Event similar to Comic World with a stronger focus on Webtoon and Korean creations.
It’s unclear what the event will actually be about but there will be anime and game exhibitors, cafe collaboration street, and other anime and game related events.
The popular artist convention is back for it’s 159th edition! Discover endless rows of fan art, merch, and cosplay!
After a long break from hobbykr (I’m sorry!!!) I finally went to the ufotable cafe. I had been wanting to go to this so bad, especially because their current collaborations are only on for a few more days.
Until October 24th, the cafe’s theme is Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family and Fate/Zero, so basically, the best Fate franchises.
The cafe has a bit of mystery. There is not much info or images online so I was very curious to see how the café would look inside. I was very surprised to see that it had a very high-end look compared to other anime cafés, but I suppose it’s because this is a permanent café and not only a temporary one like most others. When you enter each seat has a different character assigned to it, and if there’s not a lot of people you can choose which character you want. I chose Lancer from Zero. The cafe is playing music from Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family and they also have a projector that is showing episodes and interviews with the voice actors.
The menu has different dishes inspired by each of the shows. Fate/Zero definitely has more dishes than the other and I was very surprised to see the prices are definitely from a higher-end restaurant. The prices for the drinks were normal for an anime café but the prices the food was definitely way higher than I expected I got carbonara and it was 20,000 won. I also got a chocolate drink inspired by Iskander from Zero and it was good enough for 6,000 won. When the dish came out I was incredibly surprised because it’s the first time I’ve seen a restaurant in Korea make real carbonara with just eggs instead of the usual carbonara in Korea which is only cream pasta. This meet me feel a little bit better about spending so much money on one dish.
When you buy a meal you get a limited edition placemat and when you buy a drink you get a limited edition coaster. The taste of the food was pretty good, the egg was a little bit overcooked so it turned more into scrambled egg pasta carbonara but the taste was there and I definitely appreciated it.
There’s also a section of goods updated whenever there’s a new episode of today’s menu. You can buy a acrylic stands, keychains, notebooks and others. They also have a very very cute folder for your placemat. I got two because all the designs were so cute.
You can also get a points card for 3000 won. I had a very hard time choosing between Sin and Lancer but in the end I chose Rin. Overall I was very satisfied with my visit and I’m very glad I made it. Is it a money grab? yes. Will I continue to come? Hell yes. I love Fate so much I can’t get enough of this.
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Location: Hongdae Station Exit 9
Hongdae Dungeon’s latest collaboration event is all about 100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams, also known as Yume100.
Yume100 is a mobile game released in 2015, which got an internet miniseries adaptation, and most recently a full anime that ended just this past September 20th. The story follows a series of princes who have to save the Kingdom of Dreams from dream thieves. Fairly standard. This anime didn’t really receive much hype or praise for the season and I would qualify it as the Sanrio Boys of the season. However, I am a sucker for collaborations and pretty boys so I went to the event anyway!
The event has a cafe, a photo zone, and special merch for the series.
The drinks are quite cute, albeit expensive. The menu also includes macarons and tteok!
I got the “syuri” macaron that tasted like cheap strawberry jam, it was a nice little snack!
There is lots of merch to choose from and displays that show the character and background design for the series. The main screen of the cafe area is showing the anime, and there is another screen in the photo zone.
As always with events in this venue, there are always free posters of super nice quality for anyone who wants them!
This special event is only lasting a few days, but definitely a must for any fans of the game or anime. Check out the trailer for the anime and the event details below:
Event dates: September 22nd to October 7th
Event times: 11am to 10pm (cafe closes at 8pm)
Event Location: Hongdae Dungeon