#i cannot resist tsukasa and amane's face.
Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun: Ghost Hotel’s Café (Part 1)
Sneaking into a collaboration café that has the image of a “ghost hotel”! A cute and horrific space where one can feel at home for an “eternity”.
The Ghost Hotel’s Café, a collaboration café for “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” - one of the mangas currently being serialized in G Fantasy (Square Enix) -, was held in Tokyo, Ikebukuro’s AniPara Café, for a limited period from 12/05/2019 to 02/11/2020. In this collaboration café, the inside of the shop was decorated with “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun”, where people can taste collaboration food and drinks, as well as purchase exclusive goods that cannot be acquired anywhere except in this café. This time, Pash! PLUS has been there for the first half of the event, which lasted from 12/05/2019 to 01/08/2020!
Welcome to the interior of the “Ghost Hotel”. You can relax here forever.
Ikebukuro’s AniPara Café is located on the 7th floor of a building that sits at a five-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro (the Seven-Eleven on the 1st floor is a landmark!). This time, the collaboration café is based on the image of “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” x “Ghost Hotel”, and when the door is opened, the characters of “Hanako-kun”, who became employees at the “Ghost Hotel”, will welcome you.
The adorable characters drawn by AidaIro-sensei are everywhere in the store! As there were already many pop-like and cute illustrations in display at the entrance, we were stuck there for a while. However, this is a “ghost hotel”. Perhaps something more than just cute may be waiting...!?
Enormous panels of Hanako-kun, Nene and Kou were installed at the entrance to the main floor. By the way, if you looked veeery closely at the panels, there was a certain hidden message in them, or something like that. What’s more, the characters of “Hanako-kun” were hiding around the store in miniature versions... Check out every corner if you visit this collaboration café. The playfulness of the “ghost hotel’s employees” may be hidden all over.
Moreover, an original story by AidaIro-sensei was posted on the official Twitter of this collaboration café (@hanakokuncafe). If you check the backstory that led to the opening of the Ghost Hotel in advance, you may enjoy it from a different perspective!
In addition, there are many display panels of “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” around the store. It is a luxurious space where you can enjoy the adorable and vivid world drawn by Aida-sensei during the meantime until the collaboration menu arrives. It’s cute everywhere.
And when it comes to the place where the protagonist Hanako-kun belongs to, it has to be the toilet. This collaboration café’s toilet is a beautiful one at first glance, but when you sit down...
Just like ghosts, they “suddenly” appear everywhere in the store. While at this collaboration café, it may be best to pay attention to signs of their presence, so that you will be ready to encounter them anytime.
Check out the cute food and drinks inspired in “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun”!
When it comes to collaboration cafés, the food and drinks are indispensable! This collaboration café has the “Ghost Hotel’s Café Afternoon Tea”, which includes an invitation to the Ghost Hotel; Hanako-kun’s favorite food, “Hanako-kun’s Floaty Doughnut”; “Mistuba’s Showy Pasta”, a pink pasta that aims for “flashiness”; the sparkly “Mokke’s Delightful Candy Cake”, modeled after candies, the Mokke’s staple food; and “The Edible Plots of Nene from the Gardening Club”, which looks almost like a plot and has a connection with the fact that Nene is part of the gardening club.
Cute and unique foods and drinks such as “Natsuhiko’s Room Service Cocoa”, which has chocolates shaped as screws as its main point, and “Teru’s Holy Exorcist Blue Soda”, which seems to be refreshingly purified by a combination of blue syrup and lychee soda, also made an appearance.
On the occasion, we ordered “Hanako-kun’s Vampire Berry Tea” and “Nene’s Welcome Drink” out of the many menu items. We actually tried them!
■ “Hanako-kun's Vampire Berry Tea” 700 yen (tax included)
Berry tea with the image of a “vampire” Hanako! At first glance, it has a dark red, tomato juice-like color (metaphor), but it is a beautiful drink that looks like rubies when you hold it in the light.
On the topic of berry tea, there are many people who wonder, “Doesn’t the taste of the black tea get too light because the taste of berries is too strong?” but Hanako-kun’s Vampire Berry Tea presents a good balance between the taste of tea and of berries, so we wound up humming without thinking, “I was waiting for this balance!”. There are three types of berries as topping and you can enjoy their texture, so for the people who are indecisive about their drink, we recommend Hanako-kun’s Vampire Berry Tea!
■ “Nene’s Welcome Drink” 600 yen (tax included)
Nene’s Welcome Drink welcomes the visitors into the Ghost Hotel. Gold leaves floating on a pale bluish ramune soda, and rather than being “a nostalgic drink from childhood”, it has a mysterious beauty that makes you feel like you “might be able to go to a different world” if you drink it.
As the name “Welcome Drink” implies, you can enjoy a refreshing feeling with this beverage when it goes down your throat. It might be a good idea to firstly have a toast with Nene’s Welcome Drink, and then order the food and drinks that you are curious about!
Now, if you order a “Jibaku Shounen Hanako-kun” collaboration food and drink, you can get a random coaster (9 types in the first half/12 types in the second half). ♪ (Picture is from the first half.)
