Sugar, spice, everything nice; these were the ingredients chose to make the perfect cafe, but they accidently added something extra....Chemical X!
Growing up watching Cartoon Network, I idolized a different kind of magical girl; Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup and, apparently, they have developed somewhat of a cult following in Japan, too. Recently American cartoons such as Adventure Time are also gaining increasing popularity, for their own unique brand of kawaii. The Powerpuff Girls alongside other American animations also inspired the anime "Panty, stocking and Garterbelt". This style of cartoon drawing is also becoming popular amongst Mangaka and animators in Tokyo, especially the quirky sense of humor and dark connotations, I look forward to a lot more western style Japanese anime in future.
Naturally, when something becomes popular in Tokyo, a pop-up cafe soon follows and we were eagerly awaiting the PPG cafe for a long time, which was made possible due to the collaboration between Spinns 2.5 - a street wear clothing store hysr off Takeshita dori in Harajuku and a new collection of Powerpuff girl themed clothing from ACDCrag, also in Takeshita dori.
I wore the Bubbles oversize T-shirt from the ACDCrag line to wear to the cafe and styled myself into a casual Bubbles cosplay. I always related to Bubbles the most - a happy-go-lucky crybaby with a strong sense of justice, so luckily I could purchase a lot of Bubbles themed goods at the cafe.
The cafe itself is situated on the 3rd floor of Spinns, up a huge PPG themed staircase that's a perfect place to take photos, but on busy days there could be a line of people waiting all the way down the stairs but if you go on a weekday, you might be lucky enough to walk straight in.
The inside of the cafe is bright and spacious, decorated with character stickers, posters and a projector screening episodes of PPG, a perfect haven for Cartoon Network fans.
There were also giant Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup plushies to take photos with, complete with a photo area.
As for the menu, it wasn't extensive, but the items they did have were well-crafted and aesthetically appealing, of course most of them were desserts. I chose the Bubbles soda - a bubblegum flavored soda with candyfloss topping, adorned with a little Bubbles shaped rice cracker (with no traces of chemical X). My friend went for the Bubbles parfait - Bubblegum and vanilla ice cream with blue Hawaii jelly and Lime. There was also a PPG themed hamburger and a Blossom burger, but we came for the sweets.
For dessert I had the "Power Power Rainbow" pancakes; butter pancakes with whipped cream, maple syrup and a side of fruit to give the illusion you are at least trying to be healthy. I would recommend this out of everything because the portion was big and there were a lot of individual delicate flavors on top of being rainbow.
We sat by the huge windows and enjoyed people watching, as it was Sunday, the most busy day for Takeshita dori, it was nice to get away from the endless sea of tourists and shop staff screaming bargains at the top of their lungs.
After paying up, we took some photos with the novelty plushies in front of Townsville and checked the goods by the door, before heading down to the Spinns store below for even more goods. Some are shipped from overseas while other designs are Tokyo exclusive.
The whole experience was amazing for me; a lifelong Cartoon network and PPG fan, but irregardless to that I think it would be a good experience to those who aren't a fan of the series. My only complaint was that although they had Mojo Jojo themed items and a coffee based around him, I didn't see my favorite PPG character anywhere - "Him" the androgynous and somewhat sexy lobster-devil-creature thing. I'm not sure if its down to licensing or people in Tokyo purely don't like that character, but that was the only disappointment for me.
If you are a Cartoon network fan, love sweets or even just like cute things, give this cafe a visit. As its a limited pop-up cafe it may change, but the theme is always cute with a ton of goods to buy, I will report on the next theme, too.