ASAP when it opens.

The exclusive merchandise takes on a music theme with original designs, from a towel to a tote bag and more.

Three t-shirts and a hoodie will also be sold exclusively at Tower Records Shibuya, Tower Records Shinjuku, Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, and the Tower Records online store.

 

Full information can be found on the official website below.

 

*All prices are tax-inclusive. Photos are for illustrative purposes only.

*Please enquire with shop staff about any food allergies.

ⒸSakura Production/Nippon Animation

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    11.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    While the Banana Fish anime series will make you cry, this new collaboration cafe will have guests smiling from ear to ear. This stylish New York-inspired cafe and bar will be open from November 25, 2021, until January 16, 2022, in Tokyo, and from December 2, 2021, until January 30, 2022 in Osaka. Guests can enjoy dishes and drinks inspired by the show’s characters and can grab some limited merchandise too. 

     

    Banana Fish began as a manga series in 1985 and was created by Akio Yoshida. Set in New York City, the series follows the teenage gang leader Ash Lynx as he tries to overcome his painful past and solve the mystery of ‘banana fish,’ a strange drug that drove his brother mad during the war in Vietnam. He is joined by Eiji Okumura, a Japanese college student and photographer’s assistant who arrives in America to help with a story about gang violence. 

     

    Menu

    Tofu and Salmon Salad Bowl

    His Main Dish for the Night

    N.Y. Style Tacos

    Grilled Banana Waffle

    Chinese Sweets Plate

    Chocolate Fondue

    N.Y. Style Cheesecake with Caramel Nuts

    Ash, Eiji, Shorter

    Hot Cocoa, Hot Cafe Latte

     

    Original Merchandise

    Acrylic Pin (7 varieties, random)

    Aurora Sticker (7 varieties, random)

    Acrylic Stand (7 varieties, random) 

    Acrylic Keychain (6 varieties, random)

    Clear Folder Set (Includes two folders)

    Acrylic Stand (Ash, Eiji, Shorter)

    Acrylic Board

    Cork Coaster (Ash, Eiji) / Cup Sleeve

    Glass (Ash, Eiji) / Plate

    Bonus for Advanced Reservation Holders: Paper Ornament (8 varieties, random)

     



    How would you like to spend some time with these characters in a swanky New York-style cafe?

     

    © 吉田秋生・小学館/Project BANANA FISH

  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Collaboration Cafe Coming to Shinsaibashi and Nagoya

    10.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Originally held within Shibuya PARCO, the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon cafe is hitting the road! Starting November 11 at Shinsaibashi PARCO and November 27 at Nagoya PARCO, guests can enjoy a variety of Yashahime-themed food and merchandise for a limited time. The Shibuya location finished its run on November 9, and the new visual shows the show’s characters in front of a traditional tea house. 

    Food at a Glance

    Drinks at a Glance

    Novelty Coasters

    Kirara’s Manga Pancakes

    (Returning Dishes) Inuyasha’s Beef Sandwich / Sesshomaru’s Cold Pasta

    Stickers

    Four-Color Pen with Charm

    Rainbow Pearl Candy Tin

    Random Washi Pins (10 varieties)

     

     

    Due to fan demand, certain dishes from the previous Inuyasha cafe will be returning for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon cafe. Exclusive merchandise will be sold at the cafe and online at the PARCO online store, so be sure to check it out!

     

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