The headquarters of the ANION STATION AKIHABARA opened in July 2016 in Animation Town Akihabara by Bandai Namco Group, as a next-generation character café to “experience” numerous programs. You can enjoy “collabo menus” in a space filled with your favorite animation songs and movies, and experience the feeling of being in a live performance venue with your requests for music and MC performances.
*As the programs change depending on the collaboration content, please check in advance.
First, let’s go to the reception. “Cafe Time” (11:30 - 15:00) is when you can enjoy a “collabo menu” while listening to anime music, and entrance is free daily. For “Party Time,” which has a lively atmosphere with music, movies, and live performances by MCs, reservations are needed. (The performance schedule and programs differ depending on the collaboration.)
There are three studio booths. During “Café Time,” when entrance is free, you can enjoy three different collaborations. “Depending on the theme of the collaboration, our customers are of different ages and backgrounds,” said the shop manager.
On the day of our visit, there was a collaboration with “Irish Seven LIVE Station” in both studio 01 and 02. The music of Irish Seven was compiled and played in the style of a live performance.
You can bring in your own concert lights. The shop also rents them, so everyone can support their favorite idols together.
You will get a “Request Ticket” each time you go to “Party Time.” After you select a tune you like from a list, you can write the title and put the ticket in the “Request Box.” Just like in radio programs, the MC in the DJ booth will read your pen name and message before playing the music you requested. An additional ticket costs 200 yen.
“My Heart is Growing up!☆ Fluffy M@GIC Pancake (1,000 yen)” is a “collabo menu” with The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, in the colors of the character and this fluffy item comes with a placemat chosen at random.
“IDOLiSH7 Drink (700 yen)” is a menu done in collaboration with IDOLiSH7. It has blue jelly, strawberry, and a heart-shaped chocolate, and is served on a coaster chosen at random.
There are English menus as well. Drinks and food come with the shop’s original collabo-packaging that is cherished by fans. Food and drinks are served with a collabo placemat and a collabo coaster, respectively. *The different designs of the place mat and coaster are randomly assigned to customers' orders.
Inside the studios, limited edition collaboration products including T-shirts, key holders, portrait stands, and muffler towels are sold.
The signboard is cute with a boy wearing a headphone and a girl with two ponytails.
On this day, there was a collaboration with “The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls” in studio 03.
There was a message board for “The Cinderella Girls” and “346 Production” just next to the entrance where you can put your own message.
These are sisters who call themselves “The Cinderella Girls” fans.
Among the signed disks that are displayed in the style of a billboard, you can find those by major artists like Luck Life, Shuhei Kita, and JAM Project, offering a little surprise for some fans.
Within the shop, there is also a section for the anison label “Lantis Station AKIHABARA.”
“Perhaps because there are many collaborations with relatively new animations, or perhaps because our shop is new, we don’t have many visitors from overseas so far. However, when one of our branches had a collaboration with “Sailor Moon,” there were many who came from Korea, Taiwan, and Europe,” said the manager. For those from overseas where there are not many idol cultures, this is a place that we would like to encourage them to visit and enjoy, for instance, scenes of fans with light sticks in their hands, getting excited about their idols. You might want to try waving a light stick in the color of your favorite idol’s character, to show your support!
- NAME：ANION STATION AKIHABARA
- ADDRESS：Dydo Limited bldg. 1F 3-1-16 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0021
- HOURS OF OPERATION：From 11:30AM to 21:00PM（As the programs change depending on the collaboration content, please check in advance.）