Japanese child manages to ruin Pokémon GO for his mother with one short sentence

One parent and Twitter user experiences the joy of catching Pikachu in Pokémon GO, but it’s all too short-lived.

Mothers have a hard job, not that I speak from direct experience. They certainly deserve every opportunity for a well-deserved break every now and then, whether in a good book, fine food, or maybe by catching a cute, yellow, digital pocket monster. One Japanese mother wasn’t even that lucky, since just when she managed to capture the most famous and yet one of the harder to catch Pokémon, it was ruined by their child who is either incredibly conscientious or diabolical.

‘I play Pokémon GO, and I said, “I’ve caught a Pikachu!’ to which my child says, “Mummy, that Pikachu has a mummy and daddy too.”
My child goes further, “Right now, Pikachu’s mummy and daddy are probably out there looking for him.”
“Oh… ah.”
“Quick, let’s evolve it to a Raichu to hide it from its parents.”
Somehow it’s simultaneously the sweetest and cruellest thing ever.’

While Pikachu might be absolutely everywhere in Japan, including on the sides of trains and planes, when it comes to the augmented reality games Pokémon GO the bright yellow, electric mouse/squirrel is rather harder to track down. So when Twitter user @michaelsenbay finally hunted it down, all they needed was for the fruit of their loins to act like the ghost at the feast and ruin it for them.

Other Twitter users offered their condolences and advice.

‘If you set some bait you can get mummy and daddy to catch them so they can all be happy together.’
‘Maybe the parents will try to take it back by force.’
‘That made me cry.’
‘The parents are out there too? Gotta catch ’em all.’

It might be a bit harsh, but with Yokohama filling up with thousands of Pikachu every year for the Pikachu Outbreak 2018, perhaps Daddy Pikachu and Mummy Pikachu would a) probably take some time to notice they’re suddenly one progeny fewer, and b) should get off of each other for two seconds. But surely they would be happy to know that their monster offspring has made so many new friends and is getting plenty of exercise in between their high-powered business meetings.

Source: Twitter/@michaelsenbay via Hachimakiko
Featured image: Pokémon GO Official Website

The rumors are circulating: What could the upcoming Pokémon Switch game be?

Let’s GO! Pikachu? Let’s GO! Eevee? Or something else entirely?

After the thrill of something new in Sun and Moon (and the somewhat less exciting Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon)Pokémon fans have been waiting in intense anticipation for the next game in the franchise, which we know for sure is going to be the first Pokémon game for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo and Game Freak have been keeping everything neatly under wraps, but still netizens have been speculating that the new game (or games) could be ready for release as soon as the end of this year.

Rumors are plentiful, and now some industrious fans seem to think they know what’s coming next. An anonymous user on 4chan who appears to be in the know (though how much stock can you really put into 4chan?) apparently “leaked” information that, like other games, the next game will come in two versions, this time called “Let’s GO! Pikachu” and “Let’s GO! Eevee”.

A logo has been circulating on the Internet that certainly seems to match with the speculation, but no one knows where it comes from, or whether it’s genuine.

The theory is that, since the title includes Pikachu and Eevee specifically, the players will be offered the choice of a Pikachu or an Eevee as their starter Pokémon, and the games will be based on Pokémon Yellow. Fans seem to think that Pikachu or Eevee will be following the character around, like in the original Yellow. However, it seems that the prevailing idea is that it won’t be a Yellow remake, but instead will be either a base game for Generation 8, the next generation of new Pokémon; or a different story altogether that continues the story of Red and Blue.

Users on another message board are guessing that the titles are real because The Pokémon Company seems to have been heavily promoting Pikachu and Eevee merchandise, with special emphasis on Eevee to help it keep up with Pikachu’s popularity (for example, sending Eevee to offices around Japan). They will also play a big role in the upcoming movie. However, it’s not an entirely convincing argument, since those are arguably two of the most popular characters in the Pokémon franchise.

