For those of you who doesn’t know about maid cafes: it’s a sort of cosplay restaurants in Japan that have grown especially popular in areas like Akihabara. Originally these cafes were designed to attract the fantasies of so called “otakus”; Japanese “nerds” (mostly males) who are obsessive fans of video games, manga and anime.
If you’re curious, you can read about my own maid cafe experience here: Princess for 1 hour in MaiDreamin
Mostly you find these maid cafes in Akihabara, the otaku heaven, but the maid cafe that this post is about is located – surprisingly – in Akasaka, known as a business area. I stayed at a hotel in Akasaka during my last visit in Japan and never heard of this cafe, but I sure will visit it next time in Mars. ^^
This maid cafe is a liiiiittle bit different. Of course there are cute girls in pretty waitress dresses serving you, but… they are no real girls.
They are Andoroidoru (androids idols)!
At least that’s what the theme and story behind the cafe tells. They were brought back in time from year “20-something” where they were created by a boy-genious. This boy however didn’t know how to implement emotions in these girls and that’s where YOU as a customer plays an important role.
By interacting with the androids, you nurture them with feelings and helps them become “real women”. You do this by talking to them.
If you become a regular patron, you can “load” the girls with different talents and abilities, like singing karaoke for example. You also have the possibility to choose an android with a certain persona that you like, like the cheeky little sister, the otaku and so on.
Japan never stops to amaze me. According to the owner, his decision to open this cafe in a business area like Akasaka is to spread this type of cafes to the rest of the world by giving foreign business-men an opportunity to visit it (I doubt that regular business-men go visit maid cafes in Akihabara…)
Well, who know. Maybe it will be a hit or maybe not. I can’t help but wonder how hard it must be for those girls to act “emotionless” and gradually develop feelings in front of a customer.
Japan, Japan, Japan… crazy… I love it.
Visit the cafe’s webpage: Androidol☆Caffe