At Roppongi Hills you can enjoy a meal or a drink while checking out the tenth installment of the famous Dragon Quest game series. There’s a special menu, cardboard figures on display and even a car decorated in the usual itasha fashion. The handsome waiter didn’t flinch at all when I took his picture and they even had the famous blue slime nikuman for sale! Although not for take out I was informed. I missed them when they went on sale in the convenience stores a few months ago. If you are a fan of the Dragon Quest games you must attend! This whole thing is done in collaboration with the official Dragon Quest bar in Roppongi that I have passed a hundred times but never had the courage to enter. One of these days I will have to make a blog post about it!
Walking in Roppongi I saw these two gloriously decorated cars parked on the side of the road just outside Tokyo Midtown. Itasha, the practice of anime fans to decorate their cars with the favorite anime series has been going on for quite some time but it’s always fun to see them in the wild! An Audi and an Alfa Romeo, fun thing is, both parked outside the Roppongi Mercedes dealership. I love how the owners of these cars are so fantastically devoted to their favorite shows that they would decorate a multi-million yen sports car like this. Both of the owners were standing near the cars when I stopped to snap these but they didn’t mind at all. Must be getting used to the cameras by now!
Visiting the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Tokyo’s Roppongi district (just opposite of Tokyo Midtown) I saw these two electric anime decorated cars! Not what you’d expect from MB perhaps, but pretty cool. I’m all for electric cars, especially in a city like Tokyo. I believe that the anime on the cars is the Madoka Magica (まどかマギカ) which seems to be everywhere right now. I don’t know anything about it but if you are a fan you might want to rush over and have a look! They have a pretty swanky cafe as well, for those who like having their coffee within arms reach of multi-million yen machinery.
Last week I visited, again, the twice-yearly WonderFesta convention in Chiba, the prefecture next to Tokyo and perhaps most famous for the Narita international airport. Like last year there were some Ita-sha on display, many more than last year though! It seems more car makers are getting in on the fun, and there were a couple of very fun looking customized bikes as well. Enjoy!