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Gundam Cafe As opposed to a maid cafe

#1 User is offline   kenkendazo  

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:16 PM

http://www.asahi.com...1004250168.html

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About 200 people lined up on Saturday for the early-morning opening of the first official "Gundam"-themed cafe, based on the popular sci-fi animation series.

Female staff members dressed as characters from the series welcomed customers to the cafe in Tokyo's Akihabara district when its doors opened at 8.30 a.m.

The 140-square meter shop, operated by the toy maker Bandai Co., seats 60 people. It is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Alcoholic drinks are sold from 5 p.m.

The cafe also sells goods related to the "Gundam" series. Souvenirs include baked sweet confectionery shaped like the anime's characters.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:45 PM

Aww, my dreams were shattered right when I read "female staff members". D: Here I thought it'd be hot guys in Gundam suits. Heartbreak. </3


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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:59 PM

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 08:10 PM

I wonder...they make enough of these with girls, I wonder if it would make any money with guys doing it. I mean, I know that people say they would go to one, but would it actually be financially sound...


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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:07 PM

View PostSuigetsu, on Apr 25 2010, 09:10 PM, said:

I wonder...they make enough of these with girls, I wonder if it would make any money with guys doing it. I mean, I know that people say they would go to one, but would it actually be financially sound...


-Personally, I want a Touhou cosplay cafe ^^

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I think girls are the more popular choice to appeal to the Japanese geek population and it sells better.

I was actually hoping for a moment that they had people dressed like gundams at the cafe, that would have made me squeal like the gundam fanboy I was when I was a little kid.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:59 PM

Guys think girls are cute + girls think girls are cute = maximum profit. I can certainly see a market for a male cosplay cafe, but I dunno if it'd be as profitable as a female one.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:09 PM

I don't see why they can't have staff that's both genders (I don't mean a single person that's both).

Well anyways, I would SO go to a Gundam cafe.

When I was in Akihabara (alone)... I saw two places that appeared to be maid cafes. I wanted to try a maid cafe out, but they had massive lines... say lines that go up 3 flipping stories up a building. So I didn't bother as I didn't know for certain they were actually maid cafes. :blush:

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:11 PM

View PostScott, on Apr 26 2010, 12:09 AM, said:

I don't see why they can't has staff that's both genders...

Same reason Hooters only employees well-endowed women. You pick a market that will get you a lot of money, then pick a strategy to reel in that market.
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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:17 PM

View Postwrexness, on Apr 26 2010, 12:11 AM, said:

Same reason Hooters only employees well-endowed women. You pick a market that will get you a lot of money, then pick a strategy to reel in that market.


Yeah, that's a valid point.

However I could see something working like the bartenders/table cleaners are male and the greeters and waitresses are female. The group can request photos or games with any of the staff.

Or in classic Japanese style they could just employ women for all of the jobs and just dress some in drag (ala. butler cafes that are staffed by women).

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 11:18 PM

That would probably work. Alternate solutions are good too. >w<b
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Post icon  Posted 26 April 2010 - 08:38 AM

View PostScott, on Apr 26 2010, 12:17 AM, said:

The group can request photos or games with any of the staff.

Most of these places do not allow photography.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 09:24 AM

View PostSuigetsu, on Apr 26 2010, 09:38 AM, said:

Most of these places do not allow photography.


They don't allow customers to take their own photos, but I'm pretty sure they can buy photos with the maids....

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:32 PM

View PostScott, on Apr 26 2010, 10:24 AM, said:

They don't allow customers to take their own photos, but I'm pretty sure they can buy photos with the maids....

They'd better, it's an awesome marketing scheme! :o


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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:40 PM

I like this one though :thumbup:

http://kotaku.com/5524306/the-neon-genesis...-store/gallery/

Too bad its closed because it was so popular.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:55 PM

View Postexcel excel, on Apr 26 2010, 02:40 PM, said:

I like this one though :thumbup:

http://kotaku.com/5524306/the-neon-genesis...-store/gallery/

Too bad its closed because it was so popular.

It closed!? Noooooooooooooooo!!!!! Now where else will I find my Asuka stuff!? ( the internet probably )

Usually places don't close down due to popularity.
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 03:42 PM

Dude...I would've loved a NERV grocery bag. ;_;
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:28 PM

Dude, they have NERV headphones! This store is made of epic win!
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:29 PM

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:49 PM

-also wants tea with mechs-

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:51 PM

*would like tea in a mech*
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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:12 PM

::would like tea made of mechs::

:lol: Kidding!

...but are there like... bishie cafes, or are there just generally the host clubs if you wanna have a cute guy (cosplay optional) serve you nice (non-alcoholic) drinks and treats?

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 04:09 AM

This is my dream come true... Well, until they build an actual working 1/1 Gundam that I can pilot. haha.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 07:50 AM

View Postryan xvx, on May 7 2010, 05:09 AM, said:

Well, until they build an actual working 1/1 Gundam that I can pilot. haha.


Sign me up for that too. :thumbup:

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:26 AM

View PostMillions_Knives, on Apr 26 2010, 05:29 PM, said:

~WANTS TEA WITH MECHS~

I agree. It would be a major twist on a maid cafe.

I hear mechs don't drink tea though :'(
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 05:17 PM

View Postredx1, on May 7 2010, 09:26 AM, said:

I agree. It would be a major twist on a maid cafe.

I hear mechs don't drink tea though :'(

Well fine, they can serve oil as well.
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