Business owners in Tokyo's racey Shinjuku Kabukicho district are constantly having to push the limits in order to stay ahead of the competition. And now, a new neon-lit "robot restaurant" that combines fembots with real flesh-and-blood cabaret girls promises to do exactly that. Built at the impossible-to-believe cost of 10 billion yen (about $130 million), the establishment will surely warp your sense of reality.
For an entrance fee of around US$37.00, patrons can stare slack-jawed as enormous Cutey Honey-esque robots roll around controlled by comely "pilots".
Army girls patrol the allies of smiles for enemy robots on armored vehicles that would shame anything in Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade!
They also zip around through technicolor LED landscapes on actual motorbikes!
There's even musical shows and revues performed by the girls, including Japanese taiko drumming and a marching band!
And if this is not your thing, you can always partake in some cheap whiskey and hit a pack of cigarettes. Macias concludes:
In truth, the joint is more like a kyabakura, or "cabaret club", than an actual restaurant. Three measly food items in all are listed on the menu, a perfunctory measure probably because it's easier to get a license for food service than to apply for a "giant robots plus army girls and marching bands and motorcycles" license. Either way, here's wishing the Shinjuku Kabukicho Robot Restaurant the very best of luck as it awkward rolls the human race one step closer to a well-deserved Robopocalypse.
Head on over to Macias's site where there are many more photos.
Top image via Robot Restaurant. Inset images via Patrick Macias/Robot Restaurant.