▼ The trailer for the upcoming Pokémon film

Still, there’s plenty of evidence if you’re looking for it. Some think that Pokémon director Junichi Masuda dropped a hint when he recently Tweeted a photo of him holding a giant Pokéball with a stuffed Pikachu and Eevee in the background.

▼ “I found this giant Pokéball at the Pokémon headquarters this morning lol”

Netizens say that the “L” on Luigi Pikachu’s hat stands for “Let’s GO!”, and is also some kind of mysterious hint. This hovers dangerously near the level of confirmation bias, though, so it’s best to take such “evidence” with a grain of salt. However, Masuda has apparently tweeted hints about upcoming Pokémon games before, so netizens are on high alert for any sign from him that could confirm their theories.

Rumors have also been circulating that the long-awaited Switch game might be integrated with Pokémon Go, which as we all know achieved massive success after its release, although the fervor quickly petered out. Industry insider Emily Rogers wrote an enigmatic post on her blog about how Nintendo could learn from the success of Pokémon Go and use some of its attributes to improve the upcoming games, implying that the Switch game may incorporate some features of the popular mobile game.

▼ A supposed leaked screenshot of the mysterious game. If you look closely, apparently Eevee is riding on the trainer’s head.

Some netizens seem to think that this means using the touch pad to swipe Pokéballs at Pokémon, and another anonymous 4chan user suspects that the two games can be linked and players will receive rewards in Pokémon Go for actions performed in the new title. Some fans are bitter about this idea, believing that it’s merely a way to get the fair-weather fans of Pokémon Go to buy into the core game franchise, but it could be a good marketing technique on the part of Game Freak and Nintendo.

Whether it’s a Pokémon Yellow remake, the start of Generation 8, a Pokémon Go-inspired game, all of those combined, or something else entirely, Emily Rogers says we can expect an official announcement of the title at the end of this month. Though fans’ speculations have been off the mark before, Rogers says the new titles might “raise a few eyebrows”, so who knows? They might have guessed it right. Either way, we can’t wait!

In the meantime, you’ll find us eating at the Pokémon Cafe and trying out the Pokémon Escape Park to satiate our Pokémon withdrawals while we wait.

Source: 4chan via ResetEra via Hachima Kikou
Top Image: Twitter/@ino_Tweets
Reference: Nintendo Life, Emily Rogers, Pokemon Memo, GameRant

Shocking news! Star Pokémon Pikachu’s design isn’t based on a mouse

Original designer reveals that the real inspiration for the “electric mouse” was a different animal altogether.

Perhaps my strangest experience with learning Japanese has been having to remember two sets of names for Pokémon species. For example, the Pocket Monster called Magikarp in English versions of the game/anime? In Japan, he’s “Koiking,” since he’s essentially a koi (“carp”) with a crown-shaped fin on his back. Slowpoke? Over here he’s “Yadon,” a syllabic jumbling of doya, which refers to a sort of blissful cluelessness.

But Pikachu’s name is the same around the world. As a matter of fact, the franchise mascot is so famous that even most non-Japanese speaking fans know that his name comes from a pair of Japanese onomatopoeias: pika, referring to a flash of light, and chu, the squeaking sound mice make. It’s the perfect name for a character that’s essentially an “electric mouse,” right?

Except, it turns out that Pikachu’s visual design wasn’t based on a mouse at all.

▼ “Whaaaaat?”

Ken Sugimori, head of Pokémon video game developer Game Freak, and Atsuko Nishida, an illustrator who contributed monster designs for the series’ original Pokémon Red and Green installments in 1996, recently reminisced about Pikachu’s origin. The only specific guidelines Nishida was given were that the character should be cute, use electricity-based powers, and be able to evolve twice.

Aside from those criteria, Nishida was free to do whatever she wanted in terms of design. So she turned to the animal kingdom for inspiration, and took design cues from…a squirrel!

▼ Pika?

