Anime Plaza is known for collaborating with famous anime titles, like the ones I’ve been to (Yu Yu Hakusho and Yuri!!! on ICE) earlier this year, but the catch is their cafe reservations are strict for members only. While you think you don’t have a chance, it’s actually easy even if you’re from overseas — all you need is to register, join a lottery, and wait for an e-mail for your reservation. No payment needed yet!
The Registration Process
1) Go to their homepage and scroll down to the bottom part. Click the pink box (see screenshot).
2) You’ll be directed to the login page, but since you don’t have an account yet, you have to click 新規登録の方はこちら below to register.
3) Fill in the necessary information. (Click the image for larger view. I’ve added the translations.)
As for the e-mail subscription, you can leave it blank if you don’t want to receive updates. The first dropdown shows what Adores offers, from cafes to virtual reality amusement centers, and the next dropdown is a list of their branches. There’s a lot, so if you want to get an update from a specific branch, copy-paste the URL of the registration page and let Google Translate do its job. ww
Click Next when you’re done.
4) The next page will be the confirmation. Double-check to see if you’ve typed anything wrong, then click the red box to confirm and submit.
5) After submitting, you’ll see this page. Your registration is not yet complete until you’ve clicked the URL they’ll provide in an e-mail. The URL will expire in two hours, so make sure you open your e-mail right away. If the two hours have passed, they’ll delete all the data you submitted and you have to register again.
6) After clicking the URL in the e-mail, you’ll be directed to this page. Enter the password you used during registration and click the red box.
7) This page shows that your registration is complete. The red box will direct you to the member’s site.
This is how it looks when there’s no lottery available for your chosen branch.
There’s no ongoing lottery as of writing, so I’ll update this blog with more visuals when they open a new one.
Checking Lottery Dates
As you visit their page, you’ll see immediately what collaborations they have. Let’s use the screenshot below as an example. The upper left is Ikebukuro and the upper right is in Machida (part of West Tokyo along the Odakyu Line). The lower left is Sapporo, Hokkaido and the lower right is Akihabara.
I clicked the Ikebukuro branch (Saiyuki RELOAD BLAST). Feel free to browse the site to see what’s on their menu and what limited edition goods they offer.
You’ll be directed to this page, which shows the dates when you can visit the cafe (left), the dates and until what time you can apply for the lottery (middle), and the date when they will announce the results (right). The bullets below show the time schedule and how many seats you want to reserve.
Receiving the Confirmation
This is a sample of the e-mail you’ll receive if you won the lottery. It includes your name, birthday, and member number, so it’s best to bring proof of identification (like your passport). All you need is to show up on time and present the e-mail to the staff.
Note: This winning lottery e-mail is different from the on-going Saiyuki cafe. The recent cafe is better than the one they had earlier this year before the anime aired.
Visiting the Cafe
As what I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, there are rules you need to remember:
- You have to be there at least 10 minutes before your schedule. Latecomers are welcome only if you arrive 30 minutes after your sched. If you can’t make it on time, you have to talk to the staff and have your reservation rebooked. This depends on what schedule is available.
- You have to order one drink and one meal per person… and you have to order everything at once. There’s a piece of paper where you’ll write your orders, so make sure to get the numbers right. Additional orders are welcome 30 minutes before your schedule ends.
- Feel free to take photos except for the kitchen area. The kitchen area is slightly open, but don’t even attempt to take photos of the staff. That’s considered rude. This is a common etiquette in Japan (not only in cafes), but if you want to share photos on social media or anywhere else, remember to blur or put a sticker on the faces of the staff and guests. They may or may not find the photo, but please be considerate of their culture and don’t post if they didn’t give you permission.
- Don’t complain and demand if you didn’t get the goods you want. The coaster that comes with your drink is random, so don’t ask for an exchange. When buying limited edition goods, just deal with it if what you like isn’t available.
- Don’t lose the paper where you listed your orders. If the staff will take it from you, remember your table number at least. When checking out, go to the cashier and give them the paper or tell them your table number. They’ll confirm your orders and will ask what freebie you want. For example, a luncheon mat. They’ll also ask if you want it laminated for 100 yen. Pay everything and you’re done!
If you’re into collaboration cafes like me, you’ll definitely love Anime Plaza. I hope this post can be of help. Let me know in the comments if you have questions.