Updated on Aug. 28th, 2018

Watch out, Roppongi, the monster girls have invaded!

From Kaiju to Kaiju Girls

Japan's obsession with kaiju (giant monsters) is all too famous, with Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera and other creatures seared into our collective imaginations through tokusatsu films that were exported and localized throughout the world. Less popular abroad yet equally famous are Japanese TV's kaiju from the tokusatsu series Ultraman, Tsuburaya Productions' flagship series which has existed in various incarnations since the 1960s and continues to the present day. Alien Baltan, Red King, Zetton, King Joe, Eleking, Mefilas, Dada, Windom, Gomora, and the friendly Pigmon, to name a few. These monsters have earned a special place in the hearts of many Japanese who grew up watching them on TV and playing with the action figures when they were kids.

The Ultra Kaiju Humanization Project (ウルトラ怪獣擬人化計画) is a multi-media mix project which started out in 2013 with illustrators portraying the kaiju of the Ultraman series reborn as cute girls. The project added figures, novels, comic books, and in 2016, a gag web anime called Kaiju Musume (Kaiju Girls), now in its second season, featuring the antics of a team of girls who have the ability to summon the spirits of kaiju. And now, in its latest offshoot, the Ultra Kaiju Humanization Project has created an "entertainment restaurant" in Tokyo's popular nightlife district of Roppongi!

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Kaiju Musume 6

Kaiju Musume 6, which celebrates its grand opening today, is probably going to become a popular destination for both locals and international visitors.

You don't need to know about the project or the anime to appreciate this fun, new theme-based restaurant. Fans of the original Ultraman series will love the attention to detail in the interior design and the Ultra kaiju-themed menu, and everyone can appreciate the Kaiju Girls, a cast of relatively famous cosplayers and models dressed in costumes by illustrator Utomaru (whose art is also featured prominently on the walls). Not only do they serve you food and drinks but they also dance during a special show time in which you can cheer and interact with them from your table. There are also official Tsuburaya kaiju goods as well as Kaiju Musume 6 originals for sale.

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The entrance to Kaiju Musume 6, is quite easy to spot from the main avenue in Roppongi, just minutes away from the central crossroads and the metro station.

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Let's head downstairs and check out the interior!

Utomaro's Kaiju Girls illustrations greet you in the staircase.

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Here's the main dining area. Neon lighting and mirror balls enhance the lively mood.

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The bar, illuminated by Kaiju Musume 6 neon signs in English and Japanese:

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The private room, featuring a large portrait of Mefilas, can accommodate groups of up to eight people.

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Interior design accents the Kaiju Musume 6 logo

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Original kaiju fans will appreciate the kaiju portraits and figures decorating various surfaces of the restaurant. From left to right, it's Eleking, Zetton and Alien Baltan.

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The walls of the dining area feature Utomaro's cute Kaiju Girl illustrations. Can you tell which kaiju they are?

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Of course, one of the main reasons you'll want to visit is to see the Kaiju Girls!

While the girls dance during the "Clap Time" show, you're encouraged to clap along and wave light sticks which you'll receive along with your menu when you're seated at your table.

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And after their performance, you can join them for a toast!

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You can learn more about each Kaiju Girl by visiting the Cast profile page on the slick Kaiju Musume 6 website. Each girl even has a promotional video. For example, here's the one for King Joe, portrayed by MONICO, whom you may remember from our Profiles: Six Japanese Cosplayers to Watch feature last year).

While you're enjoying the show or just admiring the artwork, you'll want to dig into some of the tasty Kaiju-themed menu items.

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Start out with one of their original cocktails:

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Here's the Dada roll, with Dada's signature pattern printed on the nori seaweed wrapper

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And the Red King meat tower, looking very impressive

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When each dish is served, you'll be able to share it with these plates featuring illustrations of the Kaiju Girls:

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Details of the complete menu are online here. In addition to a-la-carte, you can also choose between two different courses when you make your reservation, one for 3,500 JPY and one for 5,000 JPY, with an all-you-can-drink option for an additional 1,500 JPY only available with courses.

Finally, on your way out, you may want to pick up some of their original goods. They have stickers, coasters, pens, towels and cloths designed with original kaiju patterns or Kaiju Girl illustrations from Utomaru.

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To make your reservation, visit their website here. It's in Japanese, but it's not too difficult to figure out.

Kaiju Musume 6 will be open for a whole year, so you might want to check it out if you can.

Important Facts

Hours

  • Weekdays: Dinner only -- 5pm to 11pm (L.O. 10pm)
  • Weekends and holidays: Lunch -- 12pm to 3:30pm (L/O. 2:30pm) / Dinner -- 5pm to 11pm (L.O. 10pm)

Information

  • Service charge: 500 JPY
  • Private room requires min. order of 20,000 JPY
  • Your visit to Kaiju Musume 6 cannot exceed two hours per visit

Address:
B1, Asahi Seimei Bldg, 5-2-4 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo (東京都港区六本木5-2-4 朝日生命六本木ビルB1)

Telephone:
03-3479-9370 (use this number to confirm or change reservations).

Email:
info@k-j-m.jp

Social Media

The Kaiju Girls are waiting to entertain you!

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Update: Monster Girlfriend

If you just can't get enough of Kaiju Girls, you'll be happy to know that there's a spinoff idol unit called Monster Girlfriend!

Their debut single "Kaiju Night" will already be familiar to Kaiju Musume 6 regulars as the main tune the cast dances to during clap time. Composed and arranged by Hideya Kojima with lyrics by Pon from the popular musical duo Oresama, the catchy single is available for the time being on a limited basis at Monster Girlfriend shows.

The music video for the song was just released on Aug. 27th, so you can enjoy it here:

To find out more about Monster Girlfriend and when they'll be performing next, you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and even bookmark their official website which is coming soon.


By - Ben K.