We’re back with another catch-up release report post – this time with the early summer Pokemon Love Its’Demo release for 2017!
Before we delve into the Pokemon…
What is Its’Demo?
Its’Demo is a chain of small stores, typically in or close by to train stations, that caters specifically toward working women. The brand, which bills itself as a fashion store, sells clothes as well as cosmetics, snacks (chocolate, candy, health snacks, etc), jewelry and accessories, and other miscellaneous items like stationary, bags, and umbrellas that can be used in day-to-day life. Their prime location usually inside train stations is strategic to make it more convenient for women to visit before or after work, and as I learned during this release, Its’Demo stores tend to stay open late (the one near my apartment is open until 10 pm – in comparison the majority of stores in Tokyo, for example, close at around 8 pm.)
Are Its’Demo items available at Pokemon centers, too?
Since I get this question fairly often, I want to point out that Its’Demo collaboration items are only sold in Its’Demo stores. Pokemon Centers do not carry any items from the Its’Demo line. This can make it sometimes difficult as there is only 58 stores throughout Japan. If you live or stay in the Tokyo area, or in a big city, then it’s generally not a problem, but the further out in the country you are, the harder it is to find a store location.
There is an on-line store, but sell less than a quarter of the available items from any given Pokemon promotion so have fun with that. Recently, a lot of the Its’Demo items have become available for purchase on the Japanese Pokemon Center On-Line store as well.
But wait, there’s more!
Its’Demo releases are always fraught with confusion and trepidation from me because for reasons I don’t understand, Its’Demo doesn’t like to disclose all the items they’re selling from the Pokemon promotion. Ever. When this latest release was announced, first we got a teaser poster in some Its’Demo stores, but not all. Then the Official Pokemon Center site updated with a small list of items. The Daisuki club updated next with another list of items. There was also a foldable pamphlet given out in stores that had other items not listed on either site. Then on release day (May 16th, Tuesday) we got surprise mascot plush, acrylic charms, slippers, tupperware, and a bunch of other items that weren’t listed anywhere and would have been nice to know about. More plush, also not announced, along with some necklaces and a couple other items were released two weeks later.
To make things even worse, it’s a complete shot in the dark if Its’Demo will stock things well or not. As noted from the January 2016 Valentine’s Promotion, the Pikachu plush were adorable and incredibly limited, to the point where every store had either 1-2 sets of the very large plush, and basically sold out everywhere within a day, and we’re not even talking about the necklaces that sold out in mere minutes because there was like one of each design per store. And not all stores carry all the items from the line-up!
Then, moving on to the actual Its’Demo stores themselves, since they’re located in train stations, they’re generally small; some smaller than others. The smaller the store, the less stuff they can fit. Also, depending on the store, sometimes the staff get really angry about you taking photos of merch, to the point where I’ve had some stores put signs up basically because of me that say “don’t take photos”. Thankfully, I didn’t have any problems this time.
Stop blah-blah-blahing and get to the photos!
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Its’Demo Tuesday morning were the mascot plush! There were three sets of plush, with two plush per set: Bulbasaur & Chikorita, Pikachu & Shaymin, and Pikachu & Oddish. Like previously released mascot plush, they’re soft but pretty flat, and kind of pricey for their size.
Next up, more surprises: acrylic charms! Similar to the mini slide mirrors but charms, there were five different charms: Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and a group charm with Oddish, Shaymin, and Whimsicott.
This release had a lot of items, including a bunch of different size bags and pouches.
There was canvas tote bags, foldable eco bags, towel pouches, normal pouches, and vinyl pouch sets (we heard you like pouches so we took a pouch and put a smaller pouch inside).
There was also a variety of towels in different sizes, from smaller hand towels to large beach towels that are designed for you to wear (where else) at the beach!
There was a bunch of miscellaneous and stationary type items as well.
Along with the staple memo pads, there were also mini bottles with paper clips shaped like Pikachu, two sets of wooden clips featuring different Pokemon per set, a variety of decoration (washi) tape, pens, clearfiles, and stamps.
