After the news that there will be a Yu Yu Hakusho cafe for their 25th Anniversary, we were hyped to know that it coincides with our trip to Japan. We entered the lottery and got a slot. Lucky!
The Ikebukuro branch of Anime Plaza (Produced by Adores) is holding a collaboration with Yu Yu Hakusho from April 28 to July 2 for their 25th Anniversary. We were lucky to win a reservation slot through a lottery, so we decided to dedicate an entire day of food hopping at Ikebukuro.
As a two-month collaboration, they add new menu items and goods as they go along. Feel free to check their website for updates. When I was there, these are what’s available:
One order of Collaboration Food or Dessert is equal to one luncheon mat. You can choose which to take home and you can have them laminated for 100 yen. I don’t know the exact dimensions, but the mat is bigger than the size of my 15-inch laptop. It’s like a mini poster.
One order of Collaboration Drink is equal to one coaster. The coasters are random, so you can’t choose or request to change the coaster you got. If you want to collect them all, feel free to order as many drinks as you want lol. From May 20 onwards, they will release a new set of coasters.
If you spent more than 3,000 yen (single receipt), you have a chance to join the lottery for these standees.
How to Order
Ordering is easy at Anime Plaza, even if you have zero knowledge in Nihongo. All you need is to fill up this form with your particular order and how many each item:
A common etiquette in any collaboration cafe is to order at least one food and drink. Additional orders are welcome for desserts, but do it 30 minutes before your reserved schedule ends.
Additional note: There’s usually a basket underneath your seat where you can put your belongings and a hook at the side of the table where you can hang the menu.
I said “we” earlier, but I ended up going alone because my friend had to leave to watch the stage play of Dokurojo no Shichinin (Seven Souls in the Skull Castle) at the newly built IHI Stage Around Tokyo. It was awkward to be alone, especially when my table was beside Yusuke and Kurama. OTL
We ate our lunch at J-World Tokyo and had desserts at NamjaTown, so I’m still kinda full. I wanted to try the Taguro parfait (since no one’s ordering it lol), but my sweet tooth has failed me. Huhu. I ordered the frozen parfait instead. It has two scoops of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a blue candy, and a stick of chocolate Pocky on top. The rest of the dessert is cream, cereal, and gelatin. My drink is melon soda with whipped cream where they attached Puu, Yusuke’s spirit beast.
There are also Yu Yu Hakusho props near the counter, which you can use to take pictures with.
I got a Yusuke coaster! I wanted Kurama, but this will do. There’s also an LCD TV that displays different images (below) beside the cashier. You can buy goods directly at the cashier or the floor below.
What if You Can’t Come?
After winning the lottery, you need to confirm the date and time of your reservation. If you can’t come or you weren’t able to arrive before the 30-minute grace period, you need to go to the cashier (one floor below) to rebook your reservation. Your new schedule depends on the cafe’s availability.
All in all, even if I was a loner at the cafe, I enjoyed it. The food and drinks were worth the price and I had an hour-long nostalgia trip since they only played two songs, Hohoemi no Bakudan and Unbalance na Kiss wo Shite. Go visit this cafe when you’re in Japan! You wouldn’t regret it.
EDIT: If you want to apply for a reservation slot, you can check my How-to post.
Note: Some images in this post are grabbed from Anime Plaza’s official website.