CoroCoro’s 40th Anniversary Cafe Is a Trip down Memory Lane

It’s been 40 years since Japan’s beloved youth comic magazine CoroCoro first hit the shelves of convenience stores all across the nation. The magazine, which would go on to become the home of classics such as Doraemon, Kirby, Duel Masters, Beyblade and so much more played an essential part in the childhoods of so many, not just domestically, but internationally too. I’d be lying if I was to say that the magazine is as recognized as say, something like Shonen Jump in the US, but the properties and stories that it has fostered over the years certainly have broken multiple borders and touched many. 

This year has been an extremely busy one for the magazine, with multiple celebrations and events going on all in the name of endless-youth. It’s definitely been a while since I was in the target demographic for the magazine, but you’re crazy if you think I didn’t make sure to pick up a copy of the 40th anniversary comic on release. But that’s likely not going to be the end of my CoroCoro craze, especially now that their limited-time cafe here in Tokyo is getting a menu refresh. 

Japan is well known for having some of the craziest collaborative cafes, and this is absolutely no exception. Between the extremely photogenic Usotsuki! Gokuo-kun burger shown above, all the way to the absolutely delicious looking Duel Masters ramen, which by the way, includes seaweed stamped to look like actual Duel Masters cards, I’m obviously going to get a little excited. This is of course, the second installment into the menu, and if the first part does happen to stick around, you can also expect to pick up some pretty incredible Pokemon-themed burgers and spaghetti as well.

The second installment of the menu is set to be available from the 15th of July, with the actual cafe operating until September 3rd. Taking place at the TOKYO Solamachi​, right at the base of the famed Tokyo Skytree, it’s an absolute must-see if you’re in the Tokyo area any time soon. For further information, be sure to check out the official website for the cafe, here.

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