And these story cards (12 types in total) are available at random for each visit!
Also, if you eat at the café for more than 1,500 yen and collect three stamps, you can get an original can mirror. This, too, is cute!
Come to this a cute and slightly horrific (?) space interwoven by “Jibaku Shonen Hanako-kun”. Is it up to you whether or not you will become unable to ever return from the cozy Ghost Hotel.
Check out the latter half’s menu!
■ “Kou’s First Special ☆ Egg Benedict” (price: 1,300 yen/tax included)
The first egg Benedict that Kou made for Nene and Hanako. It has soft-boiled poached eggs and thick bacon slices.
■ “Nene’s Mermaid Salad” (price: 1,050 yen/tax included)
A beautiful mermaid salad with a blue dressing, inspired by Nene, who swallowed a mermaid scale and became the princess of the mermaid world (!?).
■ “Mokke Curry” (price: 980 yen/tax included)
The cute Mokke turns into a curry!
■ “Crazy-Risky Soup made by Teru” (price: 750 yen/tax included)
A pretty dangerous soup made by Teru, who is bad at cooking. The appearance is quite wicked, but the taste is...?
■ “Watchkeeper’s Tart with Fruits” (price: 1,200 yen/tax included)
A tart with a clock face printed on it, modeled after Aoi Akane. It is delicious to eat with pears and grapes. ♪
■ “Pipe Dream Cake” (price: 900 yen/tax included) ※limited number of slices per time
A colorful, cute five-layer cake. A marine-blue jelly with the flavor of a refreshing blue curaçao is laid out on it.
■ “Tsuchigumo’s Specialty Pancake ~Won’t Let You Run Away Anymore~” (price: 1,170 yen/tax included)
Tsuchigumo-sensei’s pancake, which recreates a cobweb with a purple sweet potato cream and chocolate sauce poured over it.
■ “GHOST HOTEL’S CAFÉ Afternoon Tea” (price: 2,400 yen/tax included)
An afternoon tea set that comes with an invitation to the Ghost Hotel’s Café. It has many cakes, so we recommend sharing it. ☆
■ “Hanako-kun’s Floaty Donuts” (price: 850 yen/tax included)
Hanako-kun’s beloved donut, decorated with blueberry sauce!
■ “Kou’s Specialty Rice Omelet” (price: 1,280 yen/tax included)
Kou’s special rice omelet with a melty egg coat over it. You can also get a card of Kou with it!
■ “Mitsuba’s Showy Pasta” (price: 1,300 yen/tax included)
Mitsuba’s flashy pink pasta, consisting of fettuccine and beet sauce.
■ “Amane and Tsukasa Twin Parfait” (price: 1,300 yen/tax included)
A twin parfait inspired by Amane and Tsukasa. Plenty of black sesame sauce on a panna cotta and shiratama. Plus, it is topped with cheesecake and chocolate cake!
■ “Amane’s ‘I wanted to be an astronaut’ Potatoes” (price: 850 yen/tax included)
Outer space-like potatoes inspired by Amane, who wanted to be an astronaut. Two kinds of potatoes with cheese sauce and basil sauce.
■ “Tsukasa’s Dismemberment Squid Ink Pasta” (price: 1,200 yen/tax included)
A completely black pasta of fettuccine and squid ink. You cannot resist the seafood richness of this item.
■ “The Edible Plots of Nene from the Gardening Club” (price: 850 yen/tax included)
An edible plot named after Nene, from the gardening club. The upper part is a finely crushed chocolate muffin, and the inside of the flower vase contains mascarpone, chocolate mousse and berries.
■ “Akane’s Self-Made Chai au Lait” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
You can mix the tea and milk to your tastes and enjoy your own original chai au lait!
■ “Aoi’s Fairy Forest Fruitball Juice” (price: 850 yen/tax included)
A cherry-based carbonated drink with fruit balls with the image of Aoi, the fairy.
■ “Sakura’s Good Night Mint Tea” (price: 650 yen/tax included)
With green tea flavor and mint syrup added to make it a little refreshing. The perfect hot tea to drink before going to bed.
■ “Hanako-kun's Vampire Berry Tea” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
A bright red, fruity berry tea, suitable for the vampire Hanako-kun.
■ “Nene’s Welcome Cocktail” (price: 600 yen/tax included)
A cocktail that welcomes guests into the GHOST HOTEL’S CAFÉ. Gold leaves on ramune soda!
■ “Kou’s ‘gotta be careful on full moon nights’ Squash” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
Lemon squash inspired by Kou, the werewolf. With lemon slices shaped like a full moon.
■ “Mitsuba’s Stay-Up-Late Hot Strawberry Milk” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
A warm drink with a layer of white milk and one of sweet strawberry inspired by Mitsuba, the mummy.
■ “Tsukasa’s Mixed Calpis Cola” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
Mixed Calpis Cola, in which the Calpis sways under the Cola just like the ghost Tsukasa.
■ “Mokke’s ‘you’re next’ latte” (price: 700 yen/tax included)
Mokke made into latte.
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