Stumbled upon a Free! Animate cafe in Nagoya. I say stumbled upon especially because I didn’t even realize the Animate in Nagoya had a cafe! But it’s quite out of the way on a side street several blocks from the Animate proper. At any rate, it was a nice surprise. I only wish I hadn’t just had dinner immediately before.
The drink I ordered was called 「見たことのないドリンクを見せてくれ!」 (“Show me a drink like I’ve never seen before!”) which I didn’t notice before ordering as I had just kind of wandered in and hazily pointed to something random on the menu. Hearing the clerk repeat it back to me before I realized it was the name of the drink have me a good moment of huwaaaaaaagggh?!
Each order comes with a free coaster and, unlike other anime cafes I’ve been to, you actually got to choose which one. Among all the other coasters donned with official art of posed characters there were two that really stuck out. They actually took a screenshot of that scene with Haruka and Rin and split it into two coasters. I have the Haruka half. Note on the menu the two coasters aren’t positioned together, but whoever put up that wall display had a different idea. Couldn’t help but smile at that.
One last thing to mention was that they actually had real scripts from the episodes on display (with a big no photography sign that I decided to respect). One was (non-coincidentally I’m sure) opened to the scene in which Rei decides his bathing suit must be the reason he can’t swim, notes about the positioning of Rei’s butt included and all…
Cafe will be open until April 13, 2014.