So why did the character end up being called Pikachu instead of Pika-whatever-squirrels-say-in-Japanese? Probably because there’s no set onomatopoeia for a squirrel’s cry in Japanese. As a matter of fact, squirrels themselves aren’t nearly as common in Japan as they are in rural and suburban communities in America, and if you live in a Japanese city, you could easily go several years without seeing one, even in parks. Odds are when Nishida showed her design to the rest of the staff, the reaction from many was “looks like a mouse,” making the name “Pikachu” a perfect fit.

But wait, what about the stipulation that the character be able to evolve twice? Pikachu can only evolve once, into Raichu (though later games added in the diminutive Pichu as the lowest level of the evolutionary path). Sugimori and Nishida don’t explain why the two-evolution requirement was dropped, but it’s pretty easy to imagine it was a result of Pikachu’s design being unbelievably adorable. Consider that in 20-plus years of anime adventures, human protagonist Ash has never evolved his Pikachu into Raichu, and the same can be said for many Pokémon gamers. In the case of Pikachu, even one evolution is one too many, so why waste time designing a second evolution that no one is ever going to use?

Source: Livedoor News/Yomiuri Shimbun via Jin
Photos ©SoraNews24

Kyaraben collections: Some of the most adorable and funny home-made character bentos on Twitter

These creative Japanese lunches are sure to tickle your fancy (and probably make you hungry too).

Bento making has become a popular hobby and even a sophisticated medium for creative expression. From creating popular movie characters to replicating a kindergarten-aged girls’ drawing, the amount of beautiful, cute, and funny designs that can be constructed out of ordinary lunch box food is kind of incredible.

How do you find pictures of these tasty works of art? Twitter, of course! Using the hashtag #キャラ弁 (“kyaraben”, character bentos), you can find all kinds of creative designs, and with the help of Japanese pop news site Naver Matome, we’ve collected some of the most clever, creative, and cute bentos for your browsing pleasure.

Now, when you think of character bentos, what’s the first theme that pops into mind? Probably popular anime and game characters, right? Unsurprisingly, some of the most popular bentos on Twitter are of Pokémon mascot and its beloved yellow star, Pikachu. For example, this Pikachu bento is a double whammy because not only is the box Pikachu-shaped, but the food inside the box is also Pikachu-shaped!

▼ This particular box was made in celebration of this student’s last day of high school.

While Pikachu is an icon and an ambassador for many things, young children seem to love Anpanman, the Japanese superhero with the red-bean filled head, even more. His female nemesis Dokin-chan is equally popular, so it’s no surprise that she’s often featured in bentos too.

But the designs are not limited to cute characters. One woman made this special Attack on Titan bento for her husband, but sadly it got shaken up in transit, so it didn’t quite elicit the response she’d hoped for. She assures her followers that she’s only made it once, and especially since it wasn’t rightly appreciated, she probably won’t make one again. Too bad!

▼ She was apparently inspired by a TV segment on character bentos.

Some talented bento-makers are able to go well beyond animated characters, and can even replicate real-life idols! One school-age girl is a big fan of Momo, a member of K-pop idol group TWICE, so her mom made her a special edition bento for her field trip to Osaka Castle.

Bento designs don’t even have to be well-known characters, either. According to this netizen, their mom is apparently regularly increasing her efforts to baffle her child with strange unknown characters. It turns out they’re actually stylish and well-crafted, which impressed the netizen enough to share it, even though it confused them.

▼ “It’s cute, but who is it?”

Of course, cute animals make regular appearances too. One man was looking forward to eating some of his wife’s homemade inarizushi, a popular sushi dish of vinagered rice wrapped in a fried tofu skin, but he was more than a little surprised when he took it out of the fridge and realized that she’d shaped one of them into a tiny panda!

▼ It’s unclear whether he ate it or not in the end; as good as inarizushi is, it’s gotta be hard to eat such an expertly (and cutely!) crafted panda.

