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Akihabara Final Fantasy XIV Cafe Eorzea

Tuesday January 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

This is a long overdue post, so long that I’ve visted the cafe twice since moving to Japan. All I have to say is, this cafe is absolutely amazing and totally worth going to over and over again!

Official Website (JP)

The Final Fantasy Cafe in Akihabara opened on July 31, 2014 on the second floor of the Pasela Resorts building. It’s only a few minutes away from Akihabara station, but can be a little tricky to find. The cafe is modeled after the Carline Canopy from FFXIV, set in Eorzea. It’s open only 4 times a day, 2-3 hours at a time. Time slots are as follows:

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Reservations are recommended but not required. The first time I went, the cafe was almost empty..granted it was Tuesday afternoon. The second time, my friends and I planned on going on a public holiday but the cafe was fully booked days in advance. We made reservations for a different day that week for 7 PM and the cafe was full this time around. If you go on weekdays during the morning or early afternoon, chances are you will be able to walk in and sit down but making a reservation is worth the extra time and fee. Reservations will run you ¥1000 but it includes a free drink. Since drinks cost around ¥600 – ¥700, you’re only paying a few extra dollars to guarantee a seat. You also get to choose one class coaster of your choice. Reservations can be made online and you can pick up the tickets from your local convenience store.

Much like any themed cafe in Japan, food and drinks aren’t cheap. However, what I really like about this cafe (minus the fact that it’s Final Fantasy) is that the food/drinks are actually good! Generally, cafes aren’t known for the menu. You’re more or less paying for the theme and look of the food/place. Sorry Gundam Cafe, you just can’t compete as cool as you are.

The decor features weapons, armor, moogles, various FFXIV themed pictures, and FFXIV music. I don’t have a picture of it (for some reason) but on the other side of the moogles are computers set up so you can play FFXIV in the cafe! I have yet to see someone do it though.

Since I went twice, I have 2 class coasters…monk (my character class) and dragoon.

The menu is based off of various Final Fantasy themed characters, classes, items, attacks, etc. If you cannot read Japanese, you can ask the staff for an English menu. Prices are, of course, in gil. With each order (minus the free drink), you get a random Final Fantasy themed coaster to collect.

The toast with orange spread is probably my favorite item on the menu! It’s simple but so delicious.

I ended up getting my burger without the sauce (which, if I remember correctly, is a Tabasco and ketchup mixture).

And the cutest item of all, the moogle dessert…which was kind of small.

You also get a point/stamp card when you leave featuring one of the three Grand Companies, you can pick the GC. I chose the Immortal Flames since that’s my GC. With each menu item you purchase, you can get one stamp. Collect 17 stamps and you can choose a pin (I believe), collect 50 stamps and you can choose one of the larger class coaster display…thing.

For any Final Fantasy or gaming fan, this cafe is a must visit!

Posted Under: Gaming: Video Games, Japan
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Video Game Rock Medley

Tuesday April 24th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I have to share this and I normally don’t share very many YouTube videos. This is absolutely amazing. Props to these guys for the time, effort, and talent they put into this. I absolutely love it and would not mind getting an actual MP3 of this.

This is a video game rock medley, composed of songs from some of the best games out there. Not only is the music very well done but so is the video. I love the transitions and the fact that you know what song is from what.

Thanks for making this!

On a side note: Every time I listen to Hikari/Simple and Clean, I want to go play Kingdom Hearts :/

Posted Under: Gaming: Video Games, youtube
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