Manga: Cafe Kichijouji De

Cafe Kichijouji De is a Slice of Life manga that tells us about the daily antics of five Bishōnen waiters who works in the titular café, and their long-suffering manager. The staffs include:

  • Kurihara Taro - Supervisor
  • Okubo Maki - Floor staff
  • Tokumi Shuta (Toku) - Part-time worker
  • Ichinomiya Jun - Part-time worker
  • Minagawa Hifumi - Kitchen staff
  • Mitaka Yuichi - Manager/Owner

The series itself have no particular plot to speak of, and the chapters are mostly divided into individual chapters and a shorter non-canon chapters called Chichai.

Tropes appearing in Cafe Kichijouji De:

  • All Witches Have Cats: Although Sukekiyo is the store’s cat and does not belong to any particular individual, it is most attached to the supernaturally-aligned Minagawa.
  • Ambiguously Human: Minagawa is described in his official bio as “a questionable human being”.
  • Berserk Button: The staffs are shown to have them.
    • Jun really dislikes being called feminine.
    • The only time we see Minagawa angry is when Reina tries to harm Sukekiyo.
    • Being an obsessive Neat Freak, Taro absolutely hates seeing dirty stuffs, especially cockroaches.
  • Bishōnen: All the five workers can be considered such, particularly Maki, who has long-hair and frequently flaunts his beauty.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one of the coloured chapters, Minagawa arrived at the store with pink
  • Butt Monkey: Maki, who is always getting beaten up by Taro for his misconduct, and Toku, whose tendency to break the store’s cutleries keeps him in Perpetual Poverty.
  • The Charmer: Maki likes to flirt with pretty customers, though usually with little success.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Jun never appears fazed by whatever weirdness they experience.
    • Once, he witnessed Toku being eaten by a giant fish. His remark?
      Jun: I can't believe he's not afraid to swim in such a dirty place.
      Maki: You can still say this kind of stuff while watching him almost get eaten by a giant fish?
    • At another time, he saw Minagawa prepare a cake from Bonito. While the others are visibly disturbed by this, Jun calmly took the cake to deliver the order.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The manager, Mitaka Yuichi, is hardly ever called by his actual name. All his staff refer to him as "the boss".
  • Insistent Terminology: Despite his Perpetual Poverty, Toku keeps a pair of pet hamsters, whom his co-workers consistently refer to as his emergency rations.
  • The Klutz: Toku is frequently tripping over stuffs and breaking the store’s wares, making his paycheck very slim.
  • Last Name Basis: Minagawa is usually referred by his last name, unlike his co-workers, who are mostly called by their first names.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Jun has a group of muscular, macho-looking underlings whom he later reveals are all girls.
  • Manchild: Toku was once allowed to take part in an eel-catching contest meant for elementary schoolers because he’s mentally a child.
  • Magical Realism: The story focuses on the Slice of Life aspects of the café workers, but Minagawa frequently dabbles with occult or magic.
  • Mean Boss: He’s not exactly a boss, but supervisor Taro is downright harsh on his co-workers – especially Maki and Toku – and frequently beats them for tardiness and/or misconduct.
  • Neat Freak: Taro is so obsessed with cleanliness that he’s willing to move out of an apartment he just moved into for a week the moment he spots a cockroach. He apparently collects cleaning equipment.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Jun is implied to have come from a wealthy family, but works as a simple part-timer in the Café.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Toku is a starving college student who lives in a rundown apartment and can rarely afford to eat meat. And due to his tendency to break things at work, he never earns enough paycheck to improve his lifestyle.
  • Precocious Crush: Reina, the manager's kindergarten-aged daughter, has a crush on Minagawa and intends to marry him.
  • Reality Warper: Minagawa is apparently capable of teleportation, as he regularly reaches his work/home earlier than his peers despite leaving much later than them. At one point he also managed to make a cake from bonito.
    Taro: You... defying things like space and time...
  • Slobs Versus Snobs: The laidback and extremely disorganized Maki is frequently at odds with the competent Neat Freak Taro.
  • Super Strength: Jun. He regularly toss boulders at people who push his Berserk Button and is able to smack down a bull.
  • Team Pet: The store's black cat, Sukekiyo, can be considered the café's unofficial Mascot.

Alternative Title(s):

Cafe Kichijoji De