Naturally, when you make beautiful and creative bentos every day, sometimes you want to take a break and make something simple. On days like that, it’s nice to take advantage of an easy request. One mom seized the chance to do so when her daughter asked for one of her favorite animals: a toy poodle.

Clearly, sometimes a little bit can go a long way. And when you’re not really strong on the creative side, that’s a helpful tip to remember. When one businessman’s wife couldn’t make him a bento, he made one himself, but he must have tried to replicate his wife’s slightly more refined lunch art, since this quirky rabbit was the result.

It’s not just adults who make the best bentos either. One dutiful older sibling was making bentos with their little sister for their younger brother’s Sports Festival, when the little sister created something unexpectedly great: some kind of mysterious, small-eyed, big-beaked creature.

▼ Are they ducks? Dinosaurs? No one knows, but we can all agree that they’re kinda cute.

Perhaps not all of the designs are cute, depending on what you’re into, of course. Imagine if you opened your bento to find a bunch of bugs in it!! Only to realize that it’s just a bit of expertly cut seaweed and some cleverly shaped tomatoes and sausages. Phew. This mom’s son is apparently a huge fan of bugs, so it was a big hit for him!

Props to those who have the stomach to turn delicious food into gross bugs. Although this bento is a little less realistic than the one above, this mom had to actively try not to feel like something was crawling on her as she made it. Try as she might, she could not make the legs of this beetle because it gave her the creepy crawlies, but I’m sure her child loved it regardless!

It really must take quite a bit of patience and skill to make such cute and creative works of art out of food. Not only do you have to cook the food, but you have to plan how you’re going to arrange it, and with what ingredients, too! Honestly, when laser-cut seaweed is a thing, it’s no surprise that character bentos can be serious business.

Source: Matome Naver
Featured Image: Twitter/@no2xnox

New Pokémon movies first extended preview continues split with the TV anime【Video】

Ash has a whole new set of pals for Everybody’s Story, but his old friends are nowhere to be seen.

With the cherry blossoms now completely fallen from trees in the Tokyo area, it’s time to start looking forward to Japan’s next annual event: the release of this year’s Pokémon movie. While we got our first tiny peak at the 2018 Pokémon theatrical feature back in December, distributor Toho has put together two new previews that shed more light on the story and setting of the franchise’s latest theatrical installment, and also revealed the movie’s title: Pokémon: Everyone’s Story.

The first full-length trailer gives us some nice, sweeping views of coastal Fura City, where the architecture seems to be half San Francisco and half Dubai, with its own equivalents for both the painted lady hillside rowhouses and Palm Islands.

Last year’s I Choose You Pokémon movie went all the way back to the very beginning of Ash’s journey to become a Pokémon Master, retelling the first arc of the anime TV series but replacing pals Brock and Misty with franchise newcomers Makoto and Soji. But while Makoto and Soji are nowhere to be found in the trailer for Everyone’s Story, neither are any other of Ash’s TV anime travelling companions, so it looks like the Pokémon movies now exist in their own separate space from the TV anime, sort of like what happened with the Slayers franchise in the late 1990s.

Sharing the screen with Ash this time are Sara, a rainbow-tressed teenager with no prior Pokémon-catching experience who’s asked to catch a Pocket Monster by her hospitalized younger brother…

Kagashi, a cantankerous fast-talker…

Torito, a researcher with no self-confidence…

Hisui, an elderly woman who hates Pokémon (and who’s voiced by Masako Nozawa, the voice of Dragon Ball’s Goku, proving once again that she’s absolutely tireless)…

…and Largo, a mysterious girl who lives by herself in the woods and has a connection to Zeraora, which makes its anime debut in Everyone’s Story.

▼ Zeraora almost has a bit of a Sonic the Hedgehog thing going on in its design.

The movie takes place during Fura City’s annual Wind Festival, when the legendary Pokémon Lugia appears to grant the blessings of the wind upon the townspeople, which explains why the cityscape features so many windmills.

