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Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star Cafe Report

We were in Kichijoji the other day, so we popped into the manga-themed Cafe Zenon, which is currently done up in the style of Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star, the parody manga starring Fist of the North Star’s Souther in a variety of ridiculous situations.

In celebration of Souther, the cafe has been done up in strawberry-flavored style, with pages of the manga and posters lining the wall. Several pieces of merchandise were available, including calendars, stickers, coasters, and the manga itself.

Kenshiro himself, perhaps in a challenge to Souther, was also at the cafe, getting into the Christmas spirit with a Santa hat and an ayashiiy-placed tree.

But perhaps the most exciting part of the experience was the Holy Emperor Curry, a curry rice dish shaped in the style of a pyramid – ostensibly the pyramid Souther forced child slaves to create in tribute to his dead master. Delicious!

It seriously was delicious, though.

Though it was a pretty normal curry, we dug the detail put into it – especially the carrots, cut into the shape of stars.

Several drinks and even a cupcake based on the series were also on offer, and guests ordering the items received a coaster of one of the series’ characters. Neat!

Unlike other anime and manga-themed cafes we’ve profiled before, Cafe Zenon’s Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star theme isn’t really an experience – there are no cosplaying staff members or special shows. But we can’t say it wasn’t a treat to gobble down on some Holy Emperor Curry while surrounded by portrait of Souther.

Cafe Zenon’s just a hop skip and jump away from the Ghibli Museum and worth a look if you’re in the area. The Strawberry Flavored Fist of the North Star theme ends January 31, but the cafe is manga-themed year round.

Cafe Zenon

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.