The Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret Show

Perhaps one of the single most touristy things that I did in Japan was to go to the Tokyo Robot Evening Cabaret Show in the Kabukicho entertainment district of Shinjuku. This was the single most over-the-top show I’ve ever seen, without exaggeration.

It was on my walk to find this attraction that I spotted Godzilla on the Toho building.   I also liked the Taito Station building’s lights.

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I think that the people behind the Robot Cabaret Show had a brainstorming session to figure out what Americans would like, and then they put all of it into the show.  All of it.  Very colorful signs?  Check.

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A Daft Punk knockoff band in the waiting lounge before the show?  Check!

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A waiting room that looks like Las Vegas drank too much Absinthe and threw up all over the ceiling?  That’s a big check!

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Each admission to the show includes a ticket for a single drink.  I chose Ninja Lager, because it had ninjas on the bottle.

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After a little while, you are seated for the 90 minute show.  First up, Taiko drums!

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…with lots of led lights, naturally.

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It wouldn’t be Japan without a dragon, right?

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I think these guys were supposed to represent samurai warriors, but it wasn’t ever clear to me.

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Vaguely geisha-like dancing girls and punk-looking dancing girls on the same stage?  Check again!

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Kung-Fu Panda riding a giant Cow to fight the evil robots?  That’s a ridiculous check!

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Elemental girl riding a dragon…. because why not.

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She dismounts the dragon and fights the bad guy with a giant hammer thingie.

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Next up, a spider queen, I think.  You can tell because of all the extra arms.  And the giant spider.

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We can’t leave the giant sharks out of it.   They do their part in chomping the bad guys.

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Plus giant snakes.  I think the point was supposed to be that nature defended itself.

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Next, for some inexplicable reason, extremely creepy clowns!  Check!

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The Taiko drummers have returned with a regular drum set.

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In the second half of the show, we get more robots.  Lots more.

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Plus neon dancers.  These were pretty cool, actually.

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Just when you think it can’t possibly get more ridiculous, the Superman logos start to appear.  On the dancing girls.

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On the robot with the clown afro wig.

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It’s time for the big neon Superman robot finale!

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The robots and the Superman dancing girls are living in harmony now!

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The screens on the robots all have the Superman logo showing up on a field of stars now.

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Robot Superman himself does a fly-by, to shower his blessings of superness on the dancing girls and robots below.

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…and suddenly, it’s Superman logos everywhere!  Even on the walls behind the audience!

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Would Robot Superman win in a fight against Kung-Fu Panda riding a Giant Cow?

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