▼ Despite all the new faces in the film, Pikachu, of course, is still here…

▼ …as are the members of Team Rocket.

While Everybody’s Story doesn’t look to be quite the unabashed tearjerker that I Choose You was, it’s definitely aiming for an emotional message, with each of the new characters seemingly having to overcome a deep-seated sadness or otherwise achieve personal growth. Interspersed with clips from the film, text flashes on-screen during the trailer, saying

What’s important for us to do is to stand up, even if we’ve been hurt.
With a single step, everyone can change the future.

Not that the characters will have to do these things on their own, though. “Even if we can’t do it alone, if we try together…” says Ash as the trailer ends, voicing the theme of togetherness implied by the movie’s title.

▼ The movie’s shorter, 30-second preview

Pokémon: Everyone’s Story premiers in Japanese theaters on July 13.

Source: Pokémon: Everyone’s Story official website
Top image: YouTube/ポケモン公式YouTubeチャンネル
Insert images: YouTube/ポケモン公式YouTubeチャンネル (1, 2)

Tokyo just got a brand-new Pokémon megastore, and here’s a massive look at its exclusive items

Ninja, sumo, and kabuki Pikachu are hiding in plain sight right next to Tokyo’s Pokémon Cafe.

Tokyo frequently tops lists of the world’s best cities to eat in, and it solidified its grip on that title last week with the opening of the first-ever permanent Pokémon Cafe. But while we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the restaurant (especially since we got to meet celebrity chef Pikachu), the cafe is actually only half of the city’s latest helping of Pokémon, since it’s adjacent to a brand-new Pokémon Center megastore.

Like the Pokémon Café, the Pokémon Center Tokyo DX, as the shop is called, is located on the fifth floor of the east annex of the Nihonbashi branch of department sore Takashimaya, just a short walk out the east exit of Tokyo Station. Colorful Pocket Monster murals greet guests on the first floor, and once the elevator doors open on the fifth, the excitement starts immediately, with a large statue of Pikachu, Snorlax, and Mew in the lobby that sits between the cafe and store.

▼ Don’t forget to check the statue’s backside, where you’ll find signatures from members of the Pokémon creative team.

Covering the wall behind the trio of Pokémon are the silhouettes of hundreds more.

These are arranged by their original Pokédex number, starting with Bulbasaur at the top of the far left column, and Pikachu, Number 25, two columns over.

▼ Since Abra’s name is “Casey” in Japanese versions of Pokémon games/anime, I made sure to find him.

Once you’ve had your fill of playing “Who’s that Pokémon?”, head on into the store, where mountains of awesome Pokémon merch awaits.

▼ Mt. Pikachu

Each Pokémon Center has its own exclusive items, and one of Tokyo DX’s special plushies is traditional Japanese fireman Pikachu.

Also not available anywhere else are a girlish Pikachu wearing billowy hakama pants, which were in fashion among young ladies during the Taisho period, when Tokyo Station was initially built…

…and dapper “gentleman Pikachu,” decked out in dandy duds for dudes circa 1915.

And of course, with the Pokémon Café right next door, there are chef and waiter Pikachu plushies as well.

▼ They even have Pikachu-themed foods!

Now if you think you’re too old to be buying stuffed animals (or, alternatively, you’re an unabashed fan who’s old enough to have filled up all of your toy-displaying shelf space already), you’ll be happy to know that there’s a wealth of practical-purpose merch on offer as well.

▼ Firefighter, hakama, and gentleman Pikachu get the acrylic key chain treatment, as do sakura, kabuki, sumo, and ninja Pikachu.

▼ The old school-chic Pokémon Oedo line applies Pokémon touches to traditional Japanese motifs for notebooks, toothpick cases, and more.

▼ This hand towel is perfect if you can’t decide which Tokyo DX exclusive Pikachu you want, and is cute enough that you could probably just hang it on your wall as a decoration.