One item of note: a mini blackboard that you can leave cute messages on to yourself (or someone else if you don’t live alone).
Also of note: umbrellas (rainy season is just around the corner)
More notes: slippers! There were two types of slippers and both were adorable.
Final note: tupperware! There were two sizes of tupperware sets, and aside from them being a little small, they were adorable and perfect for keeping your food fresh while also keeping it looking cute.
It’s not an Its’Demo release without a large selection of candy and sweets, and this release was no exception.
Along with the usual jars of mini jelly sandwich cookies, marshmallows, and print cookies, there were also jelly lollipops, small tins of candy, pouches and mini tote bags with marshmallows.
I love the little jars, plus you can use them to store things once the cookies are gone, but I couldn’t justify getting one this time as I don’t collect grass type Pokemon. I did get one of the print cookies, though!
Last and certainly not least, there was plenty of make-up. As someone who doesn’t use make-up, I’m not exactly sure what the difference is between all of these (sorry!) but one is a circular foundation (?) compact, the square items contain different palettes of color (?), and the last item I actually know what it is: eye liner in three different colors!
There was also some other items mixed in with the previous photos, such as nail polish in different shades and sparkles, lip related make-up, and several different skin lotions in some weird scents.
On that note, let me rant briefly about these weird scents. Obviously they were going for a grass theme here, and the scents they picked for the hand creams and other items reflected this, but as someone who is pretty sensitive to smells, the ones they picked were just flat out weird and not good smelly. Maybe it doesn’t help that I don’t like citrusy or grapefruity smells? I’m not sure, all I know is I didn’t like any of it.
To make matters worse, Its’Demo had a special campaign where customers would get a free little body spray for every purchase over 3,000 yen. Between my purchases and helping out with Japan Stuffs, I ended up with a bunch of these little sprays. The bottle itself was cute as it was decorated with Pokemon but wow, the smell was just wow. At first I was like, what… is it???? It smelled like body odor but not the good kind. I kept spraying it so I could try and figure it out and it was just awful. I ended up asking one of the staff and they said it was supposed to be flowers, but I guess the flowers had died and they used that as a scent?? I smell this smell in my nightmares.
And that concludes our Its’Demo adventure! I hope you had fun.
Until next time~
When I decided to visit Japan for a month long stay between April and May, I knew that there would be a bunch of big releases around Golden Week (a week long string of public holidays near the beginning of May), which was one of the reasons why I went in the first place. What I didn’t anticipate was the Pokemon Center would give us a rather big Eeveelution promotion, and on top of that, an entire line of new Pokedolls. But that’s exactly what happened (and a bunch of brand new mascot plush to boot!).
There were two main releases on May 13th, along with a new set of gacha figures and a bunch of side campaigns and extras.
First up – brand new Pokedolls. Literally the day before the Pokemon Center made the Eevee announcement, I had been wondering if the Pokemon Center would even continue the Pokedoll line or have it die out again as it’s done in the past. Then, boom, we heard you liked Pokedolls so here’s nine of them. These Pokedolls feature the brand new Pokedoll tag, the brand new Pokedoll price, and in my opinion are head and shoulders cuter and better constructed than the original Eeveelution Pokedoll releases. No more face planting or weird flattened faces!
Next – Pokedoll Mascot Plush! This new series of plush is basically smaller mascot versions of the Pokedolls. Not only were the 9 Eeveelutions included in this release, but we also got Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.
Eevee Collection also came out on May 13th. This promotion featured a wide variety of items, from Frixion highlighters and two types of pins to hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and ita bags. To make things more exciting, the Pokemon Center didn’t make anything blind packaged and instead let customers choose exactly which Eeveelution they wanted featured on whatever item they wanted by making 9 types of each item.
Some items of note:
Towels! There were three types of towels: 1 bath towel that featured Pokedoll versions of all the Eeveelutions, along with hand towels for each Eeveelution and longer neck towels, also one for each Eeveelution.
