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PantsGoblin
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:51 am Reply with quote
I would have loved to go to this, but all of my friends absolutely refused to go, and I was too nervous to go alone. I've been to one in Japan, but I was with a group of people.

This one looks nice. A lot more artsy and higher class than the one I was at.
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dormcat
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:21 am Reply with quote
It's not a maid cafe. It's a Murakami gallery with waitresses. Rolling Eyes
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Big Hed



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:36 am Reply with quote
Well, it certainly looks like an interesting concept. I found the plexiglass inspiration funny.

I'd check this out if I were in the area. Especially if the food is as good as it supposedly is.

Minor error I noticed: the second interviewee's name is inconsistent between the section's heading and the name she is given in the body of the interview.
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fighterholic



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:53 am Reply with quote
I already see some people I know wanting to check this out to see what kind of feel they will get that they can't get in Akihabara. Me? It could go either way, but I still haven't checked out Akihabara yet.
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Hon'ya-chan



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:07 am Reply with quote
They need to rethink hiring some of those maids. Especially the one in the thumbnail on the sidebar.
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Cloe
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:07 am Reply with quote
Big Hed wrote:
Minor error I noticed: the second interviewee's name is inconsistent between the section's heading and the name she is given in the body of the interview.

Ooh, good eye. Yes, the name of the second interviewee is definitely Sandra, not Susan.

Can somebody fix this?
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Moomintroll



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:12 am Reply with quote
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The Plexiglas, definitely. A lot of Plexi was inspired by that, because think of all the Japanese things behind Plexi [footnote: Truer words have never been spoken! Owners of extensive figure collections, you all know this to be true].


It's not a footnote if it's not at the foot of the page. Rolling Eyes

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The artwork is (or at least should be) interesting enough in and of itself - adding a maid café element just feels tacky, gimmicky and a tad sleazy. What will they think of next - an exhibition of the works of Edward Hopper in a Hooters franchise?
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samuelp



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:19 am Reply with quote
Moomintroll wrote:

The artwork is (or at least should be) interesting enough in and of itself - adding a maid café element just feels tacky, gimmicky and a tad sleazy. What will they think of next - an exhibition of the works of Edward Hopper in a Hooters franchise?

Hey, nothing emphasized cleavage better than a good shadow.
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Jadress



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:08 am Reply with quote
Woah, a Cloe article! Anime hyper Nice job! To be honest, I think this place looks like a lot of fun, and I'd totally go if I lived in the area. It combines several things I like, and.. maybe it's just me, but I really want to jump around and run amuck in the squid-bedroom.
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minakichan



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:06 am Reply with quote
I want to visit it, just to check it outtt~
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RadicalHaruko



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:48 am Reply with quote
Wow, I am so going there.
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daxomni



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:20 am Reply with quote
Nice to see an article from Sara! Thanks for posting this for the rest of us to see. You rock girl.

Moomintroll wrote:
adding a maid café element just feels tacky, gimmicky and a tad sleazy.

Kind of a redundant statement, don't you think? This is pretty tame compared to what they have in Tokyo. Maid cafes, imouto cafes, maid dating, you name it. I'm often amazed at the disconnect between otaku culture in the US and in Japan. I'm not saying either is better than the other, but if I was going to get up in arms about any of it I'd probably target the stuff in Japan long before bringing up the watered down stuff on this side of the pond.
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Patachu
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:55 am Reply with quote
Kotaku's comment on it is still my favorite:

"Since this café is based on places where Japanese nerds go sip milk tea and play paper-rock-scissors, we've decided to add pretentious artsy-fartsy shit to appeal to American hipsters."

I think it really depends on one's perspective which part is the actual gimmick. Razz
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Moomintroll



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:11 pm Reply with quote
daxomni wrote:
Kind of a redundant statement, don't you think?


In normal company? Sure. But on these boards...

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This is pretty tame compared to what they have in Tokyo. Maid cafes, imouto cafes, maid dating, you name it.


Indeed. But, somehow, overtly selling sexually objectified minimum wage workers as masturbatory fantasies to the socially disfunctional seems less disturbing when it's not being used to drum up interest for an art gallery.

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I'm often amazed at the disconnect between otaku culture in the US and in Japan.


It would appear to be a narrowing disconnect. However, since I don't consider myself to be an otaku (nor am I Japanese or American for that matter) I can generally maintain the stance of a bemused and somewhat nauseated onlooker.

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I'm not saying either is better than the other, but if I was going to get up in arms about any of it I'd probably target the stuff in Japan long before bringing up the watered down stuff on this side of the pond.


I wasn't getting up in arms about anything - just expressing my personal opinion that some things would be better left in Tokyo. Or the 1950s. Whichever is nearer.
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Sticks



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:25 pm Reply with quote
If things work out for me, I plan to go next week to check it out for myself Wink . There's not many places around like this, so it would be worth a looksee.
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