Once again owing to the proximity to the Pokémon Café, there’s a nice lineup of plates and cups.

And what better beverage to pour into them than do-it-yourself Pokémon latte art?

Need to spruce up your interior? Cushions, of both the Pikachus in love and Eevee tail varieties, should tie together the décor of any room in your home.

How thorough is the theming? Even the restroom sign

and shopping bags are awesome.

And should you find yourself having bought more than you can carry…

▼ A totally foreseeable dilemma, especially since there’s a five-percent discount if you’re shopping on your birthday.

…have no fear, because they also sell Pokémon luggage.

But even if you don’t end up spending a single yen, a visit to Pokémon Center Tokyo DX is totally worth it. There’s a giant touch-screen Pokédex that’s free to use and can be set to multiple languages, including English, and on weekends between now and April 22, giant huggable hakama and gentleman Pikachus (we refuse to believe the vicious rumors that they’re actually performers in costumes) will be on hand to greet guests. Best of all, though, is the overwhelming warm, fantastically fuzzy feeling of being surrounded by other fans from all over the world.

Shop information
Pokémon Center Tokyo DX / ポケモンセンタートウキョーDX
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-11-2, Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5th floor
東京都中央区日本橋二丁目11番2号 日本橋髙島屋S.C.東館 5階
Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

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World’s first permanent Pokémon Cafe opens in Tokyo, and SoraNews24 is at the table!【Pics】

Pikachu Plates, Eevee Burgers, solving the mystery of what’s inside Mimikyu’s costume, and a very, very special guest.

This week, a new Pokémon Center megastore opened in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, just a short walk out the east exit of Tokyo Station. But while it’s great to have another place to pick up adorable Pokémon merchandise (some of which is exclusive to the Nihonbashi branch and can’t be purchased anywhere else in the world), the real news is that right next to the shop is the world’s first permanent Pokémon Cafe. This development left me with absolutely no desire to cook for myself, so I dashed out the door to Nihonbashi to try the cafe for myself.

Located on the fifth floor of department store Takashimaya’s Nihonbashi branch’s east annex, a dedicated bank of elevators carry visitors up to the restaurant and store. You’ll definitely know you’re in the right place when you spot the gigantic wall murals located on the ground floor.

And if you somehow managed to not notice the murals, when the elevator doors slide open on the fifth floor…

…you’re immediately greeted by a snoozing Snorlax, with Pikachu and Mew perched on his shoulders.

▼ Knowing that fans will want to take a commemorative picture here, there’s a sign displaying the date and time.

From the lobby area (which has some cool surprises of its own), the Pokémon Center DX store is off to the right, and the Pokémon Cafe to the left.

First things first: while the Pokémon Café may exist as a tie-in to a video game/anime series, it’s also a restaurant in a fashionable part of downtown Tokyo, and so its interior is modern and stylish…and also filled with awesome Pokémon motifs, of course. Aside from tables for groups of two or four, there’s a long table in the center of the restaurant primarily where single diners are sat, where fan favorites Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and Eevee will keep you company.

The Poké Ball logo is also all over the place, most dynamically in the ceiling.

▼ If you’re a true fan, you’re already wondering how much it would cost to redo your living room lighting like this.

But enough gawking at the scenery. Let’s order some food!

Ordering is done through a tablet each table is equipped with. In acknowledgment of Pokémon being loved far beyond Japan’s borders, tapping a button at the bottom left allows you to change the menu’s text to English, Korean, Chinese, or even Vietnamese, and even if you don’t speak one of those languages, photos accompany each entree, dessert, and drink option.

First up: the Pikachu Plate (called the “Pikachu Lunch” on the English menu, but actually available all day long).

Variety is the name of the game with the Pikachu Plate, which gives you a Pikachu rice omelet, salad, fried shrimp, hamburger steak, spaghetti, and a couple of tater tots. It’s actually two Pikachus in one, since it’s served on a Pikachu-shaped plate (which you can take home with you if you’re willing to shell out an extra 1,100 yen over the meal’s 1,580-yen [US$14.75] base price).