Memo cases! These cases feature a different Pokedoll Eeveelution illustration on the outside and have note paper inside with a couple different paper designs. I love when the Pokemon Center sells new and super cute memo pads because I love writing notes for my friends (and myself) on cute paper.
Ita Bags (Tote Bags)! Made of a vinyl type fabric, these bags are sturdy and probably bigger than you’re expecting. Each bag is a color matching their respective Eeveelution and features a clear cut out of that Eeveelutions head on the front.
Card Cases! These cases were in hot demand from day one, to the point where all Pokemon Centers and Stores limited them 1 per person. Even with the limit, they sold out everywhere within the first day, although were restocked a week later. It was only recently that the limit was lifted.
The Pokedoll pouch is pretty cute and has a little clear window so you can see inside! Big enough to fit a couple Pokedolls if you wanted to, or the usual assortment of drawing and art supplies.
Cookies! The tins feature the adorable Pokedoll Eeveelution artwork and the cookies are all shaped like different Eeveelution faces.
Stickers! Each Eeveelution got it’s own little sticker pack featuring different sizes of the Pokedoll art, along with a couple stickers with all the Eeveelutions together.
Each Eeveelution also got a hat, a hoodie, and a t-shirt. All three items featured the non-Pokedoll artwork and had a different color combination for each Eeveelution. Pictured here is Eevee, but the other Eeveelution designs were pretty similar.
The gacha release for the day: Ditto Transform! Part 3, featuring Eevee, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, and Espeon.
I was not expecting this gacha to sell out at all, considering how the first two Gacha sets were still in stores months later. On top of that, no one seemed excited to play at Tokyo Bay. It was literally just me sitting there and spinning the little machine. So when I showed up at Sky Tree Monday after release and couldn’t find it, and then was told at Mega Tokyo on Tuesday that it was sold out, it was a shock. By that point, when I returned to Tokyo Bay, it was sold out there as well…for a day. By the next day, it was restocked at all locations and was back to no danger of ever running out by the time I left.
The figures are super cute though, not gonna lie! I of course got an Umbreon, Eevee, and Flareon for myself.
Some bonus images!
As part of the extra campaigns, which included digital Eeveelutions for everyone’s Pokemon games, all Pokemon Centers and Stores were also giving out these cute paper headbands for all guests. Some places, like Tokyo Bay, only gave them out to customers who bought and paid for something. Other places, like Sky Tree, gave them out to anyone who walked in.
A couple Pokemon Centers also had dioramas featuring 1:1 size cut-outs of each Eeveelution. Customers were free to take pictures in and among the Eevees.
One of the campaigns I was looking forward to most were these special clear cards with five different illustrations featuring the Eeveelutions (I’m a sucker for clear cards). There was also a secret design that was different between the on-line center and brick and mortar centers. Unfortunately, for unknown reasons, these cards were delayed until the 27th. So how did the Pokemon Center ensure people would get the cards they would have gotten based on their Eeveelution purchases? They gave out little redemption cards, and hand wrote in the number of cards that were owed to you. Needless to say, between me and Japan Stuffs, we have a lot of cards.
More bonus photos!
The pamphlet on the left started getting distributed from Pokemon Centers and Stores from May 13th and advertises a huge spoiler for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush. This pamphlet is all we know about the plush at this point, with more information coming out on the official website June 2nd (so stay tuned!) In short, the plush will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Pokemon Center On-line Store from mid-June until the end of July. No release date is known yet. No other pictures are available.
The Pokemon Center On-line Store offered box sets for each Eeveelution. Each set included one of each Eevee Collection item for a specific Eeveelution, including 1 mascot plush and 1 Pokedoll, and was shipped in a Pokemon Center box featuring that Eeveelution. I helped three people get boxes (the three pictured here). Based on the items and the size, I figured the boxes would be medium sized at best, but I wasn’t expecting the tote bags to be so large, and because the Center didn’t want to bend the bags, they needed to find boxes that were wide enough. This unfortunately meant the boxes were huge and also half empty since the tote bags were wide but flat. Also keep in mind this stack of boxes is almost my height (I’m 4’11” – 150 cm)
Check out the Eevee Collection gallery for more pictures of Pokedolls, Mascot Plush, and Eevee Collection items!
