**Please note that the post is accurate as on June 23 2017**
Note: As I play the games in English, I’m most familiar with their English translated names so all references to the game and its characters in this post will be using their English counterparts.
Ace Attorney/ Gyakuten Saiban (逆転裁判) has ended.
However, the new campaign Dai Gyakuten Saiban (大逆転裁判) has started on 13 July and will be ongoing till 9 August 2017!UPDATE: To celebrate the start of Season 2 of the anime in October, a new campaign will be launched from 20 September 2018 to 7 November 2018! (And yes I’ll be going to the cafe ^ ^)
A few days before I was to fly off to Japan for my solo trip in June, I was checking out some of the anime & manga news online when I found out that there was going to be an Ace Attorney themed café in Tokyo by Capcom Café during my travel dates!
OMG! I love the Ace Attorney games. So even though the café was housed in a place/mall I have never been to in Japan, for my beloved lawyers and prosecutors, I decided that I just HAD to go, even if it means travelling about 1 hour via train from my hotel in Ikebukuro to the café and changing my travel plans slightly.
And it was indeed worth the travel! I had sooooo much fun at the café. ^ ^
Capcom Café (Tokyo) is located at Aeon Laketown. This is a huge sized (eco-friendly) shopping center with two distinctive shopping and amusement zones, Kaze and Mori. (description from their official website) If you are familiar with factory outlets, there are also some outlet shops which have massive discounts on their merchandises (usually for past seasons items).
It has its own train station stop (Koshigoya-Laketown) so you can easily locate it on the JR East train map.
As I walked nearer to the entrance of the mall, I spotted another anime themed café.
Wow~ I didn’t know that Osomatsusan had a collaboration with Sanrio! However as I had already set my heart on the Ace Attorney café, I had to give this a miss. Here are some photos for those who are interested.
As I wasn’t sure how crowded the Ace Attorney café might be, I resisted all shopping temptations (so many fashion shops offering discounts!) in the mall and headed straight to the café where I was greeted by this glorious sight!
I’ve played a lot of video games (console) when I was a kid so many of the classic Capcom titles are not strangers to me, especially Street Fighter and Devil May Cry!! So naturally, even before stepping into the actual dining area of the café, I got sidetracked by all the merchandise & decorations and started taking photos shopping taking photos at the merchandise corner. (I think there were some weird looks directed to me but oh well 😊 ) The merchandise area is separated from the dining area so there is no time restrictions (until the shop closes for the day of-course) for you to dine and shop unlike other Anime themed cafés.
I really liked how they displayed some of the Ace Attorney merchandises and surrounded them with character-cutouts arranged in very strategically positions and was being totally NOT subtle with what they were going with. All i can is they really understand the Ace Attorney fandom well haha. Look at the evidence below 🙂
For more information on the exclusive Ace Attorney X Capcom Café goods, you can visit their webpage here). Do note that as the current campaign is Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 (大逆転裁判 2), some of the Ace Attorney merchandises might be sold out or replaced with Dai Gyakuten Saiban’s character goods.
I would love to get EVERYTHING but as I’ve already pre-ordered a bunch of Ace Attorney 15th Anniversary stuff from Movic prior to my Japan trip (check out my instagram for pictures), I had to make hard choices and settled with these instead.
Another reason why I resisted getting more Ace Attorney merchandises at the café was because of the capsule machines.
These are exclusive to Capcom Cafe and you can only get it at the café (well technically you might find it much later at some shops in Akihabara and Nakano Broadway but that’s a post for another day).
Was really hoping to get the Phoenix & Miles designs for the badges and acrylic key-holders and I got most of them! ^ ^
Oh and if you have a Capcom stamp card, I think they currently have a campaign where buying xx amount of merchandises from their merchandise corner can give you some stamps which you can use to redeem some rewards via the café. (E.g. ½ price off a drink)
Since the latest game in the franchise series is the upcoming Dai Gyakuten Saiban 2 (大逆転裁判 2 -成歩堂龍ノ介の冒險), there were quite a few promotional displays for the game. Most notably:
Finally… after all that hard work, it’s time to enter the dining area of the café!
