Hello everyone! I’m Ayumi, one of the top otaku here at MANGA.TOKYO! This time, I went to the CHARACRO Akihabara Branch which is currently collaborating with the movie TIGER & BUNNY -The Rising-!
I brought back lots of photos to show you! If you are in Japan, I will use some of them later to explain how to make a reservation, so keep on reading!
I arrived at Akihabara, Tokyo! I am so excited!
Go straight at the intersection from the station, walk for a while and you will see Café&Bar CHARACRO.
The stylish entrance is hard to miss.
It was like the HERO’S BAR from the movie!
Barnaby’s jacket was near my table. This is a replica of Barnaby’s personal jacket.
T&B motifs were everywhere!
Origami-sempai was hiding under the TV.
At the corner of the bar, there was an item which appeared in the movie!
The inside of the restaurant was spacious. There were seats for one person, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t have anyone to go with. TIGER & BUNNY‘s motifs and corporate marks were scattered around here and there, and as a fan, it made me want to explore every nook and cranny of the restaurant.
The washroom had stickers that made me smile!
It was fun in the washroom! I stayed there for a while to read the articles [laugh]
When you enter the restaurant, they give you a stamp card and an original sticker. As you collect the stamps, your level goes up and you can get original goods for each card!
How do you order?
Unlike normal restaurants, they use iPads to order. The menu has both illustrations and descriptions, so it’s very easy to understand even if you don’t know Japanese!
You can take pictures in the restaurant, but take note that taking videos and recordings is prohibited. Also, it’s prohibited to move the seats or take out the voting coins (I’ll tell you about them later).
Each drink comes with an original coaster. I want to collect them all…!
Food and Drinks
After ordering on the iPad, I positioned my figures on the table to take a picture!
While playing with Buddy from S.H Figuarts (a figure series by Bandai I introduced before in my Tiger & Bunny article), the dishes came one after another.
Barnaby’s Beef Stroganoff
This is a combination of ketchup rice in the shape of Barnaby’s emblem and rich Stroganoff beef. Don’t save the crispy seaweed for last since it gets soft quickly: put it into your mouth as soon as you take a picture.
Here’s a picture with the ‘12PM Kotetsu・T・Kaburagi’ figure. The rice went really well with the sauce. This was a filling dish with a lot of ingredients. The potato salad on the side was creamy. This was a well-balanced dish.
The next dish is Uroboros Ajillo
This is ajillo with octopus, potato, and broccoli. The shredded red pepper scattered on the top was spicy and contributed to how delightful the dish was!
Tiger’s Plaything Omurice Plate
HOW CUTE IS THIS OMURICE! I feel like I said kawaii ten times in the space between getting it and finishing it. They filled the ear part with cheese and potatoes, and the texture was so creamy. The eggs were soft and fluffy, the sauce was rich demiglace and made me nostalgic somehow. Anyway, just order it because it’s so cute!
I ordered five non-alcoholic drinks! From the left side, they’re the drinks of Lunatic, Kotetsu, Ryan, Barnaby, and Kotetsu’s daughter Kanade-chan. They all came with nice coasters ♪
You can also enjoy alcohol at Café&Bar CHARACRO. This is Shouchu・Kotetsu, and you can have it on the rocks, with water, or with hot water! This was a dry shouchu, so I think alcohol lovers will like it. It was also perfect coupled with the ajillo above.
HERO’S Label＃１, Kaburagi Liquor Store $2 Liquor
You can have wine by the glass or the bottle. $2 liquor is inspired by the alcohol Kotetsu was drinking in the movie. You can choose between whiskey and lychee-oolong (non-alcoholic).
Drinks of Lunatic and Buddy shone with light! Of course they tasted good ♡
Kaede-chan’s drink was very sweet. It was made with delicious strawberry milk.
They expressed Ryan’s hero suit with this orange drink!
Every food and drink expressed the anime or the movie. There are a lot more things on the menu, so be sure to go through it and enjoy your favorite characters’ dishes.
Theme Song Surprise, Orion wo Nazoru
It suddenly got dark inside…
I was looking around like, ‘What’s going on?’
Suddenly Orion wo Nazoru started playing on the wall! Surprisingly, it seemed that a special video was played by accident due to a transmission problem in the restaurant!
Everyone was clapping and getting excited! A restaurant where you can listen to your favorite theme song loudly while enjoying a good meal… what more could you want?
You get the chance to vote with each order you make!
Each time you order food and drink, you get coins like this.
You use the coins for…
…voting at this machine!
The topic changes after a certain period of time. This time it was: ‘a hero on whose life you’d like to make a spin-off movie’.
Put the coin in and touch the screen. Touch it with love.
There are many characters to choose from!
I finished my last order and thought it was the end… but…!
After the last orders were made and I reminisced on all the fun I had today, it got dark in the restaurant again. What’s happening?
The store held a rock-paper-scissors tournament! The winner gets the right to spin the roulette. Depending on where the roulette stops, that character’s movie would be played.
This is the roulette you spin. Who’s going to win?
I lost at the first round. What the… 🙁
The winner was Sky High! He was chosen by a delighted woman who loves Sky High♡ Thank you! And again, thank you! Sky High’s video had scenes where you could laugh and scenes where you could cry; it was nice…! There was a scene where I almost cried. Everyone was excited together. That was a part during which I felt the warmth of the fans of T&B.
100 minutes of T&B
It was 100 minutes full of T&B, no matter where you look and what you eat. It really passed in the blink of an eye. People say that good times pass quickly, and I think that’s exactly what happened in CHARACRO. The waiters were energetic, kind and gave everyone a pleasant customer service. From the bottom of my heart, I feel like this is heaven for fans of T&B. I left the restaurant being dragged out by a companion while I was grouching, ‘I don’t want to leave…’
Wide variety of anime goods & merchandise
The store had a wide variety of cute goods! Most of them are exclusive to this restaurant. You can order them before your last call, so don’t forget buying some souvenirs…!
How to make a reservation and how to get there! Try it out!
If you are in Tokyo, then I do recommend you visit the cafe. If you don’t know Japanese, don’t worry. Here is how you can reserve your spot!
For reservations, go to this website →
Click on where the pink circle is.
There are branches in Ikebukuro and Akihabara. Choose one. Since I went to the Akihabara Branch, I’ll click on Akihabara!
The places marked with ○ sign are the dates with some spots left, so click on the date and the time slot during which you want to go.
And then you need to fill in your personal information. Your name, email address, phone number, number of people and choose the number of your visit, and it’s done.
Save the email from the restaurant and bring your ID; it’ll make it easier to enter the restaurant!
Even if you don’t have a reservation, if there’s a sign on the door saying ‘Vacancy’, talk to the host and you’ll be able to walk in. The restaurant is also collaborating with Yowamushi Pedal as well as TIGER & BUNNY, so when you visit Akihabara, check it out! The collaboration with TIGER & BUNNY is until the end of January! I also recommend to come and take pictures before the Hollywood version starts! You’ll be proud of them ♡
Farewell from me and Kotetsu-san! See you!