A Sailor Moon themed café is opened for a limited time at Anion Station, which is apparently an anime themed bar / café. Anion Station opened last year and is surprisingly located in Kabukicho, Shinjuku (one of Tokyo’s major red-light districts).
I made a very quick visit to the Sailor Moon Café last week. During the one month opening period, there are live viewings of Sailor Moon Crystal episodes, but since it starts at 11PM, it’s a bit late if you need to catch the last train home. Therefore, we went at 19h30, on a weeknight.
Reservations (without charge) were necessary, but the whole process wasn’t really clear. I made a first reservation and then had to change my plans, but it didn’t seem to be possible to change or cancel. Therefore, I just made a new reservation but couldn’t cancel the first one. I guess no-shows are not a problem ?
When we got there, a bit too early, there was nobody to greet us at the entrance and we were a bit confused about what to do. The place didn’t seem to be very well organized. There were a few Sailor Moon goods for sale in the entrance space but nothing special : they were all items available in regular stores.
Finally at 19h30 we could enter, and a staff member had my name on a list. We were seated at a very small and uncomfortable table, and everybody were sitting really close to each other. We were three people, and one of my friends had to share his table with another person.
The main point was obviously the Sailor Moon themed desserts and drinks. It was all very pretty and very sweet, and not too bad. Everyone was taking plenty of pictures.
During the service, a “DJ” was playing Sailor Moon songs. Visitors could request songs via Twitter. That was an interesting idea, but songs were not played entirely, which I found annoying. There were light sticks on the tables but we didn’t get to keep them.
According to what we found on the website (all in Japanese), we understood that there was a fee of 1000 yens per 30 minutes in addition to the price of the food. It’s quite expensive, and we are (poor) students, so as we finished our food and noticed that we spent only 25 minutes, we decided to leave in order to pay only for 30 minutes. But to our surprise we were not charged the 1000 yens fee… My friend found on a different place on the website that entrance was free. So basically the website was providing conflicting information… and because we didn’t know we left quickly. I felt disappointed, but was too shy to get back to the tiny table. I guess we only missed the projection of old episodes on the screens. Oh well… Japanese websites are so confusing.
Website : http://www.namco.co.jp/anion/collabo/