Just like when we made our own Pikachu Burger at home, the ears are tortilla chips, here dusted with cocoa powder for color. Carrot shavings serve as his rosy cheeks and thin shrimp crackers with seaweed are his eyes, nose, and mouth. The tail, meanwhile, is an adorable zigzagging slice of golden bell pepper.

▼ Yep, “adorable bell pepper.” A phrase I never thought I’d use, but here we are.

The Pikachu Plate is sort of a take on the “oko-sama lunch,” or “kids’ lunch,” that a lot of Japanese restaurants serve (and that a lot of Japanese adults still find themselves craving). As such, the seasoning is straightforward and tasty, with a broadly pleasing simplicity that makes it great for sharing bites with your dining companions. It’s worth noting, though, that few things in life are more heart-breaking than having to tear through Pikachu’s head with your fork or spoon to get to the rice inside, so you might want to remove his facial features first.

▼ Now he just looks like Pac-Man.

Moving on, now it’s time to eat Eeevee, technically the Eevee Chicken Burger.

Like the Pikachu Plate, the Eevee Burger (identically priced at 1,580 yen) comes with a couple of sides, in this case French fries and a cup of vegetable soup, both of which are predictably tasty. The chicken is slathered with teriyaki sauce, but after the trauma of digging into Pikachu with a spoon, I wasn’t sure if I had the cold-hearted determination to bite into Eevee.

Luckily, in Japan you’re supposed to wrap burgers in a paper sheath when you eat them, in order to keep your hands clean. So after removing Eevee’s tortilla chip ears, into the face-concealing wrapper she went.

Aside from the nicely-balanced teriyaki sauce, you’ve got some sweet onion and a thick tomato slice nestled inside the bun, which is extremely fluffy and delicious.

Now ready for dessert, I found myself unable to resist answering a question that Pokémon fans have been wondering about for years: What’s under Mimikyu’s ghost-like costume?

To find out, I closed out my mal with the 1,480-yen Mimikyu Crepe. The ghostly Pokémon is actually a conglomerate of three crepes, two of which contain banana chocolate cream.

As for the circular crepe’s filling? It’s a mixture of fruit, whipped cream…

…and a pancake!

▼ A fittingly unexpected filing for the mysterious Mimikyu.

Once again, you get a lot of different flavors here, especially when you factor in the chocolate cookie tail and the crushed candied raspberry bits that form Mimikyu’s cheeks.

Just as I was finishing up dessert, one of the employees called out that she had an announcement to make: the restaurant had a special guest today.

Could it be…?

Yes, Pikachu himself stepped out from the kitchen to say thanks to everyone for coming to eat at the cafe!

Instantly the most popular guy in the room, Pikachu made the rounds, posing for pictures and shaking hands with customers.

Eventually, though, Pikachu had to go back to work. Diners do get to take some Pocket Monsters home with them, as each seat’s place mat bears the likeness of one of more than 100 featured Pokémon species, which is yours to keep.

Before leaving, there was time for one more stroll around the restaurant to look at decorations.

Near the exit, in addition to some merchandise like special Pokémon Cafe Pikachu Plushies, there’s also a “souvenir menu” of take-home sweets, including Pikachu Cookies for 600 yen each…

…and a box of four ridiculously cute Pokémon Donuts for 2,400 yen.

Reservations are required to dine at the Pokémon Cafe, and can be made online here. As for all the wonders of the new Pokémon Center and the shared lobby, we’ll be back with those soon, after you’ve had time to digest this report on the cafe.

Restaurant information
Pokémon Cafe / ポケモンカフェ
Address: Tokyo-to, Chuo-ku, Nihonbashi 2-11-2, Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. East Building 5th floor
東京都中央区日本橋二丁目11番2号 日本橋髙島屋S.C.東館 5階
Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Photos ©SoraNews24