To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Rumiko Takahashi’s Urusei Yatsura manga, a collaboration cafe was held at Ikebukuro Parco Department Store from January 11 to March 31, 2019. Much like the Ranma 1/2 Cafe held at the same location in 2018, the Urusei Yatsura Cafe offered patrons themed food and beverages while surrounded by their favorite characters and watching the openings and endings to the animated series on monitors and projector screens. While the collaboration menu was not quite as inspired as the Ranma 1/2 one was, it was still rather unique (Cherry pancakes, anyone?) and fun for fans and casual diners alike.
A message board on the premises was full of messages and sketches from fans – as well as one from Rumiko Takahashi herself. “Lum the Forever” indeed 🙂
The Akihabara Container is currently hosting a Cowboy Bebop popup shop.
Titled “Trip With Cowboy” the popup shop will run for a period of ten days (April 19 – 28) and features original Cowboy Bebop merchandised based on a travel theme, along with some leftover merchandise from last year’s Cowboy Bebop Cafe.
Sega Fes, the official annual event for all things Sega was held again this year at the Belle Sale event space in Akihabara on March 30-31. Unlike last year’s Sega Fes, which was far more hardware oriented, this year’s focused on three main things: the Megadrive Mini, Sakura Taisen (both the new game announcement and a retrospective on the franchise’s merchandising and history) and Atlus.
Of course, the event also featured the return of Segata Sanshiro as well (in my opinion by far the most important thing to happen during the event) during a stage show/talk panel.
More areas were off limits to photography this year, but the pics we did manage to snap can be found in the following gallery.
Oh, and this year saw the debut of Sega-themed food at the event – trend that I hope continues next year!
The winning entries of this year’s Macross Modelers contest were announced at a small awards ceremony attended by Shoji Kawamori and Nishida Nozomi and went on display today in Akihabara at Softmap buildings 1 and 4. Building 4 is displaying winning entries while Building 1 has honorable mentions.
This year’s contest was the biggest yet and attracted some very creative entries from some seriously talented modelers. The following is a gallery of photos of most of them. (The models were packed in tight in very reflective glass cabinets, meaning that some were a little difficult to photograph).
Enjoy the deculture!
Part art exhibit, part toy display, part promotion for the upcoming Japanese release of the Bumblebee movie on March 22, “The World of Transformers – 35th Anniversary Exhibition” opened at Ikebukuro Parco Department Store last week.
Focusing primarily on Transformer box art, with a smattering of other designs, from the 80’s and 90’s, the exhibit will run until April 1 and is only 700 yen to get in to. The bulk of the art from the exhibit has also been compiled into an event book which, at this point in time, is only available from the event itself. Photography was permitted in most areas of the exhibit however, and the following are a few shots we snapped.