Touken Ranbu may be gaining a footing in the rest of the world, but it remains most popular in Japan. A huge number of mostly women play the mobile game—which has countless characters now—and is being updated all the time. More characters and new updates are the perfect opportunities to release new merchandise and new collaborations because they provide new material to work with. And that’s exactly what is happening at Animate Cafe Ikebukuro and Sendai, which have launched a new Touken Ranbu Online collaboration drink menu!
This time, there isn’t any food on the menu. But there are drinks; a LOT of drinks. It makes sense considering how many characters are in Touken Ranbu but all the same prepare for some hard decisions about what to order (or plan to make a lot of trips to the toilet!). Either way, let’s get on to the good stuff!
Touken Ranbu Online Collaboration at Animate Cafe Info
|Location (Ikebukuro)|| Address |
Animate Annex 1F, 3-2-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 170-0013
Nearest train line(s)
|Location (Sendai)|| Address |
Sendai Station Square E-Beans 8F, 4-1-1 Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0021
Nearest train line(s)
|Cost of Admission|| Food/Drink Cost|
Hours of Operation
|Time and days|| February 19th-March 17th, 2020, Sunday-Saturday|
Operating hours vary by location
There may not be food at the Touken Ranbu Online collaboration with Animate Cafe, but the menu does boast 14 different drinks inspired by characters to choose from. Try Shinano Toshiro's cherry lemonade, Tsutsuji Marumaru’s tapioca drink, or Taiko Kane Sadamune’s raspberry soda if you want something cold. But if you’re looking to warm up, you can enjoy Mikazuki Munechika's matcha latte or Daisuke Taisho’s cappuccino! Each drink is either decorated with or has flavour inspired by the character whose image they have been created in.
Remember, with every drink you get a random free coaster! Get ready to drink a lot or try to go with friends so you can get the one you want. Sometimes other fans at the cafe will be willing to trade with you, though, so you can always try to ask. If people have their coasters lined up at the edge of the table, that’s also a good sign that they are looking for people to trade with so don’t be shy! There’s also some special merchandise to check out, mostly key chains of over forty different characters. You never know which one you might get so you might as well try your luck!
Touken Ranbu’s collaboration cafes are infamously hard to get a table at. The best thing that you can do if you really want to go is enter the lottery for a chance to make a reservation on the Animate Cafe website. It’s all in Japanese but you can use a browser translator to get through it. Just be sure to register with the same name that is on your ID because they are likely to check your ID at the door of the cafe and the name has to match. Once you enter the lottery, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope you can win! If you’re lucky, you’ll have a chance to make a reservation for the week that you entered into, and can enjoy the Touken Ranbu cafe for yourself.
However, because this cafe is only drinks and merchandise, you might be able to get lucky if you drop by on a weekday or an evening! Fans are less likely to stay a long time when it’s only drinks so there’s a much higher chance of getting to order without a reservation.
Touken Ranbu seems to have eternal popularity in Japan, and its reach has been slowly extending to the rest of the world, too. For fans caught in its grasp and hungry for something special, Animate Cafe is ready to deliver with regular Touken Ranbu Online collaboration menus. It’s a great place to get drinks themed after favourite characters, pick up some free merchandise, and buy even more exclusive cafe merchandise! Touken Ranbu fans can never get enough of their favourite characters, and Animate Cafe has them covered.
Have you been to this Touken Ranbu Online collaboration with Animate Cafe or a previous one? Would you love to go sometime? What would you order? What free gifts would you have your fingers crossed for? Drop us a comment below!