So, what do you think? Did you get anything from Eevee-maggedon? What were you happiest with? What do you wish they had?
Until next time!
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi-Mini Plush (Pikachu, Gengar, Jigglypuff, Snorlax)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Mascot Plush (Pokeball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball)
[Takara Tomy] Mocchi-Mocchi Plush (Pokeball)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Plush (Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Pikachu Crepe, Pikachu Shaved Ice)
[Banpresto] Pikachu Tea Party Large Plush (Pikachu)
[Pokemon Center On-Line] Pre-orders start for 1:1 size Eeveelution plush
[Pokemon Center] Anker portable chargers (Pokeball / Pikachu Pattern)
[Pokemon Center] Bell Charms (Pokeball, Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio, Litten, Bewear, Mimikyu, Cosmog)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Alphabet Keychains
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon socks (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Pikachu Face, Pyukumuku, Mareanie, Bewear, Mimikyu, Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Eevee, Leafeon, Glaceon, Flareon, Jolteon, Vaporeon, Espeon, Umbreon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Plush (Treecko, Chikorita, Turtwig)
[Banpresto] Kororin Friends Large Plush (Bulbasaur)
[Good Smile] Pre-order starts for Red Figma (excluding Pokemon Center)
[Good Smile] Pre-orders start for Lillie Nendoroid (excluding Pokemon Center)
[TCG] “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” / “Light-Consuming Darkness” booster packs
[TCG] Special Card Set – Charmander
[TCG] Card Sleeves (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Snorlax, Lana & Wishiwashi, Marshadow)
[TCG] Marshadow / Ho-oh Deck Case
[TCG] Necrozma card collection folder
[TCG Campaign] Buy 1 box of “Fighting Rainbow” or “Light-Consuming Darkness” and get either a promo Lucario card or promo Porygon-Z card
[TCG Campaign] Guaranteed Rare card with every first edition box of new booster packs
[TCG Campaign] Lawson Convenience Store campaign starts
[Pokemon Center] Lillie & Gladion Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Colorful Trip
[San-Ei] Mochi-Fuwa Cushions Part 5 (Litten, Rowlet, Popplio)
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Lillie Nendoroid
[Good Smile] Pokemon Center pre-order starts for Red Figma
[Kotobukiya] Pre-order starts for Lillie figure
[Candy Toy] Big Eraser Figures (Pikachu, Pikachu w/ Ketchup, Pikachu w/ Pokeball, Eevee, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Gengar)
[Candy Toy] Pikachu’s Cafe (8 sets, no secrets)
[Candy Toy] “Pikachu I Choose You” Pokemon Style Figures (Ash’s Pikachu, Ho-oh, Incineroar, Lycanroc Midnight Forme)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Original, Hoenn)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Plush (Mareanie, Meowth, Charjabug, Corsola)
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu plush phone case & tissue cover
[Pokemon Center] Pikachu Album Collection
[Takara Tomy] Ash’s Pikachu, Bewear, Mimikyu
[MonColle] Alola Sandslash
[Banpresto] I Choose You! Bath Towels (Ash’s Pikachu, Pikachu, Ho-oh)
[Banpresto] Large Ash’s Pikachu Plush (Sinnoh, Unova)
[Banpresto] Korotto Manmaru “I Choose You!” Edition (Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, Luxray)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Pokeball, Ultra Ball)
[Banpresto] Extra Large Plush (Psyduck)
[Pokemon Center] Tohoku Center Re-opening Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon With You Badges (Pikachu, Litten, Popplio, Rowlet, Jirachi, Victini, Alola Vulpix, Rockruff, Pyukumuku, Tapu Koko, Cosmog, Charizard)
[Nanoblock] Gyarados, Psyduck
This blog post will cover all the Banpresto prize plush announced for June.
The summer Pokemon movie is just around the corner, and the movie related merchandise is starting to pick up steam. We should continue to see movie merch until the end of summer.
First up, we have the first in a series of Pikachu plush wearing different Ash hats, which is the big gimmick for the summer movie.
Original hat Pikachu and Hoenn Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 22nd (Thursday).
Sinnoh and Unova hat Pikachu will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
All of the Pikachu plush measure roughly 24 cm tall.
3 bath towels will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each towel measures roughly 60 cm by 120 cm and the three designs are Ash’s Pikachu, Lots of Pikachu, and Ho-oh.
June will also give us two releases from the Pokemon Sun & Moon extra large plush line-up.
The Pokeball and Ultra Ball plush, both measuring roughly 35 cm tall, will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Extra large Psyduck, measuring in at about 37 cm tall, will also start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
The Pokemon Tea Party series continues into June with two sets of plush.
Three smaller plush will start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).
The three designs are Pikachu Ice Cream Sandwich, Shaved Ice Pikachu, and Crepe Pikachu, with each plush measuring roughly 15 cm tall.
The larger Pikachu plush, measuring at around 24 cm, will also start appearing in game centers from June 8th (Thursday).
Last and certainly not least, we have some new Kororin Friends and Korotto Manmaru plush to look forward to!
Bringing Korotto Manmaru and the summer movie together, Pikachu, Lucario, Piplup, and Luxray will start appearing in game centers from June 27th (Tuesday).
Each plush measures roughly 12 cm tall.
From the Kororin Friends series, we have a large Bulbasaur plush (measuring roughly 26 cm long) that will start appearing in game centers from June 13th (Tuesday).
The smaller sized Treecko, Torchic, and Turtwig plush will also come out June 13th (Tuesday), with each plush measuring about 12 cm.
That wraps up the new plush for June!
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing at least one new Lycanroc plush for July or August.
Until next time~
This past week has been a roller coaster of releases and information!
I’m currently back in the States so things will be getting back to normal (for now) and I’ll have time to get caught up on a backlog of Pokemon Center Reports. We actually didn’t get any big news announcements this past Friday, but card information came out on Tuesday if I remember correctly, so let’s go with that!
The next set of booster packs will be released June 16th (Friday). The two sets are named “Did You See The Fighting Rainbow?” (SM3H) featuring a Ho-oh GX card, and “Light-Consuming Darkness” (SM3N) featuring a Necrozma GX card.
Each pack will cost 162 yen after tax and contains 5 random cards.
Of note, these new booster packs will contain the first official card of Marshadow, who features prominently in the up-coming summer Pokemon movie.
Along with booster packs, a couple other card related goodies will also be released June 16th (Friday), including a new special promo card set. Similar to previously released sets, it includes a promo Charmander card that can only be obtained via this set, as well as 1 pack each of Fighting Rainbow and Light-Consuming Darkness. Each card set will cost 378 yen after tax.
Card sleeves return on the 16th with five new designs, some of which we’ve seen before (Alola Friends, Lots of Mimikyu, Sleepy Snorlax), and two brand new designs (Lana and Marshadow)!
All designs will be offered in full set sizes (64 sleeves) and will cost 777 yen after tax.
A new deck case, featuring Marshadow and Ho-oh, and a card folder featuring Necrozma, will also go on sale Friday, June 16th.
The deck case will cost 390 yen after tax and the folder will cost 1566 yen after tax.
Moving on to the card campaigns!
As always, card players will be rewarded for buying a lot of cards. Starting June 16th and while supplies last, customers will get 1 holo promo card for every box of cards bought (30 packs) at a certified Pokemon Gym, which includes Pokemon Centers and Stores. Buy 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Fighting Rainbow” to get Lucario, or 1 box (or 30 packs) of “Light-Consuming Darkness” to get Porygon Z.
Along with this campaign, customers who buy a legit first edition box of cards will be guaranteed 1 SR, HR, or UR card.
You’ll know if the box is first edition because it will have this mark on the front of the box.
Last and certainly not least, the convenience store chain Lawson will have a Pokemon card campaign starting June 16th while supplies last. For every 5 booster packs bought, customers will get a random blind-packaged card of three possible designs (Alola Sandshrew, Mareanie, or energy). In case you were curious, the theme for these three cards is “blue” as that is the Lawson brand color. This card campaign should be available at all Lawsons across Japan, but excluding Natural Lawsons and 100 Yen Store Lawsons.
And that wraps up the news report for the past week!
I will do my best to start getting Pokemon Center reports up starting tomorrow or the day after.
Until next time!
Pokemon TCG News
We had a bunch of exciting announcements earlier today and here I am with a recap.
First up: new Pokemon Center exclusive plush are coming out May 20th (Saturday). This set includes the previously announced Cosmog, as well as Pyukumuku and Bounsweet.
All plush will cost 1,620 yen after tax.
If that’s not enough plush for you, we got brand new mascot plush announced as well!
This set will include Alolan Vulpix, Togedemaru, Rockruff, and the previously announced Cosmog. These tiny plush will also go on sale starting May 20th (Saturday) and each plush will cost 1,080 yen after tax.
The Pokemon Graphix series will return May 27th (Saturday) with a third installment, featuring Lucario, Charizard, Suicune, Gengar, Jirachi, and Latios and Latias. The promotion, as usual, focuses on fashion, with a variety of goods such as t-shirts, hoodies, backpacks, and t-shirts, among other items.
Two items of note: the t-shirt and the towel set. Every t-shirt comes with a can badge that features the artwork on the t-shirt. Also, each of the towel sets comes with a little sweatband for your wrist.
And we’re back, this time with new UFO Catcher Adventures!
Three new Pokemon plush were released today into game centers around Japan.
Plush number one: a new Pikachu plush, called “Ash’s Pikachu” because he is wearing Ash’s Alolan region hat. Because we can never have too many Pikachu plush!
These plush are the usual “big” size of 25 cm or a little under 10 inches. They’re pretty cute, but they’re also weirdly flat? But I’m also semi picky about plush, so it bothers me when plush aren’t proportionately round.
The pose is pretty cute, though, and slightly reminiscent of Gangnam Style (although they were probably going more for looking cool but once seen cannot unsee).
Edit: I have been informed this is Pikachu’s Z-Move pose. In my defense, I got sidetracked by Festival Plaza and that’s all I do now.
The other two plush released today are part of the I Love Eevee series: Leafeon and Glaceon!
Like the other releases in the same series, both Leafeon and Glaceon are incredibly soft. They both have the weird wiring in the ears to help make the ears stand up. They seem a little smaller than the previously released Eeveelutions, but this might be due to the fact their tails aren’t quite as big. And as usual, Leafeon’s various leafy extra bits are felt pieces that are either sewn in to the plush body or attached with glue (the leaf on his forehead).
Overall, these two buddies fit in well with their Eeveelution brethren, so lovers of the series (and Eevee and Leafeon and Glaceon) should rejoice!
Bonus picture: my haul for today! This includes plush I won for other people as well as some figures for me, Nyanko Sensei for my girlfriend, and I couldn’t resist a chance to win some Umaibo. I picked up some great flavors – tonkatsu sauce, salami, and teriyaki burger, along with the Umaibo staples (salad and corn pottage).
Today’s UFO catcher adventures went pretty well, which is nice since I haven’t had a day go pretty well in a while! The majority of machines I played at where medium to easy difficulty, this in turn made it more fun to go around and win stuff. I managed to attract a small crowd in Akihabara which is always amusing.
Eeveelutions come out on Saturday and Pokemon news comes out tomorrow. Stay tuned for more excitement!
Until next time~
I recently created double-sided acrylic charms featuring five different but equally adorable Pokemon from the Alolan (and Kanto) regions.
Every charm comes with a shiny version on the back!
Charms are $7 USD each, with $4 flat rate shipping (regardless of how many charms you buy, shipping will be the same)
Interested in ordering? Use my Contact Form, send an email to mikitzune at gmail dot com, or get in touch with me via my Twitter handle @zombiemiki.
This is a fairly small batch, with 10 charms per design, but hopefully with my next batch, there will be more charms and an actual store set up (finally!)
Next update will be all about I Love Eevee plush~
I (mistakenly) decided to stop by Tokyo Sky Tree on Friday to check out the Parappa the Rapper 20th Anniversary cafe. Although still in the middle of Golden Week, I went hoping that, being a weekday, it might be slightly less crazy than maybe over the weekend. I was wrong. It was maybe even more horrible than when I braved Sky Tree on a Sunday a few days earlier. Thankfully, the cafe itself was relatively not busy and I was able to get a seat after only waiting for a few minutes, so all hope was not lost.
There is a general anime and character goods store located on the fourth floor of the Tokyo Sky Tree shopping mall (you don’t have to pay to get in) and the cafe is located just outside of this store. It’s pretty difficult to miss.
The menu for the cafe seems fairly big at first glance. There are three savory foods: the Parappa sandwich set, Sunnie burger, and Chop Chop curry onigiri and onion soup set. There are also three different parfaits and a donut plate. Everything else is drinks!
For every food or drink item you buy, you get a chance to reach into the box and pull out a little colored ball. There are four different colors you can get, and each color represents a different sticker. I ended up with two “Good” stickers and a “Bad”, but there is also “Awful” and “Great”.
I ordered the sandwich set for food. The sandwich comes decorated with Parappa’s face and covered with his little hat.
My friend ordered one of the ice cream tea drinks. The iced teas come with a random iced cookie, with possibilities being Chop Chop, Instructor Mooselini, Prince Fleaswallow, MC King Kong Mushi, and Cheap Cheap.
I got the Katy Blue Cream Soda.
The food itself was pretty standard for a themed cafe in Japan, but enjoyable! I have plans to go back and try the Sunnie burger and more drinks.
Along with the cafe, there is a small gift shop as well, selling Parappa and 20th Anniversary merchandise.
There is a variety of stuff, ranging from plush to clearfiles to snacks.
There is even a cute gacha off to the side.
I am offering limited pick-ups for items from the Parappa store! You can find a list of items and prices in this post. Contact me through my contact form with a list of items you want and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
Thanks for looking and until next time ~
I’m back with a brand new type of post: Adventures in Japan! These posts will cover interesting things I’ve done in Japan, sometimes Pokemon related but not necessarily.
Today’s adventure: Magikarp Taiyaki!
I talked about the Magikarp Taiyaki originally in this post, but to recap: Kuriko-An, a chain of taiyaki centered food stalls, started selling Magikarp shaped taiyaki at five of their locations in the Tokyo and Yokohama area. The five locations are Yokohama (West Gate Shop), Minato-Mirai, Akihabara, Asakusa-Nakamise-Doori, and Kichijouji. I originally said Magikarp was only available with red bean filling, but actually, he also comes in chocolate and custard.
One Magikarp taiyaki costs 210 yen, including tax.
I was under the impression these Magikarp taiyakis were limited, so I was really happy to hear they’re still on sale, and the first thing I did when I had a chance to visit Akihabara during the day was to get one! The store was very easy to find and is about a minute away from the JR Akihabara station Electric Town exit.
The wrapper for the taiyaki has a Pokeball on one side and lyrics from the Magikarp song on the back.
My favorite taiyaki flavor is custard, so since the option was available, I chose custard for my Magikarp. Honestly, it tasted very taiyaki-y, which isn’t bad! But don’t go in expecting something amazing. The batter for the taiyaki pastry is not very sweet, but it is fluffy and soft, so that’s a plus, and the custard was yummy if a little messy (but that’s why they give you the paper wrapping).
All in all, I’d give it a 10/10 because it’s Magikarp shaped and was cute! If you’re in the Akihabara area (or one of the locations I mentioned above) and can buy a Magikarp treats, I highly recommend at least getting one for the experience.
Until next time!