Don’t Worry, Be Trigger Happy
Akihabara is the Mecca of Otaku culture. This includes maid culture, gaming culture, electronics, of course manga and anime and maybe a little unexpectedly, survival gaming. Survival gaming is, for those who don’t know, a more adult version of cops and robbers. A two team battle, where the players shoot each other with BB guns.
While there are different stores for purchasing a BB gun and shooting ranges and one playing field, there is also a café themed around it. The Trigger Happy. It’s located a bit outside of the main Akihabara. You can bring your own BB gun with you and enjoy your time, talking to the staff and other customers, enjoy some delicious foods and drinks and even target practice.
The whole menu is nicely priced. It’s not as cheap as a family restaurant, but also not as expensice as some other themed cafes. With a small table charge and a one order minimum, it’s located the same as with maid cafes, but you can get have a good time and spend less than 1000yen. The food ranges from salads to BBQ and rations, food you would find at a survival gaming event. Especially BBQ is popular at those events and it does have an appeal, strengthening the bonds between team members and the teams, I’m certain. Unfortunate, I haven’t had the chance yet to go to one, but if you like, there is a monthly event going on and Trigger Happy informs its customers.
Drinks are always a good way to replenish your lost water from battling your friends on the field, running around in heavy gear with weapons, that are about the same weight as the original. 1kg of BB handgun doesn’t sound that much at first, but with time, it becomes quite a weight. 2.5kg for an assault rifle and up to 7kg for a sniper rifle, plus extras, spare magazines, protective gear and so one takes its toll. So drink plenty, and at the Trigger Happy, you can do so. Softdrinks, coffee and if you don’t plan on going out on the field that day anymore, alcoholic beverages as well. From the regular drinks, beer, highballs and so on, to the staff’s original drinks. For example Tamamo’s Dragunov drink. Looked interesting and tastes good. Other girls and guys have their own original cocktails. Be sure to check them out.
Now for the fun part. The shooting range. Yes, there is a small shooting range inside the store. One lane, 7m distance to target, and a lot of fun to be held, when done responsibly. If you bring your own BB gun, you can use that. Doesn’t matter what type, since the power, that the BB pellets come out of the barrel are regulated to the same energy for all weapons. For 500yen plus 100yen for a paper target, you get to shoot 8minutes for as much as you like. Doesn’t sound like much, but in 8 minutes, you can shoot a lot of bullets, especially with assault rifle types. So it’s plenty of time to shoot to your heart’s desire. If you feel like it, you can even take a challenge. There is a leader board and you can be on it, if you’re good. The challenge is, all while being times, to down a 0.2l bottle of cola or ginger ale and then shoot a target with 6 bullets. No more. Just 6. The maximum points you can get, is 60, the minimum is -60. You get points for hitting the bad guy, minus points for hitting the hostage. Different areas give different amounts of points and it’s harder than you think. Your gun lies next to you on the table, magazine out but loaded, the time starts, you drink the whole bottle, then shoot all 6 bullets, remove the magazine and put the gun back down on the table. The carbonation of the drinks makes your eyes tear up and the target harder to see clearly and hit perfectly. There is a tiny amount of luck to it, because a 0.2g pellet doesn’t fly straight all the time, but it really comes down to skill. Oh, and it gets live broadcast onto the TVs, so everyone can see it. That adds some pressure. No alcohol is allowed on the shooting range, which is good. Safety first. If you don’t have your own gun, you can borrow one from the store. They have a big variety to choose from, so you can find the one that suits you best.
With a nicely decorated interior, pictures of warships, survival gaming equipment and BB guns, it’s a nice place to hang out and meet new people, if you are playing or interested in survival gaming. You can get a good insight of it, for very little money, compared to diving in head first at an event, where you’re likely to be out of the game within a few moments. If you’re interested, I highly recommend it. And remember, stay safe. Guns are weapons and Japanese law enforcement doesn’t play around, when it comes to that.