I went on a Friday afternoon and the café was pretty empty. Although closer to 5.30pm, more customers came in. No reservations are needed. You can simply just walk-in. So just pick a weekday and an off-peak timing and I’m pretty sure you will have no problem finding a table. However, it’s going to be summer holidays now (July) for the Japanese so it might get crowded even on weekdays.
Now for the FOOD!
Omg! How cute is this? Honestly, it really tasted pretty good. (This trip has really lifted some of my reservations on the quality of food found in anime themed cafés.)
My random coaster is Sherlock Holmes! ^ ^ (Every drink order gets a free random coaster) The drink was okay. Pretty to look at but I’m not a big fan of syrup infused drinks. Apple slice was sweet and yummy though.
And for dessert (don’t judge me!):
The portion wasn’t very big but it is pretty delicious. The pancakes were soft and fluffy and I love the jam. The strawberries were nice too. Oh and I just couldn’t resist playing around with the Miles pancakes too hahaha so you get this:
There were other items on the menu as well. Capcom Café has this pretty good deal that if you order a main, a drink and a dessert at the same time, you can order a set priced at 2980 yen which is slightly cheaper then if you order the items separately. For example, in my case, I saved about 200 yen as the total for my order would have been 3180 yen otherwise. (Note that certain food items cannot be included in the set though. It will be indicated in the menu). However if your aim is to get the random coasters, then just order as many drinks as you can (which is what most of the Japanese customers do).
As for the café decor, since it was Ace Attorney themed, they had a main table in the center of the dining area with Ace Attorney pictures and memorabilia, as well some standees 🙂
Throughout the day, the TV inside the cafe would be playing all the commercials of every Ace Attorney & Dai Gyakuten Saiben games on a loop. I wanted to sit at the main table with all the awesome Ace Attorney displays but I think the staff will always strongly recommend you to sit at the booth tables if there are other tables available. (Someone had asked but was gently rejected.)
Some other photos found inside and around the cafe:
So was that the end of my Ace Attorney x Capcom Café experience? Of-course not!
There were two crane game machines just in front of the payment counter which I JUST had to try getting some of the mini Ace Attorney plushies. (So what if I’ve already have both the bigger plushies of Phoenix & Miles at home, there’s always room for MORE plushies 😛)
And with that, my first Ace Attorney Café experience is complete! 🙂
Ace Attorney x Capcom Café was a fuss-free and fun experience for me. I had a lot of fun taking photos and enjoying the food. So if you are a fan of the series, I highly recommend a visit if you are in Tokyo!
Another plus point is that due to its location in a huge shopping mall, even if your travel companions are not interested in anything related to anime/games, they would be able to chill out at one of the many café/restaurants in the mall or go shopping while you geek out @ the Capcom Café. (There is also a huge Village Vanguard shop just next to the café.) They also sell other Capcom titles merchandises as well.
Moreover, it’s one of those walk-ins cafes which requires no pre-balloting of tickets or any complicated reservation system. So why not check out Capcom Café during your travels in Tokyo? Just do a quick check on their official website to see what the campaign theme is during your travel period. You can also check out their twitter account to see if the cafe is crowded for the day too. (They typically will post an update if the café is full.)
As mentioned, Ace Attorney’s campaign has ended. However, Dai Gyakuten Saiban is the current themed campaign for the cafe from 13 July to 9 August 2017. You can visit the campaign page here for more information.
2018 UPDATE: カプコンカフェ×「逆転裁判」コラボ開催決定！2018年9月20日(木)～2018年11月7日(水)
The new food menu looks fun! And look at some of the new merchandises. I want these eco-bags!!! They look so funky!
Anyone willing to send me one?
OBJECTION! ^ ^
CAPCOM CAFE INFORMATION (http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/)
** 2018 Collaboration News: http://www.capcom.co.jp/amusement/capcomcafe/topics/post_60.html
|Address||4-2-2 Laketown, Koshigaya-shi, Saitama prefecture Postal Code: 343-0828
|Operating Hours||Merchandise: 9:00 〜 22:00
Dining: 11:00 〜 22:00（L.O. 21:00）
|Access||JR Musashino Line Koshigaya-Laketown Station
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