Mobile Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party Gets Themed Cafe in Tokyo, Osaka, & Nagoya

02.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

LEGS COMPANY is opening three cafes in Tokyo (Ikebukuro), Osaka (Umeda), and Aichi (Nagoya) based on the popular mobile game Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party for a limited time from July 31, 2020.

 

Game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm and adventure mobile game that was released in Japan in 2017. It is part of Bushiroad’s “BanG Dream!” music media franchise which is centred on all-female bands.

 

Since summer 2017, LEGS COMPANY has opened themed cafes based around the game every year. 2017 saw the cafes focus on the vocalists of the bands in the game. In 2018, it was the keyboardists and DJs, and last year the drummers. Each theme brought with it illustrations and decorations created specifically for the cafes, as well as a food menu inspired by the characters, original merchandise, and more.

 

This year marks the 4th run of the annual summer cafe which will hit Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The theme this time around focuses on the seven main bands from the game. Seven characters from the bands, including one from a new band, will welcome fans in the form of kawaii-packed dishes, drinks, and desserts.

Yamabuki Bakery’s Mini Croissant Plate (Poppin’party): ¥1,590 (Before Tax)


Kitazawa Butcher’s Stamina Croquette Curry (Hello, happy world!): ¥1,490 (Before Tax)

All of the main dishes on the menu are colourful and vivid, plated with hearty portions of delicious and nutritional goodies.

Strawberry Rock Parfait (Afterglow): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)


Colourful Doughnut Sandwich (Pastel*Palettes): ¥1,290 (Before Tax)

This gourmet dessert is topped with fruit, so gorgeous it seems a waste to eat.

Grape: ¥890


Ramune: ¥890

There are colourful drinks too with each colour representing a different band. Support your favourite band by getting a glass!

Pin Set 2020 ver. (7 Designs): ¥3,100


Canvas Art (7 Designs): ¥3,500 Each


Birthday Pins (4 Designs): ¥650 Each

Fans can get their hands on plenty of exclusive merchandise too, and there’s even birthday items and food available too.

Online Birthday Cake (4 Designs): ¥3,850 Each (+¥950 shipping fee)


Cushions (22 Designs): ¥3,800 Each

You can even order your own special birthday cake in Japan from the cafe, and they’re not short on exclusive